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6 p.m. on Dec. 21, the first night of winter, at Mancini Bowl in Graceada Park in remembrance of all the homeless who died in the past year and those in recovery. Organizers invite the public to bring a candle and join the "Longest Night Homeless Memorial."


ASSEMBLYWOMAN MEETING: A reception and meeting with Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, will be held for residents of the Newman and Crows Landing area. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a no host bar will be available. The event will be held Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St. For more information, call 726-5465.


PUBLIC SERVICE APPRECIATION: The fifth annual Oakdale Public Service Appreciation Dinner recognizing police, fire and emergency response personnel is scheduled for Jan. 8, at the Bianchi Community Center. Tickets are available by calling 847-3065 and cost $50 each, with table sponsorships available. The event is sponsored by the Oakdale Sunrise Rotary Club. The club also will host representatives from the local chapter of the American Red Cross in appreciation for helping seniors who were affected by the two-alarm fire at the Oak Haven Senior Housing Complex.


UP ALL NIGHT: Space is still available for the Recreation Department's New Year's Eve Pajama Rama on Dec. 31. Children 6 to 13 years old are invited for an evening of movies, games, races, video games and more at the Galaxy Theatres. City officials said qualified staff will supervise children as they welcome 2008. The event begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 9 a.m. Children may bring a pillow, sleeping bag and pajamas. The cost is $30 per child; preregistration is required. Register at 6707 Third St. in the Recreation Department. The deadline is Dec. 21. For more information, call 869-7124.


AN EVE OF REMEMBRANCE: Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home will host a free Christmas service of Remembrance on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Organizers said speakers will include Paul Springer, chaplain of Emanuel Medical Center, and Sandra Ricardo of Hospice of Emanuel, with music by the Brown Sisters. A candle-lighting ceremony and Christmas carols will be included in the holiday celebration. For more information, call 632-9111.


HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: The Alliance Small Business Development Center will provide a year-end seminar Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. on 2007 tax strategy. The Tax Planning Seminar will be presented by David Bruner, CPA, who will cover tax law changes for 2007 and offer tax planning tips. Small business owners can get their tax questions answered at this free seminar. The event will be held at the Merced Tri College Center, G Street and Community College Drive, Building TC 4 Room F. To register, call 381-6557.

Tuolumne County

ESL CLASSES: Through a collaboration between Columbia College and the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, English as a second language classes will be offered at four community locations. Starting Jan. 7 and ending April 26, classes will be based on three levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. Beginning and intermediate level learners can attend for a $16 health fee. Advanced level students will be charged $60 for three college credits, plus the $16 health fee. Also available on a limited basis are transportation and child care services for those who qualify. For more information, contact Vonna Breeze-Martin at 588-5274 or Estela Avalos at 533-9617, ext. 250.

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