April 18, 2003

Community Notes:

Cinco de Mayo Explored

MIRA MESA — Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Join Miramar College Spanish Professor April Koch on Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m., and journey into the history and excitement of this annual Mexican national holiday.

Although Mexico eventually lost the war, which resulted in both the temporary exit of democratically elected President Benito Juárez and the arrival of Maximilian and Carlota, who became Emperor and Empress of Mexico, the Mexicans fought back! Maximilian was eventually executed and Benito Juárez was elected again to the presidency.

Learn about the dramatic events before, during, and after the Battle of Puebla. Through lecture and slides, discover the roles of such important historical figures as Napoleon III, Benito Juárez, General Zaragoza, Maximilian, Carlota, Porfirio Díaz, and more. The presentation concludes with a game.

“Cinco de Mayo” is presented by the Miramar College Diversity Committee and offered through the “Evening with the Experts” lecture and performance series. Presentations are free and are held in Lecture Hall I-101 at Miramar College. No reservations are necessary and no parking permits are required on Friday evenings.

Miramar College is located at 10440 Black Mountain Road, one block west of I-15 between Mira Mesa Blvd. and Carroll Canyon Road.

Community is invited to help design new elementary school

New school in Logan Heights will ease crowding at King, Logan and Perkins

Plan to attend the Design Task Force community meetings for the new elementary school in Logan Heights, also known as the King/Logan/Perkins Area Elementary School:

Wednesday, April 30 – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14 – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 4 – 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Logan Elementary Auditorium, 2875 Ocean View Boulevard, San Diego

As a member of the Design Task Force, you’ll have the opportunity to voice your ideas about the design of the new school. Residents, civic leaders, parents, school administrators and students are welcome to participate. Through the interactive “design charette” process, the architect will guide the Design Task Force to complete the overall design of the project during the working sessions.

About the new school: The new school will be bound by Martin Avenue on the north, the alley between Logan Avenue and Greely Avenue on the south, 32nd Street on the east, and 31st Street on the west, and excludes parcels in the northwest corner. The project will require the acquisition of about 15 dwelling units and relocation of 42 residents. About 4 acres of the 6.5-acre site is undeveloped district-owned property and doesn’t require acquisition or relocation of residents. The project, which will cost about $23.6 million, will be funded by Proposition MM, the $1.51 billion bond that is funding modernization of 165 schools and construction of 16 new/rebuilt schools. Construction will begin in Spring 2005, and the new school is scheduled to open in Fall 2006.

Site Map: A map of the project site can be found at: www.sandi.net/propmm/pdf/KLPAltSiteAMap.pdf. For more information about Proposition MM new schools, go to www.sandi.net/propmm.

Questions? Contact David Grant, senior project manager, at 858-637-6293 or dgrant@mail.sandi.net.

San Ysidro School District

Early Childhood Program for Families and Toddlers

The San Ysidro School District is currently accepting applications for its preschool and child care programs fro children 3to 5.

The preschool program offers morning and afternoon classes, three hours as day at all the elementary school sites. Preschool is available for children within the district’s boundaries.

The childcare program provides full day services offered to parents who work, study or are attending a job-training program. The childcare services are available to children 2 years 9 months to 5 years and who are residents of San Diego.

Family income levels determined by the California state Department of Education are a factor if determining eligibility for both the preschool and child care programs. Services are also available on daily fee basis.

Both programs offer developmentally appropriate activities preparing children for entrance into kindergartener.

Families may register at the Child Development enter office located at 1880 Smythe avenue (next to Smythe School) Hours are from 7:00 to 5:45, Monday through Friday. To enroll, parents must bring proof of residency, proof of income, child’s birth certificate, immunization records and a physical examination I required for each child. For parents of preschoolers a tuberculosis test is needed. For more information call (619) 428-2352 or 690-4807

A Call For Photographs “Sherman Heights Snapshots”

The Sherman Heights Neighborhood Cultural Council (SHNCC) is looking for snapshots of the Sherman Heights area, both “Out of the Attic” historic snapshots from past residents’ birthday parties and everyday lives, and contemporary shots that capture the essence of Sherman Heights people, architecture of the historic district, urban issues, and views of, views from, and views within Sherman Heights. Photos are due by April 26, 2003, and a community exhibition will take place on May 24, 2003.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to explore this vibrant neighborhood and help capture aspects of our community,” said Louise Torio, Chair of the SHNCC, a nine-year resident, and proprietor of Historic Sherman Heights Walking Tours. “There are many facets to Sherman Heights.”

