Calendar: Events in and around Modesto

May 15, 2013 

ART

BARKIN' DOG GRILL

(209) 572-2341

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.

BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER

(209) 585-6712

Through May 31, "Wonderwall," "Leather, Linen, and Lace" and "3 Hearts"; June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1009 J St., Modesto.

C'EST JOLI

(209) 324-7111

Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.

CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER

(209) 632-5761

May 19, Gallery Talk with winners of the Spring Juried Art Show, 2 p.m. Through June 9, "The Face of Islam: Photographs of the Middle East and Central Asia; Through June 30, Spring Juried Art Show. 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

(209) 529-3369

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk; Through July 13, 60th annual Spring Art Show. 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

(209) 522-0935

June 20, 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.

(209) 579-2173

June 20, 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

DEZIGNZ

(209) 846-0889

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.

DOWNTOWN MODESTO

(209) 529-9303

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 16th Street between H andI streets.

FIRST STREET FRAME CO.

(209) 667-7332

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.

GALLERY 909

(209) 667-3959

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.

INTRINSIC ELEMENTS

(209) 534-1702

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk.5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.

MERCED MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER

(209) 388-1090

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

(209) 324-1543

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.

PEER RECOVERYARTS PROJECT

(209) 581-1695

June 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.

PETROGLYPHE GALLERY

(209) 286-1387

May 19, Spring Sunday Fine Art Concert Series Gallery Hours: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill. www.gallerypetroglyphe.com

REMEMBER WHEN

(209) 544-1385

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

(209) 869-4804

Ongoing, Carol Earle and Eva Williams. Exhibit hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 1021 I St., Modesto. Free.

TREWINFRAMERY

(209) 818-6004

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.

UNIQUE BOUTIQUES

(209) 523-3000

Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.

VENTANA GALLERY

(209) 588-0297

Through June 23, New art by Patti Borden. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays-Mondays. 48 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.ventanagallery.com

CASINO

CHICKEN RANCH

(800) 752-4646

16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/

THUNDER VALLEY

(877) 468-8777

1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com

CHUKCHANSI GOLD

(866) 794-6946

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com

JACKSON RANCHERIA

(800) 822-9466

12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com

RED HAWK CASINO

(888) 573-3495

1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com

BLACK OAK

(877) 747-8777

May 17, Young Dubliners; May 18, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; May 24, The Cheeseballs; May 25, Whisky Dawn; May 30, Comedy Showcase; May 31, Tom Rigney and Flambeau. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne . www.blackoakcasino.com.

CACHE CREEK

(800) 772-2243

14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com

COFFEHOUSES

MODESTO BAHA'I CENTER

(209) 579-1946

First and third Fridays, Cafe Night. 1100 Carver Road, Suite 10.

HUGHSON COFFEE COMPANY

(209) 883-0828

Ongoing live music. 6724 E. Whitmore, Suite J.

QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE

(209) 521-8000

May 18, "Super Cool Music Party" with Michael and Jeanne; May 31, "Skool is out - Summer is in" concert. Free, all age event. 6-8 p.m. Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.

GALLO CENTERFOR THE ARTS

JEANNE ROBERTSON

May 17

Comedienne and professional speaker. 8 p.m.

"PYGMALION"

May 17-25

The classic play that inspired "My Fair Lady." Fridays and first Saturday, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 2 p.m.

JOSH PFEIFFER

May 18

Ticket proceeds will be donated to American Cancer Society, Habitat For Humanity, and American Red Cross 7 p.m.

ALEX RAMON: ILLUSION FUSION

May 22

A fresh approach on magic by a modern-day showman. 7 p.m.

DWIGHT YOAKAM

May 25

Country music artist. 8 p.m.

MSO: LET'S GO TO THE MOVIES

May 31

Modesto Symphony Orchestra performs concert of movie music from world renown cinematic composer John Williams and Disney movies and musicals. 8 p.m.

