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EAST COUNTY — Music is a piece of art that inspires our human senses in many different ways and help create strong and vibrant communities. East County Youth Symphony (ECYS) aspires to offer our young talented community with free high-quality music training and community performance opportunities. Some of the ECYS alumni are now pursuing their passion for music at top music schools in the United States such as Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music. Members of the East County Youth Symphony practice tirelessly and perform for their communities at the end of each concert season. Their talents have been noticed by community leaders including California State Senator Joel Anderson who has invited the ECYS to perform at his annual Holiday Legislative Open House every year to perform his constituents that attend the event. “For the past five years, the East County Youth Symphony string quartet received an invitation from Senator Anderson to perform at his Holiday Open House. Needless to say, our musicians were excited every time they had a chance to play for Senator

EL CAJON — The 47th Annual Miss Alpine Pageant was held Sunday, March 22 at Los Coches Middle School. The annual production has grown over the years to include Miss Mt. Empire and Miss San Diego East County. Newly crowned for 2015 is: pictured right, from left: Miss Mt Empire Marissa Morison, the 47th Miss Alpine Taylor Zeno and Miss San Diego East County Samantha Harper. In it’s entirety, the production crowned 12 ambassadors in four age divisions.

Anderson’s guests. It was a wonderful performance opportunity, a lot of fun, and a great honor for the ECYS students to be invited as a guest ensemble to a big political event,” said Alexandra Keegan, the Executive Director for the ECYS. Anderson was impressed by the incredible atmosphere that the joyful ECYS created. Anderson extended his gratitude to the young musicians and their coaches when he said, “I am grateful to Alexandra and her dedicated volunteers for their efforts to promote a strong artistic spirit in our community. I am also proud of the hardworking students and am inspired by their dedication.” ECYS will perform J. Brahms’ Symphony No.3 at Lakeside

Community Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 19 and on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Kroc Theatre. Doors are open for our community to join. For more information about the East County Youth Symphony, visit www.ecysymphony.com


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t seems as though most of my colleagues have a singular mission of expanding the number of laws, regulations, fees, and taxes in California. They measure their success by the number of bills they get signed by Governor Brown. Ever since I arrived in Sacramento; however, I’ve made it my goal to fight this flawed logic and instead reverse the harmful legislation and regulation that most harmfully affects you - my constituents. I am now in my fifth year as your Assemblymember and I’ve had some success in my mission of “undoing” California’s most erroneous laws. I’ve been working on some exciting projects and issues geared toward helping California recapture its status as the “Golden State.” Fortunately, the media has taken notice of my efforts, and I want to share with you some of the coverage we’ve received over the past few weeks. – Did you know that almost all of California’s workers do not have the option of requesting a flexible work schedule? Assembly Bill 1038 will undo the law signed by Gray Davis that removed that option for private, non-union employees. Steve Greenhut with the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote an excellent column on the backstory, specifically why the public sector labor unions have gotten involved. Reason, The Ramona Sentinel, and Human Events also ran these stories. – Plaintiff ’s attorneys have found a way to take advantage of small businesses and get paid big buck enforcing Proposition 65. And it’s no wonder since they are the ones that wrote Prop 65. AB 1252 will undo some of the provisions of Prop 65 and provide litigation relief to small businesses. An opinion editorial was written by Tom Scott, with Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, on this issue, which appeared in Fox & Hounds. – Believe it or not California is the only state that has its own set of rules when it comes to labeling a manufactured product as “Made in America”. All the other 49 states and the Federal Trade Commission agree on another set that protects manufacturing jobs in America. AB 312 will undo a 50-year-old law that unfairly exposes manufacturers to frivolous law suits. The San Diego Union-Tribune recently wrote a story on the legislation and 600 AM KOGO recently had me on to discuss the absurdities over California’s stringent regulations. – ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AB 1146 will undo current CA law that forbids scooters from skate parks. San Diego County Board of Supervisors brought this to our attention and KUSI News’ Turko Files covered it in a follow up story after the legislation was introduced. Can you imagine opening a business and then being forbidden from selling your product at your own location? AB1233 will undo a Prohibition-era law that prohibits craft distillers selling their own product on their own site. This issue has gained statewide radio attention from 600 AM KOGO, KFBK Sacramento, Power Talk 1360, Talk 910 KKSF AM, and Talk 650 KSTE. – Also, as the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Business & Professions Committee, we review cost overruns in California’s bloated bureaucracy. Just this week, the committee met to hear from government officials about these cost overruns. KCRA Sacramento covered the story, to which I reminded the bureaucrats that this is money out of the pockets of Californians they’re spending, and the free spending on the taxpayer’s dime needs to stop now. These are a few of the bills I am carrying or co-authoring to help reform California and help make it the Golden State once again. I encourage you to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or to check out my Assembly website for the latest update.

