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PILOTS MEETING: The Modesto Airport Pilots Association will hold a general meeting today at The Oak Pit, 1000 Kansas Ave., at 6:30 p.m. The program topic is the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles. For more information, call Charlene L. Fulton at 521-6022.

ANNUAL TABLE-SETTING: The McHenry Mansion table-setting benefit will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road. Table viewing is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $10 and includes light refreshments. The luncheon is Thursday, with viewing at 11 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are $30. For information or to request lunch reservations or tickets, call 491-4347 or e-mail museum@mchenrymuseum.org.

MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES GATHER: Mid-Valley Parents of Multiples, a support group for parents of twins, triplets or more, will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Medical Center Education Building, 1800 Coffee Road. Refreshments will be served, and children are welcome. On Saturday, the group will have a garage sale from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., 823 Columbia Way. For more information, e-mail midvalleymoms@gmail.com.

SOROPTIMISTS TO MEET: The next Soroptimist meeting will be held from 12:15 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave. The topic will be long-term care. For more information, call Linda Diggs-Gray at 968-9531 or go to www.soroptimistspr.org/district4/modesto.html.

USE IT AGAIN! It's Second Chance Week. This is an annual nationwide event that promotes the reuse of old items. In recognition, the city of Modesto is expanding its blue bag recycling program to include the reuse of large blue bags donated from a local industry. Residents can use the bags for household recycling of glass, plastic bottles and jars, aluminum or bimetal cans, cardboard or chipboard and paper products including newspapers, junk mail, magazines, computer paper, phone books and mixed paper. Cardboard and paper products also can be placed in the green yard waste can instead of the blue bag. Free bags will be available at all Modesto Save Mart supermarkets and at the DMC Foundation, 730 McHenry Ave. Look for specially marked distribution bins. Limit one roll per week, please. For more information, call 577-5495.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FILM: The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project's Film and Lecture Series will present "The Iron Wall" at 7 p.m. Thursday in Forum Building 110 on the east campus. The 52-minute documentary explains the background and impact of Israel's separation barrier around the West Bank. The presentation is free and open to the public. The film features interviews with prominent Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and political analysts, as well as Israeli settlers and soldiers, and Palestinian farmers. A discussion with regional expert Scott Kennedy will follow.

FALL SHOW AND SHINE: Wolfsburg's Wickedest Volkswagen car club will have a car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Modesto Junior College East Campus. There's a $10 car and driver fee, but free swap space and free admission. For more information call Jeff at 847-1665.


BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Patterson Library will have its October Book Sale at the library, 46 N. Salado, Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hardbacks are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents, and children's books are 25 cents and 50 cents. Videos are $2. CDs and tapes are $1.


FOOTBALL CASINO NIGHT: Delta Youth Football League RiverOak Redskins will hold its first public casino night from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. Riverbank Community Center, 3303 Stanislaus St. Adults only, $25 per person. All proceeds go the RiverOak Redskins football and cheerleading teams. Go to www.riveroakredskins.com or call 869-2316 for more information.


CANDIDATES' NIGHT: The League of Women Voters of Merced County, the Merced County Chamber of Commerce and the NAACP will have a candidates' night for mayoral and City Council candidates Thursday from 7 p.m. to about 9 at the Merced Civic Center, City Council chambers, 678 W. 18th St.

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