November 22, 2002

Community Notes:

Annual Inter-Religious Thanksgiving Prayer Service

Iman Sharif Battikhi, President of the Inter Religious Council of San Diego, warmly invites the public to join the Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christian, Moslems and Bahá’ís in an evening of prayer and reflection:

Annual Inter-religious Thanksgiving Prayer Service, Tuesday, November 26th, at 7:00 p.m., San Diego Baha’i Faith Center, 6545 Alcala Knolls Drive, San Diego, CA 92111, Off Linda Vista just east of University of San Diego campus. Call 858-268-3999 for more information.

We hope this Thanksgiving Prayer Service can assist sincere followers of all religions find common grounds and remain friendly and respectful despite their differences.

The Youth Workshop including youth from Afghanistan, Iran, India and the United States will perform. Refreshments after the program hosted by the Baha’is of San Diego.

Southwestern College Presents Student Art Exhibition

CHULA VISTA—The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication is hosting its annual student art exhibition. This year’s exhibit features a collection of student works in a wide variety of styles and mediums, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculptures, woodcarving, and metalwork, among many other disciplines.

“These are very dynamic and inspirational works,” said Judith Nicolaidis, art professor in the School of Arts and Communication. “We’re inviting everyone to come see Southwestern College’s emerging student artists.”

The student art exhibition will be on display from November 19 through December 5, 2002 at the SWC Art Gallery Patio. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, November 19 at 11 a.m. in the Art Gallery Patio. The exhibition is free and open to the general public.

Colegio La Esperanza Festival  to Celebrate Mexican Revolution in Tijuana

Saturday, November 23rd the Colegio La Esperanza will present The Festival of the Mexican Revolution in Colonia La Esperanza, in La Mesa, Tijuana featuring authentic Mexican Cuisine, traditional Music and Dances of Mexico, games, competitions, lotteries and tours of the famous buildings.

The Community of San Diego and Tijuana are invited to the Festival and Open House to share the day of fun, music and good food and see the installations of the La Esperanza kindergarten and elementary schools which are famous for their architecture and tile mosaics designed by the famous artist James Hubbell of Santa Ysabel, California.

The La Esperanza schools are also known for their Ballet, Music and Arts programs taught by Russian choreographers Valeri and Tatiana Tchekachev who trained at the Vaganova Academy of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Mexican Revolution Theme will artistically spotlight the Adelitas and Revolutionaries who fought with Pancho Villa. The Festival starts at 10:00 am. Maps are available on the website Parents are encouraged to bring their children. There is no entry charge.

Southwestern College CSEA Hosts 16th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

CHULA VISTA – Just in time for the holidays, the Southwestern College California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 524 will be hosting its 16th annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, Nov. 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Southwestern College Student Union East.* Free parking will be available. Featuring a host of vendors from across San Diego County, the event promises convenient and economical one-stop holiday shopping.

“There will be beautiful Christmas decorations, hand-crafted items, silver jewelry, ceramics, hand-made soaps and candles, quilts, wooden items, floral arrangements, crystal jewelry, and much more,” says Barbara Nicita, CSEA spokesperson, who noted a one-pound box of See’s Candy can be purchased at the discounted rate of $11.

Adding to the jovial feel of the event, all proceeds from the Craft Fair will benefit Southwestern College student scholarships. Some of the scholarships that are annually distributed thanks to the $1,500-$2,000 that is typically raised at the event are the Sharon Bitonti-Brandon Memorial Chapter Member Scholarship, the CSEA Student Scholarship, and the CSEA Transfer Scholarship.

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