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BAY AREA WILDLIFE: Sue Nogare from the Urban Wildlife Program in Fremont will offer a slide show presentation of Bay Area wildlife. Nogare has been monitoring an island heron rookery in Fremont's Central Park for several years. She will discuss the rookery, nesting habits of the herons and an ongoing restoration project to protect habitat for the birds. The park is an unexpected refuge for wildlife in a large city. Learn how park rangers have been working with city officials to protect the park. The free event is Friday at 6:45 p.m. with refreshments and socializing. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Modesto Police Department Theater Room, 600 10th St. For more information, go to www.motherlode.sierraclub.org/yokuts/yokutsff or call 606-2485.

COMMUNITY SHRED DAY: MOCSE Credit Union, in partnership with the Modesto Police Department, will host a free shred day Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at both of its branch locations, 1400 J St. and 3600 Coffee Road.

SHOW OFF YOUR PET: Pet Expo 2007 will be Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Graceada Park, 401 Needham St. Fun for pets and their owners, there will be a pet costume contest, look-a-like contest, vendors, pet adoptions and more.

OMELET BREAKFAST: The American Legion Post 74 will hold an omelet breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, offering omelets, country fries, biscuits, gravy and a beverage, at 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. Adults are $6, children younger than 7 are free. Proceeds will go to help VFW Post 3199.

BIG CITY JAZZ: Join the Modesto Dixieland Jazz Society on Sunday, when it presents the Jazz City Jazz Band for your listening and dancing pleasure. Enjoy the music from noon to 5 p.m. at Club Maxx, DoubleTree Hotel. Regular monthly meeting of the Modesto Dixieland Jazz Society, $7 members, $10 nonmembers. For more information, call Margaret Squires at 988-2334.

FUND-RAISING DINNER: The Modesto Pregnancy Center will hold its 16th annual fund-raising dinner Oct. 25 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

For more information, call 526-1734, ext. 18.

FREE DESIGN SEMINAR: Decorating Den will hold a decorating seminar at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Oct. 25

at 6:30 p.m. The free event will include discovering your decorating style, dream room makeovers, fabric and color trends, refreshments and door prizes. The event is free but a collection box will be available at the event for voluntary donations to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Seating is limited. Call Karen Bliss at 526-0500 to reserve a seat.

OPEN HOUSE The Salvation Army Red Shield Center at 1649 Las Vegas St. will host an open house on Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they'll serve lunch at noon. There is fun for the whole family with games, information booths from community agencies, computer access, crafts and balloons, all offered free. For more information, call the center at 538-7111.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Crafters are invited to show their wares at the Soroptimist International of Modesto's 32 Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 28, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 800 Rose Ave. The cost is $25. For more information, call Mary at 571-1383.

DINNER TO RAISE MONEY: The National Alzheimer's Affiliates is holding an evening of music, food and dance as a fund-raiser for Alzheimer's research Nov. 3 from 5 to 10 p.m. The formal event will be hosted by Seasons, an Alzheimer's community, and will be held at the SOS Club, at 819 Sunset Ave. Tickets are a $25 donation, made out to the Alzheimer's Affiliates and sent to Seasons, 2325 St. Paul's Way, or call 491-0800 for more information. There will be a live auction and a silent auction as well. Space is limited.

FLU SHOTS FOR SENIORS: Plan ahead -- free flu shots will be offered by the Tzu-Chi Foundation on Nov. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. The shots are limited to seniors, 55 and over and pre-registration is required. Shots will be administered at the Modesto Service Center, 1100 Carver Road, Suite J. This will be the seventh year the organization has offered the free service to the community. For more information, call 529-2629.

THE CITY GOES TO INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE: The city has implemented a secured 24-hour telephone access for permit scheduling and inspection processing. The IVR system will provide inspection results and history, plan review status, and other documents via telephone and fax. This service will be available for both English- and Spanish-speaking customers using the same phone number. There will be a list of four-digit codes identifying various inspection activities that will go out with each issued permit. These codes will enable customers to schedule building inspections and retrieve inspection results and plan check status via the system. The list will be available on the city Web site, www.modestogov.com.

THINKING OF A MYSTERY TOUR? Why not join the Modesto Junior College Community Education program when they bus over to the Winchester Mystery House on Oct. 27? The group will stop at the house that has unexplained oddities such as staircases leading to nowhere, doors that open onto blank walls, upside down posts, a window built into the floor. Then they'll be off to stroll through the self-guided Victorian gardens and visit the Antique Product Museum, Firearms Museum, and Gift Shop. There will be a stop at Santana Row for a no-host lunch after leaving the Winchester Mystery House. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. and return by 6 p.m., and cost is $65. Call Community Education today at 575-6063 to register.


COUPON BOOKS: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and Auxiliary of Manteca are offering 2008 Entertainment books for $20 as a fund-raiser for the organization. The Stockton/Modesto books have many 50 percent off coupons or buy one/get one free for dining or sporting events. To purchase, call Ruby Stappenbeck at 823-7728 or Ruth Riccobuono at 823-4317.


GARDEN CLUB: The Oakdale Garden Club focuses on community education by holding their Saturday meeting at 5:30 p.m. at In The Garden Nursery, 148 N. Sierra Ave. Meetings are open to everyone. The meeting, conducted by Suzanne Webber, co-owner of the nursery with Michele Becker, will focus on winterizing your garden and indoor plants. The meeting begins with a stroll through the nursery and hors d'oeuvres, with the workshop following at 6 p.m. Come, bring someone else who enjoys playing in the dirt and growing flowers. For more information, call Bob Taylor at 848-8746.


FILM FOR AAUW: The American Association of University Women, Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon branch, will offer an evening of hors d'oeuvres, wine, cider and the film "The Waitress" on Sunday at Galaxy 12 Theaters, 2525 Patterson Road. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event will start at 4 p.m., with the film showing at 5 p.m. Call 838-2495 for tickets.

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