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Senior Health Fair Set For Friday
LA MESA -- The 17th annual East County Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Sonrise Community Church, 8805 Magnolia Ave. in Santee. Admission is free. No advance registration is necessary. The City of La Mesa and the Grossmont Healthcare District are among the event sponsors. For event information, phone the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at (619) 667-1322.
The East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of community organizations and agencies serving seniors in the East County, said the health fair will feature more than 60 exhibit booths, along with free health screenings for stroke, blood pressure, blood glucose/diabetes, balance and video otoscope.
Information will be available about senior housing, home care services, home safety, fall prevention, health education, advance directives, nutrition services, social programs, caregiving services, educational programs and volunteer opportunities.
Attendees may bring unwanted medications for safe disposal by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. This is part of a prescription drug take back effort aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse.
Additional sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sonrise Community Church, Western Press and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
Organ And Tissue Donors Needed
GENEVA -- In honor of National Donate Life Month in April, the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Dispelling Myths About Organ and Tissue Donation,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Speaking will be representatives from Donate Life San Diego, a local chapter of a national organization that promotes organ and tissue donation. More than 13 million Californians have registered to save the lives of others as organ and tissue donors with 95 percent of them through the Department of Motor Vehicles. A growing number of medical partners, including Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, are supporting the effort with banners hanging from parking structures.
“People of all ages and background can be organ donors and thousands of people in the country are in need of organ transplants, but only a small percentage of those waiting actually receive their transplant,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “Experts say that the organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people. Organs can include kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines and lungs, as well as skin, bone and bone marrow and cornea. Join us to find out what you can do to save a life. Information about how to become a donor will be provided. You will also hear the personal story from an organ recipient.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health…Continue
Banker Walking For MS Fight
LA MESA -- San Diego Country Credit Union, San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branches in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, is returning as the title sponsor of two National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk MS fundraisers in April.
The two San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS fundraisers will be held on Saturday, April 16 in Carlsbad and on Saturday, April 23 at NTC Park at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area.
The National MS Society’s San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter expects about 7,000 walkers at both events will help raise about $900,000 in donations for MS research and programs and services for people with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. It’s the 26th year for Walk MS events in San Diego.
SDCCU has supported the National MS Society’s Walk MS fundraisers for the past 18 years, and has served as title sponsor since 2002. Over the years, SDCCU’s sponsorship support for Walk MS has exceeded $1 million, according to the National MS Society.
On Saturday evening, April 16 in Carlsbad, about 3,500 people are expected to walk and help raise about $425,000 in donations. The three-mile walk will be along Armanda Drive overlooking the Carlsbad Flower Fields and looping around the Legoland California theme park. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. The walk begins at 5 p.m. It’s the first time since 2006 that the National MS Society’s North County’s Walk MS fundraiser in Carlsbad will be held in the evening.
On Saturday morning,…Continue
A Night of Music, Magic and Auction Fun:
5:30pm, Saturday, May 14, 2016
Solos and sleight of hand…
“Presto!” and Il Trovatore…
“Abracadabra!” and Don Giovanni…
While struggling, hilariously, to extricate himself from a straightjacket, a magician sings “Largo al factotum,” Figaro’s aria from the Barber of Seville.
Comedy, music and legerdemain: That’s Opera-Kadabra, featuring multi-talented baritone Patrick Bell (http://www.operakadabra.com/), who, in the words of reviewers, “…captivates the audience…is warm and funny…befuddled us with his magic…enthralled us with his rich voice…” and, as a delightful bonus, “is drop-dead handsome!”
Coming to La Mesa, CA on Saturday, May 14, 2016, Bell’s show will be the highlight of Camperships for Children, 2016, a live and silent auction fundraiser in Friendship Hall at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM).
The people of UCCLM invite you to share the fun, the music and the magic. And to join with us in providing opportunities for children to experience the pleasures and benefits of summer camp.
A Night of Music, Magic and Auction Fun begins at 5:30pm. Patrick Bell will delight. Snacks will be served. Theme baskets and treasures old and new will be auctioned, along with chances to participate in exciting future events and activities.
Refreshments and silent auction start at 5:30pm, show at 6:15. The silent auction will continue after the…Continue
Don Blanding, Hawaii’s “poet laureate” had a great idea, one that led to the creation of a new holiday, Lei Day. Held annually on May 1, Lei Day celebrates the making and wearing of the traditional lei fashioned from flowers, shells, nuts, leaves, or feathers. Thus the popular slogan, “May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei (this beloved Hawaii).”
Lei are the unspoken expression of “Aloha,” – “greeting,” “farewell,” “love,” “hope,” “joy” and more, many more, communicating the conviction that while a lei lasts but a while, the thought conveyed lasts forever.
With that in mind, the people of The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, will celebrate Lei Day during their 10:00am worship service, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Dancing special Praise Hula will be special guest, Auntie Kahanoa, teacher and hula instructor at San Diego’s Halau Ka Lei Kukui Hi’ilani.
We invite you to share this day with us. Own a muumuu? An Aloha shirt? Wear it! And don’t forget to top it with a lei!
All are welcome at The Table, an Open and Affirming congregation. The church is located at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942 (619-464-1519, www.tableucc.com).
LA MESA -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has announced installation of a solar power system has been completed at its Santee clubhouse, 8820 Tamberly Way. San Diego-based Empowered Energy Solutions said its solar system costing $184,000 to install will save the Santee clubhouse $338,000 in utility costs over the next 10 years and $824,000 over the next 25 years.
“We’re looking forward to this investment resulting in a reallocation of funds from our electricity bill to our mission to provide programming and services for the children of our community,” said Forrest Higgins, CEO, BGCEC. “We also see this as a learning opportunity to help expand our kids’ knowledge of going-green and be a good example of reducing the carbon footprint.”
