La Mesa/Mt. Helix

HONORING OUR VETERANS: NOV. 10-11 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

East County News Service

November 8, 2017 (La Mesa) - On Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, Grossmont Center is pulling out all the stops to honor our veterans.  The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday evening in the Courtyard with a concert by the Navy's SW 32nd Street Brass Band.  These outstanding musicians will be performing traditional New Orleans jazz, Navy favorites and pop tunes.

TWO WOMEN BRUTALLY STABBED IN EAST COUNTY; SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING IN BLOODY CAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

November 7, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A man suspected of savagely stabbing a female delivery driver, 35, this morning at a convenience store in La Mesa has been taken into custody.  Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether he may be linked to another woman found stabbed this morning in El Cajon.

The chilling sequence of events began shortly after 3 a.m. when a Frito Lay delivery truck driver was stabbed repeatedly outside of the 7-Eleven store on Avocado Boulevard in unincorporated La Mesa.  She staggered into the store, where she collapsed after telling a clerk she’d been attacked, 10 News reports.

SUNSHINE MERMAIDS HOST ISLAND BANQUET IN LA MESA DEC. 2

 

By Valerie Watts

November 7, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The Sunshine Mermaids, a non-profit aquatic adventure camp for girls, invites you to the islands.  Their upcoming fundraiser, an Island Banquet at the Charcoal House in La Mesa, will feature great food and beverages, local vendors, silent and live auctions, raffle prizes, entertainment, and a live performance from the Irensia Dance Troupe.  This event will be held December 2 beginning at 6 p.m. and is for adults over 21.  Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, two drinks and one raffle ticket.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com (search for Island Banquet) and more information is available on their Facebook page. 

VOTER FRAUD QUESTIONS HAUNT LA MESA'S NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

 

By Ken Stone

Originally published by Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Rebekah Basson, 25, was appointed to the La Mesa-Spring Valley school board in August. Photo by Ken Stone

November 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - La Mesa’s new school board member voted in Georgia’s November 2016 election despite later swearing that she had been a resident of the East County district for 1 1/2 years — going back to about January 2016.

LOCAL DIVE BAR AWARDS $10,000 IN HALLOWEEN CONTEST

 

Costume contest winner had 1 in 10 chance to win thousands

By Maria Wiles

November 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Hills in La Mesa made one patron scream in excitement this Halloween weekend with a costume contest grand prize of $10,000.

La Mesa’s The Hills hosted their second annual $10,000 costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 28. The costume winner, chosen from crowd popular vote, had the choice of accepting $500 cash or taking a 1 out of 10 chance at winning a $10,000. The risk taker had to choose the correct black glass ball with a gold bell in it.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY REVIEW - KOOKY IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN, THROUGH OCT. 29

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

www.http://losangeles.splashmags.com/

October 26, 2017 (La Mesa) - What sbetter way to spend time on the Halloween weekend than spending time with the family seeing a wholesome play, and getting your creepy fix? CYT (Christian Youth Theatre) has one more weekend at the Joan Kroc Center, presenting The Addams Family, directed by Joshua and Amanda Pontsler, who did an amazing job with this huge cast. The kind of entertainment that has you smiling from ear to ear.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS TOY DRIVE FOR MILITARY CHILDREN IN LA MESA: BRING ITEMS TO DEC. 5 HOLIDAY PARTY

 

East County News Service

October 23, 2017 (La Mesa) – “Join us as we celebrate the strength of our community and help us gather toys, diapers and other items for children between the ages of 2-13 years old and the families of military personnel living in La Mesa military housing,” says Mary England, president of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

LOCAL ARTISTS’ RECEPTION NOV. 3 AT NAINSOOK GALLERY

 

By Valerie Watts

Photos:  "Beachcombers" by Sharon Thomas; "Lavender Field" by Maic Palmier

October 21, 2017 (La Mesa) - "Nainsook" is a word derived from Hindi and Urdo which literally means "eye's delight."  Nainsook Framing and Art invites the public to an artists' reception celebrating the opening of a show of works by local artists Friday November 3 from 6-8 p.m.at 8130 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa. 

Wine and cheese will be served, and your eyes are sure to delight in the works of Daphne Gaylord, Elaine Harvey, Jason Humphrey, Joan Everds, Katy Weesner, Mae Crauder-Davis, Maic Palmieri, Paul White, Risë Parberry, Robert Gerdes, Sharon Thomas and Virginia Klute.  The show will run through December 30. 

