March 20, 2009

Calendar of Events:

SWC Presents Its Spring Production: “El Jardin”

The Theatre Department at the Southwestern College (SWC) School of Arts and Communication presents an amusing Chicano tale of good versus evil in El Jardin.

The play, written by Carlos Morton, is a Chicano version of the fall of man where Adan and Eva live in a garden run by Dios, a father figure. Their world is disturbed by La Serpiente, the snake, and the couple must flee paradise for a contemporary life in San Diego, California. El Jardin is under the direction of Goyo Flores, SWC Theatre Instructor.

El Jardin will take place at the College’s South Bay Botanic Garden. The Garden will become part of the scenery to assist in El Jardin coming to life. 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.

“The cast and I are really excited about being the first theatre production to use the Garden for an outdoor performance,” said Flores. “We will be incorporating the trees, the bushes and the patio as part of the play. The students are learning how to use their environment.”

WHEN: March 26 – 28, 2009, 7:30 p.m. and April 2 – 4, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

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

COST: $10 General Admission; $7 Students/Seniors

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the outdoor event.

Malcolm X Library Programs in March 2009:

Garden Talks by San Diego Garden Club
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Malcolm X Library invites one and all to join San Diego Garden Club’s every 3rd Saturday of the month for free horticultural, informative seminars about gardening and landscaping! Join your neighbors and learn how to save water, plant with California native plants, start vegetable gardens, prune roses, plant organic, and many other helpful topics for the amateur gardener! March’s topic: “Gardening with Succulents” with Patrick Anderson of Quail Botanical Gardens.

For more information about the Garden Club and a complete 2008-2009 Speaker Schedule and Garden Tours, visit our website at:

Malcom X Library Book Club
Sunday, March 22, 2:30 – 4:30 (every 4th Sunday)
Do you enjoy reading? Interested in taking part in stimulating book discussions? Malcolm X Library Book Club invites all readers to join them. New members and visitors always welcome. Copies of books are available at the Library while supplies last. The upcoming book for discussion is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Description: Through case studies ranging from Asian math whizzes to software entrepreneurs to the rise of his own family in Jamaica, Gladwell tears down the myth of individual merit to explore how culture, circumstance, timing, birth and luck account for success and how historical legacies can hold others back despite ample individual gifts.

Sunday March 22, 3:00 – 4:30
What if we could go back in time and meet Galileo Galilei, the man whose destiny it was to be the first human being to assault the heavens with a telescope, and explain to the rest of us what he saw? Dressed in authentic Renaissance attire, actor and amateur astronomer Mark Thompson breathes life into the personality of Galileo through music, humor and drama, telling the fascinating story of the “Father of Modern Science.” Part of month-long San Diego Science Festival February 28 – April 4. Pre-register online at

The Lemon Grove Incident (film)
Directed Paul Espinoza
Wednesday, March 25,
6:00 – 8:00
This film is the story of the first successful legal challenge to school segregation in the U.S. In 1931, children of Mexican descent were barred from entering the Lemon Grove Grammar School. Outraged that their children were being denied the same quality of education as Anglo children, the Mexican American community of Lemon Grove, CA sued the School Board and won. This documentary chronicles how Mexican parents, legal experts, community leaders, and youth came together to protect educational equality in ways that helped build the momentum for Brown v. the Board of Education. Dr. Isidro Ortiz of the Chicano/a Studies Dept at San Diego State University will lead a discussion after the film.

Women Serving Our Library
Saturday, March 28th,
1:00 – 3: 00 pm
The Friends of Malcolm X Library present a Special Women’s History Month Event and Fundraiser honoring women in the community whose good works and effort have enhanced library service at Malcolm X Library and in the 4th Council District. The keynote speaker for the event is the Honorable Ms. Betty Yee, Chair of the California State Board of Equalization. Space is limited. Please RSVP with a donation check in the amount of $10.00 per person, payable to Friends of the Malcolm X Library by March 18, 2009 and mail to the Library. All proceeds and donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the City of San Diego.

Cónsul Remedios Gómez Arnau y Personal Del Consulado Realizarán Mañana Una Guardia de Honor en el Monumento A Benito Juárez

En conmemoración del 202vo aniversario del natalicio de Benito Juárez, uno de los grandes héroes en la historia de México, la Cónsul General de México, Remedios Gómez Arnau, realizará este viernes 20 de marzo una guardia de honor en el monumento dedicado al prócer en el Parque Pantoja (ubicado en la calle G, entre las calles State y Kettner, en el centro de San Diego) a las 9 de la mañana.

La sencilla ceremonia incluirá un breve mensaje por parte de la Cónsul Gómez Arnau, quien estará acompañada por personal del Consulado. También se depositará una ofrenda floral y se entonará el himno nacional mexicano.

El Parque Pantoja es el más antiguo de San Diego, ya que se creó en 1850 en honor del explorador español Juan Pantoja y Arriaga. La estatua de Benito Juárez fue donada en 1981 como un gesto de amistad por parte del gobierno de México.

Equipo De Canotaje de Baja Participará en Regata Sandieguina

Integrantes del equipo de canotaje de Baja California participarán este fin de semana dentro de la llamada “Regata de las 3 Naciones”, la cual se desarrollará en la ciudad de San Diego.

La competencia tendrá verificativo el próximo día 22, según lo dio a conocer José Luis Espinosa Moreno, presidente de la Asociación de Canotaje de Baja California.

Baja competirá con una delegación de ocho integrantes, de los cuales siete son deportistas más un asistente en este torneo que servirá de preparación para la Olimpiada Nacional.

En este deporte dentro de la máxima justa se desarrollará en el sureste del país, debido a que el estado de Quintana Roo decidió tomar la sede, al contar con escenarios naturales propicios para esta actividad como es el caso de la Laguna Milagros, ubicada a las afueras de la capital, Chetumal.

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