CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646
THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777
1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
CHUKCHANSI GOLD• (866) 794-6946
711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495
1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
Today-Saturday, Clean Slate; Wednesday, The Straits; Thursday, comedy showcase; next Friday, Tempest; March 29, Left of Centre. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne. www.blackoakcasino.com
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mike. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
TURLOCK COMMUNITY THEATRE• (209) 668-1169
April 11, stand-up comic Jim Breuer performs his “Something for Everyone” tour. May 17, famed stand-up comedian Don Rickles. For mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $69-$129. www.turlocktheatre.org
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
KNIGHTS FERRY CIVIL WAR DAYS• Saturday-Sunday
American Civil War Association makes the Civil War come alive. Experience how life was for soldiers, women and children during the Civil War. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; battle times: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, 17968 Covered Bridge Road. Free. (209) 577-4790. www.acwa.org
18TH ANNUAL CESAR E. CHAVEZ FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION• March 29
City of Modesto presents a celebration of the life and legacy of Cesar E. Chavez. Speeches, poetry, cultural dances and community resources. Light refreshments provided. Noon-3 p.m. Cesar Chavez Park, 619 Sierra Drive, Modesto. Free. (209) 341-2950.
OAKDALE TESTICLE FESTIVAL• March 31
Oakdale Rotary and Oakdale Cowboy Museum presents 33rd annual testicle festival honoring Bushwacker the bull. 6 p.m. bar; 7 p.m. dinner. F.E.S. Hall, 190 N. Lee, Oakdale. $65 advanced; $75 door. (209) 847-7049. www.oakdaletesticlefestival.com
MODESTO UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014• April 4-6
Artists from the region and around the country will share the stage with an array of bluegrass, folk, Americana, country, jug band, acoustic rock and more. Various locations.
CEP SPRING FILM AND LECTURE SERIES• Through April 17
‘CESAR CHAVEZ, AN AMERICAN HERO’ PREMIERE AND CELEBRATION• Thursday
Red carpet premiere of film “Cesar Chavez, An American Hero” and Time of Unity March on K Street toward the Brenden Theatre. Street party in front of theatre with live entertainment. 5:30 p.m. Brenden Theatre, 10th and K streets, Modesto. $20. (209) 303-2664. www.fandango.com
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 Sunday. 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.
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 Sunday
7 a.m.-1 p.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.
KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST• Ongoing
First Sunday of the month. 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, 5030 Broadway, Coulterville. $5.
TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT• Ongoing
OPEN AIR MARKET• Ongoing
First Saturday. Noon-5 p.m. The Yogurt Station, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 845-8113.
PRAYER CIRCLE POTLUCK• Ongoing
Mondays, weekly potluck gathering. 5-7 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 634-8059.
JOHANSEN FFA ANNUAL DRIVE-THRU BARBECUE• Today
Johansen High School’s annual FFA fundraiser dinner includes linguica sandwich, beans and salad. 5-7 p.m. Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. $8. (209) 814-7007.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS LENTEN FISH FRY• Today
Knights of Columbus present a fish fry. Dine in or take out available. Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Road, Modesto. $10 adults; $7 children. (209) 523-9403 or (209) 545-3553.
CHRISTIAN BERET’S BREAKFAST BONANZA• Saturday
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
INCREDIBLE INDIA• Saturday
International Club of MJC holds annual International Dinner featuring Indian sights, sounds, aromas and tastes. Entertainment represents India and other areas of the world. Advanced tickets only. 6 p.m. Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., Modesto. $15 general; $10 students. (209) 575-6012. www.mjc.edu
SPAGHETTI DINNER• Saturday
Knights Ferry Community Club presents a spaghetti dinner featuring meal, dessert and beverage. Raffle prizes. 5-8 p.m. Knights Ferry Club House, Main St. $7 adults; $4 children. (209) 881-0440.
TASTE OF HUGHSON• Saturday
Fourth annual Taste of Hughson event featuring food, spirits, raffle, door prizes and silent auction. 4:30-9 p.m. St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 7820 Fox Road, Hughson. $25. (209) 380-5546.
