August 25, 2000

Community Notes:



Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project San Diego Central West is having a Kick-off Rally into its Latino Vote 2000 national campaign. Come join us in Barrio Logan as we begin our voter registration phase for the central west part of San Diego, Saturday, August 26, at the Mercado Apartments, 2001 Newton Ave. 8am Breakfast; 8:30am Volunteer Training; 10-12 pm Precint Walking. For further information call 619-426-7203.



Sonia Michel, maestra de `Artes Decorativas', enseno a mis estudiantes a crear trabajos de bellas artes decorativas para el hojar. Esto incluye, pintura decorativa, ceramica, repujado (repousse), diseno floral, tapiceria, decoracion interior, etc. Cuando me entere de que las clases de artes decorativas tenian un costo, pense que eso podria ser un impedimento para hispanos de bajo ingreso. Hable con un representante de Wal-Mart, que tambien ayuda a la comunidad con programas especiales. Ahora las clases se ofreceran gratis para todos.

Las inscripciones inician Agosto 28 y las clases empiezan Sep 5, 2000. Las clases son: Clase de Arte Decorativa, en Wal-Mart de San Ysidro, Martes y Jueves 9am-12 noon y 6pm-9pm.; Clase de Ceramica, en Montgomery Adult School, Lunes y Miercoles, 6pm-9pm

Se ofreceran concursos mensuales y en Octubre y Diciembre, Wal-Mart tendra una expocision de los trabajos hechos por los estudiantes. Si tiene alguna pregunta, puede hablarme al 619-575-6015 o al 619-540-9248.



Meetings set to discuss community development, housing programs

Residents and organizations are invited to attend one of the informational meetings being held next month to discuss the County's plans for some $12 million in federal community development and housing funds.

The largest pot of money, approximately $6.5 million, comes from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which focuses on improvement and revitalization of low-income communities. Eligible projects include street upgrades, community centers, parks, water and drainage improvements and housing rehabilitation loans. The other programs fund affordable housing and homeless assistance projects, including services for people living with HIV or AIDS.

The deadline to submit proposals for CDBG funding for community development projects is Oct. 27. Further information and applications can be obtained from the County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3989 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123, by calling (858) 694-4807, by email:, or from the County web site:

Schedule of Community Meetings:

Lincoln Acres, Sept 12, 7pm; Lincoln Acres Community Center.
Spring Valley, Sept 14, 7pm; Spring Valley Community Center.
Casa De Oro, Sept. 19, 7pm; Casa de Oro Library
Julian, Sept. 20, 10am; Julian Volunteer Fire Department
Borrego Springs, Sept. 20, 1:30pm; Borrego Springs Senior Center
Ramona, Sept. 21, 7pm; Ramona Boys and Girls Club
Fallbrook, Sept. 26, 7pm; Fallbrook Community Center
Campo, Sept. 27, 2:30pm; Campo Community Center
Lakeside, Sept. 28, 7pm; Lakeside Senior Center.



"A City of Villages" and other proposed alternatives for the City of San Diego's Strategy 2020 will be the topic of five public meetings over the next two weeks.

The "City of Villages" concept would reinforce San Diego's existing neighborhoods by improving walkability and access to public transit in selected areas as well as allowing San Diego to grow while keeping urban sprawl to a minimum.

Strategy 2020 will create a new chapter of the city's General Plan, the Strategic Framework, designed to help guide development over the next 20 years. During that period, the San Diego Association of Governments has estimated that an additional 450,000 residents will need housing, jobs, transportation and public facilities in the city.

The meetings are scheduled on the following dates:

Aug. 22; Rancho Peñasquitos Library
Aug. 24; County of San Diego Dept., of Housing and Community Development, 3989 Ruffin Rd., San Diego
Aug. 29; Forum Hall, 2nd floor, Wells Fargo Bank, University Towne Centre
Aug. 30; Casa Familiar, 212 West Park, Ave., San Ysidro
Aug.31; Tubman Chavez Center, 415 Euclid Ave., San Diego

All meetings take place from 7-9 p.m. For info call (619) 235-5226.



Chula Vista — Friends of the Arts will host a workshop on Grants for Artists. The grants are being offered by the California Arts Council (CAC) through the Artist in Residence program. The workshop will be held September 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. In Conference Room 2 at the Civic Center Library, at 365 F Street, Chula Vista.

Applicants must have at least 3 years of professional experience. Artists of all disciplines are welcome to apply for the grant which funds a $1600 per month stipend. The artist will develop a long term project of workshops or classes in coordination with a sponsor. For further information, call the CAC at 916-322-6555.



The Malcom X Library is interested in teens ages 15-17 for the Malcolm X Library Teen Advisory Board. The Teen Advisory Board is the governing body of the Malcolm X Library Teen Advisory Council. Currently, five positions are open. Anyone interested in applying should submit a biographical essay no more than one page in length and should give tree reasons why they want to become a Board member or why they think the Council is important. For futher info call Sheila at (619) 527-3405. Send all correspondence to the Malcolm X Library and Performing Arts Center/Valencia Park, 5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114.



The Stop Off for Achievements Program will host a dinner and dance fund-raiser to raise money to assist low income families, Saturday, August 26, from 6 to midnight at the Eagles Hall, 3848 Centre Street, San Diego. Dinner will be from 6-7:30 with the Dancing starting at 8 to the sound of D.J. Sammy Vasquez, Malo Sounds. SOFA is a non-profit organization created to assist children in Logan Heights. For more info call Cecilia at 619-977-1476 or 619-531-2020 x12.



Confused, frazzled or otherwise anxious parents can get help regarding their beginning-of-the-year concerns by calling the San Diego City Schools Parent Information Hotline. The Hotline will operate weekdays from Monday, Aug 28, through Friday, Sept. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first day of school is Sept 5.

Hotline operators will help answer questions about enrollment, immunizations and other issues that often pop up for parents around the opening of the traditional school year. If they cannot answer a specific question, the operators will make a telephone referral to the appropriate office for the information.

The telephone numbers are (619) 725-5589 and (619) 725-5590.



The San Diego-Tijuana International Border Area Planning Atlas, result of a two-year binational effort, which provides detailed information for the strip of land approximately five miles wide that straddles the international boundary from the ocean to Otay Mountain between San Diego and Tijuana, will be presented on Wednesday, August 30, at 5 p.m., at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT). G uest speakers include Gabriela Torres, the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, Richard Gonzalez, Consul General of the United States in tijuana, and Nancy Marlin, Provost of San Diego State University.

For more information contact Hector Vanegas at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego at 619-308-9925, or Bertha Hernandez at IRSC-SDSU 619-594-5423.

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