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Santee Car Show Revs Up for Saturday

How do you follow up a wildly successful street fair? If you’re Santee you put together what promises to be an equally successful car show. The first annual Santee Car Show will take place on Saturday, October 9, along Riverview Parkway, the same site as the Santee Street Fair. The show will feature over 200 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles, vendors, food booths, music, and a wine and beer garden. The fun starts at 9:00 am and continues until 5:00 pm and admission is free.

The Santee Chamber of Commerce has worked hard to bring together a great lineup for the day. Local band Ramshackle will lead off the musical entertainment, followed by headliners The Corvettes. As an added treat, the Fabulous World-Famous Corvette Diner Dancers will be on hand to perform some of their own creative routines. The Car Show will also feature special guest MC Clint August of 101KGB’s “BC and Clint” afternoon drive-time show.

Along with a showcase for cool cars and great businesses, the Car Show is a fundraiser for two important organizations: Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank. Santee Santas is a community support group that provides food and toys to needy Santee families at the holidays. They also have an emergency fund program and a senior outreach program for seniors who are alone or in nursing homes. The Santee Food Bank provides non-perishable food for needy families in the community. Representatives of both groups will be accepting donations of food and money during the event.

If you enjoy hot cars, cool music, and fun, be sure to check out the Santee Car Show this Saturday. For more information, check out the Santee Car Show website.


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Santee Car Show Coming Soon

Artwork by Jim Busike

The same folks who brought you the hugely successful Santee Street Fair are at it again. On Saturday, October 9, the Santee Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the first annual Santee Car Show and Festival. The event will take place in the same location as the Street Fair – on Riverview Parkway, just east of Santee Trolley Center. There will be over 200 cars, trucks, hot rods, motorcycles, and other vehicles, along with music and other entertainment, and a Beer and Wine Garden. The show has spaces for 150 vendors, but these are going quickly, as are the spaces for show cars.

The Santee Car Show will not only spotlight local businesses and some of the great cars in the region, but will also help raise funds for Santee Santas, a local organization that helps support struggling families in the community, and the Santee Food Bank. Organizers are encouraging everyone who attends to bring non-perishable food to donate to these two great groups. The fun starts at 9:00 am and lasts until 5:00 pm. For more information on car or vendor space check out the links at the end.

These pictures show a few of the cars that took part in the Italia Ristorante Car Show in January. Will some of them be in the Santee Car Show? You’ll have to come down October 9 to find out.

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2009 Taste of Santee

On Thursday, December 3, the Union Bank branch in Santee once again hosted the annual Taste of Santee Mixer. This event is not just an opportunity for local restaurants and caterers to showcase their goodies. It also helps to raise funds, food, and toys for Santee Santas, a group which has provided assistance to needy Santee families since 1953. The Taste of Santee has been going on over 20 years now, and continues to be an important part of the community.

Over a dozen local establishments shared some of their best with the many who attended. Among the guests were members of the Santee City Council, Santee Chamber of Commerce, and many friends of Santee Santas. As in past years, the group Honky Tonk Kings provided the musical entertainment for the evening. The Kings consider this as their way of helping to give back to the community that has supported them over the years.

Santee Mayor Randy Voepel thanked participants of Taste of Santee

City Councilmember John Minto talked about the importance of Santee Santas

Santee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage thanked attendees

Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, is joined by Santee Princess Michelle, Miss Congeniality, Maria Maes, and Miss Santee Teen Third Runner Up Rebecca Hudson

Incoming Chamber of Commerce President John Olsen and wife Gina

Honky Tonk Kings

A Few of the Great Restaurants Involved

Pinnacle Peak served up several barbecue specialties

Mimi’s Cafe brought some of their favorites

Olive Garden shared pasta and breadsticks

Chips and salsa from Chili’s

Rubio’s featured freshly made tacos

Don Lucio’s Taco Shop shared tacos with all the trimmings and tamales

Everyone had a fun time and Santee Santas went away with a nice collection of toys and food to help out this holiday season. Thank you to all who donated time, talent, toys, food, and everything else needed to make this a success. If you missed this year, be sure to mark the first Thursday of December 2010 so you’ll be ready.


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December Mixer – A Taste of Santee

This Thursday, December 3, the annual Taste of Santee Mixer will take place at Union Bank in the CVS/Best Buy shopping center. This event is not only a great way to check out some of our local restaurants, it is one of the main fund and resource raisers for Santee Santas. Admission is either a new, unwrapped toy, a non-perishable food item, or $5. All proceeds go to help needy families in the community.

In the past, participating restaurants have included Coffee Brake, Eccentric International Chefs, Hometown Buffet, Michael’s Grill, Mimi’s Cafe, The Sandwich Bags, and many others. All of these eateries donate their time and food to help make this evening possible. If you are interested in attending, you can contact the Santee Chamber of Commerce for more information at 619-449-6572.

To get an idea of the fun expected, check out my post on the 2008 Taste of Santee.