alifornia has bled many millions of dollars because of the myriad blunders by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who probably should have remained a muscleman actor and never ventured into politics. Spending has barely begun on the high speed rail project he enthusiastically backed without worrying about troublesome details like its precise route or whether it can ever attain the ultra-high speeds he promised. Many dozens more millions of dollars have been doled out – with lots more to come – to build refueling stations for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles long before anyone knows whether consumers will buy them. The $15 billion deficit-payment bond issue Schwarzenegger pushed on California voters ended up costing the state almost twice that, when interest was counted. But at least the disastrous real estate deal the fading movie star pushed is at last dead. True, it has now cost the state more than $24 million without producing even one job or one dime, but at least it is gone. This deal began as a high-stakes auction in 2009, when Schwarzenegger cast about desperately for solutions to the state’s seemingly perpetual budget shortfalls. As he looked for revenue sources, Schwarzenegger pounced on 11of the state’s trademark buildings, including the Public Utilities Commission building in San Francisco, the Justice Department in Sacramento, the Supreme Court building in San Francisco and the pink granite Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles. The top bid deemed credible in Arnold’s auction amounted to $2.3 billion (just $600 million in immediate cash) for the emblematic structures. The rest of the money was to come in the form of savings on things like janitorial services and power and gas bills. Schwarzenegger-appointed spokesmen for the state Department of General Services pronounced the deal “fantastic,” to use one of the ex-governor’s favorite hollow expressions, saying it would help get the state out of its financial hole without costing much. But other state economists at the same time estimated the deal would cost taxpayers $2.8 billion over 30 years as the state rented back its own buildings. It was never clear how $600 million could do much against a cash shortage variously estimated between $27 billion and $45 billion. So, like his 2004 bond issue that bought nothing, this was another of the many short-cuts Schwarzenegger tried to use to solve problems without making sacrifices. Realizing that incoming Gov. Jerry Brown had pegged the real estate deal as a disaster during his 2010 campaign, Schwarzenegger tried to sign documents cementing it during his term’s final hours. But he missed a line or two, allowing Brown to cancel the deal within his first few weeks in office. This rankled the private real estate firms that had combined on the winning bid and expected to milk big profits from the state. The firms, through a partnership called California First, headed by the Irvine-based ACRE LLC and Hines Inc. of Houston, TX, sued to keep the sale alive, and it festered on for four years. A court date arrived at last in December, but the judge wanted no part of any testimony. Instead, he ordered the sides into negotiations, producing a $24 million settlement last month. So the state escaped from this one with a loss of less than one percent of what was projected if the deal had gone through, plus legal fees. Meanwhile, it continues to operate the buildings, which remain prominent symbols of state government. At the same time, Brown’s tactics over the last four years, including the Proposition 30 tax increases he pushed successfully, have eliminated the annual budget shortage despite constant pressure from the Legislature for more spending. There’s also been some help from the recovering economy. One lesson here is age-old: It’s generally far better to make some momentary sacrifices than to sell off a birthright, and it’s especially bad to sell off anything important just when the market for it is bottoming out. No one has explained how even the shallow-minded Schwarzenegger could miss this salient point. The pity is that even as this Arnold-era blunder ends at last, others keep right on losing money.

Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at tdelias@aol.com


. Is it safe to buy medicine online?

