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Volume 7, Issue 7 | July 28 - Aug. 24, 2017
Group aims to make La Mesa a sanctuary for ferret owners

A group fighting a 20-year legal battle is now employing a new tactic. "Legalize Ferrets," founded by La Mesa resident Pat Wright, still has the ultimate goal of having ferrets as legal domestic pets in the state of California - but now they are working with council members to declare the city of La Mesa a "ferret-friendly" or "ferret sanctuary" city.

"We know there are ferrets and people who love ferrets in our city," La Mesa councilwoman Kristine Alessio told the Legalize Ferrets group at a meet-and-greet on July 15. "I have taken on the challenge."

Boys & Girls Clubs of East County breaks ground on La Mesa clubhouse

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has begun construction of its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that will house the Gagon Academy and Bill Walton Gymnasium. 

The new clubhouse is located past a ball field on the west end of the La Mesa Arts Academy. The new 26,000-square-foot Brady Family Clubhouse will be the largest of the six Boys and Girls Clubs of East County.

Celebrate the arts at heART of Mt. Helix

La Mesa's Mt. Helix will come alive with the sound of music - and food, drink, art, dancing and general frivolity - at the 10th annual heART of Mt. Helix fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m. The event is for adults only, age 21 and older. 

The fundraiser is organized by the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, which serves as trustee of the private family trust that established the park in 1929. The event raises a third of the park's annual $300,000 budget, which funds park operations.

Achieving success and giving back

Lauren Haneke-Hopp believes in dreaming big, achieving her goals, and then paying it forward. The adaptive athlete is on her way to the pinnacle of wheelchair tennis success and recently took time to inspire younger players to do the same. In addition to her busy schedule, she volunteers to coach younger wheelchair athletes to pave the road to tennis success.

Hanake-Hopps, a La Mesa resident who is now a sophomore at the University of Alabama, picked up a tennis racket in the seventh grade. Her dreams were to make the girls' varsity team at Patrick Henry High and one day play in the 2020 Paralympics. She didn't know how it would happen, just that she wanted it to become her future reality.

Items in the La Mesa News Briefs:

- La Mesa Rotary holds a shoe drive
Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta
- First ever operation performed in La Mesa
- City promotes youth involvement
- Nonprofit organization recognized
- Community leaders protest Caltrans
- Grossmont Healthcare District supports medical volunteers in El Cajon

Also in this issue:

The draft of City of La Mesa's Climate Action Plan (CAP) has been released; Alvarado Hospital's emergency room expansion is well underway; special education teacher Evelyn Wills was recognized for her life achievements and successes; a guest editorial from Dr. James D. Veltmeyer on Big Pharma; our Letters to the Editor discuss pedestrian traffic and crime; a guest editorial from Sen. Toni G. Atkins on the state budget; updates from Dianne Jacob, Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated, La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, Grossmont High School, Cuyamaca College and La Mesa Reads; Frank Sabatini Jr.'s restaurant review of Ranas Mexico City Cuisine; a recipe for cold rice chicken noodle salad in What's Cooking with Julie; "Pump Up the Volume" and the Cassie B Project are breathing new life into popular music; our community calendar features events such as La Mesa/East County Bancroft Exchange and La Mesa Classic Car Show; and our arts calendar includes concerts at Sycuan and exhibits at Mission Trails Regional Park.

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