FILM EXAMINES OIL PRICES: Modesto Junior College will offer the Civic Engagement Project Film and Lecture presentation of "Crude Awakening." The film will be screened Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Forum 101 on east campus, 435 College Ave., as the final installment in the spring semester series; it is free and open to the public. Organizers said "Crude Awakening" examines the history of oil exploration leading to the current addiction of the world's economy to oil, and investigates why oil prices are rising and what likely will happen in the future. Following the screening, exploration geologist Janine Weber will comment on the film and provide her perspectives on the future of oil. Weber has worked in a variety of locations in the world as a consulting geologist. For more information, contact James Clarke at 575-6281.
SOUNDS OF THE HEART: Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center invites local cancer survivors, their family members and their caregivers to join the new "Sounds of the Heart" Musical Ensemble on Monday at 6:30 p.m. "Sounds of the Heart" is a new addition to Memorial's program of complementary therapies. The "Sounds of the Heart" Musical Ensemble is a group in which participants may join on a regular basis to explore their musical self-expression and benefit from a variety of musical activities such as listening and creating music to experience the comfort, excitement, emotion and energy that music evokes. For information or to register, contact Memorial's Cancer Services at 569-7789.
SHAKEN BABY PRESENTATION: Parents and caregivers are invited to a presentation about Shaken Baby Syndrome on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Modesto Library. A member of the Stanislaus County Child Abuse Prevention Council will explain the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome and how to prevent it. Organizers said attendees will learn about normal child development, including the role of infant crying, techniques for calming a crying baby and strategies for coping with the stress of a crying baby. Parenting books will be on display and available for checkout. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 558-7814.
FIRST SUNDAY THIS SUNDAY: The McHenry Museum's "First Sunday" program continues this week, and it's all about trains. The museum has a new train exhibit, and participants Sunday can learn about Modesto's railroading past, see a large working model and make a wooden train to take home. The free event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St. Call 491-4317 for more information.
DISCOVERY SHOP NEEDS DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS: The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop needs your donations of home and garden items, including plants, for the Home and Garden event on Friday and Saturday. And volunteers are needed to staff the shop seven days a week. Proceeds from the store, 3440 McHenry Ave., Suite A-12, support research, education, advocacy and patient services in the fight against cancer. Donation and store hours are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For 24-hour cancer support, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. For more information, call 544-9279.
SONS OF ITALY BENEFIT: The Central Valley Sons of Italy Foundation will hold its annual Black Tie Benefit on Saturday at the Del Rio Country Club. Each year, the dinner benefits a different community organization; this year's beneficiary is the YMCA. The Sons of Italy's Modesto Chapter has a membership of 160 people interested in promoting Italian heritage and culture and helping those in our community. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30. Also included is a silent auction for adults and one for young adults under the age of 16. The West Fifth Avenue Band from Sacramento will provide music. For information, call 848-3149.
CENTRAL VALLEY SKEPTICS: The Central Valley Skeptics nonprofit group meets for the promotion of skepticism, critical thinking, science, and secularism for the Modesto, Tracy, and Turlock area. The group meets April 10, at 6:30 p.m., at the Pizza Factory, 601 Tully Road. For more information go to www.centralvalleyskeptics.com or call Zack at 324-5409.
BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Library will host a book sale at the Escalon Branch Library on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The library is at 1540 Second St.
WAKE UP AT BORDONA'S: Bordona's Oakdale Home Furnishings is hosting a morning coffee get-together today at 102 West F St. The Chamber of Commerce networking begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information call 847-2244 or go online to www.bordonas.com.
MASTERS SWIMMING: The Ripon Aquatics Center at Ripon High School is offering Masters Swimming classes designed for adults, at any level, who wish to swim in an organized, relaxed atmosphere. Coaches are present to help improve skills and provide a fitness-oriented workout. Contact Christine at 204-4294 or Christinezador@yahoo.com.
BARBECUE DINNER: Turlock Christian High School will hold a fund-raiser for the junior class Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The drive-through dinner will offer tri-tip, chicken and linguica at the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church, Monte Vista and Olive avenues. Tickets are $5 per dinner.
BASKETBALL TOURNEY: The City of Turlock Teen Advisory Council will host the fourth annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, open to students in seventh grade through high school, April 12. The cost is $20 per team. Awards will be given for first and second place of each division. All participants must be registered as a team by April 10. For more information or to get a registration form, go to the Recreation Department, 301 Starr Ave., or call 668-5594.
REPUBLICANS NEED HELP: Volunteers are needed for Saturday's Republican booth at the Manteca Street Fair this weekend. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Frank Aquila at 825-0123 or go online to email@example.com.
MENTORING FAIR, AGAIN: Organizers of February's Mentoring Fair at Columbia College said they got so much local support for their efforts that they are repeating the event on Friday. The event, set from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Fir 2 on the Columbia College campus, is free and open to the public. Through the event, community members are being sought to provide supportive roles as mentors for children ages 4 to 17. The activities include an orientation, completion of application requirements, and new mentor training. According to the organizers, the activity expedites the program intake process and condenses three days down to one. For more information, contact Elena Linehan at 533-1397, ext. 229.
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