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2 at Barona Resort and Casino’s Barona Golf and Events Center, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, valued at $10 or more, for The Rock Church’s 20th annual “Toys for Joy” toy, food and clothing giveaway, as well as the 40th annual East County Toy & Food Drive benefiting the Salvation Army and Stoney’s Kids. In addition, Joe Garzanelli, broker, Keller Williams Realty, will give away several hundred dollars to a lucky member who is present and names will be drawn until a winner is selected. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for prospective members.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visit La Mesa Chamber Collecting Toys for Military Families The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has launched a new holiday toy collection effort to assist children of military families living in La Mesa. The public is invited to donate new, unwrapped toys appropriate for children ages 2 to 13 at a reception starting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., in the Grossmont Center mall, La Mesa. Admission to the reception is free for Chamber members and $10 per person for non-members. Refreshments at the reception will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks sponsored by the Riviera Supper Club. In addition, the Chamber is collecting monetary donations for gift certificates for holiday meals for military families. According to Mary England, Chamber president/CEO, Lincoln Military Housing is assisting with the distribution of toys and gift certificates. She said gift certificates will be purchased from Smart & Final Extra Warehouse & Market.

England also said Jerry Lester, a longtime community supporter, initiated this new holiday project. Monetary donations for gift certificates also can be made at the Dec. Event reservations may be made via the chamber website,, or by sending an e-mail, [email protected], or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. “The La Mesa Chamber is honored to be a part of this endeavor and making a difference in the lives of these children and families who do so much for our country,” England said. The La Mesa Chamber is organizing two other holiday projects, including holiday gift baskets for La Mesa senior citizens and a clothing drive of socks, t-shirts, shoes and underwear for local children in need as identified by the La Mesa Community Welfare Association and several La Mesa-Spring Valley School District elementary schools Spring Valley Man Named to Hospital Corporate Board Spring Valley resident Allan Goetz has been approved to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers. Goetz, 70, a retired aerospace engineer, was approved by Sharp to serve on the GHC as a designee of GHD board member Gloria Chadwick. Goetz succeeds Dehesa resident Shirley Murphy, a cultural psychologist, life coach consultant and advocate for Native American issues, who began serving on the GHC board in 2008, following her serving for one year on the GHD board to fill a vacancy. Goetz’s 40-year aerospace career included working as a chief systems engineer and principal engineer on the design of aircraft and missile defense systems, as well as radar communication systems. He worked with Hughes Aircraft Co., ITT Gilfillan and Northrop Grumman Defense Systems. He has lived in Spring Valley for the past 12 years. Goetz’s military service includes two years in the U.S. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate in physics from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. He holds 16 patents and is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization. He also is a member of the non-profit Citizens Oversight, a local watchdog and advocacy group. As a member of GHC, Goetz also will serve on its Facilities Committee, according to Dave Grundstrom, 2016 GHC chair. GHC, a non-profit corporation, has operational responsibility of the 540-bed Grossmont Hospital on behalf of Sharp HealthCare. The 15-member GHC board consists of Sharp HealthCare leaders, physicians, community leaders and GHD board members or their designees. Among its many responsibilities, the GHC board oversees, evaluates and recommends proactive quality measures and performance initiatives for all quality improvement activities throughout the hospital. Santee Chamber Presents Taste of Santee The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its 29th annual Taste of Santee from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 1, at Toyota Certified Center showroom, 8871 Fanita Dr., Santee. Event sponsors include Union Bank and Toyota Certified Center. There is no cost to participate as a food provider. More a dozen providers are expected to participate. Besides enjoying samples of foods from local restaurants, attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item for the Santee Santas Foundation, a local non-profit that benefits needy families living within the Santee School District who are in need of assistance. Santee Santas is expecting to help about 300 families in the community this year. The all-volunteer organization includes school district employees, city staff, firefighters, local business leaders and service organization members. A portion of the $10 admission fee from the Taste event will provide a Santeeopoly board game that Santee Santas will give to families as a Christmas gift.

Lakeside Chamber Will Host Spirit of Christmas The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is planning its 18th annual “Spirit of Christmas on Maine Avenue” from 4 to 9 p.m.

The community celebration will be held on Maine Avenue between Laurel Drive and Parkside Street. Featuring a hometown atmosphere with the sights and sounds of Christmas, the event will include performances by local school children, craft booths, activities for children, an appearance by Santa and lighting ceremony for the community Christmas tree.


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