GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
GERSHWIN & BERNSTEIN ▪ Friday-Saturday, Oct. 2-3
Modesto Symphony Orchestra presentation of classics. 8 p.m. $19-$92.
COMEDY COMPETITION ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
Never miss a local story.
San Francisco stand-up comedy competition 40th anniversary celebration. 8 p.m. $20-$35
“DRACULA” ▪ Sunday, Oct. 4
L.A. Theatre Works live radio theater production of Bram Stoker’s “Count Dracula.”
“ANNIE” ▪ Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 6-7
National tour presentation of Tony Award-winning musical. 7 p.m. $39-$99.
UB40 ▪ Friday, Oct. 9
Reggae band from Birmingham, England, featuring the voices of Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue. 8 p.m. $59-$99.
“THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE” ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
David Payne Drama presents a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ best-selling children’s book. 2 and 7 p.m. $20-$40.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY ▪ Sunday, Oct. 11
Australian Christian singers, brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. 6 p.m. $19-$69.
UKULELE PLAY-ALONG ▪ Ongoing
Funstrummers ukulele play and singalong. 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.
GOLDEN VALLEY CHORUS ▪ Ongoing
Men’s barbershop-style a capella chorus rehearsals. 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Blvd., Modesto. 209-524-6139.
TURLOCK SUNSHINE STRUMMERS ▪ Ongoing
Brief ukulele lessons and tips. Other acoustic instruments welcome. 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free. 209-634-3311 or 209-667-2272.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
Sunday, Nov. 15, KnightSounds Big Band. 12:30 p.m. jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. 209-620-0285.
YOUTH CONCERT ▪ Sunday, Oct. 4
Concert highlighting the talents of the musical youths of Tuolumne County. Part of the Sonora Bach Festival. 3 p.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. $5. 209-536-6330.
YOSEMITE SONGWRITING RETREAT ▪ Friday-Monday, Oct. 9-12
Weekend retreat to educate and inspire, provide performance and recording opportunities. Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, Midpines. $325 tuition; $130-$535 accommodations. www.yosemitesongwriting.com.
SALON CONCERT ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Internationally acclaimed tenor and past regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition, Ric Campero. Part of the Sonora Bach Festival. 7 p.m. Private residence. $25 per person includes refreshments. 209-536-6330.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “GRANDMA” ▪ Through Friday, Oct.2
Insightful and smart comedy of intergenerational conflict and solidarity revolves around an eventful day in the life of Elle (Lily Tomlin) and her granddaughter.
FILM: “UNBRANDED” ▪ Friday-Tuesday, Oct. 2-6
Sixteen mustangs, four men, one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada.
MATH AT THE STATE ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
The Stanislaus Math Council hosts its first Math at the State. MATHS highlights interesting careers that use mathematics and follows up that presentation with a fun movie. Speaker will be Adam Sidwell, computer graphics artist, accompanying movie is “Toy Story III.” 1 p.m. doors; 2 p.m. presentation. $7 adults; $4 children 12 and under.
INDEPENDENT FILM AND ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ▪ Sunday, Oct. 4
Evening recognizing and honoring the work of artists and filmmakers whose focus is on the counter/geek culture. Hosted by Steam House Coffee Co. 7 p.m. $24-$100.
FILM: “THE WINE OF SUMMER” ▪ Thursday, Oct. 8
A frustrated actor travels to Spain in search of a playwright, a trip that unexpectedly binds him to a group of five previously unconnected people. Noon.
FILM: “HE NAMED ME MALALA” ▪ Oct. 9-16
Intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
FILM: “THE BIG LEBOWSKI” ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
1998 comedy featuring idiosyncratic comedy of mistaken identity, surreal dream sequences and unconventional dialog. 6 p.m. doors and cocktails; 7 p.m. film. $6.