. Only if you are very careful. There are many fraudulent operators on the internet. According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the professional organization that represents the state agencies that license pharmacies, only three percent of online websites reviewed appear to meet state and federal pharmacy laws.

• Offer very low drug prices that seem too good to be true. • Are located outside the United States. • Are not licensed in the United States by a state agency. •Allow you to buy medicine without a prescription or by asking you to complete an online survey instead of requiring a prescription. • Do not have a licensed pharmacist available for consultation. • Send spam or unsolicited e-mail offering deep discounts on medicine. • Ship prescriptions worldwide. • Ship drugs from a foreign country. The FDA is conducting a public education campaign called BeSafeRx: Know Your Online Pharmacy to help consumers understand and minimize the risks of buying medicines online. The risks include buying medicine that is counterfeit, contaminated, expired, not FDA-approved, or that contains none of the necessary active ingredient. The medicine you buy with your computer may also have too much or too little of the active ingredient. In the worst-case scenario, you will buy medicine with the wrong active ingredient.

• First, go to your doctor to get prescriptions. • Then, buy from a licensed pharmacy. Some websites have a seal of approval from Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS). If not, check the NABP to see if he online pharmacy is licensed. Go to: http://www.nabp.net/ • Make sure the website offers the services of a registered pharmacist. Legitimate online pharmacies have pharmacists you can consult. Often, these sites offer a toll-free number to connect with a pharmacist. Just because you are buying online doesn’t guarantee that you will get the best price. Do some comparison shopping at your local drug stores. The FDA encourages consumers to report suspected fraudulent sales of medical products on the internet. Go to: http:// www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ucm059315.htm The FDA also wants consumers to report any adverse effects from any medical product. Go to: http://www.fda.gov/ Safety/MedWatch/default.htm

alter and Eliza Hall Institute scientists have developed a new drug-like molecule that can halt inflammation and has shown promise in preventing the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Dr Ueli Nachbur, Associate Professor John Silke, Associate Professor Guillaume Lessene, Professor Andrew Lew and colleagues developed the molecule inhibit a key signal that triggers inflammation. Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that damages the central nervous system including the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. There is no cure and there is a desperate need for new and better treatments. Inflammatory diseases such as MS were triggered by an over-active immune system, Dr Nachbur said. “Inflammation results when our immune cells release hormones called cytokines, which is a normal response to disease,” he said. “However when too many cytokines are produced, inflammation can get out-of-control and damage our own body, all of which are hallmarks of immune or inflammatory diseases.” To apply the brakes on this

runaway immune response, institute researchers developed a small drug-like molecule called WEHI-345 that binds to and inhibits a key immune signalling protein called RIPK2. This prevents the release of inflammatory cytokines. Professor Lew said they examined WEHI-345’s potential to treat immune diseases in experimental models of MS. “We treated preclinical models with WEHI-345 after symptoms of MS first appeared, and found it could prevent further progression of the disease in 50 per cent of cases,” he said. “These results are extremely important, as there are currently no good preventive treatments for MS.” Associate Professor Lessene, who developed the molecule with colleagues in the institute’s ACRF Chemical Biology division, said WEHI-345 had potential as an anti-inflammatory agent. “This molecule will be a great starting point for a drug-discovery program that may one day lead to new treatments for MS and other inflammatory diseases,” Associate Professor Lessene said. Dr Nachbur said institute scientists would use WEHI-345 to further investigate the signalling pathway that produced inflammatory cytokines and to develop a better, stronger

inhibitor of RIPK2 for treating inflammatory disease. “This signalling pathway must be finely balanced, because WEHI-345 only delayed signalling rather than blocked it. Nevertheless, this delay is enough to completely shut off cytokine production,” he said. “Not only is this a potential new treatment, it is a great tool we can use to unravel this signalling pathway and identify other important proteins that control inflammation that could be a drug target.”

