SPEECH CONTEST: Today is the date for the Modesto Republican Women Federated's annual speech contest featuring students from area high schools -- public, private and charter -- competing for monetary awards. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon at Season's, 945 McHenry Ave. Lunch is $15. Call 567-3399 for reservations. Modesto Republican Women meets the second Tuesday of the month and meetings are open to the public. Its mission is to promote an informed public through political education and activity, increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government and encourage active citizenship.
QUILT GUILD TO MEET: The Crossroad Quilters will meet today at 7 p.m., at at Eastridge Community Church, 2319 Saint Paul's Way. Cost is $3. For more information, call Deborah Miller at 543-8990 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
SLaM on RyE: Modesto's Monthly Poetry Slam is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Prospect Theatre, 520 Scenic Drive. Be there by 6:30 p.m. to sign up to slam. There are cash prizes for first and second place.
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LEGAL PROFESSIONAL MEETING: The Stanislaus County Legal Professionals Association will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Appetéz Restaurant, 825 W. Roseburg Ave. There will not be a guest speaker, but a roundtable discussion will be held on ways to increase attendance at monthly meetings and the possibility of hosting an LSI conference. Also, election of officers for 2008-2009 will be held. For information, call Diane or Charlotte at 238-0946.
CANCER SUPPORT: Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to register for the Moving Towards Healing program, beginning today. The free six-week series is part of the Complementary Therapy Program presented by Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center, and helps participants explore how stretching and strengthening exercises can assist them in maintaining healthier lives. This class is designed to support participants at their current levels of comfort and physical activity. Seating is limited. For information, contact Cancer Services at 569-7789.
AAUW MEETING: The Saturday fund-raiser luncheon of the American Association of University Women, Educational Foundation, will feature film and fashion historian Gloria Heidi. Heidi will use vintage hats to show how movies have reflected the changing lives of American women from the Depression era to today's heroines. The Educational Foundation, a nonprofit arm of AAUW, provides funds to advance education, research and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive change. The luncheon event is open to the public and will be held at 11 a.m. at Appetéz Restaurant, 825 W. Roseburg Ave. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required. Make your check out to AAUW EF and mail to Arlene Ison, 2401 E. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto 95355.
RIDE ON ON THE SPEECH TRAIN: Toastmasters International has begun a new club -- The REO Speech Train -- serving the Riverbank, Escalon and Oakdale areas. Weekly meetings take place Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Perko's Restaurant at Oakdale and Patterson roads. There is no charge to attend; breakfast can be purchased. For more information on how Toastmasters can improve your communication skills or to learn more about the new chapter, please contact Scott Ramsey at 968-3865.
BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Salida Regional Library will offer books, magazines, CDs and videos at a used book sale scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The book sale hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of new and gently used books are being accepted for the sale. Organizers ask that all donations be delivered to the Salida Regional Library, 4835 Sisk Road, no later than Wednesday to allow time for sorting. Proceeds raised from the sale will support children and family programs, special events and supplies for the Salida Regional Library. For more information, call 543-7315.
DRIVING SAFETY: Turlock Seniors will host an AARP Drivers Safety Program at the senior hall, 1191 Cahill Ave., Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Applications may be obtained by calling Dell Perales at 632-7708 or at the senior hall. The fee is $10 and at the conclusion of the class a certificate will be issued to each participant. There will be no senior exercise class held Wednesday, because of the driver training course. Also, seniors and low-income individuals, regardless of age, may get assistance in preparing their income tax at the senior hall any Wednesday afternoon from noon until 3 p.m. April 9 will be the last day for this assistance.
WOMEN IN HISTORY: The Calaveras American Association of University Women Branch will host Merita Callaway, District 3 county supervisor, and longtime Calaveras resident Evelyn Parisotto as the featured speakers at the Calaveras AAUW Branch meeting Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Murphys Diggins. The meeting begins with refreshments, followed by a brief membership meeting and a program celebrating "Women in History" month. Callaway will talk about her background and work in the private and public sectors. Parisotto, a resident of Calaveras County for many years and former instructor at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School, will share her life and career experiences. Anyone interested in attending may call 772-9007 for reservations. Members of AAUW-Calaveras Branch, please bring an appetizer. The Calaveras AAUW meets every other month for hors d'oeuvres and beverages on the second Thursday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Diggins. For more information, contact Sue Eckblom, 754-4925, or Marj Geiszler, 754-3256.
GANG AWARENESS MEETINGS: The public is invited to learn more about criminal street gangs, how to recognize a child's activity in a gang and what can be done to prevent the problem at the Gang Awareness Workshops. The program is designed to give parents and the public information on gangs and how to steer children away from gangs. The Merced Police Department program is offered in conjunction with Merced Community Violence Prevention and Intervention Task Force Merced ComVIP. The workshops will be held through May, with some additional dates expected. To schedule a workshop before your school, organization or business, call Mike Conway at 385-6232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the revised schedule of workshops:
Wednesday, Tenaya Middle School, 760 W. Eighth St., 7 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Stowell Elementary School, 251 E. 11th St., 3 to 4 p.m.
March 19, Charles Wright Elementary School, 900 E. 20th St., 7 to 8 p.m.
March 26, Pioneer School, 2950 E. Gerard Ave., 7 to 8 p.m.
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