FILM: “MEADOWLAND” ▪ Tuesday, Oct. 13
Suspenseful drama as a couple deals with the unthinkable in the wake of their son’s disappearance. Q&A with audience. Part of the monthly New York Film Critics Series.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call 209-527-4697. www.thestate.org.
“THE GLASS MENAGERIE” ▪ Through Sunday, Oct. 11
Tennessee Williams’ classic four-character play. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Stage 3 Theater Company, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $17-$25. 209-536-1778.
“THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE” ▪ Through Sunday, Oct. 4
Neil Simon’s comedic look at the problems of a middle-aged couple living in New York City. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St. 209-549-9341.
“ALWAYS ... PATSY CLINE” ▪ Through Sunday, Oct. 18
Musical play based on a true story about Patsy Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston names Louise Seger. 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $18-$32. 209-532-3120.
“GOD OF CARNAGE” ▪ Through Sunday, Oct. 18
Tony Award-winning play produced by Jon Dambacher. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Murphys Creek Theatre, 580 S. Algiers St., Angels Camp. $10-$20. 209-728-8422.
“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST” ▪ Oct. 2-11
Oscar Wilde comedy in which protagonists take on fictitious characters in order to miss some uncomfortable social situations. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. 209-725-8587.
ALOFT ART GALLERY ▪ 209-588-8604
Saturday, Oct. 10, Second Saturday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 167 S. Washington St., Sonora.
ART SPACE ON MAIN ▪ 209-667-3958
Through Saturday, Oct. 3, Darrin Martin exhibit. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 139 W. Main St., Turlock. Free.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER ▪ 209-668-3958
Through Saturday, Oct. 3, “Elisabeth Kohnke: The Perfect.” Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 135 W. Main St., Turlock.
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.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY ▪ 209-668-3958
Through Friday, Oct. 30, “Chad Hunter: a 20-year retrospective.” Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu.
CAROLYN HUFF PHOTOGRAPHY ▪ 209-572-2341
Thursday, Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 1-6 p.m. Thursday, with 1-9 p.m., Third Thursday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. 1224 K St., Modesto.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY ▪ 209-529-3369
Thursday, Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk. 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
Thursday, Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com.
DOWNTOWN MODESTO ▪ 209-529-9303
Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
GUSTINE MUSEUM ▪ 209-854-6455
Gustine Museum Historical Society quilt exhibit including archives of the historical society and old sewing machines on display. Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. 397 Fourth St.www.gustinehistoricalsociety.org.
HART LANE STUDIO ▪ 209-480-6950
Ongoing, Mary A. Scheinuck, Waldemar “Walt” Scheinuck and other California artists. Gallery hours: Open by appointment. 18091 Hart Lane, Manteca.
McHENRY MUSEUM ▪ 209-577-5366
Exhibits of a county recorder’s office, a general store and a re-created blacksmith shop. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free.
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT ▪ 209-581-1695
Thursday, Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1222 J St., Modesto. www.peerartrecoveryproject.org.
PRESERVATION COFFEE AND TEA ▪
Thursday, Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1030 J. St., Modesto.
REMEMBER WHEN ▪ 209-544-1385
Ongoing artists exhibit. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.
SONORA JOE’S ▪ 209-533-4455
Saturday, Oct. 10, Second Saturday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. 140 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.sonorajoes.com.
STILL SMOKING ▪ 209-574-0681
Thursday, Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1313 J St., Modesto. www.stillsmokingstore.tripod.com.
TREVINO’S BARBER SHOP ▪ 209-988-4612
Thursday, Oct. 15, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 909 10th St., Modesto. www.trevinosbarbershop.com.
UNIQUE BOUTIQUES ▪ 209-523-3000
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 4459 Spyres Way, Suite A, Modesto.
YOSEMITE MUSEUM GALLERY ▪ 209-372-0200
Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its 30th year with an exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 47 artists. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. daily. 9037 Village Drive, Yosemite Valley.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING ▪ Ongoing
Folk dancing lessons. No partner or experience necessary. Open to teens and older. $5. For information, call 209-634-8843 or 209-480-0387. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays.
