MJC FILM SERIES: The Film and Lecture Series will offer "An Inconvenient Truth," at 7 p.m. today in the Forum Building, Room 110, on Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave. The 2007 Academy-Award winning film offers a look at former Vice President Al Gore's crusade to halt global warming. A discussion will follow. The showing is free and open to the public.
BOOK SIGNING: Vernagene Vogelzang, author of "Beautiful Days" and "Our Turn Columns, Essays, Poetry," will hold a book signing Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McHenry Museum, 15th and I streets.
OPEN SWIM: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering senior/disabled open swim at the Susan Burris indoor heated therapeutic pool at Sonoma Elementary School,
1325 Sonoma Ave. Senior/disabled swim is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Participants must purchase a swim card, available at the Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St., or at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400. For more information, go to www.modestogov.com/prnd/activityguide or call 577-5344.
DINNER TO HONOR MASONS: Modesto Masonic Lodge 206 will host an event to honor Eugene Lee, who will receive his 75-year award, and 50-year award recipients Ernest Darpinian, Mervin Frazier, Blaque Haston, Clyde Raper, Jackson Wherry, Gordon Durham and Darrell Holleyman. At the dinner, Loren Lacque, master of the lodge 50 years ago, will be honored for his years of service. A prime rib dinner will be served for $10 per person. Attire is casual. For more information, call the Masonic Lodge at 524-3238 or e-mail email@example.com.
HIP HOP AND FUNKY: Be a part of this energetic urban dance class influenced by street style dance, poppin', lockin' and freestyle movement. Organizers said students will learn basic style, techniques and choreographed routines. Classes meet Thursdays from Nov. 29 through Jan. 10. Classes are held at the Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. Classes are:
6 to 10 years of age: Meets from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.;
$42 registration fee
11 to 15 years of age: Meets from 7:15 to 8 p.m.;
$42 registration fee
16-plus years of age: Meets from 8 to 9 p.m.;
$51 registration fee
For more information, call 571-5119. Register at 1010 10th St.,
Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect.
SENIOR TRIPS: Modesto Senior Citizens is offering a day trip Jan. 16 to Buchannan Hollow Farms in La Grange and the Fresno Zoo. The price is $75 per person. The group also is planning a February overnight Amtrak trip from Sacramento to Reno; cost is $145 double occupancy, $165 single. For more information and reservations, call Jane at 522-6142.
UH-OH, IT'S MAGIC: Magician Norman Ng will delight children at an exciting magic show Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St. Organizers said Ng blends magic, music and audience participation, while reinforcing the idea that it's fun to read and visit the library. The magic show is being held to help kick off the fall session of StoryTimes, offered Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Provided through a grant from Target, children attending the magic show also will receive a free book to take home. Studies show that reading to young children and having books at home is the strongest indicator of future success in school. Space and free books are limited, so interested families are encouraged to arrive early, explore the library and then enjoy the show. For more information, call the Riverbank Library at 869-7008.
OAKDALE GARDEN CLUB: The Oakdale Garden Club will meet Tuesday. Rusty Rolleri, a longtime Angels Camp resident, will talk about conifers and pine cones, and offer a virtual tour of the foothills. The meeting, at the Oakdale Masonic Center, 357 N. Eighth St., is open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m., with the meeting at 1 p.m., followed by a short business meeting. For more information, call Brenda at 847-3907.
NEWCOMERS CLUB: The monthly meeting of the Turlock Newcomers and Friends Club will be Monday at the Moose Lodge, 4713 W. Main St. Social time is at 11:15 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 a.m. A Christmas Tea will be held Dec. 3 at the Daisy Belle Mobile Home Park clubhouse. Each member should bake three dozen cookies and bring canned goods and toys, which will be donated to a local charity. The sale of the cookies will be used to purchase turkeys, also to be donated. For more information, call Dee Gillette at 667-8993 or Louise Copeland at 632-2989.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: The Turlock Downtown Association has scheduled the ninth annual Turlock Festival of Lights on Nov. 23 from 4 to 9 p.m. Organizers promise live entertainment, crafts, arts and gifts. The candlelight praise celebration starts at 5:45 p.m., followed by the downtown lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Come and take free horse carriage rides through downtown Turlock or free pictures with Santa. Organizers are looking for more vendors; For an application, contact the Turlock Downtown Association at 634-6459.
HLC MEETS: Stanislaus County NAACP President Wendy Byrd will speak on the role and purpose of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the Wednesday meeting of the Hispanic Leadership Council, Turlock chapter, from noon to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at 300 E. Main St. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Jaime Alcaraz at 277-9513.
YOUTH HOLIDAY CAMPS: The city's Parks and Community Services Department has a variety of activities planned for kids during the upcoming holiday breaks. Youth camps will be held during the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks for kids in first through eighth grades. Activities include classes in dance, art, music, science projects and lots of sports. Registration is limited to 50 children for each camp and the cost is $30 per week. Camps will be open from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. The Thanksgiving Camp runs Monday through Nov. 23, and will be open the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Christmas Camp runs from Dec. 19 through Jan. 4. The camps will be held at the Stephen Leonard Youth Center, 740 T St. To register, contact the Parks and Community Services Department at 385-6855.
Northern San Joaquin Valley
A CALL FOR COATS: Standard Pacific Homes is collecting new and gently used coats for children and families. The developer has projects in seven communities in the valley, including Modesto, Manteca, Oakdale, Newman and Turlock. Coats will be accepted through Dec. 21. For more information, call 551-1823 or go online to www.standardpacifichomes.com to find locations.
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