April 24, 2009

Calendar of Events:

Be a part of the long-standing Peñasquitos tradition!

The Rancho de los Peñasquitos Town Council and the Fiesta Planning Committee are proud to present the Fourteenth Annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos street fair being held on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Black Mountain Road between Carmel Mountain Road and Twin Trails Drive.

The Fiesta is an exciting fun filled event packed with many sights and sounds and here are some of the many highlights:

• Over 150 arts and crafts, business and service venders; • Large selection of food vendors providing a wide variety of cuisine; • Local and professional entertainment; • Carnival rides and game booths; • Eating and singing contests; • And many, many more exciting surprises

All proceeds from this event will go toward grants and scholarships distributed by the Rancho de los Peñasquitos Town Council throughout the year.

Author Jimmy Santiago Baca at Grossmont College

Grossmont College is proud to host a lecture by renowned author Jimmy Santiago Baca, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, in the Student Center, located on campus. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Baca, an award-winning poet, author and winner of the International Poetry Slam, learned to read and write while incarcerated in the Arizona prison system on drug charges. Of Apache and Chicano descent, Baca is known for a powerful style of prose and poetry with such themes as American Southwest barrio, addiction, injustice, education, community and love. Baca’s reading and book signing is part of Grossmont College’s 13th annual Literary Arts Festival. For more information, phone (619) 644-7495, or visit www.grossmont.edu/theatre. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Dr., in El Cajon. For driving directions and a campus map, visit www.grossmont.edu.

Barrio Logan Youth Share 336 Hours in Costa Rica

On April 25, 2009, the nonprofit organization Karuna International will present “336 Hours in Costa Rica: Exploring Culture Through Service,” to share the cross-cultural experiences of 3 Barrio Logan youth who spent two weeks (336 hours) volunteering in Costa Rica. The event will be held at Perkins Elementary School in Barrio Logan from 11:30 am-1:30 pm and will feature food, coffee, art, music and photography that highlight Costa Rican culture and the volunteer experiences the students encountered. The students producing the event are asking for a $5.00 donation and all revenue generated from the event will be re-invested back into the community as a social change project focused on youth literacy, as determined by the youth.

In 2008, Karuna International launched My First Passport, a global service-learning program for at-risk youth from low-income, urban communities in San Diego.

For more information go to www.karunaintl.org.

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