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FROM THE EDITOR... Change. Is it just me or has the word taken on a life of its own this year? It seems everywhere you turn you see some new use of the term. Though not solely on its own, it did in fact help to usher in a new presence in the White House and is a repeated refrain for local political leaders as well. It comes to us both in our professional and personal lives. yes, things are changing and that can be challenging to folks who like the comfort of the familiar, the safe, and the known. At My Hometown, change has meant some exciting new developments that we are eager to share with our readers and business partners. Recently, we have unveiled a newly redesigned website. The new site, www., contains an updated archive section where visitors can find all 2009 issues of the magazine online. These digital issues can be read just like the actual magazine. Seriously. A new program makes it seem like the pages actually turn as you progress through the publication. In addition, many of the web links contained in editorial and advertising content are now active. Click on them and you’ll be taken directly to an individual organization or business web page. For all the social networkers out there, we encourage you to check out our My Hometown magazine page on Facebook. Here you’ll see others in the community, and beyond, who enjoy this monthly publication and have become “fans” of My Hometown. We used the site to post about our anniversary event at Chili’s last month and we plan on making more use of it in the future. In the months ahead, we’ll be looking at adding monthly email alerts to let readers know when the digital issue is available and passing along information about upcoming events. It’s an electronic connection to our readership that we have established in our other Fountain Media Group publications and we look forward to bringing it to Chula Vista. My Hometown is changing, but the changes are designed to enhance the feeling of community we have enjoyed building with this great community. We hope you agree.


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Party Planning


tips on throwing that perfect event


16 Crafty Celebrating

community news Local Gymnastics Invitational


CV nature Center’s Sunset Safari


school news Mater Dei High Sports On Top


CVESD Makes Improvements to Meal Accounts


Liberty Elementary Celebrates Birthday


resident spotlight The Ballard Family


on topic Kids and Math: A Winning Computation


business highlight Choice Vision Optometry


Michael Minjares, Editor of My Hometown

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Look what great things your community is up to...

To Gloria McKearney on being selected as principal of Olympic View Elementary School for the 2009-10 school year. According to the Chula Vista Elementary School District, Mrs. McKearney’s leadership at Valley Vista Elementary over the past nine years has brought the school to new levels of academic success.

To Collin Ceto (Eastlake High Class of 2006) and the crew aboard the USS Vella Gulf for receiving the 2008 Unit Tactics Award. Presented by the Commander of Naval Surface Forces, the award goes to a single ship in each squadron or group for exceptional performance in the areas of tactics proficiency, preparedness and training. The ship returned from a seven-month deployment off the coast of Somalia at the end of March and received the award on March 13. During the deployment, the USS Vella Gulf guarded the MV Faina, the cargo ship full of Russian tanks, during its more than 100 days of captivity. As the flagship for the multi-national task force on piracy, the ship made headlines days after the release of the Faina when it captured 16 pirates in February.

To Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center on receiving the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award from The American College of Surgeons Commission (CoC). Sharp Chula Vista was the only facility in San Diego County to achieve such distinction. When inspectors from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer visited last year, the hard work of the local cancer services team paid off with a Community Hospital Cancer Program Approval with Commendation, the highest approval award the CoC can confer on a community hospital. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center was commended for compliance with 36 quality-ofcare standards, including outcomes and community education. The CoC then granted the facility recertification and commended the facility’s pathologists and the Oncology Data Center, who were recognized for 100 percent compliance with protocols. With the announcement of the achievement award, Sharp Chula Vista is part of just 19 percent of almost 500 facilities surveyed during 2008 to receive the award.

To Chula Vista Police Sgt. Kenny Heinz on being named the 2009 Spirit of Courage award recipient by the San Diego Burn Institute. Sgt. Heinz will be honored at the 36th Annual Spirit of Courage Awards Banquet on May 21 for his selfless rescue of a young woman trapped in a burning car. According to CVPD, the woman’s vehicle had been struck by a truck being driven by a fleeing shooting suspect. Sgt. Heinz was able to pull the unconscious woman from her burning car that had been struck with such force that it flipped onto its hood, on top of a parked car.

To the City of Chula Vista’s Abandoned Property Program for placing in the Top 50 of Harvard Kennedy School Innovations in American Government. The program aims to hold lenders responsible for the condition of abandoned, financially distressed homes.

To all of the wonderful community members who came out to help celebrate the one year anniversary of My Hometown magazine. And, to Mike Brooks and the staff at Chili’s for contributing to the festive atmosphere. Cheers!

If you would like to contribute to Bravo,

send a quick note to My Hometown’s editor at and we’ll do our best to put your good-news announcement in an upcoming issue. Submissions should be sent by the 10th of the month.

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Editorial/Sales Mike Minjares

Tim Minjares

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on your doorstep Village Walk Music and Craft Festival Sunday, May 17 kicks-off the latest cool happenings at the Village Walk in EastLake. On May 17, the Chris Klich Jazz Quartet opens the free Sunday Music and Craft Festival Series that will take place on six consecutive Sundays, through June 21. Local residents will enjoy the chance to hear top music groups perform while children ages 12 and younger engage in craft activities from 4 to 6 p.m. each week. The first activity will see kids making and taking home a canvas tote bag, while supplies last. Village Walk at EastLake is located at EastLake Parkway and Miller Drive. For more information, call (858) 695-2700. Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres will once again be on hand at the 14th annual EastLake Educational Fountain Golf Tournament.

