By Anthony Wagner
Our next Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council Town Hall Meeting will be Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 5106 Zion Ave.
Our forum will focus on our region’s water crisis and what we can do as a community to save water. David F. Akin, Esq., the city’s chief water saving guru and director of the Public Utilities Department Customer Advocacy Program, will lead the discussion.
Summer concert series continues
The hits kept coming on July 3 during the second concert in our series of four at Allied Gardens Community Park. The Ballad Mongers band played to a capacity crowd of more than a thousand neighbors and local residents. Don and Melissa Teemsma from Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical handed out more than 500 complimentary hot dogs.
The concert series, AG First Fridays presented by Ideal, will play its next free concert in the park on Friday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. That evening, the Hoodoo Blues will rock the park. Formed in 1999, they’ve opened for national acts Guitar Shorty and B.J. Sharp, appeared at the OB Street Fair and San Marcos Spring Festival and have twice been the house band for the KUSI weekend news. Well known for their infectious rhythms and blend of blues, swing, funk and rock, Hoodoo Blues has been featured at nightclubs and special events throughout Southern California.
Our last concert of the summer will be Sept. 4 and will feature the Country Rockin’ Rebels.
AG First Fridays is the result of collaboration between the Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council, our local Kiwanis Club and the publishers of the Mission Times Courier. Our mission is to provide our neighbors and friends of all ages a venue where we can congregate, enjoy local musical talent and celebrate the summer as valued members of our community. Our goal is to make this a neighborhood tradition.
Since permitting restrictions prevent us from having any food or drink for sale, we will encourage families to bring picnics and get to know their neighbors.
We are very fortunate to have the financial support of the Teemsma family — owners of Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical — who have made a generous donation to become the title sponsor for this series. Additional heavy lifting sponsors include San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman, Kaiser Permanente, Allied Gardens Shopping Center, Windmill Farms, Superior Ready Mix, Mission Trails Church, A-1 Self Storage and our neighborhood Jersey Mike’s Subs. Please support our fine sponsors!
If you would like to sponsor this community event, please call me at the number listed at the end of this article. All sponsorships are 501(c)(3) tax-deductible contributions. For updates and more information on the concert series, find AG First Fridays on Facebook and visit AlliedGardens.org.
—I’m Anthony Wagner, president of Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council. We represent the community interests of Allied Gardens and Grantville. Check out our new website at AlliedGardens.org. Feel free to call me at 619-253-4989 or write me a note at AnthonyJohnWagner@gmail.com or tweet @AnthonyWagnerSD.