News & Notes

'Super Tommy' show at Turlock library

Looking for something to do with bored post-Christmas children? Puppet Art Theater will perform "Super Tommy!" on Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Turlock library, 550 Minaret Ave. Organizers said Puppet Art Theater entertains children while challenging them to use their imaginations. By day, Tommy is a mild-mannered exotic cheese sales mouse, and by night, he's Super Tommy. In the story, Tommy battles his arch nemesis, Chaos Kitty, and his flunky, Ratso the Rat. "Super Tommy" is a spoof on the superhero genre, aimed at parents and children. For more information, call 664-8100.

Unleash your inner Astaire or Rogers

Envious of those people at weddings and parties who really know how to dance? You can become one, through Modesto's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, which is offering beginning ballroom dance lessons. Classes will be held Tuesdays, from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Fee is $40 per person. Partner, hard-soled shoes and coordination recommended, but not required. For more information, call 491-5944 or e-mail sparker@modestogov.com.


50 YEARS AGO: A 21- year-old ex-GI and his wife, a pretty 19-year- old blonde, were the happy parents of Modesto's first 1957 Christmas baby. Dan and Jan Hicks of Whittier Avenue became the proud parents of Sandy Lee Hicks at 5:17 a.m. Christmas Day. Sandy was born at Memorial Hospital and weighed in at 6 pounds, 12½ ounces.

25 YEARS AGO: An expanded field was getting ready to open play in the 13th Arrowhead Invitational Basketball Tournament sponsored by Coors and Coca-Cola. The tournament, held at Stanislaus State, was hosting an eight-team field, the first for the tournament, which had been limited to four teams for its first 12 runs.

-- Karen Aiello