Calendar of events across the Modesto region

January 23, 2014 

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

CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243

14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com

BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777

Today, Journey Revisited; Saturday, Cheeseballs; Thursday, Royal Southern Brotherhood; Jan. 31, Busta Groove. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. www.blackoakcasino.com.

COFFEEHOUSES

QUEEN BEAN

COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000

First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.

HERO’S SPORTS

LOUNGE• (209) 981-2311

Saturday, Brew Haha comedy event with Alfonso Potela, Jimmie Menezes, TK Cookiebaker, Janelle Murphey and El Roberto. Hero’s Sports Lounge, 821 L St., Modesto. $5.

Elsewhere:

PUNCH LINE• (916) 925-5500

Today-Saturday, Whitney Cummings; Sunday, Thai Rivera; Wednesday, David Studebaker; Thursday-Feb. 1, Jessimae Peluso; Feb. 6-9, Orny Adams. 2100 Arden Way, Sacramento. www.punchlinecomedyclub.com

DANCE

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

7:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $7. (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 - 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. 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.

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, salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. First Friday. 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.

KNIGHTS FERRY

BREAKFAST• Ongoing

First Sunday of the month. 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, 5030 Broadway, Coulterville. $5.

PRAYER CIRCLE

POTLUCK• Ongoing

Mondays, weekly potluck gathering. 5-7 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 634-8059.

TURLOCK SONS

IN RETIREMENT• Ongoing

Monthly luncheon. 11:15 a.m. third Wednesday. Denair Community Center , 3850 N. Gratton Road, Denair. (209) 632-0011. www.sirinc.org

LIVINGSTON VFW

HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Thursdays

VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and chili. Sandwiches come with homemade salads. 5-7 p.m. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com

ODD FELLOWS

BREAKFAST• Second Sundays

7 a.m.-1 p.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.

25TH ANNUAL

SPAGHETTI DINNER• Saturday

All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, ice cream cup dessert and punch or coffee. Take-out dinners available. 4:30-7 p.m. Escalon United Methodist Church, Highway 120 at Brayton Ave., Escalon. $7.50 adults; $3.50 children. (209) 838-2020.

AN EVENING IN PARIS

ANNUAL GALA• Saturday

The Guild of the McHenry Museum and Historical Society present a fundraiser for the McHenry Museum. Ticket includes hosted cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music by classical guitarist Darin Morris. 5:30 p.m. social hour; 7 p.m. dinner. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. $80. (209) 529-3416.

CRAB CIOPPINO DINNER

AND DANCE• Saturday

Modesto Portuguese Pentecost Association presents all you can eat crab cioppino, salad, bread, wine and soda. Dancing follows dinner. Dinner 4-9 p.m.; dancing 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. California Ballroom, 432 Sixth St., Modesto. $45. (209) 505-3624.

ST. JOSEPH’S

CRAB FEED• Saturday

St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the church office. 6 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. $40. (209) 918-2847.

CRAB CIOPPINO

DINNER DANCE• Feb. 1

Turlock Pentecost Association presents a crab cioppino dinner and dance. 4:30-9 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m.-1 a.m. dance. Turlock Pentecost Association, Golden State Boulevard and Geer Road, Turlock. (209) 664-9324.

VALENTINE HEARTS DINNER

AND AUCTION• Feb. 1

Camp Taylor’s 12th annual “Valentine Hearts” dinner featuring food, stories from “Heart Campers” and auction items. Proceeds benefit local children with heart disease by providing free medically supervised camp programs. Reservations required. 6 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St., Modesto. (209) 545-4715. www.kidsheartcamp.org

M.R.P.S. 95TH PRESENTATION

OF QUEENS• Feb. 8

M.R.P.S. presents annual event featuring cocktails, marinated pork dinner and dancing with music provided by “Alma.” 6-7 p.m., cocktails; 7-8:30 p.m., dinner; 9 p.m.-midnight, dancing. M.R.P.S. Hall, 133 N. Grant, Manteca. $12.50 adults; $6 children.

