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LA MESA EDITION

Vol. 1 Issue 8 September-October 2018

FALL FRIDAYS HERALD LA MESA

FOOTBALL TRADITIONS CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

HOFFER’S CIGAR BAR THE LA MESA CHAMBER

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this issue Fall Fridays Herald La Mesa Football Traditions ...6 Senior Living – Managing .. Caregiver Stress ...8 Business Spotlight – Hoffer’s Cigar Bar – Celebrating 10 Years ...12 11th Annual heART of Mt Helix ...14 The La Mesa Chamber “Summer Bash” Expo ...21 Eat, Dine & Drink ...29 Recipe from Hooley’s...30

Featured story: 10th Anniversary of Hoffer’s

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tarting in the early 1920s La Mesans have faithfully gathered for that Friday night autumn tradition of high school football. Although there is documentation of occasional early football games with the original El Cajon Valley High School (1892-1919) and “local boys” around the turn-of-the-century, regular teams and schedules started with the opening of Grossmont High School in 1920. Pioneering coach Jack Mashin creating the tradition of outstanding East County gridiron prep pigskin prowess including a 1927 Southern California small-school championship and a 28-game unbeaten streak from 1932 to 1934. Helix High’s opening in 1951 created a built-in local rivalry as Foothillers and Highlanders annually match up in the game for the “Old Musket.” Both local squads have seen success over the years. Most recently Helix has followed the lead of legendary Coach Jim Arnaiz’ 27-year record-setting run (213 wins 77 losses 11 ties from 1973 to 1999) to dominate the series. Once again both local teams, along with traditional Friday night pageantry (bands, cheerleaders, etc.), will vie again for the Old Musket and league titles, promoting La Mesa community pride and local gridiron honor.

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• Loss of interest in once pleasurable hobbies or activities, including sex. • Irritability, restlessness and anxiety.

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eventy percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease are taken care of for the entirety of their disease by family caregivers. The responsibilities and challenges that come with caregiving can be overwhelming and stressful. Research in this area shows that between 40 and 70 percent of caregivers are significantly stressed and/or depressed. The symptoms of stress, burden, and depression can creep up on you with little notice of your condition. Once these symptoms set in, they can be extreme and persistent. Symptoms of significant stress and depression include: • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. • Sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings.

• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness. • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease, even with treatment. • Overeating or appetite loss. • Fatigue and decreased energy. • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions.

• Insomnia, waking up during the night, or excessive sleeping. • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts. When caring for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, you may also encounter “ambiguous grief.” Specifically, your loved one is “here” in body, yet absent from relationships and many aspects of daily living. As such, you are caring and simultaneously grieving. This process creates yet another level of stress which can lead to depression. Recognizing this depression and stress is experiencing the first step to preventing it.

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Are you sleeping in the wrong position?

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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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his August, Hoffer’s Cigar Bar celebrated its 10th anniversary as one of the most highly acclaimed bars located in the heart of La Mesa. Since its humble beginnings in 2008, Hoffer’s has provided its patrons with a classy and innovative venue to share a drink with friends as well as smoke a high-quality cigar outside on their heated patio. Offering one of the largest selections of draft beers in San Diego county, Hoffer’s gives its customers the opportunity to taste a range of different beers, IPA’s and brewing styles from local breweries all over the county. Phil Hoffman, the proprietor of Hoffer’s Cigar Bar, has lived in San Diego for more than 40 years. Starting out as a wholesale tire representative, he inherited the building that currently houses Hoffer’s from his father-in-law. With an empty space, he decided to take a bold chance and start his own bar with a notable addition of selling quality cigars as well. On August 15, 2008, Hoffer’s officially opened to serve the city of La Mesa and surrounding communities; a few weeks later, the bar officially obtained its liquor license on the weekend of Oktoberfest, making it a most thrilling opening weekend for Hoffman! Hoffer’s celebrated their 10-year-anniversary with Thorn Brewing designing a unique beer for their bar only, naming it “The Tenth IPA”. Taco trucks and special cigar events also took over the scene as well, adding to the atmosphere and celebration. “I love La Mesa. I’ve lived here 43 years, in the same house,” said Hoffman when asked about being based in La Mesa. “It’s awesome.” Hoffer’s also offers live music every Saturday night from 7:30pm – 10:00pm. Guitarists Mark Augustin and Charles Burton play blues with top musicians from San Diego. Even Grammy winners, like Fuzzy Rankins love to play here. These live music sets are held in “The Alley’, an intimate venue in the heated back patio that accommodates 40 patrons every Saturday night. Music is available from May to October only. Once you walk inside, you begin to feel the warm atmosphere that extends from the walls of the bar. Distinctive décor takes you in immediately and makes the space look modern and simple in the best way. Under each table you’ll find hooks for bags and purses, adding to the convenience that the bar excels in. In addition, the bar also partners with several local food establishments to deliver food that customers can order while having drinks. Inside you’ll also find the two humidor rooms that house the enormous stock of cigars. Each cigar is categorized and labeled with Phil Hoffman’s original cigar ratings system to help with the selection. The right cigar for the right person! “The thing about Hoffer’s is that it’s different,” says Hoffman. “People come, buy cigars and drink to live music. We’ve had people meet here and end up getting married.” Visit them in The Village at 8282 La Mesa Boulevard or online at www.hofferscigar.com

