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MOMS CLUB HAS CHARITY GARAGE SALE: The Modesto-Central chapter of the MOMS Club will be holding a garage sale Sept. 15 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 139 France Ave. Proceeds will be donated to a nonprofit organization benefiting women and children. Organizers promise clothing, furniture toys and other items. The MOMS Club is an international support group for mothers who stay home with their children, including those who have home-based businesses or who work part time but are home with their children during the day. The group offers activities, including special programs for mothers, play groups for children and get-togethers for the whole family. The MOMS club also performs service projects. For more information about the MOMS Club in the Modesto area, call 577-8464 or visit www.momsclub.org.

EDUCATE, EQUIP AND SUPPORT: A 13-week educational series regarding children's emotional and mental health will begin soon and sign-ups are being taken. The two-hour classes are intended to assist parents and caregivers in understanding some of the symptoms and brain processes involved with various childhood emotional or mental health disorders and provide an opportunity to come together for mutual support. Classes will begin this month; the date hasn't been determined. Registration is required. To register, call Regina or Sabrina at 558-7494 or visit the Family Partnership Center, 421 E. Morris Ave.

HLC MEETING: Teresa Guerrero from the Parents Institute will make a presentation at the Hispanic Leadership Council's meeting at 7 a.m. today. The meeting will be held at El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St. The public is invited.

SAFE TEEN DRIVING: The Modesto Area California Highway Patrol is offering the "Start Smart" (Teen Safe Driving class) on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m at the Modesto CHP office on Kiernan Avenue. A parent or legal guardian must attend the class with the teen. For more information, call Tom Killian at 545-7445.


SAY 'FORE': Golfers and sponsors are invited to participate in the Seventh Annual Howard Training Center Golf Tournament on Sept. 28 at the Manteca Park Golf Course. This "Best Ball Scramble" includes prizes, contests, raffle, beverages on the course and a buffet for $125 per player. Sponsorships are available from $50 to $5,000. Howard Training Center provides services and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. For reservations, call 593-5618.


DINNER AND AUCTION: The Oakdale Cowboy Museum will celebrate its 10th year with its annual dinner and auction fund-raiser, to be held at Rocha's Valley Enterprises on Sept. 15. Cost is $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Each year the Cowboy Museum pays tribute to an individual who has contributed to the local western legacy. This year, the museum will honor the original 13 members of the board -- Bart Barringer, Gerry Beckerdite, Ace Berry, Bob Brunker Sr., Jerold Camarillo, Dan Donnelly, Joe Gambini, Richard Gilton, Vicki Gookin, Sonja Herndon, former Mayor Pat Kuhn, Ron Martin and Kent Stacy, along with television and movie personality Wilford Brimley. For more information, call the Cowboy Museum at 847-5163.


BEGINNING DRAWING AND WATERCOLORS CLASS: The city is sponsoring a beginning drawing and watercolors class on Mondays starting next week. The class is 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. at the Riverbank Community Center. Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing, shading, perspective and contrast. The class also will explore watercolor techniques. The fee for the class is $55 and includes supplies. For more information, call 869-7124 or visit the recreation office at 6707 Third St.

MUSIC COMPETITION: The Youth & Young Adult Original Music Competition Showcase 2007, an amateur music competition for singers, songwriters and bands, ages 12 to 24, is set for Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Del Rio Theater. The competition, conceived by Riverbank youth, is limited to 10 spots and is open to all genres of music. All material must be original and contestants must live within 100 miles of the theater. Cost to enter is $50 and deadline for submitting application and samples of music is Tuesday. One winner will receive four hours of studio time at Modesto Sound and a spot on the community stage of the Cheese & Wine Expo hosted by the Riverbank Rotary Club in October. Admission to the event for spectators is a $5 donation at the door, free for those 18 and younger. For a list of rules and to download an entry form packet, go to www.rioarts.org or call 614-9135.


SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES: Family classes will be taught at Salida Elementary School, 4519 Finney Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning next week. The free six-week program coaches parents and children on skills needed to work together. It's for single parents and grandparents, too. The evening begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Salida Park on Broadway between Magnolia and Sequoia, followed by the presentation. Classes are sponsored by Salida Ministerial Association and Stanislaus County Healthy Marriage Coalition. For more information, call 545-1156 or 543-3663.

MJC COMMUNITY TRIP: Modesto Junior College is planning a Sept. 22 bus trip to the Da Vinci Experience and Old Town Sacramento. Besides being a painter, Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated with flight and other scientific feats. He conceptualized inventions on more than 13,000 pages of notes and drawings. Centuries later, a group known as the Artisans of Florence took his ideas and built working replicas of his ideas, some of which will be on exhibit -- hang gliders, a bicycle, a double-hull boat and an air-screw (precursor to the helicopter). In addition, there is a movie about Leonardo da Vinci and a gallery housing re-creations of his paintings, including the "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper." After touring the exhibit and museum, participants will go to Old Town Sacramento for free time and a no-host lunch. The $55 fee includes the exhibit and transportation. The bus departs at 8:30 a.m. and will return by 6:30 p.m. To register, call 575-6063.


4-H TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE: You're invited to the annual Waterford 4-H open house on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Waterford Community Center, 302 C St. Join 4-H members, leaders, and their families for an evening of presentations and demonstrations. Projects include cooking, meat goats, scrapbooking, rabbits, primary members, gardening, swine, horses and archery. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Stacey Knight at 874-2273.

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