What: ATMOSPHERIC RIVERS PROGRAM
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College, West Campus, Sierra Hall 132, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: A MAPS program presentation, Atmospheric Rivers and Extreme Rainfall Events, featuring geology professor S. Jeffery Underwood. He will discuss atmospheric rivers what they are, how they have affected California in the past and how they may affect the future. Admission is free. For more information, call Wendy Long (209) 575-6748.
What: VEX ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT
When: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College, West Campus, Mary Stuart Hall, 2200 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: Middle and high school students from Northern & Central California will attend the third annual VEX Toss Up Robotics Competition. Seventy teams will meet for a day of competition battling each other with robots created from VEX Robotics Design System. The tournament is free and open to the public. Event is co-sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and Modesto Junior College. For more information, call Tina Collier (209) 679-1003.
What: CANDLE-LIGHTING CEREMONY
When: Sunday, 7 p.m.
Where: Community Hospice Center, 4368 Spyres Way
Info: Bereaved families and their friends are invited to a candle-lighting ceremony in memory of children who have died. A candle and ornament will be provided. You may bring a photo to place on the table. For more information, call (209) 622-6786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: FOOD AND TOY COLLECTION
Info: The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Josephs Church Modesto is once again collecting food and toy donations for their Annual Christmas Box giveaway. Nearly 400 families will be receiving a complete meal and toy selections for their children. Drop-off locations for toys and canned food are: St. Josephs Church, 1813 Oakdale Road and Modesto First Federal Credit Union, 430 12th St. For more information or to offer help, call (209) 551-4973, ext. 207.
What: TEA PARTY MEETING
When: Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Latifs Restaurant, 111 N. Golden State Blvd.
Info: The North Valley Patriots will hold their monthly meeting featuring guest speaker Richard Fields of Pacific Legal Foundation, who will explain the organizations lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. Fields will also speak about the organizations efforts against AB 32 (Cap & Trade) and water issues. For more information, call (209) 202-3043.
What: BELL RINGER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Info: The Salvation Army Womens Auxiliary is in immediate need of volunteers to ring bells for the red kettles. Bell-ringing shifts can be for one, two or even eight hours. There are various locations around Turlock. For more information, call Linda (209) 627-0393 or Kathy at the corporate office (209) 667-6091.
What: FESTIVAL OF TREES LIGHTING EVENT
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wood Park, South Yosemite and Highway 120
Info: A few six-foot trees remain available on a first-come basis for sponsorship. Deadline has been extended to Wednesday to receive a lighted tree to decorate. Organizations, businesses or individuals can sponsor and decorate a tree for display through the holidays. Each tree will have a plaque identifying the sponsor. Applications are available at oakdalegardenclub.com. For additional information, call Karen (209) 848-2231.
What: MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library, Community Room, 4835 Sisk Road
Info: The Salida Municipal Advisory Council is holding a meeting. For more information, visit Salida MACs online newsletter at salidamac.blogspot.com.
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