March 2, 2001

Community Notes:

Free Swimming Instruction for Community Youth

The San Diego Lifeguard Service, a few years back, became aware that three of the 12 city owned pools were closed nine months of the year. As a result of community interest, the city has re-opened these urban pools year- round. Now that the pools are accessible we are removing the remaining barrier which is affordability.

Sufficient funds have been raised to rent the pools and contract with the Park and Recreation Department to provide swim instruction to community youth, and the best the LESSONS ARE FREE!!!!!!

Classes are designed for youth aged five through 18 but we are very flexible.

Sign-ups are as follows: March 3 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ( and at the first three class dates if room is available) at:

Memorial Park Pool - 2901 Marcy Avenue (619) 235-1139

Martin Luther King Jr. Pool - 6401 Skyline Drive (619) 262-9388

Colina Del Sol Pool - 4150 54th Place (619) 235-1147

Several afternoon times are offered for the 2-3 week sessions at each pool throughout June.

This a great opportunity for our youth to learn to swim —for many reasons. The most important reason is for safety.

Other reasons include - being given the opportunity to see if they love to swim. It is a healthy social activity that they can enjoy the rest of their lives. The cycle of non-swimmers will be be broken. They will understand and be able to show thier kids how to swim.

It has been proven that if a child does not begin to learn to swim by age 10 it may already be too late. The older one becomes, the less likely one will ever learn how to swim.

The Lifeguard Service has other programs to introduce and encourage youth to learn to swim and consider life-guarding as a career. For further information contact Debra Terry at 619 221-8841.

A poetic celebration commemorating International Women's Day

On Friday March 9, 2001, in commemoration of International Womenís Day, Calaca Press (with the help of Memorial Academy and Poets & Writerís, Inc.) will bring to San Diego three code-switching poetic divas. These poets (featured on the Calaca Press spoken word CD's: Raza Spoken Here 1 & 2 and When Skin Peels), Elba Rosario Sánchez, Olga Angelina García Eche-verría and Leticia Hernández-Linares, will present their female empowering bilingual verse that is sure to drive the audience through a roller coaster of emotions.

When: Friday March 9, 2001 @ 6:00PM

Where: Memorial Academy Auditorium, 2850 Logan Ave. San Diego, Califas


Elba Rosario Sánchez was born in Guadalajara, México and grew up in San Franciscoís Mission District. She is a writer, teacher and cultural activist who lives and works in Oakland, California. She was the founding co-editor of Revista Mujeres, a bilingual publication for and by Chicanas and Latinas at UC Santa Cruz. Her CD, book, chapbooks, and other publications, have all been collections of bilingual poetry.

Olga Angelina García Echeverría es hija del viento, and a witness to dead birds at bus stops. She has spent casí toda la vida walking on the concrete streets of East L.A., listening to the roaring sounds of freeways. As a code-switching mestiza poet, she uses palabras to reveal a politicized identity and to emancipate the images and worlds birthing inside of her.

Leticia Hernández-Linares has worked with youth for ten years, and currently teaches creative writing for an after-school program in the Mission District of San Francisco. Leticia has performed her music and teatro infused poetry throughout California and in El Salvador. She has published with Calaca Press, Pacific News Service, Urban Latino, and is currenly completing a Ph.D. program in Literature and Urban Studies.

This event is supported by Poets & Writer's, Inc. through a grant it received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Help for the Asking: More Than 1500 Expected at Mendoza Elementary for Annual Resource Fair

SOUTH SAN DIEGO - Over 1500 parents, children, and community members are expected to gather on March 7, 2001 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Mendoza Elementary School in Imperial Beach, at the 11th annual "Help for the Asking Resource Fair." More than 80 social and health service providers will be on hand to offer services at low or no cost.

The "Help for the Asking Resource Fair" will feature resources for children and seniors, including health screenings and immunizations (bring immunization card). The dozens of community agencies and health organizations will also be on hand to offer information and help with many services, including: affordable medical and dental care, free or low-cost food and clothing, counseling services, jobs and housing, and school programs.

Free bike helmets will be distributed to the first 150 children under age 12 who complete a bike safety course offered at the Resource Fair, which will also include free prizes and entertainment, games, refreshments, arts and crafts, and much more!

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