FOR THE ARTS
CESAR MILLAN LIVE!• March 6
Star of NatGeo WILD’s new series “Cesar 911” and original host of National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer.” 7:30 p.m. $49-$79.
PAUL REISER• March 7
Actor, writer, producer and stand-up comedian. 8 p.m. $19-$59.
“THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES”• March 8
Suggested for grades K-6. 2 and 4 p.m. $8-$15.
“BUDDY”• March 8
The Buddy Holly story, from his meteoric rise to fame to his final legendary performance. 3 p.m. $19-$89.
THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW• March 11
Celebration of one of the most influential and famous musical groups. 7:30 p.m. $19-$59.
THE SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS• March 13
Musical showcase of the “Big Easy” features a loving tribute to Louis Armstrong. Presented by the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $17-$89.
AN EVENING OF DANCE• March 13-14
Juline School of Dance presentation. 7 p.m. $10-$15.
MARK NIZER• March 14
Comedy and juggling. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35.
CINEMA TOAST• March 15
The magic and music of the movies, featuring Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and John Boswell. 2 p.m. $19-$59.
TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET• March 15
Chamber music featuring the quartet and Modesto Junior College music department. Part of the 2015 Guitarraganza guitar festival. 4 p.m. $20-$35.
“THE KITE RUNNER”• March 17
Fifty minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of this best-selling contemporary novel. Pre- and post-show interactive discussion. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25.
ALTON BROWN LIVE• March 18
Celebrity chef brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage with a two-hour show offering his unique blend of stand-up comedy, food experimentation, talk-show antics, multimedia lecture and, for the first time, live music. 7:30 p.m. $39-$89.
“CINDERELLA”• March 19
1980s adaptation of the classic story presented by Grace Davis High School. 7 p.m. $15-$25.
2CELLOS• March 19
Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. 7:30 p.m. Sold out.
THE COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA• March 20
Featuring trumpeter Scotty Barnhart and vocalist Carmen Bradford. 7:30 p.m. $29-$69.
“MARIACHI GIRL”• March 21-22
Bilingual Spanish-English musical for children and family audiences about how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage. 2 p.m. $8-$15.
WOMEN OF IRELAND• March 21
Irish and Celtic music, song and dance presented by an all-female lineup of Irish step dancers. 8 p.m. $19-$59.
AARON MEYER• March 22
Concert rock violinist. 3 p.m. $20-$30.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
UKULELE PLAY-ALONG• Ongoing
Funstrummers ukulele play and singalong. Songbooks provided. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. (209) 505-3216.
UKULELE LESSONS• Ongoing
Beginning group ukulele lessons. 6-8 p.m. Mondays. First United Methodist Church, Modesto, 850 16th St. Donations. (209) 505-3216.
GOLDEN VALLEY CHORUS• Ongoing
Men’s barbershop-style a capella chorus. 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Blvd., Modesto. (209) 524-6139.
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.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY• Ongoing
March 15, Devil Mountain; April 19, Founders Day/Rent Party. 12:30 p.m. jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.\
JEWISH RENEWAL 101• March 6-8
Congregation Beth Shalom presents Jessica Leash, cantorial soloist, with a weekend exploring the world of Jewish Renewal music and inspirational and educational genres from around the world. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave. (209) 571-6060.
VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL• March 7
Featuring Barbara Morrison, Don Shelton, Paul Contos, Elaine Gibbs and guest artist, pianist Matt Falker. 5 and 8 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora.$20-$22 (209) 559-0565.
JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT• March 7
Featuring guest artist Christian McBride. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $15-$25 (209) 667-3958.
HOUSE OF FLOYD• March 7
House of Floyd present the greatest hits of Pink Floyd show. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $17 general; $20 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
AS TRES MENINAS (THE THREE GIRLS)• March 7
Evening of the music of Brazil and the Americas with Brazilian group. First concert in “Twos & Threes Concert Series.” 6:30 p.m. The Cellar at the Greens on Tenth, 935 10th St. $25-$115 (209) 543-4261.
LE JAZZ HOT• March 8
Yyemaya Salsa Dance Company focused on Salsa, the Latin dance that began in Cuba. 3 p.m. Bret Harte Performing Arts Centre, 323 Highway 49, Angels Camp. $25 . (209) 754-1774.
JESSICA LEASH• March 8
Cantorial soloist. Part of the Sunday Afternoons concert series. 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto $7-$20 (209) 571-6060.
