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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:


Ongoing: MJC Science Colloquium, Science Community Center, Rm. 115, Wednesdays, West Campus, 3-4 p.m. Contact: Richard Anderson (209) 529-5182 andersonr@mjc.edu Sept. 24:  Bill Anelli, MJC Philosopher, “The Demarcation Problem: Distinguishing Science from Pseudo-science.” Oct. 1: Meg Gonzalez, Edward Aguilar, Tuolumne River Trust: “The Tuolumne River, A Lifeline for Modesto.”

7 SUN: Festival Del Nopal/Cactus Festival. Nopales/Cactus Cooking Contest; Tasting; Entertainment; Bouncy Houses; Car Show; Gift Drawings; Food; Arts & Crafts. Ceres Flea Market/Drive In, 1651 E. Whitmore Ave., 10 am-6 pm Ceres. Free Admission, $4.00 parking. Sponsored by Latino Community Roundtable. Info: Tony Madrigal, (209) 579-4776.

11 THURS: Preview night for Good People. Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Benefits the Motherlode Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St.
Sonora. For Tickets [$20] Pat Cervelli, 928-3494, patcervelli@frontiernet.net

13 SAT: Great Sierra River Clean Up. In partnership with Operation 9299, join us for our Central Valley Fall River Clean Up, 8 am - 11 am (even if you can’t be there for the whole three hours, please come!). Meet at 7th St. and Tuolumne Blvd. Modesto. Bring sturdy shoes, gloves, refillable water bottle. RSVP to edward@tuolumne.org

7th Annual Modesto Architecture Festival, September 13 – 21. More than 115 events have been scheduled over nine days. Find schedule of events at http://www.modestoarchfest.com/schedule.html

17 WED: MPLC September 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.

18 THURS: Community Meeting on LIVERMORE Lab Cleanup. Livermore Lab’s main site and Site 300 on the EPA Superfund  most polluted list. Learn about the Superfund Law. Hear environmental scientist Peter Strauss and other experts. Craft a plan to ensure that the community has a voice in cleanup decisions. 7 PM – 8:30 PM Livermore Library 1188 So. Livermore Ave. Tri-Valley CAREs • 925-443-7148 • www.trivalleycares.org  

19 FRI: 7th Annual Architecture Film Night, State Theatre. Exciting short films about architecture, landscape, and design. Part of the 2014 Modesto Architecture Festival. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres at reception 6 p.m., movies at 7 p.m. Admission: FREE

http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/370. Info: www.modestoarchfest.com

21 SUN: Modesto Film Society presents Crimson Pirate. 2 pm. State Theatre, 1307 J. St. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/319

23 TUES: Why is the U.S. ranked 23rd in “Freedom of the Press”? And what does that have to do with YOU: Nonviolent Communication, Better World Shopping, or Ruses for War? Charles Withuhn, Local Chico Hero, and Director of the Peace Panel Project offers a FREE mini presentation, complete with mini Peace Panels never before seen in Modesto followed by a round table discussion and books available for 27% to 50% off retail. 7 pm at the Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave. Modesto.  

24 WED: Full size Peace Panel Project exhibit at the Modesto Junior College Quad, 9 am to 2 pm.

26 FRI: MoFest!8 at Gallo Center for the Arts , 7:30 pm. Evening of short films will offer something for everyone! Tickets $15 adults, $5 students (with ID) at http://tickets.galloarts.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=4467

27 SAT: MOPRIDE IN THE PARK, 11 - 7 pm, Graceada Park, Modesto.

28 SUN: Modesto Film Society presents Chicago. 2 pm. State Theatre, 1307 J. St. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/320


Ongoing: MAPS: Modesto Area Partners in Science Fall ’14 Outreach for the Community Fridays, 7:30 pm, MJC West Campus. Free parking, admission. http://maps.events.mjc.edu/ Oct. 3: Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center, Dr. Alex Filippenko, Dark Matter and the Runaway Universe. 2004 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization recipient. Voted best professor, UC Berkeley 9 times.


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




Walk With Me, a women’s primary infertility support group and Bible study. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm the first and third Mondays of each month (September only meeting 9/15/14 due to Labor Day). Big Valley Grace Community Church. Interested? Email WalkWithMeGroup@gmail.com or call 209.577.1604.





        • 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.