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Volume 2, Number 2 • March / April 2011

Bringing The Community Together Mira Mesa • Sorrento Valley • MCAS Miramar

Greetings from the staff

We’re dedicating this issue of Mira Mesa Living to the stories of some of the amazing achievements the youth in our community have accomplished. You know the saying, “the children are our future” And Mira Mesa’s future is effulgent. (Kids, remember that for the SATs. It means shining forth brilliantly.) In this issue we cover topics such as sports and the arts.

What’s Inside...

The Mira Mesa High School varsity football team went farther than any other Marauder in the last quarter century. They came a bit short of the obvious goal, but set a solid foundation for the team’s future as well as those of the players.


In 2001, the San Diego Stallions youth baseball team won the national AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) National Championship. Several players on that team were living in Mira Mesa, along with the team’s manager, Scott Chambless, who’s been a Mira Mesa resident for more than 35 years. Mira Mesa High School students are getting dirt under their nails and a real understanding for how Mother Nature works. During a time when test results rule over all, this group is expanding its horizons and learning the deeper meaning of those numbers. Much is happening in the next couple of months. Expect lively theatre and livelier debates. Discussion will range from delicious local food at the Taste of Mira Mesa to the future of our political boundaries through redistricting. A big “thank you” goes out to the community of people who helped us with stories for this issue. And as always, we thank our advertisers who support our publication that is free to the Mira Mesa community. We’re coming into this March a little chilly, but Mira Mesa’s future is an explosion of hot ideas. We suggest you get comfy while reading this issue. If you have any you would like to share with us as well as the community it is easy to reach us: Here is how you can reach us: To To To To

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Michelle Tsai, Publisher – Ms. Tsai holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance and a BA in marketing from University of San Diego. She has lived in the Mira Mesa neighborhood for nearly a decade. In that time she has joined several committees including serving as Vice President of the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Ms. Tsai believes her strengths include connecting people and groups and building long-standing relationships in the community.

Leah R. Singer, Writer – Ms. Singer is a freelance writer and blogs about family, motherhood, traditions, cooking and other such topics. She earned a master’s degree in communication and bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science, both from San Diego State University. Ms. Singer enjoys living in Mira Mesa with her husband, daughter, and animal family. Read more about her at:

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Front Cover Photography: CIF Championship game photo by Cindi Mitchell AAU National Championship photo source: Scott Chambless. Photo Editing: Wissinger Photography.

Steve Nicoles, Editor – Mr. Nicoles worked for nearly a decade as a professional television news reporter. He brings that experience along with several journalism awards including a regional Emmy ™ to Mira Mesa Living. As a graduate of San Diego State University, Mr. Nicoles is excited to be living and working in San Diego while focusing on one of the city’s most diverse and unique neighborhoods.

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A Season To Remember For Marauder Football

CIF Championship Game

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Photo by: Cindi Mitchell Photography

and a brand new offensive coordinator (Chris Blevins). Lomax was playing for the injured starting quarterback, Dominic Richardson and Coach Blevins only had one week to prepare for the tough Panther defense. The game ended with Vista on top 21-14 in a very tough fought game.

The last time the Mira Mesa Marauders played in the stadium for a CIF championship was in 1983. The 2010 season saw the Marauders make a long awaited trip back to Qualcomm Stadium (known as Jack Murphy Stadium in 1983). The journey to the Q was not easy this year as the Marauders played one of the toughest schedules in the county. A schedule that included three 2010 CIF champions (Vista, Oceanside and Cathedral Catholic) and a very tough Dorsey Dons (12-2) National Letter of Intent Signing, Feb. 2011 (from left to right: Tyler Lerke, Payne team from Los Brothers, Nathan Castro and their coaches). Photo source: Annette Castro Angeles. The The Marauders looked to get some Marauders finished the regular season revenge on the early season loss. In the with a record of 5-5. first quarter of the division I In the semi-playoff game the Marauders championship game both defenses held defeated then #1 Eastlake Titans down both offenses in the first quarter. In the at Eastlake high school. The Titans went second quarter Vista found the end zone into that game as the defending division twice as they took a 14-0 lead. However, I CIF champion with a 22 game winning with 3:34 left in the half, quarterback streak. The Marauders not only Dominic Richardson finally found a defeated the Titans, they shut them out rhythm, going 80 yards in nine plays 20-0. That victory earned the tossing a touchdown pass to Nathan Marauders a trip back to the Q. Tajalle on a 6-yard end zone corner route. That brought the Marauders within a The championship game would be a touchdown as the Panthers lead at rematch of game one of the regular halftime 14-7. Then in the third quarter season between then ranked #3 Vista Vista scored 12 points to increase their Panthers and then ranked #7 Mira lead 26-7. But in the fourth quarter the Mesa. That first game was played with Marauders rallied for two touchdowns a sophomore quarterback (Trey Lomax)

