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"Back Pack" Help For Kids
The Salvation Army and Cricket Wireless held its “Stuff the Pack” school supply drop-off event at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in La Mesa on Monday, Aug. 22.
Between July 15 to Aug.13, San Diego County residents dropped off school supplies and other items including notebooks, pencils, paper, backpacks, binders, glue sticks, hand sanitizer and more at participating Cricket Wireless authorized retailers around San Diego. More than 1,500 school supply items were collected during “Stuff the Pack” drive.
This partnership between The Salvation Army and Cricket Wireless was created to provide San Diego’s kids in need with new backpacks and the school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom this coming school year.…Continue
The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Preventive Care with Acupu ncture,” a free presentation about how acupuncture can treat a variety of health issues, from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary.
Presentation speaker will be Christine Miller, a licensed acupuncturist with an office in La Mesa. Miller, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also served on the faculty of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she graduated in 2003 with a master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
“Acupuncture is one of the techniques used in traditional Chinese medicine, which has been practiced for thousands of years,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “Ms. Miller will discuss how acupuncture can be used to strengthen a person’s health constitution and provide a way for individuals to be proactive in their overall health. Acupuncture treatments can be used along with other medical care.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit…Continue
The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Summer Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Marilyn Hadley Hallam of La Mesa. The show runs through September 30. The exhibit features paintings of San Diego and Southern California landmarks, as well as landscapes.
Hallam is a plein air painter who has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Plein air means “open air” and refers to paintings created outside and on location. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from San Jose State University. She has studied in France, completing an art conservation course at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Hallam is a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society, East County Art Association and La Mesa Lions Club. She also supports the San Diego Museum of Art’s efforts to promote art education in East County schools. Her paintings are on display at the Colorado State Capital Building and in international private collections.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Spring Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a La Mesa-based public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, recently recognized St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), an El Cajon-based, non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities.
GHD hosted SMSC for an oversize check presentation to highlight GHD’s recent $24,375 grant to assist SMSC with on-site nursing services for more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities at its main campus. Over a 12-month period, the licensed vocational nurse at SMSC is expected to provide medical services on more than 700 occasions, SMSC officials said. About 19 percent of the SMSC population, ages 22 to over 80, are on daily medications and have conditions which may require specialized monitoring.
Founded in 1966, SMSC educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. It provides work training and social experiences that encourage students to become well-rounded, contributing members of the greater community. The Center also strives to educate the community about the realities of developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.
Formed in 1952 to build Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, GHD serves as landlord for the hospital property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information, visit…Continue
The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including East County’s Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, are hosting a “Daddy-Daughter Date Night” for fathers and daughters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Activities will include table-side service, dinner, dessert, live entertainment and a flower for each daughter. Cost is $25 per couple. Additional children can be added to the reservation for $10 per child. To RSVP a seating time, visit www.cfasandiego.com.
“One of Chick-fil-A’s goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with,” said Kyle Steck, Santee Chick-fil-A owner-operator. “We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage local dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughter’s company and have fun. We’re doing our part to encourage fathers and daughters to spend quality time together while they enjoy dinner, conversation and entertaining activities.”
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Escondido and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch.
You’re invited to celebrate the era of Great Gatsby, flappers, gangsters, silent film stars, ragtime and jazz. Join East County Magazine at a benefit to support our nonprofit community reporting on Sunday, July 31 from 4-7 p.m. at the San Pasqual Wine Bar (8364 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa. Festivities include wine tasting, sparkling drinks and Italian dinner plus dessert, “Chicago” musical performance highlights, live period music by the Classics, ‘20s film clips, games, opportunity drawings and silent auction.
Space is very limited! RSVP early for discount rates and your “speakeasy” password! Scroll down for more festive details:
RSVP for your “speakeasy password by July 29 for early bird rate! $30 a person and entry in…Continue
The Water Conservation Garden, a six-acre conservation demonstration garden in El Cajon, will host a free customer appreciation day for customers of the Helix Water District from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 31. The Water Conservation Garden is at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, adjacent to Cuyamaca Community College, in El Cajon’s Rancho San Diego area.
