What: AUTISM WALK
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: Central Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a 1-mile walk on the MJC West Campus. Organizers promise a family fun day, lots of activities for kids and autism resource booths. Register the day of the event or online at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/centralvalley. There is no registration fee, but donations are accepted. For more information, call (209) 614-6364.
What: FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE MEETING
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St.
Info: The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Stanislaus & Merced Counties holds its annual meeting. Speaker is Dr. Glen W. Davidson, a national expert on the subject of What To Do When Someone Mourns Effective Crisis Intervention. Nurses in hospitals, hospices and nursing homes, and anyone else who seeks answers to mourning, are encouraged to attend. Free admission. The FCA of Stanislaus/Merced Counties is a nonprofit organization of volunteers protecting consumers right to choose a meaningful, dignified and affordable funeral. For more information, call Dr. Mel Nickerson, (209) 632-4313.
What: FALL DINNER AND AUCTION
When: Saturday, 5 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway
Info: Sacred Heart School annual fall dinner and auction fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the education of students at the school. Cost is $40 per person, or $420 for reserved table of eight. For more information or to buy tickets, call (209) 669-5336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Ripon Athletic Club, parking lot, 318 W. Main St.
Info: The annual health fair sponsored by the Ripon Community and Youth Commission will feature vendors, educational information and displays. For more information, call Roz at (209) 599-2893 or Diane at (209) 599-3001.
What: GREAT VALLEY BOOKFEST
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, 280 Lifestyle Road
Info: One of the top literary events in the area, the Great Valley Bookfest brings well-known authors and more together in a fun atmosphere. The free event features more than 30 authors speaking on six stages, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, gourmet food trucks, slam poetry and more. It will open with a costume parade, where people of all ages are invited to dress up as characters from their favorite books and join the pageant. For more information, call Toni at (209) 824-3080.
What: FALL ART SHOW
When: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Escalon Library, 1540 Second St.
Info: The Oak Valley Art Society will hold a Fall Art Show featuring original artwork in a variety of media, including oils, watercolor, pastels, graphic mixed media and photography. The show includes a youth category. Award ceremony will be Sunday, 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Evelyn Cooper at (209) 838-3095.
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