TURLOCK UKE JAMZ ▪ Second Saturdays
Community-based ukulele strum and singalong. Open to all ages and skill levels, as well as other acoustic instruments. 10:30 a.m. Free. www.turlockukejamz.org.
“NEW BUNNICULA” ▪ Oct. 2-11
LightBox Theatre Company presentation. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. $8-$12.
YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE XXX ▪ Through Sunday, Oct. 4
Annual competition celebrating its 30th year featuring paintings, photographs, prints, textiles, mixed media works and sculpture.
ALPHONSE MUCHA: THE GOLDEN AGE OF ART NOUVEAU ▪ Through Sunday, Jan. 10
Selections from the Dhawan Collection.
ORGANIC DESIGNS ▪ Wednesday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Jan. 10
Themed, juried art show to coincide with the Alphonse Mucha exhibition. Preview reception, Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m.
The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call 209-632-5761. www.carnegieartsturlock.org.
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.
JACKSON RANCHERIA ▪ 800-822-9466
Thursday, Oct. 8, Gordon Lightfoot. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.
RED HAWK CASINO ▪ 888-573-3495
1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com.
BLACK OAK CASINO ▪ 877-747-8777
19400 Tuolumne Road N.. Tuolumne.
DAN ST. PAUL ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
“What’s Funny After 50?” solo comedy show. 8 p.m. Charity Way Ballroom, 645 Charity Way, Modesto. $20. 209-544-8156.
LAUGHS FOR A CAUSE CANCER BENEFIT ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Comedy cancer benefit. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. Urbano Bistro, 1016 H St. $10. 209-531-3517.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
OKTOBERFEST 2015 ▪ Friday, Oct. 2
31st annual Oktoberfest tasting event with a sampling of West Coast microbrews, California wine tasting and traditional German fare. Live entertainment. 5:30-10 p.m. John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Drive, Modesto. $25 advance; $30 gate. 209-577-5757.
INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
24th annual festival featuring parade of flags, international music, dance, food and children’s crafts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. 209-521-3852.
VFW OKTOBERFEST ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Turlock Veterans of Foreign Wars Oktoberfest with Bavarian music, beer with souvenir mug, bratwurst or tri-tip sandwich, German potato salad. 3-8 p.m. Turlock VFW, 1405 Linwood Ave. $10 209-202-7457.
WALKING DEAD ZOMBIE WALK ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Zombie walk and food drive featuring kids games, music, zombie photo booth, “Thriller” performance and zombie dance-off competition. 4-7 p.m. Downtown Sonora. 209-536-6316.
HARVEST FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11
Arts and crafts, craft-making demonstrations, musicians and dancers, kids’ activities and face painting. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St., Columbia. Free. 209-532-6604.
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN ▪ Ongoing
Oct. 3-Nov. 7, “Zombie Train: Evacuation” with special effects, live-action adventure complete with zombies. $35 adults; $25 children 2-12. Sunset dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check website for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. 800-866-1690.
VFW BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2801 W. Hatch Road, Modesto. $7. 209-537-3360.
VFW DINNER ▪ Ongoing
Friday night dinner hosted by the VFW Post 3199. 4-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$10. 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, 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. 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, 1405 E. Linwood Ave., Turlock. $2-$6.50. 209-668-9710.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS ▪ Ongoing
Livingston VFW monthly hamburger night. 5-7 p.m. last Thursdays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. 209-394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 16th Street and Canal, Merced. 209-389-4175.
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
Dinner, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner first Fridays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. 209-577-2298.
KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
First Sundays. 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, Main Street, Knights Ferry. $5.
TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT LUNCH ▪ Ongoing
Monthly luncheon. 11:15 a.m. third Wednesdays. Denair Community Center, 3850 N. Gratton Road. 209-632-0011. www.sirinc.org.
ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
7-11 a.m. second Sundays. Oddfellows Hall-La Grange, Main Street. $6.
SENIOR BREAKFAST CLUB ▪ Ongoing
50-plus club for those with upbeat attitude and good sense of humor. 8:30-9 a.m. Sundays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-576-0279.
MODESTO FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I streets. Free. 209-605-8536.
COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
5 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street, Columbia State Historic Park. Free 209-499-8273.
TURLOCK FARMERS MARKET ▪ Through October
Seasonal produce, fresh food highlighting local ingredients and hand-crafted items. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Downtown Turlock, Main Street and Broadway. 209-225-8177.
PROMENADE FARMERS MARKET ▪ Through December
Local produce, market vendors. 7:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays. The Promenade, Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road, Merced. Free. 209-389-4175.
SPAGHETTI DINNER ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
La Grange IOOF spaghetti dinner and raffle. 3-7 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall, Main St., La Grange. $10 adults; $5 children 12 and under. 209-853-2128.
LUAU AT THE LAKE ▪ Friday, Oct. 9
Benefit for the Merced County Arts Council and Multicultural Arts Center. Dinner, Tahitian dancers and rock ’n’ roll. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Lake Yosemite, Rotary Cove II. $35 per person. 209-388-1090, ext. 10.
FIRE ICE AND MAGIC ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Parent Resource Center fundraiser featuring dinner, wine, music and silent auction. 6:30 p.m. Private residence. $75. 209-549-8193.
ODDS & ENDS
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS ▪ Ongoing
Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. second Saturdays. Modesto Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1. 209-526-5868. www.cafvalleysquadron.org.
AIRCRAFT DISPLAY ▪ Ongoing
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road. 209-620-6312.
AIRPLANE EXHIBIT ▪ Ongoing
9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youths 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.
SUCCESSFUL THINKERS NETWORK ▪ Ongoing
Successful Thinkers Network-Modesto Learning Zone programs. 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 3848 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-712-8997.
SWEAT FITNESS ▪ Ongoing
Variety of fitness classes including senior classes and beginning line dancing. No registration or membership required. Monday-Friday; call for times. Centenary Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto. Donation. 209-988-5655. www.centenarychurch.net.
TOASTMASTERS ▪ Ongoing
Toastmasters club Daybreakers 1388. 6:15-7:20 a.m. second, third and fourth Wednesdays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.toastmasters.org.
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, Modesto. Free. 209-523-2800.
SUPER SINGLES ▪ Ongoing
Valley Super Singles weekly social time for singles age 50 and older. 5:30 p.m. first and third Fridays. Bel Piatto Restaurant, 1000 Kansas Ave., Modesto. 209-883-2685.
BUNKO NITE ▪ Ongoing
Presented by Oakdale Grange #435. Food and drink free. 7-9:30 p.m. second Fridays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. $10 per person. 209-556-8524 or 209-838-7421.
WRITERS GROUP MEETING ▪ Ongoing
Sonora Writers Group meeting. Call for location. 10:30 a.m. second Saturdays. 209-734-8097.
WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP ▪ Ongoing
Support group for those either writing for themselves or for publication. 5:30-7 p.m. second Tuesdays. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. Free.
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
The Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County meets to instruct, inform and educate members in the techniques of research. 7 p.m. third Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. 209-526-5009.
CAMELLIA SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
Camellia Society of Modesto monthly meetings. 1:30 p.m. second Sundays. Seventh Day Adventist Church, fellowship hall, 16th and G streets, Modesto. Free. 209-522-0147.
STORIES IN STONE TOUR ▪ Through Saturday, Oct. 3
Guests visit grave sites and listen to stories of those who lived and died in Columbia. Reservations required. 7 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson Ave., Columbia. $25. 209-532-3184.
