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The Black Arts Movement Celebration Laverne and Dennard Davis with Belva Davis at The Black Arts Movement and Its Influences held at the Multicultural Center in Merced. Television Journalist Belva Davis hosted the opening night of Black Arts Movement and Influence event.

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Political Kindergartners By Greg Allen One of my kids recently said: “I never really cared much about politics before, Dad, but I think I better start. Life’s not easy and the country’s a mess. I think Barack Obama’s policies are scary, quite honestly, and I’m gonna register to vote for the first time.” My daughter is 32-yearsold. She’s an adult who rarely heeds my advice. Who am I to tell her how to run her life anyway. She’s had to experience life’s trials and educate herself in societal participation. From the statements she’s made one could conclude she’s been a “Political Kindergartner” and quite satisfied with it until now. Studies have shown an individual’s identity is forged by the third grade. I surmise attitudes and behavior are chiseled into the minds of children as early as kindergarten or preschool. The environment they’re raised in, the parents they have, teachers, and a host of other mitigating circumstances forge the destiny of boys and girls early on. It’s a safe bet to say some of us never really graduated from kindergarten at all. There are those like my daughter who never felt it was necessary to engage in the political process and they’re fine with whatever direction a politician may steer the country. It’s a standard of indifference they’re all-too-eager to wave. They’ve nodded off, bored, and are more interested in taking a mid-day nap. On the other hand, there are those who are also grouped in the classification of “Political Kindergartners” who are wide-eyed, easily persuaded, and close minded to any alternatives other than the ones they’re constantly a suitor to. You might say their mind is like a sponge, absorbing everything propelled their way and they never question

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the validity of anything or the motivation behind a given premise. Then there are those who make up the “Why” syndrome class. Those who fall in that category usually question everything. They don’t blend in with the inept. The fact of the matter may be at the bottom of the sand box, but discovering the truth about a given thing is well worth the effort to them in the end. However, there are those, especially in politics, who have a clandestine agenda, an end game, they secretively set out to accomplish. Certain politicians believe the young are impressionable, and most are. They view that voting bloc as trophies for a movement. The polished speech and slick talk of some politicians have a tendency to persuade and even move many voters. A few commentators have labeled that type of political kindergartner as “Low Information.” Then again, there are some politicians who could also be considered “Political Kindergartners.” They could be defined as a neighborhood bully, a close minded prude who when they don’t get their way cross their arms and pout, a whiner who’s never satisfied and always thrusts the finger of blame in someone else’s chest, or the noxious type who makes outrageous and inflammatory statements to gain attention in the sphere of public opinion. The list of anecdotes to describe the childish behavior of today’s congressional leaders is no doubt inexhaustible. If you’d like to entertain yourself, think back to your days in elementary school and reminisce about the behavior of classmates. Put a face upon the antics emanating from America’s capital. In the end, if you’ve been lucky enough to see some of those elementary youngsters

grow up you’ll find that some of their personalities never really changed at all. A few kids had a chip on their shoulder yet eventually got over it, but some still walk around with it to this day and it spills over into their political views more often than not. A fourth grade teacher once told me my ambitions would be nothing more than to hang off the back of a garbage truck. In contrast, a sixth grade teacher assured me I could be anything I wanted in

life. We were all Kindergartners once, yet the definition could have a lingering effect if we let it. A host of Americans believe “The country’s a mess” as my daughter does. But, it’s time to vanquish those fetters of yesterday and graduate past something more than elementary. Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bimonthly. He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist

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Woodland Hills, CA – Judy Belk will lead The California Wellness Foundation as its next president and CEO, effective April 7, 2014, announced Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Belk is currently senior vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a position she has held since 2002. “Judy has stellar operational and strategic leadership expertise in philanthropy and a strong sense of valuing the voices of grantees,” Staggers said. “This coupled with her track record in myriad philanthropic efforts that support

underserved communities makes her a strong match for The California Wellness Foundation.” A seasoned leader with more than 25 years of senior management experience in the philanthropic, government, nonprofit and corporate sectors, Belk played a pivotal role in building Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) into one of the nation’s largest independent nonprofit advisory firms, which currently advises on more than $300 million annually in more than 30 countries. She launched the firm’s West Coast and Midwest operations and helped position RPA as a global “thought leader” in promoting effective strategic philanthropy, impact investing, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Previously, Belk served as vice president of global public affairs at Levi Strauss & Co., reporting directly to the chairman and CEO, with responsibilities for both the company’s and foundation’s leadership in the global fight against AIDS, as well as their economic development, environmental and antiracism initiatives. “I am proud to join the Foundation and support its mission to promote a healthier California,” Belk said. “Since its founding, TCWF has played a historic role in courageously funding in public health areas that had drawn little or no philanthropic attention.” Belk said that, in the process, the Foundation has expanded the definition of health and wellness for all Californians, particularly underserved, diverse communities. “I’m looking forward to working with TCWF’s impressive Board, its talented staff and committed community partners across the state in leveraging the Foundation’s resources and voice in bringing about meaningful health

Philanthropic Leader Judy Belk Appointed First African American Woman President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation

Committed to Increasing Philanthropic Resources for People of Color, TCWF Makes History By Naming Three Distinguished African Americans Into Leadership Roles changes,” she said. Eugene Washington, M.D., vice chair of TCWF’s Board, believes Belk’s vast philanthropic expertise will add valuable insight to the Foundation’s current and future grantmaking programs, especially as they relate to health coverage. “With the expansion of health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, it is an important time in California and the nation,” Washington said. “I look forward to working with Judy on this vital issue and others that are affecting the health of the people of California.” The Foundation is recognized nationally for its strategic core operating support that builds and sustains the capacity of health and human-service nonprofit organizations, and for its public policy grantmaking. TCWF has also earned national recognition for funding public education and policy outreach, including groundbreaking, multilingual campaigns in violence prevention, teenage pregnancy prevention and promoting diversity in the health professions. Belk will bring to the Foundation a strong track record of leadership spanning the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. At Levi Strauss & Co., she led a global team in pioneering work on AIDS education and prevention, and women’s economic development, and launched Project Change, a national antiracism initiative, which was recognized by President Bill Clinton with the first Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership in 1998. She also developed and led the company’s philanthropic efforts in postapartheid South Africa.

