FOR THE ARTS
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND• April 24
7:30 p.m. $20-$50.
ELVIRA KURT• April 25
Comedic host of The Comedy Network’s Popcultured. 8 p.m. $25-$45.
ROBERT IRVINE LIVE• April 26
Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine brings the excitement of Dinner: Impossible back, this time live on stage. 8 p.m. $19-$59.
TURN UP THE VOLUME• May 1
Central Catholic music department presents music that will get you moving and grooving to sounds from many genres and styles. 7 p.m. $11-$15.
STANDING ON CEREMONY• May 2
Plays that are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships, and the often hilarious power of love. 8 p.m. $20.
“TAWAWA HOUSE”• May 2-4
Townsend Opera presents this tale of a stop on the Underground Railroad at the onset of the Civil War. Sung in English and infused with melodies from old spirituals and hymns. 7:30 p.m. May 2; 2 p.m. May 4.
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
April 27, Ernie Bucio Little Big Band, Creole Jazz Kings and 2 more groups; May 18, Ted Shafer’s Jelly Roll Jazz Band; June 15, Smart Fellers; July 20, Fulton Street Jazz Band. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
GREAT VALLEY SONGWRITER SERIES• Through June 20
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.
“BIG BAND GOES LATIN”• April 19
Featuring the Mario Flores Latin jazz band. Columbia Jazz Series season finale. 7 p.m. Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Dr, Sonora. $15, reserved seating. (209) 588-5126.
SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT• April 21
MJC Symphonic Band conducted by Director of Bands Erki Maki will perform all-original literature for the modern wind band. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Free admission; $1 parking fee. (209) 575-6184.
COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT• April 22
Spring concert presented by The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra directed by Professor Anne Martin. Special guest appearance by the Lone Ranger. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. $5 general admission; $1 parking fee. (209) 575-6646.
SPRING CONCERT• April 23
Presented by The Modesto Junior College Community Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Free; parking $1. (209) 575-6184.
SPRING CHORAL CONCERT• April 25
Spring choral concert presented by The Modesto Junior College Concert Choir. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Free.
ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT AND DANCE• April 26
35-member mixed chorus performs songs and yodels from their native homeland, Switzerland, dressed in traditional Swiss attire. Dancing to follow the concert. San Joaquin Valley Swiss Club serves Rippli dinner before the concert for additional cost, pre-sale dinner tickets until April 19. 5:30 p.m. doors open; 6-7 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. concert. SJV Swiss Hall, East Main St. and Manley Road, Ripon. $8 pre-sale; $10 door. (209) 668-2760.
LOS BANOS ARTS COUNCIL CONCERT SERIES• April 26
April 26, Tom Russell. 7:30 p.m. Ted Falasco Center for the Arts, 1105 Fifth St., Los Banos. $20-$30. (209) 826-6022.
SPRING WINDS MUSIC FESTIVAL• April 26-May 17
Musicians come together to practice and receive instruction and perform a concert. $25 participation fee includes music, rehearsal, clinic, barbecue lunch and concert. Guest artists: April 26, Ron Quintanal, Trumpet Festival; May 3, Mark Twomey, Saxophone Festival; May 10, Aaron Tomte, Clarinet Festival and May 17, Kayte Maki, Flute Festival. Gottschalk Music Center, 133 Burney, Modesto. (209) 222-7467 or (209) 523-5326.
RUDOLF BUDGINAS• April 27
Part of the St. James concert series, pianist Rudolf Budginas performs. 3 p.m. Country Cowboy Church, 14888 Peaceful Valley Road, Sonora. (209) 536-0825.
VIVIANA GUZMAN, FLUTIST• April 27
Flutist Viviana Guzman opens the 2014 Petroglyphe Gallery concert series. Wine & light appetizers before show. Seating is limited. 3:30 p.m. doors; 4 p.m. concert. Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill. $21 advance; $23 door. (209) 286-1387.
LATIN JAZZ TRIBUTE “COLLECTIVE” JAZZ CONCERT• April 29
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3421.
STUDENT CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT• May 1
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3421.
MUSICIANS OF ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH• May 2
Concert featuring both choral selections and instrumental selections. 7 p.m. St. Patrick’s Church-Merced, 671 E. Yosemite Ave. Free will offering. (209) 383-3924.
