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u HOLY GHOST CELEBRATION: The 81st FESM Holy Ghost Celebration takes place Sunday, July 14, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St. with a parade at 9:30 a.m., mass at St, Anthony’s at 10:30 a.m.,  sopas at 1 p.m., auction at 2 p.m., sopas at 7 p.m., and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight.




u YOUNG LADIES INSTITUE BUNCO: A Bunco social hosted by the Young Ladies Institute #126 will be held on today at the St. Anthony’s School cafeteria. Proceeds will go towards scholarships and the upcoming Sisterly Love’s nun appreciation dinner. Bunco is a dice game consisting of a set of simple rules and a dice. The object is to accumulate points based on certain combinations from the dice roll. Those with the highest score, lowest score and the most Buncos are often rewarded. Drinks, food and a chocolate fountain will be part of the event. Bunco begins at 1 p.m. Donations are $20. For more information, call Sylvia Ranjel at (209) 405-4292.


Tuesday, July 23

u SPORTING CLAYS TOURNAMENT: The Lions Clubs are hosting the annual Camp Pacifica Hearing Impaired Sporting Clays Tournament on July 23 at Rooster Ranch, 26166 Kelly Rd., Hilmar. The $90 entry fee includes breakfast, lunch, and the chance, based on class, to win 11 $50 first place gift certificates or shells back for 2nd place.  A raffle, good food, poker run and a shooters gift bag — hat and towel, round out the event.  Information on registration is available at or  All shooters are welcome.



u RIPON WOMEN’S AUXILIARY VFW: The Women’s Auxiliary VFW Post #1051 will be hosting their annual Luau on today. Tickets are available for $10 each .The evening will include pulled pork and chicken Teriyaki dinner, a professional Hula dancer, DJ music and dancing , plus a dunk tank .Drinks from 4 to 6 p.m. and dinner served from 6 to 7 p.m . Guests are welcome and all proceeds go to the brave men and women serving our country .



u PYTHON RON AT THE STANISLAUS COUNTY LIBRARY: Python Ron” McGee and members of the reptile kingdom will be making special library visits in July. Live reptiles will be showcased and children will have the opportunity to learn about different reptilian species. Times, dates and locations are:

• Ceres Library, 11 a.m. July 17

• Denair Library, 3 p.m. July 25

• Empire Library, 3 p.m. July 17

• Hughson Library, 1 p.m. July 17

• Keyes Library, 10:30 a.m. July 15

• Modesto Library, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. July 15

• Newman Library, 3 p.m. Today

• Oakdale Library, 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon July 16

• Patterson Library, 1 p.m. Today

• Riverbank Library, 1 p.m. July 18

• Salida Library, 3:30 p.m. July 18

• Turlock Library, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. July 25

• Waterford Library, 2:30 p.m. July 16

Tickets will be available one hour prior to each show time. Funding for Python Ron is provided by the Stanislaus Library Foundation and the Oakdale Friends of the Library.


u JAZZ IN JULY: The Fulton Street Jazz Band will be participating in the Jazz in July worship service and luncheon that follows at the Turlock First United Methodist Church at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.  In addition, silent and live auctions of items will be held after the lunch. The church is located at 1660 Arbor Way, and the public is invited to attend. The Fulton Street Jazz Band was organized in the early 70s by pianist Bob Ringwald. The name originated from the street address of the pizza parlor where they originally met to play.  They have played in the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, now renamed the Sacramento Music Festival, since it started in 1971.  Their music will be an exceptional addition to the service and lunch.

Tuesday, July 23

u JOB FAIR : Modesto’s HIREvent will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on July 23 in the Clarion Inn Conference Center at 1612 Sisk Rd. in Modesto. This popular job fair will bring together representatives from the public and private sectors to meet jobseekers in person. Applicants should dress professionally and be prepared to impress prospective employers. Employment experts will be on hand for free consultations with those who would like to ensure that their resume shines. Admission is free. For more information, call (888) THE-JOBS (843-5627).

Friday, Oct. 11

u POLICEMAN’S BALL : The 16th Annual Turlock Policeman’s Ball will be held Oct. 11 at the Assyrian American Civic Club located at 2618 N. Golden State Boulevard in Turlock. The theme will be Mardi Gras. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple, if purchased before Sept. 20. The Ball will begin at 6 p.m. with an open bar, dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing to Sounds by DJ DMac from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a silent auction a drawing with prizes worth over $2,000, including tickets to Hearst Castle, a signed football from the San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and a golf package for four at Turlock Country Club. Tickets can be purchased at the Turlock Police Department, located at 900 N. Palm Street. Contact Patrice Noble at (209) 664-7334, or Allison Martin at (209) 664-7303, for more information.


u YOGA AT THE DENAIR LIBRARY: Activate your mind and body through learning beginner yoga at the Denair Library on Thursdays in July at 5 p.m. Yoga will be taught in a fun and welcoming environment by yoga instructor Pam Young. These classes are free and open to the public! Please remember to consult a physician before beginning any exercise routine. For more information, call the Denair Library at 634-1283 or visit the library’s information desk.



