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: Modesto Junior College Athletics Pirates Fest Fundraiser
When: Friday, May 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: Beer, wine and food celebration in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center features regional beers and wines for tasting, accompanied by food samples and a silent auction that includes premium wines, gift certificates, gift baskets and more. Proceeds benefit the 21 sports in MJC’s athletic program. Call Box and Mattea Overstreet will play live music with KHOP 95.1 radio station also providing entertainment. Tickets are $40 presale and $45 at the door. To purchase tickets, contact the MJC athletics department at 209-575-6270; MJC Foundation at 209-575-6068; or go to athletics.mjc.edu.
What: Miss Stanislaus Spirit Pageant
When: Deadline: Friday, May 18
Info: The second annual Miss Stanislaus Spirit Pageant is presented by the Modesto Lion 500 Club and the Society for disAbilities. The pageant is open to girls ages 5 to 22 with disabilities. The pageant will be Saturday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. For more information and guidelines call 209-524-3536 or visit societyfordisabilities.org.
What: Railtown 1897 Mother’s Day
When: Sunday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Railtown 1897 SHP, 10501 Reservoir Road
Info: The six-mile, 45-minute round-trip ride takes passengers through the Gold Country foothills. Luxury lounge coach No. 2901 will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.railtown1897.org. Train ride tickets include park admission. Park-only admission is $5 adults, $3 ages 6-17, free ages five and under. For more information, call 209-984-3953.
What: Arts and Flowers
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Oakdale Museum & History Center, 212 West F St.
Info: The Oakdale Garden Club and Friends of Oakdale Heritage will present outdoor event. Visitors can take part in a Single Stem Flower Competition, 10 a.m. to noon; entries must be submitted between by 10:30 a.m., with judging and awards held at noon. Plants and art for sale with garden club members available for advice and questions. Food provided by Jarro Viejo's Taco Truck from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Día de los niños/Día de los libros
When: Thursday, 3 to 4 p.m.
Where: Waterford Library, 324 E St.
Info: The Stanislaus County Library will mark Día de los niños/Día de los libros, or Day of the Child/Day of the Book, a national celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy, regardless of linguistic or cultural background. This year’s theme is “Wild About Books.” Each branch will host a bilingual storytime, crafts and activities. Children will receive a free book while supplies last, courtesy of Friends of the Library. For more information call 209-634-1283.
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50 YEARS AGO: It was reported that 19 daycare centers for migrant farm workers were lacking sufficient money to open. Two of 19 centers were located in Stanislaus County and opened despite the lack of funding. County officials pieced together a daycare program to open with the seasonal migrant housing at farm labor camps in Westley and Empire.