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Celebrate the Holiday Season in Yosemite/Mariposa County

 Celebrate the Holiday Season in Yosemite/Mariposa County

Yosemite/Mariposa County invites visitors to come experience unique, family-friendly events and activities being hosted this holiday season. Holiday calendar listings include: Thanksgiving at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Thanksgiving Feast at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops, Yosemite Holiday Craft Bazaar, 87th Annual Bracebridge Dinner, Merry Mountain Christmas Parade, Kid’s Dinner with Santa, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at the Tenaya Lodge. 

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.

Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been appointed to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Committee on Academics. 

The new committee is chaired by Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and comprises academic and athletics leaders from 18 other institutions of higher education, including Georgetown, Northwestern and Texas A&M. 

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve the NCAA and the student-athletes it represents,” Eibeck said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to advance the NCAA mission of supporting student-athlete success in the classroom and on the playing field.”

The new committee replaces two previous NCAA bodies: the Committee on Academic Performance and the Academic Cabinet.

9th Annual "Return to Kingdon" drag race and car show

9th Annual "Return to Kingdon" drag race and car show

THE ANNUAL "RETURN TO KINGDON" IS BACK FOR A 9TH BIG YEAR!

The excitement is on the track for September 5th-7th with fun for all ages...including drag racing, grudge racng, souveirs, raffles, vendor alley, Raceway Museum, and more.  "The Beast" jet dragster, as well as Saturday's car show.

This event helps combat Illegal Street Racing as it promotes a "race on te track not on the streets" theme. 

The event benefits the "Welcome Home Heroes Foundation".

A FEW SPECIAL EVENING ACTIVITIES AT TE 9TH R2K:

Friday evening "Jackpot Street Racing" starting at 6:30.  Competitors will  compete for - fastest street legal car in the valley.

Saturday night "Cacklefest" starting at 7:30.  It will feature an evening performance by ground shaking, flame-expelling nitro dragsters!

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Click HERE for details and to register!

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, Registration: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Ending Event: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Click HERE for details and to register!

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, Registration: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Ending Event: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Beat the headache of finding a parking spot at the Modesto Grand Prix!

Beat the headache of finding a parking spot at the Modesto Grand Prix!

Modesto Grand Prix Organizers and the Modesto Area Express (MAX) have finalized a partnership that will allow spectators to take the bus free of charge to the downtown event on August 2nd and 3rd. Guests can choose from one of two locations for a quick easy shuttle to the event with free parking.

The first location is located at the MJC East Campus parking lot on Stoddard and Tully Avenues. The second location will be the Health Services of Stanislaus County and Pediatric Center located at 830 Scenic Avenue. The bus will begin shuttling spectators every 10 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 11:45 p.m.

Tickets for the Modesto Grand Prix are on sale now for $10 per person. The price will increase to $15 per person at the gate. Please note: children age 10 and under are free.

Please call the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department for more information at (209) 577-5344.