A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS
Through Dec. 12
A video-based study that focuses on overcoming the hype and hassle of the holiday season. Companion children's study and nursery also provided. Wednesdays 6:30 p.m- 7:30 p.m. Centenary United Methodist Church, McHenry Avenue at Norwegian Avenues, Modesto. Free. (209) 527-5441.
A CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE
Through Dec. 9
Alleans Creations boutique featuring Christmas decorations, gifts, ornaments and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1313 Westland Drive, Modesto. (209) 612-2556.
ZOO LIGHTS AT MICKE GROVE
Through Dec. 14
Family holiday event featuring a winter wonderland with Santa Claus, games, and crafts. Guests are asked to bring a donation of canned food or a gently used or new teddy bear. 6-8:30 p.m. Micke Grove Zoo, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi. $10 adults, $5 children, 2 and under free. . (209) 331-2010. www.mgzoo.com
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM
Interactive walking tour representing the the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Costumed players guide participants and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Covers about a mile of uneven ground, not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. 7 p.m., Friday; 6 p.m., Saturday. Grace Community Christian Church, 3754 E. Service Road, Ceres. Free. (209) 531-1902.
CHRISTMAS AT THE HOUSE
A holiday spectacular with live dancing, comedy and the beauty of Christmas. 7 p.m. Dec.7; 6 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9. Calvary Temple Worship Center, 1601 Coffee Road, Modesto . Free. (209) 529-7346.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT MOANING CAVERN
Carols sung a cappella in multipart harmony by local choir. Santa will rappel to the bottom to distribute gifts to guests. Guests should be prepared to traverse the cavern and bring a pillow to sit on. 6 p.m. Moaning Cavern, 5350 Moaning Cave Road, Vallecito. $20. (866) 762-2837. www.caverntours.com
27TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Tree lighting and reception to benefit the Community Hospice Foundation. Symbolic lights and commemorative ornaments are available for a nominal donation and can be purchased ahead of time. 6 p.m. Memorial Medical Center, Briggsmore Avenue and Coffee Road, Modesto. Free. (209) 578-6370.
CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS PARADE
The 34th annual Turlock Christmas parade. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Turlock (209) 668-5594.
CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS
Presentation by Stanislaus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. 7:30 p.m. St. Francis Church, 915 E. Main, Turlock. (209) 632-0788.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AND BAKE SALE
Hosted by the C.F. Brown PTA. 4:30-8 p.m. Coleman F. Brown Elementary School, 2024 Vera Cruz Drive, Modesto. (209) 522-1238.
MURPHYS OPEN HOUSE
Festive downtown Christmas celebration with visits by Santa and complimentary appetizers and beverages provided by local businesses. 5-8 p.m.; community parade, 5:30 p.m. Downtown Murphys (209) 728-8471.
"A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER"
Presentation by SONdance dance studio. 7 p.m. Ripon Christian Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple. $8 advance; $10 door. (209) 823-1740.
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF WINES
Wine tasting, food and wine pairings. 5-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Various Wineries in Murphys (209) 728-9467.
LIGHTAZMIC HOLIDAY SHOW
Spectacular display of 60,000 lights, 650 strobes and simulated fireworks synched to music. Event benefits the Salvation Army toy drive. Light refreshments available. 5:30 p.m. Thornhill Way at Snyder Ave. , Modesto. Toy Donation suggested.
SIERRA RAILROAD CHRISTMAS TRAIN
Through Dec. 29
A holiday journey with music, cocoa, cookies and entertainment. Call or check Web site for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. (800) 866-1690. www.sierrarailroad.com
Holiday arts, crafts and cupcakes from The Cupcake Lady. 9 a.m. Gateway Community Church, 3550 Lester Road, Denair.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AND CHRISTMAS TREE LANE OPENING
Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, refreshments, live entertainment, and wagon rides through lights of Christmas Tree Lane. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m., entertainment 5:45 p.m. Smyrna Park, Moffett Road, Ceres. Free with canned food donation.
