TIME TO NOMINATE HEROES: The American Red Cross Stanislaus County Chapter is inviting the community to nominate everyday heroes from Stanislaus County. Nominees must live or work in Stanislaus County, however, the heroic act may have occurred elsewhere and at anytime within the past 24 months. Heroes will be recognized in 12 categories: good Samaritan (senior, adult, youth), law enforcement, professional rescue, medical, military, workplace, education, animal, spirit of the Red Cross and Stanislaus Hero of the Year. Winners will be recognized at the second annual heroes breakfast June 4. The event is called "Heroes Among Us -- Ordinary People, Extraordinary Compassion." Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., April 25, at 1230 Sixth St., Modesto 95354; by fax at 523-3735; or by e-mail to email@example.com. For more information, a nomination form or to sponsor a hero, call 523-6453, or at www.arcscc.org.
PLANT SALE: The Modesto Junior College Annual Plant Sale will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a large selection of plants, trees and shrubs, and many tomato varieties. The nursery is behind the Agriculture Department on Coldwell Avenue. Proceeds benefit the environmental horticulture program.
EXERCISE CLASSES: Centenary Methodist Church offers a variety of aerobics and fitness classes, including classes for seniors, with no registration or membership required. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. for seniors; and Monday through Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. The church is located at McHenry and Norwegian avenues. For more information, call 578-1616.
SUPPORT MJC ATHLETICS: Wine lovers, food connoisseurs and sports enthusiasts alike will find something to please their palate at this year's "Celebrate MJC Athletics" Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting fund-raiser sponsored by the Modesto Junior College Foundation on April 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the MJC gymnasium, on the east campus. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 21 intercollegiate sports in the MJC Athletics Program. The wine tasting will showcase a selection of premium varietals from E.&J. Gallo Winery, Bronco Winery, Quady Winery, Stevenot Winery, Hatcher Winery, Delicato Vineyards and several other area vintners. The event also features a complimentary array of gourmet dishes provided by more than 15 local restaurants and caterers. Live music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction for sports memorabilia, sports shirts, gift baskets and gift certificates complete the event. Tickets are $25 per person ($15 of the purchase price is tax deductible) and can be purchased in advance by calling the MJC Athletics Department at 575-6270 or the MJC Foundation at 575-6619. Tickets also may be purchased at the door and attendees must be 21 years or older.
POKER RUN: A benefit poker run in memory of Amanda Louise Clark will be held Saturday with sign-ins from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Rocko's, 757 N. Main St., behind Chubby's Diner. The run will end at Lagorio's in Farmington at Highway 4, with a barbecue, silent auction and music. The fee is $25 for drivers and $15 for passenger. Proceeds benefit Family Support Network of Oakdale. For more information, call Bonnye at 847-9012 or Brian at 765-3744.
LIVESTOCK EXHIBITOR DEADLINE: Independent junior exhibitors planning to enter their sheep, swine or goats at the Merced County Fair need to remember this date: May 16. That date is 60 days before the fair. Exhibitors entering market animals in the fair must provide fair management with a copy of their birth certificate or driver's license as proof of age. They also, according to state requirements, must provide fair management with a photo of their animal, appropriate proof of ownership, permanent tag, tattoo and/or hog ear notch information. Exhibitors must be at least 9 years old or in the fourth grade by Jan. 1. All required information must be submitted to the fair office at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced. For more information, call 722-1507.
PARENT INSTITUTE: The Patterson Unified School District will host an informational session from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Patterson High School cafeteria. There will be information tables from various agencies, a keynote speaker and two sessions with multiple presenters covering gang prevention, youth employment, college and more. Free dinner will be provided for the first 300 parents and child care and interpreters will be available.
LOOKING FOR VENDORS: The Waterford Heritage Day committee is currently accepting vendor applications for the celebration on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor booths are $45 which includes a $10 security deposit. Applications can be picked up at Temple's Bookkeeping on Bentley in Waterford; you can e-mail Stacey Knight at KniteRiter@aol.com; or you can call 874-2273.
SPRING FESTIVAL: The annual Spring Festival will run Thursday through April 13. The carnival will be open Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.; April 11 from 5 p.m. to midnight; April 12 from 11 a.m. to midnight, with a parade at 11 a.m.; and Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m. There will be rides, food booths and games, and Winton Recreation Baseball will have its last sign-up for the season.
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