Bee in Turlock: Free smog checks, repair vouchers at fairgrounds Saturday

08/20/2014 3:34 PM

08/20/2014 4:41 PM

Spending some time Saturday could save folks some big money. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Fairground, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley Clean Air Now will offer a free smog repair and emissions testing event.

San Joaquin Valley residents who have owned their cars for at least six months will get a free vehicle emissions test. If a vehicle doesn’t pass the test but can be repaired, the driver will receive a voucher for up to $500 in emission-related repairs at a participating STAR-certified smog check station. Vouchers are available for the first 525 qualifying vehicles.

Hundreds of vehicles are expected to undergo the emissions and diagnostic tests at the Tune In & Tune Up program. Organizers warn that the event – which is first come, first served – could end early if maximum vehicle capacity is reached. Drivers should expect about a two-hour wait. To occupy their time, booths will be hosted by local community organizations. There also will be free food and drink offered beginning at 9 a.m., while supplies last.

More than 4,000 cars have been repaired to state smog standards by Valley Clean Air Now’s Tune In & Tune Up program since 2003. The program is among the most cost-effective methods to reduce vehicle emissions, say organizers of Saturday’s event.

The fairground is at 900 N. Broadway Avenue in Turlock. For more event information, email or call (800) 806-2004.

The California State University, Stanislaus, theater department will hold auditions Monday and Tuesday for two productions to be staged in the fall.

The shows are “I and You,” by Lauren Gunderson, and “A Flea in Her Ear,” by Georges Feydeau.

Playwright Gunderson’s website summarizes “I and You”: “On the night before a class assignment is due, Caroline and Anthony plumb the mysteries of a Whitman poem … unaware that a deeper mystery has brought them together.” The work won the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.

Feydeau’s 1907 “Flea” is “the greatest of French farces, perhaps the greatest farce ever written,” says the website of the Dramatists Play Service. calls it a “wild and hilarious comedy of mistaken identities, motives and actions.”

“I And You” will run Oct 2-12, and “A Flea In Her Ear” will run Nov. 13-23.

Monday’s and Tuesday’s auditions will be from 6 to 10 p.m. in the university’s Mainstage Theatre before John Mayer, department chairman and director, and Jere O’Donnell, director.

They advise those auditioning to “familiarize yourself with the script(s) ahead of time. Sides will be available for one or both shows as early as Aug. 21. Please be prepared to do cold readings from the script(s) and to potentially do some physical character work/improvisation (for ‘Flea in Her Ear’). If you have any questions, or you would like to audition but cannot make these times, call (209) 667-3451.”

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