Entertainment

Calendar: Events across the Modesto region

GALLO CENTER

FOR THE ARTS

THE SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS• March 13

Musical showcase of the “Big Easy” features a loving tribute to Louis Armstrong. Presented by the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $17-$89.

AN EVENING OF DANCE• March 13-14

Juline School of Dance presentation. 7 p.m. $10-$15.

MARK NIZER• March 14

Comedy and juggling. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35.

CINEMA TOAST• March 15

The magic and music of the movies, featuring Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and John Boswell. 2 p.m. $19-$59.

TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET• March 15

Chamber music featuring the quartet and Modesto Junior College music department. Part of the 2015 Guitarraganza guitar festival. 4 p.m. $20-$35.

“THE KITE RUNNER”• March 17

Fifty minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of this bestselling contemporary novel. Pre- and post-show interactive discussion. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25.

ALTON BROWN LIVE• March 18

Celebrity chef brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage with a two-hour show offering his unique blend of stand-up comedy, food experimentation, talk-show fun, multimedia lecture and, for the first time, live music. 7:30 p.m. $39-$89.

“CINDERELLA”• March 19

1980s adaptation of the classic story presented by Grace Davis High School. 7 p.m. $15-$25.

2CELLOS• March 19

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. 7:30 p.m. Sold out.

THE COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA• March 20

Featuring trumpeter Scotty Barnhart and vocalist Carmen Bradford. 7:30 p.m. $29-$69.

“MARIACHI GIRL”• March 21-22

Bilingual Spanish-English musical for children and family audiences about how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage. 2 p.m. $8-$15.

WOMEN OF IRELAND• March 21

Irish and Celtic music, song and dance presented by an all-female lineup of Irish step dancers. 8 p.m. $19-$59.

AARON MEYER• March 22

Concert rock violinist. 3 p.m. $20-$30.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

ALUMNI GUITAR RECITAL• March 13

Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 1 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Little Theatre, 435 College Ave., free. (209) 575-6776.

ANTSY McCLAIN AND THE TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURS• March 13

Relaxed tenor country singer and a storyteller and top-notch pickers who play cowboy jazz, Tex-Mex waltzes, country ballads and soulful R&B. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $24 general; $28 reserved. (209) 862-4490.

MANUEL ESPINAS GUITAR CONCERT• March 13

Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 7:30 p.m. United Presbyterian Church, 1700 Carver Road. $10 general; $5 students and seniors. (209) 575-6776.

RED DOG ASH• March 14

Featuring the David Thom Band. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $12 general; $15 reserved. (209) 862-4490.

MUS A’DOUS CONCERT: KAROLINA SYROVATKOVA AND DAVID CHAPMAN• March 14

Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 2 p.m. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road. $10 general; $5 students and seniors. (209) 575-6776.

EVENING WITH TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET• March 14

Part of the Guitarraganza 2015 guitar festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University. 7:30 p.m. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road. $120 general; $10 students and seniors. (209) 575-6776.

JACKIE BRISTOW AND ANTHONY EDWARDS• March 15

Center Stage Unplugged concert featuring Jackie Bristow and Anthony Edwards. Presented by Modesto Unplugged. 6 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. concert. Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St. $10. (209) 846-0179.

ELVIS LIVES• March 18

Elvis tribute event. 7 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. $35-$55. 800-745-3000.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT• March 19

7:30 p.m. Snider Music Recital Hall, CSU Stanislaus, 1 University Circle. Turlock. $12 general; $8 students and seniors. (209) 667-3958.

VANGUARD UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR• March 20

7 p.m. Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon (209) 599-6163.

CHORAL AND DONOR RECOGNITION CONCERT• March 20

7:30 p.m. Snider Music Rcital Hall, CSU Stanislaus, 1 University Circle. Turlock. $12 general; $8 students and seniors. (209) 667-3958.

