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to purpose through music.” The events have taken place in art museums, beaches, parks, gardens, forests, and mountains. Each one incorporates a mix of original music and mindfulness. At the beginning of each event, attendees are given a set of headphones. During the SilentHike, original piano compositions by

Alarmed by a spike in vaping-related illnesses and deaths, on Sept. 30 County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher called for a crackdown on products associated with vaping. They proposed a ban on the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, along with a moratorium on the sale and distribution of the e-devices. “Vaping-related illnesses are a grave concern and we must take local action to address this fast-growing public health crisis,” said Jacob, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors. “Teenagers and young adults have been the hardest hit, and we must stand up to vaping manufacturers that are preying on them for profit.” The recommendations will initially come to the board on Oct. 15. If the board follows up with a final approval, it would take effect in the county’s unincorporated area.



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Murray Hidary has combined his music with the great outdoors through an interactive hiking experience. (Photo courtesy Julia Haney)


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Ref lection, contemplation, peace. Not always common words in today’s culture, but they are the backbone behind SilentHikes, a type of multi-sensory “meditation in motion” designed by musician Murray Hidary. Hidary has taken his concept nationally in a 21-city, cross-country tour this summer.

Cowles Mountain served as the location for the 20th hike on Sunday, Sept. 17, and the final hike was held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Los Liones Canyon Trail. SilentHikes are one of the immersive musical experiences created by Hidary’s foundation, MindTravel. Along with SilentWalks and Live-ToHeadphones concerts, MindTravel is dedicated to “moving people


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Officials at a third and final public workshop Sept. 24 discussed a draft environmental impact report out for SDSU Mission Valley. A long-term, voter-approved plan, SDSU Mission Valley calls for demolishing SDCCU (Qualcomm) Stadium and redeveloping the 86-acre site. Proposed redevelopment would include a 35,000-capacity expandable stadium, 1.6 million square feet of campus education, research, entrepreneurial and technology facilities, new recreation and open space, construction of

4,600 residences plus about 400 hotel rooms, creation of a 34-acre river park, approximately 95,000 square feet of community-serving retail space and enhanced use of the MTS Green Line Stadium Trolley Station. On its current timeline, the university expects to break ground on the project in early 2020 and complete the phased redevelopment in its entirety by the mid-2030s. Laura Shinn, SDSU’s director of planning, presented at Mission Valley Marriott Hotel on the draft EIR out for 60-day public review. SEE SDSU, Page 2


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Navajo Planners weigh in on the SDSU draft EIR By JEFF CLEMETSON | Mission Times Courier

On Oct. 1, the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) submitted comments on the SDSU West proposal’s draft environmental impact report (EIR). The planning group expressed three areas of concern with the EIR. First, the NCPI Park and Recreation Subcommittee called for clarification that the Navajo community would be granted access to the proposed park in the SDSU West proposal as well as access to any recreation facility built. Under the terms of the Grantville Focus Plan and Navajo Community Update Plan of 2015, the Navajo community should receive 10 acres of the 30-acre park to add to the area’s park equivalency. The Navajo area is short on city park space and access to neighboring park space in Mission Valley would make up for it. The community plan also says that if a 25,000-square-foot recreation facility is built, that

Navajo would be able to access 5,000 square feet. “The Navajo community would like to make sure that the development of the park(s) within the SDSU property is completed in such a way that reflects the Navajo Community Plan, and it is awarded these critical 10 acres of recreational area,” states the letter. The NCPI also requested that the Allied Gardens Recreation Council have a say in designing, operating, and programming the 10 acres. In addition to park space, the NCPI letter pointed out concerns over traffic mitigation. The letter stated that the traffic analysis for the entire SDSU West project does not extend east of Mission Gorge Road. The planning board letter pointed out specific areas that were “conspicuously absent” from the EIR report, including: • Zion Avenue between Mission Gorge Road and Waring Road. • Twain Avenue/50th Street/ Orcutt Avenue between Mission Gorge Road and Waring Road.

• Mission Gorge Place between Mission Gorge Road and Alvarado Canyon Road. • Alvarado Canyon Road/ Adobe Falls Road between Mission Gorge Road and Waring Road. The letter pointed out that Zion and Twain experience heavy traffic already during commuting hours and even more during stadium events. “The residents of Allied Gardens will be adversely affected by the SDSU development. It is our understanding that our interests would have been addressed if this project was undertaken by a private developer under the aegis of the City Planning Department,” states the letter. The NCPI letter also stated that the traffic impacts to Grantville created by the new campus development and stadium are not mitigated sufficiently. The letter asked SDSU to address mitigation efforts with either money to contribute or to build outright these specific projects: • Camino Del Rio North at the Fairmount Avenue intersection. • San Diego Mission Road at the Twain and Fairmount avenues intersection. • Alvarado Canyon Road Realignment Project.■

Navajo Community Planners want a portion of park space at the new campus devoted to the Navajo communities. (Image courtesy of SDSU)



“This is a big project with regional importance,” said Shinn, noting the project site was once a broad river plain with a flowing channel changing seasonally, and was mostly farmland with natural trails. When the stadium (initially named Jack Murphy) was built in the ‘60s, she pointed out it had to be raised out of the riverbed plain. Shinn said the project site needs to be re-engineered to

redirect drainage from Murphy Canyon Creek to avoid future flooding on-site. One long-term project goal is to “green up” the new satellite SDSU campus via creation of new recreation and open space interconnecting with bicycle/pedestrian paths and a new river park blending in with construction of campus mall-type space. “The general idea is to have the plan evolve over time,” said Shinn. “We’re proposing 5,000 parking spaces in structured parking below the campus,” Shinn said, adding the proposed multi-use stadium, which could be expanded to a capacity of 55,000 to accommodate a future pro team, would be built first. “The primary focus of the building would be for NCAA football, but it could also support soccer, concerts and community events,” she said. The draft EIR identified some major environmental concerns. “There were significant, unavoidable impacts found to air quality, noise, housing, population, public services like fire and emergency medical and traffic at Friars Road and Stadium Way,” Shinn said adding traffic congestion is planned to be mitigated with new and better traffic light signalization. “We’ll be making some improvements to bike lanes,” said Shinn noting those improvements are planned to include showers and lockers as well as bike-share parking. The draft EIR public comment period ended Oct. 3. Shinn said public comments will now be evaluated, with comments to be published in a final EIR to be released in early 2020. SDSU is currently in talks with the city to buy the 132-acre parcel of land on which SDCCU Stadium sits. In February, Maryland-based Clark Construction, which worked on Petco Park and SDSU’s Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences building, was selected as the contractor for development of the university’s Mission Valley satellite campus. For the campus extension, Clark Construction will work with Project Design Consultants for the planning and construction of the new campus. SEE SDSU, Page 3

NEWS Garden hosts work party, pumpkin sale Event will raise funds for Patrick Henry High School Garden Club The San Carlos Community Garden welcomes volunteers from the community to participate in a Fall Beautification Work Party on Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 9 a.m. at the San Carlos Community Garden at 6460 Boulder Lake Ave. The event will memorialize Cathy Sparks, master gardener and school mentor, who was involved in the San Carlos Community Garden as well. In conjunction with the work party, the new Patrick Henry Garden Club (PHGC) will host a pumpkin sale at 10 a.m. at the same event. Community work party volunteers may bring children who can participate in supervised fall activities at the garden with PHGC members during the event. The idea for the PHGC was initiated by Leslie Nelson, a local business owner who volunteers at the garden and also sits on its board. Nelson and the rest of the community garden board established the club over the past year. The team of students from Henry involved in the PHGC have worked hard to design their raised bed, which was overseen by Nelson who leases numerous raised beds at the community garden. Students installed the plants, and maintain and water the bed, which they have named The Sun Garden. They have constructed a PVC surround to keep out pests with the assistance of one of the student’s parents. They have also created informational signage and plan to continue to create new informational signage that will educate the community about plants



“The campus expansion at Mission Valley will be transformative for San Diego,” said SDSU President Adela de la Torre. “The university and its partners will be building and expanding on this site for years to come, and we need to ensure that the physical foundation — and the teams helping us to lay that foundation — are

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(l to r) Members of the Patrick Henry Garden Club Ava Calbreath, Emily Donahue and Eric Thomas (Photos courtesy Leslie Nelson)

including historical and scientific information. The team from Patrick Henry High School has started to expand the membership and interest in the club activities. “The kids at Patrick Henry are so excited to be helping in this sale to benefit our raised bed,” said Emily Donahue, president of the PHGC. “We have been working hard to get it going and are looking forward to getting kids outside and sharing our garden. We are excited to help educate kids and adults in the community about nature and gardening with various events and fun activities.” Not only will the work party and pumpkin sale be a fun and lively event, it will also give the students some entrepreneurial experience in addition to working with children and community members. “This sale offers a great learning experience for the students since they will need to learn how strong and highly dedicated to the success of the region.” SDSU has said it will not increase tuition or student fees to pay for SDSU Mission Valley. Rather, initial costs, estimated at $300 million, are to be financed through short-term financing and revenue bonds issued by the California State University system. The project site will ultimately be developed through public-private partnerships. Bonds will be repaid with revenue generated by