GOTTSCHALK HOLIDAY SAMPLER
Festive holiday music featuring The Camaraderie Quintet, The Central Brass and The Gottschalk Music Center Band. 6 p.m. Barkin' Dog Grill, 940 11th St., Modesto. Can of food suggested as donation.
Forty vendors and a bake sale to benefit needy families. Sponsored by Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). 9 a.m.-2 p.m. River Oak Grace Church, 7712 Rodden Road, Oakdale. (209) 324-3649.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Homemade and custom items. Lunch featuring homemade Chicken Tortilla soup and Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches. Fresh baked goods. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto. (209) 537-6651.
Community holiday events include Breakfast and Pictures with Santa 8 a.m-noon; holiday parade on Fifth Street, 11 a.m.; holiday boutique, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and tree-lighting ceremony, 6:30 p.m. at Manuel Valverde Park. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Lathrop Senior Center, 15707 Fifth St. $5 breakfast. (209) 941-7364.
SONS OF SAN JOAQUIN CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Traditional Western music presented by award-winning trio of brothers. Presented by the Merced Theatre Foundation and KUBB Country 96.3. 7 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. $24-$29.
HOLIDAY GIFT BOUTIQUE
Handcrafted, hand painted art and craft and gift items. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 3417 Norton Ave, Modesto. (209) 521-2542.
Selection of Christmas music performed by the church choir. 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-7712.
EQUESTRIAN CHRISTMAS PARADE
Parade is open to horse and mule riders and drivers of all ages. Spectators are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to benefit needy children. 9 a.m., pre-judging of entries; 11 a.m., parade. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. (209) 823-3538.
FA LA LA FESTIVE
Holiday home concert featuring Mountain Melody Women's Chorus of Calaveras. Presented by the Calaveras Arts Council. 2 p.m. CasaTerra Cotta, 8585 West Murray Creek Road, Mountain Ranch. $25. (209) 754-1774.
LAS POSADAS NATIVITY CELEBRATION
A Spanish tradition that depicts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter amid holiday decor and players in costume from the 1850s. Part of the 30th annual Columbia holiday celebration. 5:30 p.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. Free.
CHRISTMAS TEA AT MCHENRY MANSION
High tea featuring sandwiches and fancy desserts. 2 p.m. $25 adults, $15 children. Reservations required. . (209) 578-1524.
SONGS OF THE SEASON
Preview of the 2013 season and holiday classics presented with music and comedy. Enjoy champagne and desserts with the performers after the show. 7 p.m. East Sonora-Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $30, reservations recommended. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org
Children aged 3-6 are invited into Santa's Workshop to make crafts and visit with Santa. 5:15 p.m. Merced Civic Center, 18th & N streets, Merced. $10. (209) 385-6298.
Santa's Little helper event with crafts geared for elves ages 3-6 years old. Preregistration required. 5:15 p.m. Merced Civic Center, 18th & N streets, Merced. $10. (209) 385-6298.
Music, drama, humor and worship set against a backdrop of a nostalgic radio broadcast. 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, 14, 16. Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. Free. (209) 567-3200.
Christian pop-rock group performing, "A Christmas Collage Concert." Benefit for Turlock Gospel Mission. 6 p.m. Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. (209) 634-4935.
MERRY MERCHANTS OF COLUMBIA
Christmas season decorations, merchants open for food and drink. Carriage rides and ginger house display. 5-8 p.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. (209) 588-9704.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
An evening of Christmas music performed by choir, orchestra and a Celtic band. Child care provided. 7 p.m. Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave., Modesto. (209) 577-4110.
Outdoor Christmas drama, repeats every half hour. 7-9 p.m. Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-3583.
BLACK IRISH BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT
A mix of Christmas and pirate favorites. 7 p.m. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. $12 advance, $15 at door. (209) 533-4420.
THE CHRISTMAS GIFT
A Christmas concert performed by the Bay Area Men's Choir and local group Praise. Candlelight procession with organ and brass ensemble accompaniment. 7 p.m. Modesto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1614 H St., Modesto. Free. (209) 535-1544.
