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How is Your Brain Fitness?
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Keeping Your Brain Fit,” an informational program about how to improve your brain health with brain exercises and lifestyle changes, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. 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 Jan.23 will be Pat Mosteller, professor, Continuing Education, Older Adult Program, San Diego Community College District. Mosteller, a member of the California Community College Educators of Older Adults (CCCEOA), has researched the relationship between education and cognitive health in older adults based on brain plasticity and neurogenesis. She has been recognized by San Diego County Aging and Independence Services (AIS) for the extensive advocacy efforts she provides locally and statewide for older adults.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said the discussion on Jan. 23 will include tips on how to keep your brain sharp, quick and responsive for years to come by making some simple changes to your lifestyle.
“Mental decline conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer’s, threaten all of us, but we can combat these conditions and postpone the symptoms, sometimes indefinitely, just by understanding their causes and learning how to apply brain-training strategies that keep our brains stronger and healthier longer,” said Quinn. “Just like physical fitness,…Continue
Health Care District Elects 2019 Board Officers
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has elected its 2019 board officers.
Randy Lenac, who recently won reelection to his second four-year term, was elected as 2019 board president. Virginia Hall was elected as vice president and Robert “Bob” Ayres was elected as secretary. Lenac selected Gloria Chadwick to serve as treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Michael Emerson, who served as board president in 2017 and 2018.
“I’ve served on this board since 2014 and I’m continually impressed with the collective wisdom and selfless dedication of my board colleagues to serve the taxpayers in our district,” said Lenac. “Every constituent can feel confident that this board is committed to our role of addressing unmet healthcare needs and supporting the community to the greatest extent possible.”
Lenac, a resident of Campo, was appointed to the GHD board in July 2014 and elected to a four-year term in November of the same year. In November 2018, he was reelected. Since 2011, Lenac, a retired Marine, has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC), the operator of Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He also represents GHD on the Association of California Healthcare Districts board, a statewide organization representing healthcare districts.
Hall, a retired registered nurse, was elected to the GHD board in November 2016. She worked in healthcare from 1973 to 2004, including at several hospital emergency rooms, clinics and research facilities. Since 2004, Hall has worked in real estate and has been active in the Santee community, serving as 2016 president of the Santee Chamber of…Continue
Harp: Tasha Smith Godinez in Concert
“’T is believ’d that this harp which I wake now for thee
Was a siren of old who sung under the sea.”
~ Thomas Moore, The Origin of the Harp
Alluring…enticing…seductive: words used alike for mythological sirens of old and the captivating call of the harp.
LA MESA -- The Valerie Victor Concert Series invites you to discover the magic for yourselves, to experience and be stirred by the music of internationally renowned harpist Tasha Smith Godinez in a program to be presented in the sanctuary of The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa.
Date: January 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Address: 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa CA 91942
(619-464-1519 – www.tableucc.com)
Free-will offering to be taken
Passionate about breaking the perceived boundaries of her instrument and creating new sound for the harp, Ms. Smith Godinez is currently working on her third album, a compilation of all new works for the harp. Her work spans genres and techniques as she employs her talents in a variety of musical arenas. Known especially for her work with the Orquesta de Baja California throughout Mexico, she has appeared with Placido Dominguez, various chamber ensembles, as a member of the Garcia Godinez Duo and with jazz vocalist Leonard Patton.
Additional Information: Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, firstname.lastname@example.org, (619) 888-3401
Health Care District Offers Scholarships
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two of its 2019 scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as health technicians.
The nursing scholarship, called the Richard J. Bea Nursing Scholarship, is named after former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years and served on the GHD board from 1996 until his death in 1999. There are two nursing scholarships available to local college students currently studying to be a registered nurse; winners are eligible to receive up to $3,000.
Students pursuing careers as health technicians may apply for one of five health tech scholarships in the amount of $2,000. Eligible occupations include anesthesiology technician, cardiovascular technician, disability services management, laboratory technician, licensed vocational nurse, occupational therapy assistant, orthopedic technician, pharmacy technician, respiratory therapy technician, speech therapy or speech pathology technician and telemetry/EKG technician.
“It’s important to invest in access to education and training programs for District residents focusing their studies in the healthcare field, with the goal of serving in tomorrow’s workforce. We look forward to their future success through college and beyond,” said Randy Lenac, GHD board president. “Our board of directors have made a long-term commitment to provide scholarship opportunities to students pursuing careers in healthcare as part of our mission to support suitable services in East Region communities.”
Deadline to receive…Continue
Jones To Open New Office
EL CAJON -- The nearly 1 million San Diego County residents within the massive 38th California State Senate District, which includes La Mesa and much of San Diego’s East County region, have elected a new State Senator. Brian W. Jones, a three-term state assemblyman and former Santee city councilman, bested Jeff Griffith, a Cal Fire captain and two-term Palomar Health District board member, in the recent November general election.
Jones, a Republican, drew nearly 55 percent of the vote, compared to 45 percent for his Democratic rival. Jones was sworn-in on Monday, Dec. 3. Jones succeeded State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), who retired due to term limits.
