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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.

Listen to Peace/Life Center radio, KCBP 95.5 FM streaming at (not on the air yet).

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.


PEACE/LIFE CENTER MODESTO, 720 13th St., Modesto-- Call 529-5750, we'll get back to you with current info on activities.


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 ?rst 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.


MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science) presents free, informative, engaging, inspiring community science programs. Fridays, 7:30 pm, MJC West Campus, Sierra Hall 132 (*except where noted). March 16: Dr. Lori Silverstein, FDA process for approval of new drugs. *April 6: MJC East Campus Auditorium, A Family Science (all ages) Presentation, TED speaker, Dr. Puragra (Raja) GuhaThakurta, UCSC and Lick Observatory, “Our Place in the Cosmos.”

MJC Spring Science Colloquium. 3:15pm – 4:15 p.m. Contact: Teri Curtis (209) 575-6775, March 14:Primate Research” by Ann Kohlhaas, Ph.D., zoology professor, CSU, Stanislaus. March 21: “Recovery of the Riparian Brush Rabbit” by Patrick Kelly, Ph.D., zoology professor, CSU Stanislaus. March 28: “On Becoming a Marine Scientist” by Melanie Okoro, scientist, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service. April 4: “Math in Poetry” by Heidi Fernandez Meyer, MJC mathematics professor. April 11: Documentary: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, sponsored by the MJC Civic Engagement Project. Note: This 90-minute film will be shown in SCC 114 (same 3:15 p.m. start time).

FRI: 2: Peace Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center, MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. 7:00 pm

3 SAT: NAACP Awards Banquet. Peace Center to receive award. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. See article this issue for ticket information.

7 WED: Modesto Peace/Life Center VIGIL: Gun Control. McHenry & J St., 4:30-5:30 pm. (Note new time).

8 THURS: Celebrate International Women’s Day. Barkin Dog Grill, 940 11th St, Modesto.

Great food and live music! International artists check in to perform! Strong call to #‎PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

10 SAT: The Modesto Peace/Life Center’s Annual Meeting, 8:30 am to noon. 720 13th St. Modesto. All welcome.

11: SUN Afternoons at CBS: Traveling the world with her harp on her back and her heart on her sleeve, Gillian Grassie’s compositions challenge the conventions of her instrument. Her latest release, The Woodlands Sessions, showcases Gillian’s voice, which beckons listeners into intimate and sometimes poignant story-songs. All concerts held at 1705 Sherwood Ave. at 3 pm. Tickets at the CBS office and at the door. Single Tickets $25/Adults; $20/Seniors & Students; $10 children. Call (209) 571-6060 for tickets or info. More at

17 SAT: Insight Meditation Central Valley presents A Daylong with Kevin Griffin: Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World. 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto. Info: information visit

17 SAT: The State Theatre and the Lawrence Livermore National Lab: Science on Screen. Biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: Improving Human Health One Atom at a Time. Toxicologist Michael Malfatti, Ph.D., Senior Biomedical Scientist in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division LLNL. Film: Medicine Man (PG-13~1992) Sean Connery stars as a research scientist who discovers a cure for cancer in the Brazilian rainforest but loses the formula. Doors at 2; presentation at 2:30; talk with scientist at 3:15; film at 3:30 pm. Visit

18 SUN: The Modesto Film Society and The State Theatre presents The French Connection. 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Visit Become a member of the State Theatre and get perks! Visit

22 THURS: Documentary: Homeless in Modesto. Forum 110, MJC East Campus, 7:00 pm.


April 14: Food for Thought. Switch up what is on the end of your fork and get your body running like a racing car on high-octane fuel and, at the same time, improve planet earth’s environment and hone your compassion skills. Will Tuttle, Ph.D. and Ruben Guzman. FREE. State Theatre, 7:00 pm. See article, this issue. Info: or (209) 250-9961.

April 26: Film "Fun" Raiser for DKG Epsilon Nu Chapter, Singin' In The Rain. State Theatre (1307 J St. Modesto). 5:30 pm with Wine, Appetizers, Raffle Items. 7:00 Film. Donation: $25.00. Benefits: Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, MJC Scholarships, Library Books, & Great Valley Museum. Tickets at or contact Gloria (209) 545-0883.

May 5: Friends of Modesto Library Used Book Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Modesto Library Portico 1500 I St., Modesto. For free pick-up: (209) 985-7156 or

June 3: Annual Modesto Peace/Life Center Pancake Breakfast, Modesto Church of the Brethren.

June 22-24: Peace Camp in the Sierra, Camp Peaceful Pines, Clark Fork Rd. Register here

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,;


Student’s Guide to Studying Abroad -

The Ultimate Guide to Pet Adoption:

Prepare for virtually any natural disaster with the Natural Disaster Preparedness Guide:

Green Guide for Kids and Adults at Home - Assurance for a Healthy Earth:

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:

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

Consumer Affairs Guide to Homeowner’s insurance:

Vegetarian, Gardening & Bee-keeping Resources

Culinary Resources for Vegetarianism

11 Facts About Meatless Monday That Will Inspire You To Reach For The Veggies

How To Transition To A Plant-Based Diet

Nutrition And The Vegan Diet

10 Helpful Tips for Beginning Gardeners

Grow Food At Home: 7 Tips For Growing Food In Small Spaces

Garden Better With Biodiversity & Wild Pollinators

The Buzz on Beekeeping: A Guide to Bringing Up Bees in Your Own Backyard


Area Calendars/Events listings

SERRV SHOP: Gifts from developing countries. Call Marye for appt., information: 209-523-0449. Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland, Rm #4, Modesto.

State Theater calendar of events

West Side Theater Events

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 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.

Food Addicts Anonymous In Recovery. Sundays 6:30 pm, 2467 Veneman Ave. Modesto. Info: Emily M., 209 480-8247.


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

Monday Morning Funstrummers Beginner Ukulele Lessons. Modesto Senior Center. 10:45am to Noon. Free Scenic and Bodem.

• 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.

    • 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  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, or Susan J, 
  • Tuesdays


           • 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,

           • Merced LGBT Community Center offers a variety of monthly meetings and written materials. Volunteers, on site Wed-Fri, to 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) nonpro?t organization.


           • Green Team educational meetings the 3rd Thursday of each month, 10 to 11am, 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,

            • IMCV Grupo de Meditacion en Espanol, cada semana 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto (edificio trasero al final del estacionamiento este de UUFSC). Ofrecido libremente, las donaciones son bienvenidas. Info: Contacto Vanessa, 209-408-6172.


           • Game Night and Potluck, third Friday of each month. For 21+ only. Central Valley Pride Center, 400 12th St., Suite 2, Modesto. 7 pm to 10 pm. Info: John Aguirre, (559) 280-3864;



    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.