Throughout her career, Belk has been a strong advocate in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity both within and outside of the philanthropic sector. She has been a passionate voice in raising awareness of the needs of women and girls, as well as communities of color. She has been actively involved in the D5 Initiative, a national coalition of philanthropic leaders committed to increasing philanthropic resources for women, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, and people of color. “The Foundation is at a key crossroads in its history,” said Cole Wilbur, TCWF’s interim president and CEO. “As we sunset the Responsive Grantmaking Program, the Foun-

dation welcomes Judy, an enterprising leader with deep knowledge in philanthropy, to lead the next era of our grantmaking.” Belk joins a distinguished roster of executives who have led the Foundation since it was founded more than two decades ago. Belk is a frequent writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race and social change, and her work has been recognized with several state and national awards. Her pieces have aired on National Public Radio and appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

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Fracking Question Looms Over California Congressional Race

South Kern Sol / New America Media, News Report, Alfredo Camacho BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — While California’s Central Valley is known for being a top producer of agricultural goods in the state, that reputation could one day be surpassed by the mass production of another valuable commodity: energy. Whether or not that happens will hinge in part on what position the region’s elected officials take on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a technique for extracting oil or gas under the earth that uses injections of water and chemicals under a high pressure to penetrate bedrock. Kern County sits atop the Monterey Shale Deposit, the largest known shale oil deposit known to exist, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated in 2011 contains half of all the recoverable oil within U.S. borders. Last week in Bakersfield, candidates in the race for the 21st Congressional District met at an open forum hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Former Assemblywoman Nicole Parra. Incumbent Steve Valadao, a Republican, and Democratic challengers Amanda Renteria and John Hernandez attended the forum, where they were each asked where they stand on the issue of regulating frack-

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ing on public lands. Hernandez stood alone in staunch opposition to the expansion of fracking onto public lands. “I have serious concerns about fracking, serious concerns,” said Hernandez. “When you consider what’s been happening in places around the country where it’s been done, there have been over 220 earthquakes reported as a result of fracking, and the water pumped into wells becomes polluted.” Hernandez said that the risk of water contamination from fracking is too much to risk for Kern. “We have enough bad water as it is, and folks in Lamont, Arvin, Shafter, already have problems with water and fracking that is currently going on,” continued Hernandez. Renteria offered a more positive opinion on fracking, noting the potential benefits of the practice, but also cautioned that it should be done safely and conservatively in order to avoid water contamination. “Here’s our reality: we need jobs and we need energy independence, and fracking is one of the ways that we can create jobs and grow the industry,” said Renteria. “But we have to do it with the right balance.” Renteria added that state government and fracking industry leaders were be-

ginning to meet to come to some agreements on regulations for 2015. “The regulations are a good start but we have to make sure we can keep growing food for the future,” countered Hernandez. Valadao saw fracking as a non-issue altogether. “Fracking has been done here in Kern County without issues for over 60 years,” said Valadao. “I’ve had the Secretary of Energy under Obama assure me that yes, enough studies have been done on the safety of fracking, and if we can do it safety, we should take the opportunity to grow jobs and acquire energy.” Each question looped back to jobs and how to improve the economy of a congressional district with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. “What we did in central California [seven years ago] is we focused on a regional job fair, working very closely with the Department of Social Services of Fresno County and the Economic Development in Fresno, to educate small business owners on how to grow their business, how to develop their models,” said Hernandez. “That job fair, seven years later, is now the largest job fair in central California, with over 200 exhibitors and employers with 2,500 job openings.” Hernandez, who himself worked with and through the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, touted his experience in small business development to help grow the district’s economy, but emphasized production and infrastructure, particularly water infrastructure, to improve the economy. “We need to build infrastructure in America, again,” said Hernandez. “Building jobs cannot be exported.” Valadao, as a sitting congressman, was able to refer to bills he had worked on as well as deflecting comments referring to Congressional Republicans’ recalcitrance and

obstructionism. “I still remember the day, sitting there on the floor, when Collin Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota on the agriculture committee, referred to me as the only member of the house who understood the dairy policy,” said Valadao. “I’m very proud that his year has been spent with senators, like Senator Feinstein, to work on bipartisan bills to help our farmers here in my district. Though not officially a debate, as candidates were not allowed to direct-l y address each other, there were times when candidates snuck in underhanded barbs

at each other, such as when Renteria referred to “partisan press conferences” by congressional Republicans referring to Valadao, a remark he just as discretely rebutted in his comment. With a special election coming up on June 3 to decide between Renteria and Hernandez on the Democratic side, forums like this will surely become more contentious as the stakes become clear. South Kern Sol is a youthled community media project founded by New America Media to serve the unincorporated communities of South Kern County.

37th Annual Celebration of the Humanities

Join us as we celebrate the 37th anniversary of Modesto Junior College’s student fine arts competition by entering your best work in one of twenty contests from the listed categories by Tuesday, March 25, 2014 and participating in the festivities celebrating the humanities in the month of April. Our 37th Anniversary celebration festivities include the Annual New Music Concert on April 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the MJC Performing and Media Arts Center Main Auditorium (East Campus); the Writing and Humanities Awards Ceremony on April 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the

Performing Arts Center, Little Theatre (East Campus); the Art Exhibit Opening on April 11th at 1:00 p.m. in the MJC Art Gallery (the art exhibit of student works will also continue on East Campus from April 11th until April 18th); the Choreographer’s Showcase on April 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the El Capitan Building, Cabaret West Dance Theatre (West Campus); and the Storytelling Evening on April 29th at 5:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Little Theatre (East Campus). For more information visit:

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Tutor adults @ the Atwater Library Help adults in the community improve reading, writing and math skills by volunteering as a tutor on Merced County Library’s Read and Succeed. Merced adult literacy program. Call (209) 385-7391 to reserve your space for the Volunteer Tutor Training orientation on Tues., March 25, 2014, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Merced Main Library, 2014, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mer-

ced Main Library, 2100 O St., Merced. The Orientation is prerequisite to the Volunteer Tutor Training held on Sat., Mar. 29, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the main library. Both events are free. Volunteer tutors must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or GED certificate.


MJC presents screening of “Two American Families” (Modesto, CA) – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the film “Two American Families” on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Avenue. The free event is part of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots. As it chronicles the financial struggles of two typical American families over the last 20

years, this documentary strives to bring larger economic trends into sharp focus and to reveal their role in the decline of the middle class. A discussion will follow the showing of the film. For more information on MJC’s Civic Engagement Project or the Spring Film and Lecture Series, contact Jason Wohlstadter, professor of English, at


First time home buyer, owner-occupied rehabilitation funding available The City of Merced Housing Division has received funding to help you achieve your goal of home-ownership. If interested in purchasing a home under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), please read the guidelines and complete the application below. Additionally, loans are available through this grant for the Home Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program. This program is for current homeowners needing repairs. Types of repairs include replacement of windows, roofs, sewer lines and flooring. Approved applications can

receive up to $50,000 (based on available equity) to upgrade their homes. For details about the CalHome First Time Home Buyers or Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation programs, go to the City’s website at www., call (209) 385-6863 or visit the Housing Office on the Third Floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. Both programs have income limits based on HUD guidelines. The First Time Home Buyer program only includes homes within designated arears of City limits.


