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Family Movie Nights wrap up city series

The Family Night Movie series presented by the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is winding down. Family friendly movies are shown on a large screen at dusk on Friday evenings at Mancini Bowl in Graceada Park, 401 Needham St. Tonight, see "Over the Hedge." The series closes out next week with "Monster House." Sit under the stars with family and friends and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Education summit scheduled in Ceres

State Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, will be hosting an education summit in Ceres on Tuesday. "Future of Career Technical Education Programs in the Central Valley" will be moderated by Ceres Unified School District Superintendent Walt Hanline, Denham's office said. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell will deliver a keynote speech. Other invited panelists include Stanislaus County Schools Superintendent Tom Changnon, Central Valley High School Agriculture Department Chairman Ken Moncrief and Stanislaus Economic Development & Workforce Alliance Chief Executive Officer Bill Bassitt. The summit will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Central Valley High School, 4033 S. Central Ave. For more information, contact Dana Ferreira at Denham's office, 577-6592.

Firefighters union aids Red Cross

A rash of recent fires has strained the emergency fund of the Stanislaus County chapter of the American Red Cross. On Wednesday, the Stanislaus Consolidated Firefighters Local 3399 voted to donate $1,000 to the Red Cross to help replenish the fund, which is used to provide temporary housing, food and clothing to fire victims. Union spokesman Ryan Leighton said union members hope the donation will inspire others to help the Red Cross. The union will present the money to the Red Cross at 10:30 a.m. today at Station 32 on Yosemite Boulevard.

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50 YEARS AGO: The sale of the former Baker-

Newman Co. location at 13th and D streets was announced. Charles Grosso purchased the industrial district parcel for $50,000 as an investment and said he had no immediate plans for the building.

25 YEARS AGO: According to the FBI's Crime in the United States publication, violent crimes declined in the nation during 1981 and Stanislaus County followed suit. Stanislaus County registered a drop in murders from 25 in 1980 to 20 in 1981. There were seven murders in Modesto during 1981 compared with 15 the previous year.

-- Karen Aiello