SALINAS
Library to reopen Wednesday

The John Steinbeck Library in Salinas will be closed a few days longer than originally planned to repair damage from a small fire that broke out late Wednesday.

While the library originally planned to reopen Monday, officials said it would remained be closed until Wednesday.

The fire damaged several hundred new books and other recently purchased material in a staff room used to process materials before putting them in circulation.

The blaze was reported by a passerby about 11:15p.m. Firefighters found a half dozen juniper bushes on the south side of the library burning violently, said fire Capt. Bruce Bush.

City officials said the El Gabilan and Cesar Chavez branches remain open.

SALINAS VALLEY
Don't miss the Miss Salinas Valley deadline

The deadline to compete for the title of 2013 Miss Salinas Valley Fair is Friday.

Junior or senior high school girls in Monterey County or the portion of San Benito County in the King City High School District can apply. The contest will be held at the Fairgrounds on April 6 and the winner will reign over the Salinas Valley Fair, which runs May 16-19 in King City. In addition to her duties as Miss Salinas Valley Fair, the winner will be eligible to represent the fair in the Miss California Rodeo contest in Salinas.

There is no entry fee. Applications are available at www.salinasvalleyfair.com or by calling 385-3243.


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MONTEREY
'Is Public Education Being Privatized?'

Former teachers James Gutman and Melanie Billig will speak on "Is Public Education Being Privatized?" at the League of Women Voters' luncheon, 12:30p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road.

The meeting is free. Lunch is $15, reservations are required. Call Lorita Fisher, 375-8301 or email GLFisher@redshift.com.

CARMEL
Presentation set on Samuel F.B. Morse
Local author and historian Neal Hotelling will give a free multimedia presentation on Pebble Beach Co. founder Samuel F.B. Morse at 2:30p.m. Wednesday at The Carmel Foundation, Eighth Avenue and Lincoln Street.

For information, contact Anne Albano at 620-8705 or aalbano@carmelfoundation.org.

— Herald staff reports