EEF Golf Tourney Tees Off May 18 Current San Diego Padres and homegrown baseball players Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez will once again be on hand for the 14th annual EastLake Educational Foundation Golf Tournament. Registration begins at 11:30 in the morning on Monday, May 18 with a shotgun start scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the EastLake Country EVENTS DETAILS: Club. The annual event to Monday, May 18 raise funds to support the 1 p.m. EEF’s effort to assist local EastLake Country Club schools will also include a dinner and silent auction. The entry fee of $165 includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner, awards and much more. A portion of the entry fee is tax deductible. Photo opportunities with professional baseball players and the chance to bid on signed sports memorabilia will make this a day to remember for local golf and baseball enthusiasts. If swinging the woods and irons isn’t your thing, then join in the after-tournament festivities. To attend just the dinner and silent auction, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., the cost is only $25. Visit for more information. We hope you will join My Hometown in supporting this wonderful local organization and their efforts to assist our youth.

Free Breast Health Expo – May 9 Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center will host a free Breast Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Women and men are invited to attend this free expo with presentations covering such topics as risk factors, the importance of routine breast exams and cancer nutrition and a question and answer session led by physician experts. In addition, informational booths will highlight Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program and breast cancer technology, as well as healthy cooking and exercise. To register for this event, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277) or visit the website at Attendees who wish to receive a free clinical breast exam must reserve an exam time in addition to registering for the expo.

Mr. & Mrs. Military Pageant Accepting Nominations Military Civilian Experience, a nonprofit corporation, has launched its “Mr. and Mrs. Military Pageant.” The fundraising event is open to all U.S. active duty military members between the ages of 18 and 45. Born in EastLake, the pageant was created to celebrate and showcase our troops to everyone in America. With Memorial Day on May 25, now is a great time to give recognition to the men and women who serve our country. For more information or to nominate someone, visit www. The site also contains videos of those nominated for this honor and provides an opportunity for anyone to vote for their favorite candidate. Nominations need to be submitted by September 1.

on your doorstep Scholarship Benefit Concert at New Hope Church

Moments by Jessica

The Bolles Arts Foundation presents its 2nd Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. on May 15. The concert will be held in the new worship center at New Hope Community Church adjacent to the Olympic Training Center in EastLake at 2720 Olympic Parkway. In addition to presenting scholarships for students continuing their studies in the arts, Ron Bolles and his wife Reina, will also be inducting former students into the Chula Vista Hall of Fame. The first three hall of fame inductees are Matt Cameron, drummer for Pearl Jam; Gemma Bulos, humanitarian and professional singer/songwriter; and, Dr. Patrick Bradley, nationally renowned composer and choral conductor. Presale tickets are $20 with tickets purchased at the door $25. To order tickets or make a donation, contact Ron Bolles directly at (619) 997-9818.

Free Home Energy and WaterSavings Kits for CV Residents Chula Vista residents can do their part to save water and precious energy resources by requesting a Home Energyand WaterSavings Kit, offered free for all residential customers who have a San Diego Gas and Electric account. The kit includes: one faucet aerator for the kitchen; two faucet aerators for the bathroom(s); one low-flow showerhead, and helpful energy-saving tips. To order a kit, visit, or call SDG&E’s Energy Information Center at (800) 644-6133. Kits are free but the offer is limited to residential customers of SDG&E. Only one kit per household and delivery takes between 4-6 weeks.

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on your doorstep City Accepting Applications for Independent Advisory Committee for Prop A Funds

“My Fight With Fat” Contest

The City of Chula Vista is preparing to establish an Independent Advisory Committee to be charged with advising how Proposition A monies would be spent if the measure is approved by voters May 5. Those interested in serving on the committee can download an application online at Applications are due to the City Clerk’s office May 15. Committee members must be Chula Vista residents, employees or owners of a Chula Vista business. Passage of Proposition A would result in a 1 percent increase in the City’s sales tax that would be limited to 10 years. If voters approve the measure, a 1 percent sales tax increase could deliver an estimated $20 million annually to support essential services and programs. In the event of an economic recovery, the Independent Advisory Committee can recommend eliminating the sales tax early. All advisory committee meetings will be open to the public. For details, read the Prop A information at To express interest in being on the committee, download an application, then scan and email it to or mail a printed copy to the Office of the City Clerk at 276 Fourth Ave.

Local resident Armando Aguilar founded “My Fight With Fat” in an effort to assist others with establishing healthy living habits. He says the aim is to help people re-gain their confidence, motivation, selfesteem and power needed to love themselves and win their own fight with fat. His website, www., offers exercise tips, healthy-eating recipes and testimonials from people who have taken steps to improve their health. He now is offering a chance for two people, one male and one female, to win a chance to participate in a special MFWF Changing Lives program. Contestants need to submit an essay on the website explaining why they should be selected. Winners will receive assistance in developing a workout and exercise routine, information on nutrition and supplements and advice on setting reachable goals on their way to becoming a mentally and physically healthy person. More information and details can be found on the website or by emailing

