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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

Brilliant blue skies and a sparkling ocean greeted the participants on the water for the 13th two-day Annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta on Aug. 28 - 29. The event netted more than $360,000, even more than last year’s Regatta. 

The secret is out: coloring for adults is a big craze these days. All you have to do is walk around someplace like Michaels and see the overabundance of “adult’ coloring books featuring designs of mandalas, paisley patterns and everything and anything in nature. A few weeks ago, Parade Magazine featured an article called “50 Shades of Happy: the New Joy of Coloring.” 

When people see the homeless standing on a street corner with a sign that asks for help, many feel at a loss. They could give them money or a sandwich, but some often wonder how often that is simply a handout and not a hand up to help themselves into a better life.

To people who are not fast with their feet, tap-dancing presents something of a mystery. It hardly seems humanly possible the way the tap dancers cut the rug all the while with a big smile on their faces as if they were born with a beat in their feet.

The California Rhythm Project, an East County-based dance company, dazzles non-dancers in this way. Headed up by dance instructor Nancy Boskin-Mullen, the company’s newest production Beat without Borders, also garnered a Spirit of the Fringe award at the recent Fringe Festival.

Line dancing is a dynamic way to stay in shape, both in body and mind. Though what comes to mind for most people is a group of thirty or so individuals forming three or four rows to do Electric Slide, line dancing is a way to open new doors to health and happiness in life.

Estelle Gibson Lauer had no intentions of writing a book, much less publishing one just a few years ago. But when the alumni department of the University of the Pacific (formerly College of the Pacific) issued an invitation for its graduates to send them printed records of their memories there, Lauer got an idea.

Lauer spoke about her experiences at the Lemon Grove Library’s author talk on Aug. 8.

Unforgettable memories are made at camp, and the grand opening of Camp McGrath at the McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego made for more great ones. Hamburgers and hot dogs were the menu of the day under colorful canopies of the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery Picnic Area.

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.