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Welcome To The Table, Kelly Ryan
“All ages sharing their gifts to make something beautiful...
“Music that speaks to the truth of our human experience or our life together with God...
“Service as worship…”
These are the words, the visions, the hopes of the Rev. Kelly Ryan, who will assume the pulpit of The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
Coming to La Mesa from White Salmon, Washington, where she served as pastor of Bethel Congregational Church, Kelly is an avid hiker, yoga enthusiast, singer and reader (“I’m really into Octavia Butler’s works at the moment”). She and her hospice chaplain husband, Escondido native Jason Guy, look forward to getting to know and working with the people of their new community and church. “The table,” she notes, “is a place where stories are shared, where relationships are strengthened, where everyone is welcome.”
The people of UCCLM invite you to join them for worship at 10 a.m. on August 12 and to meet Kelly and Jason. The church is located at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 (619-454-1519, www.tableucc.org). The Table is an open and affirming congregation. ALL, indeed, are welcome!
Following the recent 500-plus acre fire in Alpine that destroyed over 30 homes and 20 buildings, esteemed volunteer organization Team Rubicon has set out to help. The veteran-led global disaster response organization is providing damage assessments, debris removal, and sifting services to affected communities in San Diego’s East County.
Thirty Team Rubicon volunteers are currently out in Alpine, providing the community with the assistance needed to taking its first steps towards recovery. The community has shown their gratitude for Team Rubicon and welcomed its volunteers with open arms, helping the organization move quickly in mobilizing their teams. Viejas Casino & Resort has been providing food and lodging for Team Rubicon members during their mission which began on July 22 and goes until July 30.
Team Rubicon boasts a 80,000-strong, highly skilled veteran volunteer force that helps communities stabilize and recover after a devastating natural disaster. Since its inception following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to over 275 disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Through a strong communications infrastructure supported by its cutting-edge technological solutions, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters and help get stricken families back into their homes as soon as possible. By giving military veteran volunteers the opportunity to continue their service through disaster response, Team Rubicon helps give them a renewed sense of purpose, community, and identity.
Programs and services Team Rubicon provides are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedica
tion of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit…Continue
Unplugged Dining Comes To La Mesa
LA MESA -- You won’t find noisy TVs and blaring music at Fourpenny House in the heart of the La Mesa Village. This coming Tuesday, July 17, what you will find are signs encouraging you to take a tech break while you enjoy your meal at the cozy Scottish Brew Pub.
The Owner, Peter Soutowood, has taken great strides to create a welcoming pub experience and he hopes people will enjoy a night where they can connect with one another and not have to strain to have a conversation over the TV noise. Fourpenny does have a pull-down screen but this is only used for special occasions like traditional pub-style soccer watching. Soutowood designed his restaurant with the community in mind, offering an intimate setting, a communal table (where you can sit with friends or make new ones) and experience one activity at a time. Soutowood says, “If we have someone playing live music, it’s not super loud and we don’t have five TV screens all blaring different shows. So many of us are distracted throughout the day and we want you to relax, enjoy your time here and be able to have a conversation.”
La Mesa resident, Claudia Erickson founded the Unplugged Village because she was concerned about tech dependency. She was tired of restaurants where she couldn’t hear the person sitting next to her and she was looking for alternatives. “I was finding dining in restaurants to be an irritating experience and I heard the same sentiments from people around me, so I…Continue
La Mesa Health Care Library to host free meeting
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Healthy Bones and Fall Prevention,” a program about bone health and steps to prevent a fall, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 25. 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 July 25 will be Elaine Henson, adult nurse practitioner with SharpCare Medical Group. Henson, a board certified adult nurse practitioner for the past 30 years, also holds board certification as a clinical densitometrist. She joined the SharpCare Medical Group in March 2018 to assist with opening a new SharpCare office. Perviously, she served patients with osteoporosis at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where she started a women’s bone density testing and treatment center.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “More than 40 million people nationwide either have osteoporosis or are at increased risk for broken bones because of low bone mineral density. More than one in four people over the age of 65 fall each year. Strong bones are important for your health. Bone is a living tissue and is continually broken down and replaced. Low bone mass increases the risk of fracture in a fall. Join us to learn how to improve your bone health and how to prevent falls.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer…Continue
Udder-ly delicious: Free food at Chick-fil-A
Have you “herd?” It’s time to break out your cowbells and get your spots on.
The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, will give away free Chick-fil-A food to any customer dressed in cow attire from store opening to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.
The promotion is part of the nationwide restaurant chain’s largest, single-day customer appreciation event called “Cow Appreciation Day,” which celebrates the company’s iconic “Eat Mor Chiklin” cows. Customers are invited to dress like their favorite bovines, eat free food and celebrate the cows, said Rick Preciado, franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A in La Mesa.
Adult customers wearing something cow-like, whether it’s a “head-to-hoof” costume or a simple cow-spotted accessory, will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A entrée, such as an Original Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Nuggets or breakfast favorite, the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit (“don’t be too chicken to dress like a cow”). Children wearing any sort of cow apparel will receive a free Kid’s Meal. Based on previous Cow Appreciation Days, more than 1.8 million free entrees will be given away this year to cow-dressed customers at 2,200 Chick-fil-A restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C.
For more information and costume ideas, visit www.CowAppreciationDay.com and get mooooooving!
This year marks the 14th annual Cow Appreciation Day, and it’s the 23rd anniversary of the Chick-fil-A award-winning marketing campaign. The “Eat Mor Chicklin” cows…Continue
Music, Music, Music!
