FOR THE ARTS
BOB NEWHART• Today
Comedian and actor. 8 p.m. $39-$99.
Never miss a local story.
Explore the lives, loves, joys and challenges of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community in multi-film and multi-genre festival. Presented by PFLAG. 7:30 p.m. $15.
GEORGE LOPEZ• Saturday
Multi-talented entertainer in television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. Adult- themed show. 5 and 8 p.m. $39-$89.
EMMYLOU HARRIS• Wednesday
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 founder 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.
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
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.
RON ELY• Today
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 Advocates 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 Drive, Sonora. $20. (209) 559-0565.
SCOTTY MCCREERY• Oct. 5
“American Idol” winner, country music star. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $55-$69. (209) 668-1169.
YOUTH CONCERT• Oct. 5
Winners of the youth auditions perform, featuring youth guest artist vocalist Jonathon Bermea. Opening event of the 38th annual Sonora Bach Festival. 3 p.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. $5. 209-532-2441.
CHORAL CONCERT• Oct. 7
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$12. (209) 667-3959.
KENNY ROGERS• Oct. 9
7:30 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. $49-$99. (209) 381-0500.
MIDNIGHT ROSE• Oct. 9
Dixieland Jazz band. Part of the Ripon Arts League 2014-15 concert series. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $30 membership fee. (209) 599-7876 or (209) 599-3476.
WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT• Oct. 9
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$12. (209) 667-3959.
CARMAN• Oct. 10
Multi award-winning singer. 7 p.m. Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., Merced. $18-$25, VIP $100. (209) 383-2273.
IN MY LIFE - MUSICAL THEATRE TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES• Oct. 10
Musical biography of The Beatles. 7:30 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre,Stockton. $35-$55.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “LOVE IS STRANGE”• Today-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• Saturday
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”• Sunday
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• Thursday
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.
ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM TRIBUTE• Oct. 5
Showing of two of Robin Williams’ best films, “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Good Will Hunting.” 1 p.m “Good Morning Vietnam”; 4 p.m. “Good Will Hunting.”
FILM: “ONE CHANCE”• Oct. 10-17
True story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
“TRUE WEST”• Through Sunday
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.
“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.
“I HATE HAMLET”• Today-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”• Today-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”• Today-Oct. 26
The zany small town of Deer Lick, Missouri, 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• Thursday
Spike Lee directed “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” 7:30 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. (209) 337-4673.
“CALIFORNIA: THE TEMPEST”• Oct. 2-4
Cornerstone Theater Company from Los Angeles presents new work based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Includes performers from the theater troupe as well as locals. 7 p.m. Outside the United Community Center, 8900 Laird St., Grayson. Free.
“I AND YOU”• Thursday-11
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.
THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN• Oct. 4-12
Presented by the St. Mary’s High School Theatre Department. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday and Saturday, Oct. 11. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Lane. $10-$15. (209) 957-3340.
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
Saturday-Sunday, 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
Healing Journey “Hope” Memorial Medical Center’s Complementary Therapy Art program exhibit, through 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. 16, Third Thursday Art Walk, at various venues. 5-9 p.m. .
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.• (209) 667-7332
Through Saturday, 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
Art classes through Nov. 7, painting, photography, filmmaking 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 Sunday, “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 Ramón 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
Today, Jim Gaffigan; Saturday, Diana Ross; Oct. 11, Gladiator Challenge: Carnage; Oct. 25, JB Smoove; Oct. 31, Sinners and Saints Halloween Party. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
CHUKCHANSI GOLD• (866) 794-6946
Today, Oct. 4, Oct. 24, LOL Comedy. 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
Oct. 30, Josh Turner; Dec. 11, The Robert Cray Band. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495
Today, Chris Gardner Band; Saturday, The Spazmatics; Oct. 3, Cripple Creek; Oct. 4, Clean Slate; Oct. 10, Kumandae Miller; Oct. 11, Maxx Cabello Jr.; Oct. 17, Summer of Love; Oct. 18, Big Bad Boogie Rock. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
Saturday, Conjunto Primavera; Oct. 3, San Francisco Comedy Competition Finals; Oct. 4, Chieu Thu; Oct. 5, Chris Gardner Band; Oct. 10-11, Kenny Rogers; Oct. 12, Grupo Fuerza Armada; Oct. 18, Lou Gramm. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
Today, Summer of Love; Saturday, Shane Dwight; Oct. 3, Hip Service; Oct. 4, Mic Gillette Band-; Oct. 9, Notes for Notes Local Concert Series with Dyemusica; Oct. 10-11, Left of Center; Oct. 16, Sin City All Stars; Oct. 17, Rock of Ages; Oct. 18, Foreverland. 19400 Tuolumne Road N.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
Oct. 12, Geoff Baker; First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mike. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
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 Sunday
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.
