May 18, 2001

Community Notes.....

Mayor Horton to Give `State of the City' on May 22

Chula Vista Mayor Shirley Horton will deliver her annual State of the City address on May 22 at the Veterans Home of California—Chula Vista, 700 E. Naples Ct. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event will include a performance by local young performers and the address will be followed by a short reception.

To reach the site head east from I-805 on Telegraph Canyon Road, turn right on Medical Center Drive and left on East Naples. Traffic signs will direct attendees to event parking.


MiraCosta College to Host Fifth Annual Latino/a Graduation

MiraCosta College will host the fifth annual Latino/a Graduation Celebration May 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Little Theater, Room 3601 at the Oceanside campus, One Barn-ard Drive.

About 150 are expected to attend the event, designed to give Latina and Latino graduates the opportunity to publicly thank their families and friends for helping them reach their academic goals. The celebration is held in addition to the regularly scheduled commencement activities slated for May 25.

Keynote speaker will be Gloria Carranza, a MiraCosta alumna and member of the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees. She and her husband Luis own a translation business in Carlsbad and are supporters of the Puente Project.

Entertainment at the event will be provided by guitarist Raymond Ramirez. Ramirez's wife, Sylvia Ramirez, is an ESL instructor at MiraCosta's Community Learning Center in Oceanside. Refreshments will be served.


May 19 Workshop Tells Parents How to Find College Money for Their Children

Confused on how to find money for your child's college education? Attend a free workshop for parents on Saturday, May 19 to get information on how to locate and apply for the many grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs available to pay for college.

The event, titled College: The Affordable Dream, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Malcolm X Library (Multipurpose Room), 5148 Market Street, San Diego. The workshop is sponsored by the University of California, San Diego, in partnership with the California Student Opportunity Access Program (Cal-SOAP). Parents of middle school and high school children are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will also include musical entertainment, and hands-on assistance for parents in completing financial aid applications. Free on-site child care will be provided.

Please confirm your attendance by calling Michael Dabney at UCSD at (858) 822-3432.


`Kids Against Gun Violence' Program at South Chula Vista Library on May 22

"Kids Against Gun Violence" — a program that will focus on kids, guns and violence in schools — will be presented by Jovita Hurtado on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the South Branch of the Chula Vista Library, 389 Orange Ave. Hurtado is from Partners In Prevention, Education and Recovery (PIPER).

This seminar is being held to help raise the awareness of local teens about the dangers of gun violence. Students will be encouraged to sign a pledge against gun violence and given alternatives to violent resolution.

This event is sponsored by the South Chula Vista branch Library and PIPER. For further information, call (619) 585-5755.


Free Diabetes Testing at Children's Health Fair

Johnson Medical Group will offer free diabetes testing for adults and children Saturday, May 19, from 10am to 3pm, at its Children's Health Fair. The Children's Health Fair will be held at Johnson Medical Group's new healthcare facilities at 6175 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego.

The free diabetes screenings are one of many free services and activities that will be offered as a part of Johnson Medical Group's Children's Health Fair. In addition to the diabetes screening, qualified medical providers will also perform free cholesterol, blood pressure, hearing, vision, dental, growth, and spinal screenings for children and adults. Additionally, there will be free food, games, informational booths, giveaways, face painting, prizes (VCR, 19", DVD Player, Nintendo 64, Playstation, and gift certificates) and fun for the entire family.

The Children's Health Fair is being held to celebrate the recent opening of Johnson Medical Group's pediatric and primary care facilities in the Family Healthcare Center. The Family Healthcare Center, located at 6175 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego, serves the communities of City Heights, Mid-City, College, Oak Park and Rolando —communities that have long been under-served in the area of medical services. For more information, call Deborah Johnson at (619) 583-9335.


La Universidad Condensada

Curso gratis para alumnos de 7mo-9no grado y sus padres, el Sábado 19 de Mayo a las 3:00 p.m. en City Heights/Weingart Library situada en 3795 Fairmount Ave.

