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Comment by Judith Piper on October 15, 2013 at 7:59am

La Mesa's Grossmont High School District's art students from Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley triumphed on Sunday, October 13, when they won first place award for educational team effort in Little Italy's Festa Italiano Chalk Art competition.  This is the third year in a row for Mount Miguel's student teams, led by their teacher Paula Annicchiarico, to win top award in that category for their street painting in chalk.  School started in September and by October 13th these students have learned and implemented skills that demonstrated understanding and focus on this wonderful art project.  Their team work was a pleasure to witness as they worked together, collaborated and critiqued one another during each step of the way.  Congratulations Art Team Mount Miguel!  And congratulations Ms. Annicchiarico.  (Mt. Miguel's rendition from Boticelli's Venus).

Comment by Judith Piper on September 8, 2013 at 6:27pm

La Mesa's Environmental Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7th, 2013 was informative, helpful, fun and very educational.  Held at Harry Griffen Park, there were many tents set up where one could learn about Fair Trade, Raptors, Re-purposing plastic bags, Food Safety, The Goldspotted Oak Borer, planting gardens, the electric car and many other aspects of sustainability.  I hope lots of people came out to talk to the great folks putting on this festival because they were friendly and serious about their subjects.  The Urban Corps sent you away with a little paper tree embedded with seeds that you could take home and plant for fresh herbs.  My photos weren't very good except for one  or two taken at the raptor tent.  I thought at first the little owl was a stuffed toy, but then it moved and I realized how well it is camouflaged.

Comment by Barrett Newsom on August 8, 2013 at 9:44am

Safe Zone, a novel of intimate intrigue, will soon be published as an eBook.  I studied under local mystery writer Ken Kuhlken but I did not fix most of the problems he pointed out about my book.  I finally, after 15 years, decided to publish it anyway.  I found an editor and publisher and he told me he stayed up all night reading it.  I must have done something right.

Comment by Minh Nguyen on August 1, 2013 at 4:04pm


Very nice piece of art.

we are opening a new restaurant.  We will have a space on a wall for local artist to display their art and sell them to the public.  If you are interested in displaying your art, let me know.  We dont charge any fee.  Our eldest son is an Artist and we would like to support the community.

Comment by Connie Govier, Glass Artist on July 21, 2013 at 8:56am

This fused glass mosaic won second place at Art Glass Assn. of So. California when their theme was "waves".  This is called Waves of Love and Peace are Coming.

Comment by Connie Govier, Glass Artist on July 21, 2013 at 8:53am

Comment by Lucy Cabezas on February 3, 2013 at 7:36am

La Mesa and Betty White- Two great things that should go TOGETHER!

Greetings fellow readers!

My name is Lucy. I am a mild mannered resident of La Mesa and have been for the last five years. Coming from Queens, NY (streets of grime and crime) I found that moving cross country to a town like Mayberr----der I mean La Mesa was quite the culture shock.

We all know La Mesa is one of the best places to live (if you don't believe me, ask anyone who lives here)

Why are you rambling?

Good question.

One day I was talking to friends about comedy legend, Betty White. Why?. Why not?

The story gets better. We were also talking about how much she would love it here. Everyone knows that Betty White is an animal lover and what better place for her to be but in La Mesa? Our cute little town plus Betty White equals- I WANT!

With the help and encouragement of a lot of people, I decided to create a facebook page asking Betty White to come and visit us. My little fantasy?- Betty White as the Grand Marshall of "Christmas in the Village" (even if there is no such title, one should be created)

Yeah I know some guy created a facebook to get NBC to get Betty White to host SNL, I figured I would at least try. Even if we don't get her to come down here, how awesome would it be if everyone in our community agreed on this. I spoke to local merchants and citizens alike and they all say to me: "LUCY! YOU HAVE TO GET US BETTY WHITE!"

Sign in today!

Comment by Lucy Cabezas on December 6, 2012 at 7:33am

Royal Candy Castle

Candy Store · Gift Shop · Toy Store
8324 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA.
(619) 464-1850- it's a nostalgic Candy experience! (plenty of Sugar Free goodies too)

Comment by Lucy Cabezas on December 6, 2012 at 7:31am

Come and visit Royal Candy Castle, a nostalgic Candy experience! Located in the heart of Downtown La Mesa, this little place is already making huge strides. I am happy to be their web designer and would like to tell everyone about how awesome this place is! Check them out!

I also know for a fact that jolly Ol' Saint Nick is going to be there during Christmas in the Village


Comment by hazel ross on October 18, 2012 at 11:11am

WildLlife in Art Show at Foothills Art Gallery

There will be an artists' reception and presentation of awards for the Annual Wildlife in Art show at the Foothills Gallery La Mesa on Saturday 3rd November at 4-30 pm with awards presentations at 5-30 pm.  The public is cordially invited to attend this reception (which is free of charge). The show will be on display during the month of November and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm at 4910 Memorial Drive La Mesa CA 91942. Work by some of the finest wildlife artists in the area will be on display.

Comment by Gina Seashore on July 17, 2012 at 7:37pm


Members and friends of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SVLC) in La Mesa will “follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther” as they travel to Germany from September 29 through October 11 of this year. The group will visit reformation and historical sites in Munich, Oberammergau, Leipzig, Wittenberg and Berlin. The tour is open to anyone.

