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LA MESA EDITION

Vol. 1 Issue 10 November-Decemer 2018

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Submit your work to rob@citytoyoumedia.com Tony Trowbridge is an artist from San Diego who is enjoying life as a full-time painter and “Painting It Forward” every single day. He works part-time as the sign-painter for Valley Farm Markets and paints watercolors all over town the rest of the time. Under the brief tutelage of his father, a signature member of the NWS, and with apprenticeship under one of the world’s leading plein air watercolorists and instructors, it’s only a matter of time for Tony to become master of his craft. He’s a member of the Foothills Art Association and active on social media. Keep an eye out for this local artist!

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inside

this issue La Mesa Holiday Season Memories Thanksgiving ...6 Senior Living Business Spotlight

– The Right Care ...8

– Anthony’s Fish Grotto ...12

La Mesa Military Families Toy Drive ...14 Immigrants in La Mesa Come Full Circle ...18 Cocktail Recipes from Anthony’s ...20 Butterflies Are Free to Fly on Mt. Helix ...22 Eat, Dine & Drink ...26

Featured story: Anthony’s Fish Grotto

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L SEASON MEMORIESY A MESA HOLIDA

THANKSGIVING – School day memories 1960s

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Jeff McDaniell of Maryland Avenue School gets handson experience with a turkey, November 22, 1962 La Mesa Scout.

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La Mesa kinder gardeners meeti ng their future tha nksgiving dinn ers up close and pe rsonal.

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The Right Care, ® Right at Home Serving La Mesa since 2006 Meet the Owners, Marc & Christina Gray

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arc and Tina work together in the Right at Home office they opened in 2006. Prior to joining Marc to run the office, Tina worked in the Dental Program at Loma Linda University and volunteered time to a hospice agency, a pursuit she found very fulfilling Originally from the Midwest, Marc was raised and educated in suburban Chicago. He received a BA in Psychology and premedical studies from Wheaton College.  However, he found professional opportunity in the computer software industry and pursued a career in the IT field for 30 years. Twelve years ago, Marc decided to leave IT to the younger folks and look for an opportunity to contribute to the San Diego community while fulfilling a passion for helping people. Caring for seniors here in

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San Diego with Right at Home has been just such an opportunity. With more than 450 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries, Right at Home provides in-home care to seniors and disabled adults who need some assistance with daily living. Our in-home care enables loved ones to enjoy healthy lives in the comfort of a familiar environment. We tailor our care to each unique situation through a detailed Custom Care Plan. Whether someone needs a little extra help around the house, daily medical assistance or just an occasional check in throughout the week, Right at Home’s in-home care could be the answer. Our senior Care Services are extensive but we tailor our plans around each client’s specific needs and thoughtful caregiver

matching. That’s our difference, and it makes all the difference in the world. The San Diego Right at Home team is dedicated to providing friendly, reliable and personalized service to our clients throughout San Diego County while upholding the high ideals and professional standards established by the Right at Home corporate offices. Here at Right at Home® La Jolla and Mission Valley, we have developed wonderful relationships with our clients and caregivers. We’d be delighted to come and talk with you about options you may want to consider and how we can tailor a care program for you or your loved one. And we provide specialized training in Dementia Care, so be sure to ask about our Cognitive Support Program!

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3 Things in Your Mattress That May be Making You Sick The average person spends 6-8 hours every day in their bed. That's about one-third of your life! The mattress is also the only piece of furniture where your face is literally inches away and breathing whatever is inside it. It's hard to say what is inside every mattress, but there are three things that can be found in about 95% of mattresses (especially the mainstream and online companies) that can have a negative effect on your health. If you are sensitive to chemicals or have immune system issues, these are the 3 things I recommend you avoid in your mattress.

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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 LA MESA

dozens of chemicals that are used in most fire retardants are Formaldehyde and Antimony Trioxide, both of which have been shown to be carcinogens.

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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Anthony’s Fish Grotto

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erving the city of La Mesa and San Diego for more than 70 years, Anthony’s Fish Grotto remains one of the premier locations in the area for quality seafood with a remarkable dining experience. Since the venue’s construction in 1961 (back when Interstate 8 used to be Highway 80) and having gone through remodels in 1995 and again a few years ago, the restaurant offers many unique features such as a lakeside patio dining, a pet friendly environment, a private party cabana, and even a bocce ball court where groups can reserve the space and play. Upon entering the venue, diners are greeted with an inviting and welcoming ambience. Beyond the tables they find themselves looking at a waterside view with colored water streams and a large fountain in the middle of it all. Owner Craig Ghio is extremely proud of the atmosphere that Anthony’s is able to provide its patrons. “In today’s world, everyone is so busy,” says Ghio. “You go to the restaurants today and all of them are very noisy. The art of conversation and the art of sitting down and enjoying each other’s company is difficult in some of the environments out there. Our goal was to have our place be different than those. We wanted this place to be more of a decompression and an escape. You can come out here in the evenings and have a glass of wine and a couple appetizers and sit next to the lake.”

