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  • Healthy Habits: Oatmeal – A grain for your health

    Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    Advocates for oatmeal as their breakfast have some valid credibility for their choice. This whole-grain food can do plenty of positive things for your health. Eaten with water or milk of some type, oatmeal, when not mixed with sugary toppings, won't let your body down. One cup of oatmeal has 166 calories, 4 grams of fiber, about 3 grams of fat, and almost 6 grams of protein. There are different types which include crushed, rolled, steel cut, and oat groat. Some like it hot...

  • 'Let's Go Retro' and escape to the past with iconic San Diego County Fair food!

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Spam and Monte Cristo Sandwiches are just two of the retro food offerings guests will find at the 2024 San Diego County Fair, which runs from June 12 to July 7. The fair theme, "Let's Go Retro," extends to a delectable array of eats that are undeniably retro. The Barbie pink lemonade is refreshing, and the wonderful flavor is intensified by a margarita-style rim of salt. Colorful flapping flags adorning the food booths are sure to make guests snap to attention and sample some...

  • Going native in your garden, Part 3

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Perhaps by now you have taken the first steps to either refurbish your existing garden or create a whole new sustainable habitat that is both earth friendly and conserves water. In parts 1 and 2, I laid out the various specifics you need to consider to get started including layout, soil preparation, irrigation and hardscape. Today, we will focus on plant selection. I have listed my personal favorites and most suitable plants to consider as part of your new landscape. Trees,...

  • 2024 Water Quality Report is only available online

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Public Utility District's annual Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR, contains detailed information on water quality tests performed in 2023. These sampling tests ensure that the district's water meets regulatory standards. FPUD's tap water met or exceeded all state and federal requirements this year, as in years past. The CCR became available recently at It will also be available at the Fallbrook Library, F...

  • Tips and tricks for easy organic waste recycling

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – With the summer season upon us, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) and the County of San Diego provide tips on recycling organic waste, including how to keep green bins odor and pest-free. According to the county’s Department of Public Works, about 40% of the waste in landfills is organic waste, which includes food waste, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings. When organic waste decomposes in a landfill, without the presence of oxygen, methane is produced, a potent greenhouse gas and driver of global climate...

  • TAC recommends retention of Flowerwood Lane 25 mph speed limit

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The county’s Traffic Advisory Committee has recommended that the 25 mph speed limit on Flowerwood Lane between Knottwood Way and Gird Road be retained. The June 7 TAC vote to recommend retention of the speed limit along that 1.35-mile segment with recertification of that speed limit for radar enforcement was unanimous. Any TAC recommendation for a regulatory action must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW) expects an Oct. 9 Board of Supervisors hea...

  • More than 58,000 screened for 'Love Your Heart'

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    San Diego County released its 2024 Love Your Heart Report June 10 showing the annual February public health campaign gave more than 58,000 people free blood pressure checks and potentially saved 806 people from medical emergencies like strokes or heart attacks. In February, the county and its partners performed and collected results from a combined 58,079 blood pressure readings. Locally, 193 sites offered free blood pressure checks. Sites were also offered throughout M...

  • Mt. San Jacinto College Nursing Program to expand enrollment, addressing critical nursing shortage

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    TEMECULA – Mt. San Jacinto College announces a significant expansion of its Nursing program to address California's critical shortage of nurses. Following a rigorous full program review by the California Board of Nursing, authorization was granted on May 23 to increase the program's annual enrollment from 48 to 72 students. The Board's review underscored the exceptional quality of MSJC nurses and highlighted the urgent need for more nursing professionals nationwide. Starting in the spring of 2025, the Nursing program will w...

  • County assisting as CalFresh enrollment breaks records

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    The county is experiencing record enrollment in the CalFresh food supplement program. As of June 1, CalFresh benefits are being received by more than 398,000 eligible people in the region, which is a 5.8% increase compared to the same month in 2023. Over 539,000 persons have been enrolled at different points over the last 12 months. The record month coincided with the celebration of CalFresh Awareness Month. “We’ve seen this trend steadily increase as the need increased” said Rick Wanne, director of County Self-Sufficiency Se...

  • Transitional Bridges offers compassionate alternative to plastic belongings bags

    Updated Jun 20, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Transitional Bridges, a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on inspiring compassion and improving end-of-life care through art, has created Transitional Belongings Bags, a compassionate and eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bags hospitals use to hand over belongings to loved ones after a patient has died. The concept was first introduced 17 years ago by the Irish Hospice Foundation Hospice Friendly Hospitals Program to promote dignity and sensitivity when r...

  • Prevent underage intoxication and potentially save lives

    Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    With schools out for summer for many teens and children, the risk of them gaining access to alcohol goes up when parents are at work and teens may be unsupervised. Minors often get alcohol or marijuana in one of these ways: from older friends, strangers willing to buy it for them, store clerks who fail to check IDs, online, friend's parents and sometimes their own parents. The Sheriff's Department is reminding adults that it is against the law to provide alcohol or marijuana...

  • Parkinson's Support Group topic is 'Avoiding fraud and scams'

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group (NCPSG) Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting. Every fourth Friday of the month, the next meeting is June 28, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road The topic, “Avoiding fraud and scams,” will be presented by Heather Mitchell, San Diego County Sheriff's Crime Prevention Specialist. She has achieved successful community engagement throughout San Diego County. As a departm...

