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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

Life has a way of dealing out tacks and turns that make it unpredictable. Sometimes it can feel like a race or contest to the finish line. In a way, the Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta is a lot like life, but every participant is a winner.

The 12th Annual Benefit started out Aug. 28 with a sell-out crowd of 540 attendees at the Hotel Del Coronado, featuring Channel 8 News Reporter Alicia Summers as guest emcee. There was a live and silent auction and dinner and dancing.

After an afternoon of shopping in downtown La Mesa, a great place to wind down and get a bite to eat is Tiramisu Trattoria. The restaurant, a presence on La Mesa Boulevard since 2004, is a hallmark mix of intimacy and style.

I never even knew about the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge until I chanced upon it one day in one of my photo safaris. I had parked next to the Steele Canyon Bridge in Rancho San Diego across from the shopping center. After I shot several photos of the bridge, I ventured on, curious as to what lay beyond.

At the most recent presentation in the “Meet the Author” series at Lakeside Library, Kitty Morse treated patrons to a banquet of Moroccan culture. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, of a French mother and British father, Morse is the author of eleven books, five of which are about Moroccan cuisine.

Branch Librarian Doris Adam-Hillert, who has visited Morocco, welcomed everyone to the talk. She met Morse when the later gave a talk at the Fallbrook Library. She bought one of Morse’s books and tried some recipes.

The Bouncing Bead store in La Mesa has been a favorite for bead-lovers for several years. So when the store was up for sale in 2012, bead crafters were feeling jumpy about the plight of the shop. Joleen Brims came to its rescue. The changes she has made keep bead shoppers coming back.

The police were in full force at the El Cajon Police Station last week, complete with a K-9unit and a SWAT team. They were not out for a manhunt, but to bring neighbors and friends together for the 12th annual National Night Out in El Cajon.

Samantha Scheurn, crime prevention specialist with the El Cajon Police Department, said the NNO has come a long way since its first year in 2002. 

For nearly 60 years, El Cajon resident Pat Thompson asked herself the same questions over and over: Where is my dancing sailor? Whatever happened to him? Did he survive Pearl Harbor?

Mission Trails Regional Park is a vast place, offering 5,800 acres of rugged hills, valleys and open areas to roam. People flock every weekend to Cowles Mountain, Lake Murray, the Visitors’ Center, and the Oak Grove Trail. But its trails in Santee leading to peaks and viewpoints are worth just as much exploration.  

With the height of summer bringing us all a full blast of heat, the last place people think about going to chill is El Cajon. Yet on Fly Days, the first Friday of every month, people flock to the action at Gillespie Field Café. The live music, good eats and hanging out near the hangars keep regulars and visitors coming back for more.

On Friday, nearly 200 people with more arriving through the end of the event filled the patio and spilled out onto the tables and chairs on the tarmac. 

The highly esteemed Art with Larisse studio celebrated its 5TH year in Santee’s Carlton Oaks Shopping Center. Larisse Robinson, owner of two other studios in Kearney Mesa and La Mesa, hosted an ice cream social and art show for the occasion.

The Santee studio had been formerly located on Cuyamaca Street and moved to its current place behind Kaffee Meister last November.