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LA MESA EDITION

Happy Holidays

Vol. 1 Issue 11 December-January 2019

Cover image: Angie Crompton

HOMEGROWN MURALIST

ED PIFFNER

SENIOR LIVING:

ELDER ABUSE BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT:

KITCHENS PLUS CHRISTMAS AND THE HOLIDAYS

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inside

this issue Homegrown Muralist Ed Piffner ...6 Senior Living

– Elder Abuse, and what it is ...8

Business Spotlight

– Kitchens Plus ...12

Christmas and the Holidays from La Mesa’s Past ...14 The Chamber Makes the Holidays a Bit Brighter ...18 Cocktail Recipes from Anthony’s ...20 Welcome to Mt. Helix Park ...22 Eat, Dine & Drink ...26

Featured story: Kitchens Plus

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A Stroke of Genius –

Homegrown Muralist

really do anything with it until after college. And then one night after working at the set I was having dinner at a Chinese restaurant and a contractor came up to me and said, ‘It looks like you are an artist because of all the different paint colors on your clothes,” recalled a chortling Piffard. The same gentleman then gave Piffard the opportunity to paint a mural on the outside of an old building as part of a restoration project. This was the first in a long line of large-scale projects that have come to grace his resume including artwork designed and created for an American Express commercial featuring Martha Stewart, the infamous “Mac Tonight” McDonald’s commercial campaign, as well as artwork for Shaquille O’Neal, Casey Kasem, Joey Lawrence, Toni Holt and a host of others. Adding to his growing list of experience, in 2008 Piffard would seize another golden opportunity born from a downturn in art commissions when he sought and acquired a position with ABC studios to design sets for the hit show Wipeout. Piffard describes what he does as “Custom artwork - anything someone wants: murals, paintings, illustrations and trompe l’oeil (visual illusion art used to trick the eye into thinking it perceives a 3-D object).” His work can be found in some of the most exclusive homes from Mt. Helix to Los Angeles and beyond. A recently featured artist at the annual heART of Mt. Helix event, his donated auction item included one painting on any surface. The funds went to support the local non-profit

Ed Piffard By Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director Mt. Helix Park here is a kind of magic that happens when local muralist Ed Piffard picks up a paint brush. Surfaces are transformed and things seem to materialize as his ideas take shape. One day last fall several volunteers at Mt. Helix Park watched while he turned newly laid rock and concrete into a 100-year-old swale using a bucket, water, some diluted acrylic paints, a paintbrush, and a whole lot of talent. Born and raised on Mt. Helix, this locally-famous artist would eventually purchase a home a short distance from his childhood residence, where he would raise his two daughters. A student at Lemon Avenue Elementary School and later Grossmont High School, he went on to attend San Diego State University where he received a degree in both Political Science and a certification in Applied Linguistics. It was not until after college that Piffard began to work as a set builder for the movie industry in Los Angeles and rerouted his career plans entirely. “I was always drawn to art as a kid,” said Piffard. “But I didn’t

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community Park, for which Piffard serves as a board director. It is fair to say that Piffard’s artistic bent extends beyond the canvas and into the garden, where Piffard is an avid supporter of California native plant landscaping, for which he received an award bestowed by the Helix Water District as part of their CaliforniaFriendly Landscape Contest. His extensive knowledge of these plants has made him an invaluable asset to Mt. Helix Park and its habitat restoration efforts and has catapulted him into a side business for which he designs and landscapes local gardens. Whether creating a work of art, or a garden, there is no doubt that Piffard has carved out his place in the nearly century old East County art scene. To contact Piffard about commissioning artwork or landscape design, call (619) 379-6802. Ed Piffard Photos by Gary Junker

