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this issue Experience One of East County’s Most Historically Significant Events ...6 Senior Living –Choosing An Assisted Living Center ...8 Business Spotlight – Postal Annex ...10 Talking Tech - MacOS vs. Windows ...12 7 Local Heroes Honored at the La Mesa Chamber’s Eleventh Annual Salute to Local Heroes ...16 My Horoscope ...22 Featured story: Postal Annex

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102 Years and Counting –

Experience One of East County’s Most Historically Significant Events By Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director Mt. Helix Park

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he century-old tradition of watching the sun rise at Mt. Helix Park began in 1917, eight years before the dedication of the “Mt Helix Nature Theatre,” and it is something everyone in this community should experience. There is no better way to immerse oneself in the heritage of Mt. Helix, La Mesa, and East County than by being part of this very special event.

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Since the completion of the “Nature Theatre” in 1925, more commonly referred to these days as “the amphitheater,” stewards of the Park have held an annual Easter Sunrise Service in this historic site. On Sunday, April 21 starting a 6:30am, the Mt. Helix Park Foundation will host the 94th annual service. Free parking and shuttles will begin at 5:30am from the parking lots at the corner of Vivera and Mt. Helix Drive with overflow parking at Grossmont High School. Powerful in its symbolism, the sunrise on Easter morning at Mt. Helix Park is also rich with history. Upholding its commitment to honor the founding Yawkey

Persons of all faiths, creeds, and cultures who wish to experience the sunrise service from the top of Mt. Helix are welcome. family’s intention that the Park should hold services each year, the Mt. Helix Park Foundation recognizes the important tradition that this event has become and continues to host it free of charge. Persons of all faiths, creeds, and cultures who wish to experience the sunrise service from the top of Mt. Helix are welcome. While guests no longer walk unpaved roads to the top, they are still surrounded by the familiar stone walls that lead to the peak. Once there, they are seated in the natural stone seats of the amphitheater bowl, with the sun rising in the East before them, the Memorial Cross above and nature’s beauty all around them. This year’s event will feature guest speakers, live music, and complimentary refreshments. The public is invited to bring new socks which several local charities will distribute to those in need. For more information and ongoing updates, visit the Park website at www. mthelixpark.org LA MESA

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Choosing an

Assisted Living Center

By Scott Pirrello, Deputy District Attorney and Dr. Diane Darby Beach, Gerontologist

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ife in assisted living centers is a reality for thousands of elderly adults who couldn’t otherwise care for themselves. Most people would rather imagine growing old in the comforts of their own homes, but many people often need the monitoring and other services found through assisted living. That said, assisted living centers may vary significantly from one to the next. Some assisted living centers are nicer, while others may have more active social

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programs. Some assisted living centers are more focused on helping patients rehabilitate from injuries or illnesses, while others are made more with long-term residence in mind. There are also assisted living centers created specifically for older adults who suffer from dementia. Choosing the right assisted living center can have a tremendous impact on a senior’s quality of life. Ask these questions to help ease the process of choosing the right assisted living center for your loved one.

What to Ask about Dementia Care Facilities

You already know that finding the best dementia care facility for you or your loved one is of the utmost importance. The best dementia care facilities in the country offer a wide range of features and amenities to increase the quality of life for every resident, no matter how severe LA MESA


their dementia is. Over the past ten years, assisted living facilities have increased their standard of care and living. These facilities offer private and semi-private rooms with common areas for mealtimes and activities to simultaneously offer the privacy and dignity everybody deserves, while promoting healthy socialization and physical activity. The top dementia care facilities offer premium amenities, such Snoezelen rooms, which offer an exceptionally relaxing, multi-sensory environment for residents to spend time in. The top dementia care facilities vary from state to state, but read on below to get examples of what to expect from top-rated facilities.

