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
March 8, Vietnamese Concert Tinh yeu Duy NHAT. 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
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
March 7, Blues Box Bayou Band; March 8, Steel Breeze; March 13, Comedy Showcase; March 14, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit; March 15, Kaye Bohler, March 20, Frankie Ballard; March 21-22, Clean Slate. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. www.blackoakcasino.com.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
TURLOCK COMMUNITY THEATRE• (209) 668-1169
April 11, Jim Breuer. Standup comic performs his “Something for Everyone” tour. 7:30 p.m. May 17, famed stand-up comedian, Don Rickles, performs. For mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $69-$129. www.turlocktheatre.org
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
28TH ANNUAL SONORA CELTIC FAIRE• March 7-9
Celtic music, jousting, vendors, food, costumed performers, Highland games, dancers and more. Friday kickoff party, 7 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 7; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 8; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 9. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. Prices vary for each day. 800-446-1333. www.sonoracelticfaire.com
LUCKYFEST 2014• March 15
Pub crawl featuring 25 custom built St. Patrick’s-themed pubs for one day only. 5 p.m. Centre Plaza, 1159 Ninth St., Modesto. $10. (209) 524-1400.
MURPHYS IRISH DAY• March 15
Irish Day features more than 100 vendors, a Murphy’s Irish Day Parade and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Main Street-Murphys, Murphys. Free. (209) 728-8471. www.murphysirishday.org
ST. PATRICK’S DAY BLOCK PARTY• March 17
St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring live music by Kid Charlemagne and Gotcha Covered, Irish activities, food and drinks. Event is 21 and over. 2 p.m.-midnight. P. Wexford’s Pub, 3313 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-7939.
KNIGHTS FERRY CIVIL WAR DAYS• March 22-23
American Civil War Association presents where the Civil War comes alive at Knights Ferry. Experience how life was for soldiers, women and children during the Civil War. Gates open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Battle times: 1-4 p.m. March 22; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, 17968 Covered Bridge Road. Free. (209) 577-4790. www.acwa.org
CEP SPRING FILM AND LECTURE SERIES• Through April 17
March 20, “Two American Families”; April 3, “Precious Knowledge”; April 17, “Chasing Ice.” All presentations are held in Forum 110. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6180. www.mjc.edu
FOOD & FUN
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. 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.
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, salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. First Friday. 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.-11:00 a.m. Sundays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $5 children; $7 adults. (209) 599-6815.
KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST• Ongoing
First Sunday of the month. 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, 5030 Broadway, Coulterville. $5.
TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT• Ongoing
Monthly luncheon. 11:15 a.m. third Wednesday. Denair Community Center, 3850 N. Gratton Road, Denair. (209) 632-0011. www.sirinc.org
PRAYER CIRCLE POTLUCK• Ongoing
Mondays, weekly potluck gathering. 5-7 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 634-8059.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Thursdays
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fish sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and chili. Sandwiches come with homemade salads. 5-7 p.m. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
LA GRANGE ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAH BREAKFAST• Second Sundays
March 9, biscuits and gravy, sausage, potatoes, French toast, eggs and coffee or orange juice. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.
HTC’S 20TH ANNUAL CRABFEST• March 7-8
Crab dinner including all-you-can-eat crab, potato, salad, bread, cookies and crabby cookies. Dancing follows with music by Silver Moon Band. Event features raffle and casino room. To-go orders available for $30. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Road, Modesto. $45. (209) 593-5618. www.howardtrainingcenter.com
SWEDISH PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND PLANT SALE• March 8
Annual breakfast and plant sale fundraiser to help kids attend “Youth Camp.” 7:30 a.m.-noon. First Christian Church, 180 S. Denair Ave., Turlock.
TEA AND FASHION SHOW• March 8
Modesto Gospel Mission presents an annual tea and fashion show. Food and tea will be provided, including a chocolate fountain. Accessories boutique and raffle will be featured. All proceeds benefit the Women’s New Life Program. 1 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $30-$35. (209) 529-8259.
TUCARE ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION• March 8
Annual dinner and auction featuring special guest speaker Bruce Vincent. 5 p.m. social; 6:30 p.m. dinner and awards; 8 p.m. guest speaker. Sonora Elks Club, 100 Elk Drive. $40. (209) 533-1587.
