Modesto High play

The Modesto High School theater department will present "Pride and Prejudice"

Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-4 in the Modesto High School auditorium, First and H Streets.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and at

2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, children under 10 and students. The box office will open one hour before curtain and the theater will open 30 minutes before curtain.

The script is adapted by Jon Jory, former artistic director of the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, who took much of the dialogue from the classic Jane Austen novel. "Pride and Prejudice" is the most popular of Jane Austen's humorously romantic tales.

Arts competition

Congressman George Radanovich is accepting entries for the 2008 Congressional Art Competition. The art competition is open to all high school students in and around the 19th Congressional District. All of the artwork will be displayed at Fresno City Hall. The first-place winner will have his or her artwork displayed in Washington, D.C., for one year and will have the opportunity to compete nationally for a $3,000 scholarship. The second- and third-place selections will be displayed in Radanovich's district office.

All artwork and signed release forms must be delivered to Radanovich's district office, 3509 Coffee Road, Modesto, by March 25. For more information, contact Donna Dami at 577-5458 or

Service academies

The application deadline for applying for a nomination by Congressman Dennis Cardoza to any of the U.S. service academies is Nov. 2.

More information and applications are available on the Internet at cardoza/academy.shtml.

Each member of Congress is allowed a total of five appointees to each service academy. For each vacancy, Cardoza can nominate 10 individuals. For questions or more information, contact Lisa Mantarro Moore with Cardoza's office at 527-1914 or e-mail

Youth orchestra

The Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) will perform its first concert of the 2007-08 season at 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 4, in the Foster Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts in downtown Modesto.

The MSYO is composed of two skill-based orchestras, the Concert Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra, which will perform separately. They also will perform one piece, Brahms' "Hungarian Dance

No. 5," together. The MSYO is in its 31st season and includes nearly 120 musicians from more than 40 schools. These students come from Stanislaus and surrounding counties and their ages range from 9 to 17.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at the Gallo Center box office at 10th and I Streets in Modesto or by calling 338-2100. For more information on the orchestra, contact Erin Matteson, 484-5937.

Fight meth use

The Center for Human Services' Friday Night Live program is forming a group of young people to help combat the use of methamphetamine. The group is called the Methamphetamine Action Team and it will explore education strategies, among other things. To get involved, call Kate Trompetter, 526-1476, ext. 172.

Downey High play

Downey High School is presenting an American classic, "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder. The play will be presented today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Downey auditorium, 1000 Coffee Road. Tickets are $5 for students and $6 for general admission. Call 576-4211 for more information.

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