FOR THE ARTS
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.
CANTARE CON VIVO• May 4
Musical Journey through Latin America Choral concert featuring CSU Stanislaus choirs and Cantare Chamber Ensemble. 4 p.m. Free.
KEB’ MO’• May 6
Blues musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59.
TREASURE LIFE• May 8
Bethany Christian Services presentation featuring speaker Ryan Bomberger, Founder, The Radiance Foundation and TooManyAborted.com. 6 p.m. Free.
BRAHMS’ REQUIEM• May 9-10
Modesto Symphony Orchestra presentation. 8 p.m. $15-$89.
MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA• May 9-10
Brahms’ Requiem May 9, 8 p.m.; May 10, 8 p.m. $15. (209) 338-2100. www.modestosymphony.org
MODESTO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA• May 10
Season finale concert. 3 p.m. $5-$10.
REBOZOS• May 11
Mother’s Day celebration with traditional ballet folklorico dances that reflect different Mexican cultural and musical styles. 3 p.m. $15-$25.
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS• May 12
7:30 p.m. $29-$79.
“MEMPHIS”• May 16-18
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, a new Broadway musical bursting off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $39-$99.
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
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.
SPRING WINDS MUSIC FESTIVAL• Through 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: May 3, Mark Twomey, Saxophone Fesitval; 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.
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.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SYMPHONY OF THE SIERRA• May 3
Spring Concert Series 2:30 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theatre, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. Free. (209) 770-1258.
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 at both performances. 4 p.m. Union Congregational Church, 1141 S. Main Street, Angels Camp. (209) 736-4171.
MARK HOLLAND• May 4
Native flute performance and workshop. Cost of workshop includes one admission ticket to the concert. If attending the workshop, bring an A minor native flute. 3:30 workshop; 6 p.m. concert Prescott Church, 3000 Prescott Road, Modesto. $35 workshop; $10 concert. (209) 527-0363.
VMI ROCKS STUDENT CONCERT• May 4
Student rock concert featuring 22 bands. 1-7:30 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St., Modesto. $4 advance; $7 door. (209) 543-2066.
JAZZ IN THE PARK• May 5
Jazz ensemble and combos. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus Amphitheatre, 801 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. (209) 667-3421.
JESSE LYNCH JAZZ• May 6
“Jazz through the Ages” performance. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $15-$25. (209) 668-1456 or (209) 667-5874.
STUDENT COMPOSITION FESTIVAL• May 6
29th annual festival featuring a Composition Studio Recital. A 20th Century Techniques Project will proceed recital at 5 p.m. 8 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3421.
WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT• May 8
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3421.
AMERICANA SHOWCASE• May 10
Performing: Keith Davis and Jason Winfree; Dr. Blue & Bad Medicine; Justin Quigley and Friends; and Bandits. Beer and wine concession, $6 tri-tip sandwiches. 6:30 p.m., doors open; 7:30 p.m., show starts Lower Level Studios, 948 11th St., Suite 1, Modesto. $5, all ages. (209) 648-1259.
CHORAL CONCERT• May 13
University Chamber singers and Concert Chorale. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3421.
UKULELE ARTIST VICTORIA VOX• May 15
Victoria Vox, Ukulele artist in concert, preceeded by hour-long workshop. Workshop requires advance reservations. 5:30-6:30 p.m. workshop; 7 p.m. concert. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $10-$15 concert; $10 workshop. (209) 632-5761.
JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT• May 16
Jazz Ensemble and combos. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Snider Recital Hall, One University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3421.
SOUDOUGH SLIM AND THE SADDLE PALS• May 17
Western entertainer along with Cactus Bob and Prairie Flower. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15-$18. (209) 862-4490.
ZYDECO DANCE PARTY• May 24
The BluesBox Bayou Band, with Zydeco dance lessons by Ted Sherrod. Dinner bar and hospitality available. 7-11 p.m. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $10.
JIM ANDERSON & THE REBELS• May 30
Live all-age concert. 5 p.m. Beard Park, 540 C St., Waterford. Free. (209) 874-2328.
“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
“A SECOND HELPING: THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES SEQUEL”• Through 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: “TWELFTH NIGHT”• Through 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 2-3
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 BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS”• May 2-18
Rated for teens 13 and up. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. Ages 5-12, $10; students, $12; adults, $22; seniors, $20. (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
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR.”• May 15-16
Whitmore Charter High School Presents "Fiddler on the Roof," a part of The Broadway Junior Collection. 6:30 p.m. Whitmore Charter School, 3435 Don Pedro Road, Ceres. $10 adults; $7 students; $5 children 5 and under. (209) .
