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The artists are members of the San Diego Watercolor Society. According to Kathy Quinn, library director, the library’s current exhibit is called “Back Row Group,” a reference to Bandish’s advanced students who tend to sit in a classroom’s back row. Bandish, a member of the California Council for Adult Education, has been teaching since 1987.

He teaches art classes at Grossmont Adult School, La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, Foothills Adult Center and Steele Canyon Adult Center. He is a recipient of the OASIS Award for outstanding instructor from Grossmont Adult School. OASIS is an acronym for Outstanding Adult Student, Instructor, Staff. Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Winter Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. `Healthcare Hero’ Deadline is Tuesday the 23rd The deadline is approaching for submission of nominations for the Grossmont Healthcare District’s (GHD) 2016 Healthcare Hero Awards. Now in its 10th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program honoring volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.

Nomination forms are available at www.grossmonthealthcare.org. Entries can be mailed, faxed, emailed or personally delivered to the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. For more information, contact the GHD offices at [email protected] Nominees can include front-line volunteers at a community clinic, a junior volunteer or auxiliary member, as well as a member of a service club, community group and advocacy or policy organization. Other nominees also can include first responders or other healthcare industry professionals, including educators, pastoral care providers and grant writers who volunteer their time beyond their professional duties and their regular scope of job responsibilities, according to Robert “Bob” Ayres, 2015 GHD board president. East County Chamber’s February Breakfast at Black Angus The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. 5, at Black Angus Steakhouse, 1000 Graves Ave., El Cajon. Cost to attend is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for non-members with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. La Mesa Chamber Will Host Breakfast with Supervisor Dianne Jacob The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. 10, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsor is Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World. 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 website: www.lamesachamber.com or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. Jacob is now in her sixth term on the Board of Supervisors. She is only the second San Diego County supervisor in modern times to serve at least five times as chair. Jacob’s second supervisorial district features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and cities with more than 620,000 East County residents of the unincorporated communities of Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and Julian and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway, as well as the communities of Allied Gardens, College Area, Del Cerro, Grantville, Navajo, Rolando and San Carlos in the City of San Diego. Grossmont Healthcare District Offers Scholarships for Nursing, Health Tech Students The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two scholarship programs for nursing students and students pursuing careers as medical health technicians. Deadline to receive applications for both scholarship programs is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. Applicants for both scholarships must reside within the boundaries of GHD for a minimum of one year, or have graduated from a high school located within the district’s boundaries. Previous recipients of both of these GHD scholarships are not eligible to reapply.

For more information and to obtain the criteria and applications for both scholarships, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org/operations/scholarship-programs. Nursing students are invited to apply for a scholarship of either $3,000 or $1,500. Applicants must provide evidence of current enrollment in a registered nursing program approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), along with details about community volunteer work (volunteer work may be within either school or resident community), a letter of recommendation from a nursing instructor and a maximum 500-word essay on the topic “the future of nursing in my community.” Preference will be given to nurses who are new to the profession. The nursing scholarship, called the Richard Bea RN Memorial Nursing Scholarship, is named after former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years and served on the GHD board from 1996 until his death in 1999. Health tech students are invited to apply for one of up to five non-renewable $2,000 scholarships. Applicants must write a maximum 400-word essay on the topic “where I will be in my career five years from now.” Eligible occupations for the medical technician scholarship include anesthesiology technician, cardiovascular technician, disability services management, laboratory technician, licensed vocational nurse, occupational therapy assistant, orthopedic technician, pharmacy technician, respiratory therapy technician, speech therapy or speech pathology technician and telemetry/EKG technician. Sycuan Casino Names Permanent GM Sycuan Casino has appointed San Diego native John Dinius as permanent general manager. He had been serving as interim general manager since 2014. Under Dinius, Sycuan officials said the casino received national recognition as one of the top 10 casinos outside of Las Vegas by Yahoo Travel. Also during his time in leadership, the casino launched its successful San Diego-centric brand in 2015 and introduced a large non-smoking gaming area.

Dinius, an employee at Sycuan Casino for 22 years, worked his way through the ranks during his tenure.


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