Calendar – February 26 – March 26, 2015

Lenten Speak Series
Feb. 27 – March 27

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church (7710 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa) is hosting this series each Friday for the remainder of Lent. The events will begin at 5 p.m. with a fish taco dinner, followed by a guest speaker in the church’s Parish Hall at 6 p.m. After the presentations, attendees are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross in the church at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 will feature Susan Reeder, a licensed clinical social worker and assessment center program manager for St. Vincent de Paul, who will discuss St. Vincent’s services and her work with the homeless. The speaker on March 6 will be Jorge Valerdi who will discuss the topic of assisting undocumented children. Champlain Robert Moscato will be the guest on March 13 discussing prison ministry and other topics. On March 20, Julianne and Chris North will present on their organization, Build a Miracle, which facilitates the building of homes in Mexico with the help of volunteers. The final installment on March 27 will feature a Taize Prayer Service with a simple meal served before the service. Note: Casanova Fish Tacos will provide the fish dinners and tickets for dinner will be sold at the door. For more information visit or call 619-466-3241.

Walking Wednesdays
Wednesdays (ongoing)

These weekly walks are a great chance to meet your neighbors, get active and support La Mesa businesses. The group meets at various locations to explore La Mesa’s urban trail system. March 11 they’ll meet at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive) for a two-mile walk with some hills starting at 9 a.m.; March 25 they’ll meet at Briercrest Park (9001 Wakarusa St.) for a 1.5-mile walk with some hills starting at 9 a.m. For more information contact Misty Thompson at 619-667-1319 or, and follow @LaMesaSRTS on Twitter.

La Mesa Beautiful annual meeting
March 1

This year’s meeting titled “Highlighting the Value of Trees in Our Community” will be held from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Nan Couts Cottage (5045 Memorial Drive). The topic for the event “Serving Family, City and Country – Secrets of our Community Trees” will cover the vital role of trees in our community and how “strong leadership could transform our urban communities.” The guest speaker will be Robin Rivet, an ISA Certified Arborist, consulting horticulturist, and landscape designer, who lives in La Mesa. The 2015 proposed slate for board of directors and officers will also be announced by the nominating committee at the meeting and members in attendance will vote for those positions. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. RSVP by email: or by phone: 619-303-8300. Visit for more information.

Transit use training
March 6 and 20, April 3

Three upcoming trainings are planned to help La Mesans learn how to utilize various transportation options, each starting at 10 a.m. The session on March 6 will focus on the trolley, meeting at the La Mesa Boulevard Trolley Station (near the intersection of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard) and offering hands-on experience riding the trolley. The March 20 installment will start at Starbucks (5416 Lake Murray Blvd.) on the corner of Lake Murray and Kiowa drives for bus training and hands-on experience riding the bus. The third session on April 3 will offer hands-on experience with both the bus and trolley starting at the Amaya Drive Trolley Station (on Amaya Drive between Severin Drive and Fletcher Parkway). Day transit passes and light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Misty Thompson at 619-667-1319 or

Treating chronic shoulder pain seminar
March 11

This free seminar presented by Sharp Grossmont Hospital will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center (9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa). Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Benjamin DuBois will discuss options for treating shoulder arthritis, torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder ailments. DuBois will also discuss shoulder replacement surgery and field questions from attendees. For more information and to register for the event visit

Live Well 2015: Community wellness series
March 12

This ongoing series at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive) takes place every other month on select dates. Each free workshop is held from 6 – 7 p.m. This month’s installment celebrates National Nutrition Month with information on practicing “healthy choices from a rainbow of foods” with samples and recipes provided. The goal of the series is to create a healthier community with the help of experts. Future topics include “healthy snacking,” “brain games” and more. For more information visit To RSVP call 619-667-1300.

Spring Into Healthy Living
March 18

This annual event by East County Action Network for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities (ECAN) will be held at the Cameron YMCA in Santee (10123 Riverwalk Drive). Admission is free and includes a healthy breakfast buffet offered by Lantern Crest Senior Living. Vendors will offer free health screenings including those for blood glucose, blood pressure, hearing and more. Lectures and demonstrations will be given on a variety of topics. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Santee Station will be on hand to collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs for disposal. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – noon with opportunity drawings at the end. To RSVP call 1-877-926-8300 (the AARP Reservation Line) and follow the prompts. Visit for more information.

Treating chronic hip pain seminar
March 18

This free seminar presented by Sharp Grossmont Hospital will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center (9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa). Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Allsing will be the presenter for this seminar. The presentation is geared towards those living with hip pain and will discuss joint replacement surgery, and care before and after surgery. For more information and to register for the event visit

Advances in gynecological and reproductive surgery seminar
March 26

This free seminar presented by Sharp Grossmont Hospital will be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s main auditorium (5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa). OBGYN Dr. Rebeca Sandoval will lead the presentation for women at all stages of life with conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain or prolapse and their treatment options. For more information and to register for the event visit

Parliamentary law meeting
April 4

San Diego East County Parliamentarian Group is hosting this special meeting for Parliamentary Law Month. Parliamentary law/procedure “refers to the rules of democracy – that is, the commonly accepted way a group of people come together, present and discuss possible course of action, and make decisions.” The meeting is free and includes complimentary lunch; it will be held at 1 p.m. in the conference room at Denny’s in Fletcher Hills (2691 Navajo Road). RSVP by email: or by phone 619-562-9472.

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