Alpine & Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

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Alpine’s Light Parade, free Snow Festival nears

ALPINE —- Get ready to light up anything with wheels, the family or family pets for the 18th Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights Snow Festival on Dec. 6 in Alpine! Presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, any entry decorated with holiday lights, including bands, is welcome to join Santa Claus as the glowing parade starts down Alpine Boulevard at 6:30 p.m.

The popular march ends at the free Snow Festival with real snow at the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road. Celebrate with Santa Claus, a Community Christmas Tree, free snow sledding, family-friendly activities, crafters and vendors until 10 p.m. “We invite everyone to come to this popular community event,” said Chamber Chairman Ben Everhart of Comfort Keepers. “Come early. Bring your children and enjoy the fresh air. Shop at local country stores and enjoy our various types of cuisine.”

This year’s sponsoring partners for the holiday fun are Westcore Properties/Alpine Creek Town Center, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Kamps Propane, San Diego Gas Electric, Iberdrola Renewables and the Alpine Twin Plaza.

There’s no parade entry fee. Click here to get entry form. Hot chocolate and treats will be sold at the Snow Festival.

Non-food Snow Festival vendor spaces are available for $45.Click here to get vendor form. For more information about the parade, Snow Festival or Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce events, activities and opportunities, phone (619) 445-2722, fax (619) 445-2871

Successful Kiwanis golf event helps children’s hospital

Great golfing and friendly players raised about $10,000 at the 24th Annual Curly Collier Miracle Mile of Quarters Golf Tournament for Rady’s Children’s Hospital! Hosted by the Alpine Kiwanis Foundation of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine —- a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, about 80 golfers had a good time Nov. 8 on the links at the Admiral Baker Golf Course in San Diego.

“It went extremely well,” said Dick Brown, one of the three Kiwanis tournament co-chairs. “The weather helped —- the golfers found it very pleasant. This is a very friendly course. The facilities are very impressive and people felt comfortable.”

Co-Chair Bill Burton thanked everyone who attended, the Alpine Kiwanis members who helped and some “very generous golfers.” Mark Grant, the former San Diego Padres’ pitcher who is now their television announcer, auctioned off sports memorabilia from well-known athletes at the awards dinner and program.

“We had a good time, great crowd,” said Co-Chair Dave Truax.

The money will be handed over to the hospital in spring of 2014 for one more special event before it’s put to work for Rady’s Pediatric Trauma Unit. Burton said the money raised is converted into quarters first so students from around San Diego County can use the coins to compete in the Miracle Mile of Quarters contest. Teams create imaginative designs on the Red Carpet.

To learn more about the Miracle Mile of Quarters competition, the community-oriented Kiwanis Club of Alpine and all its activities and events, phone (619) 971-4897 or (619) 445-1666 or visit www.alpinekiwanis.com .

Padre Dam’s park earns national awards

The Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve water park of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District has earned two national awards! The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) presented its “Large Park of the Year” and its “Plan-It Green” awards on Nov. 7 to the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve.

The awards were held at ARVC’s annual conference in Knoxville, Tenn.

It’s a major honor for the park as well as the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. “The Park of the Year Award is very competitive and to be considered one of the top two campgrounds is a great accomplishment,” said Johnathan O. Skinner, Santee Lakes’ parks and recreation director. He said the award affirms that the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve at 9310 Fanita Parkway in Santee “has the best staff, facility and customer service in the nation.” “It’s something that we’re really proud of,” Skinner said. “We’re the only government municipality that has won an award like this. We work hard daily to have the best campground and best regional park in the area.”

More than 600,000 visitors enjoy the 191-acre park annually, according to the Padre Dam district. It notes the park is self-sustaining, operated from user fees, grants, awards and collaborations with community groups and organization partnerships.

“Sixty percent of our workers are volunteers,” Skinner said. Among other requirements, the ARVC Large Park award recognizes the Santee recreational area for its website design, marketing plan and operations and management skills.

ARVC, which represents the interests of private recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds in the nation, presented the Plan-It Green Award to the Santee preserve for five years of work to make the park environmentally friendly. Seven lovely recycled water lakes with all types of recreational activity now mark a former gravel mine site.

The preserve was created in 1961 to clean Santee’s wastewater and to send treated water from the Water Recycling Facility back into the community for landscape irrigation. The process also keeps polluted water from running into the Pacific Ocean.

The park now offers camping, fishing, boating, special events playgrounds and trails. It’s also home to 175 bird species. The addition of an award-winning photovoltaic solar RV storage project, using recycled water throughout the lakes and performing planting projects and programs with community groups were among the tasks that earned the Plan-It Award for the preserve. “Santee Lakes is honored to be recognized by ARVC for the efforts of park staff and volunteers that keep Santee Lakes at the forefront of green programming every year,” Skinner said.

Find out more about the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve and its activities by calling (619) 596-3141 or visiting www.santeelakes.com .

Candidates for Honorary Mayor

Artist, advocate vies for Honorary Mayor

ALPINE —- Nina Gould seeks the Alpine Honorary Mayor’s position because she thinks individuals “can be influential in any capacity.” “You change people’s lives by how you live and how you love them,” said Gould. “The Honorary Mayor’s slot fulfills that concept. I believe in helping people and the community. I’m an artist and teacher and I step in where the community needs me.” Continued.

Teacher tosses hat into Honorary Mayor’s race

Kindergarten teacher Cheryl Irick likes going to work every day at Creekside Early Learning Center, a school she views as “a really magical place.” That’s why, Irick said, she decided to raise money for Alpine’s public schools as a candidate for the 2014 Alpine Honorary Mayor position. Continued.

Fire chief bids for Honorary Mayor

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