(209) 825-6646.

ROBERT BURNS SUPPER• Feb. 8

The Saint Andrews Society of Modesto hosts event honoring Scotland’s famous poet and author. Dinner choice of prime rib or chicken, bagpipes, Highland dancers and Ode to the Haggis. Advance paid reservations required by Feb. 5. 6 p.m. Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. $30. dwolffden@sbcglobal.net.

VALENTINE’S DAY

DINNER DANCE• Feb. 14

Dinner and dancing featuring “Late” with special guest Shelly Streeter. 6 p.m.-midnight. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $40. (209) 578-5801.

BEYER HIGH SCHOOL

CRAB FEST• Feb. 15

Crab Fest featuring crab, spaghetti, salad and bread, a no-host bar, and live and silent auction. Tables of eight receive complimentary bottle of wine. 5 p.m. cocktails; 6 p.m. dinner. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Father O’Hare Hall, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. $40 per person; $300 per eight-person table. (209) 576-4309.

CFA CRAB FEED• Feb. 15

Crab feed featuring crab, pasta, salad, hot bread and dessert. Advanced tickets only. No host bar, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. 5 p.m. doors open; 6:30-10 p.m. dinner. Commemorative Air Force, 700 S. Tioga Drive. $35. (209) 605-4313.

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

AIRCRAFT DISPLAY• Ongoing

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

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.

REO SPEECH TRAIN,

TOASTMASTERS• Ongoing

Every Wednesday. 6:30 a.m. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.

OPEN AIR MARKET• Ongoing

First Saturday of every month. Noon-5 p.m. The Yogurt Station, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 845-8113.

TELESCOPE NIGHT• Ongoing

Next event, Feb. 7; First Friday of each month. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Free parking, concessions available. Bring blankets or chairs. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. (209) 575-6800. www.facebook.com/MJCastronomyclub

UKULELE PLAY

AND SING-ALONG• Ongoing

Funstrummers ukulele lessons. 5 p.m. beginners, 6 p.m. play-along Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. (209) 505-3216.

CAMELLIA SOCIETY• Second Sundays

Second Sundays through mid-May. 1:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-0147 or (209) 576-0831.

LA GRANGE REBEKAH’S

BREAKFAST• Third Sundays

7-11 a.m. Oddfellows Hall-La Grange $5. (209) 853-2128.

ANGELS CAMP

MUSEUM• Through Saturday

The museum presents Rock the New Year Tours running every Saturday in January. Free with museum admission. Thurs.-Mon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; tours every Saturday. Angels Camp Museum, 753 South Main St., Angels Camp. $5 adults; $2.50 children. (209) 736-2963. www.angelscamp.gov

SKY CAVES OF NEPAL• Today

Modesto Area Partners in Science offer a presentation by Mark Aldenderfer about tracking ancient human migrations in the High Himalayas. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free.

(209) 575-6800.

ANNUAL POKER

TOURNAMENT• Saturday

Oakdale Lions Club host annual poker tournament. Entry fee includes lunch. Must be 21 or older. Tickets available at door or advance. 11 a.m., doors open; noon, play starts. Oakdale Rodeo Grounds, Hwy. 120, Oakdale. $60. (209) 606-7285.

MODESTO AREA A’S 48TH ANNUAL

SWAP MEET• Saturday-Sunday

Modesto Area A’s Model A Ford Club of America hosts 48th annual Swap Meet. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. www.turlockswapmeet.com

WHIST CARD PARTY• Monday

Brotherhood of St. Anthony Council 30 sponsor a whist card party including refreshments and a raffle. 1 p.m. St. Stanislaus Church Hall, 7th and K streets, Modesto. $2. (209) 529-4933.

ANNUAL USED

BOOK SALE• Thursday-Feb. 1

More than 10,000 books, hardcover and paperback, to purchase. Books-on-tape, videos and CDs will also be sold. Proceeds go to the Turlock Library. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 1. First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Way, Turlock. Free. (209) 634-3592.

