FOR THE ARTS
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 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $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.
“SISTER ACT”• March 26-27
Musical comedy about Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent. 7:30 p.m. $39-$99.
LET’S DANCE! PART 2• March 27-28
Central West Ballet presentation. 7 p.m. $30-$35.
WANDA SYKES• March 28
Comedian. Show contains adult themes. 8 p.m. $49-$99.
VMI ROCKS• March 29
24 Band Student Recital. 12:30 p.m. Free.
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
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.
VANGUARD UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR• March 20
7 p.m. Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon (209) 599-6163.
CHORAL AND DONOR RECOGNITION CONCERT• March 20
7:30 p.m. Snider Music Rcital Hall, CSU Stanislaus, 1 University Circle. Turlock. $12 general; $8 students and seniors. (209) 667-3958.
“BACH IN THE SUBWAYS DAY”• March 21
Celebration of the birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach presented by The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra. 11:30 a.m. Tenth Street Plaza, 1010 10th St. Free. (209) 575-6646.
SOUTHERN RAISED• March 21
Bluegrass music presented by Richland Ministries. 6 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1732 Miller Ave. Free. (209) 524-0922.
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.
BRIA SKONBERG QUARTET• March 23
Columbia Big Band with jazz singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg. 6:30 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. show. Dogwood Theater, Columbia College, 1160 Columbia College Dr., Sonora. $15 reserved seating. (209) 588-5126.
JAZZ CONCERT• March 24
7:30 p.m. Snider Music Rcital Hall, CSU Stanislaus, 1 University Circle. Turlock. $12 general; $8 students and seniors. (209) 667-3958.
GALA CONCERT• March 26
CSU, Stanislaus, Music Department gala concert. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Dr., Turlock. $12 general; $8 students and seniors. (209) 667-3958.
EDDIE AND MARHTA ADCOCK• March 27
Bluegrass artists present folk, gospel, rockabilly, jazz and bluegrass, featuring guest artist Red Dog Ash. 6:30 p.m. Peer Recovery Art Project, 1222 J St. $15 (209) 581-1695.
“SILVERMOON”• March 28
Live music, dinner and dancing. No-host bar. 6 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. $40 per person. (209) 578-5801.
“ALIGNING WITH SPRING” CONCERT• March 29
Featuring guest artist singer and songwriter, Alex Kash with Grateful. 1 p.m. The Garden Cafe, Columbia Nursery, 22004 Parrots Ferry Road, Sonora. $15 reserved seating. (209) 532-5305.
JULIE EICHELBERGER• March 29
Julie-N-Friends gospel concert. 6 p.m. Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., Merced. Free. (559) 304-1102.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “QUEEN AND COUNTRY”• March 20
Follow-up film to John Boorman’s five-time Oscar-nominated 1987 film “Hope and Glory.”
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.
FILM: “DANNY COLLINS”• March 24
Slightly dark, comedy about an aging, 1970s rock star who decides to give up his hard-living ways and change his life when his manager delivers a 40-year-old letter written to him by none other than John Lennon. Part of the New York Film Critics Series. 6:30 p.m. doors; 7:30 p.m. film. $12.
FILM: “THE BREAKFAST CLUB”• March 26
30th anniversary of iconic portrait of the 1980s American high school life during an afternoon Saturday detention. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. show. $6.
FILM: “GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM”• March 27-April 3
An Israeli woman seeking to finalize her divorce from her cruel and manipulative husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country's religiously-based marriage laws. Presented in Israeli with English subtitles.
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: “COMPUTER SIMULATION”• March 28
Speaker Vic Castillo, research engineer presents lecture on having fun with models and robots. Film “Robot and Frank” 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: “NATIONAL VELVET”• March 28
The tale of two determined youths and one spirited thoroughbred who join forces to obtain a seemingly impossible victory. Part of the CareMore Senior Film Series. 1:30 p.m.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
“CHARLOTTE’S WEB”• Through March 22
Musical version of E.B. White’s classic tale Charlotte's Web. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Playhouse Merced, 452 West Main St., Merced. $5-$10. (209) 725-8587.
“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”• Through March 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.
“SEUSSICAL MUSICAL”• March 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.
AN EVENING WITH SEELEY AND ROSS• March 20
Sketch comedy guest artist production. 8 p.m. CSU, Stanislaus, Studio Theatre, 1 University Circle. Turlock. $5. (209) 667-3958.
“ROMEO & JULIET”• Through March 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”• Through March 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.
