September 7, 2007

Calendar of Community Events

Spring Valley Library Hosts Second Annual Fiesta

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Scheduled for Saturday, September 15

On Saturday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Spring Valley Branch of the San Diego County Library, 836 Kemp-ton St, will host its second annual Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta, featuring library and other community organizations and activities for the whole family, both inside the building and outside in the parking lot. Refreshments will be provided without charge.

This year’s celebration focuses on family literacy and the huge role the library can play in expanding knowledge, opportunity, self-esteem and success for individuals, families, the community, and the region. People who avail themselves of the services and collections are opening doors and windows to more fulfilling lives.

Artist Sal Barajas will exhibit his motivational graphic designs throughout the library. The inspiring designs focus on education, diversity, and community. Local author Marta Arroyo will give a book presentation.  A multi-language read-a-thon, entertainment, and community information will also be available.

Representatives from SDG &E will be on hand to give people the opportunity to exchange their light bulbs for new energy efficient bulbs.

Mater Dei Catholic High School offers free night classes in English as a second language, GED preparation, and computer skills. The school is located at 1615 Mater Dei Drive, in Chula Vista. For more information or to sign-up, call Silvia Torres or Laura Gutierrez at (619) 621-5711.

The National City Bay-front Expo & Concert will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pepper Park on the Bay. It features a business expo, food vendors, children’s activities, and multicultural dance and music. Free. (619) 477-9339 or (619) 336-4290.

Say San Diego, a family support center, offers free assistance in filling out applications for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM). SAY San Diego is located at 5348 University Ave. Suite 201, San Diego. For more information call (619) 582-9056.

The City of Chula Vista is recruiting people over 50 years old to volunteer for its Senior Volunteer Patrol. For more information call (619) 476-2417.

Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival and Otay Ranch Town Center bring the best of short and feature family films from Mexico for all ages to enjoy this September Que Viva! Cine Mexicano 2007. In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexico’s Independence, once per week for the entire month of September, Otay Ranch Town Center shoppers and residents of San Diego County will experience great Latino art, live music, and a collection of Mexican family features and shorts. Screenings and events will take place Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM September 5, 12, 19 and 26.  All screenings, live music and art to take place at the Food Pavilion at Otay Ranch Town Center.

Malcolm X Branch Library presents a Hispanic Heritage Month showing of the film “La raiz olvidada” (“The Forgotten Roots”) which details the history of Mexico’s often-overlooked African populations. Drawing on interviews and archival imagery, the film takes us from the slavery of the colonial era to today’s Afro-Mexican communities in Guerre-ro, Oaxaca, Campeche, Mo-relos and Veracruz. The film argues that Mexico’s famous mestizaje includes the important contributions of African groups, as well as Spaniards and Indians, brought about by Mexico’s 500 years of African history. Directed by Rafael Rebollar, 50 minutes, 2001, Mexico. When: Wed-nesday, September 19, 6 to 8 pm. Where: Valencia Park/Malcolm X, 5148 Market St., San Diego, CA 92114, (619) 527-3405.

El Toyon Recreation Center in National City will begin its registration period for its Tiny Tots program on Monday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The center is located at 2005 East 4th. St. Children must have been born on 2003. Classes are held on Mondays and Wed-nesdays from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. or from 12 to 3 p.m. (619) 336-4290.

Young and veteran Latin musicians perform in the Caballero’s Latin Jam at Voz Alta, 1544 Broadway, San Diego. Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (619) 230-1869.

The San Diego County Public Library, Lincoln Acres Branch, in National City, offers students a place to go after school in an area where children’s options may be limited. The library provides free healthy snacks for children under 17 Tuesday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and other after-school activities including a homework center, games, crafts and movies. 2725 Granger Ave., National City, (619) 475-9880.

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and San Diego County HHSA (Health and Human Services Agen-cy) officials are encouraging people with substance abuse problems to access services to help them kick their addiction and remain drug free. During Recovery Month, Alcohol and Drug Services will be sponsoring a series of activities to educate the public about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use, including alcohol and drug displays at the County’s 35 libraries.

La Invasora 99.7 FM will host the Fiestas Patrias Mexican Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Memorial Park in Barrio Logan. Performers include El Chapo de Sinaloa, Los Nietos, among others. Free event.

In the wake of the recent recall of toys made in China due to concerns about lead paint, HHSA (San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency) reminds parents to remove toys related to the recall from the home and to get their children tested for lead poisoning. Free medical checkups, including a blood test, are available to low-income children and those covered by Medi-Cal. For information, call the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) at (800) 675-2229.

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