Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 15, 2004 · Page 3
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Fsaf ures Edftor; COMMUNITY the Uklah Daily Journal MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2004 - 3 Writing about Challenge Day, goals MONTHLY MEETINGS American Assoc. of Univ. Women: 7 p.m.; third Tuesday; call Sue Mason 463-2164. Redwood Purls Knitters Guild: Open to all levels of knitters; third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., at Heidi's Yarn Haven, 180 School St., Ukiah; 462-0544, call Miriam at 4857743. United Way Inland Mendocino Community Council: Third Thursday; from 12 to 1:30 p.m.; Ukiah Community Center Food Bank conference room; call Yvonne Hall at 7448567. North Coast Radio Controlled Club: Meets third Thursday; at 7 to 9 p.m.; Wright Stuff Pizza, 720 N. State St.; call Eric at 462-9569. Bereavement Group: Meets third Thursday; open to the community; at 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Phoenix Certified Hospice of Mendocino County, Evergreen Shopping Center, 1712 S. Main St., Willits; call 459-1818. Knights of Columbus, St. Mary of the Angels #3791: First and third Wednesday; 7 p.m.; 900 Oak St.; call 463-8315. Hopland American Legion Post 529: Meets third Wednesday; 6 p.m.; American Legion Hall on Feliz Creek Road. Mendocino County Art Association: Workshops on third Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Grace Hudson Museum; call 463-2268. ' Salmon Unlimited: Third Tuesday; at 7 p.m.; Farm Bureau; 303 C Talmage Road, Ukiah; call 463-1272. Disabled American Veterans: Third Thursday; 7 p.m.; Veterans Memorial Hall, 293 Seminary Ave., call 485-7706. Retired Federal Employees: National Association of Retired Federal Employees meet at noon third Tuesday at Wright Stuff Pizza. All retired federal employees are welcome. Hopekeepers: Faith-centered support group meets 10 a.m. to noon first and third Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church; for information call Debra at 485-5341 or Linda at 463-3507. WEEKLY MEETINGS Alanon: Meets Tuesdays noon and 7 p.m. and Fridays noon; Center for Positive Living, 741 S. Oak St.; for more information call 462-7386. Financial Management Workshop: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; Salvation Army Office, 714A S. State St, Ukiah; 468-9577. The Redwood Regionaires Barbershop singing group: Meets at 7 p.m., every Tuesday, at the Saturday Afternoon Club, 1075 Oak St.; for more information call 462-3056, or 462-3559. Bingo: Non smoking, non-profit, Bingo will be held Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. and Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m., at the Ukiah Senior Center. For more information call 462-4343 Ukiah Senior Center Luncheon: All are invited to meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, at the Ukiah Senior Center, 499 Leslie St., $4 members, $5 non-members; call to make a reservation; 462-4343. T.O.P.S.: (Take off pounds sensibly): Meets from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., every Tuesday, at Calvary Baptist Church, 465 Luce Ave; Carolyn Madole, 463-0261. T.O.P.S.: Low-cost, non-profit group meets every Tuesday at Autumn Leaves, 425 E. Gobbi St., in the community room. Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Meeting is from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Linda MacDonald, 467-2391. T.O.P.S.: Every Thursday at Washington Mutual Building community room, 700 S. State St.; meeting is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; it is a low-cost, weight-reduction support group; call 462-4901 or 485-7801. T.O.P.S.: Every Friday at the Meadows Mobil Court clubhouse, 8686 East Road, Redwood Valley; weigh-in is from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; call 485-8260 or 485-1238. Duplicate Bridge: Meets at 7 p.m., every Monday, and at 1 p.m., every Wednesday, in the community room at Washington Mutual Bank, corner of Gobbi and State streets. Newcomers are welcome. For more information call 468-8476. Ukiah Gamblers Anonymous: Open group meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m., every Thursday; back building at The Center for Positive Living, 741 S. Oak St.; free; 467-0118 or 621-1246. Card and Boardgame Club: Meets at 9 a.m., on Tuesdays in Bartlett Hall and at 6 p.m., on Wednesdays, in Room 11 and 12 at the Ukiah Senior Center; for information call Dorothy, 468-5843. Senior Writing Class: Meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, in Room 10-11 in the Admin. Bldg. of the Ukiah Senior Center. Record memories for children and grandchildren. Free and open; for information call Ruth Menacho, 4671343. Willits Chess Club: Meets beginning at 7 p.m. and playing until people finish on Fridays, at Mama Java Cafe, 25 W. Mendocino Ave., Willits; all level of players are welcome; for information, call Herb, 459-5911. Lions Club: Meets at noon on Thursdays, at Ukiah Garden Cafe. Redwood Empire Lions Club meets at 6:45 a.m., every first and third Tuesday, at Zack's Restaurant. Soroptimist International of Yokayo: Meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays, at Henny Penny Restaurant on the corner of Orchard