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CANCER SUPPORT: A cancer support group presented by the Community Cancer Program at Doctors Medical Center meets Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Center at Doctors. For more information, call 576-3878.

HLC MEETING: Stan Little will talk about the Careers In Manufacturing project spearheaded by the Stanislaus Partners in Education at the Hispanic Leadership Council meeting at 7 a.m. Friday. The meeting will be at El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St. The meetings are free and the public is invited.

SEE THE WORLD, ALL FROM YOUR SEAT: The Sierra Club and Audubon Society present their annual slide show Friday. The clubs have members who are great photographers and this has always been the most popular program of the year. The evening will start with refreshments and a social time at 6:45 p.m., followed by the slide presentation at 7. The event will be at the Modesto Police Department Theater Room, 600 10th St. It's free and nonmembers are welcome. For more information, call Kelly at 606-2485.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: An expert from the AARP in Sacramento will discuss how reverse mortgages work and how they affect taxes, estate planning, Social Security and other public benefits at a presentation Tuesday in the Modesto Library. The free program by Julie Bates begins at 2 p.m. in the downstairs auditorium, 1500 I St. This program is offered through a partnership of the AARP and the Stanislaus County Library. For reservations, call 558-7814.

MJC BUS TRIP: Hitch a ride with Modesto Junior College to see the AT&T National Pro Am Golf Tournament in Carmel on Feb. 9. Celebrities, golf legends and spectacular oceanside scenery make this tournament one of the world's most watched golf events. This PGA tour championship pairs professionals with amateurs to compete for $5.4 million in prize money. Foursomes play Poppy Hills, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach golf links. The $95 cost includes entrance fee and transportation. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. For more information, call 575-6065 and ask for trip No. 8954.

CITY UPDATES CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN: The city has updated the Citizen Participation Plan. The plan is designed to encourage residents' participation in the formulation of priorities, strategies and funding allocations in the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan, as well as the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report for programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The updated plan is available for review and comment through Feb. 5 at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Suite 4300, or download a copy of the plan from the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department Web site at www.modestogov.com/prnd/programs/housing (click on "Citizen Participation Plan" on the right of the page). For more information, contact Rebecca Blanco, administrative analyst, at 577-5368 or rblanco@modestogov.com.


CLASSES FOR EXPECTANT MOMS: Expectant moms can enjoy support and friendship while learning about pregnancy at the weekly "Great Expectations" sessions. Each session includes a program taught by a health professional, lunch and an activity. The goal is to identify pregnant women who may be at risk or have medical concerns, and increase awareness of prenatal care. Women in all stages of pregnancy are invited to attend. Sessions are Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Family Support Network offices, 1405 W. F St., Suite A. Among the discussion topics are nutrition, preparation for childbirth, caring for babies, stress reduction, injury prevention, and other topics helpful to expectant moms and their families. The sessions are free and expectant moms receive educational materials, referrals to other programs, lunch and a gift for their baby. Childcare is available. For more information, call the Family Support Network at 847-5121, ext. 201.


AN EVENING CONCERT: A concert that will include Mozart's "Piano Trio in C major" and Haydn's "Cello Concerto in C major," will be held at Turlock High School Performing Arts Building on Sunday at 2 p.m. The concert is a fund-raiser for the musicians to go to New York and work one-on-one with New York Philharmonic musicians, as well as a way for Turlock High School to show off its new grand piano, purchased with a grant. The concert is $5. For more information, call Donna at 535-4475.

NEWCOMERS MEETING: The January luncheon of the Turlock Newcomers and Friends will be held Monday at the Moose Lodge Building, 4713 W. Main St. There will be a social time at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and a used book sale. For more information, call Dee at 667-8993 or Louise at 632-2989.

Stanislaus County

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: The Stanislaus County Ombudsman program is offering training and certification. Ombudsman volunteers investigate and resolve complaints including reports of elder abuse and neglect. Ombudsman are advocates for quality of life and care on behalf of residents in long-term care. All volunteers must complete a 36-hour course and be certified by the Department of Aging. Training is held at the Catholic Charities office at 400 12th St. Classes begin this month and continue throughout the year. For the January class, call Pat Fantazia, program director at Catholic Charities, at 529-3784.

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