Out & About
Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:
1 Catch the Modesto première of the interactive TV pilot "Adina's Deck," a series about cyberbullying starring Modesto resident Amelia Varni, a sophomore at Central Catholic High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom journalism program. The screening will include a documentary and a Q&A session with the filmmakers and actors. Today, 2 p.m. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. $5. 338-2100.
2 Feel the "Misery" as Shelly Bort and Claude Mills star in Patterson Repertory Theatre's staging of Stephen King's frightening thriller. Today, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Patterson High School auditorium, 200 N. Seventh St. $8 to $10. 892-7297.
3 Hear the music of Musafir, a group of musicians and dancers from India's colorful Rajasthan state, as they perform original compositions as well as Rajasthani rural folk music, Indian film scores, Arabic popular music and North Indian classical music. Today, 8 p.m. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. $25 to $45. 338-2100.
4 Spend a stomping good time with The Pine Box Boys and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit for a night of Halloween-themed Americana. Today, 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $17 general, $20 advance. 862-4490.
5 Take your kids to the Modesto Symphony Orchestra's fourth annual Spooktacular concert: "Lemony Snicket: The Composer Is Dead!" Sunday, pre-concert activities begin at 1:30 p.m., show is at 3. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. $18. 338-2100.FREE FUN: With the trees taking on fall colors, go for a walk and collect leaves for a scrapbook. Or find enough for a festive fall bouquet to go with your Halloween decorations.
-- Marijke Rowland
75 YEARS AGO: The Modesto City Council would proceed with a plan to acquire a municipal gas plant. The plan was assured when the council requested an engineering survey by the state railroad commission to determine the value of the Modesto Gas Co. The council proposed to purchase by condemnation proceedings the gas plant should the voters of Modesto authorize a bond issue for the deal.
25 YEARS AGO: Ruby Dew Creel of Escalon was one of fewer than 500 poets nationwide whose poetry was included in "A Time to Be Free," the third in a series of poetry collections published by Quill Books. Creel's poem, "The Eyes of Spring," was written in honor of her blind grandfather, who died at age 96. -- Karen Aiello