and Gobbi Streets. Soroptimist International of Ukiah: Meets at noon, on Wednesdays, at Ukiah Garden Cafe. Rotary Club of Ukiah: Meets for lunch at 12:10 p.m., on Tuesdays, at Elks Lodge, 1200 Hastings Road. 467-3674; www.ukiahrotary.org. South Ukiah Rotary Club: Meets at 7 a.m., on Thursdays at Ukiah Valley Convention Center, South School St. downtown; for information call Thomas Hise at 744-1921. Ukiah Toastmasters Club: Meets Fridays, from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. in the Washington Mutual Conference Room, 700 S. State St., Ukiah; for information call Carol Crandal, 743-1624. Kiwanis Club: Meets at noon, Tuesday, at The Ukiah Garden Cafe 1090 S. State St.; for more information call Janet Carlson at 468-0298. Father Friendly Group: Every Wednesday noon at the Ukiah Community Center, 888 N. State St., conference room, brown bag. Goal of the group: For any dad or dad-to-be, with or not with their children, to be the best dad (yet not a perfect dad) they can be; for more information, call Tom Buske at 4628879. Women in Black: Meet every Monday from noon -1 p.m. in front of the Ukiah Post Office. We stand in silent vigil for peace, justice and an end to all forms of violence. All women are welcome. Please wear black and come without signs or banners. If you - or the organization that you represent - change a phone number, an address, or any information in this calendar, please call Lee Ann Lambert at the Ukiah Daily Journal at 4683520, or e-mail us at udjfeatures@pacific.net. This year it has been difficult to solicit successfully student articles. For some reason, quite suddenly, tlial has changed. For the next few weeks I would like to share" the writing of two students at a time. This will limit my space to introductions - a change I'm sure you will support and possibly even laud. The first essay is from a student who attended Challenge Day. an activity that will be repeated this year and. hopefully. for years to come. The second is from a student in the Strategies for Academic Success (SAS) class, a program new to Ukiah High. SAS was created to help students become successful in school, especially as they challenge a more rigorous curriculum. At midyear, the program appears successful, the students and teachers satisfied that their goals are being met. Challenge Day and Then Some ... By EMILY BRANCO My name is Emily Branco. but my friends call me Elmo. I am writing this to let people know how important it is to have these kinds of programs for teens as well as adults. When I first Em ,, y Branco heard that I was ' going to Challenge Day. I was unexcited to say the least. I round il hard to be enthusiastic about some day-long "Journey" centered around feelings or lack thereof. But, off I went expecting the worst, hoping for the sky to catch fire. When 1 stepped foot in the room. 1 knew there was no turning back. 1 was in this. The day started off by everyone going around a big circle ami introducing themselves. Afterwards we played a couple of games to mix things up. We soon found partners having instructions intact, it was time to begin the feeling side of Challenge Day. My partner and 1 started out light and talked about surface stuff. It soon dawned on me that my partner might be worth knowing. I decided to loosen up and try to take advantage of this, odd opportunity. We were taught to not only listen with our ears but to also listen with our hearts. I gave it a try and all my preconceptions and worries from before melted away, and my partner was a beautiful Phil Gary Principal, Ukiah High soul regardless of her age. her creed, or anything else. We spoke of things that really counted, the deep stuff we didn't want to admit. Later throughout the day the activities changed. At one point we were facing oppression head on, really realizing that everyone at one point has felt pain and no one is alone and that no one has the right to make you feel less about yourself. All day partners changed and so did the activities, with each my eyes and my heart were opened wider. Now we are soon to have a second- step program to further our experiences on opening our hearts, eyes and minds to life's journey. Thanks to the efforts made by many caring adults and youth in our community, the second-step program is going to happen in April of this year. We have to take this great opportunity and live it for all it is worth. This could be just the thing that our community needs to come together and make changes for the bel- ter. Not all of life experiences are always what they appear to be at first glance. Sometimes we have to let go of our reservations and lake the leap into the great unknown. Don't ever let a moment go by without cherishing every second of it. This is a moment to take the leap. Hold on tight and jump. School and Life Goals By CODY WISE One of my goals this year in high school, is to read at least 10 books. Already I have read about seven books, and for my English class, my teacher wants the class to read five for the vear. I chose this goal because I Cody Wise only started to read books sometime last year, and it would be something I wouldn't have thought myself capable of a while back. 1 know I can