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Bikers of El Cajon and Devil Dogs Collect Toys for Children By Cameron Bradley

For The East County Herald EL CAJON — For the fourth consecutive year, the Harley Owners Group (HOG) of East County showed their love for the children by providing an opportunity to support Toys for Tots. On Sunday, Nov. 19, the HOG hosted a breakfast at the El Cajon Harley-Davidson shop followed by a motorcycle drive to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, where a toy drive for the children was held. The toy drive included a silent auction and raffle which directly benefits Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots gives communities opportunity to collect and distribute toys to youth and is a top ranked charity, spending over 97% of its funds on doing exactly that— giving toys to children who might otherwise not receive gifts during the holiday. Host on 101.5 KGB FM and event volunteer Clint August shared his favorite part of the event, “It’s just really the community gathering together for one common cause and that is the kids and just actually envisioning the kids on Christmas morning.” The San Diego community rose to the challenge this year by generously donating toys. Gifts like these are subsequently delivered to children in the community. Toys for Tots revealed that gifts for children ages six through twelve are critically needed. California State Senator Joel Anderson provided the toy drive volunteers with certificates in recognition of their tremendous community spirit. Anderson stated, “This special event is an incredible example of the selflessness within our community and with the work of the East

California Senator Joel Anderson honered each breakfast volunteer with a Certificate of Recognition. County HOG and Toys for Tots, we can help we can make this holiday season an unforgettable year for every child.” Event organizer Brett Dickinson described how his group showed up with a pickup truck, van, and trailer full of toys last year when

he said, “It’s nice when we show up with a lot of stuff.” He proudly shared, “These people give selflessly throughout the year. It’s not just this time here, and these people are always here to volunteer for events and doing charity all years.”

Wells Fargo Facing Insurance License Suspension or Revocation Department Alleges Wells Fargo Signed Up 1,500 Consumers for Insurance Without Their Consent SACRAMENTO — Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc., were served with an accusation by the California Department of Insurance seeking to suspend or revoke its licenses for alleged improper insurance sales practices related to the company’s online insurance referral program, which resulted in insurance products being purchased and paid for by consumers without their knowledge. “Consumers should not be treated like chattel by corporations who take advantage of and abuse the consumers’ trust,’ said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Companies licensed to transact insurance have an obligation to act with integrity, to obtain consumer consent before placing insurance, to disclose relevant and material information, and to comply with all state insurance laws.” The accusation is the result of an investigation opened at the direction of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, which found that from 2008 to 2016, Wells Fargo customers were issued approximately 1,500 insurance policies without their knowledge or permission. In some cases, employees told consumers to enter their personal information on a policy application merely to receive a quote, but Wells Fargo employees later submitted the application to the insurer to purchase the policy without the consumer’s permission. In 2016, Wells Fargo paid $185 million to federal regulators to settle claims alleging the bank opened fraudulent deposit and credit card accounts. A bank review found approximately 3.5 million unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts opened from 2009 to 2016. Bank employees opened these unauthorized accounts as part of an incentive compensation program that indirectly encouraged improper sales practices and was not adequately overseen by bank management. Wells Fargo is expected to file a Notice of Defense. The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $394 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921

On The Cover ALPINE — The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians held their annual Childrens Christmas Party in the Oak Ball Room at Viejas Casino & Resort, Tuesday, Dec. 5. San Diego Padres Color Commentator and Alpine local Mark Grant emceed the event that had Wonder Woman, Minnie and Mickey Mouse among others in attendance for the more than jolly evening.

Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) of East County gather outside EL Cajon Harley-Davidson for a full-on breakfast prior to their coordinated toy drive collecting and delivering toys for the Marine Corp Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program.

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Your Congress In The News with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter

House Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) proudly voted in favor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, when it passed the House by a margin of 231-198, Wednesday, Dec. 6. This bipartisan legislation, of which Congressman Hunter is an original cosponsor, ensures that law-abiding citizens that have obtained a state-issued concealed carry license or permit for their firearm may carry a concealed handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the individual is properly following the laws of that state. “For the past several years, House Republicans have successfully stopped legislative efforts attacking our 2nd Amendment. Today, we are being proactive by passing a common-sense measure that upholds and expands our constitutional right to bear arms while enhancing public safety at the same time,” said Congressman Hunter. “Many state laws, particularly here in California, unnecessarily restrict

the ability of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm for which they are fully qualified. These individuals have passed background checks and have taken all the required training for knowing the laws and handling firearms. If we can travel from state-to-state with a driver’s license, there is no good reason why we cannot do the same with concealed carry.” Studies have shown that citizens that carry a concealed handgun are better prepared to act in their own self-defense and in the protection of others. Arbitrary state laws that restrict the ability of citizens to exercise their constitutional right of selfprotection only benefits criminals those that seek to cause harm. Many states already allow for reciprocity of their license and permits, H.R. 38 would streamline regulation and make it universal across the nation while, at the same time, upholding the conditions states have in place to prevent criminals from carrying a concealed handgun. Following its passage, H.R.

