City councils: Chula Vista, 5 p.m. Tuesday
School boards: Chula Vista Elementary School District, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Coronado Unified School District, 4 p.m. Thursday ; National School District (National City), 6 p.m. Wednesday; San Diego Unified School District, 5 p.m. Tuesday ; Sweetwater Union High School District, 6 p.m. Monday
Amps & Ales returns Saturday to Chula Vista
The Third Avenue Village Association is selling tickets for its upgraded beer and music event, Amps & Ales, which returns to downtown Chula Vista from noon-4 p.m. (VIP) and 1-4 p.m. (general) Saturday on Third Avenue, between Park Way and E Street. Enjoy unlimited samples of brews from San Diego, Tijuana and Ensenada. Wine lovers can sample wines from San Diego and Mexican Wine Country, Valle de Guadalupe. Musical guests include B-Side Players, Marauak, The Gravities, Cumbia Machin, Euphoria Brass Band and The Routine. General admission tickets are $45 and VIP tickets are $60, available at thirdavenuevillage.com/amps-and-ales. Proceeds benefit beautification and improvement efforts of the nonprofit Downtown Chula Vista Association.
‘Rice & Rolls’ cooking class offered
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center hosts “Rice & Rolls,” an adult cooking class, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday 9/17. Learn how to make veggie-filled Fried Rice and Fresh Spring Rolls with a Homemade Peanut Sauce for dipping. Tickets start at $25, with a National City resident discount available. Register at olivewoodgardens.org/events/rice-rolls-adult-cooking-class. Olivewood Gardens is at 2525 N Ave., National City.

Bonitafest brings it this weekend
The 50th annual Bonitafest celebrates South County heritage with several events starting Friday evening with the Twilight Trail Parade, which welcomes equestrians, bikes, strollers, golf carts and walkers. Staging is from 5-6 p.m. at the Sunnyside Saddle Club Equestrian Arena in Rohr Park. Winner of the special “Best Dressed” contest for horses and riders will receive a trophy and gift card for San Diego Saddlery. There will also be special horse treat bags for all equine participants. Parade ends at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library with a book giveaway, snacks and live music. On Saturday, two events beckon: a car parade and performing arts festival, both at Sweetwater Community Church, 5305 Sweetwater Road. The parade starts at 10 a.m., followed by the festival from noon-4 p.m. The festival features vendors and booths, plus performers from the secondary school grades. The Bonitafest Melodrama is a musical comedy this year, based on the real-life events of the 1980s involving a local reporter and a meat scandal. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 9/21 through Sept. 24, also at the church theater. Opening Night Dinner on the Plaza will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday. It includes a catered Mexican dinner with the show and costs $20. Melodrama tickets are $12 adults, children pay their age. Tickets available at bonitafestmelodrama@gmail.com or (619) 850-7126. Visit facebook.com/bonitafest.
Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The National City library invites all to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday in the large meeting room. Enjoy a game of loteria, free books, candy bags, crafts and a bilingual story hour. The library is at 1401 National City Blvd. Call (619) 470-5800; visit nationalcitylibrary.org.
Museum hosts artist’s reception
The “Nuevas Narrativas Nativas/New Native Narratives” exhibition, created by TheFront Gallery in San Ysidro, travels to the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center through Sept. 24. A public reception will be from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday at the museum, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita. This exhibit is the final presentation of the art created by 17 young artists from San Diego and Tijuana. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Visit www.bonitahistoricalsociety.org.

Cafe nights with music start Monday
Café Nights are back at the National City Public Library, from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays starting Monday. The library is seeking talented musicians to volunteer at the Café Nights — jazz groups, acoustic performers, chamber ensembles, vocalists and soloists. If interested, submit an audio link to literacy@nationalcityca.gov or call to schedule an audition at (619) 470-5860. The library is at 1401 National City Blvd.
Artists group presents cruise, contest

South Bayfront Artists presents “Art Aboard! See What You Can Sea,” a sunset cruise and art contest, from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 24. Photographers, artists, mariners and friends of the arts are invited to board the tall ship Bill of Rights at the Chula Vista Excursion dock, 600 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista. They will then have three weeks to submit photos or art inspired by the experience to the “Art Aboard!” contest. Details at southbayfrontartists.org.
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