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By Leia Johnson

Are you a high school/college student interested in traveling to other countries as a young ambassador? If not, maybe you are a person that enjoys learning about Rocks and Minerals? Or maybe what you enjoy is supporting live local theatre? Whatever your interest, March is a lucky month for you!

Modesto Sister Cities is currently taking applications for two of their youth exchanges this summer – Laval, France and Kurume, Japan. The one for France is open to high school and college students. You will go to France for two weeks (end of June, beginning of July) and then return and host a French student for two weeks (mid-July). The trip to Japan is for high school students and is 10 days long, travelling mid-July. The Japanese students will then return to visit beginning the first week of August. In this program you will live with a family in a foreign country with their young adult. Later in the summer, that young adult will stay in Modesto, living with you and your family. It is a wonderful way to make new bonds and memories. You don’t need to speak the language, you just need to be willing to experience a new culture. If you think that this could appeal to you, the cost of the program including airfare is ($1,400 estimate) and pocket money. Visit for more information and application. For questions on the Kurume exchange, call Nancy Holmes at (209) 765-9290. For questions about Laval call John Mensinger (209) 602-4515. Email MSCI at<>. Keep in mind that space is limited and priority is given to those who apply by April 1st!

If you are fascinated by Rocks and Minerals, make your way to The Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on March 14th or 15th from 10 am – 5pm both days. An event for all ages that includes activities like the florescent tent and gem stone mining. You can also learn about the state rock, gemstone, mineral and fossil on a rock scavenger hunt. Don’t miss out on all of the fun, admission is $6 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and younger.

Another exciting event for this month is Thomas Downey High School’s “Bye Bye Birdie”. This musical has all hands on deck, featuring Downey’s Theatre, Dance, and Chorus departments. This is my first time being a cast member in a high school production, so put on a happy face and join us as we take you on a journey to the sixties. Buy your tickets soon because the dates are March 13, 14, 20 & 21 2015 at 7:30pm and March 22, 2015 at 2pm. Reserved tickets at or general admission at the door. And before you come to the show, make an appointment with the team at Trevino’s Barber Shop for a classic rock and roll haircut. Dress right to feel right! Hope to see you all around Motown on this exciting month!

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