Calendar: Events in and around Modesto

July 3, 2013 

GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

"LOOKING OVER THE PRESIDENT'S SHOULDER"

July 12-14

Modesto's new African-American theater company, Sankofa, presents this one-man play written by James Still and performed by Dwight D. Mahabir. The story is about Alonzo Fields, who accepted a job as a butler at the White House in 1931. 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. $10-$20.

"MUSIC OF THE NIGHT"

July 18

Summer Sonata fund-raiser for the Modesto Junior College Foundation. Event includes an elegant reception of fine wines and food, silent auction, dinner, live auction and a performance of songs from "The Phantom of the Opera" by MJC students. 5:30 p.m. $150. (209) 575-6619.

YES COMPANY: "RAGTIME"

July 19-28

Three distinct stories intertwine to poignantly illustrate history's contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate in America at the turn of the century. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays.

BILLY CURRINGTON

Aug. 1

7:30 p.m. $39-$109.

LOS LONELY BOYS

Aug. 7

Make up engagement for Grammy Award-winning band. 7 p.m.

DAVE KOZ AND FRIENDS

Aug. 9

Eight-time GRAMMY nominee and saxophonist Dave Koz, with special guests Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. 8 p.m. $29-$79.

CHRIS ISAAK

Aug. 10

8 p.m. $49-$99.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER

Aug. 16

Popular a cappella group returns to the Gallo Center. 8 p.m. $19-$69.

GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS

Aug. 22

American blues guitarist and vocalist. 7:30 p.m. $19-$69.

VALLEY'S GOT TALENT 2013

Aug. 30-31

Talent competition returns for a fourth year as local musicians, singers, dancers and other artists vie to be the area's most talented performer. 7 p.m. $10-$25.

LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT IS DUE

Sept. 14

7:30 p.m. $39-$89.

REO SPEEDWAGON

Sept. 16

7:30 p.m. $49-$99.

JOHNNY MATHIS

Sept. 21

8 p.m. $59-$149.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY

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

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

CONCERTSIN THE PARK

Through July 11

Annual MoBand musical series. July 11, It's Party Time. 8 p.m. Thursdays. Graceada Park, Sycamore and Needham streets, Modesto. Free. www.modestoband.org

25TH ANNUAL CERES CONCERTS IN THE PARK

Through July 16

July 9, The Josh Rosenblum Band and InsidEout; July 16, Crossfire and God's Creation. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Whitmore Park, North Street between Second and Third streets, Ceres. Free. (209) 538-5782.

FIRST FRIDAYS IN THE PARK CONCERTS

Through Sept. 6

July 5, The Original Snail; Aug. 2, Jim Bailey and Plan B; Sep. 6, James Faifua and The Jukes. 5:30 p.m. Murphys Community Park, 505 Algiers St., Murphys. Free. (209) 728-8183. www.gocalaveras.com/murphys- community-club

WATERFORD CONCERTS IN THE PARK

July 12-Aug. 9

July 12, Off the Traxx; July 19, Jim Anderson and the Rebels; July 26, CBC Worship Team; Aug. 2, Knight Sounds; Aug. 9, Elegancia Musical and Tierra Caliente. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays. Beard Park, 540 C St., Waterford. Free. www.cityofwaterfordconcerts.com

COLUMBIA BIG BAND STREET DANCE

July 20

8 p.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. Free. www.columbiacalifornia.com

2013 IRONSTONE VINEYARDS CONCERT SERIES

July 20-Aug. 10

July 20, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Aug. 2, Melissa Etheridge; Aug. 10, Big and Rich Party Like Cowboyz Tour with Cowboy Troy and Whiskey Dawn. Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. 800- 514-3849. www.ironstonevineyards.com

JANIVA MAGNESS

July 27

Award-winning contemporary blues artist. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $20-$23. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

THE STATE THEATRE

FILM:"FRANCES HA"

Through July 13

From director Noah Baumbach, "Frances Ha" follows the free-spirited and tumultuous life of a 27 year old woman at a crossroads with her relationships and her dreams. Call for times.