What to Ask about Elderly Health Care It’s an inevitable fact; elderly care becomes necessary as people grow older. Many people start inquiring about elderly care services as their parents and grandparents get older, and they’re no longer able to care for themselves or

be accommodated by family members. Figuring out which elderly care options to go with can be a stressful decision, especially when senior citizens are reluctant to give up their independence. However, various levels of elderly care from senior apartment complexes to assisted living

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Steve and Janelle Clay

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By Josh Concepcion o the normal eye, 8030 La Mesa Blvd appears to be a normal PostalAnnex. But upon closer inspection you find that while it is indeed a PostalAnnex, it is also one enriched with a deep family history and a love for serving the city of La Mesa you can find nowhere else. La Mesa natives Steve and Janelle Clay, the current owners of the store, have been running this specific PostalAnnex for more than 16 years. Living in a familyhome that was built in 1920, they are more than residents of the area, they are part of the history of what makes La Mesa the growing city that it is today. “We’ve been in La Mesa all our lives, we raised our kids here,” Janelle mentioned. “That’s a really cool thing, we love it here, it’s our little town. We try to stay in La Mesa and give back to the town because they are the people that keep us in business, the La Mesians.”

“We want a business that when you walk in you get the feeling it’s a family business, that we give a good feel. It’s rewarding. That’s the key that Janelle and I wanted to get across from the beginning.”

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Gracie Patrick, one of the employees at the PostalAnnex, enjoys her time working at the store. She works along with Steve and Janelle throughout the day. “It’s a lot of fun,” says Patrick. “I get to meet a lot of cool people. A lot of unique things come into the store to ship out and just hearing the stories of what and why people are shipping certain things is always fun.” Walking into the store, one can definitely feel the difference compared to other similar types of places. It’s warm, the employees are knowledgeable and friendly, and at the end of the day, whatever needs to get done gets done. “It’s all family that works here,” Steve said when asked about the type of business he runs. “We want a business that when you walk in you get the feeling it’s a family business, that we give a good feel. It’s rewarding. That’s the key that Janelle and I wanted to get across from the beginning.” Throughout the day, customers walk in needing to ship items, buy gifts, or come to get their mail. Between all those, employees at PostalAnnex are up and ready to assist with anything to help. When asked about the importance of customer service Steve says, “It’s very important. You put a good product out there, people will come back. If you treat the people the same no matter who they are with good customer service, it will work. We give the customer the utmost respect.” For more information, you can visit Steve and Janelle at PostalAnnex at 8030 La Mesa Blvd.

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MacOS vs. Windows Talking Tech

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By Daniel Allen

oke versus Pepsi. Godzilla versus Mothra. The Beatles versus The Rolling Stones. It seems like we always have to choose a side, huh? Nowhere is this more prevalent than inside the consumer electronics and computer industries. Amid the battlefields of wars past, including Betamax and VHS, DVD+ and DVD- (not to mention DVD-RAM), it’s easy to become confused when determining the best purchase. A choice that will cost a lot of money should provide compatibility, relative simplicity and longevity. For years there has seemingly been a great divide between Mac (Apple) and Windows (PC) users. Since it’s a question I’m often asked, I decided to make it the subject of my first column with Discovering My City. My goal is to lend understanding of the basic differences, dispel some rumors, and offer insight to help you select which platform is best for you! Because there is enough content surrounding this topic for me to write substantially more than this column will allow, I am only going to briefly discuss the current operating systems (MacOS X and Windows 10).

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I guess the first thing to briefly explain is what’s an operating system. An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the resources of a computer and provides programmers with an interface to access those resources. You cannot operate a computer without an operating system and one must be present before someone can add/install a program (i.e., Chrome, Spotify, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc.). Beyond the aesthetics of a computer, the operating system is really what most people are referring to when they declare one is easier or more intuitive than the other. If we rise above the marketing hype and trademarked terms, we have two different paths that essentially lead to the same destination – each with its own set of strengths and areas of needed improvement. Is MacOS more secure than Windows? Not really. Both companies consistently release [bug] fixes (also referred to as service packs or updates) to correct recognized security holes and other issues in their operating systems. Is it true that Macs don’t get viruses or malware? Absolutely false. The mythos of this

