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SINGLES BREAKFAST: Valley Super Singles, a social club for singles over 45, will meet today at Perko's Cafe on Yosemite Boulevard for its monthly newcomer's meeting. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Newcomers also are invited to dinner at Mimi's Cafe on Dale Road on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. For more information about either of these events, call Glenda at 527-2169.

HEART WALK: Between 400 and 600 people will walk with family, friends, co-workers and heart attack and stroke survivors in today's American Heart Association Heart Walk. The event encourages walkers to step toward a stronger, healthier life. The event will begin at about 8:15 a.m. in front of the student center on the Modesto Junior College East Campus. There will be activities and fun for children on-campus, and the walk will start at 9 a.m. Walkers will make pit stops at Appétez Restaurant, march on to Enslen School, and then on to Graceada Park where they will be entertained by Deck Hogan's band. They'll finish up back at the college. The beach-themed event is the only fund-raiser for the American Heart Association in Stanislaus County.

POST 74 OMELET BREAKFAST: The American Legion Post will be serving up omelets made to order Sunday from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Post, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. Cost for adults is $6, free for children under 7. Proceeds will help support legion baseball.

GET COZY FOR THE CHANGE IN WEATHER: The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop will hold a Comfy Cozy event today and Sunday featuring sleepwear, loungewear and all things comfortable. The shop also features new and gently used clothing, accessories, household items, furniture, jewelry and more. Store hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. All proceeds go to the fight against cancer. For more information, call 544-9279, or call 24-hour cancer support at 800-227-2345. The Discovery Shop is at 3440 McHenry Ave., Suite A-12.

NOISE STUDY: A second public information workshop will be held Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Modesto Airport conference room, 617 Airport Way. Airport staff and consultants will be available to answer questions regarding the airport and the noise compatibility study process. The purpose of this workshop will be to discuss the draft noise exposure contours for the Modesto Airport. Interested residents are encouraged to participate by attending public workshops held periodically throughout the study process. Information also may be downloaded from the study Web site: www.coffmanassociates.com/public/modesto. For more information, contact Bill Latham, acting airport manager and analyst, at 577-5319 or blatham@modestogov.com.

SOBRIETY GROUP MEETS MONDAY: The Women for Sobriety, a Jean Kirkpatrick self-help program, meets each Monday at Memorial Medical Center's Health Education and Conference Center in McHenry Village at 7 p.m. The program offers instruction and materials to help women cope with life's problems and the need to find self-worth and self-esteem without the use of alcohol. For more information go to www.womenforsobriety.org or call 523-7052.

GET HELP WITH ADHD: Are you an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Do you want to make a change in your life? Do you live or work with someone who has ADHD? Then attend "Taking Control of ADHD: How to Maximize Success and Minimize Chaos" on Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Doctors Medical Center, 1441 Florida Ave., in the conference center. Presented by Bonnie Emerson and Cathy Krider, MA, MFTI. $15 at the door, $10 if you preregister. For information or to preregister, call 523-8166.

PAL HOLDS ANNIVERSARY DINNER-DANCE: The Modesto Police Activities League will celebrate 15 years of service to the community for Kids at Risk with a Pal's Partners dinner-dance on Sept. 29 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The event will be held at the Sylvan Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12. For a lively evening of dinner, dancing, a raffle and live auction, call Joan at 579-2022.

FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION COURSE: A free 12-week course for relatives and caregivers of people with serious mental illnesses is scheduled for Mondays starting Oct. 1 and going through Dec. 17. The classes will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at

800 Scenic Drive. The course covers symptoms and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other mental illnesses, and teaches coping skills. To register, call Lynn Padlo at 576-0809 or 404-6015.

GATHERING SIGNATURES: Donations are being sought for a signature-gathering effort that could lead to construction of a center for military veterans in Stanislaus County. The backers aim to have voters consider the formation of a veterans memorial district. It would coordinate federal, state and county services for veterans, including job training, emergency financial aid and medical referrals. The center, based in Modesto, also would provide space for veterans meetings and artifact displays. The backers hope to build the center with donations, but the measure would allow funding from a special property tax of up to 0.1 percent. The election date for the measure has not been determined. Donations for the signature effort can be sent to the Veterans Memorial District Committee of Stanislaus County, 310 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Modesto 95354. For more information, call Richard Edgecomb at 521-0093.

MARTONE ANNIVERSARY: All past and present students, parents and staff members are cordially invited to Alberta Martone Elementary School's 20th anniversary celebration on Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the quad. Please R.S.V.P. to 576-4613 by Sept. 30.

OFFERINGS FOR STROKE VICTIMS: The YMCA, 2700 McHenry Ave., is offering stroke recovery water exercise classes on Tuesday and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. Classes are free.


GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Ceres Chamber of Commerce will hold a golf tournament on Sept. 21 at River Oaks Golf Course. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, trophies and networking. Fees range from $35 for a single to $225 for a business group of four. For more information, call the chamber at 537-2601.


CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION PLANNED: Hughson residents will be celebrating the city's centennial Sept. 22 with an all-day fair on Main Street. The "Small Community With A Big Heart" is the guiding theme for the free event, which is open to the public. A bronze sculpture by Betty Saletta titled "The Harvest" will be unveiled downtown. It represents a farmworker picking peaches, celebrating Hughson's reputation as the Peach Capital of the World. A wide range of food and commemorative gifts will be available. Shirts and hats may be bought in advance at Bank of the West in Hughson, or at the event, which will be from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call Marie Assali at 883-4823, Tess Camagna at 883-4882 or Brian Sinclair at 883-0443.

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