January 18, 2002

Community Notes:

Annual Voice of Democracy Presentation
Don Diego VFW honors San Diego High School student participant Milena Andzelm. Andzelm, sponsored by the Don Diego VFW, placed fourth in the Voice of Democracy Essay Program.
Pictured from left to right: Mr. Andzelm; Post Voice of Democracy Chairman, Gilbert Castorena; English teacher, Lila McDougall; Auxiliary Voice of Democracy, Olivia J. Solomon; Madame President, Rosanna Vasquez; student, Milena Andezelm; Post Chaplain, Dave Greeney and; Mrs. Andzelm.

Encinitas to Celebrate The Arrival of Its Community and Senior Center January 26

On January 26, 2002 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the City of Encinitas will host a much anticipated "Birth Day Party" to celebrate an open house and dedication ceremony of its $7.8 million Community and Senior Center located at the corner of Balour Drive and Encinitas Boulevard. There will be a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m., featuring members of the Encinitas City Council, as well as other city leaders, followed by festivities and fun.

"After a ten year process including planning, development, and construction, we are thrilled to give the citizens of Encinitas a gift they can all enjoy," said David Wigginton, Community Services Director.

The free event will feature ongoing entertainment including jugglers, face painters, clowns, and a variety of dance and musical performances with a special concert by the band Hot Rod Lincoln 1:30-3:30 p.m. An assortment of "birthday" crafts, prizes and festivities will entertain tiny tots and senior citizens. Everyone will be invited to get in on the action.

In addition, guests will get a chance to take a self-guided tour through the 38,600 square foot center, which features banquet facilities, meeting rooms, craft room, game rooms, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium/auditorium. Local restaurants will share samples of specialty food items such as pizza, bread-sticks, desserts, and more. "The goal of the event," explains Pam Alexander, Recreation Superintendent, "is to give children of all ages, adults, and senior citizens a glimpse into the types of facilities, activities and programs that will be offered at the center." The event is free and open to the public.

The Center will have a phased opening for operational hours to the public beginning February 11th with the Center being in full operation by Spring 2002. For more information, call the Community Services Department at 760-633-2740.


Calling All South Bay Families

The Parent Connection hosts an Open House in the Park

The Parent Connection (formerly Las Madres), a nonprofit parenting support network sponsored by Scripps, is inviting all families in the South Bay area to their first Open House in the Park, Thursday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Hilltop Park in Chula Vista. Parents are encouraged to come learn about The Parent Connection and to meet other parents in the community with children of similar ages in order to make new friends and form playgroups, groups organized by geographic location and the age of participating children, and which offer friendship, moral support, and a wide variety of activities for families.

Parents and children can enjoy the fresh air and friendly faces at this special day in the park, where a clown will entertain the children and refreshments for all will be served. To get there, take 1-805 south and exit at H Street, head west on H Street and turn left onto Hilltop. The park is located between J Street and L Street. In the case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. RSVP by calling (858) 626-6944.

The Parent Connection brings San Diego families together to provide support, share experiences and information, enjoy social activities, and build lasting relationships. Parent Connection families learn from each other as parents and help each other as friends.


Mexican Commentator, Monsiváis, at UCSD

The Mexican Cultural Institute of San Diego and The University of California, San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and Department of Literature host a presentation by Carlos Monsiváis international award-winning Mexican novelist, poet, and political commentator Un siglo de americanización "A Century of Americanization" (presentation will be in Spanish), Thursday, January 24, 2002 3:00-5:00 pm Deutz Conference Room UCSD's Institute of the Americas Complex.

For further information, please call (858) 534-4503. Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, 0510, La Jolla, CA 92093-0510. TEL: 858.534.4503.

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