Joint Chamber Mixer at Heartland Fire Training Facility


SharePhotos by Jay Renard El Cajon – Thursday, March 28th, was the Joint Chamber Mixer at the Heartland Fire Training Facility. The center provides ongoing training for El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Santee. Training is also provided districts of Alpine, Bonita, Lakeside and San Miguel, San Diego County Fire Authority, Barona and Viejas. […]

Santee City Council Recognized Miss Santee & Miss Santee Teen


SharePhotos by Jay Renard Santee – Wednesday, March 23rd, the new reigning Miss Santee and Miss Santee Teen presented their court to the Santee City Council. Miss Santee 2013, Emily Zoebel, and Miss Teen Santee, Marrissa Lawrence accepted the reign from Miss Santee 2012, Victoria Heyne, and Miss Santee Teen, Casey Maynard. Vice Mayor John […]

El Cajon Heartland Lions Club Fashion Show


SharePhotos by Jay Renard El Cajon – Saturday March 23, The El Cajon Heartland Lions Club had it’s 25th annual fashion show to benefit the blind. The event was at the Ronald Reagan Community Center from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. A champagne brunch with food from Rita’s Catering in El Cajon was provided. Brunch […]

Miss Lakeside & Teen Miss Lakeside Scholarship Pageant


SharePhotos by Rob Riingen. The Miss Lakeside & Teen Miss Lakeside Scholarship Pageant was held at Lakeside Middle School on Saturday, March 23. Miss Lakeside and Teen Miss Lakeside will spend their year being youth ambassadors for the community. Endorsed by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, and The East County Property Owner’s Association, they are […]

Viejas Hotel Grand Opening Ceremony


SharePhotos by Steve Hamann/The East County Herald ALPINE — Thursday, March 21, the much anticipated Grand Opening of Viejas Hotel took place today amid much fanfare and fireworks. Hundreds of guests, including local leaders, elected officials and neighboring tribes attended the “unveiling” of the 5-story, $36 million luxury hotel. The opening included tradional Kumeyaay Bird […]

El Cajon Farmers Market Grand Opening


SharePhotos by Jay Renard El Cajon – Thursday, March 22nd, was the Grand Opening of the El Cajon Farmers Market at the downtown Prescott Promenade. The market was open from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It will be open every week at these hours. Farmers Market had locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, live […]

El Cajon Valley High School Shav-a-thon


SharePhotos by Jay Renard El Cajon – Thursday, March 22nd, El Cajon Valley High School’s Charity Assistance Relief Endowment (CARE) Club was founded as a student-based philanthropic organization. The CARE Club’s mission is to assist those in need, both in our community and around the world. Its purpose is to raise awareness and support to […]

Santee School raises $1500 for One of It’s Own


SharePhotos by Jay Renard Santee – Friday, March 22nd, students, teaches, administration and parents raise $1500 for Dylan Pourner, a kindergarten student at Carlton Hills Elementary School in Santee. Principal Terry Heck and Vice Principal Tylene Hicks and student and adult volunteers were selling donated baked goods. This started Thursday evening at the school talent […]

Misson Trails Sunspot Watch


SharePhotos by Jay Renard San Diego – Sunday March 17th, Mission Trails Regional Park hosted discovery tables staffed by Trail Guides in the Visitor Center and George Varga, MTRP’s volunteer astronomer in residence, and members of the San Diego Astronomy Association. They were on hand with telescopes on the Terrace to view solar flares and […]

Three from Grossmont, Cuyamaca campuses recognized for contributions to community colleges

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ShareEL CAJON – A trio of faculty and staff from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are among the first recipients of a national award recognizing outstanding community college teaching and leadership. Grossmont College geology instructor Gary Jacobson and health science lab technician Pat Murray  and Cuyamaca College counselor Donna Hajj are recipients of the John and […]

Santee School District Reclassification Ceremony


SharePhotos by Jay Renard Santee – Thursday, March 21st, Santee Schools presented the annual Reclassification Celebration at at Rio Seco Elementary School from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. The event celebrates English Learners in the district that have met the criteria for being reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP) according to California State Department of Education […]

