MJC Pow Wow
Modesto Junior College hosts the 16th annual Intertribal Pow Wow on Sunday on its East Campus. The community event celebrates the culture and tradition of Native American people. Gourd dancing will kick off the day’s activities, followed by a grand entry at noon. The program includes traditional American Indian singers and dancers accompanied by drum groups and will honor veterans for sacrifices given to their country. There will be American Indian arts and crafts for sale as well as traditional foods. The MJC club Red Nations and Friends sponsors the event along with the Associated Students of MJC, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Black Oak Casino and Resort. Red Nations is also conducting a drive to gather shoes and socks for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest communities in the United States.
Spring Garden Tour
The Modesto Garden Club’s annual Spring Garden Tour invites the public to view beautiful gardens in the city’s Dutch Hollow neighborhood. Seven gardens in the northwest Modesto district will be viewed. This year’s tour includes secret gardens, outdoor living spaces, a children’s playhouse and other unique spaces. Proceeds allow the 90-year-old organization to continue community beautification projects, therapeutic gardening, children’s education and horticultural scholarships.
Modesto celebrates the 25th annual Earth Day in the Park with food, entertainment, games, prizes and more. The free family event in Graceada Park will feature more than 100 exhibitors and numerous “green education” opportunities. There will be a recycling event where donations will be matched by Boyett Petroleum and the proceeds will go toward the city’s Adopt a Park program. It will include free on-site document shredding (limit five boxes/bags), CRV and scrap metal recycling and e-waste drop-off. StaRT bus will run free shuttles from the Cross Point Church to the park every 20 minutes.
Grammy-nominated cowboy singer Don Edwards comes to Black Oak Casino. The Western music singer and guitarist has one of his albums, “Saddle Songs and Songs of the Cowboy” included in the Folklore Archives of the Library of Congress. In 1993, Edwards appeared on Nanci Griffith’s Grammy-winning album “Other Voices, Other Rooms” on the song “Night Rider’s Lament.” In 1998, he starred as Smokey in the Robert Redford film “The Horse Whisperer.”
Merced Art Hop
The Merced Art Hop returns with live music, art and other cultural experiences Saturday. The free quarterly downtown Merced event will have 29 businesses and more than 50 artists participating. Highlights this time include percussionist Marshall Trammell, Dance Saute, an Arts UCM Presents student exhibit and photo booth.
Modesto Film Society
The Modesto Film Society brings the classic crime thriller “Strangers on a Train” to the screen this Sunday. The 1951 Alfred Hitchcock classic, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, is about two men who meet on a train and plot the perfect “exchange” murders to get rid of each other’s respective victims. The film’s conceit has been used in multiple films since from “Throw Momma From the Train” to “Horrible Bosses.”