Celebrating Women in Politics Luncheon You are invited to The 10th ANNUAL

Please join us on Thursday March 27, 2014 for the 10th Annual Celebrating Women in Politics Luncheon. Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Merced County, Soroptimist Internatioinal of Merced, National Council of Negro Women, Atwater-Merced Alumnae Chap-

ter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. We are pleased to announce our guest speakers: Debbie Poochigian, Supervisor, Fresno County District 5, Dora Crane, Merced Union High School District Trustee. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. No tickets are sold at the door. For tickets or more information please contact Susan Walsh at

Love Atwater Project Love Atwater consist of a group of local volunteer citizens and organizations that come together to help with the beautification of Atwater. Saturday, April 5, 2014 they are gathering together to perform general clean-up, main-

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United Way offering free tax Service United Way of Merced County is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to offer free tax services to Merced County residents for those who meet specific requirements. Locations are in Merced, Winton and Los Banos. Residents must have had a household income of less than $52,000 in 2013. In addition, residents may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (ETIC), and may qualify for up to $5891 in additional refund money. Tax preparation is provided by IRS-certified volunteers who prepare the tax returns and file them electronically on-site.

Carol Bowan, Executive Director of United Way of Merced County was positive about the number of people taking advantage of the free service. “We assisted 580 people last year,” she says, “with refund totals close to $880.000.” Tax service locations are open now through Saturday, April 12. Locations for residents to receive the free tax preparation are United Way of Merced in Merced (209) 383-4242, Senior Community Center in Merced (209) 385-8803, Lifeline Community Center in Winton (209) 358-6939 and Salvation Army in Los Banos (209) 827-4945. Since tax preparation days and times vary, each location should be contacted to get specifics.


Valley Fever Lecture Series to Bring Attention to ‘Silent Epidemic’ Discussions include the impact of the illness on farmworkers, children and the economy, its biological basis and misconceptions, and challenges detecting and treating valley fever MERCED, Calif. — Valley fever, described as a “silent epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control, will be explored through a series of wide-ranging talks at the University of California, Merced. Twelve lectures will be held between March and May. Ten will be presented on the university campus. One will be presented remotely by the founder of valleyfeversurvivor. com and one presentation will be held at the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research. All lectures are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. “The aim of the lecture series is to raise awareness of a largely silent disease that has a significant impact on the San Joaquin Valley,” said Professor Paul Brown, director of the campus’s Health Sciences Research Institute. “Great strides are needed to enhance prevention, detection and treatment. UC Merced is committed to developing a collaborative approach to respond to this regional ailment.” Researchers estimate that each year, more than 150,000 people are infected by Coccidioides, the fungus that causes valley fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Infection occurs when microscopic fungal spores are inhaled. Most people who are infected do not show symptoms, while others may experience flu-like symptoms that last from weeks to months. Severe cases can even result in death. The fungus is commonly found in the Southwest, par-

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ticularly Arizona and California, including the San Joaquin Valley. Friday, March 14 “Clinical Considerations in Coccidioidomycosis” Nathan Stockamp, M.D., assistant clinical professor, UC San Francisco at UCSF Fresno UC Merced, Social Sciences and Management Building, Room 317 Wednesday, April 2 “The Impact of Valley Fever on Correctional Health Care Ethics” Clarence Cryer Jr., Master of Public Health, California Correctional Health Care Services UC Merced, Classroom and Office Building, Room 322 Friday, April 11 “Ecology of Coccidioides immitis - Challenges to Detect this Fungal Pathogen in its Natural Habitat” Antje Lauer, Ph.D., assistant professor, California State University, Bakersfield UC Merced, Social Sciences and Management Building, Room 317 Wednesday, April 16 “Valley Fever Basics,” plus an update from the 2014 Cocci Study Group meeting Herbert Boro, M.D., Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Cocci Study Group UC Merced, Classroom and Office Building, Room 322 Friday, April 18 “Inflammasome Activation by the Fungal Pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus” David Ojcius, professor, UC Merced UC Merced, Social Sciences and Management Building, Room 317 Wednesday, April 23 “Public and Medical Misinformation on Valley Fever” David Filip, founder, Valley UC Merced, Social Sciences and Management Building, Room 366

Wednesday, April 30 “The Ebb and Flow of Coccidioidomycosis in Kern County” Kirt Emery, Master of Public Health, County of Kern, Public Health Services Department UC Merced, Classroom and Office Building, Room 322 Thursday, May 1 “Regulation of Cell Shape and Virulence in Thermally Dimorphic Fungi” Anita Sil, M.D., associate professor, UC San Francisco UC Merced, Social Sciences and Management Building, Room 317 Thursday, May 1 “Coccidioides Species Outside a Living Host: Saprophytic or Saprozooic?” John Taylor, professor, UC Berkeley UC Merced, Social Sciences and Management Building, Room 317 Wednesday, May 7 “Undocumented Accounts of Valley Fever: Farmworkers in the Central Valley” Sarah M. Rios, UC Santa Barbara UC Merced, Classroom and Office Building, Room 322 Wednesday, May 14 “Preliminary Perspectives of Children with Valley Fever” Erin Gaab, Ph.D., UC Merced UC Merced, Social Sciences and Management Building, Room 117 Wednesday, May 21 “The Costs Behind California’s Rising Silent Epidemic” Leslie Wilson, professor, UC San Francisco UCSF Fresno Center, Room 116 Lectures are free and open to the public. People unable to attend in person can watch as the discussions are streamed online, and will be available online afterward, too. Attendees can register online or contact Erin Gaab at 209-228-4803 for streaming details and for more informa-

tion. The lecture series, funded in part by Sierra Health Foundation, is the next step in an effort led by the UC Merced Health Sciences Research Institute aimed at combating valley fever. In November 2013, UC Merced, UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program and California State University, Fresno’s Central California Center for Health and Human Services held a “Valley Fever Research Day” to determine research priorities and public service needs related to valley fever. Because valley fever is a rare disease outside the Southwest, it does not attract sufficient research funding. More than 40 percent of people infected

with valley fever have symptoms. Many of those infected with valley fever are sick without knowing why or without being diagnosed. HSRI is developing a consortium to increase awareness about the disease and to improve detection and treatment through research, clinical care and community outreach. Partners include UCSF Fresno, Fresno State, Community Medical Centers, Children’s Hospital Central California, the public health departments in the eight counties that make up the San Joaquin Valley and community organizations serving or working with people most at risk for valley fever.

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Save the Date for Earth Day 2014 Mark your calendars! Modesto’s 25th Annual Earth Day in the Park Festival will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Graceada Park, located at 401 Needham Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This popular FREE community event provides a unique opportunity to learn about the environment in a family-friendly setting. It’s an entire day of “green” education, free entertainment, great food, family fun and a whole lot more!

