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MEET EDUCATION LEADERS: The Hispanic Leadership Council invites people to attend a free reception Thursday honoring three school leaders, all of them fairly new on the job: Stanislaus County School Superintendent Tom Chagnon, Yosemite Community College District Chancellor Roe Darnell and Modesto City Schools Superintendent Arturo Flores. The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN TO MEET: Modesto Republican Women Federated will meet Tuesday at The Season, 945 McHenry Ave. Carol Hadley, first vice president of the California Federation Republican Women Central Division, will be the guest speaker. The event will begin with a social period at 11:30 a.m., followed by the meeting and lunch. Lunch is $15 and reservations must be made by Friday. For more information, call 567-3399.

SAFETY HEALTH FAIR: The DoubleTree Hotel will host a Safety Health Faire today from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Organizers said several private and government organizations will be on hand to offer information and resources on everything from nutrition to insurance to quitting smoking. There also will be clowns, a puppet show, face-painting and a massage therapist. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angelina Peral at 525-3077.

RALLY SUNDAY: Grace Lutheran Church and School is hosting a rally Sunday to kick off the season with carnival games, food, live music and information booths, "Bring a Friend" drawing and more. This free all-ages event is open to the community from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church and School, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave. For more information, call 522-8900 or 529-1800.

TRAVEL TRIPS: The Big Valley Travel Club has a few trips coming up:

Sunday -- A performance of the Will Rogers Follies at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater in Fresno. Trip includes pistachio tasting, a buffet lunch and ticket to the 1:30 p.m. matinee, $70.

Sept. 19 -- A day trip to Monterey and/or Carmel, as you select where you want to go and what you want to see, $49.

Oct. 4 -- Cruise San Francisco Bay on the USS Potomac, $79

Oct. 6 -- Guide Dogs for the Blind graduation ceremonies in San Rafael, $55.

Oct. 19 -- Apple Hill, near Placerville, $45.

The group also has some overseas adventures planned: London New Year's theater trip, Dec. 28-Jan. 4; northern Italy, May 12-31; and the Ultimate Alaska trip, Aug. 10-29. For more information, call Dick Griffin at 634-6804.

EL CONCILIO'S GALA DINNER: This year's event will be Sept. 21 at the Del Rio Golf and Country Club starting with cocktails at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. All proceeds go to community service programs. Reserve tickets by phone at 523-2860.

Ceres

GO NINERS: The Modesto 49ers is having its 25th anniversary Dinner and Dance Celebration on Sept. 14. The event is for adults only and will be at the Ceres American Legion Memorial Building, 2609 Lawrence St. Tickets are $20 per person, or $35 per couple. For more information, call 241-0137 or e-mail modesto49ers@sbcglobal.net.

Riverbank

SWEAT IT OFF: The city is getting into the fitness movement by sponsoring a "Sweat It Off" class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class, which runs for 12 weeks, includes stretching and intense exercise. Participants can start off slowly and build endurance. The fee is $40. Register at 6707 Third St. by Friday.

BEGINNING CROCHETING: Maybe crocheting is more your thing than sweating. The city is hosting a class on that, as well, Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Riverbank Community Center. Learn to crochet scarves, hats and rosettes. The class is open to ages 10 to adult. It runs from Monday through Oct. 15, and the fee is $40. Register in the Recreation Office at 6707 Third St.

SKATE PARK CHALLENGE: Get out those inline skates. The fourth annual Skate Park Challenge is set for Sept. 15 at the Riverbank Skate Park, First and Santa Fe streets. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will get two minutes to show off their stuff. Music will be provided Big Daddy DJ. There will be three age groups: 10 and under, 11-17, and 18 and older. All participants must wear helmets. The entry fee is $5 and a completed registration form must be filled out prior to the competition. All participants under 18 must have a release form signed by their parents. A "Best of the Bowl" competition will highlight the day's performances. For more information, call 869-7124 or come to 6707 Third St., the Recreation Department, to register.

Oakdale

SEEKING CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: The Oakdale District Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of individuals for Oakdale's Citizen of the Year and a youth nomination for Oakdale's Junior Achievement Award. The purpose of these awards is to honor individuals who work unselfishly to improve the community and help others. For additional information or an application, call the chamber at 847-2244. Return the application to the Chamber of Commerce before Dec. 1. A chamber committee will review the nominations and select winners, who will be announced at Oakdale's annual Awards Dinner on Jan. 18.

San Andreas

LANDSCAPE DESIGN CLASS: The class, hosted by the Calaveras County Garden Club, is scheduled for Oct. 13-14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lecturer is Steve McNeil, professor of landscape design at the University of California at Davis. Students completing the series will become accredited landscape design consultants under National Garden Club guidelines. The fee is $70 and includes lunch and snacks both days. For more information and registration forms, contact Marian Coahran at 754-1573 or mcoahran@goldrush.com. Registration form and payment must be received by Sept. 24.

Stevinson

GOLF FOR CHARITY: The Stanislaus County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its third annual amateur golf tournament Saturday at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club. Golfers receive lunch, greens fee, cart, tee prizes and dinner. Cost for each player is $125. Three-person teams. Special events include hole-in-one shootout for a $1 million prize and a putting contest for $5,000. Five golfers for each event will be chosen, by drawing raffle tickets, for the chance at the special event prizes. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the local response to disasters in Stanislaus County. For more information or an entry form, call Jim Money at 523-6451 or go to www.arcscc.org.

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