BIRD SHOW: The Central California Cage Bird Club will host the 54th annual Canary and Finch show Saturday at the SOS Club,
819 Sunset Ave. The judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and will run throughout the day, with a full catalog of classes of canaries, from the intensely colored red factor birds to the yellow, white, green and grizzled colored birds. Singing canaries will be in a separate room to allow the judge to score their singing abilities. About 500 birds are expected to be exhibited. A full range of finches, from the zebras and society finches to the outrageously colored Lady Gouldians, also will be presented. Several rarer finches from Africa and Australia will be shown in this division. This is a West Coast show with birds from as far away as Oregon and Arizona. For more information, call 848-0700 or go online to www.mycccbc.org.
BLOOD DRIVE: Dan Gamel's Modesto RV Center will join with Delta Blood Bank and host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. today at 4400 Salida Blvd., just off Highway 99. Gamel will host a harvest festival at the same time and offer hot dogs, drinks, face-painting and more.
IT'S THRILLS AND CHILLS TIME: The Associated Students of Modesto Junior College will present its second annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House today from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Student Center, 435 College Ave. The event is appropriate for all ages and is open to the public. Tickets for games and entry to the haunted house will be 50 cents each or three for $1; food also will be available. The carnival will feature a variety of game booths. The haunted house, held in the Student Center lounge, will carry a pirate theme in keeping with MJC's pirate mascot. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the free costume contest. For more information, call 575-6700.
TREATS AT THE FARMERS MARKET: Come dressed in costume to the farmers market Saturday and enter the costume contest, parade and trick-or-treat event. Registration will be 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at Booth 2. Children from infants through 11 years old are eligible for the costume contest and must be accompanied by an adult to participate. After the parade at 10 a.m., judges will select the top three costumes in three age brackets. First prize is a $20 gift card, second is a $10 gift card and third is a $5 gift card. A grand prize will be offered to the most creative parent-child costume combo. A third-grade class from El Vista Elementary School will present two 20-minute puppet shows on Halloween safety. For more information, call Marie Uber at 605-8536.
FALL BIKE RIDE ALONG THE TUOLUMNE: Enjoy a crisp fall morning pedaling along the Tuolumne River, stopping to look for migrating salmon and exploring the flora and fauna that live along the river. Grab your bike and head to Beard Brook Park on Saturday at
9 a.m. The free ride, sponsored by Tuolumne River Trust, will last about two hours and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Meg at 236-0330.
UNLOAD ALL THAT TECHIE WASTE: K&K Electronics Recycling will collect electronic waste for free Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1616 Oakdale Road. The event will allow people to safely dispose of their computers, monitors, printers, television sets and other outdated, unusable or unwanted electronic items. For more information, call 551-0500.
MOBILE CLINIC: The Kaiser Permanente Community Health Works Mobile Medical Clinic will be on site at CARES Resource Center, 221 S. Broadway in Turlock on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. The services offered by the mobile medical clinic will include glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, in addition to examinations by a nurse practitioner. All services are free to those who are medically uninsured or underinsured. Proof of eligibility not required. All are welcome. For more information, contact the CARES Resource Center at 656-9498.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: A holiday bazaar will be held Saturday at Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave. The event, featuring handmade crafts, gifts and holiday items, is free. Soup and pie lunch $6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 838-2792.
MEALS AROUND THE WORLD: The eighth-grade class at St. Anthony's School, 323 N. Fremont Ave., will hold a chili verde dinner Saturday that includes rice, beans, flour tortillas, chips and a dessert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meals are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will be used for graduation costs. For more information, call 823-2931.
GENEALOGY MEETING: The Tuolumne County Genealogical Society will present a free workshop geared for the new genealogist Saturday in the Community Room at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road. Whether you need to know where to begin or need information about researching a specific topic or which software program is best, genealogical society members will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to answer questions. Topics will include getting started on your genealogical research, wills and probates, finding your ancestors in the census and writing your family history. Additional information about the workshop is available from society members at the Tuolumne County Museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 532-1317 or 532-6056.
10TH ANNUAL TUOLUMNE RIVER TRUST CANOE TRIPS: The Tuolumne River Trust is planning a memorable canoe trip down the Tuolumne River. The outing will begin in La Grange, passing through prime salmon spawning grounds, bald eagle habitat and river otter playgrounds. The cost is $45 for members, $60 for nonmembers and $35 for children 12-17. Equipment, instruction and lunch are provided. This year's dates are Nov. 4 (beginner paddlers), Nov. 11 and Nov. 17. Space is limited. For more information, call Meg Gonzalez at 236-0330 or e-mail email@example.com.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS: The third annual "Women in Business Week" conference will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merced Tri College Center, Room TC1, G Street and Community College Drive. Learn how to set goals and achieve them, expand the fun and joy of living a life of purpose, and strive for greater balance, success and fulfillment with facilitator Kathleen Stefani, a certified life coach. A fee of $45 includes lunch. Limited number of scholarships available. For more information, call Alliance Small Business Development Center, 381-6557.
AHHH ... DINNER: The Coulterville Community Methodist Church will serve a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, plus beverages and homemade desserts Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, or a family price of $25 for two adults and two children. Takeouts are available. The church is on Highway 49 across from Coulterville Park. For more information, call Elaine at 852-2561.
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