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GROSSMONT CENTER -- Workers and event planners were toiling Friday, plotting the outlines for what they hope will be an historic photo session Saturday morning.
Arial photographer Brent Haywood and Tracie Plefka, marketing director of Grossmont Center, were high atop a lift of the roof of the center's parking garage directing placement of cones that will guide the hundreds of La Mesans expected for the commemorative La Mesa "100" centennial photo. (See photo right. Plefka was struggling heroically to overcome a fear of heights.)
Just after 8:30, Haywood is expected to take off from Gillespie Field and fly over Grossmont, taking pictures of La Mesans filling the "100" outline and waving skyward.
"It's all over in five minutes,'' Haywood said. "That's the limit they'll let you hover overhead like this.'' A video camera affixed to a light pole will record a time-lapse record of the event as well.
Plefka and the city's Centennial volunteers will begin greeting local residents at 7 a.m. The first 300 people will receive free red t-shirts to help keep a consistent look to the photo. There will be free coffee, bagels and morning snacks and KSON radio will be on hand to provide entertainment while organizers are working to place people in the proper locations.
Parking is readily available below in the garage's lower deck and nearby surface lots. Residents will enter from the staircase immediately across from Macy's. Elderly or handicapped La Mesans can be driven up the ramp on the garage's "Target" side and dropped off, but parking will be restricted to lower garage levels and nearby surface lots.
Weather and winds permitting -- and both look good right now -- the photo will occur at about 8:40 a.m. and the event will end by 9 a.m.
Information on purchasing a copy of the historic photo and other Centennial souvenirs will be available throughout the event.