Around the Region


HEALTH FAIR TODAY: In celebration of Binational Health Week, Health Net will host a kickoff celebration and health fair providing people with free medical services including health screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, breast health and dental care as well as exercise and nutrition classes. Organizers said local health care providers will participate. Health Net is giving a mural by artist Merle Reivich to El Concilio, its community partner. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Health Net Community Solutions Center, 1940 Crows Landing Road, Suite 10.

LAUGH OUT LOUD AT YOUR LIBRARY: Local teens are invited to "Laugh Out Loud" at the Stanislaus County library during Teen Read Week next week. Organizers said this year's theme encourages teens to explore comedy and have fun reading. As part of the celebration, the Modesto Library is hosting an Open Mic Comedy Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Teens will have the opportunity to try out their comedic and public speaking skills. Related books and materials will be on display and available for checkout. For more information, call 558-7835.


NEW DISPLAY IN OAKDALE: The Oakdale Cowboy Museum at 355 E. F St. is having an art exhibit through May 31, "Stone Fences and Corrals in the South Central Sierra Nevada Foothills: A Living History." 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


GARDEN CLUB MEETING: The October meeting of the Ceres Garden Club on Thursday will feature Barbara Coehlo, who will bring different types of gourds and talk about how gourds are a part of folklore. A demonstration using gourds in art will be given. Meetings are at the Ceres City Council chambers, at Second and Magnolia streets. Social time is at 11:30 a.m., meeting at noon and program at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


RIVERBANK FEDERATED WOMEN'S CLUB: The Riverbank Federated Women's Club generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hall, 3017 High St. Projects for the 2007-2008 year include supporting the construction of the new Riverbank Teen Center, scholarships for high school seniors, city beautification projects, hats for newborns at area hospitals, and youth and senior outreach programs. For more information, call Marina Campbell, 869-1600.