Around the Region (11/01/17)


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@ or visit

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

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

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.