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January 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- You can still take the Winter Reading Challenge that runs until January 15 with more prizes being given away every week.  For more details, visit your local branch or

Keep Your New Years' Resolution:

Self-Help Programs Countywide
Writing Groups meet regularly at these branches:  Campo-Morena Village, Del Mar, Descanso, Encinitas, Pine Valley, Rancho San Diego, San Marcos and Valley Center. Contact the branch for meeting dates and times.
  • Teens: Basic Money Management: @ 4S Ranch, Wednesday, January 25, 5:30 PM.
  • Parenting Classes:  Click Here to see what's available in your community.
  • Meet Me at the Dinner Table:  Healthy Planning with Jessica Barna @Santee, Thursday, January 12, 6:30 PM; @ El Cajon, Wednesday, January 18, 6 PM; @ San Marcos, Tuesday, January 24, 6 PM.
  • Lose the Holiday Pounds: The Glycemic Index and You! @ El Cajon, Wednesday, January 11, 6 PM.
  • E-Books & Downloads Tutorials : Click Here to see what's available @ your library.
  • Prevent Identity Theft:  @ Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Thursday, January 19, 6:30 PM. 
  • Teens: Basic Survival Skills - Food: @ San Marcos, Thursday, January 19, 4 PM.
  • NeuroTraining: Give Your Brain a Workout : @ Santee, Thursday, January 26, 6:30 PM.
  • You Can Defend Yourself with Martial Arts : Expert Alex Shpigel @ Bonita-Sunnyside, Saturday, January 14, Noon.
Let's Talk About It

  • Common Ground Women's Support Group:  @ Ramona, Tuesday, January 3 (first Tuesday every month), 6 PM.  
  • Art as Mindfulness Practice:  with Alessandra Colfi @Fallbrook, Thursday, January 12, 6 PM.
  • Getting Published: The Fun and Frustration with Author Robert Rogers @Del Mar, Friday, January 13, 2 PM.
  • Road Scholar: Travel and Learn Around the World @ El Cajon, Saturday, January 14,  1 PM.
  • Middle East Conflict: A Primer @ Encinitas, Saturday, January 14, 2 PM.
  • So You Want to Write a Mystery:  with Author Lois Wells Santalo @ Crest, Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 PM.  
  • Year of the Dragon:  with R. Rumble @ Del Mar, Thursday, January 19, 6:30 PM.
  • Adventures on the Pacific Crest Trail:  @ Casa de Oro, Friday, January 20, 10:30 AM.
  • Peace Corp at Any Age:  @ Encinitas, Saturday, January 21, 11 AM.
  • Film Screening: Documentary on Food Choices @ Lemon Grove, Tuesday, January 24, 6 PM.
  • Workplace Leadership: The Charisma Edge by Author Cindy Burnham @Descanso, Saturday, January 28, 1 PM.
  • Jonestown Survivor Laura Kohl : @ Bonita-Sunnyside, Monday, January 30, 6 PM.
After School Programs for Kids & Teens

  • Fit & Fun After School:  @ Lemon Grove, Every Wednesday, 4:30 PM (for 4th graders - teens); @ Casa de Oro, Thursday, January 19, 4 PM (for 4-8th graders).
  • Cursive Club : - Practice Writing Fancy and Make Cards for Local Elders @Imperial Beach, every Tuesday, 3:30 PM.
  • Read a Book, Write a Book: For Elementary Students @ Lakeside, Every Friday, 3:30 PM.
  • Science Lab:  @ Your Library @ 4S Ranch, Wednesday, January 11, 5:30 PM.
  • Teen Music Shop: Musicians, Vocalists & Songwriters Welcome @ Ramona, Every Friday, 3 PM.

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It was a great family

It was a great family program. I think, it should be conducted every year, especially the tae kwon do after school leesburg, va program. Many school doesn't give importance to martial arts so I think the community organizing such events as an after school enrichment program is exceptional. It just not only teaches you self defense but also give you confidence.