TURLOCK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL DINNER AND AUCTION• March 8
Turlock Christian School presents its annual dinner and auction. 5 p.m. doors open; 7 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. live auction. Assyrian American Civic Hall, 2618 N Golden State Blvd., Turlock. $60. (209) 678-2674.
35TH ANNUAL OMELET BRUNCH AND BOUTIQUE• March 11
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary presents its 35th annual omelet brunch and boutique. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. $25. (209) 524-5873.
LAST CHANCE CRAB FEED• March 14
United Cerebral Palsy holds annual crab feed featuring a social hour, followed by dinner, music and dancing. Raffle and silent auction included. 6 p.m. Lodi Grape Festival grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi. $45. (209) 956-0290.
12TH ANNUAL CRAB FEED• March 15
Modesto 500 Lions Club 12th annual Crab Feed. Proceeds support the Stanislaus Family Justice Center Camp Hope/Camp Pacifica and other local nonprofit organizations. 6 p.m. Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Road, Modesto. $40. (209) 614-4869.
MODESTO FOOD AND WINE• March 15
Modesto’s star chefs team up with wineries and breweries for this tasting event. 7-9 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church Hall, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto. (209) 408-2992.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT MCHENRY MANSION• March 15
Traditional Irish corned-beef buffet and no-host bar in the mansion basement. Silent auction of Weller pottery will benefit the McHenry Mansion Endowment. Reservations due by March 10. 4-7 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. $25. (209) 549-0428.
POLENTA AND CHICKEN DINNER• March 19
The Italian Catholic Federation presents a chicken cacciatore dinner will wine and a raffle. Dinner will be served family-style. Proceeds from the dinner are used for scholarships, the community, and other religious programs. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Italo American Lodge Hall, 18th and U streets, Merced. $15 adults; $7.50 children under 12. (209) 383-4817.
MAD HATTER’S BUNCO• March 20
Museum Guild hosts fundraising Bunco Party. Light supper, prizes and a special drawing included. Hats are optional. No experience necessary. Reservations due by March 18. 6-7 p.m. light supper refreshments; 7-9 p.m. game. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. $20. (209) 678-8992.
CHRISTIAN BERET’S BREAKFAST BONANZA• March 22
Fundraiser for 2014 summer camp scholarships. Breakfast and raffle. 7-11 a.m. Parkview Christian Estates Community Hall, 3112 Napier Drive, Modesto. Presale: $4-$6; Door: $5-$7. (209) 524-7993. www.christianberets.org
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
AIRCRAFT DISPLAY• Ongoing
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturday. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.
AIRPLANE EXHIBIT• Ongoing
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youths 6-17; free age 5 and under. (209) 723-2178.
REO SPEECH TRAIN, TOASTMASTERS• Ongoing
Every Wednesday. 6:30 a.m. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.
OPEN AIR MARKET• Ongoing
First Saturday of every month. Noon-5 p.m. The Yogurt Station, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 845-8113.
UKULELE PLAY AND SING-ALONG• Ongoing
Funstrummers ukulele lessons. 5 p.m. beginners, 6 p.m. play-along Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. (209) 505-3216.
SWEAT SENIOR FITNESS• Ongoing
Aerobics, strength and step classes. Monday-Friday. Centenary Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave. $1-$2 donation. (209) 988-5655. www.centenarychurch.net
TURLOCK UKE JAMZ• Ongoing
Second Saturdays, ukulele group open to all ages and skill levels. Other acoustic instruments welcome. Download and print out the song list online. 10:30 a.m. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free; donations accepted. www.turlockukejamz.org
CAMELLIA SOCIETY• Second Sundays
Second Sundays through mid-May. 1:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-0147 or (209) 576-0831.
DRIVE-THRU CRAB FEED• March 7
Sacred Heart School fundraiser featuring a drive-thru meal of cold crab, clam chowder and bread. 3-6 p.m. Turlock Pentecost Hall, Turlock. $30. (209) 669-5336.
SIT DOWN CIOPPINO FEED• March 8
All you can eat and drink salad, clam chowder, bread, cioppino, dessert and drinks. 5:30 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. dinner. Turlock Pentecost Hall, Turlock. $50. (209) 669-5336.
TACKY BINGO• March 8
Tacky Bingo hosted by Buferd and Trixie Faye. Prizes range from money to tchochkes. 6-9 p.m. Merced County Arts Council, 645 W. Main, Merced. $10 general; $5 students. (209) 388-1090.
