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When: Today, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Modesto Junior College East Campus, Forum Building 110

Info: The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project will present "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song." The documentary chronicles the life of one of the nation's most inspiring folk musicians, singer-songwriters and activists. After the film, MJC Professor Sam Pierstorff will present three local Slam poets to complement Seeger's art and activism with their poems for social change. A discussion will follow. This free program is open to the public. For more information, call Jim Clarke at 575-6281.


When: Saturday, 12:15 p.m.

Info: The Children's Crisis Center of Stanislaus County will be holding its 17th annual "Swing for the Kids." The event, organized by the Children's Crisis Center Friends, will include doubles tennis at homes in Modesto followed by an awards cocktail party. The tennis tournament will include two round robin divisions that cater to beginners and experienced players. All proceeds will be donated to the shelters run by the Children's Crisis Center, including Sawyer House and Cricket's House in Modesto, Guardian House in Oakdale and Verda's House in Turlock. These are the only centers in Stanislaus County that provide shelter for abused, neglected and at-risk children. Each day they serve more than 130 children. Tickets to the tennis tournament are $50 per player. Local residents or businesses can lend their support by sponsoring a court. For information on tickets or sponsorships, call 579-5261.


When: Today, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Mellis Park, 601 Martin Luther King DriveInfo: The King-Kennedy Memorial board of directors invites residents to "The Big Splash" concert in the park. The board of directors is fund raising starting during Hispanic Heritage Month and ending at the Juneteenth Celebration. All proceeds will go to the remodeling of the children's area at Mellis Park with new swings, slides and equipment for the children. Join the board at "The Big Splash" kickoff. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music of the Cartel Band.Waterford


When: Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

Where: Waterford Middle School, 12918 Bentley Road

Info: Fund-raiser for Waterford Middle School's Advancement Via Individual Determination program. There will be games, prizes, a cake walk, dunk tank, reptile show and lots of food. Game tickets are 25 cents each. Tri-tip sandwich with chips and soda is $5; hot dog with chips and soda is $3; cotton candy is $1.50; and popcorn is $1. For more information, call 874-2382.



When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Petco, 2341 Claribel Road

Info: Adopt a feline friend at this event sponsored by Any Feline Rescue and the Humane Society of Stanislaus County. From kittens to mature cats, all animals are spayed-neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and HIV/FEIV tested. All of the cats are well-socialized and accustomed to living in a home. Adoption fee is $75.



When: Today, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St.

Info: This community event is hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars 8327 and the Ladies Auxiliary. You do not have to be a member to attend. Enjoy hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and chili, and your choice of homemade salads. Meals range from $1.50 to $3.50. All proceeds go to help support our community programs. For more information or if you would like to become a member of the post or auxiliary, call Denis or Sue Wells at 394-2059.



When: Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where: University of California at Merced

Info: The university is hosting the symposium "Solar Energy: Today and Tomorrow." The event is designed to promote public knowledge regarding current and future solar energy technologies and to examine the current state of the solar energy industry. Professor Nicola Cabibbo, an Italian physicist, will give the keynote address. The symposium is free and open to the public and concludes with a dinner honoring two solar power experts. For more information and to register online, visit https://eng.ucmerced.edu/sett.



When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon

Where: Jack Knight Hall, Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Info: Columbia College Professor Tom Hoffstra will lead the natural history seminar "All About Lichens." Learn about lichens and how these organisms live in some of the harshest environments on Earth. Admission to Big Trees State Park is $6 per car. Plan on making a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch, take a hike and enjoy the park. For more information, call Calaveras Big Trees State Park at 795-3840.

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