BENEFIT CONCERT: Jeshua Franklin & Friends, accompanied by Dr. Yan Yan Chan on the piano, will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at Christian Reformed Church, 2620 College Ave. Proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Greater Modesto. The performance will feature instrumental and vocal music from many styles and time periods. Guests at the performance will include students and faculty from Modesto Junior College and other musicians from the community.
YOUTH FUND-RAISER: A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning youth support group garage sale will be held Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at College Avenue Congregational Church, 1341 College Ave.
FOLKLORIC DANCE PRESENTATION: Casa Cultural presents the fifth annual Festival del Folklor Mexicano "Recordando el Pasado" on Saturday. The performance will be at 7 p.m. at the Modesto High School Auditorium, 18 H St. There will be a special performance by Alejandro Solis de Chihuahua, Mexico. Advance tickets are $8; $10 at the door. Tickets are available by calling 552-9223. For more information, call 524-1054.
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YMCA SUMMER FUN SUMMIT DAY: YMCA of Stanislaus County is hosting its first YMCA Summer FUN Summit Day on Saturday. The free community event will provide information on summer recreation services for children and families. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the YMCA, 2700 McHenry Ave. For more information, contact Linda Bourcier at 578-9622, ext. 18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: An inaugural pancake breakfast will be held Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at Enochs High School cafeteria, 3201 Sylvan Ave. Tickets are $5, with children under 7 free. All proceeds benefit Enochs' athletic programs. For more information, call Traci Robertson at 552-8986.
CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH: The Modesto Breakfast Lions will present its 20th annual Champagne Brunch on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sylvan Clubhouse, 2445 Sylvan Ave. The breakfast will feature chicken crepes, scrambled eggs, sausage, muffins, fresh fruit salad, champagne and other beverages. Takeout is available. Cost is $10; $5 for children under 12. For more information or tickets, call 523-6865 or 523-5784. Tickets also can be purchased at the door. Proceeds benefit the club's sight, hearing and youth projects.
YOUTH THEATER PERFORMANCE: The La Loma Youth Theater presents "Wash Your Troubles Away or ... Dirty Deeds Come Clean." The play, directed by Kaye Osborn and Katie Griffith, will be performed Wednesday and May 23 at Johansen High School Theater, 641 Norseman Drive. Performances begin at 7 p.m.; the box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. The May 23 show will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. For more information, contact Kaye Osborn at email@example.com.
OPEN GYM VOLLEYBALL: The city's Recreation Department is hosting an Open Gym volleyball program Tuesdays through June 24 at Central Valley High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Three courts will be set up to accommodate beginning, intermediate and advanced players. A coach will be there to help with technique and rules. The fee is $3 per evening. Register at the door. For more information, call Cambria Pollinger at 538-5782.
SPRING HERBS: Lorina Cajias from Lorina's Edible Garden is doing an herb presentation on the patio at Hula's on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hula's is on Highway 120 at David Avenue. For more information, call 402-7567.
ROTARY MEETING: The Oakdale Sunrise Rotary will meet Friday at 7 a.m. at Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Bob Phelan, field representative for Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, will be the guest speaker. For more information or for reservations, call Christopher Hempleman at 404-9970.
FREE CONCERT: The Hilmar Community Band will perform in Crane Park, at Colorado and Canal streets, for its annual "Concert in the Park" at noon Saturday. Admission is free. Bring the family, lawn chairs and a picnic lunch, and celebrate the centennial. For more information, contact the Turlock City Arts Commission at 668-5599, ext. 4615.
SCHOOL ORIENTATION: School in the Valley will hold spring orientations for seventh- and eighth-grade students wishing to apply for the fall semester. The orientations will be held by appointment only starting Monday through May 23. School in the Valley is a charter school program whose students will attend class at Einstein Acres in Turlock and a local school campus. School in the Valley is a rigorous multisubject science program. The instructor, Diane Sugerman, is a former Peace Corps volunteer and speaks Spanish fluently. Her students will study ag science, California water, Central Valley environment, garden basics and business, animal care, meteorology, physical education, health, art and more. Students are expected to participate in a local 4-H program of their choice for leadership experience. The 25 students at School in the Valley will be involved in organic gardening and a subscription garden business. School in the Valley charges no tuition. For more information or to apply before May 23, call 634-6467.
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