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Local Rancho San Diego Author Kirk Raeber Signing Books for Novel “Forgotten Letters” at Barnes and Noble – September 30, 2017

Our very own Rancho San Diego resident and Author, Kirk Raeber, will be participating in a book signing for Barnes and Noble’s Local Author Event on September 30, 2017, 11 am-5 pm! Kirk’s signing for his novel, “Forgotten Letters” will be at 1 PM. Come out and support Kirk and your other favorite local San Diego authors!

Here is a list of the book signing schedule and featured authors:

11:00 AM: Thor Weir “Space Cowboy Odyssey”
11:00 AM: Donna Spevack “Grandma’s Cow”
11:00 AM: Martin Clem “Crisis…While America Slept”
11:00 AM: Dee Leone “Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Bums”
11:00 AM Marjorie Heart “Summer at Tiffany’s”
01:00 PM: Kimberly Holmes
01:00 PM: Judy Ames Stephens “Bounce Back”
01:00 PM: Ashley Townsend “Chasing Shadows”
01:00 PM: Michael Dale Kimmel “Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage”
01:00 PM Kirk Raeber “Forgotten Letters”
02:00 PM: Peggy Hinae Kian “Of Julia and Men”
02:00 PM: John T Cullen ” Valley of Seven Castles”
03:00 PM: New Breed by M. A. Marrissette
03:00 PM: Kimberly Williams “Keeping Poetically Lyrical”
03:00 PM: Patricia Bossano “Nahia”
03:00 PM: Michael Orrell “Aliens From Above: The Last In Line

More about Kirk and his book, “Forgotten Letters”:

Local resident Kirk Raeber is an emergency room physician. He has always had a strong interest in World War II history and especially in the war in the Pacific. He served in the US Navy and was stationed in Japan for one year. Kirk just published his first noval, a World War II saga called Forgotten Letters. He lives in Jamul with his wife and raises an Anatolian Shepherd.

 

About the novel, Forgotten Letters:

A trove of forgotten letters reveals a love that defied a world war.

In 1924, eight-year old Robert Campbell accompanies his missionary parents to Japan where he befriends a young Makiko Asakawa. Robert enjoys his life there, but the dark tides of war are rising, and it won’t be long before foreigners are forced to leave Japan.

Torn from the people Robert has come to think of as family, he stays in contact by exchanging letters with Makiko, letters that soon show their relationship is blossoming into something much more than friendship.

The outbreak of total war sweeps all before it, and when correspondence ends with no explanation, Robert fears the worst. He will do anything to find Makiko, even launch himself headfirst into a conflict that is consuming the world. Turmoil and tragedy threaten his every step, but no risk is too great to prove that love conquers all.

 

 

Author’s Note:

The inspiration for this book came to me ten years ago in the form of a dream so vivid that I began to see it as the starting point for the story portrayed in Forgotten Letters. The dream began with an earthquake in the early 1900’s somewhere in Japan. My most vivid memory from the dream was not so much the destruction, which was devastating, but the strength and courage of the Japanese people in resurrecting their lives in the face of such tragedy.

Over the years, I researched the many earthquakes that are such a regular occurrence across the Japanese Islands and decided that the “Great Kanto” of 1923 seemed to best mimic the one from my dream, in particular the unstoppable fires that destroyed most of Tokyo and Yokohama. This is where the book begins.

Ironically, the two cities were again destroyed during World War II and, as they were after the “Great Kanto,” have been rebuilt by the dedicated, hard working people of that amazing country.

My hope is that you will find the book a very enjoyable read.


Forgotten Letters is available on amazon here.
To view the trailer, war photos, and contact the author, click here.

Special Event and Reception for Ray “Padre” Johnson’s “Face of the Global Human Family” Art Donation

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Governing Board & The Heritage of the Americas Museum Invites you to Attend a Special Presentation and Reception Celebrating Padre Johnson and his Gift of the Global Human Family!

