STUDENT AWARDS TONIGHT: The 2008 American Legion Student Awards Ceremony honoring students who have shown development in the areas of courage, honor, leadership, and patriotism will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall, t 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. Dinner will be provided for the recipients, their parents and school principals. Additional family members and school personnel will be requested to make a $7 donation for the meal. For more information, call Warren Brumley at 529-3949 or (from 9 a.m. until noon) he may be reached at 521-2070, ext. 1060.
TEACHING TEENS ABOUT DRIVING: The leading cause of death for Americans ages 15 to 20 is motor vehicle accidents. In an attempt to remain proactive and not reactive, the California Highway Patrol is offering a class known as START SMART to educate newly licensed and future licensed teenage drivers. The CHP's goals with this program are to help young drivers and their parents or guardians understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle, to show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved, and to reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths because of accidents. The next class will be Wednesday, and will be held at the Modesto CHP office, 4030 Kiernan Ave. The free class is from 7 to 9 p.m. One parent or guardian must attend the class with the teenager. For more information or to reserve a spot in the class, call CHP officer Tom Killian at 545-7445.
ON THE DALAI LAMA: The Unity Church will offer a preview of the "Dalai Lama Renaissance," a documentary on the life and works of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Several showings are scheduled: Thursday, June 3 and 5 at 7 p.m.; and June 1 and 7 at 1 p.m. The film is an 80-minute documentary about 40 of the world's most innovative thinkers who traveled to India to meet the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world's problems. Space is limited. Call Dianne Marsh-King at 527-0113.
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HLC MEETING: Akili Shabazz, director of the Fathers Who Care Project, will be the speaker at the Hispanic Leadership Council's meeting Friday. Shabazz will speak about the Modesto Mural Project. The meeting starts at 7 a.m. and will be held at the DoubleTree Garden Terrace Cafe. The public is invited.
BIG BASH: Join the Tuolumne River Trust for its second annual Big Bend Bash -- a celebration in support of the Lower Tuolumne River Parkway. The event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy an evening by the river at the newly restored Big Bend project site off Broyles Road, with live music, canoe rides, tours, games and a silent auction. Dinner catered by Tresetti's World Caffe. For ticket prices and more information, call Karyn at 415-292-3531 or Meg at 236-0330 or visit www.tuolumne.org.
CUT-A-THON: Adrian's Beauty College will host its third haircut event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with all proceeds going to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The event will be held at 124 Floyd Ave. in Modesto and 1340 W. Main St., Turlock. Haircuts are $7. There also will be fingerprinting, activities for children, food, and raffles. For more information, call either beauty college at 526-2040 or 632-2233.
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