Congressman Duncan D. Hunter

38 will now be referred to the U.S. Senate for consideration where a similar bill, S.446, has already been introduced.

Hunter, R-Alpine, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is the first Marine combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to be elected to Congress. He represents California’s 50th Congressional District consisting of East and Northern County San Diego.

t’s not by accident that Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Ed Royce, Mimi Walters, Darrell Issa, Dana Rohrabacher and Steve Knight, all California Republicans now in Congress, have survived and thrived through multiple terms in spite of frequent indicators that they were endangered in their very disparate districts. Democrats downplay this political and personal reality this fall, as they gear up for hotly contested primary contests where the prize is the opportunity to take on one of those Republicans. The assumption among most Democrats is that because of sometimes-looney behavior and words by President Trump, next fall will see many, many Democratic victories, perhaps enough for them to take back the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010, when Republicans won a sweeping majority. The GOP margin now stands at 241 members to 194, after Democrats gained six seats in 2016, still falling 47 shy of taking over. That means Democrats must flip 24 seats next year to regain control of the House, and they see most of those eight sometimes embattled California Republicans as ripe for the ousting. The have no such illusions about this state’s six other Republicans in Congress: the likes of Tom McClintock, Paul Cook, Doug LaMalfa, Kevin McCarthy, Ken Calvert and Duncan Hunter all appear safe from any sudden Democratic storm because they represent essentially rock-ribbed Republican districts. Not even their votes to kill Obamacare – the Affordable Care Act whose health insurance covers many thousands in their districts – are enough to threaten any of them. But things seem different in those other eight districts, one reason why multiple hopefuls have risen up in almost all those places in hopes of taking on long-established incumbents like Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried his 39th District straddling parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties in 2016, putting a target on Royce’s back for the first time in many years. Rohrabacher’s coastal Orange County district was also long considered safely Republican, but his reputation as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite congressman” renders him unusually vulnerable next year. Still, Rohrabacher has often won with very large margins, and the several Democrats seeking to take him on next November would be foolish to assume he’s a lame duck. The same for Issa, whose district covering parts of northern San Diego County and southern Orange County was long a safe GOP area. True, he won reelection by just 1,600 votes last year, the smallest margin of any Republican in Congress, but his caralarm fortune has so far provided all the funds he’s needed to repel threats once he took them seriously. Issa, reputedly the richest man in Congress, is clearly scared. Yes, he voted for Obamacare repeal, along with all his California colleagues, but he also plumped for a plan of his own offering all Americans the same health insurance options open to members of Congress. He’s moderated other of his stances lately, too, becoming more of a physical presence in his district than he’s perhaps ever been. Meanwhile, the huge Latino pluralities in the Central Valley districts of Denham, Nunes and Valadao have never seriously threatened any of them, but could this time because of their health care votes. Nunes, the committee chairman, also could be dogged by his forced recusal from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian involvement in Trump’s 2016 campaign. And Knight, a narrow winner last time in his Palmdale-Santa Clarita district, will face at least as formidable a challenge next year as in his last campaign, itself a close call, even though it’s uncertain who will be his runoff opponent. Each of these races is different, but all have the common theme of voters possibly wanting to crimp Trump’s power, while other voters will not forgive the incumbents for their health care votes. Still, every one of these Republicans has faced concerted opposition before, and none has lost yet. If Democrats assume they can easily oust any or all of them, they could be in for a surprise and another national defeat.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at


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osmetic procedures are used to make the skin look more youthful. Many dermatologists perform cosmetic procedures. Here are some examples: Microdermabrasion uses tiny, fine particles or a very hard diamond-tipped wand to slough off cells from the top layer of the skin and encourage new skin growth. Laser resurfacing uses high-intensity light to zap and improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening loose skin. Chemical peels are used to treat mild acne scars, age spots, dull skin texture, skin discoloration, or wrinkles around the eyes or mouth. The peels remove the outer layers of the skin and encourage the growth of new, smoother, more evenly colored skin. Botox injections can paralyze tiny facial muscles, smoothing out the appearance of lines or wrinkles. The American Academy of Dermatology, which represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, advises patients to ask 10 questions before undergoing a cosmetic procedure. The following are those questions with answers I’ve edited to meet space requirements:

Will a board-certified dermatologist perform the procedure?

