GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
TOWNSEND OPERA OPENING NIGHT GALA ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
The Townsend Opera Players celebrate opening of the 2016-17 season with a Roaring ’20s-themed gala. 6:30 p.m. $100.
THE GUESS WHO ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Canadian rock band with top 40 hits like “These Eyes,” “No Time” and “Star Baby.” 8 p.m. $29-$79.
UNSPOKEN ▪ Thursday, Sept. 29
Modesto Gospel Mission’s annual gala with gospel band Unspoken. 5:30 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. show. $25-$35.
PAUL REVERE’S RAIDERS ▪ Friday, Sept. 30
Late-1960s rock band with hits that include “Kicks,” “Hungry” and “Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” 8 p.m. $19-$59.
SAN FRANCISCO COMEDY COMPETITION ▪ Saturday, Oct. 1
Annual competition returns with finalists in 12- to 15-minute sets judged by local judges. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Foster Family Theater. $20-$35.
GLORIA TREVI ▪ Saturday, Oct. 1
Supreme diva of Mexican pop returns. 8 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $49-$99.
“LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW” ▪ Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8
Central West Ballet presents program based on Washington Irving’s novel. 7 p.m. Foster Family Theater. $30-$35.
THE HIT MEN ▪ Friday, Oct. 7
Performers who toured and recorded with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, Carly Simon, Carole King, Elton John, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and more offer hits in a multimedia production with stories about the rock stars. 8 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $29-$69.
“THE SLEEPING BEAUTY” ▪ Sunday, Oct. 9
California Theatre Center presents fairy tale suggested for grades K-5. 2 p.m. Foster Family Theater. $8-$15.
GABRIEL “FLUFFY” IGLESIAS ▪ Sunday, Oct. 9
Popular stand-up comedian. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. Sold out.
TWYLA THARP ▪ Tuesday, Oct. 11
50th anniversary tour of dance legend bringing classic and new work featuring a hand-chosen cast. 7 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $40-$55.
GERSHWIN “RHAPSODY IN BLUE” ▪ Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15
Modesto Symphony Orchestra with Ray Ushikubo, piano. 8 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $19-$92.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Call 209-338-2100.
UKULELE PLAY-ALONG ▪ Ongoing
Funstrummers. Songbooks provided. 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. 209-505-3216.
UKULELE CLASS ▪ Ongoing
6 p.m. Wednesdays. First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St. at I Street. 209-505-3216.
GOLDEN VALLEY CHORUS ▪ Ongoing
Men’s barbershop-style a capella chorus rehearsals. 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Blvd., Modesto. 209-524-6139.
MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
Sundays: Oct. 16, Jacks June Allstars; Nov. 20, Knight Sounds Big Band; Dec. 18, Midnight Rose Jazz Band. 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12.
TURLOCK SUNSHINE STRUMMERS ▪ Ongoing
Brief ukulele lessons and tips. Other acoustic instruments welcome. 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free. 209-634-3311 or 209-667-2272.
COLUMBIA JAZZ SERIES ▪ Through Sunday, April 16
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, Barbara Morrison; 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, featuring Paul Contos and Patrick Hogan; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, “It’s a Big Band Christmas”; Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4, Big Band Jazz Festival Weekend; Friday-Saturday, March 3-4, “Legends of Jazz” festival weekend; Sunday, April 16, Latin Jazz with Mario Flores Band and Johnny Valdes. Columbia Columbia College Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. $100 full season; $15-$25 individual. 209-559-0565.
ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH BENEFIT CONCERT ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
G Street Junction concert in support of Merced Walk to End Alzheimer’s.7-10 p.m. Auntie’s Soul Food, 2000 E. Childs Ave., Merced. $5.
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT CBS KICKOFF CONCERT AND GALA ▪ Sunday, Sept. 25
Kick off the 25th anniversary season with Dirty Cello, cello with a twist of Klezmer, blues and bluegrass. 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Concert 3 p.m. Six-concert series $75-$85; single tickets $20-$25. Followed by Anniversary Gala Dinner 6 p.m. on the grounds of Garrad and Dallas Marsh, $25. 209-571-6060.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM “MISS SHARON JONES” ▪ Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25
Tight-knit set of relationships between soul singer Sharon Jones and her colleagues and friends during her yearlong cancer battle in 2013, which caused her band The Dap-Kings to take a break while she underwent chemotherapy. $8.
