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Experience the luminous singing and expressive keyboard work of Debbie Neigher, one of San Francisco’s most promising singer-songwriters. Known for her dream-like ballads as well as jazz-infused vocals and triumphant pop anthems, Debbie will, between 7:30 and 9:30pm on October 7, 2015, join with Galway born singer-guitarist Keith Mullins, and award-winning* musical artist Jasmine Commerce in presenting a concert of folk-pop music at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa.
The Table is located at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 (619-464-1519,www.tableucc.com). Admission is free.
Time: October 7, 2015 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
Street: 5940 Kelton Ave.
City/Town: La Mesa, CA 91942
Website or Map: http://www.tableucc.com
LA MESA -- The City of La Mesa has published its monthly newsletter, a collection of tips on city living and a list of events coming for the month ahead. CLICK HERE to see the full newsletter.
Senator Anderson Visiting La Mesa
LA MESA -- California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen to constituents and invite ideas on how to improve state government at a “Community Coffee” starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Chapel at Grossmont, 5651 Water St., La Mesa. The free event, open to the public, will be hosted by La Mesa City Council members Guy McWhirter and Bill Baber.
“Make state government work for you is priority number one,” said Anderson. “This will be an opportunity for me to hear directly from you about your needs, opinions and legislative ideas to make state government more effective and efficient, and discuss the issues that are most important to you and your family. Additionally, if you need help resolving an issue with a state agency, district staff will be on hand to assist you.”
To RSVP for planning purposes, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit www.senate.ca.gov/anderson. Anderson’s 38th Senate district includes La Mesa, Santee, El Cajon, Poway and most of East San Diego County. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010.
In response to a cry for a more-German focused Oktoberfest, the 42ndAnnual La Mesa Oktoberfest is back with a classic German theme.
“We’re listening to what our customers have to say about what they want at our downtown La Mesa Oktoberfest,” said Arlene Moore a member of the La Mesa Merchants Association. She continued, “in addition to bringing in German beer and German food, we are having a German costume contest for couples and male and female categories. Prizes will be awarded every hour both nights of the event from 4 to 9 p.m., October 2nd and 3rd.”
The La Mesa Boulevard Oktoberfest has been a tradition in San Diego for over 40 years. Although other Oktoberfests have popped up around San Diego over the years, it is still the most widely attended Oktoberfest in the county with over 100,000 people attending the two-day event.
“We’re featuring handmade craft items,” stated John Vigil, executive director of the event. “You’ll also find brats, pretzels, and German bands.” He went on, “German beer lovers will be happy to know we will have authentic German beers like Paulaner and Octoberfest Marzen.”
For more information about this and other La Mesa Merchants Association events go to www.lmvma.com
La Mesa…. The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation announces a joint concert of the San Diego concert band and the Delta Music Makers from British Columbia. The concert will be held at the beautiful outdoor amphitheatre at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The San Diego Concert Band has been entertaining San Diego residents for over 25 years. The band is directed by Roy Anthony Jr and is composed of nearly 100 musicians from all walks of life, including active and retired music educators, teachers, engineers, doctors, nurses, pilots, attorneys, insurance agents, business professionals, local and federal government employees and college students. The Delta Music Makers are from the greater Vancouver, British Columbia area and were established in 1982. This is their final concert of their Southern California summer concert tour.
This is a special concert which is part of the "Sundays at Six" concert series. This concert will begin at 5:00pm.
LA MESA -- Who said real estate agents can only sell houses?
Guthrie manages two real estate sales offices in La Mesa Village for Windermere Real Estate SoCal. She also is serving as the 2015 president of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,000-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, PSAR will present a fun-filled evening of fashion, food and entertainment at its fourth annual Un-Fashion and Variety Show at the Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley. Proceeds will benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
The show will feature entertaining song and dance routines and hilarious comedy skits performed by PSAR members.
For the past three months, Guthrie said the cast of 45 PSAR members have been rehearsing three-or-four evenings per week for two-to-three hours each rehearsal. She said the rehearsals have consisted of watching YouTube videos of dance scenes and then mimicking the moves. “We are our own, self-taught chorographers,” she said. “I’m so grateful when our PSAR members say to me, `Sure, Carey, I’ll make a fool of myself for you, I’ll do it for you.’”
