By John Robert Crawford
James Allan “Jim” MacDonald Jr., a hard-working entrepreneur and a 40-year member of the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club, passed away on the morning of Friday, July 15, 2016. The news of Jim’s death, dreaded for some time, was reported by his fellow Kiwanian and his best friend, John Chandler.
“We lost a great man today, as my beloved friend and compadre and troublemaker and overall wonderful person left this Earth for other, new adventures,” Chandler wrote in an email to friends. Read More
By Della Elliott
The new semester begins Aug. 22 for more than an anticipated 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges with a wealth of new class and program offerings at the two East County colleges.
The two colleges are offering more than 2,400 class sections and for the first time in the college district’s 55-year history, both colleges will be offering baccalaureate-level classes on campus and online through a partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University. Read More
By Jack Beresford
From event management and filmmaking to learning how to manufacture guitars, San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, along with San Diego Continuing Education, are offering an array of new degrees, certificates, and programs for students when the San Diego Community College District’s (SDCCD) 2016-17 academic year begins Aug. 22. Read More
By Audrey F. Baker
Inspiration and its partner imagination are key components of the human spirit. What better place to exercise these attributes than at Mission Trails Regional Park, where time spent in nature stimulates, motivates and improves your sense of well-being.
Surround yourself in the green world and benefit from interaction with the natural environment. Fresh air, breath-taking views, and the sensory experience of observing nature bring an enlarged appreciation for world around us. Under delights large and small, stress and tension melt away. Read More
By Elizabeth Gillingham
Patrick Henry High School is officially modernized with air conditioned classrooms; and PHAME! (Patrick Henry Arts, Media, and Entertainment!), our new performing arts center, is almost ready for operation. We are hoping to take ownership of the building in October as the finishing touches will be applied. Read More
By Jay Wilson
Two new exhibits
The “Wildlife of Mission Trails,” with its two 42-inch touchscreen monitors, and “Wildland Fires,” featuring a video emphasizing the danger of flying embers from wildland fires, are the newest exhibits on display upstairs in the Exhibit Hall of the Visitor Center.
Touch the wildlife monitor and you can select from a variety of animals found in Mission Trails: mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, butterflies, spiders and more. As an example, touch “mammals” and spectacular photos of 12 mammals are displayed. Touch “mountain lion” and another mountain lion photo appears along with text about the animal. Touch “More Info” and additional information is presented along with a colorful map depicting its habitat. You can also hear the sounds made by many of the animals. Read More
By Sue Hotz
‘San Carlos Gone By’
Our San Carlos community blossomed in the1960s, and now a resident, Becky Green, is on a quest to document its early history by creating a “San Carlos Gone By” website and a photo display made from your 1960s and 1970s San Carlos photos, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and stories. Impressed with her idea, together we formulated a plan. From 1 – 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, Green will be available in the San Carlos Branch Library’s Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery to scan your photos and collect your stories. You may also contact her at email@example.com or call 619-251-3447 to set up a private appointment. Our combined hope is that her “San Carlos Gone By” collection will be shown in the branch’s Art Gallery and will become a permanent historical display in the new branch library. Learn more on our website. Read More
By Gary Jones
Due to a unique combination of climate and terrain, California will always suffer from wildfires. But with appropriate planning, planting and maintenance, these fires won’t be devastating to homeowners.
A large portion of our state is a Mediterranean-type climate, situated in a region close to the sea with hot, dry summers, recurring winds and mountainous terrain. All of these create favorable conditions for fire. In drought conditions, the risk of fire is even greater. Read More
By Scott Sherman
Like the rest of San Diego, I recently awoke to the tragic news that two of our police officers were shot and one, tragically killed.
I have a deep respect for our police force and recognize that the city of San Diego is blessed to have one of the best-trained and most professional police departments in the nation. Read More
Saturday, Sept. 10
With many musical years under his belt, singer-songwriter Dan Navarro is preparing to release his first solo studio album, “Shed My Skin.” The folk-rock artist – once half of Lowen & Navarro – will make a tour stop at Grassroots Oasis (3130 Moore St., Midway) to showcase old and new tunes. Read More
By Judy McCarty
Walking into your ballot booth holding two huge sample ballots could be intimidating if you haven’t had the benefit of listening to an analysis of the measures by Richard Rider, founder and chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters.
Besides the two opposing Chargers initiatives are an avalanche of other critically important local and statewide issues that need to be considered carefully and voted on. Rider has been a tax fighter all his life and can help us understand the truth and consequences of the approximately 33 propositions that will be on the general election ballot in November. 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. Our meetings are open to the public. Our guest speaker will be California State Senator Marty Block. Senator Block was elected in November 2012 to represent California’s 39th Senate District, including the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. He chairs the Senate Education Budget Subcommittee, the Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions, the Capitol Knesset, and the Legislative Jewish Caucus. Read More
By Shain Haug
Town Hall meeting
The speaker at our July 26, Town Hall Meeting was Sue Braun who brought us important information on “The Raising Of America” program — a five-part documentary series that explores the question of the failure in early childhood education and the consequences of that failure to the nation’s future. Every citizen, particularly citizens with young children and grandchildren as well as our elected representatives, ought to consider this program. More information can be obtained at raisingofamerica.org. Read More
By Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch
In our second installation of “Stark Contrasts,” La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will hear a panel of experts delve into the differences the parties have to offer voters this November about women’s issues. Democrats are looking to elect the first woman president in our nation’s history. Republicans are running a man who is a serial misogynist, famous for insulting women, and is even losing the support of Republican women. The Republican candidate is being advised by Roger Ailes, who was recently fired from his Fox News fiefdom for habitual sexual harassment. We’ll also examine the platforms of the respective parties out of their national conventions. Read More
By Kathryn Johnson
The Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library invites the community to come visit us and see our recent remodel. This is a great opportunity to come together as a community and learn more about what the library has to offer. There’s mystery, adventure, travel and more! Read More
By Jay Wilson
At the quarterly DCAC meeting, John Steffen, the Police Community Relations Officer (CRO) for the Navajo Area, reported two residential burglaries in Del Cerro and several car prowls. Officer Steffen emphasized that car prowls are crimes of opportunity – valuables left in plain sight and unlocked doors. Read More
By Terry Cords
San Carlos / Lake Murray
Activities continue at the San Carlos Recreation Center. Registration for fall 2016 activities begins soon, including volleyball (boys and girls, ages 6 to 16, registration starts Aug. 20), flag football (boys and girls), and Pee Wee Sports (boys and girls, ages 3 to 8). Other programs offered are Gymnastics and Tumbling, Ballet and Dance and Tae Kwon Do. Please see the San Carlos Recreation Center website for details on individual programs and activities. Read More
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