What: BLOOD DRIVE
When: Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Central Catholic High School, 200 S. Carpenter Road
Info: Central Catholic High School will hold a blood drive as part of winter homecoming. The drive is part of Central Cares Week. Everyone in the community is invited to donate blood. Donors can make an appointment or drop by the school at their convenience. For more information, contact Kari Paris at (209) 524-9611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: SONS IN RETIREMENT MEETING
When: Thursday, 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave.
Info: Sons in Retirement Branch 144 is holding a monthly meeting. The nonprofit club for retired men meets monthly to give members and guests an opportunity to renew friendships; discuss issues of local and national interest; and plan participation in scheduled activities such as golf, bowling, fishing and travel. For more information, call (209) 552-0960.
What: TAX HELP IN STANISLAUS COUNTY
When: Through April 15
Info: For taxpayers with low and moderate income, tax preparation services will be available for free at various locations. Those seeking help will need to bring the current year’s tax forms, copy of last year’s tax return, W-2 forms from 2013, unemployment and other compensation statements, Social Security benefit statements and any 1099s. Personal identification such as Social Security cards or other official documents for the client and all dependents must be presented as well. This is an AARP service providing special attention to those age 60 an older. The Stanislaus County sites will include :
• Modesto Senior Citizens Center (211 Bodem Ave.), Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• King-Kennedy Memorial Center (601 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Modesto), Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Turlock Senior Citizens Center (1199 Cahill St.), Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m.
• Hammon Senior Center (1033 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson), Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, call the United Way of Stanislaus County, Amy Vickery, (209) 523-4562.
What: ANNUAL JEWELRY SALE
When: Beginning Friday
Where: American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 3440 McHenry Ave. Suite A-12
Info: The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is having its annual jewelry event. The shop will be filled with jewelry of all kinds, including sterling, vintage, gold and costume jewelry. The shop received a donation of brand-new costume jewelry and watches for shoppers to choose from, all at low Discovery Shop prices. Shop hours are weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (209) 544-9279.
What: CLASSIC T-BIRD CLUB MEETING
When: Sunday, noon
Where: Sweet River Grill & Bar, 2600 Geer Road
Info: The Modesto Area Classic T-Bird Club will hold its February business meeting. Members may order off the menu and receive individual checks. Hosts for the event are Judy and Jim Lyon. The Modesto Area Classic T-Bird Club welcomes individuals who own, or are interested in the preservation of, 1955, 1956 and 1957 Thunderbirds to attend meetings or tours. For additional information, contact Pat Mason, publicity chairman, at (209) 538-1130, or visit www.modestoareaclassictbirdclub.org.
What: MEMORIAL LIBRARY RUN
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Library, Oakdale branch, 151 S. First Ave.
Info: Oakdale Lions Club presents the Don Osborne Memorial Run for the Library featuring 1-mile and 5K runs. Preregistration by Wednesday is $15 adults, $10 kids age 9 and under. Race day registration is $20. For more information, call Steve Knickerbocker at (209) 918-6161.
25 YEARS AGO: The International Heifer Project executive director came to the regional office in Modesto, from which the first load of Holstein heifers was shipped, to discuss the company’s growth. The company, which offers better lives by shipping traditional farm animals to those in need domestically and abroad, planned to expand to include the urban market and those living in shantytowns within cities.
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