We open this week on a sad note, with the passing of a local activist who spent her life in service and dedication to improving the lives of the underprivileged. Julie Benedict died July 11 at her home in Poway.
She began her career in the newspaper business, married a photojournalist, worked with him in the World Federalist Movement in France, and were the first journalists to enter Yugoslavia after its break with the Soviet Union. They moved to California in 1960 where Julie worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, campaigned for better housing conditions for Native Americans, and supported striking migrant farm workers.
In 1973 she began a long career with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, helped create the non-profit’s charter and retired only last year at the age of 82, still working feverishly behind the scenes.
She was awarded proclamations by the city, county and 51st Congressional District. May 29, 2010, and June 30, 2011, were designated “Julie Benedict Day” in recognition to her service. She will be remembered by those closest to her for ending conversations by saying, “We still have a lot more work to do.”
Gain confidence managing your child’s behavior, reduce stress and anxiety as a parent and learn simple and powerful strategies to strengthen your family in a free workshop funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency – Children’s Mental Health Services and hosted by Jewish Family Service and Community Housing Works. The workshops are Aug 7., Aug.14 and Aug. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hillside Community Room, 12979 Community Road.
They’re calling it an effective, research-based curriculum for parents. Certificates will be given out upon completion of all sessions. They’ll have prizes and snacks. Get info by calling Selene Miranda at 858-486-1554 or email email@example.com.
NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
The Poway Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit will be ready for your inspection Tuesday night outside of the newly remodeled Target store, 14823 Pomerado Rd., from 1 to 5 p.m. Explore a patrol car and meet a deputy. Enjoy food, activities and games for the kids. Free child fingerprinting will also be available. Contact Darlene Duncan for more information at 858-513-2807.
Here’s another chance to provide a forever home to a dog or cat who will give back their unconditional love. The Animal Rescue Resource Foundation is holding an adoption event this Sunday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Unleashed by Petco in Scripps Ranch. The store is at 10625 Scripps Poway Parkway. Http://www.arrf.cc/
TABLES FOR TOTS
Own a unique, one-of-a-kind set of children’s tables and chairs and help Ronald McDonald House in their support of families with seriously ill children being treated at local hospitals. The “Tables for Tots” fundraiser and auction is this Thursday starting at 6 p.m. at Ronald McDonald House, 2929 Children's Way in San Diego.
Some of San Diego’s top design and architectural firms have transformed standard tables and chairs into creative works of art. Past entrees up for auction have included designs that evoke a seaside escape, exotic safari and construction site. Tickets to the event are $25. Find them at www.tablesfortots.com