South County Events, April 24

Municipal councils: Chula Vista, 5:00 p.m. Tuesday
School boards: San Diego Unified School District, 5 p.m. Tuesday; South Bay Union School District (Imperial Beach), 6 p.m. Thursday

Succulent Exchange at the Farmer’s Market

The Otay Ranch Branch of the Chula Vista Library is hosting a Succulent Swap event from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Downtown Otay Ranch Farmer’s Market, 2015 Birch Road. Bring a plant and take a plant to expand your collection. Dial (619) 397-5740.

Dine out, give back Thursday

The San Diego LGBT Community Center (the center) announces the return of this year’s San Diego Dining Out For Life event, scheduled for countywide Thursday. Each year, Dining Out For Life San Diego attracts thousands of attendees who join colleagues, family and friends for meals and beverages at participating event locations. These venues agree to donate 25% or more of their food and alcohol sales that day to support HIV services and prevention programs at The Center, 3909 Center St., San Diego. Find a list of participating restaurants at Dial (619) 692-2077.

Upcoming book sale in Bonita

The Friends of the Bonita-Sunnyside Library will be holding their annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Books of all genres will be available for 50 cents each or less. Also, this is the only time that all children’s books will go on sale. Children’s books are a particularly valuable resource for primary school teachers. The sale is taking place at 4375 Bonita Road, adjacent to the Town of Chula Vista Golf Course.

IB prepares to dig

The Imperial Beach Citywide Garage Sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A map of the garage sales locations will be publicly available on the City’s website from Monday. Contact Wbaldo Arellano at [email protected] or (619) 424-4095.

Cities mark the Día de los Niños

Imperial Beach famous Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park, 1075 8th St., with free activities such as music, bubbles, DJ, hula hoops, face painting, henna and more. Enjoy food trucks, see a fire truck up close and participate in giveaways. Dial (619) 628-2323.
Chula Vista Libraries organize several events to mark the day. Bilingual (Spanish/English) storytime, crafts and fun are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F St. At 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, a special bilingual celebration (Tagalog /English) Día del Niño with stories, songs, games and crafts will be held at the Otay Ranch Branch Library, 2015 Birch Road, Suite 409. And from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Orange Park, 341 Orange Ave. (next to the South Branch Library), local author Beatrice Zamora will read her book, “Am I Blue or Am I Green?/Azul o verde. ¿Cual soy yo? » Enjoy free crafts, music and games. Visit or call (619) 397-5740.

Annual Shakespeare Festival Saturday

Write Out Loud and the San Diego Shakespeare Society present the 17th Annual Student Shakespeare Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at San Diego Heritage Park, 2454 Heritage Park Row, Old Town. K-12 students from across the county will perform scenes and monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. The free event begins with a parade led by “Shakespeare” himself, followed by participating students. Visit

The Bonita Optimists organize a bike rodeo for children

The Bonita Optimists Club invites the community to a Kids Bike Safety Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bonita Valley Community Church, 4744 Bonita Road. Local law enforcement officials and first responders will teach children from kindergarten through grade 6 about the rules of the road and other safety precautions. Bring bike and helmet; free bike and helmet checks. Activities for non-riders too. Food for sale by El Tigre Catering Services. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children should already know how to ride a bike, or the bike should have training wheels. A disclaimer must be signed before participating. Contact [email protected]

National City Hosts Park Cleanup

Today is the deadline for National City residents to register their household at, using activity 5302, for Community Service Month 2022. Register your cleanup activities (virtual and in-person) and submit your photos by Friday at Activities will conclude with an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kimball Park with a park cleanup, fun for the kids, and a free lunch. Call (619) 336-4290 or email [email protected]

Chula Vista and Urban Corps Celebrate Arbor Day

Urban Corps of San Diego County and the City of Chula Vista are teaming up to plant trees for an Arbor Day celebration beginning at 9 a.m. Friday at All Season Park, 1825 Magdalena Ave., Chula Vista. Volunteers/residents can then join the tree planting at 9:45 a.m. near 913 and 915 Buckaroo Lane in Bonita. This free event will give residents the opportunity to plant and learn about tree care and maintenance while helping to build the urban forest. Bring work gloves. Children are encouraged to participate. Funding for the tree planting comes from a $5,000 California ReLeaf grant in partnership with CALFIRE, SDG&E and the US Forest Service. Urban Corps is San Diego County’s certified conservation corps, offering 18-26 year olds paid work experience in conservation and a second chance at a high school diploma. Sign up to volunteer by emailing Sam Oludunfe at [email protected] Visit

The city associates drugs and repaints

The annual Medication Drop-off Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and Chula Vista residents can bring expired, unused, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal to the Chula Vista Public Works Center, 1800 Maxwell Road. No liquids, needles or sharp objects; only pills or patches are accepted. The site will also take old and unused paint and some paint-related products. Acceptable items include household paint and primers (latex and oil based), stains, deck and concrete sealers and clear finishes. Places are limited for the painting recovery, and registration is required at The paint must be in a sealed container with the original manufacturer’s label. No aerosols, solvents or other hazardous waste. Painting in good condition will be made available to the public free of charge.

Blood drives

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

  • 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church, 1200 H Street East, Chula Vista
  • 10am-4pm Tuesday, Baron’s Market, 2015 Birch Road, Suite 980, 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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