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OMELET BREAKFAST: The American Legion Post 74 will hold a breakfast Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. with eggs cooked to order, country fries and all the fixings for $6. Children younger than 7 are free. Proceeds will go to support youth activities. The breakfast will be held at 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave.

PLANT A TREE: Congregation Beth Shalom will join the city and the Greater Modesto Tree Foundation for a community tree planting. In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Tu'Bishvat -- Jewish Arbor Day or the Birthday of the Trees -- they will help another needy city park. A group will meet Sunday at 10 a.m. at Muncy Park, 2410 Janna Ave., with shovels. Those attending will hear a short program about the tree they are planting and learn about the holiday of Tu'Bishvat. This is a free event. For more information, call Marlene at Congregation Beth Shalom at 571-6060.

NAACP GENERAL MEETING: The Modesto-Stanislaus branch of the NAACP will conduct a general meeting that will feature guest speaker Roe Darnell, Yosemite Community College District chancellor. The event will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 882-1480.

AUTISM SPEAKS: A representative from Autism Speaks will be in Modesto on Jan. 25 to discuss starting an Autism Walk. People who might be interested in being on the walk committee or in volunteering on the day of the event are urged to attend this free meeting. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Health Education and Conference Center in McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Village Way, Suite 60B. For more information, contact Michelle Rodriguez at michellerod5@hotmail.com or 614-6364.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Society for Handicapped Children and Adults of Stanislaus County will be holding its Skiing Unlimited snow skiing program during January, February and March. Winter Skiing Unlimited is a snow ski program for children and adults with disabilities. The program provides access to skiing for many blind, deaf, paraplegic, quadriplegic and developmentally delayed people who otherwise might be denied the opportunity to participate in the sport. With adaptive equipment and special instructions, there are few disabilities too severe to prevent participation. New volunteers are needed. E-mail Carole@societyforhandicapped. org or call 524-3536 with any questions, or to request a packet to sign up as a volunteer or a participant. More information also is available on the Web site, www.societyforhandicapped.org.

CONCERT FOR PEACE/LIFE CENTER: The Modesto Peace-Life Center will host John McCutcheon, six-time Grammy-nominated folk musician, in a benefit concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $5 for youth. Call 523-1438 or 579-9913. For more information, go to www.stanislausconnections.org.


GARDEN CLUB: The Ceres Garden Club is inviting the public to its Thursday meeting. The speaker will be Rick Hotchkiss of The Greenery in Turlock. He will give a demonstration on container gardening and will answer questions from the audience. Meetings are held in the Ceres City Council chamber, Second and Magnolia streets. Social time is 11:30 a.m., meeting at noon and program at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 541-3758 or e-mail ceresgc@yahoo.com.


GARDEN CLUB TO START UP AGAIN: The Patterson Garden Club will resume its regular meeting schedule on the fourth Thursday of each month. This month's meeting will be Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. at Las Palmas Mobile Home Estates Club House, 250 E. Las Palmas Ave. Refreshments will be served. Ed Perry, from the Stanislaus County Agricultural Extension Office, will speak on "Gardening in the New Year." The meeting can be beneficial to new homeowners who want to learn how to landscape a yard, or for the long-time gardener looking for new ideas to cope with drought. People are urged to come with questions about their gardening problems. Patterson Garden Club Cookbooks will be available for $10. For information regarding the meeting or the cookbook, call Barbara Coelho at 892-6888.


BOOK SALE: Friends of the Turlock Public Library will hold their winter book sale Jan. 24-26. The sale will be at First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Way at East Main Street and North Berkeley Avenue. A "Members Only Night" will be held Jan. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. Individuals can purchase a membership at the door for $10, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The public sale is Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most books will sell for $1; paperbacks will be 50 cents each. Children's books will be priced at 25 cents to 50 cents. There will be videos, DVDs, books-on-tape and records, too.

NETWORKING MEETINGS: BNI, a business networking organization, meets Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mi Casa Restaurant, 624 N. Golden State Blvd. Members have the opportunity to network, share ideas and contacts, and exchange business information. For more information, call Teresa Silva at 668-3319, or go to www.bnicentralvalley.com.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Penumbra, the art and literary publication of California State University, Stanislaus, is accepting submissions of original poetry, art, photography and short fiction. The deadline for submission is Feb. 26. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Early entries are encouraged. Affiliation with CSU is not required to submit. For more information, contact Rofiah Breen of the English department at 667-3673.

Stanislaus County

MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE: Stanislaus County has eight municipal advisory councils established in the communities of Denair, Hickman, Empire, Salida, Keyes, south Modesto, Knights Ferry and Valley Home. These are public meetings and residents of each area are invited to attend.

Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council: Today, 6:30 p.m., Valley Home School, 13231 Pioneer Ave. For information, call Patricia Lockhart, 848-4948.

Keyes Municipal Advisory Council: Thursday, 7 p.m., Keyes Community Center, 5506 Jennie Ave. For information, call Davie Landers, 664-1431.

South Modesto Municipal Advisory Council: Jan. 23, 6 p.m., Stanislaus County Agricultural Center-Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way. For information, call Raymond Castro, 522-0626.

Knights Ferry Municipal Advisory Council: Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Knights Ferry Community Club, 17601 Sonora Road. For information, call Shavon Haskell, 881-3500.

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