When: Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Sylvan Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave.
Info: "Giving Care -- Taking Care" is a free seminar for caregivers. Featured speakers include representatives from Community Hospice and Doctors Medical Center Foundation. Lunch will be provided. Please reserve a spot by Tuesday. For more information, call 521-1606.
TOWN HALL MEETING
When: Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Christ Unity Baptist Church, 1320 L St.
Info: Sheriff Adam Christianson, Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley and Department of Justice representative Booker T. Neal will participate in a town hall meeting to discuss residents' concerns about the use of excessive force and Stanislaus County sentencing practices. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 882-1480.
HUNTING HERITAGE BANQUET
When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Howard Training Center, 1423 Stonum Road
Info: Tickets are on sale for the National Wild Turkey Federation, Central Valley Longbeards chapter's first Hunting Heritage Banquet. Ticket prices are $30 Jake dinner, $60 for membership dinner ticket, $250 sponsor dinner and $1,000 table sponsor, which includes eight dinners and $200 in raffle tickets. For more information, call Ken Murphy at 996-7377 or Norm Martin Jr. at 550-1069.
SEEKING VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
Info: Catholic Charities Social Services is seeking drivers to serve people 60 and older who are dependent on others for transportation for doctor visits and grocery shopping. Drivers must be at least 25 and may use their own vehicle or the organization's vans. Mileage reimbursement and flexible hours. For more information, call Lynn at 593-6112 or 529-3784.
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 800 Scenic Drive, Building 4
Info: The Empowerment Center is having an open house. There will be refreshments, tours and raffle prizes. The event is free. For more information, call 544-1913.
BONE MARROW DRIVE
When: Today, 2 to 8 p.m.
Where: Assyrian American Civic Club, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd.
Info: A bone marrow drive is being held for Dylan Givargiznia, 10, a Turlock elementary school student who has battled leukemia for five years. Dylan is of Assyrian descent, so Assyrian Americans are especially encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Liz Ustick at 916-453-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYNTHETIC TURF CREW KICKOFF
When: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Turlock High School
Info: Turlock Turf Crew, a group raising money to install synthetic turf and all-weather tracks at Turlock and Pitman high schools, is holding its kickoff event. There will be a 5K race-walk at 8 a.m., a kids run at 9:30 a.m. and an agility camp from 10 to 11 a.m. put on by high school football coaches. There will be a tri-tip barbecue by the Turlock Lions Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as local vendors, face painting, cheerleader performances and demonstrations by Moore's Martial Arts and Gymnastics Unlimited. For more information, call Robin at 632-2078 or www.turlockturfcrew.com.
GARDEN CLUB TRIP
Info: The Newman Garden Club is taking a bus trip to Gilroy Gardens and Goldsmith Seeds. The trip is open to the public. The cost is $60 per person. There will be a no-host lunch at Gilroy Gardens. For more information, call Betty Servos 862-0787.
RED, WHITE & BLUE GALA
When: Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: Ceres Community Center
Info: The members of Soroptimist International of Ceres, Ceres Rotary, Ceres Lions and the city of Ceres are throwing a gala event to introduce the new community center. The evening will consist of a no-host cocktail hour, catered dinner, silent auction, dancing and guided tours of the center. Tickets are $50 per person or $600 for a table of eight. The sponsor table provides preferred seating, special event recognition, champagne and sponsor listing in the program. The committee also is accepting donations. All proceeds will be donated to the Ceres Community Foundation. Tickets may be bought from any Soroptimist, Rotarian or Lions Club member, as well as at Bank of the West in Ceres or Strickler Real Estate. For more information, call 668-9367 or 568-7890.
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FAIR
When: Tuesday through July 28
Where: San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way
Info: The San Joaquin County Fair begins its five-day run with food vendors, rides, music and more. For more information on entertainment and times, go to www.sanjoaquinfair.com or call 466-5041.
HAM RADIO DEMONSTRATION
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: McSwain Lake Campground
Info: To celebrate Amateur Radio Week, the Turlock Amateur Radio Club will offer demonstrations. The public is invited to see ham radio's new capabilities and learn how to get a Federal Communications Commission radio license. For more information, call 358-5270.
PAINTING, DRAWING CLASSES
When: Beginning July 7
Where: Merced College, G Street and Yosemite Avenue, Merced
Info: Merced College is offering noncredit painting and drawing classes for older adults this summer. Six-week classes begin on the following dates: July 7 from 1 to 4 p.m; July 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and July 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Classes will be in the Tri-College Center, Room 5. They are free and open to anyone 16 and older. For more information, call the college at 381-6540 or instructor Judy Lynd at 358-1621.
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