HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING: Walt L. Hanline, superintendent of the Ceres Unified School District, will make a presentation on his vision and goals for the district at the Hispanic Leadership Council meeting at 7 a.m. Friday. It will be at El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St. The weekly meetings are open to the public.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: The International Heritage Festival Committee will present "An Afternoon of International Music and Dance" from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Gallo Center for the Arts. This free family event celebrates the community's cultural diversity. Scheduled to perform are the Greek Annunciation Folk Dancers, Mexican Folkloric Dancers, Los Falcones from Fairview Elementary School, Village Scandinavian Dancers and Chinese dancers. Kicking off the event and making a first-time appearance in Modesto will be Nikolai Massenkoff and the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival. Also debuting in Modesto will be the Venezuelan Music Project. Finishing off the afternoon will be festival favorite the Otea Api Polynesian Revue. Performances will be ongoing in the Foster Family Theater. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to www.internationalfestivalmodesto.com or call 521-3852.
KARATE FOR YOUTH: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering youth karate classes. The classes are for 8- to 17-year-olds and teach conditioning, stretching and beginning self-defense. Karate classes will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 19 in the La Loma Junior High gym, 1800 Encina Ave. Fee is $30. For more information, call 577-5344. Register at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 Tenth St., Suite 4400, or at www.modestogov.com/econnect.
DAY OF FASTING: The Modesto Peace/Life Center and the Network for Spiritual Progressives have planned a fast and vigil Monday. Organizers are asking people who seek an end to the war in Iraq to fast from dawn to dusk, and to join a silent vigil on the Stanislaus County Courthouse lawn, on I Street between 11th and 12th streets, from 5 to 6 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a sign that reflects the purpose and spirit of the fast, which is part of a national effort. For more information, go to www.interfaithfast.org and www.shalomctr.org/node/1281.
SAFE TEEN DRIVING: The Modesto area California Highway Patrol is offering the "Start Smart" teen safe driving class from
7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Modesto CHP office on Kiernan Avenue. A parent or legal guardian must attend the class with the teen. For more information or to sign up, call Tom Killian at 545-7445.
LEGAL PROFESSIONALS MEETING: The Stanislaus County Legal Professionals Association will hold its monthly meeting at
6 p.m. Wednesday at Appetez Restaurant, 825 W. Roseburg Ave. The speaker will be Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager, who will talk about the jury system. For reservations, call Loretta by noon Monday at 521-6260.
TRAVEL MEETING: Modesto Junior College Community Education will offer travel information and a slide presentation at four meetings, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, at 2 and 6 p.m. both days. The informational sessions will be in the Champion Building, Room 101, on Tully Road behind the football stadium. For more information, contact Vicki Vander Veen, MJC Community Education, at 575-6065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOROPTIMIST RECEPTION: The members of Soroptimist International of Modesto North invite women to join the world's largest classified service organization for business and professional women. An informational reception will be held Oct. 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Stanislaus Vision Associates, 1700 McHenry Ave. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to R.S.V.P., call Pat Jones at 526-9148.
FILM SHOWN AT MJC: The film "China Blue," a clandestinely shot, deep-access account of how clothes are made, will be shown today at Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave., in Forum 110 at 7 p.m., with a discussion afterward. The film is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jason Wohlstadter, Department of English, at 575-6180.
CALLING ALL MOMS: The MOMS Club of Ceres/Hughson/ Waterford will hold an open house Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at Smyrna Park, Moffet and Fowler roads. Attendance is free and there will be free children's crafts and refreshments and information about the MOMS Club. Moms Offering Moms Support is a nonprofit, international organization for stay-at-home mothers. For more information, contact Johanna at 883-2829 or email@example.com or go online to www.geocities.com/ceresmomsclub.
CHILD SAFETY DAY: Parents are invited to bring their children to the Turlock Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for safety activities sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Turlock. Organizers said community groups and agencies will provide information about fire, health and bicycle safety. A firetruck and ambulance will be on hand, as will health van personnel who will check shot records and provide an ID sheet with the child's picture, important information and a DNA sample. For more information, call 216-7791.
QUILT SHOW: The Sierra Gold Harvest Quilt Show will take place this weekend at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. There will be quilt displays, vendors, a country store and specialty quilts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or go to www.geocities.com/sgqguild.
CENTRAL VALLEY BLUES FESTIVAL: The ninth annual event will be this weekend at Merced County Courthouse Park, 20th and N streets, featuring live music, food, beverages, a car show, craft vendors and a children's play area. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 per day and are available at www.highsierratickets.com. Children 12 and younger are free. Artists include Mike Hammer and the Nails, Deja Blues, Daniel Castro and West Fresno Blues Review. For more information, call 383-4958.
CATTLEMAN AUTOBIOGRAPHY SIGNING: Local cattleman Phil Stadtler will sign his autobiography, "I Made a Lot of Tracks," Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, 355 East F St. Stadtler writes about his beginnings in the San Antone Valley in the middle of the Coastal Range near Livermore to South of the Border, where he was one of the first cattlemen to start crossing thousands of cattle over the Mexico border into the United States.
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