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SEAT BELT SAFETY: The Moms Club North will have "Buckle Bear" on hand at 10 a.m. Friday to show moms and kids how to keep safe. Stay-at-home moms are invited to bring the kids to the Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., to meet Buckle Bear and find out how to be safe in cars, on bikes and walking to school. For more information, call 575-3735.

PARENT CONFERENCE: The fourth annual Parent Conference, sponsored by Modesto High School Accelerated Services, will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Staff from Modesto High School, Modesto Junior College, the Modesto Police Department, and the Center for Human Services are giving free workshops to educate parents about how to help their students succeed in high school. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Louise Terra, Title I coordinator, at 576-4418.

PURPLE HEARTS TO MEET: The Military Order of the Purple Heart will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at JR's Restaurant, 500 Kansas Ave. Members will be discussing the veterans' information fair and more. For more information, call Chapter 729 Adjutant Larry Leis at 404-8208.

MJC COMMUNITY BUS TRIPS: The Modesto Junior College Community Education department has scheduled the following bus trips:

Oct. 12 -- Ironstone Vineyards Halloween Silent Movie Night. Dinner and silent movies with live accompaniment on the Robert Morton Theatre Organ, $69

Oct. 13 -- Fall Bounty at Apple Hill, $45

Oct. 20 -- Lighthouses of the Bay Boat Cruise, 10 lighthouses on San Francisco Bay, $95

Oct. 27 -- Winchester Mystery House and Santana Row, $65

Call MJC Community Education at 575-6063 for information or to reserve a seat.

DINNER TO RAISE MONEY: The Modesto Junior College Nursing Alumni Association will have a "Join Hands with the Future" pasta dinner fund-raiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Organizers said the evening will include live entertainment, vendor tables and drawing prizes. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for children. Tickets can be bought through the MJC Foundation Office, 575-606,8 or by calling the Allied Health Office at 575-6569 or 575-6362. Reservations are due today. The proceeds will be used to buy equipment for the MJC Nursing Skills Lab.


NURSING CLASS TO START: Oakdale Adult Education is offering certified nursing assistant classes. Space is limited to 15 students. Stop by 200 Hinkley Ave. to pick up an application. For more information, call 847-9609.

CRAFT VENDORS NEEDED: It's almost the end of September, so it's time to start thinking about Christmas. The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is seeking exhibitors for its 15th annual Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Show, scheduled Nov. 24 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. Organizers are seeking items that reflect the show's western theme. The cost is $75 for an inside space or $50 for an outside space. For more information, call the Oakdale Cowboy Museum at 847-5163. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 15.


PETPALOOZA: Girl Scout Troop 438 will sponsor Petpalooza, a community service project, from 2 p.m. until dusk Saturday at South Park, El Circulo Avenue. The troop is working toward an award and will put on a free pet fair to educate the community about responsible pet ownership. There will be local pet resources such as veterinarians, pet stores, groomers, obedience trainers, pet sitters, pet rescues and more. The troop will collect donations such as blankets, pillows, pet beds and pet accessories to be donated to a local pet rescue organization. There will be pet obedience and agility demonstrations and a pet pageant open to all participants.


LIKE BEING SCARY? Do you like scaring people? Are you creative and artistic? Riverbank has a great opportunity for you. Volunteers are needed Oct. 26-28 for the Haunted Hayride at Jacob Myers Park. The hours are Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 6 to 9:30 p.m. Times are approximate, depending on the crowds. Volunteers who set up sites are in charge of all props and personnel at the site, and having a generator for power. Sites will be judged for their scariness and surprise. Winners will receive $100 cash for their efforts. Anyone interested in participating is asked to attend a meeting at Jacob Myers Park at 5:30 p.m. today. For more information, call 869-7010.

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