March 1, 2002

Community Notes

The Friends of Parks and Recreation Foundation Now Collecting Donations to Help Rebuild Youth Activities at San Ysidr Recreation Center

Donations of checks, furniture, computers, recreational equipment and more are now being accepted to provide enrichment activities to youth at the San Ysidro Recreation Center, located on 179 Diza Road (92173). Although approximately $400,000 worth of damage was done to the center in an arson fire set last Sunday night, staff and volunteers from the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department are committed to serving the youth of the community and meeting their recreational needs. "We have too great a demand at this site to not do something for the kids who come here everyday, even if it is a modified version of the full range of services we normally provide," a recreation leader said.

The San Diego Friends of Parks and Recreation Foundation is accepting the donations. "The Friends" is a non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for the enhancement of San Diego's park system. In the past six years, "The Friends" have raised more than $80,000 through memberships and events. Their contributions augment a variety of programs that are offered at 53 recreation centers and 13 permanent pools located throughout the city. All donations to The Friends are tax deductible.

For more information on donations or on becoming a member of The San Diego Friends of Parks and Recreation Foundation, call (619) 525-8212.

The First Annual Latino Conference on Education in Lemon Grove

On Saturday, March 2, 2002 the Lemon Grove School District and Excellence and Justice in Education (EJE) of Lemon Grove and El Cajon will be sponsoring the First Annual Latino Conference on Education, at Lemon Grove Middle School Auditorium, 7866 Lincoln Street, Lemon Grove, Ca. 91945, 7:30-2:00 p.m.

The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m. with a guest speaker, Eduardo Aceves, Principal from Lauderbauch Elementary School, speaking on the importance of bilingual education, followed by an annual update from a representative of the Latino Summit. There are six workshops scheduled, which will be offered in two strands. The first strand begins at 10:40 to 11:30 and the second strand begins at 11:40 ending at 12:30. The afternoon session will feature a panel of guests, principals, trustees and administrators from the Lemon Grove School District. The conference is presented in Spanish with English translation.

The participants of the conference will be Latino parents from the Lemon Grove School District, and surrounding communities, as well as, community members and educators.

EJE is an organization formed by parents, students, educators and community members at large, dedicated to the academic achievement of all children.

The purpose of the conference is to consider the factors that will support the diverse student population in achieving higher academic standards and to discuss implementation of curriculum that supports those students. The conference will also offer information about parent's rights and responsibilities in the education of their children, and discuss the current and future trends in academic achievement for Latino students from preschool to the university.

For further information call (619) 461-5011.

¡Vengan a Nuestra Conferencia!

"Luminarias: Camino al Bienestar"

Charlas, Almuerzo, Tardeada

Marzo 22, 2002

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

El Concilio Nacional Para el Envejecimiento invita a proveedores de servicios, consumidores de servicio y líderes comunitarios a que asistan a la 8ava Conferencia Bienal. Tambien invitamos a personas que mejoran el bienestar de las personas Hispanas de la tercera edad a que participen, incluyendo a las personas mayores y miembros de su familia quienes enaltecen los programas a través de su participación activa y consejos.

Esta conferencia presentará líderes, incluyendo a Josefina G. Carbonell, Secretaria Asistente para el Envejecimiento en el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los EE.UU. y la Congresista Lucille Roybal-Allard de California.

La conferencia proveerá información sobre computación y el Digital Divide, pobreza y nutrición, prover la salud y prevención de enfermedades, pobreza, victimización de personas ancianas, seguridad económica, Medicare y fraude en mercadotenia, y otros asuntos de vital importancia.

La conferencia será en el Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, California 92108.

Si necesita más información, llame a Luis Acevedo o Millie García, 202-265-1288, o Fax, 202-745-2522 en Washington, DC, o a Celia Soto Moody en San Diego al 609-425-4842.

Join Us in San Diego!

National Hispanic Council on Aging

8th Biennial Conference

"Luminarias: Paths to


March 22-23, 2002

The National Hispanic Council on Aging invites service providers, consumers of service, and community leaders to attend its 8th Biennial Conference. We invite persons who work to improve the well being of Hispanic elderly to participate, including seniors and their family members who enhance the programs through their active participation and valuable advice.

The conference will be held at Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, California 92108.

This conference will feature leaders, including Josefina Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman from California.

This conference will provide information about the computers and the Digital Divide, poverty and nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention, elderly victimization, economic security, Medicare and telemarketing fraud, and many other vital subjects.