“BACH IN THE SUBWAYS DAY”• March 21

Celebration of the birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach presented by the Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra. 11:30 a.m. Tenth Street Plaza, 1010 10th St. Free. (209) 575-6646.

SOUTHERN RAISED• March 21

Bluegrass music presented by Richland Ministries. 6 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1732 Miller Ave. Free. (209) 524-0922.

DAVE STAMEY• March 21

Western music with special guest Annie Lydon. 7:30 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. $25-$30. (209) 381-0500.

ERNIE BUCIO MJC MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER• March 22

Annual Ernie Bucio MJC music scholarship fundraiser featuring nonstop music. Noon-9 p.m. Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 11th St. Free-will offering.

FRANKIE BOOTS AND THE COUNTY LINE• March 22

Center Stage Unplugged concert featuring Frankie Boots and the County Line and the Dustbowl Children, country and Americana music. Presented by Modesto Unplugged. 6 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. concert. Center Stage Conservatory, Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St. $10. (209) 846-0179.

THE STATE THEATRE

FILM: “WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS”• Through March 13

Comedy chronicling the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead.

FILM: “QUEEN AND COUNTRY”• March 13-March 20

Follow-up film to John Boorman’s five-time Oscar-nominated 1987 film “Hope and Glory.”

SCIENCE ON SCREEN: “THE CARDIOID PROJECT”• March 14

Speaker David Richards, computational physicist presents lecture on stimulating the human heart. Film “Iron Man” follows lecture. 8:30 a.m. doors; 9 a.m. lecture; 10 a.m. film. Part of the Science on Screen educational series for middle, high school and college students. Free.

FILM: “BUS STOP”• March 15

Film adaptation of William Inge’s romantic comedy-drama starring Marilyn Monroe as a woman who can’t understand why she brings out the worst in men. A Modesto Film Society presentation. 2 p.m.

SCIENCE ON SCREEN PRESENTS DR. KEN ALBALA AND THE PHYSIOLOGY OF TASTE• March 16

Presentation will address the science of taste, and will include many of Brillat-Savarin’s discourses on the pleasures of the table. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. presentation. $8.

SCIENCE ON SCREEN: “MENACING MICROBES”• March 21

Speaker Beth Vitalis, biologist, presents lecture on “Protein Models Reveal Secrets.” Film “Contagion” follows lecture. 8:30 a.m. doors; 9 a.m. lecture; 10 a.m. film. Part of the Science on Screen educational series for middle, high school and college students. Free.

FILM: “CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON”• March 22

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. A Modesto Film Society Cinema Club presentation. 2 p.m.

The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org

THEATER

“INTO THE WOODS”• Through March 15

Story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Recommend for 13 and over. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. $10-$22. (209) 725-8587.

“FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS”• Through March 22

During an ostentatious wedding reception, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $17-$25. (209) 536-1778.

“GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES”• Through March 22

Center Stage Conservatory presents play by Rajiv Joseph. An accident-prone daredevil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. Performance on March 19 will be “pay what you can” night. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Thursday, March 19; 2 p.m. Sunday March 15, 22. $15 general; $10 students. (209) 846-0179.

“MARY POPPINS”• Through May 3

Mary Poppins arrives on the doorstep of the troubled Banks family and, using a “practically perfect” combination of magic and common sense, takes the children on a magical and memorable journey. March 5 performance features Ladies Night Out with pre-performance vendors, raffle and shopping. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday. Sierra Repertory East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $18-$35. (209) 532-3120.

“BYE BYE BIRDIE”• March 13-22

American classic performed by Downey High School. Reserved tickets available at showtix4u.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. March 22. Thomas Downey High School, Auditorium, 1000 Coffee Road. $10 adults; $8 seniors and students. (209) 576-4211.

“SEUSSICAL MUSICAL”• March 19-20

Favorite Dr. Seuss characters dance and sing. Presented by Big Valley Christian student performers. 5 and 8 p.m. Big Valley Grace, “The Venue,” 4040 Tully Road. $5. (209) 527-3481.

