FOR THE ARTS
LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT IS DUE• Saturday
7:30 p.m. $39-$89.
Never miss a local story.
REO SPEEDWAGON• Monday
7:30 p.m. $49-$99.
MOFEST! 7• Sept. 20
Multi-film, multi-genre festival. Presented by PFLAG Modesto. 7:30 p.m.
JOHNNY MATHIS• Sept. 21
8 p.m. $59-$149.
MCCA: FESTIVAL OF FOUR
Folk and traditional selections with rhythm and elegance played on guitar, mandolin and flute. 3 p.m.
MARIACHI NUEVO TECALITLÁN• Sept. 27
The band features some of the most virtuoso musicians on the Mariachi circuit. 8 p.m.
PASQUALE ESPOSITO• Sept. 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 LIGHTFOOT• Sept. 30
Renowned pop/folk singer. 7:30 p.m.
AMERICAN SNIPER: SCOTT McEWEN• Oct. 3
Author Scott McEwen provides an inside look at the experiences chronicled in his book, “American Sniper,” which follows the battlefield heroics of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 7:30 p.m.
YELLOWJACKETS• Oct. 4
Jazz ensemble group. 7:30 p.m.
BUBBLY BASH 2013• Oct. 4-5
Come dressed in your finest, and join us for a glass of bubbly, small plate entrees and a variety of wines before our Season Opening Concert, Latin Fire, as we celebrate the Modesto Symphony’s 83rd Season. Event will take place at the old World Savings Bank located across the street from the Gallo Center. 6 p.m. $50.
MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: LATIN FIRE• Oct. 4-5
83rd season kicks off with Music Director David Lockington and the Axiom Brass Quintet. 8 p.m.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL
Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Third Sundays. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
ANTSY McCLAIN AND THE TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURS• Saturday
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 COLEMAN• Thursday
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 UMBRELLA• Sept. 28
San Francisco gypsy rock group. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15-$18. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org
SLIM MAN JAZZ CONCERT• Sept. 28
Jazz vocalist will play old favorites and new songs. Wine and desserts will be served. 8 p.m. Mistlin Art Gallery, 1015 J St., Modesto. $35-$45. (209) 543-4261. www.eventbrite.com/event/6228552769
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT CBS: SHAWNETTE SULKER• Sept. 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. www.cbsmodesto.org
“LES MISERABLES”• Through Sunday
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. $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”• Through 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 SHAKESPEAREFEST• Saturday-Sept. 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
BARKIN’ DOG GRILL• (209) 572-2341
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER• (209) 585-6712
Thursday, 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.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER•
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 general; $6 members and seniors.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN
GALLERY• (209) 529-3369
Through Oct. 3, “Our Seasons,” therapy art exhibit presented by Memorial Medical Center; Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.•
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
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 10th St., Modesto.
A PERFECT 10 SALON•
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1004 15th St.
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.
MERCED COLLEGE ART GALLERY• (209) 386-6644
Gallery hours: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; noon-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and by appointment. 3600 M St., Merced.
MERCED MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER• (209) 388-1090
Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 645 West Main St. Free. www.artsmerced.org
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
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT• (209) 581-1695
Thursday, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.
Gallery Hours: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill. www.gallerypetroglyphe.com
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.
SONORA JOE’S GALLERY•
Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 140 E. Washington St., Sonora.
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.
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 and Saturday, Clean Slate; Thursday, 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
HUGHSON COFFEE COMPANY•
Ongoing live music. 6724 E. Whitmore, Suite J.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE•
Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
DENAIR FARM AND FAMILY FESTIVAL• Saturday
More than 100 food and craft vendors as well 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 FESTIVAL• Saturday
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 FESTIVAL• Saturday
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• Saturday-Sunday
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• Thursday-Sept. 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
LOCAL AUTHOR FAIR• Sept. 21
Meet local authors and purchase a wide variety of books. 9 a.m.-noon. Modesto library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7817. www.stanislauslibrary.org
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.
