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Volume 7, Issue 3 | March 24 - April 27, 2017
Oh, my!
East County exotic animal sanctuary looks to expand

In 1990, Bobbi Brink was searching through a her local Texas newspaper for used restaurant equipment when another classified listing caught her eye and changed the course of her life.

It was Brink's first experience with the exotic animal trade and one that eventually led her to open one of the most respected wild animal sanctuaries in the country: Lions, Tigers and Bears located in the Alpine in eastern San Diego County.

Hometown hero honored for trailblazing achievements

Longtime La Mesa resident and newly-promoted San Diego Police Department Assistant Chief Sandra Albrektsen has always known she's wanted to live a live a life of service.

Her father served in the U.S. Navy, she said, and her mom spent countless hours engaged in military-related volunteerism.

A helping hand

Student makes affordable prosthetics with 3D printer

In the summer of 2014, La Mesa resident Meghana Reddy was on a family trip to India when she stumbled across a problem that needed solving.

Reddy worked with local computer and software engineers to create affordable prosthetic limbs on the 3D printer she owns. She also formed the nonprofit Limbs with Love in order to fundraise and better work with other charity groups - a necessity of the logistics required to get the right prosthetics to those in need.

Chalk art collaboration at La Mesa Arts Academy
A collaboration with Mt. Miguel High School turned the La Mesa Arts Academy (LMAA) open house on March 2 into an opportunity to promote and celebrate the visual arts with a project that created chalk art in the school's courtyard.

The art collaboration involved 15 Mt. Miguel students from the Street Painting Club working with around 60 LMAA students in creating the popular, yet temporary, street art works in the school courtyard.

Peter Pan revives 'My Fair Lady'

The 90 children currently rehearsing for the Peter Pan Junior Theater's upcoming production of "My Fair Lady" not only have to learn their lines and choreography, but, in some cases, how to dress themselves.

The production will run April 5-8 at the Joan B. Kroc Salvation Army Theater and, as always, the young thespians learn more than just their lines (or how to put on period attire).

Items in the La Mesa News Briefs include:

- New program serves uninsured in East County

- Pageant winners crowned

Lake Murray music festival seeks donations 

- Nominate a beautiful yard

La Mesans to receive University of San Diego Alumni Awards

Also in this issue:

Council clarifies city rules on marijuana; words flow fast in state competition Poetry Out Loud; our calendar is packed with events such as Prom Fashion Show and La Mesa Boulevard Stroll; our arts calendar is full of creative events including Spring Harp Fest and "My Brooklyn Hamlet"; Lamplighters Community Theatre's "The Dresser" explores growing older in the world of theater; La Mesa Reads recommends books for Women's History Month; NCRWF Road Show auction night features Tom Del Beccaro as keynote; Steyer and Takvorian to speak on environment at next LMFDC meeting; news from Helix Charter High School; softball through the years at Grossmont High; Dianne's Corner talks the Flume Trail, SDG&E and East County Californian reader poll; Rep. Susan A. Davis' op-ed addresses higher education; Sari Reis shares common symptoms to see if your cat is in pain; Dr. Ananthram Reddy of Sharp Grossmont Hospital answers common questions about colon cancer; Gen-X in a Millennial World's Genevieve A. Suzuki gets honest on parenting; and a recipe for fresh asparagus soup in What's Cooking With Julie.
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About La Mesa Courier
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