East County Happenings, Nov. 20: La Mesa toy drive, Alpine home tour, Lemon Grove bonfire coming soon

City Councils: La Mesa, 18:00 Tuesday

Soroptimist International hosts a breakfast

Soroptimist International of La Mesa is hosting its 65th Annual Thanksgiving Community Breakfast on Wednesday at the Handlery Hotel and Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley. Check-in is at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast and the program. This year, the special award will be extended to individuals and organizations that have helped refugees and immigrants in the United States. Tickets are $48; register online at silamesa.org. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the San Diego Rescue Mission’s annual food drive. Contact Linda Newell at (619) 847-8033.

Free lessons at the Sharp Grossmont Center

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Center is offering a free “How to Talk to Your Doctor” class Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. This session will highlight ways to prepare for your next appointment and ensure your health remains a priority. Register at (800) 827-4277 or visit sharp.com/classes.

Drive for military children

Join members of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce in donating toys, diapers and other items for children living in La Mesa military homes. The chamber collects these items for children aged 2-13. The toy drive party will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive. Chamber members who bring a new, unwrapped toy get in for free. Admission is $10 for non-member guests who bring an unwrapped toy and $20 for all “at the door” guests who bring an unwrapped toy. The evening includes heavy appetizers, salads and signature pizzas. Reserve by December 1 at rsvp@lamesachamber.com. Those who cannot attend but would like to donate can call (619) 465-7700 to make arrangements.

Chamber drive helps seniors at home

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to help 16 seniors in the home – 12 women and four men. The chamber collects, purchases and assembles items into gift baskets and bags to be delivered by the La Mesa Senior Volunteer Patrol. The deadline for donations is December 2nd. If you want to donate food from your pantry, make sure the item hasn’t expired. Recommended: canned soups, vegetables and fruits; packages of cookies and pasta or macaroni and cheese; bars and bottles of soap, tubes of toothpaste, packs of tissues, hand sanitizers, pens and paper pads. Gift cards are also welcome from Walmart, Target or any grocery store. Drop off items to Fran Smith from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays at the La Mesa Chamber office, 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 214. Mary England is also available to meet donors and pick up items in person. Call (619) 251-7730.

Sale of tickets for alpine holiday homes

The Alpine Women’s Club is hosting its 15th annual Holiday Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 from 2156 Alpine Blvd. Six decorated houses are on this year’s tour. Advance tickets are $35 at bit.ly/3AhYPno; also available at The Postal Annex, 2710 Alpine Blvd., For the Love Boutique, 2530 Alpine Blvd, or Alpine Garden & Gifts, 2442 Alpine Blvd. Tickets will be available at the door for $40. Online tickets must be exchanged for a ticket and house map on the day of the event at the Alpine Woman’s Club Historic Town Hall at 2156 Alpine Blvd. Browse the Holiday Marketplace and enjoy free light refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Alpine Woman’s Club Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation.

La Mesa is planning a village vacation

Seventh grade La Mesa Vacation in the Village takes place from noon to 9:00 p.m. on December 3 in the historic center of the city. The free event features live music, local craft vendors, food, a holiday 360 photo booth, “Selfies with Santa” and a kid’s play area bigger than Santa’s Toy Shop! Play carnival games, listen to carolers and enjoy food and drink from local businesses. Entertainment includes traditional holiday songs and music, local bands and community performances. Visit lamesavillageassociation.org or email info@lamesavillageassociation.org.

Lemon Grove is preparing a holiday bonfire

Lemon Grove is hosting its 25th annual free community bonfire from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Treganza Park, 3200 Main St. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm and an aerial photograph of the community will be taken at 6.15am. 7 p.m. Ugly Sweater Contest 7 p.m. Enjoy a game truck, bounce house, arts and crafts, rock climbing and live music. Free hot chocolate, popcorn and cookies and food trucks will also be selling goodies. Visit lemongrove.ca.gov/community/community-events.

Saint Martin of Tours hosts a Gift Faire

The Fair Trade Gift Faire will be held on December 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Catholic Church of St. Martin of Tours, 7710 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa. Shop for handmade gifts from local Fair Trade Décor, The Guatemala Project and other local vendors including Lumily, SSEKO/Noonday and Ember Arts Jewelry. Meet Dressember founder Blythe Hill as she celebrates 10 years with a special documentary at 11am. Also enjoy browsing handmade quilts, Christmas ornaments, cards and a raffle and bake sale, as well as fair trade products such as Equal Exchange coffee, chocolate and tea. There will be a pancake breakfast (pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, juice/coffee and fruit) from 8 to 10:30 a.m. $7 adults (ages 12 and older) and $5 children and pizza slices will be sold from 11 a.m. .to 1:00 PM Contact Anne Pacheco at (619) 466-3241.

It drives the blood

The San Diego Blood Bank hosts these donation opportunities. All three events offer donors a voucher for free entry (up to $15) from The Broken Yolk.

  • Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Cafe with a broken yolk, 2963 Jamacha Road, El Cajon
  • Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Cafe with a broken yolk, 9832 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
  • from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 27 Panoramic Church, 11330 Campo Road, La Mesa, at the fountain

Those over the age of 17, weighing at least 114 pounds and in good health may be eligible to donate. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended before donation. Appointments are first come, first served and walk-ins are welcome. Photo ID is required. Call (800) 400 8251 or visit sandiegobloodbank.org.

Please send event notifications to fyi.east@sduniontribune.com at least two weeks in advance.

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