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Three things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Enjoy the holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street," presented by Rio Arts. Today, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday,

2 p.m. Del Rio Theater, Third and Atchison streets, Riverbank. $5 to $12. 869-8676 or 847-6111.

2 Rock out for the holidays at the Goodbye Christmas show with Evaline, Self Against City, Fat Skeleton, Jupiter Is Useless, Bel Air Academy and A Mover, A Fighter. Today, 7 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $13. 527-4697.

3 See the Will Ferrell comedy "Elf" with pre-party that includes appetizers and desserts. Sunday, 6 p.m. pre-party, 7 p.m. show. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $8. 527-4697.

FREE FUN: It's the weekend before Christmas, folks. Drink cocoa, snuggle by the fire and spend time with the people you love. Merry Christmas.

-- Marijke Rowland

Are you a Millennial?

Were you born between 1981 and 1986? If so, The Bee would like to speak with you. We're looking for these members of the "Millennial generation," young people whose parents are members of the baby-boomer generation. Millennials were brought up using digital technology and relying upon mass media. So, if your "toolkit" includes Excel spreadsheets, blogs and MP3s, contact reporter Mike Mooney at mmooney@modbee.com or 578-2384.

Library scam alert

Someone has been pretending to be a Stanislaus County Library employee and calling people, asking them to pay their overdue late fees. Sheriff's spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh said investigators haven't found anyone who has lost money, but fear there might be victims. A Patterson resident and a Keyes resident discovered the phone call was just a scam when they called the library to dispute the late fees, Singh said. The scam artist asked for their credit card information over the phone. Library officials send late fee notices only in the mail, Singh said. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department asks anyone who has been victimized by this scam to call the Stanislaus County Library at 558-7807 or sheriff's Detective Joe Knittel at 525-7079. Anyone else with information about this scam should call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636.


75 YEARS AGO: Parts of human skeletons found by members of a San Joaquin Light and Power Corp. crew near Merced Falls were thought to be those of Indians buried at least 50 years earlier, Sheriff W.T. White said.

25 YEARS AGO: Efforts to increase the number of Latinos and women in the city of Modesto work force fell short, according to an affirmative action report. Latinos accounted for 8.7 percent of the city's 842 workers; women represented 16.9 percent. The goal had been to reach 12.4 percent and 44.7 percent, respectively. -- Karen Aiello