FILM: “THE HOLLARS” ▪ Friday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-28
John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist, is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. $8-$10.
FILM: “COMPLETE UNKNOWN” ▪ Friday-Thursday, Sept. 23-29
A mysterious woman with a remarkable past revisits a former lover, complicating the settled life he has built for himself and his wife. $8-$10.
WOW FILM FEST 2016 ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Women of The West Film Festival returns for a second year. Feature film “Sepideh,” documentary about a young Iranian girl who wants to reach for the stars and become an astronomer. Also screening “Embrace,” documentary on Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement, who posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013. Brumfitt explores global issue of body loathing and the negative stereotypes women endure worldwide. Reception 5:30-6:30 p.m.; films 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15 includes food and swag bags.
NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES: “SILVER SKIES” ▪ Tuesday, Sept. 27
Starring George Hamilton, Mariette Hartley, Barbara Bain and Jack McGee, all of whom will also be Skyped in as part of the post-film discussion with Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers. The film follows a group of eccentric retirees whose lives are turned upside down after learning their apartment complex will be sold. $12.
FILM: “HARRY & SNOWMAN” ▪ Friday, Sept. 30-Friday, Oct. 7
Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. $8-$10.
FILM: “WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY” ▪ Saturday, Oct. 1
Celebrate the life of Gene Wilder with the family fantasy based on the book by Roald Dahl. 4 p.m. $3.
PRIDE IN THE PARK MORNING AFTER CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH & MOVIE ▪ Sunday, Oct. 2
After two days of MoPRIDE’s LGBTQ street fairs, parties, after parties and events in the park join brunch and the film “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of The Desert.” Brunch, champagne, bloody marys, drag queens. 11:30 a.m. $20.
BIG EARL AND THE CRYIN’ SHAME ▪ Saturday, Oct. 8
Benefit for Center for Human Services with Modesto blues band. 7 p.m. $25.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call 209-527-4697. www.thestate.org.
“THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM” ▪ Through Sunday, Sept. 25
Sierra Repertory Theatre. Musical follows Jamie Lockhart as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $18-$35.
“ROCK OF AGES” ▪ Through Sunday, Sept. 25
Playhouse Merced. A rock musical that features hit songs of the ’80s and the end of an era of big hair and legendary rock venues on the Sunset Strip. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. $15-$22. 209-725-8587.
“KATE: THE UNEXAMINED LIFE OF KATHARINE HEPBURN” ▪ Through Sunday, Sept. 25
Stage 3 Theatre. On New Year’s Eve 1999, Katharine Hepburn reflects on her life and her loves as she ponders, at age 92, what the future holds. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $17-$25. 209-536-1778.
“GIDION’S KNOT” ▪ Through Saturday, Oct. 1
Center Stage Conservatory. A conversation between a mother and a teacher about her fifth-grade son’s suspension. Lower Level Theatre, 948 11th St., Modesto. $15 general; $10 student. 209-846-0179. www.cheerslove.wixsite.com/csclowerlevel.
“PICNIC” ▪ Through Sunday, Oct. 2
Prospect Theater presents William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama, directed by Michael Hewitt. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. $20.
“CYRANO” ▪ Friday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Oct. 16
Sierra Repertory Theatre production tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul, hampered by a huge nose that makes him believe he is incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane.East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $18-$35.
BARKIN’ DOG GRILL ▪ 209-572-2341
Thursday, Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
CALAVERAS COUNTY STUDIOS ▪ 209-754-1774
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25, CCAC annual Artist Studio Tour, self-guided tour through 11 Calaveras County artist studios and libraries, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Maps at Gallery Calaveras, 22 Main St., San Andreas, or at www.calaverasarts.org.
CAROLYN HUFF PHOTOGRAPHY ▪ 209-918-6627
Through September, Jeff Haines; Third Thursday Art Walk, Oct. 20, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. 1224 K St., Modesto.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY ▪ 209-529-3369
Through Saturday, Oct. 22, CCAA Autumn Art Show. Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 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
Through Saturday, Sept. 24, “The Art of Fashion”; Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com.
CHE’ROOT CIGAR LOUNGE ▪ 209-492-9141
Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 915 10th St., Modesto.
DOWNTOWN MODESTO ▪ 209-529-9303
Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m.
