Calendar of events across the Modesto region

09/05/2013 10:45 AM

09/05/2013 10:46 AM

GALLO CENTER

FOR THE ARTS

PICNIC AT THE POPSSaturday

Modesto Symphony Orchestra outdoor concert including a fireworks finale and featuring the Classical Mystery Tour. 4 p.m. gates, 7:30 p.m. concert E&J Gallo Winery, 600 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto.

LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT IS DUESept. 14

7:30 p.m. $39-$89.

REO SPEEDWAGONSept. 16

7:30 p.m. $49-$99.

MOFEST! 7Sept. 20

Multi-film, multi-genre festival. Presented by PFLAG Modesto. 7:30 p.m.

JOHNNY MATHISSept. 21

8 p.m. $59-$149.

MCCA: FESTIVAL OF FOURSept. 22

Folk and traditional selections with rhythm and elegance played on guitar, mandolin and flute. 3 p.m.

MARIACHI NUEVO TECALITLÁNSept. 27

The band features some of the most virtuoso musicians on the Mariachi circuit. 8 p.m.

PASQUALE ESPOSITOSept. 28

Making his debut at the Gallo Center, tenor Pasquale Esposito will present selections from his latest CD release, Il Tempo. 8 p.m.

GORDON LIGHTFOOTSept. 30

Renowned pop/folk singer. 7:30 p.m.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETYOngoing

Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Third Sundays. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.

FIRST FRIDAYS IN THE PARK CONCERTSThrough Friday

Sep. 6, James Faifua and The Jukes. 5:30 p.m. Murphys Community Park, 505 Algiers St., Murphys. Free. (209) 728-8183. www.gocalaveras.com/murphys-community-club.

TURLOCK UKE JAMZSaturday

All ages and skill levels welcome. 10:30 a.m. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free. www.turlockukejamz.org

METAL SHOPFriday

Rock and metal hits of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15-$18. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

SHEATHERFEST MUSIC

FESTIVALFriday-Sunday

Music festival at three venues: Friday, The Cow Track, Oakdale; Saturday, The River’s Edge, Knights Ferry; Sunday, Rick’s Saloon, Knights Ferry. Bands over three days include Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Tom Vandenavond, The Pine Box Boys, the Harmed Bros. and others. $10 per night, $25 all show wristband. (209) 450-6361. www.visitoakdaleca.com

ANTSY MCCLAIN AND THE TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURSSept. 14

Country, rockabilly, swing and jazz music. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $24-$28. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

JASON COLEMANSept. 19

Playing the music of Floyd Cramer. First concert of the Ripon Arts League 2013-2014 season. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $30, ticket price includes all season concerts. (209) 599-3223.

DIEGO’S UMBRELLASept. 28

San Francisco gypsy rock group. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15-$18. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT CBS: SHAWNETTE SULKERSept. 29

Vocalist Shawnette Sulker will perform a diverse program spanning the areas of world beat music to opera. This is the first concert of the 2013-2014 concert season. 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $7 youth, $15 seniors and students, $20 adults, $60 full season. (209) 571-6060. cbsmodesto.org

THEATER

“LES MISERABLES”

Through Sept. 15

Epic musical drama set in 19th century France. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. $10-$22. (209) 725-8587. www.playhousemerced.com

“REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT”Through Sept. 22

Two worlds intermingle in a play of magical realism as nature reflects the diversity of human relationships. Mature audiences only. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11 St., Modesto. $10. (209) 846-0179. www.centerstagemodesto.com

“DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER”Friday-Sept. 29

Tony Award-winning comedic French farce. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org

MERCED

SHAKESPEAREFESTSept. 14-22

More than 25 actors and dancers will present “As You Like It.” 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. Applegate Park, West 25th and R streets, Merced. Free. (209) 723-3265. www.mercedshakespearefest.org

ART

BARKIN’ DOG GRILL (209) 572-2341

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk.. 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.

BUILDING IMAGINATION

CENTER (209) 585-6712

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1009 J St., Modesto.