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to merchandise the pumpkins and price the pumpkins they sell. In addition, they’ll have the opportunity to interact with community members of all ages,” Nelson said. For more information, visit the San Carlos Community Garden website at■ leases with SDSU’s public-private partners. The multi-use stadium is estimated to cost $250 million, which will be financed by revenue bonds. The repayment of the revenue bonds will be covered by revenue generated by the facility (ticket revenue, facilities rental revenue, naming rights, sponsorships, donations). —Reporter Dave Schwab can be reached at■

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Junior Girl Scouts from troop 4185 recently went batty while completing their Bronze Award project — the highest award achieved by Junior Girl Scouts. The project the girls chose was to build bat boxes to help endangered species in the community. The completed boxes now reside in the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden. To celebrate the new addition

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“E-cigarettes, and in particular the flavored products, are erasing years of progress in reducing teens’ use of tobacco and nicotine,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “Big tobacco is again preying on our kids, and we have an obligation to protect our children and public health. While I respect people’s right to personal choices, there are simply too many unknowns about the danger of these products and too much concerning data about illness and deaths linked to these products.” State and local public health officials are advising people to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source, as investigations continue into the cause of the crisis. “Until more is known about what is causing these cases of severe illness, it is important for people to stop using these products,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “Help is available for those who want to quit smoking in all forms, and I encourage people to take this important step for their health. If you do not vape, do not start.” According to federal officials, since Aug. 23 there have been at least 12 confirmed deaths nationwide associated with e-cigarette use, along with more than 800 related lung injury illnesses, most of them since late August as well. As of Sept. 26, there have been 22 confirmed and probable vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI) cases reported among San Diego County residents. Nearly 2 out of 3 of those affected are 18 to 24 years old. Sixteen percent are under 18. According to the state Department of Public Health,

— and as a nod to Halloween — the Cuyamaca Conservation Garden is holding a family-friendly and educational event on bats called “Ms. Smarty-Plants Goes Batty” on Oct. 12 from 5:30–8 p.m. at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive, El Cajon. For more information about the Water Conservation Garden, visit■ teenagers and young adults make up about half of the people hospitalized in California as a result of e-cigarette use. In 2018, 1 in 5 high school seniors reported vaping in the past month – almost double the number reported in 2017.

Engraved bricks at the Waring Road and Zion Avenue Triangle (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

KIWANIS CLUB REVIVE BRICK FUNDRAISER PROGRAM During the summer of 2014, the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club successfully raised funds for a new community clock at the Triangle on Waring Road and Zion Avenue. They did this by selling personalized engraved bricks. The first 330 bricks were placed under the new clock and dedicated to the community at the Allied Gardens 60th birthday celebration on Oct. 18, 2014. There are currently more than 550 bricks at the Kiwanis Triangle – but there is still room for many more. Because of the community’s support for this project, the Kiwanis Club has decided to once again sell commemorative bricks that will be installed in time for the holidays. Each brick, engraved with a personal message, will be permanently displayed in the heart of Allied Gardens. The bricks come in two sizes, 4-by-8-inches SEE NEWS BRIEFS, Page 23


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Hidary are piped through each hiker’s set, while Hidary himself leads the group in guided meditations surrounding the music. “You would think with headphones, there would be a disconnect, but it’s actually the opposite,” Hidary noted. “It creates a sense of unification.” MindTravelers are all encouraged to be present, seeing the world around them, leaving behind whatever no longer serves them, and picking up whatever they need to move forward. All

of this is accomplished while being enveloped in nature’s beauty, whether at a botanical garden in Brooklyn or on the top of a mountain in San Diego. “There is nowhere to be but here,” Hidary encourages his travelers.


Music has been an integral part of Hidary’s life since he first played a viola at 5 years old. Since then, Hidary has worked with a plethora of instruments, including the saxophone, drums, and shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). He has played around the world, and studied both classical

MindTravel hikers take in a view from atop Cowles Mountain. (Photo by Joyell Nevins)

composition and Zen monk musical meditation. Piano still remains his first love. Music was also one of the main components in the transformative healing process after the death of Hidary’s sister in 2014. This is when the MindTravel concept first developed. “In my experience, we never get over something like that; we just move through it, and it becomes a part of us,” Hidary explained. “It’s up to us how we channel that energy.” Hidary took his music, took that bittersweet energy, gathered a talented team, and strove to share his experience with the world. “I created MindTravel to share publicly what this music has done for me personally over so many years,” he said. “Whether it is dealing with profound grief or the micro-traumas of everyday life, music can hold the perfect space.” MindTravel music orchestrator Charlie Bond agreed. “Bringing our music to nature in a calming and thoughtful way is definitely one of my favorite experiences we’ve created thus far,” Bond said. “As someone who loves both music and the outdoors, it’s been very rewarding to share what we do with so many other people.” Those people haven’t fit into a single category yet. The MindTravel experiences attract attendees from all walks of life, encompassing a variety of ages, races, and religions. “The most delightful aspect of this journey has been the

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Musician and composer Murray Hidary (Photo courtesy Julia Haney)

incredible diversity of participants in every city. All ages from kids to seniors and all races, gender and sexual orientations show up,” Hidary said. Cowles Mountain SilentHiker and Sabre Springs resident Anita Nicholas agreed. Looking around at the MindTravel hikers, she noted, “This shows us tolerance. In such a big group, we are all trying to be mindful of each other.” Mindfulness and honor are concepts practiced behind the scenes as well. Hidary gives credit to his “incredible team” both at home in Los Angeles and on the road with him for helping him do what he does. He shares with his fellow travelers that “it’s an absolute honor” to be hiking or walking with them. They return his enthusiasm and respect. Despite being at different stages of their life journey, MindTravelers routinely leave altered by their experience. As San Diego hiker and teacher Catherine Castronovo, who heard

WORDS OF WISDOM At the end of each hike or walk, every MindTravel traveler is encouraged to say their first name and a word that spoke to them from the experience. This is a compilation of the words given at the Cowles Mountain event: Brave, acceptance, peace, love, patience, friendship, blessed, gratitude, accomplished, hope, today, grace, relaxed, tranquil, calm, joy, happy, balance, life, clarity.

about the SilentHike from a friend, put it, “Sometimes people lead you to right where you need to be.” For more information about MindTravel and Murrary Hidary, visit —Freelance writer Joyell Nevins can be reached at joyellc@gmail. com. You can also follow her blog Small World, Big God at swbgblog.■


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Bring the best enrichment to every child By DR. HELEN WANG

American parents work 2,000 hours per year, but their children are in school for only 1,000 hours. So after-school and summer time is half of K-12 education. This out-ofschool-time has been painful for parents. A 2016 report by the Center for American Progress suggests “misaligned school schedules cost the U.S. economy $55 billion in lost productivity annually: First, they result in lower levels of full-time employment among women with elementary-school-age children… Second, the economy loses productivity due to school closings. When school is closed, many parents have to take time off from work in order to care for their children. When parents simply can’t miss work to be there after school or on a staff training day, some children are left unsupervised. This puts them at an increased risk for sedentary screen time, poor food choices and high-risk social behavior.” A decade of research and evaluation studies, as well as large-scale, rigorously conducted syntheses looking across many research and evaluation studies, confirms that children and youth who participate in after-school programs can reap a host of positive benefits in a number of interrelated outcome areas — academic, social/emotional, prevention, and health and wellness. A robust and quality after-school program not only offers extended care and homework help, it should also provide enrichment.

Some pioneering schools have brought incredibly creative, fun, and engaging after-school enrichment classes to their students right on campus where students already are. For example, children can access leading-edge technologies; learn 3D modeling and printing; perform creative storytelling using virtual reality; build their confidence and public speaking skills through theater performances; gain engineering skills and foster creativity from traditional carpentry; learn cooking and sewing; master modern, digital-age engineering like Minecraft programming and robot building; learn life lessons and build character from martial arts, board games, and sports; be immersed in music and art; learn dance moves from classical to tap dancing to break dancing; re-walk the history and its impact on technical inventions from the journey of Marco Polo or WWII; and more! Why wouldn’t any school want such vibrant after-school enrichment programs? Surely the schools that provide such access give their children more learning opportunities and advantages. The key hurdles are the complexity of the operations for staffing and curriculum design and the cost of affording these enrichment classes. Indeed, this is an area where we have seen a significant equity gap. Affluent schools and families can afford these enrichment classes, but underprivileged ones cannot. From 6crickets’ school research work, we estimate 70% of

