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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

Noise reverberating from the La Mesa Fire Station on Dallas Street was not the clangs and bangs of fire engines racing to an emergency. Neighbors heard instead the heavy beat of drums. Community Drum Circle, which formerly met at Nancy Couts Cottage, had its monthly meeting at the new venue.

Led by Susan Hall, proprietor of RhythmWorx, the Drum Circle is a traditional Thursday night activity for people who cannot resist the beck and call of pounding drums.

All hands were on deck, dozens of boats bobbing on the sparkling San Diego Bay last weekend. Boating enthusiasts and health care professionals came together for the eleventh annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta hosted by Sharp HospiceCare, Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association. 

With all of life stretched before her, La Mesa native Lauren Cannon is like many other 21-year-olds. She wants to make a difference in the world, maybe one day live near the beach. She also admires her father, cherishing his attention and advice.

But Cannon stands out from other young ladies by already heading up her own business, Growcery Bags. According to the description on Cannon’s website, the cloth-made bags are “a sustainable alternative to plastic while keeping form, function, and style in mind. “

The Lemon Grove Library held the first of its series of Art Talks last week, featuring  Kentucky-based artist Ellen Glasgow. Her exhibit of abstract-quality monotypes and oil paintings depicts the nuances of light and color in the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Glasgow, 77, began her work when she was stationed with her Coast Guard husband on Annette Island, a tiny remote island off the western shore of Alaska. The remote location is where Glasgow began her lifelong love of painting.

Santee was a hot spot for families at the First Annual “Summer for Kids” event sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) Aerie 3973 held July 26-28. The Santee-El Cajon FOE has a long tradition of community support through fundraisers and events. Summer for Kids was a first for the FOE, and organizer Billie Lail promises that it will continue in the coming years.

With every stroke of the color pastels she uses, Monique Straub paints flowers, trees, even buildings in luxuriant light. Her style, sometimes resembling Van Gogh’s work in her giddy swirls of sun and clouds and flower petals, evokes nothing less than joy. 

Right on schedule, a historic school bell rings in a new era for the Lemon Grove Library. Serving some 25,000 residents of the area, the brand-new Mission revival style library, at 3001 School Lane, will officially open with a celebration on June 1.

Built by Legacy, Inc., the library, in association with Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, is a project of the Lemon Grove School District (LGSD) Proposition W. 

Like so many other San Diegans, Ernie Sanchez found himself without a job after being laid off about a year ago due to the economy. But he quickly found other work as a helper to a gardener. His sharp eye and attention to detail eventually landed him his own landscaping business.

New Day Women’s Center is the brainchild of Phyllis Long, securing the La Mesa location a few years ago. Until she enrolled in Rebecca Garcia’s business and life coaching sessions, running the center was nearly the impossible dream for Long.

Armed with masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Theology from Bethel Seminary, Long said she always felt the call to help women. In 1997, while serving in various group ministries in her church, she envisioned opening the women’s center.

An estimated 1,000 people visited El Cajon on March 21, the opening day of the new Downtown El Cajon Farmers’ Market, a project of the International Resource Committee (IRC). An idea planted by the IRC with the support of the city of El Cajon, the market took about six months to plan and organize.