Polar Bear Day
Mid-Valley Water Ski Club presents its 57th annual Polar Bear Day on Tuesday at the Modesto Reservoir. The event, which finds brave souls entering the water in winter temperatures, begins in the morning, and the club will let you wear a wet suit if you decide to join in for the Penguin Pull.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Main boat ramp, Modesto Reservoir, 18143 Reservoir Road in Waterford
COST: $15 in advance, $20 day of; $35 for the Penguin Pull
CALL: (209) 569-7817
One of the year's quiet films returns to Modesto with a screening at the State Theatre. "Searching for Sugar Man" is about a musician discovered in the late 1960s in a Detroit bar by two celebrated Motown producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome onstage suicide. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero.
WHEN: Through Jan. 4
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
COST: See Web site for ticket prices
CALL: (209) 527-4697
Puppet Art Theater presents a funny version of "Little Red Riding Hood" for children at the Modesto and Salida libraries on Saturday. The story will tell of Little Red, her dog, Fifi, and a pizza-hungry wolf.
WHEN: Saturday, noon in Modesto; 3 p.m. in Salida
WHERE: 1500 I St., Modesto; 4835 Sisk Road, Salida
CALL: Modesto Library, (209) 558-7810; Salida Library, (209) 543-7353.
New Year's bicycle ride
Join the Stanislaus County Bicycle Club on its annual ride up Del Puerto Canyon on New Year's Day. Breakfast will be served at the off-road-vehicle campground meeting hall at mile 16 by bike club volunteers.
WHEN: Tuesday, 9 a.m.; breakfast 10 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Corner of Rogers and Sperry roads, Patterson, just east of the I-5 Patterson exit
COST: Breakfast is $5 for nonmembers
CALL: (209) 818-3448
Zion I, a hip-hop duo from Oakland, performs Saturday at the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge in Modesto. The duo consists of DJ AmpLive and MC Zumbi, who are known for their futuristic production techniques and uplifting and socially conscious lyrics.
WHEN: Saturday; doors open 9 p.m., the show begins 10 p.m.
WHERE: Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 524-1400