28th annual Christmas Sing-a-long at Mt. Helix Park Blanket Drive By Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director here is no more fitting way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas than by doing something charitable. Creating an opportunity for guests to contribute blankets for those in need, the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, along with several local churches, is inviting the public to bring gently used blankets to this year’s annual Christmas Caroling event to be held on Saturday, December 15, from 4 to 7pm in the Mt. Helix Park amphitheatre. The idea is that guests can stay warm in the blankets they bring while enjoying the festivities, and then donate them at the end of the evening. Three local charitable organizations will be overseeing the collection and distribution of the blankets. Shuttles and parking for this free, familyfriendly evening will begin at 4pm at lots located at the corner of Vivera and Mt. Helix Drive, as well as at Grossmont High School. Complimentary snacks and treats, photo ops with Santa, and crafts for the kids will be available at the Park. The program portion of the evening runs from 6 to 7pm at which time guests will enjoy a reading of the biblical Christmas story, choir performances, a live nativity and a sing-along. For ongoing details and updates visit the Park website at www.mthelixpark.org.

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Elder

Abuse What is elder abuse?

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Elder abuse tends to take place where the senior lives: where their abusers are often adult children, other family members such as grandchildren, or a spouse or partner. Elder abuse can also occur in institutional settings, especially long-term care facilities.

lder abuse involves physical, Types of elder abuse emotional, or Abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or sexual harm threats against the elderly, some involving inflicted upon an older adult, neglect, and others involving financial trickery. The most common are: their financial exploitation, Emotional elder abuse – The or negating their welfare treatment of an older adult in ways that cause emotional or psychological pain or by people who are directly distress, including: responsible for their care

As older adults become more physically frail, they’re less able to take care of themselves, resist bullying, or fight back

if attacked. Mental or physical ailments can make them more trying companions for those who live with them. And they may not see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them.

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Habitual blaming or scapegoating Intimidation through yelling or threats Humiliation Ignoring the older adult Isolating an elder from friends or activities • Terrorizing or menacing the elderly person

Elder neglect – Failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation. This constitutes more than half of all reported cases of elder abuse. It can be intentional or unintentional, based on factors such as ignorance or denial that an elderly charge needs as much care as they do. Physical elder abuse – The nonaccidental use of force against an elderly person that results in physical pain, injury, or impairment. Such abuse includes not only physical assaults such as hitting or shoving but the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement. Sexual elder abuse – Contact with an

elderly person without their consent. Such contact can involve physical sex acts, but activities such as showing an elderly person pornographic material, forcing the person to watch sex acts, or forcing the elder to undress are also considered sexual elder abuse Financial exploitation – The unauthorized use of an elderly person›s funds or property, either by a caregiver or an outside scam artist. An unscrupulous caregiver might: • Steal cash, income checks, or household goods • Misuse an elder’s personal checks, credit cards, or accounts • Forge the elder’s signature • Engage in identity theft

Typical scams that target elders include:

• Announcement of a “prize” that the elderly person has won but must pay money to claim • Phony charities • Investment fraud Healthcare fraud and abuse – Carried out by unethical doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, and other professional care providers. This can include: Elder neglect – Failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation. This constitutes more than half of all reported cases of elder abuse. It can be intentional or unintentional, based on factors such as ignorance or denial that an elderly charge needs as much care as they do. • Not providing healthcare, but charging for it • Getting kickbacks for referrals to other providers or for prescribing certain drugs • Overmedicating or under medicating • Recommending fraudulent remedies for illnesses or other medical conditions • Medicaid fraud Self-neglect – living in unsanitary or dirty conditions and/or unable to pay bills or properly manage their medications. Self-neglect can be a sign of depression, LA MESA


grief, dementia, or other medical problem, and in many cases, the older person will refuse to seek assistance. They may be in denial, feel ashamed about needing help, or worried about losing their independence.