ECUMENCICAL CHORAL CONCERT• March 8
Twenty-third annual choral concert to benefit Habitat For Humanity, Stanislaus featuring area church choirs performing individually and then as a combined choir. 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St. Free will offering. (209) 575-8545.
KCDC WITH DEBORAH CROOKS• March 8
Center Stage Unplugged concert series premiere concert featuring Deborah Crooks and Midnight Mover. Presented by Modesto Unplugged. 6 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. concert. Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St. $10. (209) 846-0179.
CRAIG WAYNE BOYD• March 10
Country singer and winner of “The Voice,” Season 7. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E Canal Drive, Turlock. $26-$36. (209) 668-1169.
FLAMENCO GUITAR CONCERT• March 12
Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 1 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Music Recital Hall, 435 College Ave., $10 general; $5 students and seniors. (209) 575-6776.
HIGHLAND WAY• March 12
A presentation of music from the Scottish Highlands. Part of the Ripon Arts League 2014-15 concert series. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School multipurpose building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $30 membership fee. (209) 599-7876 or (209) 599-3476.
KARRNNEL• March 12
Canadian instrumentalist presents virtuosic program titled “The Fiddle – Past, Present & Future” 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Dr. $25 adults; $15 students. (209) 667-1456 or (209) 667-5874.
ALUMNI GUITAR RECITAL• March 13
Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 1 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Little Theatre, 435 College Ave., Free. (209) 575-6776.
ANTSY McCLAIN AND THE TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURS• March 13
Relaxed tenor country singer and a storyteller and top-notch pickers who play cowboy jazz, Tex-Mex waltzes, country ballads and soulful R&B. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $24 general; $28 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
MANUEL ESPINAS GUITAR CONCERT• March 13
Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 7:30 p.m. United Presbyterian Church, 1700 Carver Road. $10 general; $5 students and seniors. (209) 575-6776.
RED DOG ASH• March 14
Featuring The David Thom Band. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $12 general; $15 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
MUS A’DOUS CONCERT: KAROLINA SYROVATKOVA AND DAVID CHAPMAN• March 14
Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 2 p.m. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road. $10 general; $5 students and seniors. (209) 575-6776.
EVENING WITH TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET• March 14
Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 7:30 p.m. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road. $120 general; $10 students and seniors. (209) 575-6776.
JACKIE BRISTOW AND ANTHONY EDWARDS• March 15
Center Stage Unplugged concert featuring Jackie Bristow and Anthony Edwards. Presented by Modesto Unplugged. 6 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. concert. Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St. $10. (209) 846-0179.
ELVIS LIVES• March 18
Elvis tribute artist event. 7 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. $35-$55. 800-745-3000.
DAVE STAMEY• March 21
Western music with special guest Annie Lydon. 7:30 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. $25-$30. (209) 381-0500.
ERNIE BUCIO MJC MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER• March 22
Annual Ernie Bucio MJC music scholarship fundraiser featuring nonstop music. Noon-9 p.m. Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 11th St. Free will offering.
FRANKIE BOOTS AND THE COUNTY LINE• March 22
Center Stage Unplugged concert featuring Frankie Boots and The County Line and The Dustbowl Children, county and Americana music. Presented by Modesto Unplugged. 6 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. concert. Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St. $10. (209) 846-0179.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “Leviathan”• Through March 12
Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished.
FILM: “WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS”• Through March 13
Comedy chronicling the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead.
FILM: “QUEEN AND COUNTRY”• March 13-March 20
Follow-up film to John Boorman’s five-time Oscar-nominated 1987 film “Hope and Glory.”
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: “THE CARDIOID PROJECT”• March 14
Speaker David Richards, computational physicist presents lecture on stimulating the human heart. Film “Iron Man” follows lecture. 8:30 a.m. doors; 9 a.m. lecture; 10 a.m. film. Part of the Science on Screen educational series for middle, high school and college students. Free.
FILM: “BUS STOP”• March 15
Film adaptation of William Inge’s romantic comedy-drama starring Marilyn Monroe as the kind of woman who can’t understand why she brings out the worst in men. A Modesto Film Society presentation. 2 p.m.
SCIENCE ON SCREEN PRESENTS DR. KEN ALBALA AND THE PSYSIOLOGY OF TASTE• March 16
Presentation will address the science of taste, and will include many of Brillat-Savarin’s discourses on the pleasures of the table. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. presentation. $8.
