RAISING AWARENESS OF HEALTH: The Youth Action Commission of Stanislaus County will hold a walk-a-thon June 28 at 10 a.m. at Roosevelt Park, 801 W. Orangeburg Ave. in Modesto, to raise awareness about the importance of being healthy. At the walk-a-thon, more than 30 youth commissioners will walk and inform other youth about leading a healthy life. All youth are encouraged to attend. After learning from their peers, youth participating in the conference will be able to join teams that will work on community service projects to address the issues. Youth interested in attending the walk-a-thon should request registration forms from Patricia Segoviano de Pier, executive director of the Youth Action Commission, at 818-357-9416. There is no registration fee, but forms must be submitted no later than June 1. A graduation ceremony highlighting the activities of the youth and recognizing their efforts will be held at 5 p.m. the day of the walk-a-thon at the Modesto Police Department, 600 10th St.
PARADE FOR RETURNING TROOPS: Thousands of people are expected to line Manteca streets today to welcome home troops from Iraq. The Stockton-based 118th Maintenance Co. of the California National Guard is set to land at Stockton Metro Airport before noon after spending nearly a year in Iraq. The 200 soldiers will be taken by caravan to First Assembly of God Church in Manteca to be reunited with their families. During the caravan, police plan to close 31 intersections and volunteers are expected to line the route with more than 1,000 U.S. flags. The route will begin on Lathrop Road, west of Main Street, and head south on Main Street to Yosemite Avenue and then east to Button Avenue, where the caravan will turn north. Police ask spectators to stay out of the area north of Northgate Drive or the Yosemite Avenue interchange of Highway 99.