May 29, 1998

Stand for Children day to be Celebrated Locally at UCSD's Early Childhood Education Center

"San Diego Stand for Children Day," a local spin-off of the third annual national Stand for Children Day, will be celebrated June 1 with a program at UCSD's Early Childhood Education Center featuring a writer, an academician and a politician, all concerned with quality child care.

Speaking at the 4 to 6 p.m. program will be Richard Louv, columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune and the author of several books on family issues; Faustina Solis, professor emerita at the University of California, San Diego and a leading advocate for maternal and child health care, and Congressman Bob Filner, 50th District.

The "San Diego Stand for Children Day" is co-sponsored by UCSD and the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County. "The occasion is a tool to raise awareness about issues affecting children and to build support to address these issues in our community," noted co-chairs Nan Mitchell of the Ecumenical Council and Josie Foulks, director of the UCSD Early Childhood Education Center.

"The need for quality child care and after-school activities is a daily concern for millions of working parents. Although child care and after school activities shape the way our children think, learn and behave for the rest of their lives, not enough is being done to ensure that families have safe, quality choices for their children," they said.

The celebration is free and open to the public.

Neighborhood Celebrates Diversity With Street Fair

City Heights — On Saturday, June 6th, City Heights will become an International Village pulsating with a variety of musical sounds, and fragrant with the aroma of foods from Ethiopia, Cambodia, Mexico and Laos. It is the sixth annual International Village Celebration (IVC), a celebration of this unique San Diego neighborhood. The street fair runs through the heart of City Heights at University and Fairmount from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Organizers promise to take attendees "Around the World in a Single Day." City Heights has often been called the Ellis Island of San Diego, and with good reason: this east San Diego community is home to families from Ethiopia to Cambodia, Mexico to Laos. More than 30 languages and dialects are spoken in the streets and schools, and many people go to work, shop and learn in traditional dress. Yet, in this diversity, there is a drive for solidarity: to bring people of different cultures together through a share project. This project is the International Village Celebration.

For the past five years, the International Village Celebration has given people from the community and San Diego at large, the opportunity to sample the flavors of City Heights through vendors of ethnic goods, music and food. The IVC is a free, family-oriented event, complete with a "Fun Zone" for kids.