What: DRIVER REFRESHER COURSE
When: Thursday, 9 a.m.
Where: Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St.
Info: AARP will hold a four-hour refresher driver safety class for the first 20 registrants. It will renew a mature driver insurance discount. For more information, call (209) 341-2974.
What: HUMANE SOCIETY ART SHOW AND SALE
When: Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 520 Greenwich Lane
Info: The Humane Society of Stanislaus County will have an art show and sale, featuring watercolors by Marlene Azevedo. Prices start at $5. Refreshments will be served, and proceeds benefit the Humane Society.
What: STANISLAUS CIVIL WAR ASSOCIATION MEETING
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m., with optional dinner at 6
Where: Coach’s Corner restaurant, 950 Oakdale Road (behind KFC)
Info: Larry Tagg will speak about his new book, “The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln.” For more on the group, see www.facebook.com/pages/Stanislaus-Civil-War-Association/117333404946508.
What: LEAF RUBBING CRAFT
When: Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Ceres library, 2250 Magnolia St.
Info: Participants are invited to make colorful crayon rubbings of different kinds of leaves to create a festive fall collage. Children younger than 4 are welcome to participate but must have direct adult supervision. This event is free and sponsored by Friends of the Ceres Library. For more information, call the Ceres library at (209) 537-8938.
What: GARDEN CLUB MEETING
When: Wednesday, 9 a.m.
Where: Wild Blooms Flower & Produce Farm, 22828 N. Ripon Road
Info: The August meeting of the Ripon Garden Club will feature a tour of Wild Blooms Flower & Produce Farm with guest speaker and owner Bronwyn Escola. The meeting will follow the tour, at the American Legion Hall, 206 Stockton Ave., at 10 a.m.
What: BLOOD DRIVE
When; Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St.
Info: Community blood drive. Donate a pint of blood and receive a coupon for a meal hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. Walk-ins are always welcome. For more information, call Denis Wells at (209) 394-2059 or go to www.vfwlivingston.com.
100 YEARS AGO: The Modesto Theater showed Louis Vance’s photo drama “Day of Days.” Vance based his novel on the idea of fatalism, which is a common thread in certain traditional Asia religions. The concept revolves around a person’s life and their predetermined end: A person can not escape or change it, they must accept it and work around it.