Focus on Education (4/25/13)

local@modbee.comApril 24, 2013 

VOCAL PERFORMANCE: Modesto Junior College will present its Choral and Vocal Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Performing and Media Arts Center main auditorium on the east campus, 435 College Ave. Tickets are $5 at the door only, $4 for students and senior citizens. The concert will feature MJC's concert choir and chamber singers and vocal singers performing music from the Renaissance era to present day. There also will be solos and small ensemble numbers. For more, contact the MJC arts division office at (209) 575-6081.

REMARKABLE REPTILES SHOW: The Salida Middle School Reptile Education Club will hold its 24th annual Remarkable Reptiles Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria, 5041 Toomes Road. The event will include educational displays, reptiles for sale, face painting, photos with snakes, games and more. Kids can touch a live alligator at 11 a.m. Cost is $4 general, $1 for kids under 5.

LISTEN UP: April is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has tips for educators. The organization's e-newsletter, "Access Schools," is available at

MJC PRESCHOOL OPENINGS: Modesto Junior College has a few openings available for toddlers, preschoolers and their families in the MJC Early Care and Education program on the west campus. The toddler class serves children 18 to 36 months. The cost for a family/toddler is $150 for the summer, $225 each for fall and spring semesters. The Me-Wuk Child Development Laboratory Preschool has fall sessions for children ages 2 to 5, with parents required to complete a six-hour parenting class and volunteer two days. Cost is $225 per semester. Find toddler program applications at and preschool applications at; or call Colleen Norby at (209) 575-6343. Applications for first round of lottery selections are due Tuesday.

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