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Taco restaurant owners hope spring brings more customers

Clayton Barber, 42, eats his last steak taco at Taquería Guadalajara on April 6 in Columbia, Mo.

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Thirteen years ago, Pedro Guillen moved to Columbia from Kansas and began waiting tables at El Maguey. He dreamed of opening his own restaurant and being his own boss. After years of planning and saving, he and his family opened Taquería Guadalajara last August at 1802 Paris Road, where Dino’s Steakhouse used to be.

“This was a dream for us,” Guillen said. “It was a dream for the whole family to have our own jobs. Sometimes you work for someone else and they make all the money. I saved money for 10 years to do something like this.” Continue reading

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Neighborhood churches make plans for Easter

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

The Blue Ridge-Oakland neighborhoods are home to eight different churches, and many of them are making special plans with Easter coming up on Sunday, April 24. Below is an overview of the churches in the area with their service times, location and Easter arrangements.

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Spring weather draws many to Albert-Oakland Park

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BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Sunshine and temperatures warm enough to go out in shirtsleeves drew many to Albert-Oakland Park on Saturday, March 12.

Cedric Gordon brought his stepkids and Zouie the Yorkie poodle out to enjoy the day. He walked Zouie while Savana Gooldy, 7, and Devon Ray, 4, rode their bikes.

Savana and Gordon kept an eye on Devon as he rode a red bike with training wheels. Savana’s bike was light pink, the same color as her helmet, shirt and shoes.

When Devon stopped pedaling and stood up, Savana told him, “You gotta keep on practicing and you’ll have a big bike like this.”

Gordon’s stepsons Gavin Gooldy, 12, and Austin Gooldy, 16, were playing basketball nearby with Antwon Turnage, 14. All three lived within walking distance of the park.

“The weather’s been bad, so we haven’t been out here, but I’m here every day normally,” said Antwon. Continue reading

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Emerging Leaders Program gives students responsibility, chance to succeed

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SCHOOLS: BLUE RIDGE ELEMENTARY

By CAMILLE PHILLPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

At age 9, fourth-grader Zaida Williams has already had her first job interview — and so have close to 60 other students at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

“It was kind of scary,” Zaida said of her interview. “Everyone was in there just watching.”

The interview is one step in the Emerging Leaders Program school counselor Susan Perkins started last September. Just like adults do for paying jobs, students fill out an application and go on interviews. They receive training where they go over an employee handbook and are required to show up on time, clock in and clock out. They wear blue vests for uniforms and name tags.

“It’s fun to see the kids’ pride,” Perkins said of the program, adding that she hopes it’s something that stays with them. She still remembers what a big deal it was to be on safety patrol when she was in school. Continue reading

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Volunteer fitness instructors bring Zumba to Woodhaven

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

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In January 2011, fitness instructor Liz Baiocchi-Wagner began holding free Zumba classes for the men and women served by Woodhaven at its office building on Hathman Place. Woodhaven is a community-based organization that offers supported living arrangements for people with developmental disabilities, as well as a day program. Amy Delaney, my roommate, helps teach the class on occasion. Listen to the audio story here.

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Two Mile Prairie awards assembly interrupted by tornado warning

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SCHOOLS: TWO MILE PRAIRIE ELEMENTARY

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Two Mile Prairie Elementary held an award assembly Friday, March 4, that was interrupted by the day’s thunderstorm and subsequent tornado warning.

There were separate assemblies for students in kindergarten through second grade and students in third through fifth grades. In the middle of the second assembly, the steady sound of rain on the gym’s metal roof was interspersed with thunder. The wind shook the rafters, making them rattle, and an outside door blew open.

“Just remember, it’s always a little different on the prairie,” Principal Patti Raynor said as she closed the door. Continue reading

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Grace Bible Church raises $500 to send students to Passion Conference

PARKADE / BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Grace Bible Church held a fundraiser Sunday evening, Feb. 20, at McAlister’s Deli. The church is raising money to send nine college students to the Passion Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, April 1-3.

The restaurant donated all tips and 15 percent of sales to the church from 5 to 9 p.m. Associate Pastor Rob Pilant said a lot of people showed up and more than $500 was raised. Grace is hoping to raise $2,200 in all.

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