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Hillsdale Middle School Annual Craft Fair 2015

Support Hillsdale Middle School at their Craft Fair Saturday 11/7/15!


The proceeds from this Craft Show will benefit the school’s Builders Club which does many community service projects throughout the year!

Hillsdale Middle School

1301 Brabham Street, El Cajon

Heritage of the Americas Museum Fundraiser To Benefit the Museum’s Programs for Children


Plein Air Paintings of East County FUNDRAISER August 28, 2015


chadwick-3The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is having a very special fundraiser that really highlights the history and beauty of San Diego’s East County.  “Plein Air paintings of East County,” features the original art of Gloria Chadwick.  An open reception, fine art show and sale will be held on the museum’s Tropical Garden Patio on Friday, August 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Nationally acclaimed artist and Dehesa resident, Chadwick has been outdoors (plein air) documenting East County.  She’s already painted Alpine, La Mesa, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, El Cajon, Harbison Canyon, Dehesa, Dulzura, Barrett Junction, Jamul,  Japatul, La Posta, Mt. Springs Grade, Desert View Tower, Spring Valley, Santee, Casa de Oro, Rancho San Diego, Mt. Laguna, Descanso, Tecate, Lake Moreno, Campo, Cuyamaca, and Pine Valley.

Plein air literally means “in the air.” These paintings are done outside, on location, start to finish, just as it appears to the artist.  This isn’t an easy task, but plein air paintings seem to have a freshness and life that you may not get from paintings done over time in a studio.  That is one of the reasons plein air paintings are so popular and prized.

chadwick-2To make it easy for everyone, Chadwick is offering her framed original paintings for a very low price, i.e. $150.00 to $300.00 each.  One-third of the proceeds will go to the museum to help with the museum’s field trips and outreach programs.

The museum is easy to find, right off Jamacha Road at 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West.  The museum has ample free parking and is very handicapped accessible.  It’s open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.   For more information, call the museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at



Kathleen Oatsvall,  Director

Heritage of the Americas Museum

(619) 670-5194

Water Conservation Garden Summer 2015 Events

The Water Conservation Garden Summer Events Are Here!

Featuring Dog Days of Summer, Toss the Turf, Habitat Gardening, and An Evening of Music in The Garden.


The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2015 summer classes and events.  Gardening classes taught by experts help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants.  PRE-REGISTRATION required for all class participants at or by calling 619-660-0614 x10. The Garden is located at 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, Rancho San Diego 92019


Free!  Dog Days of Summer

Wednesdays, June – August, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Stroll The Garden on Wednesday summer evenings when we stay open late for our leashed canine friends and their companions. Enter to win a fabulous doggie gift basket from KAHOOTS Pet Store (one per month) and pick up some sample bags of dog food as you explore the sights, smells and sounds of The Garden.


Free!  How to Hire a Landscape Contractor and Save $$$

Saturday, June 20th, 10:00am – 12:00 noon

Join Education Director Pam Meisner for an informative, common-sense approach to hiring a landscape professional.  You’ll learn which questions to ask, how to properly plan, and receive money-saving tips too! Class made possible by the San Diego County Watershed Protection Program.


Toss the Turf

Saturday, June 27th, 10:00am – 12 noon

More Beauty, Less Water, More Fun! With ongoing drought conditions, now is the time to remove your thirsty turf (lawn) and replace it with a beautiful water-saving landscape. Instructor and landscape designer Jan Tubiolo will guide you through all the steps to create a turf-free space you’ll be proud of.

Members Free, $10 Non-Members


Habitat Gardening

Saturday, July 11th, 10:00am – 12 noon

Join Horticulturist Clayton Tschudy, as he guides you through the process of creating a water-saving habitat garden, drawing upon The Garden’s new “Native Habitat Garden” as an example. Your habitat garden will draw birds and butterflies to your yard, offering endless opportunities to observe and enjoy the wonders of wildlife while supporting their populations.  Members Free, $10 Non-Members


Leaf Imprint Glass-Making

Saturday, July 18th, 10:00am – 12 noon

Join Debbie Solan of FusionGlass in a creative glass-making experience that ends with a unique piece of botanical art made by you. Bring 2-3 favorite leaves for imprinting, or search for the perfect specimens at The Garden. Class includes all supplies, instruction and firing of two art pieces that you will keep.

$30 Members, $50 Non-Members

Free!  “Wine and Walk: An Evening Stroll in The Garden”

Wednesday, July 22, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening, a glass of wine, and a guided journey through The Garden to discover little known plant facts with landscape designer Jan Tubiolo.


An Evening of Music in The Garden

Sunday, July 26, 6:00pm – 7:30pm (includes intermission)

The Garden welcomes the return of the San Diego Concert Band for a third-annual joint fundraising concert that will showcase an outstanding evening of pops, classics, marches, and brand-new compositions from the Band’s repertoire.  Tickets and information at


Say Cheese! Making Cheese, That Is!

