News & Notes

May 18, 2014 

VACANT HOMES BURN IN WEST MODESTO

A Sunday evening fire burned two vacant homes in the 100 block of Spencer Avenue, just south of Maze Boulevard, the Modesto Regional Fire Authority reported. No cause was reported for the blaze, which was reported about 7 p.m. No one was injured, the report said.

VOLUNTEERS CAN HELP PULL WEEDS IN FOREST

Volunteers 18 and older are needed to pull invasive plants from the Jawbone Lava Flat area in the Stanislaus National Forest. Botanist Margaret Willits will lead an outing Saturday to remove tumble mustard. “This invasive plant is scattered throughout the area and has the potential to impact the food supply for deer by replacing more palatable grasses,” according to a news release. The work will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Mi-Wok Ranger Station, just off Highway 108 near Mi-Wuk Village, to carpool to the site. Garbage bags will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch, water and sunscreen and to wear hiking boots, long pants and gloves. For more, call Clare Long at (603) 986-5640.

DESIGN A BOOK COVER

The Stanislaus County Library is looking for artists to design the cover art for its community novel, “Ashes in a Teardrop.” Deadline for artwork 8½ inches tall by 5½ inches wide is June 30. Entry forms, rules and book chapters are at library branches and at www.stanislauslibrary.org.

GRADS USE MJC SITE

The Modesto Junior College stadium and track on the east campus will be closed for public use Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate Beyer and Modesto high schools’ graduations.

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