Valley’s Got Talent
Twenty-seven local performers will compete for a $1,500 grand prize at the fourth annual Valley’s Got Talent competition, co-presented by the Gallo Center for the Arts and The Modesto Bee. Artists also will compete for $750 prizes in the following categories: dance, vocal, instrument, specialty and band. Judges include Emmy Award-winning casting director and Modesto native Robert Ulrich, who casts the Fox TV show “Glee,” and his wife actress Kim Johnston Ulrich (“Passions”). As a special treat, past grand prize winners the Sensations, Stop Motion Poetry and Francesca Bavaro will perform a medley.
WHEN: 7 p.m. today and Saturday
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100
Arts & Crafts Fest
The annual Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival returns this weekend to celebrate its 41st year in the Mother Lode town of Arnold. Planned will be fine arts and crafts booths, live music by Home Grown and jugglers Bonzai & Dre on Saturday and Sunday, with activities for children also planned. A pancake breakfast will be held 7:30-11 a.m. both days.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Cedar Center, 1225 Oak Circle, Arnold
TICKETS: Free; breakfast $6
CALL: (925) 372-8961
The 27th annual Edible Extravaganza benefits the Center for Human Services by offering samples from the area’s best restaurants, caterers, bakers, confectioners, vintners and more. The event also features live music on two stages. Performers include Ernie Bucio’s Little Big Band, Groove Shack and Tongue and Groove. Proceeds will benefit Center for Human Services programs including youth court, counseling services, shelter services for homeless and runaway youth (Hutton House, Pathways).
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and L streets
TICKETS: $40 in advance, $50 at the door. $100 preferred ticket (get in at 5 p.m. and beat the crowds)
CALL: (209) 526-1476
‘A Place in the Sun’
The Modesto Film Society presents the 1951 film “A Place in the Sun,” starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie is about a poor young man who gets a job with his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. The film won six Academy Awards.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 527-4697
Color the Skies
Color the Skies, the annual benefit for Children’s Hospital of Central California, will focus on a fun run and kite show instead of its usual display of hot air balloons. Safety concerns involving the construction of nearby softball fields limited this year’s number of hot air balloons to just three instead of last year’s 23. Organizers promise the hot air balloons will return next year. 5K and 10K runs kick off the morning with the kite show starting at 10 a.m. Events include kite races, a candy drop and kite demonstrations. There also will be carnival games, jousting, bounce houses and more.
WHEN: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Mistlin Sports Park, Highway 99 and Jack Tone Road, Ripon
CALL: (209) 599-4483