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: “MENACING MICROBES”• March 21
Speaker Beth Vitalis, biologist presents lecture on “Protein Models Reveal Secrets.” Film “Contagion” follows lecture. 8:30 a.m. doors; 9 a.m. lecture; 10 a.m. film. Part of the Science on Screen educational series for middle, high school and college students. Free.
FILM: “CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON”• March 22
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. A Modesto Film Society Cinema Club presentation. 2 p.m.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
“MULAN JR.”• March 6
Weaver Performing Arts presentation of the stage version of Disney’s popular movie. 7 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced $8 (209) 381-0500.
“ZOMBIE PROM• Through March 7
The Modesto High School theater, music and dance departments present the musical “Zombie Prom,” a tribute to 1950s horror movies and rock ’n’ roll music. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Modesto High School auditorium, 18 H St. $8 adults; $6 students. (209) 576-4401.
“INTO THE WOODS”• Through March 15
Story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. Recommend for 13 and over. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. $10-$22. (209) 725-8587.
“SEUSSICAL MUSICAL”• March 19-20
Favorite Dr. Seuss characters dance and sing. Presented by Big Valley Christian student performers. 5 and 8 p.m. Big Valley Grace, “The Venue,” 4040 Tully Road. $5. (209) 527-3481.
“FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS”• Through March 22
During an ostentatious wedding reception, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $17-$25. (209) 536-1778.
“GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES”• Through March 22
Center Stage Conservatory presents play by Rajiv Joseph. An accident prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. Performance on March 19 will be “pay what you can” night. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Thursday, March 19; 2 p.m. Sunday March 15, 22. $15 general; $10 students. (209) 846-0179.
“MARY POPPINS”• Through May 3
Mary Poppins arrives on the doorstep of the troubled Banks family and using a “practically perfect” combination of magic and common sense takes the children on a magical and memorable journey. March 5 performance features Ladies Night Out with pre-performance vendors, raffle and shopping. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday-Thursday. Sierra Repertory East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $18-$35. (209) 532-3120.
“BYE BYE BIRDIE”• March 13-22
American classic performed by Downey High School. Reserved tickets available at showtix4u.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. March 22. Thomas Downey High School, Auditorium, 1000 Coffee Road. $10 adults; $8 seniors and students. (209) 576-4211.
“ROMEO & JULIET”• March 19-29
William Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and tragedy presented by Modesto Junior College theatre department. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Performing Arts and Media Center, 435 College Ave. $5-$10 (209) 575-6776.
“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”• March 20-29
Farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the “Mayflower,” but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs presented by the West Side Players. 6:30 doors; 7 p.m. show Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. doors, 3 p.m. show Sunday. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman $15 general; $18 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
ART SPACE ON MAIN• (209) 667-3958
Through May 1, Daniel Edwards exhibit. Gallery Hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 139 W. Main St., Turlock. Free.
C’EST JOLI• (209) 324-7111
Ongoing, work by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY• (209) 667-3186
Through Feb. 27, “35 Years in Bronze” by Cheryl Barnett; March 5-April 1, Printmaking from Los Angeles, Ryan McIntosh and Daniel Rolnick, artist reception March 19, 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu
CALAVERAS ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY• (209) 754-1774
March 14-April 19, “ArtSpirit” the 18th annual High School Juried Exhibition. Artist receiption, March 14, 1 p.m. Gallery hours: 18 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 22 N. Main St., San Andreas. www.calaverasarts.org.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY• (209) 529-3369
Through March 21, “Young @ Art”. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org
DOWNTOWN MODESTO• (209) 529-9303
March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
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: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free.
MERCED COUNTY COURTHOUSE MUSEUM• (209) 723-2401
March 19-July 19, “Promoting Merced: A County of Many Resources” exhibit. Opening reception, March 19 6 p.m. Museum hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 21st and N streets, Merced.
MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE ART GALLERY• (209) 575-6819
Through March 12, Process/Progression – a group exhibition of work consisting of ceramics, painting, furniture, jewelry and digital work; March 21-26, Modesto City Schools Youth Art Month show. Awards reception March 26 5 p.m. Gallery Hours: 10 a.m-5 p.m Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. 435 College Avenue. Free.
OAKDALE COWBOY MUSEUM• (209) 847-5163
Through February, “The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle and Pack Station,” operated by the Barnes family since 1929. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 355 E. F St. , Oakdale. $1. www.oakdalecowboymuseum.org
OUT OF HAND CREATIVE ARTS CENTER• (209) 533-1309
Tuesday-Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 189 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.outofhandclay.org
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.
