By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review
Comforting ramen has arrived to La Mesa. So have a couple of unique sakes that are hard to find outside of BLVD Noodles, the neighborhood’s first and overdue Japanese-inspired eatery that opened on the village strip a few months ago.
One of the sakes is a sea-green Bushido on nitro, which imparts a faint, creamy fizz to the Japanese rice wine. The other comes in a can that you have to shake 20 times before it turns into something of a sparkling Jell-O shot. It’s fun and novel. Read More
By Lauren Smith
San Diego Oasis, a local branch of the nonprofit organization Oasis, which promotes successful aging in adults over 50, had its ribbon-cutting ceremony in La Mesa on Wednesday, June 7.
The organization is excited about its move to the Grossmont Shopping Center in hopes of being able to reach more senior community members. Read More
By Anne Krueger
Students looking to become an elementary school teacher can earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Cuyamaca College through a new partnership launching this fall with one of the Midwest’s top regional public universities.
Under the agreement, Valley City State University (VCSU) in Valley City, North Dakota, will provide instruction both online and at Cuyamaca College to students who have earned an associate degree at the Rancho San Diego campus. A VCSU counselor will also be stationed at Cuyamaca College to work with students in setting up an educational plan. Read More
Girl Scout to go on cultural immersion trip
By Cynthia Robertson
Being in Girl Scouts has taught St. Martin’s Academy student Alexandria Freeman to go the extra mile in all she does. She had that in mind when she applied for travel opportunities with the Girl Scouts Destinations program. As a result, on July 8, Freeman will be going on a trip for 10 days with 14 other Girl Scouts from around the world to India. Read More
By Alex Owens
Eleven years ago, Dr. Mark Arapostathis had his hands full running Peter Pan Junior Theater and working on his doctorate.
The program maxes out at the eighth grade, but when former students had a request he couldn’t let them down. Read More
Sundays at Six
The city of La Mesa presents a free Summer Concert Series featuring local bands in June and July. Family-friendly. 6-7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden St. Visit lamesaparks.org.
June 25: Fanny and the Atta Boys
July 9: Dim the Lights
July 16: Fringe Benefitz
July 23: Sonic Epidemic Read More
By Jennifer Osborn | Helix Highlights
Graduation marks the end of the school year, and on June 1, 542 Helix students donned their caps and gowns to participate in Helix’s commencement ceremonies. This is the largest graduating class in at least the past two decades.
People might picture a quiet campus with no activity during the summer months, but nothing could be further from the truth at Helix. This campus never sleeps! There is still work to be done, and there is plenty going on at Helix. Read More
By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch | La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
On Wednesday, July 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) will celebrate the Fourth of July by holding our now annual Party in the Park at the beautiful Mission Trails Park Visitors Center.
Party in the Park will feature food, talk and camaraderie on the beautiful patio overlooking Mission Trails Regional Park and the San Diego River canyon. It’s particularly convenient for our many members living in San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, La Mesa, Santee, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, and the College Area. The dinner costs $5 for members and $15 for non-members. We’ll be signing up new members at the door. Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer | Foothiller Footsteps
For 96 years, Grossmont High School’s students and staff have taken great pride in the traditions surrounding graduation. Thursday, June 8, 459 seniors became part of an amazing group — the total 36,200 Foothiller graduates.
Since 1936, the graduating seniors have been led into the ceremony by the Daisy Chain, an 81-year tradition. The teaching staff selects 50 young men and young women on the basis of their school activities, scholarship, and citizenship. Each year the students create two ivy chains with daisies interwoven into them, which these outstanding juniors carry; being selected is the highest honor awarded juniors. Read More
By Judy McCarty | Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated
Although Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) has no official luncheon meetings in July and August, there’s still time for Republican fun! So, we will be hosting “Navajo Nights” during the summer months.
This social, informal event is for any Republican woman who wants to spend an evening with other like-minded conservative women, meet new friends and partake in lively discussions. Read More
By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads
As we noted in June, the theme of the library’s Summer Reading Challenge is “Reading by Design.” This month we’re focusing on the exterior and interior design of our homes. Read More
By Scripps Health | To Your Health
Migraine headache is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States – and also one of the most commonly misdiagnosed. Despite the belief that migraines are rare, statistics estimate that migraine headache affects about 20 percent of the population. Moreover, because migraines are often missed by physicians or not reported by patients, the actual number is likely much higher. Read More
By Julie White | What’s Cooking with Julie
Happy summer and Fourth of July! This salad is perfect for your picnics, parties or summer dinners. It is very colorful and when served ice cold, very refreshing. Read More
By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner
There’s no place like home: A growing number of San Diegans struggle to keep a roof over their head. I’m talking about folks from across the entire county — seniors, veterans, families and others.
We need to step up our game in a big way and give them a helping hand — a hand up, not a handout. Read More
In all her majesty, unfurled
Stars illuminating the dark corners of the world —
Her freedom, an icon burning bright
In our deepest hours of despair
People view her proudly waving there —
A shining guiding light Read More
By David Dixon
There is always a sense of excitement in getting to watch good performers return to roles they have played in the past, and it’s always a positive experience if they are able to recapture the power of earlier portrayals.
Frank Remiatte and Debbie David starred in “They’re Playing Our Song” in a 1990s version presented by Coronado Playhouse. Both of them are currently playing opposite each other again at the Lamplighters Community Theatre’s interpretation. Read More
Live music at San Pasqual Winery
Saturdays, June 3, 10 and 17
San Pasqual Winery presents music acts: Gealy & Robinson on June 3; Andrew Parker Davis on June 10; and Joel Tuttle on June 17. Seating is first come, first served. No cover. 7–10 p.m. at La Mesa Village, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2kIRWXx. Read More
By Jay Steiger
Three Grossmont High School students, two of whom had shown little interest in computer science prior to high school, beat out competitors from across San Diego to win the 53rd District in the 2016 Congressional App Challenge.
Juniors Christina Muñoz, Angelica Ramirez, and Kyle Trusso are all students in Patrick Giovengo’s AP Computer Programming class at Grossmont. Read More
By The American Red Cross
During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or platelets.
According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually. Read More
By Joyell Nevins
Why walk from one end of La Mesa to another when you can experience all its culinary delights in one place? Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer | Foothiller Footsteps
It’s our favorite time of the semester as we share our pride in Foothiller achievements over the past few months. Read More
By Jennifer Osborn | Helix Highlights
The end of the 2016-17 school year is rapidly approaching, and it’s time to celebrate. Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2017 will take place on Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. in Benton Hart Stadium on campus. More than 500 graduates will cross the stage and accept their diplomas. Tickets are required for admission; a limited number are provided to each graduate. Read More