GS Weekly
Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Seeking high school volunteers for San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering workshop
STEM-savvy Seniors and Ambassadors: Help kids in grades K-5 have a blast learning about science! Lead simple chemistry experiments at Girl Scouts’ Mix It Up! workshop, Tuesday, March 19, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at our Escondido Program Center. Contact: Sabrina Wahlne

Time to walk about
Girls selling cookies door-to-door have the chance to win a special prize. There is one secret Mystery House in virtually every service unit. The first Girl Scout to stop by each location during the last week of cookie sales (ending Sunday, March 10) will receive a certificate entitling her to a whimsical talking owl alarm clock.

SWEET Renaissance Faire
Have fun storming the castle!
Girl Scouts and the Society of Women Engineers beseech all fair maidens in grades 5-8 to take part in the SWEET Renaissance Faire, Saturday, April 20, 12:45-5 p.m. at our stronghold, Balboa Campus. From storming the castle to building a catapult, wondrous adventures await she who accepts the challenge. Tithe of $6 includes patch and T-shirt. Register by Thursday, April 4.
Lend thy hand
SWEET participants of yesteryear in grades 9-12 may contact Sabrina Wahlne by Friday, March 29 to serve as volunteers.

Prepare for SHARE
This April is SHARE Month. Spread the word about our yearlong SHARE fundraising campaign, through which Girl Scouts, volunteers and parents can donate money to help us keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for every girl. Check future GS Weekly issues for more information, including announcements about our custom patch art contest and opportunities for service units. Contact: Adina Veen, (619) 610-0775

Healthy living, healthy fun
LifePlay Productions presents HoopPlay Day, focusing on fitness through fantastic hoop tricks, on Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Brownies-Ambassadors will learn cooperation, perseverance and healthy habits, and make a personalized performance hoop to take home. Cost of $52 includes materials; RSVP required. Contact Nicole Cantalupo, (858) 531-2095

Coming soon to STAR Repertory Theatre
STAR Repertory Theatre presents two clever musicals with backstage tours for Girl Scouts. The tour for Brinkle – an original show for all ages that features nursery rhyme characters seeking self-knowledge – begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 or 27. Or go behind the scenes of 13, a story about a boy surviving a new high school in a small town, at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20 or 27 (recommended for grade 6-12). Cost of $12.50 includes Theater Fun patch. Contact: Meredith Kolod, (760) 751-3035

e3 Civic High: engage.educate.empower
This September, innovative new school e3 Civic High opens on floors six and seven of the City of San Diego’s Central Library. The school’s 21st century college and career prep curriculum will focus strongly on STEM, the arts, languages and internships and eventually serve grades 9-12. Enrollment for the first year is limited to grades 9 and 10. There are no district requirements or tuition fees.

Batty for Bats: Wildlife lecture
Join the Lakeside River Park Conservatory for a talk by local wildlife expert Cindy Myers and her ambassador bat. Find out why this tiny mammal is essential to local ecology. Recommended for age seven and up. Space is limited; to register, contact Cindy Collins with the names of everyone in your party by Tuesday, March 19.

Share your passion with Natural High
When you love to do something so much you lose track of time, that’s your “natural high!” Talk about yours in the 2013 Youth PSA/Writing Contest, open to anyone age 10-18. The grand prize winner will receive a $300 grant and be featured at the Natural High Gala in the fall. Deadline: Tuesday, April 30.

New community partners
Be a seamstress
At Sew Inspired stitch lounge, fashionistas of all ages and ability levels work together to design and construct chic clothes to take home and wear right away! Enjoy a fun, friendly atmosphere and work hard as you explore your personal style. Cost: $25. Contact: Laura Prince, (760) 908-7853
Art for all ages
The museum experience is being redefined at Lux Art Institute, where art becomes accessible and meaningful. You won’t just see finished works of art: Engage with internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment and create projects of your own as you explore the artistic process firsthand. Contact: Ashley McPeek, (760) 436-6611


Camp 2013: Adventures abound
Take on a challenge this summer! Seek out thrills at day camp through Wilderness Hiking 101, Aquatic Adventures or Adventure Chasers, where you’ll try geocaching, paddleboarding, canoeing or a mud run. At Camp Winacka, take on Girl vs. Wild, Adventure Seekers, Canoe Adventure, Surviving Winacka or Backpacking to climb boulders, build your own shelter, or learn outdoor safety skills. Register online or by mail. Contact:, (619) 610-0821

Other events/opportunities

Spring membership campaign began March 1
Girl Scouts are joining forces to boost our membership. Through July 1, girls will earn a special four-part patch by renewing memberships, reaching out to new girls and adults through recruitment events, and completing a 2012-2013 financial report by Monday, July 15. Together, we can build leaders of tomorrow. Contact: Katrina Herrera, (619) 610-0702

SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory open house
Visit a working marine lab on Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., when San Diego State University showcases its research facility during a free open house for all ages. Learn about our coastal habitats, see how scientists conduct studies, and enjoy free food from the Fish Market, along with a touch tank, games, SCUBA gear demonstrations, lab tours and lectures. Contact: Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association

Share faith traditions on Girl Scout Sunday, Girl Scout Sabbath
Girl Scouts’ birthday is on Tuesday, March 12, and we’ll celebrate all week long! The first and last days of the festivities – Girl Scout Sunday on March 10 and Girl Scout Sabbath on March 16 – provide an opportunity for girls to explore other faiths or connect over shared beliefs. Find out more online.

Free adult enrichment session: Working with Challenging Girls and Adults
Learn to understand and manage ADHD and other behavioral and emotional problems at a free workshop on Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center. Dr. Lori Rappaport, licensed clinical psychologist and co-director of the ADHD Center for Success, will give tips for facilitating a healthy group dynamic and positive experience for troop members – including yourself! Register online.

Playwrights Project presents Imagine That! writing series
Cadettes, compose your own compelling plays while taking part in group theater games, improvisation, script reading and creative writing. On Mondays, April 15-May 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Balboa Campus Leadership Center, draw on your experience, observations and imagination as you become a playwright, focusing on themes relevant to you, in a nonjudgmental environment. At the end of the series, watch professional actors interpret and perform your play. Fee: $75. Register online. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Speak out against bullying
Raise your voice and watch your words come to life on screen. Dream up a public service announcement with a “Friendship First” theme, telling people what your world would look like if all girls treated one another with kindness and respect at school, online and everywhere else. Upload your script, slideshow or video to Girl Scouts Speak Out by Wednesday, May 1 and get your friends and family to vote – Girl Scouts of the USA will professionally produce the winning entry.

Come Clay With Us: Dig into pottery
Sculpt your dreams at Fire and Mud Studios, where you’ll learn techniques for hand-building clay treasures to take home. Find “Come Clay With Us” sessions for your program level online. Attendance is required on both “make” and “glaze” days. Fee: $47/person. Contact: Anne Bader, (619) 610-0714

Free community training on inclusion
Kids Included Together offers two-hour sessions to give you the information and support you need to embrace the unique personalities in your troop. Topics include behavior support techniques, autism and ADHD. See schedule for registration details. Space is limited; workshops fill quickly. Contact: Viviana Hernandez, (858) 225-5699

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