July 12 2002

Community Notes:

Oceanside Senior Citizens’ Center Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program

You may qualify for a tax rebate! The City of Oceanside Senior Citizens’ Center is hosting the 2002 Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program, to be held weekly. Sponsored by the California State Franchise Tax Board, assistance is provided by trained volunteers and is designed to assist senior citizens and persons who are blind or disabled who meet certain eligibility criteria.

To qualify for this program, you must meet the following requirements: 1) Your household income for the last year was $37,119 or less; 2) You are age 62 or older, blind or disabled; 3) You are a United States citizen, designated alien, or qualified alien when you file the claim; 4) You owned and occupied your home or mobile home on December 31, 2001; 5) You paid at least $50 rent each month.

The following documents must be presented at the time of application: 1) Proof of age or disability; 2) Property tax bill (if you are a homeowner); 3) Federal and state tax records; 4) Other income records; 5) Claim form received in the mail (forms will be provided if needed). All information provided will be kept confidential.

This program is free, and will be held at the Oceanside Senior Citizens’ Center located at 455 Country Club Lane. For more information regarding the Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program, please call the Senior Center at (760) 435-5250.

Hours Increasing at South Chula Vista Branch Library

Starting on July 22, the South Chula Vista Branch of the Chula Vista Public Library will be open eight more hours each week. The library will open two additional nights and two additional mornings based on community input. Saturday hours also were adjusted to better meet community needs.

The new hours will be Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (619) 691-5755 or check out the Web site at www.chula-vistalibrary.com. The South Branch is located at 389 Orange Ave.

San Diego Dialogue: The Future of Manufacturing

Are we witnessing the beginning of a long-term decline in manufacturing along the Mexican border? Or is Baja California moving towards a more sophisticated manufacturing platform, which employs a better trained workforce and takes more advantage of synergies with San Diego’s high tech and R&D sectors? Come and find out at San Diego Dial-ogue’s next Forum Fronterizo on “The Future of Manufacturing in Baja California: the Electronics and Auto Parts Sectors.” This luncheon event will be held on Thursday, July 18 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Harbor Island hotel, East Tower, Grande Ballroom (1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego). It will feature top-level speakers from both sides of the border and recent research results from an extensive survey conducted by El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. For more information and to register for the event, please call (858) 534-8638 or consult our website at www.sandiegodialogue.org.

Stand Down to Celebrate Its 15th Year of Helping Homeless Veterans

When exhausted and battle weary combat units need rest and recovery, they are removed to a secure rear area. The military calls this Stand Down, and it has long been a welcome phrase to our fighting men and women in the field. San Diego’s homeless veterans are not unlike our soldiers currently in combat in Afghanistan —living in the field, surviving by their wits— and lacking the basic goods and services that most of us take for granted.

Hosted and sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, the Stand Down program is designed to provide a wide range of specialized services at one location that can easily be accessed by San Diego’s homeless veterans population. This year, Stand Down will be held on July 12, 13 and 14 at San Diego High School’s upper athletic field on Park Blvd. Some of the services that will be provided include: shelter, food, showers, haircuts, clothing, medical and dental services, legal assistance, mental health and substance abuse counseling, assistance with VA benefits, and help with finding job training and job placement.

Senior Community Centers and Vista Hill Foundation to Host Fashion Show at Thrift Store Grand Opening

Ninety-year-old Anna Arnold doesn’t look like the typical fashion model. But, Saturday, July 20 she’ll feel like one while strutting her stuff on the runway for a fashion show during the grand opening of the Senior Community Centers and Vista Hill Foundation Thrift Store.

Seniors and women from both organizations will serve as “models” at the grand opening of the store located at 3081 University in North Park. The festivities will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

Thrift Store sales will not only raise money for Senior Community Centers and Vista Hill programs, but the store will be staffed by the seniors and families who benefit from these programs.

“Volunteering at the Thrift Store is a way for those participating in Senior Community Centers and Vista Hill programs to give back to the organizations that help them,” said Paul Downey, president and CEO of Senior Community Centers. “And for many of the volunteers, it gives them a sense of purpose and offers them a way to be involved in the community.”

Greg Zinser, president and CEO of Vista Hill, says the Thrift Store is also unique in that patrons can meet the types of people who benefit from the sales of the store.

“Often times thrift store shoppers don’t know who benefits from money raised,” said Zinser. “With the Vista Hill and Senior Community Centers’ Thrift Store, shoppers can meet the people they are helping and know they are contributing to good causes.”

The Thrift Store will offer clothes, jewelry, housewares, appliances and more. The store accepts donated items during normal business hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick-ups can also be arranged by calling the store directly at 619/291-2415.

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