BLUEGRASS IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY• May 3
With host Red Dog Ash featuring the Earl Brothers. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $12-$15. (209) 862-4490.
JOHNNY ROCKET AND THE THRUST• May 3
Presented by The Merced County Arts Council. 7-9:30 p.m. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 West Main St. $12 members and advance; $15 door. (209) 388-1090.
SONORA MASTER CHORALE• May 3-4
Spring performance by Sonora Master Chorale. Sunday’s performance will be held at First Congregational Church in Murphys, corner of Algiers and Church streets. 3 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. St. Matthews Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora. $10 suggested donation. (209) 533-0641.
TOO MUCH FUN SPRING CONCERT• May 3-4
Mountain Melody Spring Concert Series featuring the Mountain Melody Women’s Chorus. Saturday concert free, Sunday concert will be held at Jack Knight Hall in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, cost is $25 and includes park entrance and guided nature hike. Light refreshments served. 4 p.m. Union Congregational Church, 1141 S. Main Street, Angels Camp. (209) 736-4171.
“LES MISERABLES”• Through May 4
Musical epic set in 19th century France. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org
“RUMORS”• Through April 19
Farcical production about gossip and misdirection. Call for times. Black Bart Playhouse, 580 Algiers St., Murphys. (209) 728-8422. www.murphyscreektheatre.org
STUDENT FOLLIES TALENT SHOW• April 19
Variety of student acts including contortionist, dance, poem recitation, musicians. Guest performers include the Brothers Strong. 7 p.m. Sonora High School auditorium, 430 N. Washington St. $5 adults; $3 students and seniors. (209) 770-1022.
“A SECOND HELPING: THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES SEQUEL”• April 25-June 8
Picks up the story in 1969 as Vietnam War protests swell and women everywhere demand equal pay for equal work. The finely tuned ladies running the church basement kitchen face changes of their own. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. (209) 532-3120.
SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS: “THE TWELFTH NIGHT”• April 29-May 4
Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities set for this production in the era of the Roaring ’20s. Blanket seating and low back chairs. Performances begin at dusk. California State University, Stanislaus Amphitheatre, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. Free. (209) 667-3451. www.csustan.edu/soa
“SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL”• May 1-3
Presented by Big Valley Christian junior and high school students. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Big Valley Christian High School, 1020 Pelandale Road, Modesto. $15 preferred seating; $10 adults; $5 students & children. (209) 571-4800.
“THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS”• May 2-4
Turlock Youth Performing Arts presents Disney’s jungle jumpin’ tale adapted from the classic film. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $10 adults; $5 students. (209) 537-5227.
“THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS”• May 2-18
Based on the real story of the infamous Chicken Ranch in Le Grange, Texas, the musical with a country-western feel was a popular Broadway hit and movie musical. Playhouse Merced’s Black Box Theatre, 503 W. Main St., Merced. (209) 725-8587. www.playhousemerced.com
“THE FRONT PAGE”• May 2-18
Comedy about tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat, written by former Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. 8 p.m. May 2-3, 9-10, 15-17; 2 p.m. May 4, 11, 18. Prospect Theater Project, 520 Scenic Drive, Modesto. (209) 549-9341. prospecttheatreproject.org
“BECKY’S NEW CAR”• May 2-June 1
Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage. One night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works and she is offered nothing short of a new life. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. (209) 536-1778. www.stage3.org
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
April 28-May 2, Turlock Regional High School Art Show; 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 May 4, At Home In Turlock: Three Perspectives; through May 11, Central California Art Showcase. 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
May 15, Third Thursday Art Walk; through May 11, Central California Art Showcase. 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 June, “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.” 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
May 15, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.• (209) 667-7332
Ongoing, paintings and photographs. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 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 Tenth St., Modesto.
MCHENRY MUSEUM• (209) 236-1333
Through April 27, Modern Art Kimono; April 29, Modesto Design, exhibit of designs and objects by men and women who live or lived in Modesto. Tuesday-Sunday Noon-4 p.m. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. www.modestoartmuseum.org
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
PRESERVATION COFFEE AND TEA•
Through April, Art Extravaganza! Summit Charter Academy Elementary school art exhibit; May 15, 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.
