June 6, 2003

Community Notes:

Bilingual Reading & Discussion Series @ The Library!

The community is invited to participate in the first of six Bilingual Reading and Discussion Series where stories of the love, life and work of Latino families in the United States and Latin America are read and discussed on the second Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Turrentine Room of the Escondido Public Library, located at 239 South Kalmia Street.

The procedure to participate in this unique program is simple. Throughout the four weeks prior to the book discussion, individuals can use their library card to check-out the book to be discussed from the Library’s Customer Services Desk. Since every discussion focuses on a different title, individuals may participate in as many discussions as they life. Journalist Miriam Ruvinskis moderate the discussion after sharing well-researched facts about the author, his country of origin and other authors and literature from the same region.

The dates of the discussions and book titles are:

June 12 – The Crystal Frontier by Carlos Fuentes

July 10 – House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

August 14 – I, Rigoberta Menchu

September 11 – In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

October 9 – Body in Flames by Francisco Alarcon

November 13 – Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

The Bilingual Reading and Discussion Series is free and open to the public. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Library and is made possible by Human Pursuits with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information call (760) 839-4329 or visit the Library’s website at www.ci.escondido.ca.us/library.

Free Summer Reading ‘Clubs’ For Children, Teens Start June 9

Magicians, clowns, arts & crafts, computer camps, storytellers and many more exciting activities are part of the Summer Reading Clubs for both children and teens. Offered free by the Chula Vista Public library, sign-ups begin on June 9 at the city’s three library branches, activities continue through Aug. 1, and a festive carnival concludes the programs on Aug. 2.

“It’s a Jungle Out There,” this year’s theme for children from preschool to sixth grade, offers incentives for each participant depending upon the number of books read. This year’s incentives include the library’s Book Bug T-shirts, a free child’s admission to Knott’s Soak City U.S.A. water park in Chula Vista and the San Diego Zoo, and certificates of completion. Among the activities scheduled are:

 Krypton Yvonne’s “Reptile Fun 101” June 14, 12 noon at South Chula Vista Branch; June 14, 2 p.m. at Civic Center Branch; and July 12, 10:30 a.m. at EastLake Branch

 Library Sleepover: June 28, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., Civic Center Branch, registration required

 Archie Merwin’s Kids Rock, July 5, 10:30 a.m., EastLake Branch

 Jungle Diorama Craft: July 17, 2 p.m., South Branch, registration required

“Don’t Bother Me...I’m Reading,” the summer reading club for teens from sixth through 12th grade, includes a computer camp and activities like Dance, Dance, Dance featuring salsa, hip-hop and swing; Delectably Delightful Desserts, and Wacky Memory Board Craft. While most of the teen activities are drop-in, some of the events recommend registration.

Reading incentives for teens include a San Diego Zoo pass, pool passes, library Book Bug T-shirts. Rollerskateland pass and a surprise grab bag. In addition, teen may enter the Safari Photo Contest in the categories of “Truly Ugly,” “Postcard Perfect,” “Adorable” and “Zaniest.”

Complete children and teen Summer Reading Club calendars listing all of the activities are available at any of Chula Vista’s libraries or on the web site at www.ci.chula-vista.ca.us.

Chula Vista’s libraries are Civic Center Branch, 365 F St., (619) 691-5069; EastLake Branch, 1120 EastLake Parkway, 656-0314; and South Branch, 389 Orange Ave., 585-5755.

Call for Entries: Deadline for Athenaeum Juried Exhibition is June 21

The deadline for entries is fast approaching for the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s 12th Annual Juried Exhibition! Artists who have been in the Athenaeum’s juried exhibitions know what an honor it is to be selected, and what excellent exposure they receive being part of the most prestigious juried show in San Diego. This year’s jurors are Betti-Sue Hurtz, Curator of Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of Art; and Mary Beebe, Director, Stuart Collection, UCSD.

The exhibition will be on display from August 2 through August 30, 2003, and is open to artists who live, work, or have exhibited in San Diego County. Media requirements: 2-D and 3-D media (no functional or craft art). 2-D work must be ready to hang and may not exceed 60” W. 3-D work may not exceed 10’ H. Fees are $15 ($10 for Athenaeum members), for a maximum of five slides. Call (858) 454-5872 for a prospectus, with all the details, and mail to: 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, California 92037-4418.

San Diego Public Library Hosts a Free Review Screening of Discovering Dominga

San Diego Latino Film Festival and the San Diego Public Library invite you to a special preview screening of Discovering Dominga. This screening takes place at 2:00 p.m., June 15, 2003, in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street, in downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.

When 29-year-old Iowa housewife Denese Becker decides to return to the Guatemalan village where she was born, she begins a journey towards finding her roots, but one filled with harrowing revelations. Denese, born Dominga, was nine when she became her family’s sole survivor of a massacre of Maya peasants. Two years later, she was adopted by an American family. In Discovering Dominga, Denese’s journey home is both a voyage of self-discovery and a political awakening, bearing searing testimony to a hemispheric tragedy and a shameful political crime.

Following the screening Fran Tobin, an Immigration Attorney with Catholic Charities, will facilitate a discussion.

Se Pide Ayuda Económica Para la Cirugía del Niño Luis Armando con Espina Bifida

Hola! Mi nombre es Luis Armando Santana Ortiz, tengo ocho años de edad y estoy en tercer grado en la Escuela Maria Baz de Vazquez. Pertenezco al Cuadro de Honor y aunque disfruto mucho en mi escuela en muchas ocasiones me he sentido triste porque algunos de mis compañeros se burlan de mi.

Nací con la condición de espina bifída y a consecuencia de esto tengo incontinencia urinaria y fecal por lo cual necesito usar pañal todo el tiempo. Me gustaría poder hacer muchas cosas que me dicen que no puedo hacer, como por ejemplo, bañarme en una piscina pública, estar en un equipo de pelota, baloncesto, tomar clases de karate y así muchas otras cosas.

Reconozco que mis padres han luchado por mi desde antes de que yo naciera y ahora que ellos han encontrado en los E.U. una cirugía que puede mejorar en gran medida mi condición no cuentan con el dinero suficiente para costear los gastos de dicha operación y nuestro plan medico no cubre dicho gasto.

Para poder ir al Schneider Children’s Hospital en Long Island, N.Y. y ser sometido a cirugía necesitamos aproximadamente $90,000.00.  Por esta razón estoy pidiendo tu cooperación y así poder lograr mis sueños y tener una mejor calidad de vida.

Para estos fines se ha abierto una cuenta en el Banco Popular #45729680-8.

Espero algún día poder decirte gracias.

A nombre de mis padres Millie y Papote, gracias por todo.

Luis Armando Santana, Calle Chile #9, Urb. Vista Verde Vega Baja, P.R. 00693. Teléfono 787-855-3798/ 787-883-2953.

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