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El Cajon Chief Information Officer, Zech Receives Honorary Degree

EL CAJON — Almost 1,500 Grossmont College graduates receive more than 3,200 degrees and certificates, Thursday, June 2. Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Chancellor Cindy L. Miles stated, “Our goal at our colleges is always to do whatever we can to help our students succeed. We’re proud of every one of our graduates and all that they have done to transform their lives through education.” Monica Zech, public information officer (PIO) for the City of El Cajon, former TV traffic reporter and former Grossmont College student, was the keynote speaker at Grossmont’s graduation cceremony. Zech never graduated from Grossmont College, but she received an honorary Associate of Arts degree from the college at the commencement ceremony to recognize her professional accomplishments and as a high-profile advocate of driver safety. Zech said she chose to attend Grossmont College because of the strength of its communications program. During her attendance in the early ‘70s, she was hired for a fulltime job in radio news, the start of a 30-year broadcast career that included an 18-year run as San Diego’s first television air traffic reporter for the Automobile Club of Southern California. Grossmont College’s student commencement speaker was Sandy Adwer (pictured below), who is graduating from the college with an Associate of Science degree in human biology. In the fall, she will be attending the University of California, San Diego, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, with plans to eventually attend medical school to become a physician. The Iraqi refugee fled the turmoil of her homeland with her family nearly a decade ago to

Above: Keynote Speaker Monica Zech addresses the graduates as her 90-years-young Mom, Helen and her brother Mark Pacheco (below) proudly look on. Far bottom: Zech receives her honorary Associate of Arts degree. Photos: Mary Ann Prall for The East County Herald

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On The Cover Syria before the ensuing civil war led them to seek asylum in El Cajon five years ago Upon her introduction to Grossmont College, Adwer said, “It was like I was born again. For the first time in my life, I was filled with hopes and dreams. If I can help inspire one student out there and help them realize they can do anything they set their hearts to, that is my mission,” she concluded. Governing Board President Bill Garrett said the commencement ceremonies constantly remind him of the life-altering impact of community colleges.

LA MESA — The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosts the eighth annual Taste of La Mesa, Monday, June 6 at the La Mesa Community Center. Chamber CEO Mary England (far right) welcomed over 25 restaurants with San Pasquel Winery, Samuel Adams and The Regal Bar serving up plenty of beverages for guests to enjoy. Sycuan Casino was the presenting sponsor.

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Your Senator In The News Senator Joel Anderson Trailblazer for Equality in Education By Megan Ruckstuhl

For The East County Herald LEMON GROVE — Eightyfive years ago the City of Lemon Grove became a trailblazer in the fight for equality in education. As a principal co-author of Assembly Member Shirley Weber’s Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 146, California State Senator Joel Anderson commemorated the historic and commendable actions that the citizens of Lemon Grove took to ensure that pupils of Hispanic heritage were given access to proper education to which they were entitled. ACR 146 acknowledges a landmark decision that originated in San Diego County and was later felt throughout the nation. Roberto Alvarez v. Board of Trustees of the Lemon Grove School District originated when Mexican-American pupils were refused admittance on the basis of their heritage, and forced to attend an inferior school. Their parents came together in the Comite de Vecinos de Lemon Grove with the local Mexican community at large, and San Diego attorneys Fred C. Noon and A.C. Brinkely to challenge the segregating actions of the school district. Roberto Alvarez spearheaded this case due to his stellar academic record and mastery of English. On March 30, 1931, the San Diego County Superior Court issued a ruling granting the writ of mandate, which resulted in their reinstatement into the Lemon Grove Grammar School. If it were not for the proactive nature of the citizens of Lemon Grove, the pupils would have not received a proper education. As a prin-

ciple co-author of this resolution, Anderson believes, “The Community of Lemon Grove’s actions are a fantastic example of the community working together to preserve the rights of students to equal education. I am so excited to highlight and celebrate the Lemon Grove Community’s activist accomplishments that set the tone for other historic civil rights achievements across the nation.”

