LATINO BUSINESS MEETING: The Crows Landing Road of Stanislaus County merchants association will hold its monthly meeting Monday at 7 p.m., at the Pizza Pub and Donut Deli, Kansas and Emerald avenues. Organizers said the association will discuss code enforcement for area businesses. The meeting will be in Spanish with English translation. For more information, call Maggie Mejia at 312-0615 or 303-2664.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Soroptimist International will hold a pancake breakfast Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 800 Rose Ave. For more information, call Mary at 571-1383.
TRICK OR TREAT: Residents of Standiford Place Retirement Residence will host a Halloween Safe House for area children Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. Parents are welcome, too. Standiford Place is at 3420 Shawnee Drive. Admission is free. For more information, call 521-7000.
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'MINE YOUR OWN BUSINESS': Modesto Junior College's Civic Engagement Project will present a film and panel discussion on mining in Romania and farming in the Central Valley on Thursday. The screening of "Mine Your Own Business," will begin at 7 p.m. in Forum 110, east campus of MJC, 435 College Ave. Organizers said the film uses examples of environmentalists' attempts to close down mines in Europe, Africa, and South America to make the broader claim that environmentalists' actions unwittingly increase poverty and environmental degradation. A panel discussion that will follow will center on environmental activism with respect to the Central Valley. Among the topics discussed will be whether "environmental activism" increases poverty and even environmental degradation in the central valley. Panelists are Brad Barker, president-elect of the Stanislaus County Sierra Club, Michel Etchebarne, first vice president of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau and Gary A. Patton, executive director of the Planning and Conservation League in Sacramento. Bill Anelli will be the moderator.
DAY OF THE DEAD: The public is invited to attend a traditional cultural event, Dia de Los Muertos, a celebration honoring the dead and showcasing customs, history, poetry reading and traditions. The celebration is set for Friday at 6 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts. It will be followed by a cultural program presentation in the Foster Theater at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. For tickets, call 338-2100, or go online to www.galloarts.org. High school students are invited to participate in an art contest where three winners will have the opportunity to win $125, $75 or $50. For more information, call the Parent Institute for Quality Education at 238-9496.
BID WHIST AND DOMINO TOURNAMENT: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's King-Kennedy Memorial Center will host a bid whist and domino tournament Nov. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. Advance tickets for the tournament are $5 per person and include refreshments and an entry into the door prize drawing. Advance registration is preferred. To purchase tickets, contact the King-Kennedy Memorial Center at 577-5355.
SAFE SITTER CLASSES: Oak Valley Hospital is hosting a baby sitter training class for boys and girls ages 11 to 15. Attendees will learn how to handle emergencies while caring for younger children. The one-day Safe Sitter class will be Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oak Valley Care Center education room, 275 S. Oak Ave. The $35 class includes basic lifesaving techniques, accident prevention, how and when to summon help, and tips on basic child care. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend the entire class and are required to pass a test. Parental permission and preregistration are required. Class size is limited to eight students. For more information or to register, call 847-5121, ext. 201.
HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: The city's Recreation Department is hosting its annual Halloween Festival on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Smyrna Park. Families will enjoy a variety of free entertainment including wagon rides, pictures with Pudge the Horse, carnival games, refreshments, petting zoo, crafts, face painting, a spooktacular sensations booth, fortune telling, a costume contest and candy for children 12 years and younger. For more information, contact 538-5782.
TRICK OR TREAT: Halloween festivities will begin a little early this year in Riverbank. Kids can head downtown Tuesday, to trick-or-treat at businesses and take part in other festivities. Trick-or-treating will start at 4 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. Winners of a downtown scarecrow contest will be displayed at the event. The downtown event is hosted by downtown businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and the city.
CANOE TRIPS: The Tuolumne River Trust is planning a 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 (for beginner paddlers), Nov. 11 and Nov. 17. Space is limited. For more information, call Meg Gonzalez at 236-0330 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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