The Patterson Library, 46 N. Salado Ave., will have two free programs for children and teens in March and April.
The Anime Club will meet from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20, to watch episodes of “Tsubasa,” “Black Cat” and more. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. It is run completely by local teenagers, but hosted by the library. Children age 13 and older are welcome to attend.
On the reading side, Cover to Cover, a book-reading program for girls and boys, is running through April 17. Children ages 4 through 12 can sign up, read five library books and get a coupon for a free hamburger or cheeseburger at In-N-Out Burger.
For information: Kelly Thompson, 892-6473. Fish fry set for Friday
Patterson Lions Club and Sacred Heart Catholic School will host a fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Bonaventure Hall, 505 M St.
Fish, potatoes, coleslaw, bread and beverages are on the menu for the last fish fry of Lent.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.
Tickets are available from any Lions Club member, from any Sacred Heart Catholic School parent or at the door.
For information: 892-3544. ‘Hikes & Bikes for Your Health’
Patterson’s Parks and Recreation Department and Healthier Choices have set the dates for group hiking and biking trips once a month in March, April and May.
The West Side Healthcare Taskforce teamed up with the Patterson, Newman and Gustine parks and recreation departments to plan the trips. Patterson recreation commissioners Lennox Harris and Elias Funez will work with participants.
Harris will lead bike rides around Patterson, starting from Patterson City Hall, 1 Plaza, at 10 a.m. on each of the three Saturdays. On Saturday, March 20, the ride will be easy; on April 17, it will be moderate; and on May 15, it will be strenuous.
Funez will lead hikes in Del Puerto Canyon. Each will begin at 10 a.m. at Minniear Day Use Park on each of the following Saturdays. The March 27 day will be an easy hike, while the April 24 hike will be strenuous and the May 22 hike will be moderate.
Pre-registration is recommended, as there is limited transportation available. Participants are advised to use sunscreen, take plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes with support.
For information: Patterson Parks and Recreation Department, 895-8080. March Against Hunger approaches
Sacred Heart Catholic Church St. Vincent de Paul members will host the 4-mile 2010 March Against Hunger walkathon March 27.
Registration will open at 8 a.m. at Father Connors Hall, 220 N. Salado Ave., and the walk will start at 8:30 a.m. To register, participants are asked for a donation of $5 per person. Anyone who collects $25 or more in donated money can earn a free T-shirt.
The money will help people in need in the Patterson, Westley and Grayson communities.
For information: Norma Plaugher, 892-9321. Youth invited to alcohol forum
High school students are invited to the fourth annual Teen Alcohol Forum from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 31 at the Martin Peterson Event Center, 720 12th St., in Modesto.
The Stanislaus County Office of Education’s Prevention Programs Department and the Center of Human Services will host the free forum.
The goal is to raise awareness of problems related to underage drinking and to provide an opportunity for youth to discuss solutions. Teen facilitators will guide the discussions, along with an adult moderator.
For information and to RSVP: Rick Bispo, firstname.lastname@example.org.