What: POETRY READING
When: Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Library downstairs auditorium, 1500 I St.
Info: Eighteen poets from the Central Valley, Bay Area and Sacramento will read their work at this Song of the San Joaquin Winter Issue, Vol. XI, No. 1, event. It is presented by Poets of the San Joaquin, the Stanislaus County Library and Friends of the Library. The event is free and appropriate for all ages. Light refreshments will be provided. An open-mike period will follow the formal presentation. For more information, call Cleo Griffith at (209) 543-1776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN WORKSHOPS
When: Tuesday, noon and 6 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Agriculture Center, Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way
Info: Alley Cat Allies, a national feral cat organization, will be partnering with the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency to reduce cat euthanaisa by presenting two trap-neuter-return workshops. A reception will follow each workshop. For more information or to RSVP, call (209) 342-1742.
What: SUCCESSFUL THINKERS MEETING
When: Tuesday, noon
Where: Golden Corral, 3737 McHenry Ave.
Info: The Successful Thinkers Network is scheduled to meet. STN is built upon the premise of businesses helping one another succeed. In principle, STN harnesses the power of network marketing via the Internet and brings it to a personal level. For more information, call Gail Wilson at (209) 712-8997 or visit www.successfulthinkersnetwork.com.
What: ADOPTION/FOSTER PARENT ORIENTATION
When: Tuesday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Sierra Vista Child and Family Services, 101 Park Ave.
Info: Sierra Vista Child and Family Services is holding an orientation class for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The orientation is free. For more information, call Vance Kennedy at (209) 491-0872.
What: NATURE PROGRAM
When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Library, Salida branch, 4835 Sisk Road
Info: The Salida library is presenting an All About Nature program, at which children and their families can have fun while learning about science with hands-on biology and nature experiments under the guidance of high school students and instructors. For more information, call the Salida library at (209) 543-7353.
What: LIBRARY VALENTINE CRAFT
When: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Library, Newman branch, 1305 Kern St.
Info: Children are invited to visit the library and make a fun teddy bear valentine holder from craft materials. Crafts promote creativity, self-expression, sharing and coordination. For more information, call the Newman library at (209) 862-2010.
40 YEARS AGO: Modesto’s 14-passenger minibus pilot project failed to elicit community interest. The minibus, which provided rides from home to work and back for $1 a day, received a poor response from county employees, with only 13 percent saying they would use the service; the rest felt $1 was too expensive. However, the supervisors behind the project were undeterred, stating that it would take time to change people’s minds and that they were planning to expand to downtown employees and senior citizens.
– Alexandra Deabler
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