Summer Art Camp with the Mingei!

Summer Art CampFrom August 2 – 18, the Mingei International Museum is hosting a summer art camp where youth ages 8-12 can participate in fun, hands-on art activities.

The first two weeks of camp will be held at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114; Google Maps), while the third week will take place at the Mingei in Balboa Park. The fee for this three-week camp is only $10! Lunch, materials, and transportation between the Jacobs Center and the Mingei are included.

Space is limited – to register, return the completed waiver at the bottom of the flyer below with $10 per child (cash or check) to Easter Leasau at the Jacobs Center.

For more information about the summer art camp, please call Easter Leasau, Community Coordinator at the Jacobs Center, at (619) 527-6161, or Jackie Hwang, Education and Curatorial Assistant at the Mingei, at (619) 704-7495.

The summer camp is brought to The Village at Market Creek through the Center for Community & Cultural Arts and its partnership between southeastern San Diego residents, cultural groups, artists, and the cultural institutions at Balboa Park.

Happy holidays!

¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo! · Maligayang Pasko at manigong bagong taon!
Manuia le Kerisimasi, ma le tausaga fou! · Minagof Finañagu Niño!

On behalf of the folks here at What’s in the New, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a joyful new year. We’ll be taking a break to be with our families until just after New Year’s, but we’re looking forward to sharing more news and updates with you soon about The Village at Market Creek.

This Weekend: Extravaganzas and fundraisers

Check out some of the happenings taking place in and around southeastern San Diego this weekend, including a Christmas Extravaganza and a fundraiser for CHE’LU.

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Christmas Giveaway 2010-12-24Shabach House is hosting its annual Christmas Extravaganza on Friday evening at Market Creek Plaza. Attendees can receive groceries, toys, and other giveaways donated by individuals and organizations throughout San Diego. The event is free and open to the community.

Volunteers are still needed: call (858) 380-4238 to sign up and provide a helping hand at the event.

  • Friday, December 24 from 6-10pm
    Market Creek Plaza
    310 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 (Google Maps)
    Free admission and free parking

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CHELU Sakman Fundraiser 2010-12-26

Join CHE’LU, Inc. (Chamorro Hands in Unity-Links-Education) for Sunday’s casino run to Golden Acorn to support their sakman (outrigger canoe) project. A bus filled with jolly folks and holiday cheer will leave the Sons & Daughters of Guam Club at 10am for a day of fun and gaming.

The money raised will support CHE’LU’s efforts to celebrate and revive Chamorro canoe-building and sailing traditions here in San Diego and in the Mariana Islands. The organization is getting ready to launch their recently-completed, hand-crafted, 47-ft sakman and to lead interested people of all cultural backgrounds in re-learning how to sail using traditional navigational methods.

For more information about the casino run or the sakman project, contact Jojo Borja (619-993-1348) or Janice Bouffiou (619-261-4285).

  • Sunday, December 26 from 10am-5pm
    Bus pick up is at the Sons & Daughters of Guam Club
    334 Willie James Jones Ave, San Diego, CA 92102 (Google Maps)
    $20/person (you’ll receive $20 in free play on your player card)

Writerz Blok 2011 Calendars

Looking for a cool, last-minute gift idea? Know someone who loves graffiti art? Support southeastern San Diego’s own youth urban art program by purchasing a 2011 Writerz Blok calendar.

Featuring work by both Writerz Blok artists and in collaboration with others, the calendar has twelve beautifully-printed, eye-catching images to enjoy throughout the year. Each calendar is $10 and the proceeds support the Blok’s youth outreach and urban art training program.

To purchase, stop by Writerz Blok at 5010 Market St, San Diego, CA 92102 (Google Maps) or the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at 404 Euclid Ave (3rd floor), San Diego, CA 92114 (Google Maps).

For more information about the calendars or Writerz Blok’s programs, call (619) 263-4914.

Writerz Blok 2011 Calendar

How to Reduce Your Business Energy Costs Workshop

Small- to medium-size business owners are invited to register for a free workshop on how to reduce business energy costs.

The workshop — part of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership‘s Sustainability Workshop Series — takes place on Thursday, January 27 in Balboa Park. The session will focus on:

  • how to conduct an energy-use survey
  • information on lighting and air-conditioning systems
  • conservation info on utility bills and rate schedules, and
  • using a work plan to implement survey recommendations.

