November 8, 2002

Community Notes:

Feria del Libro y Exhibición de Materiales en Idiomas Diferentes al Inglés

Se invita a todo el público a la Feria del Libro, el martes 12 de noviembre, de 10:00 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. Esta feria se llevará a cabo en la biblioteca Escondido Public Library, localizada en el 239 S. Kalmia St., en Escondido, CA 92025. La entrada y el estacionamiento son gratuitos. Este evento es patrocinado por Serra Cooperative Library System, compuesto de las bibliotecas de los condados de San Diego e Imperial.

Bibliotecarios, maestros y públicos en general interesados en adquirir materiales de lectura en un idioma distinto al inglés, están cordialmente invitados. Habrá un surtido de libros para niños y adultos, así como una variedad de materiales en español. Habrá descuentos del 10% al 25% y usted puede ordenar libros.

Para recibir cualquier infor-mación relacionada con este evento en español, comuníquese con Lizeth Simonson al teléfono (760) 729-6907, y en inglés con Joanna Jones, (858) 694-3600, o visite www.serralib.org.

“Operation Gobble” Espands to Distribute Thanksgiving Turkey in Six Regions

Lieutenant Governor Cruz M. Bustamante is expanding his annual “Operation Gobble” turkey distribution program into three new areas in the state. Not only will the program double in the existing cities of Bakersfield, Fresno, Madera, Visalia, San Diego and Los Angeles, but the food distribution will also expand for the first time into Riverside and San Bernardino, Sacramento and San Jose.

Beginning Thursday, November 21, and continuing through Tuesday, November 26, “Operation Gobble” volunteers will join Bustamante to give out thousands of turkeys to representatives of community organizations, charities, churches and shelters for distribution to the needy in various cities throughout California.

“All of us involved are so proud that we have fed or provided food baskets to over 150,000 needy in various cities throughout California.

Bustamante began “Operation Gobble” a decade ago in the Fresno-area district he represented in the State Assembly. Since his election as Lieutenant Governor in 1998, Bustamante has expanded his efforts to provide food to needy families during the holiday season to other areas of the state.

“Many Californians as experiencing difficult times this year, in part because the economy has not fully recovered,” said Bustamante. “It’s our hope that the turkeys we distribute through “Operation Gobble” will brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for thousands of California families.”

The turkey distribution is made possible through the generous contributions of a number of sponsors, including Albertson’s, the California Water Service Company, Food-Link, the Barona Band of Mission Indians, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and U.S. Bank. San Diego, Lorena Gonzalez or Denisse Roldan, (619) 525-4305.

Parent Connection Swap Meet at Chula Vista Find Something Special for Infants and New Parents!

New parents and soon-to-be parents can find great bargains on all their baby needs at the Parent Connection Swap Meet. Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista will be hosting the swap meet Sunday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hospital west parking lot. The Parent Connection Family Swap Meet offers great deals on maternity and children’s clothing, books, furniture, toys, strollers, and more. Proceeds help purchase equipment and supplies for Scripps hospitals and enable the organization to expand programs.

The Parent Connection is a nonprofit parenting support organization that brings San Diego families together to provide support, share experiences and information on children’s needs. These families enjoy social activities and build lasting friendships. The group represents people of all ages, interests and backgrounds, and offers members the opportunity to join one of more than 260 playgroups that are arranged by geographical location and age of the child. There are currently more than 3,000 families across the county who belong to Parent Connection.

Admission for the swap meet is $1 and free for children under 12. For more information regarding the Parent Connection program and the swap meet call 858-626-6944.

Yellow Cab of San Diego offers non-profit organizations free top-sign advertising

Yellow Cab is committed to supporting the community as well as San Diego non-profit organizations. Therefore, Yellow Cab is offering non-profits the opportunity to display their cause in the form of top-sign advertising for one free month! Each month Yellow Cab sets aside 20 top-signs for these organizations. Interested organizations will be able to request the month they prefer to have their organization exhibited.

