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LA MESA EDITION Vol. 1 Issue 6 July – August 2018

SENIOR CARE –

PREVENTING ALZHEIMER’S THE 10TH ANNUAL

TASTE OF LA MESA LA MESA PEDIATRICS

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Cover image: “2017 Lake Murray Fireworks and Music Fest” LA MESA Photo taken by Brett Alan.


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The 10th Annual Taste of La Mesa ...9 The Art of Picnicking ...11 Four Decades of Patient-First Care ...16 The 11th Annual heART of Mt. Helix Juried Art Show...21

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Cinco de Mayo Plant Fiesta:

Putting on the Red By: Nancy Johnson, Secretary La Mesa Beautiful

Hola La Mesa!

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a Mesa Beautiful (LMB) would like to thank all of you who responded to our annual plant sale flyer in the April-May issue of My City. It was great to see you at this amazing event. Community members, plants, and vintage garden shed items came together on the bright, sunny Cinco de Mayo weekend. La Mesa Beautiful “put on the red” with Kevin Johnson’s red 1955 Ford pickup parked in front of St. Andrew’s church, the brillante LMB banner, the rojo shirts and enormes smiles of the LMB Board members and friends, and the red poinsettia (flor depascua) that is La Mesa City’s planta.

This year for the first time ever, Sharon Fitzpatrick, vice president of LMB, and JoAnn Cando, board member, took the lead on the plant sale event and added the Vintage Garden Shed Sale. How fun to see tables and chairs, window frames and pots repurposed or given a fresh coat of paint. Some treasures like books, vases, ceramic plates and tools were simply passed from one owner to another.

For 38 years, La Mesa Beautiful has sponsored a plant sale for La Mesa. Plants are donated by the board members, by La Mesa residents, and by nurseries that support the beauty and health of La Mesa and our world. Special shout outs to our biggest partners, Cuyamaca College and El Capitan High school. Our president, Linda Morse and many hardworking board members (and their friends and spouses) went back and forth with truckloads of donated plants. Many of the proceeds of the sale will end up in scholarships to horticulture students. Other nurseries that donated were Kniffing’s Nursery, Hunter’s Nursery, and Grossmont Dixieline.

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Also for the first time, Mike Uhrhammer, Senior Public Afffairs Rep from Helix Water District set up a table and hung out with us all day Saturday (and sent an associate on Sunday), handing out soil samples, informing plant enthusiasts about irrigation options, and answering whatever questions came up. Orchard Supply Hardware on Navajo joined the information tables this year with buckets for those who spent $10 or more. Our information area was rounded out with our long-time associates from Master Gardener Association. These knowledgeable members identified plants, provided advice on care and maintenance, and assisted with issues of soil, pests, or weather conditions. La Mesa Beautiful sold over 3000 plants that weekend. Look around and see how your city’s plants grow! Speaking of looking around, feel free to nominate a neighbor who has a unique, colorful, water-tolerant front yard for the Spirit Awards. We will consider all nominations and celebrate at an Award’s ceremony in October. Consider becoming a member so that you can make a difference in your city by: • • • • •

Donating trees (over 100 so far) to the City of La Mesa. Working with La Mesa Spring Valley School District’s Arbor Day programs, donating and planting trees. Providing scholarships to horticultural students at Cuyamaca College and El Capitan High School. Encouraging the beautification of La Mesa by recognizing residents who do an amazing job on their front landscapes. Having a blast on Plant Sale Day!

We’d love to have you “put on the red” and join La Mesa Beautiful. We’d be able to see you at free speaker events, the annual Awards celebrations, and you’d get a discount at next year’s Cinco de Mayo plant sale! Contact us at www. lamesabeautiful.org. Hasta que nos encontremos de Nuevo … until we meet again . . . amo tus jardines … love your gardens! LA MESA

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Get Your “Summer Groove” on at the Summer Bash Business Expo On August 9 at the La Mesa Community Center

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ave the date now and join the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 9 at the 5th Annual “Summer Bash” Business Expo. This unique evening provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and enjoy conversation with over 45 local businesses. The majority of the businesses participating will be giving away free door prizes to lucky winners throughout the evening. Last year over 48 FREE door prizes were given away to lucky attendees. Get your “Summer Groove” on during this beautiful summer evening filled with great food and beverages, good conversation, a silent auction, raffles and more! The following food and beverage providers currently confirmed are: BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Blue Lagoon Coffee, Brew Coffee Spot, Cali Comfort

