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Articles by Annie Christian

Pivotally prolific and quintessentially adaptive, the impressive career of world renowned, French-born music producer, songwriter, bassist, author and all-out consummate music entrepreneur, Josquin des Pres, spans and survives the harsh test of time and music’s ever changing turbulent tides.

The time came again this year for the annual Christmas in the Village celebration that transformed La Mesa’s downtown area into a charming Victorian wonderland. Drawing delighted local children and all kids-at-heart amongst them, the festive annual event took place on consecutive evenings of Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. and is touted as a “gift to our community” by the La Mesa Village Merchant’s Association.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the last day of La Mesa’s famed Oktoberfest in the heart of its downtown, but will share a date with Stylz salon’s Cut-A-Thon fundraiser to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego.

Veteran stylist Maye Cole said the fundraiser evolved during one of its meetings about three months ago.

Celebrating its 42nd year, the German American Societies of San Diego, Inc., is once again hosting two consecutive weekends of festivities, Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6, at the group’s clubhouse compound that aim to transport attendees to a Bavarian village where everyone might “sing your name.”

Ranking as fourth amongst the best Facebook rated Oktoberfest’s held in the US, this local event boasts an atmosphere that its promoters also single out as being “more authentic”.

Amidst the teeming abundance of hair cutting establishments in La Mesa, the newly opened Sport Clips Haircuts delivers a refreshingly novel barbershop experience aimed to please a distinctly sports centered clientele. Yet, it is not the vision one may conjure of a typical barbershop. Large flat screen TV greets clients in the reception and waiting area is available for patrons, adding to the sports’ orientated atmosphere.

With its targeted inspirational means to support Mt. Helix Park and amphitheater, the sixth annual heART of Mt. Helix fundraiser provided for spectacular panoramic views along with its looming white cross—one of East County’s most recognizable landmarks. Held on Saturday evening, the annual event draws its inspiration from artists who formed the art colony on the hill in the early 1900s.

Throughout the summer, a rotating exhibit of winning and non-winning photos from the eleventh Annual High School Water Colors Photo Contest can be seen in the lobby of the Helix Administration Office at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa.  Judged by professional photographers and Helix staff, winners were announced and presented with their awards by the Helix Water District Board of Directors and chosen in categories of black and white, color and Best in Show.

La Mesa’s Community Center was once again the site for the Czech, Monrovian and Slovak Folklore Festival that took place Saturday, May 18. Celebrating its third year, the well-attended event showcased traditional folk dance, music and cuisine from the combined regional areas and nations.

Arms Wide Open is a non-profit organization and a labor of love conceived by Yvonne Rubio, owner of Rubio’s Performing Arts in El Cajon. Arms Wide Open is premiering what co-founder, play director, Chris Rubio, described as a “technically advanced” production of “Aladdin” at San Diego’s Lyceum Theatre, May 15-19.
Chris Rubio saidthe cast, consists of children and adults with special needs. They worked eight months on the production .