VOICES FOR THE KING
Christmas concert by 25 voice men's chorus directed by Barbara Viss. Nursery provided. Refreshments following concert. 7 p.m. Immanuel Church-Ripon, 517 Orange Ave. Free will offering. (209) 599-2649.
CANDLES AND CAROLS
Advent concert followed by a baked goods reception. 5 p.m. Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 523-1438.
"Lead Me Back to Bethlehem" performed by church choir. 9 and 10:30 a.m. Centenary United Methodist Church, McHenry Avenue at Norwegian Avenues, Modesto. (209) 527-5441.
FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Christmas music with scripture and story readings. 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-7712.
Family friendly event with bingo, cookies and hot chocolate. 4-6 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. Free. (209) 522-9046.
"Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Celebration" by Joseph Martin. 10 a.m. First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. (209) 522-9046.
Favorite carols and Christmas songs with Annette Hutton on piano. Refreshments served. 7 p.m. Hutton's Hamlet Performing Arts Center, 132 W. G St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 848-1216.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
Christmas carols and bible readings. 6:30 p.m. St. Francis Church, 915 E. Main , Turlock. (209) 632-0788.
WINTER WONDERLAND AT CALAVERAS BIG TREES
Third annual fund-raiser featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, kids crafts, music and holiday treats. Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Gift Shop, Arnold. $10-$15; state park admission $8 per car. (209) 795-3840. winter2012.eventsbot.com
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER DANCE
Presented by Turlock Pentecost Association. social hour, dinner and dancing to Marson Brother's DJ. 6:30 p.m. Turlock Ballroom, 528 Golden State Blvd. $50 adults; $25 children 13-18, free for children under 12. (209) 669-0219.
NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA
Featuring live music, DJs and comedy acts spread over three rooms. 7 p.m., doors for Comedy Show in the ballroom; 9 p.m., music starts in the Sonoma Room and Club Max. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. (209) 846-0695. www.nyemodesto.com
NEW YEARS DAY BIKE RIDE
Join the Stanislaus County Bicycle Club on a ride up Del Puerto Canyon. Breakfast served by bike club volunteers. Call or check Web site for start times Corner of Rogers and Sperry Rd. , Patterson. $5 breakfast for nonmembers. (209) 818-3448. www.stancobike.org
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN
Murder Mystery Trains, Sunset Dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check Web site for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. (800) 866-1690. www.sierrarailroad.com
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6. (209) 537-3360.
Friday night dinner hosted by the VFW Post 3199. 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. Small donation. (209) 537-3360.
HISTORY CENTER BREAKFAST
Presented by Northern Mariposa County History Center. Eggs, ham or sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes and fresh fruit. 8-11 a.m. Second Sundays. Coulterville School House, Broadway and Cemetery. $5 adults; $3 children.
RIPON VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS
Hosted by Ripon VFW Post 1051. 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
RIPON VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Hosted by Ripon's VFW Post 1051. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation. (209) 599-6815.
RIPON VFW WEDNESDAY LUNCH
Hosted by VFW 1051 of Ripon. Chicken strips, burgers, fish or shrimp with fries. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $2-$6.50. (209) 668-9710.
MODESTO CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
Through Dec. 15
7 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesday. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $5. (209) 577-2298.
Steak dinner, full salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. First Fridays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. (209) 577-2298.
A NIGHT OF STARS
A Red Carpet Affair presented by the Women's Auxiliary. Champagne social, dinner and dancing, silent auction and raffle. 6:30 p.m. to midnight. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. $60. (209) 543-5769 or (209) 613-1557.
ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST
Odd Fellows monthly breakfast featuring biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs and French toast. 7-11 a.m. Second Sunday. IOOF Hall-La Grange, Main St. $6. (209) 853-2128.
DELTA TULE TREKKERS
Dinner and social hour to follow the meeting with a cookie exchange. 7 p.m. Angelanos, 1020 N. Main St., Manteca. (209) 931-1565.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS SOUP LUNCHEON
Annual event. Open to all members and guests. 11:30 a.m. Sonora Hills , Sonora. Free. (209) 532-1106.
