'Aida' on screen
The State Theatre offers a captured-live performance from Teatro alla Scala to bring Verdi's drama "Aida" to the big screen. The screening is part of the State's Summer Opera in Cinema Series. It will be shown in Italian with English subtitles.
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. doors open; 1 p.m. show, Sunday
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697
Arts and crafts
The 41st annual Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival promises more than 65 booths in the Mother Lode town of Arnold. This summer-opening fest is a showcase of local artists who create their crafts, artwork, food and more to show and sell.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
WHERE: Bristol's Cafe-grounds, Junction of Highway 4 and Blagen Road, Arnold
CALL: (925) 372-8961
If you missed all the bombs bursting in air last night, good news: There's one more chance to celebrate your patriotic spirit. A fireworks display presented by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will take to the skies over Woodward Reservoir on Saturday night. Attendees should plan to stay inside the park until fireworks end. Upon reaching capacity, the park will be closed to all inbound traffic.
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Woodward Reservoir, 14528 26 Mile Road, Oakdale
TICKETS: $20 per carload
CALL: (209) 525-6750
The final concert in this year's MoBand season will feature an "It's Party Time" theme. The concert will offer favorites from this summer's Modesto Band of Stanislaus County selections. Guests are invited to arrive early to spread out their blankets, then bring back their picnic dinners to enjoy the music.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Graceada Park, Sycamore and Needham streets, Modesto
CALL: (209) 575-6184
The annual Cortez Obon Festival returns to celebrate Japanese culture in the Ballico-Cortez community this weekend. The event will feature Obon dancing, cultural presentations, music and more.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cortez Buddhist Church, Cortez Avenue between Linwood and Santa Fe, Ballico-Cortez
CALL: (209) 632-7942