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On the outdoor patio, guests are seated under beautiful outdoor lights that give the restaurant an almost surreal look, somewhat as if it were out of a movie. With remarkable hosts and waiters, Anthony’s proves to be a top-notch dining experience that sets itself apart from the competition. When asked about serving the city of La Mesa, Ghio says, “We have had a very exceptional clientele. Everyday I meet someone in their 50s and 60s who says they were brought here by their grandparents and used to feed the ducks in the lake. So, we get that real neat continuity of returning generational guests which is very different in today’s world. A lot of what we do here is the same, people come back for their favorite dishes year after year. We have found La Mesans to be very loyal to Anthony’s and we appreciate that.” Over its more than seven decades, Anthony’s has appealed to everyone no matter how old or young they are. Anthony’s has found continued success through its older patrons but also with its younger millennial customers. Especially in offering a dog-friendly environment, Anthony’s is able to provide dining ambience that most others cannot. If the location plays a large part in setting Anthony’s apart from other restaurants, the menu has to be an even larger selling point. Anthony’s is distinguished by one of the broadest selections of fish to choose from, typically offering around 16 different kinds of fresh fish on the menu at any given time. Customers really enjoy having such a large fresh seafood selection. From simple classics such as Fish & Chips to more exotic dishes such as their Fresh Alaskan Halibut Filet dusted with breadcrumbs and brushed with parsley butter, Anthony’s offers everyone something they’ll love to eat. For more information or to see the restaurant’s menu, go to anthonysfishgrotto.com or visit their location at 9530 Murray Drive.

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The La Mesa Chamber Launches This Year’s Charitable Projects

– Join Us in Enriching Lives By Mary England

La Mesa Military Families Toy Drive

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ant to make a difference this holiday season for the children of military personnel that live in La Mesa military housing? Then join the members of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and purchase toys, diapers and other items that will make their holiday season special. The Chamber is coordinating this holiday project with Lincoln Military Housing and together they are collecting toys, diapers and other items for children of military families between the ages of 2 -13 living in La Mesa military housing. Lincoln Military Housing facilitates holiday events for over 2,000 military children within our region. The Chamber is proud to announce that community supporter Jerry Lester, a man passionate about enriching the lives of children, is again a major sponsor of this activity. We are also thrilled to announce our partnership with the following to sponsor the toy drive party

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on Tuesday, December 4: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, EDCO, First Command Financial Services and Kirk Paving, Inc. We are also grateful to Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World for allowing us to utilize their vehicles as we need them. The Chamber is reaching out to their members and anyone within the community that may have a passion for helping our La Mesa military children

during the holidays. A celebration of this project and the final collection of toys and gift items will take place on Tuesday, December 4 between 5:30 and 7pm at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, in Grossmont Center. The celebration is hosted in part by Presenting Sponsor, EDCO and Supporting Sponsor, First Command Financial Services. Admission is complimentary to Chamber members bringing a new, unwrapped toy (receive two wine drink tickets); Guests are $10 each, bring an unwrapped toy (receive 2 wine drink tickets) and $20 each for all “at door” guests (receive 2 wine drink tickets). The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, salads and signature pizzas. Premium wines are sponsored by: Cali Comfort BBQ, Curbside Eatery & Drinkery, The Riviera Supper Club and Valley Farm Market. Make your reservation to the party by Friday, November 30 to: rsvp@lamesachamber.com. Those who are unable to attend, but wish to donate may contact the Chamber office, (619) 465-7700 to make arrangements to LA MESA


deliver the toys. You may also call Mary England at (619) 251-7730 and she can meet you 7 days a week to receive your items! This project allows the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce to continue their commitment to making a difference in La Mesa and the lives of those in our community.