BAMBOOZLED: A FAST PACED, UPBEAT AND WONDERFUL SHOW

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo, left:  Mackenzie Hyden, Michelle Porras, Zayda Estrada, and Sophia Torres in “Spiral Dance” 

October 20, 2017 (San Diego/La Mesa) - Bamboozled by Spencer John Powell's Kidz Danz Kompany was energetic, fast-paced and fun to watch. The music selection was stellar and made for an upbeat show; even a toddler in the row next to me was jumping up and down and dancing with the music. My favorite parts were the flips by Michelle Porras, the high energy classical piece “Psalms for the Children of Syria” and the graceful “Spiral Dance.”

LA MESA WOMAN’S CORNUCOPIA SITE OFFERS GIFTS TO NOURISH BREAST CANCER PATIENTS IN BODY AND SOUL

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

October 21, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Friends and family of breast cancer patients going through chemotherapy might start with pink scarves, pink hats, and pink t-shirts as gifts of support.  La Mesa resident A. Michelle Herrmann launched Cornucopia LLC, available online at www.CornucopiaBox.com, to offer “nourishment for an abundant life,” including recipes nutritionally tailored for cancer patients as well as personal care items for women battling breast cancer and more.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON EATING A FIBER-RICH DIET

 

East County News Service

 

October 19, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Eating a Fiber Rich Diet,” a free program on the benefits of a fiber rich diet, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served, including tasting samples of a fiber rich recipe. Advance RSVP is not necessary.

HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDRAISER AND CHILI COOKOFF IN LA MESA OCT. 20

 

East County News Service

October 18, 2017 (La Mesa) — Keller Williams in La Mesa (4700 Spring Street) will host a Chili Cook Off for hurricane relief efforts this Friday, October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.. Booth rentals are $100 and will be donated to disaster relief efforts.

TONY, THE MOVIE: FILM ON HOMELESSNESS IN SAN DIEGO SHOWING OCT. 30 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 18, 2017 (La Mesa) -- You’re invited to join La Mesa Conversations and La Mesa First United Methodist Church's Community Outreach Ministry for a joint presentation of the new film "Tony - The Movie," a film about homelessness in San Diego.  The film we be showed on October 30th.  Please visit http://tony-themovie.com/ to learn more about the film.

The screening at the church (4690 Palm Avenue, La Mesa) will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion about homelessness in San Diego and La Mesa, with a question and answer session.

JOIN OUR “FEAST FROM THE EAST” AT HIMALAYAN CUISINE WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB OCT. 19

 

 

 

October 5, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to join our East County Dining Club in a “Feast from the East” at Himalayan Cuisine (7918 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa) on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.  The restaurant features delicious  foods from Nepal, India and Tibet. 

For this event, you can order food and drinks off the extensive exotic and affordable menu, plus we’ll have a wealth of prizes. View the delicious menu options:  www.HimalayanCuisineOne.com.   

 

You can pay at the door for this event, but please RSVP early to reserve space—our last two events sold out!  RVSP to reserve space:  (619)698-7617 or email editor@eastcountymagazine.org .

The restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds to benefit East County Magazine and East County Wildfires & Alerts.  More delicious details:

LA MESA AUTO REPAIR SHOP RAISING MONEY FOR BREAST CANCER VACCINE

 

East County News Service

 

October 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – Summit Transmissions, 7633 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, has announced it is donating 10 percent from its sales on brake work performed in October to Brakes for Breasts (www.brakesforbreasts.org), a fundraising effort for a vaccine to prevent breast cancer. In addition, Jerry Kubitsky, owner, Summit Transmissions, said he is providing free brake pads, a $109 value, to every customer needing new brakes.

HALLOWEEN HARVEST FAMILY FESTIVAL ATOP MT. HELIX OCT. 29

 

East County News Service

October 15, 2017 (Mt. Helix) -- The Mt. Helix Park Foundation and Grossmont Mt Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) are joining together for a fun-filled Halloween Harvest Family Festival at the top of Mt Helix Park for neighborhood families on Sunday, October 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. 

