Flashes By Rick Griffin 11.20.2017

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San Diego Family, a monthly magazine now in its 35th year of publication, is organizing a fundraiser for the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego (SNRFSD) with a special screening of The Walt Disney Company’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at 6:30 p.m.Friday, Dec. 15 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Dr., in Mission Valley. Tickets are priced at $55 and $30 per person (higher priced ticket holders are first in line to choose their seats). Admission includes movie screening, souvenir badge and opportunity drawing ticket, along with popcorn and a drink. Tickets can be purchased here, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3099328. SNRFSD (www.snrfsd.org) helps families of children with special needs. San Diego Family Magazine, in cooperation with SNRFSD, publishes an annual resource guide listing resources and services for families with special needs children called Flourishing Families. The next issue (15,000 print copies) is scheduled to be published in March. San Diego Family currently prints 85,000 copies, each issue is between 60 and 80 pages, with more than 1,700 distribution locations around the San Diego County, including supermarkets, restaurants and retail establishments. The magazine features a calendar of events, parenting tips, ideas for parties and after-school activities and directories covering camps, private schools and creative arts and sports programs.

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The San Diego Press Club, along with six other news media-related professional and networking groups, will gather for a holiday mixer with a no-host bar from 6 to 8:30 p.m.Monday, Dec. 11, at the Pisco Rotisserie & Sevicheria at Liberty Station, 2401 Truxtun Road, San Diego. Admission is free. In addition to the Press Club, the groups include the Asian American Journalists Association of San DiegoNational Association of Hispanic Journalists of San Diego and Tijuana, Online News Association San Diego, Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Diego Association of Black Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists San Diego chapter. For info, visit www.SDpressclub.org.

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OBIT: Bill Dickens, longtime sports reporter in San Diego’s East County region, passed away Nov. 15 at age 68. He suffered from dementia and internal health problems. After graduation from SDSU in 1971, where he had already worked in the school sports information office, he came to the Daily Californian newspaper around 1972, where he served as sports editor for many decades. He also worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune andGrossmont College, and was a lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He gave many reporters their first writing job, including Flashes columnist Rick Griffin. Read more here, https://timesofsandiego.com/sports/2017/11/15/bill-dickens-dies-at-68-iconic-east-county-sportswriter-everyones-friend/.

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