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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…


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Posted by rick griffin on September 13, 2018 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

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…


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Posted by Donna Spevack on September 11, 2018 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

Help Fix Damaged La Mesa Depot

LA MESA -- The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa, California’s oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence. The building you see today on the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard in downtown La Mesa has an colorful history.

This week an act of vandalism occurred to the La Mesa Depot (built in 1894) and the locomotive causing damage to the property, leaving the Historical Depot in need of repair.  Please join us on September 25, 2018, at the La Mesa Depot and assist us in our efforts to raise funds to restore the Depot building to its original state. 

 New to the La Mesa Depot

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Presents

La Mesa Depot Monthly Coffee/Meet and Greet

  Please join our hosts Diana Hyatt, President, and Donna Spevack, our new Administrator of Fund Development, on September 25, 2018, at 8:00 am, for a meet and greet coffee at the La Mesa Depot, located at 4695 Nebo Dr., La Mesa, CA 91941.  Please join us for tea, coffee and treats and learn about our programs, memberships, financial planning, volunteer opportunities and more . . . . . . . . . . . .

Can’t join us for coffee? Please call us and we will be glad to speak with you. Call Donna at (619) 606-6231 or email us at …


La Mesa Arts News

Posted by rick griffin on August 27, 2018 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Exhibit Features Special Artists

LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Summer Art Exhibit showcasing 24 oil paintings created in a collaborative process by seniors and disabled adults living at Del Cerro Manor, a San Diego private residential care facility for the elderly. The exhibit runs through September.

 The exhibit was organized by San Diego resident Linda Bounds, artist, educator, and founder of New StARTs, a multi-sensory art program that helps seniors and disabled adults transcend severe impairment, disability and isolation. Founded in 2001, New StARTs reaches out to individuals facing the challenge of elderly life, as well as those facing debilitating emotional, neurological and physical conditions. 

 Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “This collection of paintings on display represents more than 10 years of collaboration by residents of Del Cerro Manor. The art-making process is extremely engaging and shows us the art of healing. It teaches residents to see like the masters and collaborate together to create beautiful oil paintings. This exhibit reminds us that art is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also in the eyes, hearts and hands of those special individuals, now considered as artists.”

 Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Summer 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)…


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Posted by rick griffin on August 28, 2018 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Boys & Girls Club Nears Completion!

Brady Family Clubhouse, Gagon Academy, Bill Walton Gymnasium

LA MESA -- Construction is nearing completion in La Mesa on the newest clubhouse to be operated by Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC). The new Brady Family Clubhouse will house the Gagon Academy, a state-of-the-art learning center and homework room, as well as the Bill Walton Gymnasium. Opening day is expected sometime in late September or early October, according to Forrest Higgins, CEO of BGCEC.

 “Our dream will soon become a reality, but none of it would have been possible without a dedicated commitment and participation by our local community,” said Higgins. “It’s a textbook example of community collaboration. I can’t emphasize enough how much the community’s support has made a difference and played such an important role in building a new standalone clubhouse that will serve children for generations to come.”

 The new 26,000-square-foot clubhouse, largest of the six BGCEC facilities in the East County, is located past a sports field on the west end of the La Mesa Arts Academy (LMAAC), previously known as La Mesa Middle School. On the east end of LMAAC is BGCEC’s existing Brady Family Teen Center. Between the two youth centers, about 200 children a day, ages 5 to 18, will attend for after-school recreational activities and learning, BGCEC officials said.

 A capital campaign launched in 2012 has raised about $9.4 million, which included $3 million from La Mesa residents Ron and Mary Alice Brady, owners of the Brady Companies, a…


The Valerie Victor Concert Series Is Proud to Present The Odeum Guitar Duo Live at The Table

Posted by Mary Domb Mikkelson on September 10, 2018 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

The Valerie Victor Concert Series

Is Proud to Present

The Odeum Guitar Duo

Live at The Table


“The classical guitar is a miniature orchestra within itself.” – Ludwig van Beethoven


 Experience the promise inherent in Beethoven’s words, the exciting range and entrancing magic of the classical guitar in the hands of masters.  Delight in the music of Fred Benedetti and Robert Wetzel, San Diego’s award-winning Odeum Guitar Duo, who, as described by Jennifer Marie Powers in The La Jolla Light, (July 13, 2017) “…in tandem with the traditions they serve…appeal to modern sensibilities with joy, warmth and even light humor…”

2:00 PM, Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Table:  United Church of Christ of La Mesa

5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942

619-464-1519 –

A freewill offering will be taken.


About the Artists


Fred Benedetti was born in Sasebo, Japan, and began  playing the guitar at age nine.  In 1986, he was one of twelve guitarists chosen to perform in the masterclass of maestro Andrés Segovia at USC where Guitarra Magazine  wrote, "Fred Benedetti amazed the audience with his performance of the (Bach) Chaconne."  He has performed in the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico.  Benedetti is a fulltime professor of music at Grossmont College, where he is Chair of Guitar Studies and is also on the guitar faculty at San Diego State University.  As a studio musician for thirty years, his playing is featured on numerous films & television and on 80 CD's. He has shared the stage with Dave Brubeck and Luciano Pavarotti, and…


The Unplugged Village is Expanding!

Posted by Claudia Anne Erickson on August 14, 2018 at 10:46pm 0 Comments

Irritated with going to restaurants where there are multiple TVs blasting, or everyone is glued to their cell phones and tablets? On August 21st, the cozy community of businesses that make up the La Mesa Village will come together to offer Tech Break Tuesday. On that special evening, several restaurants will offer incentives to customers to put down their cell phones and reconnect with their family and friends.

“Tech-Break Tuesday” is a component of the newly formed program called the Unplugged Village. The company name may conjure up images of a hippie commune but is really just a program with the mission to help people find ways to incorporate tech breaks into their daily lives. Claudia Erickson started the program after finding that too much tech time was taking a toll on her life and health. Over recent years, she has found many other people were concerned about the same issue and would offer to help, forming a village of support-that was the impetus for creating the name.

Erickson, who has a background in public health, offers resources and workshops on how to help curb the constant impulse to engage with tech devices. We need that now more than ever as adults spend over 9 hours a day consuming media (Common Sense Media 2016), with about a quarter of U.S. adults saying they are ‘almost constantly’ online (Pew survey Jan 2018). Spending too much time in the virtual world can lead to a whole host of issues including increased risk for: anxiety and depression, obesity, neck and musculo-skeletal problems, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and sleep problems. Despite these risks, technology is an integral part of most people’s daily lives and is not going away. “Like so many others,” Erickson says “I was using technology a good part of my day for work, but I realized I was checking my phone all the time and clearly needed to find ways to dial back my tech time a couple notches. I knew others were looking for the same thing and I hoped that offering…


Welcome to The Table, Kelly Ryan

Posted by Mary Domb Mikkelson on August 1, 2018 at 9:00am 0 Comments

 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,   The Table is an open and affirming congregation.  ALL, indeed, are welcome!

Team Rubicon’s Veteran Volunteers Support Wildfire Relief Efforts in East County

Posted by Lana Eriksson on July 27, 2018 at 12:10pm 0 Comments

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…


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