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18th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Family Day Celebration The City of Modesto, Parks Recreation and Neighborhoods Department’s Maddux Youth Center, Modesto City Schools and the local community will host the 18th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Family Day Celebration on Saturday, March 29th, 12-3 p.m. at 619 Sierra Drive, Modesto. Come join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar E Chavez through speeches, poetry, cultural dances and community resources. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a FREE community event. Together, Si Se Puede/Yes, We Can! For more information contact, Melanie Berru at (209) 341-2950.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Pictured above are: Rev. Dr. Leonard F. Veley D.D. Pastor of The New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church with guests at their Black History Presentation with the California Soldiers in Turlock, CA. The New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist dent Harry S. Truman. US Army Soldiers proChurch, Turlock, CA hosted the California Buf- tected our National Parks until 1914. In 1903 falo Soldiers on February 23, 2014 . Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Calvary, led by then The Buffalo Soldiers distinguished them- Captain Charles Young, were garrisoned at the selves throughout the Spanish - American Presidio of San Francisco. Among other duties War, the war with the Philippines, World War I, they were stewards of Yosemite and Sequoia and World War II. After World War II, the armed National Parks. forces were desegregated by order of Presi-


30th Annual Hispanic Education Conference Our goal is to encourage, inspire and motivate our Hispanic youth to a successful academic life and encourage them to continue with their education well after high school. Saturday, March 22, 2014 Modesto Junior College Performing & Media Arts Center 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. FREE event! Registration Form Return completed conference registration form the day of the conference PROUD TO ANNOUNCE TAMARA MENA as the 2014 Conference Keynote Speaker! Tamara Mena was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 13. At the age of 19, she suffered a horrific car accident that left Tamara paralyzed from the mid-chest down and, unfortunately, killed her boyfriend. From surviving a

near death experience, Tamara chose to dedicate her life to share her message of hope, and above all, motivate people to believe in themselves. Despite the great tragedy she endured, she never lost sight of her goals; Tamara retook her studies, graduated from Modesto Junior College with honors, and promptly attended California State University Stanislaus, where she majored in Communications Studies and graduated with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude. Tamara has been a guest speaker at numerous events and conferences. She has been featured on several TV shows, English and Spanish-speaking, as well as international TV shows, among those Sabado Gigante, The Doctors, and El Hormiguero. Her desire to break barriers, took Tamara to participate on the famous reality TV show, Nuestra Belleza Latina, and

Tamara Mena impacted a large number of viewers, as she was the first women in a wheelchair to be selected on the show. Her story has reached millions of people with her determination to succeed. Tamara is a motivation speaker, host, spokesperson, product representative, and an eternal optimist.

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Merced County Middle School Students Compete in Academic Pentathlon

More than 280, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from schools throughout Merced County competed in the Academic Pentathlon on Saturday, March 8, at Golden Valley High School in Merced with an awards ceremony on March 12. The junior high teams competed in five exciting tests to

demonstrate their knowledge in literature, math, science, social science and the Super Quiz. This year’s topics were based on the following by grade level, 6th Grade: Ancient Greece; 7th Grade: Medieval Africa and Islam; and 8th Grade: US History and Geography: America from

1600–1800. Each team is comprised of nine team members, three from each division of “A” Honor, “B” Scholastic, and “C” Varsity students. This team composition gives students the opportunity to develop skills working with students of different ability levels, motivation and interests.

Start Smart, Sports Development Registration open!

Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, help kids get ready for sports…and succeed in life. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment. Start Smart introduces fundamental skills of throwing, kicking, batting and more through one-on-one interaction. Pre-registration is

required, cost is only $32. Enrollment for Start Smart through the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is open for your little ones, ages 3-5 years. Parent participation is required. Classes are held at the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem Street, Saturdays, March 29 – May 10, 2014 9:00-10:00am.

***** CELELBRATING CESAR CHAVEZ March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW). *****

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Modesto Mayor to Recognize Extraordinary Teens The Mayor’s Top Teens program is an ongoing community collaboration that recognizes and celebrates teenagers. Its mission is to create a change in the community’s perception of teens by promoting a more positive image of our youth. The programs goals are to: • recognize a diverse group of high school teens who may not normally receive recognition • send a strong message to teenagers that they are valued in the community • collaborate with youthserving organizations and businesses that advocate for and serve youth • provide an opportunity for teens to participate in community service projects "This program recognizes youth who have overcome obstacles and yet have maintained academic excellence,” said Mayor Marsh. “I am enthusiastically continuing this

program as part of the Council’s commitment to champion education partnerships as well as to recognize the accomplishments of these amazing top teens!" In the 3rd year of the program, over 50 teens were nominated by their guidance counselors, teachers, mentors, coaches and peers. Of these 50 nominees, 35 were selected to participate and receive awards. All award recipients will have demonstrated a strong commitment to serving others, overcome adversity or a unique obstacle in his/ her life; achieved a significant accomplishment; and served as a positive role model for their peers. The 35 will be named the 2013/2014 Mayor’s Top Teens. In addition, a “Top 7” group has been selected for special honors and will be recognized for their outstanding achievements. Sponsors of this program are also being sought – if interested in making a difference in a teenager’s life or interested in additional information, view the Top Teens Webpage or call Loree Lee at (209) 577-5331.


Merced's Ministers Alliance Honored Dr. Eddie P. Goodin Thank You for 35 Years of Service


Dr. Eddie P. Goodin honored for 35 Years of Service with City of Merced Mayor, Stanley Thurston.

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Merced’s Ministers Alliance at Boys and Girls Club of Merced in Merced on February 22, 2014. The event honored Dr. Eddie P. Goodin for 35 Years of Service. Elected officials and the Central Valley Community joined the Ministers Alliance to say there farewell wishes to Dr. Goodin.

Living in the Age of Delusion, Deception and Time of Sorrows edented levels all over the I'm sure the kind of change By Rev. Dr. E.N. Haley The Apostle Paul said in his letter to Timothy (II Timothy 3:1-5), "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." Does the daily news bare this out? Let's face it bad news sell newspapers and increase TV ratings. Jesus described these same last days in Matthew 24:8 as, "the beginning of sorrows." He went on to say that in the last days believers (Christians) would be afflicted and killed. This is going on at unprec-

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Middle East. Coptic Christians in Egypt are being openly attacked and the churches burned. The central African country of Nigeria openly commits genocide among Christian believers. Even in Iraq where we supposedly freed the nation for open expression, car bombs explode daily in Christian neighborhoods. Essentially, the Middle East between the 10/40 latitude lines of degrees, Christians are being systematically murdered. Yet, our secular media outlets such as: ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox news, HLN, CBS are not reporting these atrocities; we get the reports from Christian owned networks and Christian media outlets and programming from The Hal Lindsey Report, Christ in Prophecy, Manna-Fest, Southwest Radio Church, just to name a few. Barak Obama's second campaign slogan was, "Change."

happening in America and around the world was not the kind of change we want. Our president has stated publicly that he is a Christian. It is obvious though that he does not view the Bible as the final authority and neither does he subscribe to its morality. He has committed the two biggest cardinal sins against his own nation. The two cardinal sins of the Bible is (1) not supporting Israel and (2) promoting homosexuality as acceptable when the Bible plainly states in the Old and New Testaments that it is an abomination to God. (Leviticus 18:22, I Corinthians 6:9, Romans 1:1828) The bible explains to us in II Thessalonians 2:11 when mankind rejects the truth of his Word, the Bible, God himself shall send them (the disobedient ones) strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. Our


