By Cassandra Penalver
Often, when somebody thinks of children, they envision them playing at a park with friends or perhaps eagerly learning in school.
It might not be often that people think of or realize that children are struggling with behavioral, emotional or developmental disorders — and even less often are people aware that help and support is not typically readily available for these children and their families. Read More
By Della Elliott
Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have long been filling the minds of students with knowledge. Now they are looking to help fill their stomachs as well, and are seeking the public’s help.
Studies, including a survey of the two colleges, have shown that food insecurity among college students is a significant problem, so the campuses are both setting up food pantries to help needy students. Cuyamaca College’s Harvest Pantry started Aug. 21, the first day of the fall semester. Grossmont College’s Gizmo Kitchen kicked off Aug. 25, with a noon-2 p.m. grand opening in Griffin Gate in the student center. Read More
Live music at San Pasqual Winery
Saturdays; Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21
San Pasqual Winery presents music acts: Andrew Parker Davis on Sept. 23; Ray Bautista on Oct. 7; Andrew Parker Davis on Oct. 14; Eric French on Oct. 21. 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 Frank Sabatini Jr.
Past pretty flower beds leading to the indoor food court, and then through its second set of doors near Dante’s Pizza, is Grossmont Center’s big barbecue secret. But if you’re sniffing around for it on weekends or any late afternoon, you’ll be let down.
Smokin Blaine’s BBQ operates only from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Marked by a quaint wooden façade with two windows flanking the entrance, the 600-square-foot eatery resides in an unseen nook partly enclosed by an outer wall of Macy’s. Read More
By Jen Lothspeich
My husband and I haven’t had the best luck with vacations.
Our honeymoon in Las Vegas was marred by comedic mishaps like getting locked in our hotel room.
And when my sweetheart proposed in a Portland, Oregon steakhouse, an overzealous waiter cleared our plates while he was still on one knee. Read More
By Jennifer Osborn | Helix Highlights
Homecoming season is approaching at Helix! This is a time to celebrate our students and welcome our alumni back to campus. There are several ways we will celebrate Homecoming.
First, all alumni are invited to the Alumni Picnic, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Helix campus. The event will feature areas for each graduating class, entertainment by Helix students, food available for purchase from student groups, music by alumni bands, a campus tour, an alumni car show, and other great attractions. More information can be found at helixalumni.org. Read More
By Isabella Virzi and Matthew Bagdasar
Community coffee town hall
On Thursday, Aug. 24, at the American Legion Post 282 in La Mesa, over 80 community members came together to ensure their state and city representatives heard their voice.
At a community coffee town hall hosted by California State Senator Joel Anderson and co-hosted by La Mesa Councilmembers Kristine Alessio, Bill Baber, Guy McWhirter, Colin Parent, and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, energized and passionate constituents discussed the issues that are affecting our political climate today. Read More
By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch | La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
The upcoming fall term of the U.S. Supreme Court may prove to be momentous. Among other issues, multiple immigration cases, same sex marriage, district gerrymandering, and voting rights will take center stage.
We may also hear of the retirement of one or more justices, extremely significant given the current occupant of the Oval Office and the likely conservative direction of his court appointees. Read More
By Judy McCarty | Navajo Canyon Republican Women, Federated
“Shine, Wine and Dine” at the Navajo Canyon Republican Women’s annual fundraiser and Fashion Show Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bali Hai Pavilion, 2230 Shelter Island. Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer | Foothiller Footsteps
In October 2008, a dream finally came true — the Grossmont High School Museum had its grand opening.
For years, the community, alumni, and staff wanted to establish a Grossmont High School Museum to preserve Grossmont’s amazing history. Read More
By Scripps Health | To Your Health
Kids who play sports can reap many benefits, including improved physical fitness, development of athletic skills, team-building and, of course, fun.
Student athletes who excel at a sport may even qualify for college athletic scholarships, which may tempt both kids and their parents to focus on a single sport, such as soccer, football or baseball. Read More
By Genevieve A. Suzuki | Gen-X in a Millennial World
As citizens of the World Wide Web, we’ve never been so vulnerable to depression than we are today.