C’EST JOLI (209) 324-7111

Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY (209) 529-3369

Through Oct. 3, “Our Seasons,” therapy art exhibit presented by Memorial Medical Center; Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org

CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY

AND ART SCHOOL (209) 522-0935

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com

CROW TRADING CO. (209) 579-2173

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Show: 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1208 J St. www.crowtrading.com

DEZIGNZ (209) 846-0889

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.

DOWNTOWN

MODESTO (209) 529-9303

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. .

FIRST STREET

FRAME CO. (209) 667-7332

Ongoing, paintings and photographs. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 226 N. First St., Turlock.

GALLERY 909 (209) 667-3959

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.

INTRINSIC

ELEMENTS (209) 534-1702

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.

MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE

ART GALLERY (209) 575-6819

Through Sept. 26, “Faculty Reunited!” art exhibition. Gallery Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. 435 College Ave. Free.

PAPER PLANES TATTOO AND ART STUDIO (209) 324-1543

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.

PEER RECOVERY

ARTS PROJECT (209) 581-1695

Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.

REMEMBER WHEN (209) 544-1385

Ongoing artists exhibit at both Modesto and Oakdale locations. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.

STANISLAUS CLERK-RECORDER OFFICE (209) 869-4804

Ongoing, Carol Earle and Eva Williams. Exhibit hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 1021 I St., Modesto. Free.

TREWIN FRAMERY (209) 818-6004

Ongoing, Rodney Lough Jr., Tom Pickurel, Chella, Edward Mendes. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 5170 Pentecost Drive, Suite 1, Modesto.

UNIQUE

BOUTIQUES (209) 523-3000

Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.

CASINOS

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

CHUKCHANSI GOLD(866) 794-6946

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com

JACKSON

RANCHERIA(800) 822-9466

12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com

RED HAWK CASINO(888) 573-3495

1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com

BLACK OAK(877) 747-8777

Friday, Chains Required; Saturday, Satisfaction; Sept. 12, Denny Laine; Sept. 13 & 14, Clean Slate; Sept. 19, SF Stand Up Comedy Competition; Sept. 20, Jessica Caylyn; Sept. 21, Roy Rogers; Sept. 26, comedy showcase; Sept. 27, Hot August Nights; Sept. 28, MoFo Party Band. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne . www.blackoakcasino.com.

CACHE CREEK(800) 772-2243

14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com

COFFEEHOUSES

HUGHSON COFFEE

COMPANY(209) 883-0828

Ongoing live music. 6724 E. Whitmore, Suite J.

QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE(209) 521-8000

Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.

FESTIVALS & FAIRS

TRACY DRY BEAN

FESTIVALSaturday-Sunday

Celebrate dry beans over two days of music, entertainment, carnival rides and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Tracy, 10th Street and Central Avenue. Free. www.tracybeanfestival.com

DENAIR FARM

AND FAMILY FESTIVALSept. 14

More than 100 food and craft vendors as well as information booths, entertainment, charity fun run and more. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. www.denairfestival.com

RUSH AND BRUSH FOR THE GOLD 5K AND FESTIVALSept. 14

All proceeds benefit the Mokelumne Hill Volunteer Fire department and the Calaveras High Band Boosters. 10 a.m. Main Street, Mokelumne Hill. $15-$25. (209) 286-1393. mokehillfire.org

SIERRA VIEW

MUSIC FESTIVALSept. 14

Wynonna and the Big Noise perform at annual benefit concert festival. 2-11 p.m. J-H Ranch, 12713 Sierra View , Oakdale. $35-$125. (209) 247-6069. tickets.sierraviewmusicfest.com

ASSYRIAN FOOD FESTIVAL

Sept. 14-15

Annual cultural celebration. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Assyrian Cultural Center, 3119 S. Central Ave., Ceres. $14-$17. (209) 480-9293.