  • Dine 'n Dash feature Dueling Chefs

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

  • Proactive efforts help as mosquito season continues

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    In April, San Diego County began ramping up its proactive treatment of mosquito breeding sites in waterways around the county. The goal is to reduce these pests and their risk for spreading diseases, such as West Nile virus. The next treatments, including Lake Rancho Viejo, will be June 26 and 27, as well as July 17 and 18. Every year in spring, the county's Vector Control Program applies a safe, eco-friendly larvicide by helicopter to treat nearly 1,400 acres of...

  • FPUD renews MRCD lease for Fallbrook Community Garden

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The Mission Resource Conservation District leases 0.58 acres of Fallbrook Public Utility District property for the Fallbrook Community Garden, and that lease had a Monday, June 17, 2024, expiration date. The FPUD board meeting Wednesday, May 29, included a 4-0 vote, with Ken Endter absent, to extend the lease for another five years. The lease will now expire June 17, 2029. The MRCD will pay FPUD a dollar a year to rent the Alturas Road property. Although the MRCD is the formal lessee and the lease prohibits any sublease or...

  • Going native in your garden, Part 2

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    If you were inspired by Part 1 of "Going Native in Your Garden" let's dig a little deeper and now look at the most important phases to consider when starting a garden refurbishment. Starting a native plant garden does not have to be complicated, but planning is the key. In Part 1, I mentioned various sites to visit for inspiration and to educate yourself of all that's possible and guide you in the direction you'd like to take your new landscape setting. Once you start...

  • Young cat needs a home with friend

    Updated Jun 13, 2024

  • County Cool Zones open as temperatures heat up

    Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The County of San Diego opened its annual Cool Zones program June 3, just as the region is expecting to face its first potential summer-like temperatures this week. The Cool Zones program was created two decades ago. It was designed to give older adults, people with disabilities and people with health concerns free, safe air-conditioned shelters to visit to escape extreme heat. The program will run from Saturday, June 1 through Oct. 31. Cool Zone sites include the county's 33...

  • Students are home from school: 4 tips to address youth mental health

    Dr. Donald Tavakoli, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    As high school and college students finish their spring terms and prepare for summer, it’s a critical time to check their mental health and consider how to engage in conversations about it. It is especially important for college students, as the “Second Annual Student Behavioral Health Report” revealed a significant jump in self-reported mental or behavioral health concerns among college students as compared to high schoolers. The report found college students self-report a near-50% increase in anxiety, depression and suici...

  • Fathers should be talking to their children about drugs and alcohol

    Nickolaus Hayes, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    What does it take to be a responsible father? While there are countless answers to this question, it generally means playing an essential role in a child’s life and showing up daily. Generally, fathers provide abundant love, support and involvement, making sacrifices to ensure their children are loved and cared for. A father is always there for their children, offering guidance, support and education. The greatest joy for any father is seeing their children thrive, do well in life and be healthy. Things can happen in life, h...

  • How to convince someone to get help for their mental health

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    There are many reasons why some people are reluctant to get help for their mental health or addiction issues. In addition, many people are not sure what to do when encouraging someone to get the help they need for their mental health. As a result, here are seven suggestions on how to convince a person struggling to get some assistance. 1. Talk to the person instead of talking at them: Nobody wants to be lectured or yelled at. The person who is struggling is scared and they need help in overcoming their fears and resistance to...

  • Are sugar substitutes bad for you? Yes

    Dr. Jennifer Brix ND, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Sugar substitutes were once touted as a miracle food because they had no calories, needed no land for growing and didn’t appear to impact blood sugar levels or weight. Synthetic sugars have now been suggested to cause weight gain, increase cancer risk and play a role in cardiovascular disease. Common synthetic sugar substitutes include saccharin, aspartame, sucralose and erythritol. Some were discovered accidentally, while others were created with the goal of being the next big thing in the low-calorie or no-calorie sweetener...

  • Going native in your garden, Part 1 of 3

    Roger Boddaert, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    California native plants, adapted to our climate, can tolerate extended periods of heat and drought in their natural setting and the many plants covering the hills throughout Southern California display great resilience during the long, hot and rainless periods of the year. After years of drought, our landscapes have benefited greatly from the past two rainy winters and the effects speak for themselves. To get started on your native garden, here are a few ways to go about it....

  • 2024 Point-in-Time Count results released

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The Regional Task Force on Homelessness released the topline data collected from more than 1,700 volunteers spread across San Diego County in January for this year’s Point-in-Time Count, May 22. The information shows the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness across the region. Overall, the 2024 Point-in-Time Count found no less than 10,605 people experiencing homelessness across our region. This includes 6,110 unsheltered San Diegans and 4,495 individuals in shelters and transitional housing. Thi...

  • Puppy loves to play

    Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Rutger is 6 month old, 22 lb. terrier mix. He is very playful, even-tempered and gets along with dogs his size. Rutger loves to play with his toys and also loves to play fetch. He is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. To meet Rutger, email [email protected]. Village News/Courtesy photo...

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