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Local Gymnastics Invitational May 16 & 17 By Sarah Van Boerum – Otay Ranch resident and My Hometown contributor The walls of the local YMCA Gymnastics Facility are covered in numerous trophies, plaques, awards and pictures of smiling young champions who clearly show a sense of pride in their accomplishments. “In gymnastics, kids learn discipline, build strength and confidence, conquer their fears, learn that fitness and training can be fun, all while becoming well-rounded individuals,” says Tina Breen, head gymnastics coach and trainer at the South Bay YMCA. “In my gym, family comes first, then school and then gymnastics.” With 32 years of gymnastics under her belt, Breen says the YMCA has been her favorite place to meet, train and have fun with kids and parents in the community. She loves that the YMCA is a community organization

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that emphasizes family values. The South Bay YMCA Gymnastics Facility hosts two gymnastics competitions a year, the first of which will be an invitational this May 16 and 17. The competition will include up to 200 children and teens from other local YMCA’s, as well as other local private gymnastics clubs. The competitive levels range from beginning to advanced and will include a full range of gymnastic events. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children with all of the money raised at the event going straight back into the gymnastics facilities and future gym events. Breen is excited to see all of her gymnasts compete this May, especially her Level Seven gymnasts who are currently preparing for the YMCA Nationals that will be held in Pennsylvania in June. “Nine of my girls are ready to compete and there will be over 3,000 participants from all over the U.S. this year, so it is a big deal.” The girls will be competing for the grand prize title of YMCA All American. Breen, a California high school and college graduate, started teaching gymnastics in her front yard and then landed some classes at her local YMCA and has been with them ever since. She said she “loves all that the YMCA stands for” and enjoys teaching local youth the benefits of keeping fit through gymnastics. She has trained and worked with both collegiate and scholarshipwinning gymnasts and has had a life-long love of fitness and teaching others to stay healthy for life. The South Bay YMCA offers a variety of gym classes from the ages of 18 months to adult. All class listings, prices and descriptions can be found on the South Bay YMCA website. The gym offers an area for parents to sit and watch while their kids practice new skills and build friendships, all while having fun. “Gymnastics trains kids to manage their time between family, school, training, and competitions,” says Breen. “It helps to build a strong foundation for other sports and for life.” my.

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For more information on the upcoming South Bay YMCA Invitational, including times, or to sign up for a class, please visit, call (619) 421-9583, or visit the gym at 2390 Boswell Rd. #300.

on your doorstep

CV Nature Center’s Sunset Safari The Chula Vista Nature Center prides itself on having a large variety of animal species regularly on display for visitors to enjoy. From owls and bald eagles to sharks and eels, the local community resource boasts a great diversity of animals within its exhibits. On March 28, as part of the Nature Center’s “Sunset Safari” event, that diversity grew even more impressive with the arrival of a four-legged furry ambassador named “Victor”. Thanks to a working relationship with Zoofari, a local partner in preservation up north in Bonsall, the Nature Center provided participants with an opportunity for an up-close and personal look at one of the world’s fastest animals – the

cheetah. According to Jackie Navarro, the executive director of Zoofari, Victor frequently represents the organization at presentations such as this. While Jackie shared information about cheetahs in general and Victor in particular, the beautiful subject of the presentation sat on a table at the front of the room looking out at the audience and sniffing around for nearby treats hidden in a pouch attached to his handler’s belt. Surprisingly small of stature, Victor, an adolescent cheetah who had been rescued as a cub from South Africa, still had a regal air about him. In addition to Victor, the event also included several winged creatures as special guests. A red-shouldered hawk greeted the evening’s visitors as they made their way to the entrance of the center. “Sunset Safari” served as a needed fundraiser for the Nature Center and featured a wine and champagne tasting safari along the center’s grounds as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and a dessert buffet from EastLake’s Via Lago Trattoria. Throughout the night, attendees had the chance to bid on unique auction items such as swimming with the dolphins at Sea World, a private cruise of San Diego Bay and one-of-a-kind lego figures made by a former Legoland master sculptor. Entertainment came from exciting musical and dance performances by Akayaa and Bolga Zohoomah and the Southwestern College African Dance and Drum Group. Also on hand was Rebecca Klein, the managing director of Cheetah Conservation Botswana. Klein spoke about her organization’s efforts to try and prevent the loss of this species. “This event shows how local groups can have a function with wide-ranging benefits,” she said. Klein, who is originally from England but grew up in Africa, started her cheetah conversation group in 2003. “You can get people excited about hearing about the fastest land mammal on earth. Events like this brings awareness to cheetah conservation projects in Africa.” Proceeds from the event were divided evenly among the three organizations. To assist the Chula Vista Nature Center or to find out about future events, visit my.

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You do not have to be a “professional” event planner to throw a great party! The secret is this: budget and creativity. It really is that simple. Although many of us have to cut back on spending right now, there are plenty of ways to save and not have to go without the party altogether. We’re here to help you with some tips, so here we go… The first critical element before planning any party is setting a budget. This simple, yet extremely important, six-letter word is the key principle behind the planning. If you don’t set a budget and stick to it, it’s a Pandora’s box bursting at the seams. We all have good intentions to save money, but planning something as fun as a party, well, it’s easy to get out of

Tip: Here are some examples for themes: Mad Scientist, Fashion, Scavenger Hunts, Carnival, Hobby, etc. Don’t forget about prioritizing, either. Famous and highly sought-after party planners, such as Collin Cowie and Mindy Weiss (a couple of personal favorites) know the value in prioritizing their to-dos when it comes to planning a party. We may not be able to accomplish everything on a long wish list, but if we prioritize we can ensure we incorporate the most important things. The reality is there isn’t always extra time available for the on-the-go, busy moms/dads. Priorities must be set. There may be hiccups along the way, or a “change of plans,” which is all normal. Make do and move on. When you

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Party! control. Everyone’s feeling the burden from this economic turbulence, and many of us would rather not have to add one more thing on top of our already unsteady plates. It can be easy to overlook or forget even the most basic necessities.

