What: Documentary “Here, There and Everywhere”
Where: The State Theater, 1307 J St.
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Info: The Society for disAbilities presents a documentary by filmmaker Warren Miller, “Here, There and Everywhere.” The film interviews elite athletes and explores backcountry wilderness and more, all led by Miller. There will be three screenings of the film to benefit the Society for disAbilities, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-sufficiency for children and adults in Stanislaus County. Tickets are $20. For more information, to check screening times or to purchase tickets, visit www.thestate.org.
What: Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon
When: Thursday, noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Skewers Kabob House, 906 J St.
Info: The Yosemite Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host its monthly lunch meeting at Skewers Kabob House. The topic of the meeting is “How to Survive Your Board.” In this session, troublesome board member archetypes and their fundamental motivations, what an optimal board culture might be for your organization, ways to identify and motivate champions of change, and some subtle and not-so-subtle methods to manage the change process when you’re not “in charge.” Presentation will be led by Alice Ferris, CFRE and ACFRE, and Jim Anderson, CFRE, of GoalBusters. To register for the meeting, email email@example.com visit afpyosemite.afpnet.org.
What: Play “August: Osage County”
When: Dec. 2-11
Where: Modesto Junior College East Campus, Performing Arts Center, 435 College Ave.
Info: The Modesto Junior College theater department presents the dark comedy-drama “August: Osage County.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts follows an estranged family and what happens when it is brought back together under the worst of circumstances. Tickets are $9 for students and seniors; $11 general admission. Due to adult language and themes, no children under 14 will be permitted into the theater. Tickets are available at the MJC box office, or call 209-676-6776 or visit www.mjc.tix.com. Those interested in attending may purchase tickets at the door 90 minutes prior to show time.
What: “The Polar Express” train ride
When: Dec. 2-18, 4:30-9 p.m.
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, 10501 Reservoir Road
Info: California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation present “The Polar Express” train ride on Fridays through Sundays from Dec. 2-18. Three festive train rides will be available each day, starting at 4:30 p.m., 6 and 7:30. Tickets are $50 per person for coach seating, open-air car is $180 per table of four, and $65 per person for first-class seating that includes a commemorative “Polar Express” mug. Children under 2 are admitted free and must be seated on an adult’s lap during the ride. The train ride is a fundraiser for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, which supports Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Advance tickets are available online only at www.railtown1897.org. For more information, call the hotline at 209-984-3407.
40 YEARS AGO: It was announced that a mini town hall meeting was being called to discuss the rise in property taxes. The meeting, called by Stanislaus County Supervisor William Ulm, was to address a 2 percent to 8 percent rise in property taxes for those living in west Modesto. The meeting was to include a speaker from the assessor’s office after residents called the supervisor to complain about their tax bills reflecting the increase in property taxes. Ulm said the rise in property taxes for the west Modesto residents would hit them especially hard due to those living on fixed and/or low incomes.