Adopting 24 La Mesa Homebound Seniors Each year we team with the La Mesa Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and gather items for 24 La Mesa homebound seniors. It is the goal of the La Mesa Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets and bags. All of these items are delivered along with a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a piece of pie purchased from Marie Callender’s. We are always grateful to Joe Flaherty and his team at Marie Callender’s for the quality meals they prepare for our December deliveries. Here are items that we suggest you may purchase to place in our gift baskets: canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, packets of crackers, cereals, packets of pasta, macaroni and cheese, bars of soap, hand lotion, handy wipes, canned beans, spaghetti sauce, toiletries, tubes of tooth paste, tooth brushes, packets of tissues, bottles of hand soaps, bottles of hand sanitizer, slippers, pens, pads of paper, socks and any other item you believe will bring joy to our seniors during the holidays. We ask that if you wish to donate items from your pantry, please double check the expiration date on those items and make sure they have not expired. Gift cards in any denomination can also be purchased for various stores within our community for our seniors. The Chamber is proud to partner with our sponsors to date: Barona Resort & Casino and Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World. We ask that all donated items be received by Thursday, November 30 to be included in our baskets and gift bags. Items may be delivered to the La Mesa Chamber Office: 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 212, in La Mesa. If we are in the field they may be delivered to Fran Smith in Suite 214; she is ready to accept them Monday – Friday between 10am and 4pm. You may also contact Mary England (619) 251 7730 and she can coordinate picking up your items, 7 days a week. We thank the community for their past support and are excited to put these holiday baskets together and have them delivered to our homebound seniors in December and make the holidays special for these wonderful members of our community. Photos Courtesy of Sandra Small, Photographer

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t’s time to mark your calendar for the 29th Annual Wildlife in Art Show - Awards Reception on Saturday, November 10th from 4:30 to 6:30pm. It is hosted by the Foothills Art Association at their Porter Hall Gallery in MacArthur Park (4910 Memorial Drive). This annual juried and judged open show at the Gallery event gathers an amazing collection of masterful works showing the beauty and splendor of wildlife. We promise that these wildlife artworks will be a visual treat for your astonishment and pleasure. Our gallery walls will exhibit a total of 65 mastered wildlife artworks that have been selected (from a total of 108 entries of 61 artists) and accepted by our juror Gary Johnson (a highly renowned wildlife and landscape 2017 Second Place Winner artist who has been recognized with multiple awards at the “The Sighting” highest levels). The following photos of last year’s top winners show the caliber of works in this year’s Wildlife in Art Show: by Peggy Bradshaw-Palm Our amazing wildlife art show was started in 1989 and has become one of the longest running open/juried shows in Southern California. It first began with the volunteer efforts of Barbara McDermott with Marilyn Grame as cochairs. After Barbara’s passing in 2002, Billie Mear joined Marilyn to become Co-chair, and more recently Debbie and Lee Atkinson have continued to bring our annual Wildlife in Art Show together. It’s worth noting that a special show award is given every year in honor of Barbara’s memory. Please enjoy the show, have fun chats and enjoy the delicious treats with all the artists and admirers of their works, and then be ready to give a big round of applause for all the award winners in this year’s Wildlife in Art Show. If you happen to miss the awards reception, no problem, starting on Tuesday, November 6, the Wildlife in Art Show will be available for public viewing during normal Gallery days and hours (Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm) through December 5 (Wednesday). We also give our sincere thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors that 2017 Third Place Winner generously support and contribute to the show’s success. “Still Waters” Scott Trimlett, President by Kevin Pack Foothills Art Association

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Immigrants in La Mesa Come Full Circle

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ulie came to America for the first time when she was 16 years old. She was not seeking asylum nor accompanying parents looking for a better life. She was simply part of an exchange program between Bristol, England and Springfield, Missouri. On June 20, 2018, over 40 years after she married a boy she met while attending high school in Springfield, she joined 1200 other immigrants from over 50 countries as they shared an oath to the United States of America. Sylvia Nasri, Julie’s next-door neighbor, came to America with her husband, Fares, and four-year-old son from Cairo, Egypt in 1969. She still remembers the frustration of not being able to speak English, and doggedly attending ESL classes until she was able to receive her GED in America. She and her family became citizens in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania five years later.

