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EIGHTH GRADE DAY: Friday is Eighth Grade Day at Central Catholic High School, 200 S. Carpenter Road. All area eighth-graders are invited to enjoy a day in the life of a high school student. Events will start with an opening rally at 9 a.m. in the gym. Guests will tour the campus with student ambassadors, attend classes, eat free pizza, participate in games and finish with a school dance in the gym at 1 p.m. For more information, call Kari Henderson or Jodi Tybor at 524-9611.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: The Carousel Dance Club will get together Friday for dinner and dancing to the music of Kyle Barker at the DoubleTree Hotel. Have dinner at 7 p.m. and dance from 8 to 11 p.m. For more information, call Laurie or Don Jackson at 863-0341.

TO GROW OR NOT TO GROW: A short film, "Sprawl or Controlled Growth?," about the future for Stanislaus County -- a place for cities, farms and families or a vast wasteland designed by real estate developers -- will be shown Friday. A panel discussion will follow with representatives from Farmland Working Group, American Farmland Trust and Stamp out Sprawl. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting is free, and nonmembers are welcome. It will be at the Modesto Police Department Theater Room, 600 10th St. For more information, call Kelly at 606-2485.

DIXIELAND SOCIETY TO MEET: The regular meeting of the Modesto Dixieland Jazz Society will be at the Moose Lodge, 821 Fifth St., on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Performing will be the Knight Sounds.

HUMAN RESOURCES LUNCHEON: The Central Valley Human Resource Management Association will have its monthly luncheon meeting Nov. 21 at the SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. Guest speaker will be Jim McDade, who will discuss "ICE and Fire. Dealing with the new ICE regulations, Social Security, no-match letters and I-9 forms." Registration will begin at 11:45 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon and program from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $16 per person for members and guests, and $25 per person for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. online by noon Tuesday at www.cvhrma.org (click "Events") or call Cindy Gipp at 550-3710.

RED CROSS OFFERS TRAINING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS: The Modesto Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer emergency response training for those seeking a career as an emergency medical technician, firefighter or other medical profession. The course is designed to train individuals to work as first responders in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical help can arrive. Registration is being accepted for the course that will begin Nov. 26. For more information, call 523-6451 or go online to www.arcscc.org.


TURKEY AND TRIMMINGS: The annual Spratling Middle School turkey dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Keyes Elementary School gym, 5680 Seventh St. The cost is $5 per person. The menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, a roll, dessert and drink. Takeout is available. Tickets are on sale in the Spratling Middle School office, 5277 Washington Road, and will be sold at the door. Money raised will be used toward school projects. Call 664-3833 for more information.


NONPROFIT GRANT WORKSHOP: Nonprofit organizations are invited to attend a free workshop at 1 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library. Scott Ullman of the Foundation Center in San Francisco will present the workshop, giving participants a hands-on opportunity to work with the Foundation Center's Directory Online Professional Database. This resource, available to the public at the Modesto Library, allows users to view profiles of more than 90,000 grant makers, 900,000 grants and 380,000 IRS tax returns from private foundations, community foundations and grant-making public charities. Organizers said workshop participants will learn how to use the database and narrow their searches to find the information most relevant to their organizations. For more information or to sign up, call 558-7814.


FAMILY STORY TIME: The Turlock Library will offer a special Family Story Time at 7 p.m. today. Children are welcome to come dressed in their pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal if they wish. This special event is offered in celebration of Children's Book Week. The Turlock Library is at 550 Minaret Ave. For more information, call 664-8100.

AAUW WINE SOCIAL: The American Association of University Women of Turlock will have a wine social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilmar Cheese Co., 9001 N. Lander Ave., Hilmar. Participants can partake in wine, appetizers and dessert. There will be a silent auction and raffles to benefit the Educational Foundation. Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door. To buy tickets and for more information, call Cynthia Flesher at 402-4884. The group is looking for sponsorships and wine donations. Donations can be sent to AAUW, P.O. Box 2373, Turlock 95381.


CRAFT FAIR: Artists and craftsmen will display their wares from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. at the Riverbank Community Center,

3600 Santa Fe St. Organizers promise handmade items such as sweaters, blankets, hats, scarves, yard art, jewelry, embroidered linens and towels, crocheted and knitted items, soaps, candles, one-of-a-kind ornaments and other Christmas decorations at the Christmas Craft & Great Stuff Faire. More information about the craft fair and Riverbank's Christmas parade is available at riverbank.org or 863-7116.


GANG AWARENESS: A mother will speak at a gang awareness workshop today. Merced police officers with extensive knowledge of the city's criminal street gangs will join her in teaching parents and the public how to recognize gang behavior and how to prevent their children from joining gangs. The program is designed to give parents and members of the public information on gangs, the threat they pose to the community and how to steer children away from gangs. Photos of gang apparel, tattoos, colors and graffiti will be shown in order to help parents recognize the signs of gang activity. The programs will be held at all public schools in the city, starting with Burbank Elementary School at 7 p.m. today. The programs will continue through April. Baby-sitting will be available, and refreshments will be served. The following is a partial list:

Nov. 14: Burbank Elementary School, 609 E. Alexander Ave.

Dec. 5: Chenoweth Elementary School, 3200 Parsons Ave.

Dec. 12: Cruickshank Middle School, 601 Cormorant Drive

Dec. 19: Fremont Charter School, 1120 W. 22nd St.

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