Picnic at the Pops
The 20th annual Modesto Symphony Orchestra Picnic at the Pops season-opener show brings in Neil Diamond tribute act Super Diamond. The group will perform many of the pop singer’s most popular hits with the orchestra. Guests are invited to bring picnic dinners to the event, which helps to raise funds for the orchestra. No outside alcohol is permitted, though wine can be purchased inside. Fireworks finale.
WHEN: Grounds open 4 p.m., concert starts 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: E.&J. Gallo Winery, 600 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto
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TICKETS: $37 general, $12 youths general lawn; $57 general, $19 reserved lawn; $31 adult, $10 youths groups of 10-plus; free to children age 3 and under.
CALL: (209) 523-4156
Admission Day Celebration
Columbia gears up for its annual celebration of California Admission Day. The event commemorates the admission of California into the Union in 1850. In historic downtown Columbia, the anniversary will be celebrated with a parade, fashion show, town tours, live music and more. Guests also can purchase a barbecue lunch at the Native Sons of the Golden West, Columbia Parlor 258-sponsored event.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Columbia State Historic Park, Main and State streets, Columbia
CALL: (209) 588-9128
Festival Del Nopal
The second annual Festival Del Nopal continues the celebration of the nopal cactus, also known as prickly pear. The Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus-sponsored event will feature nopal cuisine, including a recipe contest and cactus tasting. Other festival activities include live entertainment, bounce houses, car show, drawings, food vendors, arts and crafts, and more.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Ceres Flea Market/Drive-In, 1651 E. Whitmore Ave.
CALL: (209) 579-4776
Ripon Arts League
The Ripon Arts League kicks off its 2014-15 concert series Tuesday. The season opens with Billy Richard’s Coasters. Richards joined the Coasters in 1962 and has been performing the famous group’s hits, including “Yakety Yak, “ “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy,” since. His current group performs songs and parodies. Membership in the league required to attend.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Ripon High School, 301 N. Acacia Ave.
TICKETS: Membership required, starts at $30
CALL: (209) 599-7876 or (209) 599-3476
Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News have been proving exactly how hip it is to be square for the past 35 years. The Grammy-winning group, formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, has sold more than 20 million albums over the years. Top 10 hits include “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want a New Drug,” “If This is It,” “Hip to Be Square,” “Do You Believe in Love” and “Workin’ for a Livin’.”
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
TICKETS: Sold out (wait list available)
CALL: (209) 338-2100