FILM: "MORE THAN HONEY"

Through July 17

Documentary about the decimation of the world's bee population through the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Call for times.

THE CARNAGE ASADA FILM FESTIVAL

July 6

Presenting grind house-style films as well as experimental cinema, this is an independent festival brought to you by local filmmakers. 6 p.m. $7 advance, $10 door.

"AIDA" FROM LA SCALA

July 7

Captured-live performance from Teatro alla Scala brings Verdi's drama to the big screen. Part of the Summer Opera in Cinema Series. Italian with English subtitles. 12:30 p.m. doors; 1 p.m. show.

FILM: "JAWS"

July 9

Presented by the Modesto Film Society 7 p.m.

SINGLES MINGLE MEDITERRANEAN NIGHT

July 10

Monthly meet-ups for adult singles with the Desert Wind Dancers, food and raffle. 6 p.m. $10.

FILM: "MUD"

July 12-25

Two adventurous Arkansas boys discover a boat and the fellow who claims to own, or at least inhabit, it on an overgrown island on the Mississippi River. Call for times.

FILM: "SIGHTSEERS"

July 13-26

Dark comedy from director Ben Wheatley, official selection of Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. Call for times.

BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION & PETIT FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

July 14

Celebration of the storming of the Bastille with a petit French Film Festival replete with replicas of the Eiffel Tower, complimentary croissants, and more than three hours of films, French with English subtitles. 12:30 p.m. doors; 1 p.m. films begin. $12.

THE ORIGINAL WAILERS

July 19

World class reggae. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $25 advance; $30 door.

FILM: "TO CATCH A THIEF"

July 20

A CareMore Senior Film Series presentation. Event will feature fun films, drawings for prizes, refreshments and friendship. 10 a.m. doors; 10:30 a.m. film. $4.

FILM: "THE GREAT ESCAPE"

July 21

Thrown together by the Germans, a group of captive Allied troublemakers plot a daring escape. A Modesto Film Society presentation. 2 p.m.

The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org

THEATER

"THE DIVINERS"

Through July 28

The fictional story of two misfits. C.C. Showers is a man trying to outrun his past who stumbles into the Indiana town of Zion and meets Buddy Layman, a boy who is brain damaged and terrified of water because of a near-drowning that killed his mother. 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Stage 3 Theatre Company, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $12-$22. (209) 536-1778. www.stage3.org

"MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING"

Through July 30

Outdoor performances of Shakespeare's treasured comedy. Dinner and wine packages are also available at each show. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Cornelia B. Stevenot Performing Arts Center, 2690 San Domingo Road, Murphys. $20-$45. (209) 728-8422. www.murphyscreektheatre.org

"OKLAHOMA!"

Through Aug. 18

Popular musical set in America's early frontier. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org

"HAIRY TALE ROCK"

July 5-6

A musical spinoff of Rapunzel. Call for times. Hutton's Hamlet Performing Arts Center, 132 W. G St., Oakdale. $4-$8. (209) 848-1216.

"HOTEL ESCARGOT"

July 19-20

Comedy set at the "Kantz International Film Festival." Call for times. Hutton's Hamlet Performing Arts Center, 132 W. G St., Oakdale. $4-$8. (209) 848-1216.

CASINOS

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

July 5-6, Clean Slate; July 11, LoCash Cowboys; July 12, Rock of Ages; July 13, Shane Dwight; July 19, Chains Required; July 20, Josh Pfeiffer; July 25, Comedy Showcase; July 26, Aztlan; July 27, Ascension Band. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne . www.blackoakcasino.com.

CACHE CREEK

(800) 772-2243

14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com

COFFEEHOUSES

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

Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.

ART

BARKIN' DOGGRILL

(209) 572-2341

July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.

BUILDING IMAGINATIONCENTER

(209) 585-6712

July 18, 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

July 12, "Once upon a time with Illustrator Doug Hansen," family presentation. 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

Through July 13, 60th annual Spring Art Show; July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk; through July 25, "Building Blocks and Childhood Structures" and Summer Members' 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

July 18, 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

July 18, 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

July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.

