February 14, 2003

Community Notes:

Fourteenth Annual Women’s Resource Fair Saturday, Feb. 22

Volunteers are needed for the 14th annual Women’s Resource Fair for homeless and battered women scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 in Golden Hall, adjacent to Civic Center, 202 C St. in downtown San Diego.

A variety of free resources and services will be provided between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., including medical care, veterans services, shelter referrals, education and employment assistance, mental health counseling, spiritual care, child care, breakfast, lunch, and transportation. Information about food stamps, general relief, Medi-Cal, and CalWORKS will also be available. Legal assistance for criminal cases, domestic violence, restraining orders, outstanding warrants, child support, and other family law issues will be provided.

Free mammograms and pap smears will be available to fair participants again this year as well as free pediatric and children’s dental exams. Spanish-speaking volunteers will also be on hand to assist Spanish-speaking participants in obtaining services.

The fair is a community outreach event sponsored by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, the Lawyers club of San Diego, and the San Diego County Bar Association. For more information, phone the Women’s Resource Fair hotline at (619) 338-6620.

High School Students Invited to enter Poetry Contest

La Jolla Country Day School is accepting entries from high school students throughout San Diego County for the 16th annual Amy Marie Watkins Memorial Poetry Prize. The contest was established in memory of Watkins, a Country Day student who died at the age of 17 in April 1987. “The Memorial Poetry Prize recognizes talented young poets like Amy,” said Bruce Boston, Watkins English and creative writing teacher.

The deadline for submitting entries is Monday, March 17, 2003. A $150 first prize and a $100 second prize will be awarded in early May 2003. For further information about the competition, phone LJCD English instructor Bruce Boston at (858) 453-3440x168.

Entry rules: Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible for the competition. No more than two poems per student may be entered, and each entry must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper. All entries must be typed, and manuscripts will not be returned. Entries must include the following information: the author’s name, home phone number, grade, school and school address; and the name, address and phone number of the author’s parent or guardian. All entries must be submitted by a member of the faculty or administration of the student’s school, and the faculty sponsor’s name should be included on each entry. Entries should be mailed to Bruce Boston at La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesse Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037 or e-mailed to bboston@jcds.org.

La Jolla Country Day School is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian, not-for-profit college preparatory school for 1,000 students from throughout San Diego County in preschool through 12th grade. The 24-acre campus is located in San Diego’s Golden Triangle area. Country Day’s mission is to prepare individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility.

Fashion Show and Bazaar Celebrates Multicultural Fabric of San Diego’s Inner City

The rich cultures that comprise the fabric of San Diego’s City Heights area will be featured in a colorful fashion show and bazaar sponsored by the La Maestra Family Clinic on Saturday, February 15, 2003 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the San Diego State City Heights Community Center located at 4283 El Cajon Blvd. The event is co-sponsored in part by the AARP with proceeds benefiting the La Maestra Family Clinic Pediatric Services Unit.

The fashion show and bazaar will display the latest in styles and trends for kids, women, and men and features ethnic dress from five cultures: Mexican, Somali, Vietnamese, Sudanese, Russian and Guatemalan. A $25.00 event entry fee includes refreshments and hors d’oevres.

The La Maestra Family Clinic was established in 1991 serves as a primary health care clinic for residents of the diverse Central Region of San Diego County. It offers a comprehensive range of medical services and is designated as a safety net medical and dental provider, community refugee health center, and public housing grantee.

For more information on the La Maestra Family Clinic, please visit www.lamaestra.org.

Hear Three Views of African-American Experience at Oceanside Library

A tribute to Black History Month on Saturday, February 15, 1-2 p.m., at the Mission Branch Library, will bring together three Oceanside community leaders to share their personal experiences as African-Americans. In a free program called “Celebrating Black History Month—Past, Present and Future”, Duane Bennett, Oceanside City Attorney, will talk about growing up in East Los Angeles; Marie Swan, President of the Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis Club, will share what it was like to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil rights; and D’Wayne Prymer, a senior at Oceanside High School, will describe serving with the Leadership Policy Program in Sacramento. Jynna and Brittany Bennett will recite the opening and closing poems, and refreshments will be served. The Mission Branch Library is located at 3861-B Mission Ave, next to the Oceanside Police Department. For more information please call the Branch at (760) 435-5640. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library.

Feria De Recursos Para Mujeres
Servicios Disponibles Para Mujeres Con Necesidades

En la Feria de Recursos Para Mujeres que se llevará a cabo el Sábado 22 de Febrero, de las 8:30 a.m. a las 4:00 p.m., se ofrecerán los siguientes servicios gratuitos:

 Ayuda para recibir asistencia financiera que incluye los programas de TANF, CalWorks, Medi-Cal, Asistencia General, Estampillas Para Comida y Seguro Social

 Servicios médicos para mujeres, incluye el Papanicolao y Mamografía, y para niños (padres por favor traigan la tarjeta o registro de vacunas de sus hijos)

 Asistencia legal confidencial con casos criminales, familiares, pensión alimenticia, ordenes de restricción de violencia doméstica, programas de beneficios públicos, immigración, vivienda y preguntas al consumidor

 Consejería para educación, entrenamiento y empleo

 Talleres sobre varios asuntos

 Servicios de salud mental que incluye consejería espiritual

 Servicios para Veteranos. Esta asistencia está disponible para cualquiera que haya servido en el ejercito o sea dependiente de un veterano

 Referencias para albergues

Habrá desayuno y lonche para los asistentes. Transportación gratuita desde y hasta los albergues y otros lugares en el condado de San Diego.

También habrá personas encargadas de cuidar a los niños de los asistentes (edades de 1 a 10) y se les dará lonche.

El lugar de la cita es en el Civic Center (Downtown San Diego), 202 “C” Street, San Diego. Se habla Español.

Si desea ser voluntario(a), o para más información por favor llame al (619) 338-6620.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service Offers Free First Time Homebuyers’ Seminar

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Diego and Imperial Counties (CCCS) will offer a free two-session first time homebuyers’ seminar on February 20th and 27th, 2003 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Poway Community Services located at 13202 Poway Road in Poway.

CCCS offers HUD-certified workshops that help homebuyers better understand qualification requirements, money management, real estate terminology and more. All participants who complete both sessions of the seminar will receive a certificate of completion that meets most education requirements for affordable home loan packages.

Pre-registration is required, and children are not permitted. To register, call CCCS at (619) 497-0200 ext. 59 or visit Consumer Credit Counseling Service Offers Free First Time Homebuyers’ Seminar

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Diego and Imperial Counties (CCCS) will offer a free two-session first time homebuyers’ seminar on February 20th and 27th, 2003 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Poway Community Services located at 13202 Poway Road in Poway.

CCCS offers HUD-certified workshops that help homebuyers better understand qualification requirements, money management, real estate terminology and more. All participants who complete both sessions of the seminar will receive a certificate of completion that meets most education requirements for affordable home loan packages.

Pre-registration is required, and children are not permitted. To register, call CCCS at (619) 497-0200 ext. 59 or visit www.cccssdic.org.

Attention San Diego County High School Baseball Players

The San Diego County Boys Baseball team is seeking 14 and 15 year old baseball players (MUST not be 16 years old before August 1st) to participate in the 22nd annual International World Boys League Tournament held in Sao Paulo, Brazil from August 7-17, 2003. Try-outs for the team will take place Sunday, February 23rd at Mission Bay High School’s varsity field, behind the gym from 1-4 p.m. For more information call Al Alvarado at 619-267-5974 or fax 619-267-9800 or email: sdboysbaseball@yahoo.com or Coach Steve Perdue at 619-303-8118.

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