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SOROPTIMIST MEETING: This week's lunch meeting will offer information about spring planting, from the staff of Morris Nursery. The group meets at The Seasons from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays. For more information about Soroptimists, call Linda at 968-9531 or go to

MJC FILM SERIES: The Amnesty International Club and International Students Club of Modesto Junior College are sponsoring a showing of the film "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo," at 7 p.m. Thursday in Forum 102 on the east campus, 435 College Ave. Organizers said the documentary gives a voice to women who have suffered for years in silence. A discussion will follow the film. The event is free and open to the public. Information on this event is available by contacting Claire Sarraille, president of the MJC Amnesty International Club, at or the ASMJC office at 575-6700.

HLC MEETING: The guest speaker for Friday's Hispanic Leadership Council meeting will be Meg Gonzalez from the Central Valley Program, Tuolumne River Trust. The meeting will start at 7 a.m., and will be at the DoubleTree Hotel's Garden Terrace Cafe. The weekly meetings are open to the public.


WESTERN ART SHOW: The 16th annual Western Art Show and sale will be inside the Gene Bianchi Community Center from Friday through Sunday. The Oakdale Cowboy Museum and S.J. Auctioneering will offer a Western art auction and reception to kick off the event Friday at 6:30 p.m. Guests can preview portraits, bronzes, spurs, bits and other Western items before the auction, organizers said. The Women of Western Art is a nonprofit organization that promotes the visual arts through public forums. The art show will be open Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, go to


DINNER FOR ATHLETICS: Pitman High School Athletic Boosters will serve its first fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, at the Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill St. Dinner will be provided by Bon Appetit Catering. There will be a raffle and silent auction items to support sports at Pitman High. Tickets are $50, and tables can be reserved. For tickets and more information, call Mary Keaton at 262-8685, Soraya Fregosi at 634-9797, or Janet Madden at 602-7494.


BUSINESS CLASS GEARED TO LATINO OWNERS: For Spanish-speakers, starting your own business and getting it off the ground is one hurdle. But taking that business to a bigger, better level is another one. How to get to that next level is the topic of a two-month class in Spanish presented by the Alliance Small Business Development Center, starting today. The class covers how to create and manage a business, develop business and marketing plans, get start-up money and prepare to expand. The cost is $99. Classes will be every Wednesday at Citibank, 1840 M St., from 6 to 9 p.m. through June 11. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 595-0183.

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