January 25, 2002

Community Notes:

Grant Funds Available for Performing & Visual Arts

Application forms are now available from the Chula Vista Office of Cultural Arts for Performing & Visual Arts Fund grants. Eligible projects may include dance, design arts, media arts, music, photography, theatre, traditional/folk arts and visual arts, or interdisciplinary expressions involving more than one of these fields.

The funding is expected to range from $250 to $2,500 for each grant, with the total grant budget for the year 2002 to be announced in February. Monetary grant awards totaling $64,797 were allocated in 2001. The amount of money awarded changes each year.

The Grant Program was established to promote and stimulate the growth of performing and cultural arts within the City of Chula Vista. It is supported by income generated from a percentage of ticket sale proceeds at the Coors Amphi-theatre in Chula Vista and is available to qualified Chula Vista individuals and organizations via an annual competitive application/review process. Applicants must make a clear case for funding, based on established criteria.

Applications are available from the Office of Cultural Arts by calling (619) 585-5627. The deadline for submission is Feb. 15. Two technical workshops will be conducted by the cultural arts coordinator at 10 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 26. Both workshops will be held at the Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F St.


Balderrama Recreation Center Reschedules Open House

John Balderrama Center, located at 709 San Diego Street, will hold a Community Open House on Tuesday, February 5th from 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The open house will introduce the community to a new slate of programs being offered at the center and to meet the center's new recreation supervisor.

There will be games, craft activities and refreshments, as well as an opportunity to register for center programs, including the exciting After-School Drop-Inn Program that begins on February 11th. The Drop-In program will operate Monday-Friday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

This event was previously scheduled to be held on January 16th. For more information about the Open House, the Drop-In Program or other center activities, contact Bal-derrama Recreation Supervisor April Eynon at 435-5530.

Want Free Tax Help?

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) volunteers will be offering FREE tax return preparation assistance at community sites beginning in early February.

Trained by the State of California Franchise Tax Board and the Internal Revenue Service, the volunteers offer help with preparing basic individual federal and state tax returns… from just answering your questions to complete preparation of both returns.

Some sites will be offering e-file (electronic filing), where the tax returns are prepared on a computer software program and transmitted electronically to the state and the IRS.

Taxpayers who want free help should bring the tax instruction booklets and/or forms they received in the mail, records of income and deductions, including Forms W-2 and 1099, statements showing interest and dividends, copies of their 2000 tax return(s) and other pertinent records.

Also, those interested in volunteering at the various sites may contact us.

For further information please contact: Reynaldo. E. Lopez, Internal Revenue Service, 1 Civic Center Drive, Suite 400, San Marcos, CA 92069. Phone: 760-471-5945. Fax: 760-471-5931. Email: reynaldo.e.lopez@irs.gov

El Programa "Mesa" Ayuda a Estudiantes A Sobresalir

El programa de Superación en Matemáticas, Ingeniería y Ciencias, más conocido por sus siglas en inglés "MESA", ayuda a miles de estudiantes con desventajas de oportunidades académicas a sobresalir en estos campos.

Con más de 90 sedes y administrado por la Universidad de California, MESA es una asociación de organizaciones académicas, gubernamentales y privadas que ha logrado aumentar el número de estudiantes minoritarios que se gradúan de instituciones postsecundarias.

Recientemente MESA fue reconocido como uno de los cinco programas públicos más innovadores del país.

"MESA es un buen modelo de lo que un programa sólido puede brindar", señala Richard C. Atkinson, Presidente de la UC. "Este tipo de alcance educativo exitoso es un punto focal de nuestra estrategia para lograr la diversidad en la educación universitaria".

Entre alumnos de preparatoria que participan en MESA, 85 por ciento prosiguen estudios universitarios, comparado con 50 por ciento de todos los graduados de preparatoria en California. Más del 12 por ciento de los diplomas universitarios que se otorgan en el país en ingeniería a estudiantes minoritarios son otorgados a graduados del programa MESA de California.

Esta asociación de planteles universitarios de la UC y la Universidad Estatal de California, colegios comunitarios, distritos escolares, escuelas, centros educativos y el sector privado apoya a más de 32,000 estudiantes que encaran desventajas educativas.

Bilingual Pool Workers Needed

Registrar of Voters Sally McPherson is looking for people proficient in both English and Spanish to serve as poll workers on Election Day. Nearly 1,500 polls will be open on Tuesday March 5, for the Gubernatorial Primary Election. Individuals with bilingual skills are needed in many areas of the county to assist Spanish-speaking voters at the polls.

Poll workers receive between $60 and $100 for their day of service, depending upon the job assigned at the voting location. Bilingual poll workers who are designated to help voters with limited English skills will receive an additional $5 pay incentive. The real compensation, however, is the satisfaction of performing a valuable community service. Polls will be open for voting between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Workers are expected to serve the entire voting day.

"Working at the polls is a good way for people to become directly involved in the political process and provide a real service to the community," said McPherson.

For details, contact the Registrar of Voters office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 858-565-5800, or after office hours at 858-694-3462 or 858-694-3455.

Otay Library to Host Business Workshops

The San Diego Public Library, Otay Mesa Branch, 3003 Coronado Ave. San Diego, California, will host business workshops presented by Professor Sigfrido Urtecho. These are designed to teach step by step the development of entrepreneurial skills. They will be offered in English and Spanish. There is free admission to all of them. The following schedule is for January, February, and March 2002:

Como Iniciar Su Propio Negocio, Martes 29 de Enero, 2002

How to Start Your Own Business, Thursday, January 31, 2002

Mercadotecnia y Ventas Para Pequeños Negocios, Martes 5 y 12 de Febrero, 2002

Marketing and Sales For Your Small Business, Thursday, February 7 and 14, 2002, Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Planeación Estrategica Para Su Pequeño Negocio, Martes 19, 26 de Febrero y Martes 5 de Marzo, 2002

Strategic Planning For Your Small Business, Thursday, February 21, 28 & Thursday, March 7, 2002. Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

For more information please call 619-424-0474.

Free Computer Classes

Free afternoon computer classes will be offered throughout February at the Educational Cultural Complex, located at 4343 Ocean View Blvd., in San Diego. The classes are part of the San Diego Community College District's Centers for Education and Technology, and will be taught in the Information Technology Department, Room 132.

The classes are scheduled from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Topics range from "Introduction to Computers" to "Creating Presentations with PowerPoint."

Students will learn a variety of basic computer skills, including using a mouse, file management systems, word processing and the Windows Operating System.

Students are encouraged to call 619-388-4865 to reserve a space in class. Registration takes place at the first meeting, and their is no charge.

For more information contact Lori Saldaña at 619-388-4830.

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