Around the Region (7/1/16)


What: City Ministry Network’s monthly Catalyst meeting

When: July 7, 7 to 8:10 a.m.

Where: Family Life Pavilion, 1301 12th St.

Info: Amanda Hughes, program director for the Stanislaus Community Foundation, will speak on the Stanislaus Reads program and “The Vital Role Reading Plays in Our Children’s Success.” To learn more, call City Ministry Network at 209-217-1955 or visit

What: AARP Safe Driver Refresher

When: July 7, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St.

Info: This is a four-hour refresher class for participants who have taken the class in the previous three years. Fee is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-AARP members. Contact the senior center at 209-341-2974 for information and to register.


What: Central Sierra Audubon Society walk

When: Wednesday

Where: Groveland Community Services property, 18966 Ferretti Road.

Info: Jeanne Ridgley will lead the walk. The property encompasses more than 200 acres of oak, pine and willow habitat with three water storage ponds. For more information on the walk, including the time, call Ridgley at 209-962-7598.

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


75 YEARS AGO: The Merced City Council voted in a special session to authorize the payment of $12,775 to the Simonson and Harrell Abstract Company of Merced. The company held deeds to 940 acres that would eventually have an Army air base built on it, 5 miles north of the city limit, in what was then the Cuba district.