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Rev. Dr. E.N. Haley president has led our nation to accept homosexuality as being okay, It is not. The Bible goes on to explain most sins are committed outside of our bodies, but sexual sins, sins against his own body (I Corinthians 6:18) Remember some sins lay dormant in a person's body for ten, fifteen, twenty years, such as the aids virus. Secondly, President Obama has broken the greatest covenant in the Bible, namely the Abrahamic covenant. It states in Genesis 12:3 concerning the Jewish nation, "And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curseth you: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Another covenant closely related to the Abrahamic covenant is God told the prophet Zechariah in chapter 12:3, "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut into pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together again it." Our president is pressuring Israel to divide Jerusalem into a two nation capital between Israel and the Palestinians. God is very clear. He will judge any country that tries to divide Israel. He shall also judge any nation that promotes a homosexual agenda. In short, America is on the verge of losing her preeminence in world history. Will the true church be soon raptured out? Let me say unequivocally: No true Christian hates any

homosexual. Jesus taught us to love everybody, but hate the sin that people do. Homosexuality is a perversion. Our founding fathers called it a crime against nature. A same sex couple can not be fruitful and multiply the earth, a command God gave to Adam and Eve. he made them male and female. Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Please read Genesis chapter 19 how God judged Sodom and Gomorrah. Billy Graham's late wife, Ruth Graham is credited with saying, "God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah if he doesn't Judge America." So the result of being disobedient to Biblical principals is we fall prey to this World's system. No country is scared of America anymore. We have abandoned the precepts of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God is not through with Israel yet. He states in Deuteronomy 32:10 and Zechariah 2:8 that the Israelites are the apple of His eye. Every nation that has tried to diminish the Jews in any way have soon lost their influence in the world. Do not believe the lie that the church has replaced Israel. That lie is called "Replacement Theology." God has told us in Romans 11:25-27. He will ultimately return to the earth and save a remnant of Jewish believers. The Bible plainly describes the scenario of the last days. The Apostle Peter wrote in II Peter 3:3, Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. There is too much emphasis on sexual perversion today. Every week another person announces that they are coming out of the closet. It really should be a mute point. Recently Michael Sams, the co South East Conference defensive player of the year announced he was gay. Every pastor should have told his flock that homosexuality is immoral according to the Bible. It's not hate speech. It's Bible.

The Bible warns us in Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Christians are not homophobic, but rather we are fearful of the judgement God will bring on a nations that promotes the homosexual lifestyle. There won't be an America around for scoffers to continue to mock God's moral standard. We continue to accept lies from the pit of hell. For example, "Global warming." Global warming is a scheme dreamed up by 5,000 scientist that would give the United Nations an excuse to take more power from United States citizens. Over 31,000 scientist as reported by the Southwest Radio Church have signed a petition that "Global Warming." was one of the biggest hoax's ever perpetrated against mankind. They went on to explain the earth has always experience periods of cold and warm temperatures. More importantly than what the scientist say is what the Bible says about Global Warming. God told Noah in Genesis 9:22, "While earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." God himself has promised us that He will continue to have the seasons of the earth as long as he is God. Global warming was a hoax perpetrated on the public by Maurice Strong and former vice-president Al Gore to bilk people out of millions, if not billions and the UN to take some of our freedoms away. Basically they wanted to eventually charge us for the air we breathe. They came up with this fanciful term called "carbon credits." And Maurice Strong and Al Gore were to create this company that collected the money for the United Nations to clean up our air. Of course they were going to do this for a small fee. It has been reported that Al Gore made over one-hundred for his move, "An Inconve-


"The Firm Foundation Of God Standeth Having This Seal, The Lord Knoweth Them That Are His. “ II Timothy 2:19

By Darrell Conley There is one passage of scripture that is known by every reprobate and enemy of Christianity. They may know nothing else of the Bible, but be assured they know this one: “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). It is used as a weapon by the worldly, the lukewarm, trouble-makers, unbelievers, and false teachers in an attempt to disarm faithful children of God. We are told that condemning sin is judging. Reproving, rebuking, and exhorting is judging. Preaching and practicing the Bible doctrine of separation from the world is judging. Refusal to bid Godspeed to- false teachers is judging. Attempts to obey Bible teaching on church discipline is branded as the most shameful judgment of all. What does the Bible teach about judging? The primary meanings of the words commonly translated

judge, krino, anakrino, and diakrino are respectively “separate, select, choose; examine, investigate, question; separate throughout, discriminate, discern.” Sometimes judge denotes “sinful action,” but sometimes it means “permitted or even required action.” As always, the context will enable us to determine how the word is being used. In the first few verses of Matthew 7, it is clear that the Lord is not condemning all judging, rather a particular kind of judging. Verses 3-5 show the Lord is condemning hypocritical or self-righteous judging. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or bow wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the mote out of thine eye; and lo, the beam is in thine own ye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first SEE PAGE >19

TIME OF SORROW...CONTINUED nient Truth." Of course some ice burgs melt during the summer. Duh!! It was a convenient lie. See how this delusion happens when you don't put our trust in God? By the way,

when they were caught in this lie, they simply changed the term to, "Climate Change." I have news for you, our climate is always changing.


Black Arts Movement conference held In Merced

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We also are having our D.I.V.A. (Delivered, Inspired, Victorious, Anointed Women of God) Service on March 23, 2014 @ 3 p.m. Pastor Gwen Amey will be our speaker. Also on Sunday April 27, 2014 @ 3 p.m. we will be having an Appreciation Service for our own Missionary Rosie Hewitt. Pastor Allen Hewitt, Pastor 334 E. Childs Ave • Merced, CA 95340. For more information call: (209) 233-9241.

Kim McMillon received a plaque from representives of elected officials. McMillon spearheaded the Black Arts Movement and Its Influences, held February 28-March 2, 2014 at The Merced Multicultural Arts and UC Merced. Tina Williams was among the many volunteers who supported the Black Arts Movement and Its Influences event held at UC Merced. The conference was spearheaded by Kim McMillon. The event came to a close with a gospel concert at UC Merced.

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NAACP president Loretta Spence with author Marvin X at the Black Arts Movement and Influence held at the Merced Multculture Art Center. Marvin X, a Fresno native has published over 30 writings and remains a poet, motivational speaker, teacher and historian.

You Are Invited! to the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County ANNUAL GALA "Celebrating 20 Years of Success" on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Boys & Girls Club located at 615 West 15th Street in Merced. This is a great event that has been attended by an average of 300 + individuals every year and the money raised goes directly to serving our

local youth. Your attendance and participation does make a huge difference for our local youth and the overall community. Please contact Mr. Tony Slaton at (209) 722-9922 or (209) 509-6901. Tickets for this event are $45 dollars each and a table is only $350 dollars.

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The Merced City Council will be holding four special meetings to discuss the budget during the month of May. The budget review sessions will be held at 6 p.m. May 13, 14, 22 and 29 in the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The sessions are intended to give the public a look at the budgets of the different departments in the City as the Council goes through the review process. The May 13 session will cover the Police, Fire and Recreation Departments. The other City Departments will be reviewed at the May 14 session. The follow-up sessions will be used to answer questions that come out of the initial meetings. If needed, an additional budget review session will be held June 10. The Council is scheduled to hold its public hearing on the budget on June 3. The budget is scheduled for adoption June 17. The proposed budget is expected to be released the week of April 22 and will be available on the City’s website, www.cityofmerced. org.