An Afternoon with Rodney Girvin
LA MESA -- Renowned San Diego pianist Rodney Girvin will appear in concert at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) at 1:00 p.m. on July 29, 2018. Girvin is the first artist to be featured in the church’s new Valerie Victor Concert Series, named in honor of its late pianist/organist. Pianist for the City Ballet of San Diego and the Pacific Coast Chorale, Girvin studied with Dr. Raymond Herbert at the University of Missouri and has been the recipient of many awards. Known as “Ragin’ Rodney” for his keyboard work at Open Mic, one of his noteworthy recent performances was the world premiere of the City Ballet of San Diego’s “Four Pair” at the historic Spreckels Theater.
UCCLM is at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 (1-619-454-1519, firstname.lastname@example.org). A freewill offering will be
LA MESA -- When La Mesa's City Council decided to rebuild La Mesa Boulevard, they hoped new good things would come.
They couldn't have known the spurt of new restaurant, bar and retail experiences that, in fact, followed. Not just "one the boulevard" but throughout the Jewel of the Hill's downtown area.
Today, the Mesa is thriving with new developments, retail experiences, parks, restaurants and more. The secret is out - La Mesa is in! Residents don’t have to travel far to have an amazing dining, shopping or leisure experience.
So the city is asking the community and local businesses to join the City of La Mesa for the chance to win the first ever “Dine, Shop, Explore Social Media Photo Contest.”
“La Mesa has always had a special charm, but recently we have seen an influx of new and trendy businesses which are mixing with the established ones to create an even more vibrant community,” said La Mesa City Manager, Yvonne Garrett. “This social media contest is a fun way to share your unique La Mesa experiences, whether it be familiar favorites or new memories.”
Taking place over three days, the contest will inspire participants to showcase their most creative La Mesa experiences. Participants will be asked to take three pictures showing how they: 1) dine, 2) shop, 3) explore La Mesa. The six best and most creative entries will each receive gift cards ranging from $25-100. Businesses in turn will offer exclusive discounts, giveaways and special experiences, when feasible.
1. Select Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
2. Take 3 creative photos: 1 dining, 1 shopping, 1 exploring La Mesa
3. Use the hashtags…
Chick-fil-A Celebrates A Year In La Mesa
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Chick-fil-A restaurant in La Mesa, 8200 Fletcher Parkway, will celebrate its first year in business with a two-day anniversary celebration, Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. During this time, guests can visit the restaurant to redeem free food through the Chick-fil-A One mobile app and enjoy a variety of activities, including giveaways, drawings for prizes, visits from special guests and birthday cake. At various times over the two days, guests will enjoy live musical entertainment, a balloon artist, face painter, arts and crafts, and a visit from the Chick-fil-A “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow.
“It has been an honor to serve the La Mesa community over the past year, and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all of our guests,” said Rick Preciado, franchise operator, Grossmont Chick-fil-A. “We invite the community to join us in celebrating our anniversary with great food and fun.
On Friday, June 22, from 10:30 a.m. to closing, any guest who uses the Chick-fil-A One mobile app to place an order will receive a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. Limit one free sandwich per guest per order.
Also on Friday, June 22, from 5 to 7 p.m., Michael Sanchez, a finalist of Season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice,” will attend to sign autographs and visit with guests.
Chick-fil-A Grossmont opened on June 22, 2017. It can seat up to 150 guests and has a two-story, interactive indoor play area for children. The restaurant features two drive-thru lanes and screens to enable customers to move quickly into a single lane for payment and pickup. For more information, visit…Continue
Healthcare District Awards Scholarships
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has announced the recipients of two 2018 GHD scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as medical health technicians.
“Our board of directors have made a long-term commitment to provide scholarship opportunities to students pursuing nursing and health tech careers as part of our mission in East Region communities,” said Michael Emerson, board president. “It’s important for us to invest in access to education and training programs in the healthcare field, with the goal of serving in tomorrow’s workforce. We look forward to these students’ future successes.”
The nursing scholarship, called the Richard Bea RN Memorial Nursing Scholarship, is named after former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years and served on the GHD board from 1996 until his death in 1999. Applicants for the nursing scholarships are required to provide evidence of current enrollment in a registered nursing program approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), along with details about community volunteer work, a letter of recommendation from a nursing instructor and a maximum 500-word essay on the topic “the future of nursing in my community.”
Two Grossmont College nursing students were selected for the GHD nursing scholarships. They included Sarah Barisic and Sofia Grant, both of El Cajon.
Barisic, recipient of a $3,000…Continue
Grant Forum Will Help Community
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various nonprofit health-related community programs and services in the East County Region, will host a free question-and-answer forum about its community grants program from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at the GHD Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Community-based healthcare organizations providing health-related services to local residents are invited to attend to learn more about GHD’s community grants program.
Since 1996, GHD has supported community-based nonprofit organizations, as well as the publicly-owned Sharp Grossmont Hospital, with more than $52 million in grants and sponsorships. About half of the funds have gone to local nonprofit, health-related organizations while the other half has enhanced services at Sharp Grossmont Hospital with things such as state of the art medical equipment purchases.
GHD’s board of directors recently approved a budget allocation of $2.3 million for grants and sponsorships for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, beginning July 1. According to the GHD grants policy, applications for grants from nonprofits will be accepted between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2018.
GHD officials said the July 19 forum is designed to help organizations determine their eligibility for the upcoming 2018-2019 grants cycle. “We’re proud to support the efforts of local community healthcare organizations that help build better lives for our East Region residents,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We look forward to having District staff answer questions from potential…Continue