Around the Region (8/3/16)


What: Ronald Reagan Dinner

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.

Where: The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave.

Info: Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” is the speaker at the Modesto Republican Women Federated dinner. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 members, $60 nonmembers. No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets, contact Lydia Kanno at 209-456-6746 or or

What: AARP Smart Driver four-hour refresher course

When: Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Modesto Senior Center, 210 Bodem

Info: This is the 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 341-2974 to reserve a seat.

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40 YEARS AGO: The Modesto Board of Education adopted its 1976-77 budget totaling $30.6 million. The total budget amount accounted for $2 million in income that was anticipated from state and federal sources for special projects. However, the high school district would operate with a $300,000 deficit in the 1975-76 school year. Frank Mattox, assistant superintendent for business services, told the trustees the deficit was covered by the reserves but leaves the budget in worse shape as revised figures for 1976’s beginning balance was $204,284, $50,000 below previous calculations.