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When: Tuesday, 10 a.m.
Where: 3900 Sisk Road
Info: Newcomers & Friends Club of Modesto's Book Club meets at Borders bookstore. For more information, call Nancy at 883-2453.
When: Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 3719 Tully Road, Suite D
Info: Ellis Self Storage will be collecting electronic waste. Items that can be donated: any electronic items. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Hospital. For more information, call 527-7202.
When: Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.
Where: SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave.
Info: The Central California Cage Bird Club will host the 55th annual Canary and Finch Show. Birds to be judged will be Colorbred, Type, and American singers. More than 300 birds will be judged. The third annual Bird Mart also will be held. A large variety of birds will be for sale. Cages, plants and supplies also will be available. For more information, call Terese Davis at 869-5066.
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Fruit Yard restaurant, Geer-Albers Road and Highway 132, between Empire and Waterford
Info: The Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County will host Irish Authors Night. Dinner will be served and there will be live Celtic music throughout the evening, as well as bagpipers from the Emerald Isle Pipe Band. Tickets are $26 and will be sold at the door. For more information, call Phil McGill at 505-7705.
When: Today, 8 to 11 p.m.
Where: Senior Center, 211 Bodem St.
Info: The Ballroom Dance Club of Modesto will offer music by the Ernie Bucio Band. Dance lessons are available, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. For more information, call 576-2432 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Modesto Police Department, 600 10th St.
Info: Jean Okuye, president of Valley Land Alliance, will be the guest speaker. She will discuss land-use issues and straw-bale houses. Okuye has been an almond farmer since 1980; she has 73 acres near Livingston in Merced County. Refreshment and social time is at 6:45 p.m. Event is free; nonmembers welcome. For more information, call Kelly at 606-2485.
When: Saturday, 7 a.m.
Where: 708 Roselene Ave. (near Downey High School)
Info: The Stanislaus Citizens Club is having a garage sale fund-raiser to help programs and fund research for people with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 402-6496.
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College East Campus, Forum 110
Info: Actress, producer and TV host Ricki Lake takes a look at maternity care in the United States in "The Business of Being Born," sponsored by the Civic Engagement Project. The film weaves several birth stories with research by Lake and the film's director, Abby Epstein. After the film, a panel of birth experts -- including a doctor, midwife, and birth coach -- will speak and answer questions. Free. For more information, call 575-6668.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 1649 Las Vegas St.
Info: The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center is having an open house. Take a tour and learn what the Red Shield offers the community. Lots of family fun, carnival games, jumping house, community agencies information. Lunch will be served. Free for all ages. For more information, call 538-7111.
When: Monday through Oct. 25
Where: California State University, Stanislaus, 801 Monte Vista Ave.
The Turlock American Legion Riders and the California State University, Stanislaus, Student Veterans Organization and the university are collecting school supplies, toys, sports equipment and shoes for children in Iraq. Donation sites will be set up around campus. The Lt. Dan Band, featuring actor Gary Sinise, will perform at the university on Oct. 25. For more information, call 667-3997.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Where: Coulterville Community Club, Broadway and Cemetery Street
Info: Coulterville Soap Box Derby racing heats get under way at 10 a.m. down Broadway. The Old School House serves as the race headquarters. Cash prizes of $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third will be awarded. There is no entry fee; maximum weight for vehicle and driver is 350 pounds; age cap is 17. Vehicles must be homemade with kids involved. For more information, call Bernie Laursen at 878-3881 or go to www.soaprunners.wetpaint.com.Send Region items to Region, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; call 578-2330; fax 578-2207; or e-mail email@example.com.