The AAD urges everyone considering a cosmetic procedure to select a doctor who is board certified in dermatology or a similar medical specialty. All treatments should be performed by the physician or under the direct supervision of the physician. Complications increase when cosmetic procedures are not performed by a board-certified physician or under the doctor’s direct supervision.

How many times has the doctor performed the procedure?

The procedure should be one that the doctor performs regularly. When physicians have specialized training in performing a procedure and have successfully performed the procedure on numerous patients, they usually want others to know.

What results can I expect?

A dermatologist typically tells a patient what to expect after visually examining the skin and gathering a medical history. May I see before and after photographs of patients or speak with patients whom the doctor has treated with this procedure(s)? Doctors should be willing to share their results through photographs or referrals. If a physician is hesitant to do so, find one who will.

What is the recovery time?

While cosmetic procedures have become less invasive and require less downtime, patients should know what to expect after the procedure. For example, after botulinum (Botox) rejuvenation, patients can have temporary swelling, redness or bruising.

What are the risks and side effects of the procedure?

While the risks involved in most cosmetic procedures are minimal, there are risks. Potential complications should be discussed before the cosmetic procedure is scheduled.

How long will the results last?

Most cosmetic results are not permanent. While a patient’s lifestyle and overall health can shorten the length of time that a patient sees the results, there are general guidelines.

Where will the procedure be performed?

Most cosmetic procedures can be safely and effectively performed in a physician’s office, surgical suite, or outpatient surgical center. This gives the patient a safe, cost-effective alternative to the hospital and a level of care that spas, shopping malls, and walk-in clinics cannot offer.

What follow-up care is included?

Follow-up care is an important part of cosmetic surgical procedures. Be wary of undergoing any cosmetic surgery that does not include follow-up care.

What is the cost of the treatment?

Insurance usually does not cover the cost of a cosmetic procedure. Before scheduling the procedure, find out the costs and how payment will be required.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean Simple Blood Test May Help Predict MS Activity and Flare Ups


blood test to monitor a nerve protein in the blood of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) may help predict whether disease activity is flaring up, according to a study published in the November 29, online issue of Neurology® Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The nerve protein, called neurofilament light chain, is a component of nerve cells and can be detected in the blood stream and spinal fluid when nerve cells die. “Since MS varies so much from person to person and is so unpredictable in how the disease will progress and how people will respond to treatment, identifying a biomarker like this that can help us make predictions would be very helpful,” said study author Kristin N. Varhaug, MD, of the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway. “These blood tests could provide a low-cost alternative to MRI for monitoring disease activity.” A blood test may also be a good alternative for those who fear the small, enclosed space required when getting an MRI scan. “We monitored neurofilament light chain levels in the blood of people with the relapsing-remitting form of MS and found levels of this nerve protein were higher when people had new disease activity and lower when they took medication to reduce the number of symptom flare-

ups,” Varhaug said. Relapsing-remitting MS is a form of the disease marked by symptom flare-ups followed by periods of remission. For the two-year study, researchers enrolled 85 people who had relapsingremitting MS for an average of two years. During the first six months, participants did not receive diseasemodifying treatment. For the remaining 18 months, they were all treated with interferon-beta 1a, which can reduce the number of flareups and the accumulation of brain lesions in MS. For the first nine months, participants had monthly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. They then had MRI scans again at year one and year two. Blood samples were also taken at the beginning of the study, at three and six months, as well as at year one and year two. Researchers found that nerve protein levels in the blood were higher when MRI detected new T1 and T2 lesions, which are areas of damage in the brain due to MS. Those with new T1 lesions had 37.3 picograms per milliliter (pg/ml) of the nerve protein in their blood compared with 28 pg/ ml for people without new T1 lesions. Those with new T2 lesions had 37.3 pg/ml of nerve protein in the blood compared with 27.7 pg/ml for those without new T2 lesions. Increased nerve protein levels were present for a three-month time period

during the development of new lesions. Nerve protein levels also fell when treatment with interferon-beta 1a treatment began. The researchers found that an increase of 10 pg/ml in a person was associated with a 48-percent increased risk of developing a new T1 lesion and 62-percent increased risk of a new T2 lesion. “Blood tests for this nerve protein may be an effective way to monitor disease activity and how well the treatment is working,” said Varhaug. Limitations of the study include that people in the study had more frequent MRI scans than they would have during regular MS care. Also, while most patients experienced new lesions during follow-up, not all had relapses. Future studies may want to consider a longer time frame for follow-up. Source: American Academy of Neurology

