Meetings, club events in and around Modesto (12/03/18)


What: Korean War Veterans Post 316 meeting

When: Monday, 1 p.m.

Where: Stanislaus Veterans Center, 3500 Coffee Road, Suite 15

Info: The Korean War Veterans Post 316 will hold its monthly meeting. Post 316 invites any service member who served during the Korean War and any veterans who served in the Korean Defense Forces. For more information, contact Ernest Lewis at 209-523-7387 and leave a message.

What: MJC Community Orchestra presents “Godzilla vs. Grieg”

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave.

Info: Concert in the auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door for $5 general admission and $2 for seniors and students of all ages. No permit is required for campus parking at night. The concert opens with Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” and concludes with “Godzilla” film music. For more information, contact Professor Anne Martin at 209-575-6646 or email

What: Modesto Area Partners in Science lecture

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Where: Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.

Info: Free lecture, “The 1986 Chernobyl Meltdown and Consequences,” by Sergei Samborski, California State University, Stanislaus. The presentation focuses on the evacuation of children from Chernobyl and their psychological and physical rehabilitation in the summer camps in Crimea. The presentation will be in Sierra Hall 132. This is also followed by Science Night at the Great Valley Museum, also on campus. 7-10 p.m. For more information, visit or or the Facebook page.

What: Volunteer opportunities

When: Dec. 8

Where: Downtown Modesto

Info: The city of Modesto needs the community’s help with Spirit of Giving 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 8. Volunteer jobs include manning barricades, course monitoring, registration and more. To register online for the Spirit of Giving 5K Fun Run, visit For more information, contact Stephanie Smith at 209-577-5450 or email


What: Central Sierra Audubon Society outing

When: Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.

Where: Flooded farm fields on Woodbridge Road near Lodi

Info: The Central Sierra Audubon Society will lead an outing to observe both greater and lesser sandhill cranes resting, eating and dancing in flooded farm fields on Woodbridge Road near Lodi. Later, the group will proceed a few miles north to the Cosumnes River Preserve, 2,000 acres of wetlands that host up to 90 seasonal bird species including shore birds and migrating ducks. It is suggested that walkers take lunch, snacks and water. The group will return to Sonora by dinnertime. For more information, contact Jean Dakota at 415-454-8313 or email Walkers are asked to meet at Perko’s in Sonora, 824 Mono Way.


What: Murphys open house

When: Friday, 5-8 p.m.

Where: Murphys Historic District, Main Street

Info: Every year on the first Friday in December, Murphys celebrates the start of the holiday season with a community open house on historic Main Street. Admission is free, the streets are closed to traffic. The annual event is an old-fashioned celebration featuring a parade, holiday treats and entertainment hosted by Main Street merchants, restaurants, wineries and the Murphys Business Association. Santa and the missus will be available for photos with the kids in the Native Sons Hall. For more information, visit


Who: Oakdale Women’s Club luncheon/meeting

When: Tuesday, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Oakdale Golf & Country Club, 243 N. Stearns Road

Info: The last luncheon and meeting of the Oakdale Women’s Club for the year. The club will discuss how the Oakdale Women’s Club “elves” will help Santa to provide gift-filled Christmas stockings to local youth. And there will also be a bake sale fundraiser, where the funds go back into the club’s outreach programs. Seating based on reservations only. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Karen Barajas at 209-848-2231.


What: Sunshine Club weekly luncheon

When: Mondays, 1 p.m.

Where: Applebee’s, 22501 Fulkerth Road

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

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