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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

A published author of five books, Lakeside resident Sarka-Jonae Miller put people at ease at her launch event of Ask an Author, based on her column of the same name in East County Magazine.

At Bistro Sixty in La Mesa, she discussed her writing career and her two series of books, “Between Boyfriends” and the new “All for You,” published by Seattle-based Booktrope. 

Tim Woods, Gregory Gross, and Bari Zwirn go together to Sharp Grossmont Hospital Rehabilitation Center once a month. But instead of wielding crutches or getting around in wheelchairs, they carry guitars into the place.

“We know the healing power of music and hope to bring a little sunshine into the day of the patients who need cheering up,” said Tim Woods, who co-hosts with Gross the weekly Wood ‘n’ Lips at Kaffee Meister in Santee.

People who attend the monthly meetings of Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce always enjoy the networking with each other, but the meetings are also valued for its relevant topics. Last week, at BJ’s in Grossmont Center, people networked for just a short while before sitting down to listen to some speakers on a very hot topic—the California drought.

The Joan B. Kroc Theatre was packed on the blustery evening of May 7. Everyone was eager and ready for a night of unforgettable dance put on by alumni of the Grossmont College Department of Dance.

Choreographers, dancers, and musicians who have all graduated from the college were ready to show what they could do. But first, Department Chair Kathy Meyer came onto the stage.

Rather than spend a lot of money on brunch for a couple of hours at some place on the coast, think East County for Mother’s Day. A multitude of places will please mom and the entire family for the whole day.

Anytime that the Grossmont College Dance Departments puts on one of its concerts, everybody knows they are in for a good show. Last weekend’s annual “Entrances and Exits” concert at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre was no different.

Department Chair Kathy Meyer and Instructor David Mullen opened with the announcement of three recipients of the department’s Excellence in Dance scholarships.

For Raymond Wong, a resident of Rancho San Diego, writing a memoir was a life-changing experience. His book titled, “I’m Not Chinese: Moving from Resentment to Reverence” is a compelling account of how he rectified his past after a life-changing trip to Hong Kong with his mother.

At the San Carlos Library, Wong talked about the book. He read aloud the first few paragraphs of his memoir. 

On a beautiful day like it was last Saturday, parents try to get their kids to go outside. But with that, there’s usually a warning to not get too dirty or wet and not to make too much noise in the neighborhood. Kids got a chance to do all that with their parents’ hearty approval at the Fun with Physics in La Mesa’s Highwood Park.

When Wendy Esterly prepares to hike at Mission Trails Regional Park, she always make sure she has her DSLR camera with a 400-mm lens attached to it. “The camera is part of me. Without it, I feel lost,” she said.

She puts into her backpack a Phillips screwdriver and a pair of work gloves. Then she checks to make sure she has her iPhone with her, and dons her bright green reflector vest and sun-protective hat. Now she is ready to go to the Oak Grove section of the park.

With the recent rainy season coming to an end, many held their breath hoping that the rain would somehow count toward relieving the drought. But forecasters are always dim with their report that the rain barely made a difference. Rather than give up, we can get smart and head to San Diego Drums and Totes. The Lemon Grove based company has its own answer for water conservation.