STANISLAUS CLERK-RECORDER OFFICE• (209) 869-4804
Through June. 1, Central California Art Association members, Jim Christiansen and Anthony Pooler. 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 Rd., 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.
CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646
16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/
THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777
April 19, Legends of Soul Tribute Show; April 25, Bella Donna: A Tribute to Stevie Nicks; April 26, Tracy Morgan. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
CHUKCHANSI GOLD• (866) 794-6946
April 19, Lao New Year 2014; April 16, LOL Comedy Series; May 4, Los Tigres del Norte. 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
April 18, Jefferson Starship; May 4, Amador Wedding Faire; May 8, Ashanti. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
April 19, Xian Lim & Rayver Cruz; April 20 Thai, Lao, Hmong & Mien Concert; April 25, Pesado. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
April 18, Foreigner Unauthorized; April 19, Cheeseballs; April 24, Don Edwards; April 25, Big Papa and the TCB Band; April 26, Ascension. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne .
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE• April 18
Presented by the Modesto Junior College Dance Department. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Cabaret West, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $8. (209) 575-6496.
“CREATION”• May 2-3
The Center for Urban Performance & Service ministry presents the Biblical story of “Creation” in the form of a full-length, dramatic dance production. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Westside Ministries, 950 Columbia St., Turlock. Free. (209) 667-9020.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
EARTH DAY• April 19
Modesto’s 25th annual Earth Day in the Park Festival features entertainment, food and “green” education. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Graceada Park, Sycamore and Needham streets, Modesto. Free. (209) 577-5495.
MJC POW WOW• April 20
Intertribal Pow Wow on campus, bringing together the culture and traditions of native American people. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Agriculture Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. (209) 575-6866.
DELHI MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL• April 26
Fifth annual event featuring music, car show, food, games, informational booths and Children’s activities. 1-8 p.m. Delhi Educational Park, 16881 W. Schendel Road, Delhi. Free. (209) 632-2436.
FLY-IN AND OPEN HOUSE• April 26
Open house with formation flying team, food, aircraft and classic car displays, community band, airplane rides. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Calaveras County Airport, 3600 Carol Kennedy Road. Free admission; airplane rides, $5-$10. (209) 736-2501.
SONORA SPRING FESTIVAL• April 26
Arts and crafts, live music, street entertainment, hair and fashion show, bounce house, face painting and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Sonora, Sonora. Free. (209) 532-7725.
GOLD COUNTRY PEDDLER’S FAIRE• April 27
Peddler’s Faire featuring antiques, collectibles, crafts with more than 100 dealers. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Knight’s Ferry Recreation Area, 17968 Covered Bridge Road. Free. (209) 881-3517.
MERCED COUNTY SPRING FAIR• April 30-May 4
Showmanship competition, live music, animal attractions, Destruction Derby, motorcross, truck and tractor pulls, kids activities, midway and food. See call or visit website for daily hours and schedule of events. Hours vary by day. Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced. $3-$9. (209) 826-5166. www.co.merced.ca.us
MARIPOSA BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL• May 2-4
Event features parade, art show, Children’s activities, quilt show and live entertainment. Taste of Mariposa at 6 p.m. Friday. Butterfly releases noon-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Mariposa, Highway 140. www.mariposabutterflyfestival.net
CERES STREET FAIRE• May 3-4
Live entertainment, car and truck show, food booths, crafts and collectibles, exhibits. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Ceres, Ceres. www.ceresstreetfaire.org
CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL• May 3-4
Entertainment, vendors, car show, food and more. Presented by Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Sunday. Library Park, Center Street and Manteca Avenue, Manteca. Free admission. www.centralvalleyhispanicchamber.org
MAD HATTER’S FESTIVAL AND CRAFT FAIRE• May 3-4
Wagon rides and a petting zoo by the 4-H, craft booths, checker games and chalk boards set up, barbecued food, kettle corn and baked goods available from the Bloomingcamp Ranch Bake Shop. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bloomingcamp Ranch, 10528 Highway 120, Oakdale. Free admission. (209) 848-0461.
