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The newest Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Diego County, at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, will open on Thursday morning, June 22. However, one day earlier, on Wednesday, June 21, the Chick-fil-A Grossmont restaurant will host the chain’s traditional “First 100 Campout.”
The line begins forming in the restaurant parking lot at 6 a.m. on June 21. Local residents who live within a 10-mile radius of the restaurant location are invited to camp out in the restaurant’s parking lot to qualify to be among the first 100 customers. The first 100 customers through the doors, starting at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, will receive free Chick-fil-A food for a year, specifically a digital card good for 52 Chick-fil-A sandwich meals consisting of a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium drink.
Residency eligibility for the first 100 customers will be based according to zip codes. The eligible zip codes are within the communities of La Mesa, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Spring Valley, San Carlos and Del Cerro. Residency will be verified with a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and blank check or deposit slip with an address, along with current insurance, tax or mortgage documents. For more event details, visit www.facebook.com/CFAGrossmont/.
Owner-operator Rick Preciado said he expects the first 100 customers to be identified by around noontime on Wednesday, June 21. Those lucky individuals must remain on site to retain their eligibility for free food. The campout will include music, live entertainment and other fun activities. “Based on the response on social media and comments from community residents, we’re expecting a good turnout for our campout, which will be a sign of good things to come,” said Preciado. “It’s our pleasure to serve La Mesa with great service and great food.”
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Take A Deep Breath La Mesa!
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Qigong: Meditation in Motion,” a free program on Qigong, an ancient breathing technique originated in China, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 28. 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.
Speaker at the program will be Linda Dochterman, LMT, a licensed holistic health practitioner and a massage therapist based in Santee.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “In today’s society, many people suffer from stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. Qigong uses deep breathing and slow movements to speak to the nervous system and help bring calm to the body. Join us to learn how Qigong can help you in your day-to-day life.”
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 www.herricklibrary.org.
Beauty From The Laboratory Team
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 Spring 2017 art exhibit featuring 37 photographs shot by three amateur photographers who work as laboratory scientists at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. The show runs through June 30. The photographers include Celeste Saxer of Santee, Mary Peddecord of Del Cerro and Cari Gallenson of Carmel Valley.
Saxer’s photos were shot in Italy. She has worked at the hospital for the past 28 years. Peddecord’s photos feature wildlife shot in their native habitats, including Kenya, Tanzania, Antarctica, Alaska and the Svalbard Islands. She has worked at the hospital for the past 10 years. Gallenson’s photos feature landscapes shot while traveling or hiking. She has worked at the hospital since 1979.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The 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
Celebrating 50 Years of Musical Inspiration
LA MESA -- “A national treasure right in our midst!”* That’s the incomparable Valerie Victor, organist/pianist at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM).
Valerie was seven when she started to play the piano, eight when her elementary school music teacher asked that she not return to class – it was “too easy” for her. Taken on as the teacher’s private student for the next seven years, young Valerie thrived. Another teacher followed, working with her for the next 25 – 30 years. Once a month a “bonus” was added: organ lessons.
Valerie became the organist for Lemon Grove Congregational at fourteen then at East San Diego Presbyterian at eighteen. Then, in June 1967, she arrived at UCCLM and their journey together began. Her new organ, by the way, had been “purchased” with Green Stamps.
Area schools, theaters and choruses also benefited from her musical gifts, among the San Diego Junior Theater (Musical Director) and Starlight Opera (accompanist). Valerie worked for the Grossmont and Cajon Valley School Districts for 40 – 45 years, playing for high school choirs and glee clubs and Greenfield Elementary’s musical theater group.
Mother of four, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of seven, Valerie describes her fifty years at UCCLM as “a blessing. I have loved every minute of it.” She looks forward to many more years there.
The people of UCCLM return the compliment and will highlight and celebrate Valerie’s gifts at a special musical service at 10:00am on Sunday, June 25. We invite you to join us!
