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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
Well it's in the books and the City's new community event, "Motoring La Mesa" Classic Cars & Bike Shows, started off with a "Packed House". With the show cancelled last year due to construction with the Street Scape renovation, it is apparent everybody loves this show. By 4:00Pm all the spots were filled with a record number of cars, and Motorcycles. As the show manager and being involved for over 23 years this was an "Opening Night" to remember!! Aside from our two veteran police officers patrolling the streets we saw ; The Mayor, The Chief of Police, New City Manager, Council members all walking the show and enjoying the rewards of their efforts to keep the shows alive. Even our West side of the tracks which is always slow with cars were filled up to the end, and Bill Diego kept them happy playing tunes from the Yogurt Mill area. As I walked the show I received many Hugs & High Fives from our drivers and spectators thanking me for keeping the show going and I always insisted they needed to thank the Mayor & Council for their efforts to keeping the show. It has always been my pleasure to do this show, 20 years as the DJ and now 4 years as the Manager. Everyone tells me they love the "nostalgic" feel of this show and the "Ambience" of all the Village merchants. I agree. The cars still "cruzin" the boulevard, burgers & fries, man it's all good!! Whether you were at Por Favo's listing to Crazy Steve's tunes or up by Johnny B's listening to Mike of the Mic it was a fun time for all. This is a great Family Friendly event to show the kids what hot rods and Happy Dayz were all about. See Ya all next week, be there or be square!!!!!!
Jack Leary (aka) Jump'n Jack Flash
LA MESA . . . Long-time City of La Mesa employee, City Manager Dave Witt has announced his retirement to be effective August 5, 2016. Mr. Witt has served in several positions with La Mesa, starting as the Assistant Planning Director in 1985. Many of his years with La Mesa were involved with planning and redevelopment activities. Prior to his last position as City Manager, Mr. Witt served several years as the Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director.
“On behalf of the entire City we thank and congratulate Dave Witt for his years of service. Mr. Witt has always represented the City of La Mesa with integrity and character. Through his leadership and vision numerous projects were completed that improved and modernized our streets and neighborhoods, while still maintaining the charm that has come to define La Mesa. Dave Witt will be succeeded but never replaced,” said Mayor Mark Arapostathis, Dr. “A”.
Some of the successful projects Mr. Witt recalls as significant contributions to the City’s development in this capacity were the public/private partnerships that helped with the transformation of the Fletcher Parkway Corridor. Mr. Witt was also instrumental in implementing several major park projects and revitalization of the City’s Civic Center facilities. One of the more recent projects that he was glad to see completed as a longtime goal was the first phase of the Downtown Village Streetscape Improvements. Mr. Witt stated that he “has enjoyed the professional responsibility given to me by the City Council in taking the lead on numerous challenging projects that have helped the community develop and grow in a lasting and positive way.”
Mr. Witt noted that he is leaving the organization with a very professional and committed staff, as well as a…Continue
It’s time to break out the cowbells and get your spots on because Chick-fil-A is issuing a cattle call. 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 preparing to give away free food on Tuesday, July 12, as part of the chain’s nationwide promotion called “Cow Appreciation Day.” On that day, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will offer a free entrée to any customer who visits a restaurant dressed as a cow.
Adult customers who dress in any type of cow attire, whether it’s head-to-hoof or sporting a cow-spotted accessory such as cow-pattern hat, scarf, tie or purse, will be rewarded with a free entrée of their choice, such as an Original Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap or Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit. Children can receive a free Kid’s Meal for dressing in a cow costume. The Cow Appreciation Day celebration will be held from store opening through 7 p.m. Breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m. Limit of one free entrée per customer per day.
A special website, www.CowAppreciationDay.com, features costume ideas and additional FAQ details on the customer appreciation day promotion, as well as downloadable cow spots, masks and other bovine-themed items customers can use to create their own costumes. Additionally, all Chick-fil-A restaurants will have an active Cow Appreciation Day Snapchat filter that will allow guests to share their experience with their friends and family.
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee,…Continue
Sanfilippo's will officially close on Sunday, June 26th. After 41 years of serving our community by providing jobs and being a gathering place for so many special occasions - the doors will close. The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted a farewell on Friday, June 24th at 2 p.m. to recognized Anna Sanfilippo and her daughter Dora. The community came to thank them for their commitment and dedication to the community by owning and managing this family business for the past 41 years.
The closing of this local restaurant after 41 years is a historic occasion and one that brings a close to a chapter of La Mesa history.
La Mesa – The arts are alive and well in the city of La Mesa. This week will mark the 10th anniversary for La Mesa’s own C. Hook Theater. Short for Captain Hook Theater, C. Hook began as the sister organization to Peter Pan Junior Theater, which just celebrated its 46th year this past March by producing the musical “ANNIE”. C. Hook Theater is the creation of Dr. Mark Arapostathis, Mayor of the city of La Mesa as well as director of Peter Pan Jr. Theater. Dr. A, as he is known, was also part of the team that created the La Mesa Arts Academy, where he is currently the director of Theatre Arts.
C. Hook Theater, will produce the show “Damn Yankees”, this week at the Kroc Theater at 6845 University Ave. C. Hook Theater is an amateur company in name only. From its professional theatrical scenery and costumes to its professional live orchestra, C. Hook Theater is as close as La Mesa will come to Broadway. C. Hook Theater is comprised of 9th – 12th grade students throughout San Diego County. The show dates are June 22 – June 25. Curtain is 7pm with a matinee on Saturday, June 25 at 1pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.chooktix.com.