AIKIDO CLASSES: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering aikido classes. Aikido is different from other martial arts in that it does not oppose an attacker's force, but instead redirects it. This class is for 9- to 16-year-olds and will meet on Mondays and Fridays through June 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The fee is $95. Classes will be held at Aikido of Modesto, 1501 Coffee Road, Suite L. Register in person at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect. For more information, refer to the Summer 2008 Activity Guide at www.modesto.com/prnd/activityguide or call 577-5344.
PFLAG EVENTS: Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays announce that the general support meeting at 7 p.m. today will host a special Mother's Day program at 8 p.m. On May 20, PFLAG will hold a Fun-For-All Bingo night at 7 p.m. The meetings are at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave.
PLAY AND PLAY WELL: The Modesto Moms Club will sponsor Karen Rossi from Hickman Charter School on "Purposeful Play." All stay-at-home mothers and their children are invited to Graceada Park on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for an interactive presentation on how physical activities help wire children's brains for learning. For more information, call 575-3735 before 7 p.m.
HLC MEETING: A panel of six high school counselors from Modesto City Schools will be the speakers at the Hispanic Leadership Council's meeting Friday. The panel will present the Modesto City Schools counseling program that was recently given the state's Promising Practice Award. The 7 a.m. meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Garden Terrace Cafe. The public is invited.
CAREGIVER CONFERENCE: A free Caregiver Conference scheduled for May 15 is open to the public. The conference will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road. The conference will feature Dr. Peter Gaines, a geriatrics specialist; Kathy Daubenberger, a registered nurse with Community Hospice; and Pam Twill, a caregiving specialist. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 491-0800.
SAVE A LIFE: The Hughson Volunteer Firefighters Association will hold its 21st annual "Save A Life Chicken BBQ" on Saturday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the fire station on the corner of Charles and Pine streets. Scheduled for this year's event will be displays and information from local support agencies such as Hughson Police Services, Hughson Ambulance, the California Highway Patrol and the Mountain Valley EMS Agency. Tickets are $9; $6 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 883-2863; at Hughson Fire District office, 2316 Third St.; the Hughson Fire Station, 2315 Charles St.; or on the day of the event. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged. All proceeds go toward the purchase of new fire and rescue equipment.
SPAGHETTI FEED: The community of La Grange will hold a spaghetti dinner on Saturday at the Odd Fellows Hall from 4:30 to 8 p.m. It will be all you can eat spaghetti, salad, bread and drinks, with ice cream sundaes for dessert. Dinners are $7.50, $3.50 for children 10 and under; takeout dinners will be available. Contact Marge Reeves at 853-2515 for dinner and raffle ticket information.
TAKE MOM TO BREAKFAST: The 55th annual pancake breakfast and raffle on Mother's Day will be held at 4820 Salida Blvd, 545-3840, from 7 to 11 a.m. Donations will be accepted. Also, they'll have a number of raffle prizes from local businesses.
ADOLESCENT GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A grief support group for adolescents ages 13 through 18 who have experienced a loss will be held May 15, 22, 29 and June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is required and the suggested donation is $15. The group will meet at 1850 Colorado Ave., in the new Hospice of Emanuel office. For more information, call Hospice of Emanuel at 664-2550.
STEAK DINNER: The American Legion will serve up a rib eye steak dinner Friday. Cost is $9. The event begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30. Beverages are available. The location is
75 Bothun Road. For more information, call 262-5829.
CHEMIN DE FLEUR: The Turlock Family Network, a private, nonprofit child abuse prevention program for young families will host its eighth annual Chemin de Fleur garden tour Saturday. The tour includes five beautiful gardens in Turlock and Hilmar. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Greenery Nursery, 742 E. Olive Ave., and Lily's Emporium, 116 W. Main St. and Hischier Nursery at 1520 Standiford Ave. in Modesto. For more information, call Marianne at 765-9345.
STRUT YOUR STUFF: The Riverbank Language Academy along with the Parents, Teachers, Students Association will hold the first schoolyard sale Saturday at the Riverbank Language Academy campus, 2400 Stanislaus St. Items for sale include electronics, toys, golf sets, home appliances and more. Proceeds will provide funding for materials, field trips and educational programs for RLA students. If you are interested in donating items to benefit Riverbank Language Academy students, contact Reina Lopez at 918-0778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD ASTHMA DAY TODAY: Do you have asthma or know someone who does? Chances are you do when one in five children has been diagnosed with asthma in the San Joaquin Valley. The good news is you can control asthma. Merced College volleyball and the Merced/Mariposa County Asthma Coalition will present World Asthma Day today from 2 to 7 p.m. so people can learn about asthma and to enter a raffle. There will be face painting, fun and games, and an interactive "Asthma Circuit." For more information, call 209-385-5490.
LEWIS AND CLARK REVISITED: Photographer Greg MacGregor traces the historic 19th century journey west to see the Northwest Passage as it exists today. The Merced County Courthouse Museum presents "Lewis & Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day," from Thursday to June 29. Using the Lewis and Clark journals as his guide, MacGregor follows the original path from St. Charles, Mo., to the Oregon coast and shows vivid images along the way. The exhibit includes 60 black-and-white images showing the transformation of the land and its people in the 200 years since the expedition. At the opening reception Thursday, a virtual journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition narrated by Herb Wood will be shown at the Museum at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the museum office at 723-2401 or visit www.mercedmuseum.org.
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