BARKIN' DOG GRILL
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER
Through May 31, "Wonderwall," "Leather, Linen, and Lace" and "3 Hearts"; April 27, Chalk Walk of Art, noon-4 p.m.; May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1009 J St., Modesto.
Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
Through June 9, "The Face of Islam: Photographs of the Middle East and Central Asia." Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 general; $6 members and seniors.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY
Through April 24, "Spotlight on Pastel." May 16, 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
May 16, 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.
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. Show: 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1208 J St. www.crowtrading.com
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.
April 20, Merced Art Hop, 5-9 p.m. Merced.
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 16th Street between H andI streets.
April 20-21, Spring Art Show from the Oak Valley Art Society. Noon-3 p.m. 1540 Second St. Free.
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.
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students.909 Tenth St., Modesto.
GREAT VALLEY MUSEUM
April 27, Science on Saturdays, "Flower Power" for ages 4-7, 10-11 a.m. $10 members, $13 nonmembers. Gallery hours,9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Call for event times. 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $1 admission.
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.
MERCED MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Through June 28, 7th Annual California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition. Reception, April 19, 5:30-7 p.m. Hosted by Merced County Arts Council. 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
PAPER PLANES TATTOO AND ART STUDIO
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.
Ongoing artists exhibit at both Modesto and Oakdale locations. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday,11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3012 McHenry Ave., 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.
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.
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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.
Nature themed story and activity hour. 10 a.m., first and third Fridays. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 575-6196.
DISCOVERING SHAKESPEARE PLAYSHOPS
Through April 20
Youth workshop offered by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturdays. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org
ACTIVATED STORY THEATRE
Multicultural folk tales will be presented by this national touring company. Kids may sign up for the theater workshop prior to the performance to be included in the show. 11:30 a.m., workshop; noon, performance. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free.(209) 558-7814.
DIA DE LOS NINOS
Multicultural event featuring bilingual story time, games, crafts and a performance by the Ballet Folklorico y Los Falcones dancers. Noon-4 p.m. Patterson Library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave. (209) 664-8100. www.stanislauslibrary.org
DIA DE LOS NINOS
Multicultural event featuring bilingual story time, games, crafts and a performance by the Ballet Folklorico y Los Falcones dancers. 1 p.m. Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe. Free. (209) 869-7008.
SCIENCE ON SATURDAY
"Flower Power" for kids ages 4-7. 10-11 a.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $10 members; $13 non-members.(209) 575-6196.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
EARTH DAY IN THE PARK
Community event highlighting ways to make your community more "green" through information booths, music, demonstrations and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Graceada Park, Sycamore and Needham streets, Modesto. Free.
Fifteenth annual Intertribal Pow Wow with traditional dancing and singing, drum presentations, arts and crafts and food. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6700.
BEYOND EARTH DAY
Vendors, exhibitors and farmers with Earth-friendly goods and services. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jacob Myers Park , Riverbank. Free.
SONORA SPRING FESTIVAL
Music, entertainment, vendors, food and family fun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Sonora Free. (209) 532-7725. www.sonoraca.com
GOLD COUNTRY PEDDLER'S FAIRE
Antiques, collectibles and crafts from more than 100 dealers. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Knights Ferry , Sonora Road, off Highway 120. Free.
Softball tournament, carnival games and attractions, craft booths, live entertainment, raffle and barbecue chicken dinner, dine-in or drive-through available. Noon-6 p.m. 505 M St., Patterson. $10 advance, $13 door for dinner tickets. (209) 892-9321.
GRAFFITI CAR SHOW AND FESTIVAL
Classic and custom car show, festival including cars, food and music. Downtown car parade on Friday night, Grand Marshall, George Lucas. Sponsored by North Modesto Kiwanis Club. 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $7; free under age 12. (888) 746-9763.
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.
TURLOCK VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS
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 VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 4-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$7.(209) 668-9710.
MODESTO CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET
April 20, Earth Day with recycling activities for children, Musical entertainment by "Hot Acoustics."7 a.m-1 p.m. Saturdays 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th andN 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.
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. 5-7 p.m. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST
Every month on the second Sunday. 7-11 a.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.
6TH ANNUAL RIB COOK-OFF
Fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Century 21 M&M and Associates, 331 E. Main Street, Turlock. $10. (209) 668-5098.
