The biblical story of Ruth comes alive through dance. Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. Westside Ministries, 950 Columbia St., Turlock. Free. (209) 667-9020.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
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 PEDDLERSFAIRE
Antiques, collectibles and crafts from more than 100 dealers. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Knights Ferry , Sonora Road, off Highway 120. Free.
54TH ANNUAL COLUMBIA FIREMAN'S MUSTER
Activities and challenges culminating in a tri-tip dinner. See site for schedule of events. Friday, Hospitality Night, 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Columbia Volunteer Fire Department , Columbia State Historical Park. www.columbiagazette.com/muster.html
6TH ANNUAL HOT LATIN NIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL AND CAR SHOW
Music festival featuring various Latin bands on multiple stages, headliner is Malo. 4 p.m.-midnight. Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, 280 Lifestyle St., Manteca. $20-$35. (209) 613-6723.
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.
2013 CALAVERAS COUNTY FAIR AND FROG JUMP
Popular fair featuring entertainment, food, exhibits and the famous frog jumping competition. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. www.frogtown.org/" target="_blank">http://www.frogtown.org/
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.
"THE FIGHT FOR WATER: A FARM WORKER STRUGGLE"
Documentary focused on the effect of the California water crisis of 2009 on the farm working community. O&A with filmmaker and MJC alumni, Juan Carlos Oseguera to follow. 6:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Forum 110, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 614-4689.
GALLO CENTERFOR THE ARTS
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
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. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free. www.turlockukejamz.org
SPRING WINDS FESTIVAL 2013
Through May 11
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.
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
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.
Country music singer and songwriter. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15-$18. (209) 862-4490. westsidetheatre.org
TWISTED FOLK 2013 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
May 4-Aug. 16
May 4, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; June 8, David Lindley; June 29, Mumbo Gumbo; July 5, Uncle Bonsai; July 13, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks; July 27, Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys; Aug. 2, The Deadly Gentlemen; Aug. 16, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore. Twisted Oak Winery-Vallecito, 4280 Red Hill Road. www.twistedoak.com/concerts
Jazz trumpeter. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $49-$74. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
THE STATE THEATRE
Through 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.
Through 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.
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 GREAT GATSBY" SPEAKEASY: PARTY AND FILM
Don your dressiest '20s attire while enjoying free champagne and snacks at this pop-up speakeasy. Film to follow. 6 p.m. $10.
FILM:"TO THE WONDER"
New feature from Terrence Malick explores the complexities of love in all its forms. Call for times.
FILM: "THE SAPPHIRES"
Film follows four Aboriginal girls as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group the Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Call for times.
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. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock.
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
"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/
Through 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.
"IN MY LIFE"
A musical theater tribute to the Beatles. 7 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. $29-$39. (209) 381-0500. tickets.mercedtheatre.org
Best-selling author and humorist presents his witty views on the human condition. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre,1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $39-$62.(209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
"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.
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
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.
May 4, Art in the Park, featuring various local artists and vendors.10 a.m.-5 p.m. .
May 16, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m. 16th Street between H andI streets.
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.
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. Through July, "A Raft of Ducks," exhibition of hand-carved and antique duck decoys. 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. 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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RED HAWK CASINO
1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
April 26, James Garner; April 27, Journey Revisited; May 3, Rockin' Down the Hiway; May 4, Caravanserai; May 10, Fast Times 80's Party; May 11, Aces Up; May 15, David Knopfler; May 17, Young Dubliners; May 18, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; May 24, The Cheeseballs; May 25, Whisky Dawn; May 31, Tom Rigney and Flambeau. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. www.blackoakcasino.com.
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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.
April 26-27, MiddleState Comedy and Film Festival. Two days of comedy shorts, full length features and events. Special guest is comedian Adam Carolla. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. www.middlestatefilmfestival.com
TURLOCK COMMUNITY THEATRE
May 17, Joan Rivers, internationally renowned comedienne. Show for mature audiences only. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $49-$69. www.turlocktheatre.org
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
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
òODD 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.
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.
60TH ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Hosted by Modesto Kiwanis. 8 a.m.-noon. The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto. $4 child, $6 adult. (209) 604-2417.
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.
NEW MEMBERS TEA
Social tea to meet members and see what the Modesto Garden Club is all about. 10-11:30 a.m. Modesto Garden Club Office, 622 14th St. (209) 529-7360.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays through December. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
22ND ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE CHARITY BALL
Dinner, auction and music by the Rod Harris Quartet. Black tie optional, proceeds benefit TeenWorks of Tuolumne County. Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne City. $95. (209) 586-2562. www.blackhatfoundation.org
CARNE ASADA DINNER
Benefits the Merced County Search and Rescue Team. Takeout available. 5-8 p.m. Ballico School Cafeteria, 11818 W. Gregg, Ballico. $10.(209) 769-6185.
RIB AND TRI-TIP DINNER AND BARN DANCE
5-11 p.m. St. Anthony's School, 323 N. Fremont St., Manteca. $15 youth, $30 adults. (209) 640-2171.
18TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY WAFFLE BRUNCH
Proceeds benefit the preservation of the Castle Air Museum. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $5 child, $10 adult. Brunch includes admission to the museum. (209) 723-2182. www.castleairmuseum.org" target="_blank">http://www.castleairmuseum.org
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
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.
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.
MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD
10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. (209) 588-1514. www.mlwsguild.org
7 p.m., Tuesdays Denny's, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-2688.
Family event featuring riding demonstrations, youth activities and various booths focused on horse care and and equine science. 5-9 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Agriculture Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. (209) 765-3089.
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.
WESTURF NURSERY GARDENING SERIES
April 27-May 4
Free presentations will feature various specialists. April 27, Drip Irrigation; May 4, All About Perennials. 10:30 a.m. Westurf Nursery, 1612 Claus Road. Free. (209) 576-1111.
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.
FRIENDS OF THE EMPIRE LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE
Annual event featuring thousands of books for sale in an effort to raise funds for the library. Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Empire Library, 18 S. Abbie.
21ST ANNUAL WALK FOR LIFE AND 5K RUN
8-11 a.m. Tuolumne Regional Park, across from Legion Park, Modesto. (209) 526-1734. www.modestopc.org
FRIENDS OF THE MODESTO LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE
Annual event featuring thousands of books for sale in an effort to raise funds for the library. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto.
NATIVE GARDEN TOUR
Visit several native plant home landscapes in Modesto, Oakdale and Denair. Self-guided tour, maps available at the Great Valley Museum. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. (209) 575-6196.
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.
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.
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 BALLROOM DANCING
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 NIGHTFOLK 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.