A grand opening open house of his Senate District office, 500 Fesler St., El Cajon, will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. RSVP is requested for planning purposes. To RSVP, visit www.bit.ly/jones1218.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen by the constituents of the 38th State Senate district to serve as their representative in Sacramento,” said Jones, who has lived in the 38th District since 1978. “I am ready to return on their behalf and with my colleagues, bring some common sense back into the Capitol. I am committed to a government that works for all Californians, their voices will be heard.
“I want to thank my constituents for their continued trust and support. I look forward to cutting taxes, reducing regulations and supporting our veterans, as well as creating small business jobs and economic development.
“As a State Senator, I will continue to be the strong…Continue
La Mesa Chick-fil-A operator challenges
Santee Chick-fil-A operator in annual friendly wager
for 2018 Army-Navy college football game
For the second consecutive year, two East County Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise operators will participate in a friendly wager for the Army vs. Navy college football game on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Kyle Steck, operator of the Chick-fil-A in Santee, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, and Rick Preciado, operator of Chick-fil-A Grossmont in La Mesa, 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, have agreed to a friendly push-up competition based on the outcome of the game.
Steck is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, while Preciado is a graduate of the Army’s U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
The “losing” operator will visit the “winning” operator’s restaurant and perform push-ups inside the restaurant while wearing the winning team’s apparel. The number of push-ups will be determined by the total number of points scored in the game.
“This annual friendly wager is always a lot of fun, especially for our guests and the fans of both teams,” said Steck, a San Diego native who served on two ships during his active-duty career before retiring as a lieutenant in 2011.
Last year, when the Army Black Knights beat the Navy Midshipmen, 14-13, Steck visited Preciado’s Chick-fil-A restaurant and sang the winning team’s branch song, “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”
“I am hoping to be the victor for a second time, especially because Army is having a good season this year, but this ultimately is all about finding common ground in this annual rivalry game,”…Continue
It's A Hayride!
LA MESA -- Picture it – a horse-pulled wagon filled with carolers young and old making its way through suburban streets as the neighbors call out Christmas greetings. It’s the annual Hayride and Chili Dog Dinner at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa 91942.
You’re invited to join us, to hop on and start the holiday season in style! Feast on hot dogs, chili, gingerbread, hot cider and hot chocolate in the church’s Friendship Hall while you wait for your ride. There will be crafts to enjoy, too.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 5-8pm
Hayrides at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00pm
$5.00 Donation – Children under 3 (lap children) free
SEATS ARE LIMITED SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION EARLY!
Call or e-mail Kelly Andrade in the church office, 619-464-1519, email@example.com
Awaiting the Messiah: Advent Worship Services
10:00am, Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, 23
Evensong Blue Christmas
6:00pm, Wednesday, December 12
Christmas tough this year? Clouded by loss and pain? Are you wondering how you’ll make it through?
Christmas merriment often amplifies the sorrow and isolation many people feel this time of year. Sometimes the pressure to be “Joyful” can be more than one can take.
Let us help. Our Evensong service offers a time of respite, peace and reflection to those in crisis at Christmas time. It will give you a chance to experience the comfort of drawing closer to God, and to one another. We invite you to join us.
Christmas Eve Service
7:00pm, Monday, December 24
United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942
Two Grossmont Healthcare District
board members retain their seats
in November general election
Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2018 general election on the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County.
San Diego East Region voters reelected Gloria Chadwick and Randy Lenac to four-year terms in a field of three candidates, including healthcare consultant Ed Martinez.
Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse, has served on the GHD board since 1998, when she became the first woman elected to the board in 22 years. In 2000, she became the first woman in GHD history to serve as board president. The Dehesa Valley resident has been reelected to the GHD board five times.
Lenac, a resident of Campo, was appointed to the GHD board in July 2014 and elected to a four-year term in November of the same year. Since 2011, Lenac, a retired Marine, has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation. He also represents GHD on the board of the Association of California Healthcare Districts, a statewide organization representing healthcare districts.
The swearing in of Chadwick and Lenac will be held in December.
GHD, an East County regional public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital’s property and buildings…Continue
Grossmont Healthcare District will transition
from at-large to zone-based elections;
public hearing at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3rd
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has announced the start of a transition to a new system for East Region voters to elect its board members.
GHD has used an at-large election system since forming in the 1950s, in which board members have been elected by the voters of the entire district. To meet the requirements of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001, GHD will now be transitioning to district-based or “zone” elections in which elections are within an area that is a smaller part of the whole district. With district-based election systems, board members are elected only by the voters residing within that specific election district or zone.
In October, the GHD board adopted a resolution that outlined the intent to transition to zone-based elections. GHD’s transition is similar to what’s happening across California. Hundreds of local public agencies, including healthcare, water and school districts, as well as cities and other governmental jurisdictions, are transitioning to zone-based elections.
GHD will host an initial public hearing starting at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at the GHD Conference Center at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa. At the hearing, details will be available about the transition process. A presentation will be made by representatives from a company that specializes in demographics and mapping. In addition, the public will be invited to provide input regarding the composition of the new districts. A GHD board business meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., with the public hearing to commence at 6 p.m.…Continue