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Calendar: March 24 – April 27, 2017

FEATURED EVENTS

Health Fair and Blood Drive

Saturday, March 25

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present Health Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the promenade area near the movie theaters at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive.

The event will feature about 40 information booths offering health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital health professionals. For more information, contact Rosemary Reed at 619-440-6161, or visit eastcountychamber.org.

In addition, the San Diego Blood Bank will host a blood donation event at Grossmont Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Claim Jumper parking lot (subject to change). Visit bit.ly/2lU08F8.

Water-Wise Home Garden Tour

Saturday, March 25

The Water Conservation Garden’s second annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour will highlight five beautiful gardens throughout El Cajon and La Mesa that utilize low water use plants, shrubs and trees.

Exact locations will be disclosed the day of the event to ticket holders. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $20 pre-paid; $25 day of the tour. Online registration is recommended. For more information or to register, please visit bit.ly/2nHmdXM or call 619-660-0614, ext. 17.

Woman’s Club Annual Card Party

Friday, March 31

The La Mesa Woman’s Club is hosting its 10th annual Card Party Fundraiser from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5220 Wilson St. Enjoy a day of bridge, duplicate bridge, Bunco and other games, or just enjoy lunch. There will be a live auction, opportunity baskets, grab bags, door prizes and more.

Help raise money to offer a scholarship to five deserving La Mesa High School graduating students. Tickets are $30. Reservation deadline is March 24. Visit lamesawomansclub.org.

Prom Fashion Show

Saturday, April 1

Grossmont Center will host a Prom Fashion Show from 1 to 2:30 p.m., sponsored by Magic 92.5 and Z90. Fashion blogger Vanessa Bali will host the show with fabulous dresses provided by Macy’s and Prevue, modeled by local high school students. Visit bit.ly/2lTRjeE.

La Mesa Boulevard Stroll

Tuesday, April 11

The April Stroll will be an art and music walk from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be entertainment beginning in the La Mesa Springs Shopping Center and stretching up La Mesa Boulevard.

The Stroll ends at Porter Hall on the corner of La Mesa and University. Businesses will be open late and offer specials just for the event. Artists and musicians will line La Mesa Boulevard.

Stop by the Kidz Zone (in the West Village just over the tracks) for a special arts and crafts activity at Nainsook Framing + Art. Visit lamesaboulevardstroll.com.

Mixer at Uneeke Boutique

Thursday, April 13

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites the public to visit Uneeke Boutique, 4674 Nebo Drive, for a fun-filled complimentary evening mixer and shopping experience.

This evening mixer and shopping extravaganza will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will include free raffles, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. RSVP to rsvp@lamesachamber.com or call 619-465-7700, ext. 2.

Easter Egg Hunt at Grossmont Center

Saturday, April 15

This free event will feature an Easter egg hunt, costumed characters, face painters, balloon artists, story-time and a train display. It will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard by the fountains at Grossmont Center, and is open to all ages. Visit bit.ly/2lTWqLG.

Centennial Easter Sunrise Service

Sunday, April 16

The public is invited to join the Mt. Helix Park Foundation for the Park’s centennial Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. in the amphitheater, 4905 Mt. Helix Drive.

Be a part of the 100th celebration with services being conducted by Skyline Church and audio services donated by Provo20 Media. Parking, shuttles and admission are all free and open to the public.

Shuttle buses will begin running at 5 a.m. from the park’s lower lots at the corner of Vivera and Mt. Helix Drive, the La Mesa Brigantine, and near California Bank & Trust at Grossmont Center.

The first 600 guests will receive free coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Visit mthelixpark.org.

S-Gaugers host Lego Build Event

Saturday, April 22

Junior engineers ages 6-12 will have an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity during a Lego Build Event at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive. San Diego S-Gaugers is partnering with the San Diego Lego Museum to sponsor this free event from noon to 4 p.m.

The build site will be in front of the S-Gaugers storefront model railroad exhibit area (mall map #304). Participants will use a collection of construction materials provided by the Lego Museum, and their completed projects will be displayed on-site throughout the day.

Participation will be on a non-reserved, first-come basis. Visit bit.ly/2nHh565.

Diversity Dialogues workshops

March 24, April 6 and 14

Diversity Dialogues is a series of Cuyamaca College conversations aimed at fostering a greater understanding of different cultures. All workshops are free and open to the public. Here are some upcoming events:

  • The Social Justice Institute is set for March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in Rooms I-208 and 209 of the Student Center.
  • Social Empathy Model – A Path Toward Social Justice is set for April 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room I-207 of the Student Center. This session will help participants gain a greater understanding of social justice from their own experiences
  • Safe Zones Training takes place April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room I-207 of the Student Center. This session brings awareness of LGBTQIA issues and provides insights on improving the campus climate.

For more information on the Diversity Dialogues program, contact Lauren Vaknin in the Student Affairs Office at 619-660-4295. Visit bit.ly/2nHq8DY.

50th Anniversary of EDCO 

Tuesday, April 25

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of EDCO, a family-owned and locally-operated waste collection and recycling company. Celebrate at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres which will include selections of pizza, pasta and salad. RSVP to rsvp@lamesachamber.com or call 619-465-7700, ext. 2.

Spring Fling — Business Expo 

Thursday, April 27

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites members, local businesses and guests to its third annual Spring Fling — Business Expo from 5 to 8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive.

Enjoy beverages and food provided by local businesses and the Chamber. Cost: $15 with RSVP; $25 at the door. Register by email at rsvp@lamesachamber.com or by calling 619-465-7700, ext. 2.

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