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Calling all Characters: Children’s Book Author Needs Ideas From Local Kids

Also: City Council discuss a wide array of topics this Tuesday and fun activities for kids at the La Mesa Library.

The Grey Rabbit Preschool in La Mesa has an author in its midst. Well, at least 4-year-old Landon’s mom is. As creator of Kathryn the Grape, a children’s book series that teaches love and other core values, Kathryn Cloward often finds inspiration for her characters from real people—her son included.

“My son is a character in the (first) book,” Cloward said, “so it was extra special to read the story to his school.”

And now that she’s on book No. 3, Cloward is looking for more inspiration—and this time she’s got an entire classroom of characters to fill.

To do this, Cloward is having a character contest, and putting the call out to kids everywhere. Everyone has the chance to make it onto the pages of her next magical story—simply click here to get started.

Cloward’s first two books in the series, Kathryn the Grape—Just Like Magic! and Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Adventure, were co-written by Jody Duhamel and Ginny Hornby respectively, and illustrated by Christine Winscott. The latter book will be available this summer.

For more information, email info@kathrynthegrape.com.

UP FOR DEBATE: The is set to present several topics Tuesday that may change the look of next year’s calendar.

In addition to an update on La Mesa’s crime statistics, two presentations will be given that suggest proclaiming April 10-16 as La Mesa Crime Victim’s Rights Week and May as National Drowning Prevention Month.

Also on the agenda: Councilman David Allan requests consideration for the reallocation of funds collected from Proposition 172, a bond that provides local governments with a permanent half-cent sales tax increase for public safety purposes, and Mayor Art Madrid and Councilman Mark Arapostathis will talk La Mesa Centennial plans. Also set is a request for an update on the proposed Village PBID.

For more information, see the complete agenda (attached).

TWISTED TEENS: Join the as they host a Twister tournament that’s bound to get you a little tangled up. As part of the library’s teen programs, this event is open to sixth- through 12th-graders and the winner will take home a prize.

The event takes place  at 4 p.m. Thursday and snacks will be provided.

For more information, call 619-469-2151 or visit lmteens.wordpress.com.

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