THREE-AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING: The McHenry Museum will hold a three-author book signing with Linda Sawyer, "Leaf by Leaf"; Mary Ruggieri, "From Japan With Love"; and Martha Loeffler, "My Turn ... Again"; on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free. The museum is at 1402 I St. For more information, call 577-5366 or go to www.mchenrymuseum.org.
CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVITIES: A parade will be held on Crows Landing Road on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m., and a full day of events will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Graceada Park's Mancini Bowl, at Needham and Sycamore avenues. Entertainment provided, and the event is free.
HELP A FAMILY WITH 'SOUP BUFFET': A fund-raiser "soup buffet" will be held for the Cummings-Vinnedge family on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Soup City Cafe, 1700 McHenry Ave., in McHenry Village. All proceeds will go to defray medical expenses for 18-year-old Kassandra Cummings, who was injured in a car accident on Sept. 6, 2007. To donate privately, contact Farmers & Merchants Bank on Carpenter Road.
YARD AND BAKE SALE: The Counting On A Cure Team will hold a combination yard and bake sale Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., at 1508 San Miguel Lane. Find a treasure and benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
ORCHESTRA LEADER TO SPEAK: The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association will host a visit from Henry Fogel, president of the League of American Orchestras. Fogel, who has held leadership positions with the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, has more than 45 years of experience in the performing arts. On Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., he will give a presentation entitled "Orchestras in 21st Century America." That will be followed by a question-and-answer session, a reception and open rehearsal with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the symphony offices at 523-4153 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SPEAKER: Soroptimist International of Modesto will host Lynn Telford-Sahl, who will speak on women's leadership. She is a health, wealth and happiness coach, author of two books and has a private practice. The meeting will be Thursday, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., at The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave. For more information, call Linda Diggs-Gray at 968-9531 or go to www.soroptimistspr.org/district4/modesto.html.
ALL VETERANS TRIBUTE RIDE: Mitchell's Modesto Harley-Davidson will sponsor the fourth annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. All Veterans Tribute Ride on May 10. The ride is open to all makes and models, and is a "ride free/no fee" event. Cars are even welcome. The ride will begin at 500 N. Carpenter Road at 10 a.m., with a flag dedication ceremony at 9:45 a.m. The group will end up at Jamestown Harley-Davidson for a barbecue. Gold Star Father Scott Conover will perform "Americans" and Derek Clark will perform "Good Night Soldier." For more information, call 522-1061 or go to www.cplandersonjr.org.
DANCE DEMONSTRATION: The Gallo Center for the Arts will offer an outreach event in connection with the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company performance May 24. Lily Cai will appear May 12 at the Cabaret West Dance Studio in the El Capitan Building on the Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., to give a free lecture-demonstration. Students and the community are invited to learn a section from her work using Chinese scarves. The lecture- demonstration will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call Anne Shanto at 575-6442 or e-mail Lori Bryhni at email@example.com. For more on the Gallo Center performance, go to www.galloarts.org.
CAREGIVER CONFERENCE: The Alzheimer's Affiliates of Stanislaus County will host its annual caregiver conference entitled "Giving Care ... Taking Care." The conference will be May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road. The conference is free, but reservations are required. Call Deborah at 491-0800 for further information or to reserve a seat.
MJC BIOLOGY CLASS: Modesto Junior College will offer a biology field studies course to study the marine and coastal environment along the Point Reyes National Seashore this summer. The 1.5-unit class will be led by biology Professors Catherine Greene and Teri Curtis and will take place June 9-12. During the four-day, three-night field studies course, students will hike to the coastline and kayak on Tomales Bay, observing plants and animals of woodland and marine environments. To enroll, participants must register for Biology 151X--Section 0967 and Biology 151A--Section 0968. MJC students may register now at 549-7000 or online at www.mjc.edu using PiratesNet. In addition to the $20 per unit cost, there is a $200 fee to cover food, lodging, transportation and course activities. For more information, contact Teri Curtis at 575-6775 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Catherine Greene at 575-6783 or email@example.com.
STRAWBERRY BREAKFAST: The nonprofit organization Healing Nations will host a strawberry breakfast and raffle on Saturday at the Ceres High School Cafeteria, 2320 Central Ave., from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Homemade biscuits, honey butter, fresh strawberries and cream, and coffee or tea, will be served. Tickets may be purchased at Country Elegance in the Richland Shopping Center or at the door. All proceeds benefit programs that help at-risk youth. For more information, call 549-1828.
SPAGHETTI FUND-RAISER: The monthly spaghetti feed fund-raiser will be held May 10 at the Odd Fellows Hall on the main street. Treat Mom to a night off. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. All-you-can-eat spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, soft drinks and ice cream sundaes for dessert, for there or to go; cost is $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under. Also, the next regular meeting of the La Grange Improvement Association is May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome. The annual membership fee is $10 per family. For more information, call Secretary Chris Stevenson at 853-2128 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESTERN BARBECUE: The MRPS will host its annual rib dinner Saturday at 7:30 p.m with a no-host bar opening at 6:30 p.m., at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. The dinner will be followed by dancing from 9 p.m. until midnight. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Admission is $25; children 12 and under are $12.50. For more information, call Evelyn at 599-6650.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS REUNION: Alumni and former faculty of the California State University, Stanislaus, departments of Nursing, Psychology/Child Development, and Social Work are invited to attend the first College of Human and Health Sciences reunion reception on May 9. The program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center. Refreshments, including wine and hors d'oeuvres, will be served and there will be live jazz music, along with short presentations by current CSU, Stanislaus, faculty who will talk about their research. Admission is free, but people who plan to attend are asked to RSVP at 667-3155 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
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