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UOP to hold financial aid workshops for minority students

STOCKTON - University of the Pacific will hold two financial aid workshops on Sunday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Feb. 5, aimed at boosting the number of underrepresented students on college campuses. The free workshops, geared toward Latino and African American high school students, will be held on UOP’s Stockton campus and are open to the public, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Weston Ranch library hosts Teen Video Game days

STOCKTON - The Weston Ranch Branch Library will host Teen Video Gaming Day on the second Friday of each month beginning Jan. 14.

Join other teens for an afternoon of video game fun in the community room, located at 1453 West French Camp Road. Bring along a friend and compete or form teams to challenge each other.

The free program is provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Stockton Public Library. The Weston Ranch Branch Library is a part of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. For more information, call (209) 937-8221 or visit www.stockton.lib.ca.us.

Stockton to hold 19th Annual HIREvent

STOCKTON - Jumpstart the new year with a new career at the 19th Annual HIREvent on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 12 p.m. - 5p.m. at the Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 West Fremont.

Job seekers will find an impressive lineup of employers eager to fill positions in a variety of fields. They'll be able to personally meet dozens of representatives from private and public organizations.

The event is free and those interested in attending should dress to impress as free resume reviews will be offered by local business experts.

For more information, visit www.JobJournal.com or call 1-888-THE-JOBS.

Free dental health clinic offered to low-income children

Free dental health clinic offered to low-income children

STOCKTON - A free "Give Kids a Smile" dental clinic for disadvantaged children will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m at University of the Pacific's Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center, located at 757 Brookside Road (north of the Calaveras River).

The event, hosted by the San Joaquin Dental Society and UOP, will offer dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays and emergency treatments for children up to age 17. All services will be free and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in four childen, aged 2 to 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth," said Dr. Edward Graham, a Stockton dentist. "This is no surprise to most area dentists.

UOP presents 'Foreclosure, USA' exhibit

UOP presents 'Foreclosure, USA' exhibit

STOCKTON - University of the Pacific's Reynolds Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of San Francisco-Bay Area photographer Kirk Crippen's Foreclosure, USA series about the housing foreclosure crisis here in Stockton. The exhibit runs from Jan. 18 - Feb. 18, with an opening reception on Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Crippens will give an "Artist's Talk" on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall adjacent to Reynolds Gallery, in the Jeannette Powell Art Center, Room 29.

The artist said he chose Stockton as the subject of his foreclosure series in 2009 when it became a center of the housing crisis in America.

"In the first quarter of 2009, one in every 27 housing units in the area received a foreclosure notice, against a national rate of about one in 159," said Crippens.

San Joaquin Building Futures Academy hosts open house


STOCKTON - The brand new San Joaquin Building Futures Academy (SJBFA) will host an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at 3100 Mt. Diablo in Stockton.

The event, in conjunction with the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, will give the community a chance to learn how SJBFA is creating a foundation for future success by providing its students with a non-traditional approach to education by focusing on developing construction and leadership skills. The academy offers hands-on construction training for young adults in need of a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED).

For more information about San Joaquin Building Futures Academy, visit www.sjcoe.org.

Congressman Cardoza closes, relocates Stockton office

Congressman Cardoza closes, relocates Stockton office


STOCKTON - Congressman Dennis Cardoza, CA-18, announced Monday he will be moving his Stockton District office, currently located at 137 East Weber Avenue, into a government-owned building in order to better provide better service and a higher level of security to constituents. The Stockton office will temporarily close during the transition.

Cardoza didn't disclose the address of the new location just yet.

Constituents who need assistance from the congressman can still call the Stockton office at (209) 946-0361 or visit his Modesto office located at 1010 10th Street, Suite 5800, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

"Relocating to a government building will provide better security for Central Valley residents visiting my office of assistance," said Cardoza. "Over the past few years, I have moved both my Merced and Modesto offices to government buildings.

"America Back to Work" tour to stop in Stockton

STOCKTON - The "America Back to Work" national tour will visit the Stockton Big Valley Black Expo on March 5 and 6 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The job fair is free and open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The tour, a national effort to bring employment opportunities to Americans, will provide hands-on information, resources, interviews and advice to job seekers and employers.

The annual expo will also feature dozens of companies and experts available to help residents learn how to purchase a home, how to obtain a loan modification, find out what banks have to offer and even speak directly with legal authorities.

Workshops offering information on how to live a healthier lifestyly

For more information and to register a company's participation, call (209) 545-1249.

UOP students to attend U.S. Naval Academy conference

STOCKTON - Three University of the Pacific students have been selected to atetnd the U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference, an event held every year to bring together undergraduate student and military personnel from across the country.

Students Sarah George, Silvia Guzman and Caelan Urquhart will represent UOP at the conference because of their leadership qualities, including George who is an Iraqi war veteran. She is a senior at the university and is one of the few women veterans at the school. Guzman is a junior majoring in History and plans to join the Navy. Urquhart is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration.

The conference will be held from Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. CEO of General Motors, Daniel Akerson, will speak on theme "Leader Development: The Cycle of Success."

After the conference, the UOP representatives will speak at an alumni reception at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

SF Giants' World Series trophy comes to Stockton

SF Giants' World Series trophy comes to Stockton

STOCKTON - The coveted 2010 World Series trophy awarded to the San Francisco Giants will stop in Stockton on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium at 525 North Center Street.

The event is free and open to the public. Fans will have the opportunity to view the trophy and take a professional photo for purchase online.

Much of Northern California has thousands of Giants fans and everyone celebrated when after 52 years of dedicated support, the team won the national title. The trophy is on tour visiting various cities in California with a final stop in Fresno on April 5.

The tour representatives will do their best to make sure everyone has a chance to view, but not touch, the trophy. Fans will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.