MARIONETTES 4 p.m. Saturday, Presbyterian Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. Fratello Marionettes from Bay area to perform "Vaudeville Follies." The handcrafted marionettes (puppets) range from 1 foot to 3 feet tall. Appropriate for all ages. $15 adults, $5 for age 5 to 12, free for children under 5; maximum family cost: $30. Meal after performance, to eat in or take out, included in price. (209) 532-2441.
BARRY MCGUIRE 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Turlock Community Theater. Concert by Barry McGuire and John York benefits Turlock Gospel Mission. Tickets: $25/$50 individual, $1,000 VIP table for four, from www.turlockgospelmission.org.
BEATLES MANAGER 6:30 p.m. today, Calvary Chapel Oakdale, 220 S. Sierra Ave. Ken Mansfield, the Grammy-winning U.S. manager for Apple Records and the Beatles, will speak on his time with the Fab Four and his Christian faith. Includes video of Beatles and a question and answer time. Refreshments follow. Free. (209) 896-7102.
REFORMATION SERIES 6 p.m. Sundays, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1448 Standiford Ave., Modesto. Series on "The Great Awakening: Revival Comes to America" to celebrate anniversary of Protestant Reformation. Tonight: "The Marks of a True Revival: The Religious Affections." Refreshments follow lectures. Free. (209) 522-5922.
EGYPTIAN FESTIVAL 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 315 S. Orange Ave., Ripon. Annual festival includes live Egyptian band, henna tattoos, clothing, souvenirs and Egyptian food at bazaar, church tours. Free admission. (209) 918-6605.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave. Handmade crafts, gift and holiday items, needlework, wood crafts, homemade jams and jellies, homemade frozen pies and a drawing for queen-sized quilt. $6 for soup and pie lunch; free entrance. (209) 838-2792.
QUILT, CRAFT SALE 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. Twin-, double- and lap-sized quilts for sale, plus other crafts and baked goods. Proceeds assist group to make winter quilts for faith-based organizations in town.(209) 524-6841.
SUNDAY'S BEST 3 p.m. Saturday, Skyline Room, 11th floor of DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. Fourth annual event by Ministry of Christ Church includes dinner, a speaker, fashion show, singers and raffle for hat. Men and women are asked to dress in their best clothes, including a favorite hat, as a look back at days when that was the way most folks dressed to go to church, said Rose Lewis, who is helping organize the event. $60 per person, must be reserved in advance, from (209) 345-6989.
MINISTRY DAY 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. One-day event for anyone in Catholic ministry. Keynote speaker is the Rev. J. Philip Horrigan, a professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, on the character of ministry in the church today. Other speakers include Alejandro Barraza, coordinator of youth in the Fresno diocese; Terry Hershey, author and humorist; ValLimar Jansen, a college professor and recording artist; Tom Kendzia, performing and recording artist; the Rev. R. Tony Ricard, theology professor, author and chaplain of the 2010 New Orleans Saints; and Bishop Stephen Blaire. $35. (209) 466-0636 or www.stocktondiocese.org/ministryday12.
50th ANNIVERSARY 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28, St. Jude's Catholic Church, 3824 Mitchell Road, Ceres. 50th anniversary celebration begins with bilingual Mass, followed by free chicken dinner from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Past parish priests especially welcome. (209) 537-0516.
BUDDHIST RETREAT 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Unitarian Fellowship of Stanislaus County, 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto. Pannavati Bhikkuni, founding co-abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, will speak on overcoming fear and living with compassion at the church's 9 and 11 a.m. services, followed by a potluck vegetarian lunch and the afternoon sitting meditation with a Dharma talk. Co-sponsored by Insight Meditation Modesto. Offering. (209) 343-2748.
GIVEAWAY 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31, 1413 Tenaya Drive, Modesto. Your Key to Hope Outreach Center is giving away a bag of clothes and household items to each family member who shows up. Free. (209) 604-3093.
CHRISTIAN BERETS DINNER 6 p.m. Nov. 1, Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 K St., Modesto. "Unspeakable Joy" annual gala benefits Christian Berets, a nonprofit that runs camps and programs for people with special needs. Dinner, silent auction, dessert auction, guest speaker, etc. $30. (209) 524-7993.
