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MATH AT THE MALL TODAY: The Stanislaus Math Council will hold its annual "Math in the Mall" program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Vintage Faire Mall. The program is for all elementary school students, but they must be accompanied by parents. There will be age-appropriate math problems to solve throughout mall stores, "Make it and Take it" math projects and a drawing for prizes. Certificates of participation will be awarded to each student who participates. Register at the mall's Center Court from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Steve Santos at 521-9319.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: The National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting the National Day of Prayer today at Christ Unity Baptist Church, 1320 L St. This week, Oct. 7-14, is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and Day of Prayer is an annual special day of prayer for mental illness recovery and understanding. For more information, contact the Rev. Geary Oreglia at 247-7242 or oreglia@sbcglobal.net.

SPEECH NIGHT AT MJC: The Modesto Junior College speech and debate team will be at the Fall Speech Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school's gym, 435 College Ave. Organizers said the evening will consist of a speech to entertain, a duo interpretation of literature and a parliamentary debate. The MJC debate team placed third in the nation last year for community colleges. Tickets are $5 in advance if bought between 1 and 7 p.m. today, or $7 the day of the event. They are available at the MJC gym ticket booth.

WHY DO YOU EAT? The Center for Human Services has begun a program called "Eating for Life." Organizers said the idea behind the program is to increase participants' awareness of the emotional, spiritual and psychological issues surrounding food. The goal is to educate participants about concepts such as intuitive eating, processing of the relationship we have with food, and moving away from dieting. The program meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday, and the cost for attending is determined by a sliding fee scale based on personal income. For more information, call Rebecca Tucker at 526-1440.

SOROPTIMIST CLUB MEETING: The Soroptimists' next meeting will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave. Members this week will discuss child abuse prevention. For more information about the club, contact Yolanda Rivera at 484-0815 or yolie-edwards@hotmail.com.

NEWCOMERS BREAKFAST: Valley Super Singles will have its monthly breakfast for newcomers at My Garden Restaurant in the Frontier Village center, Tully Road and Standiford Avenue, at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call Glenda at 527-2169. The group is for singles older than 45.

GO CLIMB A ROCK: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering beginning rock climbing for kids ages 11 to 16. Rock climbing promotes physical and mental fitness, self-confidence and trust. Learn the basics of indoor rock climbing including proper belay techniques, traversing the wall and mastering the figure-eight knot. The class meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 24. The class fee is $30 per person. For more information, call 571-5119. Register in person at 10th St., Suite 4400, or at www.modestogov.com/econnect.


4-H MEETINGS: Denair 4-H is starting its second year. Children from kindergarten through high school are invited to participate. Community meetings take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Denair Elementary School cafeteria, 3773 Madera Ave. For more information, call John Cabral at 667-2073.


MORE 4-H: Ceres 4-H has scheduled a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today for prospective members. Ceres 4-H reporter Ashley Miller said the group offers lots of projects that many members can participate in, such as scrapbooking, swine, rabbits and knitting. The group is open to children 9 and older; a primary 4-H program is available for children ages 5 to 8. The meeting will be at the Stanislaus County Agriculture Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto.


MEMBERSHIP DINNER: The annual Manteca Ripon Pentecost Society membership dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. Members can pay their $10 annual dues at this time. Dinner is free to all members. Only paid members are eligible for scholarships. For more information, call Evelyn at 599-6650.


WOMEN'S CONNECTION LUNCH: Women of the Central Valley are invited to the luncheon from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the Almond Pavilion, at 151 South Sierra Ave. A Sweets and Treats Boutique will be open at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Lunch is $14. For reservations, call Barbara at 847-5605 or Paula at 869-4788.


FILM FOR AAUW: The American Association of University Women, Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon branch, has arranged an evening of hors d'oeuvres, wine, cider and the film "The Waitress" Oct. 21 at the Galaxy 12 Theaters, 2525 Patterson Road, Riverbank. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event will start at 4 p.m., with the film showing at 5 p.m. Organizers said "The Waitress" is about a young woman in an unhappy marriage who tries to escape her joyless life by winning a pie-baking contest. An unplanned pregnancy changes her life. In addition to seeing the film, attendees can enter drawings for baskets of prizes. The film matinee is the main fund-raiser for AAUW and helps sponsor its scholarship and mentoring program. The group sends as many as 10 girls to a math and science camp called Tech Trek at California State University, Fresno, for a week the summer before they enter eighth grade. The girls are eligible to apply for a four-year scholarship from the local AAUW when they are ready for college. AAUW also raises money for the Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships for women, and for the Legal Advocacy Fund, which supports women in sexual bias court cases. For more information, call 838-2495.


IT'S FIRE PREVENTION WEEK: Through Saturday, the Merced Fire Department will join forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to remind local residents to "Practice Your Escape Plan." During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will spread the word about the dangers of home fires and will teach local residents how to plan and practice escape from a home in case of a fire. The Merced City Fire Department conducts a number of educational awareness sessions during Fire Prevention Week. For times and locations, call Bryan Donnelly, 385-8874.

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