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“Vitamin D is a popular topic in the news,” said Quinn. “It helps your body absorb calcium, one of the main building blocks of bone. It also has a role in nerve, muscle and immune systems.” September 08, 2016. Alpine Chamber Presented HELPS Awards The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce recently presented its 2016 HELPS awards.

HELPS stands for Heroes, Excellent Leadership and Public Service. Recipients of Hero awards included: Virginia and Dr. Ron Christman, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians; Bill Ridenour, Veterans Wall of Honor, Sophia Christiansen, a teenager who helps other young people battling leukemia; Julie Salmon, Descanso information service; Carlette Anderson, CPR expert and author; Greg Fox Jr., who used CPR to save a life; Chris Rubio, Arms Wide Open; Larry Clark, manager, Alpine Ayres Lodge, for his help with developmentally disabled people; Nica Knight, Mount Laguna community supporter; Team Parker 4 Life, helping children with cancer. Other award winners included: Alpine Library Friends Association, Alpine Sun Newsmaker of the Year; Bobbi Brink, Lions, Tigers & Bears, and Sam Diego, humanitarians of the year awards; Barons Market, large business of the year; Postal Annex of Alpine and Pine House Café & Tavern, small businesses of the year; Dan Foster, citizen of the year; Kiwanis Club of Alpine, community organization of the year; Boy Scout Troop #105, youth organization of the year; Alpine Woman’s Club, beautification award; Darryl Bush, Keller Williams Realty, Chamber ambassador of the year; Tom and Judy Myers, Alpine Historical Society, community organization recognition award. Recipients of President’s Awards included Diana Saenger, author, and Chris Wiley, Alpine Primary Residential Mortgage. Alpine community activist and educator Al Haven was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.

Special recognition awards recipients included Alpine Beer Company, Bree Rowand, Kimberly Bowley, Sue Roff, Back Country Land Trust of San Diego County, Melanie Schlumpberger, Emily Moberly and the Alpine Union and Mountain Empire Unified school districts. Media recognition awards were presented to Alpine Sun, Alpine Neighbors Magazine, Alpine Community Network, East County Californian, East County Magazine, San Diego East County Herald, East County Gazette, Radio station 107.9 and the San Diego Union-Tribune’s East County edition. Sponsors included Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Keller Williams Realty, California Bank & Trust, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Postal Annex of Alpine, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., Alpine Regional Center, Baron’s Market, All Service Property Management, Virginia Fellows CPA, Alpine Artistic Florist, Subway, Steph’s Donut Hole, Greek Village Grill, Manana’s Mexican Restaurant, Souplantation, Al Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Franco’s Flapjack Breakfast House, Carl’s Jr., Alpine Sushi and the Tractor Supply Co. Alpine Chamber Will Feature IRS at `Hot Topics’ Breakfast The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce will host its next “Hot Topics” networking breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. 13, at Janet’s Montana Café, 2506 Alpine Blvd., Guest speaker Regina Lauridsen with the U.S. Internal Review Service will discuss identity theft and protecting clients’ data, as well as free webinars and e-newsletters from the IRS for small business owners. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person, which includes opportunity drawing tickets. Prizes will include admission to future chamber events, including a “Hot Topics” breakfast and a “Red Hot and Moving to the Top” event for a business organization. For more information and to RSVP, call (619) 445-2722 or visit Joel Anderson To Warn Realtors About Fraud California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will serve as moderator of “Staying Ahead of Real Estate Scammers,” a program on how realtors can protect their clients from fraud, from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors’ (PSAR) East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. Anderson serves as vice chair of the California Senate’s Public Safety Committee. The program is presented by two trade groups for San Diego area-realtors, PSAR and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR), in partnership with the Housing Opportunities Collaborative, a HUD-approved nonprofit that provides virtual counseling services for homeowners, along with foreclosure mitigation and avoidance services. Speakers will include representatives from the California Bureau of Real Estate, Federal Bureau of Investigations and San Diego County District Attorney, as well as a legal claims education officer from the title insurance industry who trains title agents on how to spot and resolve potential issues in a transaction before settlement. Cost to attend is $10 for PSAR and NSDCAR members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call PSAR at (619) 579-0333, or visit Wave Goodbye to MS Paddle Fundraiser on Saturday The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the “Wave Goodbye to MS, Paddle for a Cure III,” a fundraiser from 9 a.m. 10 at Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza Park, 5099 Newport Ave., San Diego, at the corner of Abbott Street and Newport Avenue, just south of the lifeguard station. The fundraiser is expected to feature hundreds of people on surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks or inflatables following a 1.25-mile course around the Ocean Beach Pier starting at 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit MS research and programs and services for people with MS. Registration and event information are available at

Lakeside Chamber Presents `Touch-A-Truck’ The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will present “Touch-A-Truck,” a special event featuring a variety of large trucks and construction vehicles, from 11 a.m. The event is geared towards children and families, Chamber officials said. Tickets cost $5 a piece for adults ages 16 and higher and $15 a piece for children ages 1 to 15. VIP tickets, costing $30 per person, includes early entry and swag bag for children. On display will be more than 50 trucks and vehicles, including fire trucks, emergency vehicles, dump trucks, 18-wheel tractor-trailer big rigs, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, utility trucks, farm vehicles and all-terrain off-road vehicles. Proceeds will benefit education programs geared towards the trucking, construction and industrial career paths for young people.

Sponsors include Daily Disposal, the Lakeside Chamber, Enniss, Inc., Optimal Eats, Bug Bite Thing, Hilliker’s Ranch Fresh Eggs and Tsco Racing. For tickets and information, call (619) 561-1031 or visit


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