(scoring run by Richardson and scoring run by Jalen Fields) to cut the score to 2621 with 6:42 left in the game. The Panthers then put together a scoring drive that brought the score to 33-21. Mira Mesa could not put another scoring drive together. The final scored ended up 3321 with the Vista Panthers winning their ninth championship. The 2010 Marauder football team returned 24 seniors. The majority of them were returning starters on both offense and defense. This year’s team had three players (Nathan Castro, Tyler Lehrke and Dominic Richardson) make All-CIF and eight players (Castro, Lehrke, Anthony Payne, Nicholas Payne, Marcus Smith, Marco Lazaro, Jaylen Brooks and Gabi Musallam) make AllEastern League. Nathan Castro was selected as the Eastern League Defensive Player of the Year. Four of the players signed letters of intent to play division I

football. Lehrke will be playing for the Naval Academy and the Payne twins and Castro will be playing for Sacramento State. There will most likely be more players from this team signing with other colleges to play at the next level. Head Coach Gary Blevins states, "The Marauder coaching staff and I are so very proud of the accomplishments of our seniors and the entire team. We look forward to building off the championship team that we are graduating and continuing the Marauder tradition of excellence. I was at the school with the 1983 team and both teams had a common no quit attitude." Cindi Mitchell Photography Specializing in Sports and Portraits at the beach 858-271-5759


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A House with a Smiling Buddha By Amy Sun When you pass my house in Mira Mesa, you will see a large Maitreya Buddha statue in the front yard. Weighing more than 3,000 pounds, Maitreya Buddha represents the phrase, “always be happy and great generous.” If we can be generous to everyone and accepting no matter what the experience is - good or bad we will always happy, just like Maitreya Buddha with a happy face all the time. I wish whoever passes my home will gain the energy of happiness and generosity to welcome into their happy life. I immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1982. My family credits the weather and environment as the reasons to settle in San Diego. For the past 27 years in Mira Mesa, I have been focused on raising my children and taking care of the house. In 1990, I began listening to Buddha’s teachings. In learning the truth, I understood the relationships of humans and the universe. All lives are given by heaven and we should treat all beings with fairness, love and respect. I’m also aware that we humans are the leader of all the beings. Saints (Buddha and Bodhisattva) are fair and equal. With their kindness and mercy, Saints try their best to help others in need. Through their wisdom and

kindness, they help people find happiness in life. The generosity and wisdom of the Saints became a good example to learn and practice. It changed me from only caring for my family to now expanding my unconditional love to Mira Mesa. I donated my house to share the truth of Buddha and Saints with our community. We promote moral and family education. At the same time, we also provide charity activities and events to support the poor; visiting the sick and lonely seniors; and feed the homeless every two weeks. In 2010, we donated 400 sleeping bags and 300 bags of personal care supplies to the homeless. We sponsored 486 low-income individuals in Vietnam to recover from cataracts by paying their surgery fees. We also sponsored 156 low-income individuals in Cambodia under the same program last year. By gathering our love and support together, we can reach more people in this world in need of our kindness. We encourage donations and volunteers to join us in making a better future. If you are interested, contact me at

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In an age of test scores and extracurricular cuts in schools, one Mira Mesa High School teacher is digging deep into his own pocket so his students might plant a new future. Earth science teacher Mark Snow got permission to create a gardening club at school. In nearly a year, the club is up to about a dozen members and the garden, also known as an outdoor lab, is under construction. Snow said, “It provides avenues for teachers to take kids outside. It’s fun and still work.” Many teachers will agree hand-on learning is just as important as book-learning. The club members are getting the first lessons in earth science as they dig in the dirt and build a garden complete with a compost area, bamboo forest and hummingbird attractors. The space the club is using used to be full of trash. Slowly it is becoming a fully-functioning garden. The snow peas are bursting with flavor. Garden club secretary Mae Camacho said, “It’s harder than I thought, but it’s rewarding.”

seems to respond better to watering from the top rather than directly into the soil. The lessons learned in this club will stretch beyond the applications of biology and earth science. Mae says she is learning about nutrition and a better way to live her life. The gardening club is providing an education that cannot always be measured by test scores or attained by cutting budgets. For ways to help the Mira Mesa High School Garden Club including making a tax deductible donation you can contact Mark Snow at Also, visit the garden club on Facebook. Search “the MMHS garden Club.”

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Mira Mesa The Heart of the New Ninth City Council District By: Mitz Lee A unique opportunity at San Diego City Hall may place Mira Mesa at the heart of a new city council district. Once a decade, the San Diego Redistricting Commission convenes to review census results and rebalance city council district populations by revising the districts boundaries. This time, under the provisions of the “strong mayor” ballot measure passed by voters in the June 2010 election, a new ninth council district must also be drawn up during the redistricting process. How the Commission chooses to redraw the lines will have major implications for Mira Mesa residents because of our central position in the high-growth northern neighborhoods.

