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Fine Arts League of Cupertino: The group meets the second Monday of the month, 7-9 p.m., and welcomes visitors, Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N, Stelling Road, Cupertino, Visit swan lake earrings-odette earrings-ballet gift-ballerina gift-art earrings-dancer earrings-dangling earrings-dancer gift falc.org or call Janki at 408-863-9991, Cupertino Morningmasters: Improve your speaking and networking skills at this Toastmasters club, Thursdays, 7:30 a.m, Bethel Lutheran Church, 10181 Finch Ave., Cupertino, Sunnyvale Rotary: Meetings are Tuesdays at noon, Elks Club, 375 N, Pastoria Ave, Sunnyvalerotary.org, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group: A safe, confidential, supportive environment for families to develop informal mutual support, get information about dementia and develop methods and skills to solve problems related to dementia, Fourth Tuesday of the month, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church gym, 728 Fremont Ave., room 750, Sunnyvale, For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900..
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