ADOPT A SENIOR FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Home Instead Senior Care's "Be a Santa to a Senior" program gets under way today. Christmas trees going up in Wal-Mart locations in Modesto, Turlock and Ceres will feature ornaments with the first names only of the needy seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the senior ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts to the seniors. A gift-wrapping day, when hundreds of the presents will be wrapped, will be held on Dec. 18 at 12 p.m. at Salida Library. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with gift-wrapping day, contact Sheri Hubers at 545-5899. Businesses are encouraged to contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office about adopting groups of seniors.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "Penumbra," the art and literary publication of California State University, Stanislaus, is accepting submission of original poetry, art, photography and short fiction. The deadline for submission is Feb. 26, so dust off that pen, get your "voice" on and get it ready. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Early entries are encouraged, and affiliation with CSU is not required to submit. For more information contact Rofiah Breen, English Department, at 667-3673.
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT: Modesto Area Partners in Science will present two performances of "The Starry Messenger" on Nov. 30, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., in the Johansen High School Theatre. The play uses humor and drama to present the scientific discoveries of Galileo; the conflicts between science and religion; an example of the scientific approach to the truth, and the touching relationship between a difficult but loving father and his devoted but strong daughter. The performances are free and appropriate for everyone 10 years old and up. This tale of the father of modern science will take you back in time to the 17th century as Galileo Galilei and his daughter, Sister Maria Celeste, entertain and enlighten you. The play, performed by two actors of Duende, takes its name from Galileo's classic book published in 1610, in which he describes his amazing discoveries such as the moons of Jupiter. For more information about the MAPS program and future presentations, contact MJC's Science, Mathematics and Engineering Division Office at 575-6172.
MENDED HEARTS SUPPORT GROUP: This free support group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This network of volunteers offers encouragement to heart disease patients and their caregivers. Meetings are at the Health Education and Conference Center, 1700 McHenry Ave. For information, call Robert Martin, 523-8525.
TRAINING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS: The Modesto Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer Emergency Response training soon for those seeking a career as an EMT, firefighter, or other medical profession. The course is aimed at training individuals to work as a first responder in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical help can arrive. Registration is under way and the course will begin on Monday. Call 523-6451 for information on pricing, dates and times. Visit www.arcscc.org for a full course listing.
COWBOY CHRISTMAS GIFT AND CRAFT SHOW: The Oakdale Cowboy Museum will be hosting the 15th Annual Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Show on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second St. You'll find western art, furniture, jewelry, apparel, cowboy grub and entertainment. Cowboy Santa, will arrive on horseback at 11 a.m. and will be available for pictures until 3 p.m. For more information call the Oakdale Cowboy Museum at 847-7049.
"LIGHTS ON PARADE:" The ninth annual Turlock Festival of Lights and fourth annual Lights on Parade are just around the corner. Go to downtown Turlock on Friday , for the Festival of Lights from 4 to 9 p.m. for live entertainment, crafts, arts, gifts and décor. The candlelight praise celebration starts at 5:45 p.m. followed by the downtown lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Have a free horse carriage ride or take pictures with Santa. If you are a vendor and are interested in this event contact Turlock Downtown at 634-6459. Entry applications are available for the 2007 Lights on Parade. Parade officials are seeking businesses, youth groups, churches, horse groups, bands and more to join into the festivities. Pick up an application at the city Recreation Division at 301 Starr Ave., or the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association office. Parade applications are due by Nov. 27. Space is limited. For more information call Recreation at 668-5594.
FUND-RAISER HELPS ILL TEEN: A fund-raiser will be held Dec. 8 to help Andrew Santana, a 14-year old freshman at Enochs High School, who has been diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma cancer. The event will help pay for his treatment. A dinner and benefit auction will be held at the Escalon Sportsman Club, 25195 E. River Road, starting with a social time at 6 p.m., dinner follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information call 572-2301 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Calaveras County
MARKETING CLASSES OFFERED: The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Marketing on a Shoestring" workshop to be held at Murphys Suites, on Nov. 28. The workshop is for anyone who owns or manages a small business selling to consumers. Sign ins start at 8:30 a.m. and the cost is $30 for chamber members or $40 for non-members. For more information call 736-2580.
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: The California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa is looking for a few good men and women to provide educational tours to the many school, community groups and international visitors that go to the museum and also needed are volunteers to help with special events, Jr. Ranger programs, mine tunnel tours, the museum shop and as roving naturalists. Training begins in January and classes run Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Museum. Classes run from Jan. 12 through March 1. For more information call Randy Bolt at 742-7625 or go to the Museum located in the Mariposa Fairgrounds.
DADS MATTER: The "All Dads Matter" Resource Center is located at 676 Loughborough Drive and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The All Dads Matter Resource Center began hosting fathers' parenting classes as part of the "All Dads Matter" program in November. There are staff and resources available onsite to assist fathers to become more effective parents. The staff at the Fatherhood Resource Center is also responsible for the Boot Camp for New Dads program, which is held two Saturdays a month, for expectant fathers and fathers of newborns. Boot Camp for New Dads is also offered in Los Banos every 6 weeks. For more information call Lamar Henderson at 385-7521.
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