Fresno's Central Valley Boyz
New Central California group offers support and social activities for Latinos.

FRESNO, CA--California's Central San Joaquin Valley prepares to be quaked by QV/bi Latinos who are coming together. Thanks to the work of a Fresno-based group called Ellos Latinos, these men in "The Big Valley" now have a place to go to socialize.

"It's about time we Latino men have a place to go to to meet other Latino men, other than in the bars in Fresno!" said Robert Lopez, an Ellos member.

Ellos Latinos has been hard at work promoting its activities available to Latino men living in the Central Valley who previously had to rely on entertainment and resources in San Franciso or Los Angeles. Among the group's recent events was a "Latinos in Boxers Night" in which local models strutted their stuff in a fashion show with clothes provided by Petra Designs. The group also worked a very popular booth at last year's "Outfest" Pride Celebration in Fresno. Ellos Latinos has also worked with The Living Room in securing HIV/AIDS education and prevention monies to promote health and wellness in the Latino QV/bi community.

To learn more about Ellos Latinos and their upcoming events, please call (559) 485-3667 or e-mail: elloslatinos@yahoo.com

Viva La Raza!
NCLR to hold its conference in San Diego, July 1-5.

SAN DIEGO, CA--The annual NCLR Conference is considered by many to be the single most important event in the Latino/Hispanic community. Each year it attracts over 15,000 participants, bringing together some of the nation's foremost government officials, business and community leaders, and entertainers. This year's 22nd Annual Conference will be held July 1-5, 2000 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

The conference is known for its cutting-edge workshops that cover diverse topics such as education, public policy, community development, local and community issues, health, non-profit management, and leadership. The conference also provides unique opportunities to socialize and network with other Latino/a professionals at various luncheons, dances, youth leadership programs, and the grand finale: The Gala Awards Show.

Finally, the conference boasts the Latino Expo USA, the largest Hispanic consumer expo in the nation. Open to the public, the Expo hosts a number of events as well as hundreds of exhibitor booths. Events include LatinoFaire, featuring appearances by Hispanic celebrities; job, health, and housing fairs; Children's Corner; a low rider car show; NCLR Membership and Advocacy Central; and free concerts.
For more information about the conference, please call 1-800-311-NCLR or visit:

Cool Website!
Project Vida, Chicago

Our latest Off Da Hook website comes to us from Project VIDA. This is a Chicago-based organization founded in 1992 whose mission is to teach Latino youth about HIV prevention and to help those whose lives have been impacted by HIV. Check out this site at www.projectvida.org

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