Town Halls: Lemon Grove, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Health, 6.30 p.m. Wednesday
School boards: Santee school district, 7 p.m. Tuesday
Groups Join Lemon Grove Toy Drive
Kids Fashion Week Network So-Cal, along with the Lemon Grove Lions Club and Improving Lemon Grove Needs, is sponsoring a Lemon Grove Toy Drive through December 16. pasta for donating a toy), Onyx Moto, Berry’s Athletic Supply, Santiago’s Mexican Food & Seafood, AAA Imaging, El Pollo Grill, Lemon Grove Shoe Repair, The Hamlett, Giardino, Miss Donuts, VFW Hall, 13 Point Brewing Company , Larry H Miller Toyota of Lemon Grove, Coops West Texas BBQ, Lemon Grove Cafe and Lemon Grove Fire Station 10.
Collecting holiday books for inmates
The NAACP branch in San Diego is organizing a book drive to benefit those held in the County Jail. Donations of paperback or audiobooks can help encourage and support reading among people in prison. Drop off the books from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego. Books on wellness and religious / religious subjects are particularly welcome. Books and audiobooks in different languages ââare all acceptable. Books should follow these guidelines: soft covers, no hard covers; no violent or obscene subjects. If you are donating magazines, those focused on wellness and education are preferred. Call (619) 527-6161.
Group of young people offering shoes
The Youth Philanthropy Council is hosting its second holiday shoe giveaway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Toyota d’El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., El Cajon. The board will be offering new shoes in different sizes. Everyone is eligible to receive shoes. There is a limit of four pairs per vehicle. The nonprofit council was founded in 2018 by a group of San Diego high school students with the goal of “kids helping kids.” The training of the shoe will be contactless. All participants will be encouraged to wear a mask and stay in their car while their orders are filled by YPC members and volunteers.
The Chamber welcomes the inauguration
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce welcomes Urbn Leaf Cannabis Dispensary when its second location opens. Catch the ribbon cutting and inauguration at 9 a.m. on December 17 at 8939 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. RSVP required at https://bit.ly/2ZBDNkN to participate. Visit http://urbnleaf.com.
Food distribution scheduled for Monday
Feeding San Diego hosts a drive-through food distribution on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon at Faith Chapel, 9400 Campo Road, Spring Valley. Each registered participant will receive approximately 50 pounds of dry food, fresh produce and a frozen meat protein. Register on https://feedingsandiego-dec6.rsvpify.com. Another distribution will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on December 15 at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. Register on https://feedingsandiego-dec15.rsvpify.com. People will also receive information on how to access other food distributions at alimentationsandiego.org/find-food, and information about CalFresh (SNAP), including how to apply. Visit feedsandiego.org/together-tour.
Alpine accommodates tree lighting, plus
The Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation will be hosting their annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 4 p.m. on December 12 at 5178 Japatul Spur, free with admission. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as you celebrate the season with Louie the Mini Horse, Dollie the Nigerian Dwarf Goat and Oink the Pig Julianna. Visit camels, zebra, bison, birds, rabbits, and over 140 domestic and exotic animals. Reserve at (619) 320-4942. Visit childrennatureretreat.org.
The Hospice offers a session for volunteers
The Elizabeth Hospice invites those who wish to help adults and children facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness and those mourning a death to a free virtual volunteer orientation. Participants will experience a variety of virtual and in-person opportunities in San Diego County, including as patient companions, providing respite for caregivers, practicing aromatherapy, sewing hugs, officiating at ceremonies pinning veterans, and more. Information will be provided on the application and training process. An email address and a device with a camera interface are required to participate in the session, or participants can join by phone. The next session will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 14. Register for the volunteer service at (800) 797-2050 or by email [email protected].
Opening of the gallery on Saturday
The Santa Ysabel Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception on Saturday from 4 pm to 7 pm for the exhibition âDriftingâ by painter Margaret Larlham. Larlham spent his childhood in rural South Africa, which greatly influenced his art. Larlham now lives in San Diego. The exhibition will run from Saturday to January 30. The opening hours of the gallery are 11 am to 5 pm Thursday to Monday; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The gallery is 7 miles south of Julian at highways 78 and 79. Call (760) 765-1676; visit santaysabelartgallery.com.
The GUHSD organizes a redistribution hearing
The Grossmont Union High School District Board is holding a Redistribution Hearing on December 13 at 6 p.m. at the Grossmont High School Event Center Theater, 1100 Murray Drive, El Cajon. According to the 2020 Census data, the zones under guardianship adopted in 2016 still comply with all applicable laws. See the map on https://tinyurl.com/fwsnc9yr. Speaker cards must be submitted by 6 p.m. in person on December 13. The school board plans to take final action on the district map after the public hearing. Contact Superintendent Theresa Kemper at (619) 644-8083, or [email protected]
Local students graduate
- Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts: Nicholas Van Orden of Spring Valley, Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing
- Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois: Dawn Seiter from Spring Valley, Masters in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah: Rana Habboush El Cajon, Masters in Medical Assistant Studies; Sacha Shamon El Cajon, graduate in science, human development and family studies; Summer Stewart de Ramona, Bachelor of Science in Sociology, cum laude; Sammy Goldstein de Ramona, Bachelor of Science, Communication
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