South County Events, May 8


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 p.m. Tuesday; Sweetwater Union School District, 6 p.m. Monday

The annual donut race is coming to town

GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Success Center, is hosting its fifth annual donut race from 8 a.m. to noon on May 21 at Crown Point on Mission Bay. The event includes a 5k run, a 1 mile inspirational walk and a Kids Dash for Down Syndrome. Participants can join as individuals, join a team, start a team, host a virtual or in-person community event, or simply donate. Each registrant receives a shirt, a medal and, of course, a donut. All proceeds will directly support GiGi’s Playhouse San Diego and enable it to continue to provide free educational and therapeutic programs to people of all ages with Down Syndrome. Sponsors are welcome; contact Kelci at [email protected] To register or donate, visit

The art center opens with a three-day celebration

The Monarch School invites the community to join in three days of celebrations for the opening of its Monarch Metamorphosis art exhibit and the grand opening of The Chrysalis: Monarch School’s Center for the Arts at 1805 Main St., San Diego. The art exhibition will celebrate local artists and their stories. The Chrysalis Center will present paintings, photographs, textile arts and sculptures that represent the development and determination of the students. The center, a few blocks from the main campus, supports the school’s Creative Youth Development programs specifically designed for Monarch students, who experience homelessness. The schedule:

  • 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Flutter Fest The Opening Day Family Celebration is free and open to the public. Enjoy student performances, art exhibit, artist talks, art making, food, arts center tours, and more. Many regional San Diego artists are featured in the exhibit and have taught Monarch student workshops.
  • Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Metamorphosis art exhibition — This free exhibition is also open to the public and will feature works by Monarch School students and community artists. Tours of the arts center will also be available. Prior registration is required at
  • 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Metamorphosis art exhibition and cocktail — This is a fundraiser for the Monarch School Project. Guests will enjoy food from local chefs and restaurants, an art exhibit tour, performances by Monarch School students, an art auction and more. One must reserve. Tickets are available at

An online auction of selected works of art is also open for viewing and bidding on
The Monarch School is a public-private partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project. Call (619) 652-4100 ext. 1631 or email [email protected]

The Farmers Market is coming to downtown Chula Vista

the Third Avenue Village Association recently announced the opening of Third Avenue Village Market, starting today. The market, run in cooperation with Catt Fields White of San Diego Markets, will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Park Way between Third and Fourth Avenues near Memorial Park. Stalls include over 60 local farmers and vendors, selling fresh produce and flowers, pastured eggs, freshly baked breads, sauces and more. To be considered a supplier, visit Market sponsors and supporters are welcome; call (619) 233-3901.

The Chamber presents the “Thrive” conference

The National City Chamber of Commerce presents “THRIVE: Women, Growth, and Business,” 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at Chula Vista Golf Course, 4475 Bonita Road, Bonita. This event aims to give women in business and women entrepreneurs a place to network and learn from other women in business. Speakers include Sarita Maybin and Vanessa Elle Wilde. The conference also includes four workshops and a panel discussion. A light breakfast and lunch are included. Networking is planned at the end of the event with a cash bar. Tickets are $25 for chamber members, $45 for non-members. Tables of vendors available. Register and get tickets at Email [email protected] or call (619) 477-9339.

Free car seat checks available

The Chula Vista Fire Department conducts free monthly car seat inspections, with the first scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Otay Ranch, 2015 Birch Road. Parents can bring a car seat and learn proper installation from a nationally certified technician. Dial (619) 361-5238.

The garden club welcomes a speaker

The Paradise Gardeners host speaker Dawn Standke, a master gardener, at a 10 a.m. meeting Thursday at the Skyline Hills Branch Library, 7900 Paradise Valley Road, San Diego. Standke will talk about “Should I Avoid Chemicals?” His presentation will also be available on Zoom. RSVP by Wednesday to [email protected] for the link.

SDG&E offers a planting discount

Eligible San Diego Gas & Electric customers can get a rebate for planting or potting eligible trees and plants. The trees planted will help beautify local communities, but they will also support cleaner air and native biodiversity. Eligible SDG&E customers may receive a $35 rebate for planting or potting a 1 or 5 gallon tree/plant species. Customers can request up to five rebates per year. Customers do not need a yard to qualify, as trees or other plant species can be planted in large containers on outdoor balconies or patios. This program is designed for customers in certain parts of the SDG&E service territory where trees may be needed to help improve the community. Customers in several South County ZIP codes are eligible, including National City and Chula Vista. The offer is valid until October 31. Visit

Upcoming food distributions

Feeding San Diego is hosting these drive-through food giveaways:

Each registered participant will receive approximately 50 pounds of dry produce, fresh produce and one frozen meat protein. People can also receive information on how to access other food distributions, and information on CalFresh (SNAP), including how to apply. To visit .

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