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Tracy eatery crowns art champ

Tracy eatery crowns art champ

More than 3,000 customers voted for the winners of the Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt 2014 Second Annual Art Competition.

Tracy high school students Angel Romero, Joel Mejia and Lauren Felix took the top three places in Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt’s 2014 Second Annual Art Competition. The competition featured more than 270 entries and earned approximately 3,000 votes from Menchie’s guests.

The customers selected the top three finishers from the 270 entries submitted by two local high schools.  ... Read More

Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards nominations sought

Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards nominations sought

The San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women is looking for women to honor at its Feb. 15 dinner at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.

The Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Awards honor women who have made achievements in San Joaquin County in categories such as business, community service, creative arts, education, government and politics, homemaking, law and legal services, labor and employment, health care, media, peace, religion, research, science, sports, women’s rights and women’s services... Read More

November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

Unemployment ticked up slightly in November in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.  Both counties reported a 10.7 percent unemployment rate, up from revised October rates of 9.9 for San Joaquin and 10.0 for Stanislaus County.

The counties’ rates remain higher than the state’s overall 7.2 percent rate and significantly higher than the national average of 5.8 percent... Read More

Health care fair planned in Lathrop

Health care fair planned in Lathrop

LATHROP — Health care workers with the SEIU-UHW will help people sign up for free and low-cost health coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California at a free health fair in Lathrop.

Anyone who wants to enroll at the fair will need to bring proof of identity such as a photo ID, driver’s license or passport; proof of address such as a piece of postmarked mail; proof of income such as the last 30 days of paystubs or tax filings from 2013; proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate, permanent resident card, or certificate of citizenship or naturalization; and date of birth, social security number, and home ZIP code for each family member.

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Christmas Posadas This Saturday

Christmas Posadas This Saturday

The Christmas season is always a favorite time at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Sutter, Stockton.  This Saturday, December 20th the annual posadas (a candlelight procession which reenacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter) starts at St. Mary’s Church (203 E. Washington Street, Stockton) at 5 pm and winds its way through the streets of downtown ending at the Mexican Heritage Center where beautiful nacimientos (nativity) scenes are waiting for all to see.  Mexican hot chocolate and sweet bread will be served. Tamales are on sale for $2 each or $20 per dozen. Bring the family and join this Stockton tradition.  

If you can’t make the posadas, the Nacimientos display is on view at the Mexican Heritage Center through December 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon – 5 pm.  

City of Tracy to award nearly half million dollars in grants

City of Tracy to award nearly half million dollars in grants

TRACY — Businesses and organizations that help with job creation, emergency food and shelter, aid to domestic violence victims or provide services to seniors are encouraged to apply for a grant through the city of Tracy.

The funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The city estimates it will have $457,746 to award. ... Read More

Art Against Violence

Art Against Violence

Draw It Out, the group formed to provide art experiences for children to express their feelings about gun violence, continues to find new ways to connect with the public. In November, Draw It Out created an altar for the Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexican Heritage Center with Cleveland School Remembers, their partner organization, to celebrate the lives of the five children killed during the Cleveland School shooting twenty-five years ago.  This altar then moved to Pittman School’s Festival of Honor, an annual event celebrating the ideas and people that we love. 

Draw It Out’s latest venture is a thought provoking exhibit  coming up in January at the Mexican Heritage Center (111 S. Sutter) entitled, “Art Against Violence” which calls for all mediums of art (visual and performing art) examining the causes, effects and solutions to violence that the group hopes will lead to action and a more peaceful Stockton.