Discover the Culinary Delights of Southeastern San Diego at Taste of the Diamond

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The Diamond Business Association – SDBD presents a culinary community event that will delight your tastebuds. The Taste of the Diamond will introduce individuals to delicious dishes found in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

From mouthwatering soul food to locally-sourced desserts, enjoy small bites from various restaurants and food projects from the area.

There will also be fun live entertainment, activities, and more! Tickets are $20 on advance and $25 at the door. Purchase advance tickets here. Bring your appetite!

Thursday, October 15
6 – 9 pm

San Diego Marketplace
(located in the Big Lots parking lot)
1655 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – November 1

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Izcalli and Jacobs Presents invite you to an authentic cultural festival for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This FREE event honors the Mexican and indigenous tradition of celebrating the spiritual journey of deceased loved ones with altars, food, music, and entertainment.

Sunday, November 1
Noon – 9 pm

Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

FREE Breathing Ragas and Dancing Bells – October 4

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The Indian Fine Arts Academy invites you to enjoy a presentation of Indian classical dances followed by a flute-violin concert by two artists extending their virtuosity and dexterity to the absolute limit within an intimate setting.

Sunday, October 4
3 – 6:30 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Free parking available on site

Part 1 (3 – 4 pm)

Dances by disciples of Divya Devaguptapu, Neha Patel, and Meenal Chakradeo

Part 2 (4 – 6:30 pm)

Breathing Ragas
Performances by Flute Raman (flute), Mysore Srikanth (violin), and Arjun Kuman (mridangam)

Light snacks for sale.

Learn more IndianFineArts.org

FREE San Diego Museum Council Museum Mash Up – October 3

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The San Diego Museum Council and ScholarShare present the Museum Mash Up
to kick off their Kids Free in October program!

Saturday, October 3
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Free parking available on-site

This FREE event offers family fun for all with hands-on museum activities, neighborhood music and dance groups, treasure hunt and prizes, samples from Rita’s Italian Ice and more!

Learn more at SanDiegoMuseumCouncil.org.

Jacobs Center Community Career Fair – September 16

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Join Us for the Jacobs Center
Community Career Fair

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, the San Diego Workforce PartnershipAmerica’s Job Center of California, and regional workforce partners invite you to a Community Career Fair.

Wednesday, September 16

10 am – 2 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

Bring your resume and come dressed for success to meet with regional employers with immediate job opportunities.

For more information contact Katrina Meredith at the
San Diego Workforce Partnership at KatrinaMeredith@workforce.org.

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Grow Your Career by Going Green! Apply for our Green Assistance Program

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Did you know that some of the fastest growing jobs are Green? Now is the time to enhance your skills and gain valuable hands-on experience by applying for our Green Assistance Program.

The San Diego Green Building Council and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation are teaming up to offer an 80-hour hands-on training for anyone working or interested in careers related to urban planning, facilities management, hospitality, building trades, or sustainability and clean energy. Classes will be offered monthly starting in mid-October.

APPLY HERE

The deadline to apply is October 7

What you will gain:

  • Skills in sustainability management, green building practices, and general project management
  • Leadership skills
  • Certificate of Completion from the San Diego Green Building Council
  • San Diego Green Building Council membership benefits for one year
  • Preparation for the LEED Green Associate Credential exam

The cost of the program is $75 for the general public and $35 for students. Scholarships are available for residents in the Diamond Neighborhoods! 

For more information send an email to DiamondJobs@JacobsCenter.org or call (619) 527-6161. 

Full STE[+A]M Ahead Celebration Dinner Recap and New Public Art Concepts Unveiled

_MG_6614This summer’s Full STE[+a]M Ahead youth program drew to a close last week with a celebratory dinner. At the event, the #fullsteam15 Track 1 students presented their final projects to the hundreds of family members, friends and community members that came out to support these incredible students.

The five student groups worked for three weeks on projects that incorporated the lessons they learned throughout the program. Attendees were then able to vote on their favorite project, with the team that earned the most votes winning $100 Best Buy gift cards for each member. Here’s each project from the Full STE[+a]M teams.

Team 1: Composting

The Composting team’s project created a sustainable composting center that provides healthy soil for growing fruits, herbs, and vegetables. It is their overall mission to have community members take part in the running of the compost center by treating it similar to a recycling center. Their compostable materials could be converted into rich soil, enabling healthier growing in their home and community gardens.

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Team 2: Water Conservation

The Water Conservation team created a project that could be very helpful to the community and city as a whole considering California’s current drought. They created plans for an aquaponics vertical garden waterfall, where they could keep fish for sale and consumption. Proceeds would help maintain the waterfall.

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The second team to work on a water conservation project created a rooftop garden at a local school. With this project, they felt they could provide the school’s cafeteria with organic fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the grounds.