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ne clear precedent emerged Tuesday night from California’s primary election results: There will be no Republican contending this fall for the U.S. Senate seat about to be vacated by the retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, the first time the race for a statewide office has ever devolved into a one-party affair. The reason is clear, too. Not only did the GOP fail to field a truly formidable Senate candidate this year, but the party had only one hopeful among its five (somewhat) significant springtime candidates with any experience in elective office. Keep this up and the GOP will be seeing many more big Democrat-on-Democrat contests. By contrast, the Democrats fielded two electoral veterans, two-term state Attorney General Kamala Harris, also a former two-term district attorney of San Francisco, and 10-term Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. The returns left little doubt that Republicans could have won a place on the fall ballot if their vote had not been completely fractured. Instead, all five at least somewhat wellknown GOP hopefuls stayed in the race to the bitter end (which ended bitterly for them all) even though their party probably could have won a November slot if four of them had dropped out and essentially instructed Republican loyalists to vote for the remaining survivor. This actually should have been done before the March 16 filing deadline if the party expected to make a Senate run in the fall. Instead, the last of the GOP candidates to file – Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ron Unz – waited until that very date before submitting his papers. A party once known for its firm internal discipline had none this year. Even when polls repeatedly showed GOP candidates drawing less than 10 percent each among likely primary voters, none dropped out to let Republicans coalesce around someone. The reason for all this was as clear as the result: No GOP candidate cared much if their party fielded no autumn candidate. All were apparently content to leave that election strictly to the Democrats, with GOP voters perhaps a moderating influence, as they often have been in all-Democrat races for state legislative jobs. Such one-party races have been common since voters adopted the Top Two primary election system as Proposition 14 in 2010, but until now, never before for a choice top-of-ticket job. It’s bound to leave rank-and-file Republicans frustrated. “I doubt this will have long-term ramifications for the party,” said Palo Alto legal arbitrator George (Duf) Sundheim, the leading vote-getter among GOP candidates and one of two former state Republican Party chairmen who insisted on staying in the primary. “Yes, it would be helpful to other candidates further down the ballot to have a Republican at the top of the ticket, but with the Top Two primary, we’re simply going to get situations like this from time to time.” Not exactly a cry of despair for the party he once headed. Said Unz, the author and chief funder of the 1998 Proposition 227, which all but ended bilingual education in California, “The truth is, I probably don’t care whether there’s a Republican candidate in the runoff. I’ve never been anything but a registered Republican, but I’ve been disappointed with the positions many Republicans have been taking lately. And from the other two Republicans in this race, I did not see anything interesting. “To win, any Republican would need a lot of crossover voters, but it’s difficult to see two longtime party functionaries managing that.” Unz began by admitting he expected to lose the primary, but wanted the bully pulpit the campaign offered for talking about how to preserve his 1998 Proposition 227, which ended most bilingual education in California. The result leaves the field to Harris and Sanchez, with the winner likely to be the one who can attract the most Republicans this fall. Neither came close to dominating the spring campaign, both falling far short of the vital 50 percent benchmark.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


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Living with MS with Dee Dean

. My mouth seems to be a bit dry most of the time. Does this mean anything?

. Everyone experiences dry mouth occasionally.

We get it when we are under stress. But if you have dry mouth all or most of the time, you need medical help. The medical term for this condition is xerostomia. Symptoms of this problem are: saliva that seems thick, sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth, difficulty speaking and swallowing, bad breath, a change in your sense of taste, increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease. Most xerostomia is related to the medications taken by older adults rather than to the effects of aging. More than 400 medicines can affect the salivary glands. These include drugs for urinary incontinence, allergies, high blood pressure, depression, diarrhea and Parkinson’s disease. Also, some over-the-counter medications often cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can also be caused by cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, nerve damage in the head or neck, the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome, endocrine disorders, disease, stroke, anxiety Full Alzheimer’s Service Salon disorders and depression. Sjögren’s syndrome can occur either by itself or with another autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Salivary and tear glands are the major targets of the syndrome. The result of the syndrome is a decrease in production of saliva and tears. The syndrome can occur at any age, but the average person with the disorder at the Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is in his or her late 50s. Women with the disorder outnumber men 9 to 1. In addition, tobacco, alcohol (in beverages and mouthwash), drinks with caffeine, snoring and breathing with your mouth open can aggravate dry mouth. If you think you have dry mouth, go to your doctor or dentist. Your doctor may adjust your medication that is suspected of causing the problem. Or, your doctor may prescribe a medication to stimulate saliva production. There are other ways to improve saliva flow. Try sugarfree hard candy or chewing gum. Avoid lemon-flavored hard candy, because it makes saliva acidic, increasing the possibility of tooth decay. You can also sip water regularly, try over-the-counter saliva substitutes, avoid breathing through your mouth, and use a humidifier in your bedroom. If you have dry mouth, you have to pay greater attention to your teeth. Brush your teeth with an extra-soft toothbrush after every meal and at bedtime. If brushing hurts, soften the bristles in warm water. Floss your teeth gently every day. Always use toothpaste with fluoride in it. If you have a sweet snack, brush right away.

