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FREE SMOG CHECK: Valley CAN (Clean Air Now), the Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Initiative Center, the Bureau of Automotive Repair and Modesto Junior College are offering a free smog testing and repair program today. Initial emission tests will be conducted using hand-held testing devices. If necessary, cars will proceed to the on-site diagnostic station. Data collected from the tests will be analyzed, and a report will be provided. If the vehicle does not pass the smog test, the owner will get a coupon for up to $500 worth of smog repairs at a local Gold Shield-certified smog check station. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., in the Fourth Street parking lot. For more information, call Kathy Eide at 559-970-6622.

BE AWARE: A "Day of Unity" in commemoration of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be held from 5:30 to

6:30 p.m. Monday on Modesto Junior College's east campus quad, 435 College Ave. The free event will include musical performances, speeches and poetry readings, and dessert will be provided. The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence to recognize the women and children who have lost their lives to domestic violence this year. For more information, call Geri Wend at 575-6277, the ASMJC office at 575-6700, or the Haven Women's Center at 524-4331.

US-TOO SUPPORT GROUP: The Prostate Cancer Support Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Memorial Medical Center, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Health and Education Center, 1700 McHenry Ave. Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are invited to attend. This Monday's topic is erectile dysfunction, a common problem in older men. Treatment methods will be discussed. Call Jim at 848-2200 or Don at 634-4489

MEDICARE INFORMATION: Open enrollment for Medicare

Part D is Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. At a free Tuesday session, Julie Bates of AARP in Sacramento will explain how the prescription drug coverage works and factors to consider when selecting a plan. The session will be held in the Modesto Library Auditorium,1500 I St.

For more information, call 558-7814.

WHY DO YOU EAT? The Center for Human Services offers a program called "Eating for Life," to increase participants' awareness of the emotional, spiritual and psychological issues surrounding food. The program meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday, and the cost for attending is determined by a sliding-fee scale based on personal income. For more information, call Rebecca Tucker at 526-1440.

TAKING ON METH: Students who would like to participate with the Center for Human Services' Methamphetamine Action Team are invited to call Kate Trompetter at 526-1476, ext. 172. The Friday Night Live program will assemble a panel to help prevent the spread of the meth epidemic.

Modesto and Salida

SIERRA REP TO PERFORM: "Journey to Topaz" will be presented at libraries in Modesto and Salida. The Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the play at the Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library, 4835 Sisk Road, at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and at the Modesto Library, 1500 I St., at 2 p.m. Nov. 3. The one-woman play tells the story of Yuki, a young Japanese-American girl living in Berkeley at

the start of World War II. She and her family were among nearly 120,000 Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast who were ordered to move into internment camps in places such as Topaz, Utah. The adaptation is recommended for middle school students through adults. Space is limited, and free same-day tickets will be required for the Modesto performance. Tickets will be available at the Children's Desk beginning at 1 p.m. For more information, call 543-7315 (Salida) or 558-7810 (Modesto).

Stanislaus County

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "Penumbra," the art and literary publication of California State University, Stanislaus, is accepting submissions of original poetry, art, photography and short fiction. The deadline for submission is Feb. 26, so fill your pen, get your "voice" on and get it ready. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Early entry is encouraged, and affiliation with CSU is not required to submit. For more information, contact Rofiah Breen, English Department, at 667-3673.

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