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Valvoline Slides Into La Mesa
LA MESA -- On Saturday, May 23rd the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for a ribbon cutting as we welcome Valvoline Instant Oil Change to the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa business community. The “official” ribbon cutting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and we encourage you to be there at that time to be in the photo to commemorate this special day for our member. Valvoline Instant Oil Change is located at 7981 El Cajon Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942. Join Danny Vega and his entire team and welcome them to La Mesa.
This special event is free and everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a friend. There are special offers during this historic day of $10 off of a conventional oil change and $15 off of a Synthetic and synthetic blend oil change. In addition to this offer there will be an additional $5.00 off of these oil change offers for new customers. There will be key chains and other give away items for those that visit this location during the day.
This Saturday morning ribbon cutting is FREE and you are encouraged to join in the celebration, receive discounts on various oil change offers and meet this new addition to our business community!
Sycuan Supporting Crisis Fundraiser
LA MESA -- Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, owned and operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, has agreed to serve as one of the major sponsors of the San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies’ (SAFE) annual fundraiser to be held on April 30.
SAFE is a volunteer, non-profit organization (501c3) providing confidential financial assistance to local advertising and marketing communications professionals and their families facing a life crisis emergency. Its 14th annual fundraising party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the San Diego Hilton Resort on Mission Bay, 1775 East Mission Bay
Dr., San Diego.
The fundraiser, open to the public, will feature food, networking, entertainment, a raffle and silent auction to benefit grant recipients. Cost to attend is $50 per person, $35 per person for students, or $60 per person at the door. For tickets and more information, visit www.SafeSanDiego.org.
Since its founding in May 2000, SAFE has approved more than 85 grants totaling about $500,000, including $33,498 in 2010, $36,626 in 2011, $18,817 in 2012, $41,600 in 2013 and $24,169 in 2014. According to SAFE officials, grants have been used over the years to help pay living expenses for families facing financial hardship due to a variety of life crisis situations. Recipients of grants remain anonymous.
SAFE is supported by volunteers from various aspects of the advertising, communications and marketing industries. Supporting organizations include the San Diego Ad Club, American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Marketing Association, Printing Industries Association of San Diego, San Diego Media Communications Association, Public Relations Society of America, San Diego Direct Marketing Association and San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association.
EL CAJON--Like honey bees to a hive, the public swarms Cuyamaca College each year for its immensely popular Spring Garden Festival.
The 22nd annual free event takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.
For one day each year, the Rancho San Diego campus transforms into a green mecca, with fun programs, exhibitors and demonstrations designed to inspire the gardener in everyone. From urban farming to water-conserving landscaping ideas, the festival is the place to go to learn about sustainability, all the while relishing Southern California’s springtime weather.
The event showcases the college’s renowned Ornamental Horticulture program, as well as the Water Conservation Garden and the Heritage of the Americas Museum, both located on the Cuyamaca College campus. More than 50 vendors, craftspeople, and artisans will be offering their wares and services. A host of activities, exhibits, tours, vendors and demonstrations of sustainable gardening and landscaping promise to inform and entertain visitors of all ages. There will also be horticulture seminars throughout the day.
The Ornamental Horticulture department’s plant sale will feature a large assortment of flowers, vegetables and drought-tolerant plants. Sales from the nursery supplement the Ornamental Horticulture program’s regular funding, helping to pay for supplies and equipment. The nursery is a learning lab for students on the production and sales of landscape plants.
Faculty and students will give demonstrations and provide a bounty of information on the horticulture program and topics including pest control, plant propagation, irrigation and more.
“The Spring Garden…Continue
Oversight Board Reports On Hospital Construction
LA MESA -- The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of volunteers monitoring how the public agency Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has issued its 2014 Annual Report to the Community.
“We serve as the taxpayers’ eyes, ears and voices, and, overall, we are pleased with the transparency of the expenditure process and the progress of construction,” said Kathleen Bute, 2015 ICBOC chairwoman. “We also were very pleased with the results of the audit.”
