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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
LA MESA -- The great themes of this November's national elections are being picked over night after night on America's cable news channels. Trump vs. Everyone. The Dem's Blue Wave. The GOP Big Red Wall. The polling is incessant and, as we learned in 2016, speculative at best.
But for the people of East County, the real import of this election season is obvious and inarguable. Either the voters of East County are going to weigh the facts, size up the candidates and make a clear and easy call or they are going to return the corrupt Rep. Duncan Hunter to Washington and become the laughingstock of America.
We believe it is time for East County to prove to itself and the rest of America that we have grown up. We are no longer willing to blindly pull the GOP lever regardless of the low quality of the candidate asking to represent us.
Hunter no longer deserves the right to represent an area that has grown both in numbers, diversity and in its increasing ability to know a con man when we meet one.
For decades, Hunter's father represented this area when its rock-ribbed GOP numbers made it impossible for anyone but a Republican to be elected. Hunter the Elder was not perfect, but he did manage to maintain his dignity and knew the difference between his money and campaign donations. He even authored legislation and brought home some pork.
Duncan The Younger has proved that Darwin was wrong; each generation does not surpass the quality of the previous one.
His misuse of campaign money and his willingness to blame his wife have overshadowed the fact that he has spent his time in Washington largely partying, flirting, drinking and adding his name to…
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
Burn Institute Gets La Mesa Support
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of the Burn Institute, a non-profit health agency dedicated to supporting burn survivors and reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego County. The GHD board recently approved a $34,000 grant to support the Burn Institute’s community-based fire and burn prevention education program for elementary school students, as well as support services for burn survivors.
The funds will support programs and services for more than 13,000 East Region residents over the year next with a special emphasis on children, seniors, Latino and low-to-moderate income populations, according to Susan Day, Burn Institute executive director.
Among the Burn Institute programs benefiting from GHD funds: Camp Beyond the Scars, a week-long summer camp that assists children ages 8 to 17 in coping with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their fire or burn injuries; Living With Wildfire, a program providing information to homeowners about wildfires; Fire Safe Kids, a school-based fire and burn prevention curriculum geared towards children in kindergarten through sixth grade with a focus on stop, drop and roll, as well as other basic fire safety rules; Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace, a program that teaches employees fire safety measures and how to properly use a fire extinguisher; Free smoke alarm detectors for seniors who own their homes.
Other Burn Institute programs and activities benefitting from GHD support include peer support services, supplemental counseling, emergency assistance and…Continue
Suicide Prevention Seminar
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “QPR: Question, Persuade and Refer, Suicide Prevention Training,” an informational program about how to offer hope and help someone in a suicide crisis, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. 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 Sept. 26 will be Stan Collins, a suicide prevention specialist and media representative with the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council and a resource navigator with Each Mind Matters, a statewide mental health movement.
Collins estimates that he has spoken to a quarter of a million people about suicide prevention since he was a student at Poway High School in the late 1990s. He was inspired to learn more about suicide prevention by the suicide of a friend in high school. Collins spent 10 years working with the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention program both locally and nationally, giving presentations and suicide prevention training to emergency services, law enforcement and high schools.
Collins said his training at the Herrick Library will not be about counseling or therapy but will be more like learning CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. “Pain isn’t always obvious,” said Collins. “I want to make people more comfortable with the topic of suicide by talking about it.” Collins is co-author of the Know the Signs…Continue