A spin with a twist

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Joyell Nevins

La Mesa Village has a new storefront — they don’t sell food, and they don’t sell cute gift items, but they do sell epic music and movie memorabilia.

“This is the perfect spot for this place,” said Cynthia Tecson, customer at the new Re-Animated Records. “La Mesa needed something cool.”

Oasis Learning Center celebrates grand opening

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Appel-Lennon

For the last 35 years, San Diego Oasis has served over 6,000 members in a space on the third floor of Macy’s in Mission Valley. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oasis offered classes there to the 55-plus population at a nominal cost.

However, with the impending closing of the Mission Valley Macy’s store (one of 67 store closures nationwide), Oasis staff was forced to search for a new location — preferably, one with ample parking, 24-hour security and easy access by bus and trolley.

Anderson recognizes Oasis at grand opening

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

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 […]

Cuyamaca to offer degree in elementary education

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

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 […]

Fireworks show is a go

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

There was a moment when Tracy Dahlkamp doubted that she could pull off bringing back the Lake Murray Fireworks and MusicFest. She wasn’t sure that people cared enough to bring back the annual July 4 event.

“When we started this project, I was concerned because I wasn’t sure that the community wanted it and my husband said to me, ‘You know what, if people give you money, that will tell you they want it,’” she said. “And we got a lot of money. We got a lot of support.”

Goodbye Sun Valley Golf Course

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

On Thursday, June 22, Sun Valley Golf Course hosted its last rounds of golf. The nine-hole executive course in La Mesa has seen what other golf courses have experienced in the last few years — a decline in public interest for the sport.

“The business in and of itself has slowed down and is not sustainable,” said Mary Jane Gonzalez, who along with her husband Johnny have operated Sun Valley since 1997. “We’ve pumped more money in here in the last couple years just to keep it going for the love of golf and for the love of this place because we’ve been here so long. Our kids grew up here, the whole nine yards.”

An oasis where women begin again

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Cassandra Penalver

Inspiration, empowerment, and revitalization are key goals promoted to the community by Dana Bryant, founder of Eleanor’s Place for Women — a safe haven for women in the San Diego and La Mesa communities to turn to if they are looking to turn over a new leaf.

Eleanor’s Place Transitional Housing opened in 2004 at a location in Rolando with one thing in mind: to provide shelter for women who were trying to adjust to life post-incarceration, overcoming substance addiction, avoiding homelessness, or seeking refuge from domestic abuse. Bryant named the transitional home after her mother-in-law who had inspired her leading up to the grand opening.

Best of La Mesa

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Best Of La Mesa, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

If there is one theme to the last few years of reporting for the Courier, it would have to be the changing landscape of local businesses in La Mesa.

Along La Mesa Boulevard are new shops and restaurants, a new sidewalk and gathering place, and a new business association. In the commercial area along Center Street are new breweries and wineries.

La Mesa theater celebrates a big milestone

By David Dixon

Eight decades is a long time for any theatrical organization, but even after that many years, the Lamplighters Community Theatre continues to be a beloved venue for entertainment in La Mesa.

In June, several festivities are taking place in honor of the longstanding theater company. On June 11, the 80th Anniversary Gala is scheduled to take place at the La Mesa Women’s Club, organized by volunteers Barbara Eisele and Pamela Stompoly-Ericson. Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a silent auction will be held. And as a special honor to the Lamplighters Theatre’s late longtime member, theater treasurer, former house manager and producer Judy Hughes, “Judy’s Signature Punch” will be served.