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LA MESA EDITION Vol. 2 Issue 6 June - July 2019




heART OF MT HELIX Cover image: Chris Witnik




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this issue Business Spotlight – Webster

Insurance ...6

Senior Living –Dementia

Care: When do I Make a Housing Change? ...8 Talking Tech - Technology Affecting Society? ...12

Taste of San Diego ...14 The La Mesa Lumber Co. ...16 12th Annual heART of Mt Helix


Featured story: Webster Insurance


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Webster Insurance By Josh Concepcion


nowledge. Professionalism. Integrity. All-important values that we all strive to achieve at some point in our lives. On La Mesa Blvd, one can find those values right at the heart of Webster Insurance, a business that’s been running strong for thirty years and is built upon adhering to knowledge, professionalism, and integrity in order to provide remarkable service to its clients. Kenneth Webster founded Webster Insurance thirty


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years ago right out of college. A local from La Mesa and graduate of Helix High School, he was inspired by those around him to start his own insurance agency in order to provide a reliable company based in the heart of La Mesa that excels in customer service. Webster insurance is a fullservice insurance agency that covers home, auto, life, and more. Comprised of thirteen employees in the office, the business has grown exponentially since its founding, back when it was just Webster running the whole show LA MESA

in 1989 with just a phonebook. “Customer service,” Webster states when asked what sets Webster Insurance apart from other agencies. “We really are involved with the clients. There is so much involved with insurance with different coverages and endorsements. We do an amazing job for the customer.” With a high-flying retention rate of 95%, Webster Insurance definitely keeps their clients around with great success. Out of the first 30 clients the agency had in 1989, 18 of them are still around with Webster after 30 years. “Our staff of insurance professionals takes pride in knowing that our clients regard us as their trusted business partners. Our core values of knowledge, professionalism and integrity have defined us and have proven invaluable to our clients’ success. As an agency, we are innovating and looking into the future.” For more information, visit or see them at 8315 La Mesa Blvd.

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Dementia Care:

When do I Make a Housing Change? By Dr. Diane Darby Beach, Gerontologist


ost of us want to stay in our own homes for as long as we can and we also wish this for our aging family members. Unfortunately, remaining at home can be more demanding and even dangerous to all involved. So, when is it right to move or hire in-home care? How do we broach this sensitive subject with our loved ones? How do we convince ourselves (and our loved ones) that moving out of the traditional home environment could actually be a better option? Few of us make the best decisions when in crisis. So, waiting for your loved one to have a dangerous event before you consider care options is not optimal. Making decisions about when to arrange for care, where to find it and how to continue to keep up with changing needs, can be stressful and overwhelming. However, making some decisions about future care will also lessen your worry about it in the future. Educate yourself on the options


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and start interviewing various home care agencies, tour assisted living facilities and day care providers. Find what is available in your community and help yourself prepare for the inevitable changes your loved one will experience.

AT HOME Caring for those who need extra support at home, including those with Alzheimer’s disease or other frailties, is where many families start. A home environment may be preferable if it provides the socialization, security and comfort to keep the individual content and engaged. The presence of family and friends can be a very important factor in maintaining quality of life. However, safety can become an issue and lack of regular stimulation may lead to apathy or depression. Hiring an inhome care agency can provide safety and companionship while keeping your loved one at home.



If your loved one with Alzheimer’s is living at home, there may come a time when adult day care is a good way to receive a break and provide stimulation to the person with Alzheimer’s. Some may have only complete day programs, or they may offer half-day care and overnight care as well.

When a person with Alzheimer’s deteriorates to a point where they can no longer live alone at all and they need a high level of medical care, a nursing home is the most appropriate place for him/ her. Some examples of appropriate skilled nursing care include the necessity for assistance with an i.v. g-tube, tracheotomy, open wound, ventilator; care usually provided by trained skilled nursing staff including registered nurses (RNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). These options are designed to allow people with Alzheimer’s disease to receive the care they need while still maintaining their quality of life for as long as possible.

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY Assisted living facilities may be an appropriate care option for people with Alzheimer’s in the early and moderate stages (and in some cases, through the late stages of the disease). When the effects of Alzheimer’s become severe and the individual is no longer able to make decisions, or stay safe when unsupervised, an assisted living environment for Alzheimer’s care may be an appropriate choice.

