February 22, 2008

Community Notes:

California Friendly Landscape Class

The City of San Diego is offering two residential low water use gardening classes for its residents. This Class offers: garden design for homeowners, benefits of using California friendly plants, sprinkler system basics for homeowners, and an introduction to irrigation scheduling. The 4-hour course was developed for the residential customer and covers the basics of irrigation systems, watering and fertilizing, basic landscape design and plant identification. Hands-on exercises and demonstration displays help involve the participants further by giving them a better understanding of irrigation hardware and plant-water-soil relationships.

For more information or registration contact Maureen Hall at 619-533-4136. Seating is limited, register early:

Montgomery Waller Park at 3020 Coronado Avenue, San Diego 92154
Saturday February 23, 2008 from 9am to 1pm.

Rancho Bernardo Library at 17110 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego 92128
Saturday March 1st from 10am to 2pm.

20th Annual Grossmont College Pow-Wow February 23

The 20th Annual Grossmont College Pow-Wow will feature head staff of more than 20 dancers and drummers, including the Red Tipi Descendents and the Whitecloud Singers, beginning with Gourd Dancing and Giveaways at noon February 23 in the Grossmont College Student Center. The Grand Entry is scheduled at 6 p.m. Master of Ceremonies is Randy Edmonds.

The event will include displays of American Indian arts and crafts and authentic American Indian food as well as songs, dances and dancers from throughout Indian country.

The college is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.

Ayude A Su Cuerpo Sanando Sus Emociones

Evento educativo acerca de EMDR (Desensibilización y Reprocesamiento por Medio del Movimiento Ocular).  Aunque su nombre es inusual, tiene una excelente base de investigaciones científicas en Estados Unidos. Sanando sus emociones puede ser tan importante como una buena nutrición y ejercicio, pero ¿cómo hacerlo?

A través de las investigaciones científicas con este método se ha podido comprabar que combinando el movimiento de los ojos y siguiendo la guia del terapeuta acerca de un evento fuerte o traumático, las personas tienen mejores resultados que con otras formas de intervención psicológica, y con efectos más duraderos.

Sanando una experiencia negativa usualmente toma tiempo, y si esta fue demasiado traumática inclusive puede cambiar nuestra personalidad y alterar nuestras vidas no solo por años pero por décadas. Esta terapia de avanzada ya ha ayudado a muchas personas en Estados Unidos y en diferentes paises del mundo.

Alrededor de 70,000 terapéutas han sido entrenados a nivel mundial con este método de terapia psicológica.

Bilingüe De EMDR, Terapia Psicologica de Avanzada, Sábado, 23 de febrero, Chula Vista Biblioteca Pública, 365 Calle F. 10:30 am. to 1:30 pm.

SDPD To Sell Unclaimed Property

The San Diego Police Department will sell unclaimed property on Saturday, February 23, 2008. The auction will take place at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, (Mission Valley) in the Corinthian Room.

There will be a variety of items for sale, including 100 bicycles and our usual assortment of mixed lots. There are several interesting items including some Tiffany’s jewelry, a new laptop computer, a new mini refrigerator, and musical instruments. There is also a large number of power and hand tools (some of them new). There are cameras, electronics, video game systems and sporting goods including golf clubs, three surf boards and skate boards. There are several IPODS, quite a few digital cameras, and video recorders and a number of gift cards. There are lots of new men’s and women’s clothes as well as jewelry.

Viewing of the items for sale will be from 9 until 10:00 a.m. only, on the day of the sale. The sale begins at 10:00 a.m., free parking will be provided.

Sen. Kehoe Announces College Scholarship Workshops for Low-Income Students

Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced that several free workshops will be held across the county to help low-income high school students apply for college scholarships that pay up to $9,700 each year.

“Too many families in our region are concerned that college is out of reach for their children because of skyrocketing tuition and fees,” said Kehoe. “These scholarships help meet many financial needs and allow deserving students to pursue a higher education.” Kehoe will speak at the March 1 workshop at San Diego City College starting at 9 a.m.

The workshops explain the scholarship application process, and help students complete the application forms. For a schedule of workshops in San Diego County, call (888) 224-7268 or visit www.calgrant.org.

To qualify for the scholarships, students must exhibit a financial need, have at least a 2.0 grade point average, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form before March 2, 2008. Students may obtain the form at their high school or college financial aid office, or at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Billions in Infrastructure Building Bonds Means Money for Small Businesses.

Between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 Caltrans anticipates receiving in excess of $6.5 billion Federal and State funding for the reconstruction of California’s roads. If your small business provides services from asphalt to fencing; from backhoes to traffic control; from catering to engineering, you need to prepare your business to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Don’t wait: The SBDC is your counseling and training highway to Winning Caltrans Contracts!

Using an expert team of consultants and trainers the SBDC is providing FREE training and counseling to teach small businesses, first-hand, the Caltrans bid and RFP process utilizing Caltrans’ “Construction Site Best Management Practices Manual”.

The SBDC is offering FREE one-on-one Business Management Counseling designed to help small businesses obtain Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification and assist small businesses in the development and improvement of long term business management, record keeping and financial accounting capabilities required for contracting opportunities. Business Management Counseling is offered by appointment. To schedule an appointment, you may contact the SBDC at 760-795-8740.

The SBDC will also offer FREE courses giving small businesses the necessary understanding of the requirements and tools needed to successfully navigate the bid and RFP process. A total of fifteen courses will be offered between January and August 2008.

The next three courses addressing Construction law, Cost control and Labor compliance are scheduled for March 17, 2008 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and March 18, 2008 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) at Point Loma Nazarene University – Room 207, 4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Space is limited to 40 participants; please reserve your space by calling the Small Business Development Center at 760-795-8740.

For additional information contact the SBDC at 760-795-8740 or visit www.sandiegosmallbiz.com and www.buildcalifornia.org.

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