SYMBIOSIS GATHERING 2013

Sept. 19-23

A synthesis of art, music, transformational learning, and sustainable living integrated into a festival. More than 200 musicians and entertainers. Woodward Reservoir, 14528 26 Mile Road, Oakdale. $99-$999, day passes and camping packages available. 1-866-558-4253. symbiosisgathering.com

2013 SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL

Sept. 20-22

Celebrate the sweet potato over three days of live entertainment, vendor booths, grower exhibits, carnival rides and sweet potato cuisine. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Sunday. Max Foster Sports Complex, 2600 Walnut Ave., Livingston. Free. (209) 394-8830. www.livingstoncity.com

GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL Sept. 21-22

Featuring Greek cuisine, baked items and a vendor marketplace. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. $8.50 youth under 12, $14 advance, $17 door. (209) 522-7694.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Sept. 29

International food, games, youth activities and entertainment. 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. St. Mary’s Church Parish Center, Oak and Olive streets, Oakdale. (209) 559-0608.

CALAVERAS GRAPE STOMPOct. 5

Costumes and creative teams encouraged. Coincides with the Gold Rush Street Faire. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Murphys Park, Algiers and Main streets, Murphys. Free to spectators. (209) 754-0127. www.calaverasgrapestomp.com

INTERNATIONAL

HERITAGE FESTIVALOct. 5

Travel around the world through music, food, dance, crafts and cultural displays. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 521-3852. internationalfestivalmodesto.org

GOLD RUSH STREET FAIREOct. 5

More than 100 vendors will be on hand peddling antiques, art and more. Coincides with the Calaveras Grape Stomp. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Murphys

FILM

FAMILY NIGHT MOVIES IN THE PARKThrough Sept. 20

Friday, “Brave;” Sept. 13, “Wreck It Ralph;” Sept. 22, “Hotel Transylvania. “ Fridays at dusk. Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, Modesto. Free. (209) 577-5344. www.modestogov.com/prnd

MOVIES UNDER THE STARSSept. 21

Family friendly outdoor screening. 7:30 p.m. Cottles Wood Park, Ventanas Avenue at East J Street, Oakdale. Free. (209) 847-3152. www.ci.oakdale.ca.us

FOOD & FUN

SIERRA RAILROAD

DINNER TRAINOngoing

Murder Mystery Trains, 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 BREAKFASTOngoing

Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6. (209) 537-3360.

VFW DINNEROngoing

Friday night dinner hosted by the VFW Post 3199. 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. Small donation. (209) 537-3360.

HISTORY CENTER BREAKFASTOngoing

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

DINNERSOngoing

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 LUNCHOngoing

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 NIGHTSOngoing

VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $2-$6.50. (209) 668-9710.

MODESTO VFW

HAMBURGER NIGHTSOngoing

VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 4-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$7. (209) 668-9710.

MODESTO CERTIFIED

FARMERS MARKETOngoing

7 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.

MERCED CERTIFIED

FARMERS’ MARKETOngoing

8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.

F.O.E. BREAKFASTOngoing

Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6. (209) 577-2298.

STEAK NIGHTOngoing

Steak dinner, full 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.

LIVINGSTON VFW SUNDAY BREAKFASTOngoing

Hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. 8 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Sundays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $5 children; $7 adults. . (209) 599-6815.

MERCED CERTIFIED

FARMERS’ MARKETOngoing

8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays through December. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.

LIVINGSTON VFW

HAMBURGER NIGHTSThursdays

VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-7 p.m. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com.

TURLOCK FARMERS MARKETFridays

Seasonal produce, fresh food highlighting local ingredients, and unique hand-crafted items. Four evening markets also will be held Sept. 6 and Oct. 25. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Turlock (209) 225-8177.

PATTERSON CERTIFIED

FARMERS MARKETWednesdays

4-8 p.m. True Value Shopping Center, Corner of Ward Avenue and Las Palmas, Patterson.

ANGELS CAMP CERTIFIED

FARMERS MARKETFridays

5 p.m.-dusk. Utica Park , Angels Camp. (209) 743-3427.

