MUSIC AND THE ARTS
MESSIAH SINGALONG – 4p.m. today, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Sixth annual community singalong of Handel’s “Messiah.” For vocalists at all skill levels, or just come and listen to the music. Ginger Covert Colla conducting, Robert Stone on trumpet, and soloists Linda Carter, soprano, Jennifer Champeaux, alto, Bruce Merchant, tenor, and Richard Colla, bass. Singers should bring own scores, or can borrow one at event. Free. (209) 765-6388.
TONY BURROUGHS – 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Unity Church of Modesto, 2467 Veneman Ave. Potluck dinner followed by presentation on Burroughs’ latest book, “Get what you want: The art of making and manifesting your intentions.” Burroughs is founder of The Intenders of the Highest Good. $10 per person. (209) 578-5433.
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COLLEGE PLANNING – 9:45-11 a.m. Wednesday, Emanuel Lutheran church hall, 324 College Ave., Modesto. Ninety-minute workshop for parents of high school and older students given by Thrivent Financial on how to prepare for college. No product sales. Free. (209) 578-0926.
THANKSGIVING DINNER – Noon today, Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave. Thanksgiving dinner and fellowship for everyone. Free; donations welcome. (209) 394-02264.
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE – 7 p.m. Monday, Modesto-Ceres Sikh temple, 5743 E. Hatch Road, Ceres. Seventeenth annual community interfaith Thanksgiving celebration includes sacred music, music and words of thanks from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, pagan, Sikh and other faith traditions. Offering of vegetarian canned goods, other perishables, men’s clothing and financial gifts to benefit Inter-Faith Ministries. Child care available; refreshments follow service. (209) 484-5937.
THANKSGIVING PRAISE – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. Annual praise gathering to thank God for his blessings in past year. (209) 577-1604.
THANKSGIVING EVE — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. Family-friendly service with time of sharing thanks, bell choir. Child care for ages 3 and under. (209) 577-4110.
THANKSGIVING MASS – 9 a.m. Thursday, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1200 Maze Blvd., Modesto. Bring something symbolic, such as bread, wine or fruit, that will be consumed at your dinner to be blessed at the end of the celebration. (209) 524-4381.
NATIVITY FESTIVAL – 3-8 p.m. Friday through Dec. 8, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 731 El Vista Ave., Modesto. More than 300 nativity scenes on display, plus children’s activities and live entertainment from local performing groups. Free community event.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7, Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church, 333 S. Wilma, Ripon. Annual boutique benefits Bethany’s House, a home for women in crisis pregnancies. Handmade crafts include jewelry, cards, toys, ornaments, woodcrafts, crochet and knitted items, plus home-baked goods and breakfast or lunch for sale. Door prizes, more. Free entrance. (209) 522-5121.
LATKES & VODKAS – 8-11:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Annual adults-only event offers traditional potato pancake with different varieties to sample. The buffet also will include a large assortment of hors d'oeuvres. $30 in advance, $35 at door. Alcoholic drinks featured include a variety of martinis, flavored vodka — including blueberry, wild cherry and mocha — and red and white wine. Soft drinks and bottled water also will be available. (209) 571-6060.
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