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Get free assistance at the Rancho San Diego Library in preparing your tax return! The AARP Tax Aide, running through April 12, 2018, is by appointment only – Please call (619) 660-5370 for an appointment. The AARP Tax Aide will take place on Thursdays, 10 am – 3 pm.

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.

Cuyamaca College’s Band Aid Project Seeking Musicians Who Need Help With Promotion


Attention, local musicians! Cuyamaca College’s Band Aid Project is seeking musicians who need help promoting their band (recordings, gigs, web presence, etc.). Artists must audition to be chosen.

Reserve a spot today by calling 619-660-4627 or email taylor.smith@gcccd.edu.

Auditions will take place on September 29th & 30th at Cuyamaca College (located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon CA 92019)


Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Don’t get hooked: I encourage seniors and caregivers to sign up now for a special forum I’m hosting Nov. 1 on how to fend off financial scammers and other crooks.

The free, two-hour gathering will start at 9 a.m. at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood and other experts will offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of the “grandmother scam,” “IRS scam” and other common ruses targeting older residents.

To register call 844-899-1597 or go to surveymonkey.com/r/dontgethooked

Barks and recreation: The Board of Supervisors recently approved an updated park development plan that includes $13 million in general fund money, along with other funds, for park improvements in many East County communities, including Campo, Descanso, Jamul and Julian.

Also in the works – new dog parks in Lakeside, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley.

Be careful out there: The most hazardous time of the year is here. Are you prepared for the fall wildfire season?

Among the things you can do: Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around your home; create a disaster plan and emergency supplies kit; sign up for the Alert San Diego emergency notification system; and download the SD Emergency app on your cell phone.

For more on all these, and for additional help, go to readysandiego.org

The county has significantly ramped up fire and emergency services since the deadly firestorms of 2003, investing more than $400 million on improvements that include new rural fire stations and aerial resources.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!






Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – August 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Fighting for families: The county recently rolled out a powerful new tool to help families find quality residential care for the elderly.

It’s called Choose Well. It’s an online search tool and ratings system designed to guide families to the most appropriate assisted living facility for their loved one.

I first proposed the site in 2014. About 120 facilities have volunteered to fully participate in it, with more expected to be added in coming months.

When you stop by a local assisted living home for the elderly look for the new Choose Well logo on display. If you don’t see it, ask the facility to join it! Check out the site at choosewell.org .

Danger data: Want to get a better fix on any potential hazards at your home and workplace?

A new county website, found at readysandiego.org, allows you to input any local address to learn about possible hazards, like whether you live in a high-risk wildfire or earthquake zone.

The debut of the Know Your Hazards search tool couldn’t be better as we move into peak wildfire season.

Around town: Getting out and about East County is the best part of my job. Among the recent events and gatherings I’ve had the privilege of attending:

  • A groundbreaking for a new Boys & Girls Club in La Mesa. Basketball legend and fellow Helix High alum Bill Walton was among those at the event. Bill has always been a great booster of youth programs.
  • A meeting of Lions Club leaders in East County. Thanks, Lions, for all you do for our community.
  • Special gatherings held by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association and many other community groups!

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!