Cal Fire Chief honors Deer Springs Fire Safe Council

The Deer Springs Fire Safe Council has been honored with a prestigious Cal Fire Director’s Annual Recognition Award for 2014 for its service to firefighters, the Deer Springs Fire Protection District and San Diego County. The award was presented to Craig Cook, president of the Deer Springs Fire Safe Council, at Cal Fire’s San Diego Unit headquarters in El Cajon […]

Family History Fair will be held March 7

Come find your story at the annual Family History Fair on March 7, located in the Escondido Family History Center, 2255 Felicita Road in Escondido (just off I-15). Doors open at 8 a.m. for class registration. Keynote speaker is at 9 a.m. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preregister at http:// escondidofhc.com. Activities will include classes, displays and […]

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Plein-air exhibition planned for California Center for the Arts

The Art in Nature Alliance (ANA), a partnership of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center), Plein-Air Painters of America (PAPA), and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC), announce the 2015 Plein-Air exhibition and sale in San Diego County—“Art in Nature: Legacy of the Land,” featuring an exhibition and sale of work by the Plein-air Painters of […]

Cal Fire’s Cristina Williamson honored for her dedication to student safety

Cristina Williamson, Cal Fire battalion chief, was honored at February’s meeting of the Valley Center–Pauma Unified School District board for her many contributions to school safety. Director of Special Projects Olivia Leschick noted that Williamson has “provided great support, from practicing safety drills with students to providing education for student safety.” Chief Williamson told the board that she was “honored […]

18 stews, step dancers, fun and blarney and 21st annual Irish Stew Cook-off March 12

Time to be Irish again and wear your finest and most outrageous Gaelic getups for the only Irish Stew Cook-off in San Diego County. The 21st annual Irish Stew Cook-off— a huge event—will be held Thursday, March 12, 5:30–8 p.m. at St Stephen’s community hall located at 31020 Cole Grade Road in Valley Center, located near the high school. For […]

Editorials Serving those who have served us

I recently attended the groundbreaking for a facility that Interfaith Community Services is building in Escondido to serve homeless veterans as well as veterans who are recovering from surgery. The facility, known as the Veteran and Family Resource Center, will be located on Ash Street. From time to time we are reminded how much we owe our veterans and how […]

Palomar College, Pt. Loma Nazarene team up to offer 4-year nursing degree

Starting fall semester this year, Palomar College nursing graduates can receive a coveted Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in just 15 months without ever leaving the Palomar College campus. This new partnership between the two institutions was unanimously approved by the Palomar College Governing Board at their February 10 Board meeting. “This […]

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VALLEY CENTER SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH The church will host CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training classes beginning on Sunday, March 1 from 1– 4 p.m., with continuing instruction each consecutive Sunday afternoon in March, (March 8, March 15, March 22,) and concluding with the graduation and certification program on Sunday, March 29 from 1- 5 p.m. This training is being […]