Around the Region (10/31/17)


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: “Exploring the Resources of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex”. The subject is presented by Jack Sparks, outdoor recreation planner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 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 or visit

What: High School Orchestra Day

When: Thursday, 9:30 1 p.m.

Where: Modesto JC West Campus, 435 College Ave.

Info: Modesto Junior College will be inviting nine Stanislaus County high schools and Mountain House High School Orchestra from San Joaquin County to perform in the High School Orchestra Day in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public and parking is free during event hours in the lots immediately surrounding the Auditorium. The high school orchestra students will present works by a variety of composers. The Teacher’s Chamber Ensemble will perform an arrangement of the famous Beatles tune, Eleanor Rigby. For more information contact Professor Anne Martin at 209-575-6646 or email


What: Spaghetti Dinner

When: Sunday, Nov. 5, noon - 5 p.m.

Where: St. Jude's Catholic Church, 3824 Mitchell Road

Info: St. Jude's Catholic Church invites the public to its spaghetti diner. The cost is $8 adults, $4 children. There will be fun and games all. Proceeds go back to the church, to run programs for parish members and for community outreach efforts. For more information call 209-996-5247.


What: Dia De Los Muertos

When: Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Downtown Murphys

Info: Murphys merchants and tasting rooms will be celebrating its Eighth Annual Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos in historic downtown Murphys. Participating businesses and vendors will be offering authentic cultural art, food, sugar skulls, face painting and live music, as well as displaying ofrendas (altars) celebrating the lives of those who have passed on but are with us in heart and spirit. For more information contact Michelle Plotnik 209-728-8471 or visit


What: Oakdale Women’s Club Luncheon

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 243 N. Stearns Rd.

Info: The Oakdale Women’s Club invites the public to its lunch buffet meetings, the first Tuesday of each month through May. The club is for women whose goal is to promote civic improvements to the City of Oakdale. Pamela Kelly of the Oakdale Rescue Mission’s Home Project will speak and Christmas stockings for needy children will be handed out to be filled by Club members and then returned by Dec. 5. The Club members are also asked to bring canned goods for community sharing. Lunch is $16, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation call 209-342-0281 or email


What: Hall Rummage Sale

When: Sunday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: First Congregational Church, 4825 Broadway Ave.

Info: The First Congregational Church of Salida invites the public to rummage through its Rummage Sale. The church rummage sale will include clothes, shoes, furniture and more. Proceeds from the rummage sale go back into programs for church members and community outreach. For more information contact Elizabeth, Church Secretary, 209-545-1156.

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25 YEARS AGO: Due to state budget cuts, comprehensive alcohol and drug prevention education programs were being scaled back. Stanislaus County schools lost about $400,000 for intervention counseling programs, anti-gang curriculum, and school safety and attendance officers. Modesto City Schools had two school police officers and two county probation officers that were still being funded, but canceled a contract with a mental health consultant who worked with elementary schoolchildren and their families, said Pat Logan, supervisor of pupil services.