Around the Region (3/30/10)



When: Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St.

Info: The AARP will hold a driver safety course. The course will renew mature driver insurance discounts for an additional three years. The cost is $14. AARP members receive a $2 discount. Preregistration is encouraged. Class size is limited. For more information, call 341-2974.


When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave.

Info: The Great Valley Museum will hold a Spring Open House. Linda Knoll will read from her children's picture book "Over in the Valley" at noon and 2 p.m., the California Native Plant Society will hold a native plant sale and a wildflower show, and a natural history used book sale will take place in the Annex. Admission is free. For more information, call 575-6196.


When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: PetSmart, 2100 McHenry Ave.

Info: The Greater California German Shepherd Rescue will hold an adoption day. There will be information on adopting, volunteering, fostering and donations. For more information, call Gary at 550-1719 or go to


When: Saturday, 9:45 a.m.

Where: American Legion Hall, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave.

Info: The Marine Corps League, Modesto detachment, will have a general membership meeting. Membership is open to Marines, Fleet Marine Force corpsmen and veterans. Membership requires DD-214 proof of service and honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. Annual dues are $36. For more information, go to or call 571-0102.


When: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: 2801 W. Hatch Road

Info: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3199 will hold a yard sale to raise raise funds for the replacement cost of items destroyed by arson two years ago. For more information, call 537-3360.



When: Thursday, 6 p.m.

Where: Senior Hall, 1191 Cahill St.

Info: Turlock Seniors will hold a catered dinner. The dinner will include fettuccine, green salad, fruit salad and dessert. Tickets are $10 and should be purchased no later than today. For more information, call 632-7708.


When: Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: California State University,Stanislaus, Room N101, 1 University Circle

Info: Stanislaus Skeptics will welcome Dr. Richard Weikart, whose topic will be "Does Darwinism Devalue Human Life?" For more information, call 202-3865 or go to Stanislaus Skeptics on Facebook.


When: Deadline to register, April 5; event, April 10, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway Ave.

Info: Turlock City Fire Services will hold a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class. The training will focus on adult and child/infant CPR. The cost is $35. Final registration date is Monday. For more information, go to Turlock City Hall, fire administration office.

Los Banos


When: Friday-Sunday, through April 18, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: San Luis Reservoir

Info: The California State Park staff at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area will hold Path of the Padres hikes. The Path of the Padres was the path through the Diablo Range taken by Spanish priests as they came from Mission San Juan Bautista to the Central Valley in the early 1800s. Hikes are open to adults and children ages 6 and older. The cost is $12 for those 12 and older and $7 for younger children. To make a reservation or for more information, call 826-1197.

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