In preparation for the trip, two presentations are being offered at Shepherd of the Valley (10842 Fury Lane, La Mesa): On July 24, Pastor Dan Roschke will talk about the life of Martin Luther. On August 28, Gina Seashore, Music Minister at SVLC, will speak on the life of J.S. Bach. Both presentations begin at 7PM and are free.

The church is also offering several weeks of German lessons on Tuesdays beginning July 31, also at 7PM.

The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) began “The Luther Decade” in 2008 to commemorate the years leading up to 2017 - the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Each year leading up to 2017 has a special theme. 2012 is the year of music.

“We decided to take advantage of the special events being offered during this time,” said Gina Seashore, who is helping to coordinate the tour with Christian Tours Europe. “This is not a musical trip, per se, but we are hoping to sing ‘A Mighty Fortress’ at the Castle Church in Wittenberg,” Seashore said.

In addition to many Luther sites, the group will visit several castles in the Bavarian region of Germany and hear the St. Thomas Boy’s Choir in Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church where J.S. Bach was choir master.

For more information on either the upcoming presentations or the tour, please contact Gina Seashore at 760-788-4315 or Pastor Dan Roschke at the church, 619-670-7656.

Comment by Sandy Buch on June 13, 2012 at 10:25pm


Comment by Silvia Ceja on June 6, 2012 at 7:25pm

Wild Trendz is now open at the Grossmont Center Mall.  At Wild Trendz, you can buy new and gently-used in like-new condition for discount… and you won’t have to wait for sale events either. That kind of value is available everyday in our store. Your friends won’t know that what you’ve purchased is gently-used, but they will notice how many nice things you’re wearing now!

We pay you cash!  Our buying hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 pm. You get cash on-the-spot, right over the counter, to purchase your better brand-name “gently-used” fashions and accessories. Unlike a consignment shop, where you may wait weeks or even months to receive payment… we are different in that we pay you immediately for all of the items that we accept. We buy items that are clean, in-style, and in great condition. See you soon!


Comment by Rick & Kathy Teisher (Tish) on May 7, 2012 at 11:44am
A new Wal-Mart and In-N-Out for La Mesa. Good or bad?
Comment by Rick & Kathy Teisher (Tish) on May 7, 2012 at 11:17am
A new Wal-Mart and In-N-Out for La Mesa. Good or bad?
Comment by hazel ross on April 7, 2012 at 7:41am

There will be an artists' reception and presentation of awards today at the Foothills Gallery, 4910 Memorial Drive, La Mesa from 2-4pm on the occasion of the Members Annual Show (juror Jack Jordan). Refreshments will be served and the general public is invited to attend this event. The show runs until the end of the month. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11am-4pm. Free of charge.

Comment by hazel ross on April 7, 2012 at 7:34am
Comment by Caroline Fisk on April 1, 2012 at 6:42pm

Warren-Walker School students supported the Chula Vista Firefighters Saturday, March 31st, as they hosted their Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mt. San Miguel Park.  More than a dozen Warren-Walker Middle School students volunteered their time on a various activities including decorating Easter bunny fire hats for children. Firefighters and other volunteers supported activities that included car seat safety, child fingerprinting, police and fire dog demonstrations, fire equipment displays, and more. More than 500 children and adults were in attendance to the free event.  Warren-Walker School, located in La Mesa, values and teaches the importance of community service and character education both formally and informally into its daily program. Students at the Middle School are required to complete a minimum or eight hours a year of service to their community.

Comment by Ron Hynum on October 27, 2011 at 1:11pm

If you're driving around looking for spooky or fun Halloween decorations, take a drive by this house on the corner of Stanford and Pomona
Comment by Jennifer Burnham on September 16, 2011 at 1:02pm

Northmont Elementary PTA


A California Distinguished School

9405 Gregory Street  La Mesa, CA 91942





Request for a Silent Auction Donation


Dear Community Business Owner:

I am writing to you on behalf of Northmont Elementary School PTA. The PTA is currently planning our biggest fundraising event of the year- a Halloween Carnival that incorporates a Silent Auction, food sales, vendors, rides and games.  This carnival takes place on Saturday the 29th of October and runs from 2pm until 8pm. Previous carnivals have always been very popular, and we expect in excess of  1,000 people to attend this year.

Money raised from the Silent Auction will be used by the PTA to provide funding for assemblies, field trips and after‐school programs  - all things that have been cut due to the current budget crisis.  Our goal is to raise $6,000 during this Carnival, with more than half coming from our Silent Auction proceeds alone. 

We are asking you, our community partner, to help us raise these much needed funds by donating a suitable prize for our Silent Auction.  Prizes can consist of goods, gift certificates for services, admission vouchers, or any combination that works for your business.  Your contribution is tax deductible under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a receipt will be provided for your donation. 

In appreciation of your donation, the PTA will add your business logo to our sponsorship banner that will be hung prominently during the Carnival.  Additionally, if you wish to supply us with business cards, we will add them to our COMMUNITY HEROES bulletin board.  Here, parents are able to take your cards and give you their business after the carnival. 

If you are willing to help, please contact Jennifer Burnham at and we will make arrangements for someone to pick up your donation.  Our goal is to have all donations accounted for by 21 October.

Thank you in advance from the students at Northmont Elementary School.


Northmont Elementary PTA

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