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Gala Countdown/9 Days

If you're planning to attend the arts center's grand opening festivities, you'd better buy tickets this week, Executive Director Dave Pier said Monday. Tickets are going fast. They are available for Patti LuPone and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra (Sept. 27, Rogers Theater), Cirque-Works Birdhouse Factory (Sept. 28-30, Foster Theater), Los Tigres Del Norte (Sept. 28, Rogers), Rosanne Cash (Sept. 30, Rogers) and the Joffrey Ballet (Oct. 2, Rogers). Tony Bennett's Sept. 29 show is sold out.

The Gallo Center for the Arts, at 10th and I streets in Modesto, will hold its grand opening gala Sept. 27. The center has two theaters: the 1,252-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 444-seat Foster Family Theater. www.galloarts.org, 338-2100.

Dentist steps in to replace lost teeth

Lola McAlpin of Modesto has an appointment with a Modesto dental office to get new dentures. McAlpin, the subject of a Bee story Aug. 29, believes she lost her dentures in a Modesto care facility after suffering a seizure in late June. She was discharged from the facility with three sets of lower dentures, none of them hers. Sierra Dental Care on Pelandale Avenue offered to replace her dentures free of charge.

Yesteryears

75 YEARS AGO: Miss Laverne Thornburg was selected yell leader at a special session of the student body at Turlock High School. It was left up to Miss Thornburg to choose an assistant.

50 YEARS AGO: A lending library for deserving junior college athletes was established by the newly organized Sportsmen Of Stanislaus. Tom Mellis said the library would be open to deserving athletes participating in the "four major sports" at Modesto Junior College: football, basketball, track and baseball. The SOS set aside $400 to start the project and would buy textbooks used by the athletes.

25 YEARS AGO: Rather than fall to his knees and propose, Modestan Bill Gillham wanted to propose in an extra special way. So in bold, black letters on Page C-9 of The Modesto Bee, a 7-by-4 inch advertisement adorned with Cupid and hearts stated, "Diana, I love you! Will you marry me? Bill." Diana Boutchyard, who saw the ad answered with, "Of course." The proposal advertisement cost Gillham $210.

-- Karen Aiello

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