Source: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

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Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 28 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.


n San Diego real estate, REALTORS® are stating the market place is full of Shoppers. San Diego County has low inventory, low interest rates, easing credit criteria, lots of shoppers yet not enough buyers. Wait, did he say “Shoppers?” Shoppers are lookers who are ready and able to buy but not willing to unless the perfect real estate buy comes along. Also in this group are novice investors who may have had a few successes but wont pull the trigger unless there is a super margin built into the acquisition. Reasons why a high level of shoppers exist today include: • buyer or consumer confidence issues, • uncertainty of the future of their personal and professional lives, and • uneasiness regarding the political environment. The good news is that nothing makes someone feel more stable about today and the future than making a good, sound and affordable real estate investment.

Because there are a great deal of shoppers who are slow to pull the trigger, some properties are sitting on the market longer than they should. If San Diego properties are not priced correctly, they will sit on the market. This has always been true but is exemplified when there are lots of shoppers in the market place. A home seller can turn a shopper into a buyer. It’s not by over advertising a cluttered home. It’s now by over marketing a rough looking yard. It’s not by over promoting a property that is poorly decorated. It is by constantly making small changes to the promotion, condition and price that will turn a shopper into a buyer. Each week, make micro changes. Change the decor, change the couch position, change refrigerator artwork, paint one wall so the whole house isn’t white, remove dead plants, clean the garage, change the price. You don’t need incentives if the price is right. Have your agent do their

part. Have another caravan, have an open house, change the paper on the brochure, re-photo the property, promote the home differently than before. Have your agent drive you by the homes that went into escrow With constant micro changes to your property , your price and with your promotional campaign, you will convert more home shoppers into real estate buyers! Campbell is the sales manager for Pacific Growth Sales and has offices in Alpine, El Cajon and Mission Valley. He and his team of Concierge REALTORS® can be found on line at SanDiegoHomeBuys. com

With decades of experience, Jeff shares his views, tips, trends and advice with East County readers as it pertains to everything and anything real estate. Jeff Campbell & Associates are San Diego County REALTORS ® with the Concierge Real Estate Firm of Pacific Growth Sales. Jeff can be reached at MyFavoriteRealtor@yahoo.com

ALPINE — The annual Soroptimist speech contest finals were held Sunday, March 22 at Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS). Each year all 8th grade students at JMMS compete in the contest and then are narrowed down from 200 to the top six. This year Sydney Jones (above, left), was the first place winner and the five finalists were (second from left-right) Nicole Swanson, Riley Bromma Diplock, Raahema Arshad, Mary Welsh and Maggie Carpenter. Congratulations to all of the contestants.

reetings precious people, this week we will continue our series addressing the existence of evil and wickedness. The origin of evil and wickedness as we see it manifested today comes from two sources. The first is from Satan and his demons that nobody wants to admit exist except in horror movies. The other is even less acceptable in our society and that is from the heart of man. In Jeremiah 17:9 we read, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” The evil actions of man does not make the heart of that man evil, it simply proves that the heart of man is evil. Jesus tells us Mark 7:19-23 “And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” In an attempt to show the refusal of our culture to accept these two facts let me ask you a question, when you hear of some terrible act that has been committed against another or group of people such as child abuse, rape, torture, beheadings, any number of other atrocities, what do you and countless others say of the person who committed such acts? I will tell you what most say, “They are sick!” Sick? What, do they have a cold or flu? We have been conditioned by our politically correct government, schools, work place, businesses, et al to consider the acts of the person to be something other than they are, evil! Please understand dear ones why this is, if we will call certain acts and the people that perform them evil and wicked then there must be something or someone that determines what is evil and wicked and guess who that would be? God! In man’s attempt to rid himself and the world of God, he must turn his back on all the truths that God has set forth. When this happens, man, the society in which he lives and the world sets them on a slippery downward spiral into destruction. These very actions are set forth for us in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians, Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in them the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” The only hope for you dear one, our culture, our nation is that we repent (change our mind, heart, and actions) of our sin, we acknowledge and recognize sin as it is and turn from it, and turn with our whole heart toward God and follow Him as He has set forth in His Word, the Bible. Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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veryone wants Paul to walk. Everyone’s trying to help him. Everyone’s encouraging him. Paul is feeling pushed. “I’m not ready to walk,” he tells me in the middle of the night as I sit by his bedside. He can’t sleep. He wants to get up. Suddenly his face scrunches up. “What’s happening, Paul?” “My right leg’s spasming,” he says tearfully through clenched teeth. All during his stay in the Rehabilitation Center, Paul was anxious and scared. He loved the nurses and Dr. Kalmar; he loved all of the Certified Nurse Assistants; he loved his therapists and the dieticians, who gave him whatever he wanted to eat; he loved his trips to the cafeteria, the gift shop and the coffee cart. But why was he here? Why wasn’t he home? You could see the anxiety in the red rash covering his body. You could see it in his face when his muscles spasmed and kept on spasming until the nurse brought a muscle relaxant, a pain pill or an anti-anxiety pill. The pill almost always stopped the spasming immediately. Then he came home. The rash disappeared. The spasms stopped. Just like that. He was home. He was relaxed. He’s been home a month now and he’s walking with a walker, with great difficulty and with his therapist Amanda at his side, but he’s walking. I follow