CHRISTMAS FAIRE 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora. Homemade jam, jelly, candy, baked goods and handcrafted items and gifts. Lunch of soup, salad, bread and pie served from 11 a.m. to2 p.m. for $10 each. Drawings for quilts, paintings, afghan, more. Proceeds benefit local and national charities. Free admittance. (209) 532-4639.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT 5-11 p.m. Nov. 2, Unity Church of Modesto, 2467 Veneman Ave. Children ages 5-10 will have meal, activities, movie and games. $8 per child or $5 each for two or more. Reserve spot at (209) 578-5433.
SWEDISH PANCAKE BREAKFAST 7:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, Hilmar Covenant Church, 20056 American Ave. Swedish pancakes with lingonberry or syrup, bacon and sausage, coffee and juice, home-baked goods. Donations benefit youth programs. (209) 668-0400.
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3, Modesto Christian High School gym, 5902 Sisk Road. Annual event includes vendors, raffle, handcrafted items, product giveaways, retail merchandise. Holiday cafe offers food for purchase. Free entrance. (209) 527-7377.
BAZAAR AND CRAFT FAIR 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3, Fellowship Bible Chapel, 501 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. Homemade bakery items, Christmas cards, wreaths, doll clothes, etc. Free entrance. (209) 581-7145.
BOUTIQUE SHOPPING 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. More than 30 specialty vendors with fashion, decor, gifts and more. Kids craft corner.(209) 529-3228.
RUMMAGE SALE Nov. 3, First Presbyterian Church of Turlock, 2619 Berkeley Ave. Sale benefits mission trip to Guatemala next June. (209) 632-2324.
YFC DINNER 5-9 p.m. Nov. 3, Central Valley High School, 4033 Central Ave., Ceres. 17th annual Christmas auction and dinner benefits Youth for Christ, a nonprofit agency that works with at-risk youth. $20 per person or $30 per couple. Reserve by Oct. 24 at auctionyfc.eventbrite.com or (209) 522-9568, ext. 111.
CHOCOLATE FEST 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Calvary Temple Worship Center, 1601 Coffee Road, Modesto. Costume-free event for children 12 and under. Inflatables, train rides, petting zoo, face painting, food vendors and appearances by Willy Wonka, the Oompa Loompas, Dora the Explorer and Astro and Nova. Free admission; 4 tickets for $1 for attractions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. free concert with Donnie More and the Power Team. (209) 529-7346.
FALL FUN FAIR 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave., Modesto. Carnival games, inflatables, face painting, family photo booth, pie eating contest, chili cook-off, plus lots of candy. Family-friendly costumes only. Free; hot dog dinner available for small fee. (209) 527-4110.
TRUNK OR TREAT 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. Decorated cars filled with candy, plus live music, face painting and snacks. Free. (209) 529-5408.
HARVEST PARTY 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Dutch Hollow Farms, northwest corner of Claribel and Oakdale Road, Modesto. Party by Modesto Christian Reformed Church includes free food, corn maze, trunk-n-treat, etc. Free. (209) 523-1906.
TRUNK OR TREAT 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. Decorated cars with candy, plus inflatables, live music, food, games, ambulance and fire truck on display. Free. (209) 571-4399, ext. 371.
OCTOBERBLEST 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. Candy, carnival games, trunk-or-treat, popcorn, cotton candy, bounce house, sno-cones, etc. Free. Hot dogs, nachos and bottled water available for $1 each. (209) 567-3200.
TRUNK OR TREAT 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Harvest Presbyterian Church, 1813 Moffet Road, Ceres. Biblically-themed trunks with candy, games, prizes, hot popcorn, etc. Free.(209) 537-3519.
HULLABALOO 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31, Neighborhood Church, 5901 Sisk Road (Modesto Christian School campus). Carnival booths, pony rides, hay rides, inflatables, maze, candy, etc. Free. (209) 529-8900.
TRUNK OR TREAT Dusk (about 6 p.m.), Grace Lutheran Church and School, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto. Safe and fun event for families with games and popcorn. Free. (209) 522-8890.
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