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'I CAN COPE': The Community Cancer Program at Doctors Medical Center is presenting a cancer education series (I Can Cope) for cancer patients and their families. The series is scheduled for 6 p.m. today and Oct. 9, 16 and 23 in the Conference Center at the medical center. For more information, call 342-3415 or 888-284-6641.

TRIUMPH FITNESS: Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center will offer a 10-week session of the Triumph Fitness Program for those who recently have completed cancer treatment and want to improve their strength and fitness. The program teaches participants how to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve their capacity to perform daily activities. Daytime classes will be held twice a week today through Dec. 7 at the Hill Center for Integrative Medicine, 3609 Oakdale Road, Suite 5. There is no cost to participants. For information about Triumph Fitness, contact Memorial's Cancer Services at 569-7789.

FREE PARENTING CLASSES: Center for Human Services' Hutton House is offering free parenting classes for local families. Participants can attend a 10-week course, Parents and Teens Together, any Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1700 McHenry Village Way, Suite 11 (behind Valley Sporting Goods). Organizers said a different topic will be discussed each week, all aimed at improving communication and family support. For more information, call 526-1623.

COME MEET ABE: The Stanislaus Civil War Association will hold its next meeting today at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakdale Road and Briggsmore Avenue. Wayne Scott will speak about "Abraham Lincoln -- Three Facets of his Presidency." For more information, call Douglas W. Chadwick, at 524-3066.

BLOOD DRIVE: Brenda Athletic Clubs will host a blood drive at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the lounge at 200 Norwegian Ave. To make an appointment, call Mary Matthews at 571-2582.

FASHION SHOW: The public is invited to Memorial Medical Center's Evening of Hope Fashion Show, celebrating breast cancer survivors, on Thursday at Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. The event is presented by Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center, and will feature a reception with information booths, music and food starting at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be seated at 6:30 p.m., with the fashion show at 7. For tickets, call 569-7789; seating is limited.

HEAD START PRESCHOOLS: Preschool registration for Capistrano School, 400 Capistrano Drive, will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. For more information, call 527-9865. Registration for Head Start at Hughes School, 512 N. McClure Road, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Family income verification for the last 12 months, birth certificate, child's immunization record, and Medi-Cal or other insurance card are required. For more information, call 571-2486.

A TASTE OF UNITY: From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Unity Church at 2467 Veneman Ave. will host a supper of vegetarian and meat dishes, with indoor or outdoor dining, plus carry out. Entertainment will be provided by Roddy "Music Man" Jackson. Adults, $8, children 18 and under, $2. Children 5 and under, free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 578-5433.

SUND/CARRINGTON FALL FESTIVAL: The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation's eighth annual Fall Festival will be held Friday evening. It will begin with wine tasting followed by a tri-tip and chicken dinner, and will feature entertainment by the Shelly Streeter Band and dancing. The event is for the whole family. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 567-1059. Organizers said the location will be given to ticket purchasers only.

OKTOBERFEST HAPPENING: The Modesto Chamber of Commerce will host Oktoberfest on Friday at John Thurman Field, featuring beer, wine tasting and live music by Threshold. There will be a brat-eating contest and a "best dressed" contest. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. For tickets, call Geri Lewis at the Chamber of Commerce, 577-5757.


LOOKING FOR VENDORS: The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is seeking exhibitors for the 15th annual Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Show. Highlighting Oakdale's rich ranching and rodeo heritage, exhibitors are asked to reflect a Western theme. The event is scheduled for Nov. 24 and will be held at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. The cost is $75 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot inside space or $50 for outside space. For more information, call the Oakdale Cowboy Museum and request an application at 847-5163. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 15.


OKTOBERFESTA: Gustine will celebrate its German and Portuguese heritage with a combination Oktoberfest and festa, scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at South and Railroad avenues. In addition to sausages from Wolfsen's, visitors will be able to taste beer and wine, linguica, bratwurst, knockwurst sandwiches, Bavarian pastries and assorted Portuguese delicacies. Festagoers also can dance to the music of the Joe Schmiell Band. For more information, call 854-6456.


ALL ABOUT THE CHEESE: Wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres, as well as live and silent auctions are planned for the California State University, Stanislaus, Agricultural Studies Department's "Taste of the Valley" wine and cheese event Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m at Hilmar Cheese Co. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Ag Studies Department, Room 108A, in Bizzini Hall. For more information, call Mark Bender or Wendy Olmstead at 664-6648, or e-mail Wolmstead@csustan.edu.


FALL HARVEST BARBECUE: First United Methodist Church is having a Fall Harvest barbecue chicken dinner today from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the church, 1660 Arbor Ave. Takeout is available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children. For more information, call 668-3000.

ARTS ON THE GREEN: Walnut Elementary Education Center, the area's visual performing arts magnet school, has scheduled its first Arts on the Green event. It will be Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m in the courtyard of the school, 1900 W. Springer Drive. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact S.F. Sing at ssing@turlock.k12.ca.us or 664-9907.

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