ANNUAL CRAB FEED• Feb. 1

Turlock Christian High School Booster’s present their annual Crab Feed. 6 p.m. Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. $45 per person; $330 for table of 8. (209) 669-2337.

SONG OF THE SAN JOAQUIN• Feb. 1

Eighteen poets read their own work. Light refreshments are provided. An “open mic” will follow the formal presentation. 1-3 p.m. Stanislaus County Library basement, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 543-1776.

QUILT SEMINAR

WITH RICKY TIMS• Feb. 6-8

Bernina of America hosts a three-day quilt seminar featuring Ricky Tims. Special guests Alex Anderson of HGTV and Pam Holland. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $224. www.rickytims.com

8TH ANNUAL CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION• Feb. 8

This years celebration, “Year of the Horse,” will feature cultural performances, Chinese paintings, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy, musical entertainment and special performances. 2 p.m. Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St., Modesto. Free. (209) 341-2951.

SIERRA CLUB WINTER HIKE

ALONG THE RIVER• Feb. 8

Four-mile hike along the Tuolumne River. Dogs and children welcome. 9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, Modesto, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. Free. (209) 549-9155.

SWEETHEART DANCE• Feb. 8

Valley Super Singles hosts. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. 7-10 p.m. Clarion Hotel, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $10 advance; $15 door. (209) 529-9173.

TURLOCK UKE JAMZ• Feb. 8

Ukulele group open to all ages and skill levels. Other acoustic instruments welcome. Download and print out the song list online. 10:30 a.m. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free; donations accepted. www.turlockukejamz.org

18TH ANNUAL PRESIDENTS’

WINE WEEKEND• Feb. 15-16

Fine wine sampling. Free “limited tasting” pass with the purchase of $20 wine glass. Full tastings available for additional fee. Cash only. Wine glasses available on Saturday only. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Calaveras Wineries, Calaveras. (209) 728-9467. www.calaveraswines.org

FAMILY GAME NIGHT• Feb. 18

Game night for families to practice teamwork skills. 4:30 p.m. Newman Library, 1305 Kern St. Free. (209) 862-2010.

TEA AND SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER• Feb. 22

Turlock Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary hosts a fundraiser tea and silent auction with a handmade quilt as the door prize. The fundraiser is Hawaiian theme. No tickets will be sold at the door. 2-4 p.m. Salvation Army-Corps Community Center, 893 Lander Ave., Turlock. $8. (209) 667-6091.

WINTER MAGIC• Feb. 22

Robert Baxt, magician and master of ceremonies. 7 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. show. Groveland Hotel, 18767 Main St., Groveland. (209) 962-4000.

MEMORIAL HALL

ANTIQUE FAIR• Feb. 22-23

Twenty-six vendors set up booths in a Depression-era community hall to sell antique and vintage collections. Preview hour costs $5. Saturday, 8-9 a.m. preview, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. general; Sunday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tuolumne Memorial Hall, 18375 Fir Ave., Tuolumne. Free. (209) 928-4877.

TWICE IS NICE

RUMMAGE SALE• March 1

Junior League of San Joaquin County’s 57th Rummage Sale featuring clothing, books, electronics and more. Preview sale on Feb. 28th by ticket only. 8 a.m. San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. (209) 612-3749.

PATH OF THE

PADRES HIKE• March 1-April 27

Hike begins at Los Banos Creek Reservoir boat launch ramp. A pontoon boat carries passengers to the west end of the reservoir. Short stops are made to observe wildlife. Boat trip is followed by a 5-mile roundtrip hike. Hikers must be at least 6, carry a minimum of 2 quarts of water, lunch and snacks. Reservations accepted starting Feb. 3. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. San Luis Reservoir, Highway 152-O’Neill Forebay, Los Banos. $20. (209) 826-1197.