CRAZY CREATURES• Today
Participants can use all kinds of materials to construct imaginary creatures. Part of the Carnegie Family Friday series. 7 p.m. Free.
SOCIAL DANCE: LEARN THE SWING• Oct. 3
Presented by the Village Dancers. 7:30 p.m.
The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call (209) 632-5761. www.carnegieartsturlock.org.
SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE PERFORMANCE• Sunday
Open to everyone 18 years and older. 2-5 p.m. Merced Senior Community Center, 15th and O streets, Merced. $8 per person. (209) 723-0839.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
COYOTEFEST• Sept. 27
Event features parade, car show, live music, horse shoe 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 activites 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.
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 - 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 month. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
MODESTO VFW HAMBURGER NIGHT• Ongoing
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger night. 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• Ongoing
7 a.m.-11 a.m., Second Sundays La Grange IOOF Hall, Yosemite Avenue at Main Street. $6. (209) 853-2128.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET• Through 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. 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, Main Street, Knights Ferry. $5.
TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT LUNCH• 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 month. Noon-5 p.m. The Yogurt Station, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 845-8113.
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; Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m. 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
MCHENRY MANSION ANNIVERSARY DINNER• Sept. 26
Garden party with barbecued dinner. Open bar, entertainment, tours of the newly renovated mansion. Reservation deadline 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.
WESTERN BARBECUE• Sept. 27
Live Western music, catered dinner by Doc’s BBQ. Hosted by McHenry Mansion Foundation Guild. 5-7 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. $35 . (209) 529-0406.
TASTES OF THE VALLEY• Oct. 2
Wine and cheese tasting event. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Fair Foundation and the California State University, Stanislaus, agricultural studies program. 6-9 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairground, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $50 per person. (209) 668-1333.
FIRE AND ICE GALA• Oct. 10
Parent Resource Center fundraiser featuring dinner, wine, music and dancing. Purchase tickets by Oct. 1 6:30 p.m. Vintage Gardens, 4342 Dale Road, Modesto. $75 . (209) 549-8193.
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
AIRCRAFT DISPLAY• Ongoing
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturday. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.
AIRPLANE EXHIBIT• Ongoing
Sept. 27, “Planes, Cars and Oh My!” Car Show, 9 .a.m.-3 p.m. $5 fee for spectators, children 6 and under are free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth 6-17; free age 5 and under. (209) 723-2178.
REO SPEECH TRAIN, TOASTMASTERS• Ongoing
6:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.
SWEAT SENIOR FITNESS• Ongoing
Aerobics, strength and step classes. Monday-Friday, call for times. Centenary Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave. $1-$2 donation. (209) 988-5655. www.centenarychurch.net
YOUNG AT HEART EXERCISE• Ongoing
The Healthy Aging Association offers group exercise classes for those 60 and older. Classes range from strength training, aerobics or tai chi. Call for information on class location and times. Healthy Aging Association, 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102. Free. (209) 523-2800.
SUPER SINGLES• Ongoing
Valley Super Singles weekly social time for singles age 50 and older, all are welcome. Call for locations. 6 p.m. Fridays. Various locations (209) 550-0919.