American schools do not have any enrichment classes offered. With as many as 1,000 hours per year of no school and no parents for many students, this is a key contributing factor to the student achievement gap. Nevertheless, we have seen a beautiful approach emerging from some pioneering schools and districts, such as Worthington Schools (Ohio), Del Mar Union School District (San Diego), Yu Ming Charter School (San Francisco Bay Area), and Green Lake Elementary (Seattle). To reduce the complexity of operations, these schools tap into local education businesses and invite expert teachers to teach after-school enrichment classes right on school campus where students are. This approach creates a win-win-win ecosystem for the local community. Schools win because they no longer need to worry about staffing and curriculum design, but safely outsource them to the topic experts. It boosts education businesses and strengthens the local economy. Families and students win when the best enrichment is brought to them right at school. To help bridge the equity gap, we see a creative approach from these pioneering schools and districts: schools or districts receive revenue through the management process of after-school enrichment, which can in turn be budgeted for scholarships to support underprivileged students to also access enrichment. This is a particularly effective self-sustaining model at the district

level with a larger pool of families where revenue received throughout the district can be redistributed to families in need. Thanks to the support of the scholarships with this approach, Worthington Schools of Ohio has enabled twice as many students with free or reduced-priced lunch to attend summer camps. To further simplify the overall management process, there are now software tools like 6crickets that target the exact after-school enrichment management scenario to significantly streamline operations with online registrations; parent reviews to ensure program quality organically; real-time rosters and attendance for districts, schools, and vendors respectively to ensure student safety; automatic payment to vendors to simplify billing; and revenue collection capabilities to create scholarships. While the out-of-school-time problem of 1,000 hours per child per year may be daunting, it is exciting to see the innovative approaches taking place in our school communities. With these new ideas and technological advances, we can start bringing the best enrichment to our students today! —Dr. Helen Wang received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2001 and B.S. in Computer Science from UT Austin in 1995. She co-founded 6crickets Inc. in 2014 with the passion and mission of bringing the best enrichment to every child, leveraging the power of technologies.■

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News from your County Supervisor Concerns about Dianne’s Corner SDSU West By DIANNE JACOB Ready for wildfire?: Many of the biggest and deadliest firestorms in San Diego County history have happened this time of year. When disaster strikes again, will you be ready? Some critical reminders – be sure to sign up for reverse 9-1-1 alerts, put together a family emergency preparedness plan and check out the county’s Know Your Hazards map to learn about the risks where you live. Details on all these and more can be found at Senior housing: I was so grateful and pleased to

take part in a recent ribbon-cutting in Ramona for the new Schmale Family Senior Residence, a housing complex that serves one of our most vulnerable populations – low-income seniors. Thanks to the non-profit Serving Seniors, Ramona leaders and others for teaming up with the county on this project. It’s part of a broader county effort to boost the stock of affordable housing. Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of our population -- and many face huge challenges. Medical. Social. Financial. We must do all we can to help them and their families. Keeping our kids safe: The San Diego County Office of Education, working with

county emergency preparedness officials, recently rolled out additional measures to boost campus safety come the next big wildfire. The School Protection and Evacuation Plan gives us a clear road map to safer campuses. This is Wildfire Country and we all need to be as prepared as possible – at home, at work and at school. The plan is another big step in those efforts. —Dianne Jacob is chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and represents District 2. For more District 2 news, visit or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. For assistance with a county issue, call 619-5315522 or email dianne.jacob@■

District 7 Dispatch By SCOTT SHERMAN In 2018, San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved Measure G, which will transfer ownership of the SDCCU stadium site to San Diego State University once terms are negotiated with the city. If implemented in the right way, SDSU West could help transform the region in a positive way. Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry who supported Measure G, and myself who opposed the measure joined together at a recent press conference to voice our concerns regarding the process so far and offered solutions to help ensure the project is successful for all San Diegans. San Diego State University’s Economic Impact Report (EIR) is woefully SEE SDSU WEST, Page 8

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POLITICS Impeachment, foreign affairs headline talk at Dem meeting By TINA RYNBERG and JEFF BENESCH

What better time to welcome popular and longtime political pundit and scholar professor Ric Epps to the November general meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club? Epps is particularly knowledgeable about Middle East and Russian politics, and given the start of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s latest instigation of foreign interference in our electoral process, it should be a fascinating talk indeed! Trump has not only upset political norms time and again, this time he readily admits asking foreign leaders for dirt on his political opponents. If not treasonous, it certainly rises to high crimes and misdemeanors, and abuse of power, not to mention his self-serving and repeated violations of the emoluments act. These activities are happening at such a pace as to make them all hard to track. Professor Epps will not only address impeachment, but endeavor to enrich us with an understanding of the unprecedented power grab by the executive branch. As a former Air Force officer, it will

be particularly salient and Imperial Valley for Epps to comment on College. He is also a the president’s disdain political commentafor our service members tor and consultant for by siphoning allocated multiple news and radefense funds for his dio sources. He earned ill-fated border wall; the his undergraduate FBI and the entire inand graduate degrees telligence community; from the University of the corruption of our Professor Ric Epps California, Los Angeles departments of Justice (UCLA), where he also and State; and the certainty that played football. these actions threaten our national In addition to his general backsecurity and our standing in the ground in political science, Epps is world. an authority in American governIn addition to Dr. Epp’s presenta- ment, international relations, U.S. tion, club president Tina Rynberg foreign policy, Middle East politics, will give an update on GO-team ef- and international security, with forts and recruitment in the coming specializations in intelligence, nuelection year. If you are not yet part clear proliferation, and terrorism. of the solution, you can join the GO- During his more than 25 years of team and make a difference in 2020. teaching and research, Professor And to round out a great eve- Epps has garnered numerous ning of teaching and discussion, honors including the California we’ll have a presentation by San State Assembly Award, Who’s Diegans for Justice, a committee Who Among American Teachers, established to support a ballot Outstanding Professor of the Year measure proposed to the San Diego and numerous other professional City Council by Women Occupy awards. San Diego. Its focus is increased The Wednesday, Nov. 6 meetaccountability and transparency ing begins at 6:30 p.m. at the La in policing by creating an inde- Mesa Community Center, 4975 pendent Commission on Police Memorial Drive. Practices that will investigate cases of police misconduct. —Tina Rynberg is president and Ric Epps is a professor of politi- Jeff Benesch is vice president of procal science and public administra- gramming for the La Mesa Foothills tion at San Diego State University Democratic Club.■


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Conservative comedian at Republican Women meeting By PAT BOERNER

Eric Golub, a nationally known comedian and author who has spoken in all 50 states, will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 12 meeting of the California Republican WomenNavajo Canyon. Golub has 25 years of radio experience behind him and he has been a radio guest of Sean Hannity, Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt. Golub is known as one of the country’s preeminent politically conservative comedians. He describes himself as 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. He speaks in synagogues to show how Judaism meshes perfectly with conservatism. He also wants you to know that if he ever says anything that offends you in any way “you probably deserved it.” We look forward to hearing Golub, and promise that it will be an entertaining and light touch to the tumultuous political scene we are experiencing. Please join us for this lunch meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m., with check-in beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the

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POLITICS Taking military funds for border wall hurts military families, national security

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insufficient and could cause long-term damage to neighborhoods surrounding the SDCCU Stadium site. To summarize, here are some concerns I have: • The proposed traffic mitigation measure do not live up to voters ‘expectations as outlined in Measure G and the campaign. – A representative for SDSU stated at a Sept. 11, 2019 Land Use & Housing Committee that $21 million in “traffic improvements” are planned. – City staff estimate the offsite improvements proposed in the EIR value approximately

defense budget, but they are a critical component of our national security. Our service members would simply not be able to do their jobs without the infrastructure of bases, hangars, operation facilities, readiness centers, water supplies, and housing. Each year, Congress allocates billions of tax dollars on projects around the globe to build up and improve that infrastructure. The appropriations process for military construction projects is a rare act of bipartisanship in Congress. But the process has been thrown into uncertainty with President Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress and the Constitution by diverting funds for military construction to fund his border wall. We know the President is desperate for his border wall. It was a campaign promise to his base. He shut the government down for weeks to force Congress to provide funds for his border wall, a wall he said Mexico was going to pay for. Instead, it looks like our military is going to pay for it. Unable to coerce Congress to fund the border wall due to bipartisan opposition for it in Congress, the president declared a national emergency. Such a declaration

— which is being challenged in court — would allow the president take billions of tax dollars from military construction projects to construct his border wall. In September, the Department of Defense sent to Congress a list of 127 projects that will lose funding. The total amount was $3.7 billion. San Diego was spared from the chopping block, but that doesn’t mean it might not impact our region or our service members and their families. When President Trump declared his national emergency in February, a preliminary list included almost $1 billion in San Diego-area projects. So we know that some San Diego projects were on the radar and could be targeted in the future. Cost estimates to build a border wall along the nearly 3,000-mile border with Mexico go as high as $70 billion. So this round of $3.7 billion being taken from our military will barely cover the initial costs. While San Diego didn’t lose any projects, California will lose $8 million for a flight simulator at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. This C-130 simulator is used to train pilots for disaster response.

