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Breakfast sponsors include Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Hornbrook Center for Dentistry. Anderson will share his insight on Sacramento and discuss upcoming legislation critical to Californians and businesses, as well as outlines anticipated challenges in 2017. Anderson, a longtime advocate for small businesses, has been named the California State Legislator of the Year by the California Small Business Association and California Small Business Roundtable.

Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Attendance drawing sponsors include La Mesa Courier and Opus Bank. Reservations may be made via the chamber website, www.lamesachamber.com, or by sending an e-mail, [email protected], or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. Anderson’s 38th Senate District, representing more than 1 million constituents, includes Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs and Fallbrook. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010. Dionne Thomas is Keynote Speaker at 2016 WILL Awards Fitness instructor, dancer and choreographer Dionne Thomas will be the keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL) to be held Friday, Sept. 16 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley. Thomas is a licensed Zumba instructor and spoke at a 2015 TedX Temecula event.

She is known for her ability to help people connect to their authentic self expression, according to press materials. Thomas encourages us to awaken our inner dancer and allow ourselves to move courageously unguarded through the world.” “It is my passion to help people release their fears, self-doubt or whatever is holding them back from living the life of their dreams,” said Thomas, according to her website. “I believe that dancing is one of the ways we set ourselves free to return to that child-like inner confidence so we can become all we want to be.” The annual WILL event honors women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, according to Leah McIvor, 2016 event chair. San Diego County Herald LLC, publisher of The East County Herald newspaper, is an event sponsor. Other sponsors include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Barona Resort & Casino and Hollywood Casino in Jamul. For ticket sales and sponsorship information, contact the Chamber offices at (619) 440-6161 or send an e-mail to Rosemary Reed, [email protected] La Mesa Chamber Now Accepting Items for Holiday Senior Baskets The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has begun accepting items to include in holiday gift baskets for La Mesa senior citizens. According to Mary England, Chamber president/CEO, items needed include canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, boxes of crackers, pasta and macaroni and cheese, slipper socks for women, men’s socks, bars of soaps, toothpaste, tissues, hand soaps, bottles of hand sanitizer and pens and pads of paper. Gift cards in any denomination from Walmart, Target or a grocery store also are welcomed. “If you have another item you believe will put a smile on their faces, by all means drop them off,” England said. “We want to make this again a memorable holiday for our home bound seniors.” Items can be delivered to the La Mesa Chamber office, 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 212, La Mesa, between 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, or contact England at (619) 251-7730. England said 24 gift baskets are planned for seniors who have been selected by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. The gift baskets and a hot dinner will be delivered toward the end of the year, she said. You Could Be Among 200,000 Picked for Transportation Survey The San Diego Association of Governments is launching a survey that will query one in five area households about transportation habits. The study of around 200,000 households is designed to help transportation planners better understand how, when and why residents travel in the region, according to SANDAG. The results will be used to help develop infrastructure projects and programs to better meet regional transportation needs. Participants will be randomly selected, most via a smartphone app but some online or by phone. They'll be asked questions about when and where they travel; whether they drive alone, carpool, vanpool, walk, bike, or use public transit; and the costs of their transportation choices taking into account things like parking and transit fares. Participants whose households complete the study will receive either a $10 or $20 gift card per adult, depending on the method they use to complete the survey. Residents will be invited to participate on a rolling basis, through late October. All of the data is anticipated to be collected by November, according to SANDAG, which last conducted a major transportation survey 10 years ago. La Mesa Health Care Library Meeting About Vitamin D The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St.

in La Mesa, will host a free program on “The ABCs of Vitamin D” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept.

The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Speaking at the Herrick Library will be Kathy Quinn, library director. She will discuss the role of Vitamin D in our bodies.

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