“RETURN TO BALANCE”• Ongoing
See Yosemite from a rock-climber’s perspective in this award-winning documentary. 7 p.m. nightly. Yosemite Theater, Behind the Visitors Center, Yosemite Valley. $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4–12. (209) 379-2317.
SIERRA NEVADA FILM FESTIVAL• April 19
Wine tasting and film screening of “Tell it on the Mountain - Stories of the Pacific Crest Trail” documentary. 7 p.m. Newsome Harlow Winery Tasting Room, 403 Main Street, Murphys. Free.
“COUNTING SHEEP”• April 24
Documentary film depicts the last few native bighorn sheep fighting for survival high in California’s Sierra Nevada wilderness. 7 p.m. Tuolumne Utilities District Board Room, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora. Free.
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.
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.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS• Ongoing
Livingston VFW monthly Hamburger night. 5-7 p.m. Last Thursday of each month. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
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.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET• May-December
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
PRAYER CIRCLE POTLUCK• Ongoing
Mondays, weekly potluck gathering. 5-7 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 634-8059.
MODESTO CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Through Dec. 20
Local farm produce vendors and more. 8 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
EASTER BRUNCH• April 20
Reservations required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $22 adults; $10.95 children 4-11. (209) 578-5801.
OMELET BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER• April 20
Proceeds benefit American Legion Americanism School awards. 7-11:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, Modesto, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. $7, children under 7 are free. (209) 551-8060.
BEER, WINE & GOURMET FOOD CELEBRATION• April 26
Beer and wine samplings accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Musical entertainment and silent auction. Presented by the Modesto Junior College Athletic Department and MJC Foundation. 6-9 p.m. Modesto Junior College - Gymnasium, Coldwell Ave, East Campus. $35. (209) 575-6270.
CELEBRATING MOTHERS LUNCHEON• April 26
Sponsored by The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court 1402. Luncheon, entertainment by Youth Entertainment Stage Company, door prizes and raffle items. 11 a.m. Charity Ballroom, 645 Charity Way, Modesto. $35. (209) 529-2940.
TASTE OF CALAVERAS• April 27
Food and wine experience. Event includes tasting local wines and cuisine while enjoying live music and local artists’ work. Noon-4 p.m. Camps Restaurant, Greenhorn Creek, Angels Camp. (209) 736-1333. www.angelscampbusiness.com
GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER AUCTION• April 28
25th annual golf tournament fundraiser and dinner auction fundraiser for The Children’s Crisis Center “Friends Group.” noon. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto. $50-$250. (209) 578-5030.
A TABLESCAPE LUNCHEON• April 30
Annual fundraiser to benefit the free in-home senior housekeeping program provided by Catholic Charities. Craft vendors, silent auction and over 30 decorated tables. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Father O’Hare Hall, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. (209) 874-3739.
OUTSTANDING ATHLETE AWARD BANQUET• April 30
Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club’s 47th annual outstanding athlete awards dinner and presentation. Guest speaker, former NFL player Seth Joyner. 6:30 social; 7 p.m. dinner. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $30 adults: $25 students. (209) 578-5801.
PATTERSON CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• May-October
4-8 p.m. Wednesdays. True Value Shopping Center, Corner of Ward Avenue and Las Palmas, Patterson.
TURLOCK CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• May 2-Oct. 24
Downtown Turlock Certified market. Three night markets will be held 5-8 p.m., June 13, Sept.5 and Oct. 24. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Main Street & Broadway (209) 225.
BLACK & WHITE CHARITY BALL• May 3
23rd Black Hat Foundation Black & White Charity Ball to benefit Tuolumne County Search & Rescue. Dinner, live and silent auction, music by the Roger Garcia Trio; black tie optional. Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne City. $95. (209) 586-2280.
RIBS, TRI-TIP FEED AND BARN DANCE• May 3
All-you-can-eat ribs and tri-tip feed and barn dance. Live auction, silent auction and no-host bar. 5-11 p.m. St. Anthony’s School, 323 N. Fremont St., Manteca. $30 adults; $15 children 2-12. (209) 823-4513.