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11th annual heART of Mt. Helix By: Peggy Junker, Assistant Executive Director, Mt. Helix Park

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sk anyone what they liked about the annual heART of Mt. Helix event, and chances are you’ll get a different answer every time. But there is no doubt that one of the top three elements that makes this “party on the hill” stand out is the food. Whether it’s sliders from the Hills, Thai Chicken Lollipops from Terra, dessert from Mary’s Donuts, or the pastries from Café Carmel Bakery, this event showcases some of the area’s top fare. Without a doubt the entertainment also ranks among the most critical elements for this evening. Guests were abuzz over this year’s performing artists, the Good Mojo Band. Playing at Mt. Helix Park for the first time, they rocked audiences at the top of the hill with a memorable, high-energy classic-rock repertoire. Closing the evening for the fifth year were the ever-popular and utterly danceable Mighty Untouchables. Also performing throughout the evening were the talented Marissa Grace (vocalist), Ben Read (pianist) and a surprise performance by the Choral Club Mink Pack.

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Event Co-chair Dianne McCann says that one of the things that makes the heART event so successful is that they keep it fresh. “We always have something different and unique,” she explains, offering this year’s performance by the California Rhythm Project as a primary example. The seven tap dancers featured on the main stage “were from another era,” describes McCann. “It was a moment out of time. It took you back to Frank Sinatra, classics and tuxedos. It was Broadway play-esque right here on the hill,” she added. Board member and local resident Ron Brady praised not only the food and music, but also the high energy, quick-witted auctioneer, Zack Krone of California Coast Auctions. Dazzling the crowd with his playful demeanor, this auctioneer has everything to do with how the event performs fiscally, and since it is one of the non-profit Park’s primary avenues for revenue, his role is crucial. And of course – the volunteers. “I think for a complicated venue, the committee does an outstanding job,” he says of the all-volunteer crew that coordinates this event each year. It goes without saying that the heART would not be what it is without the “ART.” Local artists provided not only live demos, and pieces from their collections, but winning juried art as well. “It hits me as a magical place to be,” explains McCann of this very special venue. “When we’re up at the top by the cross, and you can see the sun setting, the music playing…I don’t think it gets better than that.” The heART of Mt. Helix is the primary gala/ fundraiser benefiting Mt. Helix Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit park. It occurs the second week in August each year. For information on next year’s heART of Mt. Helix event, or to volunteer, visit www.mthelixpark.org or call the Park office at (619) 741-4363

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Still walking, name a place where you can buy a claw hammer to pound nails then a goose-down feather pillow to sleep off that headache from pounding nails? And where else is it totally natural to see, mixed in with dogs on leashes and stroller pushers, a man walking about dressed in parakeet-green to match the live parrots on his shoulders? Oh, and a purple house with a rhino in front? Downtown La Mesa. Accessible by the 8, 94 and 125 Freeways and located about a dozen miles east of San Diego Bay, The Village, as it is affectionally called by locals, is an approximate twosquare mile pocket of vintage homes, mixed businesses and a wide variety of shops and restaurants, some housed in buildings that date back to the 1800s. More than historic buildings, happening restaurants and great shops, “La Mesa Village is a community-based town,” says Aaron Dean, third-generation La Mesa resident and local owner of popular Sheldon’s Service Station outdoor café. The summer of 2016 was a tenuous time in the Village’s history. The previous Merchants Association was defunct and the Downtown Village Streetscape Improvement Project had recently completed 18 badly needed but disruptive months of construction that saw many businesses hurt or permanently closed. Dean saw community events as the best way to grow businesses and get La Mesa Village back on track. He founded the La Mesa Village Association - a non-profit dedicated to the growth and development of businesses - two years ago to preserve long-standing traditional events that were at risk of ending and to foster new ones. “If it weren’t for Aaron, there wouldn’t be Farmers Market, Holiday in the Village or Oktoberfest,” assert Dolores Buller and Deanne Ross, mom and daughter owners of Act II Ladies Resale who have been on the Boulevard for 30 years. “Aaron has been instrumental in bringing together the Village once again.” After two successful years leading the LMVA as chairman, Dean has stepped down and Peter Soutowood, owner of the new premium Scottish Fourpenny House pub, and Theresa Favro, owner of Amethyst Moon Mystical & Spiritual Gifts, will co-chair the association. Dean is confident Soutowood and Favro will continue to do a great job running the LMVA. “Peter is a gifted LA MESA

