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A TIME TO PERFORM IN MAY By Kaye Osborn May brings a flurry of performing activities such as graduations, dance, choral and orchestra/band recitals. Students and schoolpersonal are counting the days until summer vacation. There are a few theatrical productions available during this busy month. There is really nothing better than a live performance and you should check these out. THE GRAPES OF WRATH- May 4, 5, 6, 9, 10,11,12,13 Once again the Gallo Center is teaming with Modesto’s Prospect Theater Project to present this classic story. Set during a devastating drought, it follows a family from Oklahoma who home is repossessed and are forced to move to California. The story is very compelling and recounts what happened during the Dust Bowl.

STUART LITTLE- May 6 In E. B. White’s fantasy, Stuart enjoys adventures in New York’s Central Park and then tries to rescue his friend Margalo, a pretty bird, from the pursuit of Snowbell, a house cat. As the quiet mouse tries to adjust in the real world, he learns that size is not important. It’s attitude and ability that are important! For grades K – 5. MAN WHO PLANTED TREES- May 18 This play is an original blend of comedy and puppetry telling an ecologically focused story about a French shepherd traveling with his dog to plant a forest and transform an empty wasteland. Inspirational and memorable, it reminds us the difference one person can make in the world. For grades 1 – 6.

GALLO CENTER OF THE ARTS Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the box office.

Go Modesto – Special Performance Senior Spotlight at the State Theatre Senior Spotlight http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/504/view

Sun. May 13 Doors at 12 noon; show at 1 p.m.

The much-anticipated Senior Spotlight — a showcase of local talent featuring adult vocalists, hoofers and strummers of various stripes — is again being hosted by The State and produced by Ms. Grace Lieberman, a talented performer, executive director of the Stanislaus Arts Council and one of Modesto’s most passionate advocates for the arts.

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Kaye Osborn retired from Lakewood School in 2009. She taught Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children for 34 years. Kaye continues directing the Lakewood Youth Theater and teaching the Lakewood Sign Club. She teaches American Sign Language at Modesto Junior College as well as a two-week Young Writers Camp held every summer at CSUS. Kaye is the Parliamentarian of the McHenry Museum docents. She loves giving school tours at the museum. Kaye is also involved in Delta Gamma Kappa, Epislon Nu. She is passionate about exercise and life. Her dream when she retired was to work out more everyday. You can find her morning, noon and night taking classes, teaching Zumba or playing disc golf. Her husband Jerry (of 39 years), also a retired educator, enjoys cooking gourmet meals, riding his bike or playing disc golf. On a weekly basis, Kaye and Jerry enjoy volunteering in their daughter’s kindergarten class in North Highlands. Being grandparents to a bubbly, adorable little boy named Glen, who was seven in March and to a sweet, lovable almost 4-year-old Charlotte, is the BEST! Kaye adores her family: Amanda, her husband Nate, Glen and Charlotte live in Fair Oaks and Megan, an 8th grade math teacher, her husband Art, and their dogs live in Modesto. Kaye is a recipient of numerous teaching awards including 2015 Outstanding Woman of the Year, Stanislaus Arts Council Excellence in Arts Education, Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year, Rotary Club Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Girl Scouts World of the Arts Excellence Award.