Out & About
Three things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:
1 Forget Oscar and Felix and meet Florence and Olive, the mismatched roommates in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" (Female Version). Today, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Cabaret West Theater, Modesto Junior College West Campus, off Blue Gum Avenue. $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors. 575-6776.
2 See "Bob and Tom" morning show regulars and veteran comics Dan St. Paul and Tim Bedore. Today, 7:30 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $25. 527-4697.
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3 Enjoy the delicacies and tradition of the annual celebration of Café Shalom, the Jewish food and culture festival. Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Advance tickets $10 adults, $8 children; tickets at gate $12. 571-6060.
FREE FUN: Take the kids to the McHenry Museum and watch them enjoy the First Sundays! program from 1 to 3 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can enjoy games and toys from days past, learn to juggle, make a gift for mom and dance around a maypole in the mansion garden. The museum is at 1402 I St., Modesto. 491-4317.
-- Marijke Rowland
About Kids' Day
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.
In 2007, the Red Shield Center's baseball program fielded six 14-member teams with players ranging in age from 6 to 12.
For more information, call The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Modesto at 538-7111 or the Turlock Corps at 667-6091.
Bee community columnist Derrick Letsinger, whose full-time job is in the Modesto Police Department's traffic unit, warns people that safety precautions must be taken when riding a bicycle. As the weather changes and gas prices rise, more bicyclists are going to be using Modesto's roadways. This is a perfect time for a quick reminder of some laws and safety tips for bicyclists and motorists.
50 YEARS AGO: The California Relays gained four world-ranked runners from the Iron Curtain nation of Poland. They would compete in the Modesto track classic at the end of the month.
25 YEARS AGO: The Riverbank Army ammunition plant was awarded a three-year contract to produce M-42 grenade bodies, with the first year's output to top $10 million. An executive there said he anticipated the contract would increase the plant's work force of 120 to 140 to 150.
-- Karen Aiello