The program for the day also includes a progress report on Balboa Park’s sustainability programs and an interesting lunchtime presentation on the San Diego Zoo’s biomimicry program. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided to registered participants.

To register, visit or call (800) 613-8970. To learn more about this and other workshops in the series, call (619) 232-7502 ext 207 or visit the BPCP’s website.

BPCP Sustainability Workshop Series 2011-01

This Weekend: Gatherings, butterflies, and gingerbread

Don’t let a little rain stop you from checking out these events happening in and around southeastern San Diego this weekend. This week’s recommendations include a holiday get-together with SEDC, a dance theater production, and a benefit for a local nonprofit.

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Celebrate the holidays with SEDC this evening! The organization is hosting a holiday get-together with the community at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center. The festivities begin at 4pm.

  • Joe & Vi Jacobs Center in the Chollas View Room (2nd floor)
    404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 (Google Maps)
    4:00 – 6:00pm / Admission is free

For more info or to RSVP, call  619-527-7345 ext 112.

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Las Mariposas at Eveoke 2010-12 photo copyright Nick Abadilla Photography

Photo credit: Nick Abadilla Photography

It’s the closing weekend for Eveoke Dance Theatre‘s Las Mariposas. Inspired by author Julia Alvarez‘s novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, it’s the story of four sisters living under the dictatorship of General Trujillo in 1960s Dominican Republic. Three were murdered for their participation in the resistance movement; their story is told by the surviving sister.

Tickets and more info can be found on Eveoke’s website. The dance company can also be found on Facebook and you can follow them on Twitter.

  • Through Sunday, December 19
    Performances held at the Tenth Avenue Theatre
    930 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Google Maps)
    Friday and Saturday at 8pm / Sunday at 2pm
    $20 general admission / $15 students and seniors
    Walk-up tickets are pay-as-you-can within 1-hour prior to performance times

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This Saturday, Arclinea San Diego is hosting The Gingerbread Collective, an open house to benefit Second Chance.

Second Chance provides life skills training, job readiness, and job placement assistance for people who are unemployed or homeless. All proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s food pantry and holiday meals program.

This year’s open house features San Diego chefs and culinary professionals developing drinks and dishes using gingerbread as their inspiration. Attendees will get to ‘vote’ for their favorites and can participate in a silent auction to win gingerbread houses designed by the chefs. Festivities include a canned food drive and an opportunity drawing.

A $20 donation at the door gets you five tasting tickets and two tickets for the opportunity drawing. Attendees are asked to consider bringing non-perishable food items for Second Chance’s food pantry program.

For more info on the open house, visit Arclinea’s Facebook event page. To learn more about Second Chance, be sure to check out their website.

  • Saturday, December 18 from 12-4pm
    Arclinea San Diego
    2515 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Google Maps)
    Minimum $20 donation at the door

This Weekend: Get your music on

In between the hustle and bustle of family gatherings, holiday parties, and gift giving, make some room if you can for a few of the great arts, culture, and community happenings taking place in and around southeastern San Diego this weekend. This week’s recommendations are for a musical produced by a local theater company and a youth concert.

And don’t forget — the farmers’ market just off of Euclid and Guymon takes place every Friday! More information can be found at the People’s Produce Project‘s website.

  • Friday afternoons
    606 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92113 (G0ogle Maps)
    3 – 6pm; free parking

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Common Ground Theatre - Black Nativity 2010-12

Love music, dance, and uplifting stories of faith? Common Ground Theatre‘s got you covered in its production of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” Black Nativity: The Musical, which runs through December 19. It’s a retelling of the birth of Jesus that mixes dance and music styles, from ballet to krunk and spoken word to gospel. Each performance highlights guest ministers from area churches and includes a pre-show performance by local gospel artists.

Call the theater for ticket prices and more info at 619-263-7911, or send an email to

  • Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 19
    Educational Cultural Complex
    4343 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113 (Google Maps)
    7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays / Sundays at 3pm

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Gompers Glee Holiday Concert 2010-12If you aren’t a Gompers Gleek* already, you will be after Monday night. The Glee Class at Gompers Preparatory Academy will be belting out holiday cheer that evening at their concert, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Come out and support the talent of these awesome students and share a little musical joy with your neighbors and friends.

  • Monday, December 13
    The auditorium at Gompers Preparatory Academy
    1005 47th Street, San Diego, CA 92102 (Google Maps)
    Donations accepted

*gleek: glee + geek

This Weekend: It’s produce and parols!