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Fasting-Mimicking Diet Shows Promise Against MS


ew research has shown that a diet involving periods of fasting could help fight autoimmune conditions – which are a range of disorders, such as lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, that occur when a patient’s immune system starts attacking its own body. The research, led by the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, is published in the journal Cell Reports. Senior investigator and professor Valter Longo, who directs the Longevity Institute at USC’s Davis School of Gerontology, says they found the fastingmimicking diet (FMD) triggers a cellular death-and-life process that appears critical for bodily repair. “During the fasting-mimicking diet, cortisone is produced and that initiates a killing of autoimmune cells. This process also leads to the production of new healthy cells,” explains Longo. The initial study was performed in mice, but a small, follow-up trial in humans showed that the calorie-restricted diet was also able to help reverse the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The team is so excited they’re now quickly moving into larger clinical trials. First, the researchers started with two groups of mice with autoimmune disease. One group was put on a low-calorie and low-protein FMD comprising three cycles of fasting that lasted for three days out of every seven. The other group – the controls – were put on a

normal diet. The authors note the FMD reduced symptoms in all the mice and “caused complete recovery for 20 percent of the animals.” Further tests revealed the FMD mice had increased levels of corticosterone, a steroid hormone released by the adrenal glands to control metabolism. The FMD mice also had increased levels of immune T cells and reduced levels of inflammation-causing cytokines – proteins that instruct other cells to repair sites of trauma, infection, or other pain. In addition, the researchers found the FMD mice showed signs of regeneration of myelin that had been damaged by the autoimmunity. In people with MS, it is the T cells that attack the myelin sheath and damage the nerves. From the results in the mice, it appears that the cycles of fasting in the FMD may interfere with this process, while also promoting regeneration, as Prof. Longo explains, “On the one hand, this fasting-mimicking diet kills bad immune cells. Then, after the mice return to the normal diet, the good immune cells but also the myelin-producing cells are generated, allowing a percentage of mice to reach a disease-free state.” In the second part of the study, the researchers tested the safety and potential efficacy of the FMD on 60 patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). RRMS is the most common form of MS, where patients have symptom flare-


ups interspersed with periods of recovery. The patients were randomly assigned to a control diet, a high-fat, ketogenic diet (KD group), or a modified human FMD for seven days, followed by a Mediterranean diet for six months (FMD group). The researchers note the FMD and KD groups “displayed clinically meaningful improvements” in a scale that measures overall change in health, quality of life, physical health, and mental health. The team emphasizes the preliminary nature of the findings, and notes the study is also limited by the fact it did not test whether the Mediterranean diet alone would lead to similar improvements. Plus, it did not include any imaging or immune function analyses.

Source: USC, Los Angeles

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 29 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at ddean@echerald.com. NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder,

we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking at the Apostle John’s account for he gives the most detailed account of Jesus’ final hours before the Crucifixion. In John 12:42-50 we read “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” Within our text we see a number of important truths. First, what the fear of man; desiring to be accepted by and praised by man can lead to in a person’s life. Here there were some of the religious rulers that supposedly believed in Jesus, they could not deny the impact His life and ministry was having. In fear of losing position; fame; popularity; and other niceties of life, they chose to remain silent about their belief in Jesus. This is the dilemma for many today and what neither realize is that this kind of so called “belief ” is not accepted by Jesus. He makes it very clear numerous times in the Word of God the Bible that if you are ashamed of Me I will be ashamed of you; if you deny Me before men, I will deny you before my Father; if you love anything more than Me, you are not worthy to be My disciple; unless you are willing to forsake all, you cannot be My disciple;…. Jesus calls for and deserves nothing less than a reckless abandonment to Him and His cause, He is not interested in “secret Christians”. The second truth that we see is how Jesus aligns Himself with His Father, by believing in Jesus, one is believing in God the Father. Read the Words of Jesus to His disciples in John 14:7-11 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” Finally, and all that we have time and space for is the importance of not only knowing and understanding the Word of God but the doing (obeying) the Word. The Apostle James puts it this way, James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

