GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
AN EVENING WITH KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
Fund-raiser for Royal Family Kids Camp. 8 p.m.
ROCK YOUR STYLEDANCE SHOW
The 5678 Dance Company will perform award-winning dance pieces from the 2012-13 dance season. Dancers ages range from 7-25 and styles include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Broadway, lyrical and Bollywood. 6 p.m.
THE NEW YORK TENORS
The New York Tenors combine the artistry of three men who showcase of some of the world's greatest vocals and repertoire. 8 p.m.
BAD BOYS OF DANCE
Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance exhibits versatility and bravura with masterful choreography fusing today's most popular dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, musical theater, ballet and more. 7:30 p.m.
Country sensation. 8 p.m.
Comedian and author became an overnight Internet sensation when a YouTube video of her singing everything a mother says to her children in a single day to the tune of "The William Tell Overture" in just two minutes and 55 seconds was viewed by millions. 7 p.m.
"NUNSET BOULEVARD" STARRING CINDY WILLIAMS
The Little Sisters of Hoboken have been invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl. They are thrilled at the prospect until they arrive and realize that they are booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. 8 p.m.
MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS GALA
Celebrating the winners of the Members Choice Awards and 30 years of Leadership Modesto! Modesto's finest restaurants will serve up their most famous and well loved dishes along with carving stations, a sushi bar and an array of delectable delights to tempt your taste buds.
THE PIANO LESSON
Jan. 31-Feb. 3
The haunting, classic, and Pultizer Prize-winning play by August Wilson. 7 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday
A time of excess and defying traditional cultural expectations makes San Francisco in the 1980s, in the midst of the AIDS epidemic, the setting for Verdi's famously melodic opera. Presented by Townsend Opera. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
"THE VELVETEEN RABBIT"
Production combines theater with an original musical score, life-sized puppets, masks and magic in a charming tale of love and devotion. Geared to ages 4 to 10. 7 p.m.
VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS
Modesto Symphony Orchestra offers one of the most frequently performed and recorded pieces in the Baroque repertoire. 8 p.m.
MSYO POPS CONCERT
Join the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra in the concert hall for an afternoon of pops programming. 3 p.m.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
CLAUDIA RUSSELL AND BRUCE KAPLAN
Award-winning duo playing folk, blues and country. 8 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto.
BOYS OF SUMMER: "AN EAGLES TRIBUTE"
8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $19-22. Children and students pay half price. . (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org
DAVIS HIGH DRAMA CLUB BENEFIT CONCERT
Benefit for Children's Organ Transplant Association featuring music by Home Grown, Lew Winter and Larry Krause. 7 p.m. Davis High School, Little Theatre, 1200 West Rumble Road, Modesto. $10 and a canned food donation. (209) 575-8524.
BIG BAND PLAYS THE BLUES
25-piece big band with guest guitarist Johnny Valdez. 3 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 1160 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. $15. (209) 588-5126.
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.
Six-time Grammy nominated folk musician. Benefit for the Modesto Peace/Life Center. 7 p.m. Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. $5-23. (209) 523-1438. www.stanislausconnections.org
STANISLAUS COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Annual performance of junior high and high school honor band, orchestra and choir. Sponsored by Stanislaus County Music Educators Association and Gottschalk Music Centers. 7 p.m., Honor Choir, Friday; 2 p.m., Honor Orchestra and 7 p.m., Honor Band, Saturday. Modesto Junior College Auditorium, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 238-1710.
Classic Motown group. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $37-$59. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
6:30 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. $25. (209) 381-0500. www.fishbone.net
RED DOG ASH
6:30 p.m. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $10. (209) 536-1778.
7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. $39.50 and $49.50. (209) 846-5777.
JASON AND DEMARCO
7-9 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. Free with offering. (209) 578-5433.
7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $35-$49. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
SLIDE GUITARIST DENNIS JOHNSON
West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman.
FILM: "A ROYAL AFFAIR"
Through Jan. 18
This Danish film is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Call for times.
FILM: "THE CENTRALPARK FIVE"
Through Jan. 24
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally raping a white female jogger in Central Park. The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. Call for times
FILM: "THE SESSIONS"
The story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined, at age 38, to lose his virginity. Starring Academy Award winner Helen Hunt and nominees John Hawkes and William H. Macy. Call for times.
FILM: "GONEWITH THE WIND"
Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 2 p.m.
INAUGURATION PARTY AND BROADCAST FROM D.C.
Join the local Democratic Women's Club of Stanislaus County for a celebratory night of food, margaritas and live entertainment before settling in to watch a broadcast of President Barack Obama's public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol. 5 p.m. $5 students with ID, $10 general..
