What: SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT
When: July 27, 6 p.m.
Where: Baptist Temple Church, 705 Paradise Road
Info: The Southern gospel trio Solid Ground will perform. A freewill offering will be taken. For more, call (209) 523-2580.
What: FOSTER/ADOPTIVE PARENT ORIENTATION
When: Aug. 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: 101 Park Ave.
Info: Many children are in need of a family that will lovingly care for them. If you would like to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, attend the free orientation class offered by Sierra Vista Child and Family Services. For more information, call Vance Kelley at (209) 491-0872.
What: GUITAR CLINIC
When: July 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hendrickson’s Turlock Music Center, 223 N Center St.
Info: Speed guitar picking record holder Randall Padilla will be part of a free, half-hour guitar clinic for beginners through advanced players. Three teachers will each give 10-minute lessons to the group. Guitar picks and other prizes will be distributed. For more information, call Hendrickson’s Turlock Music Center at (209) 632-3927.
What: TUOLUMNE WRITERS RETREAT
When: Sept. 26-28
Where: Columbia State Historic Park
Info: The Sonora Writers Group is accepting registration for the third annual Tuolumne Writers Retreat in historic Columbia. The event features a Friday evening Ghost Walk with poetry reading and spooky stories provided by participants. The public in invited to attend. Saturday will include a full day of writers workshops and dinner highlighted by readings and music by the Devil Mountain Boys. Authors Row will kick off Sunday morning; the public is invited to come meet many local authors. Sunday also will include brunch, guest speakers and literary performances. Advanced registration is required. Registration fee is $145 if paid before Aug. 25, $175 afterward. Students receive a 20 percent discount. For more information, call Blanche Abrams at (209) 288.9950, Jill KLajic at (209) 743-8097 or go to www.sonorawriters.org.
100 YEARS AGO: Victor Hugo’s masterpiece “Les Miserables” was being shown at the Modesto Theater. The story occupied about nine reels, which is some 9,000 feet of film. The regular admission price of 5 and 10 cents would prevail.