Información sobre:

Invitan: College Kids Giving Back. Para más información llame a Shay Olivarria al (619) 476-5204/


College Condensed

Free workshop for 7th-9th graders and their parents Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the City Heights/Weingart Library located at 3795 Fairmount Ave.

Everything you wanted to know about college. Information on:

Everyone can go to college!

You are EXPECTED to attend college.

Hosted by: College Kids Giving Back

For more information call Shay Olivarria at (619) 476-5204 or email LABLAXICANA@YAHOO.COM


North Park Main Street 5th Annual Spring Festival

North Park Main Street presents the 5th Annual North Park Spring Festival on University Avenue between 30th and 32nd, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This year's festivities include five outdoor performance stages presenting karaoke, popular music bands, as well as an antique car exhibition and children's sidewalk chalk gallery. For the first time one stage will be dedicated to dance and theater performances by some of San Diego's finest theater and ethnic dance artists. All performances are appropriate for the whole family and free to the public.


Sicilian Street Festival: Big Fun in Little Italy

The 8th annual Sicilian Street Festival will be held Sunday, May 20 from 10am to 6pm on Indian Street in Little Italy. The event is a family oriented festival with Italian music and entertainment, tasty Italian foods, beer and wine gardens, arts, crafts and merchandise.

Entries will be accepted for the Best Pizza in San Diego contest. Musical entertainment will include the lively tunes of the Italian ensemble Roman Holiday.

This festival is proudly presented by the Sicilian Cultural Association of Trinacria."

Admission is FREE.

For more information, call the festival headquarters at (619) 583-0400.


Women Invited to Apply For Legacy of Hope Program

Women, 21 years or older who are heads of their households, and have their minds set on improving their lives, are invited to apply for participation in the Legacy of Hope program. Legacy of Hope is a self-improvement program for women from low-income backgrounds, who want to improve their personal, social, and economic status.

Participants must set a specific goal that they will pursue during the year, which must include enrollment in an education, job training, or skill development program of their choice. They will also be required to attend regular meetings that will provide information about services and resources available in the community to help them meet personal needs and goals.

Each participant will receive up to $1000 during the year to assist with personal or educational expenses, or personal emergencies.

More importantly, says Dr. Peggy Cossolias, a coordinator for the program, "participants will receive inspiration, motivation, support and encouragement during the year, to help them achieve their goals."

Three to five women will be selected to participate in the 2001-2002 program, which begins this fall and ends in June 2002. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2001. Participants will be selected based on a review of their financial need and demonstration of their personal commitment to their goals.

The program is sponsored by Soroptimist International of La Mesa, a volunteer service club of women in various professions. The club, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, conducts and supports a number of service projects to benefit the community, with a focus on "making a difference for women."

Dr. Cossolias says the goal of the Legacy of Hope program is to provide assistance and support to help women improve their economic status and enhance the overall quality of life for themselves and their families.

Persons wishing an application or more information should call Dr. Cossolias at (619) 447-7028, or Mary Hubbard at (619) 463-1702.


County Celebrates Intergenerational Week

Picture teens tutoring older adults so they can become citizens. Imagine a day care site that aids both youngsters and frail elders together. Think about having a low-income apartment complex that houses grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

These are just some of the intergenerational ideas that are taking hold with communities throughout the country.

The week of May 20 through 26 is the 11th annual National Intergenerational Week The County of San Diego's Aging & Independence Services will be offering four regional "Bridging Us Together" symposiums to showcase model intergenera-tional programs that could be initiated in San Diego County.

Two national speakers - Dr. Sally Newman of Generations Together and Sheri Steinig of Generations United- will present examples of programs that tackle social issues by utilizing the strengths of seniors to aid youths, and vice versa.

The symposiums are being held in four regions to encourage the separate communities to develop intergenerational programs that suit their needs. Each symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dates and locations are:

EAST COUNTY - May 21, Sonrise Community Church, 8805 Magnolia, Santee

SOUTH BAY - May 22, Holiday Inn, 700 National City Blvd., National City

NORTH COUNTY - May 23, California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

SAN DIEGO - May 24, Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North

For more information, contact Marcie Barnard, intergenerational coordinator for Aging & Independence Services, (858) 505-6332.

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