May 4, 2001

Community Notes:

Sister-to-Sister Summit

On Saturday, May 12th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Community Coalition for Girls will hold San Diego's first Sister-to-Sister Summit at National City Middle School. The Summit is a special conference for girls in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades from throughout San Diego County. The program will give the students an opportunity to discuss issues central to their learning but not normally addressed in the school curricula.

The schedule for the day includes an Educational Theatre Program presentation of Nightmare on Puberty Street, teen chat rooms and adult chat rooms. The teen chat rooms are small group sessions where the students will talk about the challenges they face in achieving their goals and brainstorm solutions. Parents and teachers will attend their own sessions to help prepare them to guide and counsel their young women.

There is no fee for attending the Summit. The attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase a pizza and salad lunch for $5. The students will receive gift bags and the opportunity to win door prizes. Reservations are requested for planning purposes and should be submitted by May 5.

The Sister-to-Sister program was developed by the American Association of University Women's Educational Foundation for the purpose of promoting gender equity. It targets adolescent girls, offering young women a voice and a direction to help guide them into their future.

If you have a student you would like to attend or would like more information about the Summit, please contact Kris at 858-484-1949 or Registration forms are also available on line at

Residents Asked to Help Plan New Library in Eastern Chula Vista

Two town hall meetings have been scheduled to help plan a new library in eastern Chula Vista. Community members are invited to give input about their library needs as the city starts planning for this new library. The meeting schedule is: May 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Discovery Elementary School, Auditorium, 1100 Camino Biscay; May 10: 7-8:30 p.m., Olympic View Elementary, School Auditorium, 1220 S. Greensview Dr.

"The library is beginning the yearlong effort to prepare a grant application for state public library construction funds," said Deputy City Manager David Palmer. "If awarded, these funds would be used to construct a new regional-size branch library at the corner of East H Street and Paseo Ranchero in Rancho del Rey."

Postcards have been mailed to residents of eastern Chula Vista inviting them to attend one of the two town hall meetings. For additional information, call 691-5168.

Currently, Chula Vista has two major library branches west of I-805. The Civic Center Branch is located at 365 F St. and the South Branch at 389 Orange Ave. In addition, the library operates a small branch on the campus of EastLake High School at 1120 EastLake Parkway.

Neighborhood House - Head Start Holds Parent Conference

Neighborhood House Association's - Head Start Program Male Involvement Committee is holding a "Fathers 4 Our Children Conference & Family Fiesta" on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. at Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute Drive, San Diego, CA 92117. This conference will focus on numerous issues related to fatherhood in a series of parenting workshops. The keynote speaker at the conference will be Willie Epps, Ph.D. Dr. Epps is an internationally known motivational speaker and trainer with outstanding accomplishments and credentials. He possesses an innate ability for embracing others, giving them hope and motivating them to strive onward.

There will be a community resource fair and a health fair held at the conference. The San Diego Police and Fire Departments will be there with activities emphasizing child safety issues and the District Attorney's office will put on a parent's rights workshop. A children's art exhibit will be on display and there will be performances by actors on the topic of elimination of stereotypes.

To register or for more information regarding the conference please call Neighborhood House - Head Start at 1-(800) 603-2466 ext. 210.

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