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.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
BARKIN’ DOG GRILL (209) 572-2341
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk.. 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
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.
MODESTO (209) 529-9303
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. .
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.
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.
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.
BOUTIQUES (209) 523-3000
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6. (209) 577-2298.
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.
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays through December. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
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.
4-8 p.m. True Value Shopping Center, Corner of Ward Avenue and Las Palmas, Patterson.
ANGELS CAMP CERTIFIED
5 p.m.-dusk. Utica Park , Angels Camp. (209) 743-3427.
VINTAGE FAIRE FARMERS’
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.
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
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.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.
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.
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.
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
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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
7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.
ESCALON SENIOR DANCE
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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