GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SELAH• Sept. 19
Contemporary Christian music trio. 7:30 p.m. $15-$40.
AN EVENING WITH NATALIE COLE• Sept. 20
Never miss a local story.
Singer will offer the official season-opening performance for the 2014-15 slate of shows. 8 p.m. $59-$99.
COLBIE CAILLAT• Sept. 21
7 p.m. $35-$80.
ADLER FELLOWS IN RECITAL• Sept. 25
World class singing by the resident artists of San Francisco Opera. 7:30 p.m. $20-$50.
NORMAN FOOTE & GVAC• Sept. 25
Entertainer, songwriter who uses outrageous props and off-beat sense of humor in his performance of children’s music. 7 p.m. $12-$20.
BOB NEWHART• Sept. 26
Comedian and actor. 8 p.m. $39-$99.
MOFEST• Sept. 26
Explore the lives, loves, joys and challenges of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community in multi-film and multi-genre festival. Presented by PFLAG. 7:30 p.m. $15.
GEORGE LOPEZ• Sept. 27
Multi-talented entertainer in television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Adult themed show. 5 and 8 p.m. $39-$89.
EMMYLOU HARRIS• Oct. 1
7:30 p.m. $39-$89.
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION• Oct. 3-4
84th season opener of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $17-$89.
KAREN KNOTTS• Oct. 5
Karen Knotts tells stories about her legendary dad Don Knotts and adds a unique blend of improvisation, music and comedy . 2 p.m. $12-$25.
STORM LARGE• Oct. 8
Vocalist, singer, playwright, actor and author. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55.
BRIAN WILSON AND SPECIAL GUEST• Oct. 9
Beach Boy sensation Brian Wilson joined by special guest Al Jardine, guitarist, singer and another founding member of The Beach Boys. 7:30 p.m. $59-$119.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT IN WWII• Oct. 9
Storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak as Eleanor Roosevelt. Program includes a Q&A with Frontczak in character as Mrs. Roosevelt as well as a Q&A with the scholar/actress herself. 7 p.m. $15-$30.
EL MUNDO• Oct. 10
Chamber group dedicated to the performance of 16th through 19th century Latin American, Spanish and Italian chamber music. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35.
LITTLE JOE Y LA FAMILIA• Oct. 10
Tex-Mex music wtih Joe Hernandez, “The King of The Brown Sound.” 8 p.m. $19-$59.
SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY• Oct. 11
New musical comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey” to life. 8 p.m. $19-$59.
RICHARD GLAZIER• Oct. 12
Pianist featuring songs from such movie musicals as “Roberta,” “Auntie Mame,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “My Fair Lady.” 2 p.m. $15-$30.
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
Sept. 21, Crescent Katz; Oct. 19, Cats ‘n’ Jammer Jazz Band; Nov. 16, Knight Sounds Big Band; Dec. 21, Midnight Rose. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
UKULELE PLAY ALONG• Ongoing
Funstrummers ukulele play and sing along. Songbooks provided. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. (209) 505-3216.
UKULELE LESSONS• Ongoing
Beginning group ukulele lessons. 6-8 p.m. Mondays. First United Methodist Church, Modesto, 850 16th St. Donations. (209) 505-3216.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S JAZZ• Sept. 19
Greg Vail, Slim Man & Mombo featuring Tateng Katindig on keys and Dave Hawks on drums. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. showtime. Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 11th St., Modesto. (209) 543-4261.
ALUMNI RECITAL• Sept. 19
Divesh Karamchandai, percussion. 7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$12. (209) 667-3959.
FOREVERLAND• Sept. 19
Michael Jackson tribute band. 8 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. $24. (209) 381-0500.
JAZZ IN THE PARK• Sept. 20
Performances by the Dream Chasers Drill Team, Aztec Folklorico Iscali Dance Group, Groupo Folklorico Dancers and Ballet Folklorico Xochippili dance groups. The Darnell Robinson Nellrock Jazz Band will perform also. Free refreshments provided. 4-7 p.m. James Marshall Park, 440 Sutter Ave. Free. (209) 341-2951.