DOWNTOWN MERCED

July 20, Merced Art Hop community art showcase with live music, performances and more. 5-9 p.m. Merced. www.mercedarthop.org

DOWNTOWN MODESTO

(209) 529-9303

July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.

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

July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.

INTRINSIC ELEMENTS

(209) 534-1702

July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.

PAPER PLANES TATTOO AND ART STUDIO

(209) 324-1543

July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.

PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT

(209) 581-1695

July 18, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.

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.

TREWIN FRAMERY

(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.

FESTIVALS & FAIRS

CORTEZ OBON FESTIVAL

July 6

Japanese-American festival featuring Obon dancing, cultural presentations, music and more. 7 p.m. Cortez Buddhist Church, Cortez Avenue between Linwood and Santa Fe, Ballico-Cortez. (209) 632-7942.

SIERRA NEVADA ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

July 6-7

Over 65 booths showcasing local artist talent in crafts, food, art and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bristol's Cafe-grounds, Junction of Highway 4 and Blagen Road, Arnold. Free. (925) 372-8961.

MOTHER LODE FAIR

July 11-14

76th annual Mother Lode fair with midway, live entertainment, livestock exhibits and a family fun area complete with kids activities, contests and shows. 4 p.m.-midnight, Thursday-Friday; 1 p.m.-midnight, Saturday; 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Mother Lode Fairground, Sonora. $10 admission; $20 carnival wristband. (209) 532-7428.

STANISLAUS COUNTY FAIR

July 12-21

Annual county fair featuring agriculture exhibits, midway, entertainment, motorsports, rodeo and more. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturdays and Sundays, noon-midnight. Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5-$12 gate admission; some events at additional cost. (209) 668-1333.

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR

July 12-28

Seventeen-day fair is a celebration of the State of California, its industries, agriculture and diversity of people offering a midway, food and beverage booths, exhibits and demonstrations. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Midway open 1 hour later. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. $6-$8 admission; some events are at additional cost. (916) 263-3247.

GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL

July 26-28

Feast on food laced with fresh garlic, enjoy three stages of musical entertainment, shop in arts and crafts, view the garlic cook-off and other celebrity cooking demonstrations, spend time in the children's area and visit interactive displays as part of this year's festivities. 10 a.m. parade. Festival to follow. Christmas Hill Park-Gilroy, 7050 Miller Ave., Gilroy. $8-$17. 408- 842-1625. www.gilroygarlicfestival.com

BEAR VALLEY MUSICFESTIVAL

July 26-Aug. 11

45th annual music festival featuring music from Gershwin to Garland, Country, jazz and more with a family concert and Van Cliburn show with guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko. Call for concert times. Bear Valley Free-$60. (209) 753-2574.

BLUES AND BONES FESTIVAL

July 27

Barbecue competition and blues music from John Lee Hooker Jr., Daniel Castro and others. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. (209) 456-3290. www.bluesandbones.com

FIJI FESTIVAL

July 27

Kids games, stage shows, Ferris wheel, food booths, retail booths, a tiki torch lounge and dancing under the stars. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Central Catholic High School, 200 S. Carpenter Road, Modesto. (209) 495-7031.

TWAIN HARTE SUMMER ARTS & WINE FESTIVAL

July 27-28

Wine- and food-tasting event with annual arts and crafts fair. Local wineries and food purveyors, basket raffle, car show and entertainment from Tom Rigney & Flambeau Cajun Band, Tessie Marie & Poor Man Band and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Twain Harte Free. (209) 533-3473.

X-FEST 2013

Aug. 3

14th annual downtown music festival. 21 and older event. Puddle of Mudd, Aaron Carter, Y&T and more. Visit www.xfestmodesto.com for full schedule. 5 p.m. Downtown Modesto $20 advance.

MODSTOCKMUSIC FESTIVAL

Aug. 4

Presented by Roberts Auto and Valley Music Institute. 26 local bands, food, drink, arts and crafts, demonstrations, bounce house and family activities. 10 a.m. Graceada Park, Sycamore and Needham streets, Modesto. (209) 543-2066.