DOWNTOWN TINKERTANK ▪ 209 661-9390
Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1003 12th St., Modesto.
GUSTINE MUSEUM ▪ 209-854-6455
Gustine Museum Historical Society presents “From Head to Toe” featuring vintage hats and shoes. Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. 397 Fourth St. www.gustinehistoricalsociety.org.
HART LANE STUDIO ▪ 209-480-6950
Ongoing, Mary A. Scheinuck, Waldemar “Walt” Scheinuck and other California artists. Gallery hours: Open by appointment. 18091 Hart Lane, Manteca.
McHENRY MUSEUM ▪ 209-577-5366
Exhibits of a county recorder’s office, a general store and a re-created blacksmith shop. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free.
MERCED MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER ▪ 209-388-1090
Arts and Spirits paint and wine workshops, 5:30-8:30 p.m. third Fridays. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. 645 W. Main St., Merced. Free.
PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT ▪ 209-581-1695
Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1222 J St., Modesto. www.peerrecoveryartproject.org.
PRESERVATION COFFEE AND TEA ▪
Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1030 J. St., Modesto.
REMEMBER WHEN ▪ 209-544-1385
Ongoing artists exhibit. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1031 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto.
STILL SMOKING ▪ 209-574-0681
Oct. 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1313 J St., Modesto. stillsmokingstore.tripod.com.
TURLOCK ART GALLERY ▪ 209-634-8911
Ongoing, “Rhett Regina Owings: Monterey Coast.” Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays. 132 S. Center St., Turlock.
UNIQUE BOUTIQUES ▪ 209-523-3000
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 4459 Spyres Way, Suite A, Modesto.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING ▪ Ongoing
Folk dancing lessons. No partner or experience necessary. Open to teens and older. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays. $5. 209-634-8843 or 209-480-0387.
TURLOCK UKE JAMZ ▪ Second Saturdays
Community-based ukulele strum and singalong. Open to all ages and skill levels, as well as other acoustic instruments. 10:30 a.m. Free.
“YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE XXXI” ▪ Through Sunday, Oct. 9
Annual juried exhibition celebrating centennial and the National Park Service. Free with gallery admission.
CHILDHOOD CLASSICS ▪ Through Sunday, Jan. 15
Exhibit “100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection,” curated for the Carnegie’s centennial celebration.
ANNUAL GALA ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Fundraiser views the Childhood Classics exhibition with dinner and entertainment, silent and live auctions. 6-11 p.m. $150; $125 CAC members.
The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call 209-632-5761.
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.
JACKSON RANCHERIA ▪ 800-822-9466
12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.
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
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24, Foreverland, Michael Jackson tribute concert; Thursday, Sept. 29, Delta Rae, folk; Friday, Sept. 30, Chain Required, R&B. 19400 Tuolumne Road N., Tuolumne.
CHUKCHANSI GOLD ▪ 866-794-6946
711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold.
COMEDY SHOW BENEFIT ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Anthony K, Chris Teicheira, Nick Larson perform benefit for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. 6 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m show. Fruit Yard lake area, 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. $40. 209-577-3093.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
SYMBIOSIS GATHERING 2016 ▪ Through Sunday, Sept. 25
Camping and consciousness festival with music, art, dance, speakers, workshops, Kidziosis zone, food and drink, vendors. 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Woodward Reservoir, 14528 26 Mile Road, Oakdale. $50-$500. http://symbiosisgathering.com.
WOMEN OF THE WEST FILM FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Feature film is “Sepideh,” a documentary about a young Iranian girl who wants to reach for the stars. Swag bags, giveaways, cocktails and champagne. Reception 5:30 p.m.; films 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. 209-527-4697.
FIDDLE & BANGO CONTEST AND CHILI COOK-OFF ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Yes, they spell it “bango,” a nod to a misspelling when this 34th annual event began. More than 40 musicians compete for prizes for fiddle, banjo, vocal, guitar, mandolin and song categories. Chili cook-off also planned. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gazebo at Columbia State Historic Park. Contest free, chili $5. 209-536-1672.
HARVEST FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25
Arts, crafts and food vendors, music, kids activities, hayrides, pumpkins, live demonstrations, car show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Bloomingcamp Ranch, Highway 120, Oakdale. 209-847-7437.
