Congratulations to Poway’s Amanda Heath, who was among 28 volunteers recognized by The San Diego County Board of Supervisors in a recent ceremony. Amanda was honored for the more than 1,000 hours she has given to the over the past 4 1/2 years. Tech-savvy, she improved the teen blog and helps update it on a monthly basis. She set up a Facebook page for teens and connected it to the blog. Along with other duties, Amanda pioneered the e-book class at the library, runs a class every Saturday, and assists customers with their e-book devices. Congratulations, indeed!
CREEK TO BAY CLEANUP
The 10th annual I Love a Clean San Diego creek-to-bay cleanup is ready for volunteers. Set for Saturday, April 28, from 9:00a.m. to noon, some 86 coastal and inland sites have been selected. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to sign up on line at www.creektobay.com. Last year a record 5,350 volunteers removed 80 tons of debris from their local communities. Other activities will include storm drain stenciling, brush maintenance and graffiti removal.
The date also coincides with the annual Rotarians at Work Day. The more than 60 Rotary Clubs in the Southern California district, as well as every club around the world, will engage in community projects on the 28th. Rotary Club of Poway will be preparing the Senior Center bistro for new cabinets.
CINCO DE MAYO TRAIL RUN
More than 1,000 participants from across San Diego County are expected for this year's Cinco de Mayo Trail Run. The event draws professional runners as well as athletes and families to the unique Lake Poway course. There is a 10K as well as several themed 5Ks. This is the major fund-raiser for put on by their Educational Foundation. Fifty one percent of the students at Valley come from low-income households. The goal this year is to raise money for technology. Tickets in advance are $35 for adults, $25 for ages 8-17 and $10 for 7 and under. Register and get details at http://CincodeMayoTrailRun.org.
100K FROM RACHAEL RAY
Food Network star and cookbook author Rachael Ray has issued a nationwide challenge to inspire animal shelters, and the people who support them, to go above and beyond to increase pet adoption, reunite lost pets with their families and save more animals’ lives. The animal shelters with the most on-line votes in five categories will each receive $100,000. The Escondido Humane Society is the only shelter in San Diego County in the qualifying heat for this year's ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, and they need your votes. You can vote one time each day between now and 9 p.m. April 16. If you’re 13 or older go to www.escondidohumanesociety.org right now! Get more information there or by calling (760) 888-2240.