Beyond Earth Day raises awareness
Riverbank's Beyond Earth Day committee will start raising environmental awareness today during a giveaway at Galaxy Theatres parking lot. There will be free doughnuts and coffee. County Bank will hand out free shred coupons that allow people to shred up to 30 pounds of important documents at the bank. PG&E will hand out free replacement light bulbs and a book of tips on recycling, reuse and renewable goods. Save Mart Supermarkets will be handing out free reusable shopping bags. There also will be drawings for five bicycles. All these items are available to the first 250 people who attend the event from 5 to 7 a.m.
Do you barbecue?
The weather turned sunny, and the grill is ready for another barbecue season. But prices for some of the all-important barbecue ingredients, including meat, have shot up over the past year. If you're a barbecue maven who has noticed it's more expensive to cook over flame, The Bee wants to hear from you. Contact staff writer Ben van der Meer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2331. Responses may be used in an upcoming story.
Enjoy BASH 2008
Coming soon to a football field near you -- BASH (Building a Scholastic Heritage) 2008. This year's Central Catholic High School fund-raiser has been revamped into a "Central Market" -- a tent city at the school's David Patton Football Field that includes food, beverages, live music and an assortment of vendors. The event will be April 18--19. The Friday night gala will feature fine dining, wine, martini bars and live music. Tickets are $125 per person. On Saturday, general admission is $10. Admission to the fashion show is $50 and includes a box lunch.
Lock up your boss
If you made the rules, what would your boss get busted for? Here's your chance to put him or her behind bars. Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., an Oakdale posse will round up managers, chief executive officers and whoever else can pass for a boss.
Fines range from $10 to $100. Bosses who suspect they will be arrested can buy get-out-of-jail-free cards for $30. For more information, call the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce at 847-2244.
50 YEARS AGO: A truce called on overdue library books during National Library Week netted the McHenry-Stanislaus County Free Library approximately 1,500 fine-free books that were returned to the main library, the bookmobile and the 13 branches of the county library.
25 YEARS AGO: A summer jobs program in Stanislaus County would give low-income youths the opportunity to earn money while learning a trade. The 1983 Summer Youth Employment Program would train and employ about 800 area youths from 14 to 21 years of age and place them in a variety of jobs in the private and public sector.
-- Karen Aiello