Gaslight Community Conservatory to Host Red Pony Band

Submitted by Denair Gaslight Community Conservatory

The Denair Gaslight Community Conservatory will host local musicians, the Red Pony Band, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

The Red Pony Band is an acoustic instrument and vocal group whose music revisits the original Louisiana Hayride Radio tradition but with a creative tendency to wander far and wide stylistically; from their original compositions, to any song genre that suits their interpretive fancy. All this in a joyous celebration of life that’s sure to keep audiences dancing, entertained, and engaged. This versatile group of creative musicians are joined at the hip, fronted by master storyteller Dr. Blue (Michael Rojas Jr.) – vocals, mandolin, and guitar; Joni Valponi – vocals, ukulele, guitar and accordion; Phil Rojas – vocals, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele; Paul Danielson – bass guitar; and Dave Takvorian – drums and percussion.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. A social time will be held at 6:30 pm for those who prepurchase their ticket. Prepurchased ticket will include one drink and hors d’oeuvres. Cost of the show is $25. All proceeds support the Gaslight Theater

There will also be a 50/50 raffle. The winner will take home half of the raffle proceeds.

National Touring Theatre Returning to Stanislaus County Libraries

Submitted by Stanislaus County Library

The national touring theatrical troupe Act!vated Story Theatre will be returning to several Stanislaus County libraries in March and April with performances of multicultural folktales, including the perennially popular Three Little Pigs. They will be performing on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., at the Denair Library, 4801 Kersey Rd. For more information, please call (209) 634-1283.

At 30 minites before each performance, the performers will be hosting an acting workshop for kids ages 6 and up. The workshop is limited to the first 12 participants, who will be cast as “guest stars”, dress in a costume and perform a scene in the production. No experience is necessary. Call the children’s librarian at the number listed above to sign up for the pre-show theatre workshop or RSVP on the Act!vated Story Theatre Facebook page The performance is open to and enjoyed by all ages. Infants to grandparents will find the show entertaining.

Each performance will feature two of the following :

The Three Little Pigs – the popular British tale about pigs who learn the hard way about foresight and responsibility

Old Joe and the Carpenter – an Appalachian yarn with music about a wise traveling carpenter who knows how to restore the peace between two feuding neighbors

Anansi and the Story Box – an African fable about the famous trickster spider, and how he brought stories to the world through his cleverness

The Shadow Builders – a Turkish legend about two humor-loving masons who inspired a pair of beloved shadow puppet characters.

Act!vated Story Theatre doesn’t just tell stories, they “Act!vate” them. Each show incorporates physical comedy, zany props and costumes, audience participation, music, American Sign Language and a unique set, an oversize “book” with pages that turn to reveal scenery.

Act!vated Story Theatre was founded in San Francisco in 1988 by Dennis and Kimberly Goza. The professional touring troupe has performed in 45 states plus Washington, DC and Japan. Last summer they presented 50 performances at libraries across the nation. See for a complete list of upcoming show dates and locations.

In addition to live performances across the country the Act!vated duo produces “Act!vated Stories” podcast to listen to and publishes folktales for reading out loud that can be found online

Additional performances are scheduled for other Stanislaus County Library locations.

Wednesday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m., Keyes Library, 4420 Maud St. (209) 664-8006
Saturday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m., Newman Library, 1305 Kern St. (209) 862-2010
Saturday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m., Denair Library, 4801 Kersey Rd. (209) 634-1283
Tuesday, March 27, at 4:00 p.m., Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Rd (209) 543-7353
Wednesday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m., Modesto Library, 1500 I St. (209) 558-7800
Thursday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m., Ceres Library, 2250 Magnolia St. (209) 537-8938
Monday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m., Oakdale Library, 151 S. 1st Ave., (209) 847-4204
Thursday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m., Hughson Library, 2412A 3rd St. (209) 883-2293
Thursday, April 5, at 4:00 p.m., Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St. (209) 869-7008
Tuesday, April 10, at 4:00 p.m., Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave. (209) 664-8100
Wednesday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m., Patterson Library, 46 North Salado Ave. (209) 892-6473

Denair Sober Grad Fundraiser – Black Oak Casino Bus Trip

Submitted by Denair Sober Grad Nite

Denair Sober Grad Nite Boosters Club is hosting a Black Oak Casino Bus Trip on Friday, March 9, 2018. They are raising money for the Class of 2018 Sober Grad Nite.

Tickets will be $40 per person, cash or check,  or $42 with a credit card. They can process your credit card via Square. Ticket includes roundtrip bus ride to Black Oak, $10 in free play, $5 match play and $5 in food credit. There will also be raffle items to win on the bus ride up the hill. The bus leave at 6:00 pm and will be home by 1:00 am.

If you want to pay via credit card please Caley Rutherford via e-mail or text, using the phone number below.

There is only a limited number of seats available so save your seat as soon as possible. If you have any questions you can call Caley (209) 613-9228.

All passengers must be 21 years of age and have proper identification.

Denair Boys Fall to Summerville in Basketball Playoffs

Submitted by Denair High School

The Denair High School boys basketball team picked a bad night to have one of its worst shooting games of the season, falling to Summerville 55-32 on Wednesday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.

The Coyotes knew going in they would be physically overmatched by the much bigger Bears. Their best chance to overcome that was to shoot well from the perimeter. Unfortunately, Denair went just 5-for-27 from the 3-point arc while consistently giving up second and third chances on defense because of Summerville’s size advantage.

“We were very good defensively for what we have,” Coach R.J. Henderson said. “But there were probably eight to 10 possessions where Summerville had three or four shots at it. I think a lot of our guys – even our guards – expended a lot of energy on defense, which affected their legs and their shots on offense.”

The only Denair player to find the range from 3-point land was Drew Pritchard, who made 4 of his 11 attempts. The rest of the Coyotes were a combined 1-for-16.

“It was high volume without a lot of reward,” Henderson said. “They had some guys who closed out on our shooters who were athletic and long.”

Despite its poor shooting, Denair trailed by only eight points at halftime and had narrowed the gap to five with about 3 minutes left in the third quarter. But Summerville built its lead to 11 points going into the fourth period and then gradually pulled away.

Though the season ended with a loss, Henderson and his players achieved one of their goals – to make the playoffs. It was the first time Denair (13-13) qualified for postseason in seven years. The Coyotes – with only two seniors on their nine-man roster – improved dramatically from November to February. They finished second in the Southern League to Mariposa, which earned them the No. 11 seed in the playoffs. Continue reading “Denair Boys Fall to Summerville in Basketball Playoffs” »