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: FILM AND SPEAKER
Showing of "Contact," starring Jodie Foster as Dr. Ellie Arroway who, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens. Followed by speaker, Jill Tarter, Ph.D., longtime director of SETI and the inspiration for the lead character in Carl Sagan's novel, "Contact," on which the film is based. 2 p.m.
2013 OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATION SHORTS
Five animated short films. Call for times
FILM: "KNIFE FIGHT"
Two-time Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag teamed with renowned political consultant Chris Lehane to create this political story for the new century. Call for times.
2013 OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS
Five short film nominees. Call for times.
FILM: "MARY POPPINS"
Classic film starring Julie Andrews. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 3 p.m.
HEARTBREAKER: THE LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE
Reserved Seating Only. 7:30 p.m. $20-38.
West Coast Performing Arts Presenters presents tribute to Journey in this live musical performance. 8 p.m. $20 students, $36 seniors, $38 adults.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
ART ON MAIN
Exhibits of local artists. Gallery Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 466-B Main St., Murphys.
BARKIN' DOG GRILL
Feb. 17, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER
Feb. 17, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1009 J St., Modesto.
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.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
Through Feb. 3, "Lines and Colors: Celebrating Degas" a juried exhibition. 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
Through Feb. 9, Young Masters Art Show; Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org
CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL
Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com
CROW TRADING CO.
Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1208 J St. www.crowtrading.com
Jan. 13-Feb. 2, 25th Annual Fine Art Show. All art will be available for purchase. Award reception on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. 12001 S. Highway 99, Manteca. Free.
Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.
Jan. 19, Art Hop. , Merced.
Feb. 21, 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.
Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.
Jan. 18, Backyard Bookworms Story Time; Jan. 26, Science on Saturday: Winter's Pantry, through Jan. 31, "Visions of the Underworld". Gallery hours, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Call for event times. 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $1 admission.
Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.
Ongoing, paintings by Bob Miller.3-5 p.m., reception. 1402 I St., Modesto.
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.artsmerced.org
PAPER PLANES TATTOO AND ART STUDIO
Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT
Feb. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.
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.
UC MERCED ART GALLERY
Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced.
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.
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711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
Jan. 20, The Whispers. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO
Jan. 18-19, Live by the Groove; Jan. 18, Spazmatics; Jan. 19, Top Secret; Jan. 20, Aces Up; Jan. 21-24, Chili Sauce; Jan. 25-26, Maxx Cabello Jr. and Brodie Stewart; Jan. 27, Michael Black; Jan. 28-31, Fresh. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
Jan. 18, Clean Slate; Jan. 24, Michael Winslow; Jan. 25, Top West Coast DJs; Jan. 26, Fast Times '80s Party; Feb. 1, Ely Brothers and Double Take; Feb. 2, Johnny Lee Hooker Jr.; Feb. 7, Comedy Showcase; Feb. 8, Desperado; Feb. 9, The Cheeseballs; Feb. 14, Valentine's Show with Josh Pfeiffer; Feb. 15, Mardi Gras Party with The Blues Box. 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.
HUGHSON COFFEE COMPANY
Ongoing live music. 6724 E. Whitmore, Suite J.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE
Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
BALLET FOLKLORICO XOCHIPILLI Y LOS FALCONES
Traditional dances and music from Mexico. 12:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7814.
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN
Murder Mystery Trains, Sunset Dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check website 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 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.
LA GRANGE REBEKAHS BREAKFAST
Breakfast fund-raiser featuring biscuits and gravy, complimentary beverage. 7-11 a.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $5. (209) 853-2508 or (209) 853-2128.
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.
SOS CLUB CRAB FEED
Dinner and Dance. 6-9 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $40. (209) 578-5801.
BHS CRAB FEST
Benefits Beyer High School 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. $40. (209) 928-1616.
Modesto Post #74 American Legion fund-raiser. Omelets made-to-order, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, country potatoes, juice, coffee and tea. 7-11:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, Modesto, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. $7. (209) 668-9710.
All-you-can-eat dinner. Take out available. 4:30-7 p.m. Escalon United Methodist Church, Highway 120 at Brayton Ave., Escalon. $3.50 children, $7.50 adults. (209) 838-2020.
Fund-raiser hosted by the Guild of the McHenry Museum and Historical Society. Hosted cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, dinner and entertainment by classical guitarist Darin Morris. 5:30 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. $80. (209) 529-9169 or (209) 575-1359.
MPPA CRAB CIOPPINO DINNER AND DANCE
Crab cioppino with dance following. 4 p.m. California Ballroom, 432 Sixth St., Modesto. $45. (209) 505-3624.