Team 4: Food Production

This team focused their project on creating a garden that grows organic food crops, which is much-needed in food swamps. Their garden would be located in the Diamond Neighborhoods and use no pesticides. The team designed their large community garden, incorporating trees and planting beds into their garden. With this garden, the team felt they could help the community and challenge obesity in America.

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 Team 5: Permaculture

The team designed a backyard permaculture system that reintroduced healthy nutrients and ecological harmony into a localized area. They had various elements, including a tree guild with fig trees and rosemary shrubs, a portable chicken coop to distribute waste, graywater for which to recycle sink and bath tub water, and shaded benches containing a compost worm bin underneath.

IMG_5731Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 4.35.14 PMWhile all the teams did an amazing job on their project, the team that received the most votes was the Composting team that created a recycling center for compost soil. Their happiness and excitement was evident when their name was announced. We were very happy for all of the students and applaud their hard work.

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As Track 1 presented their projects, Track 2 shared the work they did during their two-week program. As we mentioned in a previous post, Track 2 of Full STE[+a]M Ahead added the arts component to the curriculum. The AjA Project came in to teach students about storytelling through film and digital photography, creative placemaking, and ways they can help positively change their community through the power of the arts. Throughout this process, students used their images to create a dialogue around their community, past and present, and the role that creative placemaking plays. The process of using the visual arts and STEAM principles to research, document, and discuss creative place-making in a digital world made a lasting impact on the students, who learned to see their neighborhood in a whole new way.

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Unknown-4Through these lessons, students created public art concepts that may replace the Community Faces murals located on the outside walls of Food 4 Less in Market Creek Plaza. The pieces they created are beautiful and would be seen by thousands for years to come.

IMG_5774We thank all the students who participated in this year’s Full STE[+a]M Ahead summer youth program. Not only did the number of participants double from last year, we are absolutely thrilled to report that the program had a 100% retention rate. Not a single student dropped out of the program. Some even walked an hour to make it to their classes. We are so very proud of their commitment to their education.

IMG_5742We also have a special thanks to the educational partners who created an enriching experiencing for the student: Elementary Institute of Science (EIS), Project New Village, the AJA Project, the San Diego Futures Foundation, Groundwork, and UC San Diego Extension. Next year, EIS will take over Full STE[+a]M Ahead and continue to have UC San Diego’s continued support in this fantastic program. We are confident that they will take Full STE[+a]M  to even greater heights.

An Evening of Jazz with Michelle Coltrane – October 2

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The daughter of jazz legend, John Coltrane makes a special visit to the Jacobs Center with acclaimed jazz guitarist
Shea Walsh, and dynamic opening act Besos de Coco.

Friday, October 2
6:30 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Free parking available on-site

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Hailed as transcendent by the Los Angeles Times, Michelle Coltrane is quickly becoming a stand out on the jazz scene.

Enjoy signature cocktails and tapas as the sultry sounds of jazz fill the air in our beautiful venue only minutes from
Downtown San Diego.

Jacobs Presents: An Evening of Tango – August 22

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Jacobs Presents and San Diego’s Tango community invite you to an Evening of Tango with TintoTango! Experience Tango music, dance, art, and culture at this 21+ event. Whether you are a beginner or a Tango enthusiast this event has something for everyone. You’ll have a chance to see a cultural performance and learn Tango moves at 6 pm. Then at 9 pm, the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall transforms into Club Milonga, for an extraordinary cultural Tango experience!

Tickets are only $29.00! You don’t want to miss this extraordinary experience.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


Cultural Performance and Tango Lessons

  • 6 pm – 7:15 pm check-in
  • 7:15 pm – LA’s amazing Argentinean Tango ensemble TintoTango performs with professional dancers
  • 8 pm – History & Culture of Tango facilitated by The Art of the Dance Tango with instructor Florentino Guizar and other exceptional San Diego dancers
  • 8:15 pm – Tango lessons

Club Milonga!

  • 9 pm – 12:30 am – Milonga – Tango dance experience, with TintoTango performing

Happening at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

This is a 21+ event. For more information contact Liz Faris, Communications Manager at LFaris@JacobsCenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 376. 

Learn more at www.JacobsPresents.com.

FREE Community Learning Series: Introduction to Video Storytelling – August 13

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Do you like movies? Would you like to learn how to make one?

Join us for a FREE Introduction to Video Storytelling information session. The class will be taught by local filmmakers David Jester and Matt Helbig, co-founders of Fifty Square Feet Productions

Learn how to write, shoot, and edit documentaries, films, webisodes, and more! The course will cover the art of storytelling, basic video, audio, and lighting.

Thursday, August 13
5:30 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs, Community Room (First Floor)
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
Free parking is available on-site.

SPACE IS LIMITED.
REGISTER HERE.

If you have access to a cell phone that takes video and an interest in learning film, you have everything you need to attend!