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BBQ, Curbside Eatery & Drinkery, Dream Dinners, Golden Spoon, Los Pinos Taco Shop, Luna Grill. Marie Callender’s – La Mesa, Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Samuel Adams, Sycuan Casino, The Hills Local Pub, and Valley Farm Market. This evening will have something for everyone at a special price of $10 per person – in celebration of the Chamber’s 10th

Anniversary. This pricing includes the food served by the participating restaurants and opportunity to win any of the 45 door prizes offered by the business vendors. Sponsors for this fun-filled evening are: Presenting Sponsor – Mission Federal Credit Union and SDG&E, Supporting Sponsor – San Diego County Credit Union – La Mesa, Underwriting Sponsor: Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World. They are joined by: Community Spectrum, Sandra Small Photographer, Kostedt Design & Marketing, AAA Imaging, Royal Florist Designs and Community Relations Media Sponsor – The East County Herald. Make plans NOW to join us on this summer evening, being held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa between the hours of 5pm - 8pm. Tickets are available now and may be purchased via the web site: www.lamesachamber. com or by calling the Chamber office (619) 465-7700.

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The 10th Annual Taste of La Mesa is Our Own

Hometown Triple Crown! T

he racing industry has Justify, the American Thoroughbred racehorse who became the thirteenth American Triple Crown winner, we had our own Triple Crown activity – the10th Annual Taste of La Mesa on June 11th! While the chefs were preparing and “grooming” their delectable dishes for the post time of 5pm the volunteer staff of 43 were preparing for the “starting gates” to open and assist the guests. The track was primed and ready for the anxious crowd rushing the doors as the bell sounded and they began their tasting journey! Plates were laden with food as people visited the beverage area, the silent auction tables and took part in the opportunity raffle. As guests rounded the first turn, they continued grazing and visiting more food stations on both sides of the Center. As they rounded the second turn, it was a loosening of the belts and the sighs of contentment that dominated the rest of the evening. However, needing to taste as many items as possible at the finish line, guests sampled pies, ice cream sundaes and other desserts to complete the race. This year’s food and beverages were provided by this thoroughbred line up: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Blue Lagoon Coffee, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Brew Spot Coffee, Brigantine Restaurant of La Mesa, Cali Comfort BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Curbside Eatery & Drinkery, Dream Dinners, Edible Arrangements, El Torito La Mesa, Farmer’s Table, LA MESA

Golden Spoon, Himalayan Cuisine, Hooley’s Public House, Luna Grill, Marie Callender’s, Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano, Pick Up Stix, Red Lobster, Riviera Supper Club, Samuel Adams, San Pasqual Winery, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Terra American Bistro, The Hills Local Pub and Valley Farm Market. The following sponsors made the race a success: Presenting Sponsor Sycuan Casino, Supporting Sponsors – Barona Resort & Casino, SDG&E, Creme De La Creme Sponsors – American Medical Response, Kirk Paving, Inc., Mission Federal Credit Union, Virginia Napierskie, Gourmet Sponsors – AT&T, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Bon Appetit Sponsors – California Coast Credit Union – La Mesa, Erickson-Anderson Mortuary, Lily’s Manufactured Homes, Orangetheory Fitness La Mesa, San Diego County Credit Union – La Mesa, San Diego Eye Professionals, The Kitzman Family, Total Thermal Imaging and USE Credit Union. They are joined by: AAA Imaging, Community Spectrum, Kostedt Design & Marketing, Sandra Small Photographer, Global Protection Group, Mr. Neon, Royal Florist Design, Advanced Shuttle Service, LLC., Courtesy TV – Sales & Service, Studio M.I.F. They were joined by Community Relations Media Sponsor -The East County Herald. To everyone who attended the Taste of La Mesa this year, we thank you for making it a fantastic “ride!”

Himalayan Cuisine owner, Khem Kharel takes a break during the Taste.

Thanking San Pasqual Winery for being in the Taste the entire 10 years!

Mary England, President & CEO of the Chamber giving our Presenting Sponsor, Sycuan Casino their sponsor gift. Mary is presenting to Sycuan Chef Andrew Modzejewski.

