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Modesto Helen White Monument Dedication

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The West Modesto King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative on the grand opening and dedication of the Helen White Memorial Trail in Modesto, CA on May 8, 2019.

Miss White,  who passed in 1980, leaves a legacy of service and activism in west Modesto. Her many contributions to her community have set a strong foundation for generations to come. White, worked at the Stanislaus County Housing Authority for over 30 years.

The Bus Celebrates National “Dump the Pump” Day with Free Rides

MERCED - The Bus is offering free rides throughout the County in recognition of “Dump the Pump” day which is celebrated across the country on June 20th this year. The free service is available on all fixed-routes and will begin on Thursday, June 20th and run through Friday, July 5th.

 Note that there is no service on The Bus on July 4th in honor of Independence Day.


“Dump the Pump” day was established to promote the economic and environmental benefits of riding public transit. Riding public transit can reduce vehicle congestion on roads thereby eliminating emissions of both criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases. Taking public transit is also an inexpensive alternative to paying for the fuel and parking fees required for commuting in a personal vehicle as well as the wear and tear that can add up to costly repairs over time.


 "The purpose of our Dump the Pump program is to invite the community to try out using The Bus,” said Stacie Dabbs, Executive Director. “We have a lot of routes to choose from and people don’t always know about this great alternative to driving a car.”


The Bus is able to offer the Dump the Pump free fare days as part of its Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). This grant was awarded by the State of California and is provided to transit agencies to improve mobility and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


All schedules and hours of operation can be found at www.mercedthebus.com or by calling The Bus at (209) 723-3100. Real-time information regarding bus locations, services and arrival times can be found at www.thebuslive.com or by downloading ‘The Bus Live’ app on your smart phone for free. All buses are equipped with bike racks and are wheelchair accessible. Seniors, Veterans and ADA eligible passengers can ride all fixed route service for free year-round with qualifying identification. Those wishing to see if they are eligible for the free fare should contact The Bus office to learn more.


The Bus is the single public transportation service provider for all of Merced County and is administered by the Transit Joint Powers Authority for Merced County and managed by the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG). For more information, please visit www.mercedthebus.com and www.mcagov.org.

Foundation celebrates MJC as a Beacon of Hope at annual Summer Sonata

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 (Modesto, CA) – The Modesto Junior College Foundation is celebrating “MJC… Beacon of Hope” at this year’s Summer Sonata which is slated for Thursday, July 18 at Greens on Tenth, located at947 10th Street in downtown Modesto. The elegant evening features dinner by Greens, a selection of fine wines and a program co-chaired by former MJC president Stan Hodges and Steve Collins, recent interim president of MJC and former vice president of instruction.



The event, held in Green’s banquet facility, begins with a reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.  After dinner there is aprogram and a live auction.


The Summer Sonata is the premier fundraiser for the Foundation and since its inception 23 years ago, it has provided more than $2.3 million for MJC student scholarships, program grants, equipmentand educational activities not provided by the state.  A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1968, the Foundation exists to generate financial support for and to increase community awareness of the students, programs, and activities of MJC.


The cost to attend the Summer Sonata is $150 per person ($110 is tax deductible) and table sponsorships are available. Event proceeds benefit college programs, campus projects and studentscholarships.


 To donate auction items or for information on sponsorship opportunities, contact George Boodrookas, MJC Foundation Executive Director, at (209) 575-6714 or George@mjc.edu. To purchase Sonata tickets call the Foundation Office at (209) 575-6068.

2019 Young Legislators Program

Senator Anna M. Caballero invites you to join the 2019 Young Legislators Program.


The 2019 Young Legislators

Program provides an introduction to the workings of government and strives to build a strong foundation for our youth who want to get involved in the leadership of their community.

The program will be held on the following dates and participants must commit to attending all sessions. All ( sessions will Be held from 9 a.m. - 12 noon with the exception of the final session that will include a trip to the State Capitol.


City of Merced, California

678 West 18th Street

Merced, CA 95340


• Saturday, June 22

• Saturday, June 29

• Saturday, July 6

• Saturday, July 13

• Saturday, July 18 (All Day)

DEADLINE: Submit by Wednesday 5:00 p.m. June 12, 2019.

Senator Caballero's 2019 Young Legislator's Program.


For questions please contact: Elisa Rivera at 209-726-5495 or Elisa.Rivera@sen.ca.gov

Free Food Opportunities offered for MJC Students in Summer 2019

Modesto Junior College, in partnership with United Samaritans, is offering three free food and toiletry distributions this summer for current MJC students. The free distributions are scheduled for June 20, and July 18 in front of the Student Center on East Campus beginning at 9 a.m. There are 50 boxes available on a first-come-first-serve basis at each giveaway. Most boxes include canned fruits and veggies, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, peanut butter, cereal, and sometimes fresh fruit.


A large supply of toiletries are also available for current students, thanks to generous donations by  MJC employees. Free food and toiletries are for current MJC students. Students must show their MJC I.D. with a summer or fall sticker or any I.D. with a current class schedule.


Emanuel Lutheran Church, continues to offer the Care Cupboard (food pantry) and Katie’s Kitchen (free breakfast) throughout the summer. The Care Cupboard is held 1 – 4 p.m. on June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, and July 29. Katie’s Kitchen is held 7 - 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. The church is located adjacent to MJC's East Campus at 324 College Avenue.


The Free Lunch on Wednesdays (FLOW), sponsored by ASMJC  will return in the fall. Additionally, the Second Harvest Food Bank has offered to provide donated Starbucks food to MJC students free of charge via their mobile food truck, so stay tuned for dates, times and locations in the fall semester.



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