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speaker and Teri just radiates positivity, they’ll do great!” He said. “I predict La Mesa Village will be one of the coolest neighborhoods in San Diego!” Soutowood echoes that sentiment, “La Mesa Village is becoming San Diego’s hot destination for folks craving a walkable and quaint downtown.” San Diego Magazine concurs, calling La Mesa Village trendy in their December 2017 issue and featuring it first in their Best Places to Live in San Diego articles in 2017 and 2018 issues. “I’m excited to be here in this thriving village,” raves Favro. “Every day I get to meet new people that are discovering La Mesa for the first time.”

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New Kids on the Block Another feather in La Mesa Village’s cap is the arrival of some of the biggest names in San Diego’s restaurant industry. Five years ago, the prolific Cohn Restaurant Group opened BO-beau Kitchen and Garden followed by Coin Haus. Last year, renowned restauranteurs Alberto Morreale and Vincenzo Lo Verso opened Farmer’s Table at the old Sanfilippo’s Pizza building and coming soon: The Patio Group’s Surf Rider Pizza Café La Mesa and the eagerly anticipated Curbside Eatery brought to you by brothers and former Major League Baseball players, Brian and Marcus Giles and their partners local entrepreneur Gabe Giordano and Jonathan Barron of the The Regal Bar. No worries though – as long as one can buy caramel apples at the old-fashioned candy counter at Centifonti’s, pick up Mrs. Doubtfire on VHS at Reanimated Records or quaff a Guinness Stout in front of a crackling fire at Fourpenny House -- charm is not boarding the trolley and leaving town. Owner/Builder Tony Gaipa plans on retaining that charm for his latest venture: developing the old Park Estates building while keeping many of its venerable features. He describes the Village as having a “quaint, small-town Mayberry feel” but also cites La Mesa’s palpable growing energy for his vision of a multi-tenant market place in the barreled ceiling historic building (think Point Loma’s Liberty Station)! For a directory of La Mesa Village businesses, old and new, and calendar of events, please visit lamesavillageassociation.org. And to those La Mesans who live outside Downtown La Mesa, take great satisfaction in the Ripple Effect Theory: the more dynamic The Village - the higher your homes’ value and desirability!

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The La Mesa Chamber

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he Del Mar race track may have those beautifully groomed horses, complete with their racing colors at the recent Pacific Classic race, but they had nothing on the La Mesa Chamber business members. On Thursday, August 9th. the La Mesa Chamber and businesses presented their own “Pacific Classic” 2 the 5th annual” Summer Bash” Business Expo. Businesses and food vendors began arriving that day at 3:30pm in preparation for the 5pm. bell that signaled the start of the La Mesa “race.” As the starting bell “rang” guests began filing the room as they entered the “first turn” to the business tables and sampled the delicious items from the evening’s restaurant and food partners. The race was “neck and neck” as guests placed their names and business cards into the free door prize bowls and baskets at each table. They were hopeful that they could hit the “Daily Double” or “Trifecta” and win one of the many FREE door prizes offered. Over 44 prizes were given away that evening to the delightful screams of those lucky LA MESA

winners! A HUGE “Thank you” to the evening sponsors: Presenting Sponsors – Mission Federal Credit Union and SDG&E, Supporting Sponsor – San Diego County Credit Union, Underwriting Sponsor – Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, Community Relations Sponsor – The East County Herald, Printing Sponsor – AAA Imaging, Our in-house photographers – CeCe Photo, Rippee Photographer and Sandy Small Photographer and our specialty sponsors - Kostedt Design & Marketing, Royal Florist Design and Heritage Inn La Mesa. Attendees hit the “Daily Double” at the tables of the following dedicated food and beverage partners: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Brew Coffee Spot, Cali Comfort BBQ, Curbside Eatery & Drinkery, Dream Dinners, El Torito – La Mesa, Golden Spoon, Little Roma, Los Pinos Taco Shop, 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. The evening’s success was also