Those organizations interested are to write a letter on letterhead, their request stating which month they are interested in, what their organization represents, whom they benefit and how they benefit the community. An Executive Committee reviews and approves all requests on a monthly basis, and is subject to availability.

In exchange, Yellow Cab is seeking awareness through the organization to advertise the partnership established. Whether in the form of a website link, mention in the organization’s program or newsletter, complimentary tickets to their company fundraiser or event, and/or other creative mediums. Once approved, Yellow Cab will work with the organization on decals specifications as well as contacts for printing services. The non-profit organization is responsible for the production of the decal signs.

Request should be sent to Yellow Cab of San Diego attn: Colleen McCahon 639 Thirteenth Street, San Diego, CA 92101.

Local Olympian Races to Support Education
Ocean View 5K Run/Walk for Education Benefits South County Schools

Olympic athlete, Philip Dunn is scheduled to demonstrate his remarkable speed at the Pardee Homes’ Ocean View 5K Race/Walk for Education at 8:00 a.m. November 9, 2002. The 5’9” Olympic race walker plans to join in the festivities to help support educational programs in the Sweetwater, San Ysidro and Chula Vista school districts.

Philip Dunn made his first Olympic team in 2000 by placing third in the 50K race walking event and is famous for his ability to scale 50 kilometers in 3 hours, fifty-six minutes and thirty-three seconds. Dunn’s recently returned from competing in the World Cup in Turin Italy where he placed first as an American finisher and 13th overall. He also holds the title of the 2001 US 50K Champion. Dunn currently resides and trains in Chula Vista, and is enthusiastic about lending his support to benefit the local school districts.

“Pardee is honored to have an Olympic athlete like Philip come out to encourage those participating in the first Ocean View 5K Run/Walk for Education,” said Carlene Matchniff, Director of Community Development for Pardee Homes. “Being a local resident makes Philip a great role model for the children in the Ocean View Hills community.”

Registration is only $20 at the pre-registration day being held on November 8 at the Sea Cliff Models from 1 to 4 p.m. The Sea Cliff Models are located at 1018 Sea Reef Drive in Ocean View Hills, east of Palm Avenue which becomes Ocean View Hills Parkway. From Ocean View Hills Parkway, take a right on Star Fish Way and Sea Reef Drive is on the right.

On race day, registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and entry fees are $25 per person. All race participants will receive a free t-shirt, food, beverages and giveaways. Kids’ race participants will also receive a commemorative medal.

The race takes place in the Ocean View Hills community located just south of Chula Vista. Take I-5 or I-805 to the Palm Avenue exit. Exit Palm Avenue and turn left. Palm Avenue turns into Oceanview Hills Parkway at Dennery Road. Continue east past Dennery Road 1/3 of a mile. Turn right on Lyndhurst Terrace. Follow signs to the parking lot.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse to Celebrate 147th Birthday

The National Park Service invites everyone to join the celebration of the 147th anniversary of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse on Friday, November 15, 2002 at Cabrillo National Monument. The lighthouse tower will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. “The Old Point Loma Lighthouse played an important role in the development of California’s, and particularly southern California’s, maritime economy during the middle and late 19th century. From 1855 until 1891, the lighthouse guided mariners safely in and out of San Diego harbor. The 147th anniversary of the day the light began operating is a wonderful time to celebrate that history,” reminisced monument Superintendent Terry DiMattio.

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is a favorite destination for monument visitors and an important icon for many San Diegans. The lighthouse is open every day of the year. However, November 15th marks one of only two days each year that its tower is open to the public. Visitors will be able to view the Fresnel lens and walk around the catwalk. Park rangers and costumed volunteers will be on hand, interpreting the lighthouse and the lives of its keepers.

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was chosen as the original site for Cabrillo National Monument in 1913. A group called the Order of Panama wanted to erect a statue there to honor Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. While Cabrillo National Monument continues to fulfill that mandate, the lighthouse remains an important part of the monument.

Cabrillo National Monument, located on Point Loma at the end of Catalina Boulevard, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. For additional information visit our web site at http://www.nps.gov/cabr/.

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