MANIA!• Sept. 20
Live Beatles experience. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $20 general; $23 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
TROPICAL GARDEN CONCERT• Sept. 20
Event includes dinner, drinks and live Americana, pop, rock and reggae music. There also will be a silent auction and raffle. Advance tickets include a complimentary raffle ticket. Tickets will also be sold at the door. 5-8:30 p.m. Private home, 3440 Wycliffe Drive, Modesto. (209) 573-0533.
KINDRA SHARICH AND CHRISTINE CAPSUTO• Sept. 21
Opera combined with wit, and charm features Kindra Sharich, mezzo soprano, and Christine Capsuto, soprano. Part of the Sunday Afternoons at CBS concert series. 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $20 adults; $15 seniors and students; $7 children. (209) 571-6060.
TRACE ADKINS• Sept. 23
Grammy-nominated country singer. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $56-$77. (209) 668-1169.
HABANEROS• Sept. 25
Quintet performing classic works, Cuban compositions and popular music. Part of the Turlock Concert Association series. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $25 general; $15 students. (209) 668-1456 or (209) 667-5874.
MARIO FLORES LATIN JAZZ BAND• Sept. 25
Also featuring the Columbia Vocal Jazz Quartet. 7 p.m. Gypsy Shack, 18145 Main St., Jamestown. $5.
RON ELY• Sept. 26
Elvis tribute artist. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $17 general; $20 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
A DAY ON THE GREEN• Oct. 4
Fundraiser concert featuring Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Darby Gould of Jefferson Starship, Barry Melton & Friends, Home Grown and Barry McGuire. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocated for Children (CASA) and Hope Haven West. 2 p.m. doors; 3 p.m. concert. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $40. (209) 578-5801.
PAUL J. KIM• Oct. 4
Singer and inspirational speaker also performs a youth concert for ages 12-18. 11 a.m. youth concert; 7 p.m. general concert. Our Lady of Fatima, 505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto. $9 per person with two cans of food donation. (209) 524-7421.
THE BLACK IRISH BAND• Oct. 4
25th anniversary show features Irish, Scottish, Italian and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional Western ballads. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15 general; $18 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
JAZZ CONCERT• Oct. 4-5
Featuring Barbara Morrison. Part of the 2014-15 Columbia Jazz Artist Season. 7:30 p.m. Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Dr, Sonora. $20. (209) 559-0565.
THE STATE THEATRE
ARCHITECTURE FILM NIGHT• Sept. 19
Program featuring a selection of short films about architecture, landscape, and design. Film Night is part of the 2014 Modesto Architecture Festival. 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. film. Free.
FILM: THE ONE I LOVE• Sept. 19
Romantic comedy from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell
FILM: “ REDEMPTION, THE NO KILL REVOLUTION IN AMERICA”• Sept. 20
Hosted by the Humane Society of Stanislaus County. 4 p.m. doors; 5 p.m. show. $12.50.
FILM: “STATE FAIR”• Sept. 20
The Frakes family visits the Iowa State Fair. A CareMore Senior Film series presentation. 10:30 a.m.
FILM: “CRIMSON PIRATE”• Sept. 21
Modesto Film Society presentation. 2 p.m.
FILM: “LOVE IS STRANGE”• Sept. 26-Oct. 5
After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home.
BRINGING THEM HOME• Sept. 27
Musical revue featuring real estate agents performing in a benefit to help families avoid homelessness. Presented by Coldwell Banker. benefit for Community Housing and Shelter Services. 7 p.m. reception; 8 p.m. show. $25.
FILM: “CHICAGO”• Sept. 28
Murderesses find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 2 p.m. $8 nonmembers.
FILM: “SOMM” AND WINE TASTING• Oct. 2
Wine tasting with Master Sommeliers Kevin Vogt (Mastery Winery, Yountville) and Joe Spellman (Junstin Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles), and a screening of the documentary film. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film. $35.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
“ALL MY SONS”• Through Sept. 21
Arthur Miller’s work depicting the relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics. 7 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $18-$30. (209) 532-3120.
