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Upcylcled Succulent Planter Class at Alpine Garden & Gifts – April 1, 2017

upcycled container project Alpine Garden & Gifts copyCreate your own upcylcled succulent planter on Saturday, April 1, 2017 (Rescheduled from March 25) 10am at Alpine Garden and Gifts!

Bring in your own recycled container to create your own succulent planter. Class starts at 10 a.m. with Coffee and breakfast and a short tutorial. Followed by creating your own unique succulent combination planter.

Price starts at $25.00 depending on the size and scale of your planter.

To RSVP or for more info please contact Kathy at 619-452-3535.

Alpine Garden & Gifts is located at 2442 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901





Parent Forum: “TOP 5 Lessons to Share with your Teen Before Leaving Home” – March 20, 2017

help im moving out on my own GHHSGranite Hills High School PTSA invites you to attend our first Parent Forum “Learn the TOP 5 Lessons to Share with your Teen Before Leaving Home”. Monday, March 20, 2017 from 6:00 ­ 8:00 p.m. at Granite Hills High School Student Support Center. (1719 E Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019) Presented by Linda Levin, MA. You will learn ways to teach your teenager: How to live away from home and handle roommates, How to deal with school issues on their own, How money matters‑‑not falling into common traps, How to maintain a balanced life with all the entrapments of college, How to be safe and make smart choices, including relationships. First 30 attendees will receive a copy of the book, “Help! I’m Moving Out on My Own” By Linda Levin, M.A. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. For additional information, contact Marsi Walker 619-­504­-2908 or Amy Saflar 619­-991-­9291

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Alpine Library Calendar of Free Events – March 2017

Library events LogoWe have programs and events for all ages at the Alpine Library! Check out calendar below for all the details! BABY, TODDLER & PRESCHOOL STORYTIME, RUFF READERS, TEEN & TWEEN ACTIVITIES, LAUGHTER YOGA, MYSTERY BOOK CLUB, CROCHET CORNER, QUILTS FOR KIDS, FUN-TASTIC FRIDAYS AND SO MUCH MORE! There is something for everyone at our AWESOME LIBRARY!

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please call uI at (619) 445-4221. Alpine Library – 1752 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901

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Crochet Corner at the Alpine Library EVERY WEDNESDAY

Crochet corner alpine libraryCrochet Corner at the Alpine Library EVERY WEDNESDAY 3 – 5pm! This program has turned out to be one of our favorites! –  It has morphed into a popular inter-generational program with all ages and all skill levels coming together weekly for an enjoyable Wednesday afternoon. A volunteer came forward who now leads the group. Here she is, teaching the kids how to start a chain. Boys get in on the fun too! The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more information call (619) 445-4221 or email Jenne Bergstrom. Visit our website at and our Facebook Page at


Cooking with an Electric Pressure Cooker Demonstration at the Alpine Library – March 4, 2017

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This is not your Grandma’s pressure cooker!

Join us on Saturday, March 4, 2017  at 3pm and watch Kim Ruby, Certified Nutritionist share the new “workhorse” of the kitchen as she demonstrates why electric pressure cooking is time-saving, safe, delicious and economical!

Break bread, sample a delicious soup and watch how truly simple using a pressure cooker can be.

Please call The Alpine Library at 445-4221 to reserve your spot.  This class is part of the Cooking Literacy Series offered the first Saturday of each month. Happy Cooking!


“Freedom to Paint” & “Sand Sculpture 101” Class / Workshop at Alpine Skies Studio – February 25, 2017


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Join us for our first Class / Workshop of 2017! This will be a TWO FOR ONE EVENT!  We’re excited to offer “Freedom to Paint!” by guest artist Kathy Williams along with Sand Sculpture 101 on Feb. 25th, 2017 at  Alpine Skies Studio (1724 Casa De Roca Way, Alpine, CA 91901)  Both for the low price of just $67*!  If you are a member of the Alpine Art league you receive a 50% discount on the event! That makes it only only $33!  To find out about becoming a member of the Alpine Art League please click here, (just send an email requesting info)  A non-refundable $15 deposit required to save a seat. The profits from the painting workshop will be donated to the Saint Jude Tuition Fund to help keep refugee women in community in college in their country of residence.

“Freedom to Paint”: Kathy Williams has an amazing life story and passion to paint. She will be working in oils and sharing her technique that makes painting simply a joy. She will be sharing her passion for paint and how to “let go of “the stuff” and just paint!”  Her wonderfully free and energetic personality and style will help you discover new ways of expression and creativity! Go to Kathy’s showcase video for more info.

“Sand Sculpture 101”: Dave Henderson is a Master Sand Sculptor, 2 time World Sand Sculpture Champion and Professional Sand Sculptor. He will be teaching a workshop on the fastest, easiest and cheapest sculpting medium there is, SAND!   Sand Sculpture 101 will show you how to take your idea or concept and make it 3D!  In a medium that cost literally pennies to use.  He will also discuss how to make your work permanent and how working in sand speeds up the sculpting process with whatever your final medium will be… Click HERE for more info.

If you’re interested please respond/reply via email to and I will provide additional information for you.  A deposit of $15** is needed to save a seat..  **Sorry no refunds for cancellations


* Freedom to Paint – 9:00 a.m. – Noon

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For those who always wanted to paint, but didn’t know how to start.  We’ll start with a few basics using oil paints or acrylics (student’s choice), and will explore color and technique.  No drawing skills required, and no previous experience necessary.  Canvas, paints, gloves, and brushes are available for $10 if you don’t have your own.  Come with ideas, or with no ideas.  We’ll have fun and will create something uniquely yours.

