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La Mesa’s own C. Hook Theater will present, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, this week at the Joan Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave.
This Broadway musical follows a year in the life of Charles M. Schulz loveable Peanuts Characters. The show turns 50 this year having opened on Broadway in February 1967. C. Hook Theater, sister company of Peter Pan Junior Theater, turns 11 this year.
Show times are:
Wednesday, June 28 @ 7pm
Thursday, June 29 @ 7pm
Friday, June 30 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 1 @ 1pm
Saturday, July 1 @ 7pm
Tickets may be purchased online chooktix.com or at the box office before each show.
LA MESA -- The newest Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Diego County has opened. The Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, recently became the 11th Chick-fil-A restaurant operating in San Diego County.
The new 4,500-square-foot restaurant features a two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi. Total seating capacity is 150 people, including a 125-seat dining room and an outdoor patio area that seats 25. Dual drive-through ordering lanes and screens enable customers to move quickly into a single lane for payment and pickup. Chick-fil-A Grossmont is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sundays to provide a day of rest and time with family and friends for team members.
“We want to be the premier location in La Mesa for great food, fun and fellowship,” said Rick Preciado, owner-operator, Grossmont Chick-fil-A. “I’ve always wanted the opportunity to be an entrepreneurial position where I could create jobs, invest in youth and be a positive influence to everyone I come in contact with.”
The restaurant’s grand opening activities included the traditional Chick-fil-A “First 100 Campout.” Local residents who live within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant location were invited to camp out in the restaurant’s parking lot for 24-hours to qualify to be among the first 100 customers. Residency eligibility for the first 100 customers was determined by zip codes. The first 100 customers through the doors on Thursday morning, June 22, received free Chick-fil-A food for a year, specifically a digital card good for 52 Chick-fil-A sandwich meals consisting of a Chick-fil-A…Continue
LA MESA -- Last week, AT&T launched a new education effort to help students, parents and educators tackle the cyberbullying crisis. The effort shares valuable tools and resources and encourages parents to stay involved in their children’s online lives. The initiative debuts in New York City and will feature a groundbreaking AT&T-produced film, “There’s a Soul Behind That Screen.”
Last year, AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation conducted a first-of-its-kind poll of New York City teens and parents on cyberbullying. Findings showed parents are largely unaware of what’s happening under their own roof. While nearly 50% of New York City-area teens have experienced cyberbullying, only half of those told their parents.
“The impact of cyberbullying on our youth has become pervasive and alarming. We simply can't allow this crisis to destroy more lives and families. AT&T is hoping to give parents, educators and students the tools to combat this epidemic,” said Marissa Shorenstein, SVP, AT&T-East Region. “We’re working first with the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Council, and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment to start a dialogue that will support parents, their children and…Continue
LA MESA -- Andrew Hayes, a district representative with California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), has been honored with Wendell Cutting Legislative Staff Member of theYear award from the Republican Party of San Diego County. The award, presented at the recent Lincoln Reagan Dinner, recognizes excellence in constituent service and community participation.
“It was a total surprise when I heard my name called,” said Hayes. “It’s an honor to support Senator Anderson’s top priority to make government work for our constituents. We are always open to hearing directly from local residents, about their concerns and ideas for improving state government.”
The dinner, held June 24 and organized by the Republican Party of San Diego County, drew more than 770 attendees, making it one of the largest Republican dinners outside of Washington, D.C.
A native of Lakeside, Hayes graduated from El Capitan High School (class of 2012) and then attended the University of San Diego where he earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in political science and a second in business administration. He joined Anderson’s staff as an intern in March 2014 and was hired as a legislative staff member in January 2015.
Anderson’s 38th Senate district in the California Legislature includes Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs and Fallbrook. He was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and to the State Senate in 2010.
Take A Deep Breath La Mesa!
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Qigong: Meditation in Motion,” a free program on Qigong, an ancient breathing technique originated in China, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 28. 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. Handouts will be available.