IRONSTONE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
20th event with more than 300 antique and classic cars, vintage trailers, motorcycles and wooden boats. Special guest Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars.” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. 209-269-6950.
COYOTE FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
This 30th annual event features a coyote howl contest, live music, horseshoe contest, food and vendors, kids activities, car show and parade. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Coulterville. Free. 209-878-3015.
INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday, Oct. 1
International food, music and dance performances and children’s crafts. Children “travel” around the world collecting stamps on their passports. Opening ceremony includes parade of flags with participants in traditional international dress. 11 a.m. Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. InternationalFestivalModesto.org.
MARK TWAIN WILD WEST FEST ▪ Saturday, Oct. 15
Music, comedy, roving street performers, honky-tonk piano players and dance hall girls, beer, wine and food, shoot-out re-enactments, vendors, custom car show and more. Evening includes music and comedy, dancing under the stars in Utica Park. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Main Street, downtown Angels Camp. Free. marktwainwildwestfest.com
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS ▪ Through Friday, Sept. 23
City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department program. Fridays: Sept. 23, “The Good Dinosaur.” Begin at dusk. Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, 401 Needham St., Modesto. Free. 209-577-5344. www.modestogov.com.
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN ▪ Ongoing
Sunset dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. Call or check website for times and prices. 800-866-1690.
VFW BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2801 W. Hatch Road, Modesto. $7. 209-537-3360.
VFW DINNER ▪ Ongoing
Friday night dinner by VFW Post 3199. 4-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$10. 209-537-3360.
HISTORY CENTER BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
Presented by Northern Mariposa County History Center. 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, Ripon. 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, 12455 W. Ripon Road, Ripon. 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, 1405 E. Linwood Ave., Turlock. $2-$6.50. 209-668-9710.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS ▪ Ongoing
Livingston VFW monthly hamburger night. 5-7 p.m. last Thursdays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. 209-394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
Year-round. 8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 16th Street and Canal, Merced. 209-389-4175.
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 Fridays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. 209-577-2298.
KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
8 a.m.-noon first Sundays. IOOF Hall, Main Street, Knights Ferry. $5.
TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT LUNCH ▪ Ongoing
Monthly luncheon. 11:15 a.m. third Wednesdays. Denair Community Center, 3850 N. Gratton Road. 209-632-0011.
ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
8-11 a.m. second Sundays. Odd Fellows Hall, 30018 Yosemite Blvd., La Grange. $6. 209-853-2128
SENIOR BREAKFAST CLUB ▪ Ongoing
Social club for seniors age 65-plus. 8-8:30 a.m. Sundays. Perko’s, 3848 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-576-0279.
MODESTO FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I streets. Free. 209-605-8536.
COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
5 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street, Columbia State Historic Park. Free 209-499-8273.
ANGELS CAMP FARMERS MARKET ▪ Fridays through Sept. 30
Local farmers, live music and more. 5 p.m.-dusk. Utica Park, Utica Lane and Sam’s Way, Angels Camp. 209-736-1333. firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE FUNDRAISER ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Annual 1940s dinner-dance fundraiser. Live music with Knights Sounds. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Hanger 1-S, 700 Tioga Drive, Modesto. $40, advance only. 209-605-4313.
50 PLUS CLUB DINNER ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Live music by the Sensations. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $25. 209-523-1420.
AUTHOR’S GARDEN GALA ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Stanislaus Library Foundation hosts poets Gillian Wegener, Stella Beratlis, Ed Bearden and Paul Neumann at fundraiser. Dinner by Surla’s Restaurant; dessert auction. 6 p.m. Private home. $125. 209-529-1517. www.stanislauslibraryfoundation.org.
TASTE OF NORWAY ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. Free. 209-572-0323.
FARM TO FORK HARVEST DINNER ▪ Sunday, Sept. 25
Three-course meal of locally sourced ingredients, live music featuring Neill Buettner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jessica’s House. 4:30-8 p.m. The Greenery, 742 E. Olive Ave., Turlock. $100. GreeneryDinner.Eventbrite.com.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND CRAFT FAIR ▪ Sunday, Oct. 16
Soroptimist International of Modesto event. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Masonic Center, 800 Rose Ave., Modesto. $6. 209-521-0609.
