Orestimba to host ‘Parent Empowerment Program’

Orestimba High will host a UC Merced Parent Empowerment Program starting in early October.

The program meets weekly starting Wednesday evening, Oct. 2, and continues until mid-November. Workshop sessions will address topics such as financial aid, creation of an individual academic plan, A-G UC/CSU admission requirements and other topics related to college pathways. A visit to an area college or university is included in the program.

In addition to parents of high school students, those of current eighth-graders are also invited to participate.

The program is offered at no cost to participants.

Workshops are presented in English and Spanish.

Child care is provided, and food will be served.

For more information or to register call Orestimba High School, 862-2916.

NFF baking contest correction

An incorrect name appeared in the Newman Fall Festival Baking Contest results published Sept. 5.

Berendina Hogue was the first place winner in the pies/cobblers division.

‘Cause for Paws’ benefit Saturday

Tails & Nails Pet Grooming in Newman will host an adoption event and photo sessions with Santa (pets, children and families welcome) Saturday, Sept. 21, as a benefit for the Newman Cause for Paws group. Adoptions will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo sessions with Santa and local photographer Amanda Guzman will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Minimum donation is $25 (cash only). No appointment necessary. All proceeds benefit Cause for Paws, an organization which supports the city shelter and works to find homes for animals. Tails & Nails is located at 1232 Main St.

Westside 4-H hosting information night

Westside 4-H Club will host an information night and ice cream social Thursday, Oct. 3.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Parish Center I at Our Lady of Miracles School.

The club is now registering new members ages 6-19.

Project areas available to members include dairy, swine, beef, sheep, goats, horses, rabbits, woodworking, cooking, archery, pistol and more.

For more information, call 652-5446.

Succulent arrangement program

The Gustine Recreation Department and Gustine Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a “Sips & Succulents” arrangement class Friday, Sept. 20.

The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Al Goman Community Center.

Instruction will be led by Simply Succulent and A Crafter’s Paradise.

Fee of $45 includes all planting supplies, five succulents, planter and design supplies. Wine, light appetizers, water, iced tea and lemonade are included.

This session is for those 18 and over.

Tickets may be purchased through the Gustine city website or by calling Vanessa Rogers, 587-0810, or Tiffany Vitorino, 854-9411.

Newman fall cleanup

The city of Newman will host its annual fall cleanup Oct. 7-12.

The fall cleanup week includes daily disposal of unwanted items, household hazardous waste disposal and a tire amnesty event.

Residents may dispose of unwanted items free of charge at the cleanup, located at 1420 M St.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. daily (extended hours to 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9). No refrigerators, computer monitors or televisions are accepted. The cleanup is open to city of Newman residents only. Current city utility bill and driver’s license required

A household hazardous waste event open to all Stanislaus County residents will be offered Oct. 11-12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the city corporation yard, 712 Fresno St. Load limit is 15 gallons or 100 pounds.

Items accepted include used oil and filters, car batteries, anti-freeze, gasoline/diesel fuel, brake fluid, road flares, carburetor cleaner, paint and paint thinner, drain cleaner, aerosol products, roofing tar, kerosene, batteries, mercury thermometers and thermostats, pesticides, herbicides, propane cylinders (five gallons or less), fertilizers, pool chemicals and charcoal lighter fluid.

A tire amnesty event will be offered Oct. 9-11 at the corporation yard. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No rims accepted.

Senior health fair

The West Side Health Care Advisory Task Force will host a senior health and nutrition fair Monday, Sept. 30, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 W. Las Palmas, Patterson.

The free event will include fitness and cooking demonstrations, a vendor fair, healthy snacks, drawings for prizes and much more.

Newman branch library

A host of September activities are in store this month at the Newman branch library.

Story time is held each Wednesday at 10 a.m., followed by a wee move and play session at 10:30 a.m.

A”boat-a-palooza” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. Participants will use their engineering skills to construct a boat using recycled materials and items from nature.

A LEGO day will held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.

A pumpkin spice bath fizzies project will be offered Saturday, Sept. 28, for teens and adults. The craft session begins at 2 p.m.

Call 862-2010 for additional information about library programs.