GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“AN IRISH CHRISTMAS” ▪ Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4
From the PBS show, a journey through Christmas in Ireland and its traditions. 3 and 7:30 p.m Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Foster Family Theater. $29-$49.
HOLIDAY POPS! ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3
Never miss a local story.
James Tormé – son of legendary crooner Mel Tormé – joins the Modesto Symphony and MSO Chorus to present a concert of holiday classics. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $37-$92.
“THE NUTCRACKER” ▪ Friday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 18
Central West Ballet’s annual holiday production. Times vary. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $19-$44.
“TOO MANY TAMALES” ▪ Friday, Dec. 9
Play revolves around its central character, Maria, a little girl from a Hispanic family on Christmas Eve. A story of temptation that both children and adults can understand. 7:30 p.m. Foster Family Theater. $12-$25.
“THE NUTCRACKER IN JAZZ” ▪ Thursday, Dec. 15
Central West Ballet’s annual holiday production gets jazzy update. Tchaikovsky’s famous score to the sounds of legendary jazz greats like Duke Ellington. 7:30 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $20-$75.
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 cappella chorus rehearsals. 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Blvd., Modesto. 209-524-6139.
MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
Sunday, 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
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, “It’s a Big Band Christmas”; Feb. 3-4, Big Band Jazz Festival Weekend; March 3-4, “Legends of Jazz” Festival Weekend; April 16, Latin Jazz with Mario Flores Band and Johnny Valdes. Columbia College Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. $100 full season; $15-$25 individual. 209-559-0565.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT ▪ Friday, Dec. 2
Featuring guest drummer Carl Allen. 7:30 p.m. Stanislaus State Bernell & Flora Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $12. 209-668-3958. www.csustan.edu/soa/events.
JONNY LANG ▪ Sunday, Dec. 4
Grammy-winning blues artist. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $36-$56.
“CAROLFEST” ▪ Sunday, Dec. 4
2 and 6 p.m. Stanislaus State Bernell & Flora Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $12. 209-668-3958.
WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT ▪ Thursday, Dec. 8
7:30 p.m. Stanislaus State Bernell & Flora Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $12. 209-668-3958.
MUSIC AT THE GMC ▪ Friday, Dec. 9
Acoustic music by Megan Lynch Chowning and Mary Sue Englund. 7:30 p.m. Gottschalk Music Center recital hall, 1502 E St., Modesto. $15 general; free age 12 and under. 209-543-5306. email@example.com.
STUDENT CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL ▪ Monday, Dec. 12
7:30 p.m. Stanislaus State Bernell & Flora Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $12. 209-668-3958.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “THE EAGLE HUNTRESS” ▪ Through Friday, Dec. 2
Film follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. $8-$10.
FILM: “MOONLIGHT” ▪ Through Friday, Dec. 2
Hailed by critics as the best film of the year, it tells the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, as told across three defining chapters in his life. $10.
FILM: “CHRISTINE” ▪ Friday, Dec. 2-Tuesday, Dec. 11
Rebecca Hall stars in the story of a woman who finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. $8-$10.
FILM: “WARREN MILLER’S HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE” ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3
In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a free-ski adventure with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Screenings benefit the Society for Disabilities, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-sufficiency for children and adults in Stanislaus County. 7 p.m. Friday; 4 and 7:30 p.m Saturday. $20; ticket buyers receive a free ski pass.
FILM: “ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE” ▪ Sunday-Friday, Dec. 4-9
Director Fred Peabody profiles American independent journalist I.F. Stone, who wrote a weekly, four-page newsletter from 1953 to 1971 that investigated topics ignored by the mainstream media. $8-$10.
THE ILL LIST 12 ▪ Saturday, Dec. 10
Poetry slam invitational. 7:30 p.m. Sold out.
FILM: “THE WIZARD OF OZ” ▪ Sunday, Dec. 11
Modesto Film Society presents L. Frank Baum’s classic tale. 2 p.m. $8.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call 209-527-4697. www.thestate.org.
“THE 39 STEPS” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 4
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. $10-$20.
