What: HONORING THE REV. EDDIE BOLDEN
When: Friday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Second Baptist Church, 529 California Ave.
Info: Modesto Area pastors, dignitaries and the community will come together to honor the Rev. Eddie Bolden, Modesto’s oldest active black pastor. For more information, call the Rev. Darius O. Crosby, (209) 496-3574, or email email@example.com.
What: PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE CONFERENCE
When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Modesto High School cafeteria, 18 H St.
Info: Modesto City Schools will hold a free “Parents Make a Difference” Conference for parents of preschool through 12th-grade students. The goal is to build collaborative family-school-community partnerships that advance student learning and achievement. The event will include free child care, workshops, lunch and more. Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jorge Perez at (209) 595-9654.
What: CTA/NEA RETIREES MEETING
When: Thursday, noon
Where: CTA Office, 3900 Mitchell Road
Info: The Stanislaus Chapter of the CTA/NEA-Retired, an organization that promotes well-being among retired California Teachers Association members, is having its fall quarterly meeting. The event will feature a presentation of member insurance benefit options and a review of recommended school board candidates. For more information, call (209) 485-0818.
What: TUNE IN & TUNE UP CAR CLEANUP EVENT
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Ceres Flea Market, 1651 E. Whitmore Ave.
Info: San Joaquin Valley residents will be offered free emission testing on vehicles that have been owned for six months or more. The first 525 drivers will receive the free tests, and any that don’t pass will receive a $500 voucher for smog repairs at a participating STAR certified smog shop. Free food will be served at 9 a.m. For more information, call (800) 806-2004 or email TITUEvent@valley-can.org.
What: BIGGEST LOSERS WEIGH OUT
When: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Patterson Unified School District, 510 Keystone Blvd.
Info: Six teams of West Side residents from Newman, Patterson and Gustine will climb back on a giant scale to see which team lost the most weight over an eight-week contest period. Community leaders and residents will weigh out, and the title of “Biggest Loser” will be bestowed upon one team. The winner will be announced about noon. The event is sponsored by the Westside Healthcare Advisory Task Force.
What: TIP-A-COP EVENT
When: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Barnwood Restaurant, 338 E. Main St.
Info: The Ripon Police Officers Association, in cooperation with Barnwood Restaurant, is holding a Tip-A-Cop fundraiser. Local police officers will be waiting on tables to help raise money for the Ripon Police Officers Memorial under construction at Veterans Memorial Park. For more information, call officer Stephen Meece, (209) 599-2012.
What: CENTRAL SIERRA AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Tuolumne County Library, Community Room, 480 Greenley Road
Info: Noted ornithologist Ed Pandolfino will be the guest speaker, on the topic of the great diversity of birds that make the Sierra Nevada home. The meeting is open to members of the community. Refreshments will be served after the program.
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