MUSIC AND THE ARTS
SOUTHERN QUARTET – 6 p.m. today, First Baptist Church, 1511 Catherine Way, Escalon. Southern gospel group in concert. Offering. (209) 838-3213.
STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Gallo Center for the Performing Arts, Modesto. The Glorious Unfolding Tour features Chapman in concert with singer-songwriters Laura Story (“Indescribable”) and Jason Gray (“Nothing Is Wasted”). Tickets, $39 to $89 from (209) 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.
GOD’S KINGDOM – 7 p.m. Oct. 18 through Nov. 9, except Mondays and Thursdays, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. Evangelist Ted Baze speaks on “Connecting with God’s Kingdom” and includes topics on the restoration of God’s children and principles of God’s kingdom, among many others. Free. Child care available. (209) 538-1024.
NAVRAARI – 5 p.m. today through Oct. 13, Shree Ram Mandir temple, 3401 Claus Road, Modesto. Navraari are nights glorifying the divine mother, a Hindu celebration, which includes worship, discourses, songs and peace chants. Small girls, also forms of the divine mother, will be worshiped at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Vegetarian dinner served each night. Free. (209) 551-9820.
PARISH FESTIVAL – 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Road, Modesto. Music, dancing, magician, clowns, Elvis music, food booths, games and family activities. (209) 545-3553.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION – 10:30 a.m. today, Turlock Free Methodist Church, 2006 E. Tuolumne Road. Special service includes musical selections from past to present, greetings from former pastors, Bishop Matthew Thomas, conference church and civic leaders and a meditation on the theme “A Continuing Journey.” (209) 634-5535.
HEIFER PROJECT – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. Heifer Project Living Gift Market lets people buy goat, bees, chicks and heifers. The animals go to poor families in 125 countries, including the United States, providing them with milk, honey, eggs, draft animals and other resources to improve their lives. (209) 522-9046
HEALTH FAIR – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Modesto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1614 H St. Health and Wellness Fair includes 3K and 5K runs (begin at 10 a.m.), food demonstrations and samples, health screenings, CPR, ambulance and fire vehicles, children’s activities such as a petting zoo, bounce house, wall climbing and child safety tips. Free. (209) 606-4218.
SAFETY AND HEALTH – 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. today, The Well church, 2500 Claus Road, Modesto. Huge community safety and health event for kids includes K-9 dogs, CHP doing car seat checks, anti-gang info, karate team demonstration on bullying, exhibits for children, health booths, mascots from Modesto Nuts, Fun Works and McGruff, bounce house, obstacle course, free hair cuts for kids, face painting and more. Free. (209) 551-4463.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS – 10:30 a.m. today, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 915 E. Main St., Turlock. Blessing of pets by Franciscan friars of San Damiano. Free. (209) 324-1677.
BENEFIT BANQUET – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Modesto Centre Plaza. 65th anniversary celebration of the Modesto Gospel Mission includes history of the mission, past directors and people who have contributed to the nonprofit agency. $25 per person. (209) 529-8259.
CHRISTIAN PUBLIC SERVANTS – 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursday, Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. Annual breakfast honors Christians whose work and public service is marked by their faith. Honorees: Modesto Police Department Officer Jim Reeves, firefighter instructor and Keyes fire chief Bob Watt, Youth for Christ Tapestry leader Marvin Jacobo, and civic youth volunteers Vanessa Yee and Edgar Navarro. Six scholarship winners also will be honored. Vicki Mulvaney-Trask, former county and state teacher of the year, is the keynote speaker. Tickets: $20 at door. (209) 988-5597.
MEMORIAL, CANDLE LIGHTING – 6 p.m. Saturday, Lakewood Funeral Home, 900 Santa Fe Ave., Hughson. Gabriella’s Angels of Hope third annual memorial and candle lighting to remember children lost by miscarriage, still birth, infant death or other death. (209) 883-0411.