Calendar – December 26, 2014 – January 22, 2015

Christmas tree recycling

Friday, Dec. 26 – Saturday, Jan. 10

La Mesans living in single-family residences can leave Christmas trees curbside or place segments in green waste containers for collection on their regular trash day between these dates. To prepare the tree for recycling, simply remove ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand. If taller than four feet, cut tree in half. Bundles of branches (wrapped with twine) can also be collected but should not exceed four feet by 18 inches in size. Garlands, wreaths and wood can also be placed in green waste containers. Christmas trees only can be dropped off at the EDCO Station at 8184 Commercial St. and do not need to be cut down in size. For more information on tree recycling and EDCO’s holiday recycling tips visit

New Year’s Eve Party

Wednesday, Dec. 31

The La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center (8450 La Mesa Blvd.) is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration from 8 p.m. – midnight. Tickets will include sandwiches, salads, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert. Party favors and noisemakers will be provided. The event will feature live dance music by Blue Zone. $25 per person. Call 619-667-1322 for more information and tickets.

EDCO New Year’s Day observance

Thursday, Jan. 1

No collection services will be performed by EDCO on New Year’s Day. All public disposal sites, buyback centers and customer service offices will be closed. All regularly scheduled collection services will experience a one-day delay in service for the remainder of the week. For more information visit

Childbirth preparation weekend class

Saturday, Jan. 3 and Sunday Jan. 4

The first weekend of each month, Sharp Grossmont Hospital (5555 Grossmont Center Dr.) hosts this childbirth preparation class with a hospital tour during the first class. Topics covered during the class include: how the body prepares for birth and delivery, hospital procedures, medication choices, cesarean delivery, relaxation techniques, postpartum, infant feeding and newborn characteristics and procedures. The classes are held in the Women’s Center Conference Rooms 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fee: $75. Visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP to register.

Breastfeeding class

Saturdays Jan. 8 and 27

This class at Sharp Grossmont Hospital (5555 Grossmont Center Dr.) teaches basic skills for successful breastfeeding. Topics covered include: advantages of breastfeeding, positioning, proper latch-on, breast pumps and nursing bras. There will be time for questions and answers. The classes are held in the Women’s Center Conference Rooms 1 and 2 from 9 – 9:30 p.m. Fee: $30. Visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP to register.

Heart and Vascular Risk Factors Education Class

Fridays, Jan. 9 and 23

Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers this class at the Brier Patch Campus in building F, rooms 13 and 14 (9000 Wakarusa St.) twice each month for patients who were in the hospital within the last six months with a heart attack, stent, angioplasty, angina, open heart surgery, congestive heart failure or peripheral artery disease. A cardiac rehabilitation professional leads the class covering risk factors for heart and vascular disease. Patients may bring one family member to the class and there is no charge. Visit to register.

La Mesa Village Farmers Market

Fridays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30

After being closed for the holidays, the La Mesa Village Farmers Market will resume in January. Winter hours for the market are 1 – 5 p.m. The market takes place at the La Mesa Civic Center near Allison and Date avenues. Vendors each week sell fresh local fruits, vegetables, and herbs, packaged foods, flowers, and hot food prepared on site. Follow @LMMarket on Twitter and visit for updates.

Municipal pool re-opens

Tuesday, Jan. 20

The La Mesa Municipal Pool (5100 Memorial Drive in MacArthur Park) will reopen for regular activities after its annual closure for maintenance. Spring schedules for youth swimming lessons will be released Feb. 1. For more information visit

Nature Adventures!

Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Wednesday, Jan. 21

Linda Hawley leads these classes for children ages 4 and up at Mission Trails Regional Park (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos). Each month the class is held on a designated Tuesday and Wednesday. Hawley presents factual information about San Diego’s wild animals using songs, puppets, real pelts, replicated skulls, scat, tracks and taxidermy specimens. After the lesson, the children are led on an easy trail walk which is followed by a related take-home craft project back in the classroom. Children attend one class per month and must be accompanied by an adult. The 90-minute program’s theme this month will be “Kumeyaay Life Before 1979.” Visit for more information and future dates and themes.

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