Tip: Don’t just set a budget, but create an outline for each

category. For example, “Food” must be specific. Break it down to the different food selections you will be having (e.g. salad, appetizers, main course, dessert, etc.) and how much you estimate per person, etc. (Hint: This will tie into the number of plates and utensils you will need.) Apply a similar concept with other common categories such as beverage, décor and entertainment. Secondly, think outside the box. Be inspired. Be creative. If you’re planning your child’s birthday party, don’t just limit yourself to the common, overdone themes at your local party store. Look around you and draw from ideas that surround you in your life, your home or your community. You can look at books, magazines, movies, art, etc. And with the Internet, there is an informational galaxy at your fingertips. (Hint: Google can be your best friend.) The ideas are endless, really.

By Cynthia Padilla

know your priorities, you’ll be better at letting the little things go and focusing on those party elements that are more significant.

Tip: If people offer to help you, don’t hesitate to say yes! Take all the help you can get! Trusted friends and family are the best resources available. Why reject FREE help when it’s available at your disposal? Involving others not only spreads the work, it spreads the fun, too. Plus, it’ll help relieve stress and help you enjoy your party that much more. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by planning a party and dwelling on the minuscule details. It’s all too easy to feel stress and to forget how lucky you are to be celebrating. Remember, you do set the tone and you are the face behind the party…so SMILE and have FUN! my. Cynthia Padilla is a Chula Vista resident and freelance event manager.

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Bringing some magic to Kids’ Birthday parties By Mike Minjares “This party was awesome!” My daughter’s friend Olivia didn’t just say thank you as she prepared to leave, she left us with the best compliment a guest can give. “Thank you so much for inviting me,” she continued. “This was awesome.”










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The 2009-10 school year starts

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for all schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District* and the Sweetwater Union High School District. *Check with individual charter schools for their respective breaks and ending dates.



Key features of the new school schedule include: ‡Two-week breaks in the fall and spring. ‡Three-week break in winter. ‡Six-week summer break.

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Coming from a 10-year-old young woman, those words have remained as pleasant reminders of our two kids’ most recent birthday experiences. As two people who know all too well the disappointment of incredibly weak birthday parties, my wife Marietta and I have made it a point to see that our kids enjoy memorable birthday experiences. Being born on Christmas Eve (me) and the day after new year’s (Marietta), we grew up having our birthdays combined with other important events on the calendar. Often, when we did have our own celebrations, our friends were either out of town or too busy with their families to join us for our birthday parties. So, if we seem to go a little extra for our kids, we hope that is understandable. This year we received such positive feedback on the kids’ party activities, that it seemed fitting to share them. Andrew’s birthday falls near Christmas, just like his dad. But so

far, his friends have regularly made it to his parties. This year we decided to tap into a first grader’s budding interest in science and need for letting out the wiggles. We contacted the South Bay Children’s Museum and worked with them to develop several visual and experiential activities appropriate for six and seven year olds. Knowing that the museum staff would need transitional time in between experiments, we also brought in a jumpy. The combination worked perfectly. As Andrew and his friends jumped in the bounce house, the local mobile museum staff prepared each experiment. Over the course of an hour, the staff involved the kids in making their own ice cream, creating edible play-dough-like clay and seeing how high a mento candy blasts into the air when dropped into a bottle of diet soda. After each experiment, the kids jotted down notes in the provided science journal before running back into the inflatable fun house. Together, the two activities entertained and educated my son and his friends like nothing else we have done. For Mariana’s 10th birthday this year, we went with a party theme that had worked extremely well for my 40th cel-

Party planning ebration. “The Amazing Race Through the Mall” party meant a lot of advance planning, but we knew it would be well worth it. Several weeks before the party date, we went as a family to the mall and met with several retailers. We shared with them our idea for the party and asked for their participation and guidance in developing the clues and detours each team would complete. Nearly all of them were happy to help. In fact, several stores, including Justice, Tutti Frutti yogurt, The Magic Bug, helped us expand our idea by creating opportunities specifically for our event. In creating the clues and activities, we asked for our daughter’s input and worked her favorite things into the party’s elements. We also worked with Pat and Oscar’s to secure a nice spot for the pre and post-race meeting and eating activities. Returning home, we called the mall management staff to let them know of our event and to find out any guidelines they wanted us to reinforce. The big one was to reduce the incentive to run wild through the establishments in an effort to finish first. So, “do not run” became rule number one and rule number six, for emphasis. We were also asked to check in and check out with the mall concierge the day of the party. To help maintain order within each team, we also asked for and received lots of help from the mothers of young women coming to the party.

returned, the whole re-living of the experience began anew, this time with photographic evidence. The winning team not only completed all the required elements, but they also managed to put together an outfit for Mariana that the birthday girl judged as her favorite. While these team members received an extra prize, every girl walked out

with the traditional goodie bag and a feeling that they had participated in something special. In the end, that to us is the most important outcome of these birthday celebrations– that for at least one day our kids feel they are special and worth the extra effort, because they are. my.