accomplish this goal because I am reading two books right now and have one that is a sequel to one of those books I am reading. My second goal is to do better in my agriculture class. I chose this goal because my grade in the class [stinks,] when at the beginning of the year it was a B+. How 1 hope to accomplish this goal is just try as hard as I can in class, and try to get back into the flow of school. One way which I will improve it, is to get and turn in more leadership points. My third goal is to graduate from high school without being held back. Right now I'm a sophomore and am going to be 19 if 1 graduate on time. This goal to me is one of my most important goals, because, well face it, I want to get on with life instead of being locked up at school like an animal. I mean there's seven days in a week and we all go to school for five of those days and get only two days off. The last goal of mine is to enlist in the United States Marines. This goal is the top goal to do in my life. I chose this goal because I can remember when I was little and used to sit with my grandpa and grandma all night long and watch the news for hours because my uncle was a squad leader in The Gulf War. I can remember saying when I was little that I wanted to be just like my uncle and join the Marines. Now I'm seventeen and almost out of high school and ready to join. Upcoming events: There are no holidays or special schedules in March April 7 - Ukiahi SCRAM Fund Raiser - Take your family and friends to dinner to help raise money for Ukiahi's senior all-night party: "The Incredible Journey: from Cairo to the Emerald City." Set aside some time on Wednesday, April 7, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to savor dinner at Mario's in Redwood Valley. We appreciate the generosity of the Scutarro's who will donate the profits that evening to the SCRAM committee who is hard at work to help our seniors celebrate their graduation in a safe and sober (and exciting) way. Make your reservations early by calling Kristen @ 468-3800. April 8 -, 8th grade Parent Night - Cafetorium, 7 p.m. County's only National Merit finalist is Redwood Academy student, director says By KIMBERLY M. LOGAN Redwood Academy, Director As reflected in the recent API scores, we are proud of the growth our students make from grades 4 to 12. However, we feel a special need to share the accomplishments of one of our students, Mendocino County's only National Merit Finalist, Olivia Alley. Olivia has been.at Redwood Academy for four years and is now considering college opportunities at Stanford, M. I. T, Scripps, Rose-Hulman and others. Olivia has completed the Academy's challenging college preparatory program while taking classes at Mendocino College. Congratulations, Olivia! I recently returned from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) conference in Orlando, Pet of the Fla. At the conference NASSP released its latest tool for supporting its members, a guide called "Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform." For those of you who are now trying to decide where your students should attend school next year, here are some of the questions from "Breaking Ranks" to help parents select secondary schools (grades 7-12): 1. How many of the students who enter your school in ninth grade graduate in four years? 2. What percentage of your graduates must take remedial courses in college? What percentage finish college? 3. Does the staff make efforts to involve "hard-to-reach" parents? 4. How many low-income and how many minority students are enrolled in advanced courses? 5. How many teachers from different disciplines work together on a regular basis? 6. Are the aspirations, strengths, and weaknesses of each student known by at least one member of the staff? 7. Aside from student government, do students have a voice at your school? It is increasingly evident that quality schools are places where learning reflects a personal relationship between the student and the staff members. Students feel safe while being intellectually challenged, staff members love being there, and every minute of instructional time is effectively used. Our schools have a diverse electives program that ranges from African dance and drumming to Yearbook. In the Creative Writing class, junior Chris Switzer has shared his look at a popular school garment: the scarf. Human Mugduk'iio/Tlii' Daily Juurnul This week we have "Cobb," a 1-year-old male white and orange, long-hair domestic. He would make a great pet. If you are Interested in adopting a pet, please visit the Mendocino County Animal Shelter at its location on Plant Road. The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. Five Ditt'erent Ways of Seeing a Scarf By CHRIS SWITZER I. The wind blew With abandon And the scarf fluttered Without care II. Last night I spent with my love Two hours of a movie Today, my scarf Smells of my love HI. Lying on the floor A scarf sees everything But itself IV. You needn't have Suits of armor and mail To protect yourself All you need Is simple cotton Woven in the right way V. A baby is born Loose Without form Like a scarf On a clothing mck

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