Around the Modesto-area region (May 30)

May 30, 2013 



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

Where: Mary E. Grogan Community Park, 3601 Litt Road

Info: The soccer fields at Mary E. Grogan Community Park will officially be opened with a ribbon-cutting and ceremonial "first kick" through the goal. Ongoing activities will include the opportunity to meet Olympian Suzy Powell-Roos and the Modesto Nuts mascots, watch exhibition soccer games, visit information booths and enjoy a community barbecue with hot dogs. For more information, call (209) 577-5344 or (209) 236-1800.


When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Where: College Avenue Congregational Church, 1341 College Ave.

Info: The PLACE — People Learning Acceptance Creating Equality — Parent Support Group meeting. If you're accepting, conflicted or rejecting of your gay child or teen, you are not alone. PLACE welcomes you and every question, thought or feeling. Come meet other parents to receive support, information and education. For more information, call Elizabeth at (209) 818-2378 or Ed at (209) 683-8203.


When: Sunday, 6 p.m.

Where: Prescott Church, 3000 Prescott Road

Info: Native flutist Mark Holland of St. Louis and world percussionist N. Scott Robinson will perform with Wind and Fire, a world fusion of flutes and percussion. Performance is sponsored by the local chapter of the Northern California Flute Circle. Tickets are $10 at the door. A native flute workshop will be conducted by Holland before the concert, from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost for workshop is $25. For more information, call Dan at (209) 527-0363.


When: Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Cycle Specialties, 1201 N. Carpenter Road

Info: Canadian adventurer Rene Cormier, author of "The University of Gravel Roads: Global Lessons From a Four-Year Motorcycle Adventure," will lead a discussion and Q&A. Cormier did what many people dream of but few do: Go on a global trip without setting a return date. At age 33, he drove off on his BMW motorcycle and didn't return until logging 96,000 miles across 45 countries. He chronicles his 4½-year journey in his book. The event is free, but attendees need to RSVP at For more, call (209) 524-2955 or visit


Where: St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3462 Merle Ave.

Info: St. Peter After School Study Center is accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year. The study center provides after-school care, homework help, and supplemental reading and math curriculum for fifth- through ninth-grade students for an affordable monthly fee. For more information, call Karen at (209) 551-0563, or see the website



When: Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Covenant Village, 2125 N. Olive Ave.

Info: Covenant Village of Turlock invites the community to an open house, including self-guided tours of its models in residential and assisted living. Learn about Covenant's new rental program. Hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream will be served. There also will be a drawing for a TV. For more information, call (209) 632-9976.


When: June 6, 6 p.m.

Where: Turlock Senior Citizens Center, 1191 Cahill Ave.

Info: The Turlock Senior Citizens are having a monthly dinner featuring a catered chicken dinner and dessert. Cost is $10. Entertainment for the evening will be the Debra Morgan Dancers. Make reservations by Monday. For more, call Marge at (209) 634-7312.

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