Poncho Sanchez Tickets on Sale



For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery blend of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies & rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

A native of Laredo, Texas, Sanchez moved to Los Angeles at the age of four, where he was deeply influenced by the music he heard in the Chicano neighborhood in which he lived. Initially a guitarist, he played with a series of junior high school and high school rhythm & blues bands. Sanchez then taught himself how to play the conga by spending hours practicing Caj Tjader, Machito, and Tito Puente records. He was also deeply influenced by the hard bop sounds of the Jazz Crusaders.

After more than two decades in music, Sanchez’s efforts paid off when his album, Latin Soul, received a Grammy award as Best Latin Album of 1999. Throughout the next decade, Sanchez continued to record, releasing such albums as 2000’s Soul of the Conga, 2001’s Latin Spirits, 2003’s Out of Sight!, 2005’s Do It!, 2007’s Raise Your Hand, and 2009’s hard bop-influenced Psychedelic Blues. In 2011, he paid tribute to the innovative Afro-Cuban recordings of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo by teaming up with trumpeter Terence Blanchard for Chano y Dizzy.

To purchase tickets, visit http://jacobspresents.com/sanchez.htm

Cesar Chavez: A Red Carpet Movie Event

The United Farm Workers and the UFW Foundation respectfully request your presence at our San Diego 

Cesar Chavez Movie Red Carpet Fundraiser.

The event will feature a VIP reception with special guests, a showing of Diego Luna’s major motion picture “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero,” and a panel discussion after the film.

It will be an evening not to miss!  Please purchase your tickets here:

Buy Tickets Now!

The evening will benefit the work of both the United Farm Workers and the UFW Foundation.  Through your attendance and support, we can carry on Cesar Chavez’ legacy by continuing to empower thousands of farm workers and immigrants every year with vital services, advocacy, and organizing.

We look forward to seeing there, and greatly appreciate the important role you play in changing the lives of those we serve.


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Spring Break (March 31-April 25)
Traditional Camp: Ages 5-13

Robotics Camp!: April 7-11 and April 21-24: Ages 10-13

Splash Camp: April 7-11 and April 14-18: Ages 5-13 (includes swim lessons)

Sports Camp: Ages 7-13 (10-2p ONLY)

YMCA Day Camp helps children grow physically, mentally and spiritually. We create experiences that are fun, educational and adventurous! At YMCA Day Camp, children spend time outdoors, practicing social and decision-making skills under the guidance of their heroes – the Y camp leaders. Campers share memorable experiences on field trips, swimming, creating arts and crafts, and participate in sports. Most importantly, the campers have fun in a safe and engaging environment.
Camp hours: (Extended Care) 7am-9am/4p-6p and 9am-4p (Camp) Ages 5-13 *Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify!
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Haru no Matsuri: Japanese Spring Festival

The Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego presents a Haru no Matsuri (Spring Festival) as a part of the JCNI Village Celebration Series. The event will feature live performances, food, and crafts of traditional and contemporary Japanese arts, gardening, and music. This is a FREE event, and tickets will be sold for food and craft purchases. The event also features a huge kid’s fun zone with a caterpillar crawl and crafts that everyone in the family can enjoy.Spring Festival '14


The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, located in southeastern San Diego, continues to move the “Revitalizing Together” initiative forward with the launch of JACOBS PRESENTS, a first-class concert series designed to present artists and programs that appeal to audiences throughout the region. The concert series kicks off on January 22 with award-winning R&B band Mint Condition, who will take the stage in the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall. The Hall, completed in 2008, features concert-quality acoustics, lighting, and an intimate 760 seats, producers hope to establish this as San Diego’s newest quality venue for live music.

“Revitalizing a community requires multiple partners and innovative initiatives to succeed. We believe strongly in the power of the arts as a community building vehicle and economic engine,” explained JCNI President and CEO Reginald Jones. “JACOBS PRESENTS is one part of our increased focus on social enterprise. The effort will bring high level performing arts to our events center and stimulate the local economy.”

Area Councilmember Myrtle Cole is enthusiastic about this venture. Cole states, “JACOBS PRESENTS has potential to ignite the local economy by bringing ticket buying concert-goers from around San Diego to our community. This can stimulate support of our local businesses, including eateries in Market Creek Plaza adjacent to the Jacobs Center.” Further, says Cole, “more San Diegans can discover the diversity and cultural richness of the community.”

In addition to Mint Condition, the complete 2014 concert series includes jazz vocalist Michelle Coltrane featuring Shea Welch and Ensemble in an April 25th Benefit Concert. Coltrane is the daughter of the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band take the stage on June 20th. Te Vaka, the Oceanic music group that performs original contemporary Pacific music or “South Pacific Fusion”, rounds out the currently announced series with a September 2014 date to be announced.