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f you’ve ever had the pleasure of enrolling children in little league baseball, youth hockey, or any other type of sports team or league, you are aware of the exorbitant expenses that go along with it. That’s where Play it Again Sports comes to your aid. Play it Again Sports is a locally owned and operated sporting goods retailer that buys, sells, and trades quality USED and new sports equipment. What that means to you is that you no longer have to pay full price for your sporting goods needs AND you can easily sell the gear that you are no longer using. The best part is that Play it Again Sports once again has a home in La Mesa.

Located in the La Mesa Springs shopping center at 8011 University Ave Suite C4 in the unit that formerly housed Unleashed by Petco, the new Play it Again Sports store is currently buying quality used sports equipment in order to stock up their 6000sqft space for its pending grand opening. Owner Dan Buxton says that they are asking customers to bring any and all sports equipment that they are no longer using. “We are buying anything and everything sports and fitness related right now as we stock up for Grand Opening. And we pay cash,” says Dan, who recently moved with his wife and two kids from Pasadena to San Diego’s San Carlos community. He says that they plan to stock baseball, hockey, lacrosse, golf, fitness, water sports and much more. “But until our grand opening, we are only buying – not yet selling,” mentions Dan. Dan and his wife Mary have also owned a Play It Again Sports location in Pasadena since 2007 and are excited about this new store. “We purchased the Pasadena store as an existing location so the new La Mesa store will be a different kind of challenge. We hope to take everything we have learned


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in Pasadena and apply it to the new store so that we can provide the La Mesa community with a sporting goods onestop shop that we can all be proud of,” explains Dan. “And we plan to have a lot of fun along the way.” Store hours are Monday through Friday 10am - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 7pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm. Drop in anytime to give Dan and his crew of seven at the new La Mesa store a look. But remember, they are stocking up for their grand opening so bring them your quality used sports equipment and get some extra cash.


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Technology Affecting


Talking Tech By Daniel Allen


n last month’s article The Affect of Technology on Society, I opened the topic of social media and its impact upon individuals. It offered a moment of pause and personal reflection into the unconscious amount of time we can spend online.

While it wasn’t directly centered on the psychological and emotional effects of social media, it can’t be denied there is a wide variety of research, opinions and experiences. There is no shortage of studies that clearly illustrate both the subtle and obvious results of how technology is shaping our children, our behavior, and our values. Social media platforms themselves are essentially neutral. While they’re certainly designed with an intention, it’s ultimately the users that dictate direction and drive their success. However, one thing they all have in common is seeking or encouraging some form of collective engagement. Unfortunately, they tend to culture highvolume, low-quality interactions. Since most (certainly the popular ones)


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are businesses, they are also looking for inroads to profits. The means of generating their revenue may include recurring fees, monetizing features, retailing products or simply the sale of your data to other businesses. In the end, it’s predominately a fiscal model. But what if there was a more valuable currency? One that inspired true social interaction and change. An economic model that consistently generated dividends. It exists! In relationships – personal or professional – there’s truly no greater contributor towards success (of any kind) than sincere acknowledgement and gratitude. Every single person has the innate need to be seen, valued and heard. Often in our interactions we’re guiding or vying accordingly. When we choose to live in a conscious manner where we recognize, appreciate and encourage another, spontaneous inspiration occurs. In turn, a bond of trust and loyalty is established and amplified; the more we do it, the greater the effect. It’s emotional accretion. Recently at a conference I attended I had

the pleasure of meeting the CEO of a social media platform titled ShareTree (sharetree. org). The mission of the company is educate, engage and empower individuals, families, schools and businesses to foster environments of appreciation. They have developed a mobile app that spreads the power of gratitude in a very meaningful way. Just a few moments with this individual and I was hooked. I didn’t have to know a thing about the app to say “yes” because his undeniable insight and wisdom were infectious. It wasn’t charisma, it was his authentic and purposeful enthusiasm to utilize technology for real connection, touching lives and making the world better. Whether you’re an individual seeking a positive online community, a family wishing to be closer or a company/organization (especially schools) wanting to increase moral or productivity, ShareTree will abundantly yield the fruit you’re seeking. 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, email or call (619) 780-6240. LA MESA

