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2008 FALL ACTIVITY GUIDE

When: Available starting Monday

Info: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's 2008 Fall Activity Guide outlines a variety of activities for the whole family. Express your creativity through art, crafts and dance, sign up for sports and fitness classes, or learn computer skills. The guide also includes many free programs and events for kids, teens, adults and seniors.

The Activity Guide can be picked up at the following locations:

Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department: 1010 10th St., Suite 4400; Coldwell office: 720 Coldwell Ave.

Senior Citizens Center: 211 Bodem St.

King-Kennedy Memorial Center: 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive

Maddux Youth Center: 615 Sierra Drive

Neighborhood Center at Marshall Park: 420 Chicago Ave.

Stanislaus County Library: 1500 I St.

The activity guide may also be accessed by visiting www.modestogov.com/prnd/activityguide. Registration begins Monday. To register via the Internet, you must set up an eConnect account at www.modestogov.com/econnect. For more information, call guest services at 577-5344.

ALLEY CAT GUARDIANS ADOPTION

When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: PetSmart, 2100 McHenry Ave.

Info: View an assortment of cats and kittens; adoption fees vary. Volunteers will be available to help with your selection.

SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM COUPON DISTRIBUTION

When: Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 9

Where: Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. at Riverbank Market, Community Center Park, Santa Fe between Sixth and Seventh streets; Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Oakdale Market, 100 block of North Third Avenue between E and F streets; Aug. 9, 8-11 a.m. at downtown Modesto Farmers Market on 16th Street between H and I streets.

Info: The Area Agency on Aging has senior farmers market coupon booklets for people 60 and older who live in Stanislaus County and have a limited income -- $1,600 a month or less for an individual and $2,159 for a couple. First-come, first-served while supplies last. Each booklet contains $20 worth of coupons. They are used like cash only at certified farmers markets in Modesto, Riverbank and Oakdale to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. Coupons must be redeemed by mid-November. For more information, call Senior Information and Assistance at 558-8698 or 800-510-2020.

TENNIS ANYONE?

When: Friday and Aug. 9

Where: Friday at Downey Community Park, 1200 Brighton Ave. or Aug. 9 at Beyer Community Park, 3700 Beyer Park Drive

Info: The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department and Future Stars will offer tennis lessons for beginner through advanced students, ages 4 to adult. Register in person at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect. For more information, call 577-5344.

SONG OF THE SAN JOAQUIN QUARTERLY POETRY READING

When: Aug. 9, 2 p.m.

Where: McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., in the downstairs theater

Info: A free reading of Volume 5, Number 3 poetry, by the poets. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Cleo Griffith at 543-1776 or cleor36@yahoo.com.

HULA FESTIVAL

When: Aug. 9-10, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Modesto Centre Plaza at 10th and K streets

Info: George Na'ope Kane Hula Festival offers a children's hula competition, Hawaiian music and chants, island arts, crafts, culture booths and Hawaiian food. Admission is $8-$10. For more information, call 551-9226 or www.kanehulafestival.com.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF E CLAMPUS VITUS 58

When: Aug. 9, 2-4 p.m.

Where: McHenry Museum, 1402 I St.

Info: The public is invited to a free reception honoring the organization and the newly published "Stanislaus Stepping Stones" issue in honor of E Clampus Vitus. For more information, call the McHenry Museum Store between noon and 4 p.m. except Monday, at 491-4347.

DANCE TEAM AUDITIONS

When: Aug. 10, 2 p.m.

Where: Dance Academy, 950 10th St.

Info: Competition hip-hop team for ages 14-18. For more information, call 522-6879.

MOMS CLUB OF MODESTO EAST

When: Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Sanders Park, Kodiak Drive and Litt Road

Info: Learn more about the club -- Moms Offering Moms Support. The group provides emotional and educational support and is aimed at stay-at-home moms, or those who work part time and are home during the day. The open house is for moms and children. For more information, e-mail momsmodestoeast@gmail.com.

DANCE PRODUCTION

When: Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Greater True Baptist Church, 1417 Harris Ave.

Info: The youth tour "Tapestry: Dancin' in the Streetz" includes dance, rap and gospel choir. Admission is free. For more information, call 522-9568.

BALLROOM DANCING

When: Aug. 15, 8-11 p.m.

Where: Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St.

Info: Dance lessons in tango and fox trot will be given at 6:45 p.m. prior to the dance. Admission for members of the Ballroom Dance Club is $5; nonmembers $8. Dance instruction is $1 with paid admission. For more information, call 576-2432 or e-mail ModestoBallroomClub@gmail.com.

NINTH ANNUAL USO DINNER-DANCE

When: Sept. 6, 5 p.m.

Where: Modesto Airport Hangar No. 1, 700 Tioga Way

Info: The local squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is hosting a tribute to the armed forces, past and present. There will be a dance contest and awards for the most original 1940s-era costumes. Knight Sounds, an 18-piece big band ensemble, will provide the music. Tickets are $40. Tables reservations are available for parties of eight or more. For more information, call 529-4989 or 605-4313.

Riverbank

TOT TIME PROGRAM

When: Aug. 11-27, Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Scout Hall, 3017 High St.

Info: The Parks and Recreation Department is offering the Tot Time program for children ages 3 to 5 who are potty trained. Children will learn social skills, do arts and crafts, sing and use the Mickey Mouse computers. Fee is $45 per session per child. Sessions are monthly and space is limited. Register at 6707 Third St. For more information, call 869-7124 or 869-7010.

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.

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