OUT AND ABOUT
Out and About is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Riverbank area.
Mobile District Office (MDO) hours for July have been set through the office on Congressman Jeff Denham, where 10th district residents can get help with specific casework or ask questions. In Riverbank, the MDO is set for Thursday, July 19 at Riverbank City Hall, 6707 Third St., from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. MDOs are hosted by staff and, when possible, by Rep. Denham. Staff members are available to assist 10th district residents with casework on matters including Medicare, Veteran’s Affairs, Social Security, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies.
Students of Riverbank Language Academy will be among those to take the stage for the 27th Annual YES company production, with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ the featured performance. Show dates are July 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and July 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 3 p.m. YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets are now on sale at the Gallo Center for the Arts box office and www. galloarts.org.
The City of Riverbank’s Parks and Recreation De- partment along with the Friends of Jacob Myers Park will host two more Saturday movie nights this summer at Jacob Myers Park. Scheduled are showings of “Peter Rabbit” on July 21 and “The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie” on Aug. 11. Movies will begin at dusk and admission is free to all ages.
From the creators of the annual, sell-out Ill List Poetry Slam comes the hottest spoken word event of the summer: The Chill List, scheduled at the State Theatre in Modesto. The Chill List will feature four of the best poetry slam teams in the country competing for a $2000 prize. The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto and doors for the Saturday, July 21 show open at 6:30 p.m.; the show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $25 and $20. For online ticket sales go to www.thestate.org. To purchase your tickets by phone, call The State Box Office at 209-527-4697 from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If still available, tickets may also be purchased the night of the event up to the start of the presentation.
This month’s Art Lab program at the Riverbank Library will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m. Children will learn about agamographs, or optical illusions in which different perspectives reveal two different images. The Riverbank Library Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 24 at 4 p.m. to discuss Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas. Library book clubs provide an opportunity for community members to expand their knowledge of books, through meaningful discussion with others. The Riverbank Library Teen Book Club will meet on Friday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. This month’s selection is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. A limited number of copies are available for checkout from the library.
The Great Valley Museum on the West Campus of Modesto Junior College is offering training for new docents to share information about the habitats, animals, and plants of the Central Valley with museum visitors. Docents are trained to lead guided tours for school and adult groups. A background in science is not required, just enthusiasm for working with people. For more information or to register, call (209) 575-6196 or go to GVM’s “Volunteering” page found at www.mjc. edu/gvm.
All are invited to the weekly meetings of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 1034 that gathers each Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar Ave., Oakdale. The group features help with weight loss in a supportive setting. Residents of Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and beyond are welcome to attend.