Kids' Day factoids
Kids' Day is May 20, with proceeds from the sale of special editions of The Bee going to help The Salvation Army's youth programs in Modesto and Turlock.
The Red Shield Community Center in Modesto has table tennis, pool tables and Foosball games. There's also a computer lab, organized gym activities and sports leagues.
For more information, call The Salvation Army in Modesto at 538-7111 or the Turlock Corps at 667-6091.
Air board advisory
Dirty air caused primarily by wind-whipped dust has prompted the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to issue a health cautionary statement. The board suggests that all people limit prolonged exposure, strenuous activity or heavy exertion. Those with heart or lung diseases are advised to follow doctors' advice for dealing with poor air quality.
Beware of strangers
Modesto is experiencing a rash of auto thefts and residential and vehicle burglaries, police are reporting. Officials are offering weekly tips to protect your home and vehicle from break-ins:
Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. "Con artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
Get burn permits
Starting today, burn permits are required within Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced. Burning hours are 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on permissive burn days. The combination of low fuel moistures and high winds generally leads to an increase of escaped debris burns. If dry conditions continue without relief, the Tuolumne- Calaveras Unit will suspend burning within Tuolumne, Calaveras, eastern Stanislaus, and eastern San Joaquin counties by May 12, Cal Fire said. Before starting a debris fire, check burn day status by calling the local Air Pollution Control District with jurisdiction over your area.
Calaveras County, 754-6600
Tuolumne County, 533-5598
San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, 877-429-2876
50 YEARS AGO: Sonora High School student Thomas A. McCready won a merit scholarship under a national program to encourage promising students. McCready received a four-year scholarship to the school of his choice. He planned to attend the University of California at Berkeley to study to become a teacher of mathematics or sociology.
-- Karen Aiello