La Mesa/Mt. Helix

GRAND JURY REPORT SLAMS EAST COUNTY CITIES' “LACK OF RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS”

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report critical of four cities in East County for failing to provide adequately for the needs of homeless people, including failing to apply for federal funds available for that purpose. The Grand Jury report, titled “East County Cities’ Lack of Response to Homelessness,” also made recommendations to improve the situation.

MT HELIX PARK TO OFFER ASTRONOMY NIGHT , HEART OF MT. HELIX AND CHILDREN’S ART CAMP EVENTS THIS SUMMER

 

East County News Service

Photo Mt. Helix courtesy Allan Ferguson on Flickr

June 7, 2016 (Mt. Helix) – This summer, several fun events will be held atop Mt. Helix, including an astrononmy night, the annual heART of Mt. Helix festivities, and an Art in the Park children’s art camp.  Scroll down for details.

A SIGHT TO BEHOLD: VISIONARY DANCE PERFORMANCE IN NEW CITY HEIGHTS ANNEX

 

By Chisato Iversen

June 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- Visionary Dance Theatre showcased Shadoworx, an amazing dance performance choreographed by Natalia Valerdi-Rogers on May 27 and 28th.  All the dancers were stunning. They could really convey their emotions through to the audience. They were able to go from sad and forlorn to sassy and quirky to soft and delicate. The dancers ranged from children to adults.

RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCED FOR TASTE OF LA MESA: 400 HUNGRY GUESTS EXPECTED JUNE 6TH

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2016 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual Taste of La Mesa from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa.

Participating restaurants as of press time include Anthony's Fish Grotto, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Brigantine Restaurant, Cali Comfort BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Edible Arrangements, El Torito, Himalayan Cuisine, Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill, Luna Grill, Marie Callender's, O's American Kitchen, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Souplantation, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Terra American Bistro, The Hills Local Pub, Tiramisu Trattoria, and Valley Farm Market.  Samuel Adams is the exclusive beer sponsor of the evening. Wine sponsors include Nonno’s Ristorante Italino, Riviera Supper Club, The Regal Bar and San Pasqual Winery.

HERRICK LIBRARY IN LA MESA EXHIBITS WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS THROUGH JUNE

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 3, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is now hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Carol Roberts of Spring Valley. The show runs through June 30. The exhibit features paintings of landscapes, animals, birds, flowers and scenery, some of them inspired by Roberts’ scuba diving trips to New Guinea, Palau and Fiji.

CITY OF LA MESA UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE — AND A WEBSITE SCAVENGER HUNT

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2016  (La Mesa)The City of La Mesa introduced a new website yesterday to capture the “essence of the City and its dedication to promoting quality of life in the Jewel of the Hills,” according to the city’s press release.

MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AND ATTEMPTED MURDER IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2016 (La Mesa) – The District Attorney’s office has added attempted murder to the list of charges facing Theodis Barley, 50, who was arrested May 12 on arson by La Mesa Police.. He is accused of setting fire to his sister’s home on Nebo Drive in La Mesa on May 9th; authorities believe he knew that his sister was inside at the time.

JUNGLE BOOK BALLET BRINGS BELOVED KIPLING TALE TO LIFE JUNE 3-4 IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2016 (La  Mesa) – Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and other beloved characters from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book will come to life to enchant and delight audiences in Visionary Youth Ballet’s presentation of “The Jungle Book Ballet.” This special program choreographed by Kiona Daelyn, Visionary’s Director of Dance Education, wil be held Friday and Saturday, June 3-4 at 7 p.m. at Visionary’s new studio (8693 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa.

ANTIQUES IN THE VILLAGE WILL SOON BE HISTORY

Customer Appreciation Day June 2; store closes June30

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2016 (La Mesa) – For the past 18 years, Antiques in the Village has been a fixture in La Mesa’s downtown village, offering a delightful mix of antiques and collectibles.  But owners Larry and Francis Settle are retiring—and the shop will be closing its doors permanently on June 30th.

On June 2nd, the couple is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day.  “Everything will be 30 to 50 percent off,” says Larry, adding that refreshments will be served up along with bargain prices. Discounts will continue to be offered until the final day at month’s end.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS NEIL SIMON’S “CHAPTER TWO” MAY 13 - JUNE 12

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter, Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

May 26, 2016 (La Mesa) - Do you believe in second chances? Neil Simon’s plays are semi- biographical; for Simon, perfect love happened twice. In Chapter Two, it happens for George Schneider, who loses his wife an early death and Jennie Malone who married the wrong man.

WWII INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-AMERICAN STUDENTS AT GROSSMONT HIGH: NEW EXHIBIT AT LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2016 (La Mesa) – AP students at Grossmont High School recently researched Japanese-American students who attended Grossmont and the impact that the 1942 internment of program had on their lives.  Now the results of their efforts are on display in a special exhibit at the La Mesa Historical Society: May through September on the 2nd & 4th Saturday  from 1-4pm: “WWII Internment and the Japanese-American Students of Grossmont High School.”

