TEA PARTY PATRIOTS MEETING
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: 2200 McHenry Ave., Suite C
Info: The meeting of the Tea Party Patriots of Modesto will feature Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute. The CRI is a nonprofit organization that provides education and advocacy for family values. All meetings are open to the public.
When: Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: McHenry Mansion Gift Store, 924 15th St.
Info: Author Oleta Kay Sprague Ham will be signing copies of her book, "Migrant Mother." Claudia Newcorn will be signing copies of her award-wining series, "The Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree" "Crossover," "Dark Fire" and "Firestar." The books will be available for purchase at the mansion gift store. The event is open to the public. For more information, call (209) 549-0428.
When: Mondays through Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Patterson library, 46 N. Salado Ave.
Info: Join the Patterson library and Cille Bird from Rescue.org for free civics classes. These classes are designed to help citizenship applicants prepare for the U.S. citizenship test. Space is limited; advance registration required. For more information or to register, call the library at (209) 892-6473.
BMX RACE BENEFIT
When: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. races
Where: Spreckels Park BMX, 941 Spreckels Ave.
Info: The NORCAL Love Series 2 BMX race benefiting the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital features Luke O'Moore, 9-year-old leukemia patient, and his brother Cian, who will be riding the ceremonial flag lap to open the final round of competition. This weekend event is the finals of the five-part race series. For more information, call (650) 498-2597.
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