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Health Library Will Host Art Show
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 Fall Art Exhibit titled “Personal Impressions.” The collaborative exhibit showcases 20 paintings, including eight paintings by La Mesa resident Maureen Parker and 12 paintings by Parker’s art teacher, Kay Norris Carlin of San Diego. The exhibit runs through the end of December.
Parker’s acrylic and watercolor paintings of animals and nature highlight a colorful impressionistic style, inspired by French master Claude Monet. Parker said she gives color and texture of the subject matter by an impressionistic dabbling technique of color. She worked for 23 years as a physical therapist before retiring.
Carlin, a native of the island of Aruba, part of the Netherlands Antilles, taught art in the San Diego Unified School District, ending a 30-year career as department chair at Morse High School. Her acrylic and watercolor paintings on display feature iconic scenes of Aruba.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “This collection of paintings reminds us of the therapeutic value of painting as we experience physical challenges in life. Maureen began painting while working as a physical therapist. Kay has been living with Parkinson’s disease since 2008 and says that painting offsets some of her symptoms. I cordially invite everyone to visit us and enjoy the colorful and inspiring artwork created by these talented artists.”
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9…Continue
LA MESA -- Some new blood joined the La Mesa City Council as incumbent Bill Baber kept his seat while incumbent Guy McWirther lost out to Baber and newcomer Akilah Weber, who was the highest vote-getter for the two seats being contested.
Popular Mayor Mark Arapostathis ran unopposed for a second term.
And La Mesa voters overwhelmingly agreed to impose a special tax on marijuana sales establishments in the city:
LA MESA -- Well East County voters managed to inspire laughter across America Tuesday night, choosing an indicted, philandering incumbent over a challenger whose only baggage was a name that sounded, perhaps, a bit too foreign.
Start your stop watches now. How long until attorneys for the newly returned Duncan Hunter call the federal prosecutors and start the negotiation.
It should go something like this:
Hunter Attorney: 'The people of East County have passed judgment on your indictment and it doesn't hold up. A jury won't be any better for you.'
Prosecutor: "We'll let the jury decide.''
Hunter Attorney: 'Well, let's not be rash here. If the goal is to protect the system, perhaps there is room for negotiations.'
Prosecutor: "What do you offer?'
Hunter Attorney: "No admission of guilt but an agreement to resign from Congress in the best interest of the nation.''
Prosecutor: "It was $250k and a rabbit on a family trip.''
Hunter Attorney: "The rabbit was a beloved family member. Let's not bring the kids into this.''
Prosecutor: "He pleads guilty. He apologizes. He resigns. He makes restitution. He does three months in a minimum security facility.''
Hunter Attorney: "Would a trial bring worse?''
Prosecutor: ''You think he bought other things in the name of sainted wounded veterans?''
Hunter Attorney: "Did he?''
Prosecutor: "A trial will air it all.''
Hunter Attorney: "How about he resigns, makes restitution…
Students Get Distracted Driving Lesson
LA MESA -- Distracted driving is never OK. When you’re behind the wheel, everything can change in the blink of an eye. To drive home this message locally, AT&T is bringing a new virtual reality experience to Helix High School in La Mesa on Oct. 31. Students will come face-to-face with the very real dangers of distracted driving and interact with a memorial wall, a wall of keys representing lives lost and a wall made to look like crushed car parts.
WHY: We’re immersing a visually driven generation in a striking 3D experience to help raise awareness and ultimately save lives. The experience is part of the AT&T It Can Wait campaign, which reminds drivers that distracted driving is never OK. You’re never alone on the road.
AT&T research found nearly 9-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving.** People are doing much more than just texting from behind the wheel. They’re checking email, accessing social media and even snapping photos.
The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. We’ve expanded it to the broader dangers of using your smartphone behind the wheel. Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:
Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly all of those surveyed.**
Inspired more than 23 million pledges to not drive distracted.
Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how…
Grossmont Healthcare District
continues food assistance support
to East County residents
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations working to address hunger and food insecurity among residents in the East County Region with recent grants totaling $85,500 to three food distribution nonprofits, including Meals on Wheels, Jewish Family Service of San Diego and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
“We want to connect more of our neighbors to a lifeline of community resources so they can build and sustain healthy and well-nourished lives,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “The correlation between good nutrition and good health is well documented. Assisting our East County residents with access to basic nutrition can alleviate food insecurity and lower the frequency and duration of hospital visits and other healthcare issues. We’re proud to support the efforts of these food assistance community organizations that help reduce economic and food insecurity and help build better lives through access to healthy food.”
The GHD board recently approved a $27,500 grant to Meals on Wheels to help purchase a transit van for the daily delivery of meal services. The new van will be used to transport volunteers who will deliver year-round meals to more than 384 homebound, low-income seniors, ages 60 and older, living in the East County Region. Meals on Wheels serves up to two fresh meals per…Continue
DATE CHANGE - Presenting 'Martha At The Table'
LA MESA -- From the wacky world of Gilbert and Sullivan and Nickelodeon’s “Aaah!!! Real Monsters” to Verdi’s Rigoletto and Handel’s Messiah, mezzo soprano Martha Jane Weaver has “sung it all.” A long-time guest-artist with Lyric Opera San Diego, she has performed with such other noted companies as Sacramento Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the LA Bach Festival.