SONORA JOE’S• (209) 533-4455
Through March 28, “Between the Harps & Snakes” exhibit of Irish landscapes by Patrick Michael Karnahan. 140 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.sonorajoes.com.
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. $5. For information, call (209) 634-8843 or (209) 480-0387. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays.
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. www.turlockukejamz.org
VALLEY FOCUS• Through March 22
Exhibit of paintings by Chella and photographs by Dan Kasser, a unique pairing and perspective on Valley themes. $5 nonmembers; free members.
INSPIRING WOMEN EXHIBITION• Through June 7
Members of the Pen Women, a regional group of artists, writers, and creative women, share their talents with an exhibition of artwork that inspires poetry.
SNAP JACKSON & THE KNOCK ON WOOD• March 10
Bluegrass band presents a roots music concert. 7:30 p.m. $10 general; $8 members.
IMPROV NIGHT• March 12
Turlock High School presents improv night. 7 p.m. $5
ST. PAT’S DANCE PARTY• March 20
Certified Irish Step Dance instructor Glynis Gawn and the Van Dieman’s Band host an evening of Irish dancing, music and fun. 7 p.m. Free.
VALLEY FOCUS LECTURE• March 22
Informal gallery talk with artist/educators Dan Kasser and Chella about the current exhibition of their works in the Ferrari Gallery. 2 p.m. Free.
The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call (209) 632-5761. www.carnegieartsturlock.org.
CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646
16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/
THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777
March 14, Gladiator Challenge: St. Paddy Whack; March 21, Chippendales. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495
March 6, Ranell Carpenter; March 6-7, Chris Gardner Band; March 8, Tiffany Woys, Stephan Hogan; March 13, Colleen Heauser; March 13-14, Nathan Owens Band; March 15, Two Steps Down. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
March 6-7, Vhong Navarro & Jessica Sanchez with Miriam Pantig; March 15, Taylor Dayne; March 21, Lavell Crawford; March 22, Marie Osmond and Friends. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
March 6, Glen Walters and Pamela Rose; March 7, The Cheeseballs; March 12, Comedy Showcase with Phil Johnson; March 13, Sun Kings; March 14, Shane Dwight; March 19, The Tour Guides; March 20, Twice as Good Blues; March 21, Chains Required. 19400 Tuolumne Road North.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mike. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
AN EVENING WITH SEELEY AND ROSS• March 19-21
Original sketch comedy with wife and husband team presented by The Department of Theatre, CSU Stanislaus School of Arts. 8 p.m. CSU Stanislaus, Studio Theatre, One University Circle, Turlock. $12 general; $10 students and seniors. (209) 667-3958.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
SONORA CELTIC FAIRE• March 6-8
Jousting, Highland games, Celtic music, vendors and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Sunday. $6-$25. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. (209) 533-4420.
LUCKY FEST• March 21
Valley’s largest pub crawl, featuring 25 custom pubs, games, live entertainment, dancing. 21-and-older event. 3 p.m. Downtown Modesto. $12.
MURPHYS IRISH DAY• March 21
Community celebration featuring pancake breakfast, Irish Day parade, bagpipes, singers, dancers, musicians, and jugglers. Kids activities including pony rides. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Main Street, Murphys.
THE WIZARD OF OZ• March 14-15
Classic movie presentation with pre-movie entertainment featuring Elaine Horn, look-alike impersonator of the young Judy as Dorothy Gale, exhibit of Wizard of Oz artwork and performance by the Stockton Portsmen Barbershop Chorus. March 14 showing is geared toward individuals with special needs. 1 p.m. doors; 2 p.m. film. Bob Hope Theater, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. $8 adults; $4 children and students with ID. (209) 337-4673.
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN• Ongoing
Sunset Dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check website for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. 800-866-1690. www.sierrarailroad.com
VFW BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7-11 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. 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. 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 NIGHT• Ongoing
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger night. 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.
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.
OPEN AIR MARKET• Ongoing
First Saturday of month. Noon-5 p.m. The Yogurt Station, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 845-8113.
ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST• Ongoing
7-11 a.m. Second Sunday. Oddfellows Hall- La Grange, Main Street, La Grange. $6.
