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Post Date:01/11/2018 9:00 PM

News Releases - From Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon

Special Activities & Events:

Tea by the Sea

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will be holding their annual Tea by the Sea event on Saturday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marine Room, located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla. Tickets are still available! Enjoy a delicious seafood & French fare in a chic setting with waves crashing against the windows at high tide. Proceeds benefit the unique activities and outings provided to SMSC students.  Tickets are $125 per guest, and $1,250 for a table of ten – hurry, limited seating!  Price includes valet parking.  To RSVP, please call (619) 442-5129, ext. 115, or purchase tickets online at


Tickets Available for Citizen of the Year Luncheon

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Citizen of the Year Luncheon on Monday, February 5th, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Elks Lodge. This luncheon is hosted by the El Cajon Valley Lions Club. Cost per person is $20, before January 29; $25 for tickets after January 29th and at the door.  The lodge is at 1400 E. Washington Avenue, El Cajon. If you have questions, please contact the Chamber office at (619) 440-6161.


RUN EC’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon - Sunday, March 4, 7:15 a.m.

Register now for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile, and Tribes & Clans competition.  The Half Marathon begins at 198 West Main Street, in Downtown El Cajon, next to the El Cajon Arch. Funds raised will benefit several East County charities. Visit for more information, to register or to volunteer. This annual event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation.


5th Annual America on Main Street Is Saturday, May 19

Join the City of El Cajon for its free, family-friendly community festival, “America on Main Street!” This special event is Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon. This patriotic tribute is planned to coincide with the nationally recognized Armed Forces Day and celebrates the American spirit through appreciation and respect of the many diverse, ethnic, and historical groups in the community.  The theme this year is “A Salute to Heroes!”

Special highlights include:

  • 1:30 p.m. Naturalization Ceremony (75 to 100 becoming U.S. Citizens)
  • Armed Forces Day Tribute – Military Coast Guard Flyover at 2 p.m.
  • Over 150 booths!
  • Military displays, the Statue of Liberty and other patriotic displays
  • Three stages of live entertainment – featuring over 30 bands & community groups
  • Street Performers
  • American and ethnic food booths throughout the event
  • Carnival Rides
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Petting Zoo – Unique animals, including a llama!
  • Closing the night with a laser light show!

This popular event promises to be a day of fun and appreciation, celebrating this community! Festivities and street closures are located on East Main Street and Rea Avenue, between Magnolia Avenue and Ballantyne Street/Avocado Avenue. To learn more, please call (619) 441-1754 or visit  


Crisis Response Team Seeks New Emergency Response Volunteers

After 32 years of service, Trauma intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP) continues responding to a high demand need in our community. Providing crisis intervention immediately after a tragedy, in collaboration and working side by side with emergency response personnel, TIP volunteers provide compassionate support.

Specially trained volunteers provide care and support to residents who have been traumatized by a personal tragedy or are in a state of crisis. TIP partners with fire, law enforcement, hospitals and the Medical Examiner’s and offers crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Volunteers are trained to respond to a variety of tragedies to offer support, such as; house fires, natural death, drowning, sudden infant deaths (SIDS), suicide, homicide, and community disasters.

TIP San Diego is continuing to seek skilled compassionate individuals who have an aspiration to give back to their community. Consider being a TIP volunteer today and sign up for an upcoming academy in your area.  For more information, visit or call 855.TIPSD.HELP. 


General Information:

January 23 - El Cajon City Council Meetings are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., as needed. Meetings are held in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center Way. For more information, and to view the full agenda online, please visit  


January 26 - Alternate Friday closures for El Cajon City offices.  Please go to  for a full calendar of office hours for City offices during 2018.


February 14 - Happy Valentine's Day!


February 19 - City offices will be closed in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.


Winter 2017 City Recreation Guide Is Now Available

The winter edition of the City of El Cajon Guide to Recreation is now available! See all the wonderful programs offered by the City of El Cajon Recreation Department online at  Or pick up a copy of the new guide at El Cajon Recreation Centers, at local libraries, and in the lobby of City Hall, at 200 Civic Center Way, and at the El Cajon Police Station located at 100 Civic Center Way. For more information, please call (619) 441-1754.



Free Disaster Preparedness Classes

Will you know what to do in the case of a wildfire, a home fire, or earthquake?  Register now for this free 2018 East County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster preparedness academy. Visit the Heartland Fire website at for the full CERT schedule under “Emergency Prep.” The academy begins the first weekend in March, but accepting applications now!  For more information please call (619) 667-1471. 


Stay Informed on all City Events, City Services & Meetings

Visit the City of El Cajon’s website at  Register for the “E-NOTIFICATION” system and select the information you would like to receive email notifications about, such as news releases and upcoming events.  In addition, find links and information for various City departments and services.  Sign up today!


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