Warning signs of elder abuse

Physical abuse warning signs: • Broken eyeglasses or frames • Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on wrists • Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the elder alone • Unexplained signs of injury, such as bruises, welts, or scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on two sides of the body • Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations • Report of drug overdose or apparent failure to take medication regularly (a prescription has more remaining than it should)

• Behavior from the elder that mimics dementia, such as rocking, sucking, or mumbling to themselves • Sexual abuse warning signs: • Bruises around breasts or genitals • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing

Elder neglect or self-neglect warning signs: • Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration • Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores • Unsanitary living conditions: dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes • Being left dirty or unbathed • Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather • Unsafe living conditions (no heat or running water; faulty electrical wiring, other fire hazards) • Desertion of the elder at a public place

Emotional abuse warning signs:

Financial exploitation warning signs:

• Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior

• Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles, and policies

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• Addition of names to the senior’s signature card • Financial activity the senior couldn’t have done, such as an ATM withdrawal when the account holder is bedridden • Unnecessary services, goods, or subscriptions • Significant withdrawals from the elder’s accounts • Sudden changes in the elder’s financial condition • Items or cash missing from the senior’s household

Healthcare fraud or abuse warning signs • Duplicate billings for the same medical service or device • Evidence of overmedication or under-medication • Evidence of inadequate care when bills are paid in full • Problems with the care facility: poorly trained, poorly paid, or insufficient staff; crowding; inadequate responses to questions about care Knowledge is POWER. Be aware and take care of yourself and loved ones!!

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Your mattress is arguably the most important piece of furniture in your house. Let's face it: what other article in your home do you have as much contact with as your mattress?

1. Polyurethane Foam - Since the 1970's polyurethane replaced cotton and natural rubber as the go-to material for padding inside mattresses. It is very inexpensive to make and very easy to mass produce. However, since polyurethane is a petrochemical it is laden with chemicals that can off-gas. 2. Glues/Adhesives - On average the typical mattress has anywhere from 2-7 layers of padding. To keep these layers from shifting, mattress companies usually glue these layers together. The problem with gluing these layers together stems from the many chemicals that are found in adhesives. In some cases, you can still smell the glue many days after it has been delivered. 3. Chemical Based Fire Retardants - Since 2007, a federal law has mandated that every mattress must pass the fire test. While that law might have solved one problem, it opened up the door to a host of other problems regarding people's health. A couple of the

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If you have a mattress from a typical mattress retailer or if you purchased online, chances are you may be sleeping with some of these chemicals. But there is an alternative to your typical mattress. The solution to this problem is an all-natural mattress free of potentially harmful chemicals listed above. Natural materials like natural rubber/latex, cotton and wool are used instead of synthetic foams. Natural latex comes from the rubber tree and the liquid from the tree is used instead of petroleum. Latex is not only a lot healthier but is also much more durable. The average latex mattress lasts 2-3 times longer than a traditional mattress. For more information on selecting a mattress for your individual needs, you can visit Mattress Makers at 7919 Silverton Ave., Suite 412 in Miramar or 8366 La Mesa Blvd., in La Mesa. Building mattresses since 1968, they use 100% natural and organic latex with a 20-year limited warranty. You can call them at 858-566-4408 or 619-303-9505 or contact them at one of the following: info@mattressmakers.com or www.mattressmakers.com.

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Kitchens Plus By Josh Concepcion

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ince its humble beginnings in 1987, Kitchens Plus in La Mesa stands as one of the premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractors serving San Diego and its surrounding communities. Operating for more than 30 years, they have proven time and time again their work consists of delivering quality designs and construction implemented with unparalleled professionalism. Matt Barns, President of Kitchens Plus, started as a designer in 1994 with a background in architectural design. From there, he quickly rose through the ranks as the store manager to general manager then shortly after to Vice President. In 2000, Barns began to take control of most of the company’s operations and in 2007 he took ownership of the company. Since then, Kitchens Plus has grown and refined their art into what it is today. Named one of the top 500 remodeling businesses in the United States by Qualified Remodeler Magazine, they have gained huge traction and respect in the county for their exceptional and uncompromised work. They stand behind their mission of “making your remodeling experience an enjoyable one, the way it should be.” Barns, a native of La Mesa and a graduate of Helix High School in the Class of 1982,