AN EVENING WITH SEELEY AND ROSS• March 19-20

Sketch comedy guest artist production. 8 p.m. CSU, Stanislaus, Studio Theatre, 1 University Circle. Turlock. $5. (209) 667-3958.

“ROMEO & JULIET”• March 19-29

William Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and tragedy presented by Modesto Junior College theater department. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Performing Arts and Media Center, 435 College Ave. $5-$10 (209) 575-6776.

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”• March 20-29

Farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the “Mayflower,” but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs, presented by the West Side Players. 6:30 doors; 7 p.m. show Friday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. doors, 3 p.m. show Sunday. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman $15 general; $18 reserved. (209) 862-4490.

ART

ART SPACE ON MAIN• (209) 667-3958

Through May 1, Daniel Edwards exhibit. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 139 W. Main St., Turlock. Free.

ARTIST STUDIOS• (209) 241-7130

April 25-26, Stanislaus County Artist Open Studio Tour, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost of map, $10. April 11, 17-18, artist studio preview shows.

C’EST JOLI• (209) 324-7111

Ongoing, work by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, GALLERY• (209) 667-3186

Through April 1, printmaking from Los Angeles, Ryan McIntosh and Daniel Rolnick, artist reception March 19, 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu

CALAVERAS ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY• (209) 754-1774

March 14-April 19, “ArtSpirit” the 18th annual High School Juried Exhibition with art from students at Calaveras, Bret Harte and Mountain Oaks high schools. Artist reception, March 14, 1 p.m. Gallery hours: 18 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 22 N. Main St., San Andreas. www.calaverasarts.org.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY• (209) 529-3369

Through March 21, “Young @ Art”; March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org

CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL• (209) 522-0935

March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com

CROW TRADING CO.• (209) 579-2173

March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1208 J St. www.crowtrading.com

DOWNTOWN MODESTO• (209) 529-9303

March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.

FIRST STREET GALLERY• (209) 667-7332

Through April 2, “Inspired by Nature” exhibit by Linda Abbott and Marilyn Wear. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 226 N. First St., Turlock. www.firststreetgalleries.com

GALLERY 909• (209) 667-3959

March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk, reception and artist talks, 5:30 p.m. 909 10th St., Modesto.

HART LANE STUDIO• (209) 480-6950

Ongoing, Mary A. Scheinuck, Waldemar “Walt” Scheinuck, and other California artists. Gallery hours: Open by appointment. 18091 Hart Lane, Manteca.

McHENRY MUSEUM• (209) 577-5366

Exhibits of a county recorder’s office, a general store and a re-created blacksmith shop. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free.

MERCED COUNTY COURTHOUSE MUSEUM• (209) 723-2401

March 19-July 19, “Promoting Merced: A County of Many Resources” exhibit. Opening reception, March 19 6 p.m. Museum hours: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 21st and N streets, Merced.

MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE ART GALLERY• (209) 575-6819

March 21-26, Modesto City Schools Youth Art Month show. Awards reception March 26 5-7 p.m. Gallery Hours: 10 a.m-5 p.m Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. 435 College Avenue. Free.

OAKDALE COWBOY MUSEUM• (209) 847-5163

Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 355 E. F St. , Oakdale. $1. www.oakdalecowboymuseum.org

OUT OF HAND CREATIVE ARTS CENTER• (209) 533-1309

Tuesday-Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 189 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.outofhandclay.org

PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT• (209) 581-1695

March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1222 J St., Modesto. www.peerartrecoveryproject.org

PRESERVATION COFFEE AND TEA• 

March 19, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1030 J. St., Modesto. www.preservationcoffee.com

REMEMBER WHEN• (209) 544-1385

Ongoing artists exhibit. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.

SONORA JOE’S• (209) 533-4455

Through March 28, “Between the Harps & Snakes” exhibit of Irish landscapes by Patrick Michael Karnahan. 140 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.sonorajoes.com.

STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION• (209) 238-1700

Through April 3, Interpretive Exhibition, “Think! Create! Share!” 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 1100 H St.

STANISLAUS FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER• (209) 525-5130

March 26, fourth annual “The Art of Justice Celebration and Fundraiser.” Child-inspired art show and sale, silent auction, artist meet and greet. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $20 advance; $25 door. 1625 I St.

UC MERCED ART GALLERY• (209) 228-4566

April 6-May 5, 10th annual Bobcat Art Show, artist reception April 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 5200 North Lake Road, Merced.

UNIQUE BOUTIQUES• (209) 523-3000

Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 4459 Spyres Way, Suite A, Modesto.

YOSEMITE MUSEUM GALLERY• (209) 372-0200

Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its 30th year with an exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 47 artists. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. daily. 9037 Village Drive, Yosemite Valley.

CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING• Ongoing

Folk dancing lessons. No partner or experience necessary. Open to teens and older. $5. For information, call (209) 634-8843 or (209) 480-0387. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays.

TURLOCK UKE JAMZ • Second Saturdays

Community-based ukulele strum and singalong. Open to all ages and skill levels, as well as other acoustic instruments. 10:30 a.m. Free. www.turlockukejamz.org

VALLEY FOCUS• Through March 22

Exhibit of paintings by Chella and photographs by Dan Kasser, a unique pairing and perspective on Valley themes. $5 nonmembers; free members.

INSPIRING WOMEN EXHIBITION• Through June 7

Members of the Pen Women, a regional group of artists, writers, and creative women, share their talents with an exhibition of artwork that inspires poetry.

ST. PAT’S DANCE PARTY• March 20

Certified Irish Step Dance instructor Glynis Gawn and the Van Dieman’s Band host an evening of Irish dancing, music and fun. 7 p.m. Free.

VALLEY FOCUS LECTURE• March 22

Informal gallery talk with artist/educators Dan Kasser and Chella about the current exhibition of their works in the Ferrari Gallery. 2 p.m. Free.

The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call (209) 632-5761. www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

CASINOS

CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646

16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/

THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777

March 14, Gladiator Challenge: St. Paddy Whack; March 21, Chippendales. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com

JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466

12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com

RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495

March 13, Colleen Heauser; March 13-14, Nathan Owens Band; March 15, Two Steps Down. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com

CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243

March 15, Taylor Dayne; March 21, Lavell Crawford. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com

BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777

March 13, Sun Kings; March 14, Shane Dwight; March 19, The Tour Guides; March 20, Twice as Good Blues; March 21, Chains Required. 19400 Tuolumne Road North.

COFFEEHOUSES

QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000

First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mike. 1126 14th St., Modesto.

COMEDY

LUCKY SO & SO’S OF COMEDY• March 14

Serena Gamboa, Aaron Kromann, Johnny Creal, Jason Williams and El Roberto. 8 p.m. Mariachi’s Restaurant, 2669 Geer Road, Turlock. $6. (209) 531-3517.

AN EVENING WITH SEELEY AND ROSS• March 19-21

Original sketch comedy with wife and husband team presented by the Department of Theatre, CSU Stanislaus School of Arts. 8 p.m. CSU Stanislaus, Studio Theatre, One University Circle, Turlock. $12 general; $10 students and seniors. (209) 667-3958.

FESTIVALS & FAIRS

LUCKY FEST• March 21

Valley’s largest pub crawl, featuring 25 custom pubs, games, live entertainment, dancing. 21-and-older event. 3 p.m. Downtown Modesto. $12.

MURPHYS IRISH DAY• March 21

Community celebration featuring pancake breakfast, Irish Day parade, bagpipes, singers, dancers, musicians, and jugglers. Kids activities including pony rides. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Main Street, Murphys.

