November 12, 2004

Garibay Family Donations Needed After Severe Accident

Donations are being accepted to help the Garibay family of Oceanside.

Adrian Garibay, a 27 year old hard working husband and father of two small children was in a severe motorcycle accident on October 3rd which resulted in head injuries, stitches to his face and a brutally crushed foot. Adrian has been an AC electrical mechanic for Capistrano Ford for the past five years and was going to school to receive his mechanics certification. It is yet to be determined whether he will require surgery to repair his crushed foot; in which case, he would have to remain unable to work for a much longer period of time.

As a result of his accident and severe injuries, Mr. Garibay has been unable to work and support his family. Ms. Garibay is working three part-time jobs as dog groomer, stock clerk at ten 10 different stores, and she is also doing Internet marketing. Through this hardship, she is struggling to maintain her attendance at Mira Costa Community College where she is enrolled in classes. These efforts are still not enough for this family to make ends meet.

Immediate needs require financial assistance to sustain rent, utilities, food and gas. For those interested in helping with monetary donations they can contact Monica Ibarra or Chieko Lee at (760) 603-1298.

With the holiday season soon approaching, financial assistance as well as donations of food, clothing, toys for the children and other essentials for this family will greatly be appreciated.

World Renowed Spanish Artist Nieto Anton’s Art to be Auctioned To Benefit Children’s Museum

Nieto Anton’s sun-kissed landscapes, quaint villages, luscious still lifes, and seascapes are inspired by the golden sunlight that drenches his native Spain. Thirty-two of the internationally celebrated painter’s masterworks, which have been on display in the best galleries all over the world, will be for sale at an auction and reception on Saturday, November 20, from 1-4 pm at The Grande Colonial Inn, La Jolla. Proceeds from the art sale will go to the San Diego Children’s Museum new facility, currently under construction in downtown San Diego.

Nieto Anton will be on hand to discuss his works at the silent auction and reception. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and Spanish-flavored entertainment while bidding on the artwork, which ranges in size from 10” x 10” to 58” x 45” and price from $324 to $7,500. Persons can guarantee the purchase of a favorite painting at a pre-sale at the hotel beginning November 15, where the artwork will be on the display, during regular business hours.

To make a reservation for the art auction and reception, please call (619) 322-4055. For a preview of the artwork and additional information, go to

Teddy bear, toy drive kicks off

Donations offer gift of holiday spirit to East County children

El Cajon – With the winter holidays approaching, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Public Safety Office is kicking off its annual teddy bear and toy drive for the children of East County.

“Each year, the teddy bear drive draws hundreds of donations and I am sure this season will reflect the public’s continued generosity,” said Governing Board President Wendell Cutting. “Even in these days of high-tech toys and expensive videogames, there are many children to whom the simple gift of a teddy bear would mean so much.”

District Director of Public Safety Joel Javines said donations of new teddy bears and new, unwrapped toys are welcome and may be dropped off anytime through Dec. 10 at the public safety offices at either campus.

“Donations will help brighten the holidays for East County children and their families,” he said. “The Public Safety department is hosting this ‘Hope for the Holidays’ teddy bear and toy drive in cooperation with Volunteers of America.”

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. The public safety office is located in parking lot 5. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. The public safety office is in the Student Services One-Stop Center at the main entrance of the campus near Fury Lane. Campus and driving maps are available at or Pickup of donations can be arranged by calling the District Public Safety Office at (619) 644-7654.

Exhibit by Young Artists Will Benefit Local Children’s Art Programs

When you add children, art and the compassion of others together, you have the perfect mixture for a successful event.

The San Diego Center for Children, in partnership with the organization A.R.T.S. (A Reason to Survive) and the contemporary home furnishing store and art gallery Mixture located in Little Italy, will host an exclusive art exhibit on Thursday, November 18 featuring original works from child artists who face adversity and emotional and behavioral disabilities.

The theme of the exhibit is “San Diego Through A Child’s Eyes,” and the artwork by the children will reflect their interpretation of some of their favorite places in San Diego, including the local mountains, beaches and deserts and local attractions such as Sea World, Balboa Park and downtown.

This special evening celebrates the exceptional artistic talents of children currently undergoing treatment programs through the San Diego Center For Children, the Ronald McDonald House, San Diego Hospice and Children’s Hospital of San Diego. The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mixture, located at 2210 Kettner Boulevard. Donations are $5 and will help support art programs designed for local children and provided by A.R.T.S., Mixture and the San Diego Center for Children.

Those interested in attending the event should R.S.V.P. by calling 858-277-9550 ext.344 or email

Grocery Outlet to Give Away Nearly $600,000 in Turkeys

Local Store Presents an Offer Worth “Gobblin’ Up”

The Grocery Outlet in National City is giving away its share of 30,000 Family Pride turkeys this month as part of the Berkeley-Calif. based extreme value grocer’s annual “Gobbler Giveaway.”

After winning a corporate competition with their idea to stage turkey bingo, bowling, customer appreciation day and a food bank donation to determine the winners of 400 turkeys, local store operator Joe Arias was selected to participate in the giveaway – valued network-wide at $600,000.

“We wanted to give our local independent operators the opportunity to do some good in their communities for the holidays, while challenging them to come up with innovative ideas that would be fun for their customers,” explained Jon Wylie, vice president of marketing for Grocery Outlet.

Local “strange birds” who brave “Turkey Bowling”, will win, in addition to their own personal satisfaction, a turkey weighing 14 to16 pounds that would sell at retail for $1.29 a pound. Customers can play “Turkey Bingo” on November 18, go bowling on November 21 or are among the first 100 in the store on November 20 will win a turkey. Hopeful contestants visit Grocery Outlet 3446 Highland Avenue in National City, or call 619-420-7134 for details.

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