CANCER SUPPORT: A Cancer Support Group is presented by the Community Cancer Program at Doctors Medical Center every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. For more information, call 888-284-6641.
DAFFODIL DELIGHT: Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center invites cancer survivors and their families to "Daffodil Delight," a free community event and celebration of life, April 13. Two seatings will be available, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will be held at Memorial's Health Education and Conference Center in McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite 60-B. Guest speaker will be Scott Burton, author of "Looking for Laughter in All the Wrong Places." Seating is limited. Contact Memorial's Cancer Registry at 569-7789 by Friday.
CADDIES WANTED: The United Way Spring International is coming to Del Rio Country Club on April 10--13, with 156 professional golfers from the Canadian Professional Tour who will play in the event. The United Way is looking for caddies to work with these golfers.
Each caddie will earn $35 per day and receive some "goodies" to commemorate the event. Caddies will work with the same golfer each day as long as the golfer advances to the next round. For more information or to volunteer for other activities, call the Volunteer Center at United Way, 524-1307.
ADOPT A FRIEND: The Greater California German Shepherd Rescue adoption day is held the first Saturday of each month. The group will be outside PetSmart, 2100 McHenry Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many dogs will be onsite and there will be information available on volunteering, fostering and donations to help the organization. For more information, go to www.gcgsr.org or contact Gary at 404-3095.
T-BALL AND BASEBALL SIGN-UPS: The YMCA is taking enrollment through April 19 for the 2008 youth T-ball/baseball season. Participants will learn at three levels depending on age range -- T-Ball (ages 3-4), coach-pitched baseball (ages 5-7) and player-pitched baseball (ages 8-10). All leagues are $35 for facility members and $70 for program members. To sign up, stop by the YMCA of Stanislaus County at 2700 McHenry Ave., or go to www.ymcastan.org. For more information, call Sara Scheffler at 578-9622, ext. 27.
SOCIALIZE YOUR DOGGIE: The Recreation Department is offering dog obedience classes Saturdays, this week through May 10, at Smyrna Park from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for beginning classes, and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for intermediate classes. Fees are $90 for a six-week course. The basic commands of sit, stay, down and heel will be taught. In addition, special needs will be addressed on an 'as needed' basis. Dogs must be at least 5 months old, leashed, and current on vaccines (proof required). Preregistration is required. Register at Ceres City Hall, 2720 Second St.; online at www.ci.ceres.ca.us; or call Traci Farris at 538-5682 for more information.
LAUGH YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH: The trustees of the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation will host the 10th annual spring gala dinner and auction, "Tickle Me Pink -- Laughter is the Best Medicine," on April 19 at the FES Hall, 190 N. Lee Ave. The doors and silent auction tables open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the live auction. Entertainment will be provided by comedian Jack Gallagher. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres, a hosted bar, filet mignon dinner, wine, dessert and coffee. Dress is cocktail attire or black tie optional. The silent auction will feature six categories: Wine and Art, Out and About, Sports and Entertainment, Family Fun, It's All About Me and Tickled Pink. A sampling of the items includes wine; Napa hot air balloon ride; Kings, Giants and A's tickets; a child's pedal tractor; golf; spa packages; and, of course, pink jewelry. Tickets are $100 per person. Proceeds will benefit Oak Valley Hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment. For more information, call Oak Valley Hospital Foundation at 848-4116. Advanced reservations required by April 11.
HEALTH SCREENINGS: The public is encouraged to take part in free screenings for prostate and colorectal cancer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Emanuel Medical Plaza, 880 E. Tuolumne Blvd. Emanuel Medical Center's Cancer Services is sponsoring the screenings as a way to reach people who might not otherwise be tested for these common cancers. The screening will include a physical exam by a physician and cancer-specific blood tests. Tests for these cancers are recommended for people aged 50 and older and for men aged 40 to 49 who are African-American or who have a father, brother or son who had prostate cancer before age 65. Appointments are available at 664-2434. Walk-ins will be accepted on a limited basis.
RESERVATIONS BEING TAKEN: The Parks and Community Services Department is booking spring and summer rentals for Joe Herb, Rahilly and Soroptimist Shelters. There still are several days available through the end of summer. Rental fees include $100 deposit and $25 hour rental fee (with a two-hour minimum). Rental reservations must be made at least one week prior to the event. Please contact Parks and Community Services at 385-6855 for more information. Parks and Community Services is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. The department is located at 690 W. 16th St.
SMALL BUSINESS: The Alliance Small Business Development Center will offer a two-hour workshop to people interested in starting or expanding their business ideas. Entrepreneurs will learn the "Seven Secrets of Starting a Business" and "10 Most Common Pitfalls" for business owners to avoid. Information on business financing, "What Lenders Look For," also will be available. Free with advanced registration or $20 at the door. The workshop will be held at the Tri College Center, G Street and Community College Drive, Building TC4 C. There will be another Start Up Class held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Alliance SBDC at 381-6557.
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