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Four things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 See a touring production of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Gypsy." Today, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $32-$70. 338-2100.

2 Laugh along as the Patterson Repertory Theatre opens its 2008 season with the popular comedy "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress." Today, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Patterson High School auditorium, 200 N. Seventh St. $8-$10. 892-7297.

3 Experience the music and life of folk icon Woody Guthrie as Country Joe McDonald, former frontman of the '60s group Country Joe and the Fish, performs a special tribute show. Today, 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $20 general, $23 reserved. 862-4490.

4 Rock out to classic rock guitarist Pat Travers. Sunday, 7 p.m. Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto. $15. 524-1400.

FREE FUN: Celebrate Chinese New Year with musical performances, Chinese paintings, calligraphy demonstrations, guest speakers and more sponsored by the city of Modesto, the Modesto Chinese American Culture Club, the Stanislaus Chinese Culture Society and the Stanislaus Chinese Association. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Modesto Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. Free. 341-2950.

-- Marijke Rowland

Stanislaus County seeking ombudsmen

The Stanislaus County Ombudsman program is offering training and certification to volunteer ombudsmen. The ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints, including elder abuse reports and neglect. They are advocates for quality of life and care on hehalf of residents in long-term care. All volunteers must complete a 36-hour course and be certified by the state Department of Aging. Training is held at the Catholic Charities office, 400 12th St., Modesto. Classes continue throughout the year. For the class schedule, contact Pat Fantazia, program director at Catholic Charities, 529-3784.


75 YEARS AGO: Commence- ment exercises for the 113 mid-year graduates of Roosevelt School were being held in the Modesto High School auditorium. Principal A.P. Patten would present the class and Mrs. C.E. Whitmore would award the diplomas.

25 YEARS AGO: The first mobile home park in Modesto designated for families with children received the go-ahead from the Modesto City Council. The council approved zoning for the construction of the 310-space mobile home park located in south Modesto at Whitmore Avenue and Ustick Road. -- Karen Aiello