Out & About
Four things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:
1 Get in the holiday spirit early as Sierra Repertory Theatre rolls out "White Christmas." Today, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $18-$28. 532-3120.
2 Hear guest violin soloist Kristin Lee perform at the Modesto Symphony Orchestra's "Young and the Restless" concert. Today, 8 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $30-$65. 338-2100.
3 Tip your hat to the Great White Way as the River Lights Chorus, a Stanislaus County women's barbershop group, performs a "Salute to Broadway." Today, 8 p.m. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. $30-$35. 338-2100.
4 See the hillbilly jug band jazz of the Washboard Wizardz. Today, 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $13 general, $16 reserved. 862-4490.
FREE FUN: Celebrate diversity at Unity Fest 2007, a day of live music and entertainment, including dancing, arts and kids' activities sponsored by the University of California at Merced. Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. UC Merced, 5200 N. Lake Road. 724-0102.
-- Marijke Rowland
Public is welcome at air quality forum
The California Air Resources Board will have a community meeting in Merced on current and future air quality concerns in the San Joaquin Valley, and to hear ideas on what more the agency can do. The meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Tenaya Middle School, 760 W. Eighth St.
Did you lose power?
About a third of Modesto Irrigation District customers were without power for less than eight minutes this morning. The blackout was spread over different areas, including downtown. The blackout started at 8:59 a.m. Power started coming back on by 9:02 a.m. and was completely restored by 9:07 a.m., MID spokeswoman Kate Hora said. "There were one or two circuits out at most of our substations," she said. The malfunction occurred as technicians were updating a computer-controlled protection system -- changing it from the summer to the winter setup, Hora said. The blackout was triggered accidentally but was detected quickly.
75 YEARS AGO: The Turlock school board adopted a resolution that would allow pupils attending Turlock grammar schools who lived more than two miles from town to receive 5 cents per day toward gasoline for transportation.
25 YEARS AGO: The undefeated Modesto Junior College wrestling team was making its second and final home appearance against San Jose City College. The Pirates, who were 6-0, featured wrestlers Barry La Bass at 150 pounds, Dan Casey at 142, Clyde Clark at 167, Barry Cole at 158 and Craig Edling at heavyweight.
-- Karen Aiello