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6th Annual America on Main May 18 Bring your family and friends! Join the City of El Cajon for its free, family-friendly community festival, America on Main Street!” This spectacular event is from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon. This year’s theme is “Out of this World” celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 lunar landing. America on Main Street fosters respect of the many diverse, ethnic, and historical groups in the community. Highlights include: • Naturalization Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. • A Tribute to Armed Forces Day - Military displays • A Scavenger Hunt with a chance to win a Taylor Guitar and Bicycles! • Over 150 booths - Including food booths from around the world! Plus Face-painting and balloon artists! • Space & Science area • First Responder Safety Zone • Free carnival rides, inflatable, arts and crafts, and a reptile petting zoo! • Plus three stages of live entertainment - featuring over 30 bands, community groups, and watch for the street performers! This event promises to be a day of fun and appreciation celebrating community! Festivities and street closures are located on East Main Street and Rea Avenue, between Magnolia Avenue and Ballantyne Street/ Avocado Avenue. To learn more, please call (619) 441-1754 or visit www.americaonmainstreet.org. 2019 “Dinner & a Concert” Season Has Begun! FREE concerts are back Friday nights in Downtown El Cajon! This Friday, May 10, it’s Wild Heart playing Contemporary Country music! Concerts are from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Prescott Promenade at 201 E. Main Street. Please note: The following week, the concert with the group Stars on the Water, will be held on Thursday night, May 16 due to the set-up for America on Main Street. For more details on all the upcoming concerts please visit www.downtownelcajon.com. Wednesday Night Cajon Classic Cruise Car Shows Continue! Enjoy the 2019 Season of Cajon Classic Cruise Car Shows every Wednesday night through October 30! Kids Day to Play is the theme of the next car show on May 15. Car shows are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. along East Main Street between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues. This very fun event is hosted by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners. For more information, please visit www.downtownelcajon.com, or call (619) 334-3000. Free Summer Movies in the Park Return! Back by popular demand! Enjoy nine (9) “free” summer movies from June through August at various parks in the City of El Cajon! Saturday, June 22 – Hillside Park – 840 Buena Terrace – Teen Titans Go Friday, June 28 – Wells Park – 1153 East Madison Avenue – Avengers Infinity War Saturday, July 6 – Fletcher Hills Park – 2345 Center Place – Aquaman – (You must pre-register for this movie) Saturday, July 12 – Bill Beck Park – 543 N. Pierce Street – Incredibles 2 Saturday, July 19 – Bostonia Park – 1049 Bostonia Street – Big Hero 6 Saturday, July 26 – Kennedy Park – 1675 East Madison Avenue – Ant Man & the Wasp Friday, August 2 – Renette Park – 935 Emerald Avenue – Spiderman into the Spiderverse Friday, August 6 – Prescott Promenade – 201 E. Main Street – Justice League Saturday, August 17 – Wells Park – 1153 East Madison Avenue - Captain Marvel Enjoy fun activities prior to the start of the movie at nightfall. Schedule subject to change without prior notice. For more information, visit www.elcajonrec.org or call (619) 873-1641. *This event column is courtesy of Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon (619) 441-1737 or mzech@cityofelcajon.us.

Cuyamaca College Chamber Music Series Concludes May 22

COUNTY MOVES TO ADD $25 MILLION TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Greg Cox on May 7 proposed doubling a trust fund that is being used to create more affordable housing in the region. They will recommend adding an additional $25 million to the Innovative Housing Trust Fund program. The board launched the fund in 2017 with an initial infusion of $25 million to encourage developers to build housing for low-income seniors, families, veterans and others who may be homeless or those close to becoming homeless. So far, an initial $12 million investment has helped finance six projects totaling $177 million and 453 units. County staff is reviewing applications for the remaining $13 million and those projects are expected to come before the board this summer. “It’s time to double down on this innovative initiative by doubling the fund,” said Jacob, chairwoman of the board. “We’re putting out an even bigger welcome mat to developers and saying, let’s do business. And we’re telling families, your fight for affordable housing is our fight, too.” The public-private partnership was created because of the huge need for affordable housing. The fund is part of a growing list of county initiatives aimed at addressing housing in our region. Other recent measures include fee waivers to cut the cost of building granny flats and other accessory dwelling units. “California is an expensive place to live and families are finding it harder to keep up with rising rents or find homes they can afford,” said Cox, vice-chairman of the board. “This new infusion of $25 million will help vulnerable populations, including families, veterans, persons with disabilities, seniors, foster youth who are aging out of the system and families who could be just one missing paycheck or catastrophic family illness away from being forced out on the streets.” In addition to expanding the fund, the recommendations to the board will include broadening criteria for allowing funds to be allocated for transitional housing programs and including a preference for affordable housing projects within the unincorporated areas of the county. “We appreciate the ongoing investment that the county is making through the Innovative Housing Trust Fund,” said Stephen Russell, executive director with the San Diego Housing Federation. “Working with the county, our sector has been able to leverage the past funding several times over in our efforts to address the housing crisis for the most vulnerable of our community members, and we look forward to

RANCHO SAN DIEGO – Cuyamaca College’s ECHO Chamber Music Series concludes its 2018-19 season

doing the same with the new allocation of funds.”