Give the Dream – Grossmont and Cyuamaca Colleges


SharePhotos by Jay Renard Saturday, March 16th Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges sponsored “Give the Dream at three locations in east county. Volunteers were at Santee Trolley Square, Parkway Plaza, and Gossmont Center from 10:00 am to to 4:00 pm collecting donations for Dreamkeeper grants. Dreamkeeper grants are up to $500.00 and are meant for students […]

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon and Fun Run


SharePhotos by Jay Renard El Cajon – Sunday March 17th, downtown El Cajon Promenade was the turnaround point for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon staring at Hooley’s in El Cajon. There was also a 5K run and a “Green Mile” fun run starting at Hooley’s. The races started around 8:00 pm. The last runners […]

Riverview International Fair


SharePhotos by Rob Riingen The Annual Riverview International Fair took place on Saturday March 16 at Riverview Elementary School. This multi-cultural family event featured games, crafts, food and live performances by the kids.

UCSD Tech Trek


SharePhoto by Jay Renard San Diego – Saturday, March 9, George Varga, MTRP’s volunteer astronomer hosted his Star Party at the Kumeyaay Campground for the La Mesa-El Cajon Branch of American Association of University Women. 13 7th grade finalists attended the Star Party. Nine will be selected this week to attend UCSD summer Tech Trek. […]

Taste of Navajo


SharePhotos by Jay Renard San Diego – Friday, March 8, was the Green Elementary Foundation fund raiser for the Myron B. Green Elementary School. The event was held at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Over 225 people were at the fundraiser. Proceeds from the Taste of Navajo will benefit the academic and athletic programs at […]

Kiwanis Invitational Sports Meet 2013


SharePhotos by jay Renard Santee – Saturday March 9th was the 30th annual Kiwanis Invitational Sports Meet held at West Hill High School. Over 130 athletes with disabilities from East County & South Bay participated in the event. Participants included Fairview and Helix High Schools, Home of Guiding Hands, Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School, and Mountain […]

Miss El Cajon and Miss Rancho San Diego Scholarship Pageants


SharePhotos by Jay Renard Rancho San Diego – Saturday, March 2nd was the Miss El Cajon and Miss Rancho San Diego Scholarship Pageants. The event was held at Cuyamaca COllege’s Performing Arts Center. The event was from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Miss El Cajon and Rancho San Diego Titleholders: Miss El Cajon 2013….Morgan Gallo….19 year […]


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SharePhotos by Rob Riingen. The Strength Team held an assembly at Tierra Del Sol Middle School on Friday Mar 1st. This team is made up of professional athletes that travel all over the world performing amazing feats of strength while sharing positive messages for students today. The Strength Team has performed at many middle and […]

Miss La Mesa & Miss Santee Pageants – 2013


Share Photos by Jay Renard Santee – Friday, March 1st, was the Miss La Mesa & Miss Santee Pageants held at Sonrise Church in Santee presented by the City of La Mesa, City of Santee, Grossmont Center, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Santee Chamber of Commerce. The event was from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. […]

El Cajon Citizen of the Year


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Lakeside American Little League Opening Day

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SharePhotos by Rob Riingen Opening Day Ceremony for the Lakeside American Little League was held on Saturday the 23rd at Matt La Chappa Field. This years event included guest speaker- Supervisor, Dianne Jacob and an appearance by the San Diego Padre Mascot. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by the Guest of Honor- Mr. Matt […]

Sycuan Partner with Bill Walton and Challenged Athletes Foundation


SharePhotos by Jay Renard El Cajon – Sunday February 17th, Sycuan announced their partnership with NBA Hall of Fame Legend Bill Walton and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The event took place at Sycuan’s GameDay Sports Bar & Grill. The partnership was kicked off with Bill Walton and several guests from CAF joining Sycuan officials […]

Home of Guiding Hands – Randy Jones 5K


SharePhotos by Jay Renard Santee – Saturday, February 16th was the 3rd Annual Randy Jones 5k for Independence. The event started with registration at 9:30 and the run at 11:00. The event took place at Santee Lakes. All the money raised from the event will go directly to HGH and the programs that are currently […]