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
Four-course meal and show. Wearing costumes is optional but encouraged. 5:30 p.m., cocktails; 6 p.m., dinner and show. Mountain Ranch Town Hall, 8049 Washington St. $20, adults only. (209) 754-4073.
Johansen Ag Boosters fund-raiser. Includes pancakes, bacon, eggs and a drink. 8-10 a.m. Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 2449 Claribel Road, Riverbank. $7.50. (209) 408-9892.
ROBERT BURNS' DINNER
The Saint Andrews Society of Modesto hosts its annual dinner honoring Scotland's most famous bard. Entertainment includes Burns' poetry and a piper. Attire is dressy and kits are encouraged. 6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner. Appetez Restaurant, 825 W. Roseburg Ave., Modesto. $30, reserve by Jan. 20. (209) 526-8812.
LIVINGSTON VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Starting Jan. 27
Hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veteran's of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. 8 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Sundays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $5 children; $7 adults. (209) 599-6815.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-8 p.m. Fridays Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$6.50. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
SALIDA ROTARY CRAB AND RIGATONI DINNER
Menu includes clam chowder, salad, bread, cake and coffee. Includes silent auction and raffle. 5:30 p.m. Ripon Community Center, 334 W. Fourth St. $40. (209) 543-0483.
LaFayette Historical Lodge #65 hosts breakfast featuring biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs and French toast, includes orange juice and coffee. 7-11 a.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2508 or (209) 853-2128.
4-7:30 p.m. M.R.P.S. Hall, 133 N. Grant, Manteca. $7 Child, $13 Adult. (209) 823-6560.
COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE CRAB FEED
Menu includes salad, bread, crab, pasta, dessert and coffee. Event also includes a silent auction and raffle. 6:30 p.m. Hangar 1S, 700 Tioga Dr. , Modesto. $35; must reserve in advance.. (209) 605-4313.
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.
Through Jan. 20
A two-act comedy about an eccentric Southern family who gather together for the funeral of the patriarch. 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays. Merced County Arts Council, 645 W. Main, Merced. $8-$20. (209) 725-8587. www.playhousemerced.com
"BABY WITH THE BATHWATER"
Jan. 25-Feb. 10
Absurd comedy by Christopher Durang. 8 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays. Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11 St., Modesto. $5-$10. (209) 846-0179.
Performed by the Hickman Charter School Honor Choir. 5:30 and 7 p.m. Hughson High School Theatre, 7419 E. Whitmore Ave. $5. (209) 634-3340.
Based on the J.R.R. Tolkien books, "The Hobbit" brings to life the famous characters who inhabit Middle Earth. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced.
Feb. 8-March 17
Powerful, poetic and Pulitzer winning, August Wilson's "Fences" is a masterpiece portrait of an African-American family hanging on to their souls and their dreams in a world that has tried to crush both. 7 p.m., Thursdays-Satudays; 2 p.m., Sundays. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. (209) 536-1778. www.stage3.org
"THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK"
7 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Oakdale High School , 739 W. G St., Oakdale. $5.
March 2-April 21
The story of how the Buddy Holly became the world's top recording artist with a show that features Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, plus more than 20 of Holly's greatest hits. Sierra Repertory Theatre 2013 season opening production. 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. East Sonora-Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $18-$30. (209) 532-0502.
FESTIVAL & FAIRS
6TH ANNUAL WINTER BIRD FESTIVAL
All day event featuring exhibits, food, shows and speakers. Photo and bird wildlife tours will also be available for an additional cost. For full schedule and information please call or visit website. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive, Galt. (209) 366-7115. www.ci.galt.ca.us
Showing of the popular Disney animated film. 2 p.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. Free.
Award-winning family favorite. 2 p.m. Sonora Library, 480 Greenley Road. Free. (209) 533-5507. www.tuolcolib.org
ODDS & ENDS
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS
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.
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.
SCRAPBOOKING WITH ANNA SOTO
Jan. 19, 26
Some materials provided, participants encouraged to bring their own. 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7814.
AUDUBON SOCIETY EVENT: "THINKING LIKE A NATURALIST"
Presentation from John Muir Laws demonstrating simple and fun techniques for recreational nature study. 7 p.m. College Avenue Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, 1341 College Ave. . Free. (209) 985-7106.
MLK 9TH ANNUALCELEBRATION
Guest speaker will be Dr. Rev. James M. Anderson with entertainment by Sankofa Theater Company, Shuntavia Reynolds and Glen Stovall. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. King Kennedy Center, 601 Martin Luther King Drive, Modesto. $20. (209) 568-3096.