Wednesday, August 12th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Spend a delicious summer evening with Don Axe, owner of Valley View Farms in Spring Valley, CA, making (and tasting) a variety of cheeses from locally sourced goat’s milk.  Members Free, $10 Non-Members


Sprinkler Repair and Landscape Maintenance

Saturday, August 22nd, 10:00am – 12 noon

When was the last time you checked your sprinklers? Landscape architect Steve Sherman of California Landscape Designs shows you easy ways to maintain your sprinkler system and irrigation controller, and offers a variety of tips to make landscaping easier. Members Free, $10 Non-Members


Designing Lush Landscapes with Colorful Water-Wise Plants

Saturday, August 29th, 10:00am–12 noon

Learn how to achieve a lush-looking landscape even in the drought. Christiane Holmquist, owner of Christiane Holmquist Landscape Design, will introduce you to a variety of plants that use little water but offer lots of eye-popping color and lush greenery for a landscape that says wow! Members Free, $10 Non-Members



Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion — Open Fridays – Sundays, May 9th – August 31st

Visit the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion for up-close encounters of butterflies native to the San Diego region! The Pavilion is open Fridays – Sundays, 9:00am – 4:00pm, with docent-led tours. Admission: $3 (18+ years), $1 (3-17 years). Garden members and children under 3 years free.


Ask the Designer:  Professional Landscape Design Consultations

The Water Conservation Garden offers 45-minute landscape design consultation services. A professional landscape designer who focuses on drought tolerant landscapes will meet with you, one-on-one. You will leave with a design plan and a list of suggested plants.  Bring a photo of your house and area you want redesigned, the dimensions of the space and photos of designs styles you like.  Call 619-660-0614 ext. 10 to schedule.  $60 Members, $75 non-Members.


Free Docent Led Tours

Saturdays at 10:00am

Enjoy an informative walk through The Garden with one of our knowledgeable docents to hear what makes our garden special, and be inspired to create a water-wise landscape of your own.  Check our website for monthly  themed tours.


Special Access Tour

Every Third Sunday at 10:00am

This special tour is offered monthly for individuals who may have difficulty navigating the terrain of the Garden. Explore the Garden from the comfort of the Verbeck Shuttle with one of the Garden’s staff members. This tour seats 4-5 people. Reservations are required; please call 619-660-6841. FREE.


Ms. Smarty-Plants School Tours and Assembly Program

Calling all kid groups!  Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ as she takes you on a magical, fun and interactive journey through plant adaptations, the water cycle, conservation and much more.   Become a Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Earth Hero!  To book an educational tour of The Garden or a school assembly program, contact Education Assistant Jillian Chu at 619-660-6841 x16. 


About the Water Conservation Garden;

Opened in 1999, the Garden is dedicated to promoting water conservation in the southern California landscape through excellent exhibits and programs that educate and inspire the public.  The Garden is supported by memberships, donations, grants, and support from Helix Water District, Otay Water District, Sweetwater Authority, City of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority.  For more information, please visit or call 619-660-0614×10.

Upcoming Events – Guiding Hands Gala and Coffee with Joel Anderson

Sen. Joel Anderson sets `Community Coffee’ meeting in Santee on May 28

California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen to constituents and invite ideas to improve state government at a “Community Coffee” starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at Santee City Hall, 10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee. The free event, open to the public, will be hosted by Santee Mayor Randy Voepel.

“My top priority is making government work for you,” said Anderson. “This will be an opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about their needs, opinions and legislative ideas to make state government more effective and efficient. About 40-to-60 percent of the bills I introduce each year originate as ideas from the people I serve.”

For more information, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit Anderson’s 38th Senate district includes Poway, Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa and most of East San Diego County. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010.


Western theme for Home of Guiding Hands Gala on June 6

The Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), an El Cajon-based non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities, will present its 41st annual Home of Guiding Hands Gala from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Hotel Del Coronado. Proceeds will benefit programs and services HGH provides to more than 1,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. Former Padres pitcher Randy Jones, a National League Cy Young Award winner, will be the master of ceremonies.

This year’s gala, with the theme of “Black Tie & Boots,” will feature a western theme, along with live music and silent auction. Attire can include western suits, vests, cowboy or cowgirl hats, boots, paisley silk rags, bolo ties, themed belt buckles and turquoise and leather jewelry. More than 300 guests are expected to attend. Admission with full dinner begins at $200 per person. Admission with lounge seating and a small-bites dinner begins at $100 per person. To RSVP, visit

Gala committee members included Yvonne Bloom, Marcy Blumberg, Sherry Delsen, Lynne Doyle, Sharon Gray, Ariana Heramb, Kira Heramb, Lora Heramb, Sheri Liebert, Debby McDowell, Jeanette Poole, Ralleen Ratzlaff and Irene Stone, along with HGH Board members Marcie Hanna and Mary Miller. Major sponsors include The Heramb Charitable Foundation, Marrs Maddocks and Associates, Quick-Dry Flood Services, Torrey Pines Bank, Bloom Family Foundation, Union Bank, The Bill & Norma Verbeck Foundation, California Bank & Trust, San Diego County Credit Union and San Diego Special Needs Law Center.

HGH is an El Cajon-based non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Services are provided to about 1,000 infants, adolescents and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism. Support is provided to individuals with developmental disabilities who are living independently in their own homes and communities of choice, along with residents of 31 homes in the San Diego area communities of El Cajon, Lakeside, San Carlos, Spring Valley and Santee. HGH also operates a Respite Program that gives family members a much-needed break, a Life Planning Program that assists families with the process of developing a care plan for the future and an early childhood program, along with transportation services and counseling and family support services. HGH is dedicated to maximizing the independence, productivity and quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit