2015 Apr-May - Rolando Community Council
Volume 8, No. 3
April 2015-May 2015
ROLANDO STREET FAIR
By Aimee Lee Cheek
The music! The food! The vendors! The rides! The
people passing by! The children googly-eyed with
excitement! The spectacle! The Rolando Street Fair
Sunday, March 29, through the magic of a
legion of community volunteers, the skills of
dedicated professionals and the fun-loving folks of
Rolando, the length of lovely Rolando Blvd. will be
transformed into a lively performance space and
bazaar worthy of Robin Hood's England or the
Arabian Nights. The fair opens at 10:00 AM and
folds its tent at 6:00 PM, giving everyone time to
Where to start? Booths line both sides of the
street and invite investigation. Tempting aromas
waft by. Is that roasted corn?
Little bit sleepy still? Oh, hey, Sister Speak's edgy
Americana/Alternative vibe takes the stage at 10:30
a.m. We'll wake up! Munch, too, why not? A
delicious something from the sausage guys or
Maybe funnel cake?
Len Rainey and the Midnight Players bring on the
blues at 12 o'clock. That's 12 noon, not midnight, but
who's counting? We've just time now to look for that
birthday or graduation gift.
A lot of these vendors we remember. Nice stuff.
Probably we should go over and say hi. Those
Look, this skirt.
With the blouse,
perfection. See over there, the silhouette vendor is
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RCC Meetings at Henry Clay Elementary School (6406 Solita) | 6:30PM social time, 7:00PM meeting
Tentative topics (check RolandoCC.org for updates):
Tuesday, April 21: South Campus Plaza | Preview of new SDSU shopping center
Tuesday, May 19: Real estate scene in Rolando | Organized by Doug Lister
Sunday March 29: 19th Annual Rolando Street Fair! On Rolando Blvd. south of El Cajon Blvd. All day fun!
Used Book Sales | First Saturdays | Rite Aid Parking Lot | 8:30AM–2:00PM
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back. Beautiful hand-crafted things they've brought.
Need an excuse to stock up? Remember you're not
buying only for yourself but also for your community.
Hey, it's important to encourage these folks to come
back next year. Pascha Gerlinger, who lives a few
blocks away, coordinates all the vendors; can you
believe it? She's the one introducing herself to the
new vendors and getting hugs from those who've been
About 1:30 p.m., time for the Trey Tosh Band with
Rock and Soul. Not roll. Listen and lunch? Check out
Awesum Dimsum, Rita's on Wheels, or if we're ready
for red meat, how about Hunter Steak House? Still
full of funnel cake? We could come back later and
bring home a tasty something for supper. Vegetables
from Farm Fresh to You, so fresh they last for days!
Better buy some of that terrific jalapeno jelly from
Jelly Bear Company. A couple of jars, so you won't
Already 3:30? The Devastators are on with kinky
Reggae. Shall we "Simmer Down?" Oh, yum, kettle
corn and homemade soda. Have you tried our
vendor’s sarsaparilla? Whoosh! There's Don Mullen
zipping around on rollerblades. You know he comes
all the way from Pacific Beach to help manage the
vendor area, making sure everyone is happy and safe.
And Doug Lister — that neighborhood guy with the
nice smile over there has been helping out for 15
years, rounding up volunteers and taking on just
about every job that comes up! No wonder he
received RCC’s Doris Perry Community Service Award
Can you believe it? It's 5 o'clock and The Earful
bring the Funk to our earholes! Wow, who found all
these great musicians? That would be our neighbor
Stephanie Bonner. Each year she scouts out talent,
whether from near or far, to bring us the right bands,
the right sounds, and the right mix of musical styles.
She even secures the stage, sound engineer, and when
needed rallies the sponsorship of Best Western
Lamplighter & Suites to host a traveling band.
How in the world can little Rolando put on a show
like this? Let's go by Councilmember Marti Emerald's
booth to thank her for the financial and staff support
her office extends to us. Then there's the City of San
Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, which
annually helps out with funding through the Creative
The College Area Business
District (BID) assisted with supplies and staffing,
while Jim Schneider, new Executive Director, helped
connect us with discounted suppliers and advertising.
And the Band Played On – Last year’s fairgoers listened to the
music from the Street Fair stage. (Photo: Jolyne L Harris,
Last but hardly least, for some years now, the
Rolando Community Council board has contracted
with Sandi Buehner, who lives in the College Area, to
organize the production and manage all required
contracts and permits. She has developed a highly
efficient team of volunteers. "Is it hard work for
them? At times, yes," Sandi says. "It is fun, most
definitely. Will they do it again? Undoubtedly! Can
you participate in the fun? We'd love to have you."
To sign up to volunteer next year, or help out on fair
day, email [email protected] or stop by the
information booth at the fair.
One more thing. Last year as dusk came on, all the
bands had gone, and the rides were whirling their last
whirls, a curly-headed tot crouched on the edge of the
sidewalk nearby with her mother, listening to the final
strains of the wonderful day. Maybe she'll be back
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ROLANDO NIGHT OUT
RENEW YOUR RCC MEMBERSHIP!
By Rene Sheldon, RCC Board
A Rolando Night Out is a
Try out local
meet other good folk living
in Rolando. All you need to
do is enter the dates in your
calendar (typically the 4th
Thursday) and show up
sometime after 6:30 PM.
Locations tentative. Check
www.RolandoCC.org for any updates.
Thursday, March 26 at Roboto Tokyo Grill,
6061 El Cajon Blvd near Big 5 at College Ave.
Roboto’s opened this fall and has a great menu of
Japanese and other Asian foods.
Thursday, April 23 at Alforon, 5965 El Cajon
Blvd. Travel back to 19th Century Lebanon to
enjoy the freshest ingredients and traditional
Thursday, May 28 at Bridges, 4800 Art Street
across from the post office.
Bridges is a
neighborhood bar and grill with 22 hi definition
TV’s and 16 beers on tap.
Have you renewed your Rolando Community
Council membership for 2014-15? If you haven’t
sent us a check since October, we’re waiting to hear
from you. Return the membership application on
this page or join using PayPal on our website at
www.RolandoCC.org. Your support in the past has
helped make possible our service projects, this
newsletter, community events, and advocacy for
our community. And if you’ve never been a
member, please help us make Rolando the place
you love to live.
We’re always looking for new ideas, new faces,
and new energy. We’d like to help you get more
involved in life in Rolando.
[email protected] See you at our next
“After all, the
villagers make the
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CIT CORNER: CATWALK CLEAN-UP
By Bob Scott, RCC Community Improvement Team
The RCC Community
Improvement Team (CIT)
is taking action to maintain
our neighborhood in the
attractive condition that
benefits its residents. CIT’s
spring project will be to
trim and clean up our
catwalks, one of many
unique assets that make
community it is.
cleanups are tentatively
t w o Flexing their muscles to
Saturdays: April 25 and clean Rolando! (LtoR) Deb
May 16 from 8:00AM- Lenke & Jessica Goldthorp
at last year's CIT spring
Noon. Please mark your project.(Photo: Jolyne L.
calendars and join us!
Further details will be
posted on our website, www.RolandoCC.org, Next
Door Rolando, and provided at the RCC meeting in
April. If you would like to participate, have tools
that can be used, or would like more details, please
contact CIT lead Bob Scott at [email protected]
By Bob Scott, RCC Community Improvement Team
Many of you have shared your concerns regarding
the current conditions of our city streets. The City
Council recently took another step toward improving
the situation by voting 8-0 to fund the repair and
resurfacing of 70 miles of city streets. Many of these
streets are located right here in Rolando.
This is a $9 million endeavor, using Prop. 42 and
43 funds to complete the work. The list of streets to
be repaired or resurfaced can be viewed through a
link at www.RolandoCC.org, or at http://
Bulldozers to begin rolling in Rolando soon!
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COMINGS & GOINGS
RCC Elections are coming up in June and the nominating committee encourages neighbors to
volunteer to stand for election. The positions available this year are: President, First Vice President,
Treasurer, and Director. For information, contact Jackie Flohr at [email protected]
Trader Joe’s will be the anchor tenant in the South Campus Plaza located at the northwest corner of
College Avenue and Montezuma Road. Plans are to open in summer 2016. The shopping center is part of the
SDSU development that will include high rise dorm towers and a parking structure.
Farmers Market summer hours, 3:00PM-7:00PM, are now in effect. Also, the market relocated
within College Baptist Church parking lot. It’s now at the northwest corner at Arosa and College Ave.
CAFÉ (College Area Food Experience) is coming on Sunday, May 3, 2015 , from 11:00AM-3:00PM.
This foodie event (formerly known as the College Area Taste) promises to be more delicious than ever. Visit
more than 30 diverse dining destinations. Scope out new favorite eateries and visit your regular “go-to”
places as you satisfy your stomach with scrumptious samples from quaint cafés to budding bistros around the
evolving College Area! Tickets to CAFÉ will be only $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets
will be available early April 2015. Be sure to visit www.CollegeAreaBID.com for tickets and more info.
New Retail at BLVD63. Have you noticed that storefronts are in preparation to open? UPS Store
(www.theupsstorelocal.com/6559), WaBa Grill El Cajon (www.wabagrill.com), and Moose’s Barber Shop and
The BLVD63 Action Team continues to work with Marti Emerald’s office in pursuing changes to the
municipal code regarding private student housing products and mitigation of impacts. Meetings at the City
level have occurred but to date we have not received
timelines on action. We will keep the community
apprised of any new developments at the RCC meetings.
The Copley-Price Family YMCA opened in late
January on the property of the former Pearson Ford
Dealership on El Cajon Blvd. at Fairmont. The 53,000
sq.ft. facility features two pools, a splash park, a large
gym, demonstration kitchen, and preschool. It is the
result of the generosity of Price Charities and replaces
the former YMCA campus on Landis Street. The facility
Artist rendering of the Copley-Price Family YMCA.
offers many programs to foster healthy living. Stop by
and check it out or explore the facility online at www.copleyprice.ymca.org.
The College-Rolando Branch Library celebrates a 10th Anniversary in its new building on
Montezuma Road. Stop by on Friday, March 27 from 10:30AM-3:30PM for special guest speakers, children’s
music program, face painting, a catered reception, and other exciting activities.
Utility Undergrounding. Seminole Drive is the next project on the City schedule. It is now in the
planning stage. Some communities have objections to the placement of the large utility boxes along streets to
replace the overhead lines. Send your thoughts to The Rolando News at [email protected]
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NEIGHBORS AT WORK
Many of our neighbors have small business operations based in Rolando. They provide a variety of services.
Take a look below at the many skilled neighbors offering services you might need. Let’s support our
neighbors! RCC members are welcome to submit their information free of charge by emailing copy to
Jeff Wilson — Wilson Woodscape. Full service landscape construction company specializing in decks,
fences and patio covers. License #945974. (619) 838-1398
Jolyne Harris — Jolyne L. Harris Photography — PhotOptions. At your location within San Diego
and portable studio available. www.facebook.com/PhotOptions [email protected] or call (619) 500-6336
David Clarke — Custom residential landscape and garden design (specializing in drought-tolerant
and native CA plants). Member, Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
[email protected] Call: (619) 787-0686 www.davidclarkedesign.com
Brenda King-Kapalla — Integrative Fitness Nursing. Licensed RN fitness expert. Maximize fitness
goals, reduce your waistline, and restore health. New: Gentle Fitness Classes, B12 shots, Lawn Yoga.
www.IntegrativeFitnessNursing.com (619) 200-1911
Aleah Cohen — Teen Babysitter. Energetic, responsible and fun. CPR and First Aid certified. Available to
babysit for your children. (619) 246-7993.
Aron Oakes — Acorn Garage Doors. Installation, repair and service of garage doors and garage door
openers. License #897261. Neighborhood references. (619) 218-1581
Tim Heasman — Interior/Exterior Painting. Twenty-three years in Rolando. Many references. (619)
886-9369 [email protected]
Kevin Dorst — Mobile Notary Service. Kevin, (760) 331-7754, and Yoshuen (619) 990-7628, will come
to your Rolando home or office 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Mention this ad and you will
receive a 10% discount on our services.
Robert C. Martinez — Law Offices of Robert C. Martinez. General civil litigation attorney with 20
years trial experience in state and federal courts.
www.rcmartinezlaw.com. Free consultation: (619) 3008745.
Nicole Lasky — Freelance Computer Training.
Customized training in Microsoft Office applications
with a strong focus in Microsoft Excel. Expand your
technical skills at your own pace with applicable data
and examples. (847) 529-5787.
John Boggs — Electrical Contractor. License
#658542-C10. Contact me at (619) 993-5165.
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