TRIVIA BEE FUNDRAISER• March 8

Test of knowledge both trivial and otherwise. All proceeds go to remodeling the tutoring area at Sonora Main Library. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. $200 per team. (209) 694-2727.

ANNUAL CAMELLIA

SHOW• March 15-16

Camellia Society of Modesto presents its 53rd annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale. More than 1,000 camellia plants growing in the gardens. 2:30-5 p.m., March 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., March 16. Gallo Administration Building, 600 Yosemite Ave., Modesto. Free.

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; $12 annual membership. (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 guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Friday night each month. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 nonmembers; Night: $5 and $7. (209) 534-7663.

MANTECA SENIOR DANCE• Ongoing

Rock ’n’ Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Second and fourth Sundays. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.

USA DANCE BALLROOM

DANCING• Ongoing

Second Saturdays, monthly dances. 7-10 p.m. Second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.

MODESTO BALLROOM

DANCE CLUB• Ongoing

Ballroom dances and lesson. 7-10:30 p.m. Third Fridays. Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., Modesto. $5 members, $10 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.

ESCALON SENIOR

DANCE• Third Sunday

Featuring rock ‘n’ country band. 1-4 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road, Escalon. $4. (209) 534-7663.

TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS• Ongoing

Wednesdays, square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. American Legion Hall - Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. www.facebook.com/turlock.steppinpards

SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE

AND POTLUCK• 

Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Fridays; 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Hughson Senior Center, 2307 Fourth St. $2 door; $8 membership. (209) 538-0362.

SKIRTS N’ FLIRTS

SQUARE DANCE CLUB• Ongoing

Workshop is open to singles, couples and children age 10 and up. Dance will be held on the third Saturday of the month. 7 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. (209) 477-4756. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org

FRIDAY NIGHT

FOLK DANCING• Ongoing

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.

MERCED SUNDAY

SOCIAL DANCE• Fourth Sundays

Sunday dances featuring waltz, Latin, swing, polka and fox trot. Refreshments available. 2-5 p.m. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. (209) 723-0839.

DINE AND DANCE• Feb. 14

Carousel Dance Club hosts a dine and dance for members and nonmembers featuring music by the Kyle Barker band. Reservations due by Feb. 7. 6 p.m. no-host bar; 7 p.m. dinner; 8-11 p.m. dancing. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St., Modesto. $46-$56. (209) 529-0965.

THE STATE THEATRE

FILM: INSIDE

LLEWYN DAVIS• Today

A Coen Brother’s ramble through Greenwich Village in 1961. The film is one of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship. Call for times. (209) 527-4697.

FILM: NEBRASKA• Through Jan. 31

Partially shot in the Norfolk, Neb., area in black and white, “Nebraska” was nominated for five Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and is an AFI Awards nominee for Best Picture of the Year.

JOHN CORBETT IN CONCERT• Today

County singer John Corbett, known as “Sex and the City’s” Aidan, performs. Opening for Corbett’s band is the David Luning Band. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show. $25.

OPERA IN CINEMA SERIES:

LE CORSAIRE, THE BOLSHOI

BALLET• Feb. 2

This ballet presented in three acts tells the love story between Medora, the beautiful ward of a bazaar owner who is kidnapped by corsairs as they shop for slave girls in the marketplace. 1 p.m.

CARAVANSERAI• Feb. 8

Authentic tribute to Santana featuring top hits and audience favorites. 8 p.m. $38 adults; $36 seniors; $20 students and children.

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

TALENT

TEEN TECH

VIDEO CONTEST• Through March 8

Teens, 13-18, to make a short, two-minute video of their own creation featuring their favorite book. Video may contain multimedia such as images, video, animation, music and words. Prizes will be awarded at a reception on March 15. Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7817.

“TAWAWA HOUSE”

AUDITIONS• Wednesday

Townsend Opera opens auditions for opera Tawawa House. Bring three copies of resume and headshot, three song selections: song from desired role, song from memory in similar style, one song in English. 7-10 p.m. Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto. $10. barbarabwesley@gmail.com.

