What: TEAM IN TRAINING INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
Info: The Northern San Joaquin Valley chapter of Team in Training will kick off its summer season Jan. 16. Residents from Merced to Stockton will begin training to run and/or walk one of three major events and bicyclists will be training for Americas Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe. Local participants train as a group one evening per week and on Saturday mornings. They also receive a daily plan for individual workouts. Free seminars cover issues such as nutrition, injury prevention and fundraising tips. Volunteer mentors, all of whom have participated in at least one TNT event, provide guidance and support throughout the season. Three free information meetings are scheduled prior to the kickoff. They will be:
• Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at On the Run in McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite A13, Modesto.
• Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Fleet Feet, 277 Lincoln Center, Stockton.
• Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Oakdale Bicycle Shop, 445 E. F St.
More information is available at www.teamintraining.org/mail or by calling (800) 482-8326. The last chance to sign up for summer 2014 events will be at the kickoff celebration at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St.
What: BLOOD DRIVE FOR LIFE
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St.
Info: Channel 3 (KCRA) and BloodSource ring in the new year with the annual KCRA 3 Blood Drive for Life, including marrow registry. Blood drive participants will receive a special-edition T-shirt and one ticket to the 2014 International Sportsmens Exposition in Sacramento on Jan. 9-12 while supplies last. Marrow registry will be offered at no cost to people ages 18 to 44. For more information, such as eligibility and minimum requirements, call (866) 822-5663.
What: PET ADOPTIONS
When: Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Petsmart, 3900 Sisk Road
Info: The Humane Society of Stanislaus County will have vaccinated, spayed and neutered pets available for adoption. For more information, call (209) 550-7387.
What: WINTER CRAFT AT THE LIBRARY
When: Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ceres Library, 2250 Magnolia Ave.
Info: Children are invited to visit the library and participate in the making of a penguin winter craft from various craft materials. Books will be displayed and available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ceres Library. For more information, call the Ceres Libraryat (209) 537-8938.
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