December 5, 2003

Community Notes:

Teddy bear, toy drive kicks off

Donations offer gift of holiday spirit to East County children

El Cajon – With the winter holidays quickly approaching, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Public Safety Office is kicking off its annual teddy bear and toy drive.

“Each year, the teddy bear drive draws hundreds of donations and I am sure this season will reflect the public’s continued generosity,” said Governing Board President Timothy Caruthers. “In addition to families impacted by the recent wildfires, there are many children to whom the simple gift of a teddy bear would mean so much.”

District Director of Public Safety Joel Javines said donations of new teddy bears and new, unwrapped toys are welcome.

“All bears and toys are presented to children in need, living in the East County,” Javines said. “Please support this worthwhile effort to make it a happy holiday for the children in our area.”

Donations may be dropped off anytime through Dec. 19 at the public safety offices at either campus.

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. The office is located in parking lot 5. Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. The public safety office is in the Student Services One-Stop Center at the main entrance of the campus near Fury Lane.

Campus and driving maps are available at or Pickup of donations can be arranged by calling the District Public Safety Office at (619) 644-7654.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

“Our Lady of Guadalupe-Gift and Challenge.” Presented by Dr. Orlando Espín on Tuesday, December 9, from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., at the University of San Diego, Salomon Hall.

Dr. Espín will offer new insights and fresh challenges as he reflects on the meaning of Our Lady of Guadalupe in our lives.

Pre-registration $10, $15 at the door. Call 619-260-4784 for further information, http://www.sandiego/edu/theo/ptpcc/ccs.html.

“La Virgen de Guadalupe - Posibilidades y Desafío” presentado por Dr. Orlando Espín el jueves, 11 de diciembre del 2003, 7:30-9:00 de la tarde, en la iglesia de Christ the King, 29 North 32nd Street.

El Dr. Espín presentará perspectivas y desafíos nuevos, reflexionando sobre el sentido de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

Crafts, Santa, Parents Shopping Night Scheduled at Loma Verde

Three special holiday events including making ornaments, a visit with Santa and a “night out” for parents to finish their holiday shopping are scheduled in December at Loma Verde Recreation Center.

“Santa’s Workshop”: Children will learn how to make a gift or an ornament on Dec. 12 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is only 50 cents per project to cover materials.

“Santa is Coming to Loma Verde Center”: Children are invited to give Santa their last minute list on Dec. 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free candy canes will be given to all in attendance and parents are reminded to bring their cameras. This activity is free.

“Parents Holiday Shopping Night”: Parents can finish their last minute holiday shopping or have an evening out while their children enjoy dinner, crafts, a movie and games. This event is scheduled on Dec. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at a cost of $10 per child or $15 per family.

These programs are among the variety of activities offered throughout the year at Loma Verde Recreation Center, located at 1420 Loma Lane just north of Orange Avenue. For more information, call (619) 691-5082.

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