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Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Get nostalgic with the clean-cut boys from Sierra Repertory Theatre's "Forever Plaid" as they perform a holiday show. Today, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Fallon House Theatre, Columbia State Historic Park, off Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia. $15-$28. 532-3120.

2 Tap along to the Jazz Tap Ensemble's "American Tap Masterpieces: A Hollywood Journey" program. Today, 8 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $20-$55. 338-2100.

3 Laugh it up at Stage 3 Theatre as it produces the comedy "Inspecting Carol," about a luckless theater troupe trying to mount its umpteenth production of "A Christmas Carol." Today, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $10-$15. 536-1778.

4 See the sister act the Ahn Trio, three classically trained young women who are reinventing chamber music. Sunday, 3 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $18-$30. 338-2100.

5 Watch the classic Alfred Hitchcock suspense thriller "Rebecca," the final film of the season from the Modesto Film Society. Sunday, 3:30 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $8. 527-4697.

FREE FUN: Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at HandBorn, an annual modern craft bazaar featuring unique, cutting-edge handmade crafts from baby clothes to jewelry, T-shirts, bags, soaps and more. Today, 6-11 p.m. Deva and Concetta restaurants, 12th and J streets, Modesto. Free. 578-1251.

-- Marijke Rowland

Talk to the top with Ham Shirvani

California State University, Stanislaus, President Ham Shirvani, right, will participate in an online exchange with the public Nov. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are invited to submit questions to the president or simply sign on and read the exchange. There are two ways to pose a question:

Until Nov. 26, e-mail it to jsly@modbee.com. Questions will be forwarded to the president. (If you do not want your name or e-mail address included, please note that.)

Wait until Nov. 27 and sign onto http://thehive.modbee.com/ talkingtothetop. Write your question concisely. The president has agreed to answer as many questions as possible during the hour.


75 YEARS AGO: It wasn't turkey that took the prize, it was a Hampshire hog. Earl Fisher of Modesto, a member of the Future Farmers of America, saw his grand champion, 195-pound Hampshire hog sold for 55 cents a pound at the junior livestock and baby beef show in South San Francisco. The prevailing market price was 4½ cents per pound. -- Karen Aiello