BIRD ENTHUSIASTS MEET: The Modesto-area Bird Club will hold its September meeting Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mancini Hall on Tuolumne Boulevard in Modesto. A raffle with fun prizes will be conducted and refreshments will be served. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Sherry at 848-0700.
'BRINGING THEM HOME': Vocalists and musicians will perform Saturday at the State Theatre when the Modesto, Turlock, Oakdale and Ceres councils of the Central Valley Association of Realtors bring their musical revue, "Bringing Them Home," into the spotlight. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with wine and hors d'oeuvres; entertainment starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be bought at the door. For information, call Fred Miller at 338-0898.
MAT PILATES: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering Pilates at the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 16. The class fee is $32 for 10 sessions. Sessions are from 3 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. Register online at www.modestogov.com/econnect; in person at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department Office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400; or at the senior center. For more information, contact Shannon Parker at 491-5944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A DAY AT THE RACES: The Greater Modesto Lions Club will have a "Fun Day at the Races" when it heads to Bay Meadows in San Mateo on Saturday. The bus will leave the parking lot at 713 10th St. at 10 a.m. and return by 7:30 p.m. The $80 fee covers transportation, coffee, doughnuts and drinks en route, admission and a table in the Turf Club, a buffet lunch, racing program and driver tip. Reserve a spot by calling Bev Carpenter at 599-5828, Pat Lundquist at 526-1576, Arlene Maderos at 523-9799 or Sandy Pohl at 549-1188.
SNOW TRIP: The Traveleers' Travel Club is planning a train trip to Reno on Feb. 26-28. Stay at Harrah's casino, have your meals on the train and round-trip coach to the Sacramento train station, all included for $280 per person. Call Ann Burkett for more information, 529-5896. Also, the Traveleers have changed their meeting spot to Denny's, 1525 McHenry Ave., 11 a.m. on Mondays.
CERES MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE: The new Ceres Museum will celebrate its grand opening Saturday at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Daniel Whitmore house, 2928 Fifth St., with the annual ice cream social from noon to 4 p.m.
FLEA MARKET: The Rotary Club will hold a flea market Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Henry Miller Park. Breakfast will be available from 7 to 11 a.m. For more information, call David Galatro at 862-2923.
HAVE SOME WINE, HELP THE TRAIN: A wine and cheese benefit will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Fifth Avenue and Reservoir Road. The event will benefit the interpretive and educational programs at Railtown. A cost of $25 per person includes wine tasting, music, silent auction, tours and a 45-minute train ride. For more information, call 984-3954.
RABIES CLINIC: The city's animal shelter will hold a rabies vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the shelter, 801 S. Walnut. Cost is $5.
WINE AND CHEESE EVENT: Turlock Family Network, a nonprofit organization devoted to preventing child abuse in young families, presents "Taste of Tuscany," an evening of wine and cheese tasting, music, drawings and an auction, all at "The Lake," 14011 East Ave., on Sept. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $35 at the door. Tickets are available at Lily's Emporium, 126 W. Main St., or Geiger's Jewelers, 340 E. Main St.; or call 668-3363.
YES, WE'RE GOING TO A GARDEN PARTY: The Turlock City Arts Commission will have its annual Garden Party on Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Greenery, 742 E. Olive Ave. Organizers said the annual fund-raiser and membership event will feature music, food, wine, a silent auction and an art exhibition. Traditionally held in July, the event has been moved to September. "Let's hope for cooler temperatures," said Arts Commission chairwoman Claudia Silva-Doo. "After the heat wave in 2006, a survey of members left us with no doubt that September would be a better time to hold our most important fund-raising event." Admission is free for Rings of the Arts members and $20 for nonmembers. Organizers promise jazz music, food and a silent auction. Nonmember tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 668-5599, ext. 4615.
OPEN HOUSE REMINDER: Vendor applications for the Castle Air Museum Fall Open House, being held Sept. 22, are due in the museum office by 5 p.m. today. Applications are available at 5050 Santa Fe Drive, or by calling 723-2178.
CIVIC CENTER MEET AND GREET: The city will bring its departments together for an open house Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Not all departments are headquartered in the Civic Center at 678 W. 18th St., but they all will be represented at the open house. Because of construction in the former city parking lot, the open house will stretch from the Civic Center, around N Street and down Main to M Street. Department representatives will be available to meet the public, answer questions and show some of the services they offer. The Public Works Department will roll out some of its heavy equipment, the Fire Department will break out its ladder truck and some engines, and the Police Department will have its bomb robot and other equipment on display. For the kids, the Parks and Community Services Department will offer arts and crafts projects, bounce houses and music. For more information, call 385-6232.
CRIMESTOPPERS POKER RUN CRUISE: South County CrimeStoppers serves Escalon, French Camp, Lathrop, Manteca and Ripon. The group will be raising funds Saturday by way of poker, $15 per hand, and a car and motorcycle show, $20 entry fee. Check-in time is 5:30 p.m. at the Lathrop-Manteca ACE Train Station. The Manteca Chamber of Commerce is the host of the event. There also will be a canned food drive to help stock the pantry at the Second Harvest Food Bank. For more information, call 823-6121.
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