September 15, 2000

Community Notes ...

Paradise Valley Hospital's 2nd Annual Golf

Paradise Valley Hospital invites you to the 2nd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament.

Golf participants will enjoy a Putting Contest; A chance to win $25,000; Gift Bag; On-the-Course games and valuable prizes; Continental breakfast, box lunch and buffet dinner.

The PVH Golf Tournament is Monday, October 30, 2000. Registration begins at 7:30 am. It will be held at Maderas Golf Club, 17750 Old Coach Road, in Poway, California.


2nd Annual New ERAA 2000 Back to School Conference

Saturday, Sept. 16, PAZZAZ Inc. and CPIE (Center for Parent Involvement in Education) are hosting the New ERAA (Everybody Recommitting to Academic Achievement) 2000 Back to School Conference for Parents and Students. The Conference goals are to inspire parents and students for a more productive and successful school year, provide parents and students with tools to help cultivate relationships with school faculty and encourage positive interactions, and to challenge students to meet and or exceed academic standards and achieve to their highest potential.

Free registration forms are located at PAZZAZ Inc., 1744 N. Euclid Ave. and CPIE 4740 Federal Blvd. in San Diego. For more information call 619-264-6870 or CPIE 619-264-8828.


Community Programs Have Chance at LEGOLAND $20,000 Partners in Learning Grant

Carlsbad, Ca. — LEGOLAND California is putting out a call for entries from community programs that are seeking funding for programs that academically, imaginatively and creatively enrich the lives of children age 3 to 12. The Partners in Learning educational program consists of a $20,000 grant to be awarded to a non-profit organization or school in Southern California Counties, which include San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, Oct. 8. To find out how to nominate someone for the Heart of Learning Award or to apply for the Partners in Learning grant, people can log onto or write to LEGOLAND, Ca., Community Relations Teams, "Partners in Learning," One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, Ca., 92008.

The award ceremony is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at LEGOLAND.


Paradise Valley Hospital Launches Free Juvenile Diabetes Support Group

Juvenile Diabetes is a disease that impacts millions of children and families. Paradise Valley Hospital is launching a monthly support group to assist families in the National City community touched by the disease.

The first meeting will be held at the Center for Health Promotion at 286 Euclid Avenue, Suite 210 between Imperial and Market Street.

The support group is a free service sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion of Paradise Valley Hospital. For more information, call 619-470-4784.

International Boundary and Water Commission Invites You to a Meeting

The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission invites you to a meeting on Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m. to discuss the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant and related border sanitation issues. The meeting will be held at the International Boundary and Water Com-mission's San Diego Projects Office, 2225 Dairy Mart Road.

If you have any questions, please contact the Com-mission's San Diego Projects Office at 619-662-7600 or Public Affairs Office in El Paso at 915-832-4175.


Ballet Folklorico de México de Amalia Hernandez Will Perform in San Diego

Direct from the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández begins its one month 18-city tour in San Diego, ending October 22, in Long Island, NY.

The Ballet Folklórico de México will have a benefit performance in San Diego at the Cox Arena on Sept. 21 to celebrate its 48th Anniversary U.S. Tour.

Cost for the reception is $75 and $100. The price includes: the VIP Reception/Auction and preferred or floor seating at performance. For more information on tickets, please call the Foundation office at (619) 299-4784.


Congressman Bob Filner Seeks Nominees For Military Academies

Congressman Bob Filner is now accepting applications for congressional nominations for the 2001-2002 school year to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Congressman Filner may nominate as many as 10 qualified applicants for each academy. Nominees must reside in California's 50th Congressional district. The deadline to submit a completed application is Oct. 31, 2000 for summer 2001 entry.

An informational meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Sweetwater High School, 2900 Highland Avenue, National City.

For more information or to request an application form, please call Congressman Filner's community office at (619) 422-5963.


More than 150 Individuals Will Receive Awards for Civic Excellence

More than 150 exceptional individuals —from some of the region's leading philanthropists to a navy chief petty officer, a cabdriver and a former welfare mother—have been nominated to receive San Diego Dialogue's first Awards for Civil Excellence.

