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Modesto Peace Life Center VIGILS: held THE FIRST THURSDAY of the month at McHenry Ave. and J St. (Five Points): 4:30-5:30 pm (NEW TIME). Call the Center for info: 529-5750.

RADIO: Listen to local Valley Community Radio X 104.9 FM,

PEACE LIFE CENTER BOARD MEETING, First Thursdays, 720 13th St., Modesto, 6:30 pm, 529-5750.

WATCH THE LATEST PEACE CENTER VIDEOS filmed by John Lucas and Richard Anderson at

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


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


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Modesto Peace/Life Center VIGILS: held THE FIRST THURSDAY of the month at McHenry Ave. and J. St. (Five points), 4:30-5:30 pm. Call the Center for info: 529-5750.

MEDIA: Listen to local Valley Community Radio KQRP 104.9 FM,

PEACE LIFE CENTER BOARD MEETING, FIRST Thursdays, 720 13th St., Modesto, 6:30 pm, 529-5750.

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


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



MJC Fall Science Colloquium, Science Community Center, Room 115, West Campus, 3 pm - 4 p.m. Contact: Teri Curtis (209) 575-6775 Oct. 5: Steve Murov, MJC Chemist (Ret) “Exploring Matter: An Inexpensive, Interactive Chemistry Museum Exhibit.” Oct. 12: Laurie Hatch, MJC Child Dev. (Ret) “Adverse Childhood Experiences: How Early Trauma Affects our Brains, Bodies and Lives.” Oct. 19: David Martin, MJC A/P, “Medical Applications of 3D Printing.” Oct. 26: Emily Basnight, MJC and CSU Stan Economics student: “Pricing Carbon: Is Cap and Trade or Free and Dividend - Best?” Nov. 2: Doug Singleton, CSU Fresno, “The Mysterious Dark Energy in Our Cosmos.” Nov. 9: Des Orsinelli, Brown Caldwell Engineer, “Notes on the Cost to Save the World (Or What Would a ‘Tax’ on Carbon Really Cost Us?).” Nov. 16: Roland Nyegaard, M.D., “Dying Well —Magical Thinking or Possible?” Nov. 30: Bobby Hutchinson, MJC Professor, “World AIDS Day.”

Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) free public programs. 7:30 p.m., MJC West Campus, Sierra Hall, Rm. 132. September 30: "Desert Big Horn Sheep." Dr. Jeff Villepique, biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, discusses the effects of mountain lion predation on bighorn sheep behavior. Oct. 21: Dr. Al Chemist and the Mischiefs present “A Halloween Chemistry Show.” Fundraiser for the Great Valley Museum and MAPS. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Special time: 7:00 pm.

October 28: "Mathematics: A Human Endeavor." MJC Prof. Dr. Heidi Meyer presents a fascinating perspective on mathematics. Nov. 18: "Pluto Up Close." Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute discusses NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission. Images of this mysterious frigid world show ice mountains, glaciers and a thin blue atmosphere. Dec. 2: "Fusion: Building a Miniature Star on Earth." Dr. Tammy Ma is an experimental physicist at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory where rapid progress is being made in the quest for sustained thermonuclear fusion.

5 WED: Modesto Peace/Life Center VIGIL for a Livable Wage. McHenry & J St., 4:30-5:30 pm.

15 SAT: Modesto Sound’s Annual Fundraiser “Out of This World.” The Portal 1324 Coldwell Ave., Modesto. Cost: $25 adults, $10 students includes dinner. Money Supports: youth scholarships to music camp and audio job training. Contact: 573-0533, See article, this issue.

16 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents The Phantom of the Opera. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit

19 WED: Film Night at the Center: The Last Colony 6:30 pm. at the Center, 720 13th St., Modesto. Discussion follows. See article, this issue.

30 SUN: Sunday Afternoons at CBS celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season. The season continues with Clive Carroll, virtuoso UK guitar master who opened for Tommy Emmanuel at Modesto’s State Theater. Includes a special beer tasting and savories intermission with beers provided by the Last Call Brewing Company of Turlock. All concerts held at 1705 Sherwood Ave. starting at 3 pm. Tickets available through the CBS office and at the door. Learn more at


Saturday Nov. 12: Pax Christi Northern California's Annual Regional Assembly. "Building Peace in a Conflicted World." Ken Butigan, keynote speaker, reports on April’s Rome Conference which urged the Vatican to replace the Just War tradition with the evolving just peace tradition. Workshops on Gandhian nonviolence, nuclear abolition, the new sanctuary movement, Islamaphobia and police-community relations in communities of color. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, St. Elizabeth's High School, Oakland.

John McCutcheon returns January 10, 2017.

January 15, 2017: Annual MLK Birthday Celebration, will feature Dr. Mimi Kim speaking on “Restorative Justice.” 2 p.m., Sonora High School auditorium. Music and winners of the 2016 MLK essay contest.

23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration TBA


Prepare for virtually any natural disaster with the Natural Disaster Preparedness Guide:

Green Guide for Kids and Adults at Home - Assurance for a Healthy Earth:

Complete guide to support groups at

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.

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 Email:

Comprehensive guide to help homeowners navigate through the complexities of homeowners insurance providers and policies. Useful tips, expert advice, and thoroughly researched data to help you compare different provider options. Visit


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 with "subscribe" in the body of the message, or view Bay Area Events at

Bay Area Progressive Calendar from AFSC: Email or view online at

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, 3124 McHenry Ave.,?Modesto. Funds benefit homes built by Habitat in Stanislaus County. Visit

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, for more information about any GLSEN San Joaquin events.

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

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

Regular Meetings


       •   Modesto Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 10:00 am at the MODSPOT, 1220 J St. Call or              text 209-232-1932, email; All Welcome.


• 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 or call 209.577.1604.
  •  OCCUPY MODESTO: Action info: Nancy, 545-1375.

    • StanCounty Radical Mental Health: a peer facilitated support group open to people living with mental health issues. Mondays, 7pm at the Modesto Peace/Life Center 720 13th St. We strive to create a safe, non-judgmental space. More information: email  or contact Sue at 209-247-4659.

  • Silver Gold Support Group 50+ years of age. Ongoing support group for mental health and wellness to meet the needs of the mature Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Every Monday 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Community-Hope-Recovery, 305 Downey Ave. Modesto. Info: Monica O, or Susan J, 
  • Tuesdays


    Ongoing meditation class based on Qi Gong Principals. Practice a 3 Step Guided Meditation Process I have been doing for over a decade. Fun and Easy. JOIN ME! Donations accepted but optional. Call 209.495.6608 or email Orlando Arreygue, CMT RYT,

    • Merced LGBT Community Center offers a variety of monthly meetings and written materials. Volunteers, on site Wed-Fri, offer support. Ph: 209-626-5551. Email: – 1744 G St. Suite H, Merced, CA.

    • Merced Full Spectrum meets the second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. 1744 G St., Suite H, Merced Merced Full Spectrum is a division of Gay Central Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    • Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong (A Journey Within) - First United Methodist Church Multipurpose Rm - 6 pm - Wednesdays - freewill offering. Michele, 209 602-3162.


           • Green Team educational meetings the 3rd Thursday of each month,10 to 11 am, Kirk Lindsey                  Center, 1020 10th St. Plaza, Suite 102, Modesto.

            • 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,




    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.