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  • Julian Woman's Club to hold annual Wildflower Show

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    JULIAN – The Julian Woman's Club will be hosting the 98th annual Wildflower Show on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and will be held in the woman's clubhouse, located at 2607 C Street, in the town of Julian. This show features beautiful wildflowers from seven regions in and around Julian, and will exhibit samples from the many different flowering species that grow in the area. This may include cactus flowers from the h...

  • Synthetic turf fields, forever chemicals and the safer alternative: Organic grass

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    CALIFORNIA – A preliminary experiment conducted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility reveals concerning levels of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances on the skin of soccer players and coaches after playing on artificial turf fields. The Washington Post reported March 12, on the PEER test results, which found PFAS levels increased on the skin in three out of four participants following soccer matches on artificial turf. In contrast, no similar increase w...

  • Registrations are open for ILACSD's 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY – I Love A Clean San Diego is set to host the 22nd annual Creek to Bay Cleanup Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the region’s largest one-day environmental volunteer effort in celebration of Earth Month, with nearly 100 cleanup sites around the county. I Love A Clean San Diego expected thousands of volunteers of all ages to participate. Residents can register to volunteer at http://cleansd.org/creektobay. “Creek to Bay provides an opportunity for all San Diegans to actively participate in keepi...

  • Project Dog Foster begins countywide campaign in April

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Six members of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition have joined in a countywide campaign to find foster homes for the dogs in their care in hopes of solving a common problem: being over capacity. Project Dog Foster is intended to make it easy and fun for the community to step up and help, even if just for a short period of time, no matter where in the county they live. "Unfortunately, more than 40% of our dogs have been available for adoption for 30 days or l...

  • Writer makes another centenarian friend, all the while pondering a wondrous trend

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    I have often wondered whether longevity is an elixir for those who love life. Lately I have found myself pondering centenarians, how they give us joy for today and hope for the future. I have been blessed to be befriended by many centenarians in my beloved Fallbrook. Come now, dear reader, as I introduce you to some and we together may we marvel over the mystery and magic of living to 100 and beyond. My first friend to stretch her life well past 100 was cantankerous Betty...

  • County Blood Drive celebrates 40 years of saving lives

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    On Tuesday, April 2, the county kicked off its 40th annual blood drive, an event that has grown to become one of the largest donor events of its kind in the region. In partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, the county this year has added two more sites, bringing the total to 24 locations where people can sign up to donate in April. Last year, county employees donated 435 pints of blood, enough to save more than a thousand lives. This year’s goal is 501 pints of blood. Each one-pint bag has the potential to help up to thre...

  • Drug education shouldn't be off the table during 4/20 Day

    Marcel Gemme, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    4/20 Day celebrations are popular across the state; if you are partaking in the festivities, California will have it all. Cannabis has been legal for adults in the state since 2016 and is taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol. Like alcohol it has become quite mainstream, and it remains a popular drug for many young people. Because of social media, 4/20 Day can be sensationalized much the same as drug and alcohol use is on social media platforms. Parents and educators can have a positive impact on children and students...

  • Healthy cooking class offered April 14

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    RAINBOW – Karen Houghton, R.N., is offering a Naturally Gourmet Cooking Class Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Fallbrook Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1200 Rainbow Valley Blvd. The class will teach how to fix vegetarian plant-based cuisine and how to boost the immune system. Space is limited, so anyone wanting to attend should pre-register by calling 760-387-7311 or emailing [email protected]. They can leave a message with their name and number of people a...

  • Alternative treatments for Parkinson's to be discussed

    Updated Apr 12, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested to join their monthly Parkinson's Support Group meeting, Friday April 26, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center- 1636 E. Mission Road. The guest speaker, Dr. Ana Maleki, MDS, will talk about Alternative Treatments for Parkinson’s. Medications are usually the first treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease. But there may come a time when one’s medications no longer work for one’s needs. DBS is a safe and...

  • Dr. McCaughan works in the world of equine athletes

    Updated Apr 5, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Amid the rustling avocado groves and rolling hills in Fallbrook lies a sanctuary for a particular breed of athletes often overlooked – horses. Here in the community and throughout San Diego and Riverside counties, Dr. Marc McCaughan, a devoted equine veterinarian, makes it his choice every day to care for these athletes. For McCaughan, the journey into the world of equine medicine began long before he set foot in Fallbrook. Raised amid the avocado groves of Los...

  • Young terrier mix needs a fur-ever home

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

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  • FLC's Save Our Forest Environmental Education Program connects students with nature

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook is known for its lush groves and open spaces, but many young people have little to no interaction with nature. Fallbrook Land Conservancy's Save Our Forest committee has been addressing this inequity by connecting students with the local ecosystem through its Environmental Education Program for 19 years. This volunteer-run program introduces students in local public schools to the benefits of native plants, while teaching natural resources conservation a...

  • Use pest control to protect your roses

    Frank Brines, ARS Master Rosarian|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    March greeted southwest Riverside County with an abundance of fresh new foliage and hopes for beautiful blooms to come. Maybe that's got you wondering: "How can I get better results this year?" Has doing the same thing year after year lived up to your expectations of good roses? Gardening is a partnership between you and your plants: How about letting your garden and your roses "speak" to you? Take a daily walk around your garden and get to know all that lives there. For...