The solar system features 193 solar panels measuring 39-by-66 inches and covering about 3,600 square foot atop the Santee clubhouse roof. In addition to the 260-watt, poly-crystalline, black-frame photovoltaic solar panels, the system includes new HVAC controls and a LED lighting retrofit.
The system features Empowered Energy Solutions’ Guardian ™ energy monitoring and control system. The company said the Santee clubhouse marks its first installation in San Diego County of the Guardian™ system.
Without the solar system, the company estimated the BGCEC’s current monthly utility of about $3,000 would increase to $12,500 a month after 25 years with a total payout during that time of $1.9 million.
“We’re proud to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County reduce their cost of electricity by over 90 percent,” said Ted Torre-Bueno, president, Empowered Energy Solutions. “Our Guardian…Continue
Racial Justice in San Diego: A Discussion Series
“Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with God”
Presented by the Partnership for Racial Justice
In 2015 the Partnership for Racial Justice presented a widely attended series of Sacred Conversations on Race. In 2016, continuing and expanding the conversation, they are pleased to offer four new discussions:
Voting Rights and Voter Registration…
Anti-racism and Facing White Privilege…
Social Justice Ministries…
Racial Justice Issues in City Heights and Southeast San Diego…
All events will start with light snacks at 6:30pm and last 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Voting Rights and Voter Registration Workshop. Learn how voting rights are being eroded right here in San Diego. Talk about being part of a voter registration project.
Anti-Racism and Facing White Privilege. Speaker and Small Group Discussion. What is “white privilege?” Do you have it? Can you use it to fight racism?
Social Justice Ministries Panel Discussion. Speakers from different San Diego faith groups will share what they are doing regarding social justice. Learn what you can do to get into action!
Racial Justice Issues in City Heights and Southeast San Diego. A panel…Continue
LA MESA -- The Boys & Girls Club of East County has announced more than $5.6 million has been raised towards a goal of $9.4 million for its fundraising effort called the “La Mesa Capital Campaign” that includes construction of a new 25,000-square-foot clubhouse on the campus of La Mesa Arts Academy, previously known as La Mesa Middle School.
BGCEC officials said recent donations have been received from the following: the Justo family that owns ASI Hastings Heating, Air and Solar; San Diego Las Hermanas, a San Diego philanthropic organization; the Tipton family that operated an auto dealership for many years; James and Christine Renner, owners of Inland Pacific Commercial Properties; and, the L
a Mesa Women’s Club.
“We're steadily moving forward and making good progress,” said Forrest Higgins, CEO, BGCEC. “We’d like to get closer to our goal before breaking ground.”
Higgins also said approval for the new clubhouse has been received from the California Division of the State Architect (DSA), the governing body for construction on public school campuses. “We have met the stringent requirements and now we’re shovel-ready from a permitting standpoint,” he said.
In related news, the City of La Mesa said it recently received a $1.9 million grant from the California Department of Transportation to improve sidewalks, improve traffic circulation and add a high-visibility crosswalk at Lowell Street and Junior High Drive, an intersection leading to the middle school campus and the BGCEC facilities. The grant also will co
mplete 4.8 miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths linking the west La Mesa neighborhood’s schools, including La Mesa Arts Academy, Helix Charter High School and La Mesa Dale Elementary School to parks, bike paths, transit and other key community destinations. Environmental work is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2016-2017, city officials said.
The BGCEC’s La Mesa Capital Campaign…Continue
Mt. Helix Sunrise Easter Service - 6:30 a.m.
All shuttles will begin at 5:30 a.m.
• Two dirt lots at the San Miguel Fire Station on Vivera Drive, La Mesa, CA (spaces fill up quickly).
• Paved parking at the Brigantine Restaurant/Grossmont Colony Financial Center on Fuerte Drive, La Mesa, CA.
• Paved parking at Grossmont Center Mall between the Wells Fargo Bank and the California Bank and Trust on Murray Drive, La Mesa, CA.
A total of eight shuttles shared by these three locations will begin at 5:30 a.m. and take guests up the mountain to the amphitheater, where free hot coffee, tea, and juice boxes will be served. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available at the amphitheater. You will need a placard to get past the street closure until they fill; once full, you will be redirected to another shuttle lot.
Worship led by our Praise Band begins at 6:30 a.m.
Following the end of the service, around 7:45 a.m., shuttles will return guests to their cars
9 a.m. Festival worship with classic brass and choir in the Church sanctuary
11 a.m. Festival Communion worship with classic brass and choir in the Church sanctuary…
Depot Springs Beer Companyis apparently planning an outdoor music venue and brewery / restaurant in Fletcher Hills, La Mesa, at Dallas St and Fletcher Parkway. According to promotional literature, the La Mesa Planning Commission appears to have recently approved an amphitheater with live (outdoor) music until midnight, daily. The promotional literature further portrays this brewery and plan as being "family-friendly", but some nearby residents are upset.
Many in this western Fletcher Hills La Mesa residential neighborhood, where working people and their children would like to enjoy their properties, peace, and sleep, are very concerned. Most neighbors I spoke to had never heard of this plan, a few had heard of it in only the past few days, and none had heard of the part about live outdoor music until midnight. They were shocked and felt it should not be located in a residential neighborhood. Some are concerned it will place more alcohol-impaired drinkers behind the wheel in our neighborhood, where school children cross Fletcher Parkway, in addition to being upset at the idea of the noise factor. We encourage all La Mesa residents, not only those in Fletcher Hills, to contact the City Council and Mayor Arapostathis to tell them loud and clear that we want to preserve La Mesa as a town friendly to its residents, where peace, quiet, and safe streets are a priority and property values are preserved. The Planning Commission is also responsible for this alleged approval, and should be audited to find out why.