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CELEBRATE THE DAY: Christian Love Baptist Church will host its 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday at 10 a.m. at 202 H St. Keynote speaker will be Arturo Flores, superintendent of Modesto City Schools. For more information, call 516-1034.

LOOK TO THE PAST: The Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1614 H St., will present "In Search of Meaning, From the Sands of the Past." The series will begin Feb. 1, with "Amazing Discoveries in the Land of the Nile," and go through Feb. 6, with all sessions beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the church auditorium. For more information, call 521-6460.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES OFFERED: The Modesto City Schools Adult Education Program is registering students in classes to achieve their high school diplomas, GED preparation and English as a Second Language courses. A meeting with an adult education counselor can be arranged for students wishing to earn a high school diploma. High school seniors may enter the adult education program to complete deficient credits. GED preparation classes are offered at a variety of times and locations in Modesto and Salida. GED students have the opportunity to earn a free preparation book. ESL courses are being held at many sites, some offering child care. All classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and are free. To enroll, contact Judy Spina at Elliott Alternative Education Center, 1440 Sunrise Ave., or call 576-4622.

CIVIL WAR GROUP MEETS: The Stanislaus Civil War Association will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakdale Road and Briggsmore Avenue. There will be a concert of period music by Tina Louise Barr and her husband, John Barr. For more information, call Douglas Chadwick at 524-3066.


FINANCIAL TIPS: Are you lost on your trip to financial success and looking for a proven path? What you really need is a good road map. Tune in when Sierra Bible Church hosts a seminar Jan. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple, with lunch included. For more information or to register, call 532-1381.


CORNED BEEF DINNER: Turlock seniors can't wait for St. Patrick's Day; they want their corned beef now. Tickets to the catered dinner must be purchased before Jan. 25. Dinner will be Feb. 7 at the Seniors Citizen building, 1191 Cahill Ave. The menu will be corned beef and cabbage followed by entertainment -- Emma doing karaoke. For more information or tickets, call Betty at 632-9334.

COMING UP: Teacher preparation for the CBEST examination workshops will be held Feb. 4-8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day for the mathematics workshop and noon to 2 p.m. for the reading/writing session. The workshops are open to all. They are designed to qualify student teachers for jobs and will focus on mathematics and tutorials on reading and writing skills. The fee for the 20 hours of review and instruction is $100. All sessions will be held at the California State University, Stanislaus, Tutoring Center in Vasché Library, One University Circle, off West Monte Vista Avenue. For more information or to register, contact the University's Office of Student Support Services at 667-3220. CSU Stanislaus campus maps are available on the university Web site at http://web.csustan.edu/directories/maps.


ENCOURAGING FITNESS IN KIDS: The city is offering a Kid-Fit program to get children in shape. Kids get together for a half hour of fun, dancing, full movement exercise and games. At the same time, they are learning valuable information about nutrition and their growing bodies. This is the only fitness and nutrition program just for preschoolers, ages 2 to 6. The class is held Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The cost is $19 a month. Register at City Hall, 2720 Second St., or online at www.ci.ceres.ca.us. For more information, call Traci Farris at 538-5682.


SMALL BUSINESS HELP: The Merced County Department of Commerce, Aviation and Economic Development is offering an eight-week tax course to Merced County small businesses beginning Feb. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Classes will be held in the Commerce, Aviation and Economic Development conference room at 2507 Heritage Drive. There is a charge of $150; however, businesses with 100 or fewer employees may be eligible for fee reimbursement for employees completing the course. The class, "Federal/State Tax Consideration for Small Businesses," will cover employee retirement plans, employment taxes, allowable business expenses, business tax credits and more. To reserve a spot, call 385-7686. For more information regarding fee reimbursement, call Mary Cervantes at 385-7686, ext. 4561.

Stanislaus County

OCCUPATIONAL OLYMPICS, CAREER EXPO: The Stanislaus County Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition will be Feb. 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stanislaus County Fairground in Turlock. The deadline to register as an exhibitor is Jan. 25. For more information, call Janine S. Cessna at Modesto City Schools at 576-4166.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: In conjunction with the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness, Soroptimist International of Modesto and Soroptimist International of Modesto North have become involved and have distributed information fliers and brochures at the Greyhound bus station, Kaiser offices and post offices. Contact also has been made with women's shelters to help increase awareness, answer questions and provide support numbers for emergency situations. If women find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation, they can call 558-4357. This is a direct line to local dispatch, which can speed up the response time for the person in need. Soroptimist offers programs that improve social and economic conditions for women and girls. In recognition of the power of women and their dreams, Soroptimist also sponsors the Live Your Dream Campaign. For more information, visit the campaign's Web site, www.liveyourdreamcampaign.org. Go to Soroptimist's Web site, www.soroptimist.org, to learn more about the organization.

LONG-TERM OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: The StanislausCounty Ombudsman program is offering training and certification. Ombudsman volunteers investigate and resolve complaints including reports of senior abuse and neglect. Ombudsmen are advocates for quality of life and care on behalf of residents in long-term care. 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 will begin this month and continue throughout the year. For more information, call Pat Fantazia, program director at Catholic Charities, at 529-3784.

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