Calendar — Dec. 23, 2016 – Jan. 26, 2017

Posted: December 23rd, 2016 | Calendar, Calendar, Opinion & News Briefs | No Comments

Winter camps for kids
Through Friday, Jan. 6

La Mesa Community Services is offering five winter camps for children ages 5-12 during the winter break from school:

“Buckaroo Time for Young Farmers” is for kids ages 5-12 who love animals. There are two sessions to choose from; Dec. 22 and 23 or Dec. 27 and 28. Both run 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Minecraft: Build using LEGO” for children brings Minecraft to life with the help of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This camp is held Dec. 27-30, 9 a.m.-noon for children ages 5-6; and 1-4 p.m. for ages 7-13.

“Jedi/Master Engineering Using LEGO” is an introduction to engineering for children. This camp will be held Jan. 3-6, 9 a.m.-noon for kids ages 5-6; and 1-4 p.m. for kids ages 7-12.

“Fun Food and Silly Snacks Cooking” is a hands-on, three-day camp focusing on nutrition and making food fun. Children will be taught to measure correctly and to read product labels. This camp will be held Dec. 27-29, 1-4 p.m. for ages 7-12.

“Gymnastics Camp” will help kids work on flexibility, strength, tumbling skills and basics on bars, beams, vault and floor exercise. This camp is for children ages 5 years and up, beginning to advanced levels. The camp will be held Jan. 3-6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Camps will be held at the La Mesa Recreation Center (4975 Memorial Drive). Visit for costs and to register, or call 619-667-1300.

Little League registration
Through Jan. 14, 2017

Online registration for the La Mesa National Little League’s 2017 Spring Season is underway through Jan. 14. Those who register online before Jan. 1 will receive a $20 discount. A one-time walk-up registration will be held Jan. 10. Children ages 4 to 12 are welcome to play in the league. Regular cost is $180, but T-ball (4-5 years old) is $95. Each player is required to provide the league with a copy of their original birth certificate and three proofs of residence or proof of school attendance. These documents must be presented in person during document presentation night (date to be determined), or at walk up registration. The documents are required for registration to be completed. Player assessments are scheduled for Jan. 14 and 15, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Meeker Field both days. Player assessment makeup day is scheduled for Jan. 17, 4-5 p.m. The opening ceremony will be Feb. 25. To register visit For more information about La Mesa National Little League visit or contact the league with questions at

Hanukkah lunch and celebration
Friday, Dec. 23

College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro) will host this celebration with latkes and sufganiyot. There will also be live entertainment by Debra Davis and members of the 2nd Avenue Klezmer group. Visit for more information.

San Diego International Auto Show, SD Convention Center
Thursday, Dec. 29-Monday, Jan. 2

Automotive enthusiasts will be in four-wheeled heaven as the San Diego International Auto Show descends on the San Diego Convention Center (111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego). See more than 400 automobiles from 40 global manufacturers. Visitors can participate in interactive activities and enjoy family entertainment. Admission: $12 adults; $9 active duty military with ID; $9 senior citizens 62 and older; $8 children ages 7-12; and free for children 6 and younger. Sunday, Jan. 1 is Chevy Family Day and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. Opens at 10 a.m. each day and closes at 9 p.m. on Dec. 29, 30 and Jan. 1; 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 7 p.m. Jan. 2. Visit for e-tickets. For more information, visit

New Year’s Eve live dance music
Saturday, Dec. 31

Welcome the new year and dance the night away to the music of Blue Zone at the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center’s New Year’s Eve Party, 6:30-10:30 p.m. (8450 La Mesa Blvd.). Includes party favors and noisemakers. Sandwiches, salads, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts will be served. Cost is $25 per person. For ticket information, call 619-667-1322. Visit

Holiday Model Train Display
Dec. 24, 27, 31

Bring your imagination and visit the Holiday Model Train Display at Grossmont Center (5500 Grossmont Center Drive), presented by the San Diego S-Gaugers. Visitors will enjoy the scene as the model trains move through the exhibit. Visit and become “junior engineers” for free. The display is open noon-6 p.m. next to Super Brows (#103 on the mall map). For more information, visit

Breakfast with Dianne Jacob
Wednesday, Jan. 18

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Supervisor Dianne Jacob as the guest speaker. Hear firsthand about county business and upcoming projects being addressed by the supervisor. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., breakfast and program 7:30-9 a.m. at Marie Callender’s in the Garden Room (6950 Alvarado Road). Cost is $15 for Chamber members not using passes; $20 for potential members and guests; and $25 for “at the door” admission. Make reservations at or call 619-465-7700, ext. 2.

La Mesa Chamber Business Mixer
Wednesday, Jan. 18

Celebrate a new year of prosperity at Continental Catering (8238 Parkway Drive) during the first La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Mixer of 2017. The Chamber will celebrate its successful holiday projects. Admission is free for members; $10 for guests with RSVP and $20 at the door. Wine hosted by The Riviera Supper Club. Time: 5:30-7 p.m. Visit or call 619-465-7700.


Boulevard Stroll

Visit the shops and restaurants along La Mesa Boulevard on the first Wednesday of every month 5–8 p.m. for special deals, entertainment and getting to know your fellow La Mesans. Visit for more information.

Farmers Market

Visit La Mesa’s open-air market every Friday afternoon, 2-6 p.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and Spring Street. Sponsored by the city of La Mesa, the market offers produce, flowers and plants. For more information, call Suzanne Bendixen, 619-249-9395; or send an email to

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