Out & About
Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:
Get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with Modesto's own Michael Lucey Irish Band performing traditional Irish music. Today, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Barkin' Dog Grill, 940 11th St., Modesto. Free. 572-2341.
Can't get enough Irish? Enjoy a performance by Ireland's David Munnelly Band. Today, 8 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. $25 to $55. 338-2100.
Celebrate the opening of the new Gottschalk Music Center Recital Hall with a day filled with live music and food. Today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gottschalk Music Center Recital Hall, 1502 E St., Modesto. Free. 537-6173.
Catch Humphrey Bogart in the classic John Huston- directed gold hunt adventure "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," part of the Modesto Film Society's ongoing season. Sunday, 3:30 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $8. 527-4697.
Say hello to the Modesto Magic, a new full-contact women's football team, at a meet-and-greet designed to introduce the public to the group, which is part of the National Women's Football Association. Today, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Modesto Christian High School, 5755 Sisk Road. Free.www.modestomagic.net
FREE FUN: Enjoy the beauty of the Camellia Society of Modesto's 47th annual Camellia Cavalcade with hundreds of camellia growers, from novices to experts, displaying their plants. Today, 2 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. E.&J. Gallo Winery administration building, off Yosemite and South Morton boulevards. 537-6625.
-- Marijke Rowland
Colleges support medical school plan
Member colleges of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium announced their pledge Friday to support a medical school at the University of California at Merced. Twenty-three of 24 of the consortium's colleges signed the resolution; University of the Pacific in Stockton did not. The pledge notes that the San Joaquin Valley is home to 3.4 million people and that access to health care is 31 percent lower than the state average. The schools, from Bakersfield to Stockton, include private and community colleges and universities. The college presidents and chancellors support the development of a medical school in partnership with the University of California at San Francisco at Fresno's Medical Education Program and the University of California at Davis.Yesteryears
75 YEARS AGO: A petition asking for a municipal election vote on a proposed ordinance to reduce Modesto's water rates was filed with City Clerk Hiram Gragg. The petition contained several hundred signatures, which were being verified. If the petition carried, it would be obligatory for the council to put the proposition on the ballot.
-- Karen Aiello