GALLO CENTERFOR THE ARTS
"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 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.
Duo teaches children through music on an animated train. 1 and 4 p.m. $10-$30.
Classic Albums Live presents The Eagle's "Hotel California." 8 p.m. $12-$45.
BALANCHINE & NEW WORKS
Evening of dance featuring work from the legacy of masterful choreographer George Balanchine and new works created by Central West Ballet choreographers, 7 p.m. $25-$35.
A TRIBUTETO THE CARPENTERS
"Yesterday Once More" show showcasing the songs that began their life with Karen and Richard Carpenter featuring vocalists Joanna Jahn, John Trones and Jen Burleigh Bentz. 8 p.m. $15-$45.
USAF BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST
From Travis AFB CA, the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is a select group of professional airmen-musicians. 3 p.m. Free.
7:30 p.m. $49-$99.
BACK TO BLACK
Cocktail reception, dancing and silent auction fund-raiser. 7 p.m. $50.
Latin American string quartet ensemble from Mexico consisting of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel. 8 p.m. $15-$35.
KATHLEEN MADIGAN: GONE MADIGAN
Female comedian. Adult-themed. 8 p.m. $20-$40.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
Classic Motown group. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $37-$59. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.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.
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.
JOE CRAVEN TRIO
Trio of keyboards, key bass, drums, fiddle, mandolin and vocals paying tribute to traditional American folk, blues, New Orleans and swing. Part of the Ovations 2013 Performing Arts Series. 3 p.m. Bret Harte Theatre , 323 Highway 49, Angels Camp. $10-$25. (209) 754-1774.
BIG BAND JAZZ FESTIVAL
Jazz festival featuring clinics and workshops with 16 high school jazz bands. Three evening concerts. 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 1160 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. $20 reserved.
Southern gospel soloist. 7 p.m. Richland Faith Assembly of God, 1201 Richland Ave., Ceres. Free with offering. (209) 538-3838.
DANIEL RODRIGUEZ AND MARLA KAVANAUGH
America's Beloved Tenor Daniel Rodriguez was the New York City police officer who helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of "God Bless America" after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Accompanied by piano and bass, Daniel will be joined by his talented wife, soprano Marla Kavanaugh. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $60-$130 season; $15-$25 individual show. (209) 668-1456 or (209) 668-3627.
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
A quintet of flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello. Part of the Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association season. 3 p.m. St. Paul's United Methodist Church, North and Powers streets, Manteca. $5-$15. (209) 823-2570.
"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.
"INTO THE WOODS"
Newman School drama presentation. 7 p.m. Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 10. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. (209) 549-9341.
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. 3-March 3
A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off. Call for times. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto. $20. (209) 549-9341.
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. $12-$22. (209) 536-1778. www.stage3.org
Magician John Gardenier will perform close-up slight-of-hand magic using a variety of cards, coins and common household items. Part of the Winter Magic Dinner Theater series. 7 p.m. Groveland Hotel, 18767 Main St., Groveland. $10. (209) 962-4000.
"THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK"
7 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Oakdale High School , 739 W. G St., Oakdale. $5.
ART ON MAIN
Exhibits of local artists. Gallery Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 466-B Main St., Murphys.
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. Friday nights: Ethnic Folk Dancing, 7:30 p.m. $7. 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
Through March: "The Art of Tea" Artist reception Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m.; Art Talk on February and March Third Thursday Art Walk dates. 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
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. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREETFRAME 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.
GREAT VALLEY MUSEUM
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.
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
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 Road, Merced.
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.
16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. www.chickenranchbingo.com
1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksonrancheria.com
RED HAWK CASINO
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. 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.
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.
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.
24TH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER
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 fundraiser. 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 kilts 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.
Fund-raiser for VFW Military Order of Cooties Pup Tent 68. 8-11 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $6. (209) 668-9710.
LIVINGSTON VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST
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
CRAB CIOPPINO DINNER
Dinner and dancing presented by the Turlock Pentecost Association. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Turlock Ballroom, 528 Golden State Blvd. $45. (209) 669-0219.
HEARTS FOR CHILDREN GALA
Fine dining, hosted bar, silent auction, petite live auction, dancing. Dinner prepared by Hilmar Cheese Catering. Presented by Sierra Vista Child & Family Services, E&J Gallo Winery, Alpine Pacific Nut Co. and Innovative Sales Inc. 6-10 p.m. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $150. (209) 523-4573.
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.
St. Anthony School fourth annual crab feed. Dinner, wine and cheese tasting, live and silent auctions, music and dancing. Must be 21 and over to attend. 5-11 p.m. St. Anthony's,323 N. Fremont St., Manteca. $45 before Feb. 1, $50 after. (209) 823-4513.
CALAVERAS WINE WEEKEND
The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 17th annual Presidents' Wine Weekend featuring 24 CWA wineries offering food and wine pairings, live music, art displays. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Various locations $15.
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.
FILM: "THE SESSIONS"
Through Jan. 28
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: "BEASTSOF THE SOUTHERN WILD"
Through Jan. 30
Call for times.
Science on Screen presentation featuring film and guest speaker Jill Tarter, Ph.D. 2 p.m. doors; 3 p.m. film.
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:"DO THE RIGHT THING"
Spike Lee's 1989 film which explored racism in all its facets. A Modesto Film Society Cinema Club presentation. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film. $8.
GOOD LUCK THRIFT STORE OUTFIT
First of three concerts in 2013 spotlighting local music, this one focusing on Americana with The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit plus The Pine Box Boys and House of Orange. 8 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. show. $12 advance; $15 door.
Ambassadors of Gypsy rock. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $20.
SURGICAL ARTISTRY MODESTO MARATHON MOVIE& WINE NIGHT
Food, wine and presentation of award-winning film "Dear Chelsey" and keynote speaker Kevin Kline. Teens Run Modesto fund-raiser. 5 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. film. $20 21 and over; $10 under 21.
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
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
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.
FESTIVAL & FAIRS
6TH 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
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
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.
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.
LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Turlock Public Library. Over 10,000 books. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. First United Methodist Church-Turlock, 1660 Arbor Way, Turlock. Free. (209) 417-2359.
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 AUTO SWAP MEET
Sponsored by Modesto Area Model A Club. California Historical Radio Society will be on site featuring antique radio equipment and seeking members. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $5-$8.
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.
Valley Super Singles hosts a sweetheart dance featuring no-host beverage bar, 50/50 raffle, music and dancing. 7 p.m.-midnight. Clarion Hotel, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $10 advance; $12 door. (209) 529-9173 or (209) 491-2894.
RIPON GARDEN CLUB
Guest speaker Eric Teberg with presentation on preparing our gardens for spring. 10 a.m. American Legion Post 190 Hall, 206 Stockton Ave, Ripon.
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
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Annual event. Family friendly, celebrating the Year of the Snake. Cultural performances, art forms and martial arts presentations. 2 p.m. Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. Free.
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.
TANGO DANCE CLUB
Modesto Tango social dance and practice. March 2, Marcelo Molina and Carolina Vazquez, will give workshops and perform at a milonga (social tango party). $25 for one class, $40 for both. Milonga at 8:30 p.m., with an introductory lesson at 7:30 p.m. Cost $10. 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 children and students. (209) 480-0387.
CAROUSEL CLUB BALLROOM DANCE AND DINNER
Guest couples are welcome. 6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner; 9 p.m., dancing. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. $112 per couple. (209) 524-7795.
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.