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CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: A new cancer support group presented by the Community Cancer Program will meet weekly at Doctors Medical Center. The group will meet Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 25. Sessions will be held in the Conference Center. For more information, call 576-3878.

'BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE': Liz Curtis Higgs, author of "Bad Girls of the Bible" and more than 20 other books, will speak from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road. Organizers said Higgs will combine humor with biblical insights to speak at the women's conference, "Embrace Grace." Tickets are $27 and include lunch; they are available at Beardsley's Book & Bible in McHenry Village, Family Bible Store in Turlock, or at the church. For more information, call 567-3200, ext. 339.

STRANGER DANGER: Parents and children are invited to a safety presentation at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Modesto library. The "Stranger Danger" presentation, designed for children ages 5 to 9, features a video of original puppets, created for the Modesto Police Department program. The puppets are used to teach important safety concepts in three video vignettes, with pauses for discussion with the children. The program will teach children about the dangers of stranger contact in a "kid friendly" environment. For more information, call 558-7810.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN TO MEET: Modesto Republican Women Federated will meet Oct. 9 at Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave. Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, will be the guest speaker with "Hot Topics." Social time is 11:30 am. with meeting and lunch at noon. Tickets are $15 and reservations must be made by Friday. Call 567-3399.

SISTER CITY BARBECUE: Modesto Sister Cities will welcome a delegation from Mungzi, Yunnan, China, with a reception on Oct. 10. A barbecue will be held with live entertainment from the Shelly Streeter Band, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Old Fisherman's Club, 10800 Maze Blvd. Tickets are $50. For more information, call Nancy McCoy at 614-5630.

COMEDY TO AID ALZHEIMER'S: The Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California is hosting a benefit luncheon and comedy show Oct. 13 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave. The fund-raiser, "Chuckles, Chow and Chocolate," will feature the comedy of Stephen B. and Lee Belshin, and also includes a silent auction and raffle. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25. To register, call 238-0538 or 800-540-3340.

EDUCATORS CONFERENCE: The Yosemite Chapter of California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Modesto Junior College and the Stanislaus County Office of Education will have an educators conference Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. titled "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 farmer. The conference, geared toward educators of English learners, will be in Sierra Hall on the Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. For more information, contact Barbara Ishida at 524-3572 or BJI223@aol.com.

HAM RADIO CLASS OFFERED: The Stanislaus Amateur Radio Association has scheduled a ham radio license class Oct. 13 at the Modesto Police Department's northeast area substation, 3705 Oakdale Road. Ham radio operators obtain federal licenses that allow them to help with communications in local and national emergencies. The class will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will conclude with the federal licensing test. For more information, contact Dick Decker, K6SUU, at 668-7841 or dickdecker@hotmail.com.


YARD SALE AND CAR WASH: The Valley Acrobatics Support Team will have a yard sale Saturday in the gym parking lot, 2401 Rockefeller Drive, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, the group will have a car wash in the Citibank parking lot, on Whitmore Avenue, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All proceeds go to help fund the upcoming competition season.


MOTORCYCLE RUN: The Valley Chapter of the Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club will hold its annual "Almost Winter Run" at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lagorio's Bar and Grill. The public is invited. For a $10 donation, participants will get a T-shirt, lunch and a chance at door prizes. The club is made up of two groups of men: Vietnam veterans and legacy veterans. Legacy veterans are either active duty military, or honorably discharged military members who served in Beirut, Panama, El Salvador, Grenada, Somalia, Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and other sites. For more information, call Allan Lial at 886-5313.


FALL OMELET BRUNCH: A brunch will be served Sunday at the Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive. Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $10, or $4 for children 10 and younger. Helicopter rides will be offered for $35. Each brunch ticket includes free admission to the Castle Air Museum and its static display aircraft, including a Fairchild C-123 Provider, a Kaman HH-43B Huskie helicopter and a Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker. For tickets, call 723-2178.


GATEWAY TRIATHLON: The Merced Gateway Triathlon will take place Sunday at Merced College and will offer three courses: Kids Course, Short Course and Long Course. All events will conclude poolside with an awards ceremony, raffle and barbecue. The entry fees are: Kids Course, $35 advance and $40 race day; Short Course, $45 advance and $50 race day; Long Course, $50 advance and $55 race day; team relay (Long Course only), $140 advance and $155 race day. The entry fee includes refreshments, T-shirt, water bottle, awards, raffle ticket and entry to the post-race barbecue lunch. Barbecue lunch for non-entrants is $7. The triathlon will be at the Merced College pool. The first race wave will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Check-in and race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. The event's barbecue, awards ceremony and raffle will be at noon. For more information and-or an application, call On Your Mark Events at 795-7832 or go to www.onyourmarkevents.com (click on "Events").

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