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Handmade with love at Grossmont Center

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Features, From the cover, Top Stories | No Comments

By Genevieve A. Suzuki

La Mesa shop owner Katharine Bowen’s heart may be softer than the stuffed animals she crafts by hand.

Bowen, 27, owns Handmade Market, the newest store in Grossmont Center. She is dedicating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of her stuffed animals toward opening a no-kill animal rescue. It’s not entirely surprising that animals are Bowen’s passion — each of her unique creations is a thoughtful tribute to the spirit of the animal it represents.

City approves new plan for Collier Park

Posted: February 27th, 2015 | From the cover, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

Jeremy Ogul | Editor
Three times a week, Anita Bookhart brings her five-year-old daughter to play at Collier Park on Palm Avenue. Bookhart has fond memories of her own childhood experiences at the park. Sometimes, though, it just doesn’t feel safe.

“Sometimes it’ll be a certain crowd down here and I won’t even come,” she said.

Bookhart, who lives just up the hill, said she has occasionally witnessed people drinking, doing drugs or engaging in other illegal behavior.

“It’s not a comfortable feeling, especially when you have your child and want them to be able to run around,” she said.

La Mesa Drum Circle a hit with the community

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Features, From the cover, Top Stories | 1 Comment

Cynthia Robertson

Every second Thursday of the month, people throng to the fire station on Dallas Street at 6:30 p.m., and within 10 minutes, the sound of beating drums booms from within.

The monthly Community Drum Circle led by Susan Hall, proprietor of RhythmWorx, is a regular event for drumming enthusiasts who meet regularly to make music. Many of them come for the sheer joy of community.

The craft beer wave hits La Mesa

By Jen Van Tieghem

For as much of a beer mecca as San Diego County has become, La Mesa may not spring to mind for those looking for a craft brew. But while we may be a little late to the party, our neck of the woods is making up for lost time with a brand new brewery, growing tap lists around town and a forthcoming brewery restaurant.

La Mesa pool provides innovative PTSD treatment

Posted: November 28th, 2014 | Featured, From the cover, News | No Comments

By Elisse Miller In the past 10 years, nearly 18,000 veterans have received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through the Veterans Affairs office in San Diego. While it’s no surprise that the brave men and women who return from their heroic service can have a difficult time adjusting to normal, everyday life, the right […]