Holtville Carrot Festival Event Dates Are Changed

The Holtville Chamber of Commerce  said this week that the dates for this year’s Carrot Festival have been revised.
The Carrot Festival will start Friday, Jan. 29th instead of  Feb. 6th with the Carrot Festival Queen Coronation, Citizen of the Year award and State of the City speech. It will be held at the I.V. Swiss Club on Worthington Road.
Saturday, Jan. 30th the Holtville Athletic Club will rejoin the Carrot Festival lineup with its 19th Annual Rib Cook-Off at Samaha Field.
There will be a music festival Saturday evening in downtown Holtville.
Sunday is open at this time and the Soroptimists Club cooking Contests will begin Monday, Feb. 1st, at the Civic Center. There are several different categories for all ages. A full list of the contests will be published in the  Holtville Tribune  the Friday before the events start. You can also check with the Chamber of Commerce for information on them.
Saturday, Feb. 6th is the Big Day with several attractions planned throughout the day.
The Carrot Festival Midway Carnival will begin Thursday and be featured each day through Sunday, Feb. 7th.
The Carrot Festival Mile and 5K Race will start things off Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. It will bring runners from all over the Valley as well as Snowbirds from all over the country and Canada to participate. ribbons and prizes will be awarded the winners of a half dozen one mile races and the 5K.
The Big Parade will begin at 10 a.m. along Fifth Street from Maple Avenue  to Cedar Avenue.
Holt Park will be the scene of the largest Arts and Crafts Fair in Southeastern California.
You can also find plenty of good, local food to eat too throughout the day. There will be an antique tractor and car show on Holt Avenue.
There will be entertainment in the gazebo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during  the afternoon.
Sunday will conclude the festivities with the No  Bones About it Barbecue in Holt Park sponsored by the Holtville Rotary Club. Barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the drive thru just before the start of the Super Bowl at 3 p.m.
The Chamber promises something for everyone and invites everybody to come out and have a good time in Holt Park for the day.

Three Arrested In Brawley On Stolen Property Charges

By
Chris Furguson
Three young men were arrested in Brawley for possession of stolen property and resisting a peace officer after a vehicle check in the city on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.
The suspects, Brian Perez, 19, Jorge Ibarra, 18, and Jose Saldana, 18, all of El Centro, were caught after a vehicle check  in an alley north of the 1000 block of Main Street, said Cmdr. Brett Houser
The vehicle, a Kia Spectra, had been reported stolen from El Centro earlier that day.
A vehicle check at around 8 pm discovered the vehicle was stolen and the three suspects ran on foot in different directions.
When additional units were brought in for the search, all three were captured at different locations and brought to ICJ.
Also on January 12th, Brawley officers responded to a possible burglary in-progress on the 1300 block of I Street, said Houser.
When officers arrived, they found the suspect, Johnny Rubio, 39 of Brawley, inside a storage structure on the facility.
Rubio was taken into custody without incident and sent to ICJ on charges of burglary, said Houser in a statement to the press.

AMERICAN RED CROSS AIDS VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI

AMERICAN RED CROSS AIDS VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI

Accepting Monetary Donations for Relief Efforts

SAN DIEGO, January 13, 2010 — On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage on the island of Haiti, especially in the capital city of Port au Prince.  Aftershocks continue to shake the island.  As with most earthquakes, we expect to see an immediate need for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.

Tackling Disabilities Flag Football Event

The I.V. Center for Exceptional Children or "Dirty Divas," (in no specific order): Arlene Avalos, Susan Avila, Norma Garcia, Monica Buford, Maria Camacho, Beatriz Lopez, Patty McDonald, Brigid McGuire, Enid Medina, Casandra Perez, Rachel Rivas, Monica Romero, Juanita Sandoval, Lenny Traviesa with their mascot Sally Wheeler.
The I.V. Center for Exceptional Children or "Dirty Divas," (in no specific order): Arlene Avalos, Susan Avila, Norma Garcia, Monica Buford, Maria Camacho, Beatriz Lopez, Patty McDonald, Brigid McGuire, Enid Medina, Casandra Perez, Rachel Rivas, Monica Romero, Juanita Sandoval, Lenny Traviesa with their mascot Sally Wheeler.

By Jorge Villalobos