attributed to the following businesses who participated: AAA Imaging, Authentic Dental Designs – Meghan Toland, D.M.D., Card Connect, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World, CeCe Photo, Center For Life, City To You Media, Coldwell Banker West – Lorelei Taylor, Conrad Lemon Grove Mortuary, Cooking 4 Life, Inc., EmbroidMe – La Mesa, Experimac of La Mesa, Helix Law Firm, Integrated Mac Solutions, JDog Junk Removal and Hauling – San Diego, Journey Community Church, Journey of Health Medical Clinic, La Mesa Courier, La Mesa Lions Club, Lamplighters Community Theatre, Lily’s Manufactured Homes, Local Umbrella Media, Magnaglobe Enterprises, Marque Urgent Care, Mattress Makers, MI-BOX San Diego, Mission Federal Credit Union, North Island Credit Union, One World Realty, Patriot Window Cleaning, PRN La Mesa, San Diego County Credit Union – La Mesa, San Diego Eye Professionals, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Seamless Rain Gutters, Inc., St. Martin of Tours Academy, State Farm Insurance – Kristie Facto Agency, Storage West, Total Thermal Imaging and Wells Fargo Bank, Grossmont.

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hree times each week for almost 10 years a class gathers in the amphitheater at Mt. Helix Park to practice yoga against the backdrop of the mountains in the East. Sometimes they practice under the shade of a century-old oak tree, or center-stage at the foot of the stone steps, or at the very top of the Park, next to the memorial cross surrounded by 360-degree views. Anywhere from two to twenty students typically attend this unique, serene outdoor experience. Sitting at the front of the class, instructor Rose Polak Walters looks the part. Fit, blond and blueeyed, this Jamul native looks like she practices what she preaches. But beneath her youthful, Californiagirl appearance, Walter’s gentle demeanor is that of an “old soul” and her light-hearted, soft-spoken approach puts even the most inexperienced student at ease. Walters can hardly believe she has been teaching in the Park for as long as she has, but her signature outdoor classes are a perfect

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fit for this environment. Growing up in East County and watching sunsets from the Park as a teenager, Walters seems at home at the “Crown Jewel of East County,” the nickname given to Mt. Helix Park. The circumstances under which her classes came about fell into place so readily; one could say it seemed like fate. Having visited the Park with a fellow instructor shortly after becoming a certified yoga teacher, Walters says she approached former Executive Director Tracey Stotz about conducting a yoga class in the Park. Walters says Stotz was immediately supportive and enthusiastic and, after securing the approval of the board of directors, gave her the go ahead. One week after her initial inquiry she began holding classes. Once practiced by only an eccentric few, yoga has become the irrefutable tonic for the urban work-a-day world. A go-to management tool for both physical and mental stress, its combination of meditative exercises incorporates strength building, cardiovascular exercise and stretching and have been embraced by Americans increasingly in the past 20 years. Credited with physical and even mental enhancing potential, this ancient Indian practice dates back thousands of years and was brought to the west in the 19th and 20th centuries, becoming popular in the 1980’s. But a recent spike in interest is evident as seen by the numbers of studios and even franchises that have sprung up across the country, with classes being offered in most mainstream gyms, making it accessible to a wider demographic. This is where the story of Walter’s yoga journey begins. In her early 20’s and a college student at San Diego State University, she and a friend began taking yoga together at a local gym. She says her very first shavasana (meditation at the end of class) made an impact on her and she began going three times per week. She quickly began to experience the mind-body conditioning associated with yoga. “I was hooked from the very first class and jumped right in,” recalls Walters. “There was the physical component that I liked, but there was also the stress management aspect. Being in college and working, it helped me to learn to be present and to breathe, both in times of joy and in times of stress and busyness.” After two months of yoga, Walters says she knew she would be practicing for the rest of her life. But it was not until she saw a recruitment advertisement outside a local yoga franchise that she made the leap from student to instructor, and in 2008 she received her certification to teach. Fast forward to 2018, and Walters is not only teaching at Mt. Helix Park but holds a Saturday class at Kate Sessions Park near La Jolla. She says her trademark outdoor classes provide a “soulful experience,” and incorporate “a connection with nature.” Of Mt. Helix in particular she says the clouds, hummingbirds, and even hawks all add up to a unique class every time. While Walters admits yoga is about connecting to ourselves, LA MESA

