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WE LOVE LEGOS: A Modesto FLL Robotics Tournament will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Somerset Middle School gym on Floyd Avenue. This year's tournament will feature students from Somerset, Teel and Glick middle schools, and Prescott Senior Elementary and Ripon Elementary, as well as teams from the Bay Area, Sacramento and the Fresno area. Students will compete with robots built from Lego plastic parts. The robots are programmed by computer to perform tasks such as installing a solar panel and connecting a power grid.

PHOTO EXHIBIT: The Modesto Junior College Art Gallery is showing a participatory photographic exhibit by Craig Schindler. "A Light For ..." will be on display through Wednesday. The gallery is on the MJC East Campus, in front of Founder's Hall, and is open to the public. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 575-6819.

JOB'S DAUGHTERS COOK BREAKFAST: Job's Daughters Bethel 42 will host a pancake breakfast Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Masonic Center, 800 Rose Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $5. Breakfast included pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and a beverage. For more information, call Corie Kapahu or Jerry Farver at 838-1538.

LATKES AND VODKA: Congregation Beth Shalom will host its second annual fund-raiser for youth scholarships on Dec. 8 at Congregation Beth Shalom synagogue, 1705 Sherwood Ave. There will be music, dancing, food and drink (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), including latkes and vodka (for 21 and over only). Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. For more information, call 571-6060.

TRAINING BABY SITTERS: The Doctors Medical Center Foundation is offering a baby-sitting safety class on Dec. 1 called Kidwatch. The course is designed to train youth who may be taking care of younger children. Students will learn how to recognize and handle emergencies, basic first aid and CPR, personal safety, water safety and fire safety. Also covered will be infant care, appropriate activities for different age groups, behavior management and the importance of responsibility. The course follows the curriculum of the American Safety and Health Institute. Parents are invited to attend a Kidwatch demonstration of skills and to celebrate course completion at 3 p.m. Graduates receive a certificate of completion, a Kidwatch Kit, and parents receive tips on helping student be safe sitters. The class will be held at the DMC Foundation classroom annex, 700 McHenry Ave., Suite A, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per student, and preregistration is required. Participants must be at least 11 years old. For more information and to register, call the DMC Foundation at 521-2229.

BOOK FAIR UNDER WAY: Friends of the Modesto Library invite you to give a child the gift of reading with new books from their Scholastic book fair blizzard. Everyone is welcome. The book fair will operate from 1 to 4 p.m. today; from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon until 4 p.m. Sunday. Also, Clifford the Big Red Dog will make an appearance from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Bring your camera. The library is at 1500 I St. For more information, call 996-1531.


PRESCHOOL SIGN-UPS: Registration applications are being accepted for winter term and spring semester at the California State University, Stanislaus, Child Development Center. The Child Development Center is a licensed preschool and infant/toddler center established for the education of university students and children from the ages of 2 months to 5 years. The infant/toddler program operates from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The preschool program operates from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to receive an application by mail, call the Child Development Center at 667-3036.

THANKSGIVING DINNER: The Turlock Gospel Mission will hold its first Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harvest Christian Center, 130 Third St. Although primarily for the homeless and needy, an invitation is extended to the community at large. According to Kristina Horn, mission coordinator for the feast, they are looking to the community for volunteers and monetary support to make this event a success. For more information or to volunteer, call Kris Horn at 605-4333 or Chris Kiriakou at 634-3294.

PITMAN WINTER CONCERT: The Pitman High School Orchestra will hold a winter concert and silent auction Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at Pitman High School, 2525 W. Christoffersen Parkway. The program will include performances by the Pitman High School Concert and Chamber Orchestras. Featured composers are Purcell, Vivaldi, Bizet, Bach and Warlock. Special holiday selections include excerpts from "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky and "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for children.


CHILDREN'S THEATRE: The Sonora Children's Theatre will host its first fund-raiser on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Sonora High School auditorium, 251 S. Barretta St. A bell choir, Sierra Waldorf and other school choirs, an adult soloist and two gospel groups will perform. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, or $12 and $6 at the door.


SMALL BUSINESS CLASSES: The Alliance Small Business Development Center will offer QuickBooks training Nov. 27 and 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The workshops will offer hands-on training using QuickBooks software in a computer lab setting. On Nov. 27, the workshop will include "Introduction to QuickBooks as a Business Tool" for the first-time user. The cost is $50. On Nov. 29, "Intermediate QuickBooks Training" will offer instruction in creating invoices, billing, creating reports, reconciling bank statements, tracking, paying sales taxes and payroll. The cost is $50, or $85 for both classes. For information on this class or future classes, or to reserve a seat, call Alliance SBDC at 381-6557.

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