Contact Beatriz Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at BGarcia@jacobscenter.org or
(619) 527-6161 ext. 371 for more information. 

Jazz at the Creek Concludes with Nick Colionne, Reggie Codrington, and Daneen Wilburn – August 15

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The Jazz at the Creek series finale, presented by M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, Inc. concludes with red-hot guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne joined by vocalist Daneen Wilburn and saxophonist Reggie Codrington.

Saturday, August 15
3 p.m.
Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
(located behind Food 4 Less)

FREE parking is available at the 
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

BUY TICKETS HERE

A portion of the proceeds goes to the San Diego Food Bank’s
Food for Kids Backpack Program

Don’t worry this isn’t your last chance to experience Jazz in the Diamond. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Evening of Jazz with Michelle Coltrane on
October 2!

FREE Community Learning Series, Entrepreneurship: Food 101 – August 1

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Are you a local artisan or food supplier? Are you looking for more information on how to get your product
onto the shelves of local markets?

Join us for Entrepreneurship: Food 101 and talk with local food expert and forager Dwight Detter on standards, labeling, procedures and everything in between!

Saturday, August 1
9 am – 1 pm
The Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
FREE parking is available on-site.

This is a FREE event. Space is limited.

REGISTER HERE

For more information contact Beatriz Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at BGarcia@JacobsCenter.org or
(619) 527-6161 ext. 371.

Congressman John Lewis and his Award-Winning Graphic Novel Collaborators Visit Southeastern San Diego!

This past Sunday, the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation welcomed nearly 800 residents, community leaders, and elected officials to the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall for a special presentation from legendary civil rights activist and respected member of Congress John Lewis and his award-winning graphic novel collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Lewis, Aydin, and Powell made a special visit to Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods after their 2015 Comic-Con panel to discuss their bestselling graphic novel series MARCH. MARCH recounts Lewis’ experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and provides valuable lessons in nonviolent activism and youth empowerment.

Several local students who participated in reading and discussion activities about MARCH had the opportunity to ask Congressman Lewis and his collaborators questions and pose for a photo.

Several local students who participated in reading and discussion activities about MARCH had the opportunity to ask Congressman Lewis and his collaborators questions and pose for a photo.

The Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center Board Members Valerie Jacobs Hapke and Norm Hapke donated 1,000 copies of MARCH: Book One and Book Two to students in Southeastern San Diego. EIS used the books to coordinate reading and discussion activities with various local schools, churches, and community organizations to engage students in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the students who participated in these activities were in attendance on Sunday. They welcomed the co-creators with a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

Local students performed a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek Bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

Local students performed a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek Bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

The event started with a rousing performance by the Thunder Squad Drumline from the Heartbeat Music Academy. Young performers brought the crowd to their feet and shared personal monologues.

Following Thunder Squad Drumline, Courtney Davis, an alumna of EIS, welcomed the community and shared her experience, the importance of education, and spoke about the inspiration she received from Congressman Lewis’ career.

Thuder Squad Drumline opened the show with a bang!

Thunder Squad Drumline opened the show with a bang!

Lewis, Aydin, and Powell each spoke about their own social justice influences and what inspired them to create MARCH. Following their presentation, several students had the opportunity to ask Lewis about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and his thoughts on some of today’s social justice movements.

Congressman John Lewis, joined by his award-winning graphic novel collaborators spoke to a packed room at the Jacobs Center's Celebration Hall.

Congressman John Lewis, joined by his award-winning graphic novel collaborators spoke to a packed room at the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall.

Copies of the best-selling MARCH: Book One and Book Two were available for sale at the event. They can also be purchased at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

MARCH: Book One and Book Two and the comic that inspired Congressman Lewis to write a graphic novel,

MARCH: Book One and Book Two and the comic that inspired Congressman Lewis to write a graphic novel, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story”

With many communities across the country still struggling with social and racial issues today, the messages of hope that MARCH offers were especially meaningful for residents in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

The graphic novel series has become a key resource to teach the next generation about a pivotal moment in our nation’s history and has been embraced by countless readers. It’s been adopted in classrooms nationwide, spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even become the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

You can view more photos from the historic event here.

Jazz at the Creek Welcomes Chanté Moore, J Boykin & L.A. Collective All-Star Band – July 11

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This second installment by presenter M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, Inc. starts with J. Boykin, saxophone phenom; L.A. Collective All-Star Band with their brand of ‘Jazzy Funk’ and international recording artist Chanté Moore to headline.

Saturday, July 11
3 p.m.
Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
(located behind Food 4 Less)

FREE parking is available at the 
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

BUY TICKETS HERE

A portion of the proceeds goes to the San Diego Food Bank’s
Food for Kids Backpack Program

Learn more at JazzattheCreekSD.com and don’t miss the series finale on August 15 featuring vocalist Daneen Wilburn, saxophonist Reggie Codrington, and headliner Nick Colionne!