“TRUE WEST”• Through Sept. 28
Bitter sibling rivalry surfaces when two brothers reunite. Written by Sam Shepard. Directed by Traci Sprague. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11 St., Modesto. $6-$12. (209) 846-0179.
“GOOD PEOPLE”• Through Oct. 12
American play about people who succeed and the “good people” who help them do it. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. (209) 536-1778.
“JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”• Sept. 19-20
Presented by the Hickman Honor Choir. Also featuring Songs of a Disney Princess. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Hughson High School, 7419 East Whitmore Ave. $5. (209) 322-9719.
“ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT”• Through Oct. 12
Play by Jeff Daniels presented by Murphys Creek Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Black Bart Playhouse, 580 Algiers St., Murphys. (209) 728-8422.
AN EVENING WITH TAYLOR MALI• Sept. 24-25
Evening of poetry presented by CSU Stanislaus. 8 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $15-$20. (209) 667-3959.
“I HATE HAMLET”• Sept. 26-Oct. 5
A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates “Hamlet.” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. $10-$22. (209) 725-8587.
“JULIUS CAESAR”• Sept. 26-Oct. 12
Passion, power, corruption, jealousy, magic and betrayal intersect in Shakespeare’s exhilarating telling of the story of Rome’s collapse from republic to dictatorship. Call for times. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. $20. (209) 549-9341.
MARK TWAIN’S “A MURDER, A MYSTERY & A MARRIAGE”• Sept. 26-Oct. 26
The zany small town of Deer Lick, Mo., is thrown into a frenzy when a mysterious visitor arrives. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday. Sierra Repertory Theatre -Fallon House Theatre, 11175 S. Washington St., Columbia. $18-$30. (209) 532-3120.
MIKE TYSON’S ONE-MAN SHOW• Oct. 2
Spike Lee directed “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” 7:30 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. (209) 337-4673.
“GIDION’S KNOT”• Oct. 2-11
Directed by Jere O’Donnell. 8 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-10, 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 11. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
ART SPACE ON MAIN• (209) 667-3959
Through Oct. 24, Art Faculty on Main. Gallery Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 139 W. Main St., Turlock. Free.
C’EST JOLI• (209) 324-7111
Ongoing, work by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CALAVERAS STUDIOS• (209) 754-1774
Sept. 26-27, Calaveras Open Studio Tour. Artists open their homes and studios for tour visitors. For map outlets, visit www.calaverasarts.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY• (209) 667-3186
Through Oct. 10, Max Presnell; Oct. 20-Dec. 22, Danielle Peters, artist reception, Oct.23, 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY• (209) 529-3369
Through Sept. 20, two-man show featuring the prints of Dan Peterson and the ceramics of Stan Holtz; Healing Journey “Hope” Memorial Medical Center’s Complementary Therpay Art program exhibit, Sept. 23-Oct. 25. 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 September, “Emergence.” 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 MERCED• (209) 658-0661
Oct. 18, Merced Art Hop. 5-9 p.m.
DOWNTOWN MODESTO• (209) 529-9303
Oct. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk, at various venues. 5-9 p.m. .
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.• (209) 667-7332
Currently exhibiting artists of the Central Valley in painting, photography, ceramics, prints and jewelry. Sept. 25-27, Yosemite Art Show. 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
Oct. 4-18, Tuolumne River Woodworkers annual show. Tuesday-Sunday; noon-4 p.m. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free.
MERCED MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER• (209) 388-1090
Through Sept. 19, “Range: County Artists across the Spectrum.” Art classes through Nov. 7, painting, photography, film making and kids classes, $50. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 645 W. Main St.
MERCED COUNTY COURTHOUSE MUSEUM• (209) 723-2401
Through Sept. 28, “Celebrating Merced’s 125th Anniversary” exhibit. Exhibit Hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 21st and N streets, Merced.