Friday, October 6th, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Heritage of the Americas Museum
12110 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, CA 92019

Free & Open to the Public!
Free Admission & Free Parking

Meet Padre Johnson at his presentation of his 25 paintings on display at the Museum. Light food and refreshments will be served.

The Heritage of the Americas Museum is proud to present on permanent display the paintings of Ray “Padre” Johnson, “Faces of the Global Human Family.” These 25 portraits can be seen in Cases 56, 57, 58 and 59 and on the upper walls on both sides of the Art Wing. His story is best described in his book, Journeys with the Global Family: Insights Through Portraits and Prose.

Because of his experience with both the seminary and medical school, he served in the Vietnam War as a Navy Special Forces Medical Chaplain. That’s where he was branded with the respected names “Padre” and “Doc.” During the war, he served the “Black Berets River Raiders” River Assault Force One in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta where he was wounded twice, receiving a Purple Heart and a Silver Medal for valor. His exceptional courage is described in the book, Brown Water, Black Berets, by Thomas J. Cutler.

After his service, Padre worked in leadership positions in human services at national, state, and local levels. His work over the years brought him in contact with many cultures. He also earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology. It was the research for his thesis that provided the motivation for his project on the “Faces of the Global Human Family” that would ultimately take him all over the world painting the unique, yet common, faces of humanity.

He returned to Wyoming and worked as a hired hand on high-country ranches as a true American cowboy. This was when he started sketching and painting and his professional art career was born. As his success as an artist soared, he realized he finally had the income and the time to pursue his dream of capturing the global human family.

Padre spent the next 14 years living with the people in 159 countries and capturing the common humanity in their faces. He says he wanted to “listen, observe, feel, enjoy, laugh, and appreciate the cultural tastes of almost every racial, ethnic and cultural group on our revolving globe.”

Upon returning from his fourteen-year journey, he put together an exhibition. The centerpiece painting provides a view of earth from outer space surrounded by the open faces of children and adults, each representing a cross section of the cultures of the world. The exhibit also includes 24 major canvases of Padre’s oil portraits representing the human diversity on Earth.

The first exhibition of his work was held at the United Nations. His second was at the Heritage of the Americas Museum for its Grand Opening in January 1993! He then took the exhibit to a showing in Beijing, China at the Royal Palace in the Forbidden City. He was the first American invited to do so. He planned on leaving his paintings to the United Nations, but later decided that the belong in the Heritage of the Americas Museum.

Racism, Social Justice, Tolerance Addressed as Diversity Dialogues Returns to Cuyamaca College

Discussions on topics ranging from social justice to the unique cultural challenges facing Muslim immigrants in the region highlight Cuyamaca College’s fall menu of Diversity Dialogues, which launches Sept. 14.

Diversity Dialogues were developed by Lauren Vaknin, associate dean of student affairs at Cuyamaca College, in spring 2011. From initially offering three workshops that drew a total of about 50 students, these days, up to 300 people – mostly students — attend the workshops each year.

“Diversity Dialogues has a tradition of fostering greater understanding by sparking open and honest discussions, and we look forward to another year of healthy and respectful conversations that underscore our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Vaknin said.

All sessions are free and open to the public and take place in Room I-207 of the Student Center.

The series begins Sept. 14 with Developing a Positive Multicultural Orientation towards Diversity: Self-Reflection about our Diverse Identities and Cultural Orientation from 2 to 3 p.m. Presented by licensed marriage and family therapist Mayumi Y. Douglass, who is a lecturer at San Diego State University and a clinical supervisor at the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center, this workshop is aimed at recognizing biases, increasing awareness about cultural prejudices and encouraging engagement with others who are culturally diverse.

That will be followed Sept. 18 with Diversity & Social Justice from 12 to 1 p.m. Presented by Grace Bagunu, who is the Student Affairs/SOLES Collaborative coordinator at the University of San Diego, this highly interactive session will focus on social justice-related concepts and effective communication skills when working in diverse groups.

