What: Funstrummers Ukulele Band Classes
When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Where: First Methodist Church, 850 16th St.
Info: The Funstrummers Ukulele Band will be giving lessons for ukulele beginners. For more information email the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Senior Nutrition Coupon Distribution
When: Thursday, 8 to 10 a.m.
Where: Modesto Farmers Market, 1500 I St.
Info: The Area Agency on Aging will be distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons at area farmer’s markets. The first distribution day will be at the Modesto Farmer’s Market adjacent to the downtown Modesto Branch of the Stanislaus County Library. To recieve a coupons, seniors must be: 60 or older and have a limited income - $1,832 mo/1 or $2,470 mo/2. The coupons will be given out on a first come first serve basis. They may only be used at a certified farmers’ market. Please only one booklet per person/year. Each booklet contains a total of $20 worth of coupons to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey. For more information contact the Senior Info Line at 209-558-8698 or toll free at 1-800-510-2020.
What: Celebration of Fiber Arts
When: Through July 7
Where: Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St.
Info: The exhibit is presented by Mistlin Gallery and the Country Crossroads Quilters. The show will include quilts, weaving, wearbales and more. The gallery is free to the public; open Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday’s, Noon to 4 p.m.; and the Third Thursday Art Walk, June 15, 5 to 9 p.m. For more information call 209-529-3369.
What: Livingston Certified Farmers Market and Street Fair
When: Thursdays through Oct. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Livingston, Main Street
Info: There will be local produce, entertainment, merchandise, crafts, food vendors, informational booths and a kids zone. There also are vendor spaces still available at $20 per week or $60 per month, and all food vendors must get proper permits. For more information or to obtain a space, call the market manager at 209-720-8790 or the recreation office at 209-394-8830, or go to www.livingstoncity.com.
What: Oakdale Women's Connection Monthly Luncheon
When: Thursday, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro, 1214 West F St.
Info: The Oakdale Women's Connection will be having its monthly luncheon at Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro in Oakdale. The special guest Cliff Brand, “The Music Man”. Brand will share his musical talent and opens guest speaker Dannette Bentz. Bentz is a nurse, educator, and business owner and will discuss her falls and then rise to the top. For more information or to inquire about open seating call Barbara, 209-847-5605.
What: Summer Dance Classes
When: Through June 29
Where: Center for Urban Performance and Service, 950 Columbia St.
Info: Dancers of all ages and levels are welcome to attend these master classes. A Summer Fest will be held June 29 at Turlock Community Theatre, exhibiting the various dances that were learned over summer. Housing is available on site for out-of-town guests for an extra cost. To register or receive a brochure, call 209-667-9020 or go to www.westsideministriesturlock.com.
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40 YEARS AGO: The Modesto Irrigation District was planning to distribute red, white and blue cards to customers, asking them to turn off their air conditioners for one hour each afternoon. The request was due in part by the drought, and on hot days the power used by MID customers surged to 50,000 killowatts, if all the estimated 46,000 customers were using their AC units. MID said if even half of the customers accepted the appeal, the district could have saved 8,000 killowatts off its peak usage numbers, for a savings of $17,000 per month. At that time, MID had to purchase power from Pacific Gas and Eletric Co. just to meet customer demand.