April 10, 2009

Community Notes:

Alpha Pi Sigma Visits Casa Hogar Sion in Tijuana

Latino Greeks at San Diego State University united forces to help those in need across the border. The Ladies of Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority Inc. Alpha Chapter and the gentleman of Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity Inc. Beta Chapter dedicated a Sunday to the children of Casa Hogar Sion in Tijuan Baja California.

The two Greek organizations in addition to allocating money form their yearly budget co-hosted a fundraiser to be able buy the needed supplies for the orphanage. Members of the organizations also donated new and use items. Together they were able to collect toiletries, sanitary napkins, toys, clothing, undergarments, baby formula and more.

What made this visit stand out from past ones for this two organizations was that they did not just take the items and spend time with the children, they also took paint and other equipment to work on the nursery room that was in need of repairs.

Liliana Medrado Alpha Pi Sigma, President stated, “The TJ orphanage is not about the material things that we take to the kids, to them is about the few hours of quality one on one time that we dedicated to them out of our free time… watching their faces as we said goodbye and knowing that they were wondering when would we come back is heartbreaking”.

These two organizations plan events like this one through out the year to give back to the Latino Community which has being a positive influence in their pursued for hire education. Sindia Zaparipa, Liberal Studies major said, “It’s about being a role model for the young ones”.

Story submitted by Lizeth Romo

Western Revitalization Subcommittee - topic: Community Gardens in Western Chula Vista

Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Location: Maria Candelaria Restaurant, 323 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

City Councilmembers Pamela Bensoussan and Steve Castaneda will hold a Western Revitalization Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. After introductions and introductory comments, the topic of discussion will be potential sites for pilot garden project. Public comment and discussion will be welcomed.

Chula Vista Proposition A Debate

Chula Vista’s Northwest Civic Association monthly Town Hall Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday April 13th, in the Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium. Topic: Proposition A – Educational Debate. Prop A is the proposed 1% sales tax increase for Chula Vista. Debate panelists include Mitch Thompson and Patricia Aguilar (For), Ed Herrera and Chris Altbaum (Against). The meeting will also feature NWCA Board Member elections.

Public comments welcome on all Chula Vista topics. Free. Information: (619) 307-3460 or www.northwest chulavista.org.

Go Gree & Clean Family Day

Bring the family to a free event to learn all about the City’s environmental programs, exchange inefficient light bulbs and dispose of electronic waste. The City of Chula Vista will be hosting a “Go Green and Clean” Family Day on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Friendship Park, located at Fourth Avenue and Davidson Street.

Fun activities, giveaways and important environmental information will be shared. In addition, residents can exchange up to five 75-watt (or higher) light bulbs for more energy-efficient ones. Residents can also receive a free indoor water-savings kit featuring an efficient showerhead and faucet aerators.

At the same time, down the street at the Ken Lee Building parking lot (430 F Street), the Environmental Services division will hold an electronic and universal waste recycling drop off.

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