All things green will be celebrated Saturday at the 24th Earth Day in the Park. The city of Modesto family festival includes live entertainment; battery, cell phone and eyeglass collection booths; "green" education; kids arts and crafts and games; an art display and food. Free electronic waste and paper shredding also will be available. The Pendletons, High Voltage and Southern Bend will provide music at the festival, and the Modesto Police Department K9 division will offer demonstrations.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Graceada Park, 401 Needham St., Modesto.
CALL: (209) 577-5495
ONLINE: www.modesto gov.com.
The unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to keep churches running smoothly get their musical due in Sierra Repertory Theatre's uproarious staging of "Church Basement Ladies." The musical was inspired by the best-selling book "Growing Up Lutheran," by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, and tells the story of East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie and the female members who handle anything the pastor sends their way, from weddings to fund-raisers to church dinners.
WHEN: Today-May 19; Thursdays-Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at8 p.m., and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia
CALL: (209) 532-3120
The 50th Intertribal Pow Wow brings the culture and traditions of the American Indian people to Modesto Junior College on Sunday. Open to the public and free, the event includes traditional entertainment and activities, arts, crafts, food and more. Activities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with Gourd dancing, followed by a traditional opening ceremony at noon that features singers and dancers accompanied by drum groups who will honor veterans. The Pow Wow is co-sponsored by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Black Oak Casino.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: MJC's East Campus quad, 435 College Ave., Modesto
CALL: (209) 575-6700.
Elaborate private garden escapes at seven Modesto residences will go public for one day only as the annual Spring Garden Tour returns this weekend. The Modesto Garden Club's "Private Garden Retreats" tour will show off, among other things, seasonal color, a life-size doll house-turned-artist studio, views of Dry Creek, a shaded oasis and a house that blends indoors and outdoors, according to news release. The landscapes enhance a variety of architectural styles among the homes from midcentury modern to mock Tudor to contemporary in the east Modesto neighborhoods of La Loma, Wycliffe and Eastridge.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Various gardens in east Modesto and the Modesto Garden Club office, 622 14th St.
TICKETS: $20, $10 under age of 10
CALL: (209) 529-7360
Despite being an ancient culture-crossing fairy tale, it's always been hard to pinpoint the exact setting for the Cinderella story. In the case of the Townsend Opera staging at the Gallo Center for the Arts this weekend, think about that magical land just east of Manhattan. Townsend is updating the story to current-day Brooklyn, with a Jersey Girls feel and the personalities of the stepsisters taken from Snooki of "Jersey Shore" fame.
WHEN: Today, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts
TICKETS: $10 to $62
CALL: (209) 338-2100
On 'This Island'
Turlock Youth Performing Arts presents "Once Upon This Island Jr." this weekend at Turlock Community Theatre. "Once Upon This Island Jr." is an adaptation of the fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," set on a tropical paradise and told through colorful costumes and songs. It's the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island.
WHEN: 7 p.m. today-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
WHERE: Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive
CALL: (209) 537-5227