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Osborn Will Lead Helix Charter
LA MESA -- The Helix Charter High School governing board members have announced a replacement for Executive Director Michael Lewis, Ed.D., who will retire at the end of this school year. Kevin Osborn, co-author of Helix’s original charter application, has been named as the school’s next leader.
Osborn has worked in the education field since 1988, and has been at Helix since 1992. He started as a teacher, and has served as ASB Advisor, Dean of Students, and, most recently, a Grade Level Principal since 2003. In his time at Helix, he has been involved with every aspect of the school’s leadership from program and policy development, to community relations, facilities planning, fiscal management, and human resources.
Osborn stated, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the next Executive Director of Helix Charter High School. I look forward to serving the students, parents, faculty, staff, and community. The success of our students, in and out of the classroom, will continue to be our number one priority.”
Osborn received his undergraduate degree and teaching credential from San Diego State University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Science. He also holds an Administrative Services Credential, and a Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration.
“We selected Mr. Osborn from a field of very qualified candidates. He comes with a wealth of experience and is ready to lead Helix in our mission and vision and represent our tradition of excellence in academics and athletics for years to come,” said Helix Charter High School Board President, Mike Ried.
Lewis will retire after serving as Helix’s Executive Director for four years, having previously served as an assistant principal from 1995-1999, and a student teacher and coach in 1985-1986. He has 32 years of experience…Continue
Safety Is Just Skin Deep
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Be Sun Smart,” a free presentation on skin care and safety from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Tina Mirpuri, care director with Synergy HomeCare of La Mesa, a franchised home care company.
“The presentation will discuss ultraviolet radiation from the sun, how it affects your skin and why protecting yourself from UV exposure is critical to preventing skin cancer,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “Each year in America, over three million people are treated for non-melanoma skin cancer, and 90 percent of those cancers are associated with UV radiation from the sun, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Please join us in the fight against skin cancer with awareness and prevention and to learn more about lifelong sun safety habits and protection.”
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
Improvisation In Dealing With Alzheimer's
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, and Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families, will jointly present “Living in the Moment: A Workshop for Caregivers,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 17, at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa. Admission is free.
The workshop will discuss how improvisation, the act of responding to a developing situation or problem without preparation and making it up as you go, can be a useful skill for caregivers when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It will help caregivers learn new techniques for responding and connecting to a person who is experiencing confusion or disorientation by letting go and joining them in the moment. Speakers will include: Amy Abrams, education and outreach manager, Alzheimer’s San Diego; Vanessa Elle, Yes Living, a personal counselor and improvisation instructor; Chris Nielson, a coach specializing in improvisation, entrepreneurship, sales, leadership, parenting and masculine practices.
To RSVP for this workshop, call (858) 492-4400 or visit www.alzsd.org. Alzheimer’s San Diego is a local nonprofit organization providing free programs and services to the more than 60,000 San Diegans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and the additional 150,000 people who love and care for them, while helping to advance local research for a cure.
The Grossmont Healthcare District is an East County…Continue
Learning About Distracted Driving At Helix
LA MESA -- April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and timed with this observance, students at La Mesa's Helix High School got to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving.
AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign set up a simulator to let students see and feel the consequences of looking at their phones while driving. More than 280 students used a virtual reality simulator to see and experience what happens when they take their eyes off the road even for an instant.
During the simulator, participants texted while mock driving at about 55 MPH which is enough time to cross a football field while texting back.
All students who participated in the simulator took the pledge to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone.
WHAT A DISH ! is moving on…
After three years in La Mesa Village, “What A Dish!” Dinnerware They’ll Talk About, is closing up and moving on into the sunset. It has been quite a learning experience and a lot of fun too! For those readers who don’t know about my small shop on La Mesa Boulevard’s west end, ‘What A Dish!” is/was a dinnerware, home décor and garden shop who specialized in Fiesta Dinnerware. Sorry I missed you!
