Out & About
Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:
1 Ooh and ahh at the aerial stunts at the 14th annual Modesto Airport Appreciation Day with aerobatic performances, family activities and more. Today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Modesto Airport,
700 Tioga Drive. $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger. 968-2613.
2 Laugh with an American original as Don McArt performs the one-man show "Say Goodnight Gracie," about world-famous centenarian George Burns. Today, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts,
1000 I St., Modesto. $30 to $45. 338-2100.
3 See the rebirth of Blind Melon as the '90s rock group known for its No. 1 Billboard Charts hit "No Rain" returns with a new lead singer. Today, 7 p.m. Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto. $15. 524-1400.
4 Experience the classic story of an aging Southern Belle and her family in Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Glass Menagerie." Today, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, California State University, Stanislaus, One University Circle, Turlock. $7 to $10. 667-3166.
5 Hear two works by Berkeley composer Gabriela Frank, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence, that were inspired by her study of the Central Valley. A review of the Friday night performance will be on modbee.com by early afternoon. Today, 8 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $30 to $65. 338-2100.
FREE FUN: Immerse yourself in the spoken word at the Song of the San Joaquin Poetry Reading. Today, 2 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. 543-1776.
-- Marijke Rowland
Kids' Day facts
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 Salvation Army's Red Shield Community Center is in the middle of its baseball season, but other sports opportunities are available. Basketball league sign-ups begin in June. Soccer sign-ups start in December. Equipment and uniforms are paid for, in part, with Kids' Day money.
For more information, call The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Modesto at 538-7111 or the Turlock Corps at 667-6091.
75 YEARS AGO: An old, tattered felt hat saved the life of Robert Buck, 19, of Knights Ferry in an encounter with a rattlesnake while he was panning the gravel of the Stanislaus River. Without warning, the snake struck at him from a 4-foot ledge above his head, sinking its fangs into the brim of his hat close to his right ear and jerking the hat from his head. -- Karen Aiello