What: Singing Valentines
Where: Stanislaus County
Info: The Golden Valley Chorus Quartet will be offering singing Valentines on Valentines Day. The group will be offering three packages: $40 basic delivery, $60 time-specific or $80 outside of the area. For more information call the Golden Valley Chorus for available times and packages at 209-551-2314 or visit GVC.org.
What: Native Sons of the Golden West Dinner
When: Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Perko’s Cafe, 901 Carpenter Road
Info: The Native Sons of the Golden West Modesto Parlor #11 will be hosting a no-host dinner that will feature the interesting history of California. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month starting at 7 p.m. The meeting will show the film, “The Yosemite Valley”. The public is invited to attend this meeting. Any person born in California is eligible and welcome to join the Native Sons. The goal of the Native Sons is the preservation and sharing of California’s history. For information contact Jim Atherstone at 209-993-7971.
What: Senior Day Dances
When: Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus Veterans Center Hall, Coffee Road and Sylvan Avenue
Info: Come out and listen/dance to the warm sounds of Bonnie and the Boys Out Back band. $5 entry fee; $5 for a sandwich and chips. These dances help to support the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County, the operator of the hall and conference center. For more information, call: 209-343-6292.
What: Modesto Computer Users Group
When: Thursday, 6 p.m.
Where: Round Table Pizza, 3848 McHenry Ave, Ste #145
Info: The Modesto Computer Users Group invites the public to its next meeting and technology workshop. Moses Rogers, owner of Computers Software Training, will discuss all the new technology gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas. Admission is free and dinner is optional. For more information, call Terence Fix at 209- 524-8062 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Merced/Mariposa Division of the CRTA
When: Monday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St.
Info: The Merced/Mariposa Division of the California Retired Teachers Association will host the 23rd annual Jane Goul Card Party and Game Day at the Hoffmeister Center in Merced. The cost is $8 a person and is CRTA’s only fundraiser of the year for scholarships. Pie, fruit, coffee and tea will be served. Raffle and door prizes will also be available. Players are encouraged to bring a game or cards and friends to the event. For more information, contact Jackie Hall at 209-384-1509 or Sharon Spinardi at 209-761-9117. Tickets will be available for purchase at the rear door of the event center.
What: Educational Technology Conference
When: Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24
Where: CSU, Stanislaus, One University Circle
Info: The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) invites the public to the 19th Annual Educational Technology Conference (ETC 2018) at California State University Stanislaus (CSUS) in Turlock. The ETC! 2018 conference is a professional development opportunity for integrating technology into education. Sessions will offer demonstrations on how technology can support student achievement and are geared toward teachers, administrators, support staff, IT professionals, technology coordinators and pre-service educators. ETC! 2018 will run Friday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $80 and includes conference materials and lunch. For more information or to register online call 209-238-1425 or visit stancoe.org.
What: Turlock MusiCadets Alumni Band
When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 to 3 pm
Where: Westfork Estates, 500 N. Tully Rd.
Info: The Turlock MusiCadets Alumni Band, a pro marching band, is seeking qualified musicians to perform at Portuguese Festas on Sundays, April through July. First rehearsal Saturday, Feb 24, in the activity room of the Westform Estates. If interested, call Duane at 209-347-0756 or email email@example.com or Gary at 209-613-5884.
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25 YEARS AGO: It was reported that the Wilderness Society eyed a portion of Mape’s Ranch among the priority lands the society wanted to purchase as a wildlife preserve. The society, leading a coalition of 36 environmental groups, had earmarked $14 million out of a $1 billion overall government request to purchase 5,400 acres of Mape’s, located 10 miles west of Modesto in the San Joaquin River basin. The Wilderness Society wanted to take advantage of the federal government’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Established in 1964, the Land and Water Fund was a pool of federal offshore oil-drilling royalties that, by law, were spent on environmental protection.