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December 24, 2011 in City
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Clients at The Center, clockwise from left, are Cynthia Alvarado, 15; Rebecca McQuilkin, 16; Jacob Kelsey, 14; Tristen McQuilkin, 11; and Ricardo Alvarado, 13. On the skate ramp is Kurtis Cantrell-Smith, 16. The nonprofit youth center is open in the afternoons.

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Mary Lentz dishes up tuna casserole to Jose Garcia, 11, right, in The Center, a former grocery store space, on Thursday. The nonprofit youth center, staffed by volunteers like Lentz, has been run on a shoestring for several years.