Around the Region (6-18-2014)

June 17, 2014 

Modesto

What: JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

When: Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. into the afternoon

Where: King-Kennedy Memorial Center and Mellis Park, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive

Info: The King-Kennedy Memorial Center board of directors and the Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department will co-sponsor the 45th annual Juneteenth Community Celebration. The event will include a Friday evening showcase of talent and Saturday’s annual “Celebration of Dads” from 10:30 a.m. to noon, recognizing fathers of the year. The afternoon program begins at noon and will include a presentation of guest speakers, gospel singers, popular band music, cultural performances, educational exhibits, youth contests, a black business expo, community resource information booths and children’s activities, including bounce houses. Both events are free. For more information, contact Bruce Lockard at (209) 341-2951 or blockard@modestogov.com.

What: ALL TEEN CRAFT FAIR

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Stanislaus County Library, Modesto branch portico, 1500 I St.

Info: At the Modesto library’s first All Teens Craft Fair, youths ages 13-18 will showcase their talents by selling homemade crafts. Shoppers can support local teens as they learn about sales and customer service. Crafters must have signed up during May to participate. For more information, contact the library’s children and teens department at (209) 558-7810.

What: MODESTO COIN & COLLECTIBLES EXPO

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

Where: Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K streets

Info: The free event includes door prizes and a program for kids to keep the hobby growing. Kids can earn America the Beautiful quarters by completing games. For more information, call (800) 471-2319.

What: UKULELE WORKSHOP AND CONCERT

When: Friday, June 27, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave.

Info: Funstrummers Ukulele Band is hosting Cali Rose and Craig Brandau from the Los Angeles area for a workshop and concert followed by a potluck at noon. “Let’s Go Latin” uses the song “Sway” to bring beginning and intermediate players together to learn Latin-flavored strums and finger-picking patterns. In another session, beginning and intermediate players learn three basic “go everywhere” strums. Cali Rose is a full-time musician, award-winning songwriter and popular entertainer in Southern California. See www.calirose.com. Craig Brandau is a lifelong musician who loves to create and play sophisticated chord melody arrangements. See www.ukulelecraig.com.


YESTERYEARS

40 YEARS AGO: The Modesto Board of Education met to discuss redrawing the attendance boundaries to ease overcrowding at La Loma Junior High. The board agreed to redraw the boundaries as a crowd of 200 parents and teachers, along with a select few speakers, wanted to know what action the board was going to take.

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