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In between Interstates 5 & 15, and north of State Route 52, new housing developments and an influx of young families have dramatically increased the area population. Official population projections show that the council districts that contain northern neighborhoods (Districts 1 & 5) have ballooned in size over the last decade, and have now become the largest among all eight districts. Since San Diego North is the likely starting point for balancing district populations, it is also a prime location for establishing the new ninth city council district.

The neighborhoods of Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos, Miramar Key West and Kearny Mesa are a natural community of interest, and are a strong and natural basis for the foundation of the ninth district. (See the accompanying map.) Mira Mesa and Rancho Peñasquitos share the same core city infrastructure and public services. The I-15, Black Mountain Road and Highway 56 are shared transportation corridors. These neighborhoods also share the city’s water and wastewater distribution systems. The safety of the residents in these communities is protected by the North Eastern Police Division stationed in Rancho Peñasquitos. Because these two adjacent communities have similar developmental histories, a significant number of the citizens have immediate families and relatives living and working in these communities, especially in Miramar Base, Sorrento Valley and Kearny Mesa. The children of the Marines who are protecting our country go to schools in Mira Mesa. Many of the residents also have small businesses in Sorrento Valley and Kearny Mesa, making significant contributions to the local economy. Keeping these communities whole and undivided will benefit Mira Mesa and our contiguous communities from the greater civic empowerment that will

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come from being the heart of the new city council district. An opposite impact will be felt if Mira Mesa is divided and used piecemeal as “add-ons” to other council districts. The Redistricting Commission has a timeline of approving the final boundaries for the city council districts by August 2011. For more information and the commission’s meeting schedule visit: Mitz Lee is a resident of Mira Mesa since 1983, former Vice President, Board of Education, San Diego Unified School District and the co-convener of the Asian & Pacific American Coalition (APAC). Mitz can be reached at Correction: The article entitled “Redistricting Could Re-Unite Mira Mesa” (January/February issue, page 8) should have stated that Mitz Lee was not involved in the 2000 redistricting process.

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Get Involved with Mira Mesa Town Council The Mira Mesa Town Council (MMTC) is a volunteer organization that works toward the improvement of the Mira Mesa Community. The Mira Mesa Town Council holds monthly meetings that provide information to the community and act as a forum for identifying and solving community problems. Elected representatives or their staff attend most MMTC meetings, and can research and respond to issues that arise at the meetings. MMTC meetings are held at 7 PM on the first Monday of each month. The Mira Mesa Town Council sponsors many community activities and events including: • The Mira Mesa Street Fair, held in September • The Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration • Clean and Green Day • Annual Volunteer of the Year Dinner • The Verne Goodwin Scholarship for Mira Mesa community High School Students • The Mira Mesa Maintenance Assessment District Advisory Committee (MMMAD) that maintains landscaping along community streets. The Mira Mesa Town Council also helps to support independent community activities including the Halloween Carnival, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, and the Regional Teen Center. For general information and membership, go to MMTC membership costs $20 for residents, $10 for additional residents living in the same household, $10 for seniors (age 60+) and $50 for business members. Members with addresses outside the Mira Mesa community will be non-voting Associate Members. Business members now also have the opportunity to join both the Mira Mesa Town Council and the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce at a reduced rate. Business members may have a business address and link to a commercial Web site posted on this Web page.

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The Buzz Behind Championship Motivation there were times I would come off the field and throw up because of the intensity of the game.”

By: Steve Nicoles At the turn of the millennium, some of the best baseball played by America’s youth was in San Diego. For three consecutive years (2000-2002), San Diego baseball teams made up of nineyear-old boys won the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) National Championship. In 2001, the San Diego Stallions beat out other teams from all across the country while playing in the sweltering summer heat of Orlando, FL at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Several of the players on that team were living in Mira Mesa. Their manager, Scott Chambless, has lived in Mira Mesa for more than 35 years. Even ten years after the championship run, he remembers some details so vividly like he just got off the plane from the return flight. Overall, he said the players’ talent and the team’s family atmosphere helped propel the Stallions to a championship. He said, “We became like a community. It was fun, because all these kids were from Mira Mesa or Scripps Ranch.” page 10

Chambless and the other coaches and parents hosted parties to build camaraderie, but playing for one another only gets a team so far. These kids had talent, even as nine-year-olds. Today several players are playing college ball, including Garret Hughes, who accepted a scholarship from Stanford. Winston Sawyer turned down a college scholarship and signed a professional contract with Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles. These athletes can look back on that AAU team as a major reason they are still playing. Dillon Haupt still has the ball he caught to make the final out of the 10-day tournament in Orlando. Chambless wants it, but is not getting it back. Winning is never easy, even for kids. Chambless said some of the teams, including the team the Stallions beat to win the title, brought in players from around the country to help their cause: nine-year-old ringers. While the players spent their free time at Disney World, he remained holed up in his hotel preparing for the next game. He said, “The fun apart about this was that the games were so close and they were so intense that literally