FOR KIDS

PARA LOS NINOS

PROGRAM• 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.

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.

ANIMAL TALK• Ongoing

Fourth Fridays of the month. 10 a.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. (209) 575-6196.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME• Ongoing

Stories and songs for ages 3-6. Story time is followed by Stay and Play, Play and Learn. 10 a.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.

WIGGLE WORMS• Ongoing

Wednesdays, stories and songs for children under 3. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.

YOUTH THEATRE

WORKSHOP• Through Thursday

A month-long workshop involving live theater, exercises, games, songs and dances for ages 4-18. Classes meet every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 4-9, 4-4:45 p.m.; Ages 10-18, 4:30-6 p.m. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 11175 Washington Street, Sonora. (209) 588-3002. www.sierrarep.org/education.html

WEATHER OR NOT• Jan. 25

Saturday science lesson for ages 4-7. Preregistration required. 10 a.m. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $13. (209) 575-6196.

TONY BORDERS’ FROSTY’S MAGIC HAT VENTRILOQUIST SHOW• Feb. 8

Show featuring music, poetry, magic and ventriloquism. Free tickets available one hour prior to the show. 11:30 a.m. Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7814.

FAMILY DINNER

AND MOVIE NIGHT• Feb. 18

Children are invited to come dressed in pajamas and bring a picnic dinner and blanket and watch the film “The Shaggy Dog.” Beverages and popcorn will be provided. 6 p.m. Feb. 18 Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.

GALLO CENTER

FOR THE ARTS

“PRINCESS AND THE PEA”• Sunday

Theatrical production of the classic children’s tale. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $8-$15.

STUNT DOG

EXPERIENCE• Thursday-Jan. 31

A dozen rescue dogs dance, do tricks and stunts. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Jan. 30; 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31. $10-$20.

“LA BOHEME”• Thursday-Feb. 1

Townsend Opera presents a traditional performance of Puccini’s opera featuring Townsend opera chorus with Center Stage Kids as the children’s chorus. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30; 2 p.m. Feb. 1. $10. www.townsendoperaplayers.com

CELTIC NIGHTS• Feb. 5

Traditional ballads of Celtic heritage. 7:30 p.m. $14-$49.

“LET’S DANCE”• Feb. 7-8

Central West Ballet presents “Let’s Dance,” a James Irvine Grant Dance Initiative. 7 p.m.

TAO: PHOENIX RISING• Feb. 8

Japanese “taiko” drumming with choreography. 7:30 p.m. $20-$50. (209) 338-2100.

MEL TILLIS• Feb. 9

County music singer. 2 p.m. $19-$69.

BRAHMS AND

TCHAIKOVSKY• Feb. 14-15

Maestro David Lockington and his wife, violinist Dylana Jenson, perform Brahm’s Double Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet in this Modesto Symphony Orchestra presentation. 8 p.m.

LONESTAR• Feb. 16

Country group celebrates its 20th anniversary now reunited with original lead singer, Richie McDonald. 7 p.m. $25-$55.

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• Ongoing

Third Sundays. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.

35TH ANNUAL COLUMBIA JAZZ ARTIST SERIES• Through April 19

Jan. 31, Big Band Jazz Festival; Feb. 1, Big Band Jazz Festival; Feb. 28, Vocal Jazz Festival; March 1, Vocal Jazz Festival; April 19, Latin Jazz. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. $20 per show, $90 season tickets. (209) 559-0565.

BLUE GRASS SERIES• Today

Blue Grass Series featuring hosts Red Dog Ash and The Sisters Grim Band. Students admitted for half-price. Audience members encouraged to bring instruments for open jam after the show. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show starts. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $12 general; $15 reserved. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

STANISLAUS COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL• Today-Saturday

Annual festival featuring junior high school and high school Honor Choir, Honor Orchestra and Honor Band. 7 p.m. Jan. 24-25; 2 p.m. Jan. 25. Modesto Junior College , East and West Campuses, Modesto. Free. (209) 238-1710.

