Stanislaus and surrounding counties
GET ON THE SUCCESS TRACK: Modesto Junior College will host the 24th annual Hispanic Education Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Modesto Junior College gymnasium on the east campus. The conference provides local high school students with information on a variety of careers and encourages them to choose a career path, focus on a goal and consider attending Modesto Junior College. The keynote presenter will be Virginia Madueño, president of Imagen LLC, a public relations and marketing firm, and vice mayor of Riverbank. Conference check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and the program will start at 8:30. Community role models will give workshops on law enforcement, nursing, business, computer science/graphics, social work, engineering and other special topics.
A special session for Spanish-speaking parents is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Conference admission is free, but pre-registration is requested. Registration forms are available at http://virtual.yosemite.cc.ca.us/HEC or by calling Claudia Ramirez at 575-6698.
NONPROFIT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED: Applications are being accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies interested in applying for the 2008-09 Central Valley/Sierra Combined Federal Campaign. If your agency is in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Mariposa or adjacent counties, your organization is eligible to apply to be included in the campaign. If the application is approved, your organization will be listed as a recipient agency, enabling it to receive donations from federal workers during the fall 2008 Combined Federal Campaign serving the above counties. Contact Jeanie Miller, 527-3412, ext. 18, or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or more information. The application deadline is 4 p.m. on April 14.
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BINGO: Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will offer bingo today at 7 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave.
INFORMATION NIGHT: Students who will be freshmen at Downey High School next year can get information Wednesday about enrolling in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program. The informational session is at 6:30 p.m. in the library. AVID is a ninth-through 12th-grade academic program with the goal of preparing students to meet college entrance requirements. Applications will be accepted Wednesday. For more information, call 576-4214.
FILM AT MJC: The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project Film Series will screen "No End In Sight" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Forum 101. The film was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary in 2007, and offers access to Washington insiders and a story of arrogance and incompetence at the highest levels in the lead-up to and the beginning of the Iraq war. After the film, political science professor Richard Higginbotham will provide commentary and there will be a discussion. The event is free and open to the public.
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