VINTAGE FAIRE FARMERS’

MARKETThrough October

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto. (209) 417-7769.

TASTE OF UNITYFriday

Buffet of foods and dessert. 5-7 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. $10 . (209) 578-5433.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

OFFICERS’ BALLSept. 14

Support local law enforcement while dining on food by Dan Costa’s Chefs of America featuring top area chefs and dancing to live music by Ascension. Formal attire suggested, black tie optional. 5:30 p.m. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $100. (209) 525-5130.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FUND-RAISERSept. 14

The San Joaquin chapter will host a light lunch and wine tasting followed by a presentation from Pamm Larry, founder of Label GMOs, speaking on GMO awareness. 1-3 p.m. Delicato Vineyards, 12001 S. Highway 99, Manteca. $15 students, $35 adults. (209) 642-5105.

CRIME STOPPING FOOD

AND WINE TASTERSept. 20

Taste the best from area restaurants and wineries while raising money for Crime Stoppers. Live and silent auctions and a raffle. 6-9 p.m. Peterson Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. $30. (209) 652-0661.

CHILI COOK-OFFSept. 21

Come to cook and compete, or just to eat. Event features live music, raffles, auction and awards in various categories. Noon-6 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. (209) 404-7663.

“MURDER AT THE BIG TREES HOTEL” SHOW AND DINNERSept. 21

Historical murder mystery show includes wine, appetizer, dinner and music by the The StarGeezers. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1870s attire. 5 p.m. Jack Knight Memorial Hall, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold. $50, $180-$320 tables. (209) 795-3840. www.bigtreesmurder.eventsbot.com

1940’S DINNER AND DANCE

AT THE HANGARSept. 28

Travel back in time to Hawaii in the 1940s with a catered dinner, tiki bar, auction, raffle and music from Knight Sounds. Benefit for the CAF Valley Squadron. 5-11 p.m. Hangar 1S, 700 Tioga Drive, Modesto. $40. (209) 605-4313. cafvalleysquadron.org

JEANS AND JEWELS

WILD WEST GALAOct. 12

Fund-raiser for the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults. Event includes steak dinner, live music and dancing, pig races, midway games, live and silent auction and more. 6 p.m.-midnight. Durrer Barn, 3500 Dunn Road, Modesto. $100. (209) 524-3536.

ODDS & ENDS

CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYSOngoing

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

TELESCOPE NIGHTOngoing

Presented by the MJC Astronomy Club. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Free parking, concessions available. Bring blankets or chairs to make your space adventure more comfortable. 8-10 p.m. First Friday of the month. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Science Building Lawn Free.

AIRCRAFT DISPLAYOngoing

9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.

AIRPLANE EXHIBITOngoing

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.

TOASTMASTER’SOngoing

7 p.m., Tuesdays Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-2688.

GRAFFITI NIGHTS AT A&WOngoing

Enjoy classic cars, Elvis appearances, contests and, of course, root beer as part of this summerlong celebration. Friday and Saturday nights through summer. A&W Root Beer, 1404 G. St., Modesto. (209) 522-7700.

VELVET CREAMERY

CRUISE NIGHTSOngoing

Classic car shows, activities and more. Wednesday nights through summer. Velvet Grill & Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave. (209) 544-9029.

SUMMER BIRD WALKSOngoing

Led by Jeanne Ridgley from the Central Sierra Audubon Society, the walks will last 2-3 hours and participants are asked to bring binoculars and a birding guide if available. Rain will cancel the trips. First Wednesdays, 8 a.m. Groveland Community Services District, 18966 Ferretti Road, Groveland. Free. (209) 962-7598.

ST. JOSEPH’S PARISH FESTIVALThrough Sunday

Three-day festival featuring international food booths, youth activities and games, carnival rides, free entertainment and live music. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. (209) 551-4973. www.stjmod.com

CRUISE TO THE JUNCTION

Through Oct. 16

Classic cars, raffles, music and more. First and third Wednesdays. Junction Shopping Center , Highway 108 and Tuolumne Road, Sonora. (209) 533-3548.