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, there are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! As we are entering the Christmas season, the time which much of the world acknowledges the Advent of Christ (the first coming of Christ into the world) I thought it only appropriate as we have been looking at the Promises of God we spend the next few weeks considering the greatest of all the promises of God, the giving of His only Son. It seems strange that we need to be reminded of the greatest event in all of history but we do as we can easily get distracted by the world’s version of Christmas with all its trappings and snares. God first promised the giving of His Son to take away the sins of the world soon after the Fall of Man (when Adam and Eve sinned against God) in Genesis 3:9-15 “And Jehovah God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you? And he said, I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I am naked, and I hid myself. And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree which I commanded you that you should not eat? And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. And Jehovah God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate. And Jehovah God said to the serpent, Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every animal of the field. You shall go upon your belly, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” When the Lord is addressing the serpent He tells of the day in which the Seed of the woman (Jesus Christ) would bruise (crush) the head of Satan. The Apostle John writes of this in his first letter, 1John 3:8 “For this purpose the Son of God was revealed, that He might undo the works of the Devil.” We see the prophet Isaiah also speaking of God’s promise of the Messiah in Isaiah 7:14 “So, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” These as well as the over 300 Old Testament prophesies were fulfilled when Jesus was born of Mary over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, Israel. Matthew 1:18-23 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was this way (for His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph) before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. But Joseph, her husband to be, being just, and not willing to make her a public example, he purposed to put her away secretly. And as he thought upon these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take to you Mary as your wife. For that in her is fathered of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this happened so that might be fulfilled that which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive in her womb, and will bear a son. And they will call His name Emmanuel,” which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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Ho! Ho! Ho! We Will Have Snow!

SANTEE — Santa and snow are in the forecast on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 10 AM – 3 PM at the 17th annual Santa at the Lakes event at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities including: the exciting Snow Hill, photos with Santa, character meet and greet, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, carnival rides, holiday crafts, s’mores and more! Once again, we are pleased to announce Storybook Island where children (and adults) can enjoy an amazing meet and greet and photo opportunity with Ariel and Prince Eric, the Ice Princess and her sister Anna, Darth Vader, Moana and more, all set in an enchanting holiday setting. Food is available for purchase at the Snack Bar and at our famous ‘Snacklebox’ food cart. Admission is $10 per carload; activity and ride tickets are only $1 per ticket with most rides requiring 1-7 tickets. For more information visit our Facebook events page or website at or call 619-596-3141.

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DECEMBER 2017 PROGRAMS The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON Those who have lost a loved one will gain new insights and identify strategies for coping with the holiday season from Randye Golden-Grant, LCSW, Sharp HospiceCare Bereavement Counselor. This free program is Thursday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Grossmont Health Care District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Reservation required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at YEAR-END TAX AND ESTATE PLANNING Uncertainty and change…time and the world do not stand still. To succeed in a changing environment requires anticipation and planning. Learn about proposed legislative changes by Congress and how Wills, Trusts, and Charitable Planning can provide benefits to you and your family. Presented by Norman W. Timmins, J.D., Major Gift & Estate Planning Director, for Grossmont Hospital Foundation on Monday, Dec. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grossmont Health Care District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING Have your blood pressure checked by a registered nurse. No appointment necessary. Open to the public. For information, call 619-740-4214. • Grossmont Center Food Court, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • William C. Herrick Community Health Library, 9001 Wakarusa, La Mesa. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, 8450 La Mesa Blvd., Friday, Friday, Dec. 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • College Avenue Senior Center, 6299 Capri Dr., San Diego. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close •Sir Mix-a-Lot and Tone Loc, Saturday, Dec. 16, Tickets $49-$59 • Tony Orlando, Dec, 17 and 18 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • The O’Jays, Jan. 14 and 15, Tickets $99-$109 • Sinbad, Thursday, Jan. 18, Tickets $59-$69 • Under the Street Lamp, Sunday, Jan 21, Tickets $49-$59 • Blue Oyster Cult, Thursday Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • The Oak Ridge Boys, Saturday Feb. 3, Tickets: $59-$69 • Poco and the Pure Prairie League, Sunday, Feb. 11, Tickets $59-$69 • Los Caminantes, Wednesday Feb. 14, Tickets $29-$39 • Little Anthony and The Imperials, Friday, Feb. 16, Tickets $59-$69 • Warrant and Quiet Riot, Friday, Feb. 23, Buy Tickets $59-$69 • Human Nature, Thursday March 22 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • Aaron Lewis, March 27 and 28, Tickets $59-$69 • The Commodores, March 29 and 30, Buy Tickets $79-$89 • The Marshall Tucker Band, Monday April 16, Tickets $59-$69 Concert tickets can be purchased online at or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

