What: SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC
When: Today and Monday
Where: 201 Maze Blvd.
Info: The Cat Network of Stanislaus will sponsor spay and neuter procedures for feral and stray cats. Cost is $20. Some subsidized services for pet cats also will be offered. For more information or to make an appointment, call (209) 735-0604 or visit http://catnetworkofstanislaus.org.
What: APPRECIATION DINNER
When: Thursday, 6 p.m.
Where: Graceada Park, 401 Needham St.
Info: Modesto Kiwanis will hold an Independence Day Appreciation Dinner. Social hour to precede dinner. Dinner followed by MoBand concert in the park. RSVP to Loretta Menshew, (209) 664-1599 or (209) 988-3632.
What: LUNCH AND LEARN PROGRAM
When: Thursday, noon
Where: Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave.
Info: The League of Women Voters’ lunch and learn program will feature Denny Jackman, smart-growth advocate. Jackman is collecting signatures for a local land-use ballot measure and will present information about the proposal. Open to the public. Cost is $13, reservations not required. For more information, call (209) 524-1698.
What: MEETING IN THE PARK
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: Sharp Park, 1900 Torrid Ave.
Info: Woodland West Community Neighborhood will hold its third annual Meeting in the Park. Attendees should bring chairs and beverages. Alcohol is not permitted, and food will not be served. There will be a T-shirt sale and guest appearances by Mayor Garrad Marsh, Councilman Dave Lopez, Councilwoman Jenny Kenoyer, police Lt. David Van Diemen and others. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: AFTER-SCHOOL STUDY CENTER SIGN-UPS
Where: St. Peter Study Center, 3461 Merle Ave.
Info: The St. Peter After School Study Center is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. The study center serves the after-school needs of students in fifth through ninth grades by providing homework help, study and organizational skills, and curriculum assistance. For more information, call Karen Zandarski at (209) 551-0563.
What: ROCK AND FOSSIL SHOW
When: Today, 1 p.m.
Where: Ceres branch of the Stanislaus County Library, 2250 Magnolia Ave.
Info: Terry McMillin, the “Rock Lady,” will introduce the audience to an array of rocks, fossils and dinosaur bones. For more information, call the Ceres library at (209) 537-8938.
40 YEARS AGO: Tentative budgets totaling slightly more than $24 million to operate the city’s schools were adopted by the Modesto Board of Education for the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1. The budget’s estimate was based on proposed property taxes for those living in the elementary and high school districts, some 48 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. Meaning if someone’s home was worth $20,000, the annual tax bill would go up $25 with the rate increase.