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By Nancy Johnson

Julie Rone is a La Mesa resident who spends two days a week helping her immigrant neighbors learn English. She’s also an immigrant herself, and recently became a United States citizen. Julie Rone

At almost exactly the same time that Sylvia arrived in America, Julie finished her high school education in England and then returned to the United States to marry her Springfield sweetheart, Stan. Over the next 40 years, both women raised their families and educated themselves, ultimately receiving Masters degrees. Julie became a Speech Pathologist and Sylvia spent her

career working for the Federal Government. After retirement, Julie and Sylvia wanted to give back to their city and country. They have both volunteered at various organizations over the years, but the work that is currently closest to their hearts is the labor of love they continue to give to Laubach Literacy of San Diego County. Laubach Literacy provides free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults who wish to learn English (www. laubachsandiego.org). President Lana Smith works tirelessly to fulfill their mission of “recruiting students, training volunteer tutors and trainers, and networking with other literacy providers.” Volunteers teach in 28 locations, including Lemon Grove Library where Julie teaches, and Joan Kroc Center where Sylvia teaches. Let’s meet four of their students: LA MESA


Liduvina emigrated from Columbia eight years ago. She is 76 years old and wants to learn English in order to communicate with her grandchildren. She became a citizen five years ago. Qifon emigrated from China 25 years ago to be with her children and grandchildren. She is 82 years old. In China, she became a university professor after receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematics. Mercedes emigrated from Guayaquil, Ecuador. She was a psychologist in Ecuador and has been in America for seven months. She came to America after marrying an Ecuadorian who lives in San Diego. Elia emigrated from Mexico two-and-a-half years ago. She was a dentist there, but must start over in America, learning English and attending dental assistant school in order to have a job in her field. She came to America to marry a man she went to school with in Mexico as a child and met again later in life. Julie and Sylvia love their students and describe them as sometimes timid, nervous, and frustrated, but always determined. From their own experiences, and from the stories they have heard from their students, Julie says, “The more you ask of yourself, the more you can give” and Sylvia says, “Immigrants challenge themselves because they don’t want to fail in America.” Just one month ago today, Julie waited in the long line encircling the Downtown Civic Center dressed in her Navy blue dress and God Bless America red scarf. She finally made her way into the grand Golden Hall where she sat amongst immigrants who arrived in America from all over the world. Some came highly educated and some will begin their education now. Some came to seek asylum, some to seek a better life, some to simply enjoy the rights and privileges of living in America. Many have faced challenges getting here and all will face cultural, language, economic, and familial challenges as they assimilate.

Join the line to become a new American! But in the face of all the challenges ahead, 1200 people waved their flags and cheered when their countries’ names were called. 1200 people pledged their loyalty to America and received the promise from America for freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And tomorrow? Julie will drive to the Lemon Grove library to teach English to her neighbors. If you know of a La Mesa Neighbor who other Neighbors, please contact nfteach@yahoo.com

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Butterflies Are Free to Fly on Mt. Helix

Non-Hermes copper variety butterfly photo by Hunter Hartmann

By Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director

left: Painted live at the 11th annual heART of Mt Helix event, local artists Chuck McPherson created this original watercolor depicting the Hermes copper butterfly.

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Spend a few minutes sitting in the Park’s amphitheater and you will likely witness the constant dance performed by butterflies there as they court one another.

espite dwindling numbers and grim odds, the Hermes copper butterfly (Lycaena hermes) did not make its way on to the list of endangered species, although it appears to be still under consideration. According to scientific maps, this rare species’ habitat surrounds Mt. Helix Park. Naturalist and Mt. Helix Park plant aficionado, Ed Piffard, thinks this might be evidence that the elusive butterfly could be sniffing around this open space haven and he is hoping that humans, who are contributing to the reduction of this insect’s habitat, might also have a hand in helping to improve its numbers. As fate would have it, Mt. Helix Park is home to several groves of healthy Rhamnus crocea, or Spiny Redberry bush. This very same plant is the only known host to the larvae of these rare butterflies. According to Piffard, the Cedar Fire in 2003 and the Witch Fire in 2007 that ravaged much of San Diego County also devastated the Hermes copper’s habitat. Scientific journals estimated that as much as

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39 percent of all populations were destroyed. “Redberry doesn’t recover all that well from fire,” explains Piffard of a plant with which he is very familiar. “I was so excited to find out that the Redberry was such a crucial plant because there is just so much of it on top of Mt. Helix,” he adds. Although the slow growing Redberry are currently thirsty from the long hot summer, they are expected to bounce back with seasonal rain. For the past couple of years Piffard has been instrumental in working with the Park’s Habitat Restoration Group to plant more of the Spiny Redberry. Getting new specimens to thrive, however, can be tricky. “Because we have little irrigation, we have real trouble getting them established,” Piffard points out. Even with irrigation this variety can be fickle, he acknowledges. However, Piffard and his team don’t give up easily and from 2014 to 2018 they planted roughly 20 Spiny Redberry with some success. LA MESA