SPRING BAZAAR• May 4
Annual spring bazaar featuring softball tournament, food concessions, craft booths, dunk tank, live entertainment and Children’s carnival games. Chicken dinner, 4-6 p.m. Noon. Sacred Heart Church, 505 M Street, Patterson. Free admission; $10-$13 chicken dinner. (209) 892-9321.
ODDS & ENDS
SPRING TOURS• Through April 26
Guided tour of the museum’s collections of wagons and carriages. Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 South Main St., Angels Camp. $5 adults; $2.50 children; free 4 and younger. (209) 736-2963. www.angelscamp.gov
YOKUTS GROUP AND SIERRA CLUB• April 18
David Tucker, former city engineer of Merced, will discuss wastewater treatment. 6:45 p.m. College Avenue Congregational Church, Orangeburg and College avenues, Modesto. Free. (209) 863-9137.
EASTER EGG HUNT AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST• April 19
Games, crafts, pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt. 8-10 a.m. breakfast and activites; 10 a.m. egg hunt. Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. $4 adults; $2.50 3-10 years; Free 2 and under. (209) 524-6841.
EASTER FAMILY FUN DAY• April 19
Bounce Houses, Games, Food for the whole family. Noon-2 p.m. North Modesto Church, 1918 Sherwood Ave. . Free. (209) 521-9148.
MERCED ART HOP• April 19
Featuring 29 businesses and more than 50 artists. 5-9 p.m. Downtown Merced
MODESTO GARDEN CLUB SPRING GARDEN TOUR• April 19
Tour seven gardens in Dutch Hollow for inspiration or just to enjoy. Maps to the gardens are included with your ticket; gardens can be visited in any order. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Various locations $10-$20. (209) .
MR. FROG’S WILD RIDE• April 19
Two scenic routes, Wild Ride of 50K and Wilder Ride of 100K. Price includes snacks at various rest stops, SAG support and after-ride barbecue. Free massage available. Online registration cutoff is April 17. 7-9 a.m. registration; 7:30-9 a.m. course opens. Feeney Park, Murphys. $45-$60. www.mrfrogswildride.org
SPRING WALK• April 19
6 and 12K walks to view birds and wildlife. Bring binoculars, cameras. Guest walkers are free, no parking fee. 8 a.m.-noon Refuge, 2714 Dairy Road, Vernalis. (209) 887-2807.
VICTORIAN EASTER CELEBRATION• April 20
Victorian Easter celebration featuring Easter parade, with prizes for fanciest Victorian hat, finest dressed. Easter egg hunts for kids and visits with Thaddeus E. Hare. Sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. 11 a.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets, Columbia. Free. (209) 536-1672.
THE BENEFITS OF WALDORF EDUCATION• April 23
Talk on Waldorf education and Manzanita Charter schools, set to open 2015. Parents of children 3-5 invited to attended, please no children. 7 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“OFF THE BEATEN PATH” WALK/RUN• April 26
Third annual walk/run for autism awareness. Course will begin in park and continue out six mile road. T-shirt included. 8 a.m. registration. Murphys Community Park, 505 Algiers St., Murphys. $20 early bird; $25 after April 16. (209) 728-2184.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS• April 26
Stanislaus Special Olympics 41st annual Area Games Ceremonies and Track and Field events. 10 a.m. J.F. Kennedy School, 1202 Stonum Road. Free. (209) 579-2825.
SPRING GARDEN TOUR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER• April 26
Patterson Garden Club hosts Garden Tour to raise money for scholarships for local youth. Tickets allow visitor entry into six garden with six different themes. Also included is a large community garden. 1-4 p.m. Various venues $10. (209) 892-3484.
WRITING TO GET PUBLISHED• April 26-May 31
Writing classes open to students of all ages. Sign up via phone or at the library. 2-3:30 p.m. Groveland Museum and Library, 18990 Main Street (Hwy 120), Groveland. Free. (209) 962-6144. www.tuolcolib.org
PATH OF THE PADRES HIKE• April 27
Hike begins at Los Banos Creek Reservoir boat launch ramp. A pontoon boat carries passengers to the west end of the reservoir. Short stops are made to observe wildlife. Boat trip is followed by a 5-mile roundtrip hike. Hikers must be at least 6, carry a minimum of 2 quarts of water, lunch and snacks. Reservations accepted now. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. San Luis Reservoir, Highway 152 – O’Neill Forebay, Los Banos. $20. (209) 826-1197.