TRIVIA BEE• March 8
Trivia event testing knowledge. Theme is “Roll Out the Red Carpet for Reading.” Participants encouraged to dress as their favorite movie star. Teams consist of three members. Finger food, wine and beer provided. All proceeds go to remodeling the tutoring area at Sonora Main Library. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. $200 per team. (209) 694-2727.
TURLOCK GEM AND MINERAL SHOW• March 8-9
Mother Lode Mineral Society’s annual gem and mineral show featuring arts and crafts, vendors, rock and mineral tables, astronomy tent and more. Proceeds go to support jewelry making classes, scholarships and classroom presentations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $6. (209) 524-3494. www.turlockgemshow.com
MODESTO VINYL SWAP• March 8-22
March 8, Preservation Coffee and Tea; March 15, Cafe Deva; March 22, Queen Bean Coffee House. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8; 6-9 p.m. March 15; Noon-8 p.m. March 22. Various locations, Downtown Modesto. email@example.com.
LIL REV UKULELE WORKSHOP• March 11
Funstrummers Ukulele players host a workshop by Lil Rev focusing on the life and music of Woody Guthrie. Participants will learn 12 Woody Guthrie songs and some strum patterns. Refreshments will be served. 6 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. $25. (209) 505-3216.
ANNUAL CAMELLIA SHOW• March 15-16
Camellia Society of Modesto presents its 53rd annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale. More than 1,000 camellia plants growing in the gardens. 2:30-5 p.m., March 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., March 16. Gallo Administration Building, 600 Yosemite Ave., Modesto. Free.
DAFFODIL HILL• Beginning March 15
March 15, McLaughlini’s Daffodil Hill opens for the 74th season. Picnic tables available for use. Soroptimist club provides food for purchase. Dogs not allowed. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Daffodil Hill, 18310 Ram’s Horn Grade, Volcano. Free. (209) 223-0350.
SONGWRITING WORKSHOP• March 19
Modesto Sound and Singer Songwriter Patty Castillo Davis hold a songwriting workshop for ages 13-22 to perform original compositions and receive feedback. Participants will provide three copies of lyrics for the panel. Song length max is five minutes. 5-7 p.m. Gregori High School, 3701 Pirrone Road, Modesto. Free, RSVP encouraged. (209) 573-0533.
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, dancing and socializing. Different themes monthly. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; $12 annual membership. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK SENIOR CENTER DANCE• Ongoing
7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill.
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 guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Friday night each month. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 nonmembers; Night: $5 and $7. (209) 534-7663.
MANTECA SENIOR DANCE• Ongoing
Rock ’n’ Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Second and fourth Sundays. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.
USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCING• Ongoing
Second Saturdays, monthly dances. 7-10 p.m. Second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.
MODESTO BALLROOM DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Ballroom dances and lesson. 7-10:30 p.m. Third Fridays. Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., Modesto. $5 members, $10 for nonmembers. (209) 814-6701. www.modestoballroomclub.org
ROUND ROBINS• Ongoing
7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.
ESCALON SENIOR DANCE• Third Sunday
Featuring rock ‘n’ country band. 1-4 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road, Escalon. $4. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS• Ongoing
Wednesdays, square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. American Legion Hall - Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. www.facebook.com/turlock.steppinpards
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK•
Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Fridays; 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Hughson Senior Center, 2307 Fourth St. $2 door; $8 membership. (209) 538-0362.
SKIRTS N’ FLIRTS SQUARE DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Workshop is open to singles, couples and children ages 10 and up. Dance will be held on the third Saturday of the month. 7 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. (209) 477-4756. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK DANCING• Ongoing
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.
MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE• Fourth Sundays
Sunday dances featuring waltz, Latin, swing, polka and foxtrot. Refreshments available. 2-5 p.m. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. (209) 723-0839.
THE STATE THEATRE
“SCIENCE ON SCREEN” SERIES• Through April 13
March 9, “The Blue Butterfly”; March 31, “Avatar; “April 13, “Physics and Fastballs.” There will be an hour of interactive activities before the presentation and films and a Q&A following the films. $6-$8.
TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS• March 7
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers rocking rhythm and blues. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $30.
FILMS REMEMBERING SHIRLEY TEMPLE• March 8
Poor Little Rich Girl, 3:30 p.m.; Little Miss Broadway, 7 p.m. $3.
FILM: GLORIA• March 8-20
Romantic dramedy about a woman finding love and herself. In Spanish with English subtitles.
