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TRAVELEERS TRAVEL: Two trips are coming up for these wanderers: The Apple Hill Thanksgiving Tour on Nov. 17 includes a tour of apple ranches and lunch. The cost is $86. The tour leaves Modesto at 8 a.m. and returns by 6 p.m. Next is a trip to San Francisco to see "The Nutcracker," at the War Memorial Opera House Dec. 20. The cost is $147 and includes transportation and admission. The bus leaves Modesto at 8:30 a.m. and returns about 7 p.m. Lunch and shopping are on your own at Pier 39. For more information and to sign up, call Ann Burkett at 529-5896.

BUILDING INFORMATION: By accessing the city's GIS Web page at www.modestogov.com/gis/home/index.aspx, customers can select a parcel manually by using the "zoom" tool or the "find" feature (binoculars) on the toolbar. Once a parcel is chosen, the user can click on the "vertical reports" tab to the left of the legend. A window opens on the left with a button labeled "permit info." Choosing this button will provide a list of building permits associated with that parcel. Choosing the blue permit number will produce a report with detailed information available in the Tidemark permit database. The information is updated daily at 2 and 6 p.m.

WHIST, DOMINO TOURNAMENT: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's King-Kennedy Memorial Center will host a bid whist and domino tournament Nov. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. Advance tickets for the tournament are $5 per person and include refreshments and an entry for the door prize drawing. The entry fee also may be paid at the door. Advance registration is preferred. To purchase tickets, contact the King-Kennedy Memorial Center at 577-5355.

DINNER TO RAISE MONEY: The National Alzheimer's Affiliates is holding an evening of music, food and dance as a fund-raiser for Alzheimers research Nov. 3 from 5 to 10 p.m. The formal event will be hosted by Seasons at Modesto, an Alzheimer's community, and will be held at the SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. There will be a live auction and a silent auction. Tickets are a $25 donation made out to the Alzheimer's Affiliates and sent to Seasons at Modesto, 2325 St. Paul's Way, Modesto 95355. For more information, call 491-0800.

Oakdale

MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND SWAP: The Stanislaus Model Railroaders and Historians, along with the Oakdale Historical Society, will hold its 24th annual event at the Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature an operating HO model train layout, along with vendors offering a variety of model railroading items and memorabilia. Suggested donation is $6, and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Parking is free. For more information, call Mike Burkhardt at 303-4423.

Northern San Joaquin Valley

ESSAY CONTEST: The Patriot's Pen Essay contest gives students who are enrolled in the sixth through eighth grades, in public, private, parochial school or a home study program, the opportunity to express their opinion in a written essay of 300 to 400 words on the theme: 'Why I Am an American Patriot.' The first-place winner at the local level (Livingston Veterans of Foreign Wars) will be awarded $100, an "Eagle Liberty" jacket and a certificate. The second- and third-place winners will receive $75 and $50 respectively, "Eagle Liberty" jackets and certificates. From the local level, the winners will move on to district, state and national levels; prizes are awarded at each stage. The national first-place winner receives a $10,000 U.S. savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., along with a parent or guardian. Essay and entry forms are due no later than Nov. 1 and should be sent to Post Cmdr. Denis Wells. Complete rules and entry forms can be obtained from Denis or Sue Wells at 394-2059.

PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST, TOO: The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring the National Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, open to students in ninth through 12th grades. The Livingston-Delhi auxiliary is offering a first-place prize of $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50. All three winners will receive an "Eagle Liberty" jacket and a certificate. The winning artwork will be eligible for state and national competitions, where the winning artists can receive scholarships of up to $10,000. Entries are due by March 31. Students must have crafted their entries during the 2007-2008 school year, and must be verified by a teacher's signature on each entry form. If a student used the U.S. flag in his or her work, the flag's depiction must conform to the flag code. Complete rules and entry forms can be obtained from Denis or Sue Wells at 394-2059.

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY CONTEST: Ninth- through 12th-grade students have the opportunity to receive $30,000 from the Veterans of Foreign Wars by entering The Voice of Democracy Contest. The competition is an audio essay contest that gives the students in public, private or parochial school, or a home study program, the opportunity to express their opinion in a three- to five-minute audio (cassette tape or CD) on the theme "My Role in Honoring America's Veterans." Foreign exchange students, students older than 19 years, and former state Voice of Democracy winners are excluded. The first-place winner at the local level (Livingston Veterans of Foreign Wars) will be awarded $100, an "Eagle Liberty" jacket and a certificate. The second- and third-place winners will receive $75 and $50 respectively, "Eagle Liberty" jackets and certificates. Local winners will move on to district, state and national competitions, with prizes at each level. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. Essay and entry forms are due no later than Nov. 1 and should be sent to Post Cmdr. Denis Wells. Complete rules and entry forms can be obtained from Denis or Sue Wells at 394-2059.

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