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PROSTATE CANCER CONFERENCE: In commemoration of September as Prostate Cancer Support Month, the American Cancer Society and Memorial Medical Center have joined for a free special conference. The conference will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Health and Education Center, 1700 McHenry Ave. Speakers will be Dr. David Shiba, Dr. Peter Sien and Yvonne Bossert, who will cover all aspects of prostate cancer treatment. Friends and family members of prostate cancer patients are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Jim at 848-2200, Don at 634-4489, or Dean at 527-3528.

HONORING CHOIR DIRECTOR: College Avenue Congrega- tional Church will honor Carol McMillan today at a potluck dinner and reception at 6 p.m. at the church's Fellowship Hall. McMillan is retiring from her position as choir director and minister of music at the church after 30 years of service. Dessert and beverages will be provided, and there will be a short program. Friends from the community are invited. For more information, call the church at 522-7244.

VETERANS, OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVERS: Senior citizens, veterans and caregivers won't want to miss the AARP presentation scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Modesto Library downstairs auditorium, 1500 I St. Jill Erickson, of the Stanislaus County Department of Aging and Veterans Services, will present information about the Senior Law Project, caregiver support, senior employment services, health insurance counseling, home-delivered meals, veterans' benefits and other programs for adults. A question-and-answer period will follow. To reserve a seat or for more information, call 558-7814.

KIDS' CRAFTS: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's King-Kennedy Memorial Center will host "Learn and Grow with Arts and Crafts," a weekly class for children ages 7-12, on Saturdays from Oct. 6 to Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Organizers said the five-week program will encourage children to explore the world through a variety of textures, media and dimensions. Children will express their personalities, learn self-confidence, apply self-discipline and increase their participation with others. Classes will be at the King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive. The fee for this class is $20 per student. Financial assistance through the Leisure Bucks program is available for students who qualify. Register at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department Office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or at www.modestogov.com/econnect. For more information, contact Anne Schultze at 577-5355 or aschultze@modestogov.com.


HOME SCHOOLING HIGH SCHOOLERS: Are you thinking of home schooling your children through high school? A seminar is set for today from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 3200 E. Monte Vista Ave. Learn the ins and outs of teaching high school courses at home. Topics include scheduling and lesson plans, courses of study, honors courses, record keeping, grades and credits, state requirements and graduation requirements. The workshop will be taught by Paulette Applegate, home school mom of four. She and her husband, Jim, have operated a home school supply store, provided curriculum counseling, taught workshops for home schooling parents, and served as support group leaders. Cost of the session is $25 per family if preregistered; $30 at the door, space permitting. Bring a lunch. For more information, contact Paulette Applegate at 656-0744 or providenceisp@aol.com.

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