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The new and the old of La Mesa Oktoberfest

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

This year’s Oktoberfest will again see some changes now that the city of La Mesa has officially gotten out of the event-planning business.

In 2016, city officials decided to take on the production of Oktoberfest when they realized that the future of the event was in jeopardy. This year, they’ve passed the torch to the newly formed La Mesa Village Association (LMVA).

Howling for forever homes

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Features, From the cover, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Butler

If you’re looking for Halloween plans that are more sweet than spooky, Howl-O-Ween Hounds may just be the treat for you.

Howl-O-Ween Hounds, an adoption event at Grossmont Center, brings together dozens of pet adoption agencies ­— 23 and counting, at the time of publication — in an effort to connect these animals with loving owners.

Bringing music to the table in La Mesa

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | 4 Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

When I moved from La Mesa to Normal Heights four years ago, I thought I was going to reside in a hotbed for live music, as I’d be walk-ably close to Adams Avenue and North Park with their plentiful venues and numerous street fairs.

Little did I know La Mesa was going to experience a live-music renaissance of its own, with an up-and-coming culinary scene to boot.

This old house

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Features, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Just two years after Terry and Pam Hovland bought their house at 8602 Echo Drive in 1979, the couple got an unusual request from the city of La Mesa.

“In 1981, they came and knocked on my front door and they said, ‘We’d like to have your house included in our historic inventory of potential landmarks,’” Terry Hovland said. “From that point on, I had interest in finding out more about the house.”

Sharp HospiceCare races for compassionate care

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

Though it’s something none of us like to think or talk about, hospice care could likely be an important decision to make in a loved one’s last days of life. Sharp HospiceCare of Grossmont Sharp Hospital has three hospice homes in the county, one in Bonita and the other two in Del Cerro and in La Mesa. The staff at the hospice homes have the know-how and compassion for easing both the patient and families through this stage of life.

Caring for patients since 1992, Sharp HospiceCare is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified organization. Accredited by the Joint Commission and affiliated with several hospice care organizations including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Ferret-friendly

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Pets, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Joyell Nevins

A group fighting a 20-year legal battle is now employing a new tactic. “Legalize Ferrets,” founded by La Mesa resident Pat Wright, still has the ultimate goal of having ferrets as legal domestic pets in the state of California — but now they are working with council members to declare the city of La Mesa a “ferret-friendly” or “ferret sanctuary” city.

“We know there are ferrets and people who love ferrets in our city,” La Mesa councilwoman Kristine Alessio told the Legalize Ferrets group at a meet-and-greet on July 15. “I have taken on the challenge.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of East County breaks ground on La Mesa clubhouse

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Rick Griffin

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has begun construction of its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that will house the Gagon Academy and Bill Walton Gymnasium. The new clubhouse is located past a ball field on the west end of the La Mesa Arts Academy.

The new 26,000-square-foot Brady Family Clubhouse will be the largest of the six Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. The clubhouse will feature a learning center and homework study room named the Gagon Academy, plus a full-service kitchen and nutrition center and the Little Rascals area for 5- to 7-year-olds. It will also showcase the 10,000-square-foot Bill Walton Gymnasium, named after the Helix High graduate (class of 1970) and TV basketball broadcaster on the PAC 12 network.

Celebrate the arts at heART of Mt. Helix

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

La Mesa’s Mt. Helix will come alive with the sound of music — and food, drink, art, dancing and general frivolity — at the 10th annual heART of Mt. Helix fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m. The event is for adults only, age 21 and older.

The fundraiser is organized by the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, which serves as trustee of the private family trust that established the park in 1929. The event raises a third of the park’s annual $300,000 budget, which funds park operations.