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WESTERN ROUNDUP: Doctors Medical Center Foundation's Western Roundup is today. The fun begins at 6 p.m. at Sky Trek Aviation with a barbecue tri-tip and chicken dinner and dancing to the Shelly Streeter Band plus Shelly and the Sensations. Check out the Silver Spur Saloon, silent auction and other prizes in the General Store. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call DMC Foundation at 527-3412 or go to 730 McHenry Ave. Proceeds benefit health education programs and services.

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE: The Sylvan Improvement Club will host a reception celebrating its 100 years from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Sylvan Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave. There will be a history showcase and entertainment by The Divas, Seth Kuhlman, Kitchenaires and Enochs High Jazz Band.

BLOOD DRIVE: The Modesto Moose Lodge and Delta Blood Bank will host a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m., at 821 Fifth St., in the Big Hall. To make an appointment call Tom Kohlenburg at 575-9427 or Betty Ranch at 524-3372.

BARBECUE FUND-RAISER: A fund-raiser will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today to help rebuild VFW Hall No. 3199. The barbecue will be held at 2801 W. Hatch Road. For more information, call Rick Ramos at 581-0965.

GET READY TO VOTE: Not sure whom to vote for on Nov. 6? The League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County is sponsoring a candidate forum so you can make an educated decision. Modesto City Council Chairs 1 and 6 will be on cue for Monday at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the council chamber at 1010 Tenth St. They will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 7, and Charter Cable Channel 19. Questions from the audience are encouraged. The viewing audience may call in their questions to 342-6290 and 342-6278. For more information, call the League office at 524-1698.

BLOOD DRIVE: Kaiser Permanente will host a blood drive Monday from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at 4601 Dale Road. To sign up or make an appointment, call Michael Madamba at 476-5471.


PUMPKIN FAIR: The Sunrise Kiwanis will host its annual pumpkin event today and Sunday in downtown Manteca from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pumpkin run will be today, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. just north of Library Park, at the corner of the bike path and Center Street. The one-mile race begins at 8 a.m. and the five kilometer race begins at 8:30 a.m. Also, the school farm and corn maze will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is located at Airport Way and Louise Avenue. Admission is $3 for kids younger than 13 years of age and $5 for 13 and older.

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