$2 million, inferring that $19 million will be within the project site itself. When asked at the committee, the SDSU representative did not have the specific breakdown of traffic improvement spending onsite vs. offsite. – The traffic mitigation in the EIR consists mostly of traffic signal optimization and turn lanes, and does not mitigate for freeway traffic aside from promoting alternative modes of transportation. • The draft EIR is inconsistent with the newly passed Mission Valley Community Plan. – The Fenton bridge connection was not analyzed in their EIR

– This connection was modeled for the Community Plan and found to be essential for circulation, public safety and expanded access to transit. – The SDSU Mission Valley Campus Master Plan does not provide for a cycle track along Friars Road, which is included in Mission Valley Community Plan, but instead adds another vehicular lane. • The draft EIR omits improvements or maintenance of Murphy Canyon Creek to prevent flooding – Measure G specifies that SDSU will mitigate drainage impact – The Measure G boundary map clearly connects to Highway 15 – Now SDSU is claiming a new boundary line west of Murphy Canyon Creek. – At the Sept. 11 hearing the SDSU representative said that the channel is not part of the project and they do not have to improve it. I urge community residents to reach out to SDSU with your concerns and to please attend upcoming Council meetings that will be considering approving the sale of the land to SDSU.


— Council member Scott Sherman represents the District 7 neighborhoods of Mission Valley, Linda Vista, Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos on the San Diego City Coucil.■


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Oct. 11 – Nov. 7, 2019 SPORTS Mission Times Courier 11 Nowicki now ‘the face’ Crusader Soccer season underway of Henry field hockey By JAY WILSON

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Being that this is her last year of scholastic field hockey, Patrick Henry High senior forward Dani Nowicki hopes to put together a stellar season for the Lady Patriots. According to head coach Ken Hasselbar, Nowicki has proven to be an integral part of the growth of the program over the last four seasons. “She has been a member of the varsity roster all four years and getting to watch her develop into the player she is now has been amazing,” Hasselbar commented. “This year as a senior captain, she has taken on the responsibility of mentoring the younger players. I can’t imagine where this program would be without her in it.” Hasselbar was also quick to point out what he wants to see as this season continues to unfold. “I would love to see Dani become the face of our program,” Hasselbar continued. “Being a senior leader on the field and off the field is a role that Dani is made for. Watching her come into her own and take the reins is something that every coach dreams about. You know that you have done your job as a coach when your players no

Senior Dani Nowicki, front, is helping to lead the Patrick Henry High field hockey team to victory this season. (Courtesy photo)

longer need you to tell them what to do.” The Mission Times Courier recently caught up with Nowicki for an email interview: How old were you when you began playing field hockey and what got you interested in the sport? I began playing field hockey at 14, the summer before freshmen year was the first time I had ever picked up a stick. A family friend of mine was a junior and playing the sport and she convinced me to play. I am glad I joined. SEE NOWICKI, Page 13

The girls on coach Jesus de Santiago’s Crusaders Soccer Club’s 2010 Competitive Division team have a perfect 6-0 record in their Presidio League’s countywide division. They are one of the Crusaders Soccer Club’s 32 competitive teams participating in the Presidio League’s fall season. In addition to the Crusaders Soccer Club’s Competitive Division teams, just over 1,000 soccer players are on 99 Recreational Division teams. The Recreational Division is for boys and girls born between 2005 and 2015. The soccer season began on Sept. 7, and every Saturday through Nov. 16, youth soccer is being played on virtually every

Members of the undefeated Crusaders Soccer Club’s Girls 2019 Competitive Team (Courtesy Crusaders Soccer Club)

blade of grass on the multi-purpose fields in Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, and San Carlos. In August, to help maintain the grass, the Crusaders Soccer

Club donated 3,600 pounds of Turf Best Supreme fertilizer to the city of San Diego’s Park and SEE CRUSADERS, Page 17

Patrick Henry fall teams tallying victories By DAVE THOMAS

With some teams halfway through their seasons or already approaching the end of regular season action, wins are accruing for a number of fall sports teams at Patrick Henry High. On the gridiron, Patrick Henry came into October sporting a 3-2 record for head coach J.T. O’Sullivan. “We are excited about the second half of the season and league

play,” O’Sullivan said. “We need to continue to improve. Hopefully, we will play our best football down the stretch.” O’Sullivan noted the Patriots have been led to date by the likes of junior Kai Jessie (wide receiver/safety), sophomore Elijaih Lux (running back), senior Raymond Bernard (middle linebacker/running back), senior Daniel Karimu-Sanchez (nose guard/offensive guard), senior Matthew Castillo (quarterback),

sophomore Omar Hammond (free safety/wide receiver) and senior Kadeem Bakare (corner back/ wide receiver). Patrick Henry rounds out its October schedule with games slated against Kearny High (Oct. 11, home), at Mission Bay High (Oct. 18), and at Scripps Ranch (Oct. 25). On the links, the Lady Patriots sported an 8-3 record for head SEE FALL TEAMS, Page 17

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valuable friendships with girls on her team and with her coach at the time, Patrick Tabor. Branisha stated, “Throughout my time playing at the recreation level, my coach made it a point to instill a lot of discipline in us as a team. I personally took all of the lessons I learned from basketball and implemented them into real life situations. Coach Pat always reminded us that basketball was a privilege, so to treat it as such. I learned that respect, discipline, hustle and attitude were not only the tools I needed to play the

Patrick Henry High School News By ELIZABETH GILLINGHAM PHHS is thrilled to have named Branisha Jones as our new women’s varsity head coach. Branisha is a native San Diegan and began her career in basketball as a young girl playing at the Skyline Recreation Center. She fell in love with the game and began building

game, but also to succeed in life. Coach Pat is the reason that I have the respect, knowledge and love for the game of basketball. May his knowledge and legacy live through me moving forward.” Following recreation level basketball, she began to play for Morse High School as a freshman. She played one year of freshman basketball and followed that up with three years on varsity. She continued playing at the collegiate level at Southwestern Community College. She also began her coaching career by assisting at her

high school alma mater for the next four years. She also started working at the city of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, where she now coaches multiple sports including basketball and volleyball for youth ages 6-15. Banisha stated in an interview, “I am honored to now step in as the head coach of the Patrick Henry women’s basketball team and wish to create not only a genuine bond with my team but also challenge each and every player to reach their personal goals. I am excited to pass on every bit

Open enrollment for SDUSD Schools in San Diego Unified School District may enroll pupils who do not live in the neighborhood through the School Choice process. The Choice application period for school year 2020-21 will be from Monday, Oct. 1, through Nov. 13, 2019. Choice applications to any Henry Cluster school should be submitted at this time: • Incoming TK/K sibling of current Choice pupil. • Child of any employee at our school who is interested in having their child(ren) attend any school in the Henry high school cluster. • Currently enrolled students who have recently moved, or will be moving out of our neighborhood but would like to continue enrollment at our school.

• Currently enrolled magnet pupils who wish to articulate to the next level magnet program. • Students originally enrolled via Choice as SDUSD residents, who have moved, or are planning to move outside of the SDUSD boundaries into a different school district (Poway, La Mesa/Spring Valley, Chula Vista, etc.). • Students whose parents are interested in transitioning from a different school into ours. Choice applications are not necessary for resident students, or students already accepted to our school via Choice who currently reside in the SDUSD boundaries. If you know of any family that may be interested in our school,

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please invite them to attend a school’s tour. PHHS hosts tours on the first Wednesday of every month. For more information about our schools, please view any school’s website. The 2020-21 Enrollment Options applications may be submitted online at For personal assistance, contact or visit the Family Welcome and Enrollment Center located at our district headquarters at the Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal St., Annex 12, San Diego, 92103. Questions regarding the Choice process may be directed to 619-260-2410. The center is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Senior Brandon Reynolds was nominated for the Kiwanis student of the month and was honored last month at the Kiwanis Breakfast.

P r i nc ip a l E l i z ab et h Gillingham accompanied Brandon and his mom and she presented to the club why Brandon was selected. Brandon was nominated because of his initiative to make changes in a positive way. He doesn’t wait for someone to give him direction; if he sees something that needs to be done, he does it. According to AP Envi ronmental Science teacher Lara

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Karen Miller and Dr. Andrea Miyamoto, members of the Henry Cluster STEMM Foundation Board, are co-chairs of the fourth Mini Golf Challenge, and they have announced this year’s event for Sunday, Oct. 27. This is the day all of the teams will set up their mini golf challenge hole which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Carlos Community Garden located on the northwest corner of Lake Adlon and Boulder Lake. Put a team together of two to six students in grades K-12 from your school. This year’s theme is “Big Ideas for Sustainability.”


There is no registration fee for student teams. Teams are to design and build a mini golf hole that reflects this year’s theme, and bring it to the mini golf course on the day of the event. Each entry will have a 10-by-10-foot space to work with. In past years, the average size of each hole has been four-by-8 foot.

