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Eastside Lodi’s Celebration on Central to return with more than 40 local agencies

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Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:28 am, Sat Oct 29, 2011.

The annual Celebration on Central event will be back in full force this year with about 40 to 60 agencies offering information about family services available in Lodi.

The celebration will feature cholesterol and vision screenings, health information, gang prevention tips, parenting advice and early childhood education opportunities.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Joe Serna Jr. Charter School.

The event encourages Lodi residents to go to multiple service providers to find out information about which services are available, said Francisco Trujillo, of Community Partnership for Families.

"The mission is to bring services to the Lodi families who don't have access to them because of challenges like transportation or money to pay for those services," Trujillo said.

The group was scaled back for the last two years because of a lack of funding and because someone else headed the event when Trujillo was transferred to Escalon.

When Trujillo came back to Lodi this year, he started reconnecting with community contacts.

They also had a $4,000 budget for the event.

"We are trying to engage the entire Lodi community. We want to make sure it is not only open to the Eastside residents, but anyone who wants to learn about the structure of our community and appreciate the value of different ethnicities in our community," Trujillo said.

There will be free hotdogs, water and entertainment, including Ballet Folklórico and a south Asian dancing group.

The event is sponsored by the city of Lodi, Pacific Gas and Electric, First Five, United Way, Pacific Coast Producers, San Joaquin County WorkNet, California Human Development and Community Partnership for Families.

Trujillo said they always need more volunteers for the event and more sponsors. If you would like to help, contact Francisco Trujillo at 339-1189.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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