Around the Region


HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: The speakers for Friday's meeting of the Hispanic Leadership Council will be Bob Dittman, teacher, mountain climber, photographer and adventurer, and Jerry Emery, principal at the Petersen Alternative Center for Education and Juvenile Hall. They will speak about their visions and goals for education at the 7 a.m. meeting. The meeting will be at El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St. The weekly meetings offer an excellent opportunity to network, and the public is invited.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL BAND: High school marching bands are coming to town. On Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., the bands will compete at Johansen High School on Claus Road. There is a $10 entrance fee and free parking. Bands from Modesto, Fresno and Los Banos will be competing.

SHRINERS TO HOST CLINIC: A free screening clinic will be held for children with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and burns. Health care professionals will screen children for possible acceptance into the medical programs offered by Shriners Hospitals for Children in Northern California. The clinic will be held Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Doctors Medical Center, 1441 Florida Ave. For more information about the Shriners and their mission, call 916-453-2000 or go to www.shrinershq.org.

ITALIAN DINNER: The Modesto Breakfast Lions and the Sylvan Club will jointly present an Italian Dinner on Saturday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sylvan Clubhouse, 2445 Sylvan Ave. The dinner will feature chicken cacciatore, fettuccini, vegetables, salad, beverage, bread and desert. Take out is available. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Call for tickets at 523-6865 or 523-5784 or tickets can be purchased at the door. The event benefits projects for sight, hearing and youth, beautifying Modesto through the Modesto Garden Club and feeding the disadvantaged through the Riverbank Food Bank.

MICROCHIP CLINIC: The Animal Services Auxiliary and Banfield Pet Hospital will sponsor a microchip clinic on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at PetSmart on McHenry Avenue. The microchip package includes a physical from Banfield. After purchasing the microchip package special, you will receive an instant coupon from Banfield and a $25 rebate. Final cost is $30.90 and is available for the first 150 pet owners who participate. For more information, call 524-0669.

Valley and Foothills

LEARN ABOUT OUTDOORS: Ever wonder how Table Mountain got to look that way? You can find the answer during a series of weekend hikes and evening lectures at the New Melones Lake Visitor Center. At 7 p.m. today, park ranger Alex Encoyand will discuss "Birds of Prey." Soar with an eagle and hunt fish with an osprey as Encoyand explains their feeding and hunting habits. On Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., Encoyand will lead an expedition to the "Wildlands of Table Mountain," exploring the natural history of the Table Mountain area, including its geological formation and the effects of the California Gold Rush. The two-hour, moderately strenuous hike starts at the Table Mountain trailhead, at the end of Shell Road. For more information, visit www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/field_offices/new_melones/news_info

or call the Visitors Center at 536-9543. The center is along Highway 49, midway between Sonora and Angels Camp.


HARVEST FESTIVAL AND CAR SHOW: The Bloomingcamp Ranch Harvest Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with family fun, face-painting, live music, craft fair, yard art, quilts, metal work and more. Also, a car show will be held from

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free registration. Last but not least, a pie eating contest will be held at 2 p.m. Head out to 10528 E. Highway 120. Admission is free.


LAST CHANCE: There is still room to join the trip to Bay Meadows horse races Sunday. A Storer bus will leave the Riverbank Community Center at 9:30 a.m. and return by 7:30 p.m. The fee is $70 and includes round-trip transportation, a race book, two trips to the buffet and park admission. For more information, call 869-7124.


UNIVERSITY WOMEN MEETING: The Turlock branch of the American Association of University Women hosts speaker Nancy Jewett at today's general meeting. She will discuss water issues in the Central Valley. Jewett teaches science in Stanislaus County, earned a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Delaware. The 7 p.m. meeting in the Raley's Event Center on Geer Road is free and open to the public.


OPEN COCKPIT DAY: The Castle Air Museum will celebrate its Fall Open Cockpit Day on Saturday with viewings of several of the

49 aircraft that are on display. The planes that will be open are the B-52, B-17, SR-71, KC-97 and KC-135; also, the Century Series of

jet fighters, an F-4 and F-14. The museum is at 5050 Santa Fe Drive. Festivities will include helicopter rides, antique cars, children's events and more. Pilots may fly into Castle Airport and catch a courtesy bus at Gemini Flight Support. Admission fees are: adults, $12; seniors, $10; children 12 to 17, $10; kids 6 to 1,1 $6; and kids 5 and younger and active duty military members with ID, free. For more information, go to www.castleairmuseum.org, or call 723-2178 or 723-2182.


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

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