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Modesto Peace Life Center VIGILS: held THE FIRST WEDNESDAYS 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

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.


Our community station, KCBP 95.5 FM is now on the air. We need your support! Send your check to the Modesto Peace/Life Center,  PO Box 134, Modesto CA 95353-0134. Put "Radio" in the memo. See article in this issue of Connections for details.


Help keep our readers informed. We urge people participating in an event to write about it and send their story to Connections.


Modesto Peace/Life Center VIGILS: held THE FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at McHenry Ave. and J. St. (Five points), 4:30-5:30 pm. Call the Center for info: 529-5750.

MEDIA: Listen to KCBP 95.5 FM Community Radio, the “Voice of the Valley” also streaming at

PEACE LIFE CENTER BOARD MEETING, FIRST Thursdays, 720 13th St., Modesto, 6:30 pm, 529-5750.

MEDIA COMMITTEE of Peace/Life Center. Meetings TBA.

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


Science Colloquium, Fall 2019, Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Science Community Center, Rm. 115, MJC West Campus. Free; $2 parking fee. See article, this issue.

MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science). Free, engaging community science programs. Fridays, 7:30 pm, MJC West Campus, Sierra Hall 132. Sept. 27: Brandon Wood, LLNL, Heading Towards a Hydrogen-Powered Future. *Oct. 25: West Campus MSR Student Center. Shahir Masri, U.C. Irvine, Elevating the Climate Conversation Beyond Debate, Dispels 50 misunderstandings about climate change. Nov. 22: Robert McGrew, M.D., The Overwhelming Importance of Vaccinations for Public Health. Many have forgotten the lethal pandemics of Plague, Smallpox, Measles and others that killed millions before vaccinations against them were developed. Short movie about the measles vaccine. Discusses the dangerous gamble when unvaccinated. Explains myth that vaccines cause autism. Dec. 6: Paul E. Lenze, Jr., Northern Ariz. Univ., Syrian Forced Migration & Public Health in the European Union. More than 400,000 people killed, millions displaced during the Syrian Civil War. Examines causes of the War and impact of migration on public health in the Middle East and Europe. “Excellence in Teaching Award” winner!

2 WED: VIGIL: Justice at the Border, McHenry & J St., 4:30-5:30 pm.

4 FRI: West Modesto Sock Hop, DoubleTree Hotel, 6 pm to 11 pm. 50’s and 60’s music. Live & Silent Auction. Tickets: $65 single; 130, couple. Purchase at West Modesto Community Collaborative, 601 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Modesto, 209-522-6902.

5 SAT: Memorial to Celebrate the life of Dan Pollock, at the home of Dan and Mary Alice Onorato, 1532 Vernon, Modesto, 3:00 pm. We'll share our memories, reflections, play some music Dan really liked, and enjoy a lively potluck meal together. 209-526-5436.

8 TUES: Clients & Consumers Stakeholder Engagement Community Listening Session. Hear from community members about mental health services and support needs of client & consumer population. 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Modesto Gospel Mission, 1400 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. (See Peer Recovery article, this issue.)

12 SAT: Choosing Peace. Is the Catholic Church Returning to Gospel Nonviolence? Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly. Marie Dennis, keynote speaker. Breakout sessions. Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Church, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley (at College Avenue). Nearby parking. BART and AC Transit accessible. Handicapped accessible building. FREE EVENT: RSVP encouraged on Eventbrite. DONATIONS APPRECIATED: (suggested donation $20 - $25). Click here to donate on PayPal. Checks can be brought to the event or sent to Pax Christi Northern CA, c/o Stan Taylor, Treasurer, 421 Sautner Dr., San Jose, CA 95123.

12 SAT: History of the Airport District presented by Dr. Talitha Agan, adjunct Professor of History, Modesto Junior College, 2:00 pm. McHenry Museum. Info: (209) 495-4620, Email:;

12 SAT: The Craig Courtney Choral Festival Concert conducted by composer Craig Courtney featuring sacred choral anthems. Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto, 4:00 pm. FREE concert, a musical gift to the community. 209-527-7354.

19 SAT: Dia de Los Muertos Modesto. Art, music, parade. 11 am – 8 pm, 1010 10th St., Modesto. FREE. Visit Facebook for info.

20 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931). The State Theatre, 1307 J. St., Modesto. 2:00 pm. Join the State Theatre and get perks! Visit SPECIAL TREAT: At 1:30 pm, for the State Theatre’s “Page to Screen” Book Club, Stanislaus State Professor Arnold Anthony Schmidt will discuss Bram Stoker’s novel and introduce the film.

20 SUN: OKTOBERFEST, 4pm - 7pm, the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. 2nd Ave., Oakdale. A tasty German dinner, beer tasting, live Oktoberfest music, and auction. Advance tickets: $30; $40. Info: contact Tena McLane-Ceja, 209-247-2752. Sponsored by AAUW Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon Branch.