TURLOCK GOSPEL BENEFIT AND APPRECIATION DINNER• Saturday
Turlock Gospel Mission hosts a benefit and appreciation dinner sponsored by a local dairyman. 6 p.m. appetizers; 7 p.m. dinner. Assyrian American Civic Hall, 2618 N Golden State Blvd., Turlock. (209) 272-6842.
SIP AND SOCIAL WINE TASTING• Sunday
Humane Society of Stanislaus County hosts second annual fundraiser. Tasting from a variety of wines, appetizers, silent auction and raffle. Wine tasters receive commemorative wine glass. Must be 21 to attend. 2-5 p.m. Vintage Gardens, 4342 Dale Road, Modesto. $25; $10 nondrinkers, advance only. (209) 550-7387. www.humanestanislaus.org
BRUNCH AND FASHION SHOW• March 29
Annual fundraising brunch and fashion show, “Day at the Forum.” Benefits the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County. Brunch and raffle included. 10:30 a.m. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. $45. (209) 529-5581. www.chs-ca.org
VIETNAM VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BREAKFAST• March 29
Vietnam Veterans of the Los Banos community host Vietnam Veterans Memorial Breakfast. All veterans and their families are invited. Vietnam veterans may wear hats, patches and uniform items. RSVP to Ken Cain. 9 a.m. Country Waffles, 845 W. Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos. (209) 675-5111.
YESTERYEARS TREASURES FASHION SHOW• March 29
Fashion show features vintage furs, purses, jewelry and more. The event begins with a social hour, followed by lunch and then the fashion show. 11 a.m. Stockton Golf and Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd., Stockton. $30-$55. (209) 932-1160.
ODDS & ENDS
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS• Ongoing
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 younger. (209) 723-2178.
REO SPEECH TRAIN, TOASTMASTERS• Ongoing
Every Wednesday. 6:30 a.m. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.
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
TURLOCK UKE JAMZ• Ongoing
Second Saturday, 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
Second, third and fourth Wednesdays, Toastmasters club Daybreakers No. 1388. 6:15-7:20 a.m. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.toastmasters.org
DAFFODIL HILL• Through April
McLaughlini’s Daffodil Hill opens for the 74th season. Picnic tables available. 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.
IMMUNE ACTIVATION IN AUTISM• Today
MAPS of MJC presents a program featuring Dr. Judy Van de Water from UC Davis discussing potential risk factors that could contribute to childhood autism. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. (209) 575-6173.
MODESTO MARATHON EXPO• Saturday
Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon Expo features race packet pick-up for Modesto Marathon as well as vendor booths and race-related information. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CrossPoint Community Church, 1301 12th St., Modesto. Free. www.modestomarathon.org
MODESTO VINYL SWAP• Saturday
Noon-8 p.m. Queen Bean Coffee House, 1126 14th St., Modesto. firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILDFLOWER DAY• Saturday
11th annual Wildflower Day. Birding tour, free hiking maps and Wildflower Day crafts for kids. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Pacheco State Park, 32426 Gonzaga Road, Gustine. $10 per car. (209) 826-1197. www.parks.ca.gov/events
CALAVERAS GEM & JEWELRY SHOW• Saturday-Sunday
Gem and jewelry show featuring demonstrations on how lapidary and jewelry items are made, door prizes, raffle, food booths, silent auction and case displays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Calaveras Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp. $4. (209) 847-1173.
GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER• Monday
Golf tournament benefiting the Marissa Alexandria Guidance Center. Event includes lunch, green fee, awards and dinner. Hole-in-one contest, putting contest and a mystery hole. Format is Texas scramble, four-person team. Dress-code enforced. 10:30 a.m. registration; noon, tee-off. Spring Creek Golf Course & Country Club, 16436 E. Spring Creek Drive, Ripon. $130 per person; $520 per foursome. (209) 613-0836.