ODDS & ENDS
RAILTOWN 1897 TRAIN RIDES ▪ Ongoing
Excursion rides on Saturdays and Sundays. South Fifth Avenue at Reservoir Road, Jamestown. $15 adults; $10 6-17; free under 6 and members. 209-984-3953. www.railtown1897.org.
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS ▪ Ongoing
Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. second Saturdays. Modesto Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1, Modesto. 209-526-5868.
AIRCRAFT DISPLAY ▪ Ongoing
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. 209-620-6312.
AIRPLANE EXHIBIT ▪ Ongoing
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youths 6-17; free age 5 and under. 209-723-2178.
REO SPEECH TRAIN, TOASTMASTERS ▪ Ongoing
6:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. 209-342-7358.
SUCCESSFUL THINKERS NETWORK ▪ Ongoing
Successful Thinkers Network-Modesto Learning Zone programs. Tuesdays. 11:30 a.m. Round Table Pizza, 3848 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-712-8997.
OAKDALE WOMEN’S CLUB ▪ Ongoing
Meeting and lunch open to all women in the valley. First Tuesdays, noon-2:30 p.m. Oakdale Country Club, North Stearns Road, Oakdale. $16. 209-606-7727.
SWEAT FITNESS ▪ Ongoing
Variety of fitness classes including senior classes and beginning line dancing. No registration or membership required. Monday-Friday; call for times. Centenary Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto. Donation. 209-988-5655.
TOASTMASTERS ▪ Ongoing
Toastmasters club Daybreakers 1388. 6:15-7:20 a.m. second, third and fourth Wednesdays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.toastmasters.org.
TALK OF THE TOWN TOASTMASTERS ▪ Ongoing
7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Samaritan Village, 7700 Fox Road, Hughson. 209-384-7128 or 209-631-9458.
YOUNG AT HEART EXERCISE ▪ Ongoing
The Healthy Aging Association offers group exercise classes for those 60 and older. Classes range from strength training, aerobics or tai chi. Call for information on class location and times. Healthy Aging Association, 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102, Modesto. Free. 209-523-2800.
TOASTMASTERS WINNING WITH WORDS ▪ Ongoing
Noon-1 p.m. second and fourth Mondays. Fuddruckers, 3848 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-390-6607.
SUPER SINGLES ▪ Ongoing
Valley Super Singles weekly social time for singles age 50 and older. 5:30 p.m. first and third Fridays. Bel Piatto Restaurant, 1000 Kansas Ave., Modesto. 209-883-2685.
BUNKO NITE ▪ Ongoing
Presented by Oakdale Grange No. 435. Food and drink free. 7-9:30 p.m. second Fridays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. $10. 209-556-8524 or 209-838-7421.
WRITERS GROUP MEETING ▪ Ongoing
Sonora Writers Group. 10:30 a.m. second Saturdays. Call for location. 209-734-8097.
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
Society meets to instruct, inform and educate members in the techniques of research. 7 p.m. third Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. 209-526-5009.
CAMELLIA SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
Monthly meeting. 1:30 p.m. second Sundays. Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fellowship Hall, 16th and G streets, Modesto. Free. 209-522-0147.
MJC SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES ▪ Through Wednesday, Nov. 30
Oct. 5, “Exploring Matter: An Inexpensive, Interactive Chemistry Museum Exhibit” by Steve Murov, MJC chemistry professor emeritus. 3 p.m. Science Community Center-West Campus, Room 115, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. $2. 209-529-5182. email@example.com.
CAF AIR POWER HISTORY TOUR ▪ Through Sunday, Sept. 25
Featuring the only flying B-29 in the world, “Fifi,” and other WWII aircraft hosted by the Commemorative Air Force, Central California Valley Squadron. Ride flights available. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1-S, Modesto Airport. Ramp pass access $10 for adults; $5 ages 10-17; under 10 free. 209-605-4313.
EVENING WALK IN THE CEMETERY: COLUMBIA’S ANNUAL STORIES IN STONE TOUR ▪ Friday, Sept. 23-Saturday, Oct. 1
Friends of Columbia State Historic Park hosts event as costumed volunteers lead guests via lantern light through stops at specific gravesites where stories of the dead will be told by characters. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Columbia Cemetery, Columbia State Historic Park. $25; reservations required. www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com.
MODESTO HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW ▪ Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25
Vendors, tips and ideas, kid zone, cosplayers, more. Noon-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St.