FILM

THE WIZARD OF OZ• March 14-15

Classic movie presentation with pre-movie entertainment featuring Elaine Horn, look-alike impersonator of the young Judy as Dorothy Gale, exhibit of Wizard of Oz artwork and performance by the Stockton Portsmen Barbershop Chorus. March 14 showing is geared toward individuals with special needs. 1 p.m. doors; 2 p.m. film. Bob Hope Theater, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. $8 adults; $4 children and students with ID. (209) 337-4673.

FOOD & FUN

SWEDISH PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND PLANT SALE• March 14

Pancake breakfast and plant sale, proceeds benefit summer camp scholarships. 8 a.m.-noon. First Christian Church, 180 S. Denair, Turlock. $8 adults; $4 children. (209) 634-6635.

TEA & FASHION SHOW• March 14

“Spring Time in Paris”-themed Modesto Gospel Mission annual Tea and Fashion Show. 1 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. $40 individual; $75 pair; $350 table of 8. (209) 529-8259.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER• March 14

No-host bar and dinner. 4 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. $18 (209) 529-8259.

ST. PATTY’S DAY ROUNDUP• March 14

Traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. Entertainment by the Fiddle Gang. Presented by the Presbyterian Women’s Group of Columbia’s Church of the 49ers. 5-7 p.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St. Columbia. $5-$13. (209) 532-6604.

“THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES” MEMORIAL• March 15

Bob Hoegh “Thanks for the Memories” event. All coaches, former players and friends are welcome to attend and share memories and stories. Cold cut buffet will be served. 1 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave. (209) 408-0487 or (209) 604-2013.

STEP INTO SPRING BUNCO• March 19

McHenry Museum fundraising bunco party. Light supper refreshments, special drawing. Reservations required, space is limited. 6 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1401 I St. $20 per person. (209) 678-8992.

TWAIN HARTE A LA CARTE• March 20

Wine and food selections, live and silent auction, raffle. 5-7 p.m. Meadow Plaza, 23000 Meadow Drive, Twain Harte. $35. (209) 928-1616.

IRISH DAYS PANCAKE BREAKFAST• March 21

Annual Irish Days pancake breakfast with pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, juice, tea and coffee. 8-10:30 a.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 509 Algiers St., Murphys. $7 adults; $4 children under 10. (209) 728-3141.

BUILD YOUR OWN OMELET DINNER• March 21

Eighth annual “Build Your Own Omelet Dinner” including omelet, potatoes, biscuits, fruit and beverage. 4:30-7 p.m. Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon. $8 adults, $4 children under 10, children under 5 are free. (209) 838-2792.

SPAGHETTI DINNER• March 21

Knights Ferry Civil War Days spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Raffle. 5-8 p.m. Knights Ferry Community Club, Main St. $7 adults; $4 children 10 and under. (209) 847-6245.

FOR KIDS

DANCE CLASSES• Ongoing

Ballet, tap, jazz and Mommy & Me classes offered for all ages. Central West Ballet, 5039 Pentecost, Modesto. $10 per class. (209) 576-8957. www.centralwestballet.org

CLASSICAL CHILDREN’S BOOK CLUB• Ongoing

Group geared for children 8 and up. Each month club members will be invited to discuss various books, participate in crafts and watch excerpts from films. Refreshments available. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Second Friday Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. (209) 533-5507.

AT THE LIBRARIES

SNUGGLES CREATION CRAFT• March 14

Participants will create Snuggles, security blankets for shelter animals. Snuggles will be donated to the Stanislaus County Animal Shelter. 2 p.m. Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St., Riverbank. (209) 869-7008.

MODESTO MONEY MAVENS• March 14

Program offering insights into couponing with tips on saving money at the grocery store and more. 3:30 p.m. Salida Library, 4835 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7353.

HAPPINESS WEEK• March 14-19

Participants enjoy free compliments, inspirations and uplifting quotes and contribute to the library’s “Happiness Wall.” Modesto Library, 1500 I St. (209) 558-7814.

NECKLACE CRAFT• March 17

Children may create a lucky penny necklace to take home. 3 p.m. Hughson Library, 2412A Third St., Hughson. (209) 883-2293.