THE ART OF JUSTICE CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER• Thursday
Child-inspired art show and sale. Silent auction, wine, beverages and appetizers as well as art demonstrations. 5-8 p.m. Stanislaus Family Justice Center, 1625 I St., Modesto. $16.25 advance; $20 door. (209) 525-5134. www.stainslausfamilyjustice.org
61ST ANNUAL FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA FIELD DAY• March 29
More than 1,500 students from more than 100 high schools compete for top awards in 17 agriculture career development events. Awards ceremony held in MJC gymnasium, 4 p.m. 7:30 a.m. Modesto Junior College, East and West campuses, Modesto. (209) 575-6200. www.mjc.edu
COUTURE FOR A CURE FASHION SHOW• March 30
Relay for Life Team “One Step at a Time” hosts fashion show with raffle, silent auction and free swag bag. All proceeds go toward Ripon’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. 3 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $10. (209) 602-0635.
RUNWAY FOR READING FASHION SHOW• March 30
Library fans from throughout the county will model children’s, women’s and men’s fashion while holding their favorite books. Show raises funds for Stainslaus County’s 13 public libraries. 2-4 p.m. Peterson Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. $35. (209) 204-9360. www.stanislauslibraryfoundation.org
BOOK SALE• April 4-6
Spring book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Amador County Library. Opening night on April 4 for members only. Nonmembers may join at the door. All books 50 percent off on April 6. 4-7 p.m. April 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6. American Legion Hall – Sutter Creek, 12134 Airport Road. (209) 223-3390.
KNIGHTS FERRY CLASSIC• April 5
Knights Ferry classic car show sponsored by the Knight’s Ferry Community Club as a fundraiser. Entrees limited to 120 vehicles. Free shuttle service provided from parking areas to show locations. Food and drink offered. Early registration is recommended. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, 17968 Covered Bridge Rd. $25 until March 22; $30 after. (209) 402-9831 or 559- 679-4337.
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 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 Saturday, monthly dances. 7-10 p.m. second Saturday. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.
MODESTO BALLROOM DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
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
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK•
Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Friday; 1 p.m. fourth Sunday. 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. Dances on the third Saturday. 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.
CAROUSEL DANCE CLUB• April 4
Music by the Knight Sounds. Reservations due by March 29. 6 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner; 8-11 p.m. dancing. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $46 members; $56 nonmembers. (209) 529-0965.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: ‘BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY’• Through Sunday
Dark comedy about a respectable pharmacist and a bored trophy wife.
‘12 YEARS A SLAVE’• Today-April 3
Academy Award winner for Best Picture, this film is based on a true story depicting one man’s fight for survival and freedom.
FRIENDS OF THE BOB AND TOM SHOW COMEDY TOUR• Saturday
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.
MODESTO FILM SOCIETY CINEMA CLUB: ‘COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER’• Sunday
Musical autobiography of Loretta Lynn, who fought poverty and pills to become a country-western star. 2 p.m.
NY FILM CRITICS SERIES: ‘BREATHE IN’• Tuesday
The State Theatre has entered a partnership with The New York Film Critics Series to present in-theater screenings of prerelease movies along with simulcast Q&As with the stars and filmmakers. Each movie in the series will be preceded by an introduction by Peter Travers. The March screening features “Breathe In” with a captured live Q&A appearance by stars Felicity Jones, the film’s director Drake Doremus and Guy Pierce and Amy Ryan remotely. 7:15 p.m. $12.
LOUIS VALDEZ EVENT AND SCREENING OF ‘ZOOT SUIT’• Thursday
1981 film version of Luis Valdez’s play, based on the actual Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940s Los Angeles. Writer-director Valdez will be in attendance to deliver a lecture and conduct a Q&A following the film. 5 p.m. doors open; 5:30 p.m. speaker; 6:15 p.m. film. $6 general; free for students.
ANTHONY JESELNIK• March 29
Live Nation presents a stand-up comedy event featuring Anthony Jeselnik. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show. $30.50.
OZOMATLI• March 30
A collision of hip-hop and salsa, dance hall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East L.A. R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican and Indian music. 7 p.m. $22-$35.
‘SCIENCE ON SCREEN’ SERIES• March 31-April 13
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.
FILM: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL• April 4-18
Wes Anderson’s new comedy recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous hotel set in the fictional Eastern European republic of Zubrowka in the 1930s, and Zero Moustava, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. April 4, Grand opening night party.
