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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:


5 FRI: Peace Essay Contest submission deadline. See http://stanislausconnections.org/Peace%20Essay%20Contest%202015.pdf 

11 THURS: Join members of Single Payer San Joaquin to learn about Single Payer, also known as "Medicare for All," and its distinct advantages over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Complimentary hors oeuvres Stay for a no-host dinner and continue socializing with healthcare-concerned folks. Place: Whirlow's, 1926 Pacific Ave., Stockton, on the Miracle Mile, Info: www.singlepayersanjoaquin.org

 11 THURS: Candlelight Vigil, 2nd anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Join the Brady Campaign and Cleveland School teachers in memory of the children and adults that lost their lives. Bring a sign, candle, or names that should be remembered. Corner of Pacific and Fulton, Stockton, 4:00-4:30 p.m. Room for 2 more if anyone needs a ride. Contact Carole Stark, cascrafter@comcast.net

13 SAT: Peace Center’s Annual Holiday Potluck Song Fest. Bring food to share. Enjoy scrumptious food and spirit-lifting singing at the home of Dan and Alice Onorato, 1532 Vernon Ave., Modesto, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Everyone or every family bring with them a new, unwrapped book for a child (K-1 to K-6).

13 SAT: The ILL LIST 11: A Poetry Slam Invitational, State Theatre, 1307 J. St. 8:00 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/377

22-24 MON-WED: A Christmas Story, State Theatre, 1307 J. St. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/417 for showing times.

28 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents The Shop Around the Corner. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 12:00 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/327

28 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents Annie. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 3:00 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/328


January 15, 2015: John McCutcheon Concert (See article, this issue).

January 11, 2015: Sonora’s MLK Birthday Celebration: Speaker Clayborne Carson. 2 pm, Sonora High School Auditorium (see article, this issue).

January 31, 2015: Citizens Climate Lobby: Modesto Area Group Start Forum. Presenter: Dr. Harold Hedelman, director, Climate Advocates, http://www.climateadvocates.net.  Purpose: To organize and educate volunteer members on the benefits of implementing a nationwide revenue based carbon tax. The forum will introduce interested volunteers to the importance of passing legislation to establish such a program and teach skills in contacting and lobbying Congressional representatives regarding these benefits, as well as the skills needed for contacting community groups and leaders to present information concerning the environmental and economic benefits that would result from this legislation. Place: Modesto Church of the Brethren Gathering Place, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto, 10 am to 1 pm. Contact: Kathy Conrotto, 209 523-5907 or 380-8063; Church office: 209-523-1438.

February 7, 2015: Annual MLK Commemoration: Keynote speaker: Julian Bond (see article, this issue).

February. 7, 2015: 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. Entry deadline: JANUARY 6, 2015. See article, this issue. Registration form here

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. January 11: River Lights Chorus; February 8: Grace Lieberman And Friends Valentine Concert. MARCH 8: Jessica Leash, Cantorial Soloist/Artist/Scholar In Residence.

March 19, 2015: 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

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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.