CAMELLIA SOCIETY TO MEET: The Modesto Camellia Society will hold its next meeting on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Coldwell Banker Vinson Chase, 220 Standiford Ave. Organizers said a speaker from Scenic Nursery will offer pointers on general gardening. Anyone with an interest in gardening and camellia culture is invited to attend.
POETRY READING: A free poetry reading of "Song of the San Joaquin" will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the downstairs hall of the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St. Poets from the region will read their own works from the local poetry quarterly. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Cleo Griffith at 543-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The reading is sponsored by Poets of the San Joaquin and the McHenry Museum.
TAKING ON METH: Students who would like to join the Center for Human Services' Methamphetamine Action Team are invited to call Kate Trompetter at 526-1476, ext. 172. The Methamphetamine Action Team is a program of Friday Night Live; it includes a panel assembled to help combat the spread of the meth epidemic.
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SIERRA CLUB FALL HIKE ALONG THE RIVER: The Sierra Club is sponsoring a leisurely four-mile walk along the Tuolumne River starting from Legion Park on Saturday. Meet at the parking lot by the American Legion Hall, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave., at 9 a.m. Children and dogs are welcome. The walk is free. For more information, call Dorothy at 549-9155.
TRIM-A-HOME SALE: The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop will present its annual Trim-A-Home sales event featuring holiday decorations Friday and Saturday. The shop has an eclectic collection of new and gently used clothing and accessories, household items, furniture, jewelry, antiques and collectibles. All proceeds go to support research, education, advocacy and patient services in the fight against cancer. The shop, 3440 McHenry Ave., Suite A-12, welcomes donations and needs jewelry. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For 24-hour cancer support, call 800-227-2345. For more information, call 544-9279.
STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST: The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a national nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Delaware, is taking submissions for a nationwide high school student essay contest. High school students are invited to write an original 1,200- to 1,500-word essay on the topic, "George Washington and the Future of the American Presidency." The deadline for entry form submission is Saturday (e-mail submissions are accepted). The deadline for essay submission is Jan. 12. Cash prizes will be
awarded for the top eight essays: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place. For more information, go to www.isi.org/media/content/gwessay_10-29-07.pdf.
NEW MUSEUM HOURS: The new Ceres Museum will open Saturday. The Ceres Historical Society has set the hours from 1 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. These dates and hours follow the regular meetings of the Historical Society in the City Council chamber, 1220 Magnolia St., beginning with coffee and pastries at 9:30 a.m. The Historical Society plans to open the museum more than once a month in 2008.
ENCHILADA DINNER TO CELEBRATE 150 YEARS: Saturday is a day of celebration at the Oddfellows Hall in downtown La Grange as the Oddfellows and Rebekahs commemorate their 150th anniversary. In early 1857, as the mining town of La Grange reached its peak, the LaFayette Historical Lodge 65 was granted its charter from the International Order of Odd Fellows. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with a reception accompanied by speeches and old-time music. During the afternoon, tours and a ceremonial Oddfellows meeting will occur in the upstairs room of the hall and continue with an enchilada dinner from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enchilada presale tickets are $7; tickets will be $8 at the door; and kids' dinners are $5 presale, or $6 at the door. Take-out also will be available. For more information, call Roberta Crum at 853-2815.
COATS FOR KIDS: TAGS Consignment Boutique is collecting donated coats for children. Residents can bring new or gently used coats to the store at 1220 E. F St., or call 845-9312 for more information. Drop off hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VETERANS BREAKFAST: All current and former Marines are invited to celebrate the 232nd Marine Corps birthday at Perko's restaurant, Kiernan Avenue and Highway 99, at 10 a.m. Saturday. The restaurant has offered to prepare "SOS" (chipped beef with gravy) or you may choose from the regular menu. The event is being hosted by the Modesto Marine Corps League 019, and there will be a cake-cutting ceremony and a brief meeting. For more information, call Richard Sylvester at 848-4855 or Frank Debartolo at 848-0127.
BARBECUE DINNER: Turlock Christian High School will hold a fund-raiser for the junior class Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., offering tri-tip, chicken and linguica, in the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church, Monte Vista and Olive avenues. Tickets are $5 per dinner. Dinner will be prepared by the Red Hot Coles Western BBQ.
CRAB FEED: California State University, Stanislaus, has scheduled its annual Crab Feed on Friday at the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person or a reserved table of 10 for $550 with table signage, two bottles of wine and program recognition. The event will include raffle prizes and a live and silent auction. All proceeds benefit Warrior Athletic Scholarships. For ticket information, call 667-3931 or visit www.csustan.edu.
CHRISTMAS FAIR: The 21st annual Greeley Hill Christmas Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Sunday in the Greeley Hill Community Hall, 10332 Fiske Road. The Northside Women's Club will offer their famous homemade soups and hot dogs. The Northside Senior Citizens' Club will host the dessert table, with homemade pies. For more information, call Irene Rhyne at 878-3537 or Dolly Ammon or Dawna Colbert at 878-3034.
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