From the daily archives: Monday, April 25, 2011

El Centro, CA – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner will announce the Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Congressional Art Competition at an awards ceremony and reception at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.


Each year, Congress sponsors a nationwide high school art contest called An Artistic Discovery. The contest allows students from across the country to exhibit their artwork and receive national recognition. The winning artwork representing the 51st Congressional District will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.


“This is a great opportunity for students to be recognized for their creativity, talent and hard work,” said Congressman Filner. “Each year I see truly inspired artwork from our students!”


This year, almost 200 entries were submitted from high school students across the 51st District.  The Grand Prize winner and a guest will travel to Washington, D.C. in June, courtesy of Southwest Airlines and the Barona Band of Mission Indians, where their artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol along with the winners from other congressional districts. The Grand Prize winner and runners up will receive San Diego Padres tickets, custom framing and other great prizes.


Congressman Filner represents California’s 51st Congressional District. One of the most ethnically diverse districts in the nation, it encompasses southern San Diego County and all of Imperial County.


WHAT: Congressional High School Art Competition Awards Ceremony

WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2011

WHERE: El Centro Old Post Office Pavilion, 230 S. 5th Street, El Centro


When Pala Casino Resort and Spa’s new “Infinity” showroom opens at 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 6, with a FREE Gabriel Iglesias After Party, it will raise the entertainment bar in Southern California.

Iglesias, the self-proclaimed “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy” funny man performs to a sold-out audience at 8 p.m. at the Starlight Theater.

Formerly the Grand Cabaret, Infinity, will be Southern California’s most versatile entertainment venue. With seating for as many as 900, it offers an intimate setting for concerts and live shows. But just as expediently, Infinity is a nightclub, a party venue and on Sundays, the new home of the Infinity Sports Experience. The Sports Experience debuts at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7, on 17 high-definition screens with the LIVE telecast of the big horse race from Kentucky followed at 6 p.m. in Infinity and throughout the entire casino by the LIVE, closed circuit telecast of the Manny Pacquiao versus Sugar Shane Mosley 12-round title fight for the WBO welterweight championship from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Club Infinity, where a DJ mixes the hottest hits in a free dance club, will follow the Pacquaio-Mosley fight.

The Infinity Sports Experience will continue at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 8, and every Sunday, with all the major sports action of the day, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, horse racing and all other major special sports events.

“The entertainment possibilities are infinite,” said Pala chief executive officer Bill Bembenek. “Infinity will be unlike any other entertainment venue in San Diego County. This 10,000-square-foot room will have a high-end delay audio system, 17 giant HD video screens, which will give it the feel of a Las Vegas sports book, and state-of-the-art concert lighting.”

Infiniti also will offer blackjack tables for LIVE play each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

While Infinity will continue to host traditional Pala events like the FREE Video Dance Parties from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and the FREE tribute band concerts from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays, followed by Club Infinity, two new weekly events will be introduced Tuesday, May 10, and Thursday, May 12.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, and every Tuesday thereafter, Infinity will host the 60+ Club where Pala Privileges card members, age 60+, can enjoy a 30 percent discount for lunch at Choices, Pala’s award-winning buffet; a free tribute show, drink specials, and can win a share of $300 in a weekly cash drawing. The tribute shows will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and include: May 10, impersonators of Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe with the drink special the “Nifty Sixty Tom Collins;” Tuesday, May 17, Red Skelton, with the “Clem Kediddle-Hopper Margarita;” Tuesday, May 24, Robin Williams and the “Nanu Nanu Bloody Mary;” Tuesday, May 31, Kenny Rogers and the “Islands in the Stream Mai Tai;” Tuesday, June 7,Larry Jones, A Tribute to Danny Gans and the “Presidential Margarita;” Tuesday, June 14, Joan Rivers and the “Face Lift Pina Colada.” Future 60+ tribute shows will be announced.

Starting at 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., Thursday, May 12, and every Thursday, Infinity will host Service Industry (S.I.N.) Nights. Guests who work in the service industry are invited to enjoy the hottest nightlife with no cover charge along with a number of S.I.N.-ful specials that will include VIP bottle service upon request; discounted hotel room rates; cash and prize giveaways; free food; LIVE Blackjack play and exclusive DJ hosts.

“With S.I.N., we are creating an exciting, new entertainment event that has not been available in the marketplace. We invite everyone who works in the service industry to visit Infinity to enjoy an event especially tailored for them,” Bembenek said.

After the Pacquaio-Mosley fight on May 7, the Infinity Saturday schedule includes: 9:30 p.m., May 14, FREE After Party featuring the band Old School following the 7:15 p.m. FREE Outdoor Tribute concert at the Starlight Theater with The Joshua Tree, a tribute to U-2 and Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen; 7 p.m., May 21, FREE PBR After Party featuring Hill Country and The Ranch Rockers following the first day of the Pala PBR Touring Pro Division competition at the Pala rodeo grounds, and 8 p.m., May 28, Caress of Steel, a tribute to RUSH followed by Club Infinity.