PICTURE US

June 2

Ever try to get a big gathering of relatives to pose for a photo? Our 120 Center Stage Kids do just that as they sing, act and dance their way through this tender, lively, entertaining musical theater production celebrating the bonds of family. 2 and 7 p.m.

DANA CARVEY

June 7

8:30 p.m.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. __lt__a href="http://www.galloarts.org" target="_blank"__gt__www.galloarts.org__lt__/a__gt__.

MUSIC

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.

TWISTED FOLK 2013 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Through Aug. 16

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 COMBOS CONCERT

May 17

7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959. www.csustan.edu/SOA

SPRING SUNDAY FINE ART CONCERT SERIES

May 19

Featuring violinists Joseph Gold and Debbie Dare. 3:30-6 p.m. Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill. $21-$23. (209) 286-1387. www.gallerypetroglyphe.com

WINDS IN THE SEQUOIAS

May 25

A night of chamber wind music from The Motherlode Woodwind Quintet and a sampling of food and fine wine. 4 p.m. Calaveras Big Trees, Jack Knight Hall, Calaveras Big Trees State Park. $25. (209) 795-3840. woodwind.eventshot.com

MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

May 27

The Calaveras Community Band will play patriotic, swing and show tunes. 6:30 p.m. Murphys Park, Algiers and Main streets, Murphys.

THE STATE THEATRE

FILM: "THE SAPPHIRES"

Through May 17

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.

FILM: "GINGER AND ROSA"

Through May 23

Tells two early-coming-of-age stories, one political, one emotional set on 1963 London. Call for times.

FILM: "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK"

Through May 17

The Oscar-winning dark comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Call for times.

FILM: "THE ANGEL'S SHARE"

May 17-26

Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, "The Angel's Share" is a bittersweet comedy following a young, new father as he tries to shed his criminal past. Call for times

FILM: "PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES"

May 18

Classic starring Doris Day, part of the CareMore Senior film series. 10:30 a.m. $4.

THE GREG KIHN BAND

May 18

8 p.m. $28-$35.

FILM: "MILDRED PIERCE

May 19

Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her role as a waitress turned successful businesswoman whose ungrateful daughter (Ann Blyth) competes with her for the affection of her husband. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 3 p.m.

NA'AN STOP

May 24

Na'an Stop, one of the fastest rising bands on the Colorado music scene, is bringing its non-top energy, reggae sound and original lyrics to The State. 8 p.m. $13-$15.

FILM: "THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

May 25-31

The film follows a successful, young Pakistani man living in New York and Pakistan as he struggles to find an identity in a post 9/11 world. Call for times.

FILM: "AMERICAN GRAFFITI"

June 1

6:30 p.m. $3.

The State Theatre is at1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. __lt__a href="http://www.thestate.org" target="_blank"__gt__www.thestate.org__lt__/a__gt__

TALENT

YOUNG MASTER COMPOSERS CONTEST

Through May 17

Annual contest for kids aged 8-18 for them to showcase their musical talents. Full details and entry form available online. Entries due May 17. Mariposa County Arts Council, 5009 Fifth St., Mariposa. (209) 966-3155. http://tinyurl.com/mso2013ymcc

AUDITIONS: "THE BULLY BUSTER RIDES AGAIN"

May 23

Parts available for two men and women ages 18-25. This educational production will tour area schools from September 2013-June 2014. Selected actors will be compensated. 4-6 p.m. Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. (209) 338-5060. www.galloarts.org

THEATER

"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 DESERTCITIES"

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.

MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE

May 17-25

Presented by the West Side Players, the show promises mystery, murder and laughs. Fridays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $25, reservations required. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

"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.

"NICKEL AND DIMED"

June 7-23

Examination of the effects of bottom-line and welfare reform on working-class America. Center Stage Conservatory presentation. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Lower Level Studios, 948 11th St., Suite 1. $10. (209) 846-0179.

