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WALKING DOGS UNITE: Want to start 2008 on a healthy note for you and Fido? The Humane Society of Stanislaus County is kicking off the new year with a dog walk. Join Humane Society President Traci Jennings, board members and their pets at the East La Loma Park picnic area Tuesday at 1 p.m. The path is paved and strollers are welcome. There is no charge, and waste bags will be provided. All dogs must be on a leash.

HAPPY NEW YEAR: Family Life Ministries and Calvary Temple Singles will celebrate New Year's Eve with "An Evening in the Heavenlies." Dinner will be at 7 p.m. and will include entertainment by the group Soul Devotion and nationally known comedian Paul Aldrich. Presale tickets are $40. Child care is available with RSVP at a cost of $5 per child. For more information, call 552-5797 or 539-7346, ext. 225.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MEETS: The cancer support group presented by the Community Cancer Program at Doctors Medical Center will meet today and every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Center at Doctors Medical Center. For more information, call 576-3878.

CALLING ALL TALENT: PFLAG Modesto will hold its annual Cabaret and Talent Night on Jan. 15 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave. Doors open at 6:30 for a silent auction and white elephant sale with the show beginning at 7:15. General donations for admission begin at $5. Appetizers, beverages and grand talent will be provided, organizers said.


DODGE THAT BALL: The Ceres Recreation Department and the Ceres Youth Commission will be holding their first Old School Dodgeball Tournament on Jan. 26 in the Central Valley High School gymnasium. Registration begins at 3 p.m., with games getting under way at 4. Teams will be made up of six to 10 players, and will compete in one of three categories. The elementary or the "E" group is for students in fourth through seventh grades; the teen or "T" group is open to eighth- through 11th-graders; and the adult or "A" group is for high school seniors and older. Individual registrants will be placed on teams on a first-come, first-served basis. The tournament fee is $5 per person. Balls will be provided. A first-place team trophy will be awarded in each category, and special "best costume" and "most spirited" prizes also will be awarded. Special uniforms or outfits are not required, but people are encouraged to participate. All team apparel must be appropriate for a school function. The youth commission is encouraging city departments, teachers, school officials, youth commissions and local businesses to play their rivals in a fun and friendly game of old school dodgeball. For more information, contact Cambria Pollinger at 538-5782 or cambria.pollinger@ci.ceres.ca.us.


UP ALL NIGHT: Space is available for the Recreation Department's New Year's Eve Pajama Rama on Monday. Children 6 to 13 years old are invited for an evening of movies, games, races, video games and more at 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 Friday. For more information, call 869-7124.


CRAB, CRAB, CRAB: Tickets are available for the annual St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Hughson crab feed and live auction scheduled for Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Rogers Family Center at Fox and Euclid roads. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 and a live auction and drawing for prizes at 8:30. Prizes are $500, $100 and a 27-inch color television. Tickets are $40 per person and are available in advance at the St. Anthony's Parish office or from parish members. Proceeds will go to St. Anthony's. No tickets will be sold at the door, and no takeout orders will be available. Call St. Anthony's at 883-4310 for more information or to purchase tickets.


E-WASTE COLLECTION: The Hilmar Unified School District will collect electronic waste from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 6. Teaming with Fresno-based Electronic Recyclers, the school district will provide students, their families and the community with an opportunity to dispose of computers, monitors, printers, television sets and other outdated, unusable or unwanted electronic items for proper recycling. The free recycling event also will provide money for a new computer lab at the high school. The collection will take place in front of the Transportation Department, 7807 Lander Ave., with plenty of signs to direct people to the exact location. For more information, call Larry Regoat at the school district, 669-2905 or 559-442-3989.

Merced County

TAX COURSE OFFERED: The Merced County Department of Commerce, Aviation and Economic Development is offering an eight-week tax course to Merced County small businesses. The course will begin Feb. 5 and will be held Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Classes will be in the Commerce, Aviation and Economic Development conference room, 2507 Heritage Drive, Atwater. There is a charge of $150; however, businesses with 100 or fewer employees may be eligible for fee reimbursement for employees completing the course. Organizers said the class, titled "Federal-State Tax Consideration for Small Businesses," will cover employee retirement plans, employment taxes, allowable business expenses, business tax credits and more. The course instructor, Al Peterson, is a registered financial adviser and member of the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Securities Investor Protection Corp. To sign up, call 385-7686. For questions regarding fee reimbursement, contact Mary Cervantes at 385-7686, ext. 4561.

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