The kids probably did not feel the pressure as much. They were likely focused on a promise Chambless made to them several months before the tournament. If they won, they could shave his head. He remembers waving the clippers from the dugout during the last game. Each player took a swipe of Chambless’ soon-to-be -chromed dome. Chambless said, “You can’t be more proud of the kids that over a 10-day period where they played better than they ever had and it was just amazing

By: Yazmin Hernandez Hi Everyone! The New Year is in full swing! The Teen Advisory Council has many awesome events planned out, from Open Mic to a benefit concert. It’s time to get funky. That’s right, the Teen Advisory Council is throwing another Jam, Cypher Funk, on Saturday March the 19th, 5:00-10:00pm, $5.00 Cover. Come and witness the best of the Poppers and B-Boys.

how the stuff we were constantly practicing and how hard they worked to get to this point.” The Stallions had the support of team parents to travel across the country. He said it is important for the kids to have fun and work hard, and for the parents he said, “The expectation is to let the kids have fun, let them grow in the sport. So many parents are pushing their kids so hard that it becomes not fun for them.” Chambless has since walked away from the field to grow his real estate business, however, he talks to his son, a member of that 2001 team who just graduated from Mira Mesa High School, about creating another AAU team and making a second run in Orlando’s summer heat. Photo source: Scott Chambless Photo editing: Wissinger Photography

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wins including a doubleovertime victory win over Grossmont and a solid shut-out win over 1-ranked, top-seeded and defending champion Eastlake (11-1), their first defeat in 25 straight games. Those two playoff games led to the championship at the ‘Q.’ Marcus said, “I’ll never forget walking through that tunnel with all my teammates and being on that field together.”

The 2010 Marauder team had a dream. Like any other football team from the start, it was about winning a CIF championship title. Like every team, but one, they came up short. But the Mira Mesa Marauders made it further than any other Marauder team in over a quarter century, which is a dream come true in its own right. After their CIF appearance there was no talk of a split second that turned a fretful start at the beginning of the season into an invitation for the Division 1 championship game held at Qualcomm Stadium. Instead, the teammates spoke about coming together over the course of an otherwise tumultuous season, which they finished with a 7-6 (W-L) record. The seniors molded four years as teammates into their final season as a football family. Marcus Smith, Marauder wide receiver, said the players had to lean on one another to overcome their early season struggles. “After we learned to trust each other we could get things done and get some victories,” he said.

ONE FAMILY, ONE PURPOSE Marco Lazaro, Nathan Castro, Tyler Lehrke and Nathan Tajalle at the National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Photo source: Annette Castro.

The victories did come, but never in bunches. Just once during the regular season the team won consecutive games. The team learned that it does not matter how the season starts, but how it finishes. The Marauders had two resounding playoff

The 2010 Marauders are different from almost every other Marauder team. They made it to the championship game for the first time in 27 years. And yet, this team is like every other team, no matter the year or location.

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Bringing the Community Together! family. “Make time for your kids,� Annette advises other parents. “Talk to them and be open; be involved.� Marcus Smith Wide receiver #10 Marco Lazaro running against Cathedral Photo source: JoAnn Lazaro

Mira Mesa Living interviewed five scholar-athletes along with their parents about how a family-centric mindset moved from the dinner table to the field. That mindset proved invaluable in the Marauders rematch against Vista for the championship game. Players said it felt as if all of Mira Mesa were attending the home field of the San Diego Chargers to support their high school. The following players whom we invite you to learn more about have collectively earned recognition in the San Diego Union-Tribune for 2010 All-Academic and/or AllLeague Football Team selectees. Marco Lazaro – Running back #22 Marco’s football success could be credited to his father who introduced him to youth football in the eighth grade. During his freshman year of high school, Marco had a dream of playing football with friends at Qualcomm Stadium. Their slogan was, “One Family, One Purpose� to reach the Q! While in the eighth grade, Marco’s dad, Len, introduced him to track and field, which ultimately led him to the junior Olympics in the 4 x 100 relay team where he had the opportunity to meet ex-NFL players. With his 3.20 GPA, Marco is planning to study pre-medical science at either San Diego State University or California State University, San Marcos. Marco advises fellow scholar-athletes to not procrastinate, Photo source: and “organize your Rowena schedule well.� Tajalle Marco said reaching Qualcomm stadium is his biggest achievement.

