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ROBOTIC SURGERY SEMINAR

When: Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St.

Info: Learn how robotic surgery can be performed with an incision the size of a dime. The free seminar hosted by Doctors Medical Center will include presentations from urologist Dr. Robert Eisenberg and gynecologist Dr. John Pfeffer, who use the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at the Modesto hospital. A physicians panel will answer questions about robotic surgery, which promises less pain and shorter recovery times for patients. To register, call 888-284-6641 or sign up at www.dmc-modesto.com (click on "Upcoming Events").

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP

When: Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Meghan's Place, 1311 E St.

Info: Signe Darpinian, a marriage and family counselor in Modesto, will hold an "Introduction to Intuitive Eating Workshop." Intuitive eating is a nondieting approach to ending compulsive eating. It encourages people to listen to their bodies' cues, so they can distinguish between hunger and the emotions tied to overeating. The cost of the workshop is $125, which includes lunch. To register, call 491-2197.

MELLIS PARK POOL FUND-RAISER

When: Thursday, 5 p.m.

Where: Mellis Park, 601 S. Martin Luther King Ave.

Info: The King-Kennedy Memorial Center board of directors is inviting the community to Mellis Park to raise money to reopen the Mellis Park pool in the summer of 2009. There will be a free concert featuring The Cartel Band with sound provided by Sound Express. Perfect Name and other community artists will perform. Doc's 'Q' N Pit Stop will be selling barbecue. The board is looking for sponsors and community members to help reach the goal. If you would like to be involved, call Jai' Gullatt at 408-0277.

HOWARD TRAINING CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT

When: Friday

Where: Manteca Park Golf Course

Info: Modesto's Howard Training Center is seeking golfers and sponsors for the eighth annual Howard Training Center Golf Tournament. Sponsorships are available for $50 to $5,000, and the fee for golfers is $125 including buffet. For more information, call 593-5618.

CLASS FOR MARRIED COUPLES

When: Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Shelter Cove Community Church, 4252 Coffee Road

Info: Weekly class for married or separated couples. Class is free, optional cost for workbook. You may attend with or without your spouse. Child care is provided. To register for the class, call 578-4357 or e-mail jwilliams@inthecove.com.

MAPS PROGRAM

When: Friday, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Where: Modesto Junior College East Campus Auditorium, 435 College Ave.

Info: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA and the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope with Modesto Area Partners in Science. MAPS is celebrating the two milestones with the family science presentation "Discovering Extrasolar Planets," by San Francisco State University astronomer Chris McCarthy. All ages are welcome but it's suggested for those 8 and older. Observatory open house after presentation. Free admission and parking.


Ripon

BOOT CAMP FOR BUSINESS

When: Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: 333 W. Main St.

Info: The Friends of the Ripon Memorial Library are partnering with several business professionals on a Boot Camp for Business. The class costs $99 and all proceeds will support the group's community partnerships for literacy and learning program, which brings classes to the library. Boot Camp for Business is an intensive two-week, four-session program that will address everything you need to know to run a successful business. Business professionals will speak on such topics as best hiring practices, marketing and advertising, an overview of QuickBooks for record-keeping and payroll, and maintaining long-term financial health. There will be time to ask questions after each session. All classes will be held in the community room of the library. Seating is limited, so sign up early. For more information and a registration form, check out "Business Boot Camp" at www.riponfriends.org.

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