August 16 2002

Community Notes:

Family Fun, Concert to Open New Park,

Community Center on Aug. 18

A concert in the park, arts and crafts demonstrations, and a giant slide for children are among the festivities planned for the grand opening of Chula Vista’s new Heritage Park and Community Center on Aug. 18 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The 10-acre park is located at 1381 East Palomar St. in Otay Ranch, south of Telegraph Canyon Road.

An official dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Included on the program are Chula Vista Mayor Shirley Horton and Vice President Ranie Hunter representing The Otay Ranch Company, which built the $3.45 million project for the city.

“This beautiful new park with its architecturally-stunning community center demonstrates Chula Vista’s commitment to ensure that our residents can enjoy outstanding recreational facilities in their neighborhoods,” said Horton

Starting at 2 p.m. participants will be able to watch demonstrations in the center, ride down the giant slide, meet local firefighters and police officers, and visit booths.

A concert at 4 p.m will culminate the event featuring “The Players” in the outdoor, grass amphitheater. This is one in a weekly summer series of Music in the Park concerts featuring a variety of musical groups in several different Chula Vista parks.

Heritage community Center is the first in the eastern portion of Chula Vista and the only one to offer a craft room with a kiln for ceramics and pottery. Following the grand opening, exercise and aerobics classes’ dance, arts and crafts; pre-school programs; scrapbooking; tai-chi; concerts; and sports are among the activities that are scheduled in the 5,900-square-foot center.

In addition, to the community center and grass amphitheater, Heritage Park features a large naturalistic pond, two outdoor basketball courts, play equipment, picnic shelters and tables, a walking/jogging path, a large multi-purpose field and open space.

“The design of the Heritage Community Center epitomizes the small town aesthetic that we’re creating in Otay Ranch,” said Hunter, who was involved in all phases of the park’s design and construction. “It will be a source of pride and an important part of the public realm in Otay Ranch for generations.”

Fifth Annual Lincoln Park Wellness

Village Health Extravaganza

“It is important that residents in the community have access to information regarding healthy lifestyles,” explained Precious Jackson, one of the organizers of the event. “This event promises to be the best of them all.” The purpose of the event is threefold: to expose residents to local health resources, to provide health screenings and information related to creating an even healthier community, and to solicit participation from residents of the Lincoln Park community to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.”

There will be free food, astro-jumps, face painting, games and prizes, raffles and free health screenings. The health screenings are provided as an essential start to having regular check-ups and monitoring one’s health. The screenings include blood pressure, HIV, and overall health physicals. The health screenings will provide residents with a free and convenient way to check on their health. Family Health Centers of San Diego will provide referrals for those who may need additional medical attention after the fair.

Co-Director of Project New Village and initiator of the Lincoln Park Wellness Village, Ms. Diane Moss, said that the joy of planning the event is the mobilization and organizing of the community. “The secret to our success is the youth and adult partnerships,” says Moss.

Some of this year’s participants include Channel 10 Mobile, Children’s Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, American Medical response Ambulance, Comprehensive Health Center, Community Health Group, Read San Diego, YMCA Youth and Family Services, and UCSD’s Mother, Child, and Adolescent Program. Some of the local talents include DJ Kool T, Formality, Golden Steppers, and NYR.

The new Deputy Director of Health & Human Services Agency, Central Region, Rene G. Santiago, will address the audience and his community constituents as a special guest of the day, Lincoln Park Wellness Village Health Extravaganza on Saturday, August 24, 2002 at Kennedy Park (located just east of Kennedy Elementary School, at 455 South 47th Street) at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

According to Eder Jonathan Escamilla, a youth worker at Project New Village, the extravaganza is an opportunity for families to come together in unity, fun, and fellowship. “The health extravaganza is a good event for friends and family to get together and enjoy a day at the park filled with good entertainment, health information and food.” Jonathan encourages all residents of southeast to attend.

Get Employees Out of Traffic and Help Keep San Diego Moving

Companies can help employees beat rush hour traffic. Come learn how local employers are using teleworking, vanpools, transit, and incentives to improve both their bottom line and their employee’s quality of life.

A free breakfast workshop, co-hosted by SANDAG and WTS, is being held Friday, august 23, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., at the Marriott La Jolla, 4240 La Jolla Village Drive.

Commuting programs are easy to set up, easy to administer, and very low cost. Come learn how they can help your firm. Please R.S.V.P. to Kathy.donnelly@mtdb.sdmts.com. For more information, call 619-595-5382.

El Consulado de Guatemala Anuncia el Consulado Móvil en Los Angeles

El Consulado de Guatemala en San Diego, California anuncia a la Comunidad Guatemalteca residente en esta área que para los días Sábado 24 y Domingo 25 de Agosto el Consulado Móvil del Consulado General en Los Angeles estará en las instalaciones del Consulado en San Diego de las 9 horas de la mañana hasta las 5 horas de la tarde.

La dirección del Consulado de Guatemala en San Diego es: 9148 Birch Street Spring Valley, Ca. 91977 (619)465-2846.

Compatriotas Guatemaltecos podrán obtener el Nuevo Pasaporte de Libreta que usualmente solo se puede obtener personalmente en Los Angeles.

Además, las personas interesadas podrán realizar los trámites consulares que se hacen usualmente en este Consulado, incluyendo: Tarjetas Consulares de Identificación, Licencias de Viaje a Guatemala, Registro Civil, Actas de Superviviencia, Autorizacion Para Viajar de Menores, Visas, Legalizaciones, Información Migratoria.

Para mayor información comuníquese al Consulado General de Guatemala en Los Angeles al 213/365-9251 ó 213/3659-9245. Consulado de Guatemala en San Diego 619/465-2846 ó Fax 619/465-6227.

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