LOCAL AUTHOR FAIR ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Local authors interact with the community, promote their works. Titles available for purchase. 9 a.m.-noon. Modesto Library Portico, 1500 I St. 209-558-7817.
MOTHER LODE BONSAI SHOW ▪ Saturday, Sept. 24
Mother Lode Bonsai Club annual show open to the public. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Calaveras County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, County Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. www.motherlodebonsai.org.
FALL BAZAAR ▪ Friday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Arts, crafts, baked goods, jams, holiday items, vendors, opportunity drawings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto.
MODESTO AREA PARTNERS IN SCIENCE PROGRAMS ▪ Fridays: Sept. 30 and Oct. 28
Sept. 30, Jeff Villepique, wildlife biologist on desert bighorn sheep; Oct. 28, Heidi Meyer, MJC math professor on “Beyond Infinity: The Life and Work of Georg Cantor.” 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, Sierra Hall, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free.
FALL BIZARRE-BAZAAR ▪ Saturday, Oct. 1
Turlock Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary annual fall bizarre-bazaar. 7 am.-2 p.m.. Turlock Corps Community Center, 893 Lander Ave., Turlock. $5 lunch. 209-664-6091, ext. 207.
GOLDEN HILLS GRAND FONDO ▪ Saturday, Oct. 8
Stanislaus County Bicycle Club sponsors 25 mile, 100K or 100 mile bicycle rides. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank Food for Thought Program. stancobike.org.
GREAT VALLEY BOOKFEST ▪ Saturday, Oct. 8
Sessions will include author talks, writer forums, book signings, publishing workshops, cooking demonstrations, slam poetry performances and other activities. Guests: mystery author William Kent Krueger, cookbook author Georgeann Brennan and poet/inspirational writer Joan Gelfand. 10 a.m.-4p.m. Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, 280 Lifestyle Road, Manteca. Free. greatvalleybookfest.org.
HALLOWEEN CHEMISTRY SHOW ▪ Friday, Oct. 21
Dr. Al Chemist and the Mischiefs present fundraiser for the Great Valley Museum and Modesto Area Partners in Science. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $10 in advance; $15 door. squareup.com/market/gvmatmjc.
RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERS ▪ Ongoing
Dancing and socializing. Different themes monthly. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; $12 annual membership. 209-521-7194.
TURLOCK SENIOR CENTER DANCE ▪ Ongoing
7:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill St.
VALLEY SUPER SINGLES ▪ Ongoing
Social time for singles age 50 and older. 5:30 p.m. first and third Fridays. Bel Piatto Restaurant, 1000 Kansas Ave., Modesto. 209-883-2685.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB ▪ Ongoing
Dance on Tuesdays, second Fridays. First-time guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Fridays. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 nonmembers; night: $5 and $7. 209-534-7663.
MANTECA SENIOR DANCE ▪ Ongoing
Rock and 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
Monthly dances. 7-10 p.m. second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. 209-614-8048.
ROUND ROBINS ▪ Ongoing
7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. $4. 209-526-4452.
TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS ▪ Ongoing
Square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall, 75 Bothun Road, Turlock. 209-996-0844. www.facebook.com/turlock.steppinpards.
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK ▪ Ongoing
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 Wednesdays and Saturday Party Nights. Open to singles, couples and children ages 12 and up. 7 p.m. Wednesdays and third Saturdays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. $3-$6; $20 annual dues. 209-236-1628.
MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE ▪ Ongoing
Sunday dance featuring music by Just Friends and a free samba slide dance lesson. Refreshments available. 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W. 15th St. $8. 209-723-0839.
MODESTO TANGO ▪ Ongoing
Argentine tango practice. Socialize and practice your tango. 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays. Ralston’s Goat, 1001 10th St., Modesto. Free. 209-522-1571. www.modestotango.com.
CALL TO ARTISTS ▪ Through Friday, Oct. 14
Mother Lode Art Association seeks artists for 64th Juried Art Show and Exhibit to be held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30. 209-586-0798. www.motherlodeartassociation.org.
CALL TO ARTISTS ▪ Through October
Friends of the Ripon Senior Center seek local artists to participate in annual Art & Wine Festival set for Saturday, Oct. 22 , a fundraiser. Open to all artists 21 or older from all mediums. Interested artists go to Senior Center, 433 S. Wilma Ave., Ripon, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays for entry form; $5 fee per piece.