GHOST TOURSThrough Oct. 26

Walk through town with a costumed guide as you hear stories of people from the past. Stop in at the hotels and other buildings throughout the park while listening for some residents who may still remain. Reservations available in advance. 3 p.m., Sept. 14, Oct. 26 Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. $10. (209) 532-3184.

ADMISSION DAY PARADE

AND CELEBRATIONSaturday

Celebrates the annexation of California with a parade, food entertainment and free historical town tours. 11 a.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. (209) 588-8475. www.parks.ca.gov/columbia

TURLOCK GARDEN CLUBMonday

Potluck lunch and presentation by Dave Christensen of Christensen Farms talking about growing fall vegetables. Noon. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill. (209) 668-4808.

MOTHER LODE WEAVERS

AND SPINNERS GUILDTuesday

Special guest will be Suki Russack discussing doubleweave. 10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. (209) 588-1514. www.mlwsguild.org

SPEAKER PROGRAM:

“WARRIOR SPEAKS”Sept. 12

Veteran Jeremiah Pauley will share his military journey. 6 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-7803. www.woundedwarriorproject.org

“SWINGING ON A STAR”

GOLF BENEFITSept. 13

Fund-raiser for the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation, entry includes 18 holes of golf and a cart along with a putting contest, hole-in-one contest, snacks, dinner, awards and raffle. Sequoia Woods Country Club, 1000 Cypress Point Drive, Arnold. $95 entry fee, $30 dinner only. (209) 736-7706.

JUNCTION CAR SHOWSept. 14

Show off your classic, custom, hot rod and modified cars and compete for awards. Event also features live music, raffle drawings and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Junction Shopping Center, Highway 108 and Tuolumne Road, Sonora. $20-$25 car registration, spectators free. (209) 533-3548.

CRAFTS AND WILD CRITTERS

CRAFT FAIRSept. 14

Shop for crafts from local artisans and meet exotic wildlife presented by Cruzin’ Critters. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Community United Methodist Church, 1480 Poplar Ave, Oakdale. (209) 847-7777.

CURTIN MANSION OPEN HOUSESept. 14

Learn about the historical landmark as docents in period dress provide information. Restoration photos and 1900s clothing on display. Refreshments on the lawn. 2-6 p.m. Curtin Mansion, 90 Columbia Way, Sonora. $25, advance purchase. (209) 532-1106. www.tchistory.org

DRIVE FOR EDUCATION

GOLF BENEFITSept. 14

Fund-raiser for the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, entry includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, various putting contests, snacks, lunch, awards and raffle. Diablo Grande Golf Resort, 9521 Morton Davis Drive, Patterson. $85 entry fee. (209) 862-2933 x12.

GARDENING WITH NATIVES SYMPOSIUMSept. 14

Presented by the California Native Plant Society, keynote speaker will be Judith Larner Lowry, owner of Larner Seeds. Other speakers will discuss how to use and enjoy native plants in your home. Lunch provided. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. $30-$40. (209) 352-4312.

STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS GROUP

Sept. 14

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. (209) 533-0593. www.mlwsguild.org

CERES GARDEN CLUBSept. 19

Guest speaker will be Jim Bergamaschi from the Ceres Historical Society. 11:30 a.m. Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St. (209) 524-9033.

TUOLUMNE RIVER CLEANUPSept. 21

Volunteer to clean up the Tuolumne River. First 300 volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, lunch among music will be provided. 9 a.m.-noon. Legion Park-Modesto, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. www.tuolumne.org

“HYDRAULIC FRACKING IN CALIFORNIA” PRESENTATION

Sept. 27

Presented by MAPS, Mark Nechodom, Director of the Calif. Dept. of Conservation will discuss the topic. Free parking. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College - Mary Stuart Rogers Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Free.

