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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

The La Mesa Lions Club “That’s Amore” fundraiser dinner took place on October 19, 2017 at the La Mesa Community Center. To the tune of Italian songs played by accordion Howard Kantorowski, hundreds of Lions Club members, friends and guests happily ate their dinner of pasta, salads and bread, prepared and served up by Cupid’s Catering. 

Dinnertime at Waterford Terrace Retirement Community is always an elegant affair, but the grand opening celebration of the new rooftop park on the evening of October 12 was cause for celebration and a fine party atop the 6th floor. Fresh Air Jazz Trio had everyone soaking up the view while tapping their feet to light jazz. Guests enjoyed elegant hors d’oeuvres such as Caprese salad skewers and mini shrimp cocktails and finishing with cannoli and eclairs.

What started out as a small organization by Mac and Ruth Wordell in 1974, La Mesa Beautiful has laid down some deep roots. The 39th Annual Awards Luncheon at the La Mesa Community Center on October 12, 2017 recognized residents and businesses within La Mesa who have ensured that the city remains the “Jewel of the Hills.”

“La Mesa Beautiful is an important organization, small but mighty,” said La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis. 

The drumming and haunting chants of men in native song, the swirl of color, feathers and beads of Native American dance was all part of the thrill at the 28th Annual Sycuan Powwow on the Sycuan reservation near the casino. The annual powwow, which took place this year Sept. 8 - 10, is a source of pride for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

It’s the start of the new academic year at Grossmont College, and the Hyde Gallery’s first exhibit for the fall semester will take you in by the intricacy and detail of the art. “If You Lived Here” features pencil and ink drawings as well as etchings and will run through September 14.

The exhibit shows 25 artists, all members of West Coast Drawing. The organization highlights the importance of drawing. 

For the 15th year in a row, Sharp HospiceCare held its annual Benefit Dinner and Regatta. “Celebrating Life” was the motto for this year’s events. The Benefit Dinner on August 26 hosted 500 people at the Hotel del Coronado. The next day, 43 sailboats participated in the race in the bay, with 700 on 38 yachts from Coronado Yacht Club watching the colorful spinnakers out on the sparkling water.  

The war in Afghanistan and Iraq is hellish, seemingly never-ending. Yet U.S. troops see some hope in fighting the Taliban and insurgents through help from the people who live there and sign on as interpreters. They do so, risking their own lives to help the soldiers and sailors who are doing their best to bring stability into a country wracked with fighting. 

On July 9, La Mesa Beautiful gave twelve residents of La Mesa Spirit Awards for their creative home landscapes showcasing drought-tolerant plants and other water-saving features. 

“The purpose of La Mesa Beautiful,” explained President Sharon Fitzpatrick, “is to promote, coordinate and advance beautification activities to make La Mesa a more beautiful place to live.”

 The summer is long and lazy, and sometimes you just want to read or relax for a couple of hours with an iced frappuccino or a cup of joe and a tidbit. Brew Coffee Spot is the new favorite go-to place for locals.

In many ways, Alexandria Freeman, a student at St. Martin’s Academy in La Mesa, is very much like other 13-year-old girls. She likes animals and hanging out with her friends in her Girl Scout troop. Yet she is one of only fifteen girls in the world selected to attend an immersion trip to India with the Girl Scouts Destinations travel program.