“We in the SHNCC realize that locals are aware of all the positive things going on here, but many people outside the neighborhood have not updated their perceptions of Sherman Heights,” said SHNCC member and local resident Pita Ruiz. “A photo exhibition documenting what’s going on right now is a good way to take stock of our community while finding out what others see.” The SHNCC positioning statement for Sherman Heights sees the area as “a Victorian neighborhood with a Latino flavor,” producing “an unexpected cultural mix.”

Anyone may enter up to 10 contemporary photographs per each of the four categories (Sherman Heights people; architecture of the historic district; urban issues; and views of, views from, and views within Sherman Heights). There is no cost to enter. At least one work from each photographer will hang in the exhibition on May 24 at the Sherman Heights Community Center, located at 2258 Island Avenue in San Diego. All photos will be displayed unframed, clipped to overhead wires, to produce an authentic, powerful grouping of images of the area. The event will be curated, to make sure there aren’t multiple images from the same angle of the same subject, for example. The May 24 community exhibition is free and open to the public.

For additional information about the SHNCC, call Louise Torio, the SHNCC Chair at 619-233-8833 (message line, 24/7) or send her an e-mail at historicsandiego@AOL.com. For information in Spanish, leave a message for Pita Ruiz at 619-884-2722.

3rd Annual Day of the Child Community Fair

Chula Vista — 3rd Annual Day of the Child Community Fair will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Memorial Park on 3rd Avenue and Parkway in Chula Vista. Children and their families will enjoy a day full of information and fun activities such as: kids fashion show, face painting, kids karaoke, circus entertainment, magician shows, music groups, dancers and many giveaways and surprises.

At this event families can become aware of resources within their community to keep their children safe, healthy and well informed. The Chula Vista Coordinating Council, City of Chula Vista in collaboration with various Chula Vista community agencies and business partners, brings this event to the community. Together we build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

ACORN Community Banking and Immigration Fair

On Saturday, April 26, San Diego ACORN will be holding its Annual ACORN

Community Banking and Immigration Fair to support our ongoing outreach work in the low-income areas of San Diego. The ACORN Community and Immigration Fair is a free event that brings the business and social service communities together with low and moderate-income and minority families. Hundreds of families have benefited from ACORN’s Community Fairs by the services the fairs participants have provided, as well as assisting attendees obtain their dream of home ownership, better neighborhoods, and access to the financial & insurance services local companies provide.

EVENT: ACORN Community Banking and Immigration Fair

DATE: Saturday, April 26th, 2003 10:00am - 3:00pm (Free)

Attendance: 400 Flow - Multiple workshops will be offered to further engage attendees

LOCATION: Neighborhood House 841 South 41st Street, San Diego, Ca.  92113

The ACORN Community Banking and Immigration Fairs are recurring events, drawing large numbers of low and moderate-income families, and helping the participating families to gain an understanding of the services offered in their communities in a non-threatening environment.

Cuyamaca College Career Fair Set For May 1

EL CAJON – With many people looking for summer jobs and others seeking post-graduation employment, large numbers of Cuyamaca College students and community residents are expected at the Ninth Annual Career Fair, set for 9 a.m. to noon May 1 in the campus quad.

The fair at the Cuyamaca College campus at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego is free and open to the public.

This year, due to the lackluster economy, organizers are expecting more job-seekers, but a smaller number than usual of employers — about 20 percent fewer, to be specific, said Laurie Brown, career and job development supervisor at Cuyamaca’s Career Center, which hosts the fair.

