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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

Last Saturday, June 2, the sun shone brightly–a welcome reprieve from the May Gray hanging around for a month. It was a good day to celebrate the Grand Opening of the brand-new El Cajon Animal Shelter, a state-of-the-art $10 million building of 15,000 square feet.

The shelter had been approved by a vote of the people for Proposition O in 2004. The old facility was 61 years old.

“It was literally crumbling,” said Jill Jones, manager of the shelter. “The people of El Cajon really deserved this new facility.”

On International Women’s Day, March 8, the Hyde Gallery at Grossmont College had an opening reception for its double exhibit of “Don’t Hold Still,” an exhibit of tintypes and late 19th century photographs of women; and “Greater Than,” an exhibition of work by sculpture artist Sara Parent-Ramos.

On International Women’s Day, March 8, the Hyde Gallery at Grossmont College had an opening reception for its double exhibit of “Don’t Hold Still,” an exhibit of tintypes and late 19th century photographs of women; and “Greater Than,” an exhibition of work by sculpture artist Sara Parent-Ramos.

 

Marcia Van Loy, a volunteer with the master Gardener Association for 17 years, came to La Mesa’s Beautiful annual meeting to talk about how people can grow plants for all types of pollinators. La Mesa Beautiful recognizes and gives awards to residences and businesses for landscaping beauty, most of which are drought-tolerant. 

The Lakeside Library has always been the heartbeat of the community, especially in these last several years with free classes, workshops and events of all kinds, thanks to the Friends of the Library. All eyes are on the future when a larger library will be built on a lot next to the Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant, with construction completed by 2021. 

There is line dance, and then there is line dance with heart and soul. Ed Griffith teaches this sort of line dancing to adults of all ages, and it is making them move to the groove. Griffith has developed a choreography that is unique, which garnered him an award for creativity when he and his Verlosity Team performed just a few weeks ago.

In Baltimore, Maryland after the Verlosity performance at the Union Crew Awards 2018, Griffith received the “Creativity Award” as well as the “Group Award.”

When David Bramley talks, his students listen closely, an advantage of his British way of speaking. When he plays the piano or guitar, they sit, rapt with attention and wait for their turn to drum or strum.

Hailing from England and now living in La Mesa with his wife and daughter, Bramley has found great success as founder, proprietor and teacher of So Cal Music Academy in Lakeside. It was a long time in coming, though.

Whenever kids show up at a Christmas party for them, they get excited. Throw in a magic show and they’re hyped. But you’ve never seen kids get more amped-up than the group of more than 100 gathered in the lobby at the Ronald Reagan Center in El Cajon on the evening of December 22, 2017. 

Alex Toporovsky is an artist in rare form. Not only has he carved out a living for himself, supporting his wife, son and daughter, his art has been hand-picked for an exhibit in a gallery in China. In February, Toporovsky’s work will be shown at the art museum in Guangzhou, that country’s third largest city. 

Naturally, the Santee resident is ecstatic about the opportunity. He plans on going out to China for the opening of the show.

Though the temperatures reached the mid 80’s during the day last Saturday, opening day of the annual Holiday in the Village, when evening fell, the temperatures did, too. La Mesans were eager to go to the annual event, where it’s always about meeting up with family and friends.

There were dancers and singers and entertainers everywhere along the Boulevard. Plenty of vendors kept the shoppers happy, as did the retail stores open until late. Folks from the Fourpenny House, a new Scottish restaurant soon to open, handed out samples of their stew and bread.