East County Events, May 29


The Mesa Hosts Flag Day Festivities

La Mesa invites everyone to celebrate “Old Glory” beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the 23rd annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade. The parade marches west through the village of La Mesa along La Mesa Boulevard to Acacia, led by the US Marine Corps 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and the Grossmont High School Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard. This year’s grand marshals are healthcare workers and essential workers from Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Marching bands, serving and retired military, service clubs and youth groups will also be represented. The La Mesa Veterans and Community Relations Commission will be offering ice cream bars at “The Lookout” at Legacy Park on La Mesa Boulevard, Fourth Street and Allison Avenue while supplies last. Limited parking will be available in the Civic Center parking lot on Date Street across from the La Mesa Police Station. The parade is sponsored by EDCO, the La Mesa Village Association and community donations. Contact [email protected]

Thursday Night Series Finale at Santee

The City of Santee wraps up its series of six Thursday Nights Live at Santee Trolley Square in the Amphitheater this week. Free family fun and music with the Bayou Brothers from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants or pack a picnic to enjoy while you watch the shows. Visit www.santeespecialevents.com.

Summer car shows start Thursday

The La Mesa Classic Car Show returns to downtown La Mesa from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday starting this week through August 25. Pre-1974 cars, trucks and vans will be parked along La Mesa Boulevard between Fourth Street and Spring Street. The free community event will feature live bands each week playing atop the La Mesa Lumber & Hardware truck “stage” at Third Street and La Mesa Boulevard. Programming: Thursday 6/2, The Mar Dels; June 9, The Farmers; June 16, 4 Way Street; June 23, private domain; June 30, The Siers Brothers; July 7, Whiskey Ridge; July 14, Ron’s Garage Band; July 21, Santana Soul; July 28, Stand Up Guys; August 4, Detroit Underground; August 11, Love Is A Rose; August 18, Zeeland; August 25, The Farmers. A DJ will also play dance music between live sets.
The La Mesa Classic Car Show is organized and sponsored by the nonprofit La Mesa Village and Johnny B’s Burgers, Brew & Spirits. Visit www.lamesvillageassociation.orgemail [email protected] or call (619) 343-2460.

Dollar General opens its doors in Campo

Dollar General opened its latest store at 31576 State Route 94 in Campo and is expected to employ 6 to 10 people. In addition to national and private label products, the new location includes home décor and an expanded selection of party prep. The store also offers fresh fruits and vegetables usually sold in traditional grocery stores. To celebrate the opening, Dollar General plans to donate 100 new books to a nearby elementary school for the benefit of K-5 students, in partnership with The Kellogg Company. The donation is part of a planned donation of more than 60,000 books nationwide this year. The addition of the Campo store also opens up the opportunity for schools, nonprofits and libraries within a 15-mile radius to apply for Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

Sheriff’s Flights Wanted for Santee, Lakeside

Santee and Lakeside Sheriff stations are looking for men and women ages 50 and older to join their senior volunteer patrols. Volunteers act as a second set of eyes and ears for MPs. They patrol in uniform (provided) and drive marked sheriff vehicles. Duties include patrolling residential neighborhoods, shopping malls and schools, and traffic control, stay-at-home and elderly welfare checks, assisting citizens and working at events public areas requiring traffic and/or pedestrian management. After completing the 10-day academy, volunteers are encouraged to complete at least one six-hour patrol shift per week and attend a one-hour monthly meeting. For more information and eligibility requirements, go to sdsheriff.gov and click on “Recruitment”, then on “Senior Volunteer Patrol”. Or call the Santee/Lakeside Senior Volunteer Patrol Administrator at (619) 972-6846.

The Hospice offers a session for volunteers

The Elizabeth Hospice invites those interested in helping adults and children facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness and those grieving a death to a free virtual orientation session for volunteers. Attendees will experience a variety of virtual and in-person opportunities throughout San Diego County, including serving as companions to patients, providing respite to caregivers, performing aromatherapy, sewing cuddly bears, officiating at ceremonies veteran pinning, 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 join the session, or attendees can join by phone. The next sessions will take place on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., June 13 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and June 30 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up for Volunteer Services at (800) 797-2050 or email [email protected].

Lemon Grove seeks commission members

The Lemon Grove City Council is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the planning commission. Candidates must be 18 or older, live in Lemon Grove, and be registered to vote in Lemon Grove. Find the candidates on https://bit.ly/3wgNBOD. Nominations may be submitted in person or by mail to City Hall, 3232 Main Street, or by email to the City Clerk at [email protected] The registration deadline is June 7 at 5 p.m. The city council will question the candidates at the June 21 city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Contact the City Clerk’s office at (619) 825-3841.

Virtual event for cancer survivors

The Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center will host a virtual Cancer Survivors Day event from 4-6 p.m. on June 8 for cancer survivors, families, friends and the community. The event will focus on living life well. The program will begin with remarks from Scripps MD Anderson Medical Director, Dr. Thomas Buchholz, followed by a cancer patient story by author Catherine Datte. Dr. Robert Bonakdar of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine will discuss using meditation to deal with stress. Attendees can participate in a mindfulness and stretching break led by Scripps Fitness Instructor Amy Callahan, followed by a nutrition and fitness discussion with Scripps Registered Dietitian Alison Meagher and Center Supervisor of fitness Shiley Teresa Hodge. The event is free, but prior registration is required, either online at https://bit.ly/3wIAENA or by calling 800-SCRIPPS.

Blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank hosts these blood donation opportunities:

  • 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, Central Congregational Church, 8360 Lemon Ave., La Mesa, Main Floor Dining Room
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, La Mesa, near the fountain
  • 10am-3pm Wednesday, San Diego County Credit Union, 286 Town Center Parkway, Santee. All donors will receive a San Diego Padres Blood Drive t-shirt while supplies last
  • 10am-3.30pm Saturday, Rancho San Diego Towne Center, 2963 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. Donors will receive a San Diego Padres Blood Drive t-shirt while supplies last.

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

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