Speaker at the program will be Linda Dochterman, LMT, a licensed holistic health practitioner and a massage therapist based in Santee.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “In today’s society, many people suffer from stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. Qigong uses deep breathing and slow movements to speak to the nervous system and help bring calm to the body. Join us to learn how Qigong can help you in your day-to-day life.”
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.
Beauty From The Laboratory Team
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Spring 2017 art exhibit featuring 37 photographs shot by three amateur photographers who work as laboratory scientists at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The show runs through June 30. The photographers include Celeste Saxer of Santee, Mary Peddecord of Del Cerro and Cari Gallenson of Carmel Valley.
Saxer’s photos were shot in Italy. She has worked at the hospital for the past 28 years. Peddecord’s photos feature wildlife shot in their native habitats, including Kenya, Tanzania, Antarctica, Alaska and the Svalbard Islands. She has worked at the hospital for the past 10 years. Gallenson’s photos feature landscapes shot while traveling or hiking. She has worked at the hospital since 1979.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The 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. …Continue
Celebrating 50 Years of Musical Inspiration
LA MESA -- “A national treasure right in our midst!”* That’s the incomparable Valerie Victor, organist/pianist at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM).
Valerie was seven when she started to play the piano, eight when her elementary school music teacher asked that she not return to class – it was “too easy” for her. Taken on as the teacher’s private student for the next seven years, young Valerie thrived. Another teacher followed, working with her for the next 25 – 30 years. Once a month a “bonus” was added: organ lessons.
Valerie became the organist for Lemon Grove Congregational at fourteen then at East San Diego Presbyterian at eighteen. Then, in June 1967, she arrived at UCCLM and their journey together began. Her new organ, by the way, had been “purchased” with Green Stamps.
Area schools, theaters and choruses also benefited from her musical gifts, among the San Diego Junior Theater (Musical Director) and Starlight Opera (accompanist). Valerie worked for the Grossmont and Cajon Valley School Districts for 40 – 45 years, playing for high school choirs and glee clubs and Greenfield Elementary’s musical theater group.
Mother of four, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of seven, Valerie describes her fifty years at UCCLM as “a blessing. I have loved every minute of it.” She looks forward to many more years there.
The people of UCCLM return the compliment and will highlight and celebrate Valerie’s gifts at a special musical service at 10:00am on Sunday, June 25. We invite you to join us!
The church is located at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 (619-464-1519, www.tableucc.com).
LA MESA -- June signals the beginning of what are known as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teenage drivers on the road. Summer is a particularly dangerous time for teens on the road, as they're out of school and on the busy roads, and according to California Office of Traffic Safety, teens are more likely to be involved in a car collision than other drivers between the months of June and September.
With teen motor vehicle fatalities on the rise in California, and timed with the “100 Deadliest Days”, AT&T and Impact Teen Drivers have teamed up to help make California roads and communities safe this summer through the “Create Real Impact: It Can Wait Video Challenge.”
The challenge invites local teens to create an original Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate the local community about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving and to encourage safe driving habits during the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.
AT&T President of California Ken McNeely shared that, “AT&T wants every young person to have a safe and fulfilling summer. Together with Impact Teen Drivers, we are highlighting the importance of safe driving and public safety with AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign, a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones.”
First responders play a vital role in helping to keep California communities safe and are often the first on the scene following a traffic collision. To recognize the contributions of first responders, teens are encouraged to include a first responder, as well as a message from AT&T’s It Can…Continue
Getting To The Center Of Peripheral Neuropathy
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “All About Peripheral Neuropathy,” a free program on the causes, symptoms and treatments for this nerve disorder, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 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. Handouts will be available.
Speaker at the program will be Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director. “There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy and they cause various symptoms, such as: numbness; sensitivity to touch; tingling, burning and pricking sensations; and muscle weakness,” said Quinn. “Join us to learn about this common, but painful, nerve disorder.”
Quinn, with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in the Chicago area, has served as director of the Herrick Library since 2007.
The Herrick Library program on May 24 is being held in recognition of Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Week, which was held May 7-13 and organized by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. The Foundation said an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy with the majority of conditions relating to diabetes and chemotherapy.
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…Continue