Stage Conservatory, 948 11 St., Modesto. $15 general; $10 students. (209) 846-0179.
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.
ARTIST STUDIOS• (209) 241-7130
April 25-26, Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio Tour, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost of map, $10. April 11, 17-18, Artist studio preview shows.
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 April 1, Printmaking from Los Angeles; April 13-17 Turlock Regional High School Art Show, Artist reception, April 17, 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
Through April 19, “ArtSpirit”. 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
April 16, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET GALLEY• (209) 667-7332
Through April 2, “Inspired by Nature”. Gallery Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 226 N. First St., Turlock. www.firststreetgalleries.com.
GEORGE POST COMMUNITY GALLERY• (209) 532-2787
Through April 10, 17th annual Celebration of the Arts in Schools Student Exhibit; through September, “Paper, Print and Painting.” Gallery Hours: 1-4:30 Monday-Friday; or by appointment.
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
Through July 19, “Promoting Merced: A County of Many Resources”. Museum hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 21st and N streets, Merced.
MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE ART GALLERY• (209) 575-6819
March 21-26, Modesto City Schools Youth Art Month show. Awards reception March 26 5-7 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
Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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”. 140 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.sonorajoes.com.
STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION• (209) 238-1700
Through April 3, Interpretive Exhibition, “Think! Create! Share!” 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 1100 H St.
STANISLAUS FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER• (209) 525-5130
March 26, fourth annual “The Art of Justice Celebration and Fundraiser.” 5:30-8:30 p.m., $20 advance; $25 door. 1625 I St.
UC MERCED ART GALLERY• (209) 228-4566
April 6-May 5, Bobcat Art Show, artist reception April 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 5200 North Lake Road, Merced.
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.
YOSEMITE MUSEUM GALLERY• (209) 372-0200
“Yosemite Renaissance.” Gallery Hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. daily. 9037 Village Dr, Yosemite Valley.
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.
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.
CSUS HILDEGARD FESTIVAL• March 28
All-day festival highlighting women and creativity. Events include panel discussion, “Telling Your Story: How to Market and Promote Your Work,” with moderator Jeannie Pool and panel participants Beverly Simmons, Deon Nielsen Price, Marlene Hajdu, a lecture on ceramic artist and sculptor Betty Feves presented by her daughter, Julie Feves, and Maya Angelou poetry reading performed by members of the Sankofa Theater of Modesto. 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 21, Chippendales; March 28, Moonwalker: A Tribute to Michael Jackson. 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 20, Decades and Summer of Love: March 21, Maxx Cabello Jr.; March 22, Westbound 50; March 27, Ryan Hernandez and Jackson Michelson; March 28, The Spazmatics; March 29, Dave Russell. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
March 21, Lavell Crawford; March 22, Marie Osmond and Friends. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
March 20, Twice as Good Blues; March 21, Chains Required; March 27, Roy Rogers; March 28, Pride & Joy. 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 20-21
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.
“SKOMEDY”• March 26-29
Original sketch comedy. 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 7 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. CSU, Stanislaus, Studio Theatre, 1 University Circle. Turlock. $8-$10. (209) 667-3958.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
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.
HILDEGARD FESTIVAL OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS• March 26-28
Sponsored by the CSU, Stanislaus, College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to celebrate the creative work of women in the arts. Daytime events free. Concert tickets $8-$12. Various Locations. (209) 667-3958.
OAKDALE TESTICLE FESTIVAL• March 30
34th annual festival with rocky mountain oyster dinner, hosted bar, raffle and live auction. 6 p.m. FES Hall, 190 N. Lee Ave., Oakdale. $65 advance; $75 door. (209) 847-7049.
FOOD & FUN
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.
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.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Ongoing
Livingston VFW monthly hamburger night. 5-7 p.m. Last Thursday of month. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
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.
TWAIN HARTE A LA CARTE• March 20
Wine and food selections, live and silent auction, raffle. 5-7 p.m. Meadow Plaza, 23000 Meadow Dr., Twain Harte. $35. (209) 928-1616.
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.
SPAGHETTI DINNER• March 21
Knights Ferry Civil War Days spaghetti dinner fund-raiser. Raffle. 5-8 p.m. Knights Ferry Community Club, Main St. $7 adults; $4 children 10 and under. (209) 847-6245.
GOLF TOURNAMENT, SILENT AUCTION AND DINNER• March 23
Marissa’s Closet and the Marissa Alexandria Guidance Center second annual fundraising event. Spring Creek Golf Course, 1580 Spring Creek Dr., Ripon. $130 per person, all inclusive; $35 per person for dinner and auction. (209) 613-0836.
