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For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. La Mesa Chamber to host `Taste of La Mesa’ The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 8th annual Taste of La Mesa from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. Presenting sponsor is Sycuan Casino and Barona Resort & Casino is the supporting sponsor.

The event will feature networking and food sampling from local restaurants and food providers. In addition, local businesses will be on hand with exhibit tables. Parking is free and shuttle service will be available. Admission is $70 per person to a pre-event VIP reception that begins at 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.lamesachamber.com or call the Chamber office, (619) 465-7700. Tickets also are available at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.

Participating restaurants as of press time include Anthony's Fish Grotto, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Brigantine Restaurant, Cali Comfort BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Edible Arrangements, El Torito, Himalayan Cuisine, Hooleys Irish Pub and Grill, Luna Grill, Marie Callender's, O's American Kitchen, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Souplantation, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Terra American Bistro, The Hills Local Pub, Tiramisu Trattoria, and Valley Farm Market. Samuel Adams is the exclusive beer sponsor of the evening. Wine sponsors include Nonno’s Ristorante Italino, Riviera Supper Club, The Regal Bar and San Pasqual Winery. Lakeside Chamber will host June mixer at UPS Store The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host its next Thursday mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at the UPS Store, 9562 Winter Gardens Blvd., Lakeside. The mixer will include networking, food and drinks. Cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for potential members. According to Kathy Kassel, Chamber president/CEO, the mixer is a great opportunity to connect with fellow chamber members and promote your business. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.LakesideChamber.org. The UPS Store in Lakeside ([email protected]) offers mailboxes, printing, packaging and mailing and shipping services, as well as office products and supplies and notary services. Health Fair Saturday set for June 18 at Grossmont Center The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is offering exhibit booth space to any health-related for-profit business or non-profit organization for Health Fair Saturday, one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County region. on Saturday, June 18, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. Chamber officials expect about 25 exhibit booths will feature health screenings for stroke, cholesterol, body mass index and blood pressure, as well as the latest information on health-related techniques and products from for-profit and non-profit organizations. Additional information will be available on senior housing, home care services, hospice care, home safety, fitness, health insurance, nutrition and medical supplies, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and eye surgery. On a stage at the event will be interactive demonstrations. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will provide electric-powered automobiles for test driving. This event has proven to be highly successful on several levels, not the least of which is catching potentially serious medical conditions before they become life-threatening,” said Leah McIvor, board of directors chair, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. “In past years, healthcare professionals have identified several individuals with warning signs for serious conditions. We strive to make this an educational, accessible and beneficial event, and it may save a life.” Event sponsors include the Grossmont Healthcare District, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Grossmont Center, California Coast Credit Union and SDG&E. For more information and an exhibitor application, contact Rosemary Reed, event director, at the East County Chamber at (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. Grossmont Healthcare District recognizes Healthcare Heroes A vascular surgeon, a chiropractor, an attorney, a beagle and her master, and a pirate who fights for those suffering from childhood cancer are among local volunteers who have been recognized with a 2016 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Now in its tenth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. “The purpose of these Healthcare Hero awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in health care might not otherwise be recognized,” said Grossmont Healthcare District 2016 board president Bob Ayres.

“This year’s group of honorees demonstrated extraordinary and inspirational care and selfless dedication that has played a critical role towards a healthier East County community.” This year’s honorees included: Dr. Scott Musicant, Vascular Associates of San Diego; Dr.

Kevin Ryan, chiropractor; James Byrnes, San Diego Freedom Ranch; Michael Colombo and his dog Shiloh, Sharp Grossmont Hospital Pet Therapy Program; Sam Mejia, Sons of Charity. Musicant, a practicing vascular surgeon with Vascular Associates of San Diego, donates his time and expertise to serve the underserved in San Diego County as a physician volunteer for Project Access San Diego (PASD). PASD is the flagship volunteer physician program of Champions for Health, a nonprofit organization previously called the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation.

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