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The Art of Picnicking By Peggy Junker

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an Diego is on the cusp of spring and summer and picnic season has officially begun. With its roots in medieval England, this blissful pastime conjures up images of sunshine, open spaces and good food shared in good company. It has been a source of play and interaction for friends and families for centuries and spans all demographic and geographical boundaries. There is a reason the art of picnicking has persisted in this complex world – it is perfect in its simplicity. If the purpose of your picnic is relaxation, relief from the daily grind and a little healthy escapism, why not consider giving yourself a break from the kitchen, and let the experts prepare your picnic. One of La Mesa’s most popular sandwich spots is the locally-famous, Lunch Box Café. From deli classics to wraps, salads and soups, their menu can accommodate almost any palate. New owners Prabakar and Nadia Mahalingam are in

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“There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort” – W. Somerset Maugham.

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their second year, and the couple have already made a significant addition with the introduction of Café Carmel Bakery which uses traditional French pastry techniques – an element they believe will fill a void in the local culinary scene. Besides the café’s topsellers, the Croissant Club with turkey or the Grilled Chicken Wrap, the new bakery provides picnic goers with the option of some classic European desserts as well. Nadia, a secondgeneration pastry chef was taught by her father, and her passion for her craft is apparent in her cakes, eclairs, Napoleons and fruit tarts. “I think what’s neat about the bakery is that the cakes have no oil or butter in them, making them light,” explains Nadia, who describes a list of mouthwatering temptations which include: black forest cake, a three-layer chocolate cake filled with fresh whipping cream and dark cherries topped with chocolate shavings and decorated with maraschino cherries;

a white cake layered with bananas and fresh whipping cream; a chocolate cake layered with bananas and fresh chocolate whipping cream and a white cake layered with fresh strawberries and whipping cream. For picnics, individual cake slices are available along with any of the pastries and can be added to to-go orders on the spot. Advanced notice of 10 to 15 minutes is all customers need to have their order pick-up ready. Visit their website at thelunchboxcafe. com or cafecarmelbakery. com – both have call-in or online ordering options. In tuned with how San Diego picnics, Cali Comfort BBQ owner, Shawn Walchef, has designed the Tailgater – the ultimate picnicking and tailgating feast. This array of the restaurateur’s finest smoked meats includes: pork ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, half-chicken, brisket and rib tips and comes with all of their sides: mac n’ cheese, wedding beans “barbe-que baked beans so good you’ll want to serve them at your wedding,”

explains Walchef, along with potato salad, cole slaw and jalapeno cheddar corn bread. For $64.99 this feast serves four to five people and can be called in on the spot with no advanced notice. Walchef makes ordering convenient with an online ordering option at www. calicomfortbbq.com. “Pick it up and take it to a picnic, or the beach or a sports event,” explains Walchef. “It’s our most popular item.” “We have tailgating in our blood,” says the native San Diegan who has been working in Spring Valley since he was 12. “We like making things easy on families because of all of the tailgating that we do,” he explains. Walchef says that in order to get the most out the outdoor dining experience he recommends giving some thought to comfort. Bring pillows or a blanket and think it through, so you don’t forget the basics. It just so happens East County has one of the most beautiful picnic spots in all of San Diego

All Photos by Gary Junker

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County – Mt. Helix Park. And since no glass or barbequing is allowed within the Park, to-go picnic lunches are a perfect option! The Lunchbox Café/ Carmel Bakery and Cali Comfort are two of 18 featured local restaurants in this year’s heART of Mt. Helix event on Saturday, August 11 to benefit the Mt. Helix Park Foundation. For a list of all participating restaurants, visit the website at www. mthelixpark.org. Bon appetite!


Are you sleeping in the wrong position?

What We Can Learn About Sleep From Babies

Have you wondered why babies sleep so good in a car seat?

Well, I believe I know the answer and how babies can help us sleep better. A month ago my wife and I had our 3rd child. Of course, as we all know, with any newborn baby sleep doesn't come easy. In fact, in this past month any amount of sleep for me is like finding hidden treasure. But do you want to know something funny? Although my wife and I aren't getting much sleep now my son seems to get his best sleep when he's in his carseat in the car. Here's the reason. When babies are in a car seat they are in a specific position called Zero Gravity. Zero Gravity is a fancy word coined by NASA which means when you're in this position all the pressure from your shoulders and hips are relieved. It's when your head and your legs are slightly elevated. This is essentially the position the babies sleep best in and you can too.

