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The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare on Tour will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the downtown Modesto Library.

The performance will feature professional actors, sets, and costumes. There will be a question and answer session following as well as a a Discovering Shakespeare Playshop, with theater games, activities and text work that are designed to engage the audience.

Participants may also be invited to perform in the community production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream scheduled for May 11.

This free program is made possible through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. For more information, please call the Modesto Library at 209-558-7810.

The performance is 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the downtown Modesto Libray at 1500 I St.

By The Central Valley Business Journal

The University of the Pacific this week was named one of the “Sustainable 16” for its “excellence in environmental academics and sustainability practices.”

Pacific and the other 15 colleges and universities now are in contention to be named “National Champion” in the second annual Environmental March Madness Tournament, sponsored by Enviance Inc., in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics.

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A student in the Ag In Motion mobile classroom pours milk into a test tube to conduct various scientific experiments. (Courtesy photo)

The colorfully painted Ag In Motion tractor-trailer brings with it agriculture, science, and an exciting learning program for Central Valley students and teachers.

“The AIM mobile classroom is completely unique, and during the 2012-2013 school year it will bring hands-on ag science to about 40 schools in Stanislaus County,” said Michele Laverty, director of the Modesto-based National Ag Science Center, which created the AIM program. “There is no charge to the schools for this program, which is privately funded.”

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TONAPAH, Nev. - A pair of earthquakes hit central Nevada Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website.

The first incident, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck at about 4:10 p.m. near Tonapah. The second was a 3.1 quake at 4:17 p.m. near Hawthorne.

A number of people on our Facebook page reported feeling the quakes.

Christie Zagaris David wrote, "OK, did anyone except me feel the earthquake about 6 mins ago?"

Courtney Tyler near Salida wrote, "Was there a earthquake reported just now? Our building at school just shook pretty good."

MODESTO - People who live or work in downtown Modesto are invited to hear about ideas to make the downtown area more attractive to residents, visitors, businesses and investors.

A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Modesto Centre Plaza, so stakeholders can learn what the Downtown Hospitality Program found in the survey and observations it conducted over the past few months. The group, which consists of the City, Downtown Improvement District, Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and several members of the downtown community, has been researching and looking at models of other cities with thriving downtown environments.

The summit meeting on the 27th will include a presentation on the research conducted to date, recommendations for next steps and a solicitation of feedback from participants.

Monday, 11 February 2013 13:02

Fire burns attic of Stanislaus County home

A home west of Turlock was damaged by fire Monday evening.

Multiple agencies, including those from Westport and Ceres, responded to the call by the homeowner just after 5:30 p.m. They found the attic burning in the home located in the 300 block of Monte Vista Avenue east of Crows Landing Road.

Firefighters controlled the blaze in about half an hour.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Monday, 11 February 2013 09:40

Stockton Arena sets blood drive for Feb. 17

Stockton Arena is hosting a blood and bone marrow drive on Sunday, Feb. 17. All participants will receive one free voucher to a Stockton Thunder hockey game. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and more than 44,000 donations are needed every single day, according to the American Red Cross. Qualified participants will be able to donate blood during the drive. Cheek swabs will be taken to determine if participants are a match for anyone waiting for a bone marrow transplant. The drive will be from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at Stockton Arena at 248 W Fremont St.
Stockton police were looking for three men who robbed a jewelry store Monday in Stockton's Lakeview District and injured one of the employees. The men, who were wearing ski masks entered the store in the 6400 block of Pacific Ave., assaulted a 63-year-old employee, and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry, police said. A customer walked in on the robbery, and the men fled. The employee was taken to the hospital. Police said he was in stable condition. The first robber was described as a black man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt and dark jeans. Witnesses described the second robber as a man of unknown race wearing a red hat and dark shirt. The third robber was described as a black man, about 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was wearing a tan sweatshirt and blue jeans. Police said one of the men may have been armed with a handgun.

Deputies from the Merced County Sheriff's Tactical and Reconnaissance Team seized cash, marijuana plants and several pounds of processed marijuana following an investigation in the Delhi area.

Deputies served warrants at several locations last week and found nine guns, more than 1500 plants, $5,000 worth of edibles and $10,000 in cash, a sheriff's department official said.During one raid on Friday in the 17000 block of Schendel Avenue in Delhi, deputies found plants, cash and weapons, including two handguns, officials said. Residents there said the marijuana was for medicinal use, but deputies said only one person there had a medical marijuana card. No one was arrested.

Under the Compassionate Use Act, the STAR Team will talk with the Merced County district attorney's office to determine if criminal charges will be filed.[gallery]

By The Central Valley Business Journal

A renowned economist this morning told Stockton business and community leaders what they suspected – there’s economic growth ahead, but it’s going to be slow economic growth.

“It appears that the bottom is behind you,” John Mitchell told the crowd gathered at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton. The invited guests were there for the Bank of Agriculture and Commerce’s 24th annual economic forecast.

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