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La Mesa health library
presents watercolor art exhibit
The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Fall Art Exhibit showcasing 20 watercolor paintings by Ruth Benjamin, a San Carlos resident.
The exhibit, ending Dec. 30, features paintings of birds, animals and landscapes, as well as paintings that express Benjamin’s psyche and imagination, revealing her views on the complexities of modern life.
The 80-year-old Benjamin is a retired teacher of children and adults with special needs. She began painting in earnest following her retirement from education. Over the years, she has studied with long time La Mesa teacher Takashi Igitchi, known for Sumi-e paintings that use ink and watercolor, and noted artist and teacher Lucy Wang, who has a studio in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village. Ruth and husband Ed spend their leisure time enjoying the activities, including socialization, lectures and exercise classes, held at the College Avenue Senior Center.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall 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) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.…Continue
Army vs. Navy college football,
La Mesa Chick-fil-A vs.
restaurant owners have friendly wager
Two East County Chick-fil-A restaurant owners are taking seriously the Army vs. Navy college football game to be played this Saturday, Dec. 9. The annual game, which began in 1890, is considered one of the most traditional
Kyle Steck, operator of the Santee Chick-fil-A, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, and Rick Preciado, operator of the Grossmont Chick-fil-A, 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, have agreed to a friendly wager.
Steck, a San Diego native who attended La Jolla Country Day School, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. His active-duty career included time spent on two ships before he retired as a lieutenant in 2011.
Preciado, born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father was in the U.S. Army, went on to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Perciado served on active duty for five years, including spending time in South Korea, and retired as a captain. The 6-foot-3 Preciado actually played for one season for the Black Knights as a walk-on freshman punter in1985. Navy won 17-7 that year.
In this week’s Steck vs. Preciado wager, the losing owner will visit the winning team’s restaurant the following week and perform a 21-pushup salute in the dining area. “We figured that 21 pushups would be better than a 21-gun…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District
continues support for ElderHelp of San Diego
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of ElderHelp of San Diego, a nonprofit health agency that offers social services to more than 7,000 seniors annually. The GHD board recently approved a $45,000 grant for ElderHelp’s Care Coordination, a program that delivers a variety of care management services, including health advocacy, escorted transportation to medical appointments, home safety inspections and repairs.
“Our partnership with the Grossmont Healthcare District is one of our longest and most successful collaborations,” said Deborah Martin, CEO/executive director, ElderHelp of San Diego. “We are so grateful for their support which helps us provide a continuum of care that is tailored to the specific needs of every one of the East Region seniors we serve. We’re deeply thankful for all they do to make life better for the residents they serve.
“We at ElderHelp are finding ourselves at the front lines of an exploding aging senior population,” Martin continued. “We’re helping more than 7,000 seniors a year remain safely and securely in their own homes and communities. Our 450 volunteers donated more than 11,000 hours of free or low-cost services to San Diego seniors. The support from organizations such as Grossmont Healthcare District helps us tremendously in fulfilling our mission.”
Since 1973, ElderHelp has been providing San Diego seniors with personalized services and information that help them remain living in their homes and delay or avert nursing home placement. ElderHelp’s…Continue
LA MESA -- This week's holiday Third Annual La Mesa Shimmer event brought out large crowds to the reconstructed La Mesa Boulevard as the community kicked off the Christmas season.
New streets and sidewalks, new restaurants and businesses and a other downtown improvements have turned La Mesa into a holiday shopping mecca.
Health care library in La Mesa
to host free meeting on
`Eating a Fiber Rich Diet’ on Oct. 25th
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Eating a Fiber Rich Diet,” a free program on the benefits of a fiber rich diet, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25. 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, including tasting samples of a fiber rich recipe. Advance RSVP is not necessary.
Speaker at the program will be Linda Moskovics, author of “The Fiber Rich Kitchen Cookbook,” and a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor. Moskovics, an El Cajon resident, is a retired public librarian with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a master’s degree in library and information science, as well as a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Her book was published earlier this year.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “The typical diet of today's society is very poor and lacking in fiber, which can contribute to major health issues. Research shows that sufficient dietary fiber is important for digestion and may play a role in reducing cholesterol and blood sugar. Because fiber makes you feel full faster, it can help with weight control. Our attendees will learn tips for fitting more fiber into their diet and suggestions about the best foods for…Continue
La Mesa auto repair shop
raising money for breast cancer vaccine
LA MESA -- Summit Transmissions, 7633 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, has announced it is donating 10 percent from its sales on brake work performed in October to Brakes for Breasts (www.brakesforbreasts.org), a fundraising effort for a vaccine to prevent breast cancer. In addition, Jerry Kubitsky, owner, Summit Transmissions, said he is providing free brake pads, a $109 value, to every customer needing new brakes.
