Boy’s And Girls Club Opens New Digs

It’s a little out of the way but there’s room to grow
BY: BARBI DHAL

The new and very much improved Club de Ninos y Ninas, (that’s the Boys and Girls Club to you Gringos), has opened with much pomp and circumstance.

Armed with driving instructions and a very vague street map I set out to find the party. I followed arrows to what I assumed was overflow parking only to run into a very big earth mover (and he was driving a bulldozer). At this time there is not a lot of parking space, but this won’t be a problem most days. The Club will be super nice when it’s finished. But big machines and workmen are going to be very much present for quite a while.

The main building is a weather worthy ginormous cinder block quonset hut, but clearly unfinished. Several rooms were labeled, including a huge kitchen area (thanks much to Bo Bendana of Mi Casa Supper Club, and daddy dearest, Hugo Torres). Years of fund raising,, including all proceeds of the popular October Mariachi Fests, have made this newly expanded club possible.

The Mariachi Divas provided musical entertainment to the several hundred people in attendance, highlighted by the playing of the new Boys and Girls Club song. A contest garnered 19 entries for a chance to grab the $1000 prize sponsored by  B&G Club super supporter Jerry Lester. The winning song was penned by Dolores Moreno of Nogales. Second place was a tie between Vidal Farrett and Herman Rodriguez, a CSU Northridge professor. The winning tune will be used as the local theme song.

The Club’s own ninas in beautiful costumes regaled the audience with traditional Mexican dances, followed by the older students dancing to music from the Broadway hit Grease. The staff was introduced, and framed photos were bestowed upon some of the more generous benefactors. In addition to Mexican favorites, there were burgers and ice cream.

A high point of the evening was when Nancy Solomon, a script supervisor for “Fear the Walking Dead” which is currently filming season three in Rosarito, presented a check for $10,000 U.S. from the AMC Network, to sponsor the teenagers’ dream room with brain games, comfy areas to sit and dream, and counselors to help teenagers find their way to the university or to becoming entrepreneurs.

In the future there will be a library, dance hall, and creative activities room. Other rooms under construction are administrative offices, an auditorium/theatre, and nurse station. The proposed computer lab will be able to help up to 60 children an hour, and there will be a library and math lab.

A lot of money is still needed.  Banners posted around the property pled for additional funds needed to finish the buildings.

Ready for use are the soccer field and volleyball court, which are on a leveled dirt pad. Grass is planned.

If you haven’t inspected the property yet, it’s well worth the visit, and they are giving guided tours, as everyone is proud of their new home and excited to show it off.

 Directions to the club: going north on the free road, pass Pabellon center and turn right at the next stop light (Calle Diego Esquivel); go all the way to the end and turn right on Sharp Blvd.; Take the first left (it is a dirt road) and travel up the hill about a quarter of a mile. You can’t miss it.

For information or to donate to the completion of the club, contact Rosy at RosyMTorres@hotmail.com or info@clubrosarito.org;  phone: 661-100-2449, or 661-850-1773, or visit www.ClubRosarito.org. Or you can friend them on Facebook at Club de ninos y ninas de Rosarito.