OAKDALE WOMEN'S CONNECTION LUNCHEON
Lunch and program featuring "The Singing Minstrel" Rosalinda Modrell and speaker Karen Yeatts. Noon Firenze Ristorante, 502 North Yosemite Ave., Oakdale. $15. (209) 847-5605.
Annual event for members and guests. 10 a.m. Banny's Cafe, 1000 Championship Drive, Sonora. $15. (209) 533-8996.
MODESTO AREA CLASSIC T-BIRD CLUB LUNCHEON
Christmas event for members and their guests. 11:30 a.m. Isadore's Restaurant, 680 North Main St., Manteca. $35. (209) 823-0258.
OMELET BREAKFAST FUND-RAISER
Modesto Post 74 of the American Legion omelet breakfast fund-raiser. 7-11:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, Modesto, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. $7 donation, children under 7 free. (209) 668-9710.
MPPA MARINATED CRAB FEED AND DANCE
Dinner with dance following. 6 p.m. California Ballroom, 432 Sixth St., Modesto. $40. (209) 505-3624.
BHS CRAB FEST
Benefits Renaissance program. 5 p.m. St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Father O'Hare Hall, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. $40, $300 table for eight. (209) 576-4309.
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL CRAB FEED
Benefit for local charities. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuolumne Veteran's Memorial Hall, 18375 Fir Ave., Tuolumne. $35. (209) 928-1616.
MPPA CRAB CIOPPINO DINNER AND DANCE
Crab cioppino with dance following. 4 p.m. California Ballroom, 432 Sixth St., Modesto. $45. (209) 505-3624.
19th annual CrabFest fund-raiser. All-you-can-eat crab with potato salad and bread. Cookies. Raffle prizes and silent auction. Dancing to SilverMoon Band. To go orders available, $30. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Road, Modesto. $45. (209) 593-5618.
PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAM
Every Saturday morning, bilingual stories, Songs and Rhymes for Preschoolers and their families. Presented by the Cesar Chavez Committee. 10-11 a.m. Los Banos Library, 1312 7th St. Free. (209) 826-5254.
MODESTO BANQUET HALL
School Night featuring teen dances for 18 and under with school ID. Local bands and DJs. 4-10 p.m. Fridays. Modesto Banquet Hall, 810 N. 9th St., Modesto. $5.(209) 222-8802.
ODDS & ENDS
Antique aircraft display. Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Saturdays. Modesto City County Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1. (209) 526-5868. www.cafvalleysquadron.org
Presented by the MJC Astronomy Club. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Free parking, concessions available. Bring blankets or chairs to make your space adventure more comfortable. 8-10 p.m. First Friday of the month. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Science Building Lawn Free.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.
RAILTOWN 1897 STATE HISTORIC PARK
Through Dec. 16
Dec. 15-16, Steam-powered excursion train rides; Santa By Daylight and Santa's Starlight Express Trains, featuring music and magic of Christmas with live holiday music and caroling on and off the train, visits with Santa. $6-$24. Saturdays-Sundays 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; trains depart 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Railtown 1897, Jamestown. $6-$13. (209) 984-3953.
Through Dec. 8
Nature story hour and crafts for ages 4-6. 10-11 a.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $5 per child. (209) 575-6196.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth 6-17; free age 5 and under. (209) 723-2178.
GLASS STAINING CRAFT
Learn techniques for staining glass items. Participants are asked to bring their own glass object such as votive candle, holder or clear glass ornament. Noon. Ceres Library, 2250 Magnolia. (209) 537-8938.
CENTRAL VALLEY KNIGHTS CHRISTMAS CAR SHOW
Open to all cars and motorcycles. Event for Toys for Tots featuring awards and a raffle. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Regal Modesto Stadium 10, 3969 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Donate a new toy to enter.
Python Ron McGee brings a program showcasing different reptile species. Free tickets available one hour before each show time. Noon and 2 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7810.
SCRAPPIN' IN PATTERSON
Local scrap booking group. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials. Noon. Patterson Library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473.
STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS
Discussion about spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting. Visitors welcome. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. (209) 533-0593. www.mlwsguild.org
TURLOCK GARDEN CLUB
Annual Christmas potluck party and gift exchange. Guests are welcome. Noon Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill. (209) 668-4808.
MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD
Visitors are welcome. 10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. (209) 588-1514. www.mlwsguild.org
TURLOCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Special program featuring Modesto Bee columnist Jeff Jardine speaking on "Today's News, Tomorrow's History." Light refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Covenant Village of Turlock, 2125 N. Olive Ave., Turlock. Free. (209) 668-7386.
HEART OF THE VALLEY QUILT AND TEXTILE ARTS SHOW
Quilts, art quilts, wearables, exhibits, demonstrations, door prizes, raffle quilt, raffle baskets, refreshments and vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K streets. $7, children under 12 free. (209) 883-1912 or (209) 577-2001.
TURLOCK SWAP MEET
4th annual Modesto Area A's Model A Ford Club of America swap meet. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $10 Saturday, $5 Sunday, children under 12 free. (209) 571-1232.
TANGO DANCE CLUB
Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays Jacob's Fine Dining , 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-1571.
RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERS
Wednesdays, Rock'n Country Band. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; annual membership $12. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK SENIOR CENTER DANCE
7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill Ave.
Dances from Balkans, Europe, USA and more. Fridays, Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, $5 - Village Dancers. Wednesdays, Ceres, $3 - Modesto Folk Dancers. Call for information. 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays; 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays. (209) 480-0387 or (209) 578-5551.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB
Rock'n Country Band. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Samaritan Village, 7700 Fox Road, Hughson. $3. (209) 534-7663.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB
7-10 p.m. Second Fridays. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $5-$7. (209) 534-7663.
MANTECA SENIOR DANCE
Rock'n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Fourth Sunday. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.
USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCING
Dance on hardwood floors to recorded ballroom music. Refreshments available. 7-10 p.m. Second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.
MERCED SUNDAY SENIOR SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCE
Fourth Sundays. Door prizes and refreshments. 2-5 p.m. Merced Senior Community Center, 15th and O streets. $5. (209) 723-0839.
MODESTO BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
First Friday, swing, club, country, line and Latin dances. Third Fridays, ballroom dances. 7-8 p.m. lessons; 8-11 p.m. first and third Fridays. Seasons, 945 McHenry Avenue, Modesto. First Fridays, $7; Third Fridays, $5 members; $7 for nonmembers. (209) 614-8048. www.modestoballroomclub.org
7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.
LINE DANCING FOR SENIORS
10:15-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St. Free. (209) 538-5628.
ESCALON SENIOR DANCE
Featuring Rock 'n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road. $4. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS
Square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall - Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 667-7292. www.steppinpard.ccsda.org
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK
Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Fridays; 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Hughson Senior Center, 2307 4th St. $2 door; $8 membership. (209) 538-0362.
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711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
Dec. 15, The Temptations; Jan. 20, The Whispers; Jan. 6, Get All Shook Up with Las Vegas performer Johnny Fortuno as Elvis. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksonrancheria.com
RED HAWK CASINO
1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
Dec. 7, Candye Kane; Dec. 8, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood; Dec. 14, Maxx Cabello Jr. and the Breakdown; Dec. 15, Innersoul; Dec. 21, Joni Morris; Dec. 22, Bump City, Tribute to Tower of Power; Dec. 28, Brad Wilson, Dec. 29, Rock of Ages; Dec. 31, Chains Required, New Year's Eve Party. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne . www.blackoakcasino.com.
14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
MODESTO BAHA'I CENTER
First and third Fridays, Cafe Night. 1100 Carver Road, Suite 10.
Ongoing live music. 6724 E. Whitmore, Suite J.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE
Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
"ANNA IN THE TROPICS"
Through Dec. 9
Nilo Cruz's 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto. $20. (209) 549-9341.