For more information on Jacobs Presents, visit www.jacobscenter.org

Visit www.jacobs-presents.ticketleap.com/mint-condition/ to purchase tickets. Call 619.450.4080 for more information

CGT announces holiday production, “Christmas is Comin’ Uptown”

Common Ground Theatre, in collaboration with SDCCD Continuing Education Division, will present its holiday production of “Christmas Is Comin’ Uptown” – December 6-22, 2013, at 7pm. (Friday and Saturday) and 2pm. (Sunday matinees) at the Educational Cultural Complex Theater.  The theater is located at 4343 Ocean View Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92113


The entire family will enjoy this 1979 Broadway musical, “Christmas Is Comin’ Uptown,” which is loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Gregory Hines played Scrooge in the original Broadway cast. The Scrooge in this adaptation is an inner- city slumlord about to foreclose on an apartment house, a recreation center and a church. He gets the usual visits from his late partner Marley; and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. All of those Dickensian characters are dancing, jiving and swinging to a Harlem beat. Celebrate this 50th Anniversary holiday performance with Common Ground Theatre.

“I am very excited to be bringing one of my favorite musicals back to Common Ground Theatre and the ECC stage,” said Charles W. Patmon, Jr., Executive Artistic Director of Common Ground Theatre and the production’s director. “With this updated version of such a holiday classic, I am sure that the San Diego audience will make this a holiday tradition for years to come.”

Each production will be performed at the Educational Cultural Complex – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $25 General Admission; $20 for Students/Military/Seniors/Groups of 10; and $15.00 for children 12 and under and groups of 20 or more.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the CGT Box Office at 619-272-3209, or go online to commongroundtheatre.org.

The Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) to Hold Monthly Clinics at Market Creek Plaza


The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is pleased to announce its new partnership in the areas of health and safety with the Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) of San Diego.  SNAP provides spay and neutering services for cats and dogs aboard their famous “Neuter Scooter” throughout San Diego County.  The two fully equipped surgical suites on wheels just celebrated ten years of service in which 45,000 animals were “fixed” on one Neuter Scooter alone.  Considering that one female cat plus her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in six years, SNAP has spared needless pain and suffering that comes from unwanted litters and reduced the amount of homeless animals entering overcrowded shelters with, at times, harsh conditions.

Now at the cusp of their eleventh year, SNAP continues their dedication to providing much needed services that benefit both pets and their community.  For the spayed or neutered animal, life expectancy is on average three years longer than one who continues to reproduce unchecked.  Spaying and neutering can also prevent cancer and other diseases, depending on the age of the animal.  For the community, public safety improves by reducing the number of strays roaming the streets, incidence of dog bites, and fights with other animals in which people trying to intervene can get hurt.  Either way, it’s a win-win!

In addition to SNAP’s success in reducing pet overpopulation, they have an educational component by way of free classroom workshops for K-12 students.  Each program is tailored to fit the needs of the individual school or classroom and emphasizes responsibility and kindness, reinforcing the belief that children who are kind to animals are kind to each other.  Based on class age, students will learn about proper pet care, dog bite prevention, pet overpopulation, and career options in animal welfare.  At times well-trained animals may be part of the workshop and in some cases the Neuter Scooter may be on the premises for students to tour.

Here are some important details to keep in mind:

  • An appointment is a must—no exceptions
  • Dogs on leashes and cats in carriers
  • Pet drop off between 7:00-8:00 am
  • Pet pick up can vary but usually between 2:00-3:00 pm

The Neuter Scooters will be at the Market Creek Plaza 310 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114   (running along the trolley line just west of Starbucks) on:

  • Thursday, December 5
  • Friday, December 6
  • Thursday, December 19
  • Friday, December 20

If you’d like to book an appointment with SNAP, please call them at (866)-772-9287 or (619) 525-3047.  A few dedicated staff and volunteers man the SNAP hotline; if your call is not answered please leave a message and SNAP will return your call. When you receive a call back, have your pet’s breed, age, and weight handy.  You may be asked to provide additional details.  While setting the appointment you will be provided with the cost of service, instructions on how to prep your animal for surgery, and other essential information.

Please rest assured that spaying (females) and neutering (males) procedures are performed by licensed and qualified veterinarians with assistance from licensed veterinarian technicians.  Their mission is to provide pets in San Diego with a safe and healthy environment while helping to reduce pet overpopulation.  By spaying or neutering your pet, you are doing a good thing.  Please call today!

