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Modesto Peace Life Center VIGILS: held THE FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at McHenry Ave. and J St. (Five Points): 5:00-6:00 pm. Call the Center for info: 529-5750. Note: Time will change to 4:00-5:00 pm in December.

RADIO: Listen to local Valley Community Radio X 104.9 FM, http://www.kqrp.com

PEACE LIFE CENTER BOARD MEETING, First Thursdays, 720 13th St., Modesto, 6:30 pm, 529-5750. Note: mtg. for January is on January 9.

WATCH THE LATEST PEACE CENTER VIDEOS filmed by John Lucas and Richard Anderson at http://vimeo.com/user9154856/videos

MEDIA COMMITTEE of Peace Life Center, Meetings TBA. Call John Lucas, 527-7634

CONNECTIONS EDITORIAL MEETINGS: New workers welcome. Email jcostello@igc.org

PEACE LIFE CENTER MODESTO, 720 13th St., Modesto-- Call 529-5750, we’ll get back to you with current info on activities.

Other peace actions in the Valley/Mother Lode:


10 THURS: How Should We Balance Access and Excellence in the Arts? A discussion moderated by Modesto Bee editor, Joseph Kieta. Open to the public. 5:30 pm at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto, CA. RSVP at http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/event/?postId=54166  

12 SAT: Rim Fire Effects Hike. Explore effects 2013 Rim Fire along the Tuolumne River. Easy 4 mile round-trip hike up the South Fork, Tuolumne; wear good hiking shoes/boots. Bring: 1 liter water/beverage, lunch, hat, sunscreen, jacket, hiking poles (optional) and other personal necessities. Meet at Laveroni Park, Groveland at 9:00AM, then carpool 30 min. to the trailhead. Return by 3:00PM. Sign up with trip leader Elaine Gorman, (209) 586-9640 or vevado@yahoo.com. Sign up by July 5th. Limited to 20 hikers. No entrance fee to YNP is required because the hike begins in the Stanislaus National Forest. Sponsored by Tuolumne River Trust, http://www.tuolumne.org/

15 TUES: Stanislaus County Commission for Women Annual Meeting. Marian Kaanon speaks onPaths Toward Leadership.” Free. 6 pm. Fuzio Universal Bistro, 1020 10th St., Modesto. Info: sccw01@gmail.com

15 TUES: Not One More Rally. Bring a sign: sensible gun control legislation. Support HR 1565 background check bill. Bring water and umbrella if hot weather. Email Carole Stark, Brady Campaign Coordinator for Stanislaus County at cascrafter@comcast.net if coming.

16 WED: MPLC July Film Night: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin at the Peace/Life Center, 720 13th St, 6:30 pm. FREE. See article, this issue.

26 SAT: Summer Fundraiser Gala: Light up the Night,” fundraiser for Mistlin Gallery complements the “Sixties Retro” exhibition being held in the gallery from July 15 - August 16. Costumes welcome. Gourmet food, silent auction, live music from the Beatles, Three Dog Night, other popular music from that era. 6 – 10 pm. Tickets: $20 for members; $25 for non-members available now at the Mistlin Gallery. Info: www.ccartassn.org

27 SUN: Modesto Film Society presents Casablanca. 2 pm. State Theatre, 1307 J. St. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/313


17 SUN: Modesto Film Society presents It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. 2 pm. State Theatre, 1307 J. St. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/317

23 SAT: MPLC’s Non-violence Book Club discusses Conquest of Violence: The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict by Joan Bondurant. 8:30 am to 10:00 am, at the Center, 720 13th St., Modesto. All welcome. See article, this issue.

24 SUN: Modesto Film Society presents Airplane. 2 pm. State Theatre, 1307 J. St. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/318

31 SUN: Festival Del Nopal/Cactus Festival. Nopales/Cactus Cooking Contest; Nopales/Cactus Tasting; Live Entertainment; Bouncy Houses; Car Show; Gift Drawings; Food Vendors; Arts & Crafts Vendors. Ceres Flea Market/Drive In, 1651 E. Whitmore Ave., Ceres. Free Admission, $4.00 parking. Sponsored by Latino Community Roundtable. Info: Tony Madrigal, (209) 579-4776.


