FAMILIES AND BABIES DRUG CONFERENCE: The Perinatal Substance Abuse Coalition of Stanislaus County will hold its 19th annual Families, Babies and Drugs Conference on March 18 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St. The conference will provide information to help people understand the issues regarding the risk of addiction. It will emphasize the importance of doctor-patient contracts and random urine drug screening in the management of patients who are prescribed controlled substances. Participants will learn management techniques for patients born with drugs in their systems. Guest speakers will be Dr. Paul G. Kreis, talking about opioids and addiction, and registered nurse Lynn Browne-Wagner, speaking about drug abuse and its neonatal effect. The program is offered by Doctors Medical Center, which is accredited by the California Medical Association. Doctors who attend can report as much as six hours of credit toward the CMA certification of continuing medical education and the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award. Registration and a continental breakfast are from 8 to 8:30 a.m. There will be 15 minutes of opening comments before sessions begin. The workshops end at 4:30 p.m. Advance registration is $60; admission at the door is $70. For more information, contact Denise Clements at 557-2101 or Tracy Kempf at 576-3704.
LIONS CLUB CRAB FEED: The Modesto 500 Lions Club is having a crab feed Saturday at the Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Road (off Hatch Road) beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. There will be a raffle and silent auction. For tickets, call Jerry Cooper at 471-3265.
CANCER SUPPORT: The Writing Through Cancer program begins today. The free, 10-week series is part of the Complementary Therapy Program presented by Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center. It helps participants attain clarity and control while writing about their journeys and sharing their stories. Seating is limited. For information or to register, contact Cancer Services at 569-7789.
STOP SMOKING: The Health Services Agency will hold a Freedom From Smoking class to help people who smoke learn the skills it takes to quit permanently. The class is free and open to anyone who wants to quit smoking. The eight-session course will cover topics such as stress management, assertive communication and exercise skills to help participants succeed. The class begins today. Participants will meet Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Learning Institute, 801 County Center III Court. For more information, call 558-5657.
CRAB FEED: The Davis High School Athletic Booster Club will hold a crab feed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1831 Oakdale Road, at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40. No-host beer and wine. For those 21 and older only. For tickets, call Brad Goudeau at 575-8555.
FOOD ADDICTS ANONYMOUS: Free yourself from excess weight and-or obsessional thoughts about food and body image. Meetings are open and free to the public. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step recovery group that meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Turlock Christian School at Crossroads Church, 1360 N. Johnson Road. For more information, call 827-3453 or 824-4287, or go to www.foodaddicts.org.
CORNED BEEF DINNER: American Legion Post 88 will hold a corned beef and cabbage and-or fish stick dinner Friday at 5 p.m. at 75 Bothun Road. Cost is $7.50 per person. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Beverages will be available. For more information, call 262-5829 or 634-4202.
A LITTLE COWBOY MUSIC: Columbia City Hotels is inviting anyone who wants to get out of the winter doldrums and enjoy a lot of harmony by nationally recognized cowboy singer Dave Stamey to show up at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sonora Opera Hall. There also will be a bit of history and humor from local performers Mark Stoltenberg, Dave Rainwater and Lori Brandon. The cost is $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Columbia City Hotels at 532-1479.
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