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
CALL FOR ARCHITECTURAL MOVIE ENTRIES• Through June 3
Seventh annual Modesto International Architecture Festival seeks entries of short movies, three to 25 minutes, about architecture, architects, landscape, public art and urban design. One entry per person. Three awards will be given. All entries must be online. No DVDs. email@example.com. www.modestoarchfest.com
AUDITIONS FOR ‘PETER PAN’• Through April 1
YES company holds auditions for grades 7-12 to be actors, singers, dancers and crew for “Peter Pan” production performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. YES company alumni also asked to volunteer. No experience or preparation necessary. All audition materials will be provided. Contact for audition venues and times. Various locations (209) 238-6855. www.yescompany.org
AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN’S PRODUCTION OF ‘ROBINSON CRUSOE’• March 31
AUDITIONS AND WORKSHOP• March 31-April 1
Sierra Repertory Theatre is holding auditions and a theater workshop for “The Sound of Music.” Workshop will be March 31 for children ages 5 to 18, participation not required for auditions. Auditions, April 1. No previous theatrical experience necessary. Rehearsals and performances will run June 17-Aug. 31. All roles require singing, movement and strong stage presence. 6 p.m. March 31; 6-8 p.m. April 1. East Sonora-Sierra Repertory Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. (209) 532-3120.
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 Friday 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. Story time 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 younger than 3. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
WII GAME DAY• Monday
Library hosts Wii Game Day for teens to come and learn tactics and strategy while playing Wii games. 3:30 p.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. Free. (209) 847-4204.
SRT JR. SPRING AND SUMMER WORKSHOPS• March 24-Aug. 8
Spring break camp for “Les Miserables,” Monday-March 28; summer camp: July 14-16 ages 4-6; July 21-25 ages 7-9; July 28-Aug. 8 ages 10 and older. Sierra Repertory Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Sonora. $98. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.sierrarep.org
RACE TO KIDDIELAND TRAIN• March 29
Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced hosts Race to the Kiddieland Train. KABX will be live from the event with Dave Luna. All proceeds raised will be used for Kiwanis Project Eliminate. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Applegate Park, West 25th and R streets, Merced. $5 preregistration; $10 door. www.cityofmerced.org
FOR THE ARTS
PAUL THORN• Today
Blues-rock artist shares his Americana songs in an all-ages concert. 8 p.m. $15.
AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOW• Saturday
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 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• Saturday
Pink Floyd cover band with interpretive videos, plane crashes, flying pig and helicopter. 8 p.m. $20-$55.
THE MAGIC AND ILLUSION OF MIKE SUPER• Sunday
Magician, illusionist and winner of NBC show “Phenomenon.” 3 p.m. $12-$60.
TRACY LAWRENCE AND JOHN ANDERSON• Thursday
Two country music singers come together for an evening of acoustic performances. 7:30 p.m. $19-$69.
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO• March 28
Company of professional male dancers presenting classical ballet in parody form. 8 p.m. $15-$50.
‘DRIVING MISS DAISY’• March 28-29
Alfred Uhry’s play about growing old, relationships and loyalty. 7:30 p.m. March 28; 2 p.m. March 29. $25-$45.
JOHN LEGEND: THE ALL OF ME TOUR• March 29
R&B-soul singer-songwriter John Legend performs. 7:30 p.m.
TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA• March 30
A “Tribute to Frank Sinatra and the Harry James Orchestra featuring the Don Clarke Big Band,” performed by The Four Lads, comedian, singer and impressionist Paul Boland, Mary Lou Metzger of “The Lawrence Welk Show” and special guest star Sebastian Anzaldo. 2:30 p.m.
‘LIVE IT UP’• April 2-3
Central Catholic High School performs a showcase of student and professional works with variations in lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary dance styles and more. 7 p.m.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY• Ongoing
Third Sunday. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
FACULTY RECITAL• Today
GREAT VALLEY SONGWRITER SERIES• Today-June 20
Today, Mark Lemaire and Twilight; April 18, Jay Howlett and Friends; June 20, Caroline Aiken. 7:30 p.m. Central Grace Community Church, 918 Sierra Drive, Modesto. $10 donation. (209) 524-5461.