Flanked by a mix of custom homes and a natural wooded setting, Mt. Helix Park has several points in its favor when vying for a spot as home to the next Hermes copper population. This 12-acre open space Park offers a ready supply of mature Spiny Redberry bushes and is therefore prime real estate even from a butterfly standpoint. “Most of the butterflies are hill toppers,” explains Piffard; “They go to the hill tops to breed.” But since most of the other local hills are covered in development, he believes the Park’s natural open landscape will give it an even greater appeal. “Mt. Helix has potential…maybe the Park can be a sort of a sanctuary,” says an optimistic Piffard. “Many of the local plants here are hosts,” he adds, pointing out the prevalence of native Buckwheat which provides nectar for the adult Hermes copper. He says the Park is already home to a plethora of other local butterfly species such as the Acamen Blue, the Mulcins Admiral, Swallowtail and Monarch, to name a few. Anyone who has visited the Park recently can attest to the fact that the butterfly population is well represented in general. Spend a few minutes sitting in the Park’s amphitheater and you will likely witness the constant dance performed by butterflies there as they court one another. Hovering just above the steps, they parade their show of color until they are noticed. Stopping periodically in nearby groves of Lemonade Berry, Spiny Redberry, Buckwheat, Sugarbush and Black Sage, they stretch out their wings and then take flight again until they find a mate. Some drift so close to Park visitors they can hear the sound of their wings. Piffard says he has personally never seen a Hermes copper in the Park. A small butterfly with a wingspan of between one and 1.25 inches, it is primarily brown with yellow highlights on both the wings and tail. Mature larvae are about 13 millimeters and are primarily bright green. They reportedly prefer host plants in canyons and on the north facing slopes surrounded by plants that provide nectar for the adults, such as native California Buckwheat, which is abundant in the Park. Hopeful that a community effort could increase the odds of Hermes copper taking up residence on Mt. Helix, Piffard says he would like to see locals add Spiny Redberry to their landscapes as well as other host plants for the Hermes and other butterfly species. For more information on butterfly-friendly plants, visit the Park website at www.mthelixpark. org. LA MESA

Behr’s Metalmark photo by Hunter Hartmann

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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 Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe, Comedy/Drama October 12 to November 11, 2018 Directed by George Bailey A touching and humorous play about doubt, heartbreak and taking risks, Butterflies Are Free centers on Don Baker -- a blind young man who’s lived for years in the shadow of his alter ego, “Donny Dark,” a character in the children’s books written by his mother. When Don decides to finally break away from his controlling mother, he moves to an apartment in Manhattan to pursue his dream of being a songwriter. But when Mrs. Baker comes to visit and meets her son’s quirky actress neighbor (played memorably by Goldie Hawn in the 1972 film), her controlling nature kicks into overdrive. Is Don is able to stand up to her or does he succumb to parental power? Tickets available: (619) 303-5092 or boxoffice@ lamplighterslamesa.com. Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, 91942. _____________ Music AMY & THE UNKNOWN Amy & the Unknown covers danceable songs from Journey, B52’s, Heart, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Maroon 5, Pink, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, GoGos, Bruno Mas, Alanis Morrissette, and more. Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill, La Mesa, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, CA 91942. Friday, November 30 at 9pm. _____________ Discussion Groups Film FILM DISCUSSION: THE BAND’S VISIT “The Band’s Visit” - 2008. 87 minutes. PG-13. Tuesday, November 13, 1pm-3pm. Director Eran Kolirin takes on cross-cultural relations in this spry and charming tale. The eight Egyptian members of the Alexandria Police Ceremonial Orchestra find themselves stranded in a small Israeli town in the middle of nowhere for one night. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles.

