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La Mesa may host a wild Oktoberfest but it is gaining a reputation for its colorful weekly Farmers Market where life slows down and the community comes alive. Every Friday afternoon, kids come to search for Rodney Rooster (a stuffed rooster, that hides in a different vendor booth each week). If they spot him, they get a small prize. Kids also get to be Adventure Tasters, trying new things at the market and can play in a tent known as “Fort night Friday” or make nature crafts. The weekly kid count (Rodney’s followers - aka his “Peeps”) has grown from 15 to over 70 in 3 months. “The idea took off immediately” says Claudia Erickson, Founder of the Unplugged Village, who runs the weekly events. What was going to be a one time a month deal, turned into a weekly occurrence as kids were so excited and the community got behind it. “It’s a simple idea. This is a safe place where kids can be unplugged, run around and have a little adventure each week.”
The idea may be simple, but the impact is great. Shy kids like, San Diego resident, Alphie might ordinarily be found sitting on a couch face downplaying with an iPad. Many kids who are shy or struggling with issues are crippled even more by technology (admittedly the easiest pacifier). And it’s not only introverts who are hurt by how much technology pervades our lives. Overuse of technology is a growing concern for families all over the world. Alphie is one of the lucky ones. Her parents take care to really limit her technology and get her out into the community where she has the opportunity to expand her experiences, try new foods, make friends and develop social skills. Alphie lives near the La Mesa Village so the family has a routine of walking to the market each week where she talks to farmers who tell her “I know what you’re looking for today!”. Her parents say…Continue
Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors
Endorses Two County Board of Supervisor Candidates
for March 3rd Primary Election
The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 3,100-member real estate trade group for San Diego-area realtors with an office in El Cajon, has announced its endorsement of two San Diego County Board of Supervisor candidates for the March 3 primary election.
The Supervisorial candidates include Alpine resident Joel Anderson, a former State Assemblyman and State Senator, for the District 2 seat, and Rafael Castellanos, a San Diego Port Commissioner, for the District 1 seat.
Both seats are open due to term limits for the incumbents. A number of other candidates are in the races for a seat as a County Supervisor. The top two vote-getters in the primary election for each seat will advance to the November runoff.
According to PSAR, research was completed on the two candidates’ voting record and public comments relating to preserving and protecting property rights and supporting public policies and initiatives that promote participation in the American dream of homeownership and property investment, as well as strengthening the ability of Americans to own, buy and sell real property. The endorsements were approved by members of the PSAR Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors.
Anderson, a Republican, is hoping to succeed Dianne Jacob, who has served for the past 28 years. Jacob, first elected as Supervisor in 1992, is termed out after six terms. The Second Supervisorial District, the largest of the county’s five districts, features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and…Continue
Join the Tranquil Earth Yoga challenge! This is happening on Instagram for prizes, but you can follow for fun too!!!, and/or you can participate in Studio!!!
Have you set your 2020 goals in place? Are you still looking for something to dive into 2020 with while having fun?
Join the Tranquil Earth Yoga challenge on Instagram ( IG ). All you have (actually get to do :-)) is 20 poses in 20 days to start 2020 (follow #20asanasof2020 and see rules below)!
All this talk of a New year is buzzing with excitement. Can you do it? Can you commit? Absolutely! Join the fun through instagram and in person at Tranquil Earth Yoga Studio!
Here is a linK: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6i4HkjnnlK/
Tranquil Earth Yoga
8693 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA. 91942
(619) 713 -6234
Tranquility in itself means; ” stillness”, the quality or the state of being free from agitation of mind or spirit. Words like: calm, serenity, peace, silence, untroubled, and placid are only some synonyms that combine within it’s very definition. The act of Finding, seeking or obtaining Peace is not an easy task for anyone. Peace is a life journey that carries many lessons. Throughout this holiday season we will all be in the midst of chaos one time or another. It is so very important to consider others and where they may be in there day or even within their life when you encounter them at the worst. Holidays can change gratitude to bitterness as the days go on when they are meant to bring a sense of unity. Holidays are a balance between union of within ourselves as we counterbalance tranquility and agitation.
Yoga teaches to steady the balance within actions and words, it shows us how to find and utilize the pockets of space to just breathe. Tranquility is not silence that surrounds us, but rather the silence within or inner self at the times when we want to react. Tranquility to me means finding the moments of beauty to replace the moments of turmoil or having the ability to turn instability into stabilized. What if just one person gave this gift of tranquility, a gift of stillness? What does that mean to you and what exactly does it mean to give it as a gift? Explore this journey with us and encompass the calm side of your true self as an offering.
In recent months, a tiny stuffed rooster has been on the loose at the La Mesa Village Farmers Market. If you haven't heard about the Unplugged Village or the Search for Rodney Rooster yet you are seriously missing out. Each Friday, Rodney can be found hiding in a different vendor booth each week. Once kids spot him, they can stop at the Unplugged Village booth (across from Curbside Eatery) for a prize.
It's been almost 2 months since starting up the booth in the Village and due to a little bit of Rodney mania, it was decided that this should be a weekly, rather than once a month, occurrence. Most weeks there is a craft and also a scavenger hunt sheet. In the future we will roll out "Adventure Tasters" where kids can try some new items. While kids are taking a break from screens and having fun, parents can revel in the fact that in a short period of time you can accomplish several things on your never ending parenting task list. You can shop for delicious organic produce (with a happy kiddo along) and increase the chances that they will try some of these items. You are getting exercise, reconnecting after a busy week, supporting local business, meeting a farmer or two, and most importantly...having some fun! Rodney is always looking for new peeps so we hope you will come out and try to find him!