Through Dec. 9
The Modesto Junior College Theatre Department presents the story of a struggling circus that stumbles into gory disaster in a muddy Tennessee town in the 1920s. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-Dec. 1, 6-8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Modesto Junior College, Little Theatre, 435 College Ave. $10 general, $8 students and seniors. (209) 575-6621.
"EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD ... AND THEN SOME"
Through Dec. 16
A mash-up of holiday stories and folklore from around the globe. Rated PG for ages 12 and up. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday-Sunday. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $24-$30. (209) 532-3120.
Through Dec. 22
Family holiday celebration features the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein fairy tale. Presented by Sierra Repertory Theatre. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday-Sunday. Fallon House, Columbia. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120.
FILM: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
The beloved tale of George Bailey and the town of Bedford Falls. Call for times.
"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
Community members will perform, directed by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. 3 p.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. Free. (209) 543-7353.
"THE GIVING TREE"
Center Stage Conservatory presents an adaptation of Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree." Dec. 15, 1 p.m. performance will be interpreted for the deaf. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15 Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11 St., Modesto. $2. (209) 846-0179.
"THE SANTALAND DAIRIES/SEASON'S GREETINGS"
A humorous commentary about working as an elf in Macy's Santaland and a holiday letter from a family who had a bad year. 8 p.m. Dec. 13-15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto. $20-$40.
Magic show presentation aided by a few feathered and furry friends. 7 p.m. Groveland Hotel, 18767 Main St., Groveland. $10. (209) 962-4000.
ALOFT ART GALLERY
Dec. 8, Reception for Marta Magistrali, demonstrating her process of creating unique critter pieces., 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 167 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.aloftartgallery.com
ART ON MAIN
Exhibits of local artists. Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 466-B Main St., Murphys.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER
Through Jan. 3, classy radios and movie posters from the 1920s to 1970s. Dec. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. Noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 1009 J St., Modesto.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER
Modesto Art Museum exhibit, through Jan. 3, "Radios and Posters." Gallery Hours: Noon-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. 1009 J St., Modesto. Free.
Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 1 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY
Through Dec. 19, "Represent the Digital". Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu
Through Feb. 3, "Lines and Colors: Celebrating Degas"; Dec. 14, "Winter Pajama Party". Through Jan. 13, "Edgar Degas, The Private Impressionist". Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $10 general; $9 seniors.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY
Holiday Gift Sale. Dec. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m; Jan. 15- Feb. 9, Young Masters Art Show. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org
Jan. 19, Art Hop. Merced.
Dec. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.
Ongoing, paintings and photographs. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 226 N. First St., Turlock.
Through Jan. 5, "Affordable Gifts of Art". Gallery Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 22 Main St., San Andreas.
GREAT VALLEY MUSEUM
Through Jan. 31, "Visions of the Underworld". 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $1 admission.
MERCED COUNTY COURTHOUSE MUSEUM
Through Jan. 27, "Merced College: 50 years of Educational Excellence." Exhibit Hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 21st and N streets, Merced.
MERCED MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Through Feb. 1, "California Fibers." Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 645 West Main St. Free. www.artsofmerced.org
OAKDALE COWBOY MUSEUM
Through December, "The Saddle, Tools of the Trade". 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 355 East F St. , Oakdale. $1.
STANISLAUS CLERK-RECORDER OFFICE
Ongoing, Carol Earle and Eva Williams. Exhibit hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 1021 I St., Modesto. Free.
Ongoing, Rodney Lough Jr., Tom Pickurel, Chella, Edward Mendes.8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 5170 Pentecost Drive, Suite 1, Modesto.
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.
GALLO CENTERFOR THE ARTS
MERCY ME CHRISTMAS TOUR 2012
GIFT OF SONG
YES Company presentation. 3 and 7 p.m.
"THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER"
2 and 4 p.m.
Central West Ballet presents the holiday classic. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
AN IRISH CHRISTMAS
8 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 p.m. Dec. 15-16.
HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT CONCERT
Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presentation. 8 p.m. $10-$55.
Heart-pounding show based on the hit movie. 7 p.m.
