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VIRGINIA CORRIDOR: Today at 5:15 p.m., the city will recognize the gift Alberta Bodes and her family are making to the citizens of Modesto. The gift is being given to preserve the southern entrance to the Virginia Corridor, at the intersection of Virginia Avenue with Griswold and Princeton avenues. The funds will be used to install and maintain the entrance plaza, garden, trees and other greenery along that portion of the trail. The amount of the donation was not revealed. The trail section for which these funds are designated is under construction. Mayor Jim Ridenour, along with four generations of the Bodes family, will be planting a tree in honor of Alberta Bodes. The Bodes family joins with Modesto's five Rotary Clubs, Modesto Lions Club, Sylvan Improvement Club, Royal Robbins and the Modesto Garden Club as benefactors to the Virginia Corridor. All gifts to the community are made through the Stanislaus Community Foundation. By using the foundation, individuals, service clubs and private businesses can partner with Modesto to ensure that community projects are funded and maintained for years to come. For more information, contact Andy Johnson at 571-5582 or ajohnson@modestogov.com.

LEARN TAX LAW CHANGES TONIGHT: Though tax returns are due months from now, there's always something new with tax laws. For professionals who need to know those changes, tax specialist Gary McKinsey of Grimbleby-Coleman, CPAs, will present the annual tax update today in Modesto. McKinsey's presentation will be at the meeting of the Central California Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Appetez Restaurant, 825 W. Roseburg Ave., in Roseburg Square. Dinner, at 7 p.m., also is part of the meeting. For reservations, call Elsie at 338-0765.

SOROPTIMISTS: Soroptimist International of Modesto North is seeking members. Soroptimist International is the world's largest service organization for business and professional women. A reception to explore membership will be held today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Stanislaus Vision Associates, 1700 McHenry Ave. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Pat Jones at 526-9148.

PARENTS AND TEENS: The Center for Human Services' Hutton House is offering parenting classes. A 10-week course titled "Parents and Teens Together" can be attended any Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1700 McHenry Village Way, Suite 11, behind Valley Sporting Goods. A different topic will be discussed each week at no cost to parents and their teenage children. Classes are open to all families who want to improve communication and family support. Topics are: teen development, needs and praise; empathy and self-awareness; needs and feelings; communication; problem-solving and decision-making; discipline; managing behavior; stress and substance abuse; handling stress; and anger and teen issues. For information, call 526-1623.

TECHNOLOGY FAIR: Vision Impaired Persons Support will hold a technology fair Saturday in the Doctors Medical Center Conference Center, Rooms 3 and 4, 1441 Florida Ave. The fair, from 2 to 4 p.m., will feature the latest in technology designed to assist visually impaired people with a variety of daily living tasks such as reading, watching television and using a computer. The fair is open to the public and is free. For more information, call Brian Elliott at 521-1028 or Mauricio Molina at 522-8477.

BAND AND GUARD BREAKFAST: Enjoy a pancake breakfast Sunday and lend your support to the Modesto High Band and Guard. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Semplicità Coffee House, 610 15th St. Breakfast is $5.

Empire

HEAD START PRESCHOOL: Preschool registration for Empire School, 5201 First St., will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Parents or guardians need to bring family income verification documentation for the last 12 months, the child's birth certificate, child's immunization record and a Medi-Cal or other insurance card. For more information, call 527-9884.

La Grange

GET READY FOR SPAGHETTI: It's time once again for the Spaghetti Feed and Ice Cream Social that helps fund the La Grange Improvement Association and benefits the town. Enjoy conversation, dinner and dessert at the Odd Fellows Hall on Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The price is $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and younger. Takeout is available. The group has regular town meetings; annual membership is $10 per family. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Chris Stevenson at 853-2128 or renwah@sonnet.com.

Ripon

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Stanislaus and Stockton-San Joaquin County Legal Professionals Associations will hold their sixth annual golf tournament Oct. 27 at the Jack Tone Golf Course in Ripon. It is a four-person modified scramble and the cost is $75 per person, which includes greens fees, cart, water, soda and barbecue. There will be prizes for longest drive, closest to pin, net and gross scores, putting contest and raffle. Check-in is at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Lunch for nonplaying guests is $15 and tee sponsorships are available for $50. For more information and to register, call Linda Fischer at 526-7388.

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