Out & About
Four things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:
1 Get the beat as The Conga Kings lead an eight- member rumba troupe in Cuban and Puerto Rican music. Today, 8 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto.
$20 to $40. 338-2100.
2 Laugh along to the World of Laughs Comedy Jam featuring A.J. Jamal, Lou Katz, Chris Storing-Hernandez and Nema Williams. Today, 8 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $25. 527-4697.
3 Pay tribute with area artists at the "Honor the Heroes" concert. Performers include Dawn Peterson, Joe Rykert, Yvonne Thompson, the Golden Valley Chorus, the Ripon High School Army Junior ROTC Saber Team, Modesto Junior College's Off-Balance Dance Company and Johansen High School Marching Band. Sunday, 2 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $3. 338-2100.
4 Enjoy Johann Strauss' joyous operetta "Die Fledermaus" as performed by the Townsend Opera Players. Sunday, 2 p.m. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $30 to $40. 338-2100.
FREE FUN: Get a jump on your holiday shopping and help our furry friends at the Humane Society Christmas Bazaar. Browse stocking stuffers, decorations and more with proceeds going to the Tuolumne County Humane Society. Today and Sunday,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Humane Society, 10040 Victoria Way, Jamestown. Free. 532-1920.
-- Marijke Rowland
Study: No methane leak at old landfill
A defunct landfill on Carpenter Road is not leaking methane gas at unsafe levels as feared, an independent study shows. SCS Engineers, a Long Beach firm, reports Modesto received a bad read on methane levels at the site because one of its monitoring wells was located in waste. SCS concludes that methane is not migrating off the 43-acre site, though the company recommends Modesto install new monitoring wells to confirm its finding. A year ago, city Solid Waste Division Manager Jocelyn Reed reported high levels of methane at the landfill could require Modesto to excavate and relocate all of the waste it contained. Other options might have included placing a flare in the landfill to burn off the gas. The Modesto City Council's Economic Development Committee is expected to consider the SCS report at a meeting Wednesday.
Car theft report in Sunday paper
The weekly list of Stanislaus County vehicle theft suspects will appear Sunday.
75 YEARS AGO: Two new Stanislaus County supervisors were elected: C.C. Crowell of Turlock and Hartwell Summers of Oakdale. Crowell nosed out Vaughn D. Whitmore of Ceres, who had served as a supervisor for 20 years; Summers defeated Clay Dorroh, Oakdale city councilman and deputy sheriff.
-- Karen Aiello