Casino Night & Taste of the Diamond

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Thursday October 24, 2013 5:00 – 9:00pm
Market Creek Amphitheater at
the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114

  • Tickets $40.00 Per person or $70.00 per couple gets you entry,
  • Come gamble with local celebrities as your dealer (Sports Personalities and Public Officials)
  • Sample the taste of 10-12 restaurants for free
  • $100 in gaming chips per paid entry.
  • Free live entertainment (Reggae, Latin and R&B music)
  • Silent Auction (use your chips to bid on amazing items)

Purchase Your Tickets Now

Southeastern Diamond Business District
P.O. Box 740564, San Diego, CA 92174-0564 (619) 764-6245
Office Email: info@sdbd.orgwww.sdbd.org
Co-Sponsored by the Jacobs Center
We look forward to entertaining you and having a GREAT time!

Casino Night Gaming Table Sponsor $500.00

  • Your company’s logo and website linked from the official event webpage.
  • The ability to display your company banner within the event area.
  • Logo recognition as the Casino Night Gaming Table Sponsor on one of the tables on the night of the event.
  • Dedicated E-blast promoting your business as the Casino Night Gaming Table Sponsor (reaching 1,400 subscribers)
  • Logo recognition as the Casino Night Gaming Table Sponsor in print marketing materials and media coverage when possible.
  • Casino Night Gaming Table Sponsor recognition in media news releases
  • Ability to have your business materials at the information table.
  • 5 Tickets to the event and each ticket holder receives $100 in gaming chips


Community Events & Meetings in D4

San Diego Praise Festival- This one day event will provide the San Diego community with free resources including educational and healthy living information along with live entertainment. There will be various food and vendor booths and carnival rides for the whole family. Join the fun on September 21, 11am-6pm at the Porter Field, 445 S. 47th Street, 92113.

Reader’s & Writer’s Fair – Interested in being a writer? Ask local writers how they did it! Meet over a dozen published authors including award winners and find out more about their work! Three guest speakers including a New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize nominee! Paradise Hills Public Library Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Career Fair – Making Career & Employment Opportunity Connections! Panel discussion begins at 6:35 pm. Professional attire is encouraged and bring your resume. Confirmed sponsors include Councilmember Myrtle Cole, Assembly member Shirley Weber and others. Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Malcolm X Library 5148 Market Street (619) 527-3405.

Museum Mash Up – FREE ADMISSION! SDHC joins nearly 20 museums and cultural institutions across the county for a family friendly fair at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Live music, dance performances will be on the cultural stage as well as animal and creature appearances from local nature centers plus dozens of hands-on activities from museums across the region make for a family fun day out like no other. Sunday, September 29 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Jo & Vi Jacobs Center 404 Euclid Avenue.

The new San Diego Central Library will be fully open for business Monday, Sept. 30. Special opening day hours will be in effect that day from 9:30 Amt o 8:00 PM. Before it’s officially open for business, the City of San Diego will be hosting a free Celebration and Sneak Peek of the new Central Library on Saturday, September 28, which will feature the Library dedication, family-oriented street festival and a sneak peek at first floor areas and the auditorium of the iconic new building.

Jazz on the Patio –September 29, 2013 2 – 5 PM. Featuring the Larry Streaty Band at the Southeast Community Church (PCUSA) 210 South Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114. Call 619 264 0183.

Filipino-American Arts and Culture Festival– October 5, 2013 11 AM– 6PM. The Filipino American Arts & Culture Festival, better known as FilAm Fest is a one-day event showcasing the proud history, culture and amazing talents of the Filipino Community. This event will feature two stages with various performances throughout the day, delicious cuisine, vendor booths both informational and commercial, a children’s area and an art exhibit.

3rd Annual Southeastern X-Fest- This festival is free to the community and promotes public safety through supporting and showcasing healthy and legal activity. X-Fest will have pro BMX and skateboard demos, car show featuring low riders and vintage police cars, music, boxing, live graffiti, rock climbing, clowns, bounce houses for local kids in the community. Join us on October 12, 2013 from 11AM– 4PM.

St. Rita Catholic Church– Will be hosting their Fourth Annual Health and Resource Fair, Saturday October 12th, 2013 from 10:30AM to 3PM. Interested participants must provide their own tent or covering. St. Rita will provide a table and lunch. Please contact Julia LeBlanc at jrlvolvo@aol.com or 619-575-3483 for additional information.

6th Annual San Diego Praise Fest this Saturday!

PraiseFest2013EblastSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
11AM – 6PM

Porter Field
(445 S. 47th Street, San Diego, CA 92113)

The 6th Annual San Diego Praise Fest is designed to provide the San Diego community with an opportunity to come together!

San Diego will experience the synergy of community, music, health information, educational resources, and open-air marketplace in a fusion of inspiration, wellness and cultural empowerment.

Main Stage and Urban Stage Featuring the best local and international talent in the cultural art forms of gospel, jazz and inspirational music.