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When the time arrived, each team set out on the “race” with a team-colored buff, a list of clues, descriptions of activities to complete, a disposable camera to capture the action on film and a team mom or two who would oversee the team’s experience. The teams were given plenty of time to finish the clues and bring back the required items. When the teams returned, it was time to eat. With great excitement, the guests shared with other teams, over pizza and breadsticks, how they completed different detours and which ones they enjoyed most. Once the photos

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Great Cakes Come in Small Packages By Jason Fiske Cupcakes have become an extremely popular addition to a wide range of events because of the joy so closely associated with the miniature cakes. They remind their beholders of positive childhood memories and carefree days. Wisely, bakeries have recently decided to pay more attention to the sweet treat. Several bakeries, such as Silver Cup Bakery in Otay Ranch, make cupcakes their main attraction. Silver Cup Bakery, named after its trademark silver cupcake liners, is a small, independently owned bakery that takes the sensation of the simple childhood favorite and

develops it into a form of edible art. Its owner, Janelle Fiske, is also a sixth-grade teacher at Discovery Charter Elementary in Rancho Del Rey and uses her creativity in both her jobs. Silver Cup Bakery’s most

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popular menu items are the Cookie Crush and Rocky Road varieties. However, the majority of its orders are by special request. Parents often have a specific theme for their child’s birthday party, and Silver Cup Bakery will create a uniquely designed batch of cupcakes that complement that theme. Sometimes customers simply bring in the party plates that they will use and ask for cupcakes to match that theme. The most unique order that Silver Cup Bakery has received came from a groom who ordered a giant cupcake cake that was an exact replica of the regular-sized wedding cupcakes he and his fiancé ordered for their Mission Bay wedding. He hid the giant cupcake under the cake table and, to the surprise of his bride and guests, pulled it out in retaliation after his bride ceremoniously smashed a smaller cupcake on his face. These types of stories show cupcakes’ flexibility as a fun, creative addition to any event. Cupcakes also provide convenience and affordability for the party hosts. When cupcakes are the main dessert, there is no need for additional centerpieces or table decorations. There is also no need for additional plates or forks, and clean up is simply a toss of the paper liner. At a wedding, there is no need for the frivolous cake-cutting fee. During the current economic situation when excess has been abandoned, it is the simple things and the attention to detail that reside. Simple delights like the scent of chocolate and the taste of freshly baked cupcakes imprint priceless, positive memories. my. For examples of Silver Cup Bakery’s creations, visit their photo gallery at

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SOUTH BAY FAMILY YMCA it’s for everybody! What are your children doing for fun this summer?

YMCA Summer Day Camp is the Cool Place for Fun this Summer. South Bay YMCA

These are few of our great camps!

Hit the Road Laser Tag Martial Arts Scrap Booking Soak City Paint Ball Rock Climbing Sea World

Mad Science H20/Splash British Soccer Challenge Create a Rock Band Arts and Crafts Ice Skating Multi Sports Ceramics

Lego Land Fencing Horse Cooking Star Wars Gymnastics Magic Wacky Water

Mention this ad when you register before May 22, 2009 and pay only a $10.00 deposit for each camp. (Normally $30.00) South Bay Family YMCA 1201 Paseo Magda • Chula Vista • 91910 • 619.421.8805

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Celebrating Fun Handmade Accents for Your Next Party


hrowing a party is a major affair, and occasionally, preparations can feel rushed. With so many things to cross off the “to-do” list, it seems like there’s never enough time to bring some personalization to the proceedings. If you know that you’re going to have friends and neighbors over for a celebration later this spring or summer, now is the time to plan ahead and make some special props and favors that will lend your event a unique air. Here are some ideas for handcrafted decorations; every one of these techniques can be interpreted a thousand different ways, and each one can be just right for your event. Did you know that baking soda makes a wonderful dough for delicate ornaments? It’s inexpensive and non-toxic to boot, Ultimately, making the effort to construct decorations is a big investment of time. It’s not particularly easy, either. But the payoff is having an event that has distinctive touches,

making it safe for children of any age. Start by dumping one box of baking soda in a large pot. Mix in four cups of cornstarch, getting rid of all the lumps. Add two cups of water; blend. Cook over low heat until the ingredients thicken. Let cool slightly and divide dough; color each section with drops of food coloring. Or cool completely without dying the dough. Once the dough is cooled and rolled out, take cookie cutters appropriate to the holiday or celebration in question and cut 16 my hometown may 2009

