SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS: Children craving mystery or adventure or simply a fun time away from home, can gather this summer at the Foothill Horizons Summer Camp. Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Foothill Horizons is at the Wade Outdoor Education Center, outside Sonora, and is open to graduating second- through seventh-grade students. This year's summer camp will include seven themed sessions. Each session is five days long and includes lodging, meals, activity instruction, themed adventures and a camp T-shirt. In addition to the themed adventures, there are a host of summertime activities, including swimming, arts and crafts, campfires, sleepouts and a field trip to Pinecrest Lake. Foothill Horizons boasts more than 140 acres of forests, streams and trails in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The facility maintains a pool, museum, astronomy tower, modern dorms, a full-sized dining hall and a health office. During their stay, campers bunk with youngsters their own age but have the chance to interact with children of other ages, too. The 2008 summer camp sessions and themes are as follows:
June 16-20 -- Haunted Mansion
June 23-27 -- Imagineering Studios
June 30-July 4 -- "Survivor" Sonora
July 14-18 -- "Lost" Two
July 21-25 -- Batman: The Battle for Gotham City
July 28-Aug. 1 -- Calypso Cove: The Ultimate Beach Resort
Aug. 4-8 -- Jurassic Jungle
Summer camp packages are $350 per child. Round-trip transportation is available from the SCOE Media Center (917 Oakdale Road, Modesto) for an additional fee of $35, or from the East Bay for $60. For more information, call Foothill Horizons Summer Camp at 532-6673, or follow the summer camp link at www.foothillhorizons.com.
HLC MEETING: Claudia Ramirez, conference chairwoman for the Hispanic Education Conference, will be the speaker at the Hispanic Leadership Council's meeting at 7 a.m. today. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Garden Terrace Cafe, in downtown Modesto. The public is invited.
TRI-TIP DRIVE-THROUGH: Downey Renaissance Club, a program promoting academic achievement and citizenship, will offer a drive-through tri-tip dinner today, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, 800 Rose Ave. The $10 dinner includes tri-tip, beans, cole slaw, bread, a cookie and bottled water. A meatless meal is available for $5. Advance ticket sales only. For more information or tickets, contact Robin Brown at 544-6241 or email@example.com.
BENEFIT FOR DARFUR REFUGEES: College Avenue Congregational Church will host a Lip Sync & Drag Show today, at the church, 1341 College Ave., to raise money and awareness for refugees in Darfur. The program starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger, available at the door. For more information, call 522-7244.
CRAB FEED: The Modesto 500 Lions Club is having a crab feed Saturday, at the Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Road (off Hatch Road), beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. There will be a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the community. For tickets, call Jerry Cooper at 471-3265.
CARWASH FUND-RAISER: A carwash to raise money for the Friday Night Live Program will be held, rain or shine, in front of La Loma Junior High School, 1800 Encina Ave., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can't make the carwash and want to contribute, send donations to Stanislaus Community Foundation, 1226 Eleventh St., Suite B, 95354.
AG DAY: Denair High School will host Ag Day today from 9 a.m. to noon. More than 25 exhibitors will be on hand, including the Turlock Police Department's K9 Unit, the Stanislaus County Mounted Unit, the Dairy Council, Pet Extreme, the Turlock Irrigation District, Foster Farms, Bettencourt Dairy and Denair 4H. For more information, call Judy Haggstrom, Denair Ag Boosters president, at 988-7485.
CORNED BEEF DINNER: The Knights of Columbus at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hughson will serve its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner Saturday. Dinner will be served in the Rogers Family Center at St. Anthony's, 2020 Euclid Drive at the corner of Fox Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction go to the Immaculate Heart Council No. 3604 of the Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony's in Hughson. Meal tickets, available in advance atSt. Anthony's, from Knights members or at the door, are $12.50 for adults and $6 for children. Takeout orders are available. For more information, call the church at 883-4310.
STEAK DINNER-SILENT AUCTION: The Knights Ferry School will hold its 11th annual Silent Auction and Steak Dinner fund-raiser Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 7. The silent auction runs throughout the event; the live auction begins after dinner. Tickets are $35 and available by calling Shelli Borba at 848-1507 or 605-9178, or Lisa MacDonald at 848-9157 or 988-1414.
SHRIMP AND PASTA DRIVE-THROUGH: Holy Family Catholic Parish will hold its annual drive-through dinner fund-raiser today, from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes 15 large shrimp, pasta, salad, roll and dessert. Adults are $10. Seniors and ages 12 to 17 are $7. The location is 4643 Flint Ave. The effort is sponsored by Pope John Paul II Council 14123 of the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 523-9403.
KNIT ME SOMETHING: A six-week session of Simply Knit will begin Monday, from 9 to noon, at Raley's Event Center, 2900 Geer Road. Community members may register at Turlock Adult School or call 667-0643 for more information. Basic knit and purl stitches will be taught and combined to create useful articles. A list of suggested supplies will be given with a paid registration of $45. Ask about a senior discount.
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