THE PAT TRAVERS BAND AND GUITARIST CHRIS CAIN• March 14
Rock styles from the 1970s-’90s. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show.
THE CAREMORE SENIOR FILM SERIES: GUYS AND DOLLS• March 15
Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons star in this movie about gambling and love. 10:30 a.m.
FILM: BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY• March 15-23
Dark comedy about a respectable pharmacist and a bored trophy wife.
FILM: “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.”• March 16
Modesto Film Society Series. $8.
FRIENDS OF THE BOB AND TOM SHOW COMEDY TOUR• March 22
Tim Wilson, David Dyer and Mike Armstrong perform. Comedian lineup subject to change. Recommended for ages 18 and older. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $28.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestate.org.
TEEN TECH VIDEO CONTEST• Through March 8
Teens, 13-18, make a short, two-minute video of their own creation featuring their favorite book. Video may contain multimedia such as images, video, animation, music and words. Prizes will be awarded at a reception on March 15. Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7817.
STANISLAUS COMMUNITY BAND• Ongoing
A college-community concert band looking for experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players to join. 7 p.m. Mondays. California State University, Stanislaus music building, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-2421.
“VALLEY’S GOT TALENT” TALENT SEARCH• Through May 2
Now accepting applications for the fifth annual talent show. Open to any nonprofessional performer who is at least 10 years old and resides in Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Tuolumne or Mariposa counties. Applicants can download the schedule, rules and application online. The finals of “Valley’s Got Talent” take place Aug. 29-30. Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I Street, Modesto. Free. www.galloarts.com
MODESTO PERFORMING ARTS AUDITIONS• March 8-9
Modesto Performing Arts holds auditions for 47th season of summer musicals, Man of La Mancha and South Pacific. Additional information and character breakdowns available online. Man of La Mancha: 10 a.m. March 8, 2 p.m. March 9; South Pacific: 2 p.m. March 8, 5 p.m. March 9. Center Stage Studio, 1217 H Street, Modesto. (209) 524-5654. www.modestoperformingarts.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.
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.
ANIMAL TALK• Ongoing
Fourth Fridays of the month. 10 a.m. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. (209) 575-6196.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME• Ongoing
Stories and songs for ages 3-6. Storytime is followed by “Stay and Play, Play and Learn.” 10 a.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
WIGGLE WORMS• Ongoing
Wednesdays, stories and songs for children under 3. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
DR. SEUSS CELEBRATIONS• March 8
Modesto library celebrates Dr. Seuss week with a showing of “Horton Hears a Who!” Library will provide lemonade, attendants encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. 11 a.m. Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7800. www.stanislauslibrary.org
CASTLES• March 20
Vintage Faire presents National Geographic Kids, an interactive event with activities and games that focus on learning about Castles. Hosted by DJ Walker of KAT Country. 3:30-5 p.m. Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto. (209) 527-3401.
SRT JR. SPRING AND SUMMER WORKSHOPS• March 24-Aug. 8
Spring Break Camp for Les Miserables, March 24-28; Summer camp: July 14-16 Ages 4-6; July 21-25 Ages 7-9; July 28-Aug. 8 Ages 10 & Up. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Sonora. $98. firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR THE ARTS
AN EVENING WITH CHONDA PIERCE• March 7
Christian comic known as the “Queen of Clean.” 8 p.m. $15-$45.
AN EVENING OF DANCE• March 7-8
Presented by the Juline Foundation for Children. Juline Regional Youth Ballet performs. 7 p.m.
IMAGINATION MOVERS• March 8
Movers teach high-energy dances, play games with the audience and make music with their trash can drum set. 1 and 4 p.m. $10-$30.
MCCA: JASON COLEMAN• March 9
In “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer,” Coleman shares stories and memories along with playing the memorable music of his legendary grandfather, using the “slip note”-style created by Floyd Cramer. 3 p.m.
“THE FROG PRINCE”• March 9
Grimm Brothers tale is about a vain and childish princess who has promised to kiss a frog. 2 and 4 p.m. $8-$15.
DAVE BENNETT’S SWING KINGS• March 14
A salute to jazz music’s greatest clarinetists featuring Dave Bennett and his swing sextet performing with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m.
“OUR TOWN”• March 14-16
Modesto Junior College Theatre Department and Gallo Center present Thornton Wilder’s 1938 comedy/drama. 8 p.m. March 14-15; 2 p.m. March 15-16. $10-$20.
SAVION GLOVER’S STEPZ• March 15
Tap dance performance. 8 p.m. $19-$69.
