October 20, 2006

Halloween Fun Scheduled at City Recreation Centers

Halloween will be celebrated at several of Chula Vista’s recreation centers with a variety of fun-filled activities for children and teens. The schedule includes a Pumpkin Carving Day and Little Tikes Costume Carnival at Montevalle Recreation Center; Halloween Crafts and Costume Contest at Heritage Park Community Center; a Fall Fest and a Teen Monster Bash Dance at Loma Verde Recreation Center; a Ghoulish Dance and Contest at Parkway Community Center; a Flashlight Candy Hunt at Veterans Park Recreation Center; and a Halloween Tot Carnival and Haunted House at Otay Recreation Center.

“Pumpkin Carving Day,” Oct. 20: Kids from 6 to 12 can enjoy an afternoon of pumpkin carving with friends at the Montevalle Community Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pumpkins and supplies will be provided and refreshments served; the cost is $5 per person. Located at 840 Duncan Ranch Rd., more information may be obtained by calling (619) 691-5269.

“Halloween Crafts and Costume Contest,” Oct. 27: Halloween-themed crafts and games will be featured at Heritage Park Community Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This free event for kids will include prizes for winners of the costume contest. The center is at 1381 East Palomar St. Call (619) 421-7032 for more information.

“Fall Fest,” Oct. 27: Children of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of fun and games at Loma Verde Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Included at this free event are games and prizes, crafts, raffles, pictures and a costume contest. The center is located at 1420 Loma Lane just north of Orange Avenue. For more information, call (619) 691-5082.

“Monster Bash,” Oct. 27: Teens can listen or dance as a DJ spins popular Hip-Hop, Top 40 and Slow Jam tunes from 8 until 11 p.m. at Loma Verde Center, 1420 Loma Lane. Other activities include prizesfor the best costume. The cover charge is $3 per person, with a valid middle or high school identification. For information, call (619) 691-5082.

“Flashlight Candy Hunt,” Oct. 28: This Halloween event is designed for the entire family and will feature treats, crafts and a costume contest. Participants should bring a flashlight, a bag for treats and wear their favorite costume. Pre-registration is encouraged for this event, which is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at Veterans Park Recreation Center, 785 East Palomar St. The cost is $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents. For more information, call (619) 691-5260.

“Ghoulish Dance and Contest,” Oct. 28: This Halloween dance and costume contest is open to all ages; adults should accompany youth under the age of 18. This event, which costs $4 per family, is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chula Vista Woman’s Club, 357 G Street. For more information about this activity, call Parkway Community Center at (619) 691-5083.

“Little Tikes Costume Carnival,” Oct. 29: Enjoy an afternoon of costume fun with children ages 6 and under at the Montevalle Community Center. Arts and crafts, cookie decorating and face painting are scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 and space is limited so early registration is encouraged. Visit the center is at 840 Duncan Ranch Rd. or call (619) 691-5269.

“Haunted House,” Oct. 30 and 31: The Otay Recreation Center will host two Haunted House events—one for teens ages 13 to 18 on Oct. 30 from 9 to 11 p.m. and the other for children ages 5 to 12 on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. These free events will be held at the center at 3554 Main St.; for more information call (619) 476-5325.

“Halloween Tot Carnival,” Oct. 31: Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 can wear their costumes for a morning of spooky fun with games, crafts, a costume parade and contest, and trick-or-treating. This free event is slated from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Otay Recreation Center, 3554 Main St. or call (619) 476-5325.

To find out more about these activities or to sign up for sports leagues or classes, access the Web site at www.chulavistaca.gov/rec.

In addition, the Recreation Department calls attention to the importance of safety for kids and adults during this spooky holiday. When going trick-or-treating or heading to a Halloween party, some tips include: stay on the sidewalks, wear light-colored or reflective clothing/costumes, carry a flashlight, keep costumes away from candles, inspect treats before eating, and be cautious of stranger and animals.


Elaborately decorated altars honoring the dead will be displayed in the courtyard of the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town San Diego and at Casa de Pico and Casa Guadalajara restaurants during the annual “Dia de Los Muertos” Celebration. This Hispanic tradition reaches back to the days of the Aztecs. “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) is a time to remember past family and loved ones. The images of skulls and skeletons represent the idea that death is a continuation of life. Photos of the dearly departed and items reminiscent of their lives are displayed in the altars.

Activities include sugar skull making demonstrations on Saturday, October 28, 2006, as well as a free sugar skull making and decorating workshop for kids.

Colorful displays of hand-made paper cutouts, wood, terra cotta and papier- mâché Day of the Dead decorations have been used in these Mexican celebrations for generations.

October 26 - November 2

WHERE: Bazaar del Mundo Shops, 4133 Taylor St., Old Town, San Diego. (619) 296-3161.

Casa de Pico, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, CA. (619) 463-3267

Casa Guadalajara, 4105 Taylor St., Old Town, San Diego, (619) 295-5111.

COST: The event is FREE to the public.

2006 Halloween Costume Contest!

WHO: You!

WHAT: Costume contest for ages 0-1 yrs/ 2-4 yrs/ 5-9 yrs/ 10-13 yrs/ 14-Adult

WHEN: Friday, October 27th at 6pm

WHERE: Martin Luther, King Community Center, 140 E. 12th Street, National City, CA 91950

WHY: Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age division!!!

For More Info Call: (619) 336.4290

Mexico’s “Days of the Dead”

Mira Mesa — The public is invited to experience the meaning, history and art of the Mexican celebration, Days of the Dead, on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Mira-mar College in lecture hall I-101.

On the first and second of November, Mexicans traditionally remember their departed loved ones according to Miramar College Spanish Professor April Koch. November first is “El Día de Todos los Santos,” or the day that the souls of the dead children are remembered.

November second, “El Día de los Muertos,” is the day to remember the dead adults.

This holiday of Catholic origin is most elaborately celebrated in Mexico. This age-old tradition is a very personal time for families to reflect on their own departed loved ones.

Those who celebrate Days of the Dead create an altar in their homes, decorated with “ofrendas” or offerings for the deceased. On a typical altar, one will see candles, which help the spirits see in the dark, the “cempasuchil” (marigold) flowers, whose strong scent and bright color also attract the spirits, photos of the departed, “calaveras de azúcar” (sugar skulls) which often bear the name of the deceased, “el pan de muertos” (Days of the Dead bread), oranges, whose bright color and strong scent also attract the deceased, and favorite foods and beverages of the deceased.

Professor Koch will describe the traditions of Days of the Dead to those present with slides, music, folk art, and an altar.

Miramar College is located at 10440 Black Mountain Road, one block west of I-15 between Mira Mesa Blvd. and Carroll Canyon Road. No reservations are required and parking is free. For more information, call the college Public Information Office, 858-536-7876.

“Day of the Dead” Celebration

Featuring Works by Yolanda Romero and Carolina Alvarado.

Opening reception: October 28th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Expressions of Mexico Gallery. 1122 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway. Barrio Logan. San Diego, CA. 92113

We’re celebrating a traditional event from Mexican Culture that is becoming a binational celebration in the community of San Diego. Therefore we’re sending you the invitation with the information about the art of 2 great watercolor artists with the theme art of the Day of the Dead.

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