she acknowledges that it is also about connecting to the community and feels that teaching atop the mountain gives her the opportunity to do just that. In fact, Walters served as a director for the Mt. Helix Park Foundation for two years starting in 2014 until she resigned shortly after the birth of her son. She continues to expand her practice and has become a certified children’s yoga instructor, teaching for Yoga Rascals, which provides yoga programs for families throughout San Diego county. Walters has also added private and semi-private options as well as yoga retreats to her menu. For more information on Rose Polak Walter’s classes, visit www.helixyoga.com. Yoga is offered atop Mt. Helix Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10:15am. Classes are alllevel, donation based with a portion of the proceeds going to Mt. Helix Park which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Photos by Gary Junker

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UPCOMING EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT + SOME FREE AND FUN STUFF TO DO AROUND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! FREE FRIDAY NIGHT FUN! 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, 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 Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Comedy August 24 - September 23, 2018 Directed by O.P. Halock The three Magrath sisters have gathered in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, where they await news of the family patriarch, who’s living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny is unmarried at 30 and her marital prospects are bleak. Meg’s lamenting a failed singing career. Meanwhile, Babe is out on bail after having shot her husband. Their troubles are grave and yet somehow hilarious and they keep Crimes of the Heart plugging along. Warm-hearted and irreverent, this 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award winning show teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young sisters betrayed by their passions. In the end, the play guides its young characters toward escaping the past to seize the future. Tickets available: (619) 303-5092 or boxoffice@lamplighterslamesa.com. Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, 91942. _____________ Music WHISKEY RIDGE Based in El Cajon, Whiskey Ridge is a high energy country band that mixes classic rock and oldies. Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grill, La Mesa, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, CA 91942. Friday, September 21 at 8pm. KING TAYLOR PROJECT On Saturday, September 22, 9pm. _____________

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inspire a love for reading everywhere! Our StoryTent is right in front of Comics-N-Stuff at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. La Mesa.- Sunday, September 2, from 1-3. Bring your families and see the magic of the StoryTent! _____________ Community Participation 13th PARK APPRECIATION DAY Every year the city invites the public to participate in park beautification projects throughout the 14 parks in the city. Volunteers will plant, pull weeds, spread mulch, clear trash, paint benches and tables. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves and tools such as shovels, rakes, trowels and lopping shears. Saturday, October 13 from 8am-12pm. For more information call (619) 667-1300 or www.city oflamesa.us/specialevents. _____________ Annual Event - Beer - Food & Drink 2018 OKTOBERFEST The longstanding tradition of La Mesa Oktoberfest returns Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th to the tree lined avenues of the La Mesa Village. This FREE all ages event draws over 100,000 people from across San Diego for three days of fun, music, delectable food, and of course – plenty of beer! The community of La Mesa has joined together to revive the festival by bringing back elements of time honored favorites as well as introducing new interactive and immersive experiences for attendees to enjoy. From traditional games and music, to inspired speakers and demonstrations, a new kid’s carnival, delicious food and German beer, a craft beer and spirit garden, and a vendor market – there’s something for everyone at this year’s La Mesa Oktoberfest. _____________ Adopt a pet HOWL O WEEN HOUNDS The San Diego Animal Support Foundation & Grossmont Center are bringing together dozens of rescue groups and shelters featuring HUNDREDS of adoptable dogs and even some cats for this MEGA Adoption Event inside the mall. Everything from Great Pyrenees to Chihuahuas, purebreds to All-American Mutts….bring the whole family to this FREE event, and find your new best friend! October 20, 11am-3pm. For more information, contact the San Diego Animal Support Foundation at Info@SDShelters.org, sdshelters.org or (619) 847-8755. _____________ Food Tasting TASTE OF GROSSMONT Taste of Grossmont is back and we can’t wait for you to join us to sample delicious bites from around the globe at this FREE food tasting event! Enjoy an afternoon shopping outside with family and friends while you sample food from over 20 participating Grossmont Center eateries. Food tastings will be located throughout the mall, but make sure that your first stop is the Grossmont Center booth in the Courtyard to pick up your FREE Taste Card. Free Taste Cards will be available while supplies last and are limited to the first 500 people, so make sure you come early! We’ll also be asking you to vote for your 2018 Fan Favorite. September 8 from 2-5pm.