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o diets were allowed on Monday, June 3rd as guests feverishly waited to enter the Golden Ballroom at the Town and Country Hotel for the newly re-tooled and re-named “Taste of San Diego - East.” This annual food-related event entertains over 450 people and this year was no exception. The new venue accommodated the increased crowd and allowed them to enjoy the evening in one room for the first time in 7 years. The delight of the attendees was obvious, as they grazed from table to table sampling the signature dishes prepared with perfection by the chefs and their staff. The guests began arriving at 4:30 p.m. to be sure and get their food plates when the doors opened at 5:00 p.m. Once the doors opened, the crowd rushed into the ballroom to the aroma of freshly grilled steak, fresh pulled pork, platters of freshly carved meats and cheeses, braised chicken, freshly baked carrot cakes, shrimp cocktail, seasoned chicken with an array of sauces, pizza, delectable mini desserts and more! As the song says, “Oh, What a Night!” This would be a night to remember! Many of the crowd took a break before continuing on their feasting journey and talked with friends, enjoyed beverages from the bar, visited the silent auction or just hung out before beginning round two or three of samplings. A HUGE thank you to the following who prepared their items with love and attention to satisfy this year’s crowd: Anthony’s Fish Grotto, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, BO-beau kitchen + garden, Brew Coffee Spot, Brigantine Restaurant of La Mesa, Cafe Carmel Bakery, Cali Comfort BBQ, Dream Dinners, Eccentric International Chefs, Edible Arrangements, Hooleys Public House, Lantern Crest Senior Living, Little Roma, Los Pinos Taco Shop, Marie Callender’s, Outback Steakhouse - Mission Valley, Pick Up Stix, Ranch Events, Red Lobster, Surf Rider Pizza Co., Sycuan Casino Resort, Terra American


Bistro, The Hills Local Pub, and Valley Farm Market. The Presenting Sponsor for this fun and foodfilled evening was EDCO. They were joined by: Supporting Sponsors: Barona Resort & Casino, Kirk Paving, Inc., SDG&E; Crème De La Crème Sponsors: American Medical Response, Sycuan Casino Resort; Gourmet Sponsor: Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World; Bon Appetite Sponsors: AT&T, Berg Taxes, California Coast Credit Union - La Mesa, Dignity Memorial, La Mesa Courier, Marque Urgent Care, Nightwalker Caverns, San Diego County Credit Union - La


Mesa, San Diego Eye Professionals, Smart Home Alarm, SMIB Management, Inc., The Hills Local Pub, The Kitzman Family and Westmont of La Mesa. The Media Sponsor, Discovering My City Magazine, was joined by Logistical Sponsor Town and Country San Diego and Audio-Sound Sponsor, Studio M.I.F. The Newspaper Media Partner was Local Umbrella Media/ La Mesa Village News with all printing sponsored by AAA Imaging and graphics designed by Kostedt Design & Marketing. The evening was captured by CeCe Photo, Rippee Photography and Sandra Small/ Photographer, with an interactive video of the evening produced by Community Spectrum. Photos used for this article are courtesy of: Sandra Small/ Photographer and Rippee Photography

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‘Delivering quality lumber and building supplies

L City Fire Truck in front of La Mesa Lumber Company circa 1944. Image courtesy La Mesa Historical Society.

Ray and Don Olson in front of the half-built Drew Ford Roundhouse. Truck #16 pictured still in use today. (C. 1965)


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ocated in La Mesa since 1907, La Mesa Lumber and Hardware has been providing quality lumber and building supplies to San Diego County for generations. Still family owned and operated, La Mesa Lumber takes pride in providing quality products to contractors, builders, and do-it yourselfers by a knowledgeable and friendly staff committed to customer service. La Mesa Lumber first opened its doors in March 1907, a time of growth in La Mesa Springs, as it was called at the time. Houses were mostly constructed with concrete block foundations, redwood framing, thin glass windows and attics with no insulation. The quick growth of the area led to the incorporation of the city of La Mesa in 1912. At this time the La Mesa lumber Co. was owned by Harry Park. In 1945, Fletcher M. Olson sold his lumber company in Golden Valley, Minnesota and moved to La Mesa with his wife Mary in search of a milder climate and new opportunities in the lumber Ray and Don Olson in front of business. Fletcher formed a lumber stacks in the early 1970’s. partnership with Frank D. Park and Robert Reid and created the Park-Olson Lumber Co. At that time the lumber company was located at Spring and Allison streets (photograph: where the Chase Bank is now). In 1948 Park-Olson Lumber Co. purchased La Mesa Lumber and Mill Co., and the business carried on under the trade name La Mesa Lumber Co. as it is today. Fletcher’s two sons, Don and Ray, joined him in the business when they returned home from their service in World War II. They began as yardmen and lumber-handlers and eventually took over management of the company in the 1960’s. Over the years, La Mesa Lumber has provided lumber and materials to many homes, businesses and landmarks in La Ray Olson driving the “Jitney” truck. LA MESA

