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HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: Ernie Flores, executive director of the Central Valley Opportunity Center, will make a presentation on programs available through the center at the Hispanic Leadership Council's meeting Friday at 7 a.m. The meeting will be at

El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St. The weekly meetings offer an opportunity to network, and the public is invited.

MJC SPRING TRIPS: Two Modesto Junior College trips are coming up: Broadway Bound Annual Theatre Trip to New York,

May 5-12, contact Lori Bryhni, 575-6303; and Visit London from

May 19-27, with MJC instructor Anne Shanto, 575-6442. An informational meeting will be held for both trips Sunday at 2 p.m. in the MJC Cabaret West Dance Theater, El Capitan Building. For more information, e-mail bryhnil@mjc.edu or shantoa@mjc.edu.

TUOLUMNE RIVER EDUCATION: Meg Gonzalez, director of community outreach and education for the Tuolumne River Trust, will discuss the diverse biological community found along the river, recreational opportunities, efforts to enhance habitat and improved public use. The meeting will be Friday at 6:45 p.m. for refreshments; program starts at 7 p.m. at the Police Department, 10th and G streets. Nonmembers are welcome. For more information, call Kelly at 606-2485.

SIERRA CLUB-YOKUTS GROUP HIKE: On Saturday, hikers will set out on a 10-mile loop that will take them to the north rim of Yosemite Valley, offering great views of the valley, Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon. They'll also visit one of the two natural arches in the park. Meet at Denny's in east Oakdale at 7:30 a.m., or at Laveroni Park in Groveland at 8:45 a.m. Bring lunch, water and other essentials. Contact Yokuts outings leader Elaine Gorman at 524-7630 or goford@sbcglobal.net to sign up.

PICNIC AND CAR SHOW: The Modesto Throttlers Car Club will be holding its 26th annual Picnic and Car Show in conjunction with the SOS Club's 50th anniversary. This show will be held on the grounds of the SOS Club at 819 Sunset Ave., on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Food and drink will be available. Visit www.modestothrottlers.com or call 402-9677 for more information.

KOREAN COOKING CLASS: The Korean United Church of Modesto will offer a free Korean cooking lesson to Korean adoptees and their families who have an interest in learning how to cook traditional food. This event is provided as a part of the celebration of Chuseok, a Korean harvest festival celebrating the 15th day of August in the lunar calendar. Instructors will make several popular dishes such as galbi (grilled beef short ribs), mandoo (Korean dumpling) and songpyeon (Korean rice cake for Chuseok). The lesson will be at First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St. on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. The Korean church also offers classes in Korean script, conversation, and culture to people of all ages. Classes are Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church. For more information, call 402-0778.

SENIOR BUS TRIP: The Modesto Seniors will head to Reno on Nov. 28-29 for an overnighter and to see the Christmas Show with Tony Orlando at the El Dorado Hotel. Included is a buffet dinner, cocktail party, other food credits and bonuses. Cost is $160 per person, double occupancy, $180 single. Call Jane at 522-6142 by Oct. 10.

KIDWATCH CLASSES: The DMC Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is offering baby-sitting safety classes in September. The Kidwatch course is designed to train youths who take care of younger children. Students will learn about recognizing and handling emergencies, performing basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, personal safety, water safety, and fire safety. Also covered will be infant care, appropriate activities for different age groups, behavior management and the importance of responsibility. The course follows the curriculum of the American Safety & Health Institute. Parents are invited to attend a Kidwatch demonstration of skills and to celebrate course completion at 3 p.m. Graduates receive a certificate of completion, a Kidwatch Kit and parents receive tips on helping student be safe sitters. The class will be held at the

DMC Foundation classroom annex, 700 McHenry Ave., Suite A, Modesto on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per student, and pre-registration is required. Participants must be at

least 11. For more information and to register, contact DMC Foundation at 521-2229.

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 in 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 them, some of which will be on exhibit, including hang gliders, a bicycle, a double-hull boat and an air-screw, a precursor to the helicopter. In addition, there is a movie about 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 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.

Oakdale

HELPING OTHERS SEE: Boy Scout Troop 43 of Oakdale is collecting eyeglasses for the Oakdale Lions Club and LensCrafters. The glasses will be distributed to needy people around the world. Glasses in good condition can be dropped off at the Senior Center, 450 E. A St. or Dr. Mihok's office, 141 N. California Ave. Children's glasses are in particular demand.

Patterson

GET ACQUAINTED: Patterson Garden Club invites members of other Patterson service clubs to bring a potluck dish and a place setting for its get-acquainted potluck today at 11:30 a.m. at Las Palmas Mobile Home Estates Clubhouse, 250 E. Las Palmas Ave. This year, the club will feature monthly opportunities to share member gardens, learn from experts and celebrate gardens with the community with the Garden of the Month Award. Regular meetings usually are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. Membership dues for the year are $10. New members are always welcome. For additional information, please call Barbara Coelho at 892-6888.

Merced

SO MUCH TO DO: The city will bring all its departments together for the annual Open House today from 5 to 8 p.m. Not all departments are headquartered in the Civic Center at 678 W. 18th St., but they will all 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 their agencies 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 children, the Parks and Community Services Department will be offering arts and crafts projects, bounce houses and music. For more information, call 385-6232.

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