What: MJC Science Colloquium
When: Wednesday, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Where: Modesto JC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: The weekly science solloquium will feature the topic: “Physics for All.” The subject is presented by Don Williams, C.S.U. Fresno Physics Outreach, in the Science Community Center, Room 115. The Colloquium series offers one-hour discussions on timely science-related topics, and is free and open to the public. There is a $2 charge for on campus parking without a permit. For more information , call 209-529-5182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mjc.edu.
What: Sons In Retirement Meeting
When: Thursday, 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave.
Info: The Sons in Retirement, Branch 144, Luncheon will feature County Supervisor Dick Montieth, who will speak about “Why get into Politics”. Sons in Retirement is a club for retired men who meet to renew friendships , discuss issues and plan participation in activities such as golf, bowling, pickleball, dining and traveling. For more information, contact Sam Graham 209-552-0960.
What: Computer Users Group
When: Thursday, 6 p.m.
Where: Round Table Pizza “ClubHouse,” 3848 McHenry Ave, #145
Info: Norbert “Bob” Gostischa will lead the “Zoom Webinar” entitled: “Cyber Security—Protecting Yourself, Your Computer and Your Identity”. Gostischa will deliver the presentation from his home in New Mexico via “Zoom.” For information about Gostischa visit bob3160.strikingly.com. The public is invited to attend; admission is free. Dinner optional. For more information, call Terence Fix at 209-524-8062 or email at email@example.com.
What: MJC Civic Engagement Project
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Modesto JC East Campus, 435 College Ave.
Info: The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a free screening of the film, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” in Forum Building room 110. The event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $2 in student parking lots. Subtitled Vanguard of the Revolution, this film sets the rise of the Black Panther Party alongside the turbulent tide of the Vietnam protests and amidst the raging disputes over civil rights. There will also be an opportunity for questions. For more information on MJC’s Civic Engagement Project or the Fall Film and Lecture Series, contact Jason Wohlstadter, professor of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Harvest Haunt Express
When: Weekends, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Railtown 1897 SHP, 10501 Reservoir Road
Info: The California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud to offer family-friendly “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides on all four weekends in October. With the train whimsically decorated for Halloween and staffed by a “skeleton crew,” the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that departs at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Saturdays, the excursion train will be pulled by Sierra No. 3 (the “Movie Star Locomotive”) and on Sundays by a vintage diesel locomotive. Train ride guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up according to the theme: Pirates & Princesses (Oct. 21-22) and Witches and Wizards (Oct. 28-29). Tickets for “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides are $15 adults, $10 youths ages 6-17, ages 5 and under are free. To make advance online reservations, call 209-984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org.
What: Soroptimist New Member Dinner
When: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
Where: MiWuk Village
Info: Soroptimist International of Twain Harte will be hosting a dinner for prospective new members to the club. The public is invited to learn all the ways that Twain Harte Soroptimists serve the community while enjoying a dinner with club members. An RSVP is necessary, for directions to dinner and additional information contact Margie Margolis at 209-536-9440 or Gloria Winton at 209-743-5762.
40 YEARS AGO: A policy put in place by the Gustine School Board of Trustees resulted in 31 students, 9 percent of the high school’s student body, failing to meet credit standards for graduation. The policy was meant to raise the standards for graduation from Gustine High School where students in previous years could fail one course and still graduate. At the time of policy students needed 250 credits to graduate, 260 credits thereafter, and could not fail more than four courses. To meet the standards, students would have to attend alternative schools in Los Banos, Merced or Modesto, where the number of credits were lower.