October 21, 2004


Museum's Tower After Hours explores China

Museum of Man continues its Tower After Hours series this month with "Chinese Celebration," a spotlight on Chinese culture and traditions.

Tower After Hours, which has been held the last Thursday of the months February-July this year from 6 to 8 p.m. and now picks up in October, showcases various countries through music and dance performances, presentations, exhibits and cuisine.

This month's event will feature Wu Shu Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrated by the Jing Institute of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture, Chinese zither music performed by Lui GuoJing Evans, and traditional dances by the Moonlight Dance Troupe and the Chinese Folk Dance Theater.

Previous Tower After Hours have profiled Ghana, Brazil, the Pacific Islands, Peru, Mexico and the Philippines.

This event is sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric, Sycuan Resort & Casino, the city of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture and Asia: the Journal of Culture and Commerce. Further collaboration came from the San Diego Asian Film Festival, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District and the Asian Business Association.

The cost is $20 for general admission and $15 for members, with all proceeds benefiting Museum of Man programs. Admission includes entrance to the museum. For advance tickets, call (619) 239-2001 or visit

ACS raises half a million

More than 10,000 walkers braved the rain and participated in the American Cancer Society's seventh annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Balboa Park earlier this week.

The 4.5-mile walk raised more than $550,000 for the cancer organization to support programs geared toward patient assistance, education, advocacy and research.

The local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is one of 100 similar American Cancer Society events. For information, call (800) ACS-2345 or visit

Art show to benefit at-risk youth

The San Diego Center for Children has teamed up with ARTS (A Reason To Survive) and art gallery Mixture to host an exhibit that will feature the art of at-risk youths. The theme of the exhibit is "San Diego Through a Child's Eyes" with the artwork reflecting the artists' interpretation of favorite places in the city, including mountains, beaches, deserts, parks, downtown and theme parks.

All children featured at the event are involved with programs at the San Diego Center for Children, the Ronald McDonald House, San Diego Hospice and Children's Hospital of San Diego.

The art exhibit takes place Thursday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mixture, located at 2210 Kettner Blvd. The $5 donations at the door will go to support art programs. To make reservations for the event, call (858) 277-9550 ext. 344 or e-mail

Kroc Center offers 'challenge zone'

The Salvation Army Kroc Center will be featuring its "challenge zone" at an open house next month.

The Challenge Course Open House will offer six high-climbing challenges (complete with safety harnesses), including the Leap of Faith off a 25-foot pole toward a trapeze bar and other courses with names like Giant's Ladder, Vine Walk, Catwalk, Criss Cross and Flying Squirrel. The 30-foot Kroc Center Climbing Tower will feature six rock-climbing routes.

The challenge will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Kroc Recreation Field located at 6753 University Ave.

The open house is sponsored by the Aztec Recreation Center Team Challenge, San Diego State University's teambuilding program.

The event costs $10 for members of the Aztec Recreation Center and Kroc Center, and $15 for general admittance. Participants must be at least 8 years old, sign a waiver and wear closed-toe athletic shoes.

For more information, call Betsy Till at (619) 269-1467 or visit


October 21, 2004