out as many shapes as possible. Re-roll the scraps into a ball and repeat. Then take a straw and use it to punch out a hole near the top of each ornament, allowing for yarn or ribbon to be attached (you won’t be able to do this when the ornaments are dry). These fragile adornments must be handled with care, as they can be brittle and chip. But you will love how these creamy white faux-cookies look. Paint them with acrylic crafter’s paints, or leave them unfinished. Although this recipe is commonly used for Christmas decorations, any holiday is appropriate for these terrific trinkets. (A few years back, I made Easter chicks and eggs for a local classroom, one for each pupil to decorate. And for children attending a birthday party, these are a pretty place-setting marker/takeaway keepsake.) Another classic, but messier, craft method is the fantastic French folksiness of papier maché, something many of us did years ago as children. This is a whimsical way to fashion a distinctive centerpiece or even a piñata. Search the web for a recipe you like, gather strips of paper, and hunt down some appropriately-shaped items to create your structures. The most innocuous household recycling can be a great base to form your wet strips onto: paper towel and toilet paper rolls are suitable for limbs, blown eggs make small perfect bowls, ice cream boxes are good for multiple blocks to assemble something larger. If you have chicken wire and an enterprising family member, oversized creatures can be fashioned for even bigger impact. Why not build a huge ghost for Halloween, or a tubby dinosaur for a little boy’s birthday? It’s not hard to glue the strips of paper onto objects; this process is actually more about the objects you use to generate your finished pieces. Actually, it’s quite sculptural. So be creative! Less messy and especially stunning is origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Origami is especially striking

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when done in multiples. Do you have a deck, courtyard balcony, archway or other type of enclosed space with an overhang? Can you run clear plastic fishing wire above a section of the party space? Even if you’re just working with the ceiling of a room, origami is a versatile way to lend an aspect of fantasy to the surroundings. Pick up a few how-to books from the library or bookstore, and source some unique paper (keeping used but goodshape wrapping from a previous event is an eco-friendly option). Elegant birds, pretty flowers or fanciful animals can be suspended from above to hover over guests; it’s amazing how drastically this one idea transforms a space. But why stop there? Continue the theme with origami place cards and a centerpiece. Add some to the buffet table. Float some in the pool or your fountain, if you have one. Origami is an elegant way to represent the theme of a party in an unusual, artful way. Still want to do something special, but time is at a premium? If starting from scratch isn’t feasible, then try the

“semi-homemade” approach. Head to a craft store and get an associate to assist in sourcing some quick tricks. Why not make a fun foam sign with pre-cut letters and images? Use some stamps and acrylic paints on poster board to write out a personal message. Gather boxes of scrapbooking tools, from chipboard letters to felt accents to stickers, and piece together a stylish table runner, menu card, etc. Larger fabric stores also stock supplies appropriate for weddings and parties, from treat bags to flowers. There are plenty of options at your disposal – find something new and try it out! Ultimately, making the effort to construct decorations is a big investment of time. It’s not particularly easy, either. But the payoff is having an event that has distinctive touches, whether it’s a small bauble for each visitor to keep as a memento, or a large showstopping sculpture on the patio to greet attendees. Starting now cuts down on panicky preparations closer to the big day, and will help ensure that your affair is one to remember. my.

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Bouquet Exchange By Weston Barnes

to one-half the size of your finished arrangement. Anything can be a container and often, less expensive ones are more creative and reflect your personality much more than a storebought vase. Once you have selected your vase and prepared the water, you are ready to start arranging.

Spring is truly a time to celebrate life and share that feeling with our friends, family, and neighbors. If you’re looking for creative ways to get people together without spending a lot of money, here’s a fun idea….a bouquet exchange.

Cut stems to about twice the height of your vase, leaving several stems an inch or two longer for the center of your bouquet. Then take a few of the largest blooms-the focal point of the bouquet-put them in place and step back to get an idea of proportion. If the stems seem too long, cut them shorter. If they’re too short, try a different container or add more florist’s foam, pebbles or marbles to the bottom of the vase to elevate the flowers.

Flower Arranging Tips

To fill out the rest of the arrangement, visually divide it into quadrants (north, south, east and west). Then, insert your stems of foliage and filler flowers. Criss-cross the stems as you insert them in your vase. This will create a grid that will help hold the other flowers in place. Starting at the rim of your vase and working toward the center, add other flowers, spacing them as if they were points on a triangle. Continually turn the design around to see where you need to add flowers to keep the proportions balanced. Fill up the quadrants and adjust the heights of flowers as you go along. You’ll know you’re done when the arrangement looks visually pleasing from all angles.

Start with your container. Choose a container that will complement the arrangement and color scheme you have in mind. As a general rule, your container should be about one-third

This month, gather your friends or family for a fun afternoon of flower arranging. It’s a great way to spend time together and to celebrate the beauty of spring.

It’s simple. Invite a bunch of people over and ask that they bring an empty vase or two and a bunch of cut flowers along with a bunch of filler. Everyone gets to mix and match flowers and fillers and gets to go home with a beautiful arrangement or two. This is the type of gathering that could easily take place in your backyard or garage so that clean-up is a snap and the kids can get in on the act. I find that flower arranging is a wonderful way to get in touch with your creative side. It is pretty hard to go wrong when surrounded by so much beauty.

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of six consecutive Sunday events at the Village Walk at EastLake (intersection of Eastlake Parkway and Miller Drive); free and open to the public; Chris Klich Jazz quartet and canvas tote bag making for kids 12 and younger, while supplies last; (858) 695-2700

– 1:30p.m. at Pack & Bianes Vision Care, 890 Eastlake Parkway, #102; an afternoon of high fashion, giveaways, music and food; (619) 2163937

Mark’s Luthern Church, 580 Hilltop Drive; (619) 694-4693 Chula Vista ChaMber of

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May 20 self-helP seMinar – Past life.