DEAD WINTER

CARPENTERS• Saturday

Americana roots-rock music combined with an alternative country style. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show starts. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $12 general; $15 reserved. 309- 862-4490. www.deadwintercarpenters.com

RIVER LIGHTS CHORUS

GLOBAL OPEN HOUSE• Monday

Sweet Adelines International chorus hosts an open house for women of all ages. River Lights Chorus is a four-part a cappella harmony. 7 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-7010. www.riverlightschorus.com

LIVING LEGENDS• Jan. 31

Celebration of Native American, Polynesian and Latin American music and dance. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College Auditorium, 435 College Ave. $10. (209) 613-1732. http://goo.gl/RDefVA

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

RECITAL SERIES• Feb.7-March 4

Feb. 7, Randall Keith, string bass; Feb. 20, David Wells, bassoon; Feb. 27, Leah Carl, violin; March 4, Robin Fisher, soprano. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3421. www.csustan.edu/soa

BLUES OF ETTA JAMES

TRIBUTE• Feb. 8

A tribute concert to Etta James performed by Cheryl Lockett. 7:30 p.m. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 West Main St. $25. (209) 720-4997. www.cheryllockett.com

GRACE LIEBERMAN

AND FRIENDS• Feb. 9

Valentine tradition with romantic songs and a sing-a-long. 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $7 youth, $15 seniors and students, $20 adults. (209) 571-6060. cbsmodesto.org

NATSUKI FUKASAWA• Feb. 9

Pianist playing from a classical repertoire featuring Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Strauss Waltzes. 3 p.m. Red Church-Sonora, 42 Snell St. (209) 536-0825.

OVATIONS 2014 PERFORMING ARTS SERIES• Feb. 9-March 30

Feb. 9, The Family Crest; Feb. 22, Mandelring Quartet; March 9, Lily Cai; March 30, Dave Stamey. Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, Angels Camp. $25 adults; $10 18 and younger. (209) 754-1774. www.calaverasarts.org

BOYS OF SUMMER• Feb. 15

A tribute to The Eagles. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $19-$22. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

DR. KENT COOK• Feb. 16

Part of the 2013-14 Manteca Kindred Arts Concert series. 3 p.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, North and Powers streets, Manteca. $5-$15. (209) 823-2570.

GREAT VALLEY SONGWRITER

SERIES• Feb. 21-April 18

Feb. 21, Juni Fisher; March 21, Mark Lemaire and Twilight; April 18, Jay Howlett and Friends. 7:30 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto. $10 donation.

A WINTER NIGHT’S YEOW!• Feb. 22

A multi-band music and comedy show. The evening will be a special tribute to Ron DeLacy, the producer of the "Yeow" tours. 8 p.m. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $20 advance; $25 at the door. (209) 853-2128.

CHRISTOPH BULL• Feb. 28

Christoph Bull performs an organ concert. An artist reception immediately follows the recital. 7:30 p.m. The First Christian Reformed Church, 2620 College Ave., Modesto. $20.

DENNIS JOHNSON AND THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS• March 8

Slide guitarist performs. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15-$18. www.dennisjohnsonslide.com

THE COMMANDERS

JAZZ ENSEMBLE• March 14

US Air Force Band of the Golden West ensemble of 18 musically-trained Airmen, delivers traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway and patriotic music. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. Free; tickets required. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org

RICHARD GLAZIER• March 25

Piano music of Broadway. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $30. (209) 599-3223.

