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DENTAL CARE FOR KIDS: The Hands-On Health tour will stop in Stanislaus County to educate families about healthy dental care. In partnership with dental manufacturer Dr. Fresh, First 5 California will offer local families tips and tools to help build healthy dental habits in young children. The van will stop at the Modesto Nuts baseball game today. Kids will receive free Dr. Fresh FireFly toothbrushes and parents will learn how to care for their children's overall health. Local community resource information will also be provided by Stanislaus County Children and Families Commission partners. Modesto Nuts Baseball, 601 Neece Road. For more information about the Hands-On Health van, call Lindsay McIntyre at 310-913-3352.

NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP: To prepare for the upcoming Earth Day celebration, the city of Modesto is seeking volunteers for a "Neighborhood Clean-Up" along the undeveloped portions of the Virginia Corridor on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Virginia Corridor is a 4.2-mile-long park that runs along the old Tidewater Southern Railroad Line from Needham Avenue to Bangs Avenue. Any person or organization interested in volunteering should contact Beverly McCullough, City of Modesto Solid Waste Division, at 577-5495. Modesto's 19th Annual Earth Day in the Park Festival is slated for April 19 at Graceada Park.

MACHINE QUILTING TRUNK SHOW: Quilt artist Ann Westbrook will join Country Crossroads Quilters today at 7 p.m. to present a lecture and trunk show featuring her machine quilting and trapunto techniques. The meeting is held at Eastridge Community Church, 2319 St. Paul's Way. The cost is $3 for nonmembers. Call Deborah Miller for more information, at 602-9488, or go to

MJC COMMUNITY TRIPS: A slide presentation today will offer information on the upcoming 10-day fall tour of New England, plus the Spring 2009 trips: a 12-day tour of Egypt including a four-day Nile cruise; 10-day tour of Ireland; and an eight-day Music City tour of Branson, Mo., Memphis and Nashville, Tenn. Presentations will be at 2 and at 6 p.m. in the Champion Building, Room 101, at 429 Tully Road. For more information, call Community Education at 575-6063.

HEALTHY KIDS: YMCA Healthy Kids Day-YMCA of Stanislaus County in Modesto is hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day on Saturday. The event draws hundreds of participants each year and focuses on free fitness and wellness activities and information to keep children and families active and strong. Organizers are recruiting vendors and sponsorships now. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at 2700 McHenry Ave. For sponsorship or vendor involvement, contact Linda Bourcier at 578-9622, ext. 18, or

CHEF FACE-OFF: Three of Modesto's favorite chefs will compete in a Culinary Clash on Thursday. Marco Alvarado of Bacchus Food & Spirits, Scott Pasco of Clayton's Restaurant, and Vincent Alvarado of Dewz Restaurant must create four delectable dishes using a "secret ingredient." Proceeds from the event will benefit the DMC Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that provides health education programs and health-related services to the community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and guests can taste food and beverages from local purveyors before the competition begins. Live auction prizes include a seat on the judges' panel and a table for four in the "Gourmet Café," where the winners will taste each of the chefs' dishes. There will be silent auction prizes that include dinners for six by each of the three competing chefs. Tickets for the Culinary Clash are $40 in advance, and $50 at the door. They can be purchased by calling DMC Foundation at 527-3412, at their office at 730 McHenry Ave. in Modesto or on their Web site at

CONFORMATION CLASS: Golden Valley Kennel Club will host a K-9 Conformation Class on Thursdays at 7 p.m., starting this week. The class will be taught by professional handlers Carl and Jo Giletich. Call 765-9471 for more information. $10 per person.


SEEKING CRAFT FAIR VENDORS: Oakdale Grange 435 will host a craft fair Oct. 4-5. Anyone wanting to be a vendor or who would like more information can call Pat at 556-8524.


SEEKING VENDORS: Vendor applications are available for the Healthy Families Earth Festival on April 26. The city is looking for exhibits that promote health, fitness, exercise, recreation and sports. The event will be held at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event aims to get families to participate in healthy exhibits, fun runs and children's activities. There will be an inflatable activity center and bounce houses, live entertainment, food and it's free. To get a vendor packet, go to or call the city of Turlock, at 668-5594, ext. 4602.

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