Family Wellness Center offers new therapeutic services

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Featured | No Comments

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.

Colleges looking to fill food pantry cupboards

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | College, Featured, News | No Comments

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.

Arts Calendar: Sept. 22–Oct. 26, 2017

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Arts Calendar, Calendar, Featured | No Comments


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

The hidden meat smoker at Grossmont Center

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

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.

Helix Homecoming and other fall events

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Helix Highlights | No Comments

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

Anderson connects with community at local events

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senator Anderson update | No Comments

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. 

Supreme Court insider featured at next Dem Club meeting

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.