What: Candidate forums
When: Monday, 6 to 7 p.m. and 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Modesto City Council chambers, 1010 10th St.
Info: The League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County is sponsoring two final forums for candidates running for office in Stanislaus County. The forums are to introduce to voters the candidates for Modesto mayor and for Modesto City Council. The mayoral forum is at 6 p.m., the council forum at 7:15 p.m.
What: Closet Ball
When: Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.
Where: Modesto Centre Plaza, San Joaquin River Room, 1000 L St.
Info: The Owl Empire of Stanislaus County, a nonprofit group that holds drag events to raise funds for local charity organizations, and the Court of Love and Magic present the Closet Ball, with the theme “Moonlight Magic.” It will include announcement of candidates for Emperor and Empress 42 of Modesto. Hosts are Regent Emperor 41 Shaun Peru Archer-St. James and Regent Empress Carmen Peru St. James. Admission is $15. For more information, call 209-589-4504 or 209-629-3431.
What: AARP Safe Driver Course
When: Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Doctors Hospital Conference Center, 1441 Florida Ave.
Info: This is the initial, eight-hour course for seniors who have not taken it before. It may also be used to refresh an expiring insurance discount certificate for returning students. The insurance discount certificate issued at the end of the course is good for three years. The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members, $20 for others. To register, call 888-284-6641.
What: Creative Giving program
When: Tuesday, 8 to 9 a.m., or Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way
Info: The Community Hospice Foundation invites the public to learn how to give creatively to Community Hospice or the local charity of your choice in a way that makes sense for your life. Jason Gordo, from United Capital, will present. A question-and-answer session will follow. Sessions include breakfast or light appetizers. RSVP to Melissa Van Diepen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-578-6304.
What: Couponing class
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Salida regional library, 4835 Sisk Road
Info: The Modesto Money Mavens will host a free couponing class. Participants will learn how to find bargains and save money. For more information, call the library, 209-543-7353.
What: Great Valley Bookfest
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Orchard Valley, Highway 120 at Union Road
Info: Johansen High School senior Matthew Berlin, author of “Legends of Lustria: Embark,” and Enochs High senior Kasey Thompson, author of “Phased” and “Forget Me Not,” will be featured authors at this year’s Bookfest. The event celebrates the fun of reading with author presentations, workshops, cooking demonstrations, a parade and performances. For all the featured authors and the schedule of events, go to www.greatvalleybookfest.org.
75 YEARS AGO: It was announced that a two-day strike at a cannery in Riverbank ended. When it ended a strike committee was formed, made up of four men and three women, to represent 700 employees. This committee would hear grievances and other matters related to plant workers. The head of the group was Louis Saracino, steward in the plant and chairman. The workers decided that those employees who broke the picket line could join the union for a $12 initiation fee instead of the regular $2 fee that everyone else could pay.