SCHOOL DONATES TO VETERANS: St. Stanislaus Parish School, 1416 Maze Blvd., will present a check from Denise Boucher's seventh- and eighth-grade students to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars commander. After hearing that an insurance policy would not cover the damage from a fire in August at VFW Post 3199 on Hatch Road, the students raised money to contribute to the rebuilding. The students also will have the chance to meet and talk to veterans and members of the Blue Star Moms after the school's 8:15 a.m. Mass today. The public is invited, especially veterans.
LAST DAYS OF HALLOWEEN EXHIBIT: There are only a few more days left to see the Halloween artwork on display at the McHenry Museum. "Jack Roads Halloween: A 25-Year Retrospective" is at the McHenry Museum through Sunday, at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; admission is free.
DONATIONS SOUGHT: Donations are needed for John F. Kennedy School's winter garage sale. The sale is slated for Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1336 Stonum Road. The JFK School serves children with special needs from kindergarten through age 22. Donations will be accepted until today. For more information or to arrange delivery of donations, contact John Worsham at 765-0634.
LOCAL COMIC BOOK WRITERS TO DO BOOK SIGNING: Shawn Cruz and Joey Lee, local creators of "Ghastly Parables," a horror/comedy comic book in the tradition of "Tales From the Crypt" and "Hack/Slash," will appear at Kriers Cards and Comics, at 3900 Pelandale Ave., Suite 305, Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., to autograph their new comic book. For more on the duo and the comic book, go to www.curbjobcomics.com.
COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS WORKSHOP: Because the holidays often are the most difficult time of the year for those who have lost a loved one, Community Hospice is hosting a free workshop Tuesday to help people cope with their grief. Organizers said participants will receive information about grief, listen to survivors share their stories, and learn coping tools. The program will close with a candle-lighting ceremony. Participants are encouraged to bring a framed picture of their loved ones. This workshop is designed for adults. The workshop will be at 6:30 p.m at Community Hospice,
4368 Spyres Way. The workshop is free, but registration is encouraged. For more information or to preregister, call the Community Hospice Bereavement Department at 578-6373.
Ceres and Salida
FLYING TEAPOTS: The Flying Teapot Puppets will delight children at special puppet shows Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Ceres Library and 3 p.m. at the Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library. Puppet builder and puppeteer Margaret Bloom presents this interactive show, featuring live music, singing and a variety of puppet styles and techniques. This free program will stimulate children's imaginations, help them develop social skills through audience participation and introduce them to the resources of the library. The Salida performance is sponsored by Friends of the Salida Library. The Ceres Library is at 2250 Magnolia St. and the Salida Library is at 4835 Sisk Road. For more information, call 537-8938 in Ceres or 543-7315 in Salida.
YOUTH THEATER PRESENTS 'MULAN': Travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China with an action-packed stage adaptation of Disney's "Mulan." The Huns have invaded and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick, Mushu, to save the emperor. Disney's "Mulan Junior," presented by Turlock Youth Performing Arts, will hit the Turlock Community Theatre Stage on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 537-5227 or visit www.typa.org.
AAUW WINE SOCIAL: The American Association of University Women of Turlock will hold a wine social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Hilmar Cheese Co., 9001 N. Lander Ave. in Hilmar. Participants can partake of wine, appetizers and dessert. There will be a silent auction and raffles to benefit the group's Educational Foundation. Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door. To pre-purchase tickets and for more information, contact Cynthia Flesher at 402-4884. The group is looking for sponsorships for the event in three categories ($100, $250 and $500), and wine donations in three tiers (two, six and 12 bottles). Donations can be sent to AAUW, P.O. Box 2373, Turlock 95381.
REFRESH THOSE DRIVING SKILLS: Drivers 50 and older can refresh their driving skills at the next AARP Driver Safety Program, formerly known as 55 Alive, on Nov. 14 and 15. Both sessions take place from 8 a.m. to noon in the Royal Oak Conference Room of the new Oak Valley Medical Plaza building, 1425 W. H St. The new building is at the corner of West H and Ash streets and on the same block as Oak Valley Hospital. Organizers said participants will learn during the two-part class about age-related changes that can affect their driving abilities. Participants must attend both sessions to earn a certificate of completion. Upon completion, some participants may qualify for an auto insurance premium reduction. This class and others are offered through Oak Valley Hospital District. Preregistration is required for the AARP Driver Safety Program. Cost is $10 per person. For details, call 847-5121, ext. 201.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: The Tuolumne River Trust is seeking volunteers for a restoration workday Nov. 10 in Cottonwood Meadow in the Stanislaus National Forest. Working with Forest Service employees, volunteers will plant willows to stabilize stream banks and stop erosion. Other projects include clearing brush and conifers that are encroaching on the meadow and its aspen stands. Please RSVP to Cynthia King: firstname.lastname@example.org or 588-8636. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in Sonora and work until 2 p.m.
CAR SHOW: K. Hovnanian Homes will host the second annual Los Banos Classic Car Show on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at its Four Seasons community, 800 W. H St. The car show is a fund-raiser for the Los Banos Memorial Hospital Foundation. The cars on display will be from the Central Valley and the South Bay Area. All proceeds from car registration fees will be donated to the Hospital Foundation Senior Health Fair Fund. There is $10 preregistration fee and a $15 same-day car registration fee to enter a vehicle in the show. Prizes for winning car entries are $500, $250 and $100. The event is open and free to the public. For more information, call 869-0300 or e-mail email@example.com.
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