MCHENRY MANSION

ANNIVERSARYSept. 27-28

Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the McHenry Mansion with a barbecue dinner and garden party. Tours of the of the mansion will also be given. 6 p.m. Friday, dinner event; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, free tours, games and refreshments. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. $60 dinner event only. (209) 491-4347.

2013 TUOLUMNE WRITERS RETREATSept. 27-29

Three-day retreat highlighting local writers through a series of speakers, open mic events, workshops, tours of Columbia State Park, entertainers and more. Registration is required. Columbia City Hotel (209) 588-0711. sonorawriters.org

TROPICAL GARDEN CONCERT FUND-RAISERSept. 28

Fund-raiser dinner and silent auction for the Modesto Sound Youth Music Program with performances by Carlos Caro, Francesca Bavaro, Madie Boyd, Liisa Davila and more. 5-8:30 p.m. 3440 Wycliffe Drive, Modesto. $5 suggested donation. (209) 573-0533 . www.modestosound.org

ANTIQUE VALUE SHOWSept. 28

Bring collectibles, antiques, coins and more to find out if you may have a valuable treasure. Volunteer dealers will be on hand to to appraise and evaluate items. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Escalon Historical Museum, 1630 Main St., Escalon. $5 to appraise up to 5 items. (209) 838-8070. www.escalonhistoricalmuseum.org

HALLOWEEN HOME TOUROct. 5

Tour four decorated homes of Halloween collectors. Tickets are on sale at Portico and Mulberry Lane in McHenry Village, Beverly Crafts and Fabrics and The McHenry Mansion gift shop. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $35. (209) 681-4322.

Dance Clubs:

TANGO DANCE CLUBOngoing

Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays Jacob’s Fine Dining , 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-1571.

RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERSOngoing

Wednesdays, Rock’n Country Band. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; annual membership $12. (209) 534-7663.

TURLOCK SENIOR CENTER DANCEOngoing

7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill.

FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUBOngoing

The Forever Young Senior Dance Club meets every Tuesday morning and the second Friday of each month for an evening dance. First-time guests are free. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Second Friday night each month, 7-10 p.m. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 non-members; Night: $5 and $7. (209) 534-7663.

MANTECA SENIOR DANCEOngoing

Rock’n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Fourth Sunday. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.

USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCINGOngoing

Sep. 14, Rumba; Oct. 12, Hustle; Nov. 9, Foxtrot; Dec. 14, Cha Cha. Dance on hardwood floors to recorded ballroom music. Refreshments available. 7-10 p.m. Second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.

MERCED SUNDAY SENIOR SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCEOngoing

Fourth Sundays. Door prizes and refreshments. 2-5 p.m. Merced Senior Community Center, 15th and O streets, Merced. $8. (209) 723-0839.

MODESTO BALLROOM DANCE CLUBOngoing

Ballroom dances and lessons. 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 ROBINSOngoing

7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.

ESCALON SENIOR DANCE

Third Sunday

Featuring Rock ‘n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road. $4. (209) 534-7663.

TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDSOngoing

Square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall – Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. http://www.ccsda.org/pards

SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCKOngoing

Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Fridays; 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Hughson Senior Center, 2307 4th St. $2 door; $8 membership. (209) 538-0362.

CAROUSEL BALLROOM DANCE CLUBFriday

Dinner, cocktails and dancing to live music. Guest couples welcome. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7-8 p.m. dinner, 8-11 p.m. dancing. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. (209) 524-7795.

SKIRTS N’ FLIRTS

SQUARE DANCE CLUBOngoing

Workshop is open to singles, couples and children age 10 and up. Dance will be held on the third Saturday of the month. 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Oakdale Grange Hall , Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. (209) 477-4756. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org

THE STATE THEATRE

FILM: “BLUE JASMINE”

Through Sept. 12

Woody Allen is back with a drama about a Manhattan socialite whose marriage to a wealthy Wall Street financier collapses, forcing her to move from New York to her sister’s more modest digs in San Francisco. Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. Call for times.