Clarify your life’s purpose – 7-10p.m. at 255 Mast Way; seminar presented in Spanish; (619) 271-5945 for reservations

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May 23 CoMMunity Volunteer fair –

10am-4pm at Bonita Library, 4375 Bonita Rd; find your volunteer opportunity with a local agency;

May 27 self-helP seMinar – Learn

how to achieve happiness & fulfillment in your life – 7-10p.m. at 255 Mast Way; seminar presented in Spanish; (619) 271-5945 for reservations

11:30a.m. Registration/1p.m. Shotgun start, EastLake Country Club; $100 entry fee; Renato Shaffer (619) 4827980 or for more information Children of the world at olyMPiC View eleMentary

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School News May 2009

Mater Dei High Sports On Top After falling to Bishop’s in the San Diego CIF Finals, the Mater Dei Catholic High School girls’ basketball team could have let the disappointment of a second place finish put an end to their successful season. But behind Coach David Monroe and the play of Jhazmine Lynch, Ebone Henry and Soulijah Evans, the Crusaders instead set their sights on a state championship. In the state semifinals, Mater Dei once again faced Bishop’s. This time, the Crusaders came out on top and advanced to the title game. With a 54-51 defeat of Modesto Christian on March 21, the local team left Sacramento’s Arco Arena as state champions for Division IV. In addition, the team has received numerous individual accolades that include Lynch being named the Player of the Year when the All-San Diego Section Teams by division were announced. Joining the Mater Dei senior as all-section picks were Henry (first team) and Evans (second team). Coach Monroe was selected as Coach of the Year for the Hall of Champions All-San Diego Section Team. Not be outdone, the Mater Dei boys’ soccer team also capped off a successful season with a championship finish. Not only did the team take the Division IV title in San Diego, they also won the Southern California Division III regional championship. This year’s squad was led by All-San Diego Section team (by division) members Jason Meyers, Alejandro Guido, Sergio Lopez and Luis Ayala. In addition, Meyers was selected as the division’s Player of the Year.

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CVESD Makes Improvements to Meal Accounts Thanks to innovative technology tools such as a new point-of-sale Parent Online meal payment system and School Messenger automated telephone payment reminders, the Chula Vista Elementary School District has made great progress in reducing the number of families with large unpaid meal account balances. The new technology combined with payment reminders from the cafeteria and an expanded collections process have proved to be an effective way to keep unpaid balances manageable. In addition, the district has eliminated its alternate meal program after research indicated it was no longer an effective way to manage unpaid balances. With the current state of the economy, the district has also seen an increase in the number of families whose students qualify for the free or reduced price lunch program. According to the district, currently 40 percent of its student population qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Families can apply for the subsidized meal programs at any time. For more information, families are encouraged to contact their local school’s office or the District’s Child Nutrition Services Department at (619) 425-9600, extension 1400.

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On Friday, May 29, Liberty Elementary School will hold its “Bert’s Birthday Bash.” From 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shops at San Miguel Ranch parking lot, the entire family can join in the local school’s celebration. There will be more than 20 carnival-style games, inflatables, food, a silent auction of wonderful baskets and performances from local community groups. For more information, visit or contact Andrea Tarr at

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or Rick Ballard, public service is in his blood. Growing up as a son of the man who owned Ballard’s Bay Cities Ambulance, the Rolling Hills Ranch resident spent a lot of time in and around ambulances, even going to school in one. Nowadays, the Chula Vista High School graduate sees ambulances as a frequent part of his work as fire captain for the San Diego Fire Department. Although he has worked as a firefighter for 23 years, Rick’s commitment to his community does not end when he leaves the station. In fact, you’ll find that dedication to actively participating in the community runs throughout the Ballard family. “We moved to this area in 2000 and like the community aspect of Rolling Hills Ranch,” he said. “Where we were before was just a collection of homes, but this is a community. We love hanging out with people and being a part of this community. Being a part of EastLake Community Church helps provide that connection.” Rick and wife Debi met while students at Chula Vista High. She was a freshman and Rick a senior. Debi, a current kindergarten teacher at Hedenkamp Elementary, recalls that Rick was class president and captain of the football team. As Debi tells it, one day, Rick’s dad Steve, another CHVS grad that also happened to be her bus driver, asked if she knew his son. “I said, ‘Well, yeah, I know who your son is,’” Debi shared.

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“He said, ‘You have to meet my son.’ So, basically one day Rick came up to me and introduced himself. Later in 10th grade, his dad said to me, ‘You’re going to marry my son one day.’ So, we call our marriage an arranged marriage.” It is a partnership that has worked out well. The former Spartans have two kids – Tyler and Travis – who also contribute to the close-knit aspect of their neighborhood. While Travis is 11 and vice president of the student council at Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Tyler, who is 13, attends Christian Junior High in El Cajon. Both of them enjoy playing sports. According to Tyler, there are lots of benefits to growing up in a family-focused community, but one in particular really hits home. “One of the things that I really like about living here is that if someone forgets to pick me up from an event or activity, there is always someone who will bring me home,” he said. Another thing neighbors can tell by interacting with the Ballards is what season of the year it is. Rick has coached 25 seasons of youth basketball, soccer and baseball and the family is right there with him. “Our neighbor two-doors down, Greg, says he knows the changing of the seasons by what equipment Rick is loading and what flag is flying on the flagpole,” Debi said. If it’s May, it must be a bag of baseballs and a Red Sox flag. my. may 2009 my hometown 23

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SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED! CVESD is seeking top quality substitute teachers. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you may qualify to apply for a substitute teacher credential.

