What: COFFEE WITH THE COPS
When: Today, 7 to 9 a.m.
Where: Michael’s Pizza, 500 N. Carpenter Road
Info: The Modesto Police Department invites residents to meet with police staff for a Coffee with the Cops event. People are encouraged to share their concerns and suggestions and ask questions of members of the department about the community in which they live. No formal presentations will be made. Officers, detectives, community services officers and other department employees from each area of command will be available at these events to talk with residents.
What: VOLUNTEER TUTORING OPPORTUNITY
When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: LearningQuest, 1032 11th St.
Info: LearningQuest is seeking volunteer tutors in reading and writing. An information meeting will be held Thursday evening, followed by a training session Saturday. The commitment for tutoring sessions is twice a week for at least 90 minutes. Tutors and students meet in a public place. For more information, or to register to attend, call (209) 558-4505 or email email@example.com.
What: OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.
Where: Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, 401 Needham Ave.
Info: At the fifth annual Out of the Darkness Walk, all proceeds will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Register online at http://afsp.donordrive.com or at the park on the morning of the walk. There will be guest speakers, music, refreshments and a raffle. People who raise $150 will receive an Out of the Darkness T-shirt. For more information, contact Alice Quayle at (209) 545-8070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: PROSTATE SUPPORT GROUP
When: Monday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Sutter Gould Health Education and Conference Center, McHenry Village, 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite 60B
Info: The monthly meeting of the US-TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group of Modesto will feature Samantha Strauch from the Healthy Aging Association. She will present a program on exercise and nutrition for seniors. The support group has 30 to 40 members and meets the fourth Monday of each month. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Ken at (209) 521-6468 or Dean at (209) 527-3528.
What: GREAT SIERRA RIVER CLEANUP
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Stanislaus River, Highway 120 bridge, Jacob Myers Park
Info: The 2014 Great Sierra River Cleanup is a project of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in coordination with the California Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers should bring water and sunscreen. For more information, visit www.sierranevada.ca.gov/our-work/rivercleanup.
What: PIRATE DAY AT THE LIBRARY
When: Thursday, 3 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Library, 4420 Maud Ave.
Info: Celebrate all things pirate with Pirate Day at the Library. Children can make pirate hats, play pin the eye patch on the pirate and pose as a pirate in pictures. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Keyes Library. For more information, call the Keyes library at (209) 664-8006.
25 YEARS AGO: A late-summer rainstorm was threatening the Valley. Remnants of Tropical Storm Octave, downgraded from a hurricane, carried a 30 percent chance of rain, as per the National Weather Service’s predictions. The storm’s path was due north, over the Tehachapi mountain range, with the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada in its sight.