“SINCERITY FOREVER” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 11
Play by Mac Wellman, directed by Jere O’Donnell. Stanislaus State Studio Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. 209-668-3959. www.csustan.edu/soa.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” ▪ Friday-Sunday, Dec. 9-11
Denair Gaslight Theater production. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m Sunday.
ART SPACE ON MAIN ▪ 209-668-3958
Saturday, Dec. 3-Jan. 14, Carolyn Ahlem with reception Thursday, Dec. 8. Fall Workshops Saturdays, with “Intro to Photoshop” Dec. 3. 135 W. Main St., Turlock. $50 each. www.csustan.edu/soa.
BARKIN’ DOG GRILL ▪ 209-572-2341
Dec. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER ▪ 209-668-3958
Saturday, Dec. 3-Jan. 14, Paul Taylor with reception Thursday, Dec. 8. 135 W. Main St., Turlock.
CAROLYN HUFF PHOTOGRAPHY ▪ 209-918-6627
Through December, Vern Fergel. Dec. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 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.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, ART GALLERY ▪ 209-668-3958
Through Friday, Dec. 23, Dixie Salazar, in conjunction with Social Justice in the Central Valley conference. 1 University Circle, Turlock.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY ▪ 209-529-3369
Through Saturday, Dec. 3, “Home for the Holidays” member show; Dec. 15, 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.
CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL ▪ 209-522-0935
Dec. 15, 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.
CHE’ROOT CIGAR LOUNGE ▪ 209-492-9141
Dec. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 915 10th St., Modesto.
DOWNTOWN MODESTO ▪ 209-529-9303
Dec. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m.
DOWNTOWN TINKERTANK ▪ 209 661-9390
Dec. 15, 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.
PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT ▪ 209-581-1695
Dec. 15, 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 ▪
Dec. 15, 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
Dec. 15, 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.
CHILDHOOD CLASSICS ▪ Through Sunday, Jan. 15
Exhibit “100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection,” curated for the Carnegie’s centennial celebration.
POETRY ON SUNDAY ▪ Sunday, Dec. 4
Four regional poets present readings of original work, followed by an open mic session. This month’s featured poets: Stella Beratlis, Gillian Wegner, Rhony Bhopla and debee loyd. Hosted by the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center. 2-3 p.m.
LITTLE BIG BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 13
Celebrate the season with a winter concert featuring jazzy renditions of everyone’s favorite Christmas music. 7:30-9 p.m. $8.
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, Dec. 2, Ruckatan Latin Tribe; Saturday, Dec. 3, Journey Revisited; Thursday, Dec. 8, Black Irish Christmas; Friday, Dec. 9, Jelly Bread; Saturday, Dec. 10, Shane Dwight; Thursday, Dec. 15, Jill and the Giants; Friday, Dec. 16, Coco Montoya; Saturday, Dec. 17, Elena Keating and the R&B Allstars; Thursday, Dec. 22, Rock of Ages; Friday, Dec. 23, Brad Wilson and the Rollin’ Blues Thunder Band; Saturday, Dec. 24, Gotcha Covered; Thursday, Dec. 29, Little Fuller Band; Friday, Dec. 30, Lacy J. Dalton; Saturday, Dec. 31, Thundercover. 19400 Tuolumne Road N., Tuolumne.
CHUKCHANSI GOLD ▪ 866-794-6946
711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold.
STAND UP FOR CHARITY ▪ Friday, Dec. 9
Comedy plus music by Jordan Waters. Comedians are Marcus Peverill, David Stolowitz, Kenneth Campbell, Rhoda Ramone, Jason Anderson, Jason Sohm; Saul Trujillo headlines; hosted by A.J. DeMello. Music 7 p.m.; comedy 7:30 p.m. Free; donations go to Salvation Army of Modesto. Queen Bean Coffeehouse 1126 14th St., Modesto.
BILLY GARDELL ▪ Saturday, Dec. 10
“Mike and Molly” star. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $39-$59. www.turlocktheatre.org.
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
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. 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
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. 209-605-8536.
COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
5 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street, Columbia State Historic Park. Free 209-499-8273.
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST ▪ Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 25
City of Livingston hosts third annual Court of Trees. Old Court Theater, downtown Livingston. 209-394-8830.
COLUMBIA LAMPLIGHT TOUR ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3
Participants will be guided through the decorated town during the walking play “The Grand Holiday Raffle!” Every 15 minutes beginning a 5:30 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park. $25 adults; $15 ages 9-17; free ages 8 and under. www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com.
NATIVITY FESTIVAL ▪ Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4
More than 300 Nativity scenes from around the world. Musical presentations by local groups as well as live broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir 7 p.m. Sunday. Festival open 3-8 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 731 El Vista Ave., Modesto. Free. www.ModestoNativity.blogspot.com.
TURLOCK DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE ▪ Friday, Dec. 2
This 38th annual event has the theme “Superhero Style” and begins at 6:30 p.m. with a lighted parade on historic Main Street beginning at Canal Drive. Holiday music and vendors will be set up on Main Street from Palm Street to Broadway to begin the event at 4 p.m. 209-668-5594.
MURPHYS OPEN HOUSE ▪ Friday, Dec. 2
An old-fashioned celebration in the foothills community features a holiday parade. Also planned are treats and local wines with musicians and carolers filling the streets with sounds of the seasons. Santa arrives in the parade to light the tree and take photos with children. Free. 5-8 p.m.
“SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” ▪ Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4
Columbia College Community Chorus with orchestra holiday program. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $10 presale; $12 at the door; $5 age 12 and under. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St. 209-586-5965.
ARTSY FOLKS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Art, handmade, vintage items and gourmet goodies. Santa will make an appearance. Noon-6 p.m. One Church Bethel Campus, 2625 Scenic Drive, Modesto. 209-572-3117.
DICKENS FAIRE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Venture back to the Victorian era inside and outside the McHenry Mansion, which will be decorated in Christmas splendor. Costumed carolers, stories of Christmases past, plus a street fair with crafts and the Modesto farmers market. Horse-drawn wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $2-$3. Free festival runs 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto, and outside down 15th Street. www.mchenrymuseum.org.
ROCKIN’ HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
After spending the day at the Dickens Faire, enjoy the city of Modesto’s holiday parade, “Miracle on 10th Street,” in downtown beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 14th and I streets. After, trees will be set aglow at Tenth Street Plaza. The event also kicks off an ongoing Rockin’ Holiday at Tenth Street Plaza in December that will feature lights, garland, retro decorations, music, local vendors and music. 209-577-5344.
CHRISTMAS TREE LANE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
The grand opening of Ceres’ Christmas Tree Lane, the region’s largest magical nightly neighborhood display of lights and decorations, kicks off with a festival at Smyrna Park on Moffett Road at 5:30 p.m. The event includes pictures with Santa, refreshments and performances by local talent; carriage and trolly rides through Christmas Tree Lane will be offered until 9:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting for Christmas Tree Lane will be around 7:30 p.m. followed by a parade through the neighborhood. Free; donations accepted. 209-538-5682.
WATERFORD ON ICE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Waterford’s fourth annual lighted parade. New this year will be a synthetic ice rink set up for the day at 12717 Bentley St. from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Presale skating tickets are $10 per 45-minute session, available at City Hall. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at Waterford Middle School where cookies and photos with Santa will be available in the school gym. 209-874-2328.
HUGHSON CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
The Hughson Chamber of Commerce fetes the season with a entertainment and tree lighting in Centennial Park, vendors and parade. Noon-7 p.m., parade 5:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Hughson. 209-883-0811.
DENAIR CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Denair Gaslight Conservatory Theater and Lions Club sponsor with refreshments, carols, Santa. 6 p.m. 3908 N Gratton Road.
ESCALON CHRISTMAS ON MAIN ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
The annual Parade of Lights in downtown Escalon begins at 5:30 p.m. Before and after, a vendor fair with music and dance performances will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Visits with Santa and music by Lillana Cajias at 4:45 and 7 p.m. Free. Main Street, Escalon. 209-838-2793.
