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Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Carol Roberts of Spring Valley. The exhibit features paintings of landscapes, animals, birds, flowers and scenery, some of them inspired by Roberts’ scuba diving trips to New Guinea, Palau and Fiji. Roberts’ first career was in medical school management.

She has managed Internal Medicine Departments at the University of California San Francisco and University of Utah and the Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego. Since 2000, she has worked full-time as a real estate broker-associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in La Mesa. Roberts is a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society, East County Art Association and Foothills Art Association. Roberts’ website featuring her artwork is www.CarolJRobertsWatercolors.com. Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Spring 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. Realtors Survey Reveals Affordability Worries The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,300-member trade group for East County and San Diego-area realtors, recently polled its members to identify which real estate issues they were “most concerned” about. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 representing “most concerned” and 1 representing “least concerned,” PSAR members cast the most votes for “Decline in Housing Affordability,” with one out of every four PSAR members selecting that choice as highest.

PSAR members ranked other concerns as follows: (#1) Decline in Housing Affordability, 25 percent; (#2) Lack of Inventory, 19 percent; (#3) Rising Interest Rates, 18 percent; (#4) Slow Down in Economic Growth, 15 percent; (#5) Home Prices Overinflated, 13 percent; (#6) Lending and Financing, 10 percent. “Our members are looking forward to the momentum and acceleration expected during the seasonal spring home buying season,” said Anthony Andaya, 2016 PSAR president. “We remain concerned over inventory and affordability issues, but we’re optimistic that interest rates will remain wonderfully low and are confident in the persistence and knowledge of how our skillful PSAR members will continue to serve their clients.” El Cajon’s Mark Larson Holds Local On-the-Air Longevity Record Radio and TV personality Mark Larson, an El Cajon resident, has begun his 41st year of continuous on-air presence in the San Diego market. That makes Larson the current holder of the longevity record for local broadcast on-air work. It was June 1976 when Larson arrived in San Diego from Rockford, Ill. He worked at KFMB 760-AM (1976-1994), Salem Communications’ KPRZ 1210-AM and KCBQ 1170-AM (1994-2004), KOGO 600-AM (2004-2007) and XEPE-AM 1700-AM (2007-2008) before returning in 2009 to Salem’s KCBQ as host of the morning drive-time talk show. In addition, his voice has been heard since the mid-1980s as host of “Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah,” which is aired on more than 2,200 stations. Also, under the umbrella of Mark Larson Media Services Inc., he’s hosting TV infomercials for a variety of nutritional supplements offered by Purity Products of New York. Plus, he’s a frequent guest on TV discussing politics on Fox News Channel and KUSI-TV/Channel 9. In his spare time, Larson will begin in July his fifth term as board chair of the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park (he has served on the board since 2003). He’s also busy as a keynote speaker and emcee at various community events, including grand openings and political rallies with presidential candidates, including Donald Trump’s recent political rally at the Convention Center. Astronaut Hall of Fame event at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “I’ve been blessed in my career, but the best has yet to come,” Larson said. “I’m always busy, but it doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy being in the community and making connections with people. I believe I have a responsibility to use my time effectively and maximize opportunities. I don’t see anything as coincidental or accidental.” Health Care Library to Host Discussion on Fire and Fall Prevention Safety The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Fire, Burn and Fall Prevention,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Speaking will be Mary Vilgera, community outreach specialist, Burn Institute. “This 30-minute presentation will focus on 16 safety messages, including eight fire prevention techniques and eight fall prevention messages,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “The presentation was developed for seniors by experts from national and local safety organizations, but its message of prevention and safety is beneficial to all.” Also available on June 22 will be information about the Burn Institute’s free offer of smoke alarms for seniors. Screened and trained community partners and volunteers assist the Burn Institute in installing the free alarms.

To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older and own your own home. Olaf Weighorst Museum Presents New Exhibit The Olaf Weighorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Moments in Time,” an exhibit featuring 24 pieces created by six artists from June 15 to Aug. Four of the six artists reside in El Cajon, including Gloria Chadwick, Grace Schlesier, Dennis Torzeski and Denise Rich. The paintings by Chadwick, Schlesier and Torzeski feature wildlife and landscape settings, while Rich specializes in bovine art, including paintings of cows, bulls, oxen, heifers, steers, bullocks and calves. The two other artists, Millie Shaw of Mountain Center, Calif., and Debbie Hughbanks of Loon Lake, Wash., specialize in wildlife and scratchboard artwork, respectively. Scratchboard is a two-dimensional medium that refers to creating an image by removing paint, ink or clay with scratching, abrasive tools. For more information, phone (619) 590-3431, or visit www.weighorstmuseum.org. East County Chamber’s June breakfast at Cottonwood Golf Club The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, June 3, at Cottonwood Golf Club, 3121 Willow Glen Dr., El Cajon.

It’s the Chamber’s annual breakfast featuring elected officials providing updates on East County cities. Confirmed speakers at press time include the mayors of El Cajon, Lemon Grove and Santee. Breakfast sponsor is San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).


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