u BACKPACK DRIVE: The Hughson Family Resource Center is collecting backpacks and school supplies to distribute to children in Southeast Stanislaus County schools, including Hughson and Denair. Community members can drop off donations to the HFRC through Monday at 2413 3rd St., in Hughson. A complete list of needed supplies can be obtained by calling the HFRC at (209) 883-2125 or at




u TOPS: The Take Off Pounds Sensibly club meets every Tuesday at the Almond Blossom Mobile Home Park, 1901 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca. Weigh-in is from 6  to 6:45 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. To join this nonprofit organization, the fees are $28 and then $5 a month. For more information, call Bev Casby at (209) 239-7604.


u MS SUPPORT GROUP: Are you living with Multiple Sclerosis?  Maybe you love or care for someone with MS?  You can join an on-going National MS Society Support Group in the Manteca/Ripon/Lathrop area that meets the third Monday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, 253 Spreckels Ave, Manteca.  For more information contact Sue at (209) 482-7034.



Friday mornings

u LATHROP MANTECA SMOOTH TALKERS: Interested in improving your public speaking and leadership skills? At Toastmasters you will find a mutually supportive and positive learning environment.  Toastmasters International helps its members learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking.  The Lathrop Manteca Smooth Talkers Toastmasters group meets every Friday from 7 to 8:30 a.m. in the conference room located at 1215 W. Center St., Suite 102, Manteca.  If interested, drop by one of the meetings.  Guests are welcome.  For more information, contact Sue at (209) 482-7034.


2nd & 4th Wednesdays

u CSUS TOASTMASTERS: CSUS Toastmasters invite prospective members to improve their public speaking and leadership skills by attending a Toastmaster’s meeting. The group meets at noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at CSU Stanislaus. Meetings take place in the Warrior Room on the second floor of the Student Union. For more information, call (209) 667-3878.


TOPS: The Take Off Pounds Sensibly club meets every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, 290 W. Olive Ave., Turlock. Weigh-in is from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. To join this nonprofit organization, the fees are $26 and then $5 a month. For more information, call Jen at (209) 667-0129.


u FOOD ADDICTS: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step program for individuals suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. There will be a free community information meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Room 106. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome, including those who think they may have a food problem or are concerned about someone who may. For more information, call (800) 600-6028, or visit

Second Wednesdays

u PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Covenant Village of Turlock will hold a Parkinson’s support group meeting for all people with Parkinson’s, family members of people with Parkinson’s, or interested community members. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Berg Hall Conference Room. Just walk in the main lobby at the Redwood building and someone will take you to the conference room. The Village wants to support those in the community of Turlock who are dealing with the impact of Parkinson’s and would like to be involved in a support group. If you have questions please call Ken Patterson at (209) 656-6903.


u SUNSHINE CLUB: The Sunshine Club, a support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet at 2:30 p.m. Mondays in the month of January at Hometown Buffet, 1665 Countryside Dr., Turlock. For more information, call (209) 632-3273.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

u STRESS RELIEF CLASSES: Connections Family Center is offering stress relief classes beginning Aug. 6 to Aug. 30. Early morning and evening classes are available. Monthly sessions will help persons with disabilities and older adults learn stress management techniques. These will include exercises, controlled breathing and mind imagery. Each class will include lecture and discussion on stress intervention. Facilities are wheelchair accessible. The fee is less than $5 per class. Caregiver/Support Personnel are welcome. For more information or to register, call (209) 593-5837 or email Erlinda Bourcier at


CALIFORNIA SONS IN RETIREMENT: SIRs is a social organization for men who are not devoting full time to their careers. They participate in activities such as golf, bowling, fishing and travel.  Chapters throughout the state hold monthly luncheon meetings. To learn more, visit Branch #143 in Denair on the third Wednesday of each month for a lunch meeting. Meetings start at 11 a.m. at the Denair Community Center, 3850 N. Gratton Rd.



COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS:  The Compassionate Friends Modesto/Riverbank Area Chapter meets the second Thursday of each month.  The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the Community Casa, 2201 Morrill Rd. (NE Corner of Oakdale and Morrill roads), Riverbank.  All area (including Turlock) bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings (18 and over) are welcome to participate. No pre-registration is necessary.

For additional information about the meeting and/or TCF Modesto/Riverbank Area Chapter, contact Chapter Leader Joanna Rose-Murray at  (209) 484-8276, or   Additionally, information about The Compassionate Friends, a  non-profit, non-sectarian, self-help organization providing support to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings can be obtained at


Fourth Mondays

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Us Too, a prostate cancer support group, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Memorial Conference Center Suite, 60 B McHenry Village, in Modesto. For more information contact Don Vaughn at (209) 634-4489.