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We have an exciting event coming up next week, and you’re invited.

Much of the time, my attention is focused on numbers and analysis of the local housing market and economy — illustrated with some human angles and anecdotes, but often weighted toward the news or the trend I’m writing about.

But once a month, I have an incredible chance to spend a day with someone in San Diego in his or her job. It’s a series that has been running since 2006, featuring people ranging from the paleontologist finding fossils in the ground beneath downtown’s skyscrapers to the assembly line manager at a guitar manufacturer to the phone-answerer at a car insurance company to the woman who collects beer and pop cans on the beach to supplement her retirement income.

My colleagues and I have also been telling some stories this year of community members who spotted problems in their communities and somehow addressed them to make this place better, from the man who teaches City Heights kids martial arts to the architect who helped San Ysidro picture its future.

Those stories fit in our People at Work and Virtual Convening series.

I want to make sure you know you’re invited to our special event to celebrate all of the people who make San Diego work, next Thursday, June 25.

Come and enjoy light appetizers with us, meet some of these interesting people, view the incredible photos that have given you a glimpse of these people’s lives and support the continued telling of these stories from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McMillin Event Center in Liberty Station.

To register, please e-mail camille@voiceofsandiego.org by June 19. Admission is free for voiceofsandiego.org donors and $20 for first-time donors.

This isn’t the end of any of these series, or of our coverage of interesting people connected in and to this region. This is just a chance for all of us to get together and remember the vast, incredible diversity that makes San Diego the place it is.

KELLY BENNETT

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