misconception is crucial and concerning as [MacOS] users often don’t utilize sufficient security software on their computer. As a result, they may not even be aware if their computer is infected because there’s nothing to detect and alert them. Is it true that Macs are better for working with graphics, music and photos? No. Today both operating systems are well matched in their overall capabilities and generally there are common programs on both platforms (i.e., Illustrator, Photoshop, iTunes, etc.). Is MacOS easier to use? No. The only thing that is truly important is which interface you enjoy and relate to best. In the end, a computer is an incredible tool, but that’s all. Your family, friends or even your computer guru can’t tell you which is better – nobody will know what is better for yourself than you! Daniel Allen is the owner of La Mesa Websites. The local company that specializes in creating websites and related services (newsletter design, SEO optimization and more) for local businesses. For more information or article suggestions please visit www.LaMesaWebsites.com, email articles@ LaMesaWebsites.com or call (619) 7806240. LA MESA


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Helix

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Now Offered Monday Through Friday By Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director Mt. Helix Park

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elix Yoga and Mt. Helix Park are excited to announce the expansion of the Park’s morning yoga class lineup. Now, alllevel, drop-in, donation-based yoga classes are offered Monday through Friday from 9am to 10:15am in the Park’s historic amphitheater. Teaching Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes in the Park for the past 10 years, Helix Yoga owner Rose Walters has now brought long-time friend and fellow yoga teacher, Jessi Garrett, onboard. A native of Jamul and resident of Mt. Helix for 10 years, Garrett, like Walters, completed her teacher training at Core Power Yoga and has taught professionally as a Core Power instructor as well as at Mt. Helix Park and in her own practice. As of March, the two have joined forces with Garrett as the TuesdayThursday instructor giving students more options for their outdoor yoga experience. Each instructor offers a slightly different approach to yoga. Garrett’s classes are Vinyasa Flow, a style of yoga that uses continuous movement, while Walter’s style incorporates Hatha and Vinyasa styles. Both modify their classes to fit the needs of the individuals on any given day making these classes perfect for all levels. 14 APRIL - MAY 2019

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Uniting their yoga practice was for these two yoginis a lifetime in the making. Friends since the age of four, the two attended grade school, middle school, high school and college together and the duo have even maintained their close bond throughout their yoga journey. Prior to her career as a yoga instructor, Garrett earned a master’s degree in Strategic Communication after which she worked as a Public Relations Publicist. She achieved both while starting a family and maintaining her yoga practice. “I practice yoga at least five to seven days a week,” says Garrett adding “It helps me be more present, peaceful and more relaxed.” Now Garrett says she is moving into the career she has always dreamed of, one that has been central to the success of this busy modern-day working mother of three. Her background has made Garrett a keen observer of what works and what doesn’t in a business, and she feels the Park’s natural environment creates an inviting atmosphere that works well, especially for first timers. “Walking into a yoga studio can be intimidating for a beginner and even practiced student. Being outside helps with relaxation

as your brain switches from your “to-do” list to taking in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. “ Garrett adds that Helix Yoga classes are donation based and require no membership or upfront fees, making it affordable and taking the pressure off students to use up a certain number of classes each month. As for Walters, the addition of Garrett is a vision realized. “We have had the dream of teaching yoga together for years and now the timing is just right,” she explains of a life-long relationship that she describes as having “lightheartedness” and “compassion” with a dash of “playful competitiveness.” In a partnership where chemistry is everything, Walters clearly believes their combination is a perfect fit for this new venture. “We can work together and share our own unique perspective on beautiful Mt. Helix,” she adds. For more information about Helix Yoga classes visitLA www.helixyoga.com. MESA


U.S. Troops March on La Mesa in April 1911!