The story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune 2 p.m., Dec. 12, 13; 7 p.m., Dec. 13; 8 p.m., Dec. 11, 12.
"MISS NELSONIS MISSING"
Musical comedy back by popular demand. The kind and clever Miss Nelson masquerades as the infamous Viola Swamp, a nasty substitute, in order to teach her unruly class just what a good and fair teacher she is. For grades K5. 2 and 4 p.m.
The original Highwaymen, formed in 1985 and consisted of Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. The Highwaymen: A Musical Tribute is a recreation of that band. 7 p.m.
RAIN: TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Performs the full range of The Beatles' discography. 7:30 p.m.
Eth-Noh-Tec produces and performs contemporary presentations of traditional folktales from the many countries and cultures of Asia including China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Tibet, and India through storytelling, theater, dance and music. 7 p.m.
AN EVENING WITH KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY
Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Third Sundays. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus Amphitheatre, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock.
HOLIDAY FESTIVALOF CHOIRS
Concert will feature MJC's Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performing holiday music. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Recital Hall, 435 College Ave. $5 general; $4 students and seniors.
ACOUSTIC ROCK SOCIETY CONCERT
Featuring The Dustbowl Children, Patty Davis, The Josh Rosenblum Band, and LoveCore Singing Telegrams. 6-10 p.m. Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11 St., Modesto. $5, children 12 and under free.
TURLOCK UKE JAMZ
Community-based uke play and sing-along. All ages and skill levels welcome. 10:30 a.m. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. www.turlockukejamz.org
IT'S A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS
Featuring Bob Secor on piano and trumpet. 3 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 1160 Columbia College Drive, Sonora.
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus Amphitheatre, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock.
CHRISTMAS WITH AARON NEVILLE
7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $32-$52. (209) 668-1169.
PACIFIC BOY CHOIR WITH THE SINGERS COMPANY
Grammy Award-winning touring group from Oakland. 7 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. $24-$29.
Band music performance by grades 5-12. 7 p.m. Denair Middle School, 3701 Lester Road, Denair. Free.
Trio of minstrels present traditional music on acoustic instruments. Part of the Manteca Kindred Arts 2012 Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, North and Powers streets, Manteca. (209) 823-2570.
7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. $39.50 and $49.50. (209) 846-5777.
FILM: "DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL"
Celebrating the life and legacy of the "Empress of Fashion" who launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and established trends while at Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Call for times.
FILM: "ANNA KARENINA"
Story of love adapted from Leo Tolstoy's novel.
FILM: "THE BIG LEBOWSKI"
Through Dec. 10
Comedy-thriller starring Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey Lebowski, an unemployed L.A. slacker and avid bowler who refers to himself as "The Dude." Third film in The State's Cult Classic Series. Call for times.
TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS
8 p.m. $30.
THE ILL LIST 9: A POETRY SLAM INVITATIONAL
Eight nationally renowned spoken word artists will battle through three rounds of original poetry, poets will match metaphors and battle rhyme for rhyme on their quest for $1,500 in cash prizes. Presented by Fidelis Construction. Doors at 7 p.m. $15-$30.
A Strut Performing Arts original production. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. $17.
FILM: "HOLY MOTORS"
Denis Lavant stars as a 21st century man of a thousand faces. Call for times.
FILM: "THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS"
Tim Burton's original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation. 7 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
FILM: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
7 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday
FILM: "CHASING ICE"
Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. Call for times.
FILM: "THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO"
The original Swedish cult classic starring Noomi Rapace. Call for times.
Hit film adapted from the Broadway musical starring Jennifer Hudson in her Academy Award-winning performance. 1 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
Turlock Youth Performing Arts auditions for "Once on this Island Jr." Open to ages 8-14. Mandatory parent meeting during audition. 10:30 a.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock.
AUDITIONS FOR "GREASE"
Presented by MJC Theatre, Music and Dance Departments. Must present an 18-30 bar solo excerpt from a musical, a dance sequence and theater reading. 6 p.m. Modesto Junior College Auditorium, 435 College Ave.