For further information on the conference, registration, exhibits and advertising, call Luis Acevedo or Millie Garcia at 202-265-1288 or Fax, 202-745-2522 in Washington, DC, or Celia Soto Moody in San Diego at 609-425-4842.

TUTOR.COM Grant for Live Homework Help

The Civic Center Public Library has been chosen by the California State Library to launch a seven-month pilot project— provides live homework assistance to students in grades 5 through 12 from a network of tutors on the World Wide Web. This innovative project will run from March 1st to September 30th. A designated computer at the Civic Center library will provide students with an interactive Internet connection to expert tutors for 20-minute homework help sessions in core academic subjects.

Program hours will be Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This program enables the library to expand our outreach to youth in the community and to provide a meaningful after-school service for children and teens.

Look for further promotional flyers, posters at the schools and the library, or ask the librarians about the program.

Funding for the program comes from Library Services and Technology Act funds and the California State Library.

Razor Edges of My Tongue by Leticia Hernández-Linares

Razor Edges of My Tongue (Calaca Press) is Leticia Her-nández's first poetry chapbook, and it is sure to get your chones in a knot about something, gentrification. Salvadoran history, aqua net, rebel saints, menudo from the can. Her-nández was conceived in El Salvador, born in Hollywood, and lives in San Francisco. She has performed her music and teatro infused poetry throughout California and in El Salvador and her work appears in Frontiers, Puerto Del Sol, Raza Spoken Here 2. Cipactli, and Izote Vos. She also has forthcoming places in: This Bridge We Call Home and Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writings. During the last ten years, Leticia has worked as an educator and youth advocate. Currently she is a lecturer at San Francisco State, and teaches an after-school creative writing and art class at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.

This event is organized by Calaca Press and hosted by Voz Alta. All proceeds go towards keeping Voz Alta open. For more info call (619) 231-9210 or email <>.

2nd Annual International Women's Day

Calaca Press proudly presents our 2nd Annual International Women's Day: An artistic celebration of women Dia de la Mujer Inter-nacional: Una celebración artistica de la mujer.

For the second stright year, in order to highlight the artistic contributions of women of color, Calaca Press will organize Día de la Mujer Interna-cional: Una celebración artística de la mujer - International Women's Day: An artistic celebration of women. Last year's event focused solely on the spoken word.

This year Calaca Press has expanded the program to include not only spoken word poetry (with the likes of Sandra Muñoz, Pat Wayne, Sara Durán, Gladys Bautista and Leonor Bautista) but also a musical performance by Fresno, CA based Patricia Wells Solórzano of ALMA with teenage vocalist Merlinda Espinoza; a short theatre performance by San Diego's Chicano youth group Teatro Con Safos; and a dance routine by SF Bay Area native Rebeca Sánchez-Glazer. East LA poet/author Olga Angelina García Echeverría and Calaca Press founder Consuelo Man-ríquez will MC.

All of this for FREE on March 8, 2002 at Memorial Academy (2850 Logan Ave., San Diego, CA 92113) In the Auditorium.

This event is organized by Calaca Press, hosted by Memorial Academy, and funded in part by the California Arts Council and Poets and Writers, Inc. For more info call Calaca press @ (619) 231-9210. email <> or visit <>.

Free Smart Money Financial Series Provides Strategies For Building and Maintaining Good Credit

The Smart Money Financial Series hosted by the Jacobs Center for NonProfit Innovation continues in March with Shirley J. Mills of Paragon Financial Services, who will offer strategies and helpful tips on credit management. Mills will speak at the free event on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jacobs Center, 5160 Federal Blvd.

Mills, an active attorney in family practice and civil litigation, will discuss credit reports, obtaining a credit rating, developing a good credit report and remedying negative credit information.

The Smart Money Financial Series provides useful information on money management, investing, saving, and home ownership from professionals in the fields of finance and real estate.

It is a project of the Jacobs Center for NonProfit Innovation, an operating foundation that explores and implements new ways to strengthen under-invested neighborhoods through entrepreneurial pro-jects, hands-on learning relationships, and the creative investment of resources. The Jacobs Center partners with community residents to develop and implement a common vision for community change. The Jacobs Center is the action arm of the Jacobs Family Foundation, founded by Joseph Jacobs of the Jacobs Engineering Group, his wife Violet and their daughters, Valerie Jacobs Hapke and Margaret Jacobs.

For additional information on the Smart Money Series or to reserve a seat, please call 619-527-6161.

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