ESTATE PLANNING: Lakewood Memorial Park's Community Service Department will offer a free class on how to incorporate your pre-need planning issues into a retirement portfolio. The class will be today at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse of Coralwood Mobile Estates, 331 Coralwood Road. All materials will be provided. Personal planning guides and the booklet "Five Wishes" (a free durable power of attorney) will be featured in the evening program. The class will be approximately 30 minutes with a question-and-answer period to follow. For more information, call Karen at 531-6052.
KEEP YOUR IDENTITY: On Saturday at 11 a.m., Carin Miller of Valley First Credit Union will discuss ways to prevent identity theft, how to recognize if you have become a victim, and steps to take if your identity is stolen. This free program will be presented in the downstairs auditorium of the Modesto library, 1500 I St. Free parking is available. To reserve a seat, call 558-7814 or visit the Modesto library reference desk.
CANCER ART PROGRAM: Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center is accepting reservations for the next 10-week session of the free Images and Cancer Art Program, open to cancer survivors and their family members or caregivers. Classes start April 22 and are held on nine straight Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St. Participants will explore how the process of painting can help unlock emotion and ideas and bring clarity to one's experiences. No previous art experience is needed, and all art materials will be provided. Seating is limited. For information or to register, contact Cancer Services at 569-7789.
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SPRING EXHIBIT: The Central California Art Association at the Mistlin Gallery will host the Spring Show annual preview reception gala on May 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. The black-tie optional event features music, wine tasting and buffet hors d'oeuvres. The $600 Best of Show and numerous other awards will be presented. Voting will begin for the People's Choice Award at the Gala. The awards judge is Jim Piskoti of Sacramento. The jurors are Tony Natsoulas and Gretchen Ryan. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance at the Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St., or by calling the gallery at 529-3369. The show runs from May 10 to May 31. New gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. Visit online at www.ccartassn.org.
LET'S GO TO MEXICO: On May 8, there will be an informational meeting for everyone interested in Modesto Junior College's summer study program in Cuernavaca, Mexico. There will be an informational meeting held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in Founders Hall, Room 272 on the east campus, 435 College Ave. From June 13 to July 13, participants will live with a Mexican family, study at the Spanish Language Institute and immerse themselves in Mexican culture. They will travel, study and earn transferrable MJC units -- all for approximately $2,200. For further information about the summer program, call Dan Onorato at 526-5436 or Spanish instructor Laura Manzo at 575-6462.
BUS TRIP: A bus trip sponsored by the McHenry Museum will head to Sacramento on May 14 and visit the California Museum of History, Women and the Arts, and then on to the State Capitol Museum. The bus will leave Modesto at 8 a.m. from the Park and Ride on Sisk Road lot near J.C. Penney, and return around 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $55 for Historical Society members, and $60 for nonmembers. Sign up at the museum docents desk. For more information, call Ellen at 577-5235.
HEAD START REGISTRATION: The Empire Union School District Head Start program is recruiting and enrolling families for the 2008-09 school year. Head Start is a comprehensive preschool and family development program available to 3- and 4-year-old children nationwide. Head Start provides a preschool education complemented by health and social services for families. The Head Start program offers part day classes and also welcomes children with disabilities. Head Start families benefit from access to community resources, health and nutrition education programs, parent education programs and other social services to support the family. Eligible families are those whose annual income does not exceed the federal poverty guidelines. Bilingual staff is available. For information, contact the Capistrano Head Start office at 527-9865. Capistrano Head Start registration will be Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
SENIOR POTLUCK: Turlock Seniors will gather for a potluck dinner today at 6 p.m. at the Senior Hall, 1191 Cahill Ave. "Mike" will provide accordion music.
AUDITIONS: Actors, singers and dancers are needed for Riverbank Community Theater's August production of "Bye-Bye Birdie." Mostly teens are needed, but there are adult roles. Auditions will be held Saturday. For more information, call 480-2601 or e-mail email@example.com
PROSPECTIVE MENTOR TRAINING: The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program will hold a prospective mentor orientation from 4 to 5 p.m. on May 12 at 172 S. Main St., Suite B (under ReMax), in Angels Camp. Community members interested in the program or considering volunteering as a mentor are invited to meet experienced mentors, ask questions and learn about the program. The mission of the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program is to connect Calaveras County young people in first through 12th grades with safe, positive adult role models. For more information about the upcoming mentor orientation or the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program, contact Cristina Saari or Kathryn Eustis at 736-6078, or visit www.calaverasmentoring.org.
HEARING SERVICES: The Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, will host free hearing aid services and a free hearing test by appointment, on May 13. For more information or to make an appointment, call 952-9950. The center also has groups who meet to discuss current events, book reviews, watercolor, woodcarving, ceramics, china painting, 3-D cards and more.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Celebrate Manteca's 90th birthday at Civic Center Park on May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. with cake and ice cream. For more information, call the center at, 925-2301.
WOMEN'S WRITING WORKSHOP: A free program conducted by a pair of California State University, Stanislaus, professors titled "Writing Workshop for Women" that focuses on the healing process for victims of rape and abuse will be held at the Women's Center of San Joaquin County in Stockton on May 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. University teacher education professors and authors Brenda Betts and Pamela Russ of the "Healing Ourselves Project" will coordinate the program in the Fireside Room at the center. Admission is free and open to students and members of the community. Advance reservations are required by contacting Paula Gretch at 333-1882 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call Jennifer Lee at 467-2314.
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