SENIOR BREAKFAST CLUB• Ongoing
Sundays. 9 a.m.. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave. (209) 576-0279
CRAB FEED• March 6
Turlock High School Band Boosters 6th annual crab feed. All-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread. Entertainment by the Turlock High School Jazz Band and Turlock High School idol winner, Sabrina Yonan. 6 p.m. The Assyrian American Civic Club, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd., Turlock. $50. (209) 484-3811.
AEBLESKIVER BREAKFAST• March 7
Annual Aebleskiver breakfast presented by the Ceres Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. 8-11 a.m. Masonic Family Center, 2904 Third St., Ceres. $8 adults; $5 children 10 and under. (209) 450-1517.
TAKEOUT RIB DINNER• March 7
Livingston Lions annual takeout rib dinner. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Livingston VFW Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $10 (209) 394-7750.
ENCHILADA DINNER• March 7
66th annual Hornitos enchilada dinner. Local craft vendors and entertainment by Hacienda Valencia Spanish dancing horses, Sol Del Valle. Sponsored by Hornitos Patrons Club. 3:30-8 p.m. Stag Hall, 2884 Bear Valley Road, Hornitos. $13 adult: $7 child. (209) 376-2320.
TRI-TIP AND CRAB FEED• March 7
Johansen High School Sports Boosters 21st annual tri-tip and crab feed. Live band, casino games and silent auction. 6 p.m. F.E.S. Hall, 190 N. Lee Ave., Oakdale. $50. (209) 576-4970 or (209) 595-1865.
BACCHUS AND BREW• March 7
Modesto Sunrise Rotary Irish-themed Bacchus and Brew. Casino night, music, silent and live auctions. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine sampling. Proceeds benefit many local service projects in the community. 6-9 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $25 (209) 613-9498.
CRAB FEED AND TRI-TIP BARBECUE• March 7
Davis High School Athletic Boosters’ annual crab feed and tri-tip barbecue. Live entertainment, silent auction. 5 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Father O’Hare Hall, 1813 Oakdale Road. $45 advance; $50 door. (209) 985-6378 or (209) 872-7090.
OMELET BRUNCH• March 10
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary omelet brunch. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, O’Hare Hall, 1813 Oakdale Road. $25 (209) 551-4973.
CESAR E. CHAVEZ SI SE PUEDE EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON• March 12
Latino Community Roundtable annual luncheon. Guest speaker, Arturo Rodriquez, President of United Farm Workers of America. Master of Ceremonies, Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova. Reservation deadline Monday, March 9. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Red Event Center, 921 8th St. $20 adult; $15 student. (209) 526-5588 or (209) 214-4545.
TEA & FASHION SHOW• March 14
“Spring Time in Paris”-themed Modesto Gospel Mission annual Tea and Fashion show. 1 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. $40 individual; $75 pair; $350 table of 8. (209) 529-8259.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY• March 14
Traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner, no-host bar and entertainment. Reservations required by March 7. 5-7:30 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 924 15th St. $25 per person. (209) 522-1739.
ST. PATTY’S DAY ROUNDUP• March 14
Traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. Entertainment by The Fiddle Gang. Presented by The Presbyterian Women’s Group of Columbia’s Church of the 49ers. 5-7 p.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson Street, Columbia. $5-$13. (209) 532-6604.
“THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES” MEMORIAL• March 15
Bob Hoegh “Thanks for the Memories” event. All coaches, former players and friends are welcome to attend and share memories and stories. Cold cut buffet will be served. 1 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. (209) 408-0487 or (209) 604-2013.
IRISH DAYS PANCAKE BREAKFAST• March 21
Annual Irish Days pancake breakfast with pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, juice, tea and coffee. 8-10:30 a.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 509 Algiers St., Murphys. $7 adults; $4 children under 10. (209) 728-3141.
BUILD YOUR OWN OMELET DINNER• March 21
Eighth annual “Build your own omelet dinner” including omelet, potatoes, biscuits, fruit and beverage. 4:30-7 p.m. Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. $8 adults, $4 children under 10, children under 5 are free. (209) 838-2792.
PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAM• Saturdays
Bilingual stories, Songs and Rhymes for Preschoolers and their families. Presented by the Cesar Chavez Committee. 10-11 a.m. Saturdays. Los Banos Library, 1312 Seventh St. Free. (209) 826-5254.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME• Ongoing
Stories and songs for ages 3-6. Storytime is followed by “Stay and Play, Play and Learn.” 10 a.m. Thursdays. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
WIGGLE WORMS• Ongoing
Stories and songs for children under 3. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
DANCE CLASSES• Ongoing
Ballet, tap, jazz and Mommy & Me classes offered for all ages. Central West Ballet, 5039 Pentecost, Modesto. $10 per class. (209) 576-8957. www.centralwestballet.org
CLASSICAL CHILDREN’S BOOK CLUB• Ongoing
Group geared for children 8 years old and up. Each month club members will be invited to discuss various books, participate in crafts and watch excerpts from films. Refreshments available. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Second Friday Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. (209) 533-5507.
SEUSSICAL CELEBRATION• March 12
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. Find the Hat game, “Cat in the Hat” mask and Dr. Seuss pop-up toy crafts. 3 p.m. Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave. Free. (209) 664-8006.
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
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
6:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.
SWEAT SENIOR 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. Donation. (209) 988-5655. www.centenarychurch.net
Toastmasters club Daybreakers 1388. 6:15-7:20 a.m. 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.toastmasters.org
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. Free. (209) 523-2800.
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. Free. (209) 614-4404.
BUNKO NITE• Ongoing
Oakdale Grange #435 presents Bunko Nite. Food and drink free. 7-9:30 p.m. First Fridays. Oakdale Grange Hall , Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $10 per person, donation. (209) 556-8524 or (209) 838-7421.
CAMELLIA SOCIETY MEETING• Ongoing
The Camellia Society of Modesto meetings. All interested in camellias and seeking to learn about camellia culture are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Some meeting topics this season will include: bugs, square gardening, herbs and water gardens. 1:30 p.m. Second Sundays. One Church Bethel Campus Free. (209) 522-0147 or (209) 576-0831.
WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP• Ongoing
Support group for those either writing for themselves or for publication. 5:30-7 p.m. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. Free.
BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS• Through March 31
Ballroom dance lessons hosted by the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods department. 6:30-8 p.m. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. $42 for 8 sessions. (209) 341-2974.
BELLY DANCE FOR FUN• Through April 2
Belly dancing classes hosted by the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods department. 6-7 p.m. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. $45 for 8 sessions. (209) 341-2974.
STANISLAUS HOME AND GARDEN SHOW• March 6-8
Vendors, food truck wars, children’s activities. noon-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $3 general; $2 senior Friday. (209) 941-1880.
LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE• March 7
The Friends of the Salida Library annual used book sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7353.
WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD• March 10
The Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild monthly meeting. Tapestry designer and weaver Tricia Goldberg will explain “From Image to Loom”: choosing colors, patterns, and techniques for tapestry weaving. Visitors welcome. 10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. Free. (209) 588-1514.
“NEW STUDENT DAY”• March 14
Modesto Junior College “New Student Day” featuring enrollment opportunity for high school seniors, workshops on PiratesNet access and campus tours. Additional sessions and information for parents. 8 a.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Performing and Media Arts Center, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6789.
FIBER ARTS GROUP• March 14
The Studio 49 Fiber Arts group monthly meeting for those interested in spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting or anything related to the fiber arts. Visitors welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuloume County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. Free. (209) 533-0593.
BIRD PRESENTATION• March 18
Central Sierra Audubon Society presentation featuring the program “No Birdbrains Here: The Latest on Bird Learning, Instinct and Intelligence” presented by Susan Schneider. 7 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road. Free. (209) 532-1106.
MODESTO CAMELLIA SHOW 2015• March 21-22
2-5 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Gallo Administration Building, 600 Yosemite Ave., Modesto. (209) 537-9945.
GROUNDWATER FORUM• March 21
“Groundwater in San Joaquin County: Challenges to Managing a Vital and Threatened Resource.” program presented by the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. O’Connor Woods, West Hall, 3400 Wagner Heights Road, Stockton. Free. (209) 642-5105.
SIERRA RAILWAY LECTURE• March 22
Lecture titled “Angels Branch of the Sierra Railway,” by Dave Connery. 2-3 p.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 S. Main St. Free, members; $10 nonmembers. (209) 736-2963.
CALL FOR POEMS• March 11
2015 Poets Corner Contest open call for poems on the theme “Conservation and Transformation: Poetry celebrating Earth, Water, Wind or Fire”. Poems of no more than 32 lines. Submission deadline March 11. Full submission guidelines and information, modestogov.com/prnd/poet_corner.asp.