OAKDALE COWBOY MUSEUM• (209) 847-5163
Through February, “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
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT• (209) 581-1695
Oct. 28, Art Anniversary Celebration Gala, 4-8 p.m. with refreshments, live music, live art demos and guest speakers. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1222 J St., Modesto. www.peerartrecoveryproject.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.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS• 559- 658-8844
Oct. 3-5, Sierra Arts Trail Open Studio Tour, a self-guided tour through more than a dozen Yosemite area communities featuring a variety of media including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts woodcarving, ceramics and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. . $18 for two adults.
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
Oct. 6-18, “Gronk: An Urban Narrative,” Reception and presentation by Professors Kenichi Yoshida and Ramo´n Garcia, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. 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, #A, Modesto.
CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646
16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/
THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777
Sept. 19, Martina McBride; Sept. 20, Sublime with Rome; Sept. 26, Jim Gaffigan; Sept. 27, Diana Ross. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
CHUKCHANSI GOLD• (866) 794-6946
Sept. 26, LOL Comedy. 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
Sept. 23, Heart. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495
Sept. 19, Cover Me Badd; Sept. 20, Steel Breeze; Sept. 26, Chris Gardner Band; Sept. 27, The Spazmatics. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
Sept. 20, Isley Brothers featuring Ronald & Ernie Isley; Sept. 21, Banda S7; Sept. 27, Conjunto Primavera. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
Sept. 19, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; Sept. 20, Clean Slate; Sept. 24, Chad and Jeremy; Sept. 25, San Francisco Stand Up Comedy; Sept. 26, Summer of Love; Sept. 27, Shane Dwight. 19400 Tuolumne Road N.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
LAST COMIC STANDING• Sept. 22
Finalists from the TV comedy series and talent competition perform their standup routines. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $29-$39. (209) 668-1169.
COMEBACK COMEDY CO-OP SHOW• Oct. 3
Gabriel Iglesias presents Stand-Up Revolution, featuring Dillon Garcia. Special guests Gloria Magana, Eddie S., Ric James and Do Dirty. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. Club 108, 3119 Atchison, Riverbank. $20 advance; $25 door. (209) 204-1893.
TERRY FATOR• Oct. 26
“America’s Got Talent” winner who entertains with singing, comedy and celebrity impressions. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $65-$125. (209) 668-1169.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
“YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE XXIX”• Through Sept. 28
Exhibit of paintings, photographs, fibert arts, prints and sculptures interpreting the majesty of Yosemite National Park. Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY FOLK DANCING• Ongoing
Folk dancing lessons. 7 p.m. Fridays $7.
UKULELE JAMZ• Second Saturdays
Community ukulele strum and sing along. Open to all ages and skill levels as well as other acoustic instruments. Other acoustic instruments welcome. 10:30 a.m.
“JOAN MIRO: FANTASTIC UNIVERSE EXHIBIT”• Through Jan. 15
Exhibit featuring the colorful work of surrealist Joan Miró highlighting the artist’s exploration of printmaking showcasing 54 works. Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $10 general; $8 members; 12 and under free.
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING• Sept. 19
The Village Dancers kick off their 2014-15 dance season with a trip around the world. Beginning dances taught during the first hour; the second hour will be requests and/or intermediate dances. No partners or experience is necessary; anyone over 14 welcome. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. (209) 634-8843 or (209) 480-0387.
AN EVENING OF LATIN JAZZ• Sept. 23
Featuring the CSU Stanislaus Jazz Collective. Part of the Carnegie Jazz Series. 7:30 p.m. $8 general; $5 CAC members; free to CSUS students.
CRAZY CREATURES• Sept. 26
Participants can use all kinds of materials to construct imaginary creatures. Part of the Carnegie Family Friday series. 7 p.m. Free.
The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call (209) 632-5761. www.carnegieartsturlock.org.
DANCE DANCE DANCE• Sept. 21
Open dance, music provided. Preregistration required. No dance lessons. 6-8 p.m. City of Merced Recreation Department, 678 W. 18th Street, Merced. $20 per person. (209) 356-6298.
