April 19, 2002

Community Notes:

COLLEGE PREP DAY AT UCSD —- More than 750 eleventh-grade students and their parents from San Diego and Imperial counties gathered at the University of California, San Diego this week to learn the rudiments of successfully applying to UCSD and other University of California schools. Called UC Prep, the free event was conducted by UCSD’s Early Academic Outreach Program to prepare students and parents for the UC application process, which occurs in the students’ senior year.

Students received information on UC admissions requirements, what high school courses they should take to be competitive for admission, and how to locate and apply for college financial aid. Parents attended workshops covering college admissions tests required, financial aid, Veteran’s Administration benefits available for college, and issues dealing with first-generation college students and concerns of rural area students.

UCSD Chancellor Robert Dynes addressed students and parents on the importance of preparing early for college admission. UCSD is expecting to enroll 4,500 new freshmen this year.

Connecting Communities Through Education

UCSD’s Partners at Learning (PAL) service-learning program will host its third Community Forum on April 29, 2002, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at UCSD’s Price Center. This free event will feature entertaining and inspiring performances by local talent. Interactive and informative workshops will follow.

This Forum provides an opportunity for education advocates and supporters to recognize and celebrate the innovative collaborations occurring between UCSD, local community colleges, community organizations and K-12 schools. The PAL program actively invites community involvement throughout San Diego as we continue to build connections to empower San Diego’s K-12 students and schools. We anticipate a diverse and large group this April, as our audience has been growing with each community forum. We encourage everyone to experience and enjoy the positive and empowering environment at PAL’s Community Forum. Enjoy remarkable entertainment while learning about local people who are improving education and support achievement for our underserved youth!

Past community forums have been well attended by K-12th grade students and their families, community college and UCSD students, and community members. Previous guests have included storyteller Linda Sue Whiteside and locally acclaimed EVEOKE Dance Theatre who “cultivate compassionate social action through arts education and evocative performance,” workshops have included mentor/tutor panels, “nuts and bolts” about teacher preparation and stimulating arts/dance education activities.

Every year, hundreds of UCSD students embark on the journey of service by working with San Diego’s youth through PAL. During this last quarter alone, UCSD students provided close to 7,000 volunteer hours at 29 schools and 8 districts, including Johnson Elementary, Central Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, Freese Elementary, Polinsky School, and San Diego High School.

Cal State San Marcos to Host Largest Career Fair in North County

For the third year, California State University San Marcos is hosting the largest job and resource fair in North County, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, on campus in founders Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 100 employment representatives and company recruiters will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about career opportunities.

Employer will include AFLAC, Anheuser-Busch of San Diego; military representatives; California Highway Patrol; cities of Carlsbad, Coronado, Escondido, and San Diego; Coca Cola Bottling of Southern California; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Los Angeles Sheriffs Department; Palomar Pomerado Health; Peace Corps; North County Times; San Diego Wild Animal Park; Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); Scripps Research Institute; Wells Fargo; Vons; and YMCA.

During the day, campus tours will be given and career workshops will be held in Commons 206 on topics such as how credit impacts your employment and how to network at a career fair. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. University Trio will play jazz on the Dome Terrace.

Sponsors for this year’s event include the university’s Career and Assessment Center, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, the North County Times, and the North County Inland and Coastal Career Centers. Shuttle service is available to and from the parking lots. For more information about the Cal State San Marcos Job and Resource Fair, call 760-750-4900 or visit www.csusm.edu/CAC/jobfair.

How to Live Longer and Look Younger

Prominent local physician Robert Brunst, M.D. will be discussing “How to Live Longer and Look Younger” and will answer questions free of charge on Monday, April 29, 2002, from 7:00-9:00 PM, at the Unity Center, 7090 Miramar Road, Suites A-D, in San Diego.

The Unity Center is a nonprofit institution established in March 2002 to promote social and economic development in San Diego. Located in Miramar, the Unity Center is sponsored by the Baha’i community of San Diego. The Center promotes the elimination of prejudice, equality of the sexes and neighborhood development. Month-ly informal social gatherings are held on the first Thursday of every month from 7:00 -9:00 PM and are open to the public.

For further information and details concerning Unity Center events and programs, call (858) 537-0999.

Festival of Ridvan

There will be a “Festival of Ridvan” celebration at Morse High School - 6905 Skyline Drive on Sunday April 21st at 1:00 p.m. The program will include fun activities for adults and children and refreshment will be served.

The Festival celebrates the proclamation of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, to his followers that he was God’s messenger. Baha’u’llah made his public proclamation during his stay in a garden in Baghdad, Iraq, which he called the “garden of Ridvan” which means “paradise” in Persian.

Baha’u’llah’s teaching focus on the oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the oneness of humankind. Baha’i teachings also include the equality of women and men, a spiritual solution to the world’s economic problems, universal education, the harmony of science and religion, and the urgent need to eliminate all forms of prejudice.

Anglers Invited to Celebrate a Day at the Docks on San Diego’s Beautiful Big Bay

For the 23rd consecutive year the Port of San Diego and San Diego Sportfishing Council present Day at the Docks, an event that celebrates sport-fishing. The free event will consume three sportfishing landings in Point Loma Sunday April 21. Participating landings include Point Loma Sportfishing Association (1403 Scott Street), Fisherman’s Landing (2838 Garrison Street) and H&M Sportfishing Landing (2803 Emerson Street). The festivities, which open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., will kick-off a month long promotion introducing fishing to youths.

The celebration is also a great way for local San Diegans to explore the San Diego Bay —the Big Bay, which offers the largest fleet of commercial sportfishing boats on the West Coast. Some of these boats will be offering 40-minute rides around the Big Bay for only $1.

Other aspects of Day at the Docks feature marine attractions for the whole family, including a casting contest, fleet vessel tours, fishing tackle displays, musical entertainment and more. An enticement for kids will be the catch and release fishing areas. That’s where large bins filled with fish will be lowered into the bay waters, thus guaranteeing aspiring anglers nearly a catch per cast.

For ardent fishermen there are displays showing the latest in tackle technology presented by leading sportfishing manufacturers, saltwater tackle displays and how-to seminars conducted by expert anglers.

Festival attendees wondering what fish looks like “fresh off the boat” should head to Fisherman’s Landing and welcome a long range boat returning after 21 days at sea. The ship’s arrival is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuna, yellowtail and other delicacies will be hauled and weighed all morning.

Recommended parking for Day at the Docks is available on Shelter Island. Additional parking is located on Harbor Drive. Shuttle service will be offered to and from the festival at both locations.

17th Annual Children’s Book Party to Distribute Thousands of Books to San Diego Children

Reading Literacy Learning, Inc. invites all San Diegans to its free Children’s Book Party on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park! This festive annual event will feature thousands of kids, thousands of books, over 150 volunteers, refreshments and live entertainment.

The book party will host children ranging from grades K-12, many from underserved communities, who will get to select one brand new, age appropriate book of their choice. For many first-time attendees, this will be the first book of what event organizers hope will be their own personal library. Many young participants have never had a brand new book to call their own and this can be the first step to a lifetime of literacy and learning.

Event organizers request the public’s help! Volunteers (ages: mature 13 to retired) are needed to assist with the event. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt.

Reading Literacy Learning, Inc. was established twenty years ago by San Diego resident Roosevelt Brown with the hopes that children would learn from a young age the importance of reading. His life’s goal is to help kids learn about the world through reading, something he discovered much later in life.

“Young people who are well-read will have opportunities in life that others won’t,” said Brown.

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