Special presentations are planned for customers of the Helix Water District, a sustaining supporter of The Water Conservation Garden. Refreshments will be served and discounts in the Water Drop Garden Shoppe will be available to attendees.
Scheduled activities on Sunday, July 31 will include docent-guided tours of The Garden’s water-efficient displays and theme gardens at 10 a.m. and noon, and an open house for The Garden’s Veggie Garden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, Clayton Tschudy, director of horticulture, will lead a tour of the new Native Habitat Garden and discuss native habitat gardening with drought-tolerant plants, water reclamation, composting and other ideas to incorporate water-wise gardening at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also, Pam Meisner, known as “Ms. Smarty Plants,” will present an educational program on butterflies native to Southern California and how to attract them at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Meisner has presented educational programs on gardening, nature and conservation to tens of thousands of students, from pre-school through high school, since 2008.
Helix Water District treats and delivers water to more than 270,000 people residing in La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove and part of Spring Valley, Lakeside and unincorporated San Diego County.
Opened in 1999, the Garden is dedicated to promoting water conservation in the Southern California…Continue
The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “More than a Meal,” a free presentation about Meals on Wheels San Diego County, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Brian Midkiff, community outreach coordinator with Meals on Wheels San Diego County, a community nonprofit organization.
“This interactive discussion will focus on Meals on Wheels’ eligibility, meal options, positive health outcomes and living safely at home,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “As stated in the title of the program, Meals on Wheels provides ‘more than a meal.’ The impact that Meals on Wheels has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Their staff and volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors, as well as providing regular nutrition and safety checks to ensure that senior clients are safe and well.” Handouts about Meals on Wheels San Diego County and other community resources will be provided.
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. …Continue
The lights are staying on for patients and medical staff at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa thanks to a new Central Energy Plant (CEP), the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) reports. And, the hospital’s normal electric bill to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) of about $180,000 per month is now zero.
“The hospital’s CEP is now fully operational and the hospital is officially off the electrical grid,” said Robert “Bob” Ayres, GHD 2016 board president. “Taxpayers can be assured that their publicly-owned hospital is equipped to handle future energy capacity needs with on-site electric power generation at the lowest possible cost. For decades into the future, the new CEP will save millions of dollars in energy costs, plus reduce the hospital’s emission of greenhouse gas pollutants by 90 percent. Even in the event of an outage or other emergency, the hospital will continue to operate as needed.”
Construction of the $47 million new plant was financed through Proposition G, a bond measure sponsored by GHD and approved by East County voters in June 2006.
The three-story, 18,400-square-foot building, visible from the State Route 125 freeway on the southwest side of the hospital campus, also houses a new $18 million cogeneration system paid for by Sharp Grossmont Hospital as part of the continuing partnership with GHD. The cogeneration system utilizes a combustion turbine generator (CTG), similar in function to a spinning engine on a passenger jetliner.
In addition to electrical power, the 52-ton CTG produces heat that is converted to steam used to operate medical equipment, space heating and air conditioning, plus it provides hot and cold water to the hospital.
Powered by natural gas, the CTG, built by Solar Turbines of San Diego, has a capacity to produce up to 4.4 megawatts of electricity, which is more than the hospital’s current need of about 3.2 megawatts, officials said. GHD…Continue
Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm. From people playing it, to hearing about it from friends and the media, the game has seemingly captured everyone’s attention around the globe.
Pokémon GO is a location-based mobile game that was launched at the beginning of the month and has exploded since. The game allows users to “catch ‘em all,” capturing, battling, and training virtual Pokémon that appear throughout the real world. The game uses the phone’s GPS and camera to detect where and when P okémon appear around the user. As the user moves, new Pokémon appear, encouraging the user to continue exploring, capturing new characters.
With the new craze, people are spending more time on their phones, meaning more battery, data, social media posts, and even putting themselves in unsafe situation—from distracted phone use to ending up in different neighborhoods.
To help players ‘catch ‘em all’ safely, AT&T San Diego has created a guide for all things Pokémon GO.
Go Mobile: AT&T San Diego's Guide for 'Catch 'Em All' Safely