Out & About
Three things to do this weekend, plus some Free Fun:
1 Norton Buffalo, the celebrated harmonica player from the Steve Miller Band, recorded and toured with some of the top names in music and worked in movies and television.
He has collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, the Doobie Brothers, Johnny Cash and more.
Today, 9 p.m., Willow Creek Lounge, Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. Admission is free. 877-747-8777.
2 Children's Story Hour, tutorial reading and drama skits recommended for children 8 to 12 years old. Today, 9 to 11 a.m., Maddux Youth Center in César Chávez Park, 615 Sierra Drive, Modesto. Free. 341-2950.
3 Mary Elizabeth Boutte sings jazz accompanied by pianist Leo Kasperovich at the Barking Dog Grill. Today, 7:30 p.m., 940 11th St. 572-2341.
FREE FUN: Performance artist Derique puts on a comic dance show targeted for children ages 6 to 12. The program will include slapstick antics, juggling, interactive clowning and hambone, the African-American art of body percussion. Derique has appeared on the Disney Channel and opened for Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby McFerrin and Lou Rawls. Today, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Stanislaus County Library Modesto branch, 1500 I St., 3 p.m. Salida Library, 4735 Sisk Road. Free tickets available one hour before each show. 558-7810.
Seniors need help
Catholic Charities Transportation needs volunteers to serve seniors who often are dependent upon others for rides to doctor's appointments or grocery stores. Volunteers can drive one of the charity's vans or their own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement is available and schedules are flexible. To volunteer or for more information, call Lynn Ewen, 593-6112.
75 YEARS AGO: Old demon rum and his whiskey, gin and home-brew relatives were responsible for more than half of the 528 arrests made by the Modesto Police Department in 1932, authorities reported. Sgt. Frank Turner's report of arrests showed that 326 were jailed for liquor violations for the year. Most of the number was from intoxication, the balance for possession, sale and transportation.
25 YEARS AGO: Some of television's biggest and most popular stars, the Budweiser Clydesdales, were hard at work on the Nick Tocco farm east of Ceres. The 10 huge draft horses were in Stanislaus County for scenes in a film documentary on the history of the Clydesdales. Actor Darren McGavin, the voice behind the Clydesdales' commercials, also was on hand to do a series of sound-over shots with the horses.
-- Karen Aiello