Around the Region (11/02/17)


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 documentary, “The White Helmets,” 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. Winner of the Academy Award for best short-subject documentary in 2016, this film follows a group of volunteer rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, as they risk their lives in their efforts to save victims trapped in the rubble caused by military airstrikes. 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

What: Funstrummer Anniversary Concert

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Trinity Presbyterian, 1600 Carver Road

Info: The public is invited to the Tenth Anniversary Concert of the Funstrummer Ukulele Band. The concert is free to the public. For more information call 209-505-3216 or visit

What: ‘The Romantic Spirit’ piano recital by Richard Cionco

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, 850 Sixteenth St.

Info: Richard Cionco will be presenting a piano recital that will include music by Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, and Mr. Cionco’s own arrangements. Box office opens at 7:00 p.m., tickets are: $15 general, $10 student. For more information or to purchase tickets call 209-522-9046.

What: American Cancer Society Discovery Shop sale

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 3440 McHenry Ave Suite A-12

Info: American Cancer Society Discovery will have its Shop Winter Wonderland Event Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature stocking stuffers, snowmen, Christmas trees, and home décor. Santa Claus will be flying in Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for pictures. For more information call 209-544-9279.


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 for 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: Live Your Dream Award

When: Deadline: Nov. 15

Where: Online

Info: Soroptimist International of Oakdale presents this $1,000 award, the signature project for the Soroptimist International of the Americas. The annual program provides cash grants to head-of-household women so they can achieve career goals by completing their education or job training. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. For more information and/or an application call Suzette Titus 209-602-6562 or visit Applications must be received by Nov. 15.


What: Rehearsals for Handel's ‘Messiah’

When: Sundays in November, 3 p.m.

Where: Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange St.

Info: All singers are welcome to the four rehearsals for Handel's "Messiah." The director is Bob De Ruiter, the organist is Kymberly Stone Payne, from San Leandro. For more information contac Nancy Vander Veen, 209-996-0468.


What: Handcrafters Boutique

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: First Christian Manteca, 1125 N. Union Road

Info: The public is invited to the Eighth Biannual Handcrafters Boutique. The event is a free family-friendly showcasing 60 local artistans. For more information call 209 624-3671 or email

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50 YEARS AGO: It was reported that $21 million was recovered from six pipe manufacturers in an antitrust suit settlement. The first part of payments were sent to the office of California Attorney General, Thomas C. Lynch; Modesto received $33,000 of that the refund. Other valley cities involved in the settlement included Merced, $6,500 and Fresno, $175,000. These cities joined the antitrust suit filed by Lynch’s office in 1965; the lump sum was $18 million for the state and other local government agencies to split up.