Around the Region (11/03/17)


What: Recovery International Meeting

When: Fridays, 7 p.m.

Where: Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave.

Info: Recovery International invites the public to its next meeting. Self-help training is offered in psychiatric aftercare. Weekly local groups, also Web-and telephone-based groups. For more information contact Dave at 209-247-2620 or visit

What: Bells of Blessing Concert

When: Sunday, 4 p.m.

Where: Trinity Presbyterian Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road

Info: The seventh annual Bells of Blessing concert to benefit Modesto's Salvation Army programs will take place at the Trinity Presbyterian Telle Center. A freewill offering will be taken. The Opus Hand bells as well as bell choirs from seven local churches, will play individually and together under the direction of Mr. Rich Colla. For more information contact the Salvation Army at 209-538-7111 or visit

What: MJC Veterans Day Celebration

When: Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

Where: Modesto JC - East Campus, 435 College Ave.

Info: Modesto Junior College Veteran Services invites the community to a Veteran’s Day Celebration featuring keynote speaker Mike Ritland in the Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center. Ritland served 12 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL in Operation Iraqi Freedom and multiple Special Forces missions. After his military service, Ritland began Trikos International which specializes in providing private protection K9s to government agencies and high-net-worth Individuals. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books: Trident K9 Warriors, Navy SEAL Dogs and TEAM Dog. The event is open to the public and admission and parking are free. The evening honors the men and women actively serving or who have served in the military. In addition to the guest speaker, the K-9 units from Modesto Police Department and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department are providing demonstrations with their specially trained dogs. For more information contact the Office of Veteran Services at 209-575-6670, or visit


What: Dia De Los Muertos

When: Sunday, 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 Road

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: Saturdy, 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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75 YEARS AGO: On this day, it was election day. At the time of the written article, City of Modesto precincts had taken in 17 percent of the total eligible voters in its limits. This percentage was reported higher than the primary held in August, when Stanislaus Count’s total vote was only 46 percent. In Stanislaus County, beyond state representative and propositions, residents would also be electing a new assemblyman. And for those residents in county district 4, a supervisor. The total number of registered voters in Stanislaus County was 37,270.