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HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: Phil Alfano, principal of Downey High School, will make a presentation on his vision and goals for Downey students at the Hispanic Leadership Council's meeting at 7 a.m. Friday. The meeting will be at El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St. The group's weekly meetings are free and open to the public.

SAFE TEEN DRIVING: The Modesto area California Highway Patrol is offering the "Start Smart" teen safe driving class from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Modesto CHP office on Kiernan Avenue. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; there's no need to pre-register. A parent or legal guardian must attend the class with the teen. For more information, call officer Tom Killian at 545-7445.

KIDS CRAFT FAIR COMING UP: Handcrafted items made by children will be featured in the All Kids Craft Fair on the portico of the Modesto Library, 1500 I St., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The craft fair provides a chance for young artists and crafters to showcase their talents and learn about sales, customer service and business. The children set up their own booths, sell their items and make change. All items must be sold for $5 or less and must be made by the young artists. For more information, call the Modesto Children's Library at 558-7810.

Helping to coordinate the 50 Plus Club dinner are, from left, Jim West, Mike Gorrasi and Peter Johansen.

ANNUAL DINNER MEETING FOR 50 PLUS: The 50 Plus Club of Stanislaus County will have its annual dinner meeting Oct. 20 at the SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. The club is open to all residents of the county who have lived, or whose spouse has lived, in Stanislaus County for at least 50 years. A social hour and mixer will begin at

5 p.m., with dinner at 7. The meeting will be chaired by President Peter Johansen and will honor 80 years of professional baseball in Modesto. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling Alta Robbins at 578-1524 or Carol Streeter at 578-0325.

WE'RE IN WINE COUNTRY: The Modesto Kiwanis Club will present its Wine Country Evening on Oct. 25 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Proceeds will benefit children in the area, organizers said. For more information, contact Pat at 578-4636 or Plaza611@sbcglobal.net, or Terry at 604-2417 or Terrymcgrt@aol.com.

ITALIAN GUITARIST AT MJC: The Modesto Junior College Friends of Music present world-renowned Italian guitarist Flavio Cucchi in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Stoddard and College avenues. Organizers said Cucchi is known throughout the world for his guitar interpretations of the classical repertoire. He has been playing the guitar for more than 50 years and has been a professor at the Conservatorio Mascagni of Livorno since 1986. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens, at the door. All proceeds help support MJC music programs. Cucchi will provide a master guitar class at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the MJC Music Recital Hall on the east campus, 435 College Ave. Admission to the class is $5 at the door. For more information on the Friends of Music Concert, call David Chapman, 575-6601.


HARVEST DAY: Heifer International, an interfaith group that provides livestock to hungry families around the world, invites the public to Harvest Day at its Ceres Education Center on Saturday. The event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature displays of the group's work. There also will be a corn maze, cart rides, garden tours, a global village and animals, including goats, rabbits, llamas, an ostrich and a water buffalo. Admission is free. Doughnuts, coffee, hot dogs, soft drinks, pumpkins and pumpkin pies will be for sale. The center is at 3906 E. Don Pedro Road.


RIVERBANK CHEESE AND WINE RUN: The Riverbank Cheese & Wine Run will host a 5k Run/Walk & 10k Run Saturday. Enjoy a gently challenging, tree-lined course on the walker-friendly 5k course, and take advantage of running an extra hill on the 10k course. Custom shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 registered participants. There will be awards and raffle prizes. The start and finish will be at Galaxy Theatres. Register at www.active.com or print an application at www.shadowchase.org. Contacts are Vickie Chu-Hermis at 579-1918, Dave Busby at 526-1165, or Lewis Ase at 863-3117, or riverbankrun@yahoo.com. After the race, there will be a ponytail drive with stylists from Great Clips for Hair giving free haircuts to those who will donate their hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. The program uses donated hair to make wigs for women who are going through cancer treatments.


AMERICAN LEGION DINNER: The American Legion Post 88 Turlock, 75 Bothun Road, is having a baby back rib dinner Friday at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8.50 per person.

ANIME: The Asian Double Feature Film Festival will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mainstage Theater on the California State University, Stanislaus, campus. Two films will be shown: at 3 p.m., "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", a Japanese animation drama, and at 5 p.m., "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK," a Korean live-action film. Both films with be shown in their original languages, with English subtitles. The shows are free and open to the public. Organizers said the films contain adult themes. Parental supervision is required for attendees under age 15.

Tuolumne County

TUOLUMNE COUNTY TRIVIA BEE: A Trivia Bee that will raise money for the Tuolumne County Library's adult literacy program will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Teams of three players will match wits and knowledge in this ninth Tuolumne County Trivia Bee. Sonora High School District Superintendent Rob Gaskell will be the master of ceremonies and will ask the questions, which will cover history, movies, geography, literature, politics, sports, TV, and Tuolumne County facts and history. Trivia Bee tickets, $15 per person, are available at the main county library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora, and at branch libraries in Groveland, Mi-Wuk Village, Tuolumne and Twain Harte. Prospective team sponsors may contact Lynn McCormick at 533-5507 or lmccormick@co.tuolumne.ca.us; mailing address is Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora.

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