SALUTE TO OLD GLORY: LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 4

 

East County News Service

May 26,2016 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa shows its patriotic spirit with the 19th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade:  "A Salute to Old Glory!"  You can bring the entire family to this good old fashioned Red, White and Blue parade on Saturday, June 4th. The Grand Marshall this year is Cabrillo National Park in honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

LA MESA COUNCIL CONSIDERS SPONSORSHIP OF CAR SHOW

May 24, 2016 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa City Council meets today at 6 p.m. in City Hall. 

The agenda includes a proposal for the city to take over sponsorship of the “Back to the 50s” car show, an event formerly organized and funded by the La Mesa Village Merchants Association.

Council will also weigh changes to parking requirements in the downtown commercial area, as well as  whether  to approve proposed transportation and street improvements.

THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN LA MESA: MAY 25

 

East County News Service

May 23, 2016 (La  Mesa) –Climate change has impacts on everything from water to transportation issues.   La Mesa Conversations invites you to a discussion on The Future of Climate Change in La Mesa.  The discussion will be moderated by San Diego Union-Tribune environmental reporter Joshua Emerson Smith.

Panelists will include Amber Albrecht, senior communications manager for SDG&E, Kerry Davis, vice president of sales and marketing for Terra Steward/Foshay Solar Energy, and Kayla Race, director of operations and programs for Climate Action Plan.

LA MESA OFFFERS OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT SIX JUNE 12 - JULY 24

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa’s free family fun “Concerts at Six” series will be held once again in Harry Griffen Park (8550 Milden Street) each Sunday  evening from 6 to 7 p.m.   The season opens June 12 and runs through July 24.

For the season opener, the San Diego Concert Band will perform. Other musical entertainment through the season will include Rhythm and the Method, Jazz West, Sonic Epidemic, Silvermine, and Big Band Ambassadors.  For a full schedule of entertainers, scroll down:

SUSPECTS WHO USED STOLEN CREDIT CARDS IN LA MESA SOUGHT, $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

East County News Service

May 18, 2016 (La Mesa) – Crime  Stoppers is offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a couple caught on surveillance video at the Amaya Drive trolley station in la Mesa on March 28th.  They are suspected of using a credit card stolen from an unlocked parked car in Encinitas the night before.

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND ROTARY CLUB OF LA MESA ANNOUNCE PHOTO PLAQUE UNVEILING TOUR

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2016 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Historical Society has partnered with the Rotary Club of La Mesa in celebrating the unique and inspiring history of La Mesa with the installment of eleven new photo plaques spread throughout the downtown "village". The photo plaques are part of an effort to educate the community and its visitors of the rich La Mesa history. 

POLICE SEEK MEN IN GREEN FORD EXPLORER SUSPECTED IN HOME INVASION MURDER AT SAN CARLOS HOME

May 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Brent Adler, 33, is dead of a gunshot wound after arriving at his San Carlos home and interrupting a home invasion robbery.  San Diego Police are seeking four or five men spotting fleeing the scene in the 8500 block of Tommy Drive in a green Ford Expedition Wednesday, May 11 around 2:50 p.m..

The victim suffered at least one gunshot wound to his upper body and was found dead in front of the residence.

LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

East County News Service

May 13, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Applications are now being accepted for volunteer positions on the City’s boards and commissions. The deadline for submission of applications is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2016, in the City Clerk’s office at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue. Applications may be obtained at City Hall or from the City of La Mesa website, www.cityoflamesa.us.

USING IMPROVISATION TO HELP ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS ON MAY 17

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region and Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families, will jointly present “Living in the Moment: A Workshop for Caregivers,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 17 at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa. Admission is free.

“EAT YOUR HEART OUT” AT THE 8TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA JUNE 6

 

Source:  La Mesa Chamber of Commerce press release

May 10, 2016 (La Mesa) --The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that the 8th Annual “Taste of La Mesa” will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The public is invited to sample fare from many local restaurants and other food providers.

SKIN SAFETY MEETING AT HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Be Sun Smart,” a free presentation on skin care and safety from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Tina Mirpuri, care director with Synergy HomeCare of La Mesa, a franchised home care company.

SUSPECT WHO FLED FROM OFFICERS FOUND HIDING IN A JACUZZI, SUBDUED BY POLICE DOG

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2016 (La Mesa) — La Mesa Police tried to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation in the Costco Parking lot this morning, but the suspect put his Toyota Camry into reverse quickly, causing officers to have to jump out of the way, according to an police. He fled, leading officers on a brief pursuit before he got out of the vehicle and ran behind businesses along Fletcher Parkway.

LA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST "COFFEE WITH A COP" MAY 5 FROM 8 AM - 10 AM

 

Source:  La Mesa Police Department Press Release

May 2, 2016 (La Mesa) - On May 5, officers from the La Mesa Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00 AM at Starbucks, 5020 Baltimore Drive La Mesa.

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