Bring a sack lunch for our mid-day break   


* Sand Sculpture 101 – 12:45 – 3:45

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The EASIEST, CHEAPEST and MOST EXCITING of mediums, this workshop will focus on the basics of sand sculpture from sand choice and preparation, subject matter, project composition/size/scale, and sculpting techniques.  NO PRIOR SCULPTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.  Just a passion and willingness to learn!


*Future dates and times for all classes below to be announced as they become available.

Workshops/Classes, Pleinair Sessions, & Other Activities as well.

A new venture by Henderson Sculptural Arts, Inc. nestled in the lovely countryside of Alpine California surrounded by rolling hills and right next to the Cleveland National Forest, Alpine Skies Studio is the perfect setting for you to discover, (or rediscover!) your inner artist, hone existing skills or discover a new medium or technique.

“During our increasingly hectic lives taking the time to stop…rest…and “smell the roses” is now more important than ever.  By adding the exploration of our creative sides we then fine a whole new freedom that can ease our stress, increase our sense of joy and happiness, and actually lengthen our lives.  So I invite you to come up to the “mountain top”, breath in the fresh air, and taste a little bit of heaven by tapping into that divine part of yourself that’s waiting to be discovered.  I think you’ll be glad you did!”

 – David Robert Henderson, Founder/Instructor






Children’s Nature Retreat NOW OPEN IN ALPINE!

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childrens nature retreat photo 1The Children’s Nature Retreat welcomes visitors of all ages, allowing them to enjoy and explore the beautiful and tranquil surroundings at their leisure. This magical and serene ranch-style retreat, with its 20 acres of terrain, is a safe haven to over 70 domesticated livestock from around the world.

The retreat is specifically designed to help children develop a sense of wonder for nature and its inhabitants through unstructured exploration and learning. To create a fun and teachable environment for the children, there are separate areas where the animals reside, reflecting different worlds in the animal kingdom.

Children have an opportunity to see, up-close, the lives of these great animals as they roam in their habitat. There are interactive enrichment presentations throughout the day so everyone may learn more about the animals, nature and sustainable farming while visiting the retreat.

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Single Day Pass:  The single day pass allows you to enjoy the Children’s Nature Retreat at your leisure. Come explore the beautiful grounds, discover over 70 animals in their habitat, enjoy lunch at a picnic table under the oak trees and attend any one of our fun 15-minute interactive presentations held throughout the day!

Adult: $45
Child (under 12): $35
Under 2 years: Free admission


Mini Horses Childrens Nature RetreatPrivate Tour Package

(by appointment only)

This exciting and exclusive three-hour private tour of the Children’s Nature Retreat is limited up to five guests per group to ensure an intimate experience and positive interaction for our animals. You’ll enjoy up-close interaction with our beautiful animals and learn all about them from one of our experienced keepers. There will be 15-minute breaks as needed during your tour.

Private tour package: $1,000


Snack Shop and Boutique: Sandwiches, beverages and light snacks available. We kindly request that no outside food be brought on premises.
Hosre & Goat childrens nature retreatHours of Operation: The Children’s Nature Retreat is open seven days a week. Please call us prior to your arrival as we limit the retreat to a daily capacity of 50 guests to ensure the best possible experience during your visit. Free parking is available on-site. April – August: 10am – 7pm. September – March: 10am – 4pm

Please contact us for information on our CNR Field-Trip Program serving San Diego schools and organizations.

Check our website to learn how you can help send a deserving child on a free field-trip to the Children’s Nature Retreat through Hands United for Children, our affiliate 501c3 non-profit organization.


Children’s Nature Retreat
5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 320-4942


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Love to Cook? Check Out the Culinary Literacy Program at the Alpine Library!

Do You love to cook or just want to improve your cooking? Join the Culinary Literacy Program (CLP)! *This program is for ADULTS
What to do: Sign up for the program at the library and check out a cookbook for this month’s theme. Create a main dish at home then join us for the monthly group discussion. Bring a small sample for the group to taste and the cookbook you used to each meeting. CLP meets the first Saturday of each month at 3 pm. Theme for November 5: 5 Ingredients or Less. Theme for December 3: Crockpot Dinners. The Alpine Library is located at  1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info call (619) 445-4221 or email Jenne Bergstrom, Visit the County Website at




Alpine Library Calendar of Free Events – October 2016

Alpine Library Calendar of Free Events – October 2016

Library events LogoGreetings, Alpine!

We’re ushering in the fall season with an exciting lineup of FREE programs and events for all ages. Check out the attached calendar and flyers for details.

For more information about these and other library programs, please see the attached flyers and our calendar of events for the library’s complete schedule of FREE programs and events, and If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please call us at (619) 445-4221. Alpine Library – 1752 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901

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Learn How to Make a Succulent Topiary at the Alpine Garden Club Meeting – October 13, 2016


succulent-topiaryAlpine Garden Club is meeting Thursday, October 13th at 5:45 p.m. at the Alpine Library. Social time 5:45 p.m., 6:15 business meeting and at 6:30 our own Bob Rhoads will demonstrate how to combine floral design, succulents and crafts all rolled into one.

Bob will be crafting a soil-less flower arrangement (topiary) with succulents that can be uses as a table centerpiece, design accent, or on a patio and will last moths with very little care. All material ca be acquired for less than $10.00 and with little effort will have crafted a topiary that a florist would sell for $50-$75 dollars.

All are welcome to attend our meeting.  If you have any questions please call Hilde 619-659-8707