EDGAR CAYCE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS• Through Oct. 9
Informational meetings regarding Edgar Cayce study groups. Call for location. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Private location Free. (209) 524-2468.
TUOLUMNE WRITERS RETREAT• Sept. 26-28
Ghost Walk, Friday, 6:30 p.m. Classes, featured speakers, lantern walk to the cemetery for a Ghost Poetry Open Mike, local storytellers and literary performances. Call for schedule. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets, Columbia. $145 by Sept.1; $175 after Sept. 1. (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.
MEMORIAL HALL ANTIQUE FAIR• Sept. 27-28
Bi-annual fair features 26 vendors offering antique, vintage and shabby chic wares. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Memorial Hall, 18375 Fir St., Tuolumne. Free.
CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH• Sept. 27-Oct. 31
Corn mazes, haunted maze, corn cannons, cow train rides, petting zoo, hayrides, picnic area and pig races. Parking and access to pumpkin patch are free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Fantozzi Farms, 2550 Sperry Ave., Patterson. $3-$12 depending on activities. (209) 892-2015.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL• Sept. 28
Bilingual Mass 9:30 a.m., multi-cultural food booths, entertainment, kids activities, silent and live auction. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Mary’s Church Parish Center, Oak and Olive streets, Oakdale.
FOUNDRY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION• Oct. 2
160-year anniversary celebration of the Foundry featuring demonstrations, refreshments. 7-8 p.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 S. Main St., Angels Camp. Members free; $10 nonmembers. (209) 736-2963.
DARK MATTER AND THE RUNAWAY UNIVERSE• Oct. 3
Astronomer and teacher Dr. Alex Filippenko of UC Berkeley will presenting a MAPS talk titled Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe. Talk will feature a discussion of exploding stars, black holes, active galaxies, and cosmology. Talk intended for people over 10 years old. 7:30-9 p.m. Modesto Junior College - Mary Stuart Rogers Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Free.
HIGBEE HORROR HAUNT• Oct. 3-Nov. 1
Walk-through haunted house has real-life characters. Not recommended for children under the age of 13. Separate maze without the scares is available for children. 6-10 p.m. 2936 Veneman Ave., Modesto. $10 adults; $5 children.
HALLOWEEN HOME TOUR• Oct. 4
Omega Nu Halloween Home Tour featuring decorated homes of Halloween collectors. All proceeds benefit local charities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Various locations $35. (209) 606-9033.
AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE• Oct. 4
Kids activities, car show, plane show, food. All ages welcome. Presented by the City of Oakdale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakdale Airport, 8191 Laughlin Road. Free. (209) 847-1993.
LET’S DO LUNCH FASHION SHOW• Oct. 4
Fashions from the 1940s and 1950s and luncheon. Fundraiser supports the Tuolumne County Historical Society. 11:30 a.m. Elks Lodge-Sonora, 100 Elk Drive. $25. (209) 532-5253 or (209) 532-4227.
TUOLUME RIVER WOODWORKERS• Oct. 4-18
Tuolumne River Woodworkers Association annual show. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. (209) 667-2340 or (209) 847-1173.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS COMMUNITY FAIR• Oct. 5
Kids corner, petting zoo, bounce house, child safety tips. Food sampling and demos, vision and hearing screening, health and dental screenings. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Seventh-day Adventist Church, Central Modesto, 1614 H St., Modesto. Free. (209) 606-4218.
BATTLE OF THE PADDLES• Oct. 10
2014 Battle of the Paddles Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County Ping-Pong tournament and game room. Businesses and other organizations will compete. Advance tickets only, entry limited to those 21 and over. 6 p.m. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $100 per person. http://bgcstan.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 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.
DANCE DANCE DANCE• Oct. 5-19
Open dance, music provided. Pre-registration required. No dance lessons. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5 and 19, city of Merced Recreation Department, 678 W. 18th Street, Merced. $20 . (209) 356-6298.
CAROUSEL BALLROOM DANCE CLUB• Ongoing
6 p.m. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 Ninth St., Modesto. $46 members; $56 non-members. (209) 529-0965.
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 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.