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URGENT! 2 Families Needed to Host Belgian Exchange Students in August 2017

HELP! We need a family or two to host Belgian students in August! I just had a couple of committed families fall out!

The details are they arrive the night of August 2, they go to LA the 9-11  and to Las Vegas/Grand Canyon the 14-18. The program keeps them busy M-F 8:30-5:30 and they spend evenings and weekends with the host family. They depart early on the 25th. There is a small stipend paid to help cover expenses of hosting. The students are male and female 16-19 years old.

If you are interested please call Jaime Petruccelli at 619-339-4635 or email

Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy is Looking for Volunteers!

Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy Equine-Assisted Rehabilitation Center in Alpine. Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy is looking for volunteers who would like to make a difference in the lives of visitors with special needs! We serve children aged 5-11 (not exceeding 110lbs.) with physical, neurological, or learning delay due to autism, traumatic brain injury, or post traumatic stress. How can you get started? Be 18yrs. of age or older, Capable and willing to walk with guests on horses, Patient and without fear of horses, Interested in helping others through Equine Therapy. Special Training will be provided! Contact Catherine Hand , Program Director (619) 445-2576 or email  Visit us on the web at  We are located at 543 Anderson Rd., Alpine, CA 91901. Ask us about our new program for Breast Cancer patients!


Soroptimist International of Alpine is Seeking Women of East County as New Members

Soroptimist International of Alpine is seeking women of East County as new members!!!! Soroptimists have great friendships and fun!! Meetings at the Alpine Library 1st Tuesday 6-7 PM. We service the community in many forms! Live Your Dream (Support for young women), Dream It Be It (Monthly mentorship of teens), Alpine Speech Contest at JMMS and Anti Sex Trafficking of young teens activities. Check us out at

Come join us for a meeting! For more information contact Patty Tweed or Susan Lancaster=


NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Volunteer Work Day at Wright’s Field in Alpine – June 3, 2017

For our 4th-annual National Trails Day event, we’ll be working to repair and maintain the trails throughout Wright’s Field. This winter’s heavy rains caused damage to nearly all of our trails this year, and many sections of trail have washed out, creating the potential for even more erosion and ongoing damage if not repaired. For this year’s workday, we’ll be repairing erosion damage and regrading sections of trail on the preserve. Also, new for this year, we’re adding a Do-It-Yourself event for National Trails Day to see how it goes… We’re asking users of Wright’s Field to help us “Trim the Trails” by bringing your own pruners, loppers, saws, etc. and cutting back any brush that is overgrown on your favorite trails. That’s it! All you have to do is bring your tools out with you anytime you’re hiking, biking, or riding the trails at Wright’s Field during the weekend of June 3-4, 2017 and trim back the trails while you go! You can leave the brush trailside right where you cut it, and BCLT staff will organize a cleanup for all the trimmings the following week. If it’s a success, we’ll do this once a year, and our trails will be
looking better then they ever have!

Back Country Land Trust

Alpine Youth Center Seeking VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS for Much Needed Improvements

May 2017 Alpine Ca. 91901 – The Alpine Youth Center (AYC) is going on four years of providing a safe haven for a variety of kids looking for a warm, semi-structured and welcoming place to interact, chill-out, and be supported in “living healthy” in a sometimes unhealthy world.  Although we have recently gone through changes in leadership, our goals and mission remain constant.  If you are not familiar with the Alpine Youth Center please watch this really FUN and informational video! Enjoy!  WATCH VIDEO

Through the leadership of a Board of Directors, volunteer staff, friends of the AYC, local churches, and caring individuals from our Alpine community, we continue to practically love and offer developing youth a safe place to reside after school from 2 to 6pm.  Sundays we are open from 12 to 4pm for engaging activities.

Many families, single, married, our Alpine parents, grandparents, moms and dads value the Alpine Youth Center and what we have provided to their children over the years.  Moreover, the AYC is an ongoing benefit to our Alpine community!  For example, youth are less likely to engage in destructive or unhealthy ways of being because they have a healthy and friendly place to go after school.

Furthermore, the AYC staff consistently offer support and encouragement!  Staff volunteers get to know the kids, spend time with, develop activities, set boundaries, essentially love our youth 6 days out of the week.   Our practical goal is to teach, role model a healthy lifestyle, and promote a constant message to persevere in ways that are socially acceptable and rewarding.

The Alpine Youth Center is a Christian based organization.  We are a 501c(3) recognized non-profit in California under Behold Christian Ministry.  We welcome all youth to be involved and never push or force our Christian views.  However, we do present the amazing grace of God, practically love, and meet youth wherever they might be in this journey of life.

To continue fulfilling our mission, we need community support.   Not only do we need volunteers who agree with our mission, but we need financial support.  We are looking for consistent monthly “champions” who are able to give $100 a month to support our efforts.  If that doesn’t work, we appreciate any amount doable for your giving budget.

We desperately need new flooring, window coverings, etc., however, we have no funds to significantly upgrade the AYC in these essential areas.  If you’d like to give a financial gift toward this end, please joyfully do!   As we move forward and accomplish upgrading, we will be inviting our Alpine community to visit!  An open house is approaching to ask questions, clarify who we are, our goals, and most importantly, how you can be involved!

Please consider financially supporting the Alpine Youth Center.

Most sincerely, and Thank you!

