January 9, 2009

Community Notes:

LULAC Members Gathered Together at the National Guard Armory in National City for its Annual Christmas Food Basket Program

On Friday, December 12th, LULAC members, National Guard members and volunteers of all ages from the community, gathered together at the National Guard Armory in National City as LULAC, San Diego Council #2842 prepared for its annual Christmas Food Basket Program.

Friday night was the time to assemble the baskets. Canned goods, collected by the area schools, were sorted through and distributed among the baskets. Rice and beans were weighed and sorted as well as vegetables of celery, zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, cucumbers. Also to be included in the baskets were bread, apples and bananas. Saturday morning a fresh turkey would be added to the basket before distribution.

Volunteers were up again early Saturday morning, December 13th, for distribution of the baskets. Over 275 baskets were given away at the National Guard Armory and at Mendoza School in South San Diego. This is the 22nd year for LULAC’s Christmas Food Basket Program.

Donations were low this year and the need for families to receive basket was higher than normal due to the economic conditions of our country. Thanks to corporate sponsors and personal donations, LULAC was able to meet its goal of 275 food baskets. In particular, LULAC sends out a hearty thank you to all the major donors including Macy’s, Starbucks, and Nordstrom to name a few.

How Will Chula Vista Budget Cuts Affect Our City in 2009?

The Northwest Civic Association will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday January 12th at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library at 4th Ave. & F St. Everyone is welcome & encouraged to attend. New City Manager Jim Sandoval will report on what the city is doing to meet the $20 million 2009-10 budget shortfall. Buck Martin, Recreation Director, and Leah Browder, Library Director & Assistant City Manager, as leaders of two of the most drastically impacted city services, will be present to provide information and answer questions. There will also be a brief presentation on how the Proposition O School Bond funds will be used to improve our city schools. Public comments welcome on all Chula Vista topics. Free. Information: (619) 429-0610 or www.northwestchulavista.org.

A New Palm Avenue

Join us at Community Workshop #3 for the Palm Avenue Commercial Corridor Master Plan.

Help plan and design a Palm Avenue that is vibrant, livable, and consumer and pedestrian friendly.

When: Monday, January 12th, 2009 , 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Marina Vista Center , 1075 8th Street, Imperial Beach
Refreshments provided. Spanish interpretation will be available.

For more information, please contact Tina Barclay at (619) 628-1356.

Una Nueva Palm Avenue

Únase a nosotros en el Taller Comunitario #3 del Plan Maestro para el Corredor Comercial de Palm Avenue.

Ayude a planear y diseñar una Palm Avenue que sea vibrante, habitable y amigable con los consumidores y peatones.

Cuándo: Lunes, 12 de Enero, 2009 - 6:00 a 8:00 pm
Dónde: Marina Vista Center
1075 8th Street, Imperial Beach

Se ofrecerán refrescos. Habrá traducción en Español disponible.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Juan Antonio Ramirez al (619) 544-9255.

Library Offers ESL (English As A Second Language) Tutor Training

L.E.A.R.N., the San Diego County Library’s adult literacy services, in partnership with the Laubach Literacy Council, will host English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutor Trainings for volunteers interested in helping immigrants from around the globe learn to speak English. The two-part training will be held on Saturdays, January 31 and February 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Road. No experience is required and volunteer tutors are needed immediately.

Once tutors have completed the two Saturday sessions, they will be matched with English language learners. Tutoring can be one-on-one or in small group settings. Tutors and learners schedule sessions at their convenience and close to their place of residence.

The training will be led by Catherine Mummert, director of education for the Sylvan Learning Center in Long Beach, and a master tutor trainer for 17 years. Mummert holds credentials in Education and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Charles Ross at (619) 442-1481 or e-mail at intgallery@aol.com.

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