PRAISE SONG – 7 p.m. Aug. 22, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont, Modesto. Evening of praise and gospel celebration featuring Praise Song, a gospel group lead by former New York Mets pitcher Rick Baldwin. Free. (209) 524-6841.
AMANDA HENRY – 7 p.m. Aug. 23, Richland Faith Assembly of God, 1201 Richland Ave., Ceres. Amanda Henry, who has sung with the Herb Henry Family for more than 20 years, will perform songs from her new solo project, “The Climb.” She has recorded 12 projects with her family; this is her first solo effort. Offering. (209) 538-3838.
BEGINNING TAI CHI – 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave. Six-week class for beginners of tai chi, a low-impact exercise that helps with flexibility, coordination, stress relief and focus. Free. (209) 394-2264.
GRIEFSHARE FOR WOMEN – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, CrossPoint Community Church, 1325 11th St., Modesto. Griefshare classes run through Nov. 12 and will use videos and workbooks to help people deal with the loss of a loved one. (209) 521-0181.
HOW GRATITUDE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE – 11:15 a.m. to 12:14 p.m. today, Center for Spiritual Living Modesto, 2125 Wylie Dr., Modesto. Workshop geared to helping people feel more joyful, peaceful, optimistic and healthy. Facilitated by Rev. Clancy Blakemore, author of “Rx for Joy ... 365 Gratitude Affirmations.” Offering. (209) 648-3495.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY – Times vary beginning week of Sept. 7, Grace Lutheran Church, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave, Modesto. Nine-week course meeting once each week is a biblically based curriculum on handling money with video from Dave Ramsey. Sign up by today to receive discount on class materials. (209) 522-8890.
BAPTISM SERVICE – 12:45 p.m. today, river at Jacob Meyers Park, Riverbank. Well Community Fellowship in Modesto will baptize 30 people followed by a barbecue, concluding at 4 p.m. (209) 556-7551.
CHICKEN BARBECUE DINNER – 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church community center, 1416 Maze Blvd., Modesto. St. Vincent De Paul Ministry fundraiser will sponsor children in the parish in need of school clothing and other assistance. $6 age 12 and under, $12 adults. (209) 524-4381.
TOUCH-A-TRUCK AT THE COVE – 2-6 p.m. Aug. 16, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. Truck enthusiasts can get an up close look at a variety of trucks and vehicles from local law enforcement and service agencies, including a helicopter from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, SWAT truck and cruiser from the Modesto Police Department SWAT truck and trucks from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority. MPD K-9 unit demonstrations will be offered with bounce houses and refreshments (for sale). Proceeds benefit Calvary Chaplaincy, which provides chaplains to serve local law enforcement agencies. Free. (209) 567-3200.