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 May 2, Turlock Regional High School Art Show; May 8-June 2, BFA/BA Graduating Senior Exhibition. 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
Through May 11, Central California Art Showcase. May 13-July 12, “Graffiti Show,” “Member Show” and “Faces of Clay” show, applications for entries now being accepted. 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
hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1208 J St. www.crowtrading.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 CALAVERAS• (209) 754-1774
Through June 21, ““My Favorite Spring” exhibit. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 22 Main St., San Andreas. www.calaverasarts.org
MERCED MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER• (209) 388-1090
Through July 11: 8th annual California Centered Printmaking Exhibition. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 645 West Main St.
MERCED COUNTY COURTHOUSE MUSEUM• (209) 723-2401
Through May 31, “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian traveling exhibit. Exhibit Hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 21st and N streets, Merced.
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
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.
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.
UC MERCED ART GALLERY• (209) 228-4566
Through May 7, 9th annual Bobcat Art Show Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 5200 North Lake Road, Merced.
UNIQUE BOUTIQUES• (209) 523-3000
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 4459 Spyres Way, Modesto.
CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646
16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/
THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777
1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
CHUKCHANSI GOLD• (866) 794-6946
May 4, Los Tigres del Norte; May 4-5, Mariachi Universal; May 9, Hot Summer Night, Dean Colley’s tribute to Neil Diamond. 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
May 4, Amador Wedding Faire; May 8, Ashanti. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495
May 2-3, Nathan Owens Band; May 4, Buck Ford; May 9, Radio; May 10, The Spazmatics. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
May 3, En Vogue; May 4, Magician Jason Latimer; May 9, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán; May 10, Comedian Ron White. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
May 2, Jimmy Thackery; May 3, Dakila; May 8, Chains Required; May 9, Nunchuck Taylor; May 10, Chris Gardner Band; May 15, Comedy Showcase; May 16, Sons of the San Joaquin Western Stars; May 17, Spazmatics. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne .
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
May 17, famed standup comedian, Don Rickles, performs. For mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $69-$129. www.turlocktheatre.org
“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.
DANCE CONCERT• May 16-17
Directed by Kitsy Olson. 8 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959. www.csustan.edu/soa
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
MERCED COUNTY SPRING FAIR• Through 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
“AGE WITH MOVEMENT” FESTIVAL• May 2
Movement celebration to celebrate Older Americans Month. Activities include vendor booths, balance and fitness testing, blood pressure checks. Hosted by Healthy Aging Association. 7:30 a.m.-noon East La Loma Park, Modesto. Free. (209) 523-2800.
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
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, kettlecorn 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.
CENTRAL VALLEY BREWFEST• May 10
Brewfest featuring more than 100 beers to sample and art from Modesto’s Peer Recovery Art Project. 21 and older event. 1-5 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $30 advanced; $35 door. (209) 614-8148. www.cvbrewfest.com
WATERFORD WESTERN HERITAGE DAY• May 10
Waterford celebrates 157 year history with antique and collectible row, art and craft street, car show, antique engines and motors, food and drinks. Bands play on stage. Kids bounce, train rides, face painting and kids activity zone. 10 a.m. parade; 11 a.m. bands. Downtown Waterford, Waterford. (209) 874-1028 or (209) 404-7916.
JUMPING FROG JUBILEE• May 15-18
Annual jumping frog competition and county fair with food, exhibits, bronco and bull riding, entertainment, livestock, arena events, vendor booths and more. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. $8-$12. www.frogtown.org
FAMILY CYCLING FESTIVAL AND CRITERIUM• May 17
Cycling events featuring stunt shows, racing, obstacle courses. Other activities include bounce houses, rock climbing wall, face painting. Criterium races will run 6 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown Modesto Free admission. (209) 606-6414.
OAKDALE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL• May 15-18
22nd annual festival with arts and crafts, Chocolate Avenue, food, kids activities, vendors and live entertainment. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Wood Park, Highways 120 and 108, Oakdale. $4 through May 15, $6 after; free for ages 12 and under. www.oakdalechamber.com
CAFE SHALOM• May 18
Jewish food, bake shop, cultural arts, craft fair, dance and music. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Free admission; brunch tickets $10 advance; $12 door. (209) 571-6060.
“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.
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, 12455 W. Ripon Road, Ripon. 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.
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.
LA GRANGE ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAH BREAKFAST• Second Sundays
7 a.m.-1 p.m. La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET• May-December
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST• Ongoing
First Sunday of the month. Community type breakfast . 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, Main Street, Knights Ferry. $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
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.