THEATER

“LOOKING OVER THE PRESIDENT’S SHOULDER”• Sunday

One-man show about the true story of Alonzo Fields, head White House butler for 21 years, and witness to history from Hoover to Eisenhower. Actor Dwight Mahabir brings this event to Stage 3 for a limited run. Call for times. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. (209) 536-1778. www.stage3.org

“I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE

PERFECT, NOW CHANGE”• Sunday

Musical comedy featuring a series of sketches and musical numbers. For mature audiences. Playhouse Merced Black Box Theatre, 452 W. Main St., Merced. (209) 725-8587. www.playhousemerced.com

“MOTHER COURAGE

AND HER CHILDREN”• Through Feb. 1

A David Hare adaptation of Bertotl Brecht’s piece. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Center Stage, 948 11th St., Modesto. $12. (209) 846-0179. www.centerstagemodesto.com

“WINNIE THE POOH”• Today-Saturday

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

“GREASE”• Jan. 31-Feb. 9

NCLUSD Musical Theatre department presents “Grease.” Call for times. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $5-$15. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

“THE PIANO LESSON”• Jan. 31-Feb. 9

Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, the play follows the lives of the Charles family in the Doaker Charles household and an heirloom piano. Playhouse Merced-Black Box Theatre, 452 W. Main St., Merced. (209) 725-8587. www.playhousemerced.com

“NEXT FALL”• Feb. 14-March 2

A look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Call for times. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto. (209) 549-9341. www.prospecttheaterproject.org

“PARK YOUR CAR IN HARVARD YARD”• Feb. 21-March 23

Play about the meanest teacher to ever set foot in Gloucestor High School and the housekeeper he hires to look after him. Call for times. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. (209) 536-1778. www.stage3.org

“LES MISERABLES”• March 2-May 4

Musical epic set in 19th century France. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org

“AN EVENING OF MONOLOGUES:

AN ORIGINAL SHOW”• March 6-16

Directed and developed by Amy Seeley with the student cast. March 6-8 and 13-15, 8 p.m.; March 9 and 16, 2 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$10. (209) 667-3451. www.csustan.edu/soa

“A SECOND HELPING:

THE CHURCH BASEMENT

LADIES SEQUEL”• April 25-June 8

Picks up the story in 1969 as Vietnam War protests swell and women everywhere demand equal pay for equal work. The finely tuned ladies running the church basement kitchen face changes of their own. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. (209) 532-3120.

“MR. WARMTH”

DON RICKLES• May 17

Famed stand-up comedian, Don Rickles, performs. For mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $69-$129. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org

ART

BARKIN’ DOG GRILL• (209) 572-2341

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

BUILDING IMAGINATION

CENTER• (209) 585-6712

Feb. 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.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY,

STANISLAUS, GALLERY

• (209) 667-3186

Thursday-Mar. 5, Guest Artist: Stan Wilson; Feb. 6, Artist talk and reception, 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu

CARNEGIE ARTS

CENTER• (209) 632-5761

Through Feb. 23, “Imagining the Real”; Wednesday-March 23, “Roman Loranc: A Retrospective”; Jan. 31, opening reception; Sundays, poetry. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $12 General, $9 Members, Children 12 and under free..

DELICATO

VINEYARDS• (209) 824-3401

Through Feb. 1, 26th annual Fine Art Show; Jan. 31, Voting for favorite art piece ends; Feb. 1, award ceremony. Daily, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 12001 S. Highway 99, Manteca. www.dfvtastingroom.com

DEZIGNZ• (209) 846-0889

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

DOWNTOWN

MODESTO• (209) 529-9303

Feb. 20, 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.

HOVEY WINERY

TASTING ROOM• (209) 728-9999

Through Jan. 31, Dan Gano watercolors. Noon-5:30 p.m., daily. 350 Main St., building A, Murphys. $5.

INTRINSIC ELEMENTS• (209) 534-1702

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

MCHENRY MUSEUM• 

Through Jan. 31, quilts and textile art by the members of County Crossroads Quilters. Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 1402 I St., Modesto.

PETROGLYPHE

GALLERY• (209) 286-1387

Feb. 1, Encaustic Basics and Beyond workshop; Feb. 22, Paint and Pour with artist Pamela Findleton. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill. www.gallerypetroglyphe.com/event/workshops

REMEMBER WHEN• (209) 544-1385

Ongoing artists exhibit. 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.

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