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Suffering in Silence

By Hermione Lynn Williams Have you ever been in a crowded room and felt all alone. You looked around for a friendly face and found yourself on your way home. And it seems as if the walls of life were closing in on you, well you needed someone didn’t you, well the comforter is already here. This is the first verse to my

favorite song “Unfailing Love” in which my mother Carolyn Williams wrote for me when I was entering the 7th grade and felt all alone. She assured me that I wasn’t alone; Jesus Christ is always with me. But there are some of us that don’t have parents to write us songs to encourage us; we suffer in silence. Many men and women in the world today are suffering in silence. They are living secret lives of abuse, dysfunction, poverty, sickness and depression. They are being beaten everyday by a partner or a family member. They secretly live with HIV and or other diseases in fear of being not accepted because of the stigma that goes along with it. Depression is their secret killer; it numbs them from the inside out. We live in a country that

Mental Health First Aid 8- Hour Course Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU! Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an motional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with

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the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens. Sometimes, the best first aid is you. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community. Mental Health First Aid 8Hour Course Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 Time: 8am-5pm (Doors open at 7:30 am) Location: Merced County Dept of Mental Health 1137 B Street-Training Room Merced, CA 95340 Continuing Education: 1 – 6.50 CEs/CEUs will be offered. Continuing Education (CE’s): Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing: Provider Number CEP14110, for up to 6.50

has no problem discussing the breakdown of our bodies, but goes silent when it comes to talking about what is perceived as mental weakness. Sufferers are afraid to get help because they don’t want anyone to know they have depression. In fact, 80 percent of people living with depression are not receiving treatment. Ironically, many hide their condition behind exuberant personalities. Taking the time to address mental health and troublesome feelings is critical, especially now as we strive to survive the economic crisis. We lose too much when we don’t. There is the lost time, opportunities and relationships. And the illnesses that escalates and creates even more problems. Most importantly, we lose phenomenal and talented

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people like singer and actress Phyllis Hyman who killed herself in 1995. Talking to friends, family, clergy and counselors is a must to battle the blues and the fallout that comes with it. Therapy is not a “white folk’s thing” and asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. Just as people visit doctors for physical health there is no shame in seeing specialists to attend to mental health. It’s time for suffering in silence to end. Destigmatizing mental health and creating a culture of support is needed to save lives. We can’t afford to have men & women to continue to bury their feelings or have more families bury the troubled and beloved people in their lives If you need to talk to someone about your feelings call

the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273TALK. CTL (Crisis Text Line) helps individuals in crisis by connecting them with a compassionate, trained listener through a toll-free texting service. CTL is available nationwide and 24/7 Text CTL 741741 If you are being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or visit If you are a teen being abused call the National Teen Dating Helpline at 1-866-3319474 or visit If you have been raped or experienced sexual violence, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-6564673 or visit

Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys helps children fight AIDS—and you can, too. Help Keep A Child Alive

Alicia Keys (NAPSI)—Great advances in treating HIV/AIDS have been made in the past decade—54 percent of adults in low- and middle-income countries now get treatment. On the other hand, 72 percent of children who need HIV treatment don’t get it and 80 percent of them

will die before age 5. Now, however, you can join 14-time Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys in doing something about it. She helped found Keep a Child Alive, which supports innovative ways to increase access to lifesaving care for children affected by HIV. Keys has partnered with skincare company Kiehl’s Since 1851 for a special edition of its Midnight Recovery Concentrate (MRC), with 100 percent of the net profits, up to $200,000, benefiting Keep a Child Alive. MRC is a potent, 99 percent natural concentration of botanical extracts specifically formulated to biologically replicate skin’s natural lipids for optimal skin repair overnight and a fresher and SEE PAGE >15


Tips To Help You Build Healthy Habits (NAPSI)—While more than two in three American adults are overweight or obese, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of struggling with your weight. To start, try to consume healthier foods and beverages and get more physical activity. Doing so may lower your chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure or other serious health problems. New health habits may also help you look better, feel more energetic and even be a role model. The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) offers more tips to consider. According to WIN, a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health:

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States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that all individuals aged 50-75 be screened for colorectal cancer as part of routine preventive health care. Currently, about 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 50 and 75 are not receiving recommended screening. These are most likely to be Hispanics, those aged 50-64, men, American Indian or Alaska natives, those who don’t live in a city, and people with lower education and income. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a major barrier to regular screening—cost of access to preventive care—has been removed. For the first time in our nation’s history, many Americans can receive without cost sharing high value preventive services, such as screening for colorectal cancer and other

When You’re Short on Time • One day each week, make healthy meals that you can freeze and eat later when you don’t have time to cook. • Fit in physical activity whenever you can. Take the stairs if there are a reasonable number to climb. Get off the train or bus a stop early, as long as it’s safe and your schedule allows. When Money Is Tight • Buy healthful foods in bulk, and choose frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. • Start a walking group. Walk in places that don’t cost money, such as a school track or park. When It’s Hard to Stay on Track • Recruit others to be active with you. That may help you stay interested and be safe. • Think about your most

important reasons for being healthy. Do you want to be there for your family? Would you like to be able to do the things you love without feeling tired or out of breath? Learn More You can get more good advice from WIN’s “Changing Your Habits: Steps to Better Health” fact sheet. It reviews the stages of change people often go through on their journey to better health and offers tips for each stage. Contact WIN to get up to 10 copies for free. You can access the fact sheet at changing-habits.htm. For more information, call WIN at (877) 946-4627, visit or “like” WIN on Facebook at


National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month A statement by Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard K. Koh March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States and a cause of considerable suffering among the 137,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. In 2010, over 52,000 Americans died from this cancer;1 however, when colorectal cancer is detected early, illness and death can be prevented. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is committed to boosting public awareness about the importance of screening and treatment for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer poses the greatest risk to adults over the age of 50, and the United

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diseases that threaten health and shorten lives. Colorectal cancer and death from this disease can be prevented thanks to effective screening tools. Many people do not realize that three tests—colonoscopy, highly sensitive stool tests (FOBT, fecal occult blood test, or FIT, fecal immunochemical test) and flexible sigmoidoscopy— are all effective at finding cancer early, and the best test is the test that gets done. In summary, colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives. We are committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. Increasing the nation’s screening rate to 80 percent by the year 2018 is absolutely possible, but there is much work to be done, especially in communities CONTINUED>

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The Black Arts Movement & Influences TAWAWA HOUSE Fri 5/2/14 7:30 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Sun 5/4/14 2:00 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Casting Auditions Production Information Townsend Opera is presenting the world premiere of the opera Tawawa House by African-­‐American composer Zenobia Powell-­ ‐Perry in May 2014 in partnership with Sankofa Theater Company. Rehearsals begin in April 2014. p.m.) Location:Gallo Center for the Arts Sung in English with English supertitles. The WORLD PREMIERE of

Tawawa House Saxophone player the legendary Willie Rankins performed at the Black Arts Movement held at The Merced Multiculture Arts Center. Rankins has been playing the tenor sax since age 9. Willie was mentor by professional musicians including Lyle Bardow, Larry Lanier and Eddie Hernandez. Other performers includes: Junior Walker All Star Band, Freda Payne, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Contours, The Four Tops and The Supremes.