20TH ANNUAL CALAVERAS
GRAPE STOMP• Oct. 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
22ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL• Oct. 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. www.internationalfestivalmodesto.org
GOLD RUSH STREET FAIRE• Oct. 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 PARK• Through Sept. 20
Today, “Wreck It Ralph;” Sept. 22, “Hotel Transylvania.” Fridays at dusk. Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, Modesto. Free. (209) 577-5344. www.modestogov.com/prnd
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: “MATILDA”• Tuesday
Film based on the popular book by Roald Dahl. Popcorn will be served. 6 p.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. Free. (209) 543-7353. www.stanislauslibrary.org
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”• Sept. 21
Popular film based off the epic book series. 2 p.m. Patterson library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473. www.stanislauslibrary.org
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS• Sept. 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 TRAIN• Ongoing
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 BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7:30-11 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. 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. Small donation. (209) 537-3360.
HISTORY CENTER BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Presented by Northern Mariposa County History Center. Eggs, ham or sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes and fresh fruit. 8-11 a.m. Second Sundays. Coulterville School House, Broadway and Cemetery. $5 adults; $3 children.
RIPON VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS• Ongoing
Hosted by Ripon VFW Post 1051. 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
RIPON VFW WEDNESDAY LUNCH• Ongoing
Hosted by VFW 1051 of Ripon. Chicken strips, burgers, fish or shrimp with fries. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
TURLOCK VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Ongoing
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. 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 NIGHTS• Ongoing
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 MARKET• Ongoing
7 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Ongoing
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
FOE BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6. (209) 577-2298.
STEAK NIGHT• Ongoing
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 BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Sundays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $5 children; $7 adults. (209) 599-6815.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Thursdays
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
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Wednesdays
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays through December. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
TURLOCK FARMERS MARKET• Fridays
Seasonal produce, fresh food highlighting local ingredients, and unique hand-crafted items. An evening market will be held on Oct. 25. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Turlock. (209) 225-8177.
PATTERSON CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Wednesdays
4-8 p.m. True Value Shopping Center, Corner of Ward Avenue and Las Palmas, Patterson.
ANGELS CAMP CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Fridays
5 p.m.-dusk. Utica Park, Angels Camp. (209) 743-3427.
VINTAGE FAIRE FARMERS MARKET• Through October
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto. (209) 417-7769.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ BALL• Saturday
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-RAISER• Saturday
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 TASTER• Sept. 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.
16TH ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION FUND-RAISER• Sept. 21
Annual fund-raiser for the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. Dinner will honor Cotton Rosser of the Flying U Rodeo Company. Auction and dance to follow. Pioneer Equine Hospital, 11536 Cleveland Ave., Oakdale. $75 members, $85 nonmembers. (209) 847-7049.
CHILI COOK-OFF• Sept. 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 DINNER• Sept. 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
FOOD AND WINE EVENT• Sept. 24
Taste and enjoy gourmet specialties from Seven Sisters and sample local wineries. A portion of the proceeds will aid in restoration efforts of Railtown 1897. 6-8 p.m. Black Oak Casino, Seven Sisters Restaurant, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne City. $30. (209) 532-4212. www.tcchamber.com
1940S DINNER AND DANCE
AT THE HANGAR• Sept. 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. www.cafvalleysquadron.org
JEANS AND JEWELS
WILD WEST GALA• Oct. 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 auctions, and more. 6 p.m.-midnight. Durrer Barn, 3500 Dunn Road, Modesto. $100. (209) 524-3536.
ODDS & ENDS
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS• Ongoing
Antique aircraft display. Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Saturdays. Modesto City County Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1. (209) 526-5868. www.cafvalleysquadron.org
TELESCOPE NIGHT• Ongoing
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 DISPLAY• Ongoing
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. 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.
7 p.m., Tuesdays Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-2688.
GRAFFITI NIGHTS AT A & W• Ongoing
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 NIGHTS• Ongoing
Classic car shows, activities and more. Wednesday nights through summer. Velvet Grill & Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave. (209) 544-9029.
17TH ANNUAL 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.
