PEER TO PEER EDUCATION COURSE: The National Alliance for Mental Illness, Stanislaus, has a free program scheduled for Saturdays. The program will run from Saturday through May 24, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., at 500 N. Ninth St. The course is for people who want to manage their serious mental illness. It covers mental health awareness, coping strategies, relapse prevention and more. To register or for more information, contact Jim at 521-5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Nancy at 551-5068.
A NEW PLACE TO PLAY: CaliforniaVolunteers, joined by the La Loma Neighborhood Association, city of Modesto, KaBOOM! and volunteers, will build a new playground at Moran Estates, 2101 Encina Ave., Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending with a ribbon- cutting ceremony to open the play area at 3 p.m. This playground project is one of 10 sponsored by CaliforniaVolunteers to celebrate César Chávez Day 2008. To learn more, visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.
SPELLING BEE SIGN-UPS: Team sign-ups are being taken for the Stanislaus County Library Foundation's April 24 Adult Spelling Bee in the Stanislaus County Office of Education Petersen Events Center. Team registration is $500, with entry forms due April 4. For more information, call Judy Jensen at 522-0500 or visit www.stanislauslibraryfoundation.org.
CONCERT SATURDAY: The Motherlode Friends of Music Orchestra will offer a concert featuring international concert violinist Corina Stoian and cello soloist Alex Dumitrache on Saturday at 3 p.m. The concert will be at the Bret Harte High School Theatre. Tickets are available at the box office 30 minutes before the show. For more information, call 754-1774 or go to www.highsierratickets.com.
FITNESS FUN RUN/WALK: The Ceres Recreation Department will host its first annual Spring Into Fitness Fun Run and Stroller Derby on Saturday at Smyrna Park. There'll be a two-mile fun run/walk for adults, and a one-mile fun run/walk for children in conjunction with a stroller derby for parents and little ones. Representatives from the Ceres Recreation Department, Kid-Fit and Kidz Love Soccer will be there to offer a variety of activities for kids following the races. Registration is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost is $10 for ages 16 and up, $8 for ages 6 to 15 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, call Traci Farris at 538-5682.
MID VALLEY SADDLE CLUB: The first schooling show of the season for the Mid Valley Saddle Club will be Sunday with sign-ups beginning at 8 a.m. and the show starting at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the Diamond Bar Arena in Ceres. For more information, call Judy Fisher at 667-6370 or Nancy Thormahlen at 357-0232.
ROAST BEEF DINNER: Community United Methodist Church will offer a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, or a family price of $25 for two adults and two children. Takeouts are available. The church is on Highway 49, across from Coulterville Park. For more information, call 852-2039.
CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT: Get out the muskets and the petticoats and come watch members of the American Civil War Association as they "fight" the Civil War all over again Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to meet the soldiers in the field and experience camp life first-hand. Ongoing living history demonstrations will depict the daily life of soldiers, women and children of that era. Battles will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, call Rob Orr at 577-4790 or Mary Hess at 530-620-6017.
PET ADOPTION: Turlock Animal Services and Nutro, the pet food company, will sponsor a cat and dog adopt-a-thon Saturday at Tractor Supply on West Main Street. Kittens and cats, puppies and dogs of all shapes and sizes will be available for adoption. Animal education is also available and several area rescue groups will offer tips on how best to transition your new best friend into your home. The adopt-a-thon will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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