RECREATION, BUSINESS FEES BEFORE COUNCIL
Carnivals, contract recreation instructors and others who give City Hall a share of their profits would be exempt from business license fees if Riverbank council members approve new rules Tuesday night. The council also will consider charging $10 more this year for some recreation programs, such as skateboard, basketball and outdoor adventure camps, and could set fees for new programs such as a hip-hop camp ($55), a teen trip to Santa Cruz ($25) and tai chi chuan ($85). Contract instructors give the city 30 percent of participation fees. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the chamber at 6707 Third St.
MID LOOKS AT REVISING SOME WATERING RULES
Modesto Irrigation District leaders will consider revising some watering rules Tuesday morning, including relaxing the penalty for suspected theft of water. Last year, the board fined people it believed were stealing water $1,500, terminated their water rights and publicly shamed them on the district’s website, but reversed some penalties when customers hired an attorney and suggested misunderstandings. The proposal would allow district officials to levy fines and consider public shaming, but they could not end water deliveries until a second offense. Also Tuesday, the MID board will weigh reinstating a contribution to the Stanislaus Business Alliance, suspended last fall during budget discussions. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 1231 11th St.
SIERRA AUDUBON SOCIETY OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS
The Central Sierra Audubon Society, or CSAS, is offering Edye Dingman scholarships to students studying natural sciences. The scholarships are offered to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Last spring, the society awarded two $1,000 scholarships. This year’s application deadline is March 15. Preference will be given to graduates of high schools in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties or those who have attended Columbia College and will have completed two years of undergraduate college work with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average. Scholarship applications and information are available on the organization’s website at www.centralsierraaudubon.org. Completed application packets will include an application form, copy of college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a one-page personal essay. Completed application packets must be mailed to CSAS. After the scholarship committee reviews the applications, candidates will be invited for interviews with the scholarship committee. Past winners will be eligible for a second-year scholarship but must reapply and will be considered along with other applicants. To learn more, call Pamela Blair at (209) 533-1668 or Augusta Parrington at (209) 928-3835.