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Bilingual Spanish and English speakers are needed to assist with the establishment of the Hispanic Education and Culture Center.

A group of local educators, civic, business and interfaith church leaders are establishing the Hispanic Center, seeking funds to purchase the former St. Francis Church and restructure it to conform to building codes and program needs.

The School of Continuing Education at Utah Valley State College will provide courses in job and life skills, computers, hygiene, music, dance and English language classes, plus advisement on community resources dealing with government agencies and other Hispanic needs.

Spanish-English speakers are invited to write Centro Hispano Foundation, 135 E. 200 North, Provo, UT 84606, or call Shirley at 377-5311 to volunteer.


Utah County officials have signed a resolution declaring March 29 as "Scouting for Food Day" in Utah Valley. They opted out, however, from joining Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff in a "Skydiving for Food" event Friday.

The commissioners applauded the annual drive but said they're not ready to take it to the same heights as Shurtleff.

Local Boy Scout troops will collect food Saturday to contribute to local food banks, abuse shelters, homeless shelters and food pantries.

The local effort is part of a larger state effort highlighted by Shurtleff's planned skydive.


Utah Valley State College has honored 17 high school seniors for being outstanding citizens through acts of service, leadership among peers and the community and sharing their knowledge and skill with others.

The Crystal Eagle Award was presented to the following seniors: Britteny Ellsworth, Spanish Fork High; Kari Hiatt, Lehi High; Heather Henrichsen, Mountain View High; Tia Allred, Springville High; Crystal Fawcett, North Summit High; Douglas Wagstaff, American Fork High; Alex Hamilton, Lone Peak High; Blake Newton, Juab High; and Todd Kelly, Wasatch High.

Other honorees include: Ben Bernal, Park City High; Ty Imamura, Provo High; Melissa Chedea, Orem High; Nicole Pereira, Timpanogos High; Armanda Noot, South Summit High; Jeff Matthewson, Payson High; Katy Reynolds, Pleasant Grove High; and Derick Moody, Timpview High.

Each student received the lead crystal eagle trophy during an assembly held in their honor.


More than 2,000 runners are expected to participate during the 7th annual Rex E. Lee Memorial 5K Run Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brigham Young University parking lot, 800 N. 150 East (across from the Brick Oven Restaurant).

Registration is being taken at the Cancer Awareness Group booth in the Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center and is also available online at The $10 registration fee includes a commemorative T-shirt, entry in the raffle, food, free massages and awards for division winners. Registration is $15 on the day of the race.

The run is named in honor of Rex E. Lee, former BYU president who died of cancer in 1996. All proceeds from the event go directly to on-campus cancer research.

For more information, contact the BYU Cancer Research Center at 801-422-3913.