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MJC FILM: The Amnesty International student club of Modesto Junior College is sponsoring a presentation of the film "Stolen Youth: Innocence Lost III" on Wednesday in Sierra Hall Room 132 on the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. The film will be accompanied by speaker and human rights activist Chivy Sok, a survivor of the genocide that took place under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime. Sok has worked as the program director at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York, where she was responsible for running the international Human Rights Advocates Training Program. Additional information on the event is available by contacting Claire Sarraille, president of the MJC Amnesty International Club, at or the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College office at 575-6700.

WHEELCHAIRS NEEDED: The Society for Handicapped Children and Adults is seeking donations of wheelchairs, shower benches, walkers with seats, and bedside commodes. The group loans out medical equipment free of charge to those experiencing a temporary or permanent disability, and it has a waiting list of individuals who require medical equipment. Donations can be dropped off at 1129 Eighth St. or call 524-3536 to arrange a pickup. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. More information is available online at

READING AND BOOK SIGNING: The Modesto Junior College Literature and Language Arts Division will present poet and author Gary Soto for a reading and book signing Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Fireside Lounge on east campus, 435 College Ave. Soto is the author of 10 poetry collections for adults, most notably "New and Selected Poems," a 1995 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. A question-and-answer session will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on MJC's Author Reading and Book Signing program, call the Literature and Language Arts Office at 575-6149.


UNIVERSITY WOMEN TO MEET: The local chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold a brunch from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in an Oakdale home. The program will feature University of California at Davis graduate student Jessica Carter, who has directly benefited from funds raised by the AAUW, and is about to receive her master's of business administration degree in management with a concentration in corporate social responsibility. Carter will share her story of her quest for higher education and the betterment of society. The local branch of AAUW is very active with several special interest groups, including book clubs and gourmet dining. Women with at least a two-year college degree from Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon are encouraged to join. If you would like to attend a meeting or learn more about the group, call Judy at 847-4439.


FOLK SINGER TO APPEAR: Adam Miller, an Oregon folk musician, will sing folk songs to families when he appears at the Escalon Branch Library, 1540 Second St. on Saturday at 2 p.m. Miller, a folk singer, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso, is renowned for his repertoire of more than 2,500 traditional and contemporary songs. His concerts include group singing, call and response, and other forms of audience participation. The program is free. For more information, call 866-805-7323, or go online to


GARDEN CLUB MEETING: The Patterson Garden Club will get acquainted with the lowly earthworm when Darlene Lopes from the Newman Garden Club brings her earthworm friends to discuss this star performer in soil conservation. The Garden Club will meet Thursday at 9 a.m. at Las Palmas Mobile Home Estates club house, 250 E. Las Palmas Ave. Refreshments will be served. Members are asked to bring garden books and magazines they are willing to lend other members. For information, call Barbara Coelho at 892-6888.


'PURPLEPALOOZA' DINNER: The second "Purplepalooza" dinner and dance, a benefit for the Jacqueline Brigham Memorial Fund, is set for Saturday at the Atwater Community Center, 760 Bellevue Road. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by a tri-tip dinner and entertainment by bands Mike Hammar and the Nails, Blank ID and Member. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling Robyn Brigham at 358-3170. Jacqueline Brigham, 15, died in a car accident in Winton in 2004. Organizers ask attendees to wear purple, the teen's favorite color. Proceeds will benefit local children.

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