Central West Ballet offers the public a chance to see its dancers perform when the annual Ballet in the Park dance concert returns Aug. 31.
The family-friendly event will be held at 7 p.m. at Graceada Park’s Mancini Bowl in Modesto.
The free performance will include a blend of works by Central West Ballet choreographers and dancers including Erikka Reenstierna-Cates, Nicole Firpo, Grant Landon, Marte Madera and Alyssa Milano.
For more information, call (209) 576-8957.
YES Company star nominated for an Elly
Kodi Mattox is nominated for a Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance Elly Award for his starring role in the Youth Entertainment Stage Company’s 2012 staging of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.”
Mattox, who played Wonka, is nominated for best leading actor (child) in a young people’s musical. Mattox is competing against four other actors from Sacramento’s River City Theatre Company and Flying Monkey Productions. The winner will be announced Sept. 8 at the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy.
Film series offerings at the State Theatre
The Modesto Film Society presents “Picnic” at the State Theatre on Sunday, a 1955 film starring Kim Novak and William Holden.
Holden plays a handsome drifter who ignites passions at a small-town Labor Day picnic. The film begins at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.
On Saturday, the Care More Senior Film Series presents the 1961 classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The film starring Audry Hepburn as New York socialite wanna-be Holly Golightly begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $4.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestate.org.
Free concert planned at new amphitheater
Forest Ranger Patrick Michael Karnahan will give the inaugural performance tonight at the new Cherry Valley Lake Amphitheater in the Cherry Valley Lake Campground off Cottonwood Road, 32 miles east of Tuolumne City.
The free show begins at 7 p.m. and is titled “The Living Forest” (songs and stories from the forest). The one-hour program will feature a sing-along, educational information and interactive games. The amphitheater has seating for 50 and was built by the United States Forest Service, Groveland Ranger District. Those who attend should bring folding chairs or blankets.
Modesto Symphony’s chorus seeking singers
The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus is seeking singers for the 2013-14 season. Interested vocalists should arrange for a Sept. 5 audition with director Daniel Afonso Jr. Tenors and basses are especially urged to audition. Rehearsals begin Sept. 9 and are held at 7 p.m. Mondays at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. The chorus is scheduled to perform with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra at the Holiday Pops! concerts Dec. 6-7 at the Gallo Center for the Arts, the Holiday Candlelight concert Dec. 17 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, and the Ecce Sacerdos Magnus/Requiem concerts May 9-10 at the Gallo Center. To schedule an audition or for more information, contact chorus manager Burt Vasche at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 505-6156.
Cumbia, Culture and Community in benefit
Bay Area bands Candelaria and La Gente will perform a benefit concert Aug. 24 at the State Theatre in Modesto for the nonprofit Lograr Community Institute. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Candelaria plays cumbia with a mix of some dub reggae techniques. La Gente plays reggae, cumbia, hip-hop, salsa, rock and world music. Lograr Community Institute is dedicated to empowering Central Valley families to win lasting improvement in health, education and economic development. The State Theatre is at 1307 J St. Tickets to the concert are $20; (209) 527-4697 or www.thestate.org.
Family Day celebration at Calaveras Big Trees
Calaveras Big Trees State Park east of Arnold is hosting its 25th annual Family Day Celebration on Saturday. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a “Wild Things” presentation with live animals, horse-drawn carriage rides, guided walks amid the giant trees, a butterfly release and a Miwok Indian display. There also will be live music by the Mother Lode Brass Band in the big stump area. Calaveras Big Trees Park is on Highway 4 just east of Arnold and includes two groves of giant sequoias, two campgrounds and hiking trails. The park entrance fee is $10 per car or $9 for seniors. All programs and displays inside the park are free. Call (209) 795-2334.