57TH ANNUAL LAMPLIGHT DINNER
Dinner will include a presentation by Dave Connery, docent at Railtown 1897. 5:30 p.m. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. $35. (209) 532-1317. www.tchistory.org
7TH ANNUAL TASTE OF CALAVERAS
Food and wine experience featuring area wineries and chefs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. $30-$55. (209) 754-0127. www.angelscampbusiness.com
BACK TO THE BASICS BENEFIT DINNER
Dinner, dance, raffle and silent auction. Benefit for Denair High School athletics programs. 6 p.m. Denair Community Center, Main and Gratton streets. $30. (209) 262-7344.
OMELET BREAKFAST FUND-RAISER
Proceeds benefit American Legion Girls State program. 7-11:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, Modesto,1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. $7. (209) 668-9710.
Proceeds benefit local charities.7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sylvan Improvement Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave. $4 youth, $7 adult. (209) 526-9445.
Fund-raising event for the Stanislaus County Family Justice Center presented by Modesto Sunset Lions. Semiformal event. 7 p.m. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $25. (209) 872-2712.
Pancake breakfast fund-raiser for Love Riverbank/Love Modesto. Hosted by the Riverbank Lions. 8-10 a.m. Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 2449 Claribel Road, Riverbank. $8.
ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST
Proceeds benefit disabled veterans in hospitals. 8-11 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $6.(209) 668-9710.
La Grange Odd Fellows barbecue lunch featuring hamburgers and hot dogs in conjunction with an informal homecoming celebration for La Grange. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. IOOF Hall-La Grange, Main St. $1-$4. (209) 852-2476.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays through December. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
"AN AMERICAN IN PARIS"
Event featuring food and wine, raffle and the classic film. Proceeds benefit the Stanislaus Literacy Center and MJC Scholarships. 5:30-9 p.m. Galaxy Theatres, 2525 Patterson Road, Riverbank. $25. (209) 545-0883.
GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
TOWNSEND OPERA'S "CINDERELLA"
Comedic telling of the fairy tale set in current-day Atlantic City, with a Jersey Girls twist. 7:30 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m., Sunday
MODESTO COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION: JONI MORRIS
Be transported back to the late '50s and early '60s with renditions of songs like "Where the Boys Are," "Stand by Your Man" and "Crazy".7 p.m.
Adrenaline is a high-energy dance concert with everything from hip-hop to contemporary styles of dance. Presented by Central Catholic High School. 7 p.m.
One of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and eleven million recordings sold. 8 p.m.
THE MILKSHAKE BAND
Tuneful, memorable songs for children evoke everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Lennon-McCartney to The White Stripes. 7 p.m.
JACK HANNA INTO THE WILD LIVE!
Live show features animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from adventures around the world. 7 p.m.
Featuring local high school and college choirs performing a program that is fully a cappella. 5:30 p.m.
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
April 21, Founders Day celebration; May 19, Jambalaya Jazztet. Free to first time visitors. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Third Sundays. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
TURLOCK UKE JAMZ
All ages and skill levels welcome. 10:30 a.m. second Saturdays Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free. www.turlockukejamz.org
Daniel Davies, cello; Benjamin Boren, piano. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
GREAT VALLEY MUSIC ACOUSTIC SERIES
Mark Lemaire and Twilight. 8 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto. $10.
JAZZ SERIES SEASON FINALE
Mario Flores Band. 7 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 1160 Columbia College Drive, Sonora.
MARK LEMAIRE AND TWILIGHT
Part of the Great Valley Acoustic Music Series. 8 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto. $10.
ROBERT DANZINGER MEMORIAL CONCERT
Chamber music. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
SPRING CONCERT AND DANCE
Guest performer: Arthur Brogli. Presented by the San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes. Seated dinner is available prior to the performance, call for details. 7:30 p.m. Swiss Club Hall, East Main Street and Manley Road , Ripon. $8-$10. (209) 668-2760.
SPRING WINDSFESTIVAL 2013
April 20-May 11
April 20, Conner McKay, trumpet; April 27, Aaron Tomte, clarinet; May 4, Kayte Leonard, flute; May 11, Mark Twomey, saxophone. Gottschalk Music Center, 133 Burney, Modesto. $25 . (209) 523-5326.
