What: Modesto Junior College Science Colloquium
When: Wednesday, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: “How Original California People Used Native Plants Everyday,” presented by Lillian Vallee, Ph.D. Free ($2 parking fee), in Science Community Center room 115. Call 209-529-5182, email andersonr@ mjc.edu or visit www.mjc.edu.
What: AARP Safe Driver Refresher Class
When: Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St.
Info: Topics including dealing with traffic challenges while aging and avoiding a crash even though the other driver is at fault. The fee is $15 for AARP members, $20 for others. Call 209-341-2974.
What: AFP Yosemite Chapter Lunch
When: Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Skewers Kabob House, 906 J St.
Info: “Getting the Most From Your Database” with Catherine Connolly, direct marketing and membership consultant. Visit afpyosemite.afpnet.org.
What: “Ocean Engine of Life”
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College West Campus, Sierra Hall 132, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Info: Modesto Area Partners in Science presentation by Dr. Tierney Thys, National Geographic Explorer and TED Speaker, on the importance of the world’s oceans. See maps.events.
40 YEARS AGO: A community and staff committee recommended that the Modesto Junior College agriculture department be moved to the west campus. The move would have cost the college $2.5 million. Had it been approved, the Great Valley Museum would have moved into the former house of the ag department.