April 18, 2008

Community Notes:

Cancer Survivors Honored During Chula Vista Relay For Life 24-Hour Campout Raises Funds for Cancer Research, Education and Programs

Local cancer survivors and their families are invited to participate in the Chula Vista Relay For Life, Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4, at Chula Vista High School, 820 Fourth Ave. Relay is the American Cancer Society’s premier community event, featuring a 24-hour campout to increase awareness of the incidence of cancer and how to prevent its occurrence. Cancer survivors will be honored in a special lap around the track following opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. HomeTown Buffet will provide brunch for the survivors. There is no fee to participate but prior registration is suggested.

Entertainment and activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the day and night. The luminaria ceremony, in which candle-lit luminaries decorated with the names of cancer survivors and those lost to cancer are placed around the track to light the way for walkers and runners, is at 9 p.m. Minimum suggested luminaria donations are $10 per bag.

Cancer survivors can register by calling (619) 682-7423. Additional information is available at www.events.cancer.org/rflchulavistaca.

MANA and Macy’s Chula Vista Host the 2008 Gala de Belleza!

National Latina Organization Raises Money for “Herman-itas” Program with After-Hours Makeover and Beauty Event at Macy’s

MANA de San Diego and Macy’s Chula Vista are hosting an exclusive, after-hours makeover party to help raise money for MANA’s Herman-itas program. Guests will be treated to an evening of live music and refreshments, tips and tricks from professional makeup artists, and raffle giveaways. Update your look for spring with makeovers, make-up application lessons for proms and special occasions, and free samples of this season’s hottest colors!

A $10 donation is requested to help support MANA (a national organization empowering Latina women through leadership, community service, and advocacy). Each donor will receive a special cosmetics bag while supplies last.

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Macy’s Chula Vista, Cosmetics - Level One, 555 Broadway Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

UC San Diego to Share College Tips with 10th and 11th Graders

Both a question and an affirmation that will be presented to 10th and 11th grade students and their parents in Southeast San Diego April 22 when the University of California, San Diego and the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) partner to present An Evening with UCSD.

  The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elementary Institute of Science, 608 51st St., San Diego. Councilman Tony Young will introduce UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, who will welcome the students and their parents.

  Topics to be covered include admissions, financial aid, and top paying jobs for college graduates.

Smaller breakout sessions for the students will be led by Timothy Borch, Admissions and Relations with School; Yvonne Borrego, Financial Aid; Brian Guerrero, Career Services, and UC San Diego students from the student outreach and retention organization, Student Initiated Access Programs and Services (SIAPS).

  Also, members from the UC San Diego Black Alumni Association and the UC San Diego Chicano Alumni Association will be on hand to talk with perspective students and their families.

From the Barrio to Washington: An Educator’s Journey.

Dr. Armando Rodriguez will speak about his life story —

Armando Rodriguez will speak about his life story as told in From the Barrio to Washington, Thursday, April 24, 7-8:30pm: at the Chicano Perk (sponsored by Los Aztecas – San Diego State University, Latino Alumni Association), 129 25th Street, San Diego, CA 92102. All events are free and open to the public:

The United States continues to be the promise land for young Mexican immigrants who come in pursuit of better opportunities. These immigrants bring with them the courage and persistence to improve their lives. From the Barrio to Washington is the story of a Mexican boy who grew up in poverty and rose to the halls of power to help shape a new society.

When his family migrated to southern California in the 1920s, Armando spoke no English. He was dark-skinned and nicknamed “Shadow” by other kids. When Mando was just old enough, he started school in a district that had few Spanish-speaking teachers. Luckily, Armando’s parents emphasized the importance of education and despite language barriers and his struggle to acculturate Armando persisted.

Rodriguez was influential in shaping education on local and national levels. Also a Latino pioneer in the world of electoral politics, a mentor to leaders of burgeoning Latino advocacy groups, an international reformer, and a labor rights activist, Rodriguez is the hero in the story of a boy from the barrio who became an instrument of change for his community and country. His life’s lessons are not those of a bygone era but are important to today’s youth.

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