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01/20/2018 - Talk: Contemporary Chinese Economic and Political Landscapes.
The Chinese Historical Museum will have special guest and author Sheldon Lou joining us as our Third Saturday Lecture speaker. As he has traveled and taught in China extensively, he will be speaking about the dramatic changes in the Chinese economic and political landscapes. He will also be sharing about his memoir titled Sparrows, Bedbugs, and Body Shadows.

Admission/Cost: $5

Chuang Archive & Learning Center
541 B Second Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, January 20 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 338-9888 or visit:
12/07/2017 - Discussion: The Virgin of Guadalupe
Featuring Dr. Rudy V. Busto, Associate Professor of Religion at UCSB

The Latinx scholarship on the Virgin of Guadalupe is almost entirely hagiographical and avoids the debate over whether the miracle of the Virgin Mary in 1531 Mexico is
12/06/2017 - Women Waging Peace
The event is the launch of the Women Waging Peace Network at the Kroc IPJ, a network of more than 1000 women peacemakers from around the world who are called upon to serve as negotiators, experts, advocators, policymakers, and other roles needed in peace processes.

Members of the network as well as Women PeaceMaker alumnae will join U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt in a dialogue on the most pressing issues related to women
12/03/2017 - Hanukkah Afternoon
An afternoon celebration of food and friendship while sharing personal traditions, stories and experiences celebrating this holiday. RSVP at There will be a silent auction featuring a variety of premier genealogy software as well as a drawing for a full-year membership to the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society for all those who purchase a buffet ticket.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $15

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Sunday, December 3 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
12/03/2017 - Amnesty Int'l North County Global Write-a-Thon
Amnesty Int'l North County & Rancho Buena Vista HS Amnesty Int'l Club are teaming up locally to join 7 million volunteers worldwide to write letters to advocate for human rights around the world during International Human Rights Week. The group holds the USA record for most letters written at a single event and invites all who want to make a difference to join in for free. Speakers - 2017 Digna Ochoa Human Rights Defender Award to Max Disposti and NC LGBTQ Resource Center. Testimonials and success stories. Live music.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Rancho Buena Vista High School
1601 Longhorn Drive
Vista, CA 92081

Sunday, December 3 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (760) 727-7284 or visit:
12/03/2017 - San Pasqual Battle Day
Commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual of the Mexican-American war with battle reenactment, military encampment, food, and entertainment.

The San Pasqual battle was one of the only military encounters in California during the war, and it was the bloodiest and most controversial leading to the outcome. Today, a California State Monument commemorates the battlefield, and hundreds of volunteers reenact the event there on the Sunday closest to December 6.

Admission/Cost: FREE

San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
15808 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

Sunday, December 3 - 10:00 AM

For more information, please call: (760) 737-2201 or visit:
11/13/2017 - Lecture: Billy Mills
Billy Mills also known as Makata Taka Hela is a Native American who won a gold medal for the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. He accomplished this feat in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 mi) becoming the only person from the Western hemisphere to win the Olympic gold in this event. His 1964 victory is considered one of the greatest Olympic upsets, because he was a virtual unknown going into the event. A United States Marine, Billy Mills is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe. Billy will be speaking about the pursuit of excellence and global unity through global diversity.

Admission/Cost: FREE

UCSD Great Hall, International House
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093

Monday, November 13 - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 822-0048 or visit: or Email Stacy Trac :
11/13/2017 - History and Heritage of San Diego's Jewish Community
How have Jews shaped San Diego and how has San Diego shaped the Jewish American experience? This lecture uses the San Diego History Center
11/15/2017 - History and Heritage of San Diego's Jewish Community
How have Jews shaped San Diego and how has San Diego shaped the Jewish American experience? This lecture uses the San Diego History Center
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