Calculators for a sustainable environment: valuable website which contains car payment and car use calculators and links to many calculators to help people reduce their energy footprints. http://www.carpaymentcalculator.net/calcs/environmental.php

Valley Improvement Project’s mission: to improve the quality of life of under-represented and marginalized residents of California’s Central Valley. Oongoing events visit V.I.P. at http://valleyimprovementprojects.org/about. Email: valleyimprovementprojects@gmail.com


Area Calendars/Events listings

State Theater calendar of events

West Side Theater Events
Merced Arts Calendar

E-Arts News-performing, literary and visual arts in the Central San Joaquin Valley and the Mother Lode Area.

City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Activity Guide
Stanislaus County Free Library page with links to events

MJC with link to Events page
Great Valley Museum Calendar of Events
Events at CSU Stanislaus

Yokuts Sierra Club events calendar

San Joaquin Connections Community Calendar

Search for nearby Concerts using Musi-Cal, the music search engine
Freight and Salvage concerts (Berkeley)
Neighborhood Energy--Music in the Diablo Valley
California Bluegrass Association

The Modesto Bee Entertainment Calendar can be reached from this page
The Modesto Bee listing of Community Events is here

Modestoview Community Calendar

For holidays and celebrations around the world, here's a link to the Earth Calendar.
For every kind of calendar reference information you could want, try the Calendar Zone

Bay Area peace and social justice events: Bay Area Events from Global Exchange. Email bayareaevents@globalexchange.org with "subscribe" in the body of the message, or view Bay Area Events at www.globalexchange.org/getinvolved/events.html

Bay Area Progressive Calendar from AFSC: Email ProgressiveCalendar@afsc.org or view online at www.emf.net/~cheetham/index.html

Bay Area Events Calendar At Common Ground

California Nature Events & Festivals from the Audubon Society








A.R.T.S. EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER: free arts materials for teachers, scout leaders, child care, artists. All recycled things.  Volunteers and Materials needed! Open Mon-Fri, 8 am - 4:30 pm. 1100 Kansas Ave. Info: 567-4516.  Also in Turlock, 250 N. Broadway, Info 668-5698.

Habitat for Humanity’s RE-STORE: used and new quality materials, 630 Kearney Ave (across from Post Office), and at 3124 McHenry Ave.,
Modesto. Funds benefit homes built by Habitat in Stanislaus County. Visit http://www.stanislaushabitat.org/home/restore

CITY OF MODESTO RECREATION & NEIGHBORHOODS. (formerly called Parks and Recreation), Dept. has a wealth of activities for adults and children, including activities for disabled youth. Catalogues and info: 577-5344, 1010 10th St., Modesto. Click here for Activity Guide

YMCA after school and off track Child Care. Also many activities for adults and children, youth sports, etc. Some are free. Active Aging Program, featuring a voluntary physical fitness evaluation and develop an individual activity program. Call Fitness Coordinator, 578-9622. Monthly health screenings for seniors, by appointment only, are also offered. For cost & info 578-YMCA.

CHILD HEALTH MOBILE SERVICES Maddux Youth Center, 3rd & Sierra Dr., Modesto. Fourth Fridays, noon to 4:30 pm. Call for appointment, 525-6282.

TAI CHI.  Mondays thru Saturdays. Led by Naser and Mary. Info: 572-4518. 3600 Sisk Rd., Suite 4B

ALANON/ALATEEN. families/teenage children of alcoholics, 524-3907.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS in Stanislaus County.

CAIR, Changing Attitudes in Recovery, (also other support group listings) 577-1667.

GLSEN - San Joaquin Chapter Contact Ryan Moore, ryanm@softcom.net for more information about any GLSEN San Joaquin events.

EL CONCILIO Community Center, 1314 H St., Modesto. For info, Raul Garcia, 523-2860 rgar@elconcilio.org

CENTRAL VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB. Monthly meetings: Modesto, Patterson, and Oakdale. For more information, visit http://www.cvdemocrats.org or call Neil Hudson at 847-0540

Regular Meetings






        • Third Thursday Gallery Walk, Downtown Modesto, downtown art galleries open--take a walk and check out the local art scene. 5-8 pm every third Thursday of the month. Info: 579-9913, http://www.modestoartwalk.com




Tenth of each month (No issue in August). Submit peace, justice and environmentally friendly event notices by email to Jim Costello. Free listings subject to space, availability and editing.