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East County Events, May 22

Town halls: El Cajon, 3:00 p.m. Tuesday; the mesa, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday; Health, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

School Boards: Cajon Valley Union School District (El Cajon), 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Social Media Workshop for Business

The East County Small Business Development Center is hosting a virtual workshop on “How Social Media Can Make or Break Your Business” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. This free workshop provides insight into using social media to grow your business. Register at and receive a confirmation email to join the meeting. The Small Business Development Center offers a range of free training events. For the full training schedule, visit

Earth Day in the Neighborhood in El Cajon

Families can enjoy free vegan food, crafts for kids and information about local environmental issues at a free “Everyday is Earth Day” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillside Center Park, 840 Bueno Terrace, El Cajon. Grilled vegan burgers and hot dogs will be available, and kids can paint terracotta pots and plant succulents in them to take home. The event is co-sponsored by the East County BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) coalition and SanDiego350, a nonprofit climate action organization. Contact [email protected]

Reception of artists on Tuesday at the gallery

The Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College offers its final display of the academic year with its annual Spring Student Art Exhibition, which now runs until June 1. Visual Arts Center, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. The free exhibition highlights the most innovative art and design projects made by students throughout the semester, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, digital media and photography . Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All visitors must be masked and vaccinated. Dial (619) 644-7214.

Comedy in one act at Grossmont College

Grossmont College’s award-winning Stagehouse Theater wraps up its 2021-2022 season with a production of ‘All in the Timing’. The production was written by David Ives and directed by Grossmont College theater arts professor and Broadway actor Geno Carr. This collection of six one-act plays won the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award and combines wit, satire and downright fun. Sessions are from 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and also from 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $12 for seniors and military, and $10 for students and educators. Online ticket sales are not available; call the box office at (619) 644-7234. Tickets will also be sold at the door in cash only. Visit the Grossmont College Stagehouse Theater webpage at

Lemon Grove seeks commission members

The Lemon Grove City Council is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the planning commission. Candidates must be 18 or older, live in Lemon Grove, and be registered to vote in Lemon Grove. Find nominations at Applications can be submitted in person or by mail to City Hall, 3232 Main Street, or by email to the City Clerk at [email protected] The registration deadline is June 7 at 5 p.m. The city council will question the candidates at the June 21 city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Contact the City Clerk’s office at (619) 825-3841.

Association looking for parents for puppies

La Mesa-based nonprofit The Animal Pad, an all-breed dog rescue that rescues dogs from high-mortality shelters and off the streets of Mexico, recently partnered with TrustedHousesitters to help one of their latest rescues. Animal Pad staff rescued a pregnant dog from Tijuana who gave birth to 13 puppies. Now The Animal Pad is looking for homes for the 12 surviving puppies. TrustedHousesitters is sponsoring the mom and her puppies by paying their medical bills and will donate $100 per pup to The Animal Pad to continue supporting their mission. Those who adopt the puppies will receive free TrustedHousesitters membership to ensure the puppies are well cared for when travelling. Visit

A local school rewarded for the environment

A school in La Mesa was among several nationally honored recently by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2022 Green Ribbon School. St. Martin of Tours Academy was one of four California schools cited as “Green Achievers”, receiving top honors for their environmental efforts. The academy has invested in a rooftop solar system for school operations and participates in net energy metering which exports excess energy to the grid. It also installed energy-efficient windows, a water filtration system and air purification systems. The landscaping was replaced with drought-tolerant native plants and rocks. The grounds include organic swales, repurposed tree stump seats, rain barrels, and downspouts that direct rainwater to fruit trees and the organic garden maintained by K-5 classes. Students participate in STEM activities and participate in “real life” challenges on environmental topics. School was among 27 schools, five districts, and four post-secondary institutions honored for their work to reduce environmental impacts and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and provide education to sustainable development. Two other county schools received silver medals: Bella Mente Montessori Academy, Vista; and Jefferson Elementary, Carlsbad. Visit

The Bank provides grants for literacy projects

The City National Bank recently awarded nearly 100 Reading Is The Way Up Literacy Grants totaling nearly $83,000 to support literacy-based projects as well as financial literacy to elementary, middle and high school teachers in California, Nevada, Georgia and Tennessee. Literacy grants range from $500 to $1,000 and will help augment or expand literacy projects that have been found to be creative, challenging, and likely to increase student achievement. Educators receiving literacy grants were selected from among those who submitted an online application. The one-page app was available to educators in every school district across the bank’s footprint across the country in the fall of each year. In East County, teacher Barbara Chiment of Mount Woodson Elementary School in Ramona received a grant. For a list of all grant recipients, visit

Blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank welcomes these blood donation opportunities. Donors will receive a San Diego Padres Blood Drive t-shirt (while supplies last):

  • 1-7 p.m. Friday, Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, near movie theater.
  • 9am-2.30pm May 29, Central Congregational Church, 8360 Lemon Ave., La Mesa, Main Floor Dining Room
  • 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29 Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, La Mesa, near the fountain

People 17 and older, weighing at least 114 pounds and in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended before donating. Appointments strongly encouraged. Photo ID required. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit

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