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UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Enochs High School will hold an Information Night about its programs Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The three programs are biotech/forensics science, pre-vet science and graphic design. Students and parents of interested eighth-grade students are invited; these programs aren't offered at other Modesto high schools.

FREMONT OPEN PLAN: Modesto City Schools' alternative elementary education program, Fremont Open Plan, is accepting interest forms for incoming kindergarten through sixth-grade students. The program emphasizes parent participation, multiage classrooms and thematic instruction. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31. Forms are available in the school office at 1220 W. Orangeburg Ave. For more information, call the school at 576-4679.

TRIUMPH FITNESS TO START: Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center is accepting reservations for the next 10-week session of the Triumph Fitness Program, which is open to residents who have completed cancer treatment and want to improve their strength and fitness. The program teaches how to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve the capacity to perform activities of daily living. Triumph Fitness may help reduce the severity of cancer side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes and improve energy levels and self-esteem. Daytime classes will be held twice a week beginning Tuesday, at the Hill Center for Integrative Medicine in Modesto, where certified personal trainers will provide instruction for small groups. There is no cost to participants. For information or to register, call Cancer Services at 569-7789.

EDUCATE, EQUIP AND SUPPORT: A 13-week educational series by the Family Partnership Center regarding children's emotional and mental health will begin soon, and sign-ups are being taken. The two-hour classes are intended to assist parents and caregivers in understanding symptoms and brain processes involved with various childhood emotional or mental health disorders and provide an opportunity to come together for support. Classes will begin in February; the date hasn't been determined. Registration is required. For more information, call Regina or Sabrina at 558-7494 or visit the Family Partnership Center, 421 E. Morris Ave.

KIDWATCH, SAFE BABY-SITTER CLASSES: Doctors Medical Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is offering a baby-sitting safety class Feb. 2 called KIDWATCH. The course is designed to train youth who may be taking care of younger children. Students will learn how to recognize and handle emergencies, basic first aid and CPR, personal safety, water safety and fire safety. Also covered will be infant care, appropriate activities for different age groups, behavior management and the importance of responsibility. The course follows the curriculum of the American Safety & Health Institute. Parents are invited to attend a KIDWATCH demonstration of skills and to celebrate course completion at 3 p.m. Graduates receive a certificate of completion, a KIDWATCH Kit and parents receive tips on helping student be safe sitters. The class will be held at the DMC Foundation classroom annex, 700 McHenry Ave, Suite A, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per student, and preregistration is required. Participants must be at least 11 years old. For more information and to register, call DMC Foundation at 521-2229.

CHRISTIAN SCHOLARSHIPS: In memory of former Modesto City Schools trustee John L. Hollis, Christian Public Servants awards several $500 scholarships annually to students planning a career in public service. Hollis was a graduate of Modesto Junior College and California State University, Stanislaus, and a respected businessman. Recipients of the John L. Hollis Scholarships must be seniors in high school, recent high school graduates or college students with a declared intention of preparing for a career in public service, such as teaching, law enforcement, fire safety, nursing, public administration and political science. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, participation in church and/or Christian ministries, plus community service. Applications are due March 15. For more information, call Nancy Cline at 578-0102 or e-mail randncline@hotmail.com.


CRAB-O-RAMA: The Rotary Club of Salida presents its eighth annual crab and rigatoni dinner Feb. 2, benefiting community programs in Salida and international projects. The dinner will be at the Ripon Community Center, and tickets are $35. The price includes crab, pasta, clam chowder, wine, bread, salad and dessert. Dance music will be provided by Roddie Jackson. The doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30. Tickets will not be available at the door. For tickets, call Paul Sanders at 402-1971.


MAGICIAN DONNY CRANDELL AT FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Family Fun Night at the Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library will feature magician Donny Crandell. The event is scheduled for Monday and guests are invited to bring their dinner to eat at the library at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:30. The program challenges children to read for fun and gives them the chance to practice social skills appropriate for a live theater performance. This free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Salida Library, will be offered in the Community Room of the library at 4835 Sisk Road. For more information, call 543-7315.


CRAB FEED FAST APPROACHING: A crab cioppino dinner/dance will take place at the Turlock Ballroom on Golden State Boulevard on Feb. 2. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m to 9 p.m., followed by dancing until midnight. Tickets are $40 per person, and there are no take-outs available. Music by DJ Fisher. For tickets, call Manuel at 678-3340.

EXTENDED EDUCATION: For those who never made it to college, are pursuing a career that does not require a college degree, are considering a new career field, or want to enhance their college degrees, the certificate programs offered during the spring semester by California State University, Stanislaus, Extended Education can fill the order. University Extended Education (UEE) offers a variety of learning options, including certificate programs in bookkeeping using QuickBooks, culinary arts and event planning, paralegal, human resources, nonprofit management and supervision, real estate appraising and many others. Classes meet at the Stanislaus State campus. A full menu of online options is available. For more information, call 667-3111 or visit www.extendeded.com.


MMMMM ... LOBSTER FEST: The Atwater Rotary Club is holding its fourth annual lobster fest Feb. 2. It will be at the APC Hall, 1420 Third St., near Ralston Park. Cost is $40 per person for lobster, pasta, bread, salad and dessert. There will be a no-host bar with free sodas and water. Grand prize with the dinner ticket is a $1,000 Marriott Hotel gift card. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7. Tickets for drawings with prizes are $1. Proceeds will be used to replace the picnic facility at Osborn Park and the Tree Partners Foundation. For tickets and information, call Roger Wood at 358-7343 or 756-7122.

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