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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.

MARCH 2020

Science Colloquium, Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Science Community Center, Rm. 115, MJC West Campus. Free; $2 parking fee. March 11: Nzong Xiong, Outreach and Communications Representative S. J. Valley Air Pollution Control District, “Air Pollution in our Valley: What we are doing about It.” March 18: Bonnie Hunt, EdD, MPA, RRT, Program Director – Respiratory Care, Modesto Junior College, “What is Respiratory Care? An Introduction to MJC’s Respiratory Care Program & Beyond.” March 25: Teri Curtis, Professor of Biology, Modesto Junior College, “Insights into Octopuses & Their Tentacled Relatives.” April 1: Tania Barjesteh, RN, BSN, “Nursing in Zambia and the Experience of Serving Those in Need”. April 8: “Earth Day Turns 50.” Speaker TBA.

MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science). Free, engaging community science programs. Fridays, 7:30 pm, MJC West Campus, Sierra Hall 132. Feb.28: Colin Milburn, UCD, Gary Snyder Chair in Science and the Humanities. “The History of Our Science.” March 27: David Olson, MD., “Our Emerging Infectious Diseases.”

4 WED: VIGIL: Topic to be announced, McHenry & J St., 4:00-5:00 pm.

7 SAT: Climate Justice March & Rally: PLANNING MEETING to stop Climate Change, 12 – 2pm Stanislaus County Library Auditorium, 1500 I St., Modesto (see notice, this issue).

7 SAT: The State Theatre and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory present: Science On Screen. See the film, The Martian. A FREE science education program for teens and adults that pairs prominent LLNL scientists presenting cutting-edge science with popular Hollywood films. Meet and talk with scientists. More information:

10 TUES: California Central Valley Spelling Bee. Winner advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Golden 1 Center, 500 David. J Stern Walk, Sacramento. 9:30am. Free.

11 WED: Equity on the Mall 2020. Annual day of democracy in action to close the divide between the San Joaquin Valley residents and policymakers. California State Capitol, 10 am to 3 pm. Register to attend Equity on the Mall!

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

15 SUN: Sundays at CBS presents Opera Modesto. Opera Modesto (formerly Townsend Opera Players) sing music of the Celtic Diaspora, including the Northern Celtic Fringe (Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man), and the sounds of the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). []. Order tickets at, or at the CBS Office, 209.571.6060.

21 SAT: Stanislaus Service Center’s Equity Team presents East of Salinas. Free screening of a documentary about a bright student and a dedicated teacher. State Theatre, 1307 J. St., Modesto. A discussion led by Oscar Ramos, the teacher featured in the film follows. Limited seating available. First come, first seated.

25 WED: Richard Rothstein Lecture, 7-9 pm, Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center (MJC West Campus): The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America focuses on mid-twentieth century government policy that was used to enforce residential racial segregation.

27 FRI: Radical Hope - Stories of Inspiration. Prospect Theater, 1214 K St., Modesto,
7:30pm – 9:00pm. $5 suggested donation. See article, this issue.

28 SAT: The Golden State Road Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Team returns to Modesto for a fun-filled event to support KCBP 95.5 FM. Modesto Junior College Gym, East Campus, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.


April 3: Peace Essay Contest Awards Ceremony. Roger’s Student Center, Modesto Junior College, West Campus. 7 pm.

April 18: Climate March. Details p. 3

June 7: Annual Modesto Peace/Life Center Pancake Breakfast, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. 8:00 am to Noon.

June 26-28: Peace Camp. See p. 2 for registration.


See More Links at

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 2010:

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.