COMEDY

TURLOCK COMMUNITYTHEATRE

(209) 668-1169

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

DANCE

DANCE CONCERT

May 17-18

8 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959. www.csustan.edu/SOA

FESTIVALS & FAIRS

2013 CALAVERAS COUNTY FAIR AND FROG JUMP

Through May 19

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"__gt__http://

COMMUNITY SAFETY SATURDAY FAIR

May 18

Family event focusing on youth, family and community safety. Special guests include Dot-Marie Jones, who appears on television's "Glee" and Marc Klaas, founder of the KlaasKids Foundation. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hilmar Cheese Company Visitor Center, 9001 N. Lander Ave.

MODESTO FAMILY CYCLING FESTIVAL

May 18

Annual festival and Harvest Moon Criterium Bike Race. Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Criterium, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Modesto, 10th and I streets (209) 571-5193.

OAKDALE CHOCOLATEFESTIVAL

May 18-19

Yearly event celebrating all things chocolate. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-5p.m. Wood Park, Highways 120 and 108, Oakdale. www.oakdalechamber.com

CENTRAL VALLEY KNIGHTS CAR SHOW AND CRUISE

May 24

Benefit for the Modesto Vets Center. 4-9 p.m. Regal Modesto Stadium 10, 3969 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 521-2675.

MANTECA MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

May 24-26

A weekend of events including food, music, 5k run/walk and ceremonies honoring our nation's veterans. Various locations (209) 239-1371. thememorialweekend.org

SPRING PEDDLERS FAIRE

May 25-26

More than 70 booths of antiques, collectibles and crafts. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Arnold www.gocalaveras.com

OPEN COCKPIT DAY

May 26

Various aircraft will be open for viewing. The event also will feature helicopter rides, youth activities, vendors and food. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $5-$12. (209) 723-2178. www.castleairmuseum.org

FILM

FILM: "BRAVO"

May 18

Tells the story of the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh during the Tet offensive. 5 and 8 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 1160 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. $10. (209) 588-1505. www.vietnamveterans391.org

FILM: WALL-E

May 18

Family friendly film about a lovable robot looking for friendship on an abandoned Earth. 2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. Free. (209) 533-5507. www.tuolcolib.org

ODDS & ENDS

CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS

Ongoing

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

TELESCOPE NIGHT

Ongoing

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.

AIRCRAFT DISPLAY

Ongoing

9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.

RAILTOWN 1897 STATE HISTORIC PARK

Ongoing

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

AIRPLANE EXHIBIT

Ongoing

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.

TOASTMASTER'S

Ongoing

7 p.m., Tuesdays Denny's, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-2688.

CAP AND GOWN FESTIVAL

May 17

Merced's biggest outdoor event that celebrates local graduates. 5-10 p.m. Downtown Merced, Merced. (209) 385-6232. www.cityofmerced.org

STANISLAUS AUDUBON AND SIERRA CLUB

May 17

Speaker will be Keith Hansen on "A Green Year of Birding." Guests welcome. 7 p.m. College Avenue Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, 1341 College Ave. . Free. (209) 985-1232.

PADDLETO THE SEA

May 17-June 23

An ongoing paddle-a-thon to protect the Tuolumne river and raise awareness for river stewardship. 888- 994-3344. www.paddletothesea.org

1825 FRONTIER LIVING HISTORY EVENT

May 18

Families are invited to go back in time to learn old world trades and activities, watch historic reenactments and shop the best in frontier wares. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bettencourt Family Ranch , Winton. Free.

BABY ANIMAL SHOWER FUND-RAISER

May 18

Benefit for the Stanislaus Wildlife Center, the community is invited for a day of children's activities, refreshments and of course, animals. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fox Grove Fishing Access, Geer Road at the Tuolumne River, Hughson. Free. (209) 883-9414.

ROSE DAY

May 18

Celebration of roses through rose displays, vendors, expert presentations and guided walks through Columbia's roses. Tours, 11 a.m. & 2:15 p.m., event hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Eagle Cottage, Main and State streets. Free. (209) 532-8673.

RIPON RELAYFOR LIFE

May 18-19

24-hour walk and fund-raiser to end cancer. 9 a.m. Ripon High School, 301 N. Acacia Ave.

