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Volume 7, Issue 9 | Sept. 22 - Oct. 26, 2017
The new and the old of La Mesa Oktoberfest
This year's Oktoberfest will again see some changes now that the city of La Mesa has officially gotten out of the event-planning business.

In 2016, city officials decided to take on the production of Oktoberfest when they realized that the future of the event was in jeopardy. This year, they've passed the torch to the newly formed La Mesa Village Association (LMVA).

Howling for forever homes

Adoptable dogs featured at Howl-O-Ween Hounds event

If you're looking for Halloween plans that are more sweet than spooky, Howl-O-Ween Hounds may just be the treat for you.

Howl-O-Ween Hounds, an adoption event at Grossmont Center, brings together dozens of pet adoption agencies ­- 25 and counting, at the time of publication - in an effort to connect these animals with loving owners.

Bringing music to the table in La Mesa

When I moved from La Mesa to Normal Heights four years ago, I thought I was going to reside in a hotbed for live music, as I'd be walk-ably close to Adams Avenue and North Park with their plentiful venues and numerous street fairs.

Little did I know La Mesa was going to experience a live-music renaissance of its own, with an up-and-coming culinary scene to boot.

Housing project approved with second vote
Design Review Board process under review after contentious decision

At its Sept. 12 meeting, La Mesa City Council reversed an earlier decision to reject the proposed Little Flower Haven housing project at 8585 La Mesa Blvd.

The housing project by Silvergate Development will build 130 units on the property that used to be owned by the Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus.

Items in the La Mesa News Briefs:

- Chamber holiday giving programs
- International Day of Peace
- Lecture series highlights home tour
- Grossmont Healthcare District donates rides to medical appointments
- YMCA memberships for Big Brothers and Big Sisters
- City installs new pavement markings

News and updates from:

- La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
- Navajo Canyon Republican Women
- Senator Anderson
- Grossmont High School
- Helix Charter High School
Also in this issue:

Destination Healing retreats offer refreshment, renewal and restoration for local women; a guest editorial from Covered California; our Letters to the Editor discuss Little Flower Haven and HR38 CR; Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are looking for help from the community to fill their food pantry cupboards; Frank Sabatini Jr.'s restaurant review on Smokin' Blaine's BBQ, Grossmont Center's big barbecue secret; San Diego Center for Children's recently opened Family Wellness Center in La Mesa offers new therapeutic services; Gen-X in a Millennial World's Genevieve Suzuki shares an unexpected lesson to help you through tough times; Scripps Health reports that young children who play multiple sports may have a lower risk of injury; La Mesa Reads offers some back-to-school books for all ages; our community calendar features the 12th annual La Mesa Park Appreciation Day as well as the Lions Club's Italian Dinner; and our arts calendar is packed with events including 'Salsa Under the Stars' and San Diego International Film Festival. 

About La Mesa Courier
Specializing in covering community events, interesting people, businesses and more, the La Mesa Courier is delivered throughout La Mesa, Mt. Helix and surrounding areas. In addition to our door to door distribution throughout zip codes 91941 and 91942, the newspaper is distributed at over 140 strategic locations throughout our area. 

La Mesa Courier is a part of the San Diego Community News Network, which also publishes San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Downtown News, Gay San Diego, Mission Valley News and Mission Times Courier. 
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