What: ANIMAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
When: Thursday, 6 p.m.
Where: Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, conference room, 3647 Cornucopia Way
Info: Animal Services Advisory Committee meetings are held eight times a year, typically on the first Thursday of January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November. Meetings are open to the public.
What: FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE PARENT ORIENTATION
When: Thursday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Sierra Vista Child & Family Services, 101 Park Ave.
Info: Sierra Vista Child & Family Services is holding an orientation class for those interested in learning more about becoming foster or adoptive parents. The class is free. For more information, call Vance Kelley at (209) 491-0872.
What: BOOK PRESENTATION AND BENEFIT
When: Saturday, noon
Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3501 McHenry Ave.
Info: Local author, artist and teacher Linda Knoll will sign her new children’s picture book, “Patient for Pumpkins.” Story time will be followed by autographs and a make-and-take art activity. Proceeds from this event will benefit the art education program at Central California Art Association. For more information, call (209) 247-2626 or email email@example.com.
What: VINTAGE RADIO EVENT AND SALE
When: Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Stanislaus County Fairground, 801 N. Broadway
Info: The Central Valley Chapter of the California Historical Radio Society will have hundreds of vintage radios on display and for sale. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature raffles for vintage radios, food and fun. For more information, call (209) 324-3093.
What: GARDEN CLUB EVENT
When: Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Where: 891 Reinman Court
Info: Join the Oakdale Garden Club for its annual Down by the River event, a free community get-together with a docent-led garden tour. The event will include a presentation on drought-resistant plants by Morris Nursery, wine and cheese tasting by Raley’s, short seminars on gardening, and live music by Fred Stepp and the Jammers. For more information, call Marilyn Taylor at (209) 848-8746 or visit www.oakdalegardenclub.org.
What: KITTY ADOPTIONS
When: Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Petco, Crossroads Shopping Center, 2341 Claribel Road
Info: The ASTRO Foundation is holding weekly adoptions of healthy pets, primarily kittens and cats. All have been tested for FELV/FIV and vaccinated, and the $65 adoption fee includes spay or neuter when the pet is old enough at Oakdale Veterinary Group. For more information, call Jaydeen at (209) 604-2649.
What: MOTHER LODE MINERAL SOCIETY FOSSIL PROGRAM
When: Sunday, 12:15 p.m.
Where: Empire Community Center, 98 I St.
Info: The Mother Lode Mineral Society will celebrate National Fossil Month at the monthly Junior Rockhound meeting with a large display of fossils presented by the Rock Lady. Children will learn about creatures who roamed the earth millions of years ago as they view a large selection of fossils including bugs, sharks, Megalodon, the saber-toothed cat (California’s state fossil), dinosaur teeth, bones, claws and poop. Each child will have an opportunity to experience a paleontology sand dig and select a free fossil to take home. All are welcome to remain for the general membership meeting at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Terry McMillin at (209) 484-4416 or visit www.motherlodemineralsociety.com.
40 YEARS AGO: The Army Corp of Engineers planned to purchase six acres of land for a new park at the Orange Blossom Bridge on the Stanislaus River. The acquisition was estimated to make the park worth $8 million and would be included in a plan for a wildlife protection area for about 55 miles of the lower river.