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September 23, 2023

Community briefs: Drag show fundraiser, history talk this week

Fruition Brewing to host drag show fundraiser

Pajaro Valley Pride (PVP), a local organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating South County’s LGBTQ+ community, will host a drag show fundraiser Saturday at Fruition Brewing in Watsonville. 

“aQUEERious Winter Ball!” will feature a number of performers and a dance party starting at 7:30pm. Fruition Brewing is located at 918 East Lake Ave. Suggested donation: $10-$20. 

For information and performer details follow PVP on Facebook and Instagram. 

Tobera Project Talk Story: Watsonville Race Riots

Jan. 19 marks the 93rd anniversary of the Anti-Filipino Watsonville Race Riots. The Tobera Project invites the community to a Talk Story to honor the history of Fermin Tobera and Filipino Farmworkers on Jan. 26. 

The event will be facilitated by UC Santa Cruz professor Steve McKay and feature historian Olivia Labalan Sawi, poet Shirley Ancheta and author Karen Tei Yamashita.

The Talk Story will start at 7pm and be held virtually. To register for the Zoom meeting, visit bit.ly/1930RaceRiots. For information, visit toberaproject.com.

Jacob’s Heart to host 25th anniversary celebration

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. 

Since it was founded in 1998, Jacob’s Heart has provided support to close to 4,000 individuals from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and South Santa Clara counties. 

A special event will be held to celebrate the anniversary and honor founder Lori Butterworth on Feb. 11 at the Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St. in Santa Cruz. The event will include a cocktail hour starting at 6pm, followed by a dinner and auction at 7pm. Parking will be free. 

For information and to purchase a seat or table, visit jacobsheart.org/25. RSVPs must be made by Jan. 31.

First Cabrillo College Local Government Fellow selected 

Matthew Burke has been selected as the first Cabrillo College Local Government Fellow. 

Burke graduated from Cabrillo College in May 2022 and is enrolled in the Public Policy program at UC Riverside. In the summer of 2023, he will intern in the County of Santa Cruz Chief Administrator’s Office. 

The Fellows program was created in 2021 by current and former local government leaders throughout Santa Cruz County and the Cabrillo College Foundation. The goal of the program is to encourage and support students to pursue careers in local government. It selects students with preference to those who are the first in their family to attend college who will pursue a major relating to local government service. Students receive a $2,000 scholarship, a paid internship with a local agency, and mentoring by a government leader. 

The program has raised $50,000 to support one Fellow annually in perpetuity. The goal is to raise an endowment of $100,000 to support two Fellows each year. Contributions have come from local individuals, businesses, and jurisdictions.

“I’m honored to be selected as the first Cabrillo College Local Government

Fellow,” Burke said. “This opportunity allows me to connect and learn from leaders within our community and provides me with a pathway towards my own ambitions in working within local government.”

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  1. all of these articles are GOOD NEWS. thanks to the Pajaronian.
    As a trustee of our community college, I want to congratulate Matthew Burke on his selection as an intern for the Fellows program. we are proud of you, Matthew.
    We need young people who want to pursue a career in local government. I wish you every success.

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