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WOODWORKERS EXHIBIT: The 15th annual Woodworkers Exhibit, with pieces from the Tuolumne River Woodworkers Association, will be on display Saturday through Oct. 7 at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St. The exhibit is free and there will be demonstrations each Sunday. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 491-4347 or e-mail museum@mchenrymuseum.org. Go to www.trwa.net and click on McHenry Museum for images of past exhibits.

PFLAG BINGO: PFLAG Modesto -- Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender -- offers two meetings a month at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., 7 to

9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The first Tuesday is for support, and the third Tuesday is bingo night. All are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. For the Helpline, call 527-0776; for more information on the organization, go online to www.pflagmodesto.org.

MENTAL HEALTH: A community-based mental health discussion is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in Graceada Park. Organizers said the purpose of the free discussion is creating community-based solutions to mental health problems. For more information, contact Brian Lang at 599-3164 or cvradicalmentalhealth@yahoo.com.

BUS TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO: The McHenry Museum is sponsoring a bus trip to the Legion of Honor and the historic Ferry Building in San Francisco on Oct. 3. The bus will leave from the park-and-ride lot at Vintage Faire Mall at 7 a.m. and return about

6 p.m. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided on the way to San Francisco, and refreshments will be available on the return trip. Lunch is on your own at the Ferry Building or nearby restaurants. The cost is $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Payment must be made by check by Oct. 2 at the McHenry Museum docent desk. For more information, call Ellen at McHenry Museum at 577-5235.

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND DANCE CLASS: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering a Scottish Highland dance class. Scottish Highland dance has a long tradition. It uses the elegance of balletlike positions with hops and jumps that require stamina. Unlike any other type of dance, Scottish Highland dance uses stories of Scotland and the music of bagpipes to tell stories through each dance. All classes meet on Tuesdays through Oct. 23 at the Roosevelt Multipurpose Facility, 1300 College Ave. Classes are held as follows: 6 to 9 years of age: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.;

10 to 15 years of age: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $50 and can be done in person at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400. For more information, call 571-5119.

AFS SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: AFS Intercultural Programs invites high school teachers, principals, guidance counselors and honor society advisers to nominate students for the 2008 Awards for Excellence Scholarship Program. More than $200,000 in merit-based scholarships will be awarded to high school students through this national program that recognizes students who demonstrate leadership, community service and strong academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.5). Schools are eligible to nominate five or 10 students, based on enrollment. Students and teachers can learn more about the AFS-USA's study abroad programs and receive a nomination form by calling 800-AFS-INFO (237-4636) or visit www.afs.org/usa.


CAR SHOW: The Central Valley High School Parent Teacher Club will hold its first car show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be in the front parking lot at Central Valley High School, 4033 Central Ave., on the corner of Service Road and Central. Proceeds from the event will go toward Sober Grad Night 2008. There will also be craft vendors, an Elvis impersonator and food and entertainment. For more information, call Sherrie LoForti at 480-1075.


WESTERN SCHOOLING SHOW: Mid Valley Saddle Club will host an entry-level Western Schooling Show at Rascal Slough Ranch on Sunday. Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m.; show begins at 9 a.m. Food and drinks will be available, and lunch is free for those bringing a friend. For more information, call Judy at 667-6370 or Nancy at 357-0232.


ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA CAREGIVER EDUCATION: Miller's Place Alzheimer's Day Care and Resource Center is offering the first in a series of six free educational sessions designed to assist those who are caring for people with Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia. The first session, "Alzheimer's Disease: What Is It and Where Do I Go for Help?" will be Monday at 9 a.m. at Covenant Village's Berg Hall, 2125 N. Olive Ave. To R.S.V.P., call 521-0507.

DRIVE THROUGH TRI-TIP, AND MORE: The Turlock High School Band and Color Guard is holding a drive-through Tri-Tip Sandwich Fund-raiser on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the JKB Homes parking lot on Monte Vista Avenue, between Golden State Boulevard and Walnut Road. A choice of tri-tip, linguiça or chicken sandwiches will be offered for $5. Drinks and chips will be available at additional cost. Tickets are available from Band and Color Guard students, but advance purchase is not required. Proceeds will go toward a variety of Band and Color Guard expenses for the year. For more information, contact Nancy Backlund at 667-4733.

TOPS TO MEET: "Take Off Pounds Sensibly" Chapter 910, meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 290 W. Olive Ave. The group encourages weight loss through sensible dieting and exercise and support. For more information on the TOPS organization and available meeting times, call 800-932-8677 or log on to www.tops.org. For the Turlock Chapter, call 634-5782.


PYTHON RON AT THE LIBRARY: Children will have the opportunity to see and touch exotic reptiles and bugs at the Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library on Saturday at 3 p.m. Python Ron will teach children about these fascinating creatures and their habitats. Python Ron also teaches children about wild and endangered animals. This is a free program provided by the Friends of the Salida Library. The library is at 4835 Sisk Road. For more information, visit the library or call 543-7315.

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