Why Sleeping Flat Is Not The Best

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hand and keep it relaxed. Probably what is happening is your fingers are curling towards your palm and you feel a lot more comfortable. How long do you think you could leave your hand in this position? Indefinitely right? So why did I ask you to do this experiment? Well when you sleep flat your body has a hard time getting in its natural position, and acts the way your hand was when you were holding it very rigid. Your body is not a perfectly straight line, your spine has a natural curve to it and when you're in zero gravity your body is in it's most comfortable position. And only an Adjustable Base can put you in that position perfectly. So if you're still sleeping flat you may be in the wrong position.

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UPCOMING EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT + SOME FREE AND FUN STUFF TO DO AROUND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! THE LA MESA CLASSIC CAR SHOW RUNS THROUGH AUGUST The 2018 car show is slated to run every Thursday, from June 7, 2018 - August 9, 2018. For more information about the 2018 car show, please contact the organizers for this year’s event: La Mesa Village Association. You may call them at (619) 784-MESA (6371). _____________ SUNDAYS AT SIX SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Enjoy local bands at La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free summer concerts each Sunday 6:00 to 7pm starting June 10. Free Concerts are held at the Harry Griffen Park Amphitheater, 9550 Milden Street. For more information call (619) 667-1300 • July 1 Wild Nights Band • July 8 Sonic Epidemic • July 15 It’s Never 2L8 _____________ FREE FRIDAY NIGHT FUN! Friday, July 20 Dive-In Movie “Moana”. La Mesa Municipal Pool, 5100 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. The movie will start at 8:15pm and doors open at 7:30pm. Friday, August 3 Movie in the Park “Coco” La Mesita Park, 8855 Dallas St, La Mesa. The movie will start at 8:15pm Friday, September 28 Movie in the Park “The Secret Life of Pets”. MacArthur Park, 4975 Memorial Dr, La Mesa. The movie will start at 7pm. For more information call (619) 667-1300. _____________ LA MESA VILLAGE FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays, 2 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. _____________ BREW JAZZ End your week on a cool note with a drink and some cool jazz. We will be featuring the smooth sounds of George & Alan on Fridays. Cost: Free. Ongoing indefinitely every Friday, 6pm-8pm. Get down to the Brew Coffee Spot at 6101 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, 91942. _____________

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Theatre LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE Love/Sick by John Cariani. Comedy July 6 - August 5, 2018 Directed by Kristen Fogle A twisted romantic comedy that pokes a sharp stick in the balloon of “happily-ever-after,” Love/Sick proves once again that no one ever said love was easy. This collection of short plays from playwright and Tony-nominated actor John Cariani (Almost, Maine) explores the unexpected (and sometimes unpleasant) directions that love can take us in. Be sure to catch this unromantic comedy for the romantic in all of us. Tickets available: (619) 303-5092​or boxoffice@lamplighterslamesa. com. Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, 91942. _____________ Music Rock Blues THE JAMACHA PROJECT The Jamacha Project performs original music blending Americana, rock, and blues, that features their distinctive instrumental work and rich vocal harmonies. Saturday, July 21, 2018, 6:30pm to 9:30pm at La Mesa Wine Works, 8167 Center Street, La Mesa, 91942. Free. Must be 21+ _____________ Classes & Workshops POTTERY & HAND BUILDING CERAMICS CLASS Come and experiment with clay. This is a chance to relive some old memories of ceramics classes in high school or college. Pottery wheel and hand building instruction. Clay, glazes, firing, tool use included in class pricing. When: July 3, 2018 start 6pm to 8:30pm Classes are held at Douglas Kenney Ceramic Studio, 10805 Hess Drive, San Diego, 91941. Cost: $30 - $120. _____________ Beer Food & Drink SUMMER BASH BUSINESS EXPO On Thursday, August 9th, join Chamber members and mix and mingle! Enjoy beverages and food provided by local businesses and the Chamber. Attend and be prepared to have fun, taste great food and have the opportunity win over 40 FREE door prizes from participating business vendors! From 5pm - 8pm at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, tickets purchased by Wednesday, July 25 are $10, after that date, ticket prices are $20 a piece. All At Door tickets (if available) are $30. Call (619) 465-7700 ext. 2, email rsvp@lamesachamber.com, or purchase online at http://taste.lamesachamber.com _____________ Discussion Groups Film FILM DISCUSSION: THE WOMEN’S BALCONY Director Ben Shimon’s jaunty, rousing tale of women speaking truth to patriarchal power. The collapse of a women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue leads to a gender rift between the community’s women and men. 2017. 96 minutes. (In Hebrew with English subtitles). Discussion after the film with instructor Ralph DeLauro at Oasis Lifelong Learning Center, Suite #325. Film on the Fringe information: 619-881-6262 Film on the Fringe information: (619) 881-6262. When: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1pm to 3pm at Grossmont Center 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 91942 and the cost is $8. _____________ 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 (619) 667-1300 or Email for more information. _____________ 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 on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday mornings. Intermediate/Advanced level is played at 8:30am and Beginners play at 10am. Players must bring their own paddles and balls. To join the fun, contact Ashley Josephson at (619) 667-1491 or email ajosephson@ci.la-mesa.ca.us. _____________ Juried Art Show heART OF MT. HELIX Contestants will vie for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as two Honorable Mention and one People’s Choice category awards. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $350, $250 and $150, respectively. All winners will receive one complimentary ticket to the heART event. If you are interested in entering your work in the juried art show, it is open to all artists and the theme: All things Mt. Helix including parks, people & events Medium: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Pencil, Ink, Charcoal or Photography - Format: Framed artwork no larger than 1435 sq. inches All entries are due to Nainsook Framing + Art located at 8130 La Mesa Blvd. in downtown La Mesa on Friday, July 6, 2018 between 11am and 6pm with a completed entry form and entry fee. All winning artwork will be displayed at Nainsook’s gallery from July 14 through August 25 and will be on display and for sale at the heART of Mt. Helix event on Saturday, August 11 from 5 to 11pm.