grew up in the community his entire life. When asked about having his business based so close to home he said, “It’s awesome, and I never thought that would happen. I went to work in Santa Barbara and thought I’d end up in Montana or Idaho or somewhere in the Northwest. My roots and my family were here so back to San Diego I came. It’s satisfying to think that I work down the street from where I grew up. I used to walk by this empty lot to go to school every morning. This used to be a salon, and in high school and college I used to get my haircut here.” Since 1987, Kitchens Plus has completed more than 1,500 unique remodels throughout San Diego. A big factor that makes Barns’ company so special is the number of customers that either come back for more remodels or refer their friends and family to the business. “It’s gratifying,” says Barns. “We just had two clients that 30 years ago we remodeled their kitchens during the first year we were in business and 30 years later, we went back and remodeled a second kitchen in the same houses. I believe our longevity in the industry has provided us with purchasing power that allow us to pass on savings to our customers” Consistency is a vivid word to describe

Barns’ company; through 30-plus years not only have they consistently gained admiration and recognition for their jobs done around the city, but they have also found much consistency in their employees. Several of the original designers and crew members from the first years of the company are still working at Kitchens Plus. Especially in an industry that sees its employees move around every 3-5 years or so, Barns’ group has mostly stayed together growing in talent and experience through the years. “We’ve been around long enough; our footing is deep, so we can stay at the forefront of the industry. I think what appeals to people is that we have that long reputation, thousands of references to give our clients, as well as having our own experienced designers and crews on staff.” Those thinking about a remodel can visit the Kitchens Plus website at kitchensplussd.com or visit either of their showrooms at 7943 University Ave in La Mesa or at 7160 Miramar Road in Miramar. You can contact them at (619) 466-5100 to learn more about their services as well as schedule a free consultation.


LA MESA HOLIDAY SEASON MEMORIES

Merchant advertisements for Christmas, 1952.

City holiday decorations along La Mesa Boulevard c1960s.

CHRISTMAS and Holiday news, and downtown La Mesa businesses December 29, 1962 and 1963 La Mesa Scout.

School Christmas Pageant at local school, c1962.


Christmas decorations hanging over La Mesa Blvd. (then Lookout Ave.), c1938.

City workers installing holiday decorations on lampposts, c1950s.

the HOLIDAYS from La Mesa’s Past

Images courtesy La Mesa Historical Society


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La Mesa Chamber Wishes You a Wonderful Holiday And Encourages You to Join Us in the New Year! By Mary England

The Chamber Makes the Holidays a Bit Brighter

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he La Mesa Chamber of Commerce looks forward to celebrating the holidays with our member businesses and completing our charitable giving projects. We believe that being a good community leader and representative of our business community also involves making a difference in the lives of those within our midst. That is why each year we partner with the La Mesa Police Department and collect items that enhance the lives of our 24 La Mesa homebound seniors. Last year we collected 2,338 canned goods, toiletries, socks and many other items, as well as cash to make their holidays a lot brighter. We also adopt children from the two military housing locations in La Mesa and partner on a book drive with Barnes & Noble in Grossmont Center, as well as collect toys from our members and supporters. Last year we had 656 books donated through this project and purchased and collected 1,383 toys and gift cards in the amount of $1,400 to complete this charitable project. We are grateful to all of our sponsors who help us make such a positive impact on our community.

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Taste of La Mesa What the Chamber Has Planned for 2019 We are currently putting all of the marketing together to make 2019 shine! The new year events that are scheduled so far and are listed on our website (www.lamesachamber.com) under our event calendar are: breakfast meetings with guest speakers that will share information about the county, the local fire services and other subjects that are of interest. We are also excited to produce our 11th Annual Salute to Local Heroes on Thursday, March 14 and honor those from the fire service, police department, paramedic field and the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol that make our communities better and protect and serve. This evening of celebration allows LA MESA