Authors and Booksellers, Home Improvement Resources, General Wares, Community Resources, Business Services

Area dedicated to youth and small child activities. This area will feature FREE mechanical rides and interactive games.

This area will offer educational institutions, professionals, and service organizations the opportunity to engage festival attendees by providing information on their services, programs, and campuses. This is a critical time for students as it is the beginning of the school year. High School seniors and adults are beginning their college search and parents are seeking academic support services for their children. Colleges and Universities, Charter, Public, Private, and Alternative Schools, and Educational Support (tutoring, enhancement programs, after-school programs, etc.) will be there to answer any questions.

The Food Court will feature the traditional festival foods with an emphasis on healthy food alternatives: Vegetarian\Vegan foods, Meat Alternatives, Raw Foods, and other foods for those not ready for an alternative diet

This area will focus on providing information, resources, and screenings to the community. This is a critical time as students are returning to school and need health screenings and immunizations. There will be health exams, HIV/AIDS Testing, Blood pressure, Diabetes Screening, and more.

Mentoring organizations gather to inform, educate and provide referral services for families with children 5 – 17 years. They seek as well to recruit potential mentors to work with and assist these children and youth to realize their fullest potential, and to register children who are interested in having a mentor.

Visit sandiegopraisefest.com for more info

The 3rd Annual Southeastern X-Fest Is Coming!

The mission of Southeastern X-FEST is to promote public safety through supporting and show-casing healthy and legal activities. Southeastern X-FEST is committed to being an exemplary community event advocating public safety awareness, youth and community involvement, athleticism, and self-fulfillment.

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Southeastern X-FEST is the result of unprecedented community partnerships between the community organization Off The Streets, San Diego Parks and Recreation, San Diego City Attorney’s Office, and the Southeastern Division of the San Diego Police Department. Dedication from all involved brought forth Skate with the Pros in June 2011, which evolved into the annual Southeastern X-FEST highlighting healthy and legal alternatives that exist in the often difficult and unhealthy environment surrounding our families and youth today.

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Fun for all ages; you can bring the whole family to this community event! See pro skaters rock the skate park, BMX riders flip through the air, graffiti artists display their craft, and low-rider vintage cars! Climb a 25-foot wall, play games, and enjoy live music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Be inspired to live actively, creatively, and safely through healthy and legal activity.

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Charles L. Lewis III Skate Park
6610 Potomac Street, San Diego, CA 92139
October 12, 2013 from 11am to 4pm
Contact Person: Officer Tyler Deyling (619)527-3518

Make check payable to: San Diego Police Foundation c/o Southeastern Division Southeastern X-FEST
Mail to: Sgt. Jay Moser, Southeastern X-FEST, 7222 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA 92114

Find us on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ssrtsesd
Any person wanting to volunteer, please contact: Officer Tyler Deyling (619)527-3518

American Dream Rally – Celebrating 50 Years Since “I Have a Dream” Speech

Dream RallyAugust 28 marks the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington where he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech – a watershed moment in our nation’s history.  50 years later, what is the significance of the American Dream?

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, August 28, 2013  at the Jacobs Center to rally and celebrate Economic Empowerment, Civil Rights and the American Dream.  We believe you would be an important partner in our August 28th celebration and look forward to seeing you there!

The American Dream Rally will feature a rotation of 6 speakers. Our confirmed speakers currently include Entreprenuer Roberto Monaco and Community Leader Alex Montoya.

Each speaker will be given the floor for a total of no more than 5 minutes to expound on the American Dream, Civil Rights or Economic Empowerment. Have you heard of TED Talks? This will follow a similar format.

All proceeds in excess of cost will go directly to benefit Reality Changers – specifically for a “Dreamer Scholarship.” This is a zero profit event.

After the rotation of speakers, the rally celebration will conclude with networking, connecting and mixing.

Your voice is important in this historic rally celebration. Join us and do good in advancing the American Dream, Civil Rights and Economic Empowerment.

Register at http://americandreamrally.eventbrite.com/


Jazz At The Creek! – August 10 at Market Creek

Summer Concert Series at Market Creek Amphitheater
The New Generation of San Diego Jazz

Welcome to the most exciting summer jazz concert series in San Diego – Jazz At The Creek! We have an incredible smooth jazz line up that you will thoroughly enjoy. Where the weather will be nothing short of spectacular for our wonderful outdoor venue at Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater.

August 10 (3 – 8pm) The final afternoon of the show we will be entertained by Freddie Fox with special guest Evelyn “Champagne” King, saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr., Jason Brown and The Pizarro Brothers.

More info on our website – http://www.jazzatthecreeksd.com
Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JazzAtTheCreek

Summer Concert Series at Market Creek Amphitheater