Meetings, club events in and around Modesto (02/12/19)


What: Mended Hearts Support Group

When: Second Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Health Education and Conference Center, 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite 60 B

Info: Mended Hearts Support Group, chapter 103, is a free support group with volunteers who have been through a heart event. A guest speaker will discuss pacemaker and defibrillators. For more information, call Robert Martin 209-408-9441, or email

What: Operation 9-2-99 River Cleanup Event

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Bellenita Park and Soccer Complex on John Street

Info: Operation 9-2-99 will be conducting its second river cleanup of the year. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, gloves, hat and layered clothing. A liability waiver must be filled out prior to volunteering. Volunteers under 18 years old need a parent signature. The waiver form and details, including a map, can be found on the website For more information email Chris Guptill at

What: Latino Emergency Council meeting

When: Friday, 8:15 a.m.

Where: El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St.

Info: Shannon Williams, emergency services coordinator with Stanislaus County Office of Emergency services, will discuss cold weather preparedness. For more information call Dale Butler at 209-613-1058.

What: Friends of Community Hospice Fundraiser

When: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m.

Where: Modesto Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way

Info: The Friends of Community Hospice will be hosting its 30th annual Card/Game Party and Luncheon at the Modesto Elks Lodge. Along with lunch and games, attendees have the opportunity to participate in a raffle and silent auction. A $30 donation is asked and all funds go to support the patients, families and programs of Community Hospice. For more information, visit or call the Community Hospice Foundation at 209-578-6370.


What: Rotary International District Scholar Program

When: Deadline: Friday, Feb. 15

Where: Online

Info: District 5220 of Rotary International is seeking candidates for its District Scholar program for students planning to do graduate work during the 2019-20 school year. District 5220 covers the area from Madera to Galt and from Tracy to Yosemite. It’s open to college seniors and graduate students who meet criteria. One successful candidate will receive a $15,000 scholarship, which is eligible for matching funds through a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation. For more information visit For more information, contact Jim Dugoni at 209-607-9661 or email


What: Special Olympics Polar Plunge

When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.

Where: Lake Tulloch, 14448 Tulloch Road

Info: Special Olympics Northern California will host the 2019 Lake Tulloch Polar Plunge fundraiser. The family-friendly event will include food and drinks, festivities, raffles and more. Meet with members of local law enforcement departments that have chosen Special Olympics as their charity of choice. Participants must raise a minimum of $125 to take the plunge and earn an official Polar Plunge long-sleeve T-shirt. Guests are invited to watch and may enjoy the post-plunge festivities for an additional cost. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the plunge at noon. Registration and more information is available at


What: Income Tax Preparation Assistance

When: Wednesdays, 4-7:30 p.m.

Where: Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St.

Info: Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs will be offered through the last week in March at the following Stanislaus County libraries: Salida, Riverbank, Oakdale, Empire and Waterford. Volunteers, trained and certified by the IRS, will provide tax preparation assistance. Interested parties are encouraged to make an appointment, walk-ins may be helped if time permits. Taxpayers must bring ID and social security cards for each person who will be on their tax return and the prior year’s tax return, if available. For more information call 209-558-7800 or visit


What: Used Book Sale Fundraiser

When: Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9

Where: Nick Blom County Library, 4835 Sisk Rd.

Info: The Friends of Salida Library invites the community to its two-day used book sale, offering hardbound books for $1 and paperback books for 50 cents. Genres include genealogy, religion, music, biographies and more. Cash and checks accepted, no limits on purchases. The group is still accepting donations, which may be dropped off at the library information desk. All funds raised go to supporting the library’s children’s programs. For more information contact Nancy McNatt at 209-918-5520 or visit

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25 YEARS AGO: It was reported that Johansen High School Principal Bruce Urban had submitted his resignation, effective at the end of the 1993-94 school year. Urban was the second of Modesto City Schools' five high school principals to resign in a two-month span. Carnell Edwards left Davis High School in January. Urban, then 52, had been Johansen's principal since 1988, four years before the campus opened in fall 1992.