OUT AND ABOUT
Out and About is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Riverbank area.
Columbia State Historic Park will present “Diggins Tent Town 1852” – its annual living history event from Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22. Sponsored by Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park and depicted by over 150 costumed volunteers, visitors can experience the events and environment of an 1850’s mining camp that is re-created in detail from the clothing, food and entertainment. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, admission to Columbia “Diggins 1852” is $7 per adult and $2 per child 12 and under. There is no charge for parking and admission to the park. For more information contact Columbia Visitor Services at www.parks.ca.gov/Columbia or call (209) 588-9128.
Enjoy the Gold Country Singers in an upcoming spring concert. Under the direction of Annette Hutton of Hutton’s Hamlet in Oakdale, singers will perform Scottish, Irish, and American folk tunes to tap your toes to and old favorites from a Broadway show or two. Plan to join in with the Gold Country Singers on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at the Coulterville United Methodist Church on Highway 49 in Coulterville. Potluck snacks provided immediately after the concerts. Both concerts are free. For more information, call 209-848-1216.
Modesto Junior College will host the second New Student Day event for the year on Saturday, May 21 at 8 a.m. on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Students will meet in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center. Attendance and campus parking are free. New Student Day assists students who are just beginning the process of enrolling at MJC through application, orientation, assessment and advising workshops. Additional ac- tivities include hands-on assistance with the financial aid application, or follow-up steps, a parent information seminar and an opportunity to visit with MJC Faculty and learn of the many academic programs offered. For more information on New Student Day or enrolling at MJC call (209) 575-6789.
The second in a series of three Writers’ Toolbox workshops will focus on short story writers, led by Jim Fox and Leslie Liberty, on Saturday, May 21 at the First Unitarian Church, 2737 Pacific Ave., Stockton. The event is free and open to the public. Moderator for the 6 p.m. event is Robert Reinarts, founder and coordinator of the Heritage Writers Community of Stockton. The series is sponsored by the Marion Jacobs Literary Forum, the Stockton Arts Foundation, Tuleburg Press, and the Heritage Writers’ Community. For more information, call 463-3390.
Riverbank welcomes the REO Speechtrain Toastmasters Club for regular meetings every Wednesday morning, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Perko’s Cafe, Patterson and Oakdale roads, Riverbank. This is a fun way to learn the self-confidence and skills needed for public speaking.