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CALLING ALL TEACHERS: Teachers have until next Saturday to sign up for seminars that can increase their knowledge about farming, food processing and related scientific topics. They will be held June 15-18 at Modesto-area locations. The topics include plant genetics, soil, nutrition and renewable energy. The sites include Fiscalini Cheese Co., the Frito-Lay Sun Chip plant and the ConAgra tomato cannery. The cost is $15 per day, $25 for the two days involving genetics, or $50 for all four days. Lunch is included. The program is sponsored by the organizers of the Ag Science Center, planned for the Modesto Junior College West Campus. To register, call 521-2902 or e-mail

GET CLOSE TO NATURE: The fifth annual Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms will take place May 30-31 along the Merced River near Livingston. It will feature fruit-picking, live music, crafts, children's activities and nature walks. The main event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Saturday evening and Sunday activities have extra charges. The event is hosted by farmers Bill Thompson and Cindy Lashbrook, with help from numerous sponsors. The farm is at 12230 Livingston Cressey Road, about two miles northeast of Highway 99. Get more information at 761-0081 or

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