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”• March 19
Davis High School Drama Department’s steam punk adaptation of this classic children’s story. Over 50 elementary and junior high students from the community join the high school production team. 7 p.m.
MICHAEL MCDONALD• March 19
Five-time Grammy-winning singer performs his soulful songs. 7:30 p.m.
PAUL THORN• March 21
Blues-rock artist shares his Americana songs in an all-ages concert. 8 p.m. $15.
AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOW• March 22
Presented by St. Stanislaus Catholic School, this annual tradition is a major fundraiser for the school and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions, refreshments, enter to win door prizes, and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture, and girls’ individual styles. 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. $20 tax-deductible.
THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE• March 22
Pink Floyd cover band with interpretive videos, plane crashes, flying pig and helicopter. 8 p.m. $20-$55.
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 SOCIETY• Ongoing
Third Sundays. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
CHORAL FESTIVAL• March 7
Mother Lode Community Chorus festival featuring five choruses. 7 p.m. Calvary Chapel-Soulsbyville, 19889 Soulsbyville Road. Free. (209) 588-5214.
FACULTY RECITAL• March 7
Deborah Kavasch, soprano, and Joseph Wiggett, baritone. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
DENNIS JOHNSON AND THE MISSISSIPPI RAMBLERS• March 8
Slide guitarist performs. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15-$18. www.dennisjohnsonslide.com
PERLA BATALLA• March 9
Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger performs. 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. (209) 571-6060. www.cbsmodesto.org
OVATIONS 2014 PERFORMING ARTS SERIES• March 9-30
March 9, Lily Cai; March 30, Dave Stamey. Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, Angels Camp. $25 adults; $10 18 and younger. (209) 754-1774. www.calaverasarts.org
SIXTH FLOOR TRIO• March 11
Musical hybrid combining rock, jazz, klezmer and ragtime. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $15-$25. (209) 668-1456. www.turlockconcert.org
ALUMNA RECITAL• March 14
Rachel Grider, soprano. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snyder Recital Hall, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. $12 general; $8 students. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
BLUE GRASS SERIES• March 14
Central Valley Boys. Audience members encouraged to bring instruments for open jam after the show. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show starts. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $12 general; $15 reserved; children and students admitted for half-price. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org
THE COMMANDERS JAZZ ENSEMBLE• March 14
U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West ensemble of 18 musically trained Airmen, delivers traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway and patriotic music. Tickets must be picked up in person at the box office. First-come, first-served. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. Free; tickets required. (209) 668-1169. www.turlocktheatre.org
JOURNEY REVISITED• March 15
Journey tribute band. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $17-$20. (209) 862-4490. www.westsidetheatre.org
STEVE MARTIN AND STEEP CANYON RANGERS • March 15
An Evening of Music and Comedy. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. (209) 337-4673. www.ticketmaster.com
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT• March 20
Donor recognition concert. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
FACULTY RECITAL• March 21
Jeannine Dennis, flute. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-2421. www.csustan.edu/soa
GREAT VALLEY SONGWRITER SERIES• Through April 18
March 21, Mark Lemaire and Twilight; April 18, Jay Howlett and Friends. 7:30 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto. $10 donation. (209) 524-5461.
AMORE, AMOUR, AMOR• March 22
Romantic melodies from around the world performed by Roy Stevens, Annalisa Winberg, Zachary Sheely and Christina Capsuto. Ron Brickman accompanies on piano. Performances by The Dance Academy, Townsend Opera and the Modesto Symphony also. 7 p.m. Jacob’s Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.focus-on.org
“DISNEY’S CINDERELLA KIDS”• Through March 7
Big Valley Christian School students grades two to six perform. 5 and 7 p.m. Big Valley Christian School, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. $5-$10. (209) 527-3481.
