Centennial Celebration Kicks Off for City of Chula Vista California

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Events to include a Centennial Concert, Chula Vista Day at the Padres, Founder’s Day Festival, Historic Homes Tour, Harbor Days Festival and Centennial Year of Service - Chula Vista Centennial Official Website http://www.chulavista100.com.

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“Chula Vista’s centennial year is a significant milestone and an opportunity to acknowledge the growth and accomplishments of our great city and people,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox.

The City of Chula Vista today announced plans for the Chula Vista Centennial, a yearlong celebration of events and community projects aimed at commemorating the city’s history and people throughout 2011.

Planned events include a kick-off concert featuring local performances, Chula Vista Day at the Padres and a Founder’s Day Festival. Other important events include a Historic Homes Tour, and the Centennial Year of Service, calling on all residents to give of their time and talent to enhance their community.

“Chula Vista’s centennial year is a significant milestone and an important opportunity to acknowledge the growth and accomplishments of our great city and people,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. “Volunteers are giving tirelessly of their time and resources to provide events and projects that our community can enjoy.”

Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan commented, "This is a chance for our residents to reconnect to all that our wonderful city has to offer, including the arts, nature, the harbor, and historic homes.”

To plug into the latest centennial news and calendar events, people are encouraged to visit the official Chula Vista Centennial website at http://www.chulavista100.com. Designed by Chula Vista-born web designer Israel Farrer, the website offers access to the Centennial Facebook page, news feeds and an online store where the centennial book is now available for advanced purchase.

Written by acclaimed historian and retired University of San Diego history professor Steven Schoenherr, the coffee-table style photo and history book, titled Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress, will illustrate the hundred-year history of Chula Vista from a small town that started as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and grew into the seventh fastest growing city in the United States.

To help support centennial-related events and projects, sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses large and small. Interested parties may contact Mary Marcdante, centennial manager, at (619) 585-5682 or mary@chulavista100.com.

All activities are organized by the Centennial’s Committee of 100 volunteers in partnership with community businesses, educational groups, and non-profit organizations and will continue through 2011.

A partial list of event highlights includes:

March 7 & 8, 2011 -- Kickoff Centennial Concert: 10 Decades of Memories, Moments, and Milestones, at the new Performing Arts Center at Chula Vista High School. Produced and performed by Chula Vistans.

April 10, 2011 -- Chula Vista Centennial Day at the Padres – a community celebration at Petco Park, Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

April 30, 2011 – A rare look inside some of the gems of Chula Vista’s Historic Homes including the seldom opened Starkey House on F Street in the Pepper Tree Hilltop neighborhood.

September 24 & 25, 2011 – Explore our waterfront history during the Harbor Days Extravaganza featuring tall ship tours, juried art show, wildlife discovery events, and more.

October 16, 2011 – Founder’s Day Festival, celebrating the community with a day of history, music and fun.

About the Chula Vista Centennial
The City of Chula Vista Centennial is a yearlong, once-in-a-lifetime celebration of events, organized by and for the community to commemorate the history and people of the city and create a lasting legacy. City-wide events sponsored by community businesses, educational groups, and non-profit organizations in partnership with the Centennial's Committee of 100 volunteers will continue through 2011. To learn more about the Centennial and review a calendar of events and projects, visit the official website at http://www.chulavista100.com.

About the City of Chula Vista
The City of Chula Vista is San Diego County’s second largest municipality and will celebrate its Centennial in 2011. With approximately 230,000 residents, the city is located just south of downtown San Diego. Chula Vista’s 33,024 acres is diverse - from coastal shoreline in the West to the San Miguel Mountains in the East. Established neighborhoods, contemporary communities, start-up firms, corporations, nationally recognized entertainment venues, the nation’s only warm weather Olympic Training Center, an award winning Nature Center and a historic downtown all contribute to Chula Vista’s attraction for both families and businesses. Combined with affordability and room to expand, Chula Vista is positioned to continue offering multifaceted opportunities to businesses and residents alike.

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