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The Week Ahead – August 17-23


A little late, but let’s see what’s happening the rest of the week.

Santee Summer Concerts: Thursday, August 20, the final concert in the series features The Corvettesand their Doo Wop and Motown sounds.  The fun starts at 6:30 pm and goes until 8:00 pm.

Sunrise Santee: Tuesday, August 18, at the Santee Hometown Buffet (275 Town Center Parkway, across the parking lot from The Home Depot), beginning at 7:25 am.  This is a monthly mixer sponsored by the Santee Chamber of Commerce.  This month’s speaker is Amy Keefe of Cox Business.  Cost is $5 for breakfast and $1 for raffle and 50/50 drawing.

After-5 Mixer: Thursday, August 20, the monthly After-5 business mixer will be held at Simply Spa(278 Town Center Parkway, Suite 101, next to Ross).  The mixer runs from 5:30-7:30 pm and is a good opportunity to meet business owners from around Santee.  Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests, plus whatever you want to spend for raffle tickets.

Frubble Events: This week Frubble will host Karaoke Evening on Thursday, August 20, and Open Mic Night on Friday, August 21.  Both events start at 8:00 pm.  Frubble is located at 9628 Carlton Hills Blvd., in the Pathways Community Church Center.

Mission Trails Regional Park: This week the Park will hold another week-long class called “Creepy Crawlies” for kids 6-10.  The class runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, but it may be too late to sign up.  Also this week there are Guided Nature Walks on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 9:30 am.

Movies by the Lake: The final movie in the series, Bolt, plays at Santee Lakes on Friday, August 21.  You can start setting up around 6:00 pm, games for kids start around 7:00 pm, and the movie starts around 8:00 pm.  Cost is $8 per car for parking, so load up the minivan or SUV and head on out.

If you have an event you think should be on the list, please let me know and I will update it.

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The Week Ahead – August 10-16


Santee Summer Concert Series: This week the Bayou Brothers blow into Santee Trolley Square on Thursday, August 13, with the next-to-last concert in the series.  The music kicks off at 6:30 pm and lasts until 8:00 pm.

Santee Lakes: Night Fishing returns on Thursday, August 13, as Santee Lakes opens up for fishing from 5:00-11:30 pm.  Remember, you need a lantern and a night permit to fish – $8 for adults, $6 for juniors, and $3 for a second pole stamp.

Mission Trails Regional Park: This is another busy week at Mission Trails.  There will be several Guided Nature Walks, as always, but Friday you will have the choice between Stars at Mission Trails, hosted by the San Diego Astronomy Association (7:00-10:00 pm) and an Owl Prowl led by bird expert Mike Wellik (7:30-10:00 pm).  Meet at the Kumeyaay Campground for the Stars and at the Visitor Center for the Owls.  Then on Saturday there will be a Twilight Walk starting at the Kumeyaay Campground entrance.  Since this is a popular activity, be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot (619-668-2748).

If you have any other events, let me know and I will get them up.

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The Week Ahead – July 13-19


No promises, but I am going to try to start giving a heads up on activities and events for the week.  Of course, this will be a lot easier if you let me know of any important dates coming up – so feel free to email me (recoveringteacher@gmail.com) or leave a message if you have something you think others should know about things in and around Santee.

Santee Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer: Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:00 pm at PakMail, 9890 N Magnolia Ave.

Santee Summer Concert Series: Thursday, July 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm at Santee Trolley Square – featuring Spectrum.

Simply Spa Santana Special: This week Simply Spa is giving members of the Santana Class of ’89 a $20 discount on either a 50-minute spa treatment or a 50-minute facial treatment in preparation for their upcoming Class Reunion.  For more info you can check out their Facebook page or call them at 619-258-5810.

Frubble Presents: Saturday night, July 18, the teen band The Mayors of Sexy Town will play at Frubble from 7:00 pm to whenever.  Frubble is located in the Pathways center at Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.