This week there is even more holiday fun as we will make letters to Santa, snow flakes to hang at home or you can help color a Santa's Workshop fort (our version of "Fort Night Friday"). The fort will be raffled off at the end of the night for one lucky kid to take home. Kids can even get an old school mailed letter from Rodney himself. Ironically, we have to be a LITTLE social for marketing…Continue
Coldwell Banker West, with La Mesa office,
merges with Ascent Real Estate,
creating one of San Diego’s largest brokerages:
15 offices, 1,000 sales agents, $2.5 billion annual sales volume
Coldwell Banker West (CBW), one of San Diego County’s largest real estate brokerages with an office in La Mesa, has announced a merger with San Diego-based Ascent Real Estate. The merger was jointly announced by Peter Mendiola, CBW president, and Penny Nathan, president/CEO of Ascent, who will become a partner of CBW. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The merger is believed to be one of the largest in recent San Diego real estate industry history, according to Mendiola.
The combined brokerage, to be called Coldwell Banker West, with 15 offices and nearly 1,000 sales agents, becomes one of the largest real estate companies in all of San Diego County.
The newly expanded CBW is expected to represent annual property sale volume exceeding $2.5 billion. CBW officials said sales volume in 2018 reached about $1.5 billion for CBW and about $850 million for Ascent.
“This merger creates an even larger powerhouse for Coldwell Banker, the most dominant brand for real estate in San Diego County,” said Mendiola. “We are very excited that, with this merger, CBW will continue to provide the personal and local support that agents and their clients demand, while providing the resources afforded to a powerful, nationwide brand with a massive local presence. We are committed to ensuring that all homebuyers and sellers receive the best service imaginable and our agents are afforded every…Continue
Photo from 2013 car show
A Lament For Car Show Decline
By Jack Leary
LA MESA -- I have bitten my tongue for THREE YEARS! Now I've seen enough. I have watched a once great La Mesa event go down, down, down the tubes for three years. I ask the City Council to say "enough is enough!!"
It is beyond apparent the Classic Car Show management is clueless as to what they are doing. Three years ago they STOPPED the show and said "we're heading in a new direction". They forgot to mention it would be a downward spiral.
For 24 years I watched as hundreds and hundreds of people walked the Village streets, ate at the restaurants, and enjoyed the classic cars and hot rods on Thursday nights, but no more. Thursdays provide restaurants with half full seats along the boulevard and classics have been replaced with many Toyotas, Hondas, and SUVs.
Once there were three DJ's playing music, now only one. Once six trophies were handed out, now a couple "coins" and maybe a "gift certificate." Once there was great support by merchants and outside venues, now nothing.
If this show continues one more year with current management...BOOM, it's over. I urge the City to remove the La Mesa Village Merchants Associaton from this "De-ba-cle" and restore the show to what it was, or just let it die a painful death. One man can bring it back. He did it for 24 years...................
A Busy Monday In La Mesa
Caring For The Environment
The City's Environmental Sustainability Commission gathers to consider issues facing La Mesa's unique mix of city, suburbs and nature. 6 p.m. City Hall. CLICK HERE for full details and agenda.
Millennials In Leadership
The La Mesa City Youth Commission holds a Special Meeting. 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information.
Youth Focus at Library Monday
Pre-school fun, lego club and math help during Monday at the La Mesa Library. CLICK HERE for library calendar.
The Spirit Of Healing
The Chan Institute grapples with the bible, illness and healing in a series of study sessions. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CLICK HERE for more details.
Helix High Charting Its Future
The Helix Charter High School Board gathers for its regular monthly meeting. 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. CLICK HERE for full details.Continue
Friday Things To Do In La Mesa
Fresh Food In The Fresh Air
The La Mesa Farmers Market offers fresh food and good eats from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. along La Mesa Boulevard.
Share A Story With Your Kids
Children of all ages (with their favorite adult) are welcome for songs and stories, followed by toys and coloring! Family Storytime at the La Mesa Library. 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. CLICK HERE for the full library calendar.
Music Just Down The Street
Future Freaks Festival 3 Day Mini Fest in San Diego Friday, Nov. 15- Sunday Nov. 17 For the househeads and those that love to dance who want to escape to San Diego for a mini vacation filled with some of the best talent in house music Friday night- House Music Friday’s @ AC Lounge - 9pm-1:30am King Kooba - Om Records, Free Range Rec, SF Jhon Hogg -Underground Souls, SB Matthew Brian b2b Mai Mai Saturday Day- Future Freaks- @ Hole in the Wall - 3pm-10pm DJ Dan - In Stereo, LA Mai Mai - Marinated Music Mike Frugaletti - Common Ground, The Vibelords, SF Oscar P - West Coast Weekender Mathew Brian - HMF, Pigeon Project Vanyo - Forcefield Sound, LA Sunday - Recovery Pool Party @ Lafayette Hotel Wally Callerio - Dufflebag Recordings Myron Eugene - Sleepng Giant Music
Marco Belli x KiKi LeDeux - SBRep Massive House Unit - Everywhere Limited Room Block at Lafayette Hotel for VIP ticket holders only - info will be sent once ticket is purchased Support by: Rhythmic Artists | Marinated Music | Underground Souls | Sleeping Giant Music |…
Thursday Things To Do In La Mesa
Mornings Are For The Young
Songs, movement and stories for ages 18 months-3 years. Playtime follows! At The La Mesa Public Library. CLICK HERE for full details.
Think, Drink and Win
Trivia Night Every Thursday (Free to Play)! Hosted by Sunset trivia, "Think, Drink and Win" is their motto! [...] 619-741-0700. At La Mesa Wine Works, 8167 Center Street. La Mesa. 6 p.m.
Dinner and a Show
To The Heart Of The Matter
Grossmont Sharp Hospital. Cardiovascular Health Evaluation…Continue