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PRIDE DAY PLANNING MEETING

WHEN: Today, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Stanislaus Pride Center, lower floor, Great Valley Center, 201 Needham St.

INFO: The Stanislaus Pride Day committee is holding a planning meeting for the annual event. This event is a major fund-raiser for the Stanislaus Pride Center, which serves the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by offering a variety of services. For more information, call 338-0855.

UNITY CHURCH GARAGE SALE

WHEN: Today through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Unity Church of Modesto, 2467 Veneman Ave.

INFO: Unity Church is hosting its annual Helen Killham garage sale. Proceeds benefit the children's church. Sale includes several collectibles for purchase. For more information, call 578-5433.

BALLROOM DANCING

WHEN: Saturday; lesson at 6:45 p.m., dancing at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Senior Center, 211 Bodem St.

INFO: The Ballroom Dance Club of Modesto will hold its next dance with live music by Ernie Bucio. Dance lessons in swing and waltz will be given by You Can Dance Co. from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. A break with light refreshments is from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Dance instructions are $2 with paid dance admission. Membership dues in the Ballroom Dance Club are $25 per person. All dancers 16 and older are welcome. For more information, e-mail ModestoBallroomClub@gmail.com or call 656-6774.

GLASS JEWELRY CLASS

WHEN: Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St.

INFO: Learn how to make dichroic glass jewelry with instructor Judy Gooch. Kiln firing is included. The cost is $39 plus materials. It is sponsored by the Central California Art Association. For more information, call 529-3369.

Stanislaus County

TIRE RECYCLING

WHEN: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: County Agricultural Center 3800 Cornucopia Way

INFO: Stanislaus County is holding a waste tire recycling event limited to Stanislaus County residents living outside the city limit. The limit is nine tires per household. Car and truck tires only. No businesses. For more information, call the Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources at 525-6700.

Turlock

A DAY OF HOPE CAR WASH FUND-RAISER

WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: CitiBank Turlock, 2000 Geer Road

INFO: A Day of Hope, a program of Associated Students Inc. at California State University, Stanislaus, that delivers baskets of food and turkeys to needy families for Thanksgiving, is holding a car wash fund-raiser. Over the past four years, volunteers have given out 699 baskets of food and turkeys, feeding more than 3,100 people. Car washes are the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information, contact Christopher Scott at 304-4291, Christopher.lynn.scott@gmail.com or visit www.adayofhope.org.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS

WHEN: Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Emanuel Medical Center Education Training Room,

East Wing, 825 Delbon Ave.

INFO: Retired nurse members of the Emanuel Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary will offer free blood pressure checks. No reservation required. For more information, call 664-2580.

GASTRIC BANDING SURGERY PROGRAM

WHEN: June 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Emanuel Medical Center, Conference Room C,

825 Delbon Ave.

INFO: Emanuel Medical Center is offering a free education program on the minimally invasive surgical weight loss option of laparoscopic gastric banding. The surgical procedure helps patients gradually lose and control their weight long-term. For more information, call 667-4200.

Ripon

FILM DISCUSSION

WHEN: June 11, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Ripon Branch Library, 333 W. Main St.

INFO: Sophoan Sorn will discuss films in general, the creation of San Joaquin County's International Film Festival and Global Cinema Programs, and will conclude with a showing of a short movie selection. For more information, call 937-8221 toll-free at 866-805-7323 (READ).

Knights Ferry

RIVER RAFTING FOR CANCER FIGHT

WHEN: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Sonora Road parking lot

INFO: Sunshine Rafting Adventures, which offers trips on the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry, will donate all of Sunday's proceeds to the American Cancer Society. The trips during the "Float On, Fight On" event will cost $12 per person, half the regular rate. The eight-mile trip to Orange Blossom Park features small rapids. More information is at 848-4800 or www.raftadventure.com.

Tuolumne County

DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING

WHEN: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Pine Tree Restaurant, Highway 108 and Hess Avenue

INFO: Members and local Democrats are invited to the meeting of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club. The meeting will focus on planning, goal setting and policies. Input also will be taken regarding the Web site, guest speakers, voter registration, fund-raisers, candidates for local elections, the issue of state park closures and the formation of young Democrat groups at local high schools and Columbia College. Dues are $24 per year. For more information, call club President Domenic Torchia at 536-0449.

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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