We are all privy to the latest news, thanks to our smartphones and social media accounts. We know about acid attacks in Paris almost immediately after they occur and about North Korea’s latest missile launch over Hokkaido, Japan. Read More
By Jake Sexton | La Mesa Reads
School is fully underway for kids and college students. But maybe those of us who are no longer in school should make some efforts to learn as well. Let’s read some books to school ourselves. Read More
By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner
Don’t get hooked: I encourage seniors and caregivers to sign up now for a special forum I’m hosting Nov. 1 on how to fend off financial scammers and other crooks.
The free, two-hour gathering will start at 9 a.m. at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, La Mesa. Read More
Compromise at Little Flower Haven
Re: “City Council rejects Little Flower Haven” [Volume 7, Issue 8, or bit.ly/2ffnhQe]
The development of this property is inevitable, why can’t the La Mesa city, representing its citizenry and Silvergate Development come to a honorable compromise? The major hang-up appears to be off-street parking. Read More
By Kinsee Morlan
Day care centers in La Mesa and Lemon Grove have been getting some strange offers. Marijuana entrepreneurs have been knocking on their doors, offering the owners money and other deals to either relocate or shut down.
Last year, residents in both cities voted to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. But the measures prohibit dispensaries from being too close to places like schools, churches, public parks and day care centers. Read More
By Jeff Clemetson | Editor
At the La Mesa Community Services Commission meeting on Aug. 9, the city laid out its initial plans for the old Sun Valley Golf Course in MacArthur Park — and residents got a chance to give their input on those plans as well.
Community Services Director Sue Richardson said that since the city took over the golf course in July, it has worked on the following improvements to get it ready to reopen to the public: filling in trip hazards, cleaning up debris, tree maintenance, repairing irrigation systems, shrub removal and fence line clearing — also known as crime prevention through environmental design (CPTEC). Read More
Live music at San Pasqual Winery
Saturdays; Aug. 26, Sept. 2, Sept. 9 and Sept. 16
San Pasqual Winery presents music acts: Gealy & Robinson on Aug. 26; Geary Thompson on Sept. 2; The Waits on Sept. 9; Jim Earp & Bill Benzil on Sept. 16. 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 Judy McCarty | Navajo Canyon Republican Women, Federated
Brett Winterble, popular radio host on KFMB 760, will be our featured speaker as we kick off the fall season luncheons Sept. 12 at The Brigantine.
Winterble is appreciated especially because of his insights on interesting current events and his humorous, high energy style. Before he came to his current position, he was executive producer of the Roger Hedgecock show among other positions. A very interesting tidbit about Winterble: he produced and screened calls for six years as Mr. Snerdly for Rush Limbaugh! Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2,200 students and 120 staff members began Grossmont High School’s 97th year. Amazingly, this year’s freshman class, Class of 2021, will be the 100th senior class to graduate as Foothillers. Read More
By Karla Rodriguez
Mattress Makers prides itself on being local and providing the best quality mattresses and other bedding items to their customers. Mattress Makers has now been open for a little over 45 years and has just opened up a second location in La Mesa after its first one in Mira Mesa.
This business was built by three brothers, Pablo, Gabriel, and Samuel Hernandez, who have set out to provide people with mattresses that are worth their hard-earned money. They are knowledgeable on all the products that they handle and believe in dealing with customers directly. Read More
By Yahairah Aristy
In 2017, our democracy has been infused with a lack of civility, diplomacy and wisdom. In other words, our democracy is witnessing “the Bad, the Ugly and the Good.” What exactly is “The Bad, the Ugly and the Good?”
It is the title of our next discussion where political pundit Dr. Carl Luna answers these questions and more. He will talk about the state of the Democrats, state of the Republicans, and how we move forward to rebuild a true republic representing all people. Dr. Luna will share his political insight and wisdom on Sept. 6 at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club General Meeting. Read More