A session titled Teaching Tolerance Supporting Students from Immigrant Families and Undocumented Students is on tap Sept. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Presented by Cuyamaca College counselor and interim First Year Experience coordinator Mary Garcia, this workshop will address how increased immigration enforcement is impacting many immigrant students and their families – both documented and undocumented – and how the Cuyamaca College community can best support them.

The Border Corrido: Music of Resistance is set for Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Led by John Escobedo, Cuyamaca College’s Title V activity director in the Department of Institutional Effectiveness, Success and Equity, will lead a discussion about the role of music in resistance movements and the development of the border corrido – popular, narrative songs that often speak to oppression and other socially relevant topics.

Learning about Filipino Culture & Traditions takes place Oct. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. Grace Bagunu of USD will provide an overview of Filipino history, culture and tradition while touching on such topics as why the Philippines is the only Asian country to practice Christianity, why lumpia is such a well-known dish even though it did not originate in the Philippines, and why the Philippine flag has three stars.

Aversive Racism and Microaggressions is set for Oct. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. with Douglass of the Health and Wellness Center leading a discussion that explores assumptions based on an individual’s culture and the various ways people can casually degrade a socially marginalized group in brief, everyday exchanges.

Understanding Your Cultural Identity takes place Oct. 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Tanis Starck, assistant dean for special projects and director of the Cultural Proficiency Institute for Educators at San Diego State University, this workshop will investigate how we are likely to see people of differing cultures and how we could transform our cultural differences into healthy, authentic relations with others.

Breaking Barriers to Build Bridges: A Mental Health Initiative, is set for Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Presented by Cuyamaca College and Southwestern College counselor Ahmed (Rasheed) Aden, this workshop will delve into the stress felt by immigrant communities – particularly Muslim immigrants in the United States – and how that can affect a person’s mental health.

Diversity Dialogues ends its fall semester run with Developing Cultural Humility on Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. Douglass returns for an important discussion on becoming more sensitive to the importance of diversity and respect for cultural differences.

Diversity Dialogues is but one of Cuyamaca College’s ongoing efforts at celebrating all cultures. The campus hosts an annual powwow to promote Native American heritage, Latino Heritage Month and Black History Month celebrations and a Veterans Week Barbecue honoring those who have served in the armed forces.

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15th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon – September 22, 2017

Join the East County Chamber of Commerce for the 15th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon on September 22, 2017!

The Luncheon will take place at the Town & Country Resort Hotel (500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley). Below is the schedule of events, admission information, and details about speakers:

11:30 am – No Host Cocktails
12:30 pm – Lunch, Awards, and Speaker
$75.00 per person / Sponsorships available

Keynote Speaker: Jenny Amaraneni
Co-founder and chief executive office of SOLO Eyewear, a company that creates ecologically friendly sunglasses made from recycled materials, and the purchase of each pair helps fun work to restore vision for people in need.

Mistress of Ceremonies: Lee Ann Kim

Please RSVP by Friday, September 15, 2017 to Rosemary Reed at (619) 440-6161, RosemaryR@eastcountychamber.org, or online at www.eastcountychamber.org

 

Sponsors of this event include:

  • East Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Anderson Plumbing, Heating, and Air
  • Barona Resort and Casino
  • Jasmine Creek Florist
  • SDG&E
  • Sempra Energy
  • St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center
  • Sycuan Casino
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • The Herald
  • Waste Management
  • Foothills Christian Church
  • Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College
  • Grossmont Healthcare District
  • Toward Maximum Independence
  • Mail Management Group, Inc

Drink Coffee and Chat With Rancho San Diego Sheriffs! – June 29, 2017

Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff.

The Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station is holding a Coffee with the Community on:

Thursday, June 29th
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Rancho San Diego Branch Library
11555 Via Rancho San Diego

This gives the public a chance to chat with the Station’s command staff, deputies and Crime Prevention Specialist in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns over a free cup of coffee.

Come out and make a positive difference in your community.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Jose Ortiz at (619) 660-7011.

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