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LA MESA MILITARY FAMILIES TOY DRIVE The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is Collecting Toys for La Mesa Military Children Ages 2 - 13 years old. Dates: NOW - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Locations: Grossmont Center - 5500 Grossmont Center Drive - both at the collection bin at Guest Services and at the Barnes & Noble Store, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Office 8080 La Mesa Boulevard, 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 Date: 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 _____________ LA MESA HOMEBOUND SENIORS HOLIDAY PROJECT The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is gathering items to assist 24 homebound seniors, NOW – Friday, November 30, 2018. Locations: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Office - 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 212 or next door to Fran Smith in Suite 214 - Monday - Friday between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Mary England is also available 7 days a week to meet donors and pick up those items from you. Cell (619) 251-7730. Sponsor: Barona Resort & Casino Full details: http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/ details/senior-holiday-project-2438 _____________ Classes & Workshops INTRO TO WATERCOLOR: HUMMINGBIRD Painting loose is what this watercolor class is all about. Learn how to mix multiple colors to make your painting fun and alive. This is an introductory class. No experience necessary. All materials and snacks will be provided. When: Monday, November 19, 2018, 6pm to 8:30pm, at Nainsook Framing & Art, 8130 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, 91942. Cost is $25. _____________ Classical Music MARTHA AT THE TABLE From the wacky world of Gilbert and Sullivan and Nickelodeon’s “Aaah!!! Real Monsters” to Verdi’s Rigoletto and Handel’s Messiah, mezzo soprano Martha Jane Weaver has “sung it all.” A long-time guest-artist with Lyric Opera San Diego, she has performed with such other noted companies as Sacramento Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the LA Bach Festival. Experience the magic of her voice and versatile repertoire at “Martha at the Table,” a program of songs in English, French and German - from early Americana to tales of love and deception and, for good measure, some old-time Gospel songs. This is the 5th program in the popular Valerie Victor Concert Series. Among the composers represented will be Copland, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Duparc and Chausson. When: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2pm to 3:30pm at United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, 91942. Cost is Free. LA MESA


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enters fire and home sign Sagittarius. All things are possible with Jupiter in Sag. He promotes expansion, education, legal solutions, travel, interaction with foreigners, sales and in some folks, bullshit. But the fire energy is uplifting and usually triggers an optimistic spirit on the street. Jupiter is the gambler in his home sign—he deals you aces in the house he travels through in your birth chart. (In my chart it’s the fifth house of gambling—hope it helps my poker game.) This upbeat Sag energy will be a blessing on Thanksgiving and this Holiday has especially powerful energy and blessings in the Skywatch. The Sun enters Sag that day and a Full Moon perches in the evening skies. Green lights are up for an above average flow of emotions, positive energy, and understanding on Thanksgiving. Neptune resumes direct motion on November 24. A small matter perhaps but important to Pisces. This also means dream/psychic energy is likely to increase for all of us. NOVEMBER KISS DAYS: 2, 9th when Venus trines Mars, and add November 10-12, this is a good three-day period for all ceremonies, adventures, weddings, travel—remembering at all times that Mercury is Retrograde. The best day of the month f or business and practical stuff is November 27+ when Mercury meets Jupiter in the heavens and good news is waiting for you to speak up or answer the phone. NOVEMBER QUACK DAYS: 19+ when Mars squares Jupiter, 23, 29—Mars problems show up on all three days—Mercury Rx at the same time prompts you to slow down and double-check the details. MIXMASTER: November 26. Patience rewards your efforts but it won’t be easy—keep it simple.

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NOVEMBER, 2018 No end to the confusion. In a cruel twist of astrological scheduling, Mercury will again turn Retrograde on the very same day that Venus ends her Rx cycle and turns back to direct motion on November 16. Mercury will begin to reverse direction in a sign he doesn’t do well in: Sagittarius. This is Jupiter’s sign and he is lousy with the details that Mercury needs to function plus Jupiter exaggerates everything big time. Result: a lot of bullshit and hot air from some folks is ahead as important details are lost in the fog during this Rx period. Plus, Mercury is sitting in a square to dreamy Neptune as he begins to back up—bad decisions are certain to be costly. A day of reckoning is likely near the end of the Rx cycle after Mercury backs into Scorpio on December 1 and ends the Rx cycle on December 6 in the sign that rules detectives. With Mercury in Scorpio, hopefully, you can get to the facts and find out what happened. There’s another noticeable bit of turbulence in the astrological weather on November 7 and 8. Jupiter forms an inconjunct with unpredictable Uranus at this time creating a disturbance in the Force. Inconjuncts are minor aspects that seem powerful as they approach but are usually short-lived and just require an adjustment or re-tuning, like turning the wheel to avoid a pothole on the road. It’s a strange, fairly rare event in the Skywatch; likely the day will have some odd moment or reaction that is not necessarily the ultimate reality: the sweetest kid in the class gets into an ugly fight on the playground—he’ll be sweet again tomorrow. It’ll feel like a changing of the guard as Jupiter changes signs on November 8. Jupiter leaves water sign Scorpio and

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