By Shain Haug
First Friday concerts
Our Sept. 2 concert was a marvelous community event. Rachel Aldous & The Road Home wowed 2,500 of our neighbors with lots of favorites and compelling rhythms. Once again, the folks from Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical (idealsvc.com) treated us to hot dogs, chips, and dessert. The Mission Trails Church made sure we were well-hydrated.
Thanks to the generosity of our local businesses, City Council District 7 and the public, we will be able to present a make-up concert for the rain cancellation in May. On Oct. 7 at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center park beginning at 6 p.m., Theo and the Zydeco Patrol will bring us sounds straight from the backwoods zydeco dance clubs, backyard crawfish boils, and bayou festivals — the very best in Southwest Louisiana dance music. Mark your calendar, shine your dancing shoes, and join us at this last concert of the season.
Mission Trails Church began its ministry in 2009 with services at Foster Elementary School and then in 2010 at Springall Academy. In 2015, the church moved to 4880 Zion Ave. where Pastor Kyle Walters and the congregation continue the work of this community-focused Christian church. They are devoted to the concept that we can come to God as we are and find life change. “No perfect people allowed” is their way of saying, “Come as you are!”
The church is deeply committed to their partnership with Foster Elementary School and Springall Academy. In addition to the generous contribution to the costs of the concert series, the church provides water to the concertgoers and supports the clean up after the performances. Our sincere thanks for this sponsorship and the role the Mission Trails Church plays in our community. You can reach them at missiontrailschurch.com
Allied Garden/Benjamin Library
On Saturday, Sept. 24 between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the Friends of the Benjamin Branch Library will host a book sale and open house at the library at the corner of Glenroy and Zion. Face painting, bounce house, crafts and games for the kids, free hot dog lunch, raffle prizes, Bayou Brothers’ music, and more. What a great time to introduce your children to the marvels of the library. And to see all that it has for the parents as well.
Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC)
The AGGCC holds a Town Hall Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each odd-numbered month at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church, at the corner of 51st Street and Zion Avenue. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 27. San Diego Police Department and San Diego Fire Department representatives will bring us up to date on local concerns. The featured speaker will be Julio DeGuzman, the community relations representative of the Office of the City Attorney who will discuss the functions and organization of that city office.
The AGGCC board of directors meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church. The purpose of the organization is to work toward the betterment of the Allied Gardens/Grantville area and to advise the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) and the city in matters related to our community. In the past several months, new members have joined the “old timers.” But, on the theory that “many hands make light work,” we will be so grateful for more of our neighbors to get involved. There is a place here for you to participate, so please join us at our next board meeting on Oct. 3.
Next month we will bring you up to date on the projects in which we are involved and those in which we will undertake with your help.
—Shain Haug is president of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your suggestions for Town Hall meetings and any topics that you feel the Community Council should address will be much appreciated.