Summit Transmissions is among a growing group of independent auto repair shops across the nation raising money this month to support research for the Cleveland Clinic breast cancer vaccine fund, said Kubitsky. Since 2011, Brakes for Breasts has raised about $500,000. Cleveland Clinic officials have reportedly successfully tested a breast cancer prevention vaccine in lab tests in preparation for the start of phase 1 trials.
“Help us create a world where our daughters and granddaughters will never have to worry about the tragedy of facing breast cancer,” said Kubitsky. “Additionally, this research is also spearheading a vaccine for ovarian, prostrate and other cancers.”
Summit Transmissions, in business since 1982, is a member of Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA), which established an emergency fund to help Kubitsky. He has worked at Summit Transmissions since 1986 and acquired the business in 1994. The shop relocated from El Cajon to La Mesa in July 2006. For an appointment, call (619) 463-9400, or visit…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District continues
support for the Challenge Center in La Mesa
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of the Challenge Center, a nonprofit facility in La Mesa where people with disabilities receive long-term physical therapy rehabilitation and fitness services.
The GHD board recently approved a $50,000 grant to support the Challenge Center’s programs to help its physically challenged clients receive services, regardless of their ability to pay. The GHD grant is expected to provide direct patient services for up to 170 clients, as well as pay for the purchase and maintenance of specialized equipment.
“We are proud to support the Challenge Center and its efforts to maximize independence and improve health and wellness in an environment of hope and possibility,” said Michael Emerson, GHD 2017 board president. “We’re gratified to assist those Challenge Center clients who have been both functionally and financially devastated with skilled physical therapy rehabilitation, specialized assisted fitness training and wellness programs.”
According to Tiffany Piquilloud, Challenge Center’s executive…Continue
Cops Collecting Teddy Bears For Kids
LA MESA -- This year’s San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego will launched on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the 12 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County in Santee at 9418 Mission Gorge Road and in La Mesa at 8200 Fletcher Parkway.
Anyone who brings a new, huggable teddy bear (with tags attached) to a Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Diego County between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, will receive their choice of a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Meal or four-piece Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal. Limit of one free meal per customer. Some Chick-fil-A restaurants also will feature a crime prevention display, as well as police vehicles and equipment at the Teddy Bear Drive Family Night.
Since it began in 1990, the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive has grown to involve 23 law enforcement agencies that collect upwards of 50,000 bears annually. This year, the City of Oceanside Police Department and San Diego County District Attorney’s Office are organizers of the annual effort which runs through Dec. 5, when teddy bears will be delivered to Rady Children’s Hospital.
On Dec. 5, law enforcement officers in police vehicles will arrive at Rady Children’s to a crowd of cheering patients, parents and staff along the driveway in front of the Rose Pavilion. After a brief ceremony,…Continue
The Reagans Return
LA MESA -- Ronald and Nancy Reagan, played by historians and artists William and Sue Wills, will share stories about their lives together during a performance on Friday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, 325 Kempton St., Spring Valley.
The actors will use dialects, emotions and costumes to dramatize the strengths, weaknesses, failures and triumphs of this revered First Couple. At 69, Reagan was the oldest person elected president of the U.S. and the oldest president at the time of inauguration. In his first term, he survived an assassination attempt, escalated the War on Drugs, and fought public-sector labor. His wife, Nancy, began her "Just Say No" campaign against drugs.
According to the veteran acting/writing team, they have brought to life the stories of 34 different presidential couples and appeared together on stage over 8,700 times.
Reservations for this free performance are required by calling 877-226-7350 or by visiting www.mountmiguelcovenantvillage.org/events.
La Mesa health library
features art exhibit with 45 paintings
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 an art exhibit featuring 45 paintings by Michael Dayon of La Mesa. The exhibit, ending Sept. 30, features Dayon’s paintings in a variety of media, including alkyd-oil, acrylic, gouache, graphite and mixed media. Also on display is Dayon’s “Fritz the Pearman” series (Fritz is Dayon’s “struggling artist” alter ego).
Now retired, Dayon can be found selling his paintings along with many artists on weekends at the Shelter Island Art Association’s Art-in-the-Park event on San Diego’s Shelter Island near the traffic circle. Dayon also is a member of the East County Art Association and Foothills Art Association. A native of Minnesota, Dayon started painting at age 26. He then diverted into sculpture and sold about 200 works in alabaster, marble and wood before returning to painting about 15 years ago.
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) 825-5010 or visit…Continue