ARTS AND MUSIC
MELODY BOYS 6 p.m. today, Richland Faith Assembly of God, 1201 Richland Ave., Ceres. California Melody Boys gospel group in concert. Offering. (209) 538-3838.
YOUTH CONCERT 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 8, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church lawn, 1416 Maze Blvd. Bilingual concert includes bands Ska Men, La Ley de Dios, Bianca Sanchez and Catholic rap artist Jose Melendrez. Bring blankets and folding chairs for outdoor concert; food available for purchase. Free.(209) 524-4381.
LIMPOPO 3 p.m. Sept. 9, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. First in this year's Sunday Afternoons at CBS series, Limpopo is a "zany and talented" Russian folk group who were Star Search winners in 1993. Series tickets: $60 adults, $50 seniors and students, $5 children through age 12. Single tickets: $20, $15 and $7, respectively. (209) 571-6060.
FAMILY CHECK-UP 630 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. "Check-up for the Family" with guest speakers, Carlton and Gene Oler, licensed psychologists. Topics include "Building Self-esteem: A Christian Psychological Perspective," "Whatever Happened to Commitment?" and "Overcoming Addiction to Technology and Television." Free. (209) 538-1024.
MINDFULNESS OF EATING 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Doctors Medical Center, conference centerroom 1, 1441 Florida Ave., Modesto. Buddhist prison chaplain and community mentor from Sacramento Diane Wilde leads seminar, "Mindfulness of Eating: Craving in a world of plenty and what to do about it." Eating exercises, meditation, movement. Bring vegetarian dish to share at potluck lunch. Donations will benefit Buddhist Pathways Prison Project. (209) 343-2748.
DIVORCE CARE 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11 through Dec. 4, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave., Ceres. Weekly support group and seminar for those experiencing separation and divorce. Free. (209) 538-1024.
FINANCIAL PEACE 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 11, First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. New nine-week version of popular course, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Class offers video advice and workbooks to help get out of debt and build wealth. $89 for all materials, including workbook, book, CDs, etc. (209) 522-9046.
FINANCIAL PEACE 9 or 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Sundays, Mondays or Thursdays beginning week of Sept. 23, with free preview class on Sept. 16, 17 or 20, River Oak Grace Community Church, 7712 Rodden Road, Oakdale. New nine-week version of popular course, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Class offers video advice and workbooks to help get out of debt and build wealth. $75 for all materials, including workbook, book, CDs, etc., for first 120 people to sign up. (209) 847-9428.
PARENT NIGHT OUT 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7, Unity Church of Modesto, 2467 Veneman Ave. Security-cleared adults will watch children 5 to 10 years old; includes meal, activities, games and movies. $8 per child; $5 each for two or more. Reserve spot at (209) 578-5433.
FALL FESTIVAL 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7-9, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. 42nd annual parish festival includes music, games, rosary-making demonstrations, church tours, etc. Bring three nonperishable food items for "Stomp Out Hunger" program and get one free game or food ticket. (209) 551-4973.
DINNER, AUCTION 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. All proceeds benefit kidney transplant fund for Brian McVay, a former criminal redeemed by God. $35 for tri-tip and chicken dinner, with live music, auction, raffle and guest speaker. (209) 529-2275.
YARD SALE 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Holy Family Catholic Church, Kiernan Avenue and Tully Road, Modesto. Annual yard sale includes household items, pictures, etc. Youth group also will collect plastic recyclables and aluminum cans.
BENEFIT YARD SALE 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Bethany Christian Services, 3048 Hahn Drive, Modesto. Furniture, household goods, books, toys, music, etc., to benefit Bethany's House, a nonprofit home for unwed mothers in crisis pregnancies. (209) 526-3342.
AVC ANNIVERSARY 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15, Peterson Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. 10th anniversary of Advancing Vibrant Communities, a nonprofit that merges needs of individuals with volunteers from area churches. Looking to the past and future with special music, guests. Free. (209) 544-9571.
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