SPRING TIME DINNER• March 24
Calaveras County Arts Council spring dinner. 5:30 p.m. Hotel Leger, 8304 Main St., Mokelumne Hill. $17. (209) 754-1774.
POLENTA AND CHICKEN DINNER• March 25
Merced Branch of the Italian Catholic Federation polenta and chicken dinner and raffle. Advance ticket sales only. 5 p.m. Italo American Lodge, 18th and U St., Merced. $15 adults; $7.50 children under 12 years. (209) 383-4817.
STEAK AND BURGER CELEBRATION• March 26
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County event with reversed plating, club members receive steak and adults receive burgers. 6-8 p.m. The Century, 927 10th St. $500 table of 10. (209) 549-2765.
AT THE LIBRARIES
PAPER ROLL BUG CRAFT• March 21
Children may create a “paper roll bug” using paper rolls and personalized touches. 1:30 p.m. Newman Library, 1305 Kern St., Newman. (209) 862-2010.
LEGO DAY• March 24
All ages can build LEGO displays for the library. Children under age four are welcome to participate with direct parental supervision. 3:30 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 664-8100; 4 p.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7353.
TEEN BOOK PROGRAM• March 24
Teen presentation on popular teen literature, new books, upcoming book collections and a look at the young adult eBooks available. Participants are encouraged to bring their electronic devices for hands-on learning. 4 p.m. Newman Library, 1305 Kern St., Newman. (209) 862-2010.
LEGO DAY• March 25
All ages can build LEGO displays for the library. Children under age four are welcome to participate with direct parental supervision. 3:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. (209) 558-7814.
TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE• March 25
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers who are trained by the IRS will provide assistance with tax preparation. Space is limited and registration is required. 3-7 p.m. Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St., Riverbank. (209) 869-7008.
MOVIE SCREENING• March 25
The Civil War 150 movie, “Lincoln and Lee at Antietam” screening. 7 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. Free. (209) 558-7814.
CRAZY 8’S MATH CLUB• March 26
Ramp it Up math fun with long foam tubes to build the fastest super ball ramps ever. Kindergarten through second grade students may participate in Crazy 8’s Math Club. 4 p.m. Denair Library, 4801 Kersey Road, Denair. (209) 634-1283.
MODESTO MONEY MAVENS• March 26
Program will offer insights into couponing with tips on saving money at the grocery store and more. 6 p.m. Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave., Keyes. (209) 664-8006.
SCRAPBOOKING FUN• March 28
Local scrapbooker Anna Soto will lead a scrapbooking workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. (209) 558-7814.
MOVIE SCREENING• March 28
Screening of “Shenandoah” classic film about a wealthy Virginia landowner who refuses to take sides in the Civil War. 2 p.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7353.
GAME DAY AT THE LIBRARY• March 28
New and classic board games, puzzles, card games and more available for family game play. 4 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 664-8100.
LITTER BUG STORY TIME• March 30
Interactive program will help empower children keep earth clean and green. 11 a.m. Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St., Riverbank. (209) 869-7008.
JELLY BEAN BASKET CRAFT• March 31
Participants create a little basket made with recycled materials. 3:30 p.m. Waterford Library, 324 E St., Waterford (209) 874-2191.
DIA DE LOS NINOS: DAY OF THE CHILD• March 31
Attendees can learn about Latino culture with creation of a unique craft, music and dance presentation and games from Mexico. 4 p.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7353.
FAMILY GAME TIME• March 31
Games, puzzles, activities for all. Old classics and new, featuring board games, card games, and games of skill and chance. 4 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 664-8100.
All programs are part of the Stanislaus County Library system and are free to attend.
ODDS & ENDS
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
6:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.
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. 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. (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.
WRITERS GROUP MEETING• Ongoing
March 14, Sonora Writers Group meeting features guest presenter, Salvatore Salerno. Call for location. 10:30 a.m. Second Saturday Various locations (209) 734-8097.
CAMELLIA SOCIETY • Ongoing
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.
ORDER SONS OF ITALY DINNER MEETING• March 20
Order Sons of Italy, Modesto Lodge #2021 dinner, meeting and program on “Italian Dance.” 6 p.m. Fleur De Lis Reception Hall, 3460 Oakdale Road.
