CIVIL WAR BUFFS MEET: The Stanislaus Civil War Association will hold its monthly meeting today at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakdale Road and Briggsmore Avenue. The speaker will be Ray Bisio, who will speak on "Robert E. Lee, a Closer Look." For more information, call 524-3066.
PFLAG GENERAL MEETING: PFLAG, a supportive group of parents, family members and friends of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, meets at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The first Tuesday is for support and the third Tuesday is bingo night. All are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. For the Helpline, call 527-0776; for more information on the organization, go online to www.pflagmodesto.org.
DOCUMENTARY ON RECYCLING: The Pirate Television Hour will air a documentary film and television show focused on recycling that was produced by students in the television and film department at Modesto Junior College. The recycling special will air today at 8 p.m. on Comcast Channel 26. "Rescuing Our Resources" is a 25-minute documentary dealing with preserving natural resources by reducing consumption, reusing resources that are already compromised and recycling to eliminate the use and further depletion of precious resources. At 8:25 p.m., Pirate Television's weekly public affairs talk show, "You've Got Issues," will cover Modesto's "Blue Bag Recycling Program -- Does It Work?" with host Elizabeth McInnes, MJC biology professor and member of MJC's Project Green Committee. Her guests are Beverly McCullough, Modesto recycling coordinator, and Pat Eggenberger, a local citizen activist. The Pirate Television Hour airs on Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 26. For more information, contact Carol Lancaster Mingus at email@example.com or 575-6078.
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RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING: The general meeting of the Stanislaus chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Seasons, 940 McHenry Ave. The topic will be the Modesto Institute for Continued Learning, under the auspices of Modesto Junior College, and what they offer -- lectures, workshops, study and discussion groups during daytime hours on the MJC West Campus. Learn what the community college has to offer. Reservations are necessary. Lunch is $10.50. Call 524-6300 or 526-2284 for more information.
VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH KEN BURNS: The Modesto Library will host a live video conference with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns on Thursday from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. The focus of the discussion will be Burns' PBS documentary series, "The War." Burns will appear live from a studio near his home in Connecticut so California audiences in Modesto, Sacramento, San Andreas, Auburn and Pasadena can ask him questions about the series. The film is a chronological seven-part documentary series about World War II, telling stories through personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The series airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on KVIE 6 through next week. Admission to the video conference is free but limited to 100 participants. For more information, call 558-7814.
"TALK YOUR WAY TO COLLEGE": American Legion Post 74 invites high schools from throughout Modesto to compete in the 71st annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Participants must prepare speeches about some phase of the U.S. Constitution, emphasizing the duties and obligations of the citizen to the U.S. government. The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be eight to 10 minutes in length. Cash prizes are awarded at each level of competition up to the state finals. More information and complete rules may be obtained at the office of Scott Kuykendall, director of Educational Services for the Modesto City Schools, 426 Locust St. Information is also available from Warren Brumley, chairman of the oratorical committee, at 529-3949.
EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP: The Center for Human Services has scheduled a new support group dealing with eating disorders among adolescents and adults. Organizers said the free Eating Disorder Support Group provides a discussion forum and a behavioral therapy model to help participants. For more information, call 526-1440.
WOMEN'S CONNECTION LUNCH: Women of the Central Valley are invited to attend the Oakdale Women's Connection luncheon on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Almond Pavilion, 151 S. Sierra Ave. The theme is Fashion With a Flair, featuring an accessory fashion show by Joan Sholer. Serena Malech is the scheduled guest speaker. Organizers said she will discuss going from failure and rebellion to a life of power and purpose. Lunch is $14 per person and reservations are appreciated. For more information, call Barbara at 847-5605 or Paula at 869-4788.
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