What: “New Insights Into Human Evolution”
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center on Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: Debra Bolter, Ph.D., MJC professor of anthropology and research associate with the Evolutionary Studies Institute in South Africa, will present her work on the new hominid species, Homo naledi, published recently in the open access science journal eLife and featured in the October issue of National Geographic. These remarkable fossil remains were recently discovered and excavated at the Rising Star Cave in South Africa, the “Cradle of Humankind.” The fossils represent a collection of multiple individuals who laid buried 30 meters underground, undisturbed until recreational cavers accidentally stumbled on the hidden chamber in 2013. Bolter’s talk will be an overview of the cave site, the context of the chamber, and a discussion of the new insights on human evolution that this collection of more than 1,500 specimens provides to anthropologists and paleoanthropologists. For more information about the Modesto Area Partners in Science program, go to http://maps.events.mjc.edu, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modesto-Area-Partners-in-Science/244618054801, or contact MJC professor Noah Hughes at 209-575-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group
When: Monday, 6:30 p.m
Where: Health Education and Conference Center (McHenry Village), 1700 McHenry Ave.
Info: Sandy Howell, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy counselor, is back by popular demand. HICAP is a program of the California Department of Aging, which provides free, objective information and counseling about Medicare. Sandy will provide navigation through health insurance options in advance of the open enrollment period. After the presentation, there will be men and women’s sharing circles, and then socializing over snacks. For more information, call Ken Willmarth at 209-521-6468.
What: Table Setting Event
When: Monday and Tuesday
Where: Seasons Event Center, 945 McHenry Ave.
Info: Preview Day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – coffee, tea, punch and cookies served. Luncheon Day, Tuesday, doors open at 10:30 a.m. – lunch is at noon. Reservations required; cost is $45. For reservations, call Barbara at 209-575-9615. For more information, call Sylvia at 209-606-7948.
What: DelWood Neighborhood Alliance monthly meeting
When: Monday, 6:30 pm
Where: Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road
Info: DelWood Neighborhood Alliance is made up of volunteers seeking to make the area a better, safer and cleaner place to live.
What: Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission meeting
When: Monday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Riverbank City Council Chambers, 6707 Third St.
Info: The commission is looking for participation from interested veterans and family members who can attend the commission meetings. Members of the public are welcome to attend and are encouraged to volunteer to serve on a strategic priority committee. For more information, call Joe Madden at 209-914-4764.
What: Salida Municipal Advisory Council meeting
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library, Community Room, 4835 Sisk Road
Info: The featured presentation is “Focus on Prevention: Helping Salida’s Homeless” by Katherine Borges, Salida MAC chairperson. Go to http://salidamac.weebly.com for more information.
75 YEARS AGO: The Oakdale Sportsmen’s Club announced its second annual turkey shoot and field day for Sunday. The first event, held the previous year, saw 600 attend from all parts of the San Joaquin Valley. The list of events included trapshooting, rifle shooting, small bore and pistol matches.