HOOTIE OWL CRAFT• March 17

Children are invited to fold and tuck to make a paper owl. 3:30 p.m. Waterford Library, 324 E St., Waterford. (209) 874-2191.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CRAFT• March 17

Participants will make a rainbow chain with a shiny “pot of gold” at the end. 4 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 664-8100.

FAMILY DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHT• March 17

Presentation of the film “The Lorax.” Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket. Children may come in pajamas. Beverage and popcorn provided. 6 p.m. Salida Library, 4825 Sisk Road. (209) 543-7353.

LEGO DAY• March 18, 25

All ages can build LEGO displays for the library. Children under age four are welcome to participate with direct parental supervision. 3:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St. (209) 558-7814.

CRAFT REDO DAY• March 18

Children, tweens and teens may take part in the library’s Craft Redo Day. Craft materials and instructions will be provided. 1 p.m. Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave., Keyes (209) 664-8006.

CRAZY CREATURE CRAFT• March 18

Make and decorate your own crazy creature from ice pop sticks. 3:30 p.m. Patterson Library, 46 N. Salado, Patterson. (209) 892-6473.

JUICING RAW ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES• March 18

Learn how to juice and the health benefits of juicing. 3:30 p.m. Patterson Library, 46 N. Salado, Patterson. (209) 892-6473.

“AS SEEN ON PINTEREST”• March 18

Crafters will use clothespins and wire to create wreaths to be decorated for any occasion or season. Program recommended for ages 14 and older. Registration is required. 7 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 664-8100.

TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE• March 18, 25

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers who are trained by the IRS will provide assistance with tax preparation. Space is limited and registration is required. 3-7 p.m. Riverbank Library, 3442 Santa Fe St., Riverbank. (209) 869-7008.

PAINT A MASTERPIECE• March 19

Kindergarten through third grade students and their families are invited to “Building STEAM with Dia: Paint a Masterpiece.” Refreshments served. 3:30 p.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave., Oakdale. (209) 847-4204.

CRAZY 8’S MATH CLUB• March 19, 26

Kindergarten through second grade students may participate in Crazy 8’s Math Club. March 19, to learn about coins by weighing, flipping, and rolling them. 4 p.m. Denair Library, 4801 Kersey Road, Denair. (209) 634-1283.

PAPER ROLL BUG CRAFT• March 21

Children may create a “paper roll bug” using paper rolls and personalized touches. 1:30 p.m. Newman Library, 1305 Kern St., Newman. (209) 862-2010.

FAMILY GAME TIME• March 31

Games, puzzles, activities for all. Old classics and new, featuring board games, card games, and games of skill and chance. 4 p.m. Turlock Library, 550 Minaret Ave., Turlock. (209) 664-8100.

All programs are part of the Stanislaus County Library system and are free to attend.

ODDS & ENDS

CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS• Ongoing

Antique aircraft display. Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Saturdays. Modesto City County Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1. (209) 526-5868. www.cafvalleysquadron.org

AIRCRAFT DISPLAY• Ongoing

9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturday. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.

AIRPLANE EXHIBIT• Ongoing

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth 6-17; free age 5 and under. (209) 723-2178.

REO SPEECH TRAIN, TOASTMASTERS• Ongoing

6:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Perko’s Cafe, 2120 Patterson Road, Riverbank. (209) 342-7358.

SWEAT FITNESS• Ongoing

Variety of fitness classes including senior classes and beginning line dancing. No registration or membership required. Monday-Friday, call for times. Centenary Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave. Donation. (209) 988-5655. www.centenarychurch.net

TOASTMASTERS• Ongoing

Toastmasters club Daybreakers 1388. 6:15-7:20 a.m. second, third and fourth Wednesdays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. www.toastmasters.org

YOUNG AT HEART EXERCISE• Ongoing

The Healthy Aging Association offers group exercise classes for those 60 and older. Classes range from strength training, aerobics or tai chi. Call for information on class location and times. Healthy Aging Association, 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102. Free. (209) 523-2800.

