South County Events, May 22

Town halls: Chula Vista, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday

School boards: National School District (National City), 6 p.m. Wednesday; San Diego Unified School District, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday

Imperial Beach organizes a free concert

Imperial Beach and the Imperial Beach Branch of the San Diego County Library are teaming up to offer another in the free Concert in the Park series at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Veterans Park. Bring a chair and grab a dinner to enjoy a free evening of entertainment.

Job and Resource Fair Thursday

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is hosting a free creative industries job and resource fair from 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the City Heights/Weingart Library Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmont Ave. , San Diego. Local employers who are hiring will be there, as well as community resources available for free. This event is open to anyone 16 years and older. Sign up at

‘Morning News’ at OnStage Playhouse

“Turning Off the Morning News,” by Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang, opens May 27 at OnStage Playhouse. This dark and daring comedy tackles the absurd and dangerous world of today. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through June 19. OnStage Playhouse is located at 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, students, and those under 30. Get tickets at Dial (619) 422-7787; E-mail

The Bank provides grants for literacy projects

The City National Bank recently awarded nearly 100 Reading Is The Way Up Literacy Grants totaling nearly $83,000 to support literacy-based projects as well as financial literacy to elementary, middle and high school teachers in California, Nevada, Georgia and Tennessee. Literacy grants range from $500 to $1,000 and will help augment or expand literacy projects that have been found to be creative, challenging, and likely to increase student achievement. Educators receiving literacy grants were selected from among those who submitted an online application. The one-page app was available to educators in every school district across the bank’s footprint across the country each fall. In South County and San Diego, grant recipients were: Chula Vista: High Tech Elementary Chula Vista, Marquita Griffith; High Tech Middle Chula Vista, Rod Buenviaje; High Tech High Chula Vista, Angela Guerrero, Edrick Macalaguim; San Diego: High Tech High Mesa, Brett Peterson; High Tech High San Diego, Melissa Daniels; High Tech High Elementary, Alicia Wong, Anne Worrall; Ericson Elementary, Allyson Frasure; Language Academy, Graciela Rosas; iHigh Virtual Academy, Eunique Johnson; Sandburg Elementary, Geof Martin; High Tech High International, Jade White; Explorer Elementary (High Tech High), Jessica Lewis; Good Shepherd Catholic School, Ladonna Lambert; Mesa Verde College, Cliff Mitchell; Rancho Bernardo High School, Camille Martin; Bernardo Heights College, Marie Galaz; Dewey Elementary School; Intermediate High Tech Media Arts. For a list of all grant recipients, visit

CalFresh events offer application assistance

May has been designated as CalFresh Awareness Month, and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has planned several events to raise awareness of the food and nutrition program. These events will offer free screenings and application assistance:

  • Feed San Diego, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego
  • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3021 Mission Blvd., San Diego
  • Senior Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Kimball Park, National City

San Diegan residents can also request CalFresh online at and, or by calling

Volunteers renovate the Arc garden

In conjunction with HandsOn San Diego, volunteers from Collins Aerospace recently helped renovate the garden at the Gerber Family Center at the Arc of San Diego in Chula Vista ( The project included the reconstruction and replacement of flowerbeds, which are used by clients of L’Arc’s day programs. Volunteers helped dig the perimeter to remove old wood and allow new support stakes to be installed. Then the planter was painted and new soil was added. Volunteers also helped weed the small and large raised beds. The San Diego Arc serves approximately 170 people with disabilities at the Chula Vista site. These programs help clients achieve their personal goals, including maximum participation in the community and in work environments. All programs include cooking and gardening, art lessons, music therapy sessions and computer skills, as well as life and social skills. Visit

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