Around The Region/06-05-09



When: Saturday, 9:15 a.m. instruction, 9:45 to 11 a.m. meditation

Where: Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave.

Info: The Valley Heartland Zen Group sponsors meditation instruction and sitting meditation on the first Saturday of each month. Beginners are welcome and $10 is the suggested donation. Park in the lot just beyond the church buildings on Woodland. For more information, call 535-6750.


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

Where: Doctors Behavioral Health Center, 1501 Claus Road

Info: Participants will gain a better understanding of post- traumatic stress disorder including signs, symptoms and treatments. Psychiatrist Nathan Sanmukan, the guest speaker, has more than a decade of experience with post-traumatic stress disorders. For more information, call 888-284-6641.


When: Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way

Info: The Women's Connection luncheon will feature music by the Gonzaga Boys and guest speaker Kara Miller, an Air Force Academy graduate and Desert Storm veteran. Tickets are $15 and reservations are appreciated. Child care is available if requested in advance. For more information, call Terry at 523-3826 or Marsha at 599-3248 or e-mail


When: June 13

Info: The Modesto Jaycees are accepting applications for the 135th Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Modesto. Local businesses, nonprofit organizations, equestrians, marching bands, floats, car clubs and classic cars are encouraged to participate. The parade theme is "Celebrate the Past, Present and Future." For applications, go to For more information, e-mail Anthony DeMatteo at



When: Monday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: City of Turlock, 156 S. Broadway

Info: Join the city and Delta Blood Bank as they hold a blood drive. Donors will receive a coupon for free Baskin-Robbins ice cream. To schedule an appointment, call Audrey Gonzales at 668-1319, ext. 1319.


When: June 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 14, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Emanuel Medical Center, Conference Room C, East Wing, 825 Delbon Ave.

Info: This weekend class will focus on the relaxation and coping skills needed for labor and birth, the birth process, infant care, breast-feeding, cesarean birth and postpartum care. A tour of the Mary Stuart Rogers Birthing Center is included. Class is limited to 12 couples. Preregistration and $40 fee required. For more information, call 664-2580.



Where: Community Center, 2701 Fourth St.

Info: The city is sponsoring two upcoming fitness courses:

Body Infusion combines strength training with low impact cardio and begins Tuesday, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Sunset Strip Tease combines dance with cardio and body toning using choreographed routines. Class begins Tuesday, 6:16 to 7 p.m.

Classes are $35 per month and are Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 27. Preregister at City Hall, 2720 Second St., online at, or call Traci Farris at 538-5682



When: Through October

Where: Frontier Communications, 1329 B St.

Info: United Way of Merced County and employees of Frontier Communications are collecting donations to stock up the Livingston food pantry. Frontier is donating a portion of the monthly revenues generated by residential and small business customers who use Frontier long distance in Livingston. To make a donation of goods, toiletries or household items, call Denise Sperle at 892-0221.



When: June 13

Where: Creekside Middle School, 535 Peregrine Drive

Info: North Modesto Rotary holds its 20th annual Canyon Classic Century, featuring four bike rides: 25, 64, 89 and 102 miles. Registration begins at 6 a.m. for all but the 25-mile family fun ride, which has a check in time from 9 to 10 a.m. Registration is available at More information is available at or by calling 577-0177.



When: June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Groveland

Info: This year's Quilt Stroll will include quilt displays all over town, including the Groveland Community Center, a hot dog lunch for $4, music and vendors. For quilt registration information, call Mary Bruederle at 962-7383 or Catherine Santa Maria at 962-7904. For information on participating as a vendor, call Jan Sloan at 962-4928 or Darlene Arnold at 962-7242.

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