SUPER SINGLES• Ongoing

Valley Super Singles weekly social time for singles age 50 and older. 5:30 p.m., First and third Fridays. Bel Piatto Restaurant, 1000 Kansas Ave. (209) 614-4404.

BUNKO NITE• Ongoing

Oakdale Grange #435 presents Bunko Nite. Food and drink free. 7-9:30 p.m. First Fridays. Oakdale Grange Hall , Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $10 per person, donation. (209) 556-8524 or (209) 838-7421.

WRITERS GROUP MEETING• Ongoing

March 14, Sonora Writers Group meeting features guest presenter Salvatore Salerno. Call for location. 10:30 a.m. Second Saturday. Various locations (209) 734-8097.

CAMELLIA SOCIETY MEETING• Ongoing

The Camellia Society of Modesto meetings. All interested in camellias and seeking to learn about camellia culture are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Some meeting topics this season will include: bugs, square gardening, herbs and water gardens. 1:30 p.m. Second Sundays. One Church Bethel Campus Free. (209) 522-0147 or (209) 576-0831.

WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP• Ongoing

Support group for those either writing for themselves or for publication. 5:30-7 p.m. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. Free.

BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS• Through March 31

Ballroom dance lessons hosted by the city of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods department. 6:30-8 p.m. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. $42 for 8 sessions. (209) 341-2974.

BELLY DANCE FOR FUN• Through April 2

Belly dancing classes hosted by the city of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods department. 6-7 p.m. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. $45 for 8 sessions. (209) 341-2974.

“NEW STUDENT DAY”• March 14

Modesto Junior College “New Student Day” featuring enrollment opportunity for high school seniors, workshops on PiratesNet access and campus tours. Additional sessions and information for parents. 8 a.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Performing and Media Arts Center, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6789.

FIBER ARTS GROUP• March 14

The Studio 49 Fiber Arts group monthly meeting for those interested in spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting or anything related to the fiber arts. Visitors welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuloume County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. Free. (209) 533-0593.

TRIVIA BEE• March 14

Tuolumne County Trivia Bee, finger food and wine and beer bar. 5:30 p.m. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S Washington St. Sonora. $15. (209) 694-2727.

ROCK AND GEM SHOW• March 14-15

Mother Lode Mineral Society of California Presents the 49th annual Gem, Jewelry and Rock Show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $6 adults; children under 12 free with paid admission.

BIRD PRESENTATION• March 18

Central Sierra Audubon Society presentation featuring the program “No Birdbrains Here: The Latest on Bird Learning, Instinct and Intelligence” presented by Susan Schneider. 7 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road. Free. (209) 532-1106.

VIOLENCE PANEL DISCUSSION• March 19

AAUW presents a panel discussion “Ending the Culture of Violence on School and College Campuses.” 6-9 p.m. Martin G. Petersen Education Center, 720 12th St. Free.

ORDER SONS OF ITALY DINNER MEETING• March 20

Order Sons of Italy, Modesto Lodge #2021 dinner, meeting and program on “Italian Dance.” 6 p.m. Fleur De Lis Reception Hall, 3460 Oakdale Road.

MODESTO CAMELLIA SHOW 2015• March 21-22

2-5 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Gallo Administration Building, 600 Yosemite Ave., Modesto. (209) 537-9945.

HISPANIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE• March 21

Conference to expose Latino high school students to higher education, presented by Modesto Junior College. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 575-6698.

GROUNDWATER FORUM• March 21

“Groundwater in San Joaquin County: Challenges to Managing a Vital and Threatened Resource.” program presented by the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. O’Connor Woods, West Hall, 3400 Wagner Heights Road, Stockton. Free. (209) 642-5105.

BATTLE OF KNIGHT’S FERRY• March 21-22

American Civil War Association “