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Gallo Center for the Arts

About 2,000 souvenir keys with a tag saying, "I was there when the doors opened" were handed out at last week's ribbon-cutting and dedication for the arts center. The keys also had the arts center name and the logo for its owner, Stanislaus County.

The Gallo Center for the Arts, at 10th and I streets in Modesto, holds 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.


75 YEARS AGO: Ed Whitmore, Stanislaus County treasurer and tax collector, announced he would not be an independent candidate for Congress from the 9th District. His statement followed widely circulated reports that he had planned to oppose Rep. H.E. Barbour in the November general election.

50 YEARS AGO: About 300 telephone workers did not report to work as they honored picket lines around Modesto Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. They were supporting a nationwide telephone strike.

25 YEARS AGO: Erik "Buck" Townsend, a Modesto tenor who had performed internationally in opera and musical theater, would be teaching an evening course in performance and audition techniques at Stanislaus State College. Townsend recently had returned to Modesto after 10 years in New York.

-- Karen Aiello