La Mesa Chamber to present `Casino Royale’ on Feb. 21

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The East County Herald has been selected as the media sponsor for the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual “Casino Royale” fundraising event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center, Pacific Ballroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San Diego’s Mission Valley area. The James Bond-themed night will feature casino-style gaming, including black jack, roulette and craps, food stations, a silent auction, raffles and fun. In addition to the blackjack, craps and roulette, the event will include honoring local heroes, including police, fire and paramedic employees and Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) members. Cost to attend is $50 per person or $80 for two tickets. Admission includes $200 in gaming chips.
Eight local heroes will be honored, including paramedics Ryan Ferguson and Paul Forney of American Medical Response, Battalion Chief Kelly Sisson and firefighter Brandon Drips of Heartland Fire & Rescue, officer Derek Cox and dispatcher Kathy Norman of the La Mesa Police Department and RSVP members Don Kurban and Dick Thomas.
The event’s title sponsor is EDCO. Additional sponsors include American Medical Response, California Coast Credit Union, Park Station, Nights of the Sound Table, SDG&E, AAA Imaging, Dell Awards, Auto Club of Southern California, Carl Burger Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-RAM, Citibank in La Mesa, H & N Construction, Sycuan Casino, Viejas Casino, All Things Bright & British, Borrego Springs Bank, Earl W. Fite & Sons Plumbing, Excell Security/XL Staffing, Himalayan Cruisine, Kirk Paving, Inc., Rockscapes Unlimited, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Unique Travel Concepts and Walmart Neighborhood Market.
For event information, contact the Chamber at (619) 465-7700 or visit