The Modesto Peace/Life Center’s projects include:
• KCBP community radio station
• Each year, the Modesto Peace/Life Center organizes a Peace Camp held in June at Camp Peaceful Pines in the Sierras. The weekend offers workshops, hiking, campfires, singing, a talent show, children’s activities, and thought-provoking speakers. Join us for great discussions, stimulating community, and fun for people of all ages. Click here for more information
• The Annual Peace Essay Contest for which essays are written and submitted by Stanislaus County school children
• The Homeless ID Project
• A Media committee which produces videos on important local issues.
• A monthly Peace & Justice Vigil on the first Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 PM at McHenry & J Sts., Modesto
• The yearly Harvest Gathering dinner to benefit the Peace Essay Contest
• The peace and justice newspaper, Stanislaus Connections
• The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration co-sponsored by the City of Modesto Neighborhoods and Recreation Department, Modesto Junior College, Associated Students of Modesto Junior College, CSU Stanislaus, and others
• An Annual Pancake Breakfast held in June
• The Annual John McCutcheon Concert in January
• A monthly movie night
• Various lectures, marches, vigils
More on Modesto Peace/Life Center projects and events
John McCutcheon Concert
John McCutcheon Returns to Modesto
By KEN SCHROEDER
Six-time Grammy-nominated folk musician John McCutcheon performs in his twenty-first benefit concert for the Modesto Peace/Life Center at the Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Johnny Cash called him “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” John will perform
John is a master of the guitar, banjo, hammer dulcimer, piano, autoharp, and fiddle. His socially and politically conscious songs inspire us, his songs about family and everyday life move us, and his wicked sense of humor entertains us. John’s latest and 43rd album is Together, which was written and performed together with another folk legend, Tom Paxton.
In-person tickets are available at Intrinsic Elements (1214 J St., Modesto 209-409-8510) by cash or check for $25, or at the door for $28. New price for 30 years old and younger is $10.
Online tickets are available at https://mccutcheonmodesto2024.eventbrite.com
Please consider becoming a sponsor. You will receive tickets to the concert, your name in the program, and reserved seating. Five levels of sponsorship are available:
• Autoharp $50 One ticket,
• Guitar $100 Two tickets,
• Banjo $175 Four tickets,
• Piano $300 Eight tickets,
• Hammer Dulcimer $500 Sixteen tickets.
You may send your sponsorship donation check to the Modesto Peace/Life Center, PO Box 134, Modesto CA 95354. Please write “concert sponsor” in the memo on the check. You may also buy your sponsorship at Eventbrite.
Each year since 1987, the Modesto Peace/Life Center has sponsored the Peace Essay Contest, open to 5th-12th grade students who live or attend school in Stanislaus County. Students write an essay in response to a question, carefully crafted anew each year, and the winners in four divisions are awarded prizes in a public ceremony. Over 1000 students from throughout the county entered the contest this year. They wrote essays in response to a question that began, “Imagine that you suddenly have the power to put into action a non-violent plan to bring about a more peaceful future that includes respect and fairness for all….”
Each year, the Modesto Peace/Life Center organizes a Peace Camp held in June at Camp Peaceful Pines in the Sierras. The weekend offers workshops, hiking, campfires, singing, a talent show, children’s activities, and thought-provoking speakers. Join us for great discussions, stimulating community, and fun for people of all ages.
The Media Committee meets periodically to develop projects. If you have ideas for social justice videos or computer skills in film-making, editing and/ or writing and would like to be involved, call at the Center at (209) 529-5750.
Social Justice Youth Leadership Conference (inactive)
The first annual Social Justice Youth Leadership Conference was held in the fall of 2009 and was attended by 60 area high school students. The keynote speaker was Bonnie Kay, a representative of the international organization Free the Children. Free the Children built a school in the rural village of San Miguel, Ecuador, this last year with funds ($10,000) earned through fundraising efforts by area students. The Conference also allowed over a dozen area organizations such as the NAACP, PFLAG, Sierra Club, Tuolumne River Trust, and the ACLU to explain how area youth can be involved in their endeavors.