Sophie’s Gallery Presents Wings & Snow: A World of Masks SAN DIEGO — St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will present Wings & Snow: A World of Masks at Sophie’s Kensington Gallery located at 4168 Adams Avenue, San Diego, and Sophie’s El Cajon Gallery located at 109 Rea Avenue, El Cajon. The show will run from Dec. 2–30, with a public reception at the Kensington Gallery on Dec. 2 from 5 p.m.–8 p.m., and at the El Cajon Gallery on Dec. 8 from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Wings & Snow celebrates the holiday season with a collection of masks in a variety of media including clay, fused glass, paint, mosaics, palm fronds and repurposed jewels. The show is inspired by Philip Colon, who painted at Sophie’s Gallery for many years. His passion for world cultures inspired colorful interpretations of masks from a variety of countries. When Philip’s family donated his personal collection of masks to Sophie’s Galleries, St. Madeleine’s artists transformed them with mosaics and paint. Other masks were formed with clay in our ceramics and fused glass departments. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disorders for which there are no cures. Guest artists include Carol Minear, a local Kensington artist who uses palm fronds to create characters, and Maureen Robbins, an artist from Rochester, New York, who creates jeweled masks.



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he San Diego State football team has accepted an invitation to play Army West Point in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, and be broadcast nationally by ESPN. “We’re excited about it,” Aztecs head coach Rocky Long said. “We have several kids on our team from Texas. That makes it fun for them. It’s always an honor to play a military academy team.” The Aztecs (10-2) have won four consecutive games by a combined score of 157-47 and have reached double-digits in wins for a schoolrecord third straight season. Army West Point, meanwhile, is 8-3 and plays Navy this Saturday (Dec. 9) in Philadelphia. It will be the eighth consecutive bowl appearance for SDSU (longest streak in school history) and 16th bowl appearance overall (12th in Division I play). San Diego State will be playing in the Armed Forces Bowl for the first time. The Aztecs are 2-0 all-time against the Black Knights, winning 23-20 at Army in 2011 and 42-7 at home in 2012. “We are extremely excited to announce that the United States Military Academy and San Diego State University will square off at Amon G. Carter Stadium this year,” Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl executive director Brant Ringler said. “We are honored to host Army West Point for the second time and to have a service academy playing in the game for the ninth time in the past 11 years. We also are very pleased to be able to bring in a strong San Diego State program that has enjoyed so much success this year and over the past decade. “This promises to be an exciting matchup between two talented, well-coached teams,” Ringler said. “We are looking forward to welcoming both programs and their great fans to Fort Worth in a little over two weeks.” The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, played in honor of the armed forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. Air Force has appeared in the game five times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015), while Navy has played twice (2013, 2016). Army, which made its debut in 2010, will be making its second appearance.

Prep Football Champs

Congratulations to three East County high school football teams for winning San Diego Section CIF section titles: Helix (Open Division), Steele Canyon (Division II) and Monte Vista (Division IV). This proves that the best prep football in San Diego was played in East County in 2017.