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LA MESA PEDIATRICS

Four Decades of Patient-First Care A

s a parent, you have your heart—as well as your hands—full! La Mesa Pediatrics knows this and has designed a patient experience that feels very personal. LMP hopes you will smile as the nurse calls your newborn by name. They hope your child’s face will light up as the pediatrician asks for their opinion. LMP wants you to feel empowered as you begin a conversation with your child’s provider. Since its inception in 1977, the late Dr. Flip Szold and the La Mesa Pediatrics (LMP) team have strived to create a patient-first service

Dr. “Flip” Szold and his four decades delivering love, education, and care to the local community

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that focuses on the individual family. La Mesa Pediatrics was started in 1977 by a gentleman with enough heart and soul to fuel the business for the past 41 years. Dr. Flip Szold was known for his dedicated work as a pediatrician, especially for his expertise in treating children with ADHD. Dr. Szold was a beloved member the La Mesa Community. Over the years, he served on various boards of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, the Boy and Girls Club of East County, and Grossmont Hospital. Dr. Szold and his wife, Cindy, met at Grossmont Hospital nearly 25 years ago where she was a nurse. They married and lived a life full of adventure! Cindy described her husband in the following words: “Flip was the most optimistic, upbeat, generous person I have ever met. Someone who never complained, and instead inspired the change he wanted to see. He was a man who brought people together

and lived life to the fullest—a big kid himself. Sailing. Skiing. Flying airplanes. Extensively traveling the world. He loved his patients, his family, and friends deeply. He was always extending an invitation and creating a special experience for others. Dr. Szold passed away in February 2018, but he will leave a lasting impact on the countless lives he has touched.

The Legacy will continue Dr. Richard Short, MD, FAAP a La Mesa Pediatrics physician and trusted friend since 1992 will continue to carry the important torch of providing east county patients with a patient first care system. As trusted friends and co-workers since 1992, he and Dr. Szold spent their careers together devoted to practicing “old school” medicine. Leveraging 37 years of experience, Dr. Short has much acquired wisdom. For his entire career Dr. Short has stood against shorter appointments and reducing patient care to increase profit. LA MESA


Together Dr. Szold and Dr. Short have fought to keep patient care standards very high amidst a change in the medical market to focus on speed. Dr. Short says he has always been a kid at heart! He was the family “pied piper” to all his younger cousins. In college, he organized adventurous YMCA activities for underprivileged boys and girls. In parenthood, he cites life lessons in perseverance with his own colicky infant and as he climbed Mt. Whitney 21 times! Today, with four grandchildren and countless patients he considers part of his extended family, he has certainly found his calling. Looking forward, Dr. Short speaks with the utmost respect and appreciation for his longstanding staff. He describes them as hardworking, conscientious and collaborative. They are A true team in action, working together to impact lives and families in San Diego.

