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KIDS' DINNER THEATER: The Fratello Marionettes will be featured at the Stanislaus County Library's Children's Dinner Theater program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The program will be in the downstairs auditorium of the Modesto Library, 1500 I St. The Fratello Marionettes do an interactive presentation on the art of puppetry, from creation to manipulation. 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. A question-and-answer session will follow. The dinner theater format is designed for families with children age 6 and older. Families bring their own picnic or fast food dinner. Coffee and punch are provided. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the performance at 7. Space is limited. Free advance tickets are required and are available at the Modesto Children's Library. For more information, call the Modesto Children's Library at 558-7810.

YOGA STARTS TODAY: The city Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department will offer Restorative Yoga at the Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. The class will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m., beginning today and continuing through Oct. 25. The fee is $32 for 10 sessions for adults 18 and older. 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 sparker@modestogov.com.

Manteca

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS: Local musicians who want to play are invited to meet from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. today at David and Sylvia's Family Dining, 1020 N. Main St. A planning committee is needed for future events, too. For more information on the group or detailed directions, call 640-9990 or 814-2549.

Mariposa

SHORT STORY WRITING CLASS: Writing a good short story requires thought and planning. In this beginning short story course, you will learn how to support your words with such craft elements as character, plot, description and dialogue. Using writing exercises in the development of a story, first-time and novice writers will build writing skills. The six-week course, from 6 to 8 p.m., begins Wednesday in the Mariposa County Arts Council's Fifth Street Gallery. Tuition for adults is $40. For more information, call 966-3155 for registration information. Instructor C.B. Mosher will guide, encourage and critique works in this fun and nonthreatening course. Another of Mosher's short stories, set in Mariposa, will be read on Public Radio this fall.

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