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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

By Delia Cannon and Kenneth McNicol

Difference Makers Conferences, the learning division of Difference Makers Consulting  (www.differencemakersconsulting.com) has launched the RiseUp! 2016 Women’s Conference, April 15-16, 2016 in Carmel Valley, CA. The conference will provide essential skills to help women navigate life changes such as divorce, job changes, and loss. The conference early-bird rate of $149 has been extended as part of a spring promotion.

Depot Springs Beer Company is planning an outdoor music venue and brewery / restaurant in Fletcher Hills, on Dallas St and Fletcher Parkway. According to its promotional literature, the La Mesa Planning Commission appears to have approved live (outdoor) music until midnight, daily. Their promotional literature portrays this plan as being family-friendly.

Now that so much of the rental industry has moved online, it’s easier than ever for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting renters. 

By Gail Ramer

Assembly Member Jones, R-Santee, honored Terry Burke-Eiserling as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 71st Assembly District during a special ceremony at the Lakeside Skate Park on March 25.

On March 20, Bill Walton accepted a $50,000 check from Sycuan Casino on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The donation provided by Sycuan is part of the casino’s promise to the organization to donate at least 5 percent of its GameDay Sports Bar & Grill’s annual sales, which began in 2012.

Being overcome with a fit of nostalgia I decided to take a drive through my old neighborhood. I was born in La Mesa at the newly opened Grossmont Hospital in1961. We lived off Avocado on Nabal St., named after a rare variety of avocado, at the foothills of Mt. Helix. When not in school, the neighborhood was always a busy hive of little baby-boomers either riding their bikes, playing flag football in the street or pretending to be intrepid explorers in search of some yet undiscovered treasure.

Residents at Mount Miguel Covenant Village are enjoying the fruits – and the vegetables and beauty – of their gardening labor. This month marks the continuing care retirement community’s one-year garden anniversary and residents and staff celebrated with an intimate garden party to toast the success of a resident-driven project that began a year ago. “A home is not a home until it has a garden,” said Garden Club President and Mount Miguel resident Linda Smith.