Around the Region


SENIORS TO TAKE FIELD TRIP: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's King-Kennedy Senior Citizens Group will host a trip to Roberts Ferry Nut Co. and the former Castle Air Force Base on Wednesday. The bus will depart from the King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive, at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Participants will have lunch at the Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant in Waterford. The group will then travel to the former base for a guided tour of the air museum. This trip is open to the community at a cost of $30 per person for nonmembers and $15 per person for members. The cost includes entrance fees and lunch. Space is limited. To register, call the King-Kennedy Memorial Center at 577-5355.

LANDLORD TRAINING: The Modesto Police Department is offering free landlord and property management training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13 at the department, 600 10th St. This training is offered several times a year as part of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program and is open to rental property owners, managers and staff. Topics include fair housing and applicant screening; crime prevention through environmental design; security lighting; fire safety and prevention; evictions; and gang and drug recognition. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.modestopolice.com/cfmh/2008_Schedule.asp. For more information, contact community service officer Carmen Soria at 572-9636, or e-mail soriac@modestopd.com.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC BLOOD DRIVE: Central Catholic High School will hold a blood drive as part of its Winter Homecoming celebration. The drive will be Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the school library, 200 S. Carpenter Road. All participants will be given a free T-shirt. Children 16 years old and younger must have signed permission from their parents to donate blood.

LEGAL PROFESSIONALS TO MEET: The Stanislaus County Legal Professionals Association will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m., at Appetez Restaurant, 825 W. Roseburg Ave. The speaker will be Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley, and she will talk about the Family Justice Center. R.S.V.P. by noon Monday to Michelle at 521-1800 or mmaines@curtisandarata.com.

VALENTINE DINNER-DANCE: Carousel Dance Club will hold a Valentine's dinner-dance Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel with music by In the Mood. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m., with dinner from 7 to 8 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. For more information, call Laurie and Don Jackson at 863-0341.

SPAGHETTI DINNER: The John F. Kennedy School, which serves children with special needs, will hold a fund-raiser to support its Special Olympics, Sensory Room and other needs of the children with a spaghetti dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St. Adults $10, children under 12 $6. Call John F. Kennedy School at 541-2320 or John Worsham at, 541-2318.

CHARITY AUCTION: The Stanislaus Medical Society Alliance will hold its 17th annual 'Hearts and Flowers' luncheon and charity auction Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. It will be at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Children's Crisis Center, Haven Women's Center, Redwood Center, Sierra Vista Children and Family Services, and Vision Impaired Persons Support. Individuals or businesses can lend their support by advertising in the luncheon program. The SMSA also is seeking donation items for the auction, such as home accessories, jewelry, vacation homes and packages, theater tickets, sporting event tickets and memorabilia. Tickets to the luncheon are $40 per person or $400 for a table for 10. Donations are tax-deductible.

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION COURSE: A free 12-week course for relatives and caregivers of people with serious mental illness is scheduled for Thursdays starting Feb. 21 and going through May 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 800 Scenic Drive. The course covers symptoms and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar, depression and other mental illnesses, and teaches coping skills. To register, call Lynn Padlo at 576-0809 or Joyce Plis at 522-7872.

WOMEN'S AUXILIARY LUNCHEON: The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary will hold its annual omelet luncheon March 10 at 11 a.m. at the Red Shield Community Center, 1649 Las Vegas St. The event will include a boutique and bake sale. Tickets are $20. For more information, contact Carole at 522-3209.


GENEALOGY MEETING: Members of the Tuolumne County Genealogical Society will share favorite books, sources and Web sites as well as roadblocks to their research at the Monday society meeting. The 7 p.m. meeting will be in the Community Room at the Tuolumne County Library, on Greenley Road, and is open to interested members of the community. Refreshments will be served.

Send Region items to Region, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; call 578-2330; fax 578-2207; or e-mail region@modbee.com.