Music and the arts
GOSPEL CONCERT – 7 p.m. Thursday, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave. Concert features Ed Hill, one of Elvis Presley’s backup singers in the 1970s and the voice that said “Elvis has left the building” after his shows, and the Songfellow Quartet from Gallatin, Tenn., plus the New Henry Family. Songfellows are celebrating their 60th anniversary; New Henry Family introduces Richie Hartsfield, who replaces retired member Angela Henry Cowell. $10 at door. (209) 538-3838.
LIBERTY QUARTET – 6 p.m. Jan. 26, First Baptist Church, 1511 Catherine Way, Escalon. Southern gospel quartet in concert. Offering. (209) 838-3213.
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“HAPPINESS WHISPERER” – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2125 Wylie Drive, #1, Modesto. Center for Spiritual Living presents Becky Wilber, the “Happiness Whisperer,” discussing the science of happiness and what it says about you and your money. Free. (209) 998-2319.
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION – Noon to 6 p.m. Sundays once a month, beginning today, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto. 3-year training by the Institute of Catholic Spirituality and Spiritual Training and the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, for those interested in discerning a call to the work of spiritual direction. Open to non-Catholics, too. Year 1, deepening your spirituality; Years 2 and 3, specific training for spiritual direction and practicum. Details: www.ICSSD.org or (209) 988-1508.
GRIEFSHARE – 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, beginning this week, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave., Modesto. 13-week seminar for those who have lost someone close to them through death. $15, includes workbook. (209) 527-4110.
E-SQUARED – 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 28, 2125 Wylie Drive, Modesto. Book study from Center for Spiritual Living is based on “E-Squared” by Pam Grout to shape your life and mind. Offering. (209) 648-3495.
DIVORCECARE – 7-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, beginning this week, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave., Modesto. Class for those who have been divorced or are separated. $15 for materials. (209) 527-4110.
GRIEFSHARE – 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 22-April 23, CrossPoint Community Church, 1325 11th St., Modesto. (209) 521-0181.
GRIEFSHARE – 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 23-April 17, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. Video, discussion and workbook on various topics for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. $20 for materials. (209) 567-3200, ext. 343.
ART OF MARRIAGE – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. For married couples of all ages. Child care available through sixth grade. Before Wednesday : $49 per couple; $60 per couple after that date. (209) 599-4058.
HEALTH FAIR – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19, Hindu temple of Modesto, 4801 Tully Road. Basic health screening, especially for people from India and Fiji, including weight, body mass index, blood pressure, pulse and blood sugar. Free glucose meter and supplies to those with high blood sugar. Contest for healthy recipe; bring recipe and enough food for 20. Contact Dr. Priti Modi to volunteer as doctor, nurse, medical assistant, etc. Free screenings. (209) 986-6656.
SPAGHETTI DINNER – 4:30-7 p.m. Jan. 25, Escalon United Methodist Church, Highway 120 at Brayton Ave. All-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, French bread, ice cream cup and punch or coffee. Takeout available. $7.50 adults, $3.50 ages 5-12; free for under 5. (209) 838-2020.
CRAB FEED – 6 p.m. Jan. 25, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Knights of Columbus annual crab feed; tickets: $40, from church office. (209) 918-2847.