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n the afternoon of April 4, 1911 two regiments of U.S. Army troops marched down Lookout Ave (now La Mesa Blvd.) on their way to an encampment near the site of the future Grossmont High School. This photo documents the historic and peaceful “invasion.” General Tasker Bliss had sent the troops at the request of local leaders worried about the violent arrival of the Mexican Revolution to the border towns of Tijuana and Mexicali. Luckily the fighting never spread into California. The troops spent several months training at Grossmont Pass before moving to a site in Lakeside. Later in the year they returned to their headquarters at the Presidios of Monterey and San Francisco. LA MESA

U.S. Troops marching through La Mesa Springs April 4, 1911. Photo courtesy La Mesa Historical Society Archives. Upcoming Society Events:

Fundraiser Social at The Hills Local Pub Wednesday April 10th 5pm to 9pm 10% of sales will go to the Society that evening. Roundtable Lecture: Historic Preservation in La Mesa: Myths, Realities, and Benefits Saturday April 20th 10am to 12 noon Grossmont Hospital District Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa St, La Mesa LMHS President Jim Newland, historic property appraiser Nikki Kreibich and several owners of La Mesa landmark properties will present and discuss the status of the City’s Historic Preservation Program including the upcoming update of the City Historical Survey. APRIL- MAY 2019

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By Mary England he La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held the eleventh annual Salute to Local Heroes dinner on Thursday, March 14th at the Town and Country Hotel. This annual celebration honoring the brave men and women chosen by their organizations for their accomplishments in law enforcement, the fire district, the paramedic field and the retired senior volunteer patrol was an evening to behold. The event themed “Puttin’ on the Ritz” was an evening of pride and celebration. Heroes honored this year were: American Medical Response – Paramedic Christian Grote and Paramedic Aaron Thomas; Heartland Fire & Rescue - Engineer Dean Sergent; La Mesa Police Department - Crime Analyst Erin Jones and Detective Ryan Gremillion; and La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol – Johnny Florez and Mike Sparks. The Chamber is grateful to the sponsors who made this evening possible. We thank our Presenting Sponsors: American Medical Response and EDCO. They are joined by the following sponsors:

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7 Local Heroes Honored at the Eleventh Annual Salute to Local Heroes “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Grand Ritz Sponsor – SDG&E; Jazz Age Sponsor – Virginia Napierskie; Gatsby Sponsors - Barona Resort & Casino, Kirk Paving, Inc., Sycuan Casino Resort, and The Kitzman Family; Valentino Sponsors – AT&T, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Local Umbrella Media / La Mesa Village News and Westmont of La Mesa; Chaplin Sponsors – A.I.C., Inc., California Coast Credit Union – La Mesa, Dignity Memorial, Eco Office Solutions, First Command Financial Services, Heritage Inn La Mesa, Kappa Surveying & Engineering, La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe, La Mesa Woman’s Club, North Island Credit Union, San Diego Eye Professionals, Storage West, Surf Rider Pizza Co. and The Hills Local Pub. They are joined by: Dapper Media Sponsor – Discovering My City Magazine; Art Deco Printing Sponsor – AAA Imaging;

Vintage Graphic Sponsor – Kostedt Design & Marketing; Glitz & Glam Awards Sponsor – Edible Arrangements - La Mesa; Roaring 20’s Location Sponsor – Town and Country San Diego; Speakeasy Production Sponsor – Studio M.I.F.; Sparkle Swag Bag Sponsors – Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon and Fully Promoted / EmbroidMe–LaMesa; and Swanky Parking Sponsor – Kirk Paving, Inc. Our evening was captured by our Bling Photographers – www.CeCePhoto.com and Sandra Small/ Photographer.

