South County Events, June 19


Town halls: Chula Vista, 5 p.m. Tuesday; Coronados, 4 p.m. Tuesday; national city, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday

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

The winners of the Lighthouse Awards are announced

The San Diego County Office of Education recently presented its annual Lighthouse Awards, honoring individuals and organizations who are beacons in the education community and who lead others in diversity, equity and inclusion. . In South County and San Diego, this year’s honorees include: Turnaround Teacher, Jennifer Koller, English Teacher, Special Assignment Teacher, Steele Canyon High School, Grossmont Union High School District; Turnaround School Site Manager, Dr. Cynthia Larkin, Principal of Morse High School, San Diego Unified School District; and No Place for Hate Leader, Clara Cho, Miller Elementary, San Diego Unified School District; and Student Equity Leadership, Del Norte High School Student Equity and Anti-Racism Task Force, Poway Unified School District.

Students Do Well at Odyssey Finals

San Diego County students recently competed in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, held in Iowa. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that teaches students how to develop and use their creativity to solve problems. Participating local schools were Discovery Charter School, Chula Vista, which took second place in Division 2, Problem 1, scoring 320 out of a maximum of 350. Teams from Design 39 Campus, San Diego also achieved good results. division 2, problem 3; Black Mountain Middle School, San Diego, 12th place, Division 2, Problem 5; Westview High School, San Diego, 18th, Division 3, Issue 5; and El Camino Creek Elementary, Carlsbad, 29th, Division 2, Issue 2. Visit

Local resident wins health award

Chula Vista resident Heather Cruz recently received the Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award from the Dairy Council of California. The council’s Let’s Eat Healthy initiative supports improving the health of children and families through healthy eating habits throughout life. Cruz is one of six recipients honored under the program. She has worked in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for six years and leads the district’s Wellness Committee. Through the committee, she offered programs to improve nutrition access, resources, and support for students, staff, and the community. Cruz has developed a Site Wellness Leads program and initiated community partnerships. She received a full health education grant from the San Diego County Office of Education to write lessons for teachers. The Eat Well Initiative brings together educators, health professionals and community leaders to coordinate, collaborate and create opportunities to promote community health. Visit

Bank and its volunteers help Habitat

City National Bank recently provided San Diego Habitat for Humanity with nearly 80 volunteer hours in support of its Women Build program. The bank donates more than $350,000 annually to Habitat for Humanity nationwide. This was the 14th annual Women Build event, which City National and its colleagues have supported for several years, as well as two or three Habitat construction projects each year. More than 150 women builders volunteered their time and talents this year to complete the finishing work on six new homes in National City. They also helped repair another house nearby as part of Habitat’s home preservation program. Since 2008, Women Build volunteers have built or repaired 23 homes in San Diego County and raised $839,000. Visit or call 619-283-HOME (4663).

Last week to nominate a Chula Vista champion

Nominations are now being accepted for local Chula Vista residents to be named Chula Vista Champions. Submit a nomination for an individual, team, class, or other group who has made contributions to the city during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those who have had academic, athletic, artistic, community accomplishments or other categories of community support. Self-submissions are welcome; all applications are confidential. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Visit to submit an application. Winners will be recognized at the Downtown Chula Vista Block Party on July 8 on Third Avenue between E Street and Park Way.

A teacher named head of the theater

San Ysidro High School’s Jose Lopez was named top local acting teacher at the recent San Diego Broadway Awards, held at the Balboa Theater in San Diego. Over 30 teachers were nominated and nearly 150 votes were submitted in the competition to select a drama/theatre teacher who has made a positive difference in a child’s life or in a community. The pageant was co-sponsored by the San Diego County Credit Union, which will send Lopez to New York later this month to attend the 2022 Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Also as part of the awards, Canyon Crest Academy’s Ryan Sweeney won Best Actor and Kendall Becerra of Coronado School of the Arts won Best Actress. The contestants were selected from on-site judges of high school musicals in their home theaters during the 2021/2022 school year. Ryan and Kendall will also be flown to New York to join other regional competition finalists nationwide for a week-long experience that includes rehearsals, workshops, talks, field trips and one-on-one coaching sessions at the Jimmy Awards.

Blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank welcomes these blood donation opportunities. Donors will receive a San Diego Padres Blood Drive t-shirt while supplies last:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church, 1200 H Street East, Chula Vista
  • 8am-2pm today, St. Pius X Church, 1120 Cuyamaca Avenue, Chula Vista
  • 8am-1.30pm Tuesday, Collins Aerospace, 850 Lagoon Drive, Chula Vista, Building #78, South Lobby Parking Lot
  • 9am-3pm Tuesday, Sharp Rees Stealy-Otay Ranch, 1400 E. Palomar Street, Chula Vista

People 17 and older, weighing at least 114 pounds and in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended before donating. Appointments strongly encouraged. Photo ID required. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit

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