Local Digest: Modesto Art Museum honors Pony Express

The Modesto Art Museum is honoring the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express with a mail-art show at the downtown Modesto Anderson Gallery.

The show, which is on display through the end of the month, features more than 200 pieces of mail art from 18 countries and the 21-inch-tall official 150th-anniversary bronze statue from the National Pony Express Association.

The Pony Express provided mail service across North America from April 3, 1860, to Oct. 24, 1861. A reception for the art show is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday during the Third Thursday Art Walk. The event also celebrates the Modesto Art Museum's fifth anniversary.

The Anderson Gallery is at 1323 J St. For more information, call Bob Barzan at 236-1333.

Young Artists

Fifteen performers in fifth grade through high school will perform in the Modesto Community Concert Association's annual Young Artist Concert on Sunday at the Gallo Center for the Arts. The program starts at 3 p.m. in the Foster Theater, 1000 I St.

The student musicians play strings, piano, harp, flute, French horn and trumpet and sing. Tickets are $5-$10; 338-2100 or

MJC orchestra

The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra performs the concert "From Baroque to Baseball" on Tuesday. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium, 435 College Ave

The orchestra will celebrate baseball with an arrangement of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" featuring retired MJC arts dean Jim Johnson as narrator. Margaret Nelson, a student conductor, will lead the group in selections from "Pictures at an Exhibition."

The concert will conclude with "The Empire Strikes Back," with special guests Darth Vader and stormtroopers in attendance. Ernie Bucio and Joe Caddell will also perform. Tickets are $3 general and $1 for students and seniors; 575-6646.