Community Briefs

CERT volunteers needed in SB, DM

Solana Beach and Del Mar residents are being asked to participate in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to become disaster workers. The classes are free and open to all residents or employees of Solana Beach or Del Mar who are 18 years or older. CERT members are trained in basic life and property saving skills in the event of a major disaster when professional services have not yet arrived or are overwhelmed.

The 25-hour training course covers: disaster preparedness, wildland urban interface and fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operation, CERT organization, disaster psychology and terrorism.

The next training begins on Nov. 3 at the Solana Beach Fire Station, 500 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. For more information contact Lorn Cannon at 720-4412.

College planning session on Oct. 21

Kathleen Johnson, Certified College Planning Specialist with National College Funding and author of The Parents’ Guide to Financial Aid and College Funding, will lead a workshop at San Dieguito Adult Education.

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carmel Valley Middle School, classroom 303. Register through San Dieguito Adult School or call (760) 753-7073.

RSF resident named to arts panel

John Venekamp of Rancho Santa Fe was one of four San Diegans named by Mayor Jerry Sanders to serve on the Commission for Arts and Culture.

The panel evaluates and ranks applications for funding from San Diego arts and culture organizations, community art projects and festivals and celebrations. Last year the commission awarded more than $6 million to more than 100 nonprofits.

Other new members are Joanne Hayakawa, Lewis Klein and Lorin Stewart