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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.


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.


MJC Science Colloquium Schedule, Fall 2018, Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm Science Community Center, Rm 115, MJC West Campus. Oct. 31: Dr. Debi Bolter, MJC Anthropology Professor: Critical Recovery Efforts After Hurricane Maria at the Caribbean Primate Research Center and Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico. Nov. 7: Mike McGraw, Park Ranger, New Melones Recreation Resource Branch, Bureau of Reclamation Alien Invaders: Invasive Species. Nov. 14: Karen Sweet, Executive Director, California Rangeland Conservation Coalition; Theresa Becchetti, Livestock & Natural Resource Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension: Vernal Pools: Fairy Shrimp and Tiger Salamander Need Cows. Nov. 21: No SC due to Thanksgiving on Nov. 22. Nov. 28: Bobby Hutchison, MJC Behavioral Scientist, Update on AIDS; World AIDS Day Dec. 1, 2018.Temporary Parking Permits can be purchased for $2 from dispensers located near MJC West Campus entrances.

MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science). Free, informative, engaging community science programs. 7:30 pm, MJC West Campus, Sierra Hall 132. Fri. Nov. 16: Brandon Wood, Ph.D., Lawrence Livermore Laboratory; Hydrogen Storage Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC). Fri. Dec. 7: New time: 6:00 pm, Sergei Samborski, CSU Stanislaus, The 1986 Chernobyl Meltdown and Consequences.


4 SUN: Sunday Afternoons at CBS presents Chris Pucci, operatic tenor. Tickets: $25 General; Seniors, Students, $20; children, $10. Purchase at or call 209-571-6060, M-F 9 am – 1 pm. or at the door.

7 WED: VIGIL: Keeping Families Together. McHenry & J St., 4:00-5:00 pm.

Free workshop. Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto. 6:30 pm.

9 FRI: Yokuts Sierra Club presents the film, Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom. College Avenue United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. 6:45 pm. See article, this issue. Visit

10-11 SAT-SUN: Paddle with the Salmon. Paddle alongside spawning salmon and learn more about this history of this important river. Hosted by the Tuolumne River Trust. Tickets: $65 for adults, $30 for children under 12.

11 SUN: The State Theatre presents Saving Private Ryan 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Join the State Theatre and get perks! Visit

13 TUES: Modesto Sound Board of Directors Meeting. Free, open to the public. Participation encouraged. 110 Santa Barbara Ave., Modesto. 209-573-0533. 7 pm-8:15 pm

13 TUES: Film Homeless in Modesto at CSU Stanislaus Snider Hall, 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Hosted by the Modesto Peace/Life Center. See Center’s Facebook page for details.

14 WED: Film Night at the Center: Audrie & Daisy. Discussion after. 7:00 pm, Modesto Peace/Life enter, 720 13th St., Modesto.

18 SUN: The Modesto Film Society presents The Wizard of Oz. 1307 J. St., 2:00 pm. Join the State Theatre and get perks! Visit

19 MON: 22nd Stanislaus County Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Celebration at the Modesto Centre Plaza, 6:45 pm with gathering music. Faith communities bring messages of thanksgiving with song and spoken word. Bring non-perishable food items for the Interfaith Ministries’ food pantry. A free-will offering will also benefit Interfaith Ministries


Saturday December 1: World Aids Day Health Faire. Sponsored by MoPRIDE and the Central Valley Pride Center. Free, confidential HIV testing. Raffle, local musicians, guest speakers. College Avenue United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Health Faire, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Reception, 5:00 pm – 8 :00 pm. Info: 209-284-0999,

Friday, December 7: Annual Holiday Potluck Song Fest. Celebrate 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. Bring an unwrapped children’s book (K-6). All welcome.

7 FRI: The Women’s Auxiliary presents, 30th Emerald Gala: A Night to Remember. Black Tie Affair at The Century, 927 10th St. Modesto. Champagne social hour, live band, DJ, silent auction, raffle. Proceeds for Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $70.00; $75.00 after Nov. 12th. Info: Synthia Lofton, 209-543-5769.

Tuesday, January15: Annual John McCutcheon Concert, 7:00 pm, Modesto Church of the Brethren.

Saturday February 2: The Modesto-Stanislaus (MoSt) Poetry Center host its 7th Annual Poetry Festival. St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Facilitated by Indigo Moor, poet, playwright, Poet Laureate of Sacramento. Visit

June 28-30-Peace Camp in the Sierra.


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 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.


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 (edi?cio trasero al ?nal 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.