Festival of the Bells
Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19
This annual event celebrates the anniversary of Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala (10818 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley) — this year is its 246th anniversary! The festivities will include food, live entertainment and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells (Saturday at noon) and Blessing of the Animals (Sunday at 3 p.m.). Saturday’s events will be from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday’s will be from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The celebration is free to attend. Visit MissionSanDiego.org for a full schedule of events.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Mission Valley
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 26
Hundreds of participants are expected at this year’s Relay for Life of Mission Valley. The event will start at noon on Saturday; Special laps and ceremonies will be held throughout the day including a celebratory cancer survivors lap (12:30 p.m.), a caregivers lap, a luminaria ceremony (9 p.m.) and a closing ceremony. These events will all take place at Civita’s temporary park on the corner of Civita Boulevard and Via Alta. The race does not require a registration fee or have a minimum fundraising requirement. Teams of 2 – 25 people can participate and there will be an overnight campout with live entertainment and more. At press time Relay for Life of Mission Valley had raised over $10,900 for the American Cancer Society. Visit RelayForLife.org/MissionValleyCA to register.
58th annual Coinarama San Diego Coin Show
Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26
This weekend-long event will be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center (1895 Camino Del Rio South, Mission Valley) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees can bring coins to sell and peruse items from Coinarama dealers. There will be a “Coins 4 Kids” table for young collectors to search through donated items and learn more about the coin-collecting hobby. Admission if $5 per person; free for kids under 16 and all active duty military members (with I.D.). For more information visit Coinarama.org.
Women’s social organization meets
Tuesday, Aug. 4
The local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi encourages women of all ages to attend its meeting to learn what the organization is all about. Beta Sigma Phi is an international organization of women who do philanthropic work and service projects in their local communities. Members also enjoy fun social events and make lifetime friendships. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. in the social hall of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church at 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., with the formal meeting to follow. For more information, contact Beta Sigma Phi’s Tierra Del Sol Area Council President, Dorothy Nelson, at email@example.com.
Info session for family caregivers
Tuesday, Aug. 18
If you’re providing care for a loved one, this event will give you information on health and community resources, placement options, support groups and more. Meet at 3 p.m. in Room 15 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Brier Patch Campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Register online at sharp.com or call 800-827-4277.
Emergency Resource Fair
Saturday, Aug. 22
This free informational event will encourage residents of San Diego and East County to fully prepare for emergencies and natural disasters such as fires and earthquakes. Information will be provided by representatives of the following agencies and organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, Heartland Fire and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, the Office of Emergency Services, the Burn Institute, Emergency Animal Rescue, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), American Medical Response and 2-1-1 San Diego. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sears Court at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon. The event is organized by the office of state Sen. Joel Anderson.