By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Just inside the entrance, a tiny wooden footbridge takes you over a pond of bubbling water and into the elegantly peaceful dining room of The Purple Mint Vegetarian Bistro.
It’s a place where plant-based meals rule the day — and won’t scare off carnivores — and where you’ll actually encounter purple mint, known by botanists as perilla. Read More
Nov. 19 – West Sycamore Nature Walk, 8 a.m. (WS); Trail Improvement Crew, 8 a.m. (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Concert: El Cajon Music Masters Barber Shop Chorus, 3 p.m. (VC)
Nov. 21 – Lake Murray Walk and Talk, 9 a.m. (LM) Read More
Re: “Grocery Outlet, Dollar Tree to replace Albertson’s” [Volume 23, Issue 3 or bit.ly/2zvwNVb]
Coming Soon? Seems like the new addition to Allied Gardens is the Dollar Tree whose “Coming Soon” has been in that mode for several months. Apparently, “Coming Soon” is all in the eyes of the beholder. Read More
By Leslie Perkins
Field trip season
The fall season is underway as Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) hosts weekly field trips from local schools. Hundreds of students get to experience hiking in the park, learning from exhibits at the Visitor Center and connecting with nature.
Through the education program, students learn about the habitats and ecosystem of MTRP, clean water quality, the Kumeyaay culture, and the historic Old Mission Dam. Read More
By Sue Hotz | San Carlos Friends of the Library
SCFOL welcomes new life members
At our San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) annual meeting, the 2017 board of directors was approved to continue in their present positions for 2018.
A big thank you to Ann McDonald for bringing us up to date on the foundation’s activities, and we were pleased to introduce 2017’s SCFOL life members — Jason Benesch, David Ege, Joseph and Lesley Frasier, Dr. Stuart Karasik, Barbara Morgan, Barbara Turner, and Jenean Unkefer. Read More
By Audrey F. Baker | Trail Guide
As fall gives way, culminating in winter solstice, we enter a new season. Earth’s shallowed angle to the sun brings short days, long nights and open night-time skies. It signals the holidays are upon us, marking the end of another year. Read More
By Jay Wilson
The city of San Diego’s Water Department recently held their second annual Pure Water San Diego Open House at their North City Water Reclamation Plant and invited the Henry Cluster STEMM Foundation (HCSF) to attend. Read More
By Kathryn Johnson
Library holiday hours
Please note that the library will have a change of hours on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The library will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. so staff can get home and get a head start on meal preparations. We will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving and reopen on Friday, Nov. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Read More
By Scott Sherman | District 7 Dispatch
To stem the flow of departing police officers and keep San Diego neighborhoods safe, the city government and the San Diego Police Officers Association came to an agreement that will make officer salaries more competitive compared to other regional law enforcement agencies. Read More
By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner
Helping families: It was great to take part in the recent Walk4ALZ fundraiser at Balboa Park. It was inspiring to see so many people come together to help families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Read More
By Judy McCarty | Navajo Canyon Republican Women, Federated
It’s been quite a year since winning the 2016 presidential election. Much of the opposition has been loud and vocal, but we continue to focus on traditional Republican values and principles of opportunity and responsibility that makes America so great. Read More
By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch | La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club
From modest beginnings over 70 years ago, the fair trade movement today is a global enterprise representing over 2 million producers and workers.
The movement believes that trade can be a fundamental driver of poverty reduction and greater sustainable development, and disadvantaged farmers, workers and artisans can develop the capacity to take more control over their work and their lives. Read More
By Shain Haug
Town hall meetings
The next Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) town hall meeting will be on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 51st and Zion avenues.
San Diego State University geology professor Eric Frost will speak on the Lake Murray Watershed, Adobe Falls, and Alvarado Creek water dynamics and their effects on Grantville. Read More
By Terry Cords
Registration for the very popular Allied Gardens Recreation Center Winter Basketball program starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 with online registration at SDRecConnect.com.
The cost is $70, payable by cash, check or credit card. The season starts with practices in December and games beginning in January 2018. Proof of age and a photo ID are required by Draft Day. Read More
By Mickey Zeichick
Our next regular San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. in our branch library, 7265 Jackson Drive.
I say our “regular” meeting because we are having an open house on Dec. 13 at our branch library and we have a special guest attending. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to Dec. 10. Read More
By Jay Wilson
The Del Cerro Action Council and community members are continuing to fight an uphill battle with the proposed ColRich 26-unit housing project below the Chevron Station.
As reported last month, the Planning Commission voted unanimously, 5–0, to support the project, despite their objection that there was no traffic study (which is not required for such a small project). Read More
By Scripps Health | To Your Health
Millions of American women are living with type 2 diabetes, and millions more are at risk of developing it.
The number of new cases will continue to rise along with obesity rates — one of the major risk factors — unless more women adopt healthier habits, which should include a healthy diet and regular exercise. Read More
By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large
The thousands of drivers every day who pass through the Friars Road area around state Route 163 have already begun seeing roadwork signs, warning of construction work about to be done in that area.
In the next two years, they’ll see many more of those signs, as work proceeds on the two-year, $40 million project to widen and re-route roads and on- and off-ramps. Read More
Rockin’ good time
What a refreshing, fun concert we came to Friday [Oct. 6] in the Allied Gardens Recreation Center! Todo Mundo band was great and I loved seeing so many families dancing and enjoying the evening. Read More
By Elizabeth Gillingham
Patrick Henry’s newest Eagle Scouts
Fourteen-year-old Patrick Henry High School (PHHS) freshman, Noah Boes, earned his Eagle Scout rank on Aug. 24, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts of America, by replacing a trailhead kiosk at the Mission Valley Preserve. Located off Friars Road near the YMCA Mission Valley, this wildlife preserve on both sides of the San Diego River in the Valley’s west end is home to many native plants and animals. It features some wonderful loop trails with interpretive signage, and even a picnic area. Read More
By Kathryn Johnson
Our Friends of the Library group will have their quarterly book sale on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This sale is a perfect opportunity to purchase a variety of reading material at very reasonable prices. In fact, this sale is so extraordinary that your money will not only afford you more stock for your bookshelves but it will also help fund your community library. Thanks to the generosity of our Friends group your shopping helps fund programs, materials and fun! Read More
By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch | La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
As homelessness continues to be one of San Diego County’s greatest public policy humanitarian challenges, there’s a big opportunity for local Democrats to learn more about the issue. The Nov. 1 meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) will feature a keynote presentation by Sen. Toni Atkins at 7 p.m. in the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive. Read More