AAUW HOLIDAY HOME TOUR ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
50th annual event featuring a tour of five decorated homes, tea, boutique. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mother Lode homes; events at Church of the 49ers. $25. aauwsonora.org.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE & FAIRE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Clothes, crafts, clothes, jewelry, gifts, food. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1520 Rose Ave., Modesto. Modesto Free Methodist Church. 209-522-3583.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Featuring 36 vendors with homemade and other items. Homemade lunch and other treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto. 209-537-6651.
CHRISTMAS PARADE & CRAFT FAIRE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Craft fair starts at 9 a.m. at the Vets Hall, 189 Pine St., Valley Springs. Parade 10 a.m. on Daphne Street.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Handmade crafts and baked goods. Brunch and door prizes. Proceeds benefit Bethany Christian Services. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church, social hall, 333 S. Wilma, Ripon. 209-522-5121.
HOLIDAY FEST WITH SANTA ▪ Saturday, Dec. 3
Community event includes visits with Santa, making holiday cards for Operation Gratitude, decorating Christmas ornaments, hot chocolate, crafts, cookies, games for kids and a toy drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for a local charity. 9 a.m.-noon. Brightwood College, 5172 Kiernan Court, Salida.
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON TABLE VIEWING ▪ Monday, Dec. 5
Modesto Garden Club event featuring more than 30 unique table settings using fresh flowers, cherished china and holiday decorations; light refreshments. 1-7 p.m. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. Light refreshments served. $10. 209-523-1420.
STANISLAUS SENIOR FOUNDATION HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER ▪ Friday, Dec. 9
Hors d’oeuvres, select wines and silent auction. The annual holiday fundraiser benefits the most frail and elderly of the older adult population in our local community. 5:30-8 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. $40. www.stanislausseniorfoundation.org.
WATERFORD ASSEMBLY OF GOD CRAFT FAIR ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10
Artisans and vendors selling handmade jewelry, quilts, scarves, soaps, Christmas items and more. Noon-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Waterford Assembly of God Church, 150 N. Pasadena Ave., Waterford. 209-402-8616.
LATHROP CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ▪ Saturday, Dec. 10
A Christmas Boutique will be held at the Lathrop Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including breakfast with Santa for $10. At 11 a.m., the Lathrop Christmas Parade will march down Fifth Street with the theme “Inside Santa’s Workshop.” 209-941-7370.
VOICES FOR THE KING ▪ Saturday, Dec. 10
Hallelujah Brass joins for Christmas-themed music. 7 p.m. Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. Offering taken for Bethany Christian Services of Modesto. 209-599-6163.
ODD FELLOWS CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR ▪ Saturday, Dec. 10
10 a.m.-3 p.m. IOOF Hall, 30018 Yosemite Blvd., La Grange.
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.
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.
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.
TOASTMASTERS WINNING WITH WORDS ▪ Ongoing
Noon-1 p.m. second and fourth Mondays. Fuddruckers, 3848 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-390-6607.
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.
TOY TRAIN SHOW ▪ Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4
Operating train layouts, trains and accessories for sale, new and used. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Stanislaus Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5; free age 11 and under. www.sjvtoytrainoperatorsinc.com.
CENTRAL VALLEY KNIGHTS CAR SHOW ▪ Sunday, Dec. 3
Cars and motorcycles, food, raffle. Christmas toys collected for local charities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Regal Theater, 3969 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Entry one toy $10 value. 209-521-2675.
HARRY POTTER WINTER BALL DANCE PARTY ▪ Friday, Dec. 9
Performers and cosplayers, crafts and activities, open mike and dance floor. 7 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 3501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Free. 209-521-1118.
SECOND SATURDAY TALK ▪ Saturday, Dec. 10
“Stanislaus Indian Wars II,” presented by docent Bill Bucknam. 2 p.m. McHenry Museum, 14th and I streets, Modesto. Free.
STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS GROUP ▪ Saturday, Dec. 10
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library in Sonora. 209-533-0593.
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.
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.