Gottschalk Music Center Concert Band presentation. 6 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Modesto, 850 16th St. Free.
MJC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
Program: "From Beethoven to Satchmo" and "Remembering Ernie Bucio." 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave. (209) 575-6646.
TURLOCK CONCERT ASSOCIATION GALA CONCERT
Department of music at the California State University, Stanislaus, will present a performance by students and faculty. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
GUEST ARTIST RECITAL
Joel Fan, piano. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
35TH ANNUAL HOT JAZZ PARTY
11 a.m.-6 p.m. National Hotel, 18183 Main St., Jamestown. $20 advance, $25 door. (209) 223-1263. www.visitjacksonca.com
ELTON: THE EARLY YEARS
Live tribute to the singer's early years. Fund-raiser for Castle Air Museum. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
Bethany Home presentation. 6 p.m. Ripon Christian Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple. $12 advance; $15 door. (209) 588-4221 ext. 121.
PIANIST GORDON MOTE
6 p.m. Ripon Christian Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple. $12-$15. (209) 599-4221. www.gordonmote.com
MARIPOSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
The Mariposa County Arts Council presents the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra with two guest artists. An additional performance will be held on Sunday at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, 2 p.m. 7 p.m. Mariposa County High School Auditorium, 5074 Old Highway North, Mariposa. $4-$6. (209) 966-3155.
Columbia College Community Chorus presents a spring concert featuring Bach Cantata No. 4, spring songs, Brahm's Motet, Opus 29, Irving Berlin's Blue Skies and a medley from Oklahoma. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora. $10 presale; $12 door; $5 age 12 and under. (209) 586-5965.
6 p.m. Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. Free with offering. (209) 538-3838.
JIM ANDERSON & THE REBELS
All-ages concert including dinner and show. 5 p.m. Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center and Rookies Pub & Grill, 1251 E. Yosemite Ave. (209) 824-2889.
BENEFIT JAZZ CONCERT
Music of Tom Hoffmann Memorial all-age concert featuring Christer Norden and Mikel Soria. 7 p.m. The Sandpiper, 531 West Yosemite Ave., Manteca. $20. (209) 380-4061.
7 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church-Modesto, 1732 Miller Ave. Free with offering. (209) 538-3838.
FILM: "ON THE ROAD"
Based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac. Call for times.
FILM: "WELCOME TO THE PUNCH"
Sleek modern thriller from acclaimed British music video director and filmmaker Eran Creevy. Call for times.
FILM: "DIAL M FOR MURDER"
Alfred Hitchcock classic. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 3 p.m.
FLY FISHING FILM TOUR
Fifth annual showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. All proceeds benefit Rivers of Recovery, the nonprofit organization serving combat disabled veterans through rehabilitative fly fishing adventures. 5:30 p.m. $20 general, $10 veterans. .
April 26-May 2
Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this film chronicles the 1988 effort to set Chile free from Pinochet. In Spanish with English subtitles. Call for times.
April 26-May 6
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In French and Italian with English subtitles. Call for times.
PINK FLOYD CONCERT EXPERIENCE
Live musical performance starring House of Floyd with laser light show. 8 p.m. $38 adult, $36 senior, $20 child/student.
2013 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
A senior showcase of local talent featuring adult vocalists, hoofers and strummers of various stripes. 1 p.m. $10.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
Turlock Youth Performing Arts is holding auditions for "Legally Blond" for 14-year-olds or incoming freshman through graduating seniors. 5:30 p.m. April 23 and April 26. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock.
Center Stage Youth Summer Conservatory is holding auditions for the summer production of William Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida." 4 p.m. May 1, 1 p.m. May 4. Lower Level Studios, 948 11th St., Suite 1. (209) 846-0179.
Through 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.
Through April 28
The Musical is a Tony-award winning comedy that tells the hilarious story of a large corporation monopolizing a town's public amenities after a 20-year drought. 7:30 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m., Sundays. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. (209) 725-8587. playhousemerced.com
"ONCE UPON THIS ISLAND JR."
Adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" performed by youth. 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $10. (209) 537-5227.
"CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES"
Through May 19
A musical celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, featuring four distinct characters as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.com/
"OTHER DESERT CITIES"
April 19-May 19
Jon Robin Baitzs' play balancing comedy and intense family drama. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $12-$22. (209) 536-1778.
