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MODESTO PEACE LIFE CENTER ACTIVITIES

Modesto Peace Life Center VIGILS: held THE FIRST THURSDAY 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, http://www.kqrp.com

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 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.

PEACE AND JUSTICE NETWORK OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY  (http://www.pjnsjc.org).  Info: James Walsh, jwprod1956@clearwire.net

ABOUT OUR RADIO STATION:
The Modesto Peace/Life Center just got its construction permit last year in August, 2015 to build a full-power FM radio station. We are first planning web streaming to help get the word out that we are creating this community station. We don’t have the equipment to do this yet, so that’s where you come in! Send your check to the Modesto Peace/Life Center,  PO Box 134, Modesto CA 95353-0134. Put "Radio" in the memo.

MARCH

MJC Spring Science Colloquium, Science Community Center, Room 115, West Campus, 3 pm - 4 p.m. Contact: Teri Curtis (209) 575-6775 curtist@mjc.edu. Mar. 1: Richard Anderson, MJC Biology Professor Emeritus, Earth's 6th Extinction... is Actually the 7th. Mar. 8: TBA. Mar. 15: Elizabeth McInnes, MJC Biology Professor, An Update on Climate Change. Mar. 22: Debra Bolter, Ph.D., MJC Anthropology Professor, What's new with Homo naledi and the Rising Star Cave, South Africa? Mar. 29: Sarah E.J. Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, “Career Opportunities for Speech-Language Pathologist, Another High Demand Allied Health Profession.” Apr. 5: Teri Curtis, MJC Biology Professor, Success Stories from California’s Channel Islands. Apr. 12: Earth Day Film – Title TBA

MJC Positive People Speaker Series: presentations by local community members who overcame challenges to achieve their goals. Thursdays, 6 pm. Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Campus parking is $2. Info: (209) 575-6700. March 16: Tamara Mena, motivational speaker and spokesperson. April 6: The Honorable Rubén Villalobos, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge.

Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) free public programs. 7:30 p.m., MJC West Campus, Sierra Hall, Rm. 132. March 17: “A Physics Show.” At the State Theatre, 1307 J. St. Frank Cascarano and David Marasco of Foothill College present exciting physics demonstrations appropriate all ages. Co-sponsored by the State Theatre. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/815. April 7: Dr. Amrith Gunasekera, Calif. Dept. of Food and Agriculture talks about the effects of climate change on agriculture (with a focus on California).

1 WED: 15th Annual Day of Respect, Modesto High School. Sharon Froba, 209-521-7265; email sfroba@comcast.net for more information.

1 WED: Modesto Peace/Life Center VIGIL: Unity& Homelessness. McHenry & J St., 4:00-5:00 pm.

1 WED: Film: The Nines. About homelessness in Modesto. Q&A with filmmaker and producer after. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 7:00 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/827

2 THURS: MJC Civic Engagement Project presents Beginning Again: Syria: Refugees Settle in Modesto. ABC World News with David Muir follows a Syrian refugee family on their journey from Syria, to Jordan, and finally to Modesto. See the episode, meet the family, hear from those involved in their resettlement. Join a discussion on a response to refugees in the community. 7- 9 PM, MJC East Campus, Forum 110, 435 College Ave. Free, all welcome.

4 SAT: Modesto Peace/Life Center Volunteer Info Day, 10 – 11 am. Learn about the Center & volunteer Opportunities.

10-12 FRI-SUN: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Gallo Center for the Arts. Directed by Jim Johnson. Tickets: http://tickets.galloarts.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=5568

11 SAT: Modesto Peace/Life Center Annual Meeting, 8:30 am to Noon. See front page.

15 WED: Film Night at the Center: "Makers: Women Who Make America." 6:30 pm. at the Modesto Peace/Life Center, 720 13th St., Modesto. Discussion follows.

17 FRI: Peace Essay Contest Awards ceremony, Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center, MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., 7 pm.

18 SAT: Science on Screen: FREE science education series: Reconstructing a Rabies Epidemic: Byte by Byte. Plus film, Contagion. State Theatre, FREE. 2:30 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/833

19 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents Funny Girl. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/728

19 SUN: Sunday Afternoons at CBS celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season: Genticorum This Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor, and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser. Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2775311. All concerts held at 1705 Sherwood Ave. at 3 pm. Learn more at sundaysatcbs.com

LOOKING AHEAD

April 19: Film Night at the Center: Dogtown Redemption. 6:30 pm.

April 27: Film “Fun” Raiser for DKG Epsilon Nu Chapter. 5:30 pm doors open with Wine, Appetizers, and Raffle. Movie 7:00 pm. SOME LIKE IT HOT. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. Benefits: SCOE, MJC Scholarships, Library Books, Great Valley Museum. Donation: $25.00.Tickets at the Door or email DKGMODESTO@gmail.com or contact Gloria, (209) 545-0883. http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/846

May 17: Film Night at the Center: Modern Times. 6:30 pm.

Sunday, June 4: Annual Modesto Peace/Life Center Pancake Breakfast, Modesto Church of the Brethren.

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25: Peace Camp in the Sierra, Camp Peaceful Pines, Clark Fork Rd. See article this issue.

THE JOB CIRCLE Modesto Sound offers Audio Technician training classes for those 13 and older. Work with musicians; hands-on learning Live Sound, Recording Bands, Producing, Mastering, Electronics, and Pro Tools. Call or email for more information and class times. Modesto Sound, 110 Santa Barbara Ave., Modesto. $200 (limited scholarships available). 209-573-0533, studio@modestosound.org; ModestoSound.org

HELPFUL WEBSITES

Prepare for virtually any natural disaster with the Natural Disaster Preparedness Guide: www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-preparation-for-natural-disasters

Green Guide for Kids and Adults at Home - Assurance for a Healthy Earth: https://usinsuranceagents.com/green-home-guide

Complete guide to support groups at http://www.friendsaregoodmedicine.com/pdf/FriendsDirectory.pdf

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

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 http://www.reviews.com/homeowners-insurance/

Consumer Affairs Guide to Homeowner’s insurance: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/insurance/home.html

               

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

Ongoing

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MUSIC VENUES

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 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

 Sunday

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

  • THE BIRDCAGE, third Sundays, 5:00 to 9:00 pm., Tresetti's, Modesto, gathering for gay and lesbian folks & friends.  Call Barry 529-6243 or email for information

Mondays

• 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.
  •  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 stancountyrmh@gmail.com  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, Tiamonica64@gmail.com or Susan J, Susanthepoet@gmail.com 
  • Tuesdays

    Wednesdays

    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, orlando@arreygue.com

    • 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: mercedboard@gaycentralvalley.org – 1744 G St. Suite H, Merced, CA. www.mercedlgbtcenter.org

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

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

    Thursdays  

           • 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

    Fridays

    Saturdays

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT CALENDAR ITEMS TO CONNECTIONS.

    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.