Experience the magic of her voice and versatile repertoire at “Martha at the Table,” a program of songs in English, French and German - from early Americana to tales of love and deception and, for good measure, some old-time Gospel songs. Offered at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, this is the 5th program in the popular Valerie Victor Concert Series. Among the composers represented will be Copland, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Duparc and Chausson.
Time and Date:
2:00 PM, November 18, 2018
The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942
www.tableucc.com - 619-464-1519
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Additional Information: Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, email@example.com, (619) 888-3401
Serving Homeless and Refugees in East County
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations that assist specialized populations in the East Region, including homeless and refugee groups, with recent grants to Crisis House and Survivors of Torture International.
A $6,500 grant to Crisis House will help the El Cajon-based organization present Project Homeless Connect-East County (PHC), a one-day event that will provide services to homeless individuals and families. Launched in 2013, the collaborative effort involves more than 35 organizations representing private and public enterprises, religious, civic and government agencies, as well as more than 100 individual volunteers. Free services provided at PHC include haircuts, clothing, identification paperwork, legal help, medical checkups, pastoral counseling, addiction treatment, and housing and employment assistance.
Over the past five years, PHC attendance has increased. Held in April, the 2018 PHC served 213 individuals, including 21 children. Attendance in 2018 was 27 percent higher compared to the previous year. The next PHC is scheduled for April 12, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. Founded in 1970, Crisis House offers comprehensive housing and social services for the region's homeless and low-income populations.
“With the help of the Grossmont Healthcare District, we will have the opportunity to again make health care accessible and provide health-related services to an underserved and high-risk population,” said Mary Case, executive director, Crisis House. “Our goal with PHC is to break the…Continue
Advice on Healthy Holiday Eating Habits
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Fall into Healthy Habits for the Holiday Season and Beyond,” an informational program about how to navigate the holiday season for ultimate health and safety, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 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.
Presenter on Oct. 24 will be Kendra Grinde-Busalacchi, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. She has more than 17 years of experience helping patients create and maintain healthy habits.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “Fall is upon us and the holiday season is fast approaching. Kendra will cover practical tips on indulging without overindulging, mindful eating, maintaining physical activity, sleeping better and stressing less. Join us to learn sensible tips for this holiday season and beyond.”
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
San Diego County Chick-fil-A Restaurants
partner with San Diego Regional Law Enforcement agencies
to host `Local Hero Family Night’ on Tuesday, Oct. 9th
The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, are partnering with local law enforcement agencies to host a “Local Hero Family Night” fundraiser for the annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., San Diego Chick-fil-A restaurants will donate 15 percent of event sales to law enforcement officials to purchase new teddy bears and stuffed animals for children receiving care at Rady Children’s Hospital.
Some Chick-fil-A locations will feature visits from local enforcement and first responder vehicles, as well as a crime prevention display with information and equipment. Additionally, several restaurants will be offering paper teddy bears for guests to write notes of encouragement to patients at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
“We are proud to support Rady Children’s Hospital and San Diego Regional Law Enforcement’s annual Teddy Bear Drive for the fifth year in a row with this fundraiser,” said Matt Hughes, restaurant operator of Chick-fil-A Sports Arena. “One of our goals at Chick-fil-A is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with. We hope the teddy bears purchased with proceeds from our Local Hero Family Night will give comfort to children who need it.”
Since it began in 1990, the San Diego…Continue
Ribbon Cutting for La Mesa’s
New Boys & Girls Clubs Clubhouse
LA MESA -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the end of 14 months of construction for its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that houses the Gagon Academy, a learning center and homework room, and the Bill Walton Gymnasium.
The ribbon cutting will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, at the new Brady Family Clubhouse, 7600 Junior High Dr., La Mesa. The new 26,000-square-foot clubhouse is located past a sports field on the west end of La Mesa Arts Academy (LMAAC) and at the south end of Olive Avenue.
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon will be: Ron and Mary Alice Brady, owners of the Brady Companies, who have donated $3 million to BGCEC; Beth LeFriant, banker and acquaintance of the estate of the late Eleni and Wolfgang Gagon of San Diego, also responsible for a $3 million donation; Forrest Higgins, CEO of BGCEC.
Following the ribbon cutting, attendees will be invited to follow the 6-foot-11-inch Bill Walton, former NBA professional basketball player, into the new 10,000-square-foot Bill Walton Gymnasium. It will be the first time Walton, a La Mesa native, has seen the gymnasium in person. Walton also has told BGCEC officials it’s the first time a gymnasium has been named in his honor.
Once inside the gymnasium, BGCEC said a brief program will be held. Speakers are expected to include Ron Brady, Beth LeFriant, Bill Walton, Forrest Higgins,, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, La Mesa Mayor Mark…Continue