Community Briefing

FAMILY DAYS AT COLLEGES: Families of current and prospective college students are invited to events this weekend at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, and the University of California at Merced. Stanislaus State will host Preview Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people looking at applying to college. Activities include on-site admissions, campus tours and workshops. Also occurring this weekend is the second annual Family Weekend for current students and their families, highlighting academic and extracurricular activities Saturday and Sunday. Parents can attend classes with students Friday. For more information on CSU Stanislaus' Preview Day, visit www.csustan.edu/ admissions/Events/PreviewDay.asp or call 667-3070; for more details about Family Weekend, visit www.csustan.edu/parents or call 664-6632. Advance reservations are not required. The campus is on the 800 block of W. Monte Vista Ave. UC Merced's Family Weekend runs Saturday and Sunday, and includes tours, open house, information booths, carnival games for children, a volleyball game pitting students against alumni and a concert. Tickets are $45 each. For more information, visit www.ucmerced.edu or call 228-4400. The campus is in northeast Merced on Lake Road.

NAACP MEETING TODAY: The public is invited to discuss Modesto City Council district elections and police aggression today at the monthly meeting of the Stanislaus County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. After an altercation between Ceres police officers and partygoers in September, NAACP officials are looking to develop an independent committee to oversee citizen complaints against police, said Wendy Byrd, president of the NAACP chapter. This week, NAACP representatives met with the Ceres police and fire chief, city manager, city attorney and mayor. Police continue an internal investigation into officer actions stemming from their response to a house party that led to seven arrests. NAACP leaders claim police can not do an unbiased inquiry into their own officers.

HARRY POTTER GETS POLITICAL: Harry Potter fans are invited to a discussion about the political language of the popular science fiction series Wednesday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The event is free and open to the public. Three UOP professors will focus on "Heroism and the Political Morality of Democracy in Harry Potter," "Albus Dumbledore and the Limits of Politics" and "The Anti-Politics of Harry Potter." The talk is set for 3:30 p.m. in the Wendell Phillips Center, Room 140, on campus at 3601 Pacific Ave.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: It's that time again in Riverbank: time to nominate a person who has made a difference in the community. Nominees must reside or work in Riverbank; youth nominees must attend school and be in good standing. Nomination forms will ask about community service activities and reasons that the nominee is deserving of this award. For more information or to get a form, go online to www.riverbank.org. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday. For more information, call Jennifer Bustamante at 863-7122 or Luanne Bain at 863-7116.