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DECORATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE & Help Our Alpine Schools – December 22, 2018

DECORATE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE! Benefiting the Children of Alpine public Schools on Saturday December 22, 2018 from 11am to 2pm at Christ the King Church in Alpine (1460 Midway Dr.) Cost is $20 for each house.


For more information and tickets please call 619-445-3419 or visit our website at

Vintage Market Festival at Alpine Garden & Gifts – December 9, 2018

Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!

VINTAGE MARKET FESTIVAL at Alpine Garden & Gifts on Sunday December 9, 2018 from 9am-3pm. Come to the Gardens for some FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY! We have OVER 20 UNIQUE VENDORS UNDER ONE ROOF!  Christmas Gifts GALORE! ANTIQUES – ARTISANS – JEWELRY- RE-PURPOSED FINDS – FUN YARD ART –  FLEA MARKET FINDS AND SO MUCH MORE! We also have a brand new batch of Christmas trees that just arrived from Oregon! Come experience this quaint little nursery that is SO MUCH MORE than a Nursery, under the shady oaks of Alpine!   SHOP – RELAX – EXPLORE! *Vendors inquire below. ALPINE GARDEN AND GIFTS is located at 2442 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, Ca. 91901 619-452-3535.

We are open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9am-5pm and on Sunday from 9am-3pm. Owners, Kathy & Mario Matranga –  Visit our website at

“Back Country Christmas” Dinner, Games, Crafts, Santa & Grinch Play at the Pine Valley Clubhouse – December 15, 2018

Join us for a Back Country Christmas on December 15, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm at the Pine Valley Clubhouse! We will have a Spaghetti Dinner, Visit & photo with SANTA, Free kids games & crafts, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” performance by the Descanso Elementary 5th graders at 7:17pm! The Pine Valley Clubhouse is located at 28890 Old Hwy 80, Pine Valley. For more info please email

“Rorie” Alpine’s Historic Gorilla Will Be Available for SELFIES at the Snow Festival on December 7, 2018

“Rorie” the famous Alpine Gorilla, a big fiberglass critter that hangs out at the Alpine Historical Society’s museum, will be available for selfie photos at the Snow Festival this year as part of the 23rd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival  in Alpine! About 8 feet tall and weighing about 40 pounds, Rorie has been a popular local landmark for years.


Where’s Rorie? Alpine’s historic ‘gorilla’ is snow bound!

Once upon a time a big gorilla lived in the eucalyptus trees near a history museum in Alpine.

Now the eucalyptus trees are gone and Rorie the Gorilla, a huge Fiber glass creature, will be at the 23rd Alpine Village Parade of Lights & Snow Festival at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, Dec. 7.

Created in the 1960s and a long-time resident at the Alpine Historical Society’s museum, Rorie will be ready for selfie photos at the historical society’s booth during the Snow Festival in the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road. “We cut down six eucalyptus trees in early November,” Tom Myers, president of the Alpine Historical Society, said about Rorie’s current adventure. “We did that because they were a danger to the three historical houses on the site.”

In the past, Myers said, repairs have been required because of branches that fell on the John De Witt Historic Museum and Library at 2116 Tavern Road. He added that the wood from the tall trees was given away as free firewood. “We’re planning to replace the eucalyptus trees with some native oak trees,” said Myers. “They should be lower water demand and they should become good shade —- habitat friendly.”

Meanwhile, people have been asking what happened to Rorie, an area landmark.   “That’s the mystery question of today —- ‘Where’s Rorie?’” Myers said. “We’re going to give him a bath, brush his teeth and give him some cosmetics, treatment for his hair.  He’ll be back.”

That’s only one of the changes happening at the museum. This year the historical society received a $15,000 grant from the County of San Diego to remove the eucalyptus trees, replace the concrete floor of the carriage house and install a shipping container to store documents and artifacts.

Known as a great place to explore the county’s pioneer history, the museum is also designing a new exhibit about the Willows Resort, one of the earliest ones here, Myers said. “The 1906 buggy that’s been restored will be in the Willows exhibit,” he said. “We’ll have information about the Willows Resort and the multi-generation family (that started and ran it).” Descendants of resort owners S.B. Walker and his wife, Bevie, still live in the area, Myers said. The family came to Alpine in the 1890s.

It’s making that kind of history relevant today that museum docent Carol Morrison, former historical society president, loves to share with tourists, area residents and schoolchildren. “What type of life people led when they first moved here, the local beekeeping history and the farming equipment and more,” Morrison explained. “There’s a bathtub with a hand pump that the children really like. That’s so much more interesting than video games!”

The museum is always in need of docents, volunteers, members and donations. “I think being a docent is exciting, because people don’t know much about our history,” said Morrison.


Submitted by: Jo Moreland, Communications, Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce.


Coffee with the Community at Alpine Sheriff’s Station – December 19, 2018

Coffee with the Community – Alpine: The Alpine Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol are hosting a Coffee with the Community on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Alpine Sheriff’s Station located at 2751 Alpine Boulevard. Please join us to meet with Sheriff’s Deputies and CHP Officers in a casual setting allowing you to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the men and women who patrol your neighborhood. We hope to see you there! Questions? Call Crime Prevention Specialist Holly Nicholson at (619) 659-2608.


