Around the Region (11/11/17)


What: “Modesto Fire Department: A Journey Through Time.”

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: McHenry Museum, 1402 I St.

Info: Darin Jesburg, Battalion Chief of the Modesto Fire Department, will present an illustrated talk, “Modesto Fire Department: A Journey Through Time.” This will include an historical timeline of the Department from 1875 to the present. It will occur Saturday, November 11, at 2:00. The public is invited to this free talk. For more information, call 209-577-5366.


What: Sunshine Club Weekly Luncheon

When: Mondays, 1 p.m.

Where: Hot Rod Diner, 8155 Lander Ave.

Info: The Sunshine Club is a support group for both men and women who have lost a loved one. Meet new friends who understand what suddenly being alone really means. The lunch is no-host. For more information, contact Darlene at 209-668-6792.


What: Live Your Dream Award

When: Deadline: Nov. 15

Where: Online

Info: The Soroptimist International of Oakdale presents, Live Your Dream Award, the signature project for the Soroptimist International of the Americas. Each year, the program provides cash grants to head-of-household women so they can achieve their 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. Soroptimist International of Oakdale will award one $1,000 cash award. For more information and/or an application call Suzette Titus 209-602-6562 or visit Applications must be received by November 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 contact Nancy Vander Veen, 209-996-0468.


What: Meeting of the Compassionate Friends

When: 2nd Monday, 7 p.m.

Where: 2201 Morrill Road (NE corner at Oakdale Road)

Info: This support group is for families whose children have died at any age, from any cause. Bereaved parents, grandparents, and adult siblings are invited to attend. First time attendees are encouraged to call 209-622-6786 before attending or email or visit


What: New Melones Lake

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: New Melones Lake (Highway 49)

Info: On Veterans Day Weekend, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region, Central California Area Office, will waive day use fees at New Melones Lake for all visitors in honor of the men and women of the U.S. military who have given so much for our country. While visiting the recreation areas free of charge, enjoy a hike or a bicycle ride along one of the lake’s many trails. Remember to dress accordingly for the weather and bring water for a safe and enjoyable outdoor excursion. For information call the New Melones Lake Visitor Center at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339), or visit

Send Region items to Region, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; call 209-578-2330; fax 209-578-2207; or email

100 YEARS AGO: The Modesto Theater announced its mid-week show. Theater planned to present Irving Berlin’s international musical comedy, “Watch Your Step”. The show ad says, “Forty girls seldom see off Broadway”. The Seating price ranged from 50 cents to $2. The Modesto Theater was managed by A. A. Bernard, with the phone number 7001.