JAM ’N’ JIVE JAZZ DANCE CONCERT• Sept. 19-21
Celebrate “The British Invasion” featuring the MJC Off-balance dancers and guest dancers from local high schools and dance studios. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Modesto Junior College, Performing Arts Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. $8-$10. (209) 575-6776.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
GRAFFITI NIGHTS• Ongoing
Classic cars, Elvis, hula hoop contest, karaoke and root beer floats served by car hops on roller skates. Friday and Saturday nights. A&W Root Beer, 1404 G. St., Modesto.
WEDNESDAY GRAFFITI NIGHTS• Ongoing
Classic car show, activities, raffles and more. Wednesday nights. Velvet Grill & Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave.
MODESTO ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL• Sept. 13-21
Exhibits, walking and driving tours and displays showcasing Modesto’s architecture, landscape, public art, and urban design. Various locations www.modestoarchfest.com
49ER FESTIVAL, CHILI & SALSA COOK- OFF• Sept. 20
Parade, live music, booths and vendors, kid’s zone and chili and salsa cook-off. Free shuttle from parking to festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Groveland Free.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL• Sept. 20-21
Authentic Greek cuisine; live Greek music and dancers; marketplace; bakery shop with homemade pastries; church tours. Take-Out available. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. $14 adults presale; $17 adults at the door; $8.50 kids under 12.
HUGHSON HARVEST FESTIVAL• Sept. 20-21
4th annual festival honors the nursery industry. Event features chili cook-off, kids zone, food and vendor booths, fireman’s muster, classic-car show and live entertainment 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Hughson Free. (209) 883-0811.
MESOPOTAMIAN FOOD FESTIVAL• Sept. 20-21
Mediterranean food, live entertainment, art and cultural exhibits, games for children and raffle prizes. 2-9 p.m. Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 3005 Sixth Street, Ceres. Free. (209) 541-1660.
STANFEST• Sept. 21
Community carnival features carnival-style games, bounce houses, face painting,and other youth activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. Free. (209) 667-3815.
COYOTEFEST• Sept. 27
Event features parade, car show, live music, horseshoe contest and coyote howling contest. Music and beverages available. 10 a.m. Main Street, Coulterville. Free. (209) 878-3015.
FIDDLE & BANGO CONTEST• Sept. 27
The Fiddle and Bango Contest also includes a chili cook-off and poison oak show. Entry fee for fiddle and banjo competition is $12 per category. Spectators should bring lawn chairs, hats, sunscreen. Lunch, $5 for cup of chili from local teams competing in a chili cook-off. 9 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. competition. Columbia State Historic Park Free admission; $12 competitor entry fee. (209) 536-1672.
JAMESTOWN PIONEER DAYS• Sept. 27
Anvil shoot, street vendors, family games. Presented by Promotion Club of Jamestown. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Jamestown Free. (209) 984-0888.
PRIDE IN THE PARK• Sept. 27
Event will feature food, organized games (including a tennis tournament and 5K run/walk), vendors, a beer garden, DJ music and stage entertainment. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Graceada Park, Sycamore Avenue and Needham Street, Modesto. (209) 605-6685.
PUMPKIN PATCH AND CORN MAZE• Sept. 27-Nov. 1
Pumpkin activities including pumpkin bowling, 20-acre corn maze, hay maze, scary shed, sand box and tractor corral. Freaky Flashlight nights, Friday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Noon-dusk Mon-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. RAM Farms Inc., 716 N. Daubenberger, Turlock. $8-$6 maze; $8-$10 Freaky Flashlight nights. (209) 649-7078.
OKTOBERFEST• Oct. 3
Microbrew extravaganza includes a German bratwurst BBQ, live entertainment and midway games. 5:30-10 p.m. John Thurman Field , 601 Neece Drive, Modesto. $25.
FALL FESTIVAL• Oct. 3-5
Friday, pasta dinner and talent show. Saturday, blessing of the animals, food, games, entertainment and Paul J. Kim concerts, both youth and general, $9 with two canned food donations. Sunday, community Mass, followed by food and entertainment. 11 a.m., 7 p.m. Saturday concerts. Our Lady of Fatima, 505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 524-7421.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL• Oct. 4
Parade of flags, music, dance presentations, food and children’s craft. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. (209) 521-3852.