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upplies to the community for over 112 years’ Mesa. Though recently torn down, the Drew Ford Roundhouse was built in the 1960’s with material from La Mesa lumber. (Ray and Don are pictured in front of the half-built roundhouse delivering a load of lumber.) In the early 1990’s the management of the company was passed to the third generation of the Olson family: Don’s son and son inlaw, Mark Olson and Kim Wood; and Ray’s daughter and son in-law, Carol Baxter and Chris Gauger. This team saw the company through emergence of the “big-box“ stores and rebranded the company to La Mesa Lumber and Hardware, which expanded the warehouse to include a large selection of tools and sundries to compete in the broadening market. La Mesa Lumber offers more than just lumber. You can also find siding, decking,

La Mesa Lumber in 1945, intersection of Allison and Date.

windows, doors, concrete coatings, skylights and more. Today, La Mesa Lumber Co. is still family owned and operated now in with a fourth generation of the Olson family. Fletcher’s great grandsons Jon Gauger, Wes Troy, and Trevor and Tyler Wood are involved in the daily operations and continue the tradition of quality products and great customer service. La Mesa Lumber still carries on a long tradition of a ‘good old-fashioned lumberyard and mill’ where customers can get quality and custom materials from a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Lumber trucks lined up in front of old office on Allison and Spring.

Don Olson and the La Mesa Lumber fleet in early 1980’s.

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Live Music JIMMY LEWIS @ HOOLEYS Saturday, June 22, 2019, 8pm. EVERYMAN DUO @ HOOLEYS Friday, June 28, 2019, 8pm. ON THE SIDE @ HOOLEYS Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8pm. Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill La Mesa, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive #277, La Mesa, 91942. ____________ Film & Discussion: THE LUNCHBOX “THE LUNCHBOX” (Original Title: “Dabba”) - 2013. 104 minutes. Rated PG. Ritesh Batra stirs a savory brew of simmering emotions in his beguiling debut. A lunchtime case of mistaken delivery becomes a vehicle for the exchange of secret letters between a solitary claims adjuster and a neglected housewife. (In Hindi with English subtitles). Discussion after the film with instructor Ralph DeLauro at the San Diego Oasis Lifelong Learning Center, Suite #325, in Grossmont Center. “Film on the Fringe” Class (Ages 50+). When: Tuesday, June 22, 2019, 1-3pm at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 91942. Cost: $8. ____________ Theatre THE SUNSHINE BOYS July 5 thru August 4, 2019 Directed by Steve Murdock The story follows the attempt by a young theatrical agent to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former vaudevillian great, with his long-time stage partner for a TV reunion. Despite their celebrated reputation, the old men have not spoken in twelve years. Besides remastering their sketch, the two men have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye. Tickets available: (619) 303-5092 or boxoffice@lamplighterslamesa. com. Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, 91942. _____________ Farm Fresh LA MESA VILLAGE FARMERS’ MARKET Farm fresh produce, herbs and grains, flowers, eggs and cheese, hot food, packaged food, arts & crafts. It takes place on an ongoing basis on Fridays, 3pm-6pm at downtown between Palm and 4th St on La Mesa Blvd. _____________


