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Modesto Peace Life Center VIGILS: held THE FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at McHenry Ave. and J St. (Five Points): 4:00-5:00 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/Mother Lode:


2016 Peace Essay Contest applications available at Entry deadline:  November 20, 2015!

ONGOING: Modesto Area Partners in Science, Fridays, 7:30 pm, Sierra Hall 132, MJC West Campus; November 20: “Grapes in our Lives.” Dr. Peter Cousins, E. & J. Gallo Winery with a scientific analysis of the cultural connections between grapes and people. December 4: “Making Fuels from Sunlight, Water and Air.” Dr. Frances Houle, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis discusses how artificial photosynthesis can produce new fuels.

MJC SCIENCE COLLOQUIUM, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Science 115, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. FREE. Campus parking: $2.00. Nov. 4: MJC computer scientist Dale Phillips, “How Does a Computer Work Its Magic?” Nov. 18: MJC student Jody Strait, “Conservatives and Fighting Global Warming: An Either/Or?” Dec. 2: Engineer Des Orsinelli, “A Light Look at Reversing a Warming Planet.” Read more here:

To January 10, 2016: Alphonse Mucha: The Golden Age of Art Nouveau. 70 + original works by the creator of the Art Nouveau style. Carnegie Arts Center: 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. (209)-632-5761. Open: Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.!mucha/cf6v

5 THURS: MJC’s Civic Engagement Project presents The Hunting Ground. Film about rape at American colleges. Guest speakers: Holly Grace Palmer, Youth Services Coordinator, Haven Women’s Center; Sarah Beal, CSUS Victim Advocate; Margaret Kingori, MJC Counselor. 7 pm, Forum 110. MJC East Campus. Watch trailer at

 6 FRI: Annual Harvest Gathering & 45 year Celebration for the Modesto Peace/Life Center. Benefit for the Peace Essay Contest. 1125 Edgebrook Dr., Modesto. See flyer, front page.

10 TUES: Film Shelter, about homelessness. Directed by Paul Bettany. Starring Jennifer Connelly. Skype Q&A with the director & star after. One time premier showing. State Theatre, 7:30 pm. See

13 FRI: Funstrummers: Music of America: 8th Anniversary Concert. Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland, Modesto. 7:00 pm.

15 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents Tootsie. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit

18 WED: Film Night at the Center presents “Global Warming, A Scientific and Biblical Exposé of Climate Change.” Discussion after led by Richard Anderson. 6:30 pm, Modesto Peace/Life Center, 720 13th St., Modesto. See article, this issue.

20 FRI: Congregations Building Community Open House. Neighborhood Center, 420 Chicago Ave., Modesto. 9 am-1 pm.

20 FRI: CBC’s 5th Annual Leadership Gala. Keynote speaker: Marian Kaanon. Martin Petersen Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. Tickets: Info: 209-872-1045.

21 SAT: Peace on Your Plate Fest. Vegan Thanksgiving themed potluck and a family-friendly, animated movie, Chicken. FREE! PRAP Art Gallery, 1222 J St., Modesto. Bring a vegan Thanksgiving dish and/or beverage and/or dessert or appetizer to share. Not mandatory but appreciated. 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Info: Kathy, (209) 250-9961 or email:

21 SAT: Stanislaus Audubon Society presents The Messenger. State Theatre. Visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird. Special presentation by the Society. 5:00 pm. See article, this issue.

23 MON: 19th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration. Expressions of gratitude offered by BUDDHIST, CHRISTIAN, HUMANIST, JEWISH, MUSLIM, SIKH and Other Faith Tradition representatives. FREE. Bring donations of canned goods for Interfaith Ministries’ Food Bank. Modesto Centre Plaza. 7:00 pm.


December 5, 2015: Annual Holiday Potluck Song Fest. A celebration of our Peace community at the Onorato’s, 1532 Vernon Ave., Modesto. Bring your favorite dish and beverage to share, your merry Holiday spirit, and your eagerness to sing. 6 to 9 pm.

December 16, 2015: Film Night at the Center presents Citizenfour. Discussion after. 6:30 pm, Modesto Peace/Life Center, 720 13th St., Modesto. See article, this issue.

January 12, 2016: Annual John McCutcheon Concert.

January 23, 2016: 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. Speaker: historian Taylor Branch.

SUN: Sunday Afternoons at CBS, 3 pm 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Tickets: $25/Adults; $20/Seniors & Students; $7 children. Call (209) 571-6060. Visit for information on concerts starting in January.

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:


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.
  • Tuesdays


    • 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.