SALIDA TOWN AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL

Aug. 24

Enjoy a day of food, crafts, information booths, kids activities, live entertainment and a parade. 10 a.m. parade. Festival to follow. Downtown Salida Free.

NEWMAN FALL FESTIVAL

Aug. 28-Sept. 2

Celebrating Newman heritage, the event features Mr. and Miss Newman Pageant, kid's games, car show, carnival, food and craft vendors and more. Pioneer Park, 1250 Tulare St. , Newman. (209) 451-2815.

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 CENTERBREAKFAST

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 - Ripon, 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

July 14

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

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 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.

ANGELS CAMP CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET

Fridays

5 p.m.-dusk. Utica Park , Angels Camp. (209) 743-3427.

AIRPORT DISTRICT FARMERS MARKET

Through Aug. 23

8:30 a.m.-noon, second and fourth Fridays Airport District Community Center, 805 Empire Ave. , Modesto. (209) 491-9320 ext. 139.

"KICK UP YOUR BOOTS FOR LIFE" FUND-RAISER

July 12

Line dancing, barbecue and raffle. A benefit for the Modesto Pregnancy Center. 6 p.m. Alger's Ranch, 4046 Dodds Road, Escalon. $20. (209) 526-1734. www.modestopc.org" target="_blank"__gt__http://

CALAVERAS ARTS COUNCIL SUMMER DINNER

July 16

Dinner and entertainment, members and nonmembers are welcome. 5:30 p.m. Calaveras Senior Center, 956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. $16. (209) 754-1774.

SPOTLIGHT ON RAILTOWN

July 20

Fund-raiser event featuring wine and appetizers, Railtown tours, live music, turntable demonstrations, railcar rides and a silent auction. 6 p.m. Railtown 1897 State Park, Fifth Avenue at Reservoir Road, Jamestown. $50. (209) 984-4622.

TASTES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN FUND-RAISER

July 25

Taste a variety of wines and feast on complimenting appetizers. Proceeds to benefit Philoptochos, a local charity for the poor. 6-9 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. $25 advance, $30 door. (209) 522-7694.

THE ROMANCE OF OLD HAVANA

July 27

Cultural event featuring photography exhibit, Cuban band Los Boleros, stage show with Arenas Dance Company, street music by Ramon Romero & Cuerdos de Fuego and special guest opera star, Roy Stevens. Street food and beverages. Benefit for helping put the arts back in Stanislaus County schools. 6-11 p.m. Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. $60-$75. (209) 543-4261.

SENIOR SPAGHETTI FEED

July 28

Howard Training Center annual Senior Meals Spaghetti Feed. Spaghetti, salad, bread, cookies and activities including balloon animals and raffle prizes. 1 p.m. doors open; 2 p.m. meal service. Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Road, Modesto. $10 for adults, $5 children 10 & under. (209) 593-5611.

CATFISH DINNER AND RAFFLE

Aug. 8

4-7 p.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6-$12. (209) 853-2128.

FOR KIDS

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.

BACKYARDBOOKWORMS

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.

TWEEN BOWLING PIN ART CONTEST

Through July 31

Decorating bowling pins; limited number of pins available so participants will be chosen by a random drawing. Completed pins must be returned by July 31. Pins will be displayed at county libraries and then returned to artists. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org

LIBRARY DAY OF PLAY

Through Aug. 10

Special program that allows youth to participate in sports, games and crafts while also engaging in summer reading. Held at different libraries throughout the summer. July 8, Keyes; July 11, Hughson; July 17, Denair; July 20, Riverbank; July 27, Oakdale; Aug. 6, Waterford; Aug. 10, Turlock. Call libraries for times. Free. (209) 558-7801. www.stanislauslibrary.org

BUTTON MAKING CRAFT

July 9

For youth ages 6-18; materials are provided. 3:30 p.m. Waterford Library, 324 E St. Free.(209) 874-2191. www.stanislauslibrary.org

READ! BUILD! PLAY! TODDLER STORY TIME

July 11

Program designed to help young children develop their early literacy skills. Registration is required. 10:15 a.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free.(209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org

