SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
WHEN: Today, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
WHERE: Big Valley Christian School, 4040 Tully Road
INFO: Parents of children in preschool through high school are invited to participate in Visitors Day, which will include classroom observations, facility tours, curriculum review and informational sessions. There will be a special session for kindergarten parents at 7 p.m. For parents of current eighth-grade students, a session titled "High School 101: Navigating Your Way Through High School" also will be at 7 p.m. For more information, call 527-3481.
FFA CHICKEN BBQ
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WHEN: Today, 2 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Grace Davis High School parking lot, Tully Road near Rumble Road
INFO: The Grace Davis High School FFA is holding its annual chicken dinner barbecue. Cost is $10 and the meal includes chicken, salad, roll and drink. All proceeds benefit the Grace Davis FFA.
HIGH SCHOOL WALK-A-THON
WHEN: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. walk
WHERE: Valley Charter High School, 108 Campus Way
INFO: The first annual 5K Walk for Education will be held. Friends and family are invited to join in taking an active role against the devastating effects of the California budget crisis. Registration fee is $5. For more information, call 238-6800.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
WHEN: Today, 9 a.m.
WHERE: Home of member Marilynne Allen
INFO: The speaker at the Patterson Garden Club meeting will be Harlan Smith from the Camellia Society of Modesto. Smith's topic is "Brighten Your Winter Garden with Camellias." Refreshments will be served. For more information and location address, call Barbara at 892-6888.
PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST
WHEN: Deadline, Monday
INFO: The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring the National Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The winning artwork will be eligible for state and national competitions. Students must have crafted their entries during the 2009-10 school year and be verified by a teacher's signature on each entry form. For more information, call 394-2059.
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