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Calling All Foodies Join Us on Monday, June 10th At “Taste of San Diego – East”

By Mary England y popular demand the location of the Chamber’s 11th annual popular “foodie” event has changed, as well as the name! The “Taste of San Diego – East” happens on Monday, June 10 from 5pm – 8pm and is now being held at the Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley. The popularity and crowd of this annual event has outgrown the La Mesa Community Center, where it has been held for the past 10 years. For the first time in years, all sponsors, food and catering vendors, the silent auction and raffles will all be held in the same air-conditioned room, as attendees “taste, savor and mingle” together in that room. EDCO is the Presenting Sponsor of this newly renamed and re-tooled food-focused evening. EDCO will be joined to date by the following sponsors: Barona Resort & Casino, Sycuan Casino Resort, San Diego Eye Professionals, Studio M.I.F., The Hills Local Pub, Town and Country San Diego, AT&T and San Diego County Credit Union

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- La Mesa. The Printing Sponsor is AAA Imaging joined by Graphic Sponsor Kostedt Design & Marketing, Video Media Partner, Community Spectrum, and Media Sponsor, Discovering My City Magazine. Photos of the evening will be taken by CeCe Photo and Sandra Small/ Photographer. Ticket pricing for “Taste of San Diego – East,” which include complimentary parking and unlimited visits to all food vendors are: VIP tasting, $60 for 3 hours of tasting and entry into a special free raffle, 5pm – 8pm and General Admission $40 for 2 hours of tasting from 6pm – 8pm To order your tickets visit www.lamesachamber.net or call (619) 465-7700. Photos Courtesy of www.CeCePhoto.com and Sandra Small/ Photographer.

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Coffee on the Patio

with Cheryl Reagan & Wesley Community Services Center (WCSC)

By Nancy Johnson Feeding America reps, Senator Toni Atkins, Cheryl Reagan and Allen Langdale.

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heryl Reagan attributes her love for working with the homeless and underserved partly to the family with whom she was gifted. “Throughout my childhood Mom talked about how poor she was when she was little. Her mom was widowed while she was pregnant with her eighth child, and was the first in their county to be on ‘the dole.’ Meanwhile, my paternal grandmother made it clear that my dad had married ‘down.’ I guess all of that set me up to favor – maybe romanticize – poor folk. I was born on Franklin Roosevelt’s birthday, and he was responsible for ‘the dole,’ the New Deal that helped my mom’s family out.” Cheryl and I met when we were children, and became reacquainted when we were growing our young families at the First United Methodist Church on Palm and Lemon in the heart of La Mesa. In 1987, our church became part of the Interfaith Shelter where local churches provided meals, showers, and shelter for the homeless. Cheryl says, “I remember

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being proud of the church, but I didn’t have a sense for how needed these programs were. Homeless were admitted based on whether screeners felt there was potential for the person to move off the streets. Even at that time, I had a problem with that boundary.” In the meantime, Cheryl was completing her student teaching at a local middle school. “A boy showed up to school every day filthy and hungry. I shared my concern with two master teachers. Both said, ‘Don’t touch it.’ One day I asked the boy, ‘Why aren’t you doing your homework? You’re a great guy.’ He said, ‘I’m on the street, and I can’t get it done.’ I really looked at him for the first time. He came to school for food, to use the toilet, and for safety. I still feel guilty that I didn’t follow up on my instincts.” A Change in Careers After 20 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Cheryl realized that she could still make and pursue new choices. She said to herself, “I can do anything I want to do.

I’m alive. I have time left.” Cheryl enrolled in seminary. She adopted William Golding’s philosophy: The church is the center of the community where beggars can go, where entrepreneurs can go, where people can connect, and spiritual life can be supported. Cheryl says, “I knew I wanted to touch those who have fallen through the cracks. I wanted LA MESA


to offer community and food and home and family. I wanted people to feel safe.” The Community of WCSC Today, Cheryl works for WCSC housed in the Wesley United Methodist Church building at 54th & El Cajon Blvd. When Cheryl first arrived in 2010, there was a small program that distributed food one day a week. Today, Cheryl and Allen Langdale run two programs five days a week, feeding hundreds. Patio Pantry distributes food on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 5pm and Co-Op Café serves two meals a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition to the food programs, Rev. Gwen Jones-Lurvey and Rev. Dr. John Lurvey run The Well and Patient Advocacy Services, programs that provide care for the body, mind, and spirit. The Vietnamese Language School is the final branch in the family tree of WCSC (See www.wesleycsc.com for more information.) Allen Langdale works closely with Cheryl and oversees the operation of the Patio Pantry and the Co-Op Café. Allen says, “In 2018 WCSC procured, used, and distributed almost 700,000 pounds of food. Ninety percent of that food arrived from Food Rescue programs that pick up food from local grocery stores like

