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INFORMATION NIGHT: Enochs High School will host an information night on three programs today at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The program offerings are biotech/forensics science, pre-veterinary science and graphic design. Students and parents of eighth- and ninth-grade students are invited to attend to find out about these programs. They are not offered at other Modesto high schools. For more information, call Shannon Craghead at 576-4196.

BLOOD DRIVE: Modesto Junior College and Delta Blood Bank will sponsor a blood drive today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the east campus Fireside Lounge, 435 College Ave. For more information or to make an appointment, call Student Development and Campus Life at 575-6000, ext. 4166. Delta Blood Bank is offering a $300 scholarship to the MJC club with the most participants. There must be a minimum of 20 donors per club to qualify. For the scholarship, call Lisbeth Garcia at 943-3830, ext. 214.

TRI-TIP DINNER FUND-RAISER: Modesto High School Band and Guard boosters will hold their seventh annual Super Bowl Sunday tri-tip dinner extravaganza Sunday. The dinner is a pre-sale-only event with enough food to feed four people -- one whole tri-tip; choice of coleslaw or potato salad; beans; rolls; and dessert. It will be delivered from noon to 3 p.m. Each meal-for-four is $40. The deadline to sign up is Thursday. For more information, call Donna Rodrock at 522-4868 or dlrock@sbcglobal.net.

TAX ASSISTANCE: Professionally trained volunteers, certified by the IRS, will help with federal and state income tax preparation. Appointments are made by phone only. Call The Salvation Army Social Services at 523-7577 to make an appointment. Volunteers will begin tax assistance Monday at The Salvation Army, 625 I St. All those seeking assistance must bring their 2007 W-2 forms, 1099-Rs, Social Security cards for all people listed on the tax returns and last year's return.

MARDI GRAS DINNER DANCE: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County will hold its third annual Mardi Gras dinner dance at The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave., on Saturday, from 6 to 11 p.m. The celebration features a no-host cocktail hour at 6 p.m., face-painting and roving entertainment with a Cajun dinner at 7 and dancing from 8 to 11. Music will be provided by Ernie Bucio's Jazz Band. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Tickets are $50, with 50 percent tax-deductible to benefit the UUFSC Religious Education Building Fund. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday; no tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase, call Marcia at 577-5590 or Susan at 547-0331.

ART THERAPY FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: Cancer Services of Memorial Medical Center is accepting reservations for a 10-week session of the free Images and Cancer Art Program, which is for cancer survivors and their families or caregivers. Participants will explore how painting can help unlock emotions and ideas and bring clarity and definition to one's life experiences. Classes will be held Tuesdays, beginning today, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mistlin Fine Art Gallery, 1015 J St. No art experience is needed and art materials will be provided. Seating is limited. For information or to register, call Cancer Services at 569-7789.

CITY CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN: The city has updated the Citizen Participation Plan and it's available for review and comments through Feb. 5 at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Suite 4300. You can download a copy of the plan from the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department at www.modestogov.com/prnd/programs/ housing, then click on "Citizen Participation" at the right of the page. For more information, call Rebecca Blanco at 577-5368.

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.

CRAB-A-LICIOUS: The Modesto Junior College Agriculture Department will present a crab feed and auction Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. This will be the first general fund-raiser for the MJC agriculture program. Proceeds will be used to enhance the Agriculture Measure E building projects. With the completion of the student intern housing project, agriculture multipurpose pavilion, livestock housing and other improvement projects there will be a need to secure additional funds to enhance the facilities to maximize instructional opportunities for students. In addition to the all-you-can-eat crab feed, there will be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from the agriculture department by calling Dale Pollard at 575-6204. Tickets are limited and can be picked up at the agriculture department on Coldwell Avenue.


STATE OF THE CITY: The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the city of Oakdale will host the annual State of the City address Wednesday. Mayor Ferrell Jackson will review 2007 and what is ahead for Oakdale in 2008. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave. A buffet lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required, and the cost is $10 per person. For reservations, call the Oakdale chamber at 847-2244.

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