SOLAR FAIR• Oct. 4
Gathering of 11 local solar companies and two financial institutions. MID and PGE representatives, tours of Church of the Brethren’s 200-panel solar array will be offered. Presented by Modesto Junior College Project Green and Solar Everywhere. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. Free.
OKTOBERFEST• Oct. 4-5
Beer tasting, noon-3 p.m., tasting tent tickets $20. Live music, arts and crafts. Presented by the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Eproson Park, Twain Harte. Free.
PUMPKIN FAIR• Oct. 4-5
Featuring haunted house, car show, kids zone, live music on two stages, carnival and booths with pumpkin related activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Manteca Free.
“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
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Through December
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
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• Through October
4-8 p.m. Wednesdays. True Value Shopping Center, Corner of Ward Avenue and Las Palmas, Patterson.
TURLOCK CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Through Oct. 24
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays; 5-8 p.m., Sept. 5 and Oct. 24. Main Street and Broadway.
ANGELS CAMP FARMERS MARKET• Through Sept. 26
5 p.m. to dusk Fridays. Utica Park, Angels Camp. Free. (209) 599-5195. www.angelscampbusiness.com
BLAZIN’ HOG BBQ COMPETITION AND ZYDECO MUSIC FESTIVAL• Sept. 20
Barbecue, beer and wine, arts and crafts and live music by The Blues Box Bayou Band, Ron Bombardier and the Bayou Boys and Good Medicine. Noon. Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa. $5-$15.
CHILI COOK-OFF• Sept. 20
Modesto VFW Post #3199 12th annual event. $4 for chili tasting. Music by DJ Fred, raffle. Noon-5 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. (209) 538-1150 or (209) 537-3360.
THE SOIREE OF CENTRAL VALLEY• Sept. 20
American Cancer Society fundraiser featuring gourmet dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions. 6 p.m. Private home, 3440 Wycliffe Drive, Modesto. (209) 524-7241.
COMMUNITY BRUNCH• Sept. 21
Local chefs will partner with four local charities that support the kids of our community. Presented by the Costa Family Foundation. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $50. (209) 566-7803.
BIRTHDAY BASH• Sept. 22
Celebration of Modesto Junior College’s 93rd year and birthday celebration for MJC mascot Petey Pirate. Barbecued hot dogs and birthday cake. “Talk Like a Pirate” contest. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free, campus parking available $2. (209) 575-6619.
MCHENRY MANSION ANNIVERSARY DINNER• Sept. 26
Garden party with barbecued dinner. Open bar, entertainment, tours of the newly renovated mansion. Reservations required by Sept. 22. 5-7 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. $60. (209) 529-0406.
AUTUMN GARDEN PARTY• Sept. 27
Garden party fundraiser featuring food, desserts, entertainment and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit Days for Girls International. 1-4 p.m. Private location $15. https://hsppgardenparty.eventbrite.com
COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE DINNER DANCE• Sept. 27
CAF Central California Valley Squadron annual 1940’s USO-style dinner dance fundraiser. Music by Knight Sounds Big Band. Catered dinner, dance contest, no-host bar, silent auction and raffle. Advance ticket sales only. 5 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. dinner; 8-11 p.m. dancing. Modesto Airport - Hangar 1s $40. (209) 605-4313.
TEA FOR TWO• Sept. 27
Tea party fundraiser, hats encouraged. Benefit for youth activities. 2-4 p.m. Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. $10 per person. (209) 524-6841.
PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAM• Saturdays
Bilingual stories, Songs and Rhymes for Preschoolers and their families. Presented by the Cesar Chavez Committee. 10-11 a.m. Saturdays. Los Banos Library, 1312 Seventh St. Free. (209) 826-5254.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME• Ongoing
Stories and songs for ages 3-6. Storytime is followed by “Stay and Play, Play and Learn.” 10 a.m. Thursdays. Salida Branch Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7315.
