News & Notes

Foreclosure session Saturday in Modesto

Homeowners facing foreclosure or having trouble making their monthly mortgage payments will have a chance to meet with lenders to try to modify their loans. A foreclosure prevention workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 K St., Modesto. The free event is aimed at homeowners from the Northern San Joaquin Valley, one of the country's worst regions for foreclosures. The workshop is sponsored by The Bee, Modesto and the state. Counselors will be there to offer free advice on avoiding foreclosure. Mortgage lenders also will participate. No reservations are needed.

Farming showcase Wednesday at mall

Vintage Faire Mall will become a showcase of farming Wednesday, an event that's part of National Agriculture Day. Patrons can see educational displays on crops, livestock, farm equipment and other aspects of food and fiber production in California. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature food samples, storytelling and other children's activities. It's sponsored by the organizers of the Ag Science Center, an interactive museum planned for the west campus of Modesto Junior College.

Would you tell us how much you earn?

Every year, Parade magazine reports on people's salaries around the country. This year's "What We Earn" report is in a Parade magazine that will appear next month in The Bee. To supplement this report, The Bee is looking for area residents who would be willing to share their name, age, occupation, annual income and comments about wages in the Central Valley. If you would like to participate, call 578-2336 or e-mail dhill@modbee.com.