South County Events, May 15

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

School Boards: Chula Vista Elementary School District, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Coronado Unified School District, 4 p.m. Thursday, San Ysidro School District, 5 p.m. Thursday; South Bay Union School District (Imperial Beach), 6:00 p.m. Tuesday

Water District Holds Open Day

The Sweetwater Authority Water District is hosting a virtual and in-person Community Open House on May 19. The virtual sessions are at 4 p.m. in Spanish and 5 p.m. in English by Sweetwater Authority Chief Executive Carlos Quintero. The sessions will provide information about your water utility and what the authority does to provide safe and reliable water service to customers. The Zoom webinar link is at An in-person session with facility tour will be held from 4-6 p.m. May 31 at the authority’s desalination facility at 3066 N. Second Ave., Chula Vista. The Spanish presentation is at 4 p.m. and the English presentation is at 5 p.m.
Light refreshments. Dial (619) 420-1413; to visit

Reception of artists at the Bonita Museum

The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center is celebrating the “Light of California” exhibit with a public reception from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit explores the “California Light” through 43 artworks by members of the California Art Club exploring morning light, afternoon sun, and twilight. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through June 24 at the museum, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita. Also on display will be a separate “wet” gallery of outdoor paintings. Local sculptor and painter Mehl Lawson will lead a Bonita Paint Out at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Finished art will be featured in this “wet” gallery. To participate in the painting, please arrive before 9 a.m. A map will be available to indicate possible locations for painting. Dial (619) 267-5141; to visit

Visit of the garden, cooking class this Saturday

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center hosts these events Saturday at 2525 N Ave., National City:

  • Public visit and open garden, 10:00-11:301: Public viewing begins at 10:00 a.m., and guests are free to enjoy the gardens and learn about the center’s programs. No pre-registration required.
  • “It’s a picnic party!” 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Olivewood’s monthly cooking class focuses on National Picnic Day with new ideas for preparing a picnic while using local, seasonal ingredients. Register on Pricing starts at $25 for National City residents.

Email [email protected]; dial (619) 434-4281.

Fundraising evening for the Cabrillo Foundation

The Cabrillo National Monument Foundation is hosting its largest fundraiser, “Cabrillo Under the Stars,” from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the national park. Enjoy the park after hours with friends and family while helping to raise $50,000 to fund the park’s youth education programs. The foundation pays for supplies, resources, transportation and more for many Cabrillo National Monument programs. At the event, guests will find tasting stations from San Diego County establishments; an online and silent auction with unique objects; Corks 4 Cabrillo, a wine fundraiser with wines ranging from $15 and up per bottle; music and much more. Tickets start at $125. Guests must be vaccinated, wear a mask indoors, and be at least 21 years old. Find details and buy tickets at

Blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank hosts these blood donation opportunities:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo), 2201 E. 8th St., National City

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

Please send articles to [email protected] at least two weeks before the events take place.

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