close behind with the wheelchair in case he needs to stop and rest. Finally his feet are making the motions they wouldn’t make before. He’s also transferring from bed to wheelchair and wheelchair to bed with less difficulty. He needs help, but his feet are taking the one or two steps sideways and backwards needed to rotate his body into or out of the chair as I hold him steady. Everyone’s excited. He’s walking! He’s transferring better! Everyone wants Paul to be able to get in and out of the car. His brother stops by to encourage him and work with him. I urge him to do the exercises and show his sister how he can walk with the walker. He resists. He doesn’t want to get up and walk with us – only with his physical therapist, Amanda. His spasms have started to come back. He’s starting to scratch himself again. Last night he woke me just after midnight. We talk. He gets angry. We call it “grumpy.” “You’re pushing me too hard,” he says. He wants me to leave him alone; he says his brother is pushing him too hard and his therapist is making him transfer too fast. We talk some more. I don’t know how to reassure him. I don’t know how to make him happy about his progress. Finally I tell him I’m going back to bed so we can both get

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on the Friday, April 3, at Carlton Oaks Country Club 9200 Inwood Dr., Santee. The breakfast sponsor will be Cox Business Services. Cost to attend is $20 per person for members (with RSVP), $25 per person for non-members, and $30 per person at the door without reservations. RSVPs are requested prior to Monday, March 30. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at sarahm@eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org.

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will present the 50th annual Western Days Parade starting at 9:35 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the corner of Woodside Avenue and Winter Gardens Boulevard. The theme of this year’s parade is “There’s No Place Like Home.” This year’s grand marshal is Dr. Gita Morena, the great-granddaughter of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. Parade sponsors will include Lakeside’s River Park, San Diego Gas & Electric, Barona Band of Mission Indians, Barona Resort and Casino, State Farm Insurance James Fread, Boys and Girls Club of East County, Rancho Los Coches RV Park, Oldcastle Precast, Bob’s Crane, Atlas Pumping, Williams and Sons Masonry, Hilliker’s Farm Fresh Eggs, Pak Mail, Payton’s Hardware, Alpine Rock and Block and Southland Envelope. The parade’s one-mile route will continue along Woodside Avenue and turn north onto Maine Avenue

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some sleep. As I’m leaving the room he says he is going to walk, but he’s not ready yet - he has to do it gradually. This morning he says he’s sorry he got angry with me. I tell him we’re going to slow down, that he knows his body best. I realize the first thing that has to happen is for his neck to heal, so we’re backing off. We’ll go at his speed. I spoke to Amanda today and talked to Paul again. He’s afraid he’ll end up in a wheelchair. He’s afraid he’ll have to have a catheter. He’s afraid he’ll have to have more surgery - his neck is still sore: maybe the titanium plates slipped? The surgeon told him the plates are fine and the soreness will go away “when it goes away.” Not to worry. But he does. So many worries. Too much to bear. How I wish for a magic pill. All I can do is… not much. I hope Amanda can reassure him and explain what’s happening with his body. Oh, how I want to help him get past this, but he’s Paul. He’ll do it his way.

