Music and the arts
DOWN HOME – 6 p.m. Saturday, Christian Life Center of Merced, 650 E. Olive Ave. Nashville-based recording artists Down Home will bring country gospel music in a concert. Offering. (209) 201-6824.
PLANNED GIVING – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, College Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. “The Hows and Whys of Planned Giving” led by Community Hospice’s executive director Lynis Chaffey. (209) 522-7244.
CHRIST IN PASSOVER – 10 a.m. today, Covenant Grove Church, meets at Enochs High School, 3201 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. Ruth Rosen with Jews for Jesus will present similarities between Jewish Passover service and Jesus’ Last Supper. (209) 622-0164.
RAM NAVMI – 5:30 p.m. today and Monday, Shree Ram Mandir temple, 3401 Claus Road, Modesto. Hindu celebration honors the coming of Lord Ram, an incarnation of God. 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, celebration of appearance of Ram Navmi includes worship, singing, discourse and peace chants. Vegetarian food served daily. Free. (209) 551-9820.
BENEFIT RUN – 8-11 a.m. May 3, Tuolumne River Regional Park, Modesto. Register by Tuesday to receive free T-shirt. 10K and 5K run or 5K walk benefit Modesto Pregnancy Center. To register, visit www.modestopc.org or call (209) 526-1734.
CHILDREN SAFE UGANDA – 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Family Connections Christian Adoptions, 1120 Tully Road, Modesto. Meet Moses Ssebaggala, director of Children Safe Uganda, and learn about his ministry to help children in his native country. Refreshments. Free. (209) 524-8844.
WALK FOR LIFE – 8 a.m. April 18, begins at Eastridge Community Church, Briggsmore and Oakdale Road, Modesto. Annual nondenominational Good Friday prayer walk goes past family planning clinic where abortions are performed and ends at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Free.
COMMUNITY SEDER – 6:30 p.m. April 15, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Traditional Seder (Passover) meal open to anyone, led by Rabbi Andra Greenwald. $30 adults; children 12 and under $15. Also, Passover Shabbat Seder-style meal led by Rabbi Shalom Bochner held at 7:30 p.m. on April 18. Also open to all. $10 adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Must RSVP for either or both by Wednesday to (209) 571-6070.
LAST SUPPER DRAMA – 7 p.m. Saturday, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 2602 S. Walnut Road, Turlock. Re-enactment of Jesus’ Last Supper with the disciples, shortly before his arrest and crucifixion. Free. (209) 634-2222.
PRAYER GATHERING – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays through April 13, Centenary United Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto. Prayer gathering during Lent to spark awareness of needs in church family, community and world. (209) 527-5441.
LENTEN WEDNESDAY – 12:30 and 6:30 p.m Wednesday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Midday service will be formal, liturgical and evening service a contemporary one, all based on “Son of God” theme, with clips from the movie. (209) 667-7712.
SOUP SUPPER – 6 p.m Wednesday, Grace Anglican Church, 180 S. Denair Ave., Turlock. (209) 632-0788.
LENTEN MEDITATION – 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, College Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Several kinds of meditation offered. (209) 522-7244.
GLOW IN DARK EGG HUNT – 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Family event includes egg hunt, bounce house, Easter bunny, free BBQ dinner, face painting, live band and prizes. Free. (209) 529-3228.
HOLY THURSDAY – 7 p.m. concert and Mass, 7:30 p.m., foot washing, April 17, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Free. (209) 551-4973.
MAUNDY THURSDAY – 7:30 p.m. April 17, College Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Service includes Communion and foot washing. (209) 522-7244.
LIVE STATIONS OF CROSS – Noon April 18, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Annual event uses 40 young people in dramatic re-enactment of Jesus’ conviction, carrying of the cross and crucifixion. Hourlong performance ends with Jesus carried away to tomb and closing reflection by the Rev. Father Mark Wagner. Free. (209) 551-4973.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES – Noon and 7 p.m. April 18, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. 567-3200.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE – 7:30 p.m. April 18, College Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Tenebrae service includes reading of the Scriptures and joint church choir. (209) 522-7244.
EGGSTREME EASTER EGG HUNT – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19, The House Modesto, 1601 Coffee Road. Nearly 55,000 eggs hidden for children 12 years and under; special egg hunt for preschoolers. Inflatables, face painting, kiddie train rides, carnival games, live performances, appearances by Captain America and Elsa the Snow Queen. Free. (209) 529-7346.
EGG HUNT – 11:30 a.m. April 19, First Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Berkeley Ave., Turlock. Egg hunt, games, crafts, snacks, puppets, prizes. Free. (209) 632-9076.
‘PASSION’ MOVIE – 6 p.m. April 19, First Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Berkeley Ave., Turlock. Movie, “Passion of the Christ,” will be shown. Free. (209) 632-9076.