“A Hair Raising Musical Experience” is this year’s theme. The 10 individual…Continue
The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present “Health Fair Saturday,” the East County region’s largest annual free community-wide health fair, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, near the movie theaters at the mall.
Organizers expect more than 35 exhibit booths will feature health screenings for cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure and blood glucose-diabetes, as well as the latest information on health-related techniques and products from for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Additional information will be available on senior housing, home care services, hospice care, home safety, fitness, health insurance, nutrition, medical supplies and volunteer opportunities. The San Diego Blood Bank will conduct a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On a stage at the event will be demonstrations of yoga, karate and exercise routines.
Event sponsors include the Grossmont Healthcare District, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Grossmont Center, North Island Credit Union and KyXy-FM 96.5. For event information, contact the East County Chamber at (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org.
Masterchef Claudia Sandoval
Season Six of Masterchef came to conclusion as host, executive producer and judge Gordon Ramsay named Claudia Sandoval the winner of FOX’s hit home cooking competition series. Sandoval, 31, is an events manager from La Mesa. In addition to earning the win, Sandoval walked away with a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
The volatile Gordon Ramsay said of Sandovol, “Claudia was a strong competitor from the beginning,” “Her passion and unique dishes were what impressed us the most, and we look forward to seeing where her new culinary career will lead her.”
Sandoval stated that she hoped to bring home the Masterchef trophy for her 9-year-old daughter and now she has accomplished that. Sandoval’s personal cooking inspiration has been her mother while her professional inspiration is Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. She said that the best culinary advice she has received was from Masterchef judge Graham Eliott, as Claudia explains: He told me to stick to what I know and trust my instinct. He reminded me that my style is nothing like anyone else’s and trying to be like someone else means, you aren’t being true to your food.
“To be crowned the first Latina Masterchef is a dream come true,” said Sandoval. “This hard-earned title represents success over every struggle I’ve ever had as a first-generation American and a single mom. I can’t wait to move my daughter and myself out of our one-bedroom apartment and get started on…Continue
Heartland Fire worked to put out a 2-alarm fire at the Rodeway Inn on Spring Street early Tuesday morning, Heartland Fire said.
The fire was reported at 4:42 a.m. at the hotel at 4210 Spring Street. Firefighters arrived a few minutes later. Multiple fire engines worked to put out the fire and the hotel was evacuated.
Flames taller than the building itself shot from the attic and could be seen for miles. Heartland Fire evacuated 17 occupied rooms and no injuries were reported, according to Heartland Fire.
Firefighters managed to get a handle on the fire and knock down a majority of the flames around 5:20 a.m. Small pockets of flames continued to burn through the roof until around 6 a.m.
Spring Street was shut down in both directions as crews battled the blaze and lanes remained closed throughout the morning. 20 people were reportedly displaced by the fire and the Red Cross was expected to arrive at the hotel to assist.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Where have all the customers gone? Just like the iconic '60's song, "long time passing!" It has become painfully obvious that many returning customers to La Mesa Village have disappeared. Sales have dropped by almost half compared to this time last year and I can't help but wonder if the streetscape construction activities, continued street closures and detours have scared people away.
I can recall not too long ago, on any given Saturday morning, regular visits from local residents coming into my shop to say "hello", "how's business", "wanted to see what's new!" Many of them even picking up a few items and then going on their merry way to enjoy their Saturday. Not anymore, to my chagrin. It seems that once peoples' routines are disrupted they forget very easily their old patterns and move on to bigger and better things. Where is my happy couple who stopped in every weekend to say hi before their lunch date at San Filippos and the singer out for her daily walk who always poked her head into the shop to chat or the ladies from ATT taking a lunch time walk.
Well, to everyone reading this, the streetscape is almost over and business owners as well as La Mesa Village residents alike can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The remodel of the village was debilitating at best and many small business along the boulevard did not make it to the finish line. I think the village will survive and perhaps even reinvent itself. But, until that time comes the merchants need customers to come back, shop and spend money! With that, I can not express to everyone how important it is to us (the small business owner) that our customers come back!
We are now going into the holiday buying season. In retail, October 1st is the beginning of the best time of the year. This is the time when most of us are finally in the black (thus Black Friday) and turn a profit. I am hoping with great anticipation that this year will be better then last-(we…Continue