City councils: Chula Vista, 5 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
Lions offer vision screenings Saturday
Five San Diego County Lions Clubs are working together to provide free vision screenings open to all ages from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, 4725 Otay Mesa Road, San Diego. A usable pair of refurbished eyeglasses may be provided until professional services and eyewear can be obtained. First come, first served; screening may close early depending on attendance. The San Diego North County Lions Club, San Marcos Lions Club, Harbison Canyon Lions Club, Pride of Vista Lions Club and the Encinitas Lions Club are hosting the screening. Call (760) 405-7385 or email [email protected]
Veterans Village ‘Stand Down’ this weekend
Veterans Village San Diego holds a three-day “Stand Down 2022″ for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The event will run from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. July 31 at Roosevelt Middle School, 449 Park Blvd., San Diego. The stand down will have food, two nights of overnight shelter, medical services from doctors and nurses from the VA and other medical partners, legal help including San Diego Homeless Court, and more (pet resources, Paul Mitchell School haircuts, American Red Cross comfort kits, VA benefits counseling). Veterans, sponsors and volunteers can register at www.vvsd.net/standdown. Same-day registration for veteran participants will also be accepted.
Fido-themed fun at Otay Ranch Town Center
Otay Ranch Town Center hosts “Dog Gone Fun,” back after a two-year hiatus, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The free event takes place during the regular weekly Farmers Market. Enjoy all kinds of canine fun, including dog treats (while supplies last); a “Summer Costume Contest” for dogs at the Popper Fountain (center court) at 6 p.m.; expert dog training tips and demos from Golden State Service Dogs; free canine fitness/weight evaluation from veterinarians with Otay Pet Vets Premier Veterinary Hospital; free “Pup Cup” cool treat station; free crafts for kids, and more. Meet “Barry Allen,” a 50-pound turtle, and other exotic pets, and hear Dr. Theresa Murillo of Otay Pet Vets Premier Veterinary Hospital discuss proper care for exotics. Register at bit.ly/3odphYZ.
Renters, landlords asked to take survey
The city of Chula Vista is looking into the adoption of additional protections for renters and housing providers. To add information about the current market and experiences, the city is asking renters and landlords to take a survey. Visit bit.ly/3uX6q8z to take the survey.
Car museum hosting garage sale in NC
The San Diego Automotive Museum holds a garage sale from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at its National City storage facility, 600 W. 12th St. Free to attend. Choose from all kinds of vintage tools and parts, including for an Austin Healey 3000, 1980s Mercedes-Benz, and 1930s Cadillac. All proceeds will benefit the San Diego Automotive Museum. Call (619) 231-2886.
Tickets on sale now for Farm to Bay
The Living Coast Discovery Center holds Farm to Bay, its 13th annual fundraising event supporting coastal wildlife, education and sustainability programs, from 4-7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. The evening offers food and beverage samplings from local purveyors, plus a variety of animal encounters, live entertainment, a silent and live auction, and more. Get tickets early at bit.ly/3zcu2IK. For ages 21 and older. Attendance will be limited in accordance with COVID guidelines. The center is at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. Visit www.thelivingcoast.org.
Home Start collecting for Backpack Drive
Local nonprofit Home Start is collecting donations through Friday for its annual Back-to-School Backpack Drive. Home Start will be collecting school supplies, including backpacks, pens, pencils, binders, reusable water bottles and more. Donations will benefit students in grades K-12 and prepare them for the school year. Drop off donations from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Home Start’s main location, 5005 Texas St., Suite 203, San Diego. The supplies will be distributed in early August. Home Start is also accepting school supply donations through its AmazonSmile Wishlist. The website donates a portion of every purchase price to the organization, which is dedicated to child abuse prevention and supporting families. Visit bit.ly/3aLBGQO.
Technology Task Force holds meetings
Chula Vista holds two community meetings hosted by the city’s Technology and Privacy Advisory Task Force. Everyone is invited to share ideas and their experiences with city technology and privacy — everything from drones, public Wi-Fi and traffic signal cameras to online bill payments, recreation class registration systems or any other technology the city uses. Feedback will help guide the task force in making policy recommendations. One meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at South Chula Vista Branch Library, 389 Orange Ave. The second will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Otay Ranch Branch Library, 2015 Birch Road. Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Church holds food distribution Thursday
The Rock Church Chula Vista campus at 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, is hosting a free community food, diaper and supplies distribution at 10 a.m. Thursday. Food distribution continues until supplies run out. If you would like to receive groceries and other household supplies, or if you’d like to volunteer, partner or donate to the Provision Ministry, visit www.sdrock.com/ministries/provisions. You can also connect via email to [email protected].
Tickets on sale for Bonita Museum event
“Swing for the Museum,” the annual golf tournament fundraiser for the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, will be held Aug. 5 at the Chula Vista Golf Course, 4475 Bonita Road, Bonita. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit exhibits and education at the museum. Individuals $125 and foursomes $450; tickets available at bit.ly/3AYWI9n. Sponsorships also available. Call (619) 267-5141; visit bonitahistoricalsociety.org.
The San Diego Blood Bank hosts these blood drives. All donors will receive a free Comic-Con limited edition Thor T-shirt (while supplies last):
- 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Chula Vista Library, 365 F St., Chula Vista
- 12:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Kohl’s, 1870 Main Court, Chula Vista
- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Westfield Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita, National City, near The Broken Yolk Cafe
- 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Bonita‑Sunnyside Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita
Those 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 sandiegobloodbank.org.
Please send items to [email protected] at least two weeks before events are to take place.