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How have you seen the program grow over your time there? I came into the program the first year we were in Division I. The players were just coming off a CIF Division II win, and we had a difficult schedule ahead of us. We struggled for sure, but it has been amazing the last few years. We even made open division playoffs one year. This program has grown a lot over the past years, and I am proud to be a part of this team. Being this is your senior year, what are you looking to accomplish? I am looking to have fun with my girls. I love my team so much, and it is difficult to image time without them. I want us to play hard and make many memories this year, on and off the field. Besides field hockey, what else are you involved in at school? Any plans to go to

During the Mini Golf Challenge, team members will interact with attendees (the golfers) to share what it was like working as a team, how they came up with their ideas, new knowledge they’ve acquired during the process, and other aspects of their experience. Event The adjacent photo features an all-girls team attendees will vote on checking out their creative mini golf hole when theme of the third Mini Golf Challenge was the “Favorite Hole” the “Water.” (Courtesy Henry Cluster STEMM Foundation) and the winning team will bring back to their school the much-coveted Henry guardian) to collect the starter Cluster STEMM Foundation Mini kit, design and build the hole, Golf Challenge Trophy for display. set up and take down the hole at Pershing Middle, and prepare subABOUT THE TEAMS mission materials. Detailed regisThe teams should consist of tration packets will be distributed two to six students, split as even- to adult team mentors, and will ly as possible between boys and also be available for download. girls. (Teams do not have to be For more information and to co-ed, but teams that are at least register your team, go to hchalf girls will get to choose their place on the course map before any teams that are not.) Teams —Jay Wilson writes on bewill work with an adult mentor half of the Henry Cluster STEMM volunteer (a teacher or parent/ Foundation.■ college next year and also play field hockey? I am on the lacrosse team, and I help lead Helping the Homeless club at school. The colleges I am applying to do not have a field hockey club, but I would love to start it wherever I end up. I am going to college, but it all depends on where I get in. What advice would you have for any young girls thinking of coming out for the field hockey team next season? Advice I would give to girls who are thinking about coming out to play, is to not be discouraged. It is a difficult sport at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is one of the best sports to play. Also, it is amazing being able to come into high school and already have a team full of friends to greet you on your first day. High school can be intimidating, but when you are part of a team, it makes life a lot easier. Go to tryouts and try because you may turn out to love it. You never know unless you try.


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Dickens, “Brandon is a hero on campus. Yesterday, he put buckets under the AC condensation water drips. He’s collected a substantial amount! He plans to water the garden with it. Last year, he volunteered with the thrift store and performed campus cleanups regularly. He has photos that document the construction progress on campus over the last few years. He passionately follows its progress. Last year, in the late afternoons, he would volunteer to go weed and garden around campus and pick up trash.”


According to PHHS teacher Elise Morgan, “The effort I believe deserves the most recognition is his determination to eliminate weeds on campus. The appearance of the campus matters to him. He would often borrow a bucket from me and head to the parking lot to pull weeds out of the landscaping. He would work around the PHAME building. He did this on a regular basis, on his own. Brandon loves PHHS, and would love to share his passion with others.” Brandon has also helped maintain the worm bins around campus and the compost bins. He is noted by all of his teachers for being very thoughtful and a genuinely decent person.

College information from Henry Counseling Team College applications have opened up. Seniors interested in applying to four-year universities should be actively applying to campuses now. Below are three links for three different university systems. Patrick Henry counselors will be hosting a senior college application student-and-parent meeting Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in our PHAME building. The meeting will go over specific university systems as well as applications. Everyone is welcome to attend and it’s free.

CSU application: Open Oct. 1, 2019; deadline Nov. 30, 2019. Application at apply. UC application: Open Nov. 1, 2019; deadline Nov. 30, 2019. Application at Common appl icat ion: Currently open; deadline on various dates. University application found at —Elizabeth Gillingham is principal of Patrick Henry High School.■

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FOOD & DRINK ‘Cardiff crack’ comes to Grantville Oct. 11 – Nov. 7, 2019 Mission Times Courier

Restaurant Review By FRANK SABATINI JR. It’s considered the Cadillac of tri tip. We’re talking cuts of USDA choice beef extracted from the bottom sirloin and infused with burgundy and black pepper through some secret process. Once grilled and eaten, consumers fall into states of bliss as that elusive category of taste known as “umami” starts making better sense. In carnivore circles, the tri tip is called “Cardiff crack” because of its addicting flavor and gentle texture.

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The recipe was introduced nearly 20 years ago at Seaside Market in Cardiff, which attracts shoppers far and wide for the stuff — whether eaten onsite or toted away raw to be cooked at home. It’s now flying off the grill in spades at Crack Taco Shop, located a stone’s throw from the Mission Gorge exit off Interstate 8, in a strip plaza anchored by Chili’s and a Mobile gas station. The colorfully decorated eatery was launched in May by Ron Abbo, his brother Steve, and Pete Najjar, who co-owns Seaside Market. The idea for it came about when Abbo was at Najjar’s house for a party.

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“Pete used the marinated tri tip in tacos and they tasted amazing. We started brainstorming and eventually opened the shop,” Abbo explained. The celebrated meat is exactly what steered me here. Although a few other orgasmic consumables surfaced, starting with slow roasted pork (al pastor) winking at my companion and I from a vertical spit perched just behind the order counter. Hand-stacked and seasoned in-house, the spiced meat cone is capped by a traditional thick slice of pineapple. We opted for the luscious pork in a taco, in addition to a chipotle salad topped with “crack”; a “crack” burrito; and a bean and cheese burrito, which I habitually order in taco shops anywhere. Over at the beverage station we noticed a light blue, somewhat retro-style machine dispensing four flavors of aqua frescas: strawberry-hibiscus, pear-cucumber, pineapple, and mango. Unable

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to pass those up as well, we journeyed through all of them with our bottomless-refill cups. None were too sugary. And all were highly quenching. The deeply spiced al pastor is among the best in San Diego. So are the corn tortillas enveloping the meat in conjunction with guacamole and chopped onions. The gluten-free tortilla dough is pressed and cooked to order, resulting in a cushy texture and wildly fresh masa flavor. Same goes for all of the other tacos such as grilled cactus, Baja shrimp, potato, IPA-battered fish and more. Regarding the Cardiff crack, it was used generously in our dishes, pairing ideally to guacamole and finely chopped pico de gallo in the burrito — and to romaine lettuce, roasted corn, shredded

cheddar and creamy chipotle dressing in the salad. You may not taste the actual burgundy-black pepper infusion in the meat so much as you will quickly detect a perfected beef flavor. Imagine high-grade carne asada, the kind you always wish for when encountering those chewy pieces that barely taste like anything. This was gristle-free and more luscious in comparison. Nothing except our bean and cheese burrito needed a spec of salsa, which is saying a lot considering the three house-made versions are pretty dynamic. If dining in, they appear at your table in squeeze bottles. Otherwise, they’re contained in little cups to go. SEE CRACK TACO, Page 15

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COMMUNITY Del Cerro Action Council news Oct. 11 – Nov. 7, 2019 Mission Times Courier


The Del Cerro Action Council will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. A representative from the All Peoples Church will provide an update on the city of San Diego review process and the project status. Responses from the city and Caltrans will determine how low the pad for the building will be and exactly where the single-story parking structure will be located. The lack of an off-leash dog park frequently comes up in discussions about the needs within the Navajo community. The city

of San Diego has contracted with the San Diego Humane Society to police the parks for people letting their dogs run loose. Unless the dogs are in a designated off-leash park, there is a County of San Diego ordinance stating all dogs in public areas must be on a leash. Gerhard Oertlet, a Navajo community resident, is heading up an exploratory group to establish off-leash dog parks within the Navajo Community. This grassroots group, Beyond Leashes, is exploring the feasibility of an off-leash dog park above the grass field and new playground at Rancho Mission Park on Margerum. Gerhard, and several




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of his committee members met on site with Andy Field, the acting director of the city of San Diego’s Park and Recreation Department. Their website is beyondleashes. com. Their first task is to conduct a survey of the proposed area to ensure it is within the bounds of Rancho Mission Park. Gerhard is encouraging Navajo residents to sign up on the website so everyone can be kept up to date on the project. The website was just launched and already more than 250 people have signed up to lend their support. Beyond Leashes is not soliciting funds as this time, just support. A committee representing the Friends of Del Cerro (FODC) recently met with staff from SDSU, and Roarke Shanley, our community representative from Council member Scott Sherman’s office, and me regarding the future of the Adobe Falls property owned by SDSU and the city of San Diego. Several different departments at SDSU are involved in the project regarding the potential uses for the property and flood control of Alvarado Creek. A follow-up meeting has scheduled to begin looking at the possible uses of the land in question. For more information about the FODC, go to their website; —Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Visit■

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San Carlos Area Council news By PATRICIA MOONEY

Because the San Carlos Area Council did not meet in October, guest speaker Nathan Fletcher from the San Diego Board of Supervisors, will instead join us at our Nov. 6 meeting at 6 p.m. in the San Carlos Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. We’re looking forward to learning about what’s happening in our city and how our community will be affected. Join us, won’t you?


I don’t know how many San Carlos citizens were aware that a once-in-a-century event occurred this past September. Hint: The date and our zip code coincided on Sept. 21, 2019. On that Saturday, our Navajo post office celebrated

with a talented quintet from Patrick Henry High School, and a few words from San Carlos Area Council President Mark Schulze and postmaster Lisa Baldwin, followed by refreshments and a specially decorated cake. To top it off, the post office issued a commemorative stamped envelope highlighting Cowles Mountain. Philately, or the collecting of stamps, may seem outmoded to some these days, but my dad bequeathed his collection to me 50 years ago and I have been saving stamps ever since. And I don’t think I’m alone. This particular envelope means a lot to me because it features a photo I shot myself. While riding my bicycle around Lake Murray during this spring’s “super bloom,” I saw Cowles Mountain arrayed in such beauty, I stopped and snapped the photo. Turns out that there are some “philatelists” in our neighborhood, as the post office sold out the first run of commemorative Cowles Mountain envelopes at $3.50 each. There may be a second issue; it’s best to call up the post office to find out. You can speak to the friendly staff at 619-641-8667.