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this recognition,” said Gibson. “It’s been a wonderful career of taking care of patients. Grossmont Hospital and the East County have been a wonderful home for me.” Raised in The La Mesa Village Association will present “Holiday in Grand Prairie, Tex., Gibson decided in high school to pursue The Village” from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 and a career in medicine. “I thought it would be a rewarding Sunday, Dec. 10. The event along the streets of La Mesa’s career and offer a wide variety of different experiences historic district will feature live music, food and gift ideas. every day, and I was right,” said Gibson. Following his Other activities will include carnival rides, face painting and graduation from the University of Texas Medical School, collecting greeting cards for military troops and unwrapped service in Vietnam as a U.S. Army field combat surgeon, and toys for military families. The association said the event’s a six-month stint on Pitcairn Island as the island’s doctor, previous name was Christmas in the Village. A statement said, Gibson opened his family practice in San Diego in 1972, and “As it is a new association sponsoring the event and the city served at both Grossmont Hospital and Alvarado Hospital as is working to be more inclusive of all the holiday festivities at a general practitioner. At Grossmont Hospital, he served as this time of year we have changed the name to reflect that.” Chief of the Family Practice Department, Chair of the Quality For more information, visit Assurance Department and Chief of Medical Staff. He also served on a committee to develop a self-funded health insurance plan called the Grossmont Hospital Health Plan. Grossmont Healthcare District honors For decades, he served patients from his family practice Gibson for 50-year medical career office at 8871 Garfield St., La Mesa. The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently honored Dr. G. David Gibson of La Mesa for his 50-year medical career in the East County Region. Gibson has worked in the field of medicine since 1967. Gibson was presented with a plaque of appreciation from GHD board members. He was joined at the Nov. 17 GHD board meeting by wife Susan, son Brad Gibson and daughter Rebecca Stewart, along with granddaughters Scarlett, 10, and Ainsley, 7. GHD board president Michael Emerson acknowledged Gibson with gratitude. “Thanks for your dedication to maintaining and improving patient care and your commitment to improving healthcare excellence, all while meeting the healthcare needs of families in the East County.” “I’m very grateful for

East County welcomes Toys for Joy on Saturday, Dec. 9 The Rock Church will present its 21st annual Toys of Joy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The free toy, food and clothing giveaway will be held at four locations, including Lincoln High School, Southwest High School, San Marcos High School and El Cajon Valley High School, 1035 East Madison Ave, El Cajon. The event is free and open to all children and families in need. Children up to age 11 will receive a free toy and families will have the opportunity to receive free lunch, clothing, groceries and

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entertainment. Registration is not required. Church officials expect attendance to exceed 20,000 people. The public is invited to participate. Volunteers can sign up at www. Toys can be purchased using an online wish list at Monetary and in-kind gifts can be contributed online at org/donate. The church said many volunteers, sponsors, and community partners work together to spread pervasive hope through this event. The Rock Church, which began in February 2000, opened an East County campus in 2013. Its East County campus, at 808 Jackman Dr. in El Cajon, was a former Michael’s retail store that was remodeled to feature a 725-seat auditorium. More than 15,000 people attend The Rock’s 15 Sunday services at four multi-site campuses and more than 20 microsites.

`Last Jedi’ fundraiser will help special needs families The Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego (SNRFSD), a nonprofit that helps families of children with special needs, will benefit from a special screening of Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., in Mission Valley. Tickets to the fundraiser are priced at $55 and $30 per person (higher priced ticket holders are first in line to choose their seats). Admission includes movie screening, souvenir badge and opportunity drawing ticket, along with popcorn and a drink. Tickets can be purchased here, www. Title sponsor is Qualcomm, Inc. Event sponsors include Compass Charter School, Soapy Joe’s Car Cash and Shea Homes.


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Christmas in Alpine Home Tour, Dec. 16 ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its 12th Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, December 16 from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to view five stunning country estates and stroll through Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop and the beautifully decorated Alpine Community Church. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1pm till 4pm. Andrew Piondexter will display his incredible Nutcracker collection. He originally started his collection about 5 years ago for one of his teachers. He added to his collection and now has almost 300 Nutcrackers. They range in size from 2 inches to five feet tall. Ticket holders will also enjoy light refreshments and a surprise gift to say thank you for your support. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tour tickets on line at or at The Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd., Dana’s Boutique 2271 Alpine Blvd., or Alpine Garden and Gifts 2442 Alpine Blvd. If you prefer to mail a check please make it payable to Alpine Woman’s Club and mail to Karin Smith - Home Tour Chairperson, P.O. Box 231 Alpine CA 91901. Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday Dec 16th starting at 9:30am. There will be an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45pm after the Tour but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation. So far the club has given away $126,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors who are college bound. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at




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Grossmont, Cuyamaca Offer Intersession Classes EL CAJON / RANCHO SAN DIEGO — Open registration starts Dec. 5 for spring intersession classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Early registration is currently underway. Students attend classes Jan. 2-27 and can complete a course, including those satisfying general education requirements, in just four weeks. The cost of the courses is the same $46 per unit that applies for regular-session classes, with most classes meeting daily for 2 1/2 hours and earning students three units. Go to for a list of intersession classes at both colleges and links to registration.

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