It is bitter sweet, in a way, watching a dream I have had for over 20 years slowly fade away, but sweet in that I will finally have time to do everything I’ve been ignoring for three years, i.e. housework, family, friends…
So, who’s to blame? That is the million-dollar question and one I will probably lay awake at night and think about for a long time to come. Was it me, for not having enough money to support a new business? Did I not advertise enough or was it the economy? Was it La Mesa or the customers or was it just bad timing ? Perhaps it was the 18 MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION and street closures that did it...maybe it was all the above. The world may never know. I do know this, over half of my time in business was destroyed by La Mesa’s street improvement project. My store is one of eight small businesses that have closed or will close this years, a coincidence, i don’t think so. True, some businesses are closing due to the owners’ retirement. But, are their retirements a direct consequence of a 75% drop in sales because of ripped up sidewalks and street closures? With that, the City of La Mesa has made no effort to help, compensate or apologize to any business owner for such a devastating blow. By the way, parts of La Mesa Blvd. where closed the first two weeks of December this year due to cross walk installation. …Continue
Senior Health Fair Set For Friday
LA MESA -- The 17th annual East County Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Sonrise Community Church, 8805 Magnolia Ave. in Santee. Admission is free. No advance registration is necessary. The City of La Mesa and the Grossmont Healthcare District are among the event sponsors. For event information, phone the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at (619) 667-1322.
The East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of community organizations and agencies serving seniors in the East County, said the health fair will feature more than 60 exhibit booths, along with free health screenings for stroke, blood pressure, blood glucose/diabetes, balance and video otoscope.
Information will be available about senior housing, home care services, home safety, fall prevention, health education, advance directives, nutrition services, social programs, caregiving services, educational programs and volunteer opportunities.
Attendees may bring unwanted medications for safe disposal by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. This is part of a prescription drug take back effort aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse.
Additional sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sonrise Community Church, Western Press and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
Organ And Tissue Donors Needed
GENEVA -- In honor of National Donate Life Month in April, the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Dispelling Myths About Organ and Tissue Donation,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Speaking will be representatives from Donate Life San Diego, a local chapter of a national organization that promotes organ and tissue donation. More than 13 million Californians have registered to save the lives of others as organ and tissue donors with 95 percent of them through the Department of Motor Vehicles. A growing number of medical partners, including Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, are supporting the effort with banners hanging from parking structures.
“People of all ages and background can be organ donors and thousands of people in the country are in need of organ transplants, but only a small percentage of those waiting actually receive their transplant,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “Experts say that the organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people. Organs can include kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines and lungs, as well as skin, bone and bone marrow and cornea. Join us to find out what you can do to save a life. Information about how to become a donor will be provided. You will also hear the personal story from an organ recipient.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health…Continue
Banker Walking For MS Fight
LA MESA -- San Diego Country Credit Union, San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branches in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, is returning as the title sponsor of two National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk MS fundraisers in April.
The two San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS fundraisers will be held on Saturday, April 16 in Carlsbad and on Saturday, April 23 at NTC Park at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area.
The National MS Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter expects about 7,000 walkers at both events will help raise about $900,000 in donations for MS research and programs and services for people with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. It’s the 26th year for Walk MS events in San Diego.
SDCCU has supported the National MS Society’s Walk MS fundraisers for the past 18 years, and has served as title sponsor since 2002. Over the years, SDCCU’s sponsorship support for Walk MS has exceeded $1 million, according to the National MS Society.
On Saturday evening, April 16 in Carlsbad, about 3,500 people are expected to walk and help raise about $425,000 in donations. The three-mile walk will be along Armanda Drive overlooking the Carlsbad Flower Fields and looping around the Legoland California theme park. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. The walk begins at 5 p.m. It’s the first time since 2006 that the National MS Society’s North County’s Walk MS fundraiser in Carlsbad will be held in the evening.
On Saturday morning,…Continue
A Night of Music, Magic and Auction Fun:
5:30pm, Saturday, May 14, 2016
Solos and sleight of hand…
“Presto!” and Il Trovatore…
“Abracadabra!” and Don Giovanni…
While struggling, hilariously, to extricate himself from a straightjacket, a magician sings “Largo al factotum,” Figaro’s aria from the Barber of Seville.
Comedy, music and legerdemain: That’s Opera-Kadabra, featuring multi-talented baritone Patrick Bell (http://www.operakadabra.com/), who, in the words of reviewers, “…captivates the audience…is warm and funny…befuddled us with his magic…enthralled us with his rich voice…” and, as a delightful bonus, “is drop-dead handsome!”
Coming to La Mesa, CA on Saturday, May 14, 2016, Bell’s show will be the highlight of Camperships for Children, 2016, a live and silent auction fundraiser in Friendship Hall at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM).
The people of UCCLM invite you to share the fun, the music and the magic. And to join with us in providing opportunities for children to experience the pleasures and benefits of summer camp.
A Night of Music, Magic and Auction Fun begins at 5:30pm. Patrick Bell will delight. Snacks will be served. Theme baskets and treasures old and new will be auctioned, along with chances to participate in exciting future events and activities.
Refreshments and silent auction start at 5:30pm, show at 6:15. The silent auction will continue after the…Continue