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Mariachi festival to benefit students with scholarships

STANISLAUS COUNTY

MODESTO -- The Hispanic Leadership Council of Stanislaus County presents its 15th annual Mariachi Scholarship fundraiser at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Assyrian American Civic Club, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd.

The event will begin with a no-host social hour followed by dinner and entertainment.

Featured artists include local singer Berta Olivia; Mariachi Mexicanisimo; Los Tapatíos Del Puerto; and Ballet Folklórico Cultural.

Cost: $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10.

Monies raised will go toward scholarships and school programs for Hispanic Youth Leadership Council students.

Details: (209) 480-1648 or (209) 575-1303.

Business workshop

MODESTO -- A free business workshop on 'Understanding Financial Reports' will be presented by a Wells Fargo Bank financial expert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday (April 14) at the Alliance Free Enterprise Center, 1020 10th St.

Agent receives award

MODESTO -- Gloria Quintero was recently honored at the annual c21 Apollo luncheon with several awards including 'top producer.' She was recognized as being the top listing and sales agent.

Qintero, a native of Sinaloa, México, has been a real estate agent for nine years.

Walk of life

MODESTO -- The annual Walk of Life is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday (April 10) at the Eastridge Community Church, corner of Oakdale Road and Briggsmore Avenue.

The group will sing and pray as it walks two hours through Modesto. The walk will conclude at St. Joseph's Church, 1813 Oakdale Rd.

Clases para conductores de edad avanzada

MODESTO -- El Concilio Nacional de Seguridad del Condado de Stanislaus presentará una serie de cursos de manejo defensivo en español para personas mayores de 50 años.

La próxima clase está programa de las 8 a.m. a las 4 p.m. el lunes (18 de abril) en la oficina de Modesto.

Una vez que se inscriba por teléfono, usted recibirá la dirección e instrucciones. Costo: $10, incluye almuerzo ligero, libro de curso y certificado.

Este curso le podría ahorra dinero con su seguro de auto.

Detalles e inscripciones: (800) 825-7282 extensión 246 o visite: www.safetycenter.org y seleccione 'Driving Safety.'

Capacitación de emergencias

MODESTO -- La Cruz Roja Americana del Condado de Stanislaus está impartiendo clases sobre cómo prepararse para una emergencia, terremoto o incendio.

Las clases son cada tercer jueves del mes de las 4 p.m. a las 6 p.m. y la próxima es el 16 de abril en el Centro de Soluciones Comunitarios de Health Net, 1940 Crows Landing Rd., Suite 10.

Detalles: (209) 556-1406.

Hombre sigue desaparecido

NEWMAN -- La policía sigue buscando a Martín Ruvalcaba, de 47 años de edad, de Newman que desapareció de su casa el 14 de febrero.

Ruvalcaba, de 47 años de edad, sufre de la enfermedad Huntington's, la cual es un desorden degenerativo al sistema nervioso.

De acuerdo a la policía, como a las 11 a.m. la esposa de Ruvalcaba le pidió que se diera un baño. Cinco minutos más tarde, ella fue a revisarlo pero él ya no estaba y la puerta de la cochera estaba parcialmente abierta.

Ruvalcaba pesa 150 libras; mide 5 pies, 5 pulgadas; tiene pelo canoso; y, ojos color café.

El día que salió de su casa en Canyonlands Way cerca de Grand Canyon Way llevaba puesto unos pantalones de mezclilla azules y un suéter negro.

Si alguien tiene información sobre Ruvalcaba favor de llamar al departamento de la policía de Newman al (209) 862-2909.

SAN JOAQUÍN COUNTY

A walk in heels

STOCKTON -- A group of men will trade their sneakers for high heel pumps on April 18, when the Women's Center of San Joaquín County will host its second annual 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' men's march at Sherwood Mall in Stockton.

The demonstration is a protest to rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The purpose of the march is to create community awareness and involve men in ending sexualized violence.

Proceeds from this event will help to support the Women's Center's sexual assault services.

Registration for the march will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the food court of Sherwood Mall, and the walk will step off at 9 a.m. There will be coffee, snacks, photo opportunities and activity stations along the walk route. Registration is $25 for men who bring their own shoes and $35 for men who require shoes. All walkers will receive a free T-shirt.

Details: (209) 941-2611 or visit www.womenscenterofsjc.com.

Eggstravaganza

STOCKTON -- The Central Church of Christ, located at 4368 N. Sutter St., is holding its eighth annual Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday (April 11).

The event will include free Easter egg hunts for all ages, along with free games and activities and free candy. In addition, there will be a Jello egg toss for adults.

Details: (209) 466-2701.

Poetry night

STOCKTON -- University of the Pacific's Gender and the Performing Arts will be hosing a Poetry Slam Session from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at The Lair.

Works submitted must be original and address any issues concerning gender. Submission deadline is April 1. Prizes include cash, gift cards and more.

Details: (209) 210-8276.

STATE

Tip on tax tricks

SACRAMENTO -- The California Tax Education Council is warning consumers to beware of thousands of illegal tax preparers who are doing business statewide and use the last-minute rush to prey on uninformed or distracted taxpayers.

The council's suggestions:

Verify that the tax preparer is an attorney, certified public accountant, registered tax preparer, or enrolled agent.

Be aware that no tax preparer can guarantee you a refund, at least not legally.

Do not trust a tax preparer who claims only your signature is required to prepare your return.

Leslie Farms workers sought

The Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB) and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation are seeking former farmworkers at Leslie Farms. The tomato and strawberry grower in north San Diego County is known to many workers as "Los Diablos."

Up to $400,000 is available to pay workers as a result of a settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by former workers who claimed the company did not pay all wages owed them for overtime and other hours worked.

Eligible claimants must mail their claims no later than April 30, 2009 in order to receive money.

The settlement involves workers who were employed by the company between July 23, 1999 and July 22, 2003.

Details: Dorothy A. Johnson at (619) 370-1783.

Buscan trabajadores

La Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB) y Fundación de Asistencia Rural de California (CRLA, siglas en inglés) están busacando trabajadores en el caso de Leslie Farms, o "Los Diablos." Si usted trabajaba con Los Diablos entre el 23 de julio del 1999 y el 22 de julio del 2003, estará eligible para reclamar dinero de un arreglo en un caso colectivo entablado con la corte.

Detalles: Dorothy A. Johnson al (619) 370-1783.

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