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VALLEY SUPER SINGLES: The social club for singles over 45 will meet at the new Elks Lodge on Fridays at 6 p.m. in September. Newcomers are welcome. The lodge is off Kiernan Avenue, at Pentacost Drive and Charity Way. For more information, call Barbara at 550-0919.

ADOPTION INFORMATION: Family Connections Christian Adoptions will hold a free information session today at 6:30 p.m. at its office, 1120 Tully Road. For more information, call 524-8844.

OPEN HOUSE: Sierra Vista Child and Family Services will host an open house today at the North Modesto Family Resource Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m., 2020 Standiford Ave., Suite C1. A ribbon cutting will mark the opening of the center. For more information, call 524-4573.

VISITING NURSES RELOCATE: The public is invited to an open house celebrating the relocation of the Visiting Nurses Association of the Central Valley on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. The open house will be at the new location, 1316 Celeste Drive, Suite 140. Light refreshments and information about the association will be available. For more information, call Catherine Larsen at 525-3106.

MARK THE DATE: The public dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gallo Center for the Arts will take place Monday at 6 p.m. at the corner of Tenth and I streets. There will be light refreshments and entertainment.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Knights of Columbus Pope John Paul II Council No. 14123 will hold its annual "Hole in One" contest Saturday at the McHenry Golf Center, 5150 McHenry Ave. You could win a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle supplied by American Chevrolet, or other prizes. Proceeds will go to the council's scholarship fund. For more information, call Nick Eddy at 541-5616 or Terry Doyle at 578-4004.

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND DANCE CLASS: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering a new Scottish Highland dance class. Scottish Highland dance uses balletlike positions with hops and jumps. Scottish Highland dance uses stories from Scotland and bagpipes to tell stories. All classes meet on Tuesdays from Sept. 18 through Oct. 23, at Roosevelt Junior High's multipurpose facility, 1300 College Ave. Classes as follows: 6-9 years old, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., $50; 10-15 years old, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., $50. Register in person at the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department Office at 1010 Tenth St., Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect. For more information, call 571-5119.


KC-135 SEMINAR: Castle Air Museum will host a seminar Saturday at 10 a.m. in the banquet room. A team of aviation experts will participate in the session. Retired Lt. Col. Ray Young, a KC-135 flight instructor at Castle Air Force Base, will conduct the seminar along with retired Lt. Col. Don Williams, a KC-135 instructor navigator and retired Master Sgt. Ron Thomas, a former instructor boom operator. Learn about the characteristics of a multiengine jet compared with a conventional propeller-driven aircraft. New navigational techniques, equipment features and the intricacies of making physical contact with a aircraft in flight to transfer fuel also will be discussed. A question and answer session will follow the seminar. For more information, call 723-2178.


BENEFIT FOR HORSE TRAINER: A barbecue and silent auction fund-raiser for Kim Wheeler will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the San Joaquin Paint Horse Show at the Stanislaus County Fairground in Turlock. Wheeler is a horse trainer and has been involved with horses since she was a child. She was diagnosed with leukemia June 13 and is beginning the recovery process. Funds will pay for lodging and travel expenses to and from the City of Hope medical center in Duarte, where Wheeler will participate in a clinical trial. A drawing for a weanling filly will be held. Tickets are $20 for a tri-tip dinner, and $10 for a hot dog dinner. Dinner includes salad, beans, bread, dessert and nonalcoholic drink. For more information, contact Jennifer Mendes at 620-3722.


WESTERN BARBECUE: Tickets for the Merced County Historical Society's 17th annual Western BBQ are available. The event will be held Tuesday at Lake Yosemite. The evening begins with appetizers, including fried calamari with marinara sauce, deviled eggs and sliced marinated beef tongue. Dinner will be slow-roasted pork and barbecued beef, with sides of bread, fresh marinated tomatoes, salad and Bill Kirby's famous chuck wagon beans, followed by dessert and coffee. Mercy Gulch Regulators and Bigler Sound and Performance will provide entertainment. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in the gift shop of the Courthouse Museum, which is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., or by calling 723-2401.


ROCK, ROCK, ROCK: A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage as Turlock Youth Performing Arts kicks off the school year with the production of "School House Rock Live." The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through songs is coming to Pittman High School, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 8 general; $5 for children 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, visit www.typa.org or call 537-5227. "School House Rock Live" is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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