San Carlos Area Council news – May 19, 2017

By Mickey Zeichick

Our next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library at 7265 Jackson Drive. Our meetings are open to the public. Our speaker is “to be announced.”

Our May 3 speaker was Ms. Jeanne Bauer who gave us insight from the concept to actualization of the San Carlos Community Garden. After years of looking for a site, the San Carlos Methodist Church approached the Springall Academy located at 6460 Boulder Lake Ave. and were successful in negotiating the use of a portion of the southwest corner of the property they lease from the San Diego Unified School District.

The Springall Academy serves kindergarten through grade 12 and is an amazing school for learning-disabled children. At Springall, the whole student is considered — their physical and emotional needs are met as well as their academic needs — and the garden has been integrated into a portion of their curriculum.

In just a few short years, this garden has flourished with leasing plots for $100 a year and an easy commitment of a few hours a month. The San Carlos community has embraced this endeavor.

The garden is a beautiful and serene place to go when you want to relax and is open weekend mornings to the public. Plot C-1 — the SCAC plot — is thriving because of the incredible work of Luciano Emanuele, gardener extraordinaire. Most likely, if you visit the garden you will see Mr. Emanuele, and if there are vegetables to be picked, he will do that and give them to you.

July 4th Fireworks and MusicFest

SCAC is a proud supporter of the return of this popular event to Lake Murray.

If you would like to make a financial donation to this 501(c)(3) organization, please make your check payable to “Lake Murray Fireworks” and send it to:

Lake Murray Fireworks


Attn: Tracy Dahlkamp

PO Box 19246

San Diego, CA  92159

Thank you Nextdoor users

When life hands you lemons – make lemonade. Due to a mishap in the layout process of the Mission Times Courier, my April column was significantly different than I had submitted. But sometimes things just go awry. You can read the unabridged version of my submitted article at

The printed version of my article left out an important section on a program to donate suits and dresses for Patrick Henry High School’s proms. So, I took a brief walk, came back to my computer, and did the next best thing — I posted the missing section of my article on

The response was immediate and wonderful. Within 10 days, over four dozen beautiful prom dresses, two tuxedos, and two suits, along with ties, were collected. Arrangements were finalized to have flower corsages made. A few neighbors volunteered to take some students shopping for their prom attire. This project was a big success.

My husband and I, and the principal and staff at PHHS were overwhelmed by the generosity of clothes, and time that was so openly given.

A great, big thank-you to all of you. A special thank-you to Dawn Marino, who year after year puts this wonderful program together. When life gives you lemons – make lemonade.

Fraud alert

This can happen to any or all of us. Be on the alert.

The State Controller’s Office has received inquiries from the public reporting the receipt of generic postcards or official-looking emails or letters with instructions to contact a private attorney, investigator, asset locator, heir finder, etc., or pay upfront fees for help with recovering lost property for them or a family member. You have the right to obtain your unclaimed property without fees or lawyers by working directly with the State Controller’s Office staff or a company you previously did business with.

Make San Carlos healthier

I think we all can agree that walking is good for us, but as we age even the slightest hill presents a challenge. We need to walk and we need sitting and resting areas. Sectionalized park benches would provide a place to sit and catch our breath. If you agree, let me know and let’s see if we can get some resting areas.

Thank you to Keils’ Food Store for putting the Kiwanis MMQ (Miracle Mile of Quarters) for Rady’s Childrens Hospital on the checkout counter.

—Mickey Zeichick is president of the San Carlos Area Council. For questions, comments or to be added to the “Interested Persons” list, reach her at SCAC encourages San Carlos residents to join SCAC dues are due each May 1 but accepted anytime.

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