WIGGLE WORMS• Ongoing
Stories and songs for children under 3. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 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
ODDS & ENDS
LEGENDS CIRCUS SPECTACULAR• Sept. 19-21
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presentation featuring over 100 performers and 85 animals. Animal Open House prior to performances. 7 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St. $15-$90. (209) 373-1400.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 1861• Sept. 20
1861 school lessons in the Old Columbia schoolhouse, music, costume dress-up and hand-cranked ice cream. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic supper and blanket or chairs. 4-7 p.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets, Columbia. (209) 588-9128.
LOCAL AUTHOR FAIR• Sept. 20
Local authors will be available to interact with the community and promote their works. 9 a.m.-noon. Stanislaus County Library portico, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7817.
MEMORIAL CAR SHOW• Sept. 21
6th annual car show in memory of Eric Wika. 50/50 raffles and giveaways.Open to all makes, models and years. All proceeds go to the National Marfan Foundation. 8 a.m. Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. $15 entry pre-registration; $20 entry fee day of event. (209) 872-5544.
BUCKAROO BUNCO• Sept. 25
McHenry Museum Guild is hosting a bunco party with light supper refreshments. No experience is necessary. Space is limited. 6-7 p.m. refreshments; 7-9 p.m. game time. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. $20 per person. (209) 678-8992.
EDGAR CAYCE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS• Sept. 25-Oct. 9
Informational meetings regarding Edgar Cayce study groups. Call for location. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Free. (209) 524-2468.
TUOLUMNE WRITERS RETREAT• Sept. 26-28
Classes, featured speakers, lantern walk to the cemetery for a Ghost Poetry Open Mic, local storytellers and literary performances. Call for schedule. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets, Columbia. $175. (209) 288-9950.
STORIES IN STONE• Sept. 26-Oct. 4
Lamplight-led evening tour of the Columbia Cemetery by costumed docents. Guests will stop at specific gravesites where stories of those who have lived and died in Columbia will be told by some very convincing characters. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Columbia State Historic Park $25. (209) 588-9128.
COURT TENNIS TOURNAMENT• Sept. 27
23rd annual tennis tournament held by the Children’s Crisis Center “Friends Group” Private location (209) 404-8883.
FALL HIKE• Sept. 27
Easy four-mile hike along the Tuolumne River hosted by the Sierra Club. Post-hike gathering; bring snacks and drinks. Dogs and children welcome. 9:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 549-9155.
MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE• Sept. 27
Tuolumne County Museum will join other museums for an open house commemorating National Museum Day. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Museum and History Center, 158 W. Bradford St., Sonora. (209) 532-1317.
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 St.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
Club meets Tuesdays, second Friday of month for dance. First-time guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Friday. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 nonmembers; night: $5 and $7. (209) 534-7663.
MANTECA SENIOR DANCE• Ongoing
Rock and 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
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
Workshops Wednesdays and Saturday Party Nights. Open to singles, couples and children ages 12 and up. 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Third Saturdays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $3-$6 per person; $20 annual dues. (209) 236-1628. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org
MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE• Ongoing
Sunday dances featuring waltz, Latin, swing, polka and fox trot. Refreshments available. 2-5 p.m. Fourth Sundays. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. (209) 723-0839.
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) 667-3740.
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND” AUDITIONS• Sept. 27-Oct. 7
Youth Entertainment Stage (YES) Kids and Kidettes are seeking students in grades 1-8 to be actors, singers and dancers for Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” No experience or preparation necessary. Production commitment includes weekends Oct. 22-Jan. 27. Call for date specific location information. 1 p.m. Sept. 27; 4 p.m. Oct. 1; 10 a.m. Oct. 4; 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Various locations $200 tuition fee, scholarships available. (209) 238-6850.
KID CRAFTERS WANTED• Sept. 30
Children ages 7-14 are invited to showcase their talents at the All Kids Craft Fair scheduled for Oct. 4. Application deadline is Sept. 30. Applications may be picked up at Stanislaus County Library branches. Stanislaus County Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7810.