Walmart, Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons, Specialty Produce and even Starbucks stores and SDCCC stadium events.” About Allen, Cheryl says, “On a personality test, we would be diametrically opposite, but we work like siblings in the best possible way. I cannot do any of this without him. We trust each other.” Allen says, “She’s not my back up; she’s my ‘and.’” All programs at WCSC are open to all. No one is left out. The very phrases that Cheryl envisioned as a student, as a teacher, as a

pastor, are spoken daily by the volunteers and patrons she serves in the Co-Op Café and the Patio Pantry: “I have found community and family here. I share meals and food in this home and I am safe.” Cheryl, and all of the colleagues, volunteers, and patrons at WCSC thank you for your generous donations. Without you, our programs could not continue. Please go to www.wesleycsc.com to learn ways to donate and become involved in our community.

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s e i t i n u t r o p New op in full bloom at historic e l a D a s e M La

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ust as the rains have ushered in a season of horticultural delights, the winds of renewal are invigorating one of La Mesa’s rarest gems, La Mesa Dale Elementary School. The list of enhancements at the school are very enticing: a newly minted Principal, an enthusiastic and wonderfully dedicated PTA, and a fresh bounty of exciting new offerings for children and families.

of neon colors adorning the halls and playground), La Mesa Dale’s thriving Community Garden (tomatoes, basil, artichokes, lettuce, radishes… planted, tended, and harvested by LMD students), Family Science Night (kids and parents building delicious marshmallow towers and fanciful desktop roller coasters), or organizing the wonderfully tough but tender “Lion Dads” (who serve as parking

lot attendants and general guardians of the campus – the school mascot is the La Mesa Dale Lion), this PTA is opening new doors for enrichment and involvement. “The PTA at La Mesa Dale is breaking the mold in every possible way,” says PTA Board Member Jeremy Martinson. “The sky’s the limit on what your child will experience and achieve here at La Mesa Dale. And we’re just getting warmed up!”

New Principal Principal Tammie Babbitt hails most recently from the wildly successful La Mesa Arts Academy, where she served as Dean before coming to La Mesa Dale. “I absolutely love, love, love this neighborhood,” says Babbitt. “The diversity of our students enriches all of us, and things are measurably ‘on the up’ in every way around here.” A classroom teacher for nearly 20 years before moving on to Dean and then Principal, Babbitt is first and foremost interested in helping each student grow to their full potential. Babbitt exudes that rare mix of genuine compassion and high expectations – which is what every child needs to succeed. New PTA If you thought PTA means boring meetings and endless bureaucracy, think again! La Mesa Dale’s PTA is positively popping with energy. Whether it’s their “Rainbow Dash” fundraiser (think bursts

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New Opportunities In addition to the already top-notch academic programs that all La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools provide, La Mesa Dale has a few over-the-top opportunities for students and families. In residence are a dedicated Art Docents, along with the super support dog Sadie (don’t miss Sadie’s adorable video at www.lmsvschools. org/lamesadale!). Health enthusiasts will appreciate the ever-growing Run Club. And of course, La Mesa Dale is uniquely situated through its proximity to and partnership with the new Boys and Girls Club to provide for the needs of every child in its care. It is a wonderful new day at La Mesa Dale! Parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible before spaces are taken. Enroll today at lmsvschools.org/lamesadale.

