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TRACK CLOSURE: The Modesto Junior College track will remain closed to public use until the end of September to accommodate additional work associated with its resurfacing. Officials said contractor Atlas Track & Tennis has offered to perform additional work adding more layers to the track that will help it obtain an International Amateur Athletic Federation certification. Once the additional layers have dried, the track will be striped, which is the final stage of the project. The track is expected to reopen to the public by Oct. 1.

GO NINERS: The Modesto 49ers are having their 25th anniversary dinner and dance celebration Friday. 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.

FUND-RAISER FOR BEYER BAND: The Beyer Band Boosters will hold a rummage sale, car wash and tri-tip fund-raiser Saturday starting at 8 a.m. in the Beyer High School parking lot on Sylvan Avenue. People can shop, have their car washed and eat lunch.

MARIONETTES AND DINNER: The Fratello Marionettes will be featured at the Stanislaus County Library's Children's Dinner Theater program Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The program will be held in the downstairs auditorium of the Modesto library, 1500 I St. Organizers said the performance includes hand puppets, rod puppets and specialized trick marionettes. After each vignette, the performer demonstrates an aspect of the puppet-building process. The presentation ends with a look behind the scenes and a question-and-answer session. The presentation is designed for families with children age 6 and up. Families bring their own picnic. Coffee and punch are provided. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7. Space is limited. Free advance tickets are required and are available now in the library's children's library. For more information, call 558-7810.

START SMART CLASSES: The city is sponsoring a class to develop children's motor skills for future sports participation. They will be introduced to the fundamental skills of throwing, kicking, batting and more through one-on-one interaction. This class, for 3- to 5-year-olds, offers the opportunity to play together, have fun and socialize. An adult must accompany each child. The class meets Saturdays, Sept. 22 through Oct. 27, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Roosevelt gym, 1330 College Ave. The class fee is $25. For more information, call 571-5119, go to the city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or go online to www.modestogov.com/econnect.

SOCCER FUN: Learn the fundamentals of soccer through the city's noncompetitive, age-appropriate format. Instructional soccer classes are available for boys and girls ages 2 to 12. All classes are taught by professional staff in the Kidz Love Soccer format. Shin guards are required after the first class for all classes except Mommy/Daddy & Me. The registration fee is $80. Classes meet Saturdays, Sept. 22 through Nov. 17, at Woodrow Park, 3101 Sherwood Ave. Classes meet at the following times:

  • Mommy/Daddy & Me (2 to 3½ years) -- 1:30 to 2 p.m.
  • Tots Soccer (3½ to 4 years) -- 4:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Pre-Soccer (4 to 5 years) -- 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Level 1 (5 to 6 years) -- 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Level 2 (7 to 8 years) -- 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Level 3 (9 to 12 years) -- 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 571-5119. Register in person at the Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 Tenth St., Suite 4400 or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect.


WOMEN'S CONNECTION LUNCHEON: Women of the Central Valley are invited to attend the women's luncheon from noon to 1:45 p.m. today at the Almond Pavilion, 151 S. Sierra Ave. This month's theme is "Getting Organized." Speaker Pam Grein, entrepreneur and owner of The Hang Up, a custom closet and storage solution, will talk about organizing your closet and storage space and also about her life and being adopted twice. The program and luncheon are $14 per person and reservations are appreciated. For more information, call Barbara at 847-5605 or Paula at 869-4788.

Stanislaus County

FUND-RAISER FOR EDUCATION FOUNDATION: The Education Foundation of Stanislaus County will hold its annual fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. today at the home of Matt and Barbara Bruno, with the goal of raising $125,000. Formally launched in February 2002, the Education Foundation supports the efforts of Stanislaus County Office of Education's Youth Entertainment Stage (YES) Company, student events and outdoor education programs. Each year, more than 12,000 students participate in activities supported by the foundation. Last year, the board raised $145,000 and allocated funds to support YES Company's new performing arts program for students in first through fifth grade, "YES Kidettes"; provided tuition grants to help low-income students participate in YES Kids; provided scholarships, entry fees and travel costs for students going to state competitions; and sponsored the county Academic Pentathlon. For more information, contact Jane Johnston at 238-1708.

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