May 3, 2002

Community Notes:

Chicano Park Murals Vandalized

Five historic murals at Chicano Park were defaced with graffiti during the middle of last week. Described as “a hateful incident” but not as a hate crime in of itself.

The police have announced plans to publicize a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected with painting the hateful words on the murals and are asking for contributions from the public to increase the reward. Anyone with informations is asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at: 619-235-TIPS.

The District Attorney’s office will file felony or misdemeanor vandalism charges if anyone is arrested.

The vandals spray-painted “Viva la Miga,” on two of the murals. Miga is believed to have been Migra but misspelled. On another pillar they wrote “Abojo Mexico” and on another they used an obscenity to disparage the word Aztlan.

AUI Hosts 13th Annual International Friendship Festival

A myriad of cultures and traditions will come together in one place April 27 as Alliant International University hosts its 13th annual International Friendship Festival.

The daylong event features authentic foods, fashions and entertainment from around the world. It also celebrates the talents and personal histories of AIU students, faculty and staff, who hail from more than 80 countries.

Entertainment on two festival stages includes German music by Mal Jaeger & The Edelweiss Band, the Lucky Lion (Chinese) Dance Troop, the Pride of Polynesia Dancers; the North African and Middle Eastern dance group Blue Lotus and the Celtic tunes of HeelStone.

AIU students will also present an international fashion show with traditional costumes from their home countries.

And a special children’s area includes arts and crafts pro-jects, face painting, a petting 200, balloon sculptors, clowns, a magician, storytelling and a “mad scientist” show.

AUI’s community partners in the event include Macy’s, Café Sevilla, Tiger T’s, the AIU SBAC, USA Funds, Morrow Mobiles, Inc. and SOS Printing.

The festival theme, “Celebrating Unity in a Changing World,” is representative of AIU’s educational mission, Student Activities Coordinator Christina Ortega said. An AIU education is intended not only to prepare students to live and work in the global marketplace, but also to foster understanding between cultures.

Since the events of September 11, multicultural respect and understanding is critical to a peaceful world, Ortega said.

“Our AIU community is a living example of what the world could be,” said Ortega. “And this festival is the perfect opportunity to share our international community with the San Diego community at large.”

The festival, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. AIU is located at 10455 Pomerado Rd, one mile east of I-15 in the Scripps in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego.

New Head Start Office Grand Opening Celebration

Neighborhood House Association — North Central Area Office is holding their Family Service Center’s grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, May 11th, from 10 am - 2 pm at 4774 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard (inside the Diane Center). Admission is free. There will be an assortment of cultural of cultural entertainment and family fun including Mariachi music, Folklorico dancers and Martial Arts performances. There will be face painters, astro jumps, great food and other fun activities for children. The San Diego PD will have McGruff the Crime Dog there and they will be providing helmet and bike safety information. Also in attendance will be various organizations to include San Diego City Schools, San Diego County Adoptions/Foster Asthma screenings for children. Healthy Families, WIC, and Association for Retarded Citizens will be providing information on their services. California Highway Patrol will be recruiting for employees. There will be free raffles for fantastic food and prizes.

At 11:45 children’s book author Jim Walkow will entertain all with a captivating performance of The Zabbit, his new inspirational children’s book and a soon to be TV Series. This story enriches the lives of all who hear it, embodying the positive values of the past, present and future. He invites all to discover the “magic within.”

Head Start is currently recruiting and signing up low income families and Foster parents who have children 6 weeks to 5 years old, that can benefit from Head Start’s comprehensive pre-school services in the Fall. The Head Start non-traditional hours sessions include both day and evening sessions and some Saturday sessions at selected Centers. NHA’s Head Start Program has over 120 centers that serve over 10,000 children and their families throughout San Diego County. For information about the Grand Opening Celebration call (858) 244-0770. For more information about enrolling your child in the Head Start Program call (888) 873-5145.

Young Art 2002: The Art of the Book

The San Diego Public Library in conjunction with the exhibition, The Art of the Book, which opens May 4th at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), will feature works by San Diego City and County School students. The Library’s exhibit starts May 6, and runs through May 31st. The books on display at the both Central and Malcolm X Libraries are part of the works submitted to the San Diego Museum of Art for its exhibition Young Art 2002: The Art of the Book. The display presents a unique opportunity to examine the art of book making-an activity that has existed for as long as there has been written language. The students’ artwork examines books both as objects and artworks in and of themselves and as containers of verbal and visual information. Students’ handmade books reveal their diverse perspectives of the world in a form of expressive communication that promotes visual verbal literacy.

The Young Art 2002 process began in the fall of 2001 with the SDMA reaching out to approximately 150 schools around San Diego. Teachers then initiated art projects in their classrooms and submitted their students’ artworks to the formal review of the jury who selected from each grade level, including special needs classes.

The students’ works will be on display in various locations in the Central Library (820 E Street) and in the Lobby of the Malcolm X Library (5148 Market Street).

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