PLANET PARTY DAY• May 1
Fifth annual event to enhance student awareness and stewardship of the environment through multiple displays, demonstrations and interactive exhibits. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Manteca Unified School District Office, 2271 W. Louise Avenue. (209) 825-3200. www.mantecausd.net
BOOK SALE• May 3
Friends of Modesto Library Used Book Sale featuring thousands of books of every genre. $1 hardback, .50 cents paperback. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St.
CHOOSE LIFE WALK & RUN• May 3
Modesto Pregnancy Center’s annual fundraiser event. 10k run, 5k run or 5k walk. Family activities include bounce house, face painting and snacks. 8-11 a.m. Tuolumne River Regional Park, Modesto. (209) 526-1734.
CINCO DE MAYO PARADE• May 3
Crows Landing Road from Olivero Road to Glenn Avenue. Floats featuring local businesses, youth groups, radio stations and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Crows Landing Road (209) 604-4167.
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.
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
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.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL• Through April 26
Wes Anderson’s new comedy recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous hotel set in a fictional Eastern European republic in the 1930s.
FILM: “ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME”• Through April 21
Hilarious and poignant portrait, of Tony and Emmy Award-winner Elaine Stritch.
FILM: “THE LUNCHBOX”• Through April 23
A romantic drama in which a mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man.
FILM: “TIM’S VERMEER• April 18-25
Film explores the intersection of technology and art. Tim’s Vermeer works at capturing on film how artists work their miracles.
FILM: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES• April 19
Two singers, best friends Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw, travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective. The State and CareMore present films, drawings for prizes and refreshments as part of the CareMore Senior Film Series. 10:30 a.m.
FILM: “STRANGERS ON A TRAIN”• April 20
Modesto Film Society Series. 2 p.m.
FUNDRAISER AND FILM: DRIVING MISS DAISY• April 24
Delta Kappa Gamma and Epsilon Nu Chapter host a fundraiser including wine, appetizers and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, Scholarship and Library. 5:30 p.m. raffle; 7 p.m. film. $25. (209) 545-0883.
FILM: “LE WEEK-END”• April 25-May 7
The story of Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.
FILM: “SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS”• April 27
A Modesto Film Society Cinema Society presentation.
FILM: “LOCKE”• April 29
Second film in the monthly New York Film Critics Series 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film. $12.
FILM: “FARMLAND”• May 2-7
Documentary featuring the inside world of farming with a first-hand glimpse into the lives of young farmers and ranchers.
GOOD LUCK THRIFT STORE OUTFIT• May 3
All-ages music show also featuring The Pine Box Boys, The Sumner Brothers and Cole Thomason. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $13 advance; $16 door.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT TALENT SHOW• May 4
Showcase of local talent featuring adult vocalists, hoofers and strummers of various stripes -- hosted by The State and produced by Grace Lieberman. Noon doors; 1 p.m. show. $10.
FILM: “BREAKING AWAY”• May 8
Ride for Mom is presenting the 1979 coming-of-age film. Precedes Saturday May 10 family cycling event staged at Johansen High School. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film. $5.
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
7th annual Modesto International Architecture Festival seeks entries of short movies 3-25 minutes about architectures, architects, landscape, public art and urban design. Only one entry per person. Three awards will be given. All entries must be online. No DVDs. email@example.com. www.modestoarchfest.com
“THE TEMPEST” AUDITIONS• May 3
Center Stage Youth Summer Conservatory is seeking youth ages 12-20 for Shakespeare’s production set for July 18-27. 1 p.m. Lower Level Studios, 948 11th St., Suite 1. (209) 846-0179. www.centerstagemodesto.com
GIANT GAME DAY• April 23
Family giant game day featuring giant versions of Jenga, bowling, dominos and more. 4 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. Free. (209) 558-7810.
SUMMER STORY TIME AND ART ACTIVITY SERIES• April 24-June 26
April 24, frogs; May 22, Mark Twain; June 26, barns and farming. Activities for preschoolers and parents. 10-11 a.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 South Main St., Angels Camp. Free. (209) 736-2963. www.angelscamp.gov