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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,

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/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, April 1: David Seaborg, World Rainforest Fund, “Rainforests and Ecosystem Survival.”April 8: Ron Durbin, UC Merced, “New Research and Developments in Solar Technologies.” April 15: Aaron Yakligian, Mid-State Solar, “The Local Solar System; How it Works.”

10-12 FRI-SUN: 4th Annual Modesto Unplugged Music Festival. Award winning performers from across the United States and the Modesto perform at the Prospect Theater, 1214 K St. Friday from 6 to 11:30 pm, Saturday from 3 to 10 pm, and at Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11th St., on Sunday from noon to 5:30 pm. On Sunday, the five finalists of the Songwriting Contest will perform their entries live, with cash prizes and more being awarded to the winners. Visual artists from the Modesto area will display their work. Gold Passes to the festival can be purchased for $50, a $20 savings, by emailing, calling 209-543-5306, or at the opening night showcase on 4/10. Individual tickets are $20 Friday and Sunday and $30 Saturday. Info:

12 SUN: Stanislaus Audubon Society’s production of David Froba’s film “Wings Over Our Two Counties.” State Theatre, 3 PM. See article, this issue. Visit

15 WED: Film Night at the Center presents The Killing Fields. Discussion after. 6:30 pm, Modesto Peace/Life Center, 720 13th St., Modesto. 6:30 pm. See article, this issue.

16 THURS: The State Theatre presents Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. In 1998, Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Years later, Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, as Matt's all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched. 7 pm. Visit

18 SAT: Modesto’s Earth Day in the Park. Learn about the environment and ways they can contribute to its betterment in a family friendly atmosphere. 10 am – 5 pm, Graceada Park, Modesto. Visit our booth!

18 SAT: Modesto Garden Club’s Spring Garden Tour. Tickets: $20 general, $10 for children under 10 (no strollers). Visit for online ticket purchases and retail ticket locations.

19 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents The Way We Were. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit

22 WED: Earth Day at MJC, 10 am – 3 pm, West Campus. Visit our booth!

23 THURS: The Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Epsilon Nu hosts yearly “Fun” Raiser at the State Theatre at 5:30 p.m. Food, wine, drawings. The classic movie High Society starts at 7:00. $25 Donation tickets available from the State Theatre, at the door, or by calling (209) 545-0883. Benefits Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, Children’s Books at the Library, CSUS and MJC Scholarships. Visit

26 SUN: MFS Cinema Club present, The Shawshank Redemption. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit


2 SAT: Friends of the Modesto Library’s Annual Used Book Sale. Hardbound books $1; paperback 50 cents. 8 am-3 pm. Thousands of books: children's, fiction, mystery, bio/memoir, more. West portico of the Modesto Library, 1500 I St. Donations of books accepted until mid-April. Contact Clare Noonan, 522-5054 or

7 THURS: Kathy Kelly to Speak on Drone Warfare at Delta College. San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, Holt Center Room 133, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Permit parking, $2.00. See article, this issue.

9 SAT: The Modesto Climate Citizens’ Lobby (CCL) chapter meets at 10 a.m., 937 Oxford Way, Modesto. Info: contact Kathy Conrotto, 523-5907;

17 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit

24 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents Pan’s Labyrinth State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit

26 TUES: “Narratives in search of an ending: Reflections on six weeks in Israel/Palestine” by Tom Hampson at College Avenue Congregational Church, 1341 College Ave., Modesto., 7 pm. See article, this issue.


June 7: Annual PLC Pancake Breakfast, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto, 8 am – Noon.

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. See article, this issue.

June 26-28: 33rd Annual Peace Camp in the Sierras. See info., this issue.

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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.

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:


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, 630 Kearney Ave (across from Post Office), and at 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



Walk With Me, a women?s primary infertility support group and Bible study. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm the ?rst 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.




       ? 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.