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.
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.
POETRY GALA• May 4
Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center gala benefit. Ticket includes food, beverage, poetry and live music. All proceeds will benefit the poetry center. For tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org. 2-5 p.m. Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 11th St., Modesto. $15. mostpoetrybenefit.eventbrite.com
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.
MOTHERS’ DAY BRUNCH• May 10
Mothers’ Day Brunch at the Mansion. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. $30; reservations required. (209) 869-1900.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD• May 10
Soroptimist International of Modesto’s 26th annual fundraiser. Lunch, entertainment by MJC performing arts student, silent auction, prize drawings. Attendees are encouraged to wear an original hat emphasizing different countries of the world. Prize for most original hat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Charity Ballroom, 645 Charity Way, Modesto. $35 advance ticket sales only. (209) 577-0890.
ODDS & ENDS
WRITING TO GET PUBLISHED• Through 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
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.
WALK MS• May 3
Individual or team walk, 2k or 5k. 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. walk. Downey Park, 1200 Brighton Ave., Modesto.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION• May 10
UC Cooperative Extension’s Centennial Celebration featuring live music, car show, farmers market, kids zone with petting zoo, arts and crafts vendors, chef demonstration. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stanislaus County Ag Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto. Free. (209) 525-6800.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION• May 10
Centennial celebration of the UC Cooperative Extension. Live music, car show, farmers market and kids zone with petting zoo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Agricultural Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way. Free. (209) 525-6800.
“RIDE FOR MOM” CYCLING EVENT• May 10
Bicycle courses for 10-100 mile rides. Pre-event check-in will take place on Friday, May 9, 4 p..m to 7 p.m. 7:30 a.m. Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto.
GARDEN TOURS• May 17
Sponsored by Saddle Creek Garden Club. Four gardens represent the creativity of owners and reflect the challenge to design and create gardens of varying sizes into unique, eye appealing designs. 50/50 raffle. 1-4 p.m. Various locations in Copperopolis $10. (209) 785-9692.
NINETEENTH ANNUAL AILEEN JAFFA YOUNG POETS CONTEST• May 17
Annual poets contest awards ceremony. Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 543-1776.
MCHENRY MUSEUM• May 18
Poets Corner Contest winning entries recital. 1 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 236-1333. www.modestoartmuseum.org
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
FILM: “LE WEEK-END”• Through May 8
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: “FARMLAND”• May 2-6
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: “THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN”• May 4-11
Documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself.
FILM: “CHEF”• May 7
Third film in the monthly New York Film Critics Series starring Jon Favreau who will be broadcast live, via a hi-definition simulcast to answer questions from the audience. 7:30 p.m. $12.
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.
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL• May 9
Famed western-swing, boogie, and roots-music outfit. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $28-$38.
FILM: “TATTOO NATION”• May 10
Film focus is body art, a cultural phenomenon that has enjoyed a new resurgence. A special screening in conjunction with the beginning of Modesto Design Week. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film. $8.
FILM: “FINDING VIVIAN MAIER”• May 10-22
Documentary depicting the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, who spent her life as a career nanny, secretly taking more than 100,000 photographs.
FILM: “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK”• May 15
Presented by the Anthropology and Geology departments at Modesto Junior College. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film. $10.
PAULA POUNDSTONE• May 16
One of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Standups Of All Time and the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $34-$42.
FILM: “ROMAN HOLIDAY”• May 18
A runaway princess in Rome finds love with a reporter who knows her true identity. Stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A Modesto Film Society presentation. 2 p.m.
STRUNZ & FARAH• May 23
Grammy-nominated, Billboard chart-topping acoustic guitar duo. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $24-$35.
“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 and resides in Stanislaus, Merced, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Tuolumne or Mariposa counties. Applicants can download schedule, rules and application online. The finals of “Valley’s Got Talent” are 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, Modesto. (209) 846-0179. www.centerstagemodesto.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 7th 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.
DANCE CLASSES• Ongoing
Ballet, tap, jazz and Mommy & Me classes offered for all ages. Central West Ballet, 5039 Pentecost, Modesto. $10 per class. (209) 576-8957. www.centralwestballet.org
SUMMER STORY TIME AND ART ACTIVITY SERIES• Through June 26
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
KIDS’ FISH, SWIM AND PLAY DAY• May 17
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Luis Reservior, 31426 Gonzaga Road, Gustine. $10 per vehicle. (209) 827-5353. www.parks.ca.gov