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Sanfilippo's will officially close on Sunday, June 26th. After 41 years of serving our community by providing jobs and being a gathering place for so many special occasions - the doors will close. The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted a farewell on Friday, June 24th at 2 p.m. to recognized Anna Sanfilippo and her daughter Dora. The community came to thank them for their commitment and dedication to the community by owning and managing this family business for the past 41 years.
The closing of this local restaurant after 41 years is a historic occasion and one that brings a close to a chapter of La Mesa history.
La Mesa – The arts are alive and well in the city of La Mesa. This week will mark the 10th anniversary for La Mesa’s own C. Hook Theater. Short for Captain Hook Theater, C. Hook began as the sister organization to Peter Pan Junior Theater, which just celebrated its 46th year this past March by producing the musical “ANNIE”. C. Hook Theater is the creation of Dr. Mark Arapostathis, Mayor of the city of La Mesa as well as director of Peter Pan Jr. Theater. Dr. A, as he is known, was also part of the team that created the La Mesa Arts Academy, where he is currently the director of Theatre Arts.
C. Hook Theater, will produce the show “Damn Yankees”, this week at the Kroc Theater at 6845 University Ave. C. Hook Theater is an amateur company in name only. From its professional theatrical scenery and costumes to its professional live orchestra, C. Hook Theater is as close as La Mesa will come to Broadway. C. Hook Theater is comprised of 9th – 12th grade students throughout San Diego County. The show dates are June 22 – June 25. Curtain is 7pm with a matinee on Saturday, June 25 at 1pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.chooktix.com.
At it's June 14, 2016 meeting, the City Council voted to discontinue the Building Codes Review Board. Since the City follows the State and national mandated codes, and rarely makes exceptions to these codes, the Council decided the Board was no longer needed!
The Council also combined the Commission on Ageing and Veterans with Human Relations Commission.
The La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group gives these changes a Thumbs Up!
Museum Opens New Western Exhibit
LA MESA -- The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Moments in Time,” an exhibit featuring 24 pieces created by six artists from June 15 to Aug. 22.
Four of the six artists reside in the East County, including Gloria Chadwick, Grace Schlesier, Dennis “Ski” Torzeski and Denise Rich. The paintings by Chadwick, Schlesier and Torzeski feature wildlife and landscape settings, while Rich specializes in bovine art, including paintings of cows, bulls, oxen, heifers, steers, bullocks and calves. The two other artists, Millie Shaw of Mountain Center, Calif., and Debbie Hughbanks of Loon Lake, Wash., specialize in wildlife and scratchboard artwork, respectively. Scratchboard refers to an art medium where an artist uses a variety of abrasive tools to create an image by scratching dark ink from a hard clay coated panel called a scratchboard. Later, the white clay can be enhanced using colored pencils, paints or ink.
Admission to the museum is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 590-3431, or visit www.wieghorstmuseum.org. An opening reception will be held at the museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. …Continue
Hospital Library Hosts 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 hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Carol Roberts of Spring Valley. The show runs through June 30. The exhibit features paintings of landscapes, animals, birds, flowers and scenery, some of them inspired by Roberts’ scuba diving trips to New Guinea, Palau and Fiji.
Roberts’ first career was in medical school management. She has managed Internal Medicine Departments at the University of California San Francisco and University of Utah and the Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego. Since 2000, she has worked full-time as a real estate broker-associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in La Mesa. Roberts is a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society, East County Art Association and Foothills Art Association. Roberts’ website featuring her artwork is www.CarolJRobertsWatercolors.com.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Spring 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)…Continue
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 8th annual Taste of La Mesa from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. Presenting sponsor is Sycuan Casino and Barona Resort & Casino is the supporting sponsor. The event will feature networking and food sampling from local restaurants and food providers. In addition, local businesses will be on hand with exhibit tables. Parking is free and shuttle service will be available. More than 400 people are expected to attend.
General admission tickets begin at $55 per person. Admission is $70 per person to a pre-event VIP reception that begins at 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.lamesachamber.com or call the Chamber office, (619) 465-7700. Tickets also are available at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.
Participating restaurants as of press time include Anthony's Fish Grotto, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Brigantine Restaurant, Cali Comfort BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Edible Arrangements, El Torito, Himalayan Cuisine, Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill, Luna Grill, Marie Callender's, O's American Kitchen, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Souplantation, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Terra American Bistro, The Hills Local Pub, Tiramisu Trattoria, and Valley Farm Market. Samuel Adams is the exclusive beer sponsor of the evening. Wine sponsors include Nonno’s Ristorante Italino, Riviera Supper Club, The Regal Bar and San Pasqual Winery.…Continue
Osborn Will Lead Helix Charter
LA MESA -- The Helix Charter High School governing board members have announced a replacement for Executive Director Michael Lewis, Ed.D., who will retire at the end of this school year. Kevin Osborn, co-author of Helix’s original charter application, has been named as the school’s next leader.
Osborn has worked in the education field since 1988, and has been at Helix since 1992. He started as a teacher, and has served as ASB Advisor, Dean of Students, and, most recently, a Grade Level Principal since 2003. In his time at Helix, he has been involved with every aspect of the school’s leadership from program and policy development, to community relations, facilities planning, fiscal management, and human resources.
Osborn stated, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the next Executive Director of Helix Charter High School. I look forward to serving the students, parents, faculty, staff, and community. The success of our students, in and out of the classroom, will continue to be our number one priority.”
Osborn received his undergraduate degree and teaching credential from San Diego State University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Science. He also holds an Administrative Services Credential, and a Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration.
“We selected Mr. Osborn from a field of very qualified candidates. He comes with a wealth of experience and is ready to lead Helix in our mission and vision and represent our tradition of excellence in academics and athletics for years to come,” said Helix Charter High School Board President, Mike Ried.
Lewis will retire after serving as Helix’s Executive Director for four years, having previously served as an assistant principal from 1995-1999, and a student teacher and coach in 1985-1986. He has 32 years of experience…Continue
Safety Is Just Skin Deep
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Be Sun Smart,” a free presentation on skin care and safety from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Tina Mirpuri, care director with Synergy HomeCare of La Mesa, a franchised home care company.
“The presentation will discuss ultraviolet radiation from the sun, how it affects your skin and why protecting yourself from UV exposure is critical to preventing skin cancer,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “Each year in America, over three million people are treated for non-melanoma skin cancer, and 90 percent of those cancers are associated with UV radiation from the sun, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Please join us in the fight against skin cancer with awareness and prevention and to learn more about lifelong sun safety habits and protection.”
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
Improvisation In Dealing With Alzheimer's
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, and Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families, will jointly present “Living in the Moment: A Workshop for Caregivers,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 17, at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa. Admission is free.
The workshop will discuss how improvisation, the act of responding to a developing situation or problem without preparation and making it up as you go, can be a useful skill for caregivers when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It will help caregivers learn new techniques for responding and connecting to a person who is experiencing confusion or disorientation by letting go and joining them in the moment. Speakers will include: Amy Abrams, education and outreach manager, Alzheimer’s San Diego; Vanessa Elle, Yes Living, a personal counselor and improvisation instructor; Chris Nielson, a coach specializing in improvisation, entrepreneurship, sales, leadership, parenting and masculine practices.
To RSVP for this workshop, call (858) 492-4400 or visit www.alzsd.org. Alzheimer’s San Diego is a local nonprofit organization providing free programs and services to the more than 60,000 San Diegans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and the additional 150,000 people who love and care for them, while helping to advance local research for a cure.
The Grossmont Healthcare District is an East County…Continue