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Around the Region (5/20/09)

MODESTO

MEMORIAL DAY ADULT TENNIS TOURNAMENT

WHEN: Graceada Tennis Courts, 401 Needham St.

WHERE: Saturday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

INFO: Men, women and doubles events will be held for ages 18 and older, and players may enter two events. Fees are $20 per person for the single event and $30 per team for the doubles event. Brochures and registration forms are available at www.modestogov.com/prnd/recreation/sports or at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, 1010 Tenth Street, Suite 4400, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday.

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL HISPANIC ASSEMBLY MEETING

WHEN: Thursday, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Conference room at Doctors Medical Center, 1441 Florida Ave.

INFO: An advocacy group uniting fellow Republicans to educate, promote and increase the number of Latino Republicans. For more information, call Ana Golden-Mendez at 993-6508 or go to www.carnha.org.

TOWN HALL MEETING

WHEN: Thursday, 6 p.m.

WHERE: King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 Martin Luther King Blvd.

INFO: The local chapter of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People will conduct part two of a town hall meeting to examine the use of excessive force in Stanislaus County. Law enforcement representatives will be available to discuss policies and procedures. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 882-1480.

DRIVERS EDUCATION CLASS

WHEN: Ongoing

INFO: The city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department offers a drivers education class for those 15 and older. Students may choose an Internet or home study course to complete the work required by the state. A DMV-accepted certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. The class does not include behind-the-wheel driving. The registration fee is $75 for online study and $85 for home study. Register at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, 1010 Tenth St., Suite 4400, or call 577-5344 for more information.

WORK & SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

WHEN: Thursday, 9 a.m.

WHERE: 800 Scenic Drive, Building 4

INFO: A Social Security Administration representative will make an hourlong presentation on services offered; the talk will include time for questions and answers. The presentation is free and open to members of the public older than 18. No registration required. Presented by The Empowerment Center.

DISABILITY BENEFITS CLAIM

WHEN: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: 800 Scenic Drive, Building 4

INFO: A Social Security Administration representative will help people file disability claims. Filing a disability claim requires an appointment and will take 60 to 90 minutes. At the appointment, people must have date of birth; Social Security number; and name and phone number of the doctor most recently seen for the disability. If a doctor has not been consulted, Social Security may pay for a consultation. Call the Empowerment Center at 544-1913 to schedule a claim appointment or for more information.

HIGH SPEED RAIL AND ACE: INTERREGIONAL RAIL GETS SERIOUS

WHEN: Thursday, 5 to 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Great Valley Center Community Room, 201 Needham Ave.

INFO: A presentation on high-speed rail and the Altamont Commuter Express featuring Brent Ogden, who will discuss the timeline for developing high-speed rail and the steps that staff and consultants are taking in the planning process. He will describe planned upgrades to the ACE corridor that will be funded as part of the high-speed rail bonds. Ogden will discuss how rail and land development support each other and how to facilitate rail planning and development at the municipal level. Ogden is vice president of AECOM in Oakland. Fee for the forum is $10, check or cash, payable at the door. The event will be followed by an optional, no-host dinner with the speaker. Beverages and light snacks available. For more information, e-mail nuplanner@gmail.com.

CERES

CERES GARDEN CLUB MEETING

WHEN: Thursday, social time 11:30 a.m., meeting at noon, program at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ceres City Council Chambers, 2220 Magnolia St.

INFO: Rich Hotchkiss, manager of The Greenery Nursery in Turlock, will discuss water-wise gardening and answer questions. This will be the club's last regular meeting until September. New members encouraged to attend; dues are $15. For more information, call 541-3758.

COULTERVILLE

SPRING CONCERTS

WHEN: Thursday and Sunday, free

WHERE: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Greeley Hill Community Club; Sunday, 3 p.m. at Coulterville Methodist Church

INFO: A musical trip across America will be featured when the Gold Country Singers hold their spring concerts in Greeley Hill. There will be free refreshments at both events, which are open to the public at no charge.

LIVINGSTON

FAMILY HAMBURGER NIGHT

WHEN: Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St.

INFO: The Livingston/Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars 8327 and Ladies Auxiliary present Family Hamburger Night. The public is invited, and you do not have to be a member to attend. Enjoy hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and chili. The sandwiches include your choice of homemade salads, and the meals range in price from $1.50 to $3.50. All proceeds go to help support our community programs. For more information, call Denis or Sue Wells at 394-2059

TUOLUMNE COUNTY

WII GAMES EVERY WEEK AT LIBRARIES

Where and WHEN: Sonora Library, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Twain Harte Library, Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Tuolumne Library, Fridays noon to 2 p.m.; and MiWuk, Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

INFO: The Wii game system is now available for free at the library every week during the Get in the Game activity -- games for grown-ups.Volunteers are needed to be available once or twice a month. Call 928-4355 if interested.

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