This week’s suggestions for arts, culture, and community happenings taking place in and around southeastern San Diego features the grand opening of a new farmers’ market in the community and an annual festival celebrating the holidays, Filipino-style:

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As shared previously, the People’s Produce Project is opening its farmers’ market here in southeastern San Diego this week. Last night, they hosted a community kick-off reception at Project New Village‘s office in Oak Park; the market itself will have its grand opening this afternoon from 3-6pm. Come out and support your local growers, meet your neighbors, and buy some fresh, tasty food for your family to enjoy.

  • Weekly starting Friday, December 3
    606 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92113 (G0ogle Maps)
    3 – 6pm; free parking

You can find the People’s Produce Project online at their website and on Facebook.

SESD Farmers Market Grand Opening 2010-12-03

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PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company is hosting its 13th Annual Parol Festival at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center on Saturday. The parol is a festive, star-shaped lantern that adorns homes and shops throughout the Philippines during the holiday season. Bring the kids and spend the afternoon learning how to make a parol of your own, and check out the entries in the festival’s parol-making competition. You can also enjoy the company’s traditional dance and music performances, take in a cultural exhibit of costumes, props, and instruments, and sample a light meal (merienda) of lumpia, pancit, and pandesal.

General admission tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door; discounts and preferred seating prices are also available. Parking is plentiful and free.

  • Saturday, December 4
    Celebration Hall at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
    404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 (Google Maps)
    $12 general admission / $10 for seniors, students, children 4-12, and active duty military with ID / Limited $20 preferred seating (first two rows) at $20/person

Call (619) 477-3383 or email for more information. You can also check out PASACAT online at their website or Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

This Weekend: Chicano and Native American Art

It’s the weekend again and we’ve got a pair of arts, culture, and community recommendations for you taking place in and around southeastern San Diego: a documentary on Chicano Art in America and an exhibition of works by contemporary Native American artists from San Diego county.

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Film director Jesus Trevino

Visions of Aztlan: The story of an American art movement — a documentary exploring Chicano Art and its roots in the social justice movement — will be screened at Centro Cultural de la Raza this weekend. Filmmaker Jesus Treviño, who began his film and television writing and directing career while still a student in the 1960s, will be on hand to discuss his work. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

  • Saturday, November 20 at 7pm
    Centro Cultural de la Raza
    2004 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103 (Google Maps)
    Reception at 6:30pm and screening at 7pm; Q&A with the filmmaker at 8pm

For more information, call the Centro at 619-235-6135. Learn more about the Centro and its programs and events on their website, or check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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So while our second recommendation is a bit of a drive from southeastern San Diego, we think it’s a great exhibition that you’ll enjoy. Running through December 12th, the Oceanside Museum of Art‘s Defying Expectations: Contemporary Native American Art from San Diego County brings together work that examines issues of Native American identify and authenticity, as well as broader problems affecting people throughout the county. Native American artists James Luna, Gerald Clarke, Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez, and Raymond Lafferty are featured.

  • Oceanside Museum of Art
    704 Pier Way, Oceanside, CA 92054 (Google Maps)
    Open Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm / Sun 1 – 4pm
    General admission $8 / Seniors 65+ $5(with ID) Free for students, military and their dependents

More information can be found on the museum’s website. Be sure to check out their blog and follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Farmers market opening in southeastern San Diego

We’re really delighted to share that The People’s Produce Project is celebrating the grand opening of its farmers’ market in southeastern San Diego on Friday, December 3rd. You’ll find fresh produce, live music, crafts, prepared foods, and more at the market, located at 606 Euclid Avenue (Google Maps) just between Guymon and Market streets.

Be sure to also mark your calendars for the market’s Community Kick-Off Reception taking place the night before. The festivities will be held  in the Union Bank parking lot right next to Project New Village’s headquarters at 5106 Federal Boulevard (Google Maps).

Check out The People’s Produce Project on their website and Facebook page for more information about their work in the community and how you can get involved.

PNV Farmers Market 2010-12

This Weekend: Hello, November!

We’re celebrating a street renaming in honor of Dr. King, a pancake breakfast with PAZZAZ, and readings of a new play by young playwrights. Read on for some recommendations of arts, culture, and community activities taking place in and around southeastern San Diego this weekend:

Broadway Heights Street Renaming 2010-11-06

[via SEDC]

The community is invited to join the Broadway Heights Community Council as it celebrates the re-naming of Weston Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Councilman Tony Young will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10am and catering will be provided by Black Jack BBQ.