David Washington Halfkenny (ThunderVoice) at the Black Arts Movement. David performed a song representing his Indian Hertigage.

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By Zenobia Powell Perry Tawawa House, an opera with dialogue written by African-American composer Zenobia Powell Perry in 1984, tells the story of a real hotel and resort in Xenia Springs, Ohio that served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the decade before the Civil War before becoming one of the first African-American colleges in the country. The opera offers a glimpse into the lives of people who lived and worked at Tawawa House after gaining their freedom, and the people who helped them protect their freedom as the country braced for Civil War. In collaboration with Sankofa Theater Company, Townsend Opera is presenting the world premiere of this uniquely American opera to engage the community regarding an important time in American history. While history largely remembers that time for its confl ict and disregard for basic human rights, there were people of all races who worked together and risked their lives


Tue 5/6/14 7:30 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater KEB' MO'

the captivating tale of a stop on the Underground Railroad at the onset of the Civil War. Infused with melodies from old spirituals and hymns, this lyric American opera gives us a glimpse into life at the onset of the Civil War. to secure the freedom of their fellow man. This is the story of these American heroes. The opera highlights the challenges facing Tawawa House as political unrest throughout the nation turns attention and funding away from the enterprise of freeing slaves through the Underground Railroad, the impact that has on the future of the runaway and freed slaves working at Tawawa House, and the courageous decision by religious leaders in the region to turn Tawawa House into the first African-American colleges in the country, where it still remains as Wilberforce College. The opera features a unique fusion of traditional Negro Spirituals and western classical music. The composer wrote the spirituals as her grandfather, a slave during the time depicted in the opera, sang them to her as a child . After completing an undergraduate degree in music, the composer received personal support and funding from Eleanor Roosevelt to study with the accomplished composer Darius Milhaud in the 1940s and '50s.

Keb' Mo' is one of the foremost blues musicians of this or any era. A brilliant singer, guitarist, and songwriter, he has been described as "a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America." Keb' Mo’ has won three Grammy awards for best blues album: “Just Like You” (1997), “Show Down” (1999) and “Keep it Simple” (2005). His post-modern blues style is influenced by many genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop. The moniker "Keb Mo" was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a "street talk" abbreviation of his given name, Kevin Moore.


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(NAPSI)—Sausages are enjoying great popularity in the United States these days as new flavors, convenient products and many great-tasting old standards are tastefully meeting Americans’ breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. Before you get to sausage sizzling, however, remember: Different types of sausage require different preparation techniques. Here’s a look at a few favorites: • Fresh linked sausage, including fresh bratwurst, fresh Italian sausage and fresh kielbasa, must be cooked thoroughly to 160° F for meatbased sausages and to 165° F for poultry sausages. They can be parboiled and then fried or grilled, or cooked in a frying pan or grill. To parboil, place sausage links in a heavy skillet. Add water to cover and parboil until the sausage is gray throughout (about 10 to 15 minutes). The sausage can then be fried until nicely browned. Parboiled sausage may also be grilled slowly over coals, turning frequently until graybrown throughout. • For a special taste treat, parboil sausage in beer instead of water prior to grilling. Stronger-flavored beers tend to impart more flavor to sausage. Beers heavy on malt will impart a sweeter flavor, suitable for strong sausages. Lagers tend to be more bitter and complement a sweeter sausage. Sausages may also be grilled slowly, thoroughly and evenly over mature coals or gas flames. Cooked sausage such as wieners, knockwurst, cooked bratwurst and smoked sausage need only be heated until hot, which can be done in a variety of ways. To steam precooked sausage, bring a pan of water or beer to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and


Sausages can make for a marvelous meal, just about any way you cook them. add sausage. Cover the pan and let it stand seven to 10 minutes. Adding sausages to vigorously boiling water may cause the casings to split. Cooked sausage can be baked in a casserole dish, microwaved, grilled or pan fried. All sausages in casings should be turned with tongs during cooking—not with a fork, which can puncture the casing and permit flavorful juices to escape.

Learn More You can find further facts in a colorful brochure: “A Guide To Sausage Varieties, Culture and Cooking,” online at etDocumentAction/i/94387. Free copies are also available for a self-addressed 6x9” envelope with 66 cents postage sent to NHDSC, 1150 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036.


Lifeguard certification courses offered through MJC’s Community Education (Modesto, CA) – Are you interested in applying for a summer job as a pool lifeguard? Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is required for these positions and you can acquire certification through a course offered by Modesto Junior College Community Education. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MJC Pool and Men’s PE 110 on East Campus, and two classes are available: March 22, 23, 29 and 30, and a second class on May 3, 10, 17 and 18. Participants must be at least 15 years old by the last day of the course. Both classes will be taught by Brian Uriebe and the fee is $220 which includes a mask kit. Books will be available for purchase in class for $37. Participants who choose not to purchase a book, will have one to use throughout the class. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be certified in lifeguard training, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and healthcare provider, and first aid. In addition to a swimming pre-test on the first day of class, the course will also

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cover rescue skills for shallow and deep water, spinal injury management skills, CPR skills, AED skills, first aid skills, and written and in-water skills tests. The pre-test will include a 300 yard, not timed swim (mix of front crawl and breaststroke); a 20 yard swim to retrieve a 10 pound brick at a depth of seven to 10 feet, returning to the starting point with the brick and exiting the pool without any aid within one minute and 40 seconds, and treading water for two

minutes using legs only. All participants must be able to pass the pre-test to continue with the course. Participants should be prepared to be in the water on days one, two and four. Day three will be entirely focused on CPR/first aid training. Class members will need to bring a pen, swim suit, towel, food/ beverage, and a photo ID as proof of age (passport, driver’s license, permit, etc.). Call (209) 575-6063 for information or to register, or visit

Beginning Indoor Soccer This entry-level soccer program is designed for boys and girls ages 4 to 6 that show an interest in learning about and playing the game of indoor soccer. The program will take place at the Atwater Community Center Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Practices

are scheduled to begin in May and games will begin in June. Registration will begin on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will continue until Thursday, May 1, 2014. Cost $39.00 per participant (A maximum of 60 participants will be accepted)

2014 Adult Summer Softball Men’s Women’s & Church Leagues Summer Slow-Pitch Softball is registering now and offers various levels of play ranging from the seri-

ous to the not-serious softball player. Registration ends March 27, 2014. The games begin in April. Cost: $568.00 per team.

