When: Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:30 a.m.
Where: Denny's restaurant, 1525 McHenry Ave.
Info: Learn to speak in front of an audience with confidence by attending Toastmasters. Visit the DayBreakers club for a fun time with a group of people whose desire is to become better speakers, listeners and leaders. For more information, call Viji Sundar at 918-2469 or Nancy Cline at 578-0102.
FILM: 'THE VISITOR'
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College, 423 College Ave., Forum Building, Room 101
Info: MJC's Civic Engagement Project presents "The Visitor." This free movie is about a depressed professor whose life turns around after meeting an immigrant couple. In addition to rediscovering the joy of living, he discovers the secrecy surrounding U.S. immigration policies in the post-Sept. 11 era as well as the oppressive insecurity of being a refugee. A discussion will take place afterward, and Modesto immigration attorney Solange Gonsalves Altman will be on hand to answer questions. Call Deborah Gilbert with any questions at 575-6668.
MJC NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS BARBECUE DINNER
When: Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mary Stuart Rogers Center, Modesto Junior College West Campus on Blue Gum Avenue
Info: Sponsored by Modesto Junior College Nursing Alumni, the theme is "Celebrating Tomorrow's Nurses Today." Proceeds help provide scholarships for nursing students. The dinner is $20 for general, $15 for seniors, $12 for children. For tickets, call 575-6569.
CELEBRATE MJC ATHLETICS WINE & FOOD TASTING
When: Saturday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave., in the gymnasium
Info: This event supports the 21 sports teams of MJC. It features wines from E.&J. Gallo Winery, Quady Winery, Bogle Winery, McManis Family Vineyard, Trinchero Winery and Barefoot Winery; gourmet dishes from more than 15 restaurants and caterers; and a silent auction. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $35 ($20 is tax deductible). Tickets can be bought at the door or in advance by calling 575-6270 or 575-6619.
USED BOOK SALE
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave.
Info: Great deals on great reads. All proceeds will benefit the community. For more information, call Leah Knipe, the church's community outreach coordinator, at 523-1438 or send e-mail to Leah@modcob.org.
DELHI COMMUNITY INFORMATION NIGHT
When: Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Delhi High School theater-cafeteria, 16881 Schendel Ave.
Info: The event will feature Judge Marc Garcia speaking on the values of community, as well as informational displays on Merced County services; Agency on Aging; Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health; Human Services; Economic Development; the Sheriff's Department; the California Highway Patrol; and the Delhi Municipal Advisory Council. There will be a display table about the State Route 99-State Route 165 project.
When: Saturday and Sunday and April 25 and 26, 6:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Merced High School, 205 W. Olive Ave.; Merced Community College, 3600 M St.; and Golden Valley High School, 2121 E. Childs Ave.
Info: This is for city of Merced residents only. Bring unwanted computers, TVs, cell phones and other electronics. Other appliances, such as microwaves, will not be accepted. Proof of residency required. For more information, call 722-1507 or visit www.MercedCountyFair.com.
When: Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Merced, with reception to follow at the Multicultural Arts Center
Info: This event is free with food, fun, entertainment and music.
F.D.E.S. QUEEN PRESENTATION
When: Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. dinner; 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. dancing.
Where: Patterson F.D.E.S. Hall, 501 Ward Ave.
Info: The Patterson Festa do Divino Espirito Santo is having the 23rd annual Queen's Presentation with music by the Portuguese band Açoriano. Tickets for adults are $30; for children 6-12, $15. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call Guilhermina and Aldevino Azevedo at 669-8365.
A TASTE FOR MENTORING
When: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Elks Lodge, 100 Elks Drive, off Shaws Flat Road
Info: This is a dessert contest showcasing creations from Tuolumne County restaurants as a fund-raiser for the Mentoring Works program. Mentoring Works matches caring adults with at-risk children under the guidance of the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency. For more information, call 533-1397, ext. 229.
OPENING DAY ON THE DELTA
When: Saturday, noon
Where: The parade begins in front of the San Joaquin Yacht Club on Dutch Slough near the Bethel Island Bridge
Info: A blessing of the fleet and discharge of a cannon will begin the parade, which will proceed around Bethel Island, going clockwise. Boats will return to the club about 2:45 p.m. Boats will be judged on theme, flags and pennants; classics (before 1960); and small boats, including personal watercraft and dinghies. $20 per person.
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: American Legion, Post 88, 75 Bothun Road, Turlock
Info: Presented by American Legion, Post 88. Cost is $6.
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