Night Fishing at Santee Lakes: Thursday night (a big night, apparently), July 16, Santee Lakes #1, 2, 3, and 4 will be open for night fishing from 5:00-11:30 pm.  You don’t need a state fishing license, but you do need a Night Fishing Permit – $8 for Adults, $6 for Juniors, $3 for a second pole – and a lantern.  No radios – you don’t want to scare the fish!

Mission Trails Regional Park: Multiple events all week, culminating in their Summer Twilight Walk starting at 7:15 pm on Saturday, July 18.  Call ahead for reservations if you want to attend.

Again, if you know of something else going on that you think is worthwhile, let me know and I’ll try to get it up.

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Twilight Walks at Mission Trails Regional Park

Twilight Walk at Mission Trails Regional Park

This summer, why not try an evening walk at Mission Trails Regional Park?  The park, located just across the line in San Diego, encompasses some magnificent scenery, including riparian woods, meadowlands, and much more.  Walks begin around dusk, starting at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground entry (just off Mission Gorge Rd. on the west side of Santee), and last about an hour and a half.  The walks are free, but the number of people is limited, so you need to call ahead to reserve space.

On walks in previous summers I have seen bats, birds, tarantulas, and a rattlesnake.  Well-trained guides lead the walk, explaining the ins and outs of the park and its inhabitants.  They will also give you some background on the human history of the area, usually including a stop at some grinding stones.  This is a fun way to spend a Saturday evening.

Upcoming walks are July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29, and September 19.

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Dead Owl Society

Okay, some of you might not like this post or the picture, but I’m putting them both up anyway.  Here’s the story: my wife and I decided Sunday to take a nice bike ride around Santee Lakes.  Talk about a wonderful place to ride – but I’ll write about that another time.  What I want to write about now is what happened as we were riding back to our car (we had decided to park outside and ride to the Lakes for a little extra exercise and to skip the car fee for the day).

We were heading north on Fanita Parkway, past Lake Canyon Road, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye.  I called to my wife, who was ahead of me, that I thought I had seen a dead owl in the grass.  We went back to check, and sure enough, there was a great horned owl lying there.  If you have never been up close to one of these birds, living or dead, then you are missing something amazing.  Even in death this bird was awsome – from the curved beak to the huge talons, this is a bird that was made for successful hunting.  Our best guess was that it had been hit by a car, because the neck appeared to be broken.  What was surprising was the fact that this was 4:30 in the afternoon, normally too early for these birds to be out and about.  Maybe it had happened early in the morning, but there was no sign of insects on it – not even ants.

Somehow we just couldn’t let this beautiful bird rot by the side of the road, so we thought of the Mission Trails Regional Park.  My wife just happened to have a flyer from there in her waist pack, so we called them up.  They already have a great horned owl on display, but one of their volunteers does grad work with SDSU at a center up in North County, and he is collecting native wildlife specimens for display there.  So, without further ado, we got the car, bagged the bird, and drove over to the Kumeyaay Campground.  The three staff members at the ranger station were just as impressed as we were with the bird.  My wife, being a huge owl-lover, couldn’t resist touching it and feeling the soft feathers and sharp claws.  Of course, being a nurse she made sure to disinfect her hands properly afterwards.

So what is the point of this post?  Well, probably several.  First, Santee is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, if we will just take the time to go out and look for it.  (I’ll be writing about Santee Lakes soon, and will include a number of pictures.)  Second, I think is the point that we couldn’t just leave it there.  If this had been a more secluded area, maybe in the woods, we probably would have left nature to take its course; but this was out in the open and we were concerned that someone might do something to the owl.  Even a dead animal deserves some respect.  Finally, here was an opportunity to provide others with the chance to see one of these maginficent birds up close, as part of an educational program.

I hope maybe some of you will take the time to get out and enjoy the natural world that surrounds us – even in your own backyard.

Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl - Close Up Owl Talons

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