What: BACK TO SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY
When: Today, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Modesto Gospel Mission, 1400 Yosemite Blvd.
Info: The Modesto Gospel Mission will be holding its annual Back to School Block Party, giving away backpacks, school supplies and free haircuts, and offering identity kits. Activities will include crafts, games and entertainment. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. For more information, call Anastasia Carroll at (209) 529-8259.
What: LUNCH AND LEARN PROGRAM
When: Thursday, noon
Where: Jacob’s Restaurant, 2501 McHenry Ave.
Info: The League of Women Voters is hosting a lunch and learn program featuring Marion Kaanon speaking on “Why Philanthropy Matters in Community Transformation.” The public is welcome. Cost is $13 and reservations are not required. For more information, call (209) 524-1698.
What: MARSHMALLOW LAUNCH
When: Thursday, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St.
Info: The “Marshmallow Launch” teaches children how to build a catapult out of craft sticks, soda lids and a rubber band and then launch marshmallows from their creations. For more information, call the library at (209) 558-7810.
What: LEGO DAY
When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Where: Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library, 4835 Sisk Road
Info: At Lego Day, children can build colorful structures while learning early math and engineering concepts. Duplo blocks will be available for children under 4. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. The Lego program is sponsored by the Friends of the Salida Library. For more information, call (209) 543-7353.
100 YEARS AGO: East Belt Development Co. of Oakdale, organized by individuals from Angels Camp, opened its first branch office at 911 10th St. in Modesto. At the same time, gold ore that had been removed from the company-owned Tanner Mine, in Murphys, Calaveras County, was put on display.