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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:


MJC Science Colloquium. Free and open to the public, Wednesdays 3 to 4 p.m., Rm. 15, Science Community Center MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Info: Richard Anderson, (209) 529-5182, email andersonr@mjc.edu, www.mjc.edu/instruction/sme/colloquium.php. Feb. 4: Ruben Willmarth, engineer, “Heat Pumps: How they Work and Why They Rock!” Feb. 11: Darwin Day Talk, Debi Bolter, Ph.D., MJC, “My Anthropology Researches in South Africa.” Feb. 18: Teri Curtis’ zoology students: “Tigers, Lions and Bears-Oh My! The Effects of Global Change on Various Animal Species.” Feb. 25: Mark McCaffrey, National Center for Science Education, “Climate Smart and Energy Wise: Climate and Energy Education Challenges of the 21st Century.”

7 SAT: MoSt’s Third Annual Poetry Festival. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Rd., 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Workshops, book tables. Emcee Gillian Wegener; Special Guest Poet, Indigo Moor.

7 SAT: Annual MLK Commemoration; Keynote speaker: Julian Bond (see ad, this issue).

8 SUN: Public Tree Planting by Congregation Beth Shalom. Cesar Chavez Park, Sierra Dr., between 4th & 5th Sts., 11:00 a.m. Refreshments (see article p. 8).

8 SUN: Grace Lieberman And Friends Valentine Concert. 3 pm 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Tickets: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 571-6060. Individual tickets $15; seniors and students $20; adults, $7; children; $12 groups of 15 or with prior arrangement. Individual tickets at the door.

14 SAT: Citizens' Climate Lobby, local chapter meets at 9:40 a.m. Meeting includes a one-hour national conference call, followed by a short business meeting. 937 Oxford Way, Modesto. Info: call Kathy, 380-8063; kobrien99@sbcglobal.net

 15 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents In the Heat of the Night. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/333

18 WED: Film Night at the Center presents Four Horsemen. 23 international economists and thinkers focus on economic inequality and discuss their vision for change. Discussion after. 6:30 pm, Modesto Peace/Life Center, 720 13th St., Modesto. 6:30 pm.

22 SUN: Documentary, Look Up. Introductory movie on Geoengineering or Climate Modification. 3PM, Woodward Park Library, Fresno. Q&A with lead researcher from www.geoengineeringwatch.org. Dane Wigington via Skype. Learn about the true nature behind the drought conditions and crop losses in California as well as the contributing factor to the massive tree die off happening across the country.

22 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents Groundhog Day. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/334

22 SUN: The State Theatre’s Annual Red Carpet Party & Dinner. Free but dinner buffet $20. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/438


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday March 7: Modesto Peace/Life Center Annual Mtg. 8:30 am –Noon.

2015 Sunday Afternoons at CBS: All concerts start at 3 pm at 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Tickets, 571-6060 or at CBS. More info at www.cbsmodesto.org/concerts.php. Modesto. MARCH 8: Jessica Leash, Cantorial Soloist/Artist/Scholar In Residence.

Sunday, April 12: Stanislaus Audubon Society’s production of  film “Wings Over Our Two Counties.” Follows the seasons through the calendar and leads you on a treasure hunt of nature through Del Puerto Canyon, Modesto’s Thousand Oaks Park, the National Wildlife Refuges near Vernalis and Merced, and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Double feature with another documentary, “Birders: The Central Park Effect” focusing on New York’s Central Park. State Theatre, 3 PM. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/457

March 19: Panel: “Ending the Culture of Violence on School and College Campuses.” Free event envisions raising public awareness and involving individuals and groups to curtail the riptide of violence in our schools. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Martin G. Petersen Education Center, 720 12th St., Modesto Email endcultureofviolence@gmail.com

March 20: Peace Essay Contest Awards. Time & place TBA.

March 28: Khmer Culture Night and Dinner. Modesto’s Khmer Youth present homemade, authentic Cambodian food; exquisite dance performances by Khmer Dance Troupe; a fashion show displaying beautiful Cambodian clothing and textiles. 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., Modesto. Tickets: General $15; Kids 12 & under, $10. Reservations: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/khmer-culture-night-and-dinner-tickets-15336549031. Event WILL sell out. Purchase tickets ASAP. Info: action@kyom.org or Leng Power, 209-549-6149.

June 7 : Annual PLC Pancake Breakfast.

June 11: John McCutcheon performs his one-man play, “Joe Hill’s Last Will.” Benefit for the Peace/Life Center at the Prospect Theater Project. More info. TBA.

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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.




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

        • 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.