  • "It's not magic, it's science:"

    Eric Rodgers, The Brain Energy Movement - Advocacy|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Medical Review by Chris Palmer, MD When I was in my 40s and 50s, everything was going well. I had a happy life with my wife and son. My optometry business was successful. But I wanted to die. I would ask my psychiatrist again and again: if everything is great, why can't I appreciate it? I never got a good answer to that question from my doctor. But luckily, I discovered the work of Dr. Chris Palmer, and I began to understand the connection between mental and metabolic health....

  • April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

    Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Submitted by Irene Miller Parkinson’s Awareness Month is observed in April. It is an opportunity to increase awareness about the disease and its symptoms, as well as to support those that are affected. Parkinson’s is a long-term disorder where the central nervous system degenerates and that affects the motor system. Motor symptoms like trembling, stiffness, and rigidity are usually associated with Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms typically occur slowly. One side is often affected first, but as Parkinson’s disease progres...

  • County recommends syphilis screenings during pregnancy as infant cases rise

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Cases of babies born with syphilis have increased in San Diego County, reaching a record 35 in 2022, according to new data from County Public Health officials. Syphilis is a contagious bacterial infection that can be spread through sexual contact or from a birthing parent to a baby during pregnancy. That is called congenital syphilis and can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, major health problems in babies, and even death, if not treated. The number of congenital syphilis cases in 2022 is up from 30 in 2021 and includes two st...

  • Second measles case of 2024 confirmed in county

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    The second case of measles this year in San Diego County has been confirmed in a 47-year-old resident who had recently traveled overseas, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced Sunday, March 31. The most recent confirmed measles case in the county was in February 2024 in an unvaccinated infant who had also traveled overseas. These cases are not linked. The adult is currently hospitalized, but may have exposed others at a number of locations in...

  • Seven ways on how to stop constant worrying in your life

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Do you find yourself worrying about everything that is going on around you? It can be very tiring and depressing to constantly worry about your family, your job, your health, and everything else that is happening. Having things out of your control is very scary. As a result, here are seven tips on how to overcome the cycle of worry and fear in your life. 1. Focus on the facts of your situation; not your thoughts: When people are stressed out, they rely on their fearful and depressing thoughts. Your fearful thoughts are...

  • Support teens to build healthy habits

    Stephanie Rubino ND, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    As teens face rapid physical growth, puberty, and mood changes, they also develop increased autonomy and self-awareness. Engaging in health-promoting habits may not interest the typical teen; however, nutrition and lifestyle choices during this critical time influence their current health and impact their well-being as adults. As their key supporters, we can teach our teens how to live healthy lives today for a strong and confident future. Healthy eating for teens Getting your teen to consume nutritious food can be a...

  • NCFPD offers cancer screening for personnel

    Updated Mar 28, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Cancer is the most dangerous, under-recognized threat to the health and safety of firefighters in the U.S. To combat this, the North County Fire Protection District is offering a multi-cancer screening for its active fire service personnel. Firefighters are exposed to a wide variety of hazardous scenarios where carcinogens are nearly unavoidable. So, NCFPD started administering this screening three years ago and was the first fire service agency within San Diego Co...

  • Bee safe this spring, don't get stung

    Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    During springtime, the flowers bloom and the bees are busy. Here are some simple tips to make sure you don't get stung. The biggest one is – do not disturb them. And if they're already disturbed, move away to a safer location! This time of year, sightings of honey bee swarms and nests are more likely as groups of bees leave their old colonies to establish new ones, according to our experts at the County's Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures. Bees are an i...

  • Fallbrook Food Pantry sends out an S.O.S.: Karen needs us

    e|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    Ellen Fusco Special to the Village News On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Karen Austin, one of our cherished and valued community members, who has been an integral part of the Fallbrook Food Pantry for more than 20 years, was rushed to Palomar Hospital with a major bone infection which resulted in a 7-hour surgery to replace multiple vertebrae in her spine with titanium rods in her back, neck, and across her shoulders. Karen's selfless hours of volunteerism have enabled the pantry to...

  • AMR San Diego seeks applicants for first all-female "Earn While You Learn" EMT Training Academy

    Updated Mar 28, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Seeking to further diversify the field of emergency medical services, AMR – one of the largest ambulance transport providers in the United States – is encouraging women from across San Diego County to apply for its first all-female Earn While You Learn EMT training academy. A partnership between AMR and Miramar College, the Earn While You Learn academy is a 16-week program in which cadets will be trained to become emergency medical technicians and will be hired by AMR upon completing the academy and passing a nat...

  • VCC's Dads' Club expands: Empowering fathers for over 25 years

    Updated Mar 28, 2024

    VISTA – Vista Community Clinic announced the continuation and expansion of its Dads’ Club program, dedicated to supporting fathers and father figures in various stages of their journey towards positive parenting and personal growth. Having provided invaluable parenting services for over a quarter-century, VCC initially recruited program participants through its prenatal and pediatric departments. Over the years, the program has evolved to offer comprehensive case management services, addressing a variety of needs inc...

  • Taurine, could it really slow aging?

    Updated Mar 28, 2024

    Karen Jensen, ND Special to the Village News Taurine is a semi-essential amino acid typically found in high concentrations in humans and prevalent in youth. But as a person ages, taurine levels decline. Supplementing with taurine reverses this decline, and preliminary animal studies show that taurine could be the key to living a longer and healthier life. Taurine is in meats, fish, dairy and some energy drinks. Besides living longer, animals supplemented with taurine scored better on almost every parameter, including...

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