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ESTATE PLANNING: Find out how to pass your estate to your heirs while reducing expenses, taxes and delays. The Stanislaus County Library Foundation will offer these estate planning seminars:

Thursday -- 6 p.m., Oakdale library, 151 S. First Ave.

Nov. 3 -- 10:30 a.m., Salida regional library, 4835 Sisk Road

Nov. 8 -- noon, Modesto library, 1500 I St.

Topics covered will include wills and trusts, joint tenancy, advanced health care directives, financial powers of attorney, and more. Attorney Judy A. Jensen will present the information at these free events. To reserve a seat or for more information, call 558-7801.

HAVEN CELEBRATES 30 YEARS: Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus County is holding a 30th anniversary celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday. The event will honor the 30 years of service the center has provided to the women and children of Stanislaus County. Tickets and event location are available by calling Carol Jones at 604-8921 or Dawn Francis at 604-8225.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT GRADUATE PROGRAM: California State University, Stanislaus, will offer a master of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in child development and a graduate certificate in child development, beginning in January. Applications for both programs are being accepted. The programs offer classes on a nontraditional schedule for working professionals, held two evenings per week for 18 months. A series of 6:30 p.m. information sessions on the programs have been scheduled at the Turlock campus today; in Merced on Oct. 22; and in Modesto on Oct. 24. For more information, visit the program's Web site at www.ExtendedEd.com/cdev or call 667-3386.

TEEN LEADERS CLUB: The YMCA of Stanislaus County is offering a Teen Leaders Club, free to Stanislaus County youth in grades 6-12. Meetings are held every Tuesday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the YMCA in Modesto. The Teen Leaders Club provides a place for teens to become better people and leaders while learning more about themselves and the world around them. Teens will focus on leadership development, perform volunteer work, and have open discussions in the club environment, as well as planning and participating in fun activities and field trips. Visit www.ymcastan.org or call 578-9622 for more information.


HEALTH FACILITIES BANQUET: The Progress Valley Association of Health Facilities 2007 Employee Recognition Banquet will be held today from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Harvest Room at the DoubleTree Hotel. For more information, call Progress Valley chapter President Daniel Cipponeri at 577-1055.

LOOKING FOR CHEERLEADERS: It's time to pull out your cheerleading uniform. If you were a cheerleader and graduated from Davis High School, you are invited to cheer, in uniform, at the homecoming game Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Downey High School Football Field. For more information, call Diane Heppner at 524-6140.

TUTORING CLUB: A Tutoring Club open house will be held Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. It will cover reading, writing, math, study skills and more. Call to schedule a free assessment for your child, 524-8886. The event will be at 2100 Standiford Ave.

SHINE UP THE 'DUB AND SHOW IT OFF: Wolfsburg's Wickedest Volkswagen Car Club will hold a Fall Show and Shine 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.


ARTS EXTRAVAGANZA: The Central Valley High School Choral and Theatre Arts program will present "That's Entertainment" today at 6 and 8 p.m. Performances will include musical selections from Broadway shows, including "Bye, Bye Birdie," and "Wicked," solo specialty pieces and original monologues. Admission is $5 per person. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The school is at 4033 S. Central Ave. For more information, call 556-1900.

MOMMY AND ME CLASSES: A Kinder Gym class for boys and girls, ages 1 to 5 is designed to enhance and stimulate early childhood development through experience in basic gymnastic skills, hand-eye-foot coordination, and loco motor development. A Mommy or Daddy and Me class, geared for 12 months through 2 years, will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m.; Kinder Classes geared for children 3 to 5 years will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., cost is $30. Classes will be held at the American Legion Hall through Nov. 26. Register online at www.ci.ceres.ca.us (click on the Parks, Recreation & Facilities logo at right and go to "View Activities"), at 2720 Second St., or call Traci Farris at 538-5682 for more information.


HEAD START REGISTRATION: Empire Union School District Head Start is accepting applications for the 2007-08 school year. Head Start offers free preschool for 3- and 4-year-old children of low-income families. Parents need to bring family income verification, birth documentation, immunization records, and medical or insurance card if applicable. Registration will be taken Friday, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Empire Head Start, 5201 First St. For more information, call 527-9884.


LEGAL GOLF TOURNEY: The Stanislaus and Stockton-San Joaquin County Legal Professionals Associations are holding their sixth annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 27 at Jack Tone Golf Course. It is a four-person modified scramble and the cost is $75 per person which includes green fees, cart, water, soda and BBQ. 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.


SEEKING SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS: Hospice of Emanuel is seeking people desiring to assist terminally ill patients and their families by providing emotional support, respite care, bereavement support and assisting in the hospice office. Hospice of Emanuel has scheduled a volunteer training session in English and Spanish on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Conference Room C, East Wing, Emanuel Medical Center. All new volunteers must attend both sessions. There is a $25 fee. Preregistration is required. Scholarships are available upon request.

For more information and to register, call Hospice of Emanuel at 664-2550.


FASHION SHOW: The Merced County Arts Council Inc. and Atwater Merced Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will hold the "Denim and Diamonds" fashion show from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. A no-host bar will begin at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Multicultural Arts Center or by calling 388-1090.

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