Family Entertainment SUMMER CONCERT SERIES June 29, July 27 and August 31, 2019, 5pm-7pm Grossmont Center will be alive with the sound of music during the Summer Concert Series! Exciting local musicians will perform in these free concerts after the Center’s Shop Local Market. Spend the afternoon getting great deals from local merchants and enjoying activities for the whole family, then stay for some terrific music that’s sure to have you up and dancing. June 29: The series will kick off with the Flipside Burners, which will rock the Center with country and rockabilly music. July 27: On July 27 will feature Bayou Brothers playing Zydeco. August 31: The Cat*illacs will close out The Summer Concert Series playing a variety of music including Jazz. ____________ Kids Reading Event STORY TENT - TRAVELING STORIES: June 16 & June 23 from 1-3pm. Free Kids visit the StoryTent, pick out a book that interests them, and then read it out loud to a volunteer. The volunteer asks engaging questions that help the child build reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. If a child doesn’t know how to read yet, the volunteer will read to them. Kids earn a book buck for every book they read. If a book is especially long or challenging, they can negotiate with the volunteer for more book bucks. The bucks can be used by a variety of prizes. Through this book buck system, we teach kids basic financial literacy skills. ____________ Classic Automobiles LA MESA CLASSIC CAR SHOW The La Mesa Village Association is proud to host this year’s La Mesa Classic Car Show featuring pre1974 cars, trucks, and vans! The event will feature DJ’s and live bands located at 3rd and La Mesa Blvd, and an award giveaway at each event honoring the night’s best cars. The 2019 La Mesa Classic Car Show will take place each Thursday from 5-8 pm starting on June 6th and running through August 29th. Note, there will not be a Car Show on the 4th of July. ____________ Community BOULEVARD STROLL The Boulevard Stroll is a quarterly community event created by local business owners and sponsored by the La Mesa Village Association. Businesses stay open late and many offer specials specifically for the event. Enjoy live music; artists and a Kid’s Korner with activities and crafts for the kids. Come connect and be a part of our vibrant La Mesa community 4 times a year at the La Mesa Boulevard Stroll. The Boulevard Stroll will take place four times this year as themed events. The December date will be set to coincide with the City’s Shimmer event once scheduled. Upcoming Stroll Dates. July 11, October 22 and November 29th. ____________ Live Music SUNDAYS AT SIX Summer Concert Series 2019 June 16, June 23, June 30, July 14, July 21, 2019 and Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 6pm - 7pm at Harry Griffen Amphitheater, 9550 Milden St., La Mesa, CA 91942 ____________

Urban Walks LA MESA WALKS! On Tuesdays enjoy a fun walk with friends and neighbors. Walk Schedule. The first and third Tuesday meet at various locations around La Mesa in the evening (fast-paced walk). The second and fourth Tuesday meet at 9am at the La Mesa Library (slower-paced walk). Call or email (619) 667-1300 for more information. ____________ After Five Mixer ANTHONY’S FISH GROTTO Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30-7pm Location: Anthony’s Fish Grotto, 9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa Details: after-five-mixer-at-anthony-s-fish-grotto-2488 ____________ Sport LA MESA’S PICKLEBALL AT COLLIER PARK If you are looking for a way to stay active and get a great workout, try Pickleball. This fun game keeps the muscles moving and most importantly keeps players entertained while enjoying the great outdoors. La Mesa’s Pickleball is played on the tennis court at Collier Park at 4401 Palm Avenue. The tennis court is striped for four Pickleball courts. Come join the fun at Collier Park - there is NO CHARGE to play and you do not need to bring your own paddles and/or balls. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings from 8am- 12pm. Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8pm-10pm. For more information please call the Recreation Supervisor at the Adult Enrichment Center - (619) 667-1491. _____________ Music STARS OF TOMORROW SHINING TODAY Stars of Tomorrow Shining Today Announcing the First Annual Valerie Victor Music Scholarship Competition! Six gifted San Diego area high school musicians, appearing in concert, will vie for scholarship honors in a new program to be featured annually as part of La Mesa’s popular Valerie Victor Concert Series. The featured finalists are Derek Savage, West Hills High – Guitar; Lydia Schmidt, Carlsbad High – Soprano; Mikel Ibaibarriaga, St. Augustine High – Baritone; Jacob Francisco, Montgomery High – Baritone Saxophone; Andrew Hendrix, Steel Canyon High – Alto Saxophone and Kartik Sundaram, Canyon Crest High – Tenor. We invite you to join us in cheering them on, celebrating their success and enjoying their artistry! This event Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2pm to 3:30pm at United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, 91942. Cost Free

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12 Annual heART of Mt Helix – th