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APRIL, 2019 April fools for certain. There’s an exceptionally confusing planetary pairing in the Skywatch as we begin April. Mercury in dreamy Pisces again exactly conjuncts spacey and often foolish Neptune in the heavens during the first two days of the month. While these two planets, quite opposite in nature, hang out together in the heavens, errors in thinking and judgment are likely. Communication problems in both home and office also may be common. Suggest you double-check the important details and realize that some folks will avoid the truth or greatly exaggerate the facts during the first week of April. Mercury will continue to swim on in watery Pisces until April 17 when the messenger planet will finally enter Spring sign Aries. This is a very late date for Mercury to get out of Winter sign Pisces and suggests late freezes and Winter weather holding on later than usual this year. Mercury rules the winds, influences our weather patterns, and normally enters Aries in mid to late March. If you’ve been confused about a matter as the month opens and hoping for some clarity in your thinking, this shift into Aries is likely to give you a fresh blast of mental energy which can help you make the right decision and see the facts without the cloudy idealistic influence of Neptune. We begin the Retrograde parade again on April 11 when Jupiter begins to Rx. Pluto will also begin to back up on the bases on April 24. Saturn follows and also turns Rx on April 29. None of these are personal planets. And there’s nothing unusual about these Rx cycles as these planets drive in reverse for a few months every year. And that’s the idea to pick up on—we need to be a bit more cautious with matters ruled by each planet when they are backing up. Jupiter rules expansion—be careful not to go overboard in the months ahead. Saturn rules your responsibilities and ambitions—time to review your choices, actions, and how

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well you are fulfilling your mission. Pluto rules the process of healing and transformation—his Rx cycle encourages us to notice where we can improve and heal the area of life signified by the house he is transiting through. The Moon trines sweet Venus in the afternoon on Easter Sunday—lots of chocolate bunnies will be devoured then, and you’ll be likely to enjoy family, friends and the day as the rest of the Skywatch, with the Moon in optimistic Sagittarius, is friendly and upbeat. APRIL KISS DAYS: 7, 14, 21. There are not many “pure” kiss days this month but there are other days with excellent planetary connections you can use for important calls and appointments— check out the daily reports and you’ll find more good times to take action. APRIL QUACK DAYS: 1, 2+, 13, 27+. The last exact Mercury Neptune conjunction appears in the heavens on the 2nd and will be in full power on the 1st, too. Mars squares Neptune on the 27th kicking on caution lights around anything dangerous. Thankfully, there are not many other really difficult days and squares in the Skywatch in April. MIXMASTER: 10th. Good news is out there on this day but you’ll have to avoid negative thinking and attitudes. Get the details in the daily reports. MAY, 2019 Practical, realistic, grounded. These are the attributes of earth signs in astrology which dominate the Skywatch in May. Hope you can get your hands into rich dirt and plant a garden this month as we see the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto all traveling through earth signs Taurus and Capricorn. It’s rare that we see six planets in earth signs at one time. This

situation kicks on green lights for making important purchases and decisions around your home or office in May. Most helpful is that Venus, ruler of love and money, is in Taurus from May 15 to June 8. Venus in one of her home signs sets up a splendid period of time for social introductions, to get married, and to find new sources of income and profitable connections in your work. This is also a good time to buy art, new clothes and to fix up your home and property. And to plant something in your life that will grow as the days go by—Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn birth signs especially. The New Moon on May 4 is also in Taurus setting up a very good day and following two-week period of time to plant these seeds and to convince your teenager to open a savings account for the new car she wants to buy. New ideas and possibilities are likely to show up in your life and times once the Sun and Mercury both enter clever Gemini in May 21. Wait until these changes in the Skywatch if you need to communicate important matters or to start new procedures or situations, and it’s more likely you will be heard loud and clear. The rest of the Skywatch in May is upbeat and without any big troublesome squares. MAY KISS DAYS: 4, 8, 12, 18, 22, 31. Here are the best days to buy and sell and for critical meetings and decisions. MAY QUACK DAYS: 1, 5+, 7, 29. Likely too much tequila on the 5th for some cowboys and a higher chance of accidents/ arguments for the rest of us as Mars gets tangled up with Pluto and Jupiter—caution advised with anything dangerous on this day. MIXMASTER: 2nd and 9th. Two days with mixed signals and positive potentials if you can avoid the pitfalls. Check out the daily reports for timing and the details.

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