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Christmas Candle Lighting Ceremony at Alpine Church of Spiritual Living – December 12, 2018

candle lighting

Candle Lighting Ceremony to be hosted by Dr. Marilyn Hall on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Fuller Hall (behind Alpine Community Church’s sanctuary) 2225 W. Victoria Dr., Alpine, CA.  It will truly put you in the Christmas spirit.  Come join us!

Decide to have a magnificent day!

Rev. Gay Beauregard
c: 619 972.2116
Alpine Church of Spiritual Living

Come CHILL WITH US at Alpine Chill Frozen Yogurt! Buy 1 Get 1 FREE! – December 7, 2018

Come in on the day of the Alpine Parade of Lights and Snow Festival for our BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Yogurt Creation Special!

Come in anytime during our regular business hours (12pm to 9pm) before or after the Parade of Lights on Friday December 7, 2018! No Coupon Required! (No other discounts or rewards will be applied) Alpine Chill is located at 2963 Alpine Blvd. Suite #106, Alpine, Ca. 91901 (619) 445-7410. Visit our website at

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Special Meeting (Agenda) – December 6, 2018

Alpine Community Planning Group – Notice of Special Meeting | Final Agenda
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00pm
Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

Archived Agendas & Minutes –


  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. October 25, 2018
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. The owner of a 0.75-acre lot located at 2115 Arnold Way and Olivewood Lane in Alpine has applied for a discretionary permit for a site plan exemption to develop a 13-unit townhome project (PDS2018-STP-18-030). The lot is zoned Village Core Mixed Use.  Water service shall be provided by Padre Dam and the project will connect to sewer.  NOTICE – The county of San Diego has noticed the group that this project does not require a recommendation from the ACPG.  All public feedback will be directed to Alpine Design Review Board and the County of San Diego PDS.   Information Item Only.
    2. The owner of a 25.66-acre parcel located at 7177 Horsethief Canyon Road, Alpine, CA 91901 has applied for a discretionary permit for agricultural clearing (PDS2018-AD-18-023). The application requests to clear existing vegetation in order to allow for agricultural planting.  The group may make a recommendation to the County of San Diego on this application.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    3. At the October 11th & 25th, 2018 meetings of the ACPG the County of San Diego presented for discussion the Draft Goals and Policies for the Alpine Community Plan Update. The planning group will continue the review the recommendations from the county and may make a recommendation on:
      1. Consensus Goals and Policies
      2. Goals and Policies that were requested for further discussion
  • New Goals and Policies
  1. Presentation, Discussion & Action.
  1. Group Business:
    1. Oath of office for Seat #3 – Colby Ross.
    2. Members of the public interested in serving on the Alpine Community Planning Group can make a statement to the group about their credentials and desire to serve. Group may make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy for Seat #7.   Discussion & Action
    3. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  2. Consent Calendar
  3. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  4. Officer Reports
  5. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  6. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  7. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  8. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – January 24th, 2019
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – December 7th & 14th, 2018
    4. Board of Supervisors – December 11th & 12th, 2018
  9. Adjournment of Meeting


Submitted By:

Travis Lyon | Chairman – Alpine Community Planning Group. P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419. 619.952.8607


Planning Group Members:

Travis Lyon – Chairman

Jim Easterling – Vice Chairman

Sharmin Self – Secretary

Glenda Archer

George Barnett

Roger Garay

Charles Jerney

Mike Milligan

Lou Russo

Leslie Perricone

Richard Saldano

Kippy Thomas


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“A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas” at Steele Canyon High School – December 12-16, 2018

The Steele Canyon High School Drama Department and Instrumental Music Department present the age-old beloved classic, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. Show dates are Wednesday through Saturday, December 12, 13, 14 & 15 at 7 PM with a matinee performance on Sunday, December 16 at 2 PM.  All performances are in the Steele Canyon High School Theatre, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley. Tickets for all performances are $10 each and may be purchased online at http://www.showtix4u.comor purchased at the box office on the evening of performances. Set in Victorian England, the play is adapted by Michael Wilson from the original work of Charles Dickens. This theatrical and spirited version puts the fantastical qualities of the classic tale center stage. A swirling, dancing chorus of ghosts weaves through this uplifting holiday story. Traditional Christmas music accompanies this tale of redemption, magic and hope that will certainly put you in the Christmas “spirit”. This production is made possible by the generous support of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. and the Michael J. Slater Family.

About the Steele Canyon Players & Instrumental Music Department –

Under the direction of Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Musical Director, Heather Luck, students in the Steele Canyon High School drama and music departments produce an annual Fall Semester play and an annual Spring Semester Musical. The Spring Production of The Sound of Music was named the Best High School Musical at the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards after the first year of entering the competition that celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre.



Christmas OPEN HOUSE at Back in Time Vintage Emporium in Alpine – December 1, 2018

  This weeks Feature of the Week at Back in Time Vintage Emporium is……OUR CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018 FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM. Santa has stocked the Emporium with Holiday Decor, The Reason for the Season, Snowmen, Elves, Perfect Gifts for Everyone on your list, A Sack full of the Merry Man Himself, Stocking Stuffers and Much, Much More!!! Come in and enjoy the season’s spirit, a holiday raffle and light refreshments while you shop. Hope to see you on Saturday! We are located at 2253 Alpine Blvd. (619) 722-4228