Spring Fling Business Expo Salute to Local Heroes us to share the brave acts and lifesaving heroics of our “local heroes” that work within our local agencies. We will then produce our “Spring Fling” Business Expo on Thursday, April 25 and encourage you to attend and have a delightful evening. Meet many of our business owners and see what products and services they provide to you – the consumer. This high energy evening allows for great interaction with over 50 business members, over 50 raffle prizes you can win from them, as well as delicious food samples offered by our participating La Mesa Chamber members. This evening has a crowd of over 300 likeminded folks that want to enjoy a great La Mesa evening. Just when you thought you were done with food and fun, we invite you to attend our food extravaganza of the year, the 11th Annual Taste of La Mesa on Monday, June 10th and feast on lots of food items prepared by the chefs and owners of many local restaurants. We are making

changes to this event that are sure to please, so stay tuned for our launch of the modifications and upgrades that allow us to entertain over 550 people at this popular feast. We will then roll into the summer and produce our “Summer Bash” Business Expo on Thursday, August 15 that will again allow the public and friends to meet and enjoy an evening with over 50 of our Chamber business members in an upbeat setting, complete with over 50 raffle items provided by our businesses for you to win, great food and a night of fun and frolic with a crowd of over 300 people. It is a night and a year to shine! We invite you to follow us and take a peek at what we have planned to entertain and delight you in 2019; we add items each month. Please view our event calendar on our web site: www. lamesachamber.com.

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all is my favorite time of the year. There is something nostalgic about this transitional season. Maybe it is the memories of going back to school as a kid and of running the streets at night on Halloween. Or maybe it is the vivid recollection I have of jumping in piles of freshly raked leaves and carving pumpkins. As the days cool and the oppressive summer heat leaves the air, we can think about wearing our favorite boots, hats, and gloves. I just love everything about fall. Fall has a special significance for those who manage, work and volunteer at Mt. Helix Park. This 12-acre open space park is covered primarily in California native plants, and this is the planting season. It is the time for us to research the predicted rainfall and assess what areas need reseeding or new plants. It is also the time

to decide how much we will need to rally the volunteer troops to manage the weeds, and a time when we just cross our fingers and hope we get that critical eleven inches of rain we hope will be evenly distributed between November and April. As the season progresses some of the most delicate of the park’s plants begin to sprout, like the ferns that appear on the north side of the Yawkey Trail and the native cucumber vines that produce delicate white blooms. We make jokes about the rain dances we are all going to do, and I’m sure I’m not alone in my prayers for precipitation! But rain or no rain, the park will come alive this fall as local families gather for the 2nd annual Halloween Harvest Family Festival on Sunday, October 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. It is the perfect way to enjoy our park this season. If you have

not been to one of our festivals, put it on your calendar and join us for this free family-friendly celebration that includes costumes, live music and great food. I began working in the park in the fall of 2010 and I believe it is one of the most beautiful places to experience this season. There’s a nip in the air at night and the sunsets are coming earlier and earlier. When it does rain, the water flows down the amphitheater steps sometimes creating waterfalls. It gathers in the stone swales and rock bowls and makes for some stunning photography. So dust off your Halloween costumes and get out your camera and visit Mt. Helix Park this fall. For more information about Mt. Helix Park or the Halloween Harvest Family Festival, be sure to visit our website at www.mthelixpark.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT + SOME FREE AND FUN STUFF TO DO AROUND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! LA MESA VILLAGE FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays, 3 to 6pm. Farm fresh produce, herbs and grains, flowers, eggs and cheese, hot food, packaged food, arts & crafts. Free parking and shuttle to and from Allison parking lot. It takes place on an ongoing basis on Fridays, 2pm-6pm at downtown La Mesa Blvd. _____________ Theatre LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE An Old Fashioned Christmas at Lamplighters Runs through December 17, 2018 Directed by Mark Loveless & Krystal Price-Workman Join us for a celebration of Christmas set in 1980’s Julian, CA. Senior living at the local retirement center leaves it’s residents longing for an old-fashioned Christmas, like the ones they remember from their childhood. They gather together to a make a wish that comes true and hilarious consequences unfold... Tickets available: (619) 303-5092 or boxoffice@ lamplighterslamesa.com. Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, 91942. _____________ Music KING TAYLOR PROJECT King Taylor Project features Sandi King and Joshua Taylor, both heavily influenced by soul, jazz, and blues music. Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill, La Mesa, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, CA 91942. Friday, December 8 and January 26 at 9pm. Cost: Free. _____________ Discussion Groups Film FILM DISCUSSION: LEAVE NO TRACE “Leave No Trace” - 2018. 109 minutes. Tuesday, January 29, 1pm-3pm. PG. Debra Granik’s arresting, intimate family portrait of life on the margins. A widower and his daughter live off the grid in the forests of Oregon. Their bond starts to unravel as she becomes torn between family loyalty and the lure of civilization. Discussion after the film with instructor Ralph DeLauro at the San Diego OASIS Lifelong Learning Center, Suite #325, 5500 Grossmont Center. “Film on the Fringe”. Class fee: $8. Information: (619) 881-6262. (Ages 50+) _____________ Kids - Special Events in La Mesa HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE The 3rd Annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village will once again be ringing in holiday cheer for everyone far and near. Friends and family will have the chance to take part in the free festive