FILM: “THIS IS MARTIN BONNER”Friday

In this Sundance Award-winning film we discover two men each searching in their quiet solitude to begin a new life amidst an unspoken need for encouragement and support. Call for times.

FILM: “AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS”Through Sept. 14

In this Sundance and Cannes hit, an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Call for times.

FILM: “DIRTY DANCING”Saturday

Cult classic starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. 6:30 p.m. $5.

SUMMER OPERA FILM SERIES: “CARMEN”Sunday

The story of Carmen tells of the fatal attraction between a hot-blooded gypsy, and Don José, the upstanding corporal in the Spanish army. Production by La Scala. 1 p.m.

FILM: “THE APARTMENT”Sept. 15

An aspiring executive lets his bosses use his apartment for assignations, only to fall for the big chief’s mistress. Stars Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon and Fred MacMurray. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 2 p.m.

FILM AND PRESENTATION:

“LETTERS TO JACKIE”Sept. 17

This film presents letters to written to Jacqueline Kennedy after the assassination of President Kennedy, read by 20 of today’s top actors and actresses. At the conclusion of the film, Oscar-winner Chris Cooper will be Skyped live in an on-stage Q&A with director Bill Couterie. Two of the letter writers will be at the event with Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of the book on which the film is based. 6 p.m. $10.

ARCHITECTURE MOVIE NIGHT

Sept. 20

The program features a unique selection of short movies about architecture, landscape and design, and is part of the 2013 Modesto International Architecture Festival. 6 p.m. Free.

ARCHITECTURE

DESIGN AWARDS Sept. 21

The program recognizes projects that exhibit excellence in architecture and design within the valley region. The evening will start with guest speaker Russell Abraham, leading architectural photographer and writer, speaking on “Modernism in California.” 6 p.m. Free. modestoarchfest.com

FILM: “WHAT’S UP DOC”Sept. 21

Popular film starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. Presented as a part of the CareMore Senior Film Series. 10:30 a.m. $4.

FILM: “GOING ATTRACTIONS: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE AMERICAN DRIVE-IN”Sept. 22

Documentary that presents a nostalgic and in-depth look at this quickly vanishing pastime. Producer and filmmaker April Wright will be in attendance to lead a discussion after the film. 2 p.m. $8; free for Modesto Film Society members.

BENEFIT CONCERT:

CARLA MORRISONSept. 27

Mexican songstress and Latin Grammy nominee will perform in fund-raiser for the Lograr Community Institute. 8 p.m. $25.

FILM AND TOGA PARTY:

“ANIMAL HOUSE”Sept. 28

Come dressed in your toga best for the classic National Lampoon comedy. Also, live entertainment by Third Party and free snacks. 6 p.m. $8.

The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org

TALENT

CALL TO ARTISTS: MLAA JURIED ART SHOWThrough Sept. 20

The Mother Lode Art Association seeks artists for the 61st annual Juried Art Show and Exhibition. Cash prizes in seven categories. Interested artists should obtain a prospectus and entry form online. (209) 588-0959. www.motherlodeartassociation.org

FOR KIDS

PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAMSaturdays

Every Saturday morning, bilingual stories, Songs and Rhymes for Preschoolers and their families. Presented by the Cesar Chavez Committee. 10-11 a.m. Los Banos Library, 1312 7th St. Free. (209) 826-5254.

MODESTO BANQUET HALLOngoing

School Night featuring teen dances for 18 and under with school ID. Local bands and DJs. 4-10 p.m. Fridays. Modesto Banquet Hall, 810 N. 9th St., Modesto. $5. (209) 222-8802.

BACKYARD BOOKWORMSOngoing

Nature themed story and activity hour. 10 a.m., first and third Fridays. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 575-6196.

PAWS TO READ PROGRAMSept. 25

Kids can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to patient and attentive therapy dogs. Participants may bring a book of their choice or select one from the library. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. Free, registration is required. (209) 694-2727. www.tuolcolib.org

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