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Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com

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LAKESIDE — Join us for a night of entertainment, games, food and fun for the entire family. As part of San Diego’s Movies in the Park series, the Lakeside Community Center will be hosting two movies at the Lindo Lake Baseball fields LA MESA . . . Come and enjoy great music at the City of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” featuring “The Good Dinosaur” on Friday, June 10 and “The DATE: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 free outdoor summer concert series. Bring your family, a picnic and have fun Incredibles” on Friday, Aug. 26. FOR: IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michele Greenberg-McClung listening to some great tunes. These box office hits will be shown on a high-definition, PHONE: 619.667.1333 inflatable mega screen. In addition to the movie, attendees EMAIL: mgreenberg-mcclung@ci.la-mesa.ca.us will enjoy face painting, a bounce house arts and crafts and Our first concert kicks off this Sunday, June 12th with a wonderful performance activities for all ages, starting at 6:30 p.m. Food and drinks by the San Diego Concert Band. will be available to purchase, so come hungry! Admission and LA MESA . . . Come and enjoy great music at the City of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” parking are free. The movie starts at dusk. free outdoor summer concert series. Bring your family, a picnic and have fun For more information about Movies in the Park, contact the listening to some great tunes. Upcoming Concerts: Lakeside Community Center at (619) 443-9176 or visit the June 19: performance Rhythm and the Method – Rock / Blues / Indie / Folk center’s office at 9841 Vine Street Monday through Friday, Our first concert kicks off this Sunday, June 12th with a wonderful by the San Diego Concert Band. between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. June 26: Jazz West For more information about County Parks and ongoing July 10: Sonic Epidemic – Horn Tunes of the 70’s Upcoming Concerts: recreational programming, visit www.sdparks.org. June 19:

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an Diego State University’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) graduate program – ranked No. 1 in California and No. 24 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report – will debut its online Speech-Language Pathology Essentials program during the fall 2016 semester. The fall courses are SLHS 305/Hearing Science (3 units) and SLHS 321/Anatomy and Physiology of Speech (4 units). • SLHS 305/Hearing Science is an introduction to hearing and speech science that includes the study of basic functions of auditory anatomy and physiology. • SLHS 321/Anatomy and Physiology of Speech covers the basic anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism for human communication. Additional courses will be offered in the coming terms. “With courses based on cutting-edge research and best practice in the field, we’re excited about our new online program in Speech-Language Pathology Essentials, which will help students get started on their career path,” said Jessica Barlow, professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU. The credit program prepares students to apply to graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology. Students may take individual courses as needed to meet prerequisite requirements for their desired graduate program. The curriculum is non-cohort and is led by lecturers from SDSU’s SLHS department. Each online course takes 15 weeks to complete and costs $317 per unit. The courses are offered through SDSU’s College of Health and Services, in conjunction with SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. The program is open to individuals not currently enrolled in an SDSU degree program. For more information, visit neverstoplearning.net/SLP, email jbarlow@mail.sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594-0243. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Realtors survey reveals affordability worries

The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,300-member trade group for East County and San Diego-area realtors, recently polled its members to identify which real estate issues they were “most concerned” about. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 representing “most concerned” and 1 representing “least concerned,” PSAR members cast the most votes for “Decline in Housing Affordability,” with one out of every four PSAR members selecting that choice as highest. PSAR members ranked other concerns as follows: (#1) Decline in Housing Affordability, 25 percent; (#2) Lack of Inventory, 19 percent; (#3) Rising Interest Rates, 18 percent; (#4) Slow Down in Economic Growth, 15 percent; (#5) Home Prices Overinflated, 13 percent; (#6) Lending and Financing, 10 percent. “Our members are looking forward to the momentum and acceleration expected during the seasonal spring home buying season,” said Anthony Andaya, 2016 PSAR president. “We remain concerned over inventory and affordability issues, but we’re optimistic that interest rates will remain wonderfully low and are confident in the persistence and knowledge of how our skillful PSAR members will continue to serve their clients.”

