What: Recovery International Meeting
When: Fridays, 7 p.m.
Where: Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave.
Info: Recovery International invites the public to its next meeting. Self-help training is offered in psychiatric aftercare. Weekly local groups, also Web-and telephone-based groups. For more information contact Dave at 209-247-2620 or visit www.recoveryinternational.org.
What: Presentation: “Fusion: Building a Miniature Star on Earth”
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Modesto JC, West Campus-Sierra Hall 132, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) offers the presentation “Forest Health and Fire Resiliency in a Changing Climate” by John Buckley, Central Sierra Enviromental Resource Center (CSERC), a nonprofit group that preserves threatened wild places, defends at-rish wildlife species and protects streams and rivers of the Northern Yosemite region. Buckley will discuss what effects a warming climate will have on the capability of a fire in the Sierra Neveda forests. Both the program and parking are free. For more information, visit maps.events.mjc.edu or visit the MAPS Facebook page.
What: VFW “Buddy Poppy” Donation Drive
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Designated Locations
Info: The Modesto Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3199 will conduct its annual Veterans Day “Buddy Poppy” drive. Donations go to the Veteran’s Relief Fund to help veterans and their families. The donation drive will be Saturday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Nov. 3 at Save Mart Stores at Oakdale Road and Standiford Avenue; Walmart on Coffee Road. For more information call the Post 3199 office at 209-537-3360 or visit www.vfw3199.org.
What: Friends of the Empire Library Fall Festival
Where: Empire Library, 18 S. Abbie St.
When: Saturday, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Info: Friends of the Empire Library will be holding our annual Fall Festival at the Empire Library. There will be story time, crafts, costume parade and refreshments. For more information call 209-551-0102.
What: Oakdale Women’s Club Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 243 N. Stearns Rd.
Info: The Oakdale Women’s Club invites the public to its lunch buffet meetings, the first Tuesday of each month through May. The club is for women whose goal is to promote civic improvements to the City of Oakdale. The Guest Speaker is Pamela Kelly of the Oakdale Rescue Mission; Home Project. Christmas stockings for needy children will be handed out to be filled by Club members and then returned by Dec. 5. The Club members are also asked to bring canned goods for community sharing. Lunch is $16, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation call 209-342-0281 or email email@example.com.
What: Art as Healing with Carmen Richardson
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway
Info: The Carnegie Arts Center presents, “Art as Healing,” with guest lecturer, author and Expressive Arts Therapist, Carmen Richardson. Richardson will discuss the benefits of art expression. The lecture will cover the value of the expressive arts and how it helps to manage stress and promotes growth and reflection in our lives. Richardson will share how creating art helps restore a sense of wellbeing and stabilizes an individual to move into states of contentment and security. This event is free, preregistration is highly recommended. For more information or to register visit artashealing.eventbrite.com. A workshop with Richardson is planned for Monday, Oct. 30 at the Peterson Events Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. Cost is $50, for more information visit jessicashouse.org.
75 YEARS AGO: The mayor of Modesto, Carl Shannon, proclaimed that the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31 be recognized as Girl Scout Week. The mayor read the proclamation in city council chambers. The proclamation stated the Girl Scouts played a prominent role in the lives of the youth of Modesto.