East County’s Premier Food, Wine & Art Festival By Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director for Mt. Helix Park or twelve years a team of highly motivated and talented volunteers along with Mt. Helix Park Foundation’s executive director have been creating one of San Diego’s most unique festivals -- The heART of Mt. Helix. Staged entirely within the Park gates, it is attended heavily by the community. Drawing many of the same guests year after year, it has come to be referred to as “The Party on the Hill.” Always putting a fresh spin on the


annual heART of Mt. Helix, coordinators are making some exciting changes and rebranding this year’s event as East County’s Premier Food, Wine & Art Festival. With live art, music, and food samplings happening all around the hilltop, coordinators are keeping the best parts of previous events while adding a few new twists, including dressing up the Park in a bold new color scheme. From a new hip, boutique-style lounge as part of the VIP experience, to the décor and even the signature cocktail, colors and flavors throughout the Park will reflect “all things citrus,” according to Executive Director Krista Powers. Powers, whose experience includes more than 200 event productions throughout the country says she started planning for this year’s event by asking some key attendees to identify some of their favorite aspects of this now locally-famous evening at Mt. Helix Park. Ruling out some of the less popular features, she and the heART Committee feel that this festival will represent the best of everything this annual


event has to offer. “We are rotating the entire event,” says an enthusiastic Powers, describing a transformed venue with a built-out main stage right in the middle of the amphitheater steps. And while there will still be VIP tables of 10 available, Powers says the relocation of the main stage will make room for a new VIP lounge area complete with couches, food and beverage service staff. Powers is hopeful that even more people will come to “party with a purpose” for an evening, she describes as “two-in-one.” “It’s our gala event that keeps our doors open but it’s also our food and wine festival.” Shuttles will run all evening staring at 5 p.m. where, upon arrival, guests will have the opportunity to enter a raffle boasting some exclusive basket items, witness live artwork demonstrations or stroll along the road to the memorial cross lined with some of East County’s best restaurant and beverage samplings. All of this while enjoying live musical entertainment throughout the Park. Restaurant coordinators Donna Bloomer and Ruth Simpson say they are just getting started with the food lineup but add that the interest in participating in this unique event is always strong. Already on board

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for this year’s festival are the Brigantine, Hooleys, D’Amato’s Pizza, Café Carmel Bakery, Mary’s Donuts, Terra American Bistro, Brew Coffee Spot, The Edge Mediterranean Grill, Dream Dinners, Menchies, Casa de Pico and The Hills as well as Helix Brewing Co. Event chair, Dianne McCann has been part of the production team for this event since its inception thirteen years ago. Having attended events all over the county, she says she truly believes there is none that rival the one guests have here at Mt. Helix Park. “You have the venue, you have the ambiance - everything that our guests will experience is going to be unique and awesome and it’s also for a very, very good cause.” Powers adds, “Where else can you dance the night away under the stars with 360-degree views? There is a reason why people mark their calendars and return every year.” Ticket prices for this year’s LA MESA

event are all inclusive for the first portion of the evening, reducing the amount of time guests wait in line. After 7pm a cash bar will be available to general admission ticket holders, while those enjoying the VIP experience will continue to receive samples until 10pm. Back again this year is the eagerly anticipated live auction portion of the evening followed by this year’s featured performing artists, The Good Mojo Band. For ongoing updates, event details, ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Park website at or call (619) 741-4363. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Prior to July 1, tickets start at just $65.

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Stuffed Roasted Yams with Ground turkey and Black beans Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes washed 2 tsp olive oil 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 cup of diced red onions Salt Pepper 8oz lean ground turkey 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 pinch chili powder ly sliced 1 cup kale leaves, stemmed and thin 1 tbsp low-sodium chicken stock d 1/2 cup of cooked black beans straine 1/2 avocado diced 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped Preparation 1. Heat oven to 425°. over, wrap in aluminum 2. Prick sweet potato with a fork all or sheet pan until soft foil, and bake on an oven-safe skillet throughout, 50 to 60 minutes. heat, heat oil. Add onions, 3. In a medium skillet over medium cook until fragrant, garlic, season with salt and pepper, and paste, and chili powabout 30 seconds. Add turkey, tomato h a spoon, until turkey der and cook, breaking up turkey wit kale and stock and cook, is mostly cooked. Add black beans, ht green, 1 to 2 minutes. stirring, until kale is wilted and brig spoon turkey-kale mix4. Split sweet potato lengthwise and h avocado and cilantro ture inside and around potato. Top wit Serve 2 people