DSU’s College of Extended Studies will offer two classes in its professional certificate in marketing and digital media program during April. “Social Media Strategies for Business” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, April 6 to 27. This course offers an in-depth study of how businesses and organizations use social media tools as part of their communications programs. You will learn how the most popular applications in the social media arena can be used to accomplish marketing goals and build awareness for your organization. Instructor Erika DiProfio is director of marketing at Omni La Costa Resort. Registration is $309 ($329 after March 27). The second class, “Publishing on the Web,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, April 9 to May 7. In this class, you will review the basics of publishing your content on the Internet. You’ll learn how to set up a web presence, how to blog, and how to post regular content on the web. You’ll also learn how and when to use the web’s many free or low-cost applications to increase website traffic. Instructor Nicole Vargas is a digital media producer and consultant. Registration is $319 ($339 after March 30). SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and SDX (formerly the San Diego Ad Club) jointly offer this certificate program, which is designed for early- to mid-career marketing, advertising, public relations, media, and sales professionals. For a schedule of classes

and will end at Maine Avenue and Lakeshore Drive. The parade is expected to feature more than 100 entries. Cost to provide a parade entry is free. Deadline for entry forms is Monday, April 6. Applications and more information are available at www.LakesideChamber.org. “The Lakeside Western Days Parade is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to be seen by the community,” said Kathy Kassel, executive director, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce. “If you have a business in and or around Lakeside, you need to be in this parade.”

Shea Homes, one of the largest private homebuilding firms in the nation, will unveil new model homes for Everly, a new home community, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. The new community of 21 single-family homes is located at 334 Dahlia Way, El Cajon, near the intersection of West Chase Avenue and Avocado Boulevard. The site is where El Cajon Valley’s first vineyards and citrus groves were planted and the ancient El Granito Springs once flowed, the builder said. The homes range from 1,709 to 1,957 square feet. Pricing will be announced on March 28. Spanish and Craftsman designs feature four floor plans with three to four bedrooms, 2.5 to three baths and a two-car garage. The new community includes a small passive park with barbecue and tables for use by the residents.

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and more information, visit neverstoplearning.net or send an e-mail to agonsalves@mail.sdsu. edu, or call (619) 594-0845. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently awarded $85,500 in scholarships to 38 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. The students from 19 high schools in the East County were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to improve our world in the healthcare field. Two students from each high school will receive a GHD scholarship of either $3,000 or $1,500. Students will receive checks from GHD at the end of their first semester of college contingent on completing at least nine units with a grade point average of 2.0 or better, according to GHD 2015 board president Robert “Bob” Ayres. The students included (name of the high school follows the students’ names): Martin LaRue, Julia Genovese, Chaparral; Deanna Taylor, Joseph Birouty, Christian; Jesery Mendez, Mustafa Haleem, El Cajon Valley; Leslye Santiago, Torie Rogers, El Capitan; Makeda Day, Justin Christensen, Foothills Christian; Joshua Kurtz, Holly Benoit, Granite Hills; Kaitlyn Moreno, Sean Dawson, Grossmont; Ryan Zentmyer, Ivan Jebrael Grossmont Middle College; Vivian Kimberly Hua, Jennifer Lee Sung, Helix Charter; Alissa Correa, Abram Mansoor, Liberty Charter; Cinthya Gonzalez, Cierra Conwright, Mount Miguel; Cierra Johnson, Diana Gonzalez, Monte Vista; Sara Cook, Evan Henderson, Mountain Empire; Andria Montgomery, Aurora Espinoza, Patrick Henry; Taylor Volkman, Kaya White, River Valley Charter; Kayla Hayes, Samantha Pazo, Santana; Linh Cook, Brandon Sanchez, Steele Canyon Charter; Madelyn Dow, Noemi Barragan, Valhalla; Ioana Vestemean, Jules Hinderliter, West Hills. The scholarships were presented by GHD at its March 20 board meeting. GHD has honored local high school students interested in a healthcare career with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, hundreds of local high school students have received individual scholarships totaling $962,000.


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