Around the Region (5/3/17)


What: Stanislaus Rib Cook Off

When: Saturday, May 6, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Private Residence

Info: Modesto’s fire fighters and police officers will battle it out in the Stanislaus Rib Cook Off, a benefit for the Stanislaus County chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. More than 500 guests will serve as judges at the age 21 and over event at the home of Dr. Stephen and Ann Endsley. Tickets are $50 and include hors d’oevres, cocktails and ribs. For tickets call 209-222-5830 or order online at For additional information, contact Laura Ward at 209-549-2765 or email

What: Cafe Shalom

When: Sunday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave.

Info: Congregation Beth Shalom invites the public to its annual Jewish food and cultural celebration. The event will include a bagels and lox brunch plus live music, bake sale, gift shop and children’s activities. New this year will be Ladino food, representing the ancient Jewish heritage of Spain and Portugal. Cost is $18 advance, $20 at the door; ages 5-12 are $10, free under age 5. Tickets can be purchased at or through the synagogue’s office. For more information, call 209-571-6060 or email


What: Karen Peck and New River concert

When: Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Where: First Church of God, 2100 Fruitland Ave.

Info: The First Church of God host a gospel concert feature Karen Peck and New River with special guest Bridge of Grace of Merced. The concert is free with free will offerings accepted. For more information call 209-204-0702.


What: Friends of the Empire Library Annual Book Sale

When: Friday and Saturday, May 5-6

Where: Empire Library Meeting Room, 18 S. Abbie St.

Info: The Friends of the Empire Library holds its annual book sale from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Fiction and nonfiction, history, how-to-do books, cook books, biographies, books for children and more are available. $1 for hardback books, .50 cents for paperbacks. For more information call 209-551-0102.


What: Legacy Five concert

When: Friday, May 5, 10 a.m.

Where: Covenant Village of Turlock, 2125 N. Olive Ave.

Info: Covenant Village of Turlock invites the public to a concert by Legacy Five, which features four- and five-part harmonies in southern gospel style. Space is limited for the free performance; reservations required at 877-834-1238 or

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40 YEARS AGO: It was announced then City of Modesto Manager, Garth Lipsky, presented a 201 page preliminary budget for the 1977-78 fiscal year. Based on appropriations and the continuation of a $1.10 property tax rate, Lipsky presented a $39.8 million proposed budget. The city council then set a date two weeks from when the budget was proposed to study the 201 page document and then the community would have an opportunity to voice its opinion. Included in the budget study were a $13 million capital improvement program and a $1.5 million federal revenue sharing program.