26 SAT: 2nd Annual Golden State Road Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Game. Enochs High School, 3201 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. TICKETS: $20.00 per person; $10.00 for Students, Seniors, Disabled. Tickets online at or call Jocelyn Cooper, 209-232-5845. Tickets also at the door. Proceeds support your community radio station, KCBP 95.5 FM, a project of the non-profit Modesto Peace/Life Center.


Friday Nov. 1: Harvest Gathering fundraiser for Peace Essay Contest. See front page, this issue.

Sunday Nov. 17: Sundays at CBS: Hot Club Faux Gitane. Congregation Beth Shalom 3:00 pm. 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350.Season tickets: $125/Adults, $115/Seniors & Students. Single Tickets $25/Adults; $20/Seniors & Students; $10 children. Tickets: call (209) 571-6060. Or order online via Brown Paper Tickets.

January 2020: John McCutcheon Concert. TBA.

February 1, 2020: 8th Annual Poetry Festival, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, facilitated by two outstanding poets – former Fresno Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, and Camille Norton. Flyer, registration forms will be available at Contest deadline: January 11, 2020;

February 2020: 26th Annual MLK Commemoration. TBA.


Fiscal Tiger’s guide on Eco Friendly Habits for a Green Lifestyle:

Ways to conserve water at home:

The Simple Guide to Healthy Living on a Budget in 2019:

Vehicle Recycling: An Eco-Friendly Alternative:

Green Living guide:

American Addiction Resources:

Essential Guide to Sinkholes or Ground Settlement issues in Florida. Interactive, searchable maps for affected properties: sinkholemaps.

Tulane University's School of Social Work has released a resource guide on homelessness and poverty among students and youth.

Veterans Resources from Recovery Village:  

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

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.


•  Suicide Loss Support Group: Friends for Survival meets every third Monday at 7 pm. Details: Norm Andrews, 209-345-0601,

• 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.
  • Silver & Gold Support group for our senior LGBT communities’ unique concerns and experiences. Come to a group that will understand and accept you where you are. For LGBT folks over 50 yrs. old. Every Monday at 3 pm to 4 pm at the various locations in Modesto. Information: Steven Cullen/Facilitator. Cell/text - (559) 799-0464. Email:
  • Tuesdays

            • Teen Tuesdays every week from June-August, 2-5 pm., Central Valley Pride Center, 400 12th St. Peer Support, Games & movies. Safe space for teens to socialize, work together on projects, and learn about  LGBTQ history. Each week will be a little different as we want YOU (youths) to guide the direction this group will go!" Info: Maggie Strong, Political Activist Director/ GSA Liaison,, 209-284-0999.


           • 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.


           • CA10 Progressive Coalition Monthly Meeting, third Thursdays. Inclusive group of progressive activists to share resources, ideas, and information in order to support all the great organizing work happening in the Valley! Feel free to invite trusted allies. Meet-up and social hour: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm. Meeting: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. Follow group on Facebook. Info: Tim Robertson,

          • Laughter Yoga, Every other Thursday at The Bird’s Nest, 422 15th St., Modesto. The dates are February & March 7th & 21st, April 4th & 18th, May 2nd & 16th. 5:30pm-6:30pm. $15.00 per class. To register, call or text Nicole, 209-765-8006 or visit

           • Green Team educational meetings the 3rd Thursday of each month, 10 to 11am, Kirk Lindsey Center, 1020 10th St. Plaza, Suite 102, Modesto.

           • Attention Veterans: Join us for Free Coffee & Donuts Meet & Greet at the Stanislaus Veterans Center, 3500 Coffee Rd., Modesto, Suite 15, 7 am – 11 am

            • 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 (edifcio trasero al final del estacionamiento este de UUFSC). Ofrecido libremente, las donaciones son bienvenidas. Info: Contacto Vanessa, 209-408-6172.

           • STANISLAUS COUNTY HOUSING COLLABORATIVE, 3rd Thursdays, 2 pm, at Housing Authority, 1701 Robertson Rd., Modesto Addresses issues of homelessness, low income housing policies, shelters and transitional housing services.

           • Democratic Party: MJC Democrats, every Thursday 2 pm, Founders Hall 121, MJC East Campus, Info: 575-6672.


           • 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;


           • 12-Step/Buddhist Meeting starts with a 30-minute meditation and then open discussion. Held monthly every second Saturday, 4:30 to 6:00 pm, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto at the UUFC in Sarana (small building, rear of the east parking lot). Freely-offered donations welcome. Information: 209 606 7214.

           • Free Community Drum Circle every third Saturday, 3 pm, Deva Café, 1202 J. St., Modesto. No experience or drums necessary to participate. All levels welcome.


    Fifteenth 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.