SUMMER BIRD WALKS• Ongoing
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.
GHOST TOURS• Through 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.
“SWINGING ON A STAR” GOLF BENEFIT• Today
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 SHOW• Saturday
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.
BALLET FOLKLORICO XOCHIPILLI Y LOS FALCONES• Saturday
Enjoy traditional music and dance from this popular Mexican troupe. 1 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7814. www.stanislauslibrary.org
CRAFTS AND WILD CRITTERS
CRAFT FAIR• Saturday
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 HOUSE• Saturday
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 BENEFIT• Saturday
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 SYMPOSIUM• Saturday
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.
SCRAPPIN’ IN PATTERSON• Saturday
Learn to scrapbook. Some materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Noon. Patterson library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473.
STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS GROUP• Saturday
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. (209) 533-0593. www.mlwsguild.org
FAMILY PICNIC AND CAR SHOW• Sunday
Family event featuring car show, bounce house, local vendors, food and more. Noon-4 p.m. Bethel Church, 2361 Scenic Drive, Modesto. (209) 521-5440. www.visitonechurch.com
CERES GARDEN CLUB• Thursday
Guest speaker will be Jim Bergamaschi from the Ceres Historical Society. 11:30 a.m. Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St. (209) 524-9033.
PETEY PIRATE’S BIRTHDAY BASH• Thursday
Celebrate 92 years of MJC as the college celebrates its mascot. Hot dogs and cake will be served. Participants are encouraged to practice their “Arrrs” as the day coincides with national “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6068.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 1861•
Go back in time and back to school as Columbia celebrates fall festivities with live music, historical re-enactments and costumed docents, games and more. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and chairs to enjoy the summer evening. 4-7 p.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Old Schoolhouse Free. (209) 588-9128.
DAY WITH WILDLIFE• Sept. 21
Get up close and personal with hawks, snakes, squirrels, foxes and more during this open house celebration that includes food, kids’ activities, a raffle and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center, Fox Grove Fishing Access, Hughson. Free. (209) 883-9414. www.stanislauswildlife.org
FAMILY LEGACY WRITING WORKSHOP• Sept. 21
Learn to turn your family history into a variety of interesting stories with local author Linda Weaver Clarke. Space is limited, advanced registration required. 1 p.m. Modesto library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7814. www.stanislauslibrary.org
HOME WINEMAKING WORKSHOP• Sept. 21
Learn to make wine at home from expert Richard Foote. Space is limited. 2-4 p.m. Delicato Vineyards, 12001 S. Highway 99, Manteca. Free, reservations required. (209) 824-3401.
TUOLUMNE RIVER CLEANUP• Sept. 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.
MCHENRY MANSION ANNIVERSARY• Sept. 27-28
Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the McHenry Mansion with a barbecue dinner and garden party. Tours 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 RETREAT• Sept. 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. www.sonorawriters.org
2013 MUSEUM DAY • Sept. 28
Walk among costumed docents and have a mug shot taken in period clothing or be photographed in the original jail cells. Explore the history of the museum and the county during this celebration, which includes special displays, guest speakers and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Museum and History Center, 158 W. Bradford St., Sonora. Free. (209) 532-1317. www.TCHistory.org
TROPICAL GARDEN CONCERT FUNDRAISER• Sept. 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 SHOW• Sept. 28
Bring collectibles, antiques, coins and more to find out if you 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
ART IN THE GARDEN TOUR• Sept. 28
Fund-raiser for the Central California Art Association at the Mistlin Gallery, the self-guided tour visits six private gardens located near downtown. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Modesto. $20 donation. (209) 529-3369.
CALAVERAS ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR• Sept. 28-29
Greet and talk with over 25 artists as they open their studios to showcase their work. Tour is self-guided, pocket-sized passports direct participants to studios located throughout Calaveras. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. (209) 754-1774. www.calaverasarts.org
HALLOWEEN HOME TOUR• Oct. 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 CLUB• Ongoing
Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Jacob’s Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-1571.
RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERS• Ongoing
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 DANCE• Ongoing
7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill Ave.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
The Forever Young Senior Dance Club meets every Tuesday morning and the second Friday of each month for an evening dance. First time guest 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 DANCE• Ongoing
Rock’n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Fourth Sunday. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.
USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCING• Ongoing
Saturday, 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 DANCE• Ongoing
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 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.
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 PARDS• Ongoing
Square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall-Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. www.ccsda.org/pards
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK• Ongoing
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.
SKIRTS N’ FLIRTS
SQUARE DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
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
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK DANCING•
Will resume Sept. 20. 7:30 p.m., beginners lesson; 8 p.m., intermediate lesson, 8:30 p.m., mixed dance. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 adult, free children and students. (209) 480-0387.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS”• Through Saturday
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: “DRINKING BUDDIES”• Through Thursday
Observational comedy, powered by performances by Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Call for times.
FILM: “THE APARTMENT”• Sunday
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”• Tuesday
This film presents letters 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.
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. www.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 MORRISON• Sept. 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. Live entertainment by Third Party and free snacks. 6 p.m. $8.
FILM: “ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST”• Oct. 1
A small-time criminal fakes insanity in hopes of doing easy time in a mental hospital. Stars Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 7 p.m.
FILM: “MUSEUM HOURS”• Oct. 4-17
Vienna writer Johann, a guard at the grand Kunsthistorsches Art Museum, encounters Anne, a foreign visitor. Their meetings spark an unexpected series of explorations – of their own lives and the life of the city, and the way artworks can reflect and shape daily experience. Call for times.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
CALL TO ARTISTS: MLAA JURIED ART SHOW• Through 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
OPEN REHEARSAL: RIVER LIGHTS CHORUS• Monday
Women of all ages are invited to participate. Participants will be given a trial membership to gauge interest in joining and performing with the chorus. Rehearsals will take place on Mondays. Mondays 7-9 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-7010. www.riverlightschorus.com
PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAM• Saturdays
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 Seventh St. Free. (209) 826-5254.
MODESTO BANQUET HALL• Ongoing
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. Ninth St., Modesto. $5. (209) 222-8802.
BACKYARD BOOKWORMS• Ongoing
Nature-themed story and activity hour. 10 a.m., first and third Fridays. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 575-6196.
WII GAME DAY• Monday
Teens 13-18 are invited to learn tactics and teamwork by playing fun games. 3:30 p.m. Oakdale High School Track, 739 West G St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 847-4204. www.stanislauslibrary.org
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME AND CRAFT• Tuesday-Wednesday
Special program celebrates the beginning of fall with story and a craft activity following the presentation. 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. Modesto library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org
TEEN GAMES• Wednesday
Teens 13-18 are invited to learn tactics and teamwork by playing fun Wii, board and card games. 4 p.m. Patterson library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473. www.stanislauslibrary.org
DUCT TAPE CRAFT• Thursday
Teens 13-18 are invited to make wallets, phone cases and more with duct tape. 3:30 p.m. Ceres library, 2250 Magnolia. Free. (209) 537-8938. www.stanislauslibrary.org
PIRATE CRAFT DAY• Thursday
Celebrate International “Talk Like a Pirate” Day with fun crafts and pirate-themed books to check out. 3 p.m. Turlock library, 550 Minaret Ave. Free. (209) 664-8100. www.stanislauslibrary.org
LEGO DAY• Sept. 23
Program for children 4-12 helps to develop motor skills while creating their own unique creations. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. 3 p.m. Turlock library, 550 Minaret Ave. Free. (209) 664-8100. www.stanislauslibrary.org
GIANT GAME DAY• Sept. 25
Youth ages 9-18 are invited to play giant versions of popular games likes dominos, four-in-a-row, bowling and tic-tac-toe. 3:30 p.m. Modesto library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org
PAWS TO READ PROGRAM• Sept. 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
SCIENCE ON SATURDAY• Sept. 28
Youth science workshop for kids 8-12. Theme will be, “Constellation Creations.” 10-11:30 a.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. $15. (209) 575-6196.