Len and JoAnn Lazaro (Marco’s parents) Len believes, as a parent, it is important to be involved with your child’s sports, academics and social life. This is Len’s biggest contribution for Marco’s success. “Getting involved in sports is for the experience,� said Len. “Living life is about creating memories�. JoAnn added that sports provided Marco with leadership skills, which helped his sisters look up to their brother as a good example. Nathan Castro – OL/DL #77 Nathan is one of six siblings and did not start playing football until he was 15-years-old. He recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to play at Sacramento State University. Nathan is also on the track team as shot putter. His advice for future scholar-athletes is to stay focused on school. “If you believe you can do it, do it,� he said. “Stay humble; good things happen to good people.� Annette Castro (Nathan’s mom) Nathan’s parents were involved in sports when they were younger. Nathan’s older siblings played soccer and football while growing up. His mother believes that even though everyone is busy, they must make time for the kids. The Castros are originally Lazaro Family at MMHS from the US Football Banquet Pacific Island of Guam and relocated to Mira Mesa when Nathan was a year old. With Nathan signing up for a full scholarship, it is an exciting time for his

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Marcus moved to Mira Mesa when he was a year old. He plays basketball and baseball for Mira Mesa High School. He grew up playing football with the same friends, whom he considers family. During this past season, the team went through some struggles but they learned to trust one another, making them a stronger team. Marcus has 3.6 GPA and will attend Western New Mexico University this fall. Marcus’ biggest personal achievement is “being a pretty decent football player,� and playing at the “Q.� His advice for scholar-athletes, “Enjoy the time you have.�

Tyler Lehrke – Linebacker/Tight end #6 Tyler began his football journey with the Mira Mesa Chargers (Pop Warner). He works out three times per week with his Mira Mesa based BMOC trainer, Don Williams a former National Youth Football 2005 Championship Coach. Through Don, Tyler has learned that hard work pays off. Tyler signed his “Letter of Intent� to attend and play at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) prior to continuing on with his education at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis Maryland. Tyler is a native Mira Mesan with a 3.67 GPA. In addition

Nathan Tajalle, Marcus Smith, Nathan Castro and Marco Lazaro at MMHS Football Banquet. Photo source: Rowena Tajalle.





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Mira Mesa Living to his athletic abilities, Tyler’s biggest personal achievement was having been selected in the 1st Academic Team (Top Scholars) in San Diego. “Put the hard work into it and you will be able to achieve anything you like,” said Tyler. He believes having a positive attitude will lead to good things. Nathan Tajalle – Wide receiver #8 Nathan was born in San Diego and raised in Mira Mesa. He became involved in sports at age five playing baseball. He played flag football at 7years-old, and tackle football in the 7th grade. Nathan also plays baseball for Mira Mesa High School. He began at Mira Mesa High School as a sophomore, and at that time the team’s goal was to make it to the championship game at the “Q.” With a cumulative 3.9 GPA, Photo: Nathan received early Cindi Mitchell admission to CSU Tajalle family Fullerton and was at Senior Night accepted to the University Honors Program. But his #1 choice is San Diego State to join his older brother, Cameron, who is currently attending his second

year. Nathan’s greatest achievement is scoring the first recorded Marauder touchdown for his team while playing at Qualcomm Stadium. His advice for future scholar-athletes is, “Be a student first and stay focused in school.” Marvin & Rowena Tajalle (Nathan’s parents) “This is the culmination of the senior students high school football careers, however, there will be more related growing experiences to come in their near futures,” said Marvin Tajalle. Marvin encourages parents of future scholar-athletes to stay involved in your children’s activities. Allow them to share their thoughts and ideas with you. Get to know other families with like minded goals through volunteer efforts within your leagues or organization. This will allow parents to help organize their busy schedules and share the responsibilities of practice times and transportation to events. He encourages parents to stay committed to this full-time

Photo: Cindi Mitchell Nathan Tajalle – Touchdown at Qualcomm Stadium, CIF Championship Game

endeavor because the rewards are immeasurable. Rowena’s thoughts about the championship match are, “The Marauders may not have won the game, but they definitely won the hearts of Mira Mesa and beyond.” No one knows for sure if any of the seniors will move from Friday night lights to Sunday stadiums. Down the road it might not matter. They had a shining moment in high school football. While the Marauders might have come up a bit short in the championship game, there is no doubt the team members are winning in life.

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Harmonium’s Yoga Club Promotes Harmony for Local Teens Lara Eisenberg, Holistic Wellness Specialist for Harmonium, is offering Yoga for Wellness classes for teens at harmonium’s Epicentre. Lara is committed to fostering positive self-image and overall health for teens. As a former School Counselor, Lara witnessed the debilitating effects of chronic stress on children and teenagers. The majority of her students did not have coping skills to manage life’s challenges. They engaged in self- destructive behaviors (cutting, drugs, alcohol, fighting, smoking etc) desperately searching for an antidote to stress. Lara began the Yoga for Stress and Wellness program with the goal of teaching students how to find peace while developing skills to manage daily stressors and improve their relationships while facilitating a deeper understanding of who

they are and what they want in life. She teaches youth how to breathe properly in order to relax their nervous system, positive thinking techniques, physical postures to build strength, focus and concentration and other various relaxation skills. The Epicentre classes cost $5 per session or at a discounted price for a package of sessions; however, nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Several fundraisers incorporating community support will be planned to help supplement the program so anyone and everyone interested in stress management and wellness can attend! Anyone interested in finding out more about Lara’s classes, programs or offerings for youth and adults may contact her at or call 858-217-5662