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Friendly Grounds Fundraiser

Friendly Grounds Coffeehouse

Last Saturday, June 20, Friendly Grounds Coffehouse held a fundraiser pancake breakfast to support Santee Santas.  For $5 you could have pancakes with syrup, sausage, and coffee, milk, or juice.  The Santee Fire Department, another major supporter of the Santas, put in an appearance as well (although they had to leave before I got there).  The event raised around $200, which will be put toward helping needy Santee families during the holiday season.  The plan is to work toward making this a monthly event and continue the support for the Santee Santas throughout the year.

Santee Santas, Volunteers, Friends, and Friendly Grounds

Volunteers and Friends

The easiest way to cook a lot of sausages

Sausage Production Line

Enjoying a fun pancake breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

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Friendly Fund Raiser

Friendly Grounds Coffeehouse

This Saturday, June 20, Friendly Grounds Coffeehouse will be holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8:00 to 11:00 am to support Santee Santas Foundation.  For just $5 you can get unlimited pancakes, 2 sausage links, and either a house coffee, glass of milk, or a juice pack.  They will donate 50% of their profits to the Foundation.  The Santee Fire Department plans to be on hand with an engine for the kids to check out (barring any emergencies).

Santee Santas is a local non-profit organization that helps to provide holiday cheer to struggling Santee families, with food and gifts donated by residents and businesses or purchased with monetary donations.  Recently the Santas have begun reaching out to seniors who are alone or living in nursing homes.  This group has been helping out neighbors for 56 years, with support from Santee Schools, Santee firefighters, the City of Santee, and local businesses and individuals.  Come on out and help support this wonderful organization.

Friendly Grounds is located in the Carlton Oaks Plaza at Carlton Oaks and Carlton Hills.  Map.

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Taste of Santee 2008

Taste of Santee 2008

Thursday night (December 4) was the annual Tase of Santee at the Union Bank of California.  This two decade old event is a major fund and resource raiser for Santee Santas, a group that provides help to needy families in the community.  As you can see above, a good crowd showed up for the evening (that’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage playing paparazzi).  As always there was lots of food, good music, and fun.  I want to share some of that fun, as well as thank as many of the individuals and companies involved for their efforts.

Santee Santas

Santee Santas is a group that has been around since 1953 and was created to help support struggling families in the Santee community.  Some of the activities they are involved in are a Holiday Toy and Food Drive, Senior Outreach, and Secret Santas.  This wonderful group is always looking for volunteers to help with their activities, as well as financial support.  You can contact them through their website (link above) or by calling 619-258-5947.

Santee Santas Board of Directors Presents Plaque to Santee Chamber of Commerce for their Continued Support

(L-R) Kathy Novotny, Patty White, Donna “Molly” Quinton (President), Dawn Ringheimer, Barb Leetch, Warren Savage (Chamber Executive Director) [Not pictured: Marie Gregory]

Santee Santas Award Chamber of Commerce

Santee Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce has been a big supporter of the Santee Santas as well as local businesses and the entire Santee community for years.  The Chamber has been involved on the local scene since 1955, which makes it the younger sibling to the Santee Santas – but they have worked well together for years.  The Taste of Santee event is over 20 years old and is a major event for the Chamber, along with their annual Installation Dinner, the Miss Santee competition, and many business Grand Openings.  For more information about the Chamber, or to contact them about business advice, click the link above or call 619-449-6572.

Incoming Chamber President Rob McNelis prepares to introduce attending dignitaries

(L-R) Warren Savage, Rob McNelis, Jana Bradley (Union Bank VP and Branch Manager)

Rob McNelis

Union Bank of California – Santee Branch

A huge “Thank You” must go to the Union Bank of California branch which has hosted the annual Taste of Santee for several years now.  Jana Bradley, Vice President and Branch Manager, was a most gracious host, closing the bank early in order to prepare for the big event and providing all of the support services needed.  Just an example of one of the many businesses that help make Santee special.

Jana Bradley (Center-left) and some of her UBC staff

UBC Team

City of Santee

Also on hand for the event were members of the Santee City Council, including Mayor Randy Voepel and Councilmembers John Minto and Brian Jones.  Mr. Jones had to leave early, but Mayor Voepel and Mr. Minto both spoke of the good works of Santee Santas and the success of Santee as a city.  And stay tuned for some big news from the City Council about Santee.

City Councilmember John Minto and Mayor Randy Voepel

John Minto & Randy Voepel

A number of Santee businesses were also involved in making this evening a success.  Rather than try to list them all, I will let this picture do the talking.

Thank You!

Thank You

And of course, no big event would be complete without entertainment.  Once again, for the 17th year, the Honky Tonk Kings provided the toe-tapping and foot-stomping music.  This is a great group that always goes the extra mile for Santee.  Be sure to check them out at the Renegade Bar on December 6 and 31, or check out their MySpace site for updates and music.

Honky Tonk Kings in Action

Honky Tonk Kings

And there was dancing in the lobby

Dancing in the Lobby 1

Dancing in the Lobby 2







But the most important part of the night was all of the toys and food collected for needy Santee families.  Thank you again, Santee, for coming through.

Toys for Santa

Thank You Santee!


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