Town halls: Chula Vista, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday
School boards: National School District (National City), 6 p.m. Wednesday; South Bay Union School District (Imperial Beach), 6 p.m. Thursday

‘Arts in the Park’ Coming Soon

“Arts in the Park,” a full day of free family entertainment, is back for its second year at the Historic Memorial Park and Amphitheater, 373 Park Way. OnStage Playhouse joins Third Avenue Village, the City of Chula Vista, CARPA San Diego and local artists, businesses and organizations to create this event. Mayor Mary Salas will welcome guests and open the festivities, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Art Walk features works by local artists and arts organizations; an alley of craftsmen will offer local crafts; and performing groups on stage include the dancers of the Ballet Folklorico, the Youth People’s Theater and the Maraya Performing Arts. Artists, vendors and performers who wish to participate, as well as potential volunteers who wish to help, should visit Contact Ashley Gardner at [email protected] or (619) 865-0276.

South Bay Pride presents the festival

Chula Vista’s Bayfront Park is the setting for the 14th Annual South Bay Pride Arts and Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy music from live bands, DJs and dance stalls, artisans and vendors with food and drink, beach activities and more! Bayfront Park is located at 980 Marina Way, Chula Vista. Visit

Free food waste baskets available

Chula Vista began distributing kitchen carts to contain food waste for the city’s recycling program. Kitchen cart availability at the giveaway events listed below is first come, first served and limited to one per household. Carts are available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Chula Vista Library, 389 Orange Ave., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Otay Ranch Mall Farmer’s Market, 2015 Birch Road. The permanent pick-up area is at the Office of Sustainability, Chula Vista City Hall, Building C, 276 Fourth Ave.

Bootcamp for entrepreneurs offered

A Community Bootcamp on Entrepreneurship and Adversity will be offered six Saturdays in September and October for people in difficulty who are trying to grow or start a business. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 10 through October 15 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego. Presented by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University and the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Studies. The program is part of the Urban Poverty and Business Initiative, a collaboration between universities and nonprofits to help people in underserved communities start and grow successful businesses. The cost is $500, but scholarships of $400 are available. Sign up and learn more at

Bank of America selects student leaders

Two local students were among four who were recently named student leaders by Bank of America. They participate in an eight-week paid summer internship with the nonprofit Just in Time for Foster Youth, earning $17 per hour. They also receive a Chromebook as part of the program. The student leaders are: Diana Garcia, a new senior at San Diego High School of Business and Leadership, who is active as a library volunteer, summer tutor and student aide, and raises donations for people affected by homelessness; and David Zheng, an incoming senior at Sweetwater Union High and a first-generation Cantonese student. He was elected vice president of the student body and serves as president of the school’s First-Generation Scholars Club. Nathalie Cedillo, a new senior at Escondido High School, and Itsarely Palma Castillo, a recent graduate of Fallbrook High who will attend Cal San Marcos State this fall, were also named student leaders.

Community Cleanup and Block Party

The Love Thy Neighborhood movement will bring together volunteers from churches, businesses and the community at Montgomery-Waller Community Park for a Love Thy Neighborhood cleanup and free block party. The two-part event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with a community-wide cleanup. Starting at 2 p.m. there will be a block party style event featuring a car show with 150 low riders, live music, art, community resources and kids activities, food trucks and sellers. Local muralists will install a mural at a local business. Special guests include Mellow Man Ace and Beto Perez of Rock 105.3 FM and JAMN 95.7. The park is at 3020 Coronado Ave., San Diego. Love Thy Neighborhood is a community cleanup initiative designed to inspire change and bring “unity in the community”. To volunteer or become a corporate partner, email [email protected] or call (619) 453-1076. Visit

Eastlake High STEAM Event Saturday

Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to the Eighth Annual GIRLS (Girls Inspiring Real Leadership in Steam) Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista or streamed online on Twitch. The school’s robotics team, TitanBot, is a FIRST Robotics Competition team. As part of the team’s community outreach, she organizes and hosts this annual conference with the Society of Women Engineers Next Club of Eastlake. Students can hear from inspirational speakers selected from careers and STEAM leadership backgrounds and make connections as STEAM leaders. Register in person or online; interactive games, raffles, prizes and a networking lunch will be available. Sign up and learn more about Where Contact Ava Jacinto at [email protected]

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