Please call the San Diego County Office of Education at 858-292-3581 for information on all requirements and the process or Cristina Arredondo, CVESD Human Resources, at 425-9600, ext. 1342. Or visit us on the Web at:

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Kids and Math = A Winning Computation


ince opening Mathnasium last December, I have heard, during numerous meetings, three overriding issues as they relate to math, and how a child and the parent are struggling with math. In no particular order, the three issues are: 1) He’s just not good at math; 2) She’s a good student, but lazy; and, 3) I just can’t help him with his math homework. Despite feeling frustrated and sometimes even embarrassed, in every case, the parent knows how important math is to the education of their child, but just doesn’t know what else to do. In working with parents, I make it a point to stress to parents that they are not alone; many parents have the same issues. Let’s look at the issues more closely. He’s just not good at math. This is often followed up with, “neither am I.” Often when children hear their parents admit that they are not good at math, it gives them an out or an excuse to not be good at math. Regardless of your level of education in math, a young child does not need to know how good you are at math. Do the best that you can with your abilities, and always encourage and stress how important and fun math is. She’s a good student, but lazy. Sometimes this may be true, but often it is an indication that she is bored because she is not being challenged. Aside from not performing to her ability, the problem with this is she may not pay attention in class or complete her homework assignments. This can lead

to a decline in test scores and grades. Then, as math topics build on themselves and become more complicated, a good student that was once strong in math may struggle, or even discontinue with her math studies altogether. I just can’t help him with his math homework. In today’s world with both parents working, often parents just do not have the time or energy to help their children with math homework. Or if they do, it’s after a long day at work, after dinner, and approaching bedtime. At that point everyone is getting tired. It is easy for both you and your child to get frustrated and just “check out.” When that happens, often a power struggle ensues and then a whole host of other issues arise. Sometimes, the math that a child is working on is beyond the ability of the parent. Again, do the best that you can with your abilities, and always encourage and stress how important and fun math is. However, seeking help from an outside source may be needed. If you are the parent of a child that is not struggling with math, congratulations! I hope that your child continues to grow and enjoy math. However, if your child is one of the many that struggles, remember, he is not alone and neither are you. There are methods and options available to you that with a little time and effort will help ensure that your child too can improve her math skills and learn to embrace and enjoy the wonderful world of math. my. Doug Wolf is an Otay Ranch resident and owner of Mathnasium in EastLake – (619) 600-3993

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rom the opening of Choice Vision Optometry in January 2008, Dr. Henry Kikunaga has made outstanding patient care the focus of his practice. With a down-to-earth and friendly approach, the UCSD graduate and his staff work to build connections with the community members who come to his office in the Shops at San Miguel Ranch center. Recently, this emphasis on patient care has been personally reinforced as Dr. Kikunaga has shuttled back and forth from his office to a local hospital to visit his newly arrived triplet daughters. According to Dr. Kikunaga, the girls are doing well after an early arrival. He is grateful for the care his daughters and wife have received and looks to continue that same type of service in his own practice. “What we emphasize is hands-down outstanding customer service,” Dr. Kikunaga said. “We strive to be a practice not bound by quantity of exams. It’s all about quality. We won’t settle for mediocrity of patient care. Everything I do in an exam is according to the ‘gold standard’ of doing things.” For Dr. Kikunaga, a native of the Bay Area, glasses have been a regular part of his life since he started wearing them in the fifth grade. He says he went into the field of optometry as he loved the idea of working in health care while also becoming a businessman. After UCSD, Dr. Kikunaga went to Chicago for optometry school and then worked for a wellrespected ophthalmology group in the “Windy City.” It wasn’t long before he felt a pull to return to San Diego.

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“After my first winter in Chicago, I started thinking about coming back,” he explained. “We moved back two years ago in large part to be closer to family. I also saw huge potential in this community along with a need for more eye care providers.” Dr. Kikunaga has wasted little time in becoming an active participant in his community. He is heavily involved with the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce as well as several professional associations. In addition, he coaches martial arts and takes great pride in his work with Chula Vista Kiwanis, a service organization dedicated to enriching the lives of local children. “Working together with other business leaders to help kids is very rewarding,” Dr. Kikunaga said. “In my work, I’m huge on making sure kids can see well. If they can’t see, they can’t learn. I believe the foundation of our community is our kids.” As someone who enjoys joking with his patients while also being direct and upfront about their visual health, Dr. Kikunaga says he is not the typical doc. But he is serious about the mission of his practice. “We want to enhance a patient’s lifestyle so they don’t need to think about their vision.” my. Choice Vision Optometry 2334 Proctor Valley Rd, Ste 105, Chula Vista 91914 (619) 397-7070;

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We at South Bay Pediatric Dental Group believe that through regular dental visits, children and their parents can create a solid foundation for their oral health that will last a lifetime. Our practice specializes in treating infants, children and adolescents in a caring and safe environment. We welcome those patients who have special medical needs or may simply be anxious about dental treatment.

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