DAVE THE HORN GUY

July 13

Performances at Stanislaus County Library branches in Modesto and Ceres. 9 a.m. Modesto; 3 p.m. Ceres. Free. www.stanislauslibrary.org

PYTHON RON

July 13-July 25

Performing at various libraries throughout the county. July 13, Patterson and Newman; July 15, Keyes and Modesto; July 16, Oakdale and Waterford; July 17, Ceres, Hughson and Empire; July 18, Riverbank and Salida; July 25, Turlock and Denair. See Website for times at each branch. Free. www.stanislauslibrary.org

GUITAR PICKPUNCH CRAFT

July 30

Make unique guitar picks out of old gift cards. For ages 13-18. 3:30 p.m. Waterford Library, 324 E St. Free. (209) 874-2191. www.stanislauslibrary.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

Through Sep. 1, "In Train View" Sonora Photo Club exhibition. Saturdays-Sundays 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; trains depart 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Railtown 1897, Jamestown. $8-$15. (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.

SUMMER BIRDWALKS

Through Sept. 4

Led by Jeanne Ridgley from the Central Sierra Audubon Society, the walks will last 2-3 hours and participants are asked to bring binoculars and a birding guide if available. Rain will cancel the trip. First Wednesdays, 8 a.m. Groveland Community Services District,18966 Ferretti Rd., Groveland. Free. (209) 962-7598.

STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS GROUP MEETING

July 13

Visitors welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. (209) 533-0593. www.mlwsguild.org

WILL JAMES EVENT AT THE OAKDALE LIBRARY

July 9

Program features a reading from cowboy-turned-author Will James' book "Smoky the Cowhorse." 3:30 p.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. Free. (209) 847-4204. www.stanislauslibrary.org

SCRAPPIN' IN PATTERSON

July 13

Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials. Noon Patterson Library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473. www.stanislauslibrary.org

GHOST TOURS

July 13-Oct. 26

Walk through town with a costumed guide as you hear stories of people from the past. Stop in at the hotels and other buildings throughout the park while listening for some residents who may still remain. Reservations available in advance3 p.m., July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 26 Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. $10. (209) 532-3184.

BACKPACK TRIP

July 19-21

Moderately easy, 3-plus-mile backpack hike off the Wheats Meadow trail to Burgson Lake. No first time beginners. Call for further details. Stanislaus National Forest - Burgson Lake (209) 962-7585.

MURPHYS HOMECOMING

July 20

Celebration with music, duck races and activities. There will be a special luncheon for residents who have lived in Murphys for a decade or more and are at least 70 years of age. 11:30 a.m. Murphys Community Park, 505 Algiers St., Murphys. Free. (209) 728-8183. www.gocalaveras.com/murphys-community-club

SUMMER BASHCAR SHOW

July 21

Annual car show open to all makes, models and years. Poker walk, coloring contest, activities, vendors and DJ Gene Adams. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. Free. (209) 551-8532.

SAN ANDREAS RUMBLE

July 27

Classic car show and swap meet. Master Gardeners' open house with question and answer session. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Calaveras County Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. Free. (209) 754-0127.

"HISTORY'S MYSTERIES"

July 27-Aug. 31

Live re-enactments of historic crimes and the trials of those accused characters. Reservations highly recommended; space is limited. Programs last approximately 2 hours. 10 a.m. July 27, Aug. 3, 17, 31 Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. $5 adults; $1 children 12 and under.(209) 588-8128.

SWING FORE HICKMAN SCHOOLS GOLF CLASSIC

Aug. 5

Fund-raiser for Hickman Schools. Entry includes golf cart, continental breakfast and tri- tip lunch. Registration 7 a.m. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. (209) 874-1816 ext 200.

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 YOUNG DANCE 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

July 13, Waltz; Aug. 10, East Coast Swing; Sep. 14, Rumba; Oct. 12, Hustle; Nov. 9, Foxtrot; Dec. 14, Cha Cha. 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 DANCINGFOR 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.

CAROUSEL BALLROOM DANCE CLUB

July 12

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.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK DANCING

Will resume on Sept. 20. 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.

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