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Year of the Rat celebrated Sunday

Modesto's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's Maddux Youth Center, Modesto Chinese American Culture Club, Stanislaus Chinese Culture Society and Stanislaus Chinese Association will present the second annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center,

211 Bodem St. This year's program will celebrate the Year of the Rat and will offer an afternoon of traditional performances, Chinese painting display, calligraphy demonstrations, music, speakers, traditional musical instruments, Chinese cultural dances and martial arts demonstrations. Everyone is invited to this free event. For more information, contact Bruce Lockard at 341-2950 or blockard@modestogov.com.

Have you been a burglary victim?

If you've had items stolen from your home, car or business while you weren't there, we'd like to hear your story. Please share your experience via e-mail, in 50 words or less, by writing to burglary@modbee.com.

City accepting grant applications

The city of Modesto is accepting applications for Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Shelter Grants through Feb. 15. The CDBG program staff will conduct two assistance workshops for organizations that are interested in submitting a proposal. The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department will hold workshops at 1010 10th St., Room 3001, on Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Applications are available at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Suite 4300. For more information, contact Rebecca Blanco at 577-5368 or rblanco@modestogov.com.

Hazing allegations lead to a lawsuit

An individual who says he was hazed at the Columbia College firehouse has filed a civil lawsuit seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The individual claims he was physically assaulted, forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and that his food was poisoned from November 2006 to January 2007. Page B-2

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: Henry Miller, the colorful pioneer of western Merced County, was one of four Californians named to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma.

25 YEARS AGO: A Holstein found wandering in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 near Hatch Road was persuaded to take the Ninth Street offramp to Modesto by California Highway Patrol officers with help from Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies. The wandering bovine didn't cause any accidents and was returned to a South Seventh Street auction yard, from which it was believed to have escaped.

-- Karen Aiello

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