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Carnegie reopens with fanfare
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Patricia O'Donnell, president of the Carnegie Arts Center Foundation, talks about the long journey that ended Saturday with the reopening of the newly remodeled arts center. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

Coming up at the Carnegie

— Poetry Reading and Open Mic Night

The public is invited to a free evening of poetry at the newly re-opened Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. Featured poet Lillian Vallee will read from her own work and host an open microphone session for regional poets who want to share their work. Some of the inspiration for poems shared may come from viewing the Ansel Adams CALIFORNIA exhibition now on view in the Carnegie’s Ferrari gallery. Writers are encouraged to be inspired by these images of California’s landscapes and people, and to share that inspiration at the reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

— Educators from the Great Valley Museum of Natural History at Modesto Junior College will share traditions of native Yokut and Miwok cultures at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The program emphasizes the unique way of life in California that was distinct from other Native American cultures. Families will learn and discover things about respect for nature, the land and other people through artifacts, stories and games.

This is the first of the Carnegie Arts Center’s Family Friday series, a once-a-month program focused on education and fun for families with children.  This program is recommended for ages 7 and up. Admission to the program is free.

For more information call 632-5761 or visit The Carnegie is located at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock.

Turlockers who were looking to celebrate the fulfillment of a six-year long dream gathered with visitors from around the region on Saturday for the grand reopening of the Carnegie Arts Center.

After congratulatory remarks by Turlock Mayor John Lazar, the ribbon was cut and visitors flocked to the arts center's inaugural exhibit, Ansel Adams CALIFORNIA. Along with free entry into the premiere exhibit, guests were treated to a day-long celebration with demonstrations from folk dancers, chamber music groups and theatre troupes.

Every room of the newly remodeled building - and the newest addition - was occupied on Saturday, giving visitors a preview of events to come in the upcoming year.

The celebration continues this week with two events: Poetry and Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. on Thursday and a lecture on the traditions of the Yokut and Miwok cultures at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.