What: GREAT VALLEY ACADEMY INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
Where: 3200 Tully Road
Info: Great Valley Academy will be holding informational meetings throughout February for families interested in applying for enrollment at GVA. Attendance at one of the meetings listed is required. Meeting dates and times: Monday, 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 13, 1 p.m.; Feb. 18, 1 p.m.; Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 24, noon. For more information, call (209) 576-2283.
What: “PAINT YOUR HEARTS OUT” FAMILY FRIDAY NIGHT
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway
Info: The Carnegie Arts Center is continuing its monthly Family Friday series, in which families are invited to try many painting techniques, creating unique hearts to share or take home for display in honor of Valentine’s Day. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Carnegie at (209) 632-5761.
What: TEA AND SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
When: Feb. 22, ticket deadline Tuesday
Where: Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 893 Lander Ave.
Info: Turlock Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is holding a fundraiser tea and silent auction with a handmade quilt as the door prize. The fundraiser will have a Hawaiian theme. Ticket cost is $8 and deadline for tickets is Tuesday. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information or tickets, call the corps office at (209) 667-6091 or Bev Spielman at (209) 604-4282.
What: AARP SAFE DRIVER CLASS
When: Wednesday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 1425 West H
Info: A two-day AARP Safe Driver class is planned. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. Class size is limited, so preregistration is encouraged. Completion of course may lead to an insurance discount for seniors. For more information or to register, call Cathy at (209) 847-5121, ext. 10.
What: LIBRARY MEETING
When: Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Library, Empire branch meeting room, 18 South Abbie St.
Info: Friends of the Empire Library will hold a meeting. The public is welcome to join, get involved and help support the Empire library. For more information, contact Marye Martinez at (209) 523-0449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: TOWN HALL MEETING
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Tenaya Middle School, 760 W. 8th St.
Info: The city of Merced is holding a Town Hall meeting designed to let residents tell the City Council about issues residents are facing. The public will have plenty of opportunity to comment during the evening.
50 YEARS AGO: A Modesto physician crash-landed his twin-engine airplane into an Oakdale farm, angering the rancher, who had just planted alfalfa. To mitigate the damage done to the crop, a helicopter was hired to remove the wreckage piece by piece. However, the fuselage was too heavy to move via helicopter. A tractor and crane had to come in to finish the job.
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