Community Briefs for Jan. 20

January 20, 2012 

Charter school info

Green Valley Charter School is holding a presentation on the Waldorf education method from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Los Banos Masonic Lodge, 1510 Canal Farm Lane. Parents considering enrolling their children in the school and educators who would like to be on staff are invited to attend.

Free throw contest

The Knights of Columbus Los Banos Council will sponsor a youth basketball free throw contest Saturday for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 at the Los Banos Community Center, 945 Seventh St. Competition begins at 10 a.m., after a half hour registration period. Proof of age is required. Winners are eligible to advance to the district level. For more information, call Ernie Roque at (209) 826-9510.

Ag dinner and dance

Tickets are available for the Los Banos Ag Boosters dinner dance at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Los Banos Fairgrounds’ O’Banion Building, 403 F St. For the $35 tickets, call Don Baker at (209) 617-6608 or any booster.

Pie fundraiser

Fifteen kinds of pie are available through the Los Banos Kiwanis Club’s Marie Callender’s Valentine’s Day pie sale. Pies are $13, with preorders due by Feb. 7. Call Jim Valentine at (209) 826-5181, or email jamesvalentine@sbcglobal.net. The pies can be picked up from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Community Center, 645 Seventh St.

CAHSEE at Pacheco

Pacheco High School will host three Saturday CAHSEE Academies for students who need help to pass the California High School Exit Exam. The sessions will be from 8 to 10 a.m. for English and 10 a.m. to noon for math on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 at 8-10 am for English Test Support and 10-12 pm for math support. The sessions are for juniors who have not passed the CAHSEE should attend these academies. Sophomores who have scored a 1 or 2 on their English or Math CST are also encouraged to sign up with their counselor. All students need to pass the CAHSEE in order to earn a high school diploma.

CAHSEE dates set at Los Banos High

Los Banos High School, 1966 Eleventh St., will administer the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on Feb. 7 and 8. Seniors, juniors and sophomores who need to pass one or both sections will test on the day the section is given. Alumni from the LBHSclass of 2011 and 2010 who have not passed the CAHSEE are also encouraged to contact the school for additional information about how they too can take the exam during this time. CAHSEE intensive interventions currently in place are enhanced with free CAHSEE academies. Saturday academies will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. The first session will be from 8–9:50 a.m., the second from 10–11:50 a.m. After school interventions are available Jan. 24, 26, 31 and Feb. 2 from 3:20–4:20 p.m. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these free intervention services. Alumni who have not passed the CAHSEE from the LBHS class of 2011 and 2010 can contact the school to make arrangements for additional support as well.

CHP plans young driver class Jan. 23

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a Start Smart presentation at the Los Banos office, 706 W. Pacheco Blvd., on Jan. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. The free program is available to drivers age 15-19, and space is limited. For more, contact Officer Jesse Lopez at (209) 826-3811.

Flavors of Italy celebration planned

The Flavors of Italy will be celebrated 7-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Vagabond Inn, 20 W. Pacheco Blvd. The event is in conjunction with Autumn Italian Holiday, a trip that Los Banos resident Margaret Gomes of CruiseOne-Gomes and Associates is sponsoring this fall. On Jan. 25 anyone interested in the 10-day visit to Italy can learn more about the trip from local travel agent Gomes and the co-hosts of the trip, Joanne Hoefer and John Spevak. The discussion will include information about the eternal city of Rome, the countryside of Tuscany, the museums and merchants of Florence and the romance of Venice. The event is free, but RSVP by calling Gomes at (209) 826-2584.

Crab crunching for Rotary March 30

The Los Banos Rotary Club will hold its 12th annual Crab Feed on March 30 at the Los Banos Fairgrounds. Tickets available by calling Gene Lieb at (209) 704-3831.

Soroptimist event planned

Rock Watcha Got is a Soroptimist International of Los Banos event for girls in the seventh and eighth grade and will take place Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 Seventh Street. Parental-signed Registration forms need to be turned in the day of the event. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Blood drive planned

The staff and members of In-Shape City invite the community to give at a blood drive on Jan. 25. A bloodmobile will be on-site to take donations from 4 to 8 p.m. All donors will receive a free water bottle plus a variety of discounts from Valley businesses for dining, recreation, entertainment, and services. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration. The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.

Low-cost insurance

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced changes to the California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program: A new temporary proof of insurance card can now be printed at the offices of participating insurance agents and drivers can text “low cost” to 653-74 to be matched to a pre-screened insurance agent in their area who will call with a quote. The program provides liability-only insurance for less than $400 a year. Drivers qualify if they have a good driving record, are at least 19, have been licensed to drive for three consecutive years, own a vehicle valued at $20,000 or less, and meet income eligibility requirements. To learn more about the program, call (866) 602-8861, visit http://mylowcostauto.com or text “low cost” to 653-74.

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