Harmonium Partners with Junior Achievement to Empower Youth Entrepreneurism Mira Mesa teenagers at Harmonium’s Epicentre are embarking on a youth business in partnership with the San Diego Junior Achievement entrepreneurship program. The teens will be guided through a 12 week series of mentoring by volunteer business professionals in the development of an innovative recycled art business. Their company will create table decorations for banquets and parties made from usually discarded items that can be recycled. The JA Company program will help the teens create a business plan, elect leadership roles and a Board of Directors, sell company stock and market their products. Harmonium has a long term goal of expanding this model to create similar teen

businesses throughout San Diego. The plan will also include a mental & physical health screening element that will help identify the strengths each teen might bring to the program as well as any area where the teen might need assistance. They will be marketing to the “socially conscious” corporation, public entity or private entertainer who wishes to combine innovative art, environmental awareness and support of our youth. It is anticipated that product orders will be available in early spring. For more information on participation in this program or interest in being a product consumer please contact Meredith at the Harmonium Epicentre at 858271-5634.

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Message from Carl DeMaio Recently the City Council approved a plan to begin burying transmission power lines from Maya Linda to Thanksgiving Lane in Mira Mesa. Placing transmission lines underground not only helps beautify the community, it will also help create more open space and creates a safer environment for our children. Design and planning has already begun and construction will begin early next year. My office will be monitoring this issue closely to make sure the construction is completed in a timely fashion. We are also compiling a list of projects and roads repairs that are needed in the Mira Mesa community. If you are aware of any work that needs to be done please contact my office at 619-236-6655 or send emails to CarlDeMaio@SanDiego.Gov.

Mason Elementary Dear Lion Families, Welcome back to the 2010-11 school year! We trust that your vacation was relaxing and filled with the making of new memories with family and friends. Learning is an evolving process which requires meaningful input from all parties involved. It’s important for your child to see you involved in his/her education. WE NEED YOU! Please help us by volunteering your time to help in the classrooms, on outside items and/or during school events. We have many projects and activities happening throughout the school year and we invite your participation. We are concerned about the safety of our children. Please remember that parents are not permitted in the parking lots during arrival and dismissal. Also, remember to obey the traffic laws when near our school. In February we practice compassion. One synonym of compassion is sympathy. We don’t like to say good-bye to those who mean a lot to us so it is with great sympathy that I tell you that one of our beloved teachers, Ms. Cheryl Mangum, passed away on January 18, 2011. Ms. Mangum, a resident of Mira Mesa, has served the Mason community for many years and will be missed tremendously. She has inspired so many children, teachers and families. She has definitely touched the future with her spirit and efforts. Respectfully,

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Marinello Schools of Beauty Offers Hands-on Education By: Leah R. Singer With the job market less than desirable for many college graduates, trade schools like Marinello Schools of Beauty helps students earn an education and leave school as marketable and competitive within the beauty industry. Marinello Schools of Beauty, located at 7550 Miramar Rd., specializes in hands-on training within the areas of cosmetology, esthetics (skin care), manicuring, and massage therapy. One of the benefits of obtaining a license from a school such as Marinello is that within less than one year, students can have a career and begin earning an income. There are many opportunities for our graduates, said Terrilynnette Minor, Director of Marinello Schools of Beauty. “Students can be a hairstylist. They can work for a beauty product distributor, as makeup artists, or even help with runway fashion and hair shows.”

One of the distinguishing features of Marinello is the onsite student salon and spa that is open to the public and provides a place for the students to practice handson application. “The students are supervised by licensed professionals,” said Minor. “We offer hair services, manicures and pedicures, massages, and skin care.” Marinello also offers the unique advantage of having a full-time career services department whose sole purpose is to help place graduates within the industry upon graduation. “Our outcome is for the students to be gainfully employed,” said Minor. “From the moment

they begin as freshmen, we work with them to build a portfolio. We have ongoing workshops, and we continually provide job leads.” Just like community colleges and four-year universities, Marinello is financial aid accredited and accepts federal aid, grants and scholarships for tuition. Minor states that nearly 98 percent of its students are on some type of aid. We want to make school affordable, she said. We want the out-of-pocket expenses to be very minimal for the value of the education. Marinello offers its own Raw Talent High S c h o o l Scholarship in Esthetics and Cosmetology. The school offers high school seniors an opportunity to receive as much as $10,000 toward tuition each year.

Senior Exhibition A Culmination of Four Years By: Steve Nicoles Mira Mesa High School seniors Yvonne Ocampo and Nadia Almaleh are best friends. They met in their freshman math class four years ago. That friendship has lasted throughout high school and will be part of the reason the two get to walk at graduation this June. Every senior at Mira Mesa High has to complete a senior exhibition and portfolio. The work is a culmination of four years of high school. Teachers told Nadia and Yvonne as freshmen to save papers from every class for the next four years; a daunting task for any 14-year-old. Nadia said, “Having a partner to help you get through it works the best.” Nadia and Yvonne lean on each other to stay motivated and focused, although Nadia admits she leans a little more. The work includes a portfolio which holds several writing projects including a college essay, cover letter and a reflection on a paid job, internship or volunteer work. Nadia’s portfolio will include

a look back on her volunteer work in Louisiana following Hurricane Rita. The other part of the project, the exhibition, is a 15 minute presentation in front of another student, a teacher and a professional in San Diego. Yvonne says she is most concerned about getting in front of a small group, but the project itself, including her PowerPoint presentation, should not be hard. She said, “I think it’s easy. We’ve been working on it since freshman year.” The point of the project, according to the girls, is to show school and community leaders how students have grown and matured throughout high school. Nadia said, “They want to know what our goals are for after high school.” The exhibitions start in March. Yvonne and Nadia are concerned the grading will be tough because there is time for a second presentation if the first fails. If students fail, they do not get to walk with their classmates at graduation.

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Mira Mesa Hero By: Steve Nicoles Photo source: Mike Davis Mike Davis has always been one to give back, whether serving for a quarter century in the U.S Navy (He retired as a Lieutenant Commander) or forming Mira Mesa Heroes (, a 501(C)3 non-profit based in Mira Mesa. His local work includes helping the MMTC paint several miles of barrier walls along Mira Mesa Blvd., funding / supporting the electrical box painting project, beautifying parks and schools, painting two fire stations, many community buildings and numerous senior citizen trailers. Davis said, “I wanted to do more direct local support trying to make Mira Mesa more of a community, so that’s why we started Heroes.” Davis said Heroes is about family, friends and organizations all bringing people together for a few hours, helping the disadvantaged in our community. He said spending some quality time on a Saturday morning can be very rewarding while significantly helping someone else. He remembers working on a 92-year old

Mira Mesa woman’s trailer -it needed painting. She struggled over to the door and thanked him for making her home look nicer – especially all the folks who don’t even know her (over 20 volunteers that time). Davis knows the woman will always think of him and Heroes each time she comes home. It starts with one home, but his goal is to beautify all of Mira Mesa. He said, “I know we can have a stronger sense of community. I’d like to put us on the map as a destination not as a pass-through.” Heroes can always use more help, especially sponsors to help fund all these community improvement efforts. His sense of volunteering is

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“Marvelous Marv” Miles Beautifies Mira Mesa By: Leah R. Singer Marv Miles’ commitment to the community of Mira Mesa began in 1989 when he was determined to clear a block-long street of a dozen illegallyparked vehicles. He enlisted the help of the Mira Mesa Community Pride, which was part of the Mira Mesa Town Council. More than 20 years later, Miles is still working to beautify and better the Mira Mesa community.

In addition to painting the streets each week, Miles has served since 1994 as the president (and primary fundraiser) for the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). This program has logged more than 155,000 volunteer hours for Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch.

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Miles has been president of the Scripps Mesa Fireworks Foundation since 1997 when he stepped in to help raise money for the community July 4th fireworks display. He’s also been a volunteer and major financial donor for Monster Manor, the Halloween haunted house that was established to raise money for the Mira Mesa July 4th celebration.

Miles is well known for being a community member who has helped eliminate neighborhood graffiti. In the past few years, every Sunday morning, he and four other residents spend an hour together painting over graffiti and tagging. Miles began this endeavor in 1993 and he still enjoys this weekly ritual. This group has painted over 12,000 feet of walls and fences along the major Marv & his wife, Pam, enjoyed High Tea in Empress streets in Mira Mesa.

also the president of the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce. When Miles is not helping Mira Mesa, he creates blown and fused glass with the Art Glass Association of Southern California. He’s also very involved in the San Diego Woodies, which hosts the world’s largest woodie car shows in Encinitas each September.

He has helped Mira Mesa’s businesses grow as well. Miles has been a member of the Mira Mesa Planning Group Hotel at Victoria, BC.. Photo souce: Marv Miles for more than 20 However, Miles doesn’t see years. His most notable achievements in this activity as about graffiti. “It’s about that organization were helping to creatfriendship,” he said. “It’s the five of us geted the Mira Mesa market center (home ting together to talk about our lives, famto the movie theater, Barnes and Noble, ilies and the community. It’s a great synand Home Depot), as well as establish ergy of all these people who wanted to the Best Buy across the street. Miles is make the Mira Mesa community better.”

“I remember wanting a woodie back in snowy New York in 1962,” Miles recalls. “The Beach Boys were signing about sand, surf, sun and woodies.” In 2004, Miles fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a woodie, which he has since remodeled and given a new engine.

When he’s not beautifying the streets and raising money for important local causes, Miles is the “real” Mr. Mira Mesa, serving as a real estate broker for Property Gallery. He enjoys real estate, especially as he now helps several second generations of families purchase homes. Miles community efforts have not gone unrecognized. He was named Volunteer of the Year from the Mira Mesa Town Council in 1997; Scripps Ranch Citizen of the Year in 2004; and was inducted into the Scripps Ranch Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Mardi Gras and its festival celebrations are similar to Carnival. This traditional New Orleans celebration takes place on “Fat Tuesday,” the day before “Ash Wednesday” and the beginning of Lent.

Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival. The four-day festival begins with Maha Songkran Day, which marks the end of the old year. On the last day of the festival, Wan Parg-bpee, ancestors and elders are honored by small amounts of scented lustral water poured on their heads. Traditional Thai dishes served during Songkran are Pad Thai Noodles; Khao Chae (rice dish); Gaeng Kiew Wahn Gai (chicken with green curry); Kanom Tom (sticky rice and mung bean balls piled high into a pyramid shaped dessert); and Kanom Krok (coconut rice pancakes).

Carnival Carnival is a four-day celebration that begins Saturday, March 5 and commences on “Fat Tuesday.” While Rio de Janeiro is seen as the Carnival Capital of the World, the festival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries. Carnival began as a way to embrace excess and have parties before the more reflective period of Lent. Carnival typically involves a parade with elements of circus, masks, and public street parties.

Passover Passover is the eight-day Jewish festival that celebrates the Israelites freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt. What marks the Passsover holiday is the seder, which is the traditional dinner and symbols that includes the recounting of the Jewish journey of freedom. Perhaps one of the most wellknown facts about Passover is the eating of matzo to honor the Israelites who, while escaping Egypt, had no time to let their bread rise. For this reason, Jews eat unleavened products during the holiday of Passover. Information for this article was compiled from: and

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Meditation : an enrichment to your soul By: Jenny Barrett The word meditation is derived from two Latin words: meditari (to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). Its Sanskrit derivation 'medha' means wisdom. Meditation is a holistic discipline by which the practitioner attempts to get beyond the reflexive "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Many years ago meditation was not considered to be meant for modern people, but now it has become very popular. Published scientific and medical evidence has proved its benefits both mentally and physically. With regular practice of a balanced series of techniques, the energy of the body and mind can be liberated and the quality of consciousness can be expanded. This has been shown by an empirical fact. Many profes-

sional athletes regularly employ meditation methods. Studies have found a direct correlation between meditation and the performance level of sports professionals. Meditation strengthens the mind; it comes under control and is able to provide effective guidance to the physical body to effectively execute all its projects.

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Meditation and concentration are both very important to yoga practice. In the ancient texts called the Yoga Sutras, compiled by Patanjali, he speaks about the eight limbs of yoga. The seventh limb of yoga is dhyana, a Sanskrit word meaning meditation. Meditation refers to a mental or spiritual state that may be attained by such practices, and may also refer to the practice of that state. Yoga, for example, is a moving meditation that joins the body and

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Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce Mira Mesa Farmer’s Market Mira Mesa High School Foundation Booth

Miramar College Library Mira Mesa Library

Mira Mesa Senior Center 8460 Mira Mesa Blvd.

Mira Mesa Town Council MJ’s Deli 6450 Luck Blvd.

Plaza Wine and Spirits 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd., Suite 125

Postal Annex 10606 Camino Ruiz, Suite 8

Property Gallery 9396 Mira Mesa Blvd.

RC Realty 8250 Mira Mesa Blvd. Ste B

Robeks 8250 Mira Mesa Blvd. Ste. C

SD United Sports Training Center 7698 Miramar Road

Salon Renaissance 6440 Lusk Blvd. #D104

Sorrento Valley Dental Group 5915 Mira Mesa Blvd.

Starbucks 6765 Mira Mesa Blvd. Suite 149

Tom’s Master Mechanics 5820 Autoport Mall

8405 New Salem Street

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Calendar of Events Town Council Meeting March 7 • 7-9pm April 4 • 7-9pm

Mira Mesa Chamber Mixer/Meeting March 15 • 5:30pm April 20 • 5:30pm Various locations . Check online:

MMHS Senior Exhibitions March 16 Mira Mesa High School

Cypher Funk March 19 • 5-10pm $5 at The Epicentre

Rummage Sale March 19 • 7am-12pm Corner of Mira Mesa Blvd. & Reagan Rd. Support MMHS Class of 2011

Mira Mesa Youth Football & Cheer Registration March 19 • April 17 • June 4 Mira Mesa Rec Center

Exchange Club Search for Talent March 26 • 1pm Masonic Lodge on Front Street

Taste of Mira Mesa March 30 • 6:30-8:30pm GEN-PROBE 6333 Sequence Drive, 92121

Earth Day April 22 • Qualcomm

MMHS Golf Tournament May 19 • 12-4:30pm Doubletree Golf Resort