Why Wait to Experience the Compassion of LMP? Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of LMP’s service is that it’s being firmly maintained during

a time when the greater industry is abbreviating visits, packing in more appointments, outsourcing calls to nurse lines and restricting insurance. that they care about you and your family! Caring is what the business of pediatrics should really be about. And that’s why LMP is thriving! Patients come from Alpine, El Cajon, Chula Vista and everywhere in between—a geographic reflection of how well they feel they are cared for. LMP staff members shared that the late Dr. Szold would speak of parenting as a journey, raising young adults capable of making their own wise decisions. Parents appreciated how he would address children personally during appointments, asking about their own opinions and questions. The whole practice has followed suit as a family-focused care center, treating families as a team. Dr. Short was pleased to share the following: “What I enjoy about being in the industry this long is that we’re now seeing generations of families. Many of the parents here were my patients decades ago, and are now bringing their own babies to see me”

Why Wait to Experience the La Mesa Pediatrics Team? Empowered by more than a collective century of experience, today’s dedicated LMP team includes: Dr. Richard Short, MD, FAAP Medical Doctor Corrie Clay, MD, FAAP Medical Doctor P. Michael Imus, MD, FAAP Medical Doctor Kyrra Moffatt, DO, FAAP Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

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Why wait to Experience the Convenience of LMP? From brief wait times to no-fuss insurance practices to latenight expanded daytime and weekend hours, if you’re looking for a team of medical practitioners who prioritize their patients above all else, check out what LMP patients have enjoyed for decades are experiencing: • Short Wait Times – The average waiting room time for the 20,000+ LMP patient appointments last year? was eight minutes. Once a medical assistant leaves left the room, a pediatrician entered within an average of four minutes. Shortened wait times are a priority at LMP however parents are understanding when an appointment time is delayed because a provider must focus on an unexpectedly very ill child. • Unrushed Appointments – When asked to describe patient visits, Dr. Short said, “We want every patient to feel heard and we are sure to ask ‘Is there anything else I can help you with?’” Appointments are not rushed and time is allowed to meet your needs. • Extended Hours – LMP that allowing scheduling flexibility to for families with busy schedules. They’re often open as late as 6:30pm on weeknights and Saturdays until 5pm. • Team-Staffed After-Hours Phone Line – You can reach the LMP team directly by phone after office hours if you have concerns. There is No need to navigate the touch-tone menu on any an outsourced nursing lines. You get the real deal! Dr. Short says, “We try to keep as much patient care as we can under our roof so patients don’t have to re-explain their health history to a new individual or drive to an urgent care.” • All Many Insurances Accepted – LMP accepts many different insurance plans. If you are wondering if your plan is accepted, a quick call to the office will clear up your questions. • Multiple Languages – If you speak Spanish, [Two other languages Dr. Short mentioned?], you’ll be happy to know some that at least one staff member will be able to communicate with you.in your first language.

Reasons La Mesa Pediatrics stands out: • Average wait time in lobby in 2017 was 8 minutes • Open all day Saturday • Open early mornings and into the evening for working parents • In house circumcisions • Our own physicians on call 24/7 even in the middle of the night • No nurse line, just our doctors • In house lactation consultant • Rounds newborns for Grossmont Hospital and recently added Mary Birch so we can start our relationship with your family on the day the baby is born! JULY - AUGUST 2018

