AID TO CUBA | CARMEL – Join Congregation Beth Israel’s humanitarian trip to Cuba (Nov. 6-13), which includes history tours and donation deliveries to synagogues. May 25 deadline to register. $3,440/person. 624-2015,

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STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY | SEASIDE – Join the county Health Department, law enforcement officers and community members in celebrating efforts to advance mental health services. 5:30pm art show and sale; 6:30 dinner and keynote. Embassy Suites, 1441 Canyon Del Rey. Free/art show; $45/dinner. 755-4561,

TOWN HALL MEETING | SALINAS – District 2 City Councilman Tony Barrera invites the public to share their top priorities for improving life in Salinas and to weigh in on a public safety tax. 6:30-8pm. Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road. Free. 758-7217,

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BOOMING ECONOMIES | MONTEREY – Take off your recession goggles at the Monterey Bay International Trade Association’s conference on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which are projected to grow by $500 billion over the next three years. Government and private-sector experts speak about how to get in on the growth. 9am-4pm. Monterey Institute, Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce St. $85/member; $110/non-member. 335-4780,

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TIME SHARING | CARMEL – Learn how to join Monterey County’s timesharing group, hOURbank, and how to trade your time for services like computer coaching, help at home or transportation. 6:30pm. Hofsas House, San Carlos between Third and Fourth. Free.


EASING ALZHEIMER’S | MONTEREY – If you’re caring for someone with middle-stage Alzheimer’s, learn about what to expect each step of the way as the disease progresses and how to plan. 1:30-3:30 Wednesdays through June 12. Alzheimer’s Association, 21 Lower Ragsdale Drive. Free. 647-9890,

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