June 16, 2006

Communty Notes:

Bank of America announces third round of Neighborhood Excellence Initiative grants

The 2006 Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative is underway. Through this unique program, qualified organizations can apply to be awarded $200,000 in unrestricted general operating support to their work.

Since 2004, Bank of Amer-ica has provided in excess of $30 million to 138 organizations through this cutting edge program. The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative has quickly set the standard- combining leadership development with mission based funding to organizations addressing the most pressing needs of their communities across the country.

The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative is designed to recognize and reward individuals and groups who are making a difference in their communities, and is divided into three categories of recipients:

Neighborhood Builders – Provides $200,000 in grant funding and leadership training over two years to two neighborhood non-profit organizations working to promote vibrant neighborhoods.

Local Heroes - Recognizes and honors five community heroes per year; recipients will be able to direct a $5,000 contribution to an eligible non-profit of their choice.

Student Leaders - Recognizes five high school students who are recommended as exemplary young people with an interest in improving their neighborhoods. Each student will participate in an eight-week paid internship with a community-based organization, as well as a leadership program arranged by Bank of America.

To learn more about the program and for details on the application process, click:

http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundationindex.cfm? template=fd_neighbor excell

Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2006 8p.m. Eastern.

Otay Water District to Hold Community Day Open House Celebration

The community is invited to learn more about the Otay Water District (OWD) and enjoy a day of prizes, demonstrations, tours, and live music when the OWD hosts a free “Community Day” at the district’s headquarters, 2254 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17.

During the Community Day, the public will be able to tour the district’s main offices as well as off site facilities, hear live music, view demonstrations, and visit informational tables hosted by community partners including the San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District, the San Diego County Water Authority, and the Water Conservation Garden. The San Diego Blood Bank will also hold a community blood drive in conjunction with the open house.

The Community Day open house is part of a yearlong celebration of events to commemorate the district’s 50th anniversary. In 1956, the California State Legislature officially authorized the OWD to deliver imported water.

The OWD headquarters is located on 2254 Sweetwater Springs Blvd. in Spring Valley. Free parking will be provided onsite.

Southwestern College Offers Fun in the Water Aquatic Day Camps Taking Place All Summer

The Southwestern College Crown Cove Aquatic Center is offering five days of beach fun for children 7 to 14 years old. The action-packed, aquatic camps are scheduled to take place all summer and are ideal for beach enthusiasts.

Full-day camps are being offered in several water sports, including Sea Kayaking, Body Boarding, Sand Volleyball, Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing, Surfing, and Sailing. Eight weekly sessions will be offered throughout the summer beginning on June 26th and ending August 18.

All-day camps will run from 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and cost $140. The SWC Aquatic Center will also offer Before and After camps which are $60 and will be offered from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.; camper must be registered in a Day Camp. Discounts are available for families and multiple-week attendance. A $20, non-refundable deposit must be made to reserve a space in the camp.

All sessions are taught by fully-certified staff and will take place at the Crown Cove Aquatic Center, located at 5000 Highway 75, on the beautiful Silver Strand State Beach.

Swimming proficiency is required of all campers. It is recommended that students bring lunch, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

For additional information on the aquatic camps, call the Crown Cove Aquatic Center at (619) 575-6176 or visit www.swccd.edu.

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