Around the Region (5/4/13)

May 3, 2013 



When: Today, noon

Where: Sharp Park, 1900 Torrid Ave.

Info: Woodland West Community Neighborhood will be holding a Potluck In The Park featuring grilled hot dogs for the kids. Neighbors are asked to bring a dish to share, their own beverages and something to sit on. The aim is simply to have some fun at the park; this is not a Neighborhood Watch meeting. To learn more or RSVP, call (209) 576-8484.


When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Info: The California Native Plant Society's Native Garden Home Tour features visits to homes in Modesto, Oakdale and Denair with native plant landscapes. Maps for homes are available at Great Valley Museum or may be requested via email at For more information, call (209) 535-8075.



When: Sunday, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Bethel Campus, 2361 Scenic Drive

Info: One Church is hosting a Cinco de Mayo event featuring family-friendly Cinco de Mayo festivities including food, bounce houses, raffles and prizes, a live mariachi band and live wrestling in a full size wrestling ring. The event begins at noon, but community service from the wrestling ring will begin at 10:40 a.m. For more information, call (209) 521-5440.


When: Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Martin Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St.

Info: Veterans job fair sponsored by the California Employment Development Department. The fair is open to everyone. Admission is free to employers and job seekers. In addition to job inquiries, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System will have the Military Veterans Medical Outreach van on site. The public is invited to attend. Job seekers are encouraged to dress for success. Be prompt. And bring copies of your résumé. All employers are invited to participate if you have job openings. Space is limited, so call to reserve a space. For more information or space reservations, call Jerry (209) 576-6118.



When: Today, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Ballico School cafeteria, 11818 W. Gregg

Info: Carne asada dinner to benefit the Merced County sheriff's search and rescue team. Dinner is $10, with takeout or dine-in available. For tickets or more information, call (209) 769-6185.



When: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Sweet River Bar & Grill, 2600 Geer Road

Info: The Modesto Area Classic T-Bird Club will hold its May business meeting. Pat Mason will be the hostess for the event. Members may order from the menu and receive individual checks. The Modesto Area Classic T-Bird Club welcomes individuals who own, or are interested in the preservation of, 1955, '56, and '57 Thunderbirds. For additional information about the club, contact Pat, (209) 538-1130, or visit



When: Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Lake Yosemite, Veterans' Cove Building, 5714 N. Lake Road

Info: The Filipino American National Historical Society's annual picnic features barbecue, desserts, door prizes, entertainment and games. Event will also feature "A Tribute to Central Valley Filipino Pioneers." Lunch is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 8-12, free for kids 7 and under. Pay at the door; no park fee for participants. For more information, call Nina, (209) 632-4620.



When: Today, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Jack Knight Hall, 1170 California Highway 4

Info: Paul Ustach of San Joaquin Delta College will provide a free seminar on "The Large Carnivores of Big Trees State Park." The talk will focus on the Central Sierra Nevada's coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions. Ustach will discuss the animals' history, and specifically the adaptations for finding, catching and killing prey. For more information, call the park office, (209) 795-3840, or visit There is a park entry fee for each carload.

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