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AWARDS BANQUET: El Concilio of Stanislaus County will hold its annual Gala and Awards Banquet on Friday at Del Rio Golf and Country Club. Maria Contreras-Sweet, the first Latina appointed as secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, will speak. El Concilio will recognize people for their dedication to the Latino community and support of El Concilio. This year's honorees include:

'AMIGA' OF THE YEAR -- Maria Alvarez, director for migrant education.

'AMIGO' OF THE YEAR -- Armando Flores, past chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Stanislaus County.

'LA RAZA' AWARD -- Noche de Becas. This Latino Scholarship organization has distributed over $800,000 to Latino students.

Tickets are $75 per person. The country club is at 801 Stewart Road. For reservations, contact Raul Garcia at 523-2860 or rgar@elconcilio.org. Proceeds from the event will fund El Concilio scholarships and other programs and services.

SCHOOL CARNIVAL: Modesto Christian School will hold a carnival Saturday with game booths, bounce houses, face-painting, food and more. The carnival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Modesto Christian School campus, 5901 Sisk Road. Tickets may be purchased at the event. Proceeds go to teachers for use in preschool to 12th-grade classes. In addition, a fund-raising booth will benefit Katelyn Woodley, a preschooler who was born with a serious birth defect. The 4-year-old is scheduled for a seventh reconstructive surgery in December at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. People can bring aluminum cans, plastic bottles or cash donations to the booth to help the family with expenses.

FLU VACCINE: Sutter VNA and Hospice nurses will be administering shots to children ages 9 to 13 (with a doctor's note/prescription) and 13 to 18 (with parental permission). Shots also will be available for adults and seniors. The fee for a flu vaccination is $25. Pneumonia shots also are available for $35 each. Sutter VNA and Hospice will bill Medicare Part B for the flu and pneumonia shots with proof of Medicare Part B coverage (red/white/blue card). The mobile clinic will be at the Grocery Outlet, 832 Oakdale Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. For more information, call 800-500-2400 or go to www.suttervnaandhospice.org.

OIL PAINTING: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering an oil painting class for people over age 18. The class will be held Thursdays, beginning Oct. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. The fee for six sessions is $40. Classes are offered in partnership with the Central California Art Association. For more information and a supply list, call 491-5944 or e-mail sparker@modestogov.com. Register in person at 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect.

LEARN TO BELLY DANCE: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department will hold belly dance classes Monday evenings beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through Nov. 26 at the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Choose from Beginning Belly Dance from 6 to 7 p.m. or Intermediate Belly Dance from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $35 for each eight-session class. For more information and a supply list, call 491-5944 or e-mail sparker@modestogov.com. Register in person at 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect.

EDUCATORS CONFERENCE: The Yosemite Chapter of California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Modesto Junior College and Stanislaus County Office of Education are holding an educators conference Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. entitled "Harvesting Potential." Keynote speaker will be David "Mas" Masumoto, award-winning author of "Epitaph for a Peach" and "Harvest Son," who also is a columnist and a farmer. The conference is geared for educators of English learners.

PAL HOLDS ANNIVERSARY DINNER-DANCE: The Modesto Police Activities League will celebrate 15 years of service to the community for Kids at Risk with a Pal's Partners dinner-dance Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The event will be at the Sylvan Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave. Tickets are $15, and $10 for children under 12. For tickets, call Joan at 579-2022.


COLONIAL DAMES MEET: The Capt. James Davis Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century will meet Saturday. Anyone interested in genealogy and Colonial ancestors is welcome to attend. The speaker will be Tracy Moore, who will speak about Colonial times. For more information, call 869-4428.


CAN YOU GIVE ME AN 'A'?: The Merced County Courthouse Museum is looking for nature photographs depicting letters of the alphabet for the Discovering Nature's Alphabet exhibit. This traveling exhibit, based on Krystina Castella and Brian Boyl's book, offers a playful way of discovering the letters of the alphabet that are hidden everywhere, on snowy mountains, in dry deserts, in shady forests and on the edges of the ocean. The exhibit will open Oct. 25 and run through Dec. 13. Submissions can be 8-by-10-inch prints or digital images with a minimum of 300 dpi. Most of the submissions will be displayed at the museum during the exhibit. All entries should be submitted to Merced County Courthouse Museum, 21st and N streets, 95340, no later than Oct. 15. For an entry form and more information, call the museum office at 723-2401.

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