“SHREK: THE MUSICAL”• Through March 16
A musical retelling of the 2001 DreamWorks film. Call for times. Playhouse Merced-Black Box Theatre, 452 W. Main St., Merced. (209) 725-8587. www.playhousemerced.com
“THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE”• Through March 16
Providence Christian Academy’s drama group presents a play based on C.S. Lewis’ novel. March 7, 14, discount 10 a.m. matinee. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Denair Gaslight Theater, 3908 N. Gratton Road. $6-$10. (209) 485-8637. www.pca.ticketleap.com/narnia
“AN EVENING OF MONOLOGUES: AN ORIGINAL SHOW”• Through March 16
Directed and developed by Amy Seeley with the student cast. March 8 and 13-15, 8 p.m.; March 9 and 16, 2 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$10. (209) 667-3451. www.csustan.edu/soa
“PARK YOUR CAR IN HARVARD YARD”• Through March 23
Play about the meanest teacher to ever set foot in Gloucestor High School and the housekeeper he hires to look after him. Call for times. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. (209) 536-1778. www.stage3.org
“LES MISERABLES”• Through May 4
Musical epic set in 19th century France. April 6, director’s brunch and matinee. For brunch reservations, contact (209) 532-0502, ext. 111. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org
“YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU”• March 7-8
Johansen High School drama department performs in a comedy about the Sycamore family. 7:30 p.m. Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. $7 general; $6 students and children.
“GRANNY SMYTH GOES TO WASHINGTON OR...SHE WAS THE APPLE OF HIS PIE!”• March 14
Enochs High School Theatre Department celebrates national pi day with a dessert-themed melodrama. 7 p.m. doors; 7:30 p.m. Enochs High School, 3201 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. $8 students and presale; $10 general. (209) 550-3400, ext. 2055.
“CYRANO”• March 21-30
Spring show of Cyrano, adapted from Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Lower Level Studios, 948 11th St., Suite 1. (209) 846-0179. www.centerstagemodesto.com
VARIOUS VENUES• (209) 241-7130
April 12-13, Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio Tour. Maps available for purchase at Carnegie Arts Center, Mistlin Gallery and Oakdale Museum and History Center. March 14, preview at Gallo Arts Center with concert by Modesto Pops. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 for map; students 18 and under free with map holder. www.stanislausaos.wordpress.com
BARKIN’ DOG GRILL• (209) 572-2341
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
C’EST JOLI• (209) 324-7111
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk; Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY• (209) 667-3186
March 10-April 15, Mohammad Reza Tahmasbpour: Surveilling the Naked City. Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER• (209) 632-5761
Through March 23, “Roman Loranc: A Retrospective”; Sundays, poetry. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5 General, $4 Members, Children 12 and under free. www.carnegieartsturlock.org
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY• (209) 529-3369
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk; through March 29, Young at Art. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org
CROW TRADING CO.• (209) 579-2173
March 20, 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
DOWNTOWN MODESTO• (209) 529-9303
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.• (209) 667-7332
Through March 30, Roman Lorance. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; By appointment, Sunday. 226 N. First St., Turlock. www.firststreetgalleries.com
GALLERY 909• (209) 667-3959
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.
GALLERY CALAVERAS • (209) 754-1774
March 15, ArtSpirit annual High School Juried Exhibition. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 22 Main St., San Andreas. www.calaverasarts.org
MCHENRY MUSEUM• (209) 236-1333
March 19-April 27, Modern Art Kimono. Tuesday-Sunday Noon-4 p.m. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. www.modestoartmuseum.org
MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE ART GALLERY• (209) 575-6819
Through March 13: “Homage and Experimentation: Works by the Visual Arts Club”; March 13, artists reception. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. 435 College Ave., Modesto.
OAKDALE COWBOY MUSEUM• (209) 847-5263
Through Feb. 2015, “The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle and Pack Station, operated by the Barnes Family since 1929.” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 355 E. F St., Oakdale. $1. www.oakdalecowboymuseum.org
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT• (209) 581-1695
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1222 J St., Modesto. www.peerartrecoveryproject.org
PICASSO’S DELI AND ART• (209) 491-4840
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 963 Tenth St., Modesto.
PRESERVATION COFFEE AND TEA•
March 20, Third Thursday Art Walk. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 1030 J. St., Modesto. www.preservationcoffee.com
REMEMBER WHEN• (209) 544-1385
Ongoing artists exhibit. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.
SONORA JOE’S GALLERY• (209) 533-4455
Through March 30, Ireland, the Rugged Beauty. Gallery hours: daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 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.
STEVE LEONTIE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY• (209) 586-7632
Through April 20, George Leontovich and Phillip Showen. Wednesday-Sunday by appointment. 22997 Joaquin Gully Road, Suite F, Twain Harte. www.leontie.com
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. 4459 Spyres Way, #A, Modesto.
YOSEMITE MUSEUM• (209) 372-4946
Yosemite Renaissance XXIX Art Exhibit featuring 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 45 artists. Daily, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., Yosemite Valley.