Many of you share in the frustration regarding the seemingly endless wait to break ground on our new library. I decided to call up the California Regional Water Quality Control Board to find out what the hold-up is. I spoke with Sean McLain, engineering geologist, who is leading the project. He informed me that the city has to follow a process which is taking longer than expected. He estimated that it would take maybe another month to install vapor wells and probes by which samples can be extracted. This extraction would occur as soon as the wells are in place, and then again in three months. The city wants to make sure there will be no environmental threats to residents or the new facility. Safety first! Tesoro, owners of the former gas station, are facilitating the process as best they can. —Patricia Mooney is vice president of the San Carlos Area Council. Have a San Carlos story to tell? Want to get involved in your community? Email and follow the council on Twitter and Facebook.■

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The Sept. 24 Town Hall Meeting focused on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Speaker John Lally is a volunteer trainer for this vital program. His premise at our meeting was: “Disaster preparedness should be at the top of our list of importance. We prepare for disasters because we don’t know when help is going to arrive. Few realize the United States suffers more natural disasters than any other country … fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, power outages, tsunamis, traffic accidents, industrial accidents, and human-caused disasters strike without warning and can last days or weeks.” His discussion was directed toward what we need to have on hand to see us through until professional help arrives. Greater details of his talk are reported in the minutes of the meeting in our newsletter and posted on the website. For further information and to arrange for training, go to


The Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council asked the community to welcome and support the 84 formerly homeless folks who took up residence at Zephyr on Alvarado Canyon Road. We now have a new challenge in Stella, the residence that recently opened at Fairmont and Twain. This facility will offer permanent housing to 80 chronically

homeless who are returning to a stable and productive role in society. On-site counseling and support will be offered by the Interfaith Community Services. Following the leadership of Ascension Lutheran Church, we will mobilize the community to provide “welcome home” kits that can include personal hygiene items, pillows, sheets and pillow covers, bath mats, blankets, pantry items, pots and pans, dish sets, and the like. These should be new and unused articles. Information on how to contribute will follow in our newsletter, on our website, and by email to our subscribers.


Please roam around our website at We are developing it to be a primary source of information for the community. We will post announcements of your meetings, public events, and all other happenings that you want your neighbors to know about.


The board of directors meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Benjamin Library, at the corner of Zion Avenue and Glenroy Street. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The public is welcome. We will be “dark” in December. —Shain Haug is the president of the AGGCC. Reach him at aggccshain@yahoo. com if you want to be added to our email contact list.■

Recreation Department, which they spread over all the grass fields in Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos; including the girl’s softball fields at Lake Murray Community Park. Come out and enjoy watch a youth soccer game. They begin at 9 a.m. on Saturdays

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coach Chad Miller, including five straight wins. “We’re being led by strong consistent play from junior Lili Archuleta and freshman Jenel Mallari; both have medaled multiple times,” Miller said. “Seniors Emma Abbe and Zoe Benink, juniors Jojo Lampinen and Lily Thomas, sophomore Kylie Munro, and freshman Mackenzie Nabors have all contributed to the winning streak. “We’re looking forward to continued growth on the golf course, and are aiming to play our best golf heading in to the City Conference Tournament at Balboa Golf Course on Oct. 21,” he added. In girl’s volleyball play, the Lady Patriots came into

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at Skunk Hollow at Lewis Middle School, Princess del Cerro Park, Lake Murray Community Park, Rancho Mission Park, Tuxedo Park, and the four fields at the San Carlos Recreation Center. The Competitive Division plays games throughout San Diego County, and there are usually Saturday games at Pershing Middle School and at the Lower Lewis field. The Competitive Division

is for boys and girls born between 2001 and 2012. For more information, visit the Crusaders Soccer Club’s website at Registration for the 2020 Recreational Division’s spring season will begin in December.

action this month with a mark of 14-8 for head coach Alyssa Hernandez. Hernandez noted key players to date have included senior Aubriel Duncan at middle blocker; sophomore Ava Lewison-German at outside hitter; and sophomore setter Chelsee Trendler. “This season has been a great opportunity for growth as we replaced seven graduates this past season,” Hernandez commented. “We have created a new mindset that we call ‘Patriot pulse’ - it’s not just about volleyball but community. Creating a program that connects the players to each other on all three levels. We walk in each day ready to compete with each other and for each other. Thus far our success is seen most when we keep our focus on being unified and

working with one heart. We are lucky to have consistent talent entering our program but our focus is also on who they become when they leave our program.”

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MISSION TRAILS Observation of the month: New children’s educational Behr’s metalmark programs at Mission Trails Oct. 11 – Nov. 7, 2019 Mission Times Courier


With a wingspan of less than 1 inch, it’s easy to miss this small butterfly, first described in 1865 by its namesake Hans Hermann Behr, a German American doctor, entomologist and botanist. The adult Behr’s metal- Behr’s metalmark (Photo by Peter Thomas) mark (Apodemia virgulti) can be recognized by its black iNaturalist at and brick-red patches dotted However, the Behr’s metalwith white spots. The outer edg- mark is listed as “vulnerable” es of the wings are lined with a by Nature Serve in the United row of small white dots. The top States. This is because the catof the butterfly’s body is black erpillar (larva stage) relies solely while the bottom is grey. Striped on the native California buckblack and white antennas con- wheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) nect to the head just above two for food. beautiful green compound eyes. As a result, nature preserves The territory of the butterfly is such as Mission Trails have limited from Central California been vital for the survival of the (San Luis Obispo) to Northern species. Urban and other areas Baja and from the Pacific coast deeply disturbed by invasive to the western edges of the vegetation are inhospitable for California deserts. Within this the butterfly. This is yet another range, the Behr’s metalmark good argument to plant a few can be spotted from March to native species in one’s yard. A September, except in San Diego couple of California buckwheat County, where we can enjoy the plants in your garden may just fluttering insect year-round. offer a new territory for the The adult is a common sight Behr’s metalmark. at Mission Trails and can be seen foraging on an array of —Patricia Simpson is a trail flowering plants such as in this guide at Mission Trails Regional observation posted in June on Park.■

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This fall, families will have the chance to enjoy additional educational programming for children, including an event that celebrates the nocturnal animals at Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP), a Day Camp program for Thanksgiving week and two new Girl Scout badge workshops. There are ongoing opportunities each month for families to engage with nature at MTRP; those can be found on the events page of the park’s website,


On Sunday, Oct. 27, join us for a free event that celebrates the nocturnal (and crepuscular) animals of Mission Trails. This free program will include craft making with Ranger Julie Aeilts and Native American tales about nighttime animals. Storyteller Cathleen Chilcote Wallace (Luiseño) will be joined by her son, native flute musician Brandon Chilcote Wallace (Luiseño); both are members of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. Brandon’s music will accompany Cathleen’s stories, which will be shared in the Visitor Center’s outdoor amphitheater.

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During Thanksgiving week, the MTRP Foundation will reintroduce a Day Camp program for children in second through sixth grades. Developed by the MTRP Foundation’s Lead Educator Amber Goslee, the camp will allow children to have an in-depth experience of the park. Children will learn about the plants, animals, ecosystems, history, and geology of the park. They will also be trained on basic hiking skills, further their appreciation of the outdoors and nature, and learn how to protect and preserve Mission Trails and other wild places. Camp will be held Monday, Nov. 25, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with optional aftercare. There are a limited number of spaces, so register soon through the MTRP website at The Mission Trails Regional Park Day Camp program is supported by the David Gautereaux Memorial Educational Fund.

GIRL SCOUT BADGE WORKSHOPS Beginning this month, the MTRP Foundation will offer two

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Mission Trails Regional Park has added new fall programs for youth. (Photo by Angie Ollman)

Girl Scout badge workshops at the park. Brownies will be able to work with the foundation’s educators to receive the Eco-Friends badge, and juniors can earn the Junior Naturalists badge. Our badge workshops will show the girls how we can enjoy wild spaces like Mission Trails while protecting the land and the creatures within it. The cost is $18 per Scout and the workshop dates are listed below. Register at • Brownie Eco -Friends Badge Workshop Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2-4 p.m. • Junior Animal Habitats Badge Workshop Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m. —Jennifer Morrissey is executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation.■

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On the evening of May 30, a group of students and their teacher from John Muir School who were camping at Kumeyaay Lake Campground joined me for a star party. As I was setting up at the Day Use Parking Lot, a greater roadrunner came by twice to check up on me. Unfortunately, I did not have a camera to document this bird and what was to come. When the students got on the scene, it was still not dark enough so I aimed the telescope on an aircraft warning light atop the tallest radio towers by Mast Boulevard. Then out of the no-longer-blue sky, a great horned owl appeared. It circled majestically over the group and landed in a tree no more than 30 yards away. Quickly, I aimed the telescope on the bird, got it in focus and had the students start observing. Excitement was the order of the evening as the students shared their views with others who were waiting to observe. With about four or five students still waiting to look, the owl took flight. The disappointment of the students was palpable. The owl must have heard the words of disappointment because it changed its flight plan and circled overhead once and landed

