By Jay Wilson
Mission Trails says goodbye to a great Senior Ranger. For the past two years, Andy Quinn has served as an outstanding Senior Ranger for Mission Trails Regional Park. Unfortunately for us, he has accepted a new position as a district manager for the San Diego County’s Park and Recreation Department, which he began on July 8. He did an outstanding job during his tenure at Mission Trails and he will certainly be missed by the city staff and the MTRP Foundation as well. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
The widely rooted concept of a “gastropub” has arrived to Mission Valley, in a tucked-away segment of Camino del Rio South that dead-ends at TGI Fridays.
Situated at the base of a low-rise office building, the Mission Valley Gastropub is the re-branded version of Bali Thai Café under the same ownership. So for customers who grew fond of the café’s Asian-fusion cuisine and small craft beer selection, most of it still remains. Read More
By Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide
For ancient Greeks, the word “psyche” had two meanings — butterfly and soul. The striking beauty and fragility of these fleeting creatures leaves an extraordinary impression.
Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini), found along the willow-lined waters of Mission Trails Regional Park, is a true marvel. Its name honors French Entomologist Pierre J.M. Lorquin who came to California in the Gold Rush days, not for material wealth, but to catalogue ephemeral treasures. Its identifying markings are predominately blackish wings, orange upper wing tips and distinctive pearl neckless crossing all wings. Read More
By Dr. Ink
There are normally two reasons why I go to malls. Those being when my iPhone needs repair at the Apple Store, and on fewer occasions, to shop for things I don’t need with gift certificates given to me for Christmas. Neither provides social or spiritual fulfillment.
But exceptions can be made if cheap drinks are involved, particularly when I get to play bartender with a few taps of my finger. Read More
By Sue Hotz
Summer is half over
School summer vacation is half over. “It can’t be!” the kids shout while parents groan, “another six weeks, really?” July 15 marks the halfway point of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Sign up by age group at bit.ly/1UqH2zI, record your summer reading hours/books, and find the list of prizes for each reading level. Prizes may be claimed, until supplies last, anytime before August 30. Our adults who reach their reading goals may choose either a book from our “free book rack” or a $5 voucher good at our monthly Used Book Sale. Book sale revenues drop during June and July so please support your library by increasing your future purchases. Read More
By Ken Rutan
Starlings Volleyball Clubs, USA is a nationwide volleyball club for girls. The club was initially formed 20 years ago in San Diego by former USA Men’s Team National Team Member Byron Shewman with a single team based out of Lincoln High School. It is now the nation’s largest girls volleyball club with branches in states across the nation, and one in Tijuana. Read More
By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor
Just call her “Rabbi Laurie.” Everybody does.
“I lost my last name in the early 2000s,” she said with a smile, “because I was a message vessel for poverty issues in San Diego.”
Rabbi Laurie Coskey, who holds a doctorate in education, is known far and wide for her activism and advocacy for social justice. She holds the title of rabbi in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in the Park West neighborhood, part of an interfaith outreach program. A fierce advocate for public education, Coskey is chairperson of the Trustee Advisory Council for the San Diego Community College District. And she is also chair of the board of directors of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC), the nonprofit public-benefit organization created by the city of San Diego to manage and market the convention center. Read More
By Judy McCarty
Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) members are planning an action-packed, fun-filled early evening event open to everyone including spouses, friends and family at the El Cajon Elks Lodge Tuesday, Aug. 9. This special evening begins at 5 p.m. with bidding on many donated items of value at the Road Show Silent Auction. The auction will continue throughout the evening with a no-host bar for adult beverages and a full-course dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the program. Read More
By Kathryn Johnson
Many people have already compiled and started digging into their summer reading list. Whether it was a list that was published in a magazine, recommendations from friends or books you have flagged in your Good Reads account, there are many ways to put together a list of good books to read any time of year. If you haven’t had a chance to uncover some good titles to indulge in yet, I suggest looking at one of my favorite tools, a free resource available from the library entitled NoveList Plus. Read More
By Elizabeth Gillingham
In June, the Patrick Henry High School (PHHS) class of 2016 was formally recognized by many community organizations through scholarships and other school awards to approximately 70 students.