in 2009 to Salem’s KCBQ as host of the morning drivetime talk show. In addition, his voice has been heard since the mid1980s as host of “Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah,” which is aired on more than 2,200 stations. Also, under the umbrella of Mark Larson Media Services Inc., he’s hosting TV infomercials for a variety of nutritional supplements offered by Purity Products of New York. Plus, he’s a frequent guest on TV discussing politics on Fox News Channel and KUSI-TV/Channel 9. In his spare time, Larson will begin in July his fifth term as board chair of the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park (he has served on the board since 2003). He’s also busy as a keynote speaker and emcee at various community events, including grand openings and political rallies with presidential candidates, including Donald Trump’s recent political rally at the Convention Center. Larson also emceed the recent U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame event at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “I’ve been blessed in my career, but the best has yet to come,” Larson said. “I’m always busy, but it doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy being in the community and making connections with people. I believe I have a responsibility to use my time effectively and maximize opportunities. I don’t see anything as coincidental or accidental.”

El Cajon’s Mark Larson holds local on-theair longevity record Health care library to host discussion on Radio and TV personality Mark Larson, an El Cajon resident, has begun his 41st year of continuous on-air fire and fall prevention safety presence in the San Diego market. That makes Larson the current holder of the longevity record for local broadcast on-air work. It was June 1976 when Larson arrived in San Diego from Rockford, Ill. He worked at KFMB 760-AM (19761994), Salem Communications’ KPRZ 1210-AM and KCBQ 1170-AM (1994-2004), KOGO 600-AM (2004-2007) and XEPE-AM 1700-AM (2007-2008) before returning

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Fire, Burn and Fall Prevention,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is

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not necessary. Speaking will be Mary Vilgera, community outreach specialist, Burn Institute. “This 30-minute presentation will focus on 16 safety messages, including eight fire prevention techniques and eight fall prevention messages,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “The presentation was developed for seniors by experts from national and local safety organizations, but its message of prevention and safety is beneficial to all.” Also available on June 22 will be information about the Burn Institute’s free offer of smoke alarms for seniors. Screened and trained community partners and volunteers assist the Burn Institute in installing the free alarms. To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older and own your own home.

Olaf Weighorst Museum presents new exhibit

The Olaf Weighorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Moments in Time,” an exhibit featuring 24 pieces created by six artists from June 15 to Aug. 22. Four of the six artists reside in El Cajon, including Gloria Chadwick, Grace Schlesier, Dennis Torzeski and Denise Rich. The paintings by Chadwick, Schlesier and Torzeski feature wildlife and landscape settings, while Rich specializes in bovine art, including paintings of cows, bulls, oxen, heifers, steers, bullocks and calves. The two other artists, Millie Shaw of Mountain Center, Calif., and Debbie Hughbanks of Loon Lake, Wash., specialize in wildlife and scratchboard artwork, respectively. Scratchboard is a two-dimensional medium that refers to creating an image by removing paint, ink or clay with scratching, abrasive tools. Admission to the museum is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 590-3431, or visit www.weighorstmuseum.org.

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EmSTEAM Magnet Middle School Symposium Treating Chronic Shoulder Pain FREE Seminar

EL CAJON — EmSTEAM Magnet Middle School held a symposium demonstrating hands-on projects that promote innovation, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration, Thursday, June 2. Sixth through 8th graders were utilizing the principals of Design Thinking to create this school wide event. These students were able to demonstrate their mastery of a project that emphasizes the 4 C’s of Common Core and the additional 5th C (Character).

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SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, June 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Sharp Grossmont Hospital – Main Auditorium • 5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 Cost: FREE Seminar – Learn about the latest treatment options for shoulder pain at this doctor-led educational seminar. If shoulder pain is keeping you from the activities you enjoy, join us for a free seminar to learn about the latest treatment options. An orthopedic surgeon and other experts will discuss surgical and non-surgical treatment options for shoulder arthritis, torn rotator cuff, and unstable or frozen shoulders. They will also explain how our orthopedic team will partner with you — before, during and after surgery — to ensure the best possible outcome. Registration is free for you and a guest, but space is limited, CALL 1.800.82.SHARP (1.800.827.4277) or visit: www.sharp.com/shoulderpain Presenter Information: This seminar is being led by Dr. Benjamin DuBois, a Sharp-affiliated and boardcertified orthopedic surgeon.

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