CERES STUDENTS KICK BUTTS TODAY: Ceres High School students will celebrate Kick-Butts Day at noon today in the quad. Students will hold a memorial in honor of those who have died of tobacco-related causes. It's one of several events taking place nationwide to bring attention to tobacco marketing and sales to kids. A new poll of 507 teens nationwide found that kids feel targeted by tobacco advertising and find it easy to buy tobacco products. Tobacco companies spend more than $36 million per day on marketing, according to the Federal Trade Commission. About 23 percent of high school students nationwide smoke. Health advocates are urging Congress to pass legislation granting the Federal Drug and Alcohol Association authority to regulate tobacco products. The 13th annual Kick Butts Day is sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. For more information, check out http://kickbuttsday.org.
MARKETING EVENT: The business administration marketing class at Modesto Junior College will hold its annual promotion and marketing event today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the east campus quad, 435 College Ave. The theme is "The American Highway," and it will feature free food, entertainment, games, and prizes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Scot Hoard at 914-1302.
DRAWING WORKSHOP: Emilio Soltero, an art instructor at Modesto Junior College, will offer a presentation titled "Draw" from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Art Building Room 102, on the east campus. Soltero will give a demonstration of figure drawing, anatomy and character design. The event is free and open to the public. Single-day parking passes are available in campus parking lots for $1. Soltero also will teach a one-day figure drawing marathon at the Crocker Museum on May 17. For more information, call 575-6081.
HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING: The Hispanic Leadership Council will have its regular Friday meeting at 7 a.m. Elvia Arroyo from the Superior Court of Stanislaus County will speak about court mediation services. The meeting will be at the DoubleTree Garden Terrace Café. The public is welcome.
SCIENCE FAIR: The community is invited to participate in the annual Grace Lutheran Science Fair, which will offer parents and students 26 hands-on demonstrations along with 29 original science fair experiments. The free fair is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran School, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave. For more information, call the school office at 529-1800.
TRI-TIP DRIVE THROUGH: A tri-tip, chicken and linguica sandwich drive-through will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 9 in the Liberty Market parking lot on Schendel Road. Proceeds will help raise $3,500 needed to take the Merced County Office of Education's special education class to Disneyland. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Calbreath at 620-0792, or Barry, fund-raiser coordinator, at 620-6218.
MOMS CLUB: Meet other at-home mothers at MOMS Club. The next meeting will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Hughson Family Resource Center, 2413 Third St. Beginning in June, the club will meet outside at Smyrna Park in Ceres. The Moms Offering Moms Support Club is an international nonprofit organization specifically for at-home mothers. It has monthly business meetings, field trips, park play days, a monthly MOMS Night Out and more! Prospective members may come to one business meeting and one activity free of charge before deciding to join. Yearly dues are $25. For more information, contact Johanna Sullivan at 883-2829 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.geocities.com/ceresmomsclub.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: Dr. Miguel Altieri, an agroecology expert from the University of California at Berkeley, will speak at 6 p.m. today at California State University, Stanislaus, about sustainable agriculture as a productive and natural resource preserving process. Part of the Stanislaus State Agricultural Studies speaker series sponsored by Yosemite Farm Credit, the program will be in the Faculty Development Center. For more information, call the Agricultural Studies Department at 664-6648.
CÉSAR CHÁVEZ CELEBRATION: Jose Padilla, director of California Rural Legal Assistance, will speak Thursday at the 13th annual California State University, Stanislaus, César Chávez Celebration. The program will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception featuring Latin jazz and a silent auction in the Carol Burke Lounge. Padilla's presentation will follow at 6 p.m. in the Event Center. Admission is free and it is open to the public. The event is sponsored by the University Union, Associated Students and the César Chávez Celebration Planning Board, composed of students and staff. Winners of the annual poster art, essay and poetry contest will have their work showcased at the program and will be presented with their awards. Music and dance during the main program will feature the group Ballet Folklorico, Los Falcones and a group sing of De Colores. For more information, call Gabriela Nuno at 664-6835.
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