RIVERBANK COMMUNITY AWARDS BANQUET
Dinner and auction to honor outstanding Riverbank residents. 6 p.m., social hour; 7 p.m., dinner and awards. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $15. (209) 863-7122.
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, 1000 L St. $7, children under 12 free. (209) 883-1912 or (209) 577-2001.
MLK 18TH ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Featured speaker will be Fr. Ray Bourgeois, a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. 2 p.m. Sonora High School auditorium, 430 N. Washington St. Free.
BENTO BOX WORKSHOP
Learn to make fun and healthy lunches for children. For adults 18 and over. 6-7 p.m. Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St. $10 for class, $15 materials fee. . (209) 538-5682.
DARWIN'S EPIC JOURNEY
Presentation by Dr. Jim Youngblom, biology professor at California State University, Stanislaus. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Forum 110, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6173.
B-GREEN RECYCLE DAY
Fund-raiser for the Modesto Dog Park. Recycling bottles, cans, plastics, e-waste and documents. Giveaways from Boyett Petroleum. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Cruisers, 4931 McHenry Ave. (209) 521-3857. www.friendsofmodestodogpark.com
SIERRA CLUB WINTER HIKE
Easy 4-mile hike along the Tuolumne River. Meet in the parking lot; children and dogs welcome. 9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. . Free. (209) 549-9155.
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.
WHIST CARD PARTY
Sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Anthony, refreshments and raffle included. 1 p.m. St. Stanislaus School, Church Hall $2 to play. (209) 529-4933.
NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS
Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability. 7 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. $10-$29. (209) 381-0500. www.mercedtheatre.org
MLK COMMEMORATION: CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS
Program celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote speaker will be Congressman John Lewis, one of the "Big Six Leaders" in the American Civil Rights Movement. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College - Mary Stuart Rogers Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 526-5436.
MRPS PRESENTATIONOF QUEENS
Dinner and dancing event featuring the band, Alma. 6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner; 9 p.m., dancing. MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St., Manteca. $6 child, $12.50 adult. (209) 275-5639.
RECYCLED TREASURES SALE
Nice clothing, household items, books and other treasures for sale. Sponsored by Catholic Daughters of the Americas. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our Lady of Fatima Church, Old Hall
MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD
Presentation by Ulla de Larios on "Avoiding Tapestry Warp Painting." Guests are welcome. 10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. (209) 588-1514. www.mlwsguild.org
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.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK DANCING
Learn dances from around the world. All ages and skill levels welcome. 7:30 p.m., beginners lesson; 8 p.m., intermediate lesson, 8:30 p.m., mixed dance. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 adult, free for children and students. (209) 480-0387.
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.
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
The Forever Young Senior Dance Club meets every Tuesday morning and the second Friday of each month for an evening dance. First time guest are free. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Second Friday night each month, 7-10 p.m. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 non-members; Night: $5 and $7. (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.
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, Merced. $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.
WEST COAST SWING SOCIAL DANCE
Through Jan. 29
Learn to dance this popular and exciting style. 7-8 p.m., lessons; 8-8:30 p.m., practice, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29. Merced Senior Community Center, 15th and O streets, Merced. $10 for all classes, $5 per class. (209) 385- 6298.
NIGHT CLUB 2-STEP
An evening of 2-step lesson and social dancing. Sponsored by USA Dance. 7-8 p.m., Lesson; 8 - 10 p.m., Social Dancing. IOOF Lodge, 6941 Hughson Ave, Hughson. $3.50-$7 for nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.
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.
TAE KWON DO AND SELF-DEFENSE KIDS CLASSES
Through March 16
The classes offered are Tae Kwon Do for Tots, to develop coordination and balance for ages 3-4 and Kidsafe Self Defense, which focuses on basic blocks, lunches and kicks for ages 5-12. Saturdays, 9-9:30 a.m., Tae Kwon Do; 9:30-10:10 a.m., self-defense Riverbank Community Gym, 3625 Santa Fe St., Riverbank. $65. (209) 863-7150. www.riverbankrecreation.com
KID TIME FITNESS REOPENING PARTY
Free demo classes in gymnastics, martial arts, ballet and more. All ages welcome. 10-11:30 a.m. Kid Time Fitness Company Free. (209) 345-0568. www.kidtimefitnesscompany.com
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
Winter goodies workshop for kids ages 6-14. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St. $14. (209) 538-5682.
TEEN VIDEO CONTEST
Teens can be the star in a video they create by making an original movie trailer about their favorite book. Open to ages 13-18. For full information and entry form contact your local library. All video entries must be received by 5 p.m. (209) 558-7817. www.stanislauslibrary.org