Around the Region


HEALTHY AGING SUMMIT: Stanislaus County will host its fifth Healthy Aging Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Modesto Centre Plaza, with free health screenings for adults 50 and over. New this year, Stanislaus County Veterans Services will be a part of the event along with the Modesto Lions Club. Free transportation from Patterson, Grayson and Newman can be arranged. For more information, call Call Starr Carson Cleary, Healthy Aging Summit project coordinator, at 827-1960 or 631-3580.

CHICKEN BARBECUE DINNER: The Westport Elementary School Parent-Teacher Club will have its annual chicken dinner at Westport School on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., to help support field trips and outdoor education for the sixth-grade class. Dinner is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Dine in or take out. The school is at 5218 S. Carpenter Road, near the Westport Fire Station.

STANISLAUS MEMORIAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: The annual meeting of the Stanislaus Memorial Society will be Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St. Though the focus of the 1,000-plus member nonprofit organization is education and advocacy relating to funerals, this year's program will center on health care. Modesto native Sara Rogers will come from Sacramento to talk about Senate Bill 840. The measure, if passed, would bring universal coverage and a single-payer system to California. Rogers, a staff member in the office of state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, has worked in support of SB 840 for some time. The public is invited to hear her. In addition to Rogers' program, the Sunday meeting will see the election of new trustees and attendees will hear several short, routine reports. SMS President Joe O'Leary of Ripon will preside.

YOUR DOG, SPOT, SHOULD MAKE NEW FRIENDS: The SPCA of Stanislaus County is looking for dog volunteers (and their masters) to visit local convalescent hospitals and care facilities as part of their Pet Outreach program. Visits are made the first and second Saturday mornings of every month and the third Wednesday morning. For more information, contact Mary at petoutreachspca@cs.com.


BASIC DRAWING CLASS OFFERED: A new class from the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is designed especially for the budding da Vinci in your home. Students will learn a variety of drawing techniques in this eight-week session. Required items are a sketchbook, pencils, erasers, pens and a learning attitude. Classes are Mondays, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for 6- to 12-year-olds, and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for 13 years and older. Classes will be held Oct. 29 through Dec. 17 at the American Legion Hall. Register at the city of Ceres, 2720 Second St.; by calling Traci Farris at 538-5682; or online at www.ci.ceres.ca.us.

Denair and Turlock

YARD SALE: The Turlock High Class of 1965 is holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Road Dog Cycle, at Santa Fe Avenue and Main Street. For more information, call 620-3000 or 402-6670.

French Camp

HOT ROD SHOW: Time to get together on the banks of the delta at Paulsen Ranch on Sunday to enjoy some beautiful hot rods. The public is invited and the group will be auctioning items such as 4 VIP tickets to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" donated by Leno. The day's events include a tri-tip barbecue, rock and roll music by Johnny "T" Wolfie, rockabilly by The Pendletons and an appearance by the Port City Roller Girls. To get there: Take Interstate 5 to the Matthews Road exit, proceed up the frontage road south to Bowman Road, and take Bowman Road to the end. Proceeds benefit the Mary Graham Children's Shelter and St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center. Admission is $4 or a new, unwrapped toy. For more information, or if you would like to show off your hot rod, call Pete Paulsen at 983-0271 or go to www.petepaulsen.com.


FREE SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR: During the Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition on Saturday, the Riverbank Black Belt Academy will hold a free self-defense seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school, 3342 Santa Fe St. According to school owner Scott Pettit, the free seminar will cover various scenarios involving assailants armed with knives and guns. It is open to anyone 6 years old through adult, and refreshments will be served. Parents are welcome to stay and watch their kids participate or drop them off, or even take the class with their children. Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing. For more information, call 869-2854.


OPEN HOUSE AND SAFETY FAIR: The Turlock Police Department will host its second open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the police department will be on hand to provide information about the department, crime prevention and safety, and offer a tour. The Police Department is at 900 N. Palm St. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. For more information, call 668-5550, ext. 6600.

FUND RAISING FOR SOBER GRAD NIGHT: The Turlock Newcomers & Friends club is raising funds for Sober Grad Night. Members are making silk floral pens, and they are for sale for $1.25. One dollar from every sale will be donated to Pitman and Turlock high schools to help send several students to Sober Grad Night who otherwise would not be able to afford the event. For more information, and to purchase pens, contact club President Cynthia Flesher at 402-4884.


PLAN AHEAD FOR CAREERS: The University of California at Merced will host a Health Careers Day on Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Merced campus, 5200 Lake Road. The event is designed for students in grades nine through 14 to learn about careers in a variety of health fields, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacology, public health and clinical/ lab science. Register online by today at https://training.ucmerced.edu.

CREATE A FAIR LOGO: The search is on to find the best graphic design to illustrate the 2008 Merced County Fair's theme, "Come Rock With the Flock." The commodity that will be featured at the fair is sheep, one of Merced County's top agricultural products. Janae Elmasian of Atwater came up with the winning theme. "We are looking for some fun and creative logo designs that promote the fair and the importance of sheep in our county and its ag economy," said Robin Hauck, the fair's chief executive. The deadline to submit entries is Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. The top graphic designer wins $500, a pair of season passes to the fair, and the thrill of seeing their winning design used to promote the fair on everything from billboards to T-shirts. The competition is open to Merced County residents only. For more information, call the fair office at 722-1507.

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