$10,000 HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST AT THE HILLS IN LA MESA OCT. 28; HALLOWEEN PARTY AT EASTBOUND IN LAKESIDE OCT. 27

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The owners of The Hills in La Mesa and the Eastbound Bar and Grill in Lakeside are serving up some spooky fun--along with some wild libations, prizes and more this Halloween Season. From a cauldron of concoctions served in gravedigger skull mugs to a costume contest with a $10,000 prize, these local night spots have plenty of “treats” in store for their Halloween weekend guests.

CARNIVAL 4 CANINES OCT. 21 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2017 (La Mesa) - Harry Griffin Park is going to the dogs! 

On Saturday October 21 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Coe Lewis will be hosting the third annual Carnival 4 Canines put on by Jackie Blue's Rescue Angels and KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1.  Admission to this family-friendly, pet-friendly event is free, and it offers games for the kids, gourmet food, crafts, and vendors who specialize in one-of-a-kind and handmade items.  There will be microchipping services, animal welfare & conservation organizations as well as pet rescue groups. The doggy costume contest registration begins at 1 p.m., with the judging beginning at 2 p.m.  An opportunity drawing will begin at 3:30 p.m. (winner need not be present to win).   You won't want to miss seeing the doggy agility course.  All proceeds benefit Jackie Blue's Rescue Angels, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Jacumba Hot Springs.   

LA MESA CHAMBER ADOPTS 24 HOME-BOUND SENIORS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

By Mary England, La Mesa Chamber

October 8, 2017 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber believes that being a good community leader includes assisting those in need. Each year we assist La Mesa homebound seniors and this year we shall assist 24 wonderful seniors - 20 women and 4 men. We collect items to make their holidays bright and meaningful.

A TALE OF TWO OKTOBERFESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 7, 2017 (El Cajon) – Crowds flocked to Oktoberfests in El Cajon and La Mesa for bratwurst, beer, and festivities. The two community events differed sharply, with the German-American club’s event at its headquarters in El Cajon focused on authentic offerings such as a German band and Bavarian pastries, while La Mesa added some international elements and carnival attractions.

IDENTIFY THEFT SUSPECT WANTED: UP TO $1,000 REWARD

 

East County News Service

October 7, 2017 (Santee/La Mesa) -- San Diego County Crime Stoppers along with investigators from the Santee Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for identity theft.

The victim from Santee never lost her credit card and does not know how her information was compromised.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: FOOTHILLERS LEAVE EL CAP IN RUINS; WIN 51-7 ON WEEK ONE OF GROSSMONT LEAGUE PLAY

 

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October 6, 2017 (Lakeside) - ECM Friday Night Lights is back after a two-week hiatus with our first-ever trip to Lakeside as the Foothillers of Grossmont (3-2 overall) made the trip out to visit the Vaqueros of El Capitan (2-3 overall) in both teams’ first matchup of Grossmont League play.

PASSAGES: EAST COUNTY BUSINESSMAN WILLIAM "BILL" THOMAS VERBECK PASSES AT AGE 90

 

East County News Service

October 6, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Known for his generosity in support of East County community organizations, businessman William “Bill” Thomas Verbeck passed away at his home in Spring Valley on September 27 at the age of 90, with friends by his side.

MAN SHOT IN HEAD DIES: LA MESA RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Christopher Artale is now charged with murder after the man he allegedly shot in the head, Aldo Alfonso Prado, died during the night of his injuries, La Mesa Police report.

Artale, 40, has pled not guilty. If convicted, he could face 35 years to life in prison. His bail is set at $1.5 million, NBC 7 reports.

BRAVO! EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB EVENT AT TIRAMISU TRATTORIA IS ANOTHER SUCCESS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 3, 2017 (La Mesa) – Our second East County Dining Club event once again filled a local restaurant to capacity. Guests savored special Italian dishes, homemade pasta,Italian and local wines, and  live Italian vocal music  at Tiramisu Trattoria in La Mesa--also winning a wealth of prizes, meeting neighbors and making new friends.

INVASIVE AEDES MOSQUITOES FOUND AT 273 TRAPS ACROSS REGION, INCLUDING MANY EAST COUNTY COMMUNITIES

 

Residents in La Mesa, Mount Helix, and other local neighborhoods complain of swarms biting during daylight hours

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – After numerous residents on the Mt. Helix Next Door forum complained of swarms of small, aggressive mosquitoes biting during daylight hours and often, indoors, East County Magazine contacted County Vector Control. We learned that the invasive Aedes mosquitoes have been found in 273 traps at 23 different locations between January 1st and September 21st this year.  View map.

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