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Welcome to Mt. Helix Park

Cockeyed Optimist By Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director


here is an ironic wisdom buried in the lyrics of the famous Rogers and Hammerstein song “A Cockeyed Optimist.” A song from the 1949 era musical, South Pacific, its silly lyrics define the character Nellie’s tenacious optimism about the world. If you have ever volunteered at, or overseen a public space, such as Mt. Helix Park, you might see the value in Nellie’s outlook. Here at the Park we witness the layers of humanity. It’s easy to feel more like the Greek character Sisyphus, doomed to an eternity of rolling a stone uphill only to have it roll down again; and then the cycle repeats. Only we pick up trash, scrub graffiti and remedy vandalism that a few dispense upon our otherwise glorious Park. So why be a “Nellie” when


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we could just as easily be a “Sisyphus?” It’s easy – we have the support of a core group of community members, many of them supporters and volunteers who inspire us and remind us that the majority of people want to be part of the solution, a sentiment framed by one of my favorite quotes: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. This week I met several people who regularly walk to the top that I had never met before. The ownership they felt for the Park and their neighborhood was evident as they picked up trash along the way and stopped to greet other walkers. Still, many who visit the Park don’t realize that it isn’t a government funded park but entirely supported by individual donors. Fittingly optimistic is our new Executive Director, Krista Powers, who is determined to

make the visitor experience even better. Powers has spearheaded a new donor software application, allowing members to not only donate, but to view and manage their own Park account. The revenue generated from our online donors, in conjunction with proceeds from the upcoming heART of Mt. Helix gala/ fundraiser pay the bills and keep the gates open 365 days a year. To become a member of the Park, to volunteer, or to make a one-time donation, please visit the website at or call us at (619) 741-4363. Whether you become a member, a volunteer, or simply enjoy visiting the Park, we encourage you to check out our very own “super bloom.” This season is the most impressive since I have been at the Park, with wild snapdragon, monkey flower, desert mallow, ceanothus and so many more of the California native plants in bloom. We look forward to an equally promising summer and hope to see you up at the Park soon.

When the sky is bright canary yellow I forget ev’ry cloud I’ve ever seen So they called me a cockeyed optimist Immature and incurably green I have heard people rant and rave and bellow That we’re done and we might as well be dead But I’m only a cockeyed optimist And I can’t get it into my head I hear the human race Is fallin’ on its face And hasn’t very far to go But ev’ry whip-poor-will Is sellin’ me a bill And tellin’ me it just ain’t so I could say life is just a bowl of Jello And appear more intelligent and smart But I’m stuck like a dope With a thing called hope And I can’t get it out of my heart! Not this heart


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he quintessential art seed was planted three years ago by Caroline St. Clair. La Mesa resident Roz Oserin took one of her just-finished paintings to Carolyn for framing at her workshop which was located on the same property as her home in Lakeside. Carolyn had been doing custom framing for over 30 years, and Roz was lucky enough to have met her when she started painting. Carolyn educated Roz early on about how important the framing was to enhance her art. On that particular day, Carolyn had some bad news for her. “Roz, I’m retiring and moving to the Pacific Northwest.” When she asked Carolyn who was going to do her art framing, Carolyn’s answer, simply put, was “I think you and your husband should take over this framing business.” A seed was planted and a business was born. Dan, Roz’s husband, thought it was a great idea and they started looking for the perfect space in La Mesa Village. They’re