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Suite 212, La Mesa. Mary England is also available 7 days a week to meet donors and pick up those items from you. Contact Mary on her cell (619) 251-7730. Toy Drive Partners: Barnes & Noble - Grossmont Center, Jerry Lester, Grossmont Center, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World Full details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/ details/la-mesa-military-families-toy-drive-2417 _____________ Party at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse LA MESA MILITARY FAMILIES TOY DRIVE Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 5:30pm – 7pm Location: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse - 5500 Grossmont Center Dr - Grossmont Center. Cost*: Chamber Members: FREE. Non-Member Guests: $10. At-Door Attendees: $20 *All attendees must bring a NEW, unwrapped toy, and will receive 2 drink tickets. Wine Sponsors: Cali Comfort BBQ, Curbside Eatery & Eatery, The Riviera Supper Club, Valley Farm Market. Sponsors: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, EDCO, First Command Financial Services, Kirk Paving, Inc. Full details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/ details/la-mesa-military-families-toy-drive-2417 _____________ Performance in Partnership with Seniors Holiday Project SILVERMINE Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Location: Downtown Café - 182 East Main St. in El Cajon Details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/ silvermine-performance-in-partnership-with-seniors-holidayproject-2444 _____________ Evening Mixer & Ribbon Cutting SURF RIDER PIZZA CO. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 5:30-7 pm, ribbon cutting at 6:15pm. It takes place at Surf Rider Pizza Co. - 8381 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942 Details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/ evening-mixer-ribbon-cutting-for-surf-rider-pizza-co-2465 _____________ Ribbon Cutting SAN DIEGO EYE PROFESSIONALS Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 5:30-7pm. Location: San Diego Eye Professionals - 6760 University Avenue, Suite 130, San Diego, CA 92115. Details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/ san-diego-eye-professionals-ribbon-cutting-2437 _____________ Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting at RAINBOW TRAVEL AND CRUISE Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 5:30-7pm, ribbon cutting at 6:15pm at Rainbow Travel and Cruise - 8285 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa. Details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/ evening-mixer-at-rainbow-travel-and-cruise-2430 _____________ SAVE THE DATE: Salute to Local Heroes Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 Details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/ salute-to-local-heroes-installation-dinner-2440

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DECEMBER, 2018 We’ll be back in the high life again after Mercury resumes direct motion on December 6. Because again all planets will be in direction motion on this date until Uranus Turns Rx in early January, 2019. Expect an active and busy holiday season, likely one of the best financially and spiritually in some time. The most difficult days are nearly all in the first half of the month. Mars travels through water logged Pisces all month long which encourages us to help the less fortunate and to be more involved with the creative and loving/sharing side of the holidaze rather than the purely selfish and financial. This also means our energy level will ebb and flow, like the tides, all month long. The low point occurs when Mars meets Neptune in the heavens on December 7. Don’t schedule anything critical that day. There’s good news in the Skywatch at the Winter Solstice which creates a positive chart for the Winter season. And astrological skies are pleasant on Christmas Day. However,

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