Around the Region (5/17/14)

May 16, 2014 



When: Monday, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Rooms 502/503, 1600 Carver Road, at Barkwood Drive near Briggsmore Avenue

Info: Speaker will be Sandy Howell, a counselor with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. HICAP provides counseling on appeals for Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. Its services are free. Howell will explain Medicare options, compare private Medicare supplemental plans, review Medicare Advantage (HMO) plans, assist with Medicare appeals and clarify the rights of health care consumers. What is neuropathy? Feet or hands that are numb, burn or tingle – a debilitating disease, for which there is no known cure, only various relief methods. For more information, call Monte at (209) 531-3838.


When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road (north parking lot)

Info: Informal discussion groups will focus on participant questions and successes. Sample questions might include: How and where do I begin to research my family ancestry? How can I find burial locations and records? What can I learn from census records? My early ancestors came from Ireland: How can I find documentation on how and when they came to America? What can I learn from DNA testing? Have questions? We have answers. The public is invited, refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given. For more information, contact Bev Johnson at (209) 526-5009.


When: June 4, 1 to 7 p.m.

Where: Del Rio Country Club, 901 Stewart Road

Info: At the Modesto Garden Club’s 20th annual Table Viewing event, view 31 creatively decorated tables. Refreshments will be served and a no-host wine and cheese bar will open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door. To learn more, go to



When: Today, 1 p.m.

Where: Crane Park, Berkeley Avenue and Canal Drive

Info: The Hilmar Community Band will honor all military service members during its annual concert. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs.


When: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway

Info: In an image-filled and informative presentation, part of the Sunday Arts Lectures series, Stan State English professor Arnold Anthony Schmidt will explore the world of California film locations. What brought the young filmmaking industry to Southern California? In the early 20th century, California offered filmmakers a wide range of locations – beaches and deserts, mountains and oceans – that could provide backgrounds for stories with settings as diverse as the Alps, Venice, the South Seas and the Sahara. These movies featured action stars like Douglas Fairbanks; comedians like Buster Keaton, Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Laurel and Hardy; actresses like Clara Bow, Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford. Armchair-travel to the exotic locales of silent films and learn about the role California’s unique landscape played in the development of the movies. Admission is free. For more information, call (209) 632-5761.


100 YEARS AGO: Officials of the Valley Counties Association predicted record bumper crops from Fresno in the south to Stockton in the north. It took the group four days by car to tour the six counties between Fresno and Stockton. They predicted a 40 percent increase in grain and hay crops over the previous year, due to abundant rainfall and cooler than normal temperatures.

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