A great horned owl at Mission Trails (Photo by Peter Thomas)

atop another tree a bit farther away. The bird posed long enough for all students and the teacher to view the owl. Many of the students then got a second view before the bird was off to hunt for its meal. At a magnification of 78X, all we could see of the owl was a little bit of the breast and its beautiful head with the prominent ears. In both views, the owl was looking right at the telescope. At the end of the evening, the students and teacher agreed that observing a few globular clusters, the star Arcturus, and the planet Jupiter with all four Galilean moons was exciting, but the “star” of the evening was the great horned owl. I wholeheartedly agreed. —George Varga is a trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park.■

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San Diego has experienced its fair share of devastating wildfires. It is not uncommon for the California Air National Guard to aid firefighters. We want our pilots to have the best training with the best equipment, and taking this $8 million from our pilots will only hurt readiness. Congress continues to fight this unconstitutional money-grab. Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to stop overreach by the executive branch, the House and Senate passed with a bipartisan vote to cancel President Trump’s national emergency. While the President vetoed that bill, the CRA gives Congress

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annual Christmas Holiday Party. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with our members and preview the 2020 events Navajo has planned. There is nothing more exciting than a presidential election year and 2020 will be filled with opportunities to become an active and engaged volunteer. This is the time to get educated on the issues, learn about the candidates and discover ways that you can participate and be a part of the drive to keep America great. President Trump is doing an incredible job of keeping his promises, all while the media is

doing its best to create and foster distractions. Let’s show President Trump that we appreciate what he has done to make the economy strong, get the unemployment numbers to record lows, increase middle class wages, propose immigration reform and legislation, and make free trade fair trade. Volunteers are always needed to help register voters, walk neighborhoods for candidates, help with mailers, make phone calls, and get out the vote!

another bite of the apple in six months. The Senate last week passed another bill to end the national emergency to protect these vital military construction projects. The House will soon take up the Senate bill. Multiple court cases are making their way through our judicial system. It was disappointing to have the Supreme Court rule that the administration can move forward with diverting funds while the lower courts deal with the legal challenges. What kind of precedent will this set? Do these words in the Constitution, “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law” have any meaning? Our service members and their families should not be pawns in

political fights, especially just to satisfy a campaign promise.

—Pat Boerner writes on behalf of California Republican WomenNavajo Canyon.■

—Congresswoman Davis represents central San Diego, as well as La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of El Cajon and Chula Vista.■






LIBRARY Library events highlight Cold War stories Oct. 11 – Nov. 7, 2019 Mission Times Courier

runs through Nov. 16. Visit the library to sign up!


On Nov. 9, 1989, the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe and for the first time since 1961, citizens were free to cross the Berlin Wall. Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of this historic event at our special programs featuring a young woman’s experience in West Berlin and a professor living in Germany during WWII who reminds us that those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.



On Oct. 18 from 2-3 p.m., SDSU Professor Emeritus of Sociology Dr. Rolf Schulze, will discuss his experience growing up in Germany during WWII and witnessing the indoctrination of fellow German children into Nazi ideology, wartime tragedies, and post-war reconstruction. Schulze wrote the book, “Dangerous Delusions: Lessons of a Lifetime,” which compares modern examples of indoctrination to Nazi Germany.


Local author J. Elke Ertle will discuss her book, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom” on Oct. 25 from 2-3 p.m., which chronicles the first 21 years of her life growing up in West Berlin during the Cold

“Walled-In” author J. Elke Ertle will discuss her book on Oct. 25. (Images courtesy SC Library)

War. Located 100 miles from the closest West German border, West Berlin was nothing more than a tiny western island in the middle of a large Communist sea. This book probes the concepts of freedom vs. conformity, conflict vs. cooperation, domination vs. submission, loyalty vs. betrayal.

source, unplanned work that grows and “becomes” as it is produced. The subject matter is always a surprise as inhabitants of the subconscious mind come out to be seen. Her artist reception will be Oct. 19, noon-2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


The I n-N- Out Read i ng Program encourages kids to read throughout the fall. Starting Oct. 5, kids ages 4-12 who read five books will receive a certificate for a free hamburger. Kids may earn up to three certificates for additional reading. The program

We are pleased to present the unique sketches, colored pencil and pen and ink drawings of Janetmarie Colby, Oct. 7-31. The works in this exhibit grew years ago out of a desire to make pictures from a more internal


Our popular “Trick-or-Read” program will once again be taking place at the library on Halloween day. Visit the library any time between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 to participate. Halloween tales will be posted around the library in an interactive exhibit. After walking through the stories, find a librarian and say “Trick-or-Read” for a free book. For extra fun, join us from 4-5 p.m. for “spooktacular” crafts. Costumes welcome. For kids of all ages.

DATES TO REMEMBER • Oct. 16, 4-5:30 p.m.: San

Carlos Friends of the Library monthly meeting. • Nov. 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library only, Used Book Pre-Sale. • Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: SCFOL Monthly Used Book Sale • Nov. 6, 6:30-8 p.m.: San Carlos Area Council Meeting. Members of the community are invited to attend. • Nov. 14, 12:30-2 p.m.: Library Book Club, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime” by Mark Haddon. —David Ege is branch manager of the San Carlos Branch Library.■

Connecting generations through technology 2. Video Chat Video chat makes you feel as though everyone’s in the same room. Use apps like Skype or FaceTime to have a video conversation from virtually any device, and share life events such as graduations or weddings.

Four easy ways tech can help grandparents bond with younger family members Grandparents: a word often associated with presents, special outings, yummy food and unconditional love. Yet many Americans don’t talk to, or see, their grandparents as often as they’d like. Here are four ways technology can help you connect with your grandparents.

1. Messaging Apps A recent study revealed that 73% of grandparents own smartphones. Messaging apps like WhatsApp or Talkatone are a great introduction to texting for grandparents. With messaging apps, you can send and receive text updates, photos and videos in one place. When there’s time for a longer conversation, you can use these apps to chat for free, as most don’t use cell minutes.

3. Gaming and Creativity Apps Apps like Magisto and PhotoFunia allow you to personalize photos and videos. Looking for some friendly competition with your grandparents? Try a gaming app like Wheel of Fortune or Minecraft. Or keep your grandparents updated with an app like Keepy, an interactive platform for sharing school projects and artwork. Use family tree apps like Ancestry to discover photos and stories together as you navigate your family history.

4. Social Media Start a private Instagram account where you can post photos and videos. Grandparents have lots to share as well, so encourage them to make their own Instagram handles and record their stories. This can be a unique way to learn about your grandparents’ past, pass down family memories or share family recipes.

Snapchat is another option for sending and receiving custom pictures or videos with a variety of fun filters and lenses.

How to Help Your Grandparents Only 44% of grandparents identify as tech-savvy. Teaching non-tech-savvy family members how to use video chat and social media can be a bonding experience. You can also set your grandparents up with useful home features like the SURE Universal Remote, which allows them to control their TV and other devices from their smartphone. Less tech-savvy grandparents may not realize they can watch their cable TV content from their mobile device or schedule DVR recordings with apps like Cox Connect. Giving your elders the power to connect helps build relationships with the people you love most, and that’s priceless at any age.

The evolving library layout By KATHRYN JOHNSON

Like many people, I have very fond memories of visiting the library as a child. My siblings and I would often walk to the library with our mother and explore the children’s area while mom looked for her next read. The library at that time reminded me of church in that it was extremely quiet. This served patrons well as they studied alone, researched information and quietly read. If you have visited the Allied Gardens Benjamin Branch Library lately, you have seen that libraries are much different than they were in the past. This is perhaps most apparent in the layout of new libraries. I recently had the pleasure of seeing the San Diego Public Library’s new San Ysidro branch. The space is colorful, art filled and has a wonderful layout for people using the library in a variety of ways. The children’s space is on the opposite side of the adult section, the teens have a gaming room that has a door to decrease noise in the library and the maker space has sewing machines, a 3D printer and a die cutter for all to use. Overall, the new library demonstrates the changes that libraries have gone through in the past several decades. While our branch is several years away from a new building, we strive to balance the needs of everyone despite our space constraints. This is the reason that the library is a bit more “lively” for a few hours after school. Many schools now require students to work in groups so they will work together while in the library, other students want to blow off a bit of steam so they’ll play games with each other on the computers while other youth prefer to use this valuable free time to connect with friends. We still require patrons to speak softly so as not to disturb others but when we get an influx of up to 50 students in the afternoon, there is an unavoidable “buzz.” We will continue to remind our younger patrons to speak softly and ensure they are using the library appropriately but we ask for a bit of patience while our young patrons are using the space. Down the road, when we get a new building, we will better be able to accommodate everyone. Thank you for your understanding.


