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Zumba fundraiser benefits Drawn from Water charity

Former Miss Ethiopia and Zumba fitness-dance instructor Sehin Belew has scheduled a Zumba dance-instruction fundraiser to benefit Drawn from Water 3-4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Marti’s Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos.

Belew said several tribes in Africa fear evil spirits that bring ill fortune to their villages, using the word “Mingi” to describe persons who are cursed or otherwise imperfect.

“Those deemed Mingi face severe consequences, as (villagers) believe the presence of these children on their land curses the tribe,” she said. “Their solution to this perceived threat is to drown Mingi children in the river.”

Belew said an estimated 1,000 children in Africa are killed in such a manner every year.

The situation touched Sacramento residents Jessie and Levi Bankert, who adopted a baby rescued from Ethiopia and later moved there.

The Bankerts established Drawn from Water, which raises funds to rescue other children. So far, they have rescued 32 children and placed them in an orphanage.

The class is $10. Proceeds benefit Drawn from Water.

For more information, call 714-3311 or e-mail [email protected]

Library, SBA partner for entrepreneur series

The Los Altos Library, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, has scheduled four workshops designed to aid the novice entrepreneur make the best business decisions.

The workshops begin at 7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

•Â Feb. 7: “Clarifying Your Entrepreneurial Vision.” Learn how to select criteria in evaluating different options for a potential business.

•Â Feb. 23: “Small Business Ownership: What Business Is Right for Me?” Topics include why now is a good time to invest in business, how to finance a business purchase, franchise myth-busting and how to build a personal business model.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

AARP offers free tax assistance

The AARP Tax-Aide program is again providing tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older, available Tuesday through April 15.

Program volunteers are trained and certified each year in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. One-on-one service is provided for preparation and electronic filing of federal and California personal income-tax returns. The service is provided at most local senior centers and is free – AARP membership is not required.

For more information and service sites, call (888) 227-7669 or visit

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