Three things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:
1 Enjoy a good tale, tall or otherwise, at the Mariposa Storytelling Festival featuring professional and amateur storytellers, food and more. Today, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 to 4:45 p.m. Mariposa County high schools and Yosemite National Park. $10 to $72. 966-3155, or www.mariposa.org.
2 Hear the world famous Vienna Boys' Choir as it brings its more than 500-year musical history to Modesto. Today, 7:30 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $18 to $30. 338-2100.
3 Feel the sibling rivalry in Sam Shepard's 1980 drama "True West" about two warring brothers. Today, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Cabaret West, Modesto Junior College West Campus, off Blue Gum Avenue. $8 to $10. 575-6776.
FREE FUN: Continue the First Sundays fun as the free weekly program for children ages 5 to 12 rolls on. This month, the theme is women in history. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. 491-4317.
-- Marijke Rowland
Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty
A Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy who was arrested on the job in January pleaded not guilty to a felony charge -- the continuous sexual abuse of a child -- during his arraignment Wednesday in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Alfred Lowell Husky, 45, of Modesto was arrested Jan. 14 at the Public Safety Center on Hackett Road, where he worked as a jailer. He was released on $75,000 bail and placed on paid administrative leave. He is scheduled to return to court April 2.
War on terrorism: Has it touched you?
On March 19, the Iraq war marks its fifth anniversary. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in the deaths of nearly 4,500 members of the military. How much have the wars personally affected you? Please e-mail responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some respondents will be asked to share their stories on video. Please include a daytime phone number where you can be reached.
75 YEARS AGO: Although winter was over, some burglar already was preparing for next season's cold spell. One ton of coal was stolen from the Stanislaus Grammar School, the sheriff's office announced. Three dozen pencils also were taken.
25 YEARS AGO: Modesto Board of Education trustees voted 4 to 3 to send layoff notices to more than 20 Modesto City Schools psychologists, nurses, social workers and speech therapists. According to Superintendent Robert C. Otto, the layoffs would make up a $500,000 shortfall in the state-mandated special education program.
-- Karen Aiello