Around the Region (02/12/14)

February 11, 2014 



When: Friday

Info: A singing valentine delivered by a men’s barbershop quartet is a creative way to honor a loved one. The Golden Valley Men’s Barbershop Chorus once again is offering to do just that on Valentine’s Day. A silk rose and a romantic song will be delivered by a quartet, along with a digital photo taken of the recipient and the quartet, for $40. The quartets visit schools, offices and homes anywhere in Modesto, Merced and surrounding areas. For additional information, visit For reservations for the Modesto area, call (209) 551-2314; for the Merced area, (209) 383-3808.


When: Monday, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Rooms 502/503, 1600 Carver Road

Info: The monthly meeting of the Modesto Neuropathy Support Group will let those who are experiencing feet or hands that are numb, burn or tingle to share what works for them. Guest speaker for the event will be Scott Summers, certified orthotics assistant and technician of Pacific Orthotics and Prosthetics of Modesto. For more information, call Monte at (209) 531-3838.


When: Monday, 6 p.m.

Where: Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave.

Info: At the Central Valley Democratic Club monthly meeting, the guest speaker will be Vance Kennedy, U.S. Geological Survey research hydrologist. He will speak on water issues in the foothills and Central Valley. A social hour will precede the meeting. The event is free, and nonmembers are welcome. For more information, call Linda at (209) 863-9137.



When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 E. Broadway

Info: The 2014 Quilt Show is presented by the Turlock Quilt Guild. This year’s theme is “Re-Piecing the Past.” Admission is $7 adults; children under 12 are free. The show will feature local artist and Turlock Quilt Guild member Ursula Sylvan. It will include vendors, demonstrations, wearable art and raffle baskets. For more information, call Barbara Foote at (209) 394-7213 or email tqg95381@



When: Thursday, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Stanislaus County Library, Riverbank branch, 3442 Santa Fe St.

Info: Crafters are invited to visit the library and learn how to make beautiful handmade cards. Share your creativity and make one for a friend or family member. Craft books will be on display and available for checkout. For more information, call the Riverbank library at (209) 869-7008.



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

Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, 18115 Fifth Ave.

Info: Before the excursion train rides get under way for the year, guests will get a preseason “behind-the-scenes” view of special activities and demonstrations happening inside and outside the historic roundhouse and shops. Park visitors will have the opportunity to watch important work being conducted on historic locomotives and cars, including the annual maintenance and cleaning of the Hetch Hetchy motor car and the Angels Camp “shorty” car No. 6. Guests also can see the historic belt-driven machine shop in full operation and filled with activity, plus participate in hourly tours. And, as a special highlight, railroad restoration lead worker George Sapp will present a slide show highlighting the Sierra No. 28 project, provide an in-depth walking tour of work being done on the project and be available to answer questions from park guests. For more information about Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, call (209) 984-3953 or visit


40 YEARS AGO: The State Department of Transportation opened bids in Sacramento to widen McHenry Avenue to four lanes. The state had put aside $325,500 for the 0.8-mile widening project, including $5,000 from the city of Modesto and $14,000 from Stanislaus County. The expansion would extend from Leveland Lane to north of the Standiford-Sylvan intersection.

– Alexandra Deabler

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