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Places to go in Rancho Penasquitos

Rancho Penasquitos Events

Run for Fun

Fashion Valley Mall

Wednesday, July 26, 6 p.m.

Temecula Farmers Market

Promenade Temecula

Wednesday, July 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Santee Farmers' Market

Santee Farmers' Market

Pathways Community Church

Wednesday, July 26, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Eastlake Food Truck Gathering

Eastlake Food Truck Gathering

Eastlake Design District

Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Rancho Penasquitos News & Stories

Quiet Penasquitos neighborhood gets No Pedestrian signs

“This isn’t Mira Mesa Boulevard or Black Mountain Road.”

Some Rancho Penasquitos residents who were pleased to see yellow wheelchair ramps put in at the corner of Rife Way and Sparren Avenue were astounded days later when city crews showed up and installed ‘No ...

Mountain bikers fret over office complex called Torrey Highlands Preserve

"It's not a preserve and they shouldn't say it is"

Rancho Peñasquitos residents and mountain bikers say they are worried that the coming development of an office complex called the Torrey Highlands Preserve will impede their ability to enjoy trails on the adjoining Del Mar ...

San Diego grand jury challenges city council on transparency law

Either enforce it or go back to the ballot in 2018

The San Diego County Grand Jury filed a report on April 13 asking the mayor and city council to “stop kicking the can down the road” when it comes to the transparency law that voters ...

City to pay $3.2 million for stormwater enforcement lapses

Will fund work at Penasquitos, San Diego River, Chollas Creek

The City of San Diego has agreed to pay the state water board $3.2 million for water pollution resulting from lax enforcement of sediment-control measures at construction sites near the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, Tijuana River ...

No day at the park for antennae opponents

Judge says cell-phone tower lease to Verizon is legal

A San Diego Superior court judge says the City of San Diego can continue to lease portions of public parkland to cell-phone companies in order to install wireless antennas. On October 31, judge Judith Hayes ...

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monicadear Feb. 22, 2013 @ 7:29 p.m.

1st Annual Helping Hands Food Drive at Mesa Verde Middle School through Feb. 28

Last year, Mesa Verde Middle School students in Rancho Penasquitos participated in Rachel's Challenge, an anti-bullying program that came out of the tragic events of the Columbine high school shooting. The initiative was part of a multi-year, school-wide effort to equip students and adults with tools and strategies to combat bullying, teasing, and harassment. The point of the program is to allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of deeper kindness and compassion throughout the school community.

"We believe that every little bit makes a difference," says Monica Flores, VP of Programs at the Mesa Verde PTSA. "Take a moment to put some of your extra canned food or pantry supplies in the car right now and make the effort to drop off your item with our students anytime this whole month - our students really appreciate your support."

As part of the program, many MVMS students signed a pledge that they will abide by the objectives of the program. Because Rachel Scott, a victim of the school shooting, wrote in her journal that she believed that "these hands will touch millions of people's hearts," the students are organizing around the idea of "Helping Hands".

For their kickoff project, the February food drive is a community effort to collect canned food and supplies for 60 local families.

"People will never know how far a little kindness can go," wrote Rachel Scott, and the students themselves believe they, too, can make a difference.

Donations of the following are encouraged: dry pasta, white and brown rice, dry beans like pintos and kidney beans, peanut butter, canned tuna and canned chicken, canned vegetables like corn, green beans, and carrots, and tomato sauce/spaghetti sauce. Canned food donations may be dropped off during school hours (8:30am to 3:15pm) at Mesa Verde Middle School at 8375 Entreken Way, San Diego, CA 92129, or call 858-538-5478 for more details.

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