February 27, 2004

Community Notes:

Announcing the New Neighborhood Arts Program

Guidelines and Application for Funding Now Available

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture’s new Neighborhood Arts Program guidelines and applications are now available upon request. The new guidelines represent a year-long evaluation and redesign effort to make the funding programmore responsive to community needs and to enable more San Diego communities to participate in arts and culture.

Through the new Neighborhood Arts Program, the Commission will provide matching funds for community arts projects taht do one or more of the following:

 make arts and culture activities more available and accessible;

 broaden and diversify participation in arts and culture;

 promote a deeper understanding of art, culture and the creative process;

 encourage cross-cultural and inter-generational dialogue and interaction; or

 contribute to the strengthening of neighborhoods.

The Commission strongly encourages collaborative projects between artists, arts organizations and community based agencies. Elegible projects must occur between July 1, 2004 and December 31, 2005 and take place within the San Diego city limits. Requested funds cannot exceed $10,000. The application deadline is Friday, April 23, 2004.

To request a copy of the guidelines contact Amy Dukes, Arts Management Associate at (619) 533-3028 or adukes@sandiego.gov. Technical assistance application workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2004 and Thursday, April 1, 2004 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Commission’s 5th Floor Conference Room at 1010 Second Avenue.

Invasive Plants, Secondary Wastewater Treatment Technology on Agenda For March 2 Public Meeting

The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) announces a public meeting of the USIBWC Citizens’ Forum on March 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Southwest High School Cafeteria, 1685 Hollister Street, San Ysidro, CA 92154. The purpose of the forum is to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community about the Com-mission’s projects and related issues in the area.

Experts will discuss efforts to control invasive plants affecting the Tijuana River Valley and the Colorado River. Dr. John Boland of the Tijuana River Valley Invasive Plant Control Program, will discuss research into various treatment techniques to control invasive plant species in the valley. Preliminary results indicate that some treatment techniques worked well while others are not appropriate for the Tijuana River Valley. Additionally, exotic invasions appear to be less frequent than at first assumed, giving hope that control of invasive plants in the valley can be successful.

Staff from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the International Boundary and Water Commission will explain their efforts to control giant salvinia molesta, an invasive aquatic weed that affects the Colorado River at the U.S.-Mexico border. The presenters will discuss the current status of the weed in the Lower Colorado River as well as the application of control methods.

Additionally, wastewater researcher Gerhardt Van Drie will demonstrate an innovative process for providing secondary treatment of wastewater. The High Purity Oxygen Activated Sludge System is a low-odor system that uses the powers of buoyancy and gravity for mixing liquids and slurries in the treatment process.

A complete agenda is attached. The agenda is also available at www.ibwd.state.gov under the heading IBWC News.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Members of the public who would like more information about the meeting can call 619-662-7600 or e-mail. sallyspener@ibwe.state.gov.

1st Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Guacamole Bowl to benefit Special Olympics

On Saturday, Feb. 28th, 2004, police officers and firefighters from throughout San Diego County will square-off at the Balboa Park Club. The purpose for this gathering is to determine the answer to that often asked question: Who makes the best Guacamole, Police Officers or Firefighters?

The first ever, “Guacamole Bowl” will pit, (excuse the pun,) San Diego’s Finest (police) against San Diego’s Hottest (firefighters) in a good old fashioned cook-off. First prize will not only include bragging rights for a year, but the winning team’s name will be permanently engraved on the highly coveted, “Guacamole Cup”.

Teams will start preparing their recipes at 9am, with sampling and judging taking place throughout the morning. The event is open to the public. In exchange for a $5.00 donation, they will receive a bag of tortilla chips and all the guacamole they can eat. Final round of judging will begin at 11am.

San Diego Police Officer Matt Weathersby came up with this unique fundraising idea as a way of supporting the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. According to Officer Matt, nearly ½ ton of fresh avocados will be used by the teams during the competition. “If you like good guacamole, than Balboa Park is where you should be”. Along with the police & firefighter teams, the guacamole making competition will also include teams from the Special Olympics family, supporters and friends.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is conducted throughout the United States, Canada and 25 foreign countries to raise funds for Special Olympics programs and to enhance positive visibility of the law enforcement community. There are three primary legs of the run in southern California. The southern leg will originate at the San Diego/Tijuana border on June 1st. Over 400 runners representing 20 city, state and federal law enforcement agencies will carry the torch as it is run through San Diego County. The other two legs will originate in San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles County. Over 3,500 law enforcement personnel will carry the torches over 1,500 miles before they meet in Long Beach on June 11th to light the cauldron at the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games.

Special Olympics is a year-round worldwide program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. Special Olympics is unique in that it provides for competition at all levels of ability by assigning athletes to competition divisions based on both age and actual performance. The purpose of Special Olympics is to contribute to the physical, social and psychological development of persons with mental retardation. Through positive successful experiences in sport, they can gain confidence and self-mastery and start to build a self image associated with success rather than failure. Success on the playing field often has carry-over value into the classroom, home, and work place.

California Western School of Law 1st Annual Ambulance Chase 5K Run/Walk Benefit

California Western School of Law is hosting the 1st Annual Ambulance Chase 5K Fun Run/Walk. The charity event is being held on March 6th, 2004 at South Crown Point Shores Park in beautiful Mission Bay. One hundred percent of proceeds are going to the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of San Diego County, an outstanding local organization which provides a great service to our community.

The event begins with the serious runners at 8:00 a.m.   Participants who would like to walk begin at 8:30, and the family start time is 9:00 a.m.

The event will feature booths with local San Diego vendors, and a raffle with valuable prizes, such as gift certificates for shoes from Just for Feet and dinners at Chevy’s!

All participants will receive a t-shirt and a goody bag on the day of the race.

Costs to participate are as follows:

Adult Registration: $30.00 (if received by 3/4/04)

Adult Registration: $32.00 (day of race beginning at 7:00 a.m.)

Child (12 and under)/Senior (60+) Registration: $25.00

Military/Law Enforcement Registration: $25.00

Big/Little Brother/Sister Team Registration: $30.00 total

Team in Training Registration: $25.00

Please register online at www.active.com or make checks to California Western School of Law and mail to: CWSL-SBA 350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101.

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