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the beam out of thine own eye (Matt. 7:3-5). What right do we have to condemn another when we are guilty of the same sin, perhaps to a greater degree? Paul makes it clear what our attitude should be in attempting to restore another; “Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Gal. 6: 1 ). Selfrighteous and hypocritical judging is also condemned in Romans 2:1-3, 17-23. The context of Matthew 7:1-5 proves that coming to a negative conclusion about someone is not necessarily unrighteous judging. In verse six Jesus warns against casting pearls before swine and giving that which is holy to the dogs. Since it is obvious he is talking about two-legged swine and dogs, it is necessary for us to come to a conclusion about who are swinish and who are doggish. This constitutes a necessary and righteous judgment. We are also forbidden to judge things we cannot know such as the motives and secret thoughts of others. “Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts• and then shall each man have his praise from God”’ (1 Cor. 4:5). No one has the right to draw conclusions without sufficient evidence. To do so is to violate what Paul commanded. But he did not forbid all manner of judging. In the next chapter Paul says that he had judged the fornicator in the church at Corinth and commanded the Corinthians to do the same. Paul was saying in 1 Corinthians what Christ said in John 7:24: “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment” The Bible also forbids judging a man a lawbreaker when there is no law to be broken.

When we make laws where God made none, we are guilty of sinful judging. This is the kind of judging Paul condemned in Romans 14:3: “Let not him that eateth get at nought him that eateth not; and let not him that eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.” The same kind of judging is mentioned in Colossians 2: 16-17: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a sabbath day; which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ.” The word judge is sometimes used to mean ‘’to pronounce and execute sentence; to condemn. “ It is used in this sense in John 12:47: “I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” We as Christians certainly have no right to pronounce eternal judgment on anyone. We do have the right and the obligation to withdraw our fellowship from ungodly church members. Such is called “delivering them to Satan” (1 Cor. 5:3-5, 9-13). These, then, are the kinds of judging that are condemned in the Bible: 1. Hypocritical or self-righteous judging 2. Judging without sufficient evidence 3. Making a law where God made none 4. Pronouncing eternal condemnation on another• As was pointed out above, some of the meanings of the words translated judge are “select, choose, examine, and discern.” Judging is examining evidence and drawing conclusions or making choices. It is possible to do this in unfair or ungodly ways. Such judging is wrong. However, certain kinds of judging are commanded. “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment”(John 7:24). Since righteous judgment is judging according to reality, we have no right to prejudge, but we do have the right and obligation to draw conclusions

about people or doctrine that are warranted by the evidence. If it is always wrong to draw conclusions about people, how could we obey the following commands? Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine (Matt. 7:6). Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves (Matt. 7:15). In the same context Christ said: By their fruits ye shall know them (Matt. 7:20). Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision (Phil. 3:2). Them that sin reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear (I Tim. 5:20). For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith (Titus I: 13). Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God (1 John 4:1). We are commanded to preach the gospel, to contend for the faith, and to reprove, rebuke, and exhort (Mark 16:1516; Jude 3; 2 Tim. 4:2). To obey these commands in an uncompromising, but kind way is not to be guilty of unrighteous judging. To teach truths from the Bible that imply that some will be lost is not ungodly judging. It is not sinful to arrive at conclusions based on what the Bible teaches and to hold fast to those conclusions. The Bible says, ‘’Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” 1 Thess. 5:21). Hold the pattern of sound words which thou hast heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1: 13). We are commanded to judge those church members who are ungodly and will not repent. Such judging is not only not sin but is positively required of us. Paul said he had already judged the fornicator in the Cornthian church and urged the church at Corinth to do the same (1 Cor.

5:3-5). The word judge as used by Paul here means “not only to reach a conclusion, but to act upon that conclusion by withdrawing from an ungodly brother. “For what have I to do with judging them that are without? Do not judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Put away the wicked men from selves” (l Cor. 5: 12-13). Let us be careful that we

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California’s unemployment rate decreases to 8.1 percent SACRAMENTO – California’s unemployment rate decreased to 8.1 percent in January, and nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 31,600 during the month for a total gain of 1,171,000 jobs since

the recovery began in February 2010, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys. The U.S. unemployment

rate decreased to 6.6 percent in January. In December, the state’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, and in January 2013, the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent. The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households. Nonfarm jobs in California totaled 15,292,000 in January, a decrease of 31,600 jobs over

the month, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 42,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The year-over-year change, January 2013 to January 2014, shows an increase of 319,500 jobs (up 2.1 percent). EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN CALIFORNIA The federal survey of households, done with a smaller sample than the sur-

vey of employers, shows an increase in the number of employed people. It estimates the number of Californians holding jobs in January was 17,068,000, an increase of 50,000 from December 2013, and up 219,000 from the employment total in January of last year.

The number of people unemployed in California was 1,503,000 – down by 29,000 over the month, and down by 268,000 compared with January of last year.

FTB Reports Statewide Median Income Up In 2012 Sacramento –The statewide median income This is an increase of 27.7 percent from tax for all 2012 individual tax returns was $35,910, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2011’s median income amount. For joint returns, the statewide median income was $70,938, an increase of 4.1 percent over 2011, according to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). “Median income” is the point where one half of the tax returns are above and one half is below the midpoint of the range of values. Median income represents the income reported by a typical California individual or couple. California taxpayers filed nearly 16 million 2012 state income tax returns, reporting almost $1.5 trillion of adjusted gross income.

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year 2011 figure of $1.1 trillion. Adjusted gross income is a tax term that means the total income increased or reduced by specific adjustments, before taking the standard or itemized deduction. Over the past 40 years, the Bay Area counties of Marin, San Mateo, and Santa Clara have consistently reported the highest median incomes. Marin County still has the highest median income for joint returns, reporting $127,471, an increase of 6.1 percent over 2011. Top 10 Counties Reporting Highest Joint Tax Return Median Income Median Income (Joint Returns)




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Los Angeles County taxpayers filed more than a quarter (26.6 percent) of all 2012 income tax returns in California. Los Angeles County reported median incomes of $31,144 for all individual returns, and $60,939 for joint returns, ranking 36th and 25th respectively. The largest percentage gain in median income for all counties was 6.0 percent, reported in Contra Costa County. For joint filed returns the largest increase was in San Francisco County, with a 7.7 percent increase.

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Tax Season A Good Time To Update Financial Records

(NAPSI)—April 15 is a date many Americans view with some hesitation as they endure the paperwork needed to file their taxes. But with almost 75 percent of Americans receiving an average annual refund of $3,000, there is positive news for most. And many consumers find this a good reminder to annually update other financial records. Start with records that might be less familiar. Consumers are aware they can get a free annual credit report from They should also know that they are entitled to other types of consumer reports that may be used if: • Paying by check for a purchase • Considering applying for insurance • Planning to lease an _ apartment • Asked by a potential employer for their written authorization to get their work history.

“It’s smart to know what’s in your credit report before applying for home financing or an automobile loan. Similarly, there are times when it’s a good idea to exercise your right to check other sources of consumer information,” stated Stuart K. Pratt, president and CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association. Working with CDIA, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put together a list of different types of consumer reporting agencies. “While not all companies will have information on every consumer, it’s a good idea for consumers to have a complete picture of information that may impact financial decisions about them. The CFPB website has a list of companies that have specialized databases dealing with other information that benefits consumers,” Pratt said. You can find the list on the CFPB’s website (



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