What: Tri-tip cook-off benefit
When: May 20, noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Century 21 M&M and Associates, 605 Standiford Ave.
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Info: Century 21 M&M and Associates’ Realtors for Veterans are holding the cook-off to benefit the local post of the Military Order of the Cootie, a nonprofit veterans service organization founded in 1920. “Cooties” give to and volunteer at veterans hospitals. The May 20 event also will include a raffle and 50/50 drawing. Tickets for a meal of tri-tip, beans, salad, rolls, dessert and drink are $15, and takeout is available. To enter the cook-off, be a sponsor or donate, call Sandy Taylor at 209-758-8102 or Gwen DeMarzio at 209-758-8154.
What: Latino Community Roundtable lunch meeting
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Where: Denny’s restaurant conference room, 1525 McHenry Ave.
Info: Steve Natoli, a history professor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, will speak. His presentation will include selected readings from his recent book, “Liberally Speaking: Why Liberalism is Right for America.” To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209-303-4042.
What: Democratic Women’s Club meeting
When: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Red Event Center, 921 Eighth St.
Info: Modesto Mayor Ted Brandvold will discuss his first 100 days. Buffet lunch is $12. For more information, call Rebecca Harrington at 209-585-6590.
What: Sonora Writers Group meeting
When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Call or email for location
Info: Group members encourage and support writers of prose, poetry, memoirs and film. Sonora Writers Group hosts public readings and help with book signings as well as other literary events throughout the Mother Lode. The group will have a booth at the Mother Lode Fair on July 8-10. This week’s guest presenter is web graphic designer Julia Schmunk. The public is invited to attend. Writers are encouraged to bring three to four double-spaced pages of their original work to share. For meeting information and location, contact Jill Klajic-Ryan at 209-734-8097 or email@example.com
50 YEARS AGO: At about 8:40 a.m., over the town of Hughson, an Air Force KC 135 Stratotanker from Castle Air Force Base in Atwater lost an engine, which exploded on impact with the ground. The plane, a cousin to the Boeing 707, was on a routine training mission when the accident occurred. No residents were injured and the military air tanker returned to base an hour later without incident. An eyewitness heard a boom, looked up to see the engine falling, in flames, into a peach orchard near Service and Tully roads.