Friends of the San Diego Public Library (FOL) Allied Gardens Benjamin Branch Library is a 100% nonprofit, volunteer organization which supports programs for all ages. The FOL provides funding for acquisition of books, materials, and equipment for the library. Currently, FOL is actively recruiting for volunteers and organizational membership. The organization is recruiting volunteers to assist with sorting book SEE LIBRARY, Page 23


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Community and Arts & Entertainment Calendar ONGOING EVENTS


‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ Through Oct. 12 Grossmont College Theater presents a play by Steve Martin set in 1904 Paris. Albert Einstein, a 25-year-old patent clerk, waits for his date at the Lapin Agile, a Parisian watering hole, when 23-year-old Pablo Picasso drops in to meet a recent conquest. Kept company over the course of their evening by an amusingly incontinent barfly, a gullible yet lovable bartender, a wise waitress, and a surprise visitor from beyond, the two geniuses’ conversation bounces like excited molecules and sweeps like bold brush strokes over art, science, love, existence, and the unknown. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. at the Stagehouse Theatre, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. Tickets range $12–$15, available at

‘On Golden Pond’ Through Nov. 10 Lamplighters Community Theatre presents a play written by Earnest Thompson, made famous by its 1979 film adaptation. The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often-turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. at Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive. Tickets are $23 general: $20 seniors, students, active military; $18 groups of 10 or more, available at

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‘Art Telling: It All Begins with a Word’ Through Oct. 25 On view at the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Visitor and Interpretive Center through Oct. 25 is an exhibition featuring eight award-winning San Diego artists: Pat Aiken, Joan Boyer, Sue Britt, Lynn Daniel, Vicky DeLong, Deb Gargula, Ellie Hitchcock, and Gail Woods. “Art Telling” includes works in mediums as diverse as paper, copper enamel, clay, paint, color pencil, and polymer clay. The artists express words like “calm,” “sanctuary,” or “bountiful” in dialogue with each other through their various practices. The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at 1 Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information and a list of this year’s exhibitions, visit■

Ms. Smarty Plants Goes Batty Learn what goes boo in the night and have fun at a spooktackular Halloween-themed event held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, 121222 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. Enjoy a family-friendly event with a Ms. Smarty Plants show, a trick-or-treat trail, creepy critter encounters and a costume contest. 5:30-8 p.m. $5, free for children under 3.

Sunday, Oct. 13 Vocalist Lillian Palmer Lillian Palmer will perform a free concert Oct. 13 at the Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Ave. from 3-4 p.m. This is the 10th concert presented this year by Second Sunday Community Concerts. Lillian has performed at the East County Performing Arts Center, Poway

Center for the Performing Arts, and the Center for Performing Arts. Escondido. She has performed at the Old Globe in Balboa Park and at the Lawrence Welk Theater. Lillian began her vocal study at the age of 15, beginning with classical music. She then moved on to musical theater and discovered her passion for American popular music. Lillian sings jazz, swing, Latin, and songs from the Great American Songbook. A Fair Trade Event St. Martin of Tours invites the public to “Shopping That Makes a Difference” at its Fair Trade Event. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, 7710 El Cajon Blvd. Shop for fair-trade gifts, home décor, clothing and jewelry from a variety of vendors. Enjoy fair-trade coffee, teas, ice cream and chocolate. Fair wages create brighter futures for families in developing countries. Call 619-466-3241 for more information.

Monday, Oct. 14 Afro Cuban & Jazz Ensemble Concert The Grossmont College Jazz Studies presents Afro-Cuban and jazz ensembles directed by Manny Cepeda and Derek Cannon. 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Grossmont College Recital Hall Building 26, Room 220, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors/faculty, $5 students. Contact 619-644-7254.

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Friday, Oct. 25 EDITOR'S PICK Halloween Happening San Carlos Preschool’s annual Halloween Happening is a fun event for children ages 3-7 and their parents. The carnival features games, food, silent auction and a cakewalk. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free. Tickets for games and refreshments sold at the event. Money raised will go directly back into the classroom and provide the opportunity for teachers to purchase items that meet the needs of their classroom community. Tickets for food and games are available at the event. Contact Cindy Prodor at 619-4644335 for more information.

Monday, Oct. 21 Swing Under the Stars This scholarship fundraising event with the Gaslamp Quarter Orchestra features Grossmont College faculty, students and alumni. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Grossmont College Quad, between Building 10 and 70, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. Admission is $20 general, $10 for students and for patrons who bring a non-perishable food item for Gizmo’s Kitchen. For more information, contact the Grossmont College Music Department at 619-644-7254.

Saturday, Nov. 2 Craft & Bake Sale St. Andrews Lutheran Church and Lake Murray Community Church have joined together to present an annual Craft & Bake Sale. It will be held Nov. 2-3, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego, CA 92119. The crafters have been working very hard to sew, design, bake and create many new crafts to be sold at the event. All proceeds go to local and global charities. All are to join us for the fun festivities.

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Saturday, Oct. 26 Pumpkin Poolooza! Come to a floating pumpkin patch on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children will get to dive in, pick a pumpkin, and then decorate it! The whole family will be entertained by the inflatable obstacle course, rock-climbing wall, games, prizes, goodie bags, candy and more. Plus, stay for open swim after from 1-4pm. Children 6 months-12

Artisan Festival Temple Emanu-El will host an Artisan Festival on Nov. 3 featuring a variety of art including pottery, mosaics, jewelry, Judaica, glass, wood and more. There will a chance to win items from the artists in an opportunity drawing, as well as a silent auction. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Drive, 92120. Cash and checks preferred.■

Change of season has an impact on your immune system

‘Handbagged’ Through Nov. 17 The Iron Lady and The Queen would like to invite you to tea. Born six months apart, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II both ruled with a handbag over their wrist. But who had the upper hand behind closed palace doors? “Handbagged” is an award-winning West End hit comedy written by Moira Buffini and directed by Kim Strassburger. At Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N. For tickets and information, visit Halloween Expo Over 25 vendors, pumpkin carving demos, special effects artists, costume contest, face painting and more will be on hand at The Dojo Café’s first ever Halloween Expo. 1-8 p.m. at The Dojo Café, 4350 El Cajon Blvd. Free.

years: $7 for members /$10 for community. Adults ages 13 and over: $1 with paying child (Does not include pumpkin or goodie bag.) Space will be limited. Sign-up began Sept. 23 at:

With the onset of shorter & cooler days of the fall season, we can experience a decrease in exercise, increase in sugar-laden foods, less sleep, more socializing & stress, makings for a perfect storm to catch a cold or the flu. Numerous studies have shown an increase in sugar consumption can have a negative effect on our immune cells. After consuming sugar, our white blood cells are rendered less able to react to bacteria for several hours, «essentially putting you’re your immune system in a coma». Also, as the day shortens, so does our intake of vitamin D from the sun. Darker days equals less vitamin D. Lower Vitamin D equals greater daytime drowsiness and an increase in carbohydrate & sugar cravings. As a personal trainer and health coach for 30 years, I see this each year as soon as the Halloween candy starts hitting the shelves, the cold & flu begins to run its course through

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donations given to the library, which are then sold to raise funds for the branch. Sorting takes place on Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m. The FOL is recruiting new members for the organization, as well. The additional membership and expertise will grow and enhance the FOL organization. If you are not available for a regular volunteer shift, we are also recruiting for help with set up and take down of the next book sale. Help is needed on Friday, Nov. 1, from 9-11 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Please call 619-533-3970 or stop in for more information on the above opportunities.


Please stop in to pick up a calendar of our regular programs or get on our mailing list to have them sent to your email. Here are our upcoming special events for the rest of October:

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Our first sewing class for this month has already filled up so keep an eye out for our November class!


Our next big book sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Starting Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m., babies and toddlers will have the opportunity to play in an unstructured setting. Little ones will be able to make noise, interact with toys and books, and meet new friends. We’ll sing a few songs, and have fun with bubbles. Program is geared toward babies and toddlers 0-3. Older siblings are welcome.


Monday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m. As of this writing, there are still spaces available for our annual pumpkin-carving event. Please register on our website or by calling 619533-3970 during open hours.

HEART TO HEART: HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION HUNT On Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., please join us for an opportunity to gain insights and understanding into the LGBTQ community. We will host a discussion with panel members from a variety backgrounds. While this program is free and open to the public, we encourage attendees to bring an open mind and open heart.

Thursday, Oct. 31, all day, stop in to do our special scavenger hunt geared toward early elementary school children. All children that complete the hunt will receive a piece of candy. —Kathryn Johnson is branch manager of the Allied Gardens Benjamin Branch Library.■


for $100 and 8-by-8-inches for $150. Duplicate gift bricks (with felt bottoms) can be purchased for $25 and $50. Logos can be added for an additional $10, or custom logos for $60. A special section has been designated to remember Patrick Henry High School alumni who have passed. Each “Alumni Angel” brick (8-by-8inch) is engraved with five to six Henry alumni names. Your classmate or PHHS alumnus can be added for only a nominal fee. The bricks that are currently in place serve many purposes. Some honor the memory of a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, person, pet, or home. Some advertise local businesses that wish to show their support for the community. All proceeds from the brick sales will go back to the community through the various Kiwanis community service projects (including support for local schools, youth sports, and Rady Children’s Hospital). Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicating to improving the world one child and one community at a time. For more information the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club, or to order a brick online, visit■

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