What: Abstract Considerations exhibit by Matt Rhoades
When: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, 435 College Ave.
Info: Sacramento-based artist whose influences include Picasso and Van Gogh. Rhoades showcases landscape art through his abstract interpretation. Admission is free. For more information, call the MJC Art Gallery at 209-575-6819.
What: Central West Ballet: Telling Stories in Dance
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway
Info: A discussion led by Central West Ballet dancers who are in an upcoming production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” based on the novel by Washington Irving. The dancers will discuss the relationship between storytelling and the art of dance as they interpret the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman through dance. Admission: $8 general; $5 CAC members; free for students and children. For more information, call 209-632-5761, ext. 101; or go to www.carnegieartsturlock.org.
What: Columbia Big Band Jazz
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Columbia College Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Drive
Info: The opening jazz performance of the 36th season of the Columbia Jazz Series, featuring the Columbia Big Band with Krista White, Marvin McFadden and John Ady. Admission: $15. For more information, call 209-588-5126 or visit www.gocolumbia.edu.
50 YEARS AGO: It was announced after a Modesto Irrigation District meeting that 23 volunteer captains would organize a phone bank for a sewer campaign. The organized phone bank effort was for a “yes” vote on a $7.2 million Modesto sewer bond election set for Oct. 4. The group was led by Lee Davies, chairman of the Citizens for Sewer Improvement, and Patricia Gaard, precinct campaign chairman. The group of volunteers had to contact 22,317 eligible voters in the city who might help decide the “yes” side of the vote, as two-thirds of voters were needed to pass the bond measure.