RSVP for the celebration at 619-993-7612 or 619-582-8147.

  • Saturday, November 6 at 10am
    Broadway Heights Community
    Corner of Charlene Avenue and Weston Street (Google Maps)
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes by free range jace on flickr

(cc) free range jace on Flickr

Saturday morning is also the time to get your breakfast on and support PAZZAZ in the process.

Since 1995, PAZZAZ has been helping the youth of southeastern San Diego reach their full potential in school and beyond with tutoring and homework assistance. For $10 per person, this weekend’s Pancake Breakfast fundraiser features a tasty meal, gifts, prizes, and a silent auction. Who can say no to pancakes and an excellent cause?

For more info, call Lettice Johnson at 619-264-6870.

  • Saturday, November 6 from 8 – 10am
    Applebee’s at Plaza Bonita
    3030 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, CA 91950 (Google Maps)

And finally, The Old Globe’s Southeastern Residency Project is hosting readings of a new, one-act play this weekend. Emancipated shares the experiences of the playwrights — all young adults — as foster children growing up in the system and their eventual emancipation into adulthood at the age of 18.

The Southeastern Residency Project connects Lincoln High School students with the Globe’s Technical Center on Market Street. Among the project’s many aims is the desire to bring theater created by community residents, such as Emancipated, to the neighborhood.

There are two opportunities to attend a reading, which includes conversations with the playwrights themselves. Admission is free; reservations are suggested (RSVP here).

  • Sunday, November 7 at 2pm
    Black Box Theatre at Lincoln High School Center for the Arts
    4777 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113 (Google Maps)
  • Monday, November 8 at 7pm
    Hattox Hall at The Old Globe
    1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101 (Directions and Parking)

It’s Election Day — get out and vote!

November 2 is Election Day. If you are a registered voter, please take the time to stop by your polling place to cast your vote on the numerous local, county, state, and national offices and initiatives that are on the ballot. The polls close at 8pm.

Not sure where your polling place is? The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters website has a handy Polling Place Locator to find it. You can also call their general info line at (858) 565-5800 for your polling place and directions.

Have a mail-in ballot that you just didn’t get around to mailing? You can still drop it off at any polling station or at the Registrar of Voters office by 8pm. (But don’t put it in the mail today — it won’t get to the Registrar in time.) The office is located in Kearny Mesa at 5201 Ruffin Rd Suite I, San Diego, CA 92123 (Google Maps).

Need to check your voter registration status? Look no further than the Registrar’s Check Your Voter Registration page.

Interested in looking up the results as they come in? You can see the numbers on the Registrar’s General Election Results page.

Looking for election info in multiple languages? Voting materials and info are available in English, Spanish, Filipino, and Vietnamese.

Want to register for the next election? While you won’t be able to participate in today’s election, it’s never too early to register for the next one. Find out how and fill out the form on the Registrar’s Voting Registration page.

All of this information and more can be found at the County of San Diego’s Registrar of Voters website. You can also find them elsewhere on the web at Twitter (@SDVOTE) and on the County’s Facebook page.

Your vote is important! Exercise your right today.

Valencia Business Park Development Meeting, 11/1

SEDC is hosting its next community meeting on the Valencia Business Park Development this Monday, November 1.

The community is encouraged to attend to learn more about the proposed project and to ask questions or share comments. Join the conversation at Millennial Tech High School, 1110 Carolina Lane San Diego, CA 92102 (Google Maps) at 5pm.

Learn more about SEDC and its work in southeastern San Diego at their website or call (619) 527-7345.

SEDC Valencia Business Park Development Mtg 2010-10-18

The Valencia Business Park Development Meeting on October 18. Photo copyright (c) SEDC.

This Weekend

We’ve got some arts, culture, and community activities to recommend for this last weekend of October. Read on to learn more about a theater production by Mo’olelo, Halloween fun with the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, and a benefit for southeastern San Diego’s own Common Ground Theatre.

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Mo'olelo - Yellow Face 2010-10

It’s the closing weekend of Mo‘olelo Performing Arts Company‘s production of Yellow Face, written by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.

A Pulitzer-prize finalist, Yellow Face takes a comedic and contemplative look at race through three main characters: a renowned Asian American playwright, the white actor who is mistakenly cast to play the Asian lead in his play, and the playwright’s father. The title refers to the practice of casting of Caucasian actors as Asian characters, whose looks were often altered through makeup to appear more Asian.

