MUSIC AND ARTS
BIG-BAND GOSPEL -- 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Magnolia Elementary School auditorium, 739 Magnolia Ave., Oakdale. Concert features big-band gospel music by Jazz Unlimited with guest vocalist Scott Butler. Tickets, at door, $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students, free for children under 12. 847-1807.
BEENE FAMILY -- 7 p.m. Friday, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave. Beene Family from Tennessee and the Richland Trio from Ceres in Southern gospel concert. Offering. 538-3838.
DEBT FREE -- 6 p.m. April 19, Connecting Point Church of the Nazarene, 3200 E. Monte Vista Ave., Denair. Gospel group to perform. Offering. 667-2730.
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IMMACULEE ILIBAGIZA -- Tickets go on sale April 20 for February 2010 event at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 671 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced. Ilibagiza is a Rwandan genocide survivor whose story has been told in books and on public television. Only 1,000 tickets available. $25 each. 383-3924.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, Lake Don Pedro Baptist Church, 4175 Abeto St., La Grange. 13-week class features videotapes of Dave Ramsey, nationally known financial expert, with tips on how to get out of debt and build wealth. $93. 852-9282.
MARRIAGE CONFERENCE -- 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 18, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. "Marriage for All Seasons" teaches how to have a marriage that thrives. Guest speakers include Clint and Penny Bragg from Florida. $40 per couple, includes lunch Friday. 567-3299, ext. 337.
FINANCIAL WORKSHOP -- 5-9 p.m. April 19 and 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 20, Grace Community Church, 3754 E. Service Road, Ceres. Dave Bragonier with Barnabas Financial Ministry to conduct workshop. $30 singles, $35 married couples. 531-1902.
TOWN HALL HOPE -- 5 p.m. April 23, Davis Park Church of Christ, 901 W. Rumble Road, Modesto, for live simulcast, or 7 p.m. April 23 for rebroadcast at Redeemer Church, 1328 H St., Modesto. Christian financial expert Dave Ramsey will hold simulcast meeting called "Town Hall for Hope," to speak on the current economy and your money, and will answer questions from around the country submitted by phone, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and more. Free. www.townhallforhope.com.
GETTING MARRIED -- 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. April 25, Mill Creek Church, 147 Auto Center Court, Modesto. Class sponsored by Marriage Resource Center is called "How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk or Jerkette." Cost is $20, which includes morning snack and lunch. 606-0772.
FIRST CENTURY -- 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 19, Escalon First Baptist Church, 1511 Catherine Way. Wade and Jennifer Burleigh of First Century Ministries utilize woodworking, metalworking and pottery to create art and relate Scripture to everyday life. Offering. 838-3213.
SPRING CONVENTION -- April 25, Modesto Centre Plaza, 1150 Ninth St. Annual regional convention of Businessmen's Fellowship U.S.A. will be held. Keynote speakers at Christian organization's event at 1:30 and 6 p.m. services will be Buddy and Veronica McGlothlin from West Virginia. Meetings are free and nondenominational. 754-3280.
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