News Briefs: Census forms are due
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Census forms are due

The U.S. Census Bureau wants to remind people that Friday, April 16, is the last day to mail back 2010 census forms. Starting May 1, census workers will visit households that haven’t sent in their forms.

Those who did not receive a census form or who misplaced the form should visit to find out where forms are available locally. Both Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be Counted sites will be open until April 19. The Patterson Library, 46 N. Salado Ave., is among the local centers.

Information is available by phone from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in several languages: English, 866-872-6868; Spanish, 866-928-2010; Chinese, 866-935-2010; Korean, 866-955-2010; Russian, 866-965-2010; Vietnamese, 866-945-2010; TDD (hearing impaired), 866-783-2010.

A night of bluegrass, blues planned

Cliff Wagner & the Old #7 will perform Saturday, April 17, at the Westside Theatre, 1331 Main St., in Newman, sharing a mix of bluegrass, blues and honky-tonk music on the stage.

Cliff Wagner & the Old #7 have appeared on the Fox TV show “The Next Great American Band.” The group appeared with the top 12 bands and was seventh runner-up on the show.

The Westside Theatre performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $15 for reserved seats.

The band’s Web site is

For information: 862- 4490 or

Spring blood drive scheduled

Patterson’s spring blood drive, sponsored by the Del Puerto Health Care District Auxiliary and Delta Blood Bank, will start at 3:15 p.m. and run through 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Masonic Hall, 600 N. Sixth St.

All blood donors should be in general good health and at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Donors must present a driver’s license, military identification or passport.

Donations will also be accepted as replacements for blood used by a friend or relative, for one of the Delta Blood Plan Programs or for general community use.

For information: Vicki La Torre, 892-8511.

Young actors to perform ‘Tied to the Tracks’

Patterson Repertory Youth Theatre will present four performances this month of “Tied to the Tracks,” written by Tim Kelly and directed by Patterson High School student Moonisah Ali. The play is an old-time Western melodrama featuring Sheriff Billy Bold and his crew as they fight evil characters.

The play will run April 22 through 25 at the Patterson High School auditorium, 200 N. Seventh St. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The box office opens 30 minutes before show time. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

For information: 499-9363 or

Girls invited to special day

Girls in sixth through 12th grades are invited to an all-girls mentoring day April 24 through Sister Girl Talk development conferences.

The event will be at Creekside Middle School, 535 Peregrine Drive. Online registration costs $15, and registration in person at 8:30 a.m. that day will cost $20. The day will include a keynote speaker, workshops, lunch and a closing ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

For information:; or Jennine Delane, 892-8145.

Spring tea scheduled at mansion

The McHenry Mansion’s Spring Tea will be May 1, at the mansion, 906 15th St., in Modesto. Doors will open at

11 a.m., and two seatings are available — at 11:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person for adults and $15 per person for children age 10 and younger. Organizers will try to accommodate seating preferences. Reservations must be made by April 26.

To reserve seats, people should send their name, address, phone number and check made payable to the McHenry Mansion Foundation, 3109 Highgate Road, Modesto, CA 95350.

For information: 578-1524.

• Briefs is a column of short news items about events, organizations and people in the Patterson area. Items will be considered on the basis of space availability, public interest and timeliness. Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187 or
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