Performances take place in downtown San Diego at the Tenth Avenue Theatre and tickets can be purchased online at Mo‘olelo’s website. Through the company’s greening initiative, if you bring proof of carpooling, driving a hybrid, bicycling, or taking public transit to the show, Mo‘olelo will email you a $5-off coupon for your next Mo‘olelo production. How cool is that?

For more information, visit Mo‘olelo online or call (619) 342-7395.

• Through Sunday, October 31
Tenth Avenue Theatre
930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (Google
Friday 7:30pm (SOLD OUT) / Saturday 7:30pm / Sunday 2pm
Tickets: $27. Discounts available to students with valid ID, seniors 65+, and members of Equity or Actor’s Alliance with valid ID

JRF YMCA Halloween Event 2010-10-31 eng

The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is hosting its 12th annual Halloween Carnival this Sunday. This free event offers kids a safe and fun place to trick or treat, play games, enter a costume contest, and enjoy the Y’s transformation into a haunted house.

Community booths are available in the Trick or Treat Arena for organizations interested in sharing information about their programs and passing out candy/treats for the kids. More info can be found on the registration form.

Call (619) 264-0144 for more information on this event. Event flyers (English/Spanish) can be downloaded here. You can also learn more about the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA on Facebook.

Sunday, October 31 from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102 (Google Maps)
Free admission

Common Ground Theatre Benefit 2010-11-01

So, technically, this event takes place on a Monday night, but what better time to plan for it than now? Award-winning jazz guitarist, José Molina Serrano, will be accompanied by a group of talented friends at Humphrey’s Backstage Live to benefit Common Ground Theatre.

Originally established as the Southeastern Community Theatre, Common Ground has been producing both classics and new theater works by and about people of color for over four decades. This southeastern San Diego nonprofit also organizes a Youth Academy to provide mentoring and practical theater experience for youth from ages 7 – 17.

This is a 21+ show. Tickets are $50; not only are they tax-deductible, but you can bring a friend for free. These can be purchased online at Ticketmaster or at the Humphrey’s Backstage Live box office; call (619) 224-3577 for box office hours. For more information about the benefit, call Common Ground Theatre at (619) 263-7911.

• Monday, November 1 at 7pm
Humphrey’s Backstage Live
2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (Google Maps)

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Have a great weekend!

Free art classes with Mingei International Museum

Editor’s Note (10/29/10): The Wednesday afternoon youth and young adult class was originally listed on our blog as being for ages 14-20. The correct ages for this class are 14-25; see the updated flyer below. We apologize for the error.

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Love to paint? Have a passion for fashion? Learn how to create a Romanian-style reverse painting and your very own hand-painted couture!

From November 2 – December 15, Mingei International Museum and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation are hosting free hands-on art classes for youth and young adults at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center (Google Maps).

Two tracks are offered: one for youth ages 8-13 and one for youth and young adults ages 14-25. Each track meets once a week for a total of six weeks. The sessions include a visit to the museum in Balboa Park and a tour of its current exhibitions.

Space is limited! To register, call Jackie Hwang at (619) 239-0003 ext 135 or email

Mingei Art Classes (revised) 2010-11


San Diego Asian Film Festival closes this Thursday

If you haven’t already checked out what SDAFF is offering at its 11th annual film festival, there’s still two days of comedies, dramas, shorts, animation, and documentaries by Asian and Asian-American filmmakers to explore at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas.

Tonight’s line-up includes animation shorts by artists around the world, a documentary on the lingering aftereffects of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, not one but two(!)  showings of Donnie Yen’s turn in Ip Man 2 (a must see for martial arts enthusiasts), and a screening with the filmmaker of the Philippine indie drama The Mountain Thief.

The festival closes on Thursday with a line-up that includes a documentary on adoption and South Korea, a family drama from Japan and South Korea, a shorts program focused on Asian-American experiences in New York City, a comedy-romance from Vietnam, and two screening of the closing night film Au Revoir Taipei, a Taiwanese indie romance set in France.

Tickets to these screenings can be purchased at the UltraStar Mission Valley box office. Ticket holders and festival pass holders can also attend Thursday’s closing night party at the Randy Jones All American Grill in Hazard Center with complimentary food, silent auction, and raffles.

For more info about the festival, screenings, and showtimes, visit SDAFF’s festival page. You can also find the festival across the web on Twitter (@sdaff, @sdaffowls), Facebook, and YouTube.