The church is located at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 (619-464-1519, www.tableucc.com).
LA MESA -- June signals the beginning of what are known as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teenage drivers on the road. Summer is a particularly dangerous time for teens on the road, as they're out of school and on the busy roads, and according to California Office of Traffic Safety, teens are more likely to be involved in a car collision than other drivers between the months of June and September.
With teen motor vehicle fatalities on the rise in California, and timed with the “100 Deadliest Days”, AT&T and Impact Teen Drivers have teamed up to help make California roads and communities safe this summer through the “Create Real Impact: It Can Wait Video Challenge.”
The challenge invites local teens to create an original Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate the local community about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving and to encourage safe driving habits during the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.
AT&T President of California Ken McNeely shared that, “AT&T wants every young person to have a safe and fulfilling summer. Together with Impact Teen Drivers, we are highlighting the importance of safe driving and public safety with AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign, a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones.”
First responders play a vital role in helping to keep California communities safe and are often the first on the scene following a traffic collision. To recognize the contributions of first responders, teens are encouraged to include a first responder, as well as a message from AT&T’s It Can…Continue
Getting To The Center Of Peripheral Neuropathy
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “All About Peripheral Neuropathy,” a free program on the causes, symptoms and treatments for this nerve disorder, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 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.
Speaker at the program will be Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director. “There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy and they cause various symptoms, such as: numbness; sensitivity to touch; tingling, burning and pricking sensations; and muscle weakness,” said Quinn. “Join us to learn about this common, but painful, nerve disorder.”
Quinn, with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in the Chicago area, has served as director of the Herrick Library since 2007.
The Herrick Library program on May 24 is being held in recognition of Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Week, which was held May 7-13 and organized by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. The Foundation said an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy with the majority of conditions relating to diabetes and chemotherapy.
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…Continue
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LA MESA --The volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in public funds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has a new member. Lindsey Ryan, the hospital’s Manager of Nursing Education and Professional Development, has joined the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC).
ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring the expenditure of funds from the $247 million, voter-approved 2006 Proposition G bond measure. The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital, and serving as landlord of hospital property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers.
Specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups and business sectors, such as project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare. Ryan will serve as a representative of Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s professional medical staff.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to serve,” said Ryan, a La Mesa resident. “I believe strongly in applying new knowledge and innovation, using evidence-based practices and advancing interdisciplinary quality initiatives. I also believe that nurses can lead change to advance health and promote nurse-led science and discovery. So, I look forward to sharing my insights and expertise from a medical standpoint with this committee for the benefit of our patients and our community.”
Ryan has 13 years of experience in acute and critical care…
Inspiration At Mt. Miguel Village
SPRING VALLEY -- During the 2017 Inspiration Awards Ceremony in St. Charles, Ill., two employees at Mount Miguel Covenant Village – one of 15 retirement communities administered by Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) – received Inspiration Awards for demonstrating excellence in service standards and behaviors. Janette Getgen received the award in the Safety category and Margo Bule received the award in the Common Purpose category. Both awards were presented by Terri Cunliffe, president and CEO of CRC.
“CRC is committed to creating joy and peace of mind for residents and their families by providing a better way of life,” said Cunliffe. “This year’s recipients demonstrate how creating a culture of exceptional service can improve the quality of life for the people who live and work at a Covenant Retirement Community.”
Getgen is an administrative assistant at Mount Miguel Covenant Village. “Janette embodies our Inspired to Serve culture by making everyone feel they are the most important person in the world at that moment,” said Rich Miller, executive director at Mount Miguel Covenant Village. “Residents describe her as gracious, organized, and caring. The award is well-deserved.”
Bule is the resident services director at Mount Miguel. “Margo’s energy and enthusiasm creates joy for the people who live and work at our community,” said Miller. “It’s not in her DNA to do things with mediocrity. She goes the extra mile with everything she does. She is a great…Continue