Dinner and theater pairing introducing the Newsome-Harlow 2011 wine Train Wreck. Theatre presentation of "Rough Crossing," a fast-paced mixture of word play and comedy. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. Black Bart Playhouse, 580 Algiers St., Murphys. $60. (209) 728-9858.
"SOUND OF MUSIC"
Big Valley Christian High School drama department presentation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Big Valley Christian High School, 1020 Pelandale Road, Modesto. $5-$10. (209) 571-4800.
"LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS"
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Oakdale High School Theater, 739 W. G St. $8. (209) 847-3007.
"SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS"
May 31-June 23
A touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman who hires an acerbic dance instructor to give her private dance lessons. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday. East Sonora-Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $18-$32. (209) 532-3120. COFFEEHOUSE
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
May 31, "Skool is out - Summer is in" concert. Free, all age event. 6-8 p.m. Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
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
April 20, Wildflower Train; May 11, Railtown 1897 Celebrates Railroading As Part of "National Train Day" 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. www.railtown1897.org
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.
7 p.m., Tuesdays Denny's, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto.(209) 576-2688.
PATH OF THE PADRES HIKES
Through April 28
Popular guided tour that explores the history and wildlife of the area. Hike is moderately strenuous and reservations are required. Call for full details and to make a reservation. 8 a.m.; on select Fridays and most Saturdays and Sundays. San Luis Reservoir, Highway 152, O'Neill Forebay, Los Banos. $7-$12, plus $10 state park entry fee per carload. (209) 826-1197.
AN EVENING WITH NEIL SHUBIN
Neil Shubin is an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer. Book signing to follow. 5-6 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6479.
MR. FROG'S WILD RIDE
Scenic 50k and 100k bike ride through Murphys' countryside. Registration includes food, massage and festivities. 7:30 a.m. Feeney Park, Murphys. $45-$60. (209) 728-9012. www.mrfrogswildride.org
PAWS FOR A CAUSE WALK AND RUN
Bring your furry friend on a 2 and 5 mile walk and run to raise money for COVE, a blindness resource center. 7 a.m. Applegate Park, West 25th and R streets, Merced. (209) 722-8118. www.covemerced.org
SPRING GARDEN TOUR
Presented by the Modesto Garden Club, tour of seven local gardens. See website for full details. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $20. www.modestogardenclub.org
40TH ANNUAL STANISLAUS SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Come out and support area participants as they compete in track and field. Volunteers for the day are also needed. 10 a.m. John F. Kennedy School , 1336 Stonum Road, Modesto. Free. (209) 579-2825.
FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON
Fund-raiser for Catholic Daughters of the Americas. 11 a.m. Elks Lodge-Modesto, 645 Charity Way. $35. (209) 529-2940.
MOMS, DADS AND GRADS SHOPPING BOUTIQUE
Gifts for the upcoming holidays; bring three nonperishable food items. Proceeds benefit local food pantry. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $1. (209) 648-2119.
GOLF TOURNAMENT FUND-RAISER
Children's Crisis Center annual golf tournament fund-raiser and dinner auction. Noon. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. (209) 404-8883 or (209) 471-3589.
Fund-raiser for Spina Bifida featuring vintage car and custom motorcycle show, food and drink, raffle prizes, vendor booths and live music with Blackrose. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Intersport Fitness Center, 4847 Stratos Way, Modesto. (209) 601-4230 or(209) 480-9309.
MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD
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.
CAROUSEL BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
Dinner, cocktails and dancing to live music. Guest couples welcome. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7-8 p.m. dinner, 8-11 p.m. dancing. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. (209) 524-7795.
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.
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.
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 BALLROOMDANCING
May 11, Country 2-Step. 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 Fridays, swing, club, country, line and Latin dances. Third Friday at the Modesto Senior Center, ballroom dances and lesson. 7-11 p.m. Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto. First Fridays, $7; Third Fridays, $5 members, $7 for nonmembers. (209) 814-6701. 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
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.
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.
ISRAELI DANCE CLASSES
Through April 28
7-9:30 p.m., Sundays Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. 5 classes for $30. (209) 571-6060.
TANGO DANCE CLASS
Through April 25
7-8 p.m., Thursdays Merced Senior Community Center, 15th and O streets, Merced. $16 for four lessons. (209) 385-6298.