December 5, 2008

Christmas Events:

Grossmont College’s Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program, which serves several hundred Grossmont College students who are single parents receiving public assistance, is hosting a holiday party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at the college’s Student Center, and is seeking donations of unwrapped toys and gift cards for distribution at the party to school-age children below age 17. College officials said more than 100 children are expected to attend along with their single parents who are part of the CARE program. CARE participants are full-time students (enrolled in at least 12 units) who are single and the head of the household with at least one child under age 14. To donate items, contact Grossmont College employees Brenda Flores at 644-7698, Sonia Smith-Ramsey at 644-7552, or Mahalia Sortillon at 644-7617.

Esmeralda Welcomes New Home Shoppers at a Breakfast with Santa

Pardee Homes invites new home shoppers to tour family-friendly Esmeralda and enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. “This Saturday is the ideal time to bring the entire family to tour the four beautiful model homes, meet with an experienced home loan representative and let the kids share their Christmas wishes with Santa,” said Rachel Collins, director of sales for Pardee Homes.

“Complimentary refreshments and free Santa photos will be available until noon.”

For more information, call (619) 661-6433 or visit To visit the Esmeralda sales office and model homes from I-805, go east on I-905, turn right at Caliente Avenue, then right at Airway Road. Turn left onto Otay Mesa Road then right on Crescent Bay Drive and follow the signs to the Sales Gallery.

‘Holiday of Lights’ Coming to Southwestern College

Festivities at the South Bay Botanic Garden to be held on December 12 &13

WHAT: The Landscape and Nursery Technology Department at Southwestern College (SWC) is proudly hosting its Holiday of Lights in the South Bay Botanic Garden. The Holiday of Lights wills include a grand display of holiday lights, seasonal music and refreshments will be available. Additionally, the event will include musical performances from the SWC Jazz Group on Friday and the Chula Vista Presbyterian Youth Group on Saturday.

The South Bay Botanic Garden was accepted as a nationally recognized garden by the American Public Garden Association in January. The beautifully landscaped facility consists of a large variety of mature trees, shrubs, ground covers, flowers, and water features. It has been in existence since 1975 and has been designed, built, and maintained primarily by students.

WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2008 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SWC Jazz Group Performance from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 6p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chula Vista Presbyterian Youth Group Performance from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Southwestern College* South Bay Botanic Garden, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

COST: $1 per person and $5 per family of five or more

“The Christmas Story”A musical unlike any other

  Randy Craig, a local music writer, arranger, and accomplished pianist composes a musical based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus. “The Christmas Story” is a musical presenting the first 100 verses of the Gospel of Luke – word for word, either spoken or sung. The national premiere will be held at Stone-brooke Church, 145 Hannalei Drive, Vista, on December 13 and 14 at 6:30pm. The production is a free family event and suitable for all ages.

  Composer, Randy Craig graduated from Vista High School and with honors from California Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in music. For years, Craig has been celebrated for his composition and arrangement of “The Magnificat” – Mary’s song (Luke 1:46-55.) His musical, “The Christmas Story,” weaves together the songs of the Angel Gabriel, Elizabeth, Zacharias, and Mary, using the narrative of Luke and the chorus of the Biblical townspeople of Bethlehem to depict the original story of Christ’s birth.

Saturday December 13, 2008

Enjoy a special morning with Santa, complete with pancakes, sausage, plenty of syrup and orange juice. After breakfast kids can have fun with crafts, make an ornament, decorate a cookie and take pictures with Santa.

Breakfast served at the Boys & Girls Club of Chula Vista, Oleander Clubhouse, located at 1301 Oleander Avenue (cross street East Palomar). Seating from 8:00am to 11:00am. Tickets are $3.00 per person or family of 4 or more for $10.

Ticket information; please contact the Boys & Girls Club of Chula Vista at 619-421-4011 extension 15. Tickets are now on sale or may be purchased at the door.

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