Annually, the ICBOC group requests an audit of bond fund expenditures by independent external auditors. In 2014, Bute said the auditors responded with an “unqualified” opinion, which is regarded as the best type of audit result, indicating a clean bill of financial health.
“The audit results indicate meticulous management of taxpayer dollars with no deficiencies or inconsistencies in internal controls or compliance,” she said. “The public can be confident how their bond tax dollars are being spent at their publicly owned hospital.”
The ICBOC 2014 annual report features an update on construction activity during the past year with the Heart and Vascular Center, Central Energy Plant and East Tower, three projects being financed by the Proposition G bonds that East County voters approved in June 2006. The Prop. G ballot measure passed by more than 77 percent, well over the two-thirds required.
The ICBOC 2014 annual report is available at a publicly accessible website, via this link:…Continue
LA MESA -- The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.
STROKE IS A BRAIN ATTACK: STROKE EDUCATION & SCREENING
Sherry Braheny, M.D, a neurologist, will discuss emergency treatment for stroke and ways to prevent a stroke. Registered nurses from the Sharp Grossmont Stroke Center will conduct a personal health interview with blood pressure & pulse checks. Stroke screenings are offered before and after the lecture. Thursday, May 7. The lecture is from 12 to 1 p.m. The stroke screenings are from 10:30 to 12 and 1 to 2 p.m. at the Grossmont HealthCare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required for lecture and screening. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
RESOURCES & TOOLS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
Are you helping a loved one with socialization, finances, transportation, meals or other activities? Find out about resources for family caregivers, placement options, support groups and more from Andrea Holmberg, Program Coordinator of the Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center. This free class also covers emotional issues about caring for a loved one. Thursday, May 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.
at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Brier Patch Campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., Classroom 15, La Mesa.…
Can Cal MediConnect Help You?
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on Cal MediConnect, a new healthcare plan for some Californians, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The program on MediConnect will help explain the program for yourself or a loved one.
The Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) is a step toward transforming California’s Medi-Cal care delivery system to better serve the state’s low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Under the CCI, Cal MediConnect is for those who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal, also known as Medi/Medi or dual eligibles. The voluntary program offers easier access and better coordinated care services for medical needs and social services under one plan. The benefits include additional vision and transportation services, as well as home- and community-based services.
Speaking at the Herrick Library will be Kim Huynh of Harbage Consulting and outreach coordinator for the County of San Diego in conjunction with the California Department of Health Care Services.
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
Large Crowd Marks 90th Easter Sunrise Service
LA MESA -- For the 90th consecutive year, hundreds of local residents rose early and greeted the Easter sunrise at the top of Mt. Helix. Shuttles brought many of the worshipers to the early morning service, while others made their own pilgrimage by foot up the steady inclines.
This year's scene was caught by the lens of La Mesa Today member and contributing photographer Gary…
MT. HELIX -- This Easter, Sunday April 5 at 6:30 a.m., the Mt. Helix Park amphitheater will be home to its 90th sunrise service. Dedicated in 1925, this historic venue averages 1,000 participants who come from throughout the county, and beyond to celebrate against the backdrop of the Park’s spectacular 360 degree views.
Touted as being the second oldest continuous Easter sunrise service celebration in the United States and the oldest in San Diego, services began in the Park in 1917, prior to the construction of the amphitheater, when the ceremony was moved from Mt. Nebo to Mt. Helix.
Each year a different religious organization hosts the event which is free and open to the public, and this year the Foothills United Methodist Church will take the helm leading visitors in this anniversary ceremony.
Shuttles for the sunrise service will begin taking visitors to the amphitheater at 5:30 am from the parking lots next to and across from the Mt. Miguel Fire Station at the corner of Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera Drive with overflow parking at the Brigantine Restaurant located at the intersection of Fuerte Drive and Grossmont Boulevard.
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Arts Alliance is presenting another of the small, pleasant shows that come with wine and good friends at the San Pasquale Winery on La Mesa Boulevard.
Thursday night's show features San Diego County's only performing mayor, Dr. Mark Arapostathis, offering baseball stories along with music on baseball themes.
Click on the poster above for details.