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TENNIS FUND-RAISER: The annual "Swing for the Kids" tennis tournament, benefiting the Children's Crisis Center, is scheduled for Saturday. The afternoon event will include doubles tennis at private homes and an awards cocktail party after play. The Children's Crisis Center is a private, nonprofit organization providing child abuse prevention services in Stanislaus County. The center offers assistance to abused, neglected and at-risk children through its Respite Childcare, FamilyLINE, Family Advocacy and Family Nurturing programs. All proceeds go to the shelters run by the Children's Crisis Center, including Sawyer House, Marsha's House and Cricket's House in Modesto, Guardian House in Oakdale and Verda's House in Turlock. These are the only centers in Stanislaus County that provide shelter for abused, neglected and at-risk children. For more information concerning the tournament, call 579-5261.


CALLING ALL MOMS: The MOMS Club of Ceres/Hughson/ Waterford will host an open house Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Smyrna Park, Moffet and Fowler roads. Attendance is free and there will be free children's crafts, refreshments and information about the MOMS Club. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is a nonprofit, international organization for stay-at-home mothers. Come see what the MOMS Club has to offer you. For

more information, contact Johanna at 883-2829 or e-mail momsclubofceres@yahoo.com or go online to www.geocities.com/ ceresmomsclub.


PARENT WORKSHOP: A parent workshop on Asperger's syndrome and autism spectrum disorders will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gateway Community Church, 3350 Lester Road. The workshop is free and open to the public. Speakers include:

Dr. Howard W. Light, with more than 30 years experience as a psychologist, is serving as school psychologist for the Turlock School District.

Theresa Fagundes, a speech-language pathologist who is the founder of Fagundes Speech, Language and Communication Center, a family-oriented private practice in downtown Turlock. She provides services for adults and children with speech and language disorders, attention deficit disorder and autism spectrum disorders.

Sue Scott, who has a master's degree in psychology, will conduct staff and parent training sessions.

For more information, contact Teresa Anna Segura at 632-4795 or MrsSegura@sbcglobal.net.


NAME THAT BUS, BUT DO IT QUICK: The city has plans

to rename its bus service, which has been known as RTD Escalon Dial-a-Ride for several years. RTD Escalon Dial-a-Ride carries 5,000 passengers a year -- the highest in the system's history -- and it is time to provide a new name and a new look to further promote transit as an alternative to getting around Escalon. The city is looking for a short, catchy name and logo that ties in with Escalon's roots, history and possibly its motto -- the Land of Peaches and Cream. Suggestions can include acronyms, similar to BART in the Bay Area, MAX in Modesto and StaRT in Stanislaus County, or names similar to TRACER in Tracy, GrapeLine in Lodi or WHEELS in Livermore. The winning entry will receive a certificate from the City Council and four tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. The city hopes to announce the winner in early October. If you wish to enter the Name The Bus Contest, send your proposed entry to: Escalon Dial-a-Ride Name The Bus Contest, City of Escalon, Community Development, 1855 Coley Ave., Escalon 95320. You can e-mail your responses to transit@cityofescalon.org, fax 838-7399 or call 321-1334.


LET'S PLAY BALL: The Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County, Turlock Recreation Division, Turlock Police Activities League and Turlock's Alternative to Gangs invite people to join them at the annual Family Fun Day, Basketball Bash and Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play. The event will be Saturday at the Marty Yerby Center at Columbia Park, 600 Columbia St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


RADIO SWAP MEET: The California Historical Radio Society Central Valley Chapter is having a swap meet Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 1668 W. 13th St. Buyers and sellers are wanted. There will be hundreds of antique radios, radio tubes, test equipment, books and radio-related items. Take the V Street exit off Highway 99 and look for the signs. For information, contact Rich at 605-0290 or radiodoc56@msn.com.


TOWN HALL MEETING: Future plans for the Murphys Community Club will be presented and discussed when the club hosts a town hall meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Native Daughters Hall, 268 Main St. Topics to be discussed will be park improvements and a children's play area; also, there is much interest in creating boccie ball courts. A veterans memorial is in the concept stage. The club hopes to extend the park and make improvements to its entrance. The meeting is to discuss these projects and encourage community involvement. The format also will provide for an evaluation of the club events and solicit comments from those in attendance. For more information, call Bob Reagan, 728-9012.


AIRPORT FLY-IN: This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Mariposa County Airport. The airport was dedicated Oct. 3, 1937, with much fanfare. This year, the annual open house and fly-in will occur Oct. 6. The event is free. There is parking at the airport and a shuttle bus will run continuously from County Bank to the airport and back. Doors open at 7 a.m. for a firehouse breakfast, which will be served until 11 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Experimental Aircraft Association will offer Max's tri-tip lunch and the Civil Air Patrol cadets, from Merced, will offer hot dogs and soft drinks. Airplane rides and items donated by local merchants will be raffled. Kids, ages 8 to 17, also can sign up for airplane rides with local pilots. Inky's Basement Band will play at noon, followed by other local musicians. A collection of local and visiting airplanes will be on display. About a half-dozen local residents have built their own planes. Two planes are under construction at the airport. Many antique and show cars also will be displayed.

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