Many students received cash scholarships ranging from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. Read More
By Shain Haug
Town Hall and board meeting
The Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) holds a Town Hall Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each odd-numbered month at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church, located at the corner of 51st Street and Zion Avenue. Our next Town Hall Meeting will be on July 26. Presentations will be made by the San Diego Police Department Community Service Representative and a representative of the San Diego Fire Department. Read More
By Karla Shiminski
Foster Elementary will continue to offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and the Extended Transitional Kindergarten, for the 2016-17 school year. This program opens the school’s doors to children who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and March 1 with free public education for those who live within the Foster boundaries. Read More
By Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch
At the 3rd Annual Party in the Park on July 6, the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) filled the patio to overflowing at Mission Trails Visitors Center, as nearly 150 passionate progressives (including 20 new members) reveled in the glory of a nearly perfect summer evening. With the sun-tinged hills and cliffs as the backdrop, we dined on Cheers subs and home-baked pies; heard park naturalist Linda Hassakis enthrall with details of the 5 Peak Challenge, snake skins, and bobcat sightings; and listened to luminaries like Supervisor Dave Roberts, Party Chief Francine Busby, City Attorney candidate Mara Elliott, and D-9 finalists Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gomez. Lastly, we were thrilled to have our own board member Colin Parent announce his candidacy for La Mesa City Council in a well-received and very motivating speech. Read More
By Karen Ronney
When it comes to strong finishes, members of the Patrick Henry High girls’ tennis made their mark. The San Diego Hall of Champions recently bestowed prestigious post-season honors to three players who were named to the First-Team All-Eastern League squad. Lady Patriot Julia Ronney, the Eastern League singles champion, was named Player of the Year. Senior Stasia Khinich and sophomore Nikki Wakeland earned First-Team All-League Doubles honors. All three received Breitbard Certificates of Athletic Achievement for their athletic efforts. Read More
By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch
June 22 turned out to be quite a historic day. It was the day that House Democrats decided to stop talking about gun violence and do something about gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” they’ve repeatedly insisted after each massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” won’t do anything to prevent the next massacre from happening. And yet “thoughts and prayers” are all that have been offered up by this Congress — both the House and the Senate — after Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando. Read More
By Terry Cords
Activities at our local recreation centers are picking up and getting busy for the 2016 summer season. Kids are out of school and there is no better place for youth activity than the San Carlos Recreation Center or the Allied Gardens Recreation Center for healthy and constructive activities for our youth. There are also numerous activities for adults and seniors. Read More
Tuesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 28
Sycuan Casino’s concert series in their Live & Up Close Theatre (5485 Casino Way, El Cajon) starts with three performances by the legendary Smokey Robinson. The singer-songwriter is known for hits like “Cruisin’,” “Just to See Her,” and many more. Read More
By Mickey Zeichick
Our next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. We will have a candid update from the principal of the Magnolia Science Academy (site of the former Cleveland Elementary School) regarding when the Academy will move to their new home. We will also have a special guest speaker which will be announced in the August edition of the Mission Times Courier. As always, this meeting is open to the public. Read More
Mad about MAD
Re: Time for a facelift, Del Cerro? [Volume 22, Issue 6]
Dear Mr. Rawlins:
I read over your piece in the Times Courier — June/July, 2016 — regarding the Del Cerro MAD. Read More
By Jennifer Margulis White
When summer comes to mind, we often imagine spending our days lounging on the beach, having a picnic, and enjoying the outdoors. But warm summer weather has some miserably hot days as well. Days of intense heat can make it impossible to be comfortable and in some cases potentially dangerous. Read More
By Rep. Susan A. Davis
Pride Month is a time to celebrate our progress and to recommit toward total equality today.
With the shooting deaths of 49 people at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the wounding of 53 other people, this year’s Pride activities will take a somber tone. Read More
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
During its run in the College Area, which lasted almost 10 years, Pita Pit attracted a cult following typically enjoyed by non-corporate eateries slinging food exceedingly more inventive. Now, the Canadian-founded chain, boasting more than 600 outlets worldwide, has returned to a small Linda Vista strip plaza not far from the University of San Diego. Read More