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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 income. For more information, call Rebecca Tucker at 526-1440.

SMART DRIVERS: The California Highway Patrol will hold another Start Smart Class on Wednesday for teens. The class is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Modesto CHP Office, 4030 Kiernan Ave. Students attending must have a parent attend with them. This will be the last class this year. For more information, call Tom Killian at 545-7445.

CARTOONING: Emilio Soltero will give a presentation on cartooning and figure drawing Thursday, from 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 102 in the Modesto Junior College East Campus Art Building. The event is free and open to the public. Soltero teaches art history at the college and is the author of "Draw the Line: Or How to Draw Figures, Sequential Art, Manga, and More!"

LET'S GO ON A TRIP: The MJC Community Education Extended Trip organizers will host two informational meetings today about plans for 2008. Participants will see a slide show and can ask questions and meet others with similar travel interests. The meetings are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Champion Building, Room 101. The Champion Building is on Tully Road behind the football field. They group also has a day trip Dec. 15 to San Francisco to see the San Francisco Ballet perform "The Nutcracker" at the War Memorial Opera House. Participants will get time in Union Square before the performance to shop and eat a no-host lunch. The bus will leave the college at 11 a.m. and return by 11 p.m. Cost is $129. To register for this trip, please call Community Education at 575-6063.

DIABETES INFO FAIR: Are you one of the millions of people who have pre-diabetes? Free diabetes screenings will be held at the 14th annual Diabetes Info Fair, Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The Diabetes Info Fair will feature keynote speakers and an expert panel to answer questions. Free foot checks, blood pressure screenings and informational classes will be available. For more information, call the DMC Foundation at 527-3412.

SNOWBOARD AND SKI SWAP: Centenary United Methodist Church will host its annual Ski and Swap, for snowboard and ski equipment Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church, McHenry and Norwegian avenues. Equipment to be sold or swapped needs to be checked in from 7 to 10 a.m. Folks can buy and sell new and used, skis, poles, snowboards, bindings, boots, clothing and goggles. For more information, call 527-5441. Proceeds benefit the Youth Ministry.

BOOK LOVERS UNITE: The Friends of the Modesto Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair from Friday through Sunday to purchase books for local children and teens. Families, teachers and the community are invited to attend the event, which features an Arctic theme. On Saturday, from 2 to 3 p.m., Clifford the Big Red Dog will appear. The event is 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modesto Library Auditorium, 1500 I St.

BID WHIST AND DOMINO TOURNAMENT: The city's King- Kennedy Memorial Center Senior Citizen Group invites you to attend its annual Bid Whist and Domino Tournament from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Modesto Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. Tickets are $5 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The tournament begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 577-5355.

WANT TO SHARE AN INTERESTING TALE? The McHenry Museum is looking for docents to answer phones, greet visitors and give tours of the museum. Potential docents should be friendly, enjoy children and adults and be interested in history. They must attend training Monday from 9 a.m. to noon (sign up to participate by Thursday) and commit to volunteering for one year. To register, call 491-4317.

BIG VALLEY TRAVEL CLUB: The Big Valley Travel Club has lots of fun plans in the coming weeks. On Nov. 24, the group will head to "The Christmas Faires" in Nevada City and Grass Valley for $49; on Dec. 9, members will head to the Ravenswood Victorian mansion in Livermore ($45); on Dec. 16, they'll travel to Roger Rocka's dinner theater in Fresno to see "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch and pistachio tasting ($65); and on Dec. 20, they'll visit Christmas Tree Lanes and the Meux Victorian home in Fresno ($49). For more information, call Dick Griffin at 634-6804.

RED, BLACK AND GREEN BALL: Start the holiday season off by going to the Red, Black and Green Ball on Nov. 30 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Modesto. There will be dinner, dancing and a silent auction that starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 until Thursday, after which they will be $65. No tickets will be sold at the door. Black tie optional. For more information, call Angelia at 968-1001.

LOOKING FOR SOME HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT? For a true holiday message to someone dear, send a carole-gram. The Modesto Junior College carolers are offering holiday singers as a fund-raiser to support music scholarships. Friends of Music offers carols by appointment with a $75 donation per half-hour, available Dec. 1-23. Call Eva Mo at 575-6105 for appointments and more information.


LET ME TELL YOU A STORY: Eighteen of Mariposa's Young K-6 Storytellers will spin their original tales at the Mariposa County Arts Council's 12th annual "Tellabration! Mariposa" at the Best Western Conference Room on Saturday at 7 p.m. This is a free family event. For more, call the arts council at 966-3155 or go to www.arts-mariposa.org.

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