DEMOCRATS MEET TODAY: The monthly meeting of the Central Valley Democratic Club is at 7 p.m today at the Barkin Dog Grill, 940 11th St. Speakers include former Modesto City Councilman Denny Jackman, author of Measure E, who will talk about the impending legal battle the measure faces after being passed by voters. Taylor White, a student at Modesto Junior College, will speak about his decision to run against Republican Tom Berryhill for the Assembly. And Gary D. Robbins, Region 7 director, will discuss the upcoming state convention in San Jose and how the club needs volunteers and participants to attend.
CANCER SUPPORT: A Cancer Support Group is offered by the Community Cancer Program at Doctors Medical Center every Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. For more information, call 888-284-6641.
CAR CLUB MEETING: The Nor-Cal HHR Car Club will meet on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at A&W on 14th and G streets for a regular meeting and get-together and an Open Cockpit organizational meeting. New members are welcome. For more information, go to www.norcalhhrs.com or www.modestohhrclub.com.
TEEN NIGHT: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's Maddux Youth Center and Paradise South Weed and Seed Project is presenting the "Mix At 615" program, for ages 13 through 17. The program is held at the Maddux Youth Center, 615 Sierra Drive, each Friday night from 8 to midnight. The free program provides a safe location for teens to enjoy a variety of leisure activities. For more information, contact Bruce Lockard at 341-2950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIKE CAMP: The 2008 Adapted Bike Camp is scheduled for March 24-28 at Ustach Middle School. Disabled children use adapted bicycle equipment to build confidence and skills that eventually lead to their riding standard bicycles. More information and applications for participants and volunteers are available at www.societyforhandicapped.org or by contacting Carole McFarlane at 524-3536 or email@example.com. Space is limited for participants.
CRAFT VENDORS SOUGHT: The Modesto Civitan Club is looking for crafters and vendors to sell their items at the upcoming Hearty Breakfast & Craft Fair on April 13 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way. The craft spaces are indoors and each vendor receives an 8-foot table. The cost for a space is $10. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Cindie Wolf at 523-9653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT: The Women's Empowerment Business Networking Luncheon will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel's Garden Terrace Restaurant. Join them for a business luncheon and discussion regarding the Crows Landing West Park project. Gerry Kamilos, the West Park developer, will talk about the 4,800-acre business and industrial park proposed at the Crows Landing air facility southeast of Patterson. For more information, call Evone Cardenas at 573-1710.
KIDNEY SCREENINGS: Memorial Medical Center and the National Kidney Foundation will provide a free health screening for kidney disease on March 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Hall, 709 J St. Twenty million Americans have early kidney disease and most don't know it. Early detection can prevent or delay the onset of chronic kidney disease. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes, or have a blood relative with diabetes or blood pressure. The screening will include height/weight and blood pressure measurement, and a medical history questionnaire. Those who require further testing will have blood and urine samples collected by medical professionals. Medical professionals also will be available for private consultations. For more information or registration, call the Health Center at 572-7262. Appointments are not necessary, but space is limited.
FIRST AID KITS: The Stanislaus Chapter of the American Red Cross has a variety of first aid kits available for your summer vacation travel needs. Stop by the American Red Cross office to see the Auto First Aid Kit: everything you need for summer traveling. For a schedule of Health and Safety classes being offered throughout the rest of March and April, go to www.arcscc.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1230 Sixth St. For more information, call 523-6451.
AAUW TO MEET: The local chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold a brunch from 9 a.m. until noon on March 29 in an Oakdale home. The program will feature University of California at Davis graduate student Jessica Carter, who has directly benefited from funds raised by the AAUW. She is about to receive her MBA in Management with a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility. Carter will share her inspiring story of her quest for higher education and the betterment of our society. For more information, call Judy at 847-4439.
PURPLEPALOOZA DINNER: The second annual "Purplepalooza" dinner and dance, a benefit for the Jacqueline Brigham Memorial Fund, is set for March 29 at the Atwater Community Center, 760 Bellevue Road. The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by a tri-tip dinner and entertainment by bands Mike Hammar and the Nails, Blank ID and Member. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling Robyn Brigham at 358-3170. Jacqueline Brigham, 15, died in a car accident in Winton in 2004. Organizers asked attendees to wear some form of purple, the teenager's favorite color, and said proceeds will benefit local children.
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