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American Red Cross 'heroes' to be honored April 6

American Red Cross 'heroes' to be honored April 6

LODI - It is that time of year to honor local heroes who have given of themselves or performed an extraordinary act of courage, selflessness' or kindness. Each year the American Red Cross in San Joaquin County receives many nominations across 10 award categories. The nominations are then reviewed by a team from the community and in each category a nominee is selected.

The selected heroes will be honored at a Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday, April 6 from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

UOP Japanese students to hold fundraiser for tsunami victims

UOP Japanese students to hold fundraiser for tsunami victims

STOCKTON - Japanese students at University of the Pacific have organized a fundraiser for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan Thursday night. The students will collect donations for the Japanese Red Cross Society Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in front of Pacific’s Bookstore in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center on the Stockton campus, 3601 Pacific Avenue.

Every person who donates will receive an origami crane with the message "Pray for Japan" written on it.

"The earthquake has destroyed many cities in the Northern Japan and estimates are that more than 10,000 people died and many are missing," said Asumi Kojima, one of 11 Japanese students currently studying on the Stockton campus. "People are still suffering from aftershocks, and are in a need of help."

Kojima said the charity campaign was organized by all the Japanese students attending Pacific’s Stockton campus.

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: Farro, Sungold, and Basil Backyard salad

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: Farro, Sungold, and Basil Backyard salad

Beginning Friday, March 11, local celebrity and TV personality Laura McIntosh will offer a new recipe each week. This week's recipe is for a Farro, Sungold, and Basil Backyard Salad.

Serves 6

1 1/2 Cups Farro
1/2 Red Onion, julienned
1 Head of Fennel, julienned
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
1/4 Cup Sherry Vinegar,
1 Each Basket of Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, halved 1 Each Basil Bunch, cut in chiffonade, Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions:

In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the farro until done, about 10 minutes. Drain. Transfer to large bowl.

Stockton instructor to be honored as P.E. Teacher of the Year

Stockton instructor to be honored as P.E. Teacher of the Year

Stockton teacher and Lodi resident Nancy Hennefer will be honored as the Southwest District Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) at its national convention in San Diego, California, March 29 - April 2.

The Southwest District represents a seven-state area from New Mexico to California, Guam, and Hawaii. The award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the elementary school level and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Hennefer, a physical education teacher for more than 30 years, 11 at Julia Morgan Elementary School, located at 3777 A G Spanos Boulevard in Stockton, will vie with five other district winners for the National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award.

Friends, family search for missing teen

Friends, family search for missing teen

STOCKTON - Friends and family of 15-year-old Evangelina "Eva" Mercado are asking for the community's help in finding her. She was last seen on Tuesday, Feb. 8 around 2:40 p.m. at Lincoln High School in Stockton.

Since then, she has not been seen or heard from since. Family members have reported her missing to police but no leads have been developed, they say.

Mercado is described as hispanic, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing about 115 pounds with dark brown hair and light brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black coat over a white t-shirt with a Bob Marley photo on the front and blue jeans.

Anyone who has seen Mercado or knows where she might be, should contact Julio Mercado at (209) 242-3663 or the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377.

Central Valley Association of Realtors honors Stocktonian of the year

STOCKTON - Central Valley Association of REALTORS (CVAR) Stockton Council together with Greater Chamber of Commerce, are proud to present the 57th Annual Stocktonian of the YEAR. The event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at Stockton Golf and Country Club, located at 3800 Country Club Boulevard. This event honors outstanding people in our community that support civic organizations and charitable causes.

Stockton resident John Quinn is this year's award recipient. Quinn is credited with a lot of charitable work including, helping Transitional Learning Center for the homeless children get money to move to a new school, gave a fire truck, worked with Hospice of San Joaquin, Asparagus festival and more. Quinn is also the president and CEO of Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Stores in Stockton.

For more information, please contact Byron Bogaard, Association Executive for CVAR at (209) 479-1854.

New Miss San Joaquin County 2011 crowned

New Miss San Joaquin County 2011 crowned

STOCKTON - A new queen was crowned at the Miss San Joaquin County Pageant 2011 held on Jan. 22 at Cesar Chavez High School. Turlock resident Joelle Aud, 22, is the new Miss San Joaquin County. She attends the University of the Pacific. First runner up was Kelley Douglas, 23, of Stockton who attends UC Santa Barbara. Second runner up was Libby Lopez, 23, of Stockton, who attends CSU Fresno.

Miss San Joaquin County's Outstanding Teen 2011 was also crowned at the ceremony. St. Mary's High School student Savanna Fisher, 14, of Stockton took the title. First runner up was Alyssa Kimball, 15, of Stockton who attends Lincoln High School.

Other winners at the pageant included Miss Central California Regional Jennifer Humble, 19, of Lakeport and Miss Delta Valley Taylor-Page Butler, 20, of Sacramento.

More than $5,000 in scholarships were awarded to all of the newly crowned winners.