The recipients of the awards will be announced at "A Celebration of Civic Excellence" on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park.

Tickets for the event are $15. (Check the Dialogue website,, or call [858] 534-8638, for details.)


El Consulado General de Mexico Inició Programa de Colecciones de Libros Gratuitos

Con el inicio del ciclo escolar, el Consulado General de México en San Diego inició el programa de distribución de colecciones de libros de texto. En este año se obsequiarán 250 colecciones a bibliotecas públicas, instituciones educativas y organizaciones comunitarias del Condado.

Cada colección consta de 50 libros de texto elaborados por la Comisión Nacional de Libros de Texto Gratuito (COALITEG) de la Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). Esta selección incluye libros para facilitar el aprendizaje de lecto-escritura, matemáticas, ciencias naturales e historia y geografía, así como un Atlas y un libro para niños que trata sobre la Constitución Política de México.

Con este programa, el Consulado busca apoyar y estimular la lectura entre los niños y jóvenes sandieguinos y al mismo tiempo contribuir a preservar entre los mexicanos y sus descendientes el apego a la lengua y a la cultura de sus orígenes.

Algunas organizaciones beneficiadas en este programa son el Consejo de Alfabetización del Condado, el Sistema de Bibliotecas Públicas de San Diego, Chula Vistsa, National City y Oceanside, así como escuelas primarias de los distritos escolares de Sweetwater, Vista y Fallbrook.


American Children to Entertain Young Mexican Patients in 3rd Annual `Children to Niños Salute'

Young American performers from San Diego's Junior Theatre, Fern Street Circus and Christian Community Theatre will converge on the Children's Museum in downtown San Diego Friday evening, Sept. 22, to deliver a high energy benefit performance for a very special audience of children from Mexico.

`The audience will be comprised of approximately 75 young patients from all over Mexico who will undergo free surgeries Saturday, Sept. 23 at Scripps Mercy Hospital for cleft palates, burns, crossed eyes and other maladies.

Besides the 7 p.m. performance the patients and their families will enjoy tours of the Children's Museum, a cross-border barbecue, the artistry of Balloon Utopia's Sandi and Shahar Masori, and special rides aboard the Old Town Trolley between the museum and St. John's Parish Hall in Hillcrest, where they will stay the night of their surgeries and also recuperate.

The performance at the Children's Museum is sponsored by the law firm of Thorsnes Bartolottta and McGuire which also helps to underwrite the weekend of free surgeries performed at Mercy Hospital by volunteer doctors and nurses. Working with detachments from the United States Navy, the Marine Corps and volunteers from the downtown San Diego Rotary Club, members of the law firm cook meals at the temporary recuperation center in the Catholic parish hall, and coordinate transportation to and from the hospital.

"We started the Children to Niños Salute three years ago because we realized how worried the young patients were about their upcoming surgeries," said Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr., a partner in the law firm. "Now, instead of worrying, they have a wonderful time the night before the surgeries, then get back to St. John's Parish Hall just in time to go to sleep, still happy and amazed by all they have seen."


CTS Schedules Sign-Up Events to Promote Low-Cost Phone, Electric Services

Low-income residents can save 50 percent on their basic phone rates and 15 percent on SDG&E electric services simply by enrolling in special programs offered by the California Public Utilities Commission and SDG&E.

Comprehensive Training Systems, a community-based training and education agency, is helping publicize these programs on behalf of the CPUC and SDG&E.

CTS will hold an information day, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista to introduce South Bay residents to these vital opportunities.

The phone service, called Universal Lifeline Telephone Service (ULTS) provides basic local phone service to eligible households for $5.34 per month. There is a one-time $9.50 charge for new service or a $7.50 fee for conversion of existing service. The conversion charges can be billed over three months.

SDG&E services for low-income households include the CARE program that offers a 15 percent reduction on electric bills and the Energy Team, a service that provides energy-saving home improvements at no cost.

To qualify, total gross household income is $18,200 for one to two people, $21,500 for three and $25,800 for four. Children are considered household members. The Energy Team program offer allows a slightly higher income level for Seniors. For additional information, call Shirley Hulett at CTS at (619) 424-6650.

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