What: AARP Safe Driver Refresher course
When: Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Modesto Senior Center, 201 Bodem St.
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Info: This is four-hour course for those who have taken the basic eight-hour course. This course will refresh an automobile insurance discount for another three years. The course fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others. Call 209-341-2974 to make a reservation.
What: Dog adoptions
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Petsmart, 2100 McHenry Ave.
What: Turlock Garden Club
When: Monday, noon
Where: Turlock Senior Citizens Center, 1191 Cahill St.
Info: The club meeting will feature a potluck and a short meeting to follow. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Debbie at 209-668-8363.
What: Mother’s Day train rides
When: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Info: For Mother’s Day, the park will offer excursion train rides, give away commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all mothers who take a train ride with a child, and let people see and pose for pictures with a replica DeLorean. The DeLorean is reminiscent of the one featured in the “Back to the Future” movies and will be on display for the day courtesy of Lenny Hochteil. Train ride tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youths ages 6-17 and free for kids 5 and under. All tickets include park admission and are available for advance purchase at www.railtown1897.org as well as at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability). Park admission costs are $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and under.
50 YEARS AGO: Modesto Junior College Vice President Dr. J. Kenneth Rowland issued a clarification on the Selective Service regulations. Students that were enrolled in courses and were in good standing with the college would be issued a 1-SC deferment. The purpose of the provision was to give students the opportunity to finish their classes for the semester they were in, so they would not lose an entire semester’s worth of work if they happened to be inducted in the military.