Around the Region (07/30/16)


What: AARP Smart Driver four-hour refresher course

When: Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Modesto Senior Center, 210 Bodem St.

Info: This is a refresher course for those who have already taken the eight-hour initial course. This course will refresh an expiring automobile insurance discount certificate for another three years. Fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others. Call 209-341-2974 to reserve a seat.

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: It was announced by the Modesto Morning Herald, the early name of The Modesto Bee, that it would offer a book of “Heart Songs” to the public. All the reader had to do was find six consecutive coupons for the heart songs book in the newspaper, plus have 98 cents, and turn them in to the paper to receive the book, valued at $2.50. The song book had 400 songs and was 500 pages in length. It was bound in rich maroon stamped with gold and included 16 full-page portraits of the world’s most famous singers.