November 14, 2008

Community Notes:

Nominess Needed for 2009 Martin Luther King Jr., Civic Award

The City of Oceanside is seeking nominees for the 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Award. This annual award honors residents of the City who have made a significant contribution of time and energy to improve community life, promote positive community development and enhance the lives of individuals and neighborhoods in the City. The award especially recognizes volunteer work and activity done by persons outside of a work setting and over a long period of time.

Any resident of the City or MCB Camp Pendleton may be nominated for the award; there are no restrictions as to race, ethnicity, age or type of volunteer service. This will be the twentieth year for the civic award; photos of past recipients are displayed in the community rooms adjacent to the Oceanside Public Library.

Nomination forms are available at City Hall, the Library, and on the City Web site at under the Community Relations Commission page. The deadline to return nomination forms is December 31, 2008. For more information on the civic award program or to obtain a nomination form, call 435-3393.

Local Police Officers Collecting Stuffed Animals and Teddy Bears For Rady Children’s

18th Annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive Underway

The 18th annual “San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive,” hosted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is underway. Local law enforcement agencies need your help to collect new stuffed animals and teddy bears for patients at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The goal is to collect more than 60,000 stuffed animals that will be delivered on Dec. 9th, at 9:30 a.m. That morning 100 police cars, filled with stuffed animals, will caravan from the San Diego Chargers Training Facility, in Murphy Canyon, with their lights and sirens to Rady Children’s in Kearny Mesa. Officers, with the help of the Chargers, will deliver these stuffed animals to patients at Rady Children’s. For more information log on to:, under ways to help.

House of Panama to build cottage in Balboa Park after 105 years of Panama’s Independence from Colombia

In celebration of Panama’s 105th anniversary of the separation of Panama from Colombia, the House of Panama will be hosting its annual Independence Day Dance on November 15, 2008. Panama obtained its independence from Colombia on November 3, 1903.

The Independence Day Dance will take place at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Hotel located at 901 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, California 92108.

Over 300 people are expected to attend this premier event starting at 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. This adult only event costs $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased on-line at the House of Panama website at

The House of Panama will provide entertainment by its folkloric group called “Sonares de Mi Tierra”. Door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction will be part of the night’s activities.

The House of Panama is a non-profit organization that presents the traditions, music and culture of the Republic of Panama. The House of Panama is the only Panamanian cultural organization in a museum setting outside of the Isthmus of Panama. We are one of 32 National Groups under the umbrella of the House of Pacific Relations, International Cottages, Inc., located in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

The House of Panama’s main goal is to build a cottage in Balboa Park in order to highlight the music, dance, customs, arts, crafts, and ethnic foods of Panama. Donations to the House of Panama are 100% tax deductible and can be made on-line at the House of Pana-ma website at

Grant Gives Lincoln Acres Library Teens Photography Experience

The Lincoln Acres Branch of the San Diego County Library, 2725 Granger Av, will host a reception to launch a photography exhibit by the library’s teens, “Our Community: Lincoln Acres,” Tuesday, November 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A $1,000 California Council for the Humanities grant, “California Stories: How I See It,” administered by the California State Library, gave teens an opportunity to take photographs within a quarter-mile radius of the library.

Eleven teens, ages 14 to 18, met weekly for 10 weeks with Regional Youth Services Librarian Christine Plante at the library, then walked around their neighborhood taking digital photos of scenery, buildings, graffiti, and more, each from his or her unique perspective. The students, all from Granger Junior High and Sweetwater High School, will display approximately 50 color 8x10 shots, as a culmination of their experience. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

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