March 15, 2002

Community Notes:

Ask the Expert

On March 25, 2002, the Unity Center, established by the Baha'i Community of San Diego, will host the first in a series of "Ask the Expert" programs to enable the community to meet with various professionals to ask questions, free of charge.

The first "Ask the Expert" program on Monday, March 25 from 7-9 p.m. will consist of a panel of three attorneys who will be available to the public to answer questions at the Unity Center, 7090 Miramar Road, Suites A & D, San Diego.

The next "Ask the Expert" program on Monday, April 29, 2002 from 7-9 p.m. will consist of a panel of medical physicians.

The Unity Center has been established by the Baha'i Community in San Diego to foster unity through fellowship and love and embraces the entire community regardless of economic status, educational status, age, gender, heritage, or faith of the guests. Unity Center programs promote social unity, elimination of prejudice, gender equality, economic development and social justice. The Unity Center also hosts informal social gatherings on the first Thursday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m.

For information pertaining to programs and events offered by the Unity Center, please call (858) 537-0999.

Senior Mentors Ease Transition From Welfare to Work

Seniors with valuable life experience are helping younger families get a new start under a program sponsored by the County of San Diego's Aging and Independence Services and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

The Senior Mentoring Program pairs people who are 55 and up with families who are making the transition from Welfare to Work under the CalWORKs program. These mentors, who earn $12 an hour, and put in 12-20 hours per week, advise CalWORKs participants on such topics as how to get and hold a job, manage money and be an effective parent. These role models work in the homes of CalWORKs participants.

"Society is finally getting the picture that seniors can offer an abundant amount of expertise," said Nicole Frommelt, program coordinator. "Most have a lot of staying power and are committed to giving back. They have so much wisdom, many life experiences to draw from and patience."

Mentors also help program participants deal with such issues as domestic violence, homelessness, transportation, child care, substance abuse and health. Currently, there are more than 100 mentors in the program.

One mentor helped a mother of seven by watching her children while she went to a CalWORKs orientation meeting. Another helped a woman set up direct deposits of her public assistance checks because her husband had been gambling away the family's rent money.

For more information about becoming a senior mentor or to learn more about the program, contact Nicole Frommelt at (619) 582-9133.

Deadline Looming for California's Wine Grape Growers Foundation Scholarship Applications

With an application deadline of April 5th, time is running out for eligible students to apply for California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF) scholarships. For the past four years, one four-year $4,000 scholarship and four two-year $1,000 scholarships have been made available for the children of vineyard employees.

"We have been trying to get the word out to as many students as possible, to be sure they know about this program," said CWGGF chairperson Kim Ledbetter-Bronson. "The cost is often the only obstacle keeping some students out of college. Through our scholarship program we hope to increase education opportunities for the children of vineyard employees. It is one way of thanking their parents for their contribution to the California winegrape community."

In 2002, the Foundation plans to award two $4,000 four-year scholarships ($1,000 annually) and four $1,000 two-year scholarships ($500 annually). With these scholarships, the students are free to pursue any subject areas they desire as long as they attend a campus within the University of California system, California State University system or California Community College system.

Applications for the scholarships are available in both English and Spanish at most high school counseling offices by calling (800) 241-1800 or on the Internet at Scholarships will be awarded in the spring based on the applicant's financial need, demonstrated scholastic ability, community involvement, leadership and determination to succeed. Deadline to submit an application is April 5, 2002.

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), which represents winegrape growers statewide, began the scholarship program in 1998 to assist the children of vineyard workers employed by wine-grape growers. In 1999, the scholarship program was turned over to the CWGGF.

The CWGGF is a nonprofit, charitable organization created to support and maintain the scholarship program in perpetuity. As the Foundation grows, the scholarship program may be expanded to include research and public education programs about the growing of grapes for wine and concentrate.

Visit of Two Distinguished Cuban Directors to SDSU

Thanks to the support of SDSU and the San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) two important Cuban film directors, Daniel Diaz Torres and Humberto Solis, will visit the SDSU campus to present their works and talk with students.

Daniel Diaz Torres will show samples of his films and talk about them on Wednesday March 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. at North Education 60 (NE 60).

Humberto Solis will show clips and answer questions on Wednesday March 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. at North Education 60 (NE 60).

SDSU is supporting the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the visit of the Cuban Directors to promote international education.

Daniel Diaz Torres is the director of several fiction and documentary films such as Hacerse el sueco (2000), Kleines Tropikana (1997), and Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1990). He is member of the board of directors of the International Foundation for New Latin American Cinema and professor at the International School of film and Television in San Diego de los Bafios, Cuba.

Humberto Solis is recognized internationally. The director of Lucia (1969) which is listed as one of the top 100 films of the 20th Century. He has directed many other prize winning films such as Miel para Oshim (Honey for Oshim) (2001), El Sigio de las luces (1992), and Hombre de éxito (A Successful Man) (1985).

Organized by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Latin American Studies Program and funded by the President's office SDSU.

San Marcos High School: Project Path

San Marcos High School's Proyecto PATH Academia de padres estará patrocinando un taller en Español dedicado a "Ingresar al Colegio". El taller será en la biblioteca de San Marcos High School el 28 de marzo del 2002 de 7:00 a 8:30 p.m. Varias universidades como California State University, San Marcos, University of California, San Diego, Palomar College, University of Riverside, University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene, Maric College, University of Redlands y muchas otras más participarán en nuestro taller. Tendremos cuidado de niños y habrá tiempo después del taller para preguntas. Para más información, favor de llamar a Emma Medina, Enlace de la Comunidad al (760) 290-2340.

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