October 26, 2001

Community Notes...

Coping with the Stress of September 11 Tragedies

Sometime everyday stress gets to be too much. Many people are anxious, depressed and overwhelmed due to recent events. If you find yourself wondering what is going on in the world or your community, where to go to be safe or if you just need to talk, join us for this program co-sponsored by Sharp CV Senior Resource Center on November 7, 1:30 p.m. at the Norman Park Senior Center, 270 F Street, Chula Vista. Free.


Wal-Mart Joins With IB Chamber For 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser

All Proceeds Benefit Victims in NY, DC and PA

South San Diego and Chula Vista residents will join Wal-Mart associates and the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce in a special walk-run to show their support for the recent East Coast hijacking victims. Hundreds of participants will don red, white and blue T-shirts and form a walking human ribbon, along the Imperial Beach coastline. Overhead photos will be taken from the pier and lifeguard tower.

Together We Stand 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, noon-3 p.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Imperial Beach Pier.

To give all South County residents a chance to show support for Sept. 11 victims and donate all proceeds to the American Red Cross.


Free $40 Spay or Neuter Coupons Now Available

County Animal Control and 9 Cities Seek to Reduce Number of Unwanted Pets

Pet owners residing in cities and communities served by the County Department of Animal Control are now eligible to receive a $40 coupon to cover or defray the cost of spay or neutering their pets.

The coupons, which are accepted by veterinarians throughout the County, are available to residents of the unincorporated areas of the County and the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee and Solana Beach.

To obtain one or more of these coupons, eligible pet owners should contact their respective city government or call Pet Assistance at 619-544-1222 or 760-745-7986, or the Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) at 619-525-3047.


Se Solicitan Voluntarios Bilingües para el Programa Voices for Children

Hay 7600 niños maltratados, descuidados y abandonados en el sistema de "foster care" en San Diego. Sea la voz de uno solo. Se requieren voluntarios bilingües para el programa Defensor Especial Autorizado por la Corte (Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA). Se llevan a cabo juntas informativas cada mes. Para mayor infor-mación, favor de comunicarse a Voices for Children al teléfono (858) 569-2019 o visite la página del web a www.voices4children.com.


Braille Institute Offers Outreach Classes in Chula Vista

Braille Institute offers free classes in Chula Vista for individuals with low vision or vision loss. The classes, which teach skills that enable visually impaired people to live independently, will be held every Monday, Nov. 5 through Dec. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fredrica Manor, located at 183 Third Ave. R.S.V.P. by calling: (858) 452-1111.

Students may begin attending classes at any time. Instruction includes: cooking tips; dining with ease; how to get around the town; adaptive techniques for the telephone; organizing wallets and closets; and other alternative skills for independent living. In addition, people affected by vision loss will have the opportunity to test the latest visual aids that may help maximize remaining vision. Students can rediscover the joys of reading their favorite author through "talking books," offered by Braille Institute's Library Services.

Braille Institute is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to a fulfilling life. Through educational training, programs and services, Braille Institute helps tens of thousands of people each year regain and maintain their independence. Thanks to generous donations, Braille Institute services are free of charge. More information can be obtained by calling Braille Institute's San Diego Center at (858) 452-1111 or by visiting www.brailleinstitute.org.

Energía a Costo Más Bajo Para las Personas Con Necesidades Médicas

Si usted o alguna persona en su casa tiene alguna necesidad médica, puede calificar para recibir energía adicional a la tarifa más baja de SDG&E. Bajo el programa de baseline médico, las personas que dependen de equipo específico para mantener la vida o tienen alguna afección médica que provoca un mayor uso de energía, pueden recibir asignación médica baseline. Esta asignación proporciona una cantidad mayor de energía a una tarifa básica, la tarifa más baja para clientes residenciales.

Las afecciones médicas que califican incluyen paraplejia, esclerosis múltiple, esclerodermia, sistema inmune comprometido o una enfermedad que amenace la vida y que requiera calefacción o aire acondicionado. Los diversos tipos de equipo que cubre el programa incluyen tiendas de aerosol, monitores para apnea, máquinas para diálisis de riñon, sillas de ruedas motorizadas, respiradores y otros.

Para solicitarlo, simplemente pida a su médico (M.D. o O.D. solamente) que llene una solicitud donde verifique su afección médica y devuélvala a SDG&E. Puede obtener la solicitud llamando a los representantes de servicio al cliente de SDG&E al 1-800-411-SDG&E (7343).

Inside Look at Afghanistan Planned at Chula Vista Library

If Afghanistan could ever have peace, what are the prospects for its rugged but impoverished people? Author and explorer Bonita Chamberlin will talk about her extensive experience in this remote land when she presents "Afghanistan from the Inside" Oct. 27 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F St. The free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Chula Vista Public Library, will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium. Chamberlin has worked extensively in Afghanistan during the past 25 years, concentrating in assisting the tribesmen in the mining and marketing of the country's valuable gemstone and mineral deposits. Those gems were the only source of revenue for these people, as everything else had been destroyed during the Soviet conflict.

In 1995, Chamberlin wrote Gemstones of Afghanistan, a well-illustrated book documenting 1,407 coordinates of occurrences of gems and minerals in the country. In the course of her research, she has trekked throughout the whole country, including the Pamir Mountains. In doing so it was necessary to work with all the tribes and religious groups at one time or another, which was especially problematic during the civil war when there was tribal infighting.

While relating her adventures, Chamberlin will encourage questions from the audience and will ask what is of the greatest interest to those attending. She will consider basic issues such as whether Afghanistan can realistically be united into one nation, and how relevant are the United States concepts of democracy and progress to a rural populace governed by fierce tribal loyalties and allegiance to tradition.


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

Se invita a todo el público a la Feria del Libro, el jueves 1 de noviembre, de 9 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. Este evento es patrocinado por Serra Cooperative Library System compuesto de las bibliotecas de los condados de San Diego e Imperial.

Bibliotecarios, maestros y público 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 des-cuentos del 10% al 25%, y usted puede ordenar libros.

La entrada y el estaciona-miento son gratuitos, aunque se les pide hacer su reservación con tiempo para planear la cantidad de refrescos que deberán servirse. Para hacer su reservación o recibir cualquier información 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.

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