MAPS: ASTROBIOLOGIST LYNN ROTHSCHILD ▪ Friday, Oct. 2
Lynn J. Rothschild, astrobiologist at NASA-AMES, speaks at the Modesto Area Partners in Science program on “The Search for Life in the Universe.” An astronomy open house with telescope viewing will follow the presentation. Free. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. 7:30 p.m.
CRAFTERS FAIR AND OPEN HOUSE ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
The Salvation Army Women’s Axillary 16th annual craft fair and open house. Homemade soup and cornbread available to purchase. 9 a.m-2 p.m. Turlock Salvation Army, 893 Lander Ave. 209-667-6091.
PUMPKIN RUN ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
Faustina Rosas Memorial Pumpkin Run, 1 mile and 5K. 7 a.m. Downtown Manteca. $30 preregistration; $35 day of event. 209-858-0999.
RADIO SALE AND SWAP MEET ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
California Historical Radio Society 16th annual antique radio sale and swap meet. 9 a.m.-noon. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free admission, voluntary donation from sellers. 209-324-3093.
FLEA MARKET ▪ Saturday, Oct. 3
Twenty-ninth annual Hornitos Patron’s Club Flea Market. 7 a.m. Hornitos Park, Hornitos. Free. 209-376-2320.
SCIENCE COLLOQUIM ▪ Wednesday, Oct. 7
Elizabeth McInnes, MJC professor of biology, presents “Darwin and his Wicked Dear Little Drosera.” Part of the MJC weekly Science Colloquium series. 3-4 p.m. Modesto Junior College West Campus, Science Community Center, Room 115, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. 209-529-5182.
FALL BAZAAR ▪ Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10
Handmade crafts, candles, wreaths, baked goods and preserves. Hot lunch available to purchase. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. Free. 209- 524-6841.
GOLDEN HLLS CENTURY BICYCLE RIDE ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Presented by Stanislaus County Bicycle Club with three different distances and routes. Ride benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. 7 a.m. Knights Ferry. www.stancobike.org.
FAMILY FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11
Holy Family Church third annual event. Singers, bands, dancers, magician, clowns, food booths, kids zone and more. 3-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Holy Family Church, 4212 Dale Road, Modesto. 209-545-3553.
HALLOWEEN HOME TOUR ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Omega Nu Halloween Home Tour featuring three decorated homes. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Various locations. $35. 209-606-9033.
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Modesto Junior College Agriculture and Environmental Science Division annual event. 4:30 p.m. gates; 6 p.m. event. Modesto Junior College, Agriculture Center for Education Pavilion, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $10-$15. 209-575-6214.
GREAT VALLEY BOOKFEST ▪ Saturday, Oct. 10
Celebrate the fun of reading with author presentations, workshops, cooking demonstrations, parade and performances. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, Highway 120 at Union Road, Manteca. www.greatvalleybookfest.org.
TANGO DANCE CLUB ▪ Ongoing
Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays. Urbano Bistro, 1016 H St., Modesto. 209-522-1571.
RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERS ▪ Ongoing
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; $12 annual membership. 209-521-7194.
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 Fridays for dance. First-time guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Fridays. 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.
ROUND ROBINS ▪ Ongoing
7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. $4. 209-526-4452.
TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS ▪ Ongoing
Wednesdays, square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. American Legion Hall-Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. 209-535-0479.
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK ▪ Ongoing
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. 7 p.m. Wednesdays and third Saturdays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. $3-$6 per person; $20 annual dues. 209-236-1628.
MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE ▪ Ongoing
Sunday dance featuring music by Just Friends and a free samba slide dance lesson. Refreshments available. 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. 209-723-0839.
YOUTH ENTERTAINMENT STAGE AUDITIONS ▪ Oct. 6-14
Actors, singers, dancers for “Doctor Dolittle Jr.” grades 1-8. No experience necessary; materials provided. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Martin Peterson Event Center, 720 12th St. Modesto; 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, Johansen High School, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto; 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, Mildred Perkins, 3920 Bluebird Drive, Modesto. $200 tuition. 209-238-6850.