AMORE, AMOUR, AMOR• Saturday
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. 7 p.m. Jacob’s Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.focus-on.org
SOUTHERN RAISED• Saturday
Gospel bluegrass group. Presented by Herb Henry. Also appearing: Ken Hurly and Reliance, Sheri Stambaugh and the “New” Henry Family. 6 p.m. North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $10. (209) 521-9148.
TWO FLUTES AND PIANO TRIO• Sunday
Playing a variety of pieces. Joining will be the winner of the Sierra Music Scholarship 2014. 3 p.m. The Red Church, Snell and Washington streets, Sonora. (209) 536-0825.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT• Tuesday
RICHARD GLAZIER• Tuesday
Piano music of Broadway. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $30. (209) 599-3223.
ULTRABEATS-ELECTRONIC MUSIC CONCERT• Wednesday
Concert featuring original electronic music compositions created by student composers from the MJC Electronic Music Club. Music created using synthesizers, samplers and digital effects. Special lighting effects, video displays and slides will accompany the compositions. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Recital Hall, 435 College Ave. Free. www.facebook.com/modestojuniorcollege
AL JARREAU• March 28
CHORAL AND OPERA WORKSHOP CONCERT• March 28
OVATIONS 2014 PERFORMING ARTS SERIES• March 30
JULIE-N-FRIENDS• March 30
Julie Eichelberger presents an evening of gospel music. With The Henry Family, the Evidence Quartet, Bridge of Grace, Larry Martin, Rain Jones and more. 6 p.m. Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., Merced. Free. (559) 304-1102.
GUEST ARTIST SERIES• April 3
‘PARK YOUR CAR IN HARVARD YARD’• Through Sunday
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 performance. For brunch reservations, call (209) 532-0502, ext. 111. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org
‘CYRANO’• Today-March 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
‘WEST SIDE STORY’• Today-March 31
Downey High School performs a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Reserve tickets or buy at the door. 6 p.m. Today-Saturday and March 29-30, 2 p.m. March 31. Downey Auditorium, 1000 Coffee Road, Modesto. $10 adults; $7 students. (209) 576-4213. www.tix4u.com
‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN”• Today-April 13
Broadway musical based on the comic strip by Charles M. Shultz. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Angelo’s Hall, 22760 Main St., Columbia. $20 general; $18 senior; $16 children. (209) 728-8072. www.footlighttheatre.org
‘RUMORS’• Today-April 19
‘THE GLASS MENAGERIE’• March 28-April 5
The Orestimba Drama Club presents Tennessee Williams’ drama. Recommended for ages 13 and older. 7:30 p.m. March 28-April 5; 2 p.m. March 29 and April 5. Hurd Barrington Elementary School, 838 Eucalyptus Ave., Newman. $7 adults; $5 students/seniors.
VARIOUS VENUES• (209) 241-7130
April 12-13, Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio Tour. More than 50 artists invite the public to visit artist studios, meet the artists and purchase works. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mariposa. $10 for map; students 18 and younger free with map holder. www.stanislausaos.wordpress.com
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.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY• (209) 667-3186
Through 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
Today, “Flower Power” Family Friday; through Sunday, “Roman Loranc: A Retrospective”; through May 4, “At Home In Turlock – Three Perspectives”; Sundays, poetry. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5 general, $4 members, children 12 and younger free. www.carnegieartsturlock.org
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY• (209) 529-3369
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
CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL• (209) 522-0935
Through March, “Oceana.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com
DOWNTOWN MODESTO• (209) 529-9303
April 17, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.• (209) 667-7332
Through March 30, Roman Lorance. Ongoing, paintings and photographs. 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
Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 10th St., Modesto.
MCHENRY MUSEUM• (209) 236-1333
Through April 27, “Modern Art Kimono.” Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. www.modestoartmuseum.org
MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE ART GALLERY• (209) 575-6819
Today-Wednesday, Youth Art Month art show for high school students; Wednesday, awards 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 February 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
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. Monday-Friday. 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, 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, Modesto.