MAPS SCIENCE PRESENTATION• March 20
Modesto Area Partners in Science presentation “Seeing Possibilities, Making a Difference: Why Outdoor Education is good for our community” by MJC Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences Lynn Hansen. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, Sierra Hall 132, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. (209) 575-6800.
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.
HISPANIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE• March 21
Conference to expose Hispanic high school students to higher education, presented by Modesto Junior College. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6698.
COMMUNITY WORK DAY• March 21
Community work day to clear brush and plant willow and other riparian plants. Participants should bring reusable water bottle and work gloves. Rain cancels event. 9 a.m.-noon. Dos Rios Ranch, 3559 Shiloh Road. Free. (209) 236-0330.
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.
BATTLE OF KNIGHT’S FERRY• March 21-22
American Civil War Association “Knights Ferry Civil War Days.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Oakdale. Free. (290) 402-1956 or (925) 321-2131.
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.
GOLF TOURNAMENT WITH DINNER AND AUCTION• March 23
Fundraiser event for Marissa’s Closet. Dinner and auction. 10:30 a.m. registration, tee-off, noon. Spring Creek Golf & Country Club, 16436 Spring Creek Dr., Ripon. $35 dinner and auction; $130 per person tournament fee; $520 foursome. (209) 613-0836.
OUTSTANDING WOMEN AWARDS• March 25
“Honoring Women Leaders in our Community” event with presentation of awards and acceptance speeches. Refreshments served. 7 p.m. Berg Hall, Covenant Village, 2125 N. Olive Ave., Turlock. Free. (209) 632-4692.
A PROGRAM WITH KATHERINE JOYE• March 26
Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club presents a program with Katherine Joye who will discuss day hikes along the Highway 108 corridor and will offer sales and book signings. 7 p.m. Tuolumne Utilities District office, board room, 18885 Nugget Road, Sonora. Free. (209) 480-6194.
GOLD DISCOVERY CELEBRATION• March 27
The town of Columbia celebrates the 165th anniversary or the discovery of gold. Cake and punch, speeches and costumed docents. noon. Columbia State Historical Park, 11255 Jackson St., Columbia. Free. (209) 588-9128.
YOKUTS GROUP-SIERRA CLUB• March 27
Annual meeting of the Yokuts Group/Sierra Club with members presenting memories of their favorite vacations, hiking trips, birds or flowers. Non-members welcome. 6:45 p.m. College Avenue Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall, 1341 College Ave. Free. (209) 863-9137
KIDS FUN RUN• March 27
Students complete one-mile obstacle course, carnival and food. 5-7 p.m. Hughson Christian School, 1519 Tully Road, Hughson. $25 runner registration fee. (209) 883-2874.
FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA FIELD DAY• March 28
Annual Future Farmers of America Field Day hosted by Modesto Junior College Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Division and Young Farmers. Award ceremony. 7:30 a.m. Modesto Junior College, East and West Campus, 435 College Ave. and 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. (209) 575-6200.
MODESTO MARATHON AND MARATHON EXPO• March 28-29
Expo featuring vendor booths and race-related information. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St.; Marathon, half-marathon and 5K run. 7 a.m. Sunday. Downtown Modesto. www.modestomarathon.com.
LA GRANGE RODEO• March 29
68th annual La Grange Rodeo. 8 a.m. La Grange Rodeo Arena, 30433 Yosemite Boulevard, La Grange. $8-$12 advance; $10-$15 gate. (209) 765-7535 or (209) 541-7966.
EGG-NITE• March 28
All age, family barbecue dinner and a Glow in the Dark Flashlight Egg Hunt, bounce house, face painting and more. 5 p.m. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road. Free. (209) 529-3228.
TANGO DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Feb. 28, Eva Garlez and Pablo Rodriguez of Buenos Aires, featuring introductory dance lesson, workshop, 2 p.m. beginners, 3:30 p.m. intermediate level. Dance party, 7:30 p.m. $25 one workshop; $40 both, $10 dance party fee. Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Urbano Bistro, 1016 H St., Modesto. (209) 522-1571.
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.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Club meets Tuesdays, second Friday of month for dance. First-time guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Friday. 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.
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.
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• 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
Workshops 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, Oakdale. $3-$6 per person; $20 annual dues. (209) 236-1628. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org
MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE• Ongoing
Sunday dances featuring waltz, Latin, swing, polka and fox trot. Refreshments available. 2-5 p.m. Fourth Sundays. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. (209) 723-0839.
COMMUNITY BAND• Ongoing
A college-community concert band looking for experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players to join. 7 p.m. Mondays. California State University, Stanislaus, music building, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3740.