not new to being small business owners; they’ve owned Pret-a-Porter Salon & Spa on La Mesa Blvd. for over 20 years. Fast forward three years to Nainsook Framing + Art! Located in the heart of beautiful little downtown La Mesa Village, at the crossroads of La Mesa Blvd and Spring St., sits Roz and Dan’s thriving custom framing shop! Offering custom framing, art classes, and an art gallery hosting local artists’ work, the Oserins opened Nainsook Framing + Art on November 1, 2016. Yes, they’re competing with the big boys, and it’s their passion for art and love of local that spurs them on. Dan has always loved to work with his hands, and now he and Liz, Nainsook’s head framer, get the opportunity to design and create an endless array of beautiful custom framed pieces for art lovers in La Mesa and all of San Diego. Liz has 20 years of framing experience and is passionate about design and details. Liz loves the challenge of framing something different. “Completing the ‘baby belly’ shadow box or framing the oversized Boston cityscape made entirely from Legos is fun and challenging,” says Liz. No job is too big or too small. “We do repairs, replace or add a mat, or upgrade glass as well as do framing design and build start to finish,” says Dan. “We frame textiles, memorabilia, multi-dimensional art, and posters. The list is endless. It’s always fun to hear the story behind the art. We’ve made friends with our clients getting to know the history of the photos and art that they’ve brought in to us for framing. We have had tremendous support from our friends, neighbors and locals. We just can’t thank everyone enough for trusting us with their art. It’s not an easy path starting any new LA MESA

business, but especially when competing with large corporations like Michaels, it really takes the support of your circle of friends and business acquaintances to keep your head above water as you grow your business.” Since we mentioned that elephant in the room, let’s talk about price and quality. Nainsook offers only quality wood or metal framing. They don’t use compressed wood or plastic framing. All of their work is done with their hands and machines in the workshop at Nainsook. Is custom framing expensive? It can be, depending on your choices. For every piece that is to be framed there are many decisions to be made. What type of moulding? Wood, metal, one moulding or two? Next a simple mat, or several layered mats, textured or simple cotton rag? The glazing (a word new to them when they opened Nainsook; it refers to glass) can be simple and inexpensive conservation clear glass which protects your work from deteriorating with 99% UV protection, or Art Glass – no glare 70% protection, or even Museum Glass, appropriately named because this is used by museums for maximum protection and no glare. Expensive and worth it. People often ask, “About how much do you think an 11x14 will cost to be framed?” Their answer? “Anywhere from $79 (their poster special up to 20” x 24”) to $500 depending on your choices. It really has to do with your taste and budget. Nainsook offers 10% less than any competitor apples to apples! Just bring in your written estimate and we’ll honor this offer.” On any given day you may also see Judy or Roz working at Nainsook. Judy’s background is in interior design. She’ll welcome you in and help you with designing the perfect frame to both enhance your art and fit your budget. She also manages inventory and keeps the flow of the business organized. In addition to working with customers, Roz has designed art classes that are offered several times per month. She and Lisa Bebi, a local mixed media artist, teach everything from watercolor to alcohol ink tiles, and tons of different mixed media classes to those who are looking for evening art classes. Most are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A full calendar is located on the Nainsook website at In addition, it’s Roz and Dan’s passion to support local artists. LA MESA

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Long Live The Double Sided Mattress

It was almost like flipping your pillow to the other side, and feeling as if you had a new pillow altogether. Mattresses made double-sided lasted longer, and the Mattress industry knew it. Some time around the year 2000, the mattress industry decided to pull the sheets out from under us, and waved the double-sided mattress goodbye. The reasons why were simple enough: shorter mattress lifespans meant more turn over from the same customers. With the primary materials used in mattresses being poly foam and memory foam, limiting our options to single-sided mattresses was a tough blow to take. Another reason for the change was that these mattresses were less expensive to manufacture. Instead of using high quality materials that would keep your single sided mattress around as long as your favored double-sided one, such as natural latex, the industry generally kept using poly foam and memory foam, as it costs a fraction to produce. It’s obvious you want a mattress you won’t have to replace in 7 years, so what’s the fix? Two options come to mind: if you love the feeling of your poly foam or memory foam mattress, but don’t love the idea of replacing again in less than a decade, find a local mattress craftsman who still specializes in making double-sided mattresses with the materials you love!


Swimming somewhere in the back of most of our minds is a memory of having to turn our mattresses around and flip them upside down to the other side. It took some effort, but the reward was worth it. If you’d rather save your back the pain of turning and flipping your mattress, but want to keep your mattress around just as long, we advise investing in a single-sided mattress crafted with high quality materials that last 3 to 4 times longer than the conventional ones used today, such as natural latex straight from the rubber tree. If only there were a local and trusted business that could do both… A family, perhaps, that’s been crafting such mattresses since the 60’s… (Shameless self plug). All jokes aside, your days of having to compromise are over, come in to Mattress Makers and let’s find what you’ve been looking for. 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: or

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