It’s no secret that people are often erased from the history of big-tech companies. It’s so prevalent in Silicon Valley that it is known as “The Creation Myth.” But what may come as a surprise is the number of women who played a pivotal role but who are now forgotten.
The Modesto Symphony Orchestra struck a chord with Johansen High Advanced Placement music theory students. The class got to speak with orchestra members, watch a rehearsal and attend a performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts earlier this month.
Ridley Scott’s “Alien” has inspired dozens of video games since its debut in 1979, but “Alien: Isolation” is the first in a while that has aspired to the claustrophobic terror of the original film. Is “Isolation” that bone-chilling and nerve-wracking? Not quite, but it does deliver some thrills.
A Patterson Boy Scout has organized a community yard sale and e-waste recycling event to be held Oct. 25. At North Park (North Del Puerto at Las Palmas), residents can drive through to pick up a shopping route map and to drop off used books for the Friends of the Library, used cellphones for American Legion Post 168 and worn U.S. flags, which will be retired by members of Boy Scout Troop 81. E-waste being accepted includes laptops, monitors (CRT and LCD), printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, ink cartridges, keyboards and mice, servers/routers/hubs, TVs, VCR and DVD players, stereo components, cameras, vacuums, home appliances, gaming systems, telephones and more. The event is organized by James Furze of Troop 81 for his Eagle Scout project, in partnership with the city of Patterson and Cal-Green Recycling. For more information, call (209) 985-6198 or (209) 985-7969 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As members did last year, musicians with the Gregori High School string quartet will join the touring show “In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles” when it returns to the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre on Friday.
Modesto Junior College will hold cheerleading tryouts Friday beginning at 10 a.m. on the practice field at the north end of the stadium on the east campus. The tryouts are for students who want to be on the team that will cheer during the basketball season. MJC is seeking individuals with either cheerleader or dance experience, and the auditions are open to both men and women. Students who are selected for the spirit team must enroll in a minimum of six units at MJC for the spring semester that begins Jan.12. They are not required to be full-time MJC students. There will be a cost for spirit team uniforms for those selected to participate. Women are asked to wear shorts, non-crop tops and tennis shoes to the tryouts. Men are asked to wear warm-up pants, T-shirt and tennis shoes. For more information on the auditions contact Linda Cabral, MJC spirit team coach, at (209) 634-6846 or email@example.com.
The Tuolumne County Library will celebrate Teen Read Week, Oct. 2-18, with special programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to read for pleasure. This year’s nationwide theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library.”
Andrew Adolphson, 17, is a normal teen with an adolescent sense of humor who likes to tease his twin sister. He’s active at school, hangs out with friends, plays video games, reads and loves history. Recently, he has acquired a new love: He won a part in a professional musical next month at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. And Andrew is blind and has cerebral palsy, a brain disorder that causes physical impairment.
Scott Budnick, the executive producer of “The Hangover” series spent 15 years climbing the Hollywood ladder, starting with grunt work – “getting people coffee, answering phones, scheduling, carrying bags for people” – and ending in a plush office on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank. But Budnick, 38, began to feel empty. Through a friend, he heard about InsideOut Writers, a volunteer creative-writing program in juvenile halls. He attended a class in 2003 and was hooked by the young men, their backgrounds and their stories.
The Teen Success Project is a large-scale effort that aims to help young people reach their full potential and live their best lives. To aid in its empowerment efforts, the project is collecting data from teenagers all over the country in a confidential and anonymous online survey. The survey data will inform a book that will be published this winter. If you are a teenager, visit www.teensuccessproject.com/survey to participate in the survey and to be entered in a drawing for up to $250!
“The Maze Runner” neatly melds action and suspense. The movie is based on the book of the same title, the first in a trilogy by James Dashner, in which a boy named Thomas wakes up one day in a metal box remembering nothing except his name.
For the second time in its five years, Valley’s Got Talent, a big-prodcution talent show held at the Gallo Center, ended with a first-place tie. But for the first time, both acts were teenage. Alida McKeon and Carolina Stevens both were crowned as winners of the two-night event in late August event – a decision made at the last second.