- COLLECTING BLANKETS FOR THE NEEDY
When: Through October
Info: Girl Scout Troop 3432 has joined forces with the Stanislaus County district attorney's office and The Salvation Army to collect blankets to help the needy. Boxes are at Save Mart stores on Oakdale Road at Floyd Avenue and Oakdale at Scenic Drive; Longs Drugs at Oakdale and Floyd; Orchard Elementary School, 1800 Wisdom Way; Ustach Middle School, 2701 Kodiak Drive; the district attorney's office, 832 12th St., Suite 300; and the Girl Scout office, 3621 Forest Glenn Drive. For more information, call 522-9001.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Farmers market, 16th Street (between H and I streets)
Info: The Modesto Certified Farmers Market has a special pre-Halloween event. Patsy Laws, instructor of cake decorating at Modesto Junior College, will be helping kids decorate cupcakes to look like pumpkins. Free. For more information, call Marie Uber at 605-8536.
When: Sunday, 7 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: American Legion Hall, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave.
Info: Modesto American Legion Post 74 will serve an omelet breakfast. Tickets are $7, free for children younger than 6. For more information, call 668-9710.
When: Oct. 30, 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College West Campus
Info: The Modesto Junior College Gamers Club and Associated Students of MJC will present the fourth annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Tickets for games and events are $1 for four tickets or $5 for 25. A family package, which includes four food items, four fountain drinks and 90 game/event tickets, is $30. For more information, e-mail MJCGamersClub@gmail.com.
- A DAY ON THE FARM
When: Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m.
Where: 4T Ranch, 912 W. Harding Road
Info: The Society for Handicapped Children and Adults will hold a Day on the Farm camp for children who have Down syndrome. People ages 8 to 20 will experience horseback riding, horse grooming, a petting zoo, a chuck wagon-style dinner, hayrides, games, activities and singing around the campfire. The cost is $20 and includes two dinners. To register, call 524-3536 or visit www.societyforhandicapped.org.
When: Today, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Walnut Elementary School, 4219 N. Walnut Road
Info: Turlock Youth Performing Arts introduces a program for kids 8 to 12 years old who are interested in musical theater. Children will audition with a song of their choice. All will take part in a workshop. Space is limited to 40 per class. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Tuition is $80 for an eight-week session. For more information, call 537-5227.
When: Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Cost Less Market at West Main Street and Lander Avenue
Info: The Central Valley Aquatics swim team is having a barbecue sandwich fund-raiser. The cost is $5 per sandwich and will include tri-tip, chicken and linguica sandwiches prepared by Red Hot Coles Old West BBQ. For more information, call 874-1040.
When: Monday, 11:15 a.m.
Where: Turlock Moose Lodge Building, 1713 W. Main St.
Info: The monthly luncheon meeting of the Turlock Newcomers and Friends will feature the Steps Studio Dancers. Social time begins at 11:15 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:45, with the program following. For more information, call Dee Gillette at 667-8993.
When: Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m.; and Oct. 25
Where: Masonic Lodge, Viking Street
Info: The Escalon Historical Society is having an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call Dorothy Miller at 838-7176 or the museum at 838-8070. Also, there will be a casino bus trip to Jackson Rancheria on Oct. 25. Bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. and returns at about 4:30 p.m. Cost is $27.50. Coffee and doughnuts will be served on bus. For more information, call 838-8070 or 838-2736.
When: Saturday, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: La Grange Firehouse Meeting Hall
Info: The event is organized by the fund-raiser committee of the La Grange Improvement Association and benefits the town. Dinner is at the firehouse; takeout is available. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. Dinner and raffle tickets are available at the door or may be purchased ahead of time. For more information, call Marge Reeves at 853-2515. For more information on the association, call Bob Varain at 853-2110 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Through Nov. 1
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1605 Seventh St.
Info: The Livingston-Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8327 and Ladies Auxiliary are holding a Miss Livingston-Delhi VFW contest for girls ages 13 to 18, 8 to 12, and 5 to 7, enrolled in schools in Livingston, Delhi, Ballico, Cressey or private schools. Applications can be picked up through Nov. 1. The contest ends Nov. 8 and the winner will be announced Nov. 10. For applications and more information, call Nora Becerra at 648-3952.
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Mariposa County High School Fiester Auditorium
Info: The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concert features Bizet's "Symphony in C" and the Orchestral Suites from his opera "Carmen." Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. For more information and tickets, call the Mariposa County Arts Council at 966-3155 weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or the Mariposa County Visitors Center at 966-7081.Send items to Region, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; call 578-2330; fax 578-2207; or e-mail email@example.com.