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HEALTH CARE ON EL CONCILIO AGENDA: El Concilio will have a luncheon Thursday to highlight health care concerns of immigrants and people of Latino descent. Speakers include: Luis Javier Hernández of the California Mexico Health Initiative Program, Alejandra Bologna of the Mexican General Cónsul, Juan Rolon of the Mexican Cónsulate, State Senior Director of Community Latino Programs Rita Cruz Gallegos, and El Concilio President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Rodriguez. El Concilio will host the informational luncheon at its downtown office, 1314 H St. at 11:30 a.m.

LEARN ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S DINOSAURS: Modesto Area Partners in Science will welcome paleontologist Dick Hilton on Friday to talk about his first discovery of dinosaur bones in Northern California. He will examine the history of dinosaurs in California, and specifically in the Sierra Nevada, in a lecture that draws upon his decades of research. Hilton is a professor of geology and paleontology at Sierra College. In addition to being an avid nature photographer, he is chairman of the Sierra College Natural History Museum and a board member of California State University, Chico, Geoscience Board and the Northern California Natural History Museum. The free presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. in Forum Building Room 110 on MJC's East Campus, 435 College Ave.

PAL HOLDS ANNIVERSARY DINNER-DANCE: The Modesto Police Activities League will celebrate 15 years of service to the community for children at risk with a Pal's Partners dinner-dance on Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Dinner will be tri-tip, chicken, beans, salad, rolls and dessert. The event will be at the Sylvan Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children younger than 12. For information or reservations, call Joan at 579-2022.

DYNAMICS OF POWER: Modesto Junior College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will host a lecture series entitled "Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power" that examines the influence of wealth, religion and fame on world power. Live-feed satellite seminars featuring nationally and internationally known experts will take place Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 16 and 30 and Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Forum building Room 101 on MJC's East Campus, 435 College Ave. A question-and-answer period will follow each seminar. The series is free and open to the public.

OKTOBERFEST IS COMING: Mark your calendars now for the 24th Annual Oktoberfest, set for Oct. 5. The event, for those 21 and older, will be at John Thurman Field and will feature international beer, wine tasting and live music by Threshold. Organizers said this year's event will be highlighted with authentic German décor, a bratwurst eating contest and a best-dressed contest -- lederhosen for the men and dirndl for the ladies. The ticket price of $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, gets you all you can eat and drink. For more information, call Geri Lewis at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, 577-5757.

WESTERN ROUNDUP: The Doctors Medical Center Foundation has scheduled its Western Roundup on Oct. 6. The fun begins at 6 p.m. at Sky Trek Aviation with a barbecue tri-tip and chicken dinner and dancing to the Shelly Streeter Band plus Shelly and the Sensations. Check out the Silver Spur Saloon, silent auction and other prizes in the General Store. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call DMC Foundation at 527-3412 or go to 730 McHenry Ave. Proceeds benefit health education programs and services.

SENIOR TRIP: The Modesto Seniors will head to Reno Nov. 28-29, for a Christmas show with Tony Orlando at El Dorado Hotel. The trip costs $160 per person, double occupancy or $180 single. Included is a buffet dinner, cocktail party, food credits and bonuses. Call Jane at 522-6142 by Oct. 10 to reserve your spot.


MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC: The Kaiser Permanente Community Health Works Mobile Medical Clinic will be at CARES Resource Center, 221 S. Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Services offered include glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, plus examination services provided by a nurse practitioner. All services are free to those who are medically uninsured or underinsured; one need not provide proof of eligibility. All are welcome. For more information, call CARES Resource Center at 656-9498.

PARENT WORKSHOP: Turlock's Cornerstone Covenant Church will hold an informational parent workshop on home schooling Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The church is at 4105 Crowell Road.

ELVIS WILL ENTERTAIN SENIORS: The Turlock Senior Citizens will have a get-together on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Hall, 1191 Delbon Ave., with a catered dinner. An Elvis impersonator is scheduled to entertain. Tickets are $9 and must be bought by Sept. 28. For more information, call Juanita 883-2098.


GOLF TOURNAMENT FUND-RAISER: The Merced City Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1479 will battle a different type of course on Friday during its first golf tournament fund-raiser. The firefighters will golf to raise funds for the Firefighters Burn Institute. The tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Pheasant Run Golf Club, 19 Clubhouse Drive, in Chowchilla. The $90 entry fee includes a pasta and steak dinner, golf cart with a global positioning system, range balls, free raffle tickets and a T-shirt. There will be other prizes awarded. The format will be a four-person scramble team with a shotgun start. All proceeds go to burn recovery programs. For more information, call Jeremy Franklin at 756-1853 or Don Roe at 725-9015.

TRIATHLON TRAINING: There will be a triathlon course distance for everyone at the Merced Gateway Triathlon, scheduled for Oct. 7 at Merced College. The triathlon will offer three separate courses: Kids Course, Short Course and Long Course. All three events will conclude poolside with an awards ceremony, raffle and barbecue. Merced Gateway Triathlon entry fees range from $35 for the Kids Course to $155 for team relay. Entry fee includes refreshments, custom T-shirt, water bottle, awards, raffle ticket, awards, and the post-race barbecue lunch. Barbecue lunch for nonentrants is $7. The triathlon will be held at the Merced College Pool, with check-in starting at 7 a.m. The first race wave will kick off at 8:30 a.m. The barbecue, awards ceremony, and raffle will be at noon. For more triathlon information or an application, call On Your Mark Events at 795-7832 or visit www.onyourmarkevents.com.

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