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Summer art classes offered for youth

Summer art classes offered for youth

MODESTO - The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering Summer Art classes for youth.  A variety of art classes are available including: Mommy and Me, My First and Second Art Classes, My First Drawing Class and Intermediate Drawing and Painting.

Classes are availabe for youth of all ages; 4-5 year olds, 5-7 year olds, 6-8 year olds, and 8-13 year olds. Classes start the last of week of June and are offerred through the first of August.

Register in person at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 Tenth Street, Suite 4400, or online at www.modestogov.com/econnect.

For more information, refer to the summer 2011 Activity Guide at www.modestogov.com/prnd/activityguide or call (209) 577-5344.

5 things to do this weekend

5 things to do this weekend

A classic car show, a Juneteenth celebration, a county fair and a free day at the Crocker Art Museum top our list of family fun this weekend!

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2011 ‘Valley’s Got Talent’ contest finalists announced

2011 ‘Valley’s Got Talent’ contest finalists announced

MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts has released the names of the finalists to appear in the second annual ‘Valley’s Got Talent’ contest in August. A panel of judges representing the Modesto arts community selected 26 acts, comprised of 83 performers, for the Center’s live stage variation on popular television shows such as ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘American Idol.’

Co-presented with the Modesto Bee, ‘Valley’s Got Talent’ will feature vocal soloists Shelly Bort (Modesto), Jessica Lynn Griffin (Stockton), Francesca Heyward (Modesto), Page Ivy (Modesto), Jasmine Mangal (Ripon), Kristi Nelson (Modesto), Gregory Pyatt (Modesto), Ronnie Joy & PJ Rodriguez (Escalon), Justin Su’esu’e (Modesto), and Rosie Vaughn (Ripon). Vocal group acts include Josh Rosenblum Band (Modesto) and Stop Motion Poetry (Modesto). Chelsea Hill (Stockton) will perform a dance solo and Mirage (Modesto) will perform a dance duet.

Ball planned for youth with special needs

Ball planned for youth with special needs

Faith leaders to unite for statewide prayer service Tuesday

Faith leaders to unite for statewide prayer service Tuesday

MODESTO - The evening before the California legislature’s constitutional deadline to pass a balanced budget, leaders of all faiths will gather in cities across California to pray that legislators have the strength and vision to "Stand up for California" and our seniors, children and struggling communities.

A press release Tuesday announced prayer vigils will be held simultaneously in five California cities, in which interfaith leaders will remember the children, families, seniors, people with disabilities and other Californians who have suffered harm because of budget cuts already made. To avoid another $9.6 billion in devastating cuts to families, the clergymen and women will pray that legislators have the strength to maintain existing revenues.

Modesto's gathering will take place at Tuesday, June 14 at 5 p.m. in front of Senator Anthony Cannella's office located at 918 15th Street.

Summer recreation classes available for all ages!

Summer recreation classes available for all ages!

MODESTO - The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department offers a variety of classes for all ages including:

Belly Dance
Belly dance is a great way to exercise as you learn simple dance moves that can improve coordination, posture, as well as build self-confidence. "Belly Dance for Fun" is a class suitable for beginners of all ages. Sessions begin on June 20  and run through August 15. Classes are Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Modesto Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem Street.   For the more intermediate student, "Belly Dance" sessions are on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes begin June 20 and end August 15. Cost for both classes is $35 per person for 8 sessions.