Checks can be made out to:  Behold Christian Ministry

Send to: 2153 Arnold Way, Alpine, CA 91901

You also can give through our website:

Randall Torres, President of the Board of Directors – 619 995 6239


Wildfire Preparedness Day at the Alpine Community Center – May 20, 2017

Alpine’s National Prizewinning Project at the Alpine Community Center

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is hosting a “Wildfire Preparedness Day” at the Alpine Community Center from 9am-12noon. Come see the fuel-reduction demonstration project along Alpine Creek (behind the Alpine Academy/Julian Charter School). This project will showcase the work of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council and East County Transitional Living Center and demonstrate to homeowners what a good defensible space project should look like. Volunteers will have the chance to participate in protecting and enhancing native plants on-site or helping with clean up along the creek. Local organizations on hand to talk about their programs and answer questions include:
* Alpine Fire Protection District
* Sunrise Powerlink Grants Program
* Back Country Land Trust
* Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council
* East County Transitional Living Center
* State Farm Insurance / Laurie Hallihan

BBQ lunch provided by Kiwanis Club of Alpine! Funding for this project provided by grants from the: California Fire Safe Council, National Fire Protection Association, State Farm Insurance, with in-kind contributions from Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council, Back Country Land Trust, Alpine Community Center and Alpine Kiwanis Club.

Back Country Land Trust




Celebrate Earth Day at “I Love A Clean Alpine” Event – April 22, 2017

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‘I Love a Clean Alpine’ offers community cleanup, free recycling

BCLT Clean up 2015_kidsCelebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, at “I Love A Clean Alpine!” Sponsored and presented annually by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, the Earth Day event begins with Alpine VFW Bert Fuller Post 9578 providing the traditional flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. It will be at the triangle behind The Tag Stop, 2157 Alpine Blvd.

The Alpine Sheriff’s Station will give safety tips to cleanup volunteers. A continental breakfast will be provided by the Harbison Canyon Lions Club, an event sponsor. The Chamber collaborates with various sponsors for “I Love a Clean Alpine.” Free recycling for electronic waste, hard drive destruction and document shredding will be available until noon at the Alpine Regional Center, 1620 Alpine Blvd. —- another sponsor.

“We’re so happy to support such a great cause in the community,” said Kirsten Coombe, property manager for the Alpine Regional Center.  “As a business, we know the importance of being environmentally friendly.” In partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego’s “Creek to Bay” cleanup that same day, sponsor Back Country Land Trust will be in charge of clearing debris, dumped items and other trash from Alpine Creek, near the Alpine Boulevard/Tavern Road intersection.

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BCLT Clean up 2015 dumpster fullVolunteers, including Scouts and youth groups, are needed to help with the community cleanup. . BCLT offers certified volunteer hours for student/community service projects. After the cleanup, the Kiwanis Club of Alpine —- another sponsor —- will feed hungry volunteers a free lunch. Kiwanis President Pene Manale said the local club is an event sponsor for several reasons. “Kiwanis International has asked us to do a Kiwanis one-day event every year,” Manale said. “We wanted to keep it in our community, so we’re supporting ‘I Love a Clean Alpine’ here.  We’ve helped with this every year.”

Kamps Propane, The Children’s Nature Retreat, Village Carpets/Flooring America, Lantern Crest Senior Living, Pearson Brothers Winery and Waste Management also sponsored this year’s Alpine Earth Day event.

For more information about “I Love a Clean Alpine,” call (619) 445-2722 or e-mail  To get Alpine Creek cleanup details and to volunteer, call (619) 504-8181 or register on line at

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Alpine Community Center to Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners to Local Seniors in Need

meals-for-senior-citizensHAPPY THANKSGIVING!! The Alpine Community Center will be providing Thanksgiving dinners for Seniors delivered to their homes on Thanksgiving morning. Please call and reserve your Thanksgiving meal by Nov. 14, 2016, if you are Senior who is home-bound, on a limited income or without family in the area. Please call (619) 445-7330.

The meal will be delivered between 10:00 and 11:00AM. There is no charge. We will only be delivering to the Alpine area. Thanksgiving Dinner will include: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Fruit Salad, Rolls, Butter and PUMPKIN PIE!

*WANT TO HELP? We are in need of any monetary donations to support this effort and we also need drivers! Please send donations to: Alpine Community Center-1830 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901 with the ~Memo: Thanksgiving Meal donation. Or you can drop off your donation at the Center next week Mon, Tues., Thurs., or Fri.



DRIVERS NEEDED to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Seniors in Alpine

meals-for-senior-citizensDRIVERS NEEDED to deliver Thanksgiving meals to Seniors in the Alpine area from the Alpine Community Center on November 24, 2016 between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

For more info please call (619) 445-7330 or email by November 14, 2016




HELP PAINT ALPINE GREEN for Mitochondrial Disease Awareness – September 18, 2016

Mito_Charis & KailynALPINE IS GOING GREEN for Mitochondrial Disease Awareness September 18 – October 1, 2016! PLEASE JOIN US! We will be meeting at The Alpine Sun along with the Dream Catchers based out of Viejas, on Sunday, September 18th @ 12:30 p.m. to “Paint The Town Green” and will start cleanup on Saturday, October 1st @ 10 a.m.

alpine-chill-logo2-295x300*Alpine Chill Frozen Yogurt is donating 20% of their proceeds from anyone who mentions or brings in this ad on  TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2016. So cool off with a frozen yogurt and help these amazing little fighters in the process!

It’s not too late to get involved… if you would like to volunteer to help us paint the town green, let us drop off a donation can at your business or put up flyers in your business, please contact Jennifer Tschida at 619-358-5340 or email or Christina Whaley at or

We also still need supplies… used coffee cans, green ribbons, plastic green tablecloths, green streamers, green plastic sheeting, etc. can be dropped off at The Alpine Sun or call for pick-up!

Learn more about Alpine’s local family fighting this disease: