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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 12 years. In that time she has joined several committees including serving as Vice President of the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Tsai believes her strengths include connecting people and groups and building long-standing relationships in the community. 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.

Aleksandra Wojtalewicz Richards

Originally from Poland, Aleksandra grew up in Long Beach, California. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Communications. She moved to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego where she obtained a M.A. in International Relations. Prior to moving to San Diego, Aleksandra worked as a reporter at a newspaper in Long Beach. She is currently a technical editor at an environmental consulting firm. Alexander Nguyen, Writer

Mr. Nguyen is an actor and award-winning freelance writer in San Diego. He has won a Society of Professional Journalists award and was nominated for the Asian Heritage Awards for his work. He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

To Submit Articles, News and Events: Pam Stevens, Writer

Ms. Stevens is a freelance writer, librarian, and active community volunteer in Mira Mesa, where she and her husband, Jeff, have lived since 1980. She is the author of Mira Mesa, a photo history in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

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2014 Miss Mira Mesa and Miss Teen Mira Mesa Crowned at February 1st Pageant By: Pam Stevens Brittney Charlot, a 19-year-old Miramar College student, was crowned as the new Miss Mira Mesa 2014, and Haley Hernandez, a 17-year-old Mira Mesa High School junior, won the title of Miss Teen Mira Mesa 2014, at the Miss and Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant February 1 at the Country Inn and Suites Hotel. Brittney Charlot said she thinks “the location of Mira Mesa is ideal in San Diego, full of everything you need, and everyone is welcoming and family oriented.” Brittney loves Mira Mesa’s community activities like the 4th of July celebration. She enjoys dancing and art, currently works at Red Lobster in Mira Mesa, and would like to be a criminal psychologist. Haley Hernandez enjoys painting, making bows and clothes, and volunteer work with K-5th graders at her church. Haley loves the paintings on utility boxes in Mira Mesa and believes “it’s the little things that count.” Sponsored by the Mira Mesa Town Council with the assistance of the Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce and under the volunteer leadership of Maria Pankau as pageant coordinator, the pageant was expanded and renamed this year. The event now selects a “Miss” and “Miss Teen” for the neighboring community of Scripps Ranch as well as for Mira Mesa. Alexandra “Allie” Kennedy, a 19-year-old Scripps Ranch High School graduate, was crowned Miss Scripps Ranch 2014, and Sarina Jassy, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, was named Miss Teen Scripps Ranch 2014. Perhaps the best part of attending the pageant was simply enjoying the enthusiasm, poise, and personality of all the contestants as they graced the stage. In addition to the new title holders, other contestants included, for Miss Teen Mira Mesa: Amber Darling; Isabella McFarland; Rochellene Nunez; Champagne Russ; and Kaylin Walters; for Miss Teen Scripps Ranch, Marlene A. Freerksen; and for Miss Mira Mesa, Chelsea Hipp and Monika R. Martinez. The public entertainment portion of the pageant began at 3:30pm (contestants had met with judges for interviews earlier in the day), with a choreographed opening number and introductions of all the young women. Morgan Sibley, Miss Teen Mira Mesa 2012, worked with contestants to help them prepare for the pageant and did the opening choreography. Next was the sportswear or bathing suit category, when the Miss Teen contestants modeled sportswear and Miss contestants modeled bathing suits. Following that, all contestants modeled evening gowns and at the same time


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spoke briefly, answering questions drawn at random, such as “What do you like about your community?” “How would you encourage people to volunteer?” or “What is your best quality?” Once the judges’ preliminary scores were tabulated, two finalists for each title were asked to give speeches they had previously prepared. The winners were announced after that. Pageant entertainment also included performances by singers “Ivan the Music” Cheong, an indie pop rocker, and 10-year-old Melanie Jimenez, winners of Mira Mesa Theatre Guild’s 2013 Mira Mesa’s Got Talent. A “Queen’s Dinner” followed the pageant at the adjacent Chili’s restaurant, offering an opportunity to informally socialize with contestants, their families and friends, and pageant sponsors and volunteers. Russ Eggleston of Can You Picture This ( was official pageant photographer, and Mark James, Magical Moments Professional DJ Services, was the master of ceremonies. Judges included Ted Brengel, Mira Mesa Town Council president; Cynthia Collins, Collins Family Jewelers; Jennifer Lewis, John Robert Powers Modeling Agency; Joe Conti, personal trainer and owner, MoJo’s Gymnasium; Monica Fung, Miss Mira Mesa 2012; Kenneth Nakayama, Community Representative for City Councilmember Lorie Zapf; Sierra Billock, Miss Greater San Diego 2013; Lamont Jackson, San Diego Unified School District Area 2 Superintendent; Truongson (Sonny) Nguyen, Outreach Coordinator, San Diego Miramar College; and Stacy Seiders, Mira Mesa High School ASB Advisor. The newly crowned Misses will represent their communities at upcoming events during the coming year as ambassadors of Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch, respectively. Scripps Ranch resident Jacqueline Kennedy is assisting Pageant Coordinator Maria Pankau as Scripps Ranch contact. For more information, see the Miss – Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Cities page on Facebook, or email Maria Pankau,

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Mira Mesa Womens Club Hosts Chalk the Walk May 10 By: Pam Stevens The Mira Mesa Womens Club will again host “Chalk the Walk,” a community art festival which raises funds for visual arts in schools, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 9am to 4pm at Mira Mesa Community Park on the patio next to the Gil Johnson Recreation Center. Donors may purchase squares of various sizes and either draw with colored pastels themselves or arrange for student artists to create a chalk painting during the day. Artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate! Artists have from 9am to 2pm to work on their chalk drawings. The public is invited to view this art as it develops throughout the day until 4pm. Further details will be posted at For more information about the Mira Mesa Womens Club in general, email or call membership chair Sandra Cabral, 858-271-4226.

Mira Mesa to Celebrate 45th Anniversary as a Community, 1969 to 2014 By: Pam Stevens Were you or somebody in your family a Mira Mesa pioneer? Did you live in Mira Mesa in 1969 or the early 1970s? Do you or someone you know have a photo that shows Bradshaw’s, the only grocery store in Mira Mesa when it opened in mid1971? Did you grow up in Mira Mesa? Did you attend Mira Mesa High School, any year from when the school opened September 13, 1976, to the present? The Mira Mesa 45th Anniversary Celebration Committee wants to hear from you! Email In December 1969, when the first temporary Mira Mesa Elementary School opened inside two ordinary suburban tract homes on Harlington Drive at Buckhurst Avenue, most of Mira Mesa as it exists today was still just a dream. The first subdivision in Mira Mesa, Mira Mesa Verde, Unit No. 1, was developed in 1969 by Pardee, Inc., north of Mira Mesa Boulevard between Westmore Road and

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Greenford Drive. Larwin Company’s homes in northern Mira Mesa off Black Mountain Road at Gemini followed soon afterwards. Next was Pardee’s development south of Mira Mesa Boulevard in the area that now lies between Mason and Walker elementary schools. Residents of the young community moved into their affordable brandnew homes built on mesas which a few short months before had been bare except for rocks, rabbits, rattlesnakes, chaparral, and the occasional presence of a roaming herd of cattle from a nearby ranch. There were no local schools at the time and for the first few years no local shops, parks, library, or other services. However, according to many who lived in Mira Mesa in the early 1970s, neighbors were friendly and shared a “can do” pioneer spirit. 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Mira Mesa as a community. According to committee chair Bari Vaz, 45 years is a milestone in terms of buildings being considered for historic status. However, Mira Mesa’s history is

March 15 – Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year Dinner March 26 – Taste of Mira Mesa April 5 – Filipino Sun Festival in Mira Mesa Community Park May 10 – Chalk the Walk at Mira Mesa Community Park May 17-18 – Relay for Life of Mira Mesa and Rancho Penasquitos at Hilltop Park May 31 – Mira Mesa Theatre Guild’s Mira Mesa’s Got Talent July 4 – Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade, Family Fun Day, and Fireworks August 23 – Mira Mesa Beer Fest September 20 – Mira Mesa Street Fair October (dates tbd) – Mira Mesa Theatre Guild’s Monster Manor

more than the history of its buildings; it’s the story of its people. The Mira Mesa Town Council, Mira Mesa’s volunteer civic group, invites everyone to celebrate Mira Mesa’s history at a variety of community events all year long during 2014, whether you purchased one of those original 1969 tract homes or you moved into the community last week.

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Meet 2013 Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year Maria Pankau By: Pam Stevens Maria Pankau and her husband, Don, have lived in Mira Mesa since 1980 and raised their sons, Don and Mark, here. At Hickman Elementary School, Maria was a classroom volunteer and taught an art class for 3 years. In 1994 Maria began her involvement with music in the schools as a Challenger Middle School band chaperone. At a middle school band recital Maria was asked to work with the Mira Mesa Instrumental Music Boosters, the support group for the Sapphire Sound, Mira Mesa High School’s Band and Color Guard – one year before her older son started high school. Maria served as MMIMB president (6 years), treasurer (one year) and Vice President (2 years). Maria also served as chaperone for many of the band’s travels throughout the world, including 17 days in Sydney, Australia where many Mira Mesa High School band members played in the

Sydney 2000 Olympic Band for the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. Maria continued volunteering with MMIMB long after her sons had graduated from high school. 2013 marked Maria’s 20th year working on the Mira Mesa Invitational Band Review and Field Tournament. Maria was elected to the Mira Mesa Town Council Board in 2007, serving as MMTC newsletter editor from 2007-2009; second vice-president (membership) from 20102012; and as a Board member at large in 2013. She also serves on the Mira Mesa Maintenance Assessment District Committee. Maria became active with the Mira Mesa 4th of July Committee in 2008, working on Fun Day organization and then as 4th of July Parade chair the past 5 years. Maria is already making plans for the 2014 Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade, which will celebrate Mira Mesa’s history as a community as well as America’s birthday.

efforts led to the revived Miss Mira Mesa and first Miss Teen Mira Mesa Pageant in 2012, sponsored annually by the Mira Mesa Town Council. In 2014 the Pageant was expanded and renamed the Miss – Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant, selecting title holders for Scripps Ranch as well as Mira Mesa. As Pageant coordinator Maria accompanies the title holders when they attend monthly Mira Mesa Town Council meetings and represent Mira Mesa at events such as the “Taste of Mira Mesa” to support local schools and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

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Mira Mesa’s Got Talent Returns May 31 By: Pam Stevens The competition which introduced such talents as Rayne, Ivan Cheong, Hans Orapallo, A.J. Rockitt, Willa Sanchez, Melanie Jimenez and more to Mira Mesa is returning for the 4th year. The Mira Mesa Theatre Guild will hold two auditions in mid-May, dates and location to be announced. MMTG president Trey Barkley will direct the show. Newbreak Church (which meets at Hage Elementary School in Mira Mesa)

has volunteered to assist with sound, as they have done with previous MMTG productions such as entertainment at the Mira Mesa 4th of July Fun Day in Mira Mesa Community Park and the Mira Mesa Street Fair in September. As with last year’s Mira Mesa’s Got Talent, there will be two competition divisions: the kids/teens division open to ages 8 to16 and the adults division open to 16 and above. The talent show will be May 31, 2014, 7 – 10pm, location to be announced.

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2020. School Board Member John Lee Evans, Trustee for Sub-District A, which includes Mira Mesa, University City, and Clairemont, and the SDUSD invite the public to an upcoming Vision 2020 Forum, on March 3, 2014, 7pm to 9pm at Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road.

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The Board of Education began development of the District’s Vision 2020 plan, Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood, in 2009, when the Class of 2020 was in first grade. The plan includes five specific visions and 12 indicators of a quality neighborhood school. For details see m Superintendent Cindy Marten and other School District staff are scheduled to discuss the plan at the forum. Anyone who can’t come March 3 is welcome to attend and comment at a forum in another area (one is scheduled March 10 at Crawford High School) or to send comments by email to: s e



Mira Mesa Banned Book Club March-April 2014 Titles The Mira Mesa Library’s Banned Book Club, a book discussion group with a “freedom to read” theme, meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month (except December) at the library, 8405 New Salem St. All are welcome. The group reads and discusses books from the American Library Association’s list of works that have been banned or challenged somewhere over the years, as well as other titles that are thought-provoking. In March and April 2014, the titles are: • March 25, 2014: Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh • April 29, 2014: Selected Poems, by Walt Whitman For more information, email Martha Pritchard,

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March 25: Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh April 29: Selected Poems, by Walt Whitman (in celebration of National Poetry Month). Please note that readers are free to choose any of several slightly different Selected Poems by Whitman done by various editors, or to read Whitman's Leaves of Grass, if preferred. Read and discuss books with thought-provoking topics. New members and visitors welcome. Free Tax Preparation Thursday, March 6, 13, 20 & 27. Thursday, April 3 & 10. 9:30am to 1:30pm Appointment required, call (858) 565-4148 ext. 280. Free tax assistance for low income tax payers courtesy of SAY San Diego’s EITC Program. eReader Clinic Thursdays, Mar. 13 & Apr. 10 3:00 to 5:00pm Learn how to check out free library eBooks to your eReader, tablet, smart phone or computer. Bring your own device for assistance. Kid’s Drawing Class For Ages 5 and up. Every First and Third Thursday from 4-5pm March 6, March 20, April 3, and April 17. Kids 5 and up will learn to draw. Spring Break Crafts Friday, April 7, 3-4pm. Create fun crafts and origami for kids and teens. Program presented by the Mira Mesa Teen Advisory Group.

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858-658-0362 or 858-658-0896. FIL-AM Cultural Group Donates $1,000 To The Mira Mesa Library By: Barbara R. Schwartz and Pam Stevens The Fil-Am Cultural Group of San Diego North County, Inc. recently donated $1,000 to the Mira Mesa Branch of the San Diego Public Library System to enhance the library’s Filipiniana Collection. In making the December 2013 donation, the group paid tribute to the vision of its president, the late Mary Olivar-Garrido, who was instrumental in creating partnership between FilipinoAmerican groups and the Mira Mesa Library to establish and maintain the collection. Mary Olivar-Garrido was a founding member of the San Diego Silliman University Alumni and Friends, whose initial donation of books and other materials helped create the collection in 1996. Led by Garrido, the Fil-Am Cultural Group became a co-sponsor of the project in 2006, embarking on a mission to preserve and pass on to Filipino youth the best of Filipino values and to provide resource material to facilitate studies about the Philippines. “Our association chose the Mira Mesa Public Library as the most

ideal place for achievement of one of our goals – specifically to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the Filipino ethnic group in the community and contribute to the cultural growth of our American society.” Said Gustavo (Jun) Mataban, Vice-President of the Fil-Am Cultural Group. The City of San Diego will match the donation 100%, with 50% of the match going to the Mira Mesa Branch Library, for a total of $1,500. The library will use the $1,500 to purchase items for their Filipiniana Collection, such as books, CDs, DVDs, and periodicals. The Filipiana Collection is available to the public and contains materials in both Tagalog and English languages. The Mira Mesa Branch Library is located at 8405 New Salem Drive, San Diego, California 92126, 858-538-8165. The library’s hours are Mondays, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12:30 to 8pm, Thursdays and Fridays 9:30am to 5:30pm, Saturdays 9:30am to 2:30pm, and Sundays 1-5pm You can also visit the library online at and

MMTC Volunteer of the Year Dinner to Honor Maria Pankau March 15 at Miramar Cafe By: Pam Stevens The Mira Mesa Town Council will honor Maria Pankau as 2013 Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year on Saturday, March 15, 2014, with dinner and musical entertainment at Miramar Café, 7128 Miramar Road, San Diego CA 92121. The evening’s theme is “In the Mood for Music.” Reception with live music and a donations only bar starts at 6pm, dinner at 7pm. Join Maria’s fellow volunteers, other local business and non-profit group leaders, elected officials and their representatives, and Maria’s family and friends at this gala event! MMTC members should have received their Volunteer of the Year dinner invitations in the mail. The invitation is also posted at The MMTC Volunteer of the Year Dinner Committee includes cochairs Christina Keene and Pam Stevens; Lainie Hardman; and Bari Vaz. Payment is available online or by sending a check with names of those attending to Mira Mesa Town Council, PMB 230, 10606-8

Camino Ruiz, San Diego CA 92126. Each year at the time of the Volunteer of the Year dinner MMTC also takes donations in recognition of our honoree to the college scholarship fund that MMTC awards to graduating high school seniors based on their community service. Whether or not you are able to attend the dinner, you can honor Maria Pankau by making a scholarship fund donation in any amount. In recognition of Maria Pankau’s passion for music in the schools and her 20 years of service and leadership with the Mira Mesa Instrumental Music Boosters, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides moral support, funding, and volunteer assistance to the Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Band & Color Guard students, families, MMTC also plans to make a donation to MMIMB to help support the instrumental music program at Mira Mesa High School. For more information contact VOY@miramesatowncouncil.o rg.

Filipino Sun Festival April 5 By: Pam Stevens The Filipino Sun Festival, a new cultural festival celebrating Filipino and Filipino American culture, is coming to Mira Mesa Community Park on Saturday, April 5 from 11am-6pm. Families can enjoy a day of entertainment on stage, Filipino foods, and an Arts & Culture Pavilion, as well as visit information, health, and

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community booths, and a children’s activity area. According to Festival organizers, the Filipino Sun is historically (and geographically) significant, as the sun symbolizes unity, freedom, people’s democracy, and sovereignty, while each of the eight rays represent the first eight provinces (Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Laguna, and Batangas) that rose up and started the 1896 Philippine Revolution against Spain. This free festival is presented by Operation Samahan and produced by Silk Road Productions and the community. For more information see:

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Miramar College Foundation Names 2014 Distinguished Alumni Dynamic Duo Comes Home to Lead Mira Mesa born and raised, San Diego Miramar College faculty Sean Bowers and sister Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry named 2014 Distinguished Alumni for exceptional achievements Mira Mesa -- In a unique spin of the annual Distinguished Alumni program, the Miramar College Foundation is pleased to announce two recipients for 2014 honors – San Diego Miramar College faculty Sean Bowers and Dr. Rebecca BowersGentry.

championships, and the program to a #6 ranking nationwide.

The Bowers siblings were born and raised in a local neighborhood, graduated from Mira Mesa High School, Miramar College, and universities 2,000 miles apart. They pursued very different careers, married and started families. And, while their parents still reside in the Mira Mesa house where they grew up, each moved to nearby communities. Little did they know that one day they’d both return “home” to work side-by-side at their community college alma mater.

An all-star defender, Bowers, who earned his bachelor's degree from Quincy College in Illinois, went on to compete professionally with the MLS Kansas City Wizards, the Baltimore Blast and the San Diego Sockers. In 2004, he was named to the U.S. Futsal National Team as captain – the only player on the 14-man roster with previous experience in a FIFA Futsal World Championship. Coaching experience includes stints with the Detroit Rockers of the NPSL, the Michigan Hawks, an under-23 women’s select team that won the 2001 U.S. Open Cup, and with the Women’s Premiere Soccer League (WPSL) San Diego Sea Lions. He received his master's degree from SDSU.

In 2006, professional soccer super star Sean Bowers joined the Miramar College physical education and exercise science faculty and helped launch the first women’s soccer program in college history. In the last seven years, head coach Bowers, who now resides in Temecula, has led the lady Jets to undefeated seasons, four straight Pacific Coast Athletics Conference (PCAC)

Younger sister, Rancho Penasquitos resident Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry also joined the Miramar contract faculty in 2006 and established her own successful record with other college programs – biotechnology and later, medical lab technology. After receiving her PhD in cellular/molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Bowers joined the research team at UCSD,

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where she realized she preferred the student contact that teaching provided. Led by Bowers-Gentry, under a $400,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, Miramar expanded the applied biotechnology program to address the critical shortage of medical lab technicians nationwide and launched the Medical Laboratory Technician Training (MLTT) instructional program, accredited by the California Department of Public Health. The associate professor of chemistry and biology organizes the science department’s popular “Science Fun for Kids 9 to 99” activity every March as part of San Diego Science Month and is Director of the S2 Summer Science Enrichment Program for middleschoolers, sponsored by the Southern California Biotechnology Center (SCBC). Miramar’s dynamic duo will be presented with 2014 Distinguished

Alumni awards by Miramar College Foundation President Marty Hight at graduation on Friday, May 16, where they will also serve as Commencement speakers. The Bowers join a celebrated cadre of prior Miramar College Distinguished Alumni, all of whom serve as inspirations to those who are pursuing their careers and educational goals at the College. Prior honorees include former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, fire chiefs, police chiefs, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, artists, small business owners, professional athletes, scientists, and other accomplished professionals.

Congratulations to Mira Mesa High School Cheerleaders, the 2014 NATIONAL CHEER CHAMPIONS! How to Raise Money for Schools from's mission is to provide an effective fundraising platform for schools, PTA groups or other Parent Teacher Organizations. They run a easy to use marketplace allowing individuals and businesses to buy and sell products, services, and gently used items with a percentage (10%-100%) of the proceeds being donated to local schools. Girls & Women in Sports Day - March 1 at SDSU - Game tickets are free for K-8 students and their parents/guardians/chaperones. High school students are welcome, but cannot receive free tickets, as per NCAA recruiting rules. Pre-game activities are free but tickets are required to attend the game. To request tickets, contact Laura Ferschweiler at 858-292-3753 or Tickets must be ordered in advance as no tickets will be issued on March 1. Sandburg Elementary School Dad’s Club The primary purpose of Sandburg Elementary School’s Dad’s Club is to provide an easy and fun way for parents to become more involved in their children’s life at school. The goal is to help kids do better academically, and help them understand the importance of leadership, good citizenship, and community service. They also make sure that they have a lot of fun while they are at it. To sign up for the Dad’s Club, provide us with your contact information on the forms provided at all of our special events, or send your name, phone number, and email address to

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Family Math Night Thursday, March 13, 6-8pm

Scripps Grad Students Bring Cutting-Edge Science to Local K-12 Classrooms By: Brittany Hook Ask any young student what a scientist might look like, and answers typically involve descriptions of older, frizzyhaired, bearded men wearing lab coats. A unique educational partnership between Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District directly challenges this notion by placing bright Scripps graduate students inside local K-12 classrooms—including Mira Mesa’s own Wangenheim Middle School. In 2009, the National Science Foundation’s outreach program, Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12), awarded Scripps Oceanography a five-year, $2.5 million grant to fund the Scripps Classroom Connection fellowship. Each year, Scripps Classroom Connection partners nine Scripps graduate students with nine teachers in K-12 classrooms across San Diego County. Scripps graduate student and Scripps Classroom Connection fellow Sarah Lerch is currently working with science

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teacher Felicia Ryder and her seventh grade students at Wangenheim Middle School. Lerch applied to the Scripps Classroom Connection program as a way to fine-tune both her teaching and communications skills, but this experience has proven to be mutually beneficial for herself and Ryder.

Wangenheim Middle School’s math department will be hosting its annual Family Math Night on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The purpose of Family Math Night is to bring students and their families together for a fun night of mathematics through various games and activities. Some of the activities that parents and students can participate in are 24 Challenge, learning how to solve the Rubik’s Cube, Pi competition (who can memorize the most digits in pi) and many more.

These are some of our local businesses that has supported Family Math Night by providing food or donating prizes for the raffle: New York Giant Pizza, Pat & Oscar’s, Hometown Buffet, Robeks, Applebee's, Baskin Robbin, Chick-fil-A, Yogurtland, and Marie Calendar. If you have any questions regarding Family Math Night or if your business is interested in supporting our event, please email Gen Esmende at

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“We’re learning how to teach from them and they’re benefitting from us by getting our expertise in whatever we research,” said Lerch. Ryder serves as a great mentor for Lerch, with more than 19 years of experience as a middle school science teacher. Ryder, who was named San Diego County Science and Technology Teacher of the Year in 2011, finds the Scripps Classroom Connection program to be extremely useful for her and the students at Wangenheim. “It’s helped me to learn more, to keep my mind active and know what’s on the cutting edge, and it’s been helpful for the students because they get to learn from someone different,” said Ryder. “It’s always good to have multiple ways to learn.”

By: Mrs. Lark Mayeski January 26th, Lutheran School’s Week was kicked off at Christ the Cornerstone Academy with the Third Grade class preforming a skit in the Sunday Worship Service entitled “Elijah and His Horrible Very Bad Job”. For the week following, the students of CTCA celebrated being part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod school system by participating in a number of fun activities. On Monday, the students wore crazy hats or crazy hair. On Tuesday, the students found a friend and dressed like twins. On Wednesday, everyone wore sunglasses to school. On Thursday, we celebrated God creating the rainbow and the promise that he would not destroy the earth by floods. Each class picked out one of the colors of the rainbow and the rainbow was created. On Friday we all wore yellow scarves which were provided

for us as gifts by our Student Council. On Friday evening, we finished the week with a Pasta Dinner and our CTCA spelling bee. The top two winners of our Third through Fifth Grade classes will travel to Escondido to participate in the District wide Spelling Bee in March. In January we invited our moms to bring a book to read in the classroom at our annual Muffins for Moms day. Afterwards, we thanked our moms by serving them muffins, juice, coffee and fruit. In February we invited our dads for Donuts for Dads, and in March we will be inviting our grandparents for Goodies for Grandparents. If you are looking for a school of Faith, Family and Academic Excellence visit our Website or call us (858) 5661741 for additional information and to set up a free tour of our school.

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Varsity Cheerleading Team Takes 1st Place!


By: Sabrina Bazzo Congratulations to the Mira Mesa High School Varsity Cheerleading Team from San Diego, CA for finishing in First Place in their Division at the recent Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National Competition. The Junior Varsity Team finished in Fifth Place in their Division. The National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) put on annually by UCA is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. The event took place this year on February 8th and 9th at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida. The NHSCC is nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year. Thousands of cheerleaders from across

the United States travel to Orlando for this competition after first having to qualify at the regional level. Mira Mesa High School competed against over 40 of the best teams from across the nation in order to earn the coveted white jackets earned by all 1st place team finishers. Thanks to their coaches Krishelle Hardson-Hurley, Deija James, Tom and Mary Jensen and Lisa Keys for a fantastic job and many congratulations to the girls and their families! Go Marauders!

McKay Named New Marauder Softball Coach By: Mike Gapasin Danielle McKay was named the new head coach of the Mira Mesa Marauders varsity softball team. Coach McKay was both an assistant coach and head coach at the college level. She graduated from Poway High School in 1999 and played all four years there. After high school, McKay played at Dominican University (2000 - 2004). While playing for the Lady Penguins at DU, she received several awards including two time West Region Player of the Week, 1st team NAIA

West Region, 2nd team NAIA All-American honors and won two Cal-Pac League Championships. After her playing days, McKay remained at DU as an assistant coach. In 2007, McKay moved to the state of Washington where was she was an assistant coach at Saint Martin’s University and South Puget Sound Community College. McKay then became the head coach at Green River Community College. In 2013, McKay returned home to San Diego where she is currently the Director of Recruiting and Player Development for the Factory Softball Club and also coaches their 14U red team. McKay hopes to bring the Lady Marauders back to their winning tradition.

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How To Make Glycerine Soap You'll need the following supplies: Glycerin, which is a soap base, in solid, meltable blocks, essential oils (you'll only need a few drops to scent an entire batch of soap), coloring (optional) molds-muffin silicone ones work perfectly and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle; you'll need it to remove bubbles from the glycerin before it sets. Melt the glycerin in a double boiler. Cut off as much glycerin as you need to fill the soap molds. Continue heating the glycerin until it is completely melted. You can also melt the glycerin in the microwave. The finished soaps will have the same mass and volume as the glycerin chunks. Stir in the essential oil. Add just a few drops of the oil; since it's so concentrated, a little goes a long way. Stir the drops in until they are thoroughly combined with the glycerin, and then remove it from heat. Add coloring, if wished. Prepare the soap molds. Use the spray bottle of rubbing alcohol to lightly mist the insides of the soap molds, coating the area where the glycerin will go. The alcohol prevents bubbles from forming in the soap as it cools and dries. If you don't use alcohol, your finished soap may have a layer of bubbles.

Pour the soap. Fill each mold to its rim. Be careful not to let it overflow. You'll have to do this quickly, though, so the soap doesn't get too cool before it makes it to the molds. Spritz it with more alcohol. Use the spray bottle to mist the soap after it has been poured into the molds and while it's still in its liquid stage. This way you'll prevent the formation of bubbles on the flat side of the soap, too. Let the soaps cool in their molds for an hour or two, until they're completely hard. Invert the soap molds to pop out your brand new glycerin soaps. Tap the back of the mold gently if the soap does not come out right away. You can place them in the fridge overnight. Store the soaps in an airtight container until you are ready to use them.

Good Food

Food should also be fresh. It is always better to choose a fresh peach over a canned peach. Not only do they taste better, but they contain more nutrition and vital energy. You can find fresh food at a local farmer’s market. The selection at a farmer’s market is usually

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Keep it simple. Choose the simplest calendar for you that’s attractive and meets your scheduling preferences (weekly, monthly, daily, etc.). The key is to consistently use only one calendar or time management system. If you prefer electronic, stick with it. If you appreciate the simplicity of paper, go with it. It gets too tricky when switching between 2+ calendars, and you risk missing appointments.

Minimize multi-tasking. A recent Harvard Business Review post says that multitasking leads to as much as a 40% drop in productivity, increased stress, and a 10% drop in IQ (Bergman, 2010). Switching back and forth between tasks prevents you from making significant progress on one goal or moving forward in one direction. It also leads to interruptions and distractions that can slow down task completion. Need help eliminating multi-tasking? Check out “Now Do This” under the “Tools” section below.

Admit you can’t do it all. Accept the fact that you can function much better when you admit you need help. Things you may want to delegate: yard work, filing, research, house-keeping, pet care, grocery shopping, accounting, meal planning. Consider switching off meals with another family once a week, or trading a weekly chore with a friend.

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Good food means whole food. Whole grains, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables should be the basis of a healthy diet. Processed and refined foods, foods that contain artificial flavors or additives, and foods full of sugar and fat should be eliminated or reduced in the diet. It is also important to eat your foods in their entirety. If you must peel the carrot, boil the skins before you throw them away and use the broth in your next batch of soup! Carrot skins contain vitamins not found in the rest of the carrot. By using all of your foods you obtain more of the nutrients and get a more balanced diet.

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picked the same day, versus the week or older food often found at conventional grocery stores. If you have to ship a piece of fruit from halfway around the world, there’s just no way it can be as fresh as the fruit you find with the farmer who drove into town that day. An economical option for everyone is to buy lots of fresh food at the peak of its season, when it’s abundant and fresh, and then freeze, jar, and dry whatever you can’t eat. Alegra Loewenstein is a Certified Dr. Sears LEAN Health Coach with a lifetime of collected knowledge on health and nutrition. Find her at

• Meal Planning: You can make 5 meals for the week literally in 1 hour. LOVE this resource! • Need help completing one thing at a time? • Prioritize and keep track of all your to-do’s in one, easy-toaccess place. Watch the brief videos for shortcuts: • Don’t forget! Send yourself or others reminders automatically via text. • Family Calendar/Scheduling: Keep everyone on the same page with

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What Does MMTC Do? • Celebration of Mira Mesa’s 45th Anniversary 1969-2014 at community events all year long. • Mira Mesa Street Fair on the third Saturday of September • Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks, a 40 year tradition, is one of the largest community celebrations in San Diego • Verne Goodwin Scholarships recognize graduating high school seniors for their volunteer service • Mira Mesa Banners along Mira Mesa Blvd promote our community as well as local events and businesses • Mira Mesa Maintenance Assessment District maintains landscaping along Mira Mesa Blvd and other major streets • Volunteer of the Year Dinner honors exceptional volunteers who enrich our community • Miss Mira Mesa & Miss Teen Mira Mesa Pageants serve to instill poise and pride in our young women

When & Where Does MMTC Meet? First Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Verne Goodwin Mira Mesa Senior Center 8460 Mira Mesa Blvd. (across from Mira Mesa High) Meetings are open to EVERYONE. Community info is shared in a forum for identifying and solving problems. March 3

City street changes planned to deal with traffic using Hillery Drive I-15 Direct Access Ramp.

How Do I Join?

Miss Mira Mesa Brittney Charlot

Miss Teen Mira Mesa Haley Hernandez

Volunteer of the Year Dinner “In the Mood for Music” Date: March 15th Location: Miramar Café 7128 Miramar Road For updated information go to:

Congratulations to 2013 Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year Maria Pankau!

Online at or pay with cash or check at a meeting. Membership is open to all Mira Mesa residents age 16 and older. Annual membership rates: • $20 for residents, $10 for additional residents in the same household • $10 for students or seniors (age 60+) • $50 for business members or $150 for a joint MMTC & Mira Mesa Chamber of Commerce membership

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