The Crime Victims’ Memorial Service at Calipatria State Prison was welcomed today April 15, 2011 by Gerald Janda, Calipatria State Prison Chief Deputy Warden followed by a moment of silence in honor of past victims.  Brawley Chief of Police Mark Gilmore made opening remarks sharing his moving personal experience which lead him to choosing his carrier.  Judy Klein Pritchard the director of the legal department at the Center for Family Solutions then spoke about the $2500.00 donated by the Calipatria State Prison inmate leisure time activity group –Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous and how the money is earmarked for expenses that would have no other funding – such as medication for the children in shelter.  She then introduced Karen Hall who moved all in attendance when she said, “June 13th 2009, the man I loved almost killed me”.
Karen spoke of the violence she suffered and closed with, “Violence can happen to anyone, and although they may look OK on the outside they have unhealed scars on the inside.
Over 21 million Americans fall prey to criminal behavior each year suffering the indignity of crime and may experience emotional, physical, psychological, and financial harm as a result of such crime.  The victim’s family, friends and community may also be affected.
After two hundred and four years of the Independence of the United States of America in 1980, Wisconsin passed the first Victims’ Bill of Rights, which committed the state to fairness, dignity, and respect for victims of crime
In 1981President Reagan launched National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and in 1986, Lois Harrington, who led the President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime, described the treatment of crime victims in America as “a national disgrace.” Victims had been “ignored, mistreated, or blamed,” and “handled like photographs or fingerprints.
Many crime victims never report or disclose what has happened to them—they never have their “day in court,” nor do they experience some semblance of justice. One way that victims of crime can feel supported and respected by their community is through memorial events such as this. Recognitions can be powerful calls for victims to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.
You can help reshape the future by being a truthful and accurate witness that participates in the Justice System.
There is much more to this story, the shared experiences from Karen Hall and Chief Gilmore swelled the eyes of attendees with tears.


From the people who brought you Mathematics Disorder and Disorder of Written Expression and even Caffeine Disorder, now bring you Compulsive Shopping Disorder. In other words, a shopaholic. According to the experts, if you have a strong urge to go shopping, for anything from clothes to cars, at any time of the year, that means you might have a mental illness.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4th Edition (DSM IV) put out by the American Psychiatric Association, there are 374 so called mental disorders.

Psychiatrists literally vote on what constitutes a mental illness or disorder by raising their hands at a conference. There is no medical evidence presented, no brain scans, blood tests or any other medical criteria needed to establish a disorder in the DSM; it is 100% subjective.

So now there is Compulsive Shopping Disorder. A study was done on 23 women and one man. All of whom were allegedly suffering from this disorder. This is of course 24 people trying to represent the entire country.  It stated that most of the compulsive shoppers had improved in their urge to shop with an anti-depressant, Citalopram. Of course, the urge to shop might also be reduced by taking a number of other drugs, like heroin, cocaine, or maybe even sleeping pills. But it doesn’t mean it will help the situation. Drugs very often only serve to cover up a situation without really handling anything.

Putting a label on a certain type of behavior has really never helped anybody. According to Dr. Fred Baughman, Neurologist and Child Neurologist, “Any physician saying any psychiatric condition is an actual disease, is guilty of fraud.”

“This applies to Compulsive Shopping Disorder and to all ‘diseases’ they may add to future editions of their DSM for the simple reason that diseases are objective physical abnormalities discovered in patients by observant, scientific physicians, not subjective symptom complexes, voted into existence, and, by prior agreement called ‘diseases or chemical imbalances’ of the brain. And telling someone that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain can actually make things worse, as a person will then believe that there is something wrong with him that can’t be helped.

Dr. Baughman also stated that, “Any abnormalities that have been found in the brain are due to the invariably brain-damaging drugs all of their patents get put on and kept on. None are due, as they fraudulently claim, to their ‘disease’ or ‘diseases’ for the simple reason that their was never an actual disease or objective abnormality to begin with.”

The book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, shows that there are two parts of the mind. One is the analytical mind, which we use to solve the problems and puzzles of everyday life. And then there is a darker, more sinister part of the mind, called the reactive mind. This is composed of all the times of upsets and moments of pain and unconsciousness, known as engrams (a moment of ‘unconsciousness’ containing physical pain or painful emotion and all perceptions, and is not available to the analytical mind as experience) that a person has experienced. These are recorded in the reactive mind and can come into action to affect the person at a later time. In the book the author states, “The reactive mind is the entire source of aberration. It can be proved and has been repeatedly proven that there is no other, for when the engram bank (the reactive mind) is discharged, all undesirable symptoms vanish and a man begins to operate on his optimum pattern.”

Instead of trying a new drug to cover up a situation or being told that there is a situation when there isn’t, or simply putting a label on some kind of behavior, it’s best to find the true source of the problem and handle it.

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The Calexico Recreation Department held their 2nd Annual Playmania Event at the Calexico Crummett Park on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  There were approximately 30 kids who participated in this year’s event.  The event was targeted for children ages 7-12 year olds.  The event kicked off with two group games such as the human chain hula hoop relay and the crash relay as warm ups.  .  The children were divided into four groups and they also went thru a series of stations that included: cup-a-stack relay, buddy walkers, fitness obstacle courses, izzy dizzy relay, hoop scoop relay, double sack relays & the egg/spoon relay.  To end the event we brought all the kids together to play the rock-paper-scissor game and the most popular the 4 way team tug-a-war.


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