A SALUTE TO AMERICAN GRAFFITI FUND-RAISER

May 18

Event includes lunch, classic car display and entertainment. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Charity Ballroom, 645 Charity Way, Modesto. $35. (209) 213-7818.

ELKS FUND-RAISERSALE

May 24-25

Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Elks Lodge-Modesto, 645 Charity Way. (209) 883-1082.

GUIDED TOUR OF MODESTO ARCHITECTURE

May 25

Guided walking tour. 1-3 p.m. Building Imagination Center, 1009 J St., Modesto. Free. modestoartmuseum.org/pages/tours.htm

DIGGINS 1852 LIVING HISTORY EVENT

May 30-June 2

More than 100 costumed volunteers recreate an 1850s mining camp that features various activities and demonstrations of the era. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. $1 child, $5 adult. (209) 588-9128. www.parks.ca.gov/columbia

MODESTO GARDEN CLUB TABLE VIEWING

June 5

Guests are invited to view 31 decorated table displays. 1-6 p.m. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. $10, tickets available at the door. www.modestogardenclub.org

GRAFFITI CAR SHOW AND FESTIVAL

June 7-9

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.

Dance Clubs:

TANGO DANCE CLUB

Ongoing

Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays Jacob's Fine Dining , 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-1571.

RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERS

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill.

FOREVER YOUNGDANCE CLUB

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

Rock'n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Fourth Sunday. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.

USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCING

Ongoing

June 8, Argentine Tango. 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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

ROUND ROBINS

Ongoing

7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.

LINE DANCING FOR SENIORS

Ongoing

10:15-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St. Free. (209) 538-5628.

ESCALON SENIOR DANCE

Third Sunday

Featuring Rock 'n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road. $4. (209) 534-7663.

TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS

Ongoing

Square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall - Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. www.ccsda.org/pards" target="_blank"__gt__http://

SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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 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.

FOOD & FUN

SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN

Ongoing

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

VFW BREAKFAST

Ongoing

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.

VFW DINNER

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

Hosted by Ripon VFW Post 1051. 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.

RIPON VFW WEDNESDAY LUNCH

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.

MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET

Ongoing

8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.

FOE BREAKFAST

Ongoing

Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6.(209) 577-2298.

STEAK NIGHT

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Thursdays

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

June 9

Every month on the second Sunday. 7-11 a.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.

MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET

May 15

8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays through December. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.

TURLOCK FARMERS MARKET

Fridays

Seasonal produce, fresh food highlighting local ingredients, and unique hand-crafted items. Four evening markets also will be held June 7, July 5, Sept. 6 and Oct. 25. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Turlock.(209) 225-8177.

PATTERSON CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET

Wednesdays

4-8 p.m. True Value Shopping Center, Corner of Ward Avenue and Las Palmas, Patterson.

TWAIN HARTE A LA CARTE

May 18

Wine tasting and gourmet food event, proceeds benefit local charities and projects. 5-7 p.m. Downtown Twain Harte $35. (209) 591-3333.

OMELET BREAKFAST

May 19

Proceeds benefit the Riverbank Historical Society 8 a.m.-noon. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $3 child, $7 adult. (209) 838-3340.

OMELET BREAKFAST FUND-RAISER

May 19

Benefit for area students. 7-11:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. $7. (209) 551-8060.

FOR KIDS

PARA LOS NINOSPROGRAM

Saturdays

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

Ongoing

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.

BACKYARD BOOKWORMS

Ongoing

Nature themed story and activity hour. 10 a.m., first and third Fridays. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 575-6196.

24TH ANNUAL KIDS' FISH, SWIM AND PLAY DAY

May 18

Kids are welcome to fish, craft and enjoy free goodies and treats. First 75 children will receive a free tackle box and lure. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. San Luis Reservoir, Highway 152, O'Neill Forebay, Los Banos. Free, $10 car entry into park. (209) 827-5353.

SCIENCE ON SATURDAY: "MOUSE PAINT"

May 25

10-11 a.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $10 member, $13 nonmember. (209) 575-6196.

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