But the 40 or so employers who will attend represent a wide spectrum of industry, so fair-goers won’t be disappointed, Brown said. Some employers will even be hiring on the spot.

Participants of this year’s fair – the theme of which is “A New Career Will Look Good on You!” — include public-sector agencies such as the California Department of Forestry, the City of San Diego, the County Probation Department, Employment Development Department, County Sheriff’s office, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the U.S. Naval Reserve, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Representing the private sector are such businesses and services as 24-Hour Fitness, Costco Wholesale, Geico Direct, Kragen Auto Parts, Macy’s, Union Bank and YMCA Childcare Resources.

A couple of unexpected participants this year are Jefferson Pilot Communications, which owns radio stations KSON, KIFM and KBZT, and the Southern California Teacher Recruitment Center, a tri-county service that links teacher candidates and school districts.

For maps and an up-to-date list of employers scheduled to participate in the fair, visit the Career Center located in the Student Services One-Stop Center near the Fury Drive entrance to Cuyamaca College. Information is also available by calling (619) 660-4450 or by visiting www.cuyamaca.net/careerserv/

University Bound Students Can Now Submit Applications For Arthur H. Goodman Scholarships

CDC Small Business Finance, a leading non-profit Small Business Administration lender, is now accepting applications for the 2003 Arthur H. Goodman Scholarship awards. The deadline to apply has been extended to May 30, 2003.

The awards are given to women and minorities who are graduating from a community college with a minimum 3.0 GPA and history of community service/volunteerism that are moving on to a four-year university. Full-time and part-time students are eligible.

Scholarship awards range between $1,500 and $3,000 per student. Four or more awards are given out each year. Scholarship funds may be applied to 2003-2004 school-related costs such as tuition, books and living expenses.

Established in memory of CDC’s founder and president who died in 1998, the scholarship fund is part of the company’s vision to build and fortify local communities. Goodman held a passion and commitment for helping women and minority entrepreneurs. He worked diligently to ensure they had access to community services and developed a wealth of business financing programs designed specifically to fit their needs.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship should go to http://www.cdcloans.com/scholar.htm. The application deadline is May 30, 2003.

UCSD Presents Richard Rodriguez:

Celebrated Author and Essayist to appear at Revelle Forum

UCSD’s Revelle Forum at The Neurosciences Institute, an innovative series of lectures, readings, and public interviews with leading figures from the worlds of arts and culture, current events, and the media, recently hosted dynamic speakers such as Lewis Lapham, Joan Didion, David Rockefeller and A.S. Byatt. We are pleased to announce essayist and author Richard Rodriguez will join the forum on Wednesday, April 30, 2003.

Hailed as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in the country” (The Washington Post), Richard Rodriguez is known for his perceptive and often controversial insights into American culture, as well as his extraordinarily lush and evocative literary style. A frequent essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, Rodriguez is the author of a trilogy of acclaimed memoirs, including Hunger of Memory (1982), Days of Obligation (1992), and his latest work, Brown: The Last Discovery of America. A Catholic, gay, Mexican American, Rodriguez has examined his own experience as it intersects with public issues of class and ethnicity. In Brown, he offers compelling, lyrical, and sometimes humorous meditations on the “browning of America,” exploring the meaning of the “Hispanic” presence in the United States and suggesting a future in which being “brown”— a mixture of black, white, brown, yellow, red — might become the definition of the authentically American. The talk will be followed by a booksigning. The registration fee is $35.

The event takes place from 5:30-7:15 P.M., with a booksigning following the talk. The series takes place in the 350-seat auditorium of The Neurosciences Institute located at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive (parking is free). Admission to each event is $35 per person. Registrations may be made by calling 858-534-3400, or online at http://revelleforum.ucsd.edu/registration.htm. Advance registration is advised, as seating is limited. For more information on the series and on each speaker, visit http://revelleforum.ucsd.edu, call 858-964-1056, or e-mail revelleforum@ucsd.edu.

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