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We have two Eclipses this month which are often turning points, too. The Solar Eclipse lines up on July 12 exactly opposite “Godfather” Pluto. New Moons always bring the time to plant seeds. An Eclipse makes this New Moon extra powerful by itself. Pluto helps seeds planted now grow like Jack and his beanstalk. Moreover, the Moon in Cancer makes a Water Grand trine with lucky Jupiter and psychic Neptune that afternoon. This is an extraordinary combination of energies in the Skywatch—it’s Leslie’s birthday so we will be celebrating. Suggest you plant a seed of your own on this day, even as little as writing down your new intention. Be patient with Mars Rx in starting new projects—the pace and progress will pick up after Mars resumes direct motion. The Lunar Eclipse on July 27 brings a much more difficult astrological pattern as this super powerful Full Moon in Aquarius is joined in the heavens by feisty and often violent, Mars Retrograde. Mercury is Retrograde on this day as well; accidents and complications are much more likely with this pair plus the Moon squares Uranus at the same time. The hinge will come loose on some folks with so much tension and emotion in the Skywatch that day—schedule lightly. A healing Venus Pluto trine closes out the Skywatch on this Friday night—love replaces anger in the heavens as times change. One less problem in the Skywatch is that Jupiter resumes direct motion on July 10. The planet of expansion has been Retrograde since March 8 diluting our power to grow and expand in the last few months. Not likely you’ll feel this one with Mercury and Mars both backing up now. Again…this is a good time to be planning and building something to start after Mars goes direct Aug 27— especially since Jupiter will be direct then and powerful—ready to charge up your energy and make good things happen at the same time—this is money in the bank as far as good timing goes. JULY KISS DAYS: 3, 8+, 11, 12+, 15, 22. One of the better wedding dates of the year is Sunday, July 8, which features the Moon in dependable Taurus in trine to powerful Pluto in Capricorn suggesting an emotional bond in the chart of the marriage that will never die. And if you are ready to elope, the 12th is an excellent choice. Pluto rules marriage—he is in power on both days. JULY QUACK DAYS: 19, 23, 26+, 27+. The two Retrograde planets amplify any problems that come up on these days—keep things as simple as you can, and pay extra attention to the kids and critters as minor accidents are almost certain with Mars and Mercury both pedaling backwards. Injuries to your hands ruled by Mercury are more likely; Mars rules cuts and burns. Gloves highly recommended during this double Rx period. AUGUST, 2018 Very, very sticky. Mars continues to back up on the bases, Retrograde, until Aug 27. Delays, low energy, a strange mood, and unexpected resistance all come from Mars Rx. At the same time trickster Mercury also drives in reverse, and continues to Retrograde until Aug 19. This is double trouble and turns on the caution searchlights during this three-week period when both planets appear to reverse direction in the heavens. Scientists will agree that these planets appear to move backwards in the sky. That’s the physics which says the Earth swinging by in her orbit makes the other slower planets appear to be backing up. Astrology is metaphysical…. Astrologers believe this is a symbol of the energy that will appear at the same time on Earth. Meta = beyond the physical. The old lore teaches us: As above, so below. Simple and not really crazy. The experiences you and the world have this month will prove this to be true. More trouble appears in the Skywatch as the month begins. Feisty Retrograde Mars in Leo (“I know what I am doing and hurry”) makes a challenging and extremely dangerous square to Uranus in Taurus (‘this is crazy, unexpected, rebellious and madness”) on August 1st. This is the most difficult and potentially violent square of the year with the two Rx planets adding confusion, misunderstandings, breakdowns and problems with electrical systems and machines— Uranus is the ruler of electricity. And the real problem is that this energy will “hang out” in the heavens for the first days of the month. And may show up the last day of July…. Mars tends to fire his gun before exact and can still be a hot pistol even days past the exact moment of contact. Best to keep it as simple as possible and safe as you can make it August 1-12. At this point Mars backs into powerful Capricorn and breaks off the square by sign. The good news in August is a lovely spiritual and creative trine between Jupiter and Neptune on August 19 (interesting day with Mercury turning direct that morning—and if this is your birthday I recommend you get an astrological reading and find out how you can best use this fabulous trine). Exact again in the Skywatch last May, trines offer a downhill path and welcome our initiatives and action. They often bring a payoff for dues paid in the past. At the least, Jupiter enlarges Neptune’s ability to imagine and create new art and ideas which work and urges us to think of helping others and sharing our abundance. Even Stickier. The Retograde line up increases on August 7 when the master of unpredictability, Uranus, also appears to back up in his orbit. He joins Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto all also Rx at one time or another this month—complications and unusual circumstances are certain to appear in your life with this line-up—it’s out of the ordinary Skywatch, too. 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July 4th Holiday!

The New 2019 Ram 1500

...for Family, Work and Play. We have a strong and committed sales staff here at Carl Burger World with many years of experience satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our inventory online, or give us a call to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing.

619.494.2497 | www.carlburger.com | 8355 Hercules St., La Mesa, CA 91942

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