May 22 when violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu and pianist Orion Weiss return to the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre for an evening of Mozart piano and violin sonatas. Wu has enjoyed a versatile international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator who performs regularly in Asia, Europe, and North America. Weiss, one of the most sought-after soloists of his generation of young American musicians, has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and New York Philharmonic, among others. “Cuyamaca College is incredibly fortunate to present Tien-Hsin and Orion,” said Julianna Barnes, president of Cuyamaca College. “The Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre is the premiere performance venue for East County, and with the support of Sam Ersan we are able to bring an excetional caliber of artist to the East County community.” The ECHO Chamber Music Series (East County Harmonics Organization) is underwritten by Ersan, a vice chairman of the San Diego Symphony Board of Directors. He has helped transform the chamber music landscape in San Diego County through his support of numerous classical musical initiatives. The series was launched in spring 2018. General admission tickets for the May 22 concert – which is set to start at 7:30 p.m. – are $10 for advance purchase at EchoChamberMusic.org, or $15 at the door.

On The Cover Alpine – May 4 Barons Market Alpine, Alpine Creek Town Center, and the Alpine Garden Club hosted a live butterfly release of Painted Ladies and Monarchs. Children and adults enjoyed the release of these beautiful butterflies.

Tickets for students are $5. Parking is free. The Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre is in Cuyamaca College’s Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, 92019. For further information call (619) 660-4288.

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6th Annual East County Mayors Prayer Lunch El Cajon – Thursday, May 2 – The 6th Annual East County Mayors Prayer Lunch was held at Foothills Christian Church. This was the hands-on collaboration efforts of Government, Business, and Church officials working together to meet the need of our cities. Speakers included: Joel Anderson, former State Senator; Ronn Hall, Santee City Councilman; Steve Goble; El Cajon City Councilman; Mark Arapostathis, La Mesa Mayor; Racquel Vasquez Lemon Grove Mayor; and Steve Vaus, Poway Mayor. The keynote speaker was Mark Hoffman, senior pastor of Foothills Christian Church. Tobias Haglund was the emcee and the National Anthem was performed by One Achord Choir. Photos by Jay Renard/Community Times


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El Cajon - German American Societies Host Maifest El Cajon – May 4 – The German American Societies of San Diego hosted 2019 Maifest. The Maifest Konigin (Queen) was crowned and the Youth Dance group (ages 4-18) performed. Fantastic German beer and food were available along with a Kid’s Zone, vendor booths, and lots of music and dancing. Maifest celebrates the end of winter and renewed life with the arrival of spring, the blooming of flowers, and warmer weather. Photos by Jay Renard/Community Times

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East County Chamber First Friday Breakfast El Cajon – Friday, May 3 - The East County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly First Friday Breakfast at the Ronald Reagan Community Center. Sponsors included Grossmont Union High School District and Le Caramel. A special presentation was given by the Grossmont Adult Education program. Breakfast was provided by El Cajon On the Border. Rick Wilson was introduced as the newly hired CEO for the East County Chamber of Commerce. Photos by Jay Renard/Community Times

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Butterfly Release at Baron’s Market Alpine Alpine – May 4 - Barons Market Alpine, Alpine Creek Town Center, and the Alpine Garden Club hosted a live butterfly release of Painted Ladies and Monarchs. Children and adults enjoyed the release of these beautiful butterflies. Bites of sweet treats and tastes of freshly squeezed orange juice were provided by Barons Market. Photos by Jay Renard/Community Times

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El Cajon Dinner and A Concert Opening Night El Cajon – Friday, May 3 – Opening Night of ‘The Dinner and a Concert Shows’ featured the music of Sully and the Souljahs. Their music is “at the intersection of R&B and Funk on the corner of Soul and Reggae.” The concert was sponsored by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, West Bay Sounds, Waste Management, San Diego County Credit Untion, Dixieline Lumber & Home Centers, Taylor Quality Guitars, Mercedes Benz of El Cajon, and True Line Alignment & Brakes.

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