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SEPTEMBER, 2018 Times change. Green lights. Turning the page of the calendar feels like walking into a big new room with a view. Because there is a major shift of positive energy in the Skywatch this month as we thankfully leave behind the double Rx period. Plus, responsible Saturn turns back direct in motion on Sept 6 and sits in a beautiful spot in the Zodiac making a trine to brilliant Uranus over the first two weeks. Seems like we’ve had difficult astrology over the last few September periods, but not this year. This trine is in earth signs: practical, efficient and blessed with common sense. It’s an excellent marker for starting school, a new job or for making changes around your home or office this month. And for taking a step up on your ladder of ambition, Saturn. Yes, yes, yes. The odds increase that you are successful in your endeavors this month due to a Jupiter Pluto sextile on September 12. In power all month, these two planets account for more millionaires and famous folks than

any others. Look for opportunities to enlarge your view and position in life in September. Gamble on yourself. We’ve got some excellent days this month to pull the trigger and one hot spot. Mars again will square dangerous Uranus on September 18. And it’s probably a wise thought to be just as careful on September 17 as Mars does have a fast draw. SEPTEMBER KISS DAYS: 9, 11, 12+, 14, 15, 19, 28, 29. Good days for appointments, financial transactions, and stepping up to the microphone. SEPTEMBER QUACK DAYS: 8 (Venus squares Mars!), 18+, 23, 24, 25+ when the Sun squares grumpy and selfish Saturn. MIXMASTER: Friday, September 7. There are good aspects that day but you may feel like you are under water—details in the daily reports will help you float above the waves.

OCTOBER, 2018 Changes. Powerful Pluto leaves the Rx cycle and begins direct motion again on October 1 and that leaves just Uranus and Neptune backing up in the heavens—they are the least likely to create problems. Pluto turning direct gives us a bit of a boost, especially for Scorpios and the Scorpio house in your birth chart. But the peace and quiet won’t last as sweet Venus gives us the finger and turns Retrograde on October 5 in hypnotic and sexy Scorpio. The dark side of this Rx cycle invokes jealousy, revenge and the need to manipulate matters in some folks. Love and money are ruled by Venus. There’s a lot of healing positive energy in Scorpio, too, if we reach for it. Should problems surface in important relationships in your life during Venus Rx, you would be wise to try and talk things out and wait until after the the Rx cycle ends on Nov16 to make any final decisions. The same advice applies about major first time purchases. Shop and explore your options before you buy. It’s easy to pay too much or to buy something that doesn’t really satisfy you while Venus is Rx. Venus joins Jupiter in Scorpio from September 11 to November 1, and this puts a bucketful of good energy into just one house or area of your life in this period. Usually these two positive planets are in different places in your birth chart. And even in Rx, Venus attracts benefits; that’s her job (you just might have to throw a few fish back into the water). Jupiter always tries to expand and encourages growth wherever he appears. Issues around water and

bathrooms are more likely with water sign Scorpio highlighted. Something sexy is bound to hit the headlines as well during this Scorpio interlude. Likely you’ll be staying up later, too, as Scorpio energy tends to come on at late hours. Your Scorpio friends will tell you they are not sharp/charged in the morning hours but get a second wind as the night comes on. Mercury is also traveling through Scorpio from Oct 9-31. And he will meet both Venus and Jupiter bringing good news in that time period. Scorpio is the sign that rules the Tarot and all occult matters; Jupiter rules your philosophy so this Scorpio period is a good one for a trip to the metaphysical bookstore or to take a class in any new subject that can help you heal and prosper. Scorpio is the sign that turns junk into treasure. Hypnosis is also ruled by Scorpio and this is a stellar time for hypnotherapy. This is the most powerful therapy I’ve experienced personally. Start a diet, join the gym, put some money in the bank—use this pair to make something in your life better. OCTOBER KISS DAYS: 15+ is the best day of the month to talk to the people who can help you or to make your case to the boss. 21, 24, 29, 30th in the am only, are the other days and times to schedule important matters, if you can. OCTOBER QUACK DAYS: 2, 5, 10+ is the day Venus Rx squares aggressive Mars—this could be unpleasant, and add 19, 30th in the pm only, as days and times to back off and simplify if possible. MIXMASTER: Thursday, October 11. You can win and lose on the same day—read Skywatch the dailies.

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Boxty Pancake Batter Mix 3 1/4 Cup Buttermilk 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

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