FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE PARENT ORIENTATION
When: Today, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Sierra Vista Child and Family Services, 101 Park Ave.
Info: Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent? Attend a free orientation class offered by Sierra Vista Child and Family Services. For more information, call Vance at (209) 491-0872.
WOMEN'S CONNECTION LUNCHEON
When: Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Elks Lodge Charity Ballroom, 645 McHenry Ave.
Info: Stonecroft Women's Connection "Ultimate Stress Free" luncheon features Judy Pallotta from Doctors Medical Center with the latest opportunities available for service. Guest speaker Gail Snodgrass will give a presentation on stress relief through massage therapy. Program and lunch are $15; walk-ins welcome. For more information or to make a reservation, call Terry at (209) 523-3826.
When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Modesto library, 1500 I St.
Info: Local musician Chris Doud will present folk music. Participants bring their own dinner. Theater production begins at 7 p.m. Recommended for children age 6 and older. Advance registration is required, as space is limited. For more information or to register, call (209) 558-7810.
When: Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus Literacy Learning Center, 1032 11th St.
Info: The center is in need of volunteers to aid in the teaching of literacy skills to other adults. Volunteers must attend a tutoring orientation and training. For more information or to register to volunteer, call (209) 522-0656.
JUSTICE FOR THE ARTS EVENT
When: Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway
Info: The local legal community presents an evening of wine, cheese, art and music to support the Carnegie Arts Center. The annual Spring Juried Art Show will be open for viewing in the Ferrari Galley. The event will include a raffle of original work. Tickets are $20 per person; $250 for table sponsors, which includes 10 tickets and sponsor recognition. Tickets may be purchase at the art center or the law offices of Cash-Dudley Speiller & Torres, 518 13th St., Modesto. For more information, call (209) 632-5761.
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Ripon Police Department, 259 N. Wilma Ave.
Info: The Ripon Police Department will hold a community meeting to discuss concerns or issues that may be occurring within neighborhoods. Sgt. Danny Sauer will lead the meeting. Officers will be providing information and safety tips, and officer Mike Perry and his K-9, Kilo, will be present for a demonstration. For more information call Sauer at (209) 599-0244.
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