EMPOWERING WOMEN: A Women's Empowerment Luncheon is scheduled today at 12:45 p.m. in the Garden Terrace Cafe of the DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St. Pat Brown of The Weekenders will demonstrate fashion savvy, and Cindia Libran will represent Haven Women's Center. For more information, call Evone Cardenas at 573-1710.
CANCER SUPPORT: A cancer support group is offered by the Community Cancer Program at Doctors Medical Center every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. For more information, call 888-284-6641.
HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETS: Jenny Solis, vice president of the Association of Mexican American Educators, Northern Central Valley Chapter, will be the speaker at the Hispanic Leadership Council's meeting Friday. The meeting will start at 7 a.m., and will be at the DoubleTree Hotel's Garden Terrace Cafe. The public is welcome at the weekly meetings.
VEHICLE FAIR: The Davis High School Public Safety Academy will have its first Vehicle Faire from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The fair will be in the school parking lot on Tully Road. This event, open to the public, is an opportunity to take a close look at a variety of vehicles, from firetrucks and police cars to a tow truck and hot-air balloon basket. The cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. This event is hosted by the Davis High School Public Safety Academy Booster Club. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for outgoing seniors who are pursuing careers in criminal justice or fire service fields. For more information, call 988-1925.
GARAGE SALE: The Mid Valley Chevy Club will have its annual garage sale in the Al's Furniture parking lot, 6340 McHenry Ave., from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There also will be a car show. For more information, call 526-1195.
TO-GO CHICKEN DINNER: The Mark Twain Junior High Panther Honor Chorus will have a "chicken on the run" fund-raiser Saturday. Tickets for the quarter-chicken, beans, salad and dessert dinner are $8. The dinners will be available from 3 to 7 p.m. at the school, on California and Emerald avenues.
SCIENCE NIGHT: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will hold a free science-themed event Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria at Enochs High School, 3401 Sylvan Ave. Chris Ebbers' topic is "Communicating at the Speed of Light," which will cover the evolution of communication, from letters carried on horseback to books carried by laser beams. For more information, call 550-3400, ext. 5081.
FIRST SUNDAY: This Sunday, the McHenry Museum will feature "Games and Toys from Days Past!" Bring kids ages 5 to 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. for fun with games and pastimes from long ago. Learn to juggle, make a gift for mom, and dance around the Maypole. Free. Call 491-4317 for more information.
CHICKEN-A-GO-GO: The 42nd annual North Modesto Kiwanis Chicken A-Go-Go will take place at Davis Park, at Rumble and College avenues, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual takeout barbecue features a half-chicken marinated in a secret recipe, baked beans, potato salad and dinner roll for $8. Tickets can be bought in advance from North Modesto Kiwanis members or at the park on the day of the event. All profits go to community projects focused on children.
MOMS CLUB MEETING: The MOMS Club of Modesto, a networking group for stay-at-home mothers and caregivers, will hold a talk on purposeful play May 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Graceada Park, 401 Needham St. Karen Rossi, education coordinator at Hickman Charter School, will talk about how physical movement wires kids' brains for learning. This event also is a good opportunity for local moms to meet and for kids to interact. The MOMS Club of Modesto is a local chapter of the International MOMS Club and offers planned activities for moms and their children. It is a nonprofit club that also supports local community groups through service projects. For more information, call Jody McGinnis at 575-3735.
TEA AT THE MANSION: The McHenry Mansion's annual Mother's Day Tea will be served May 10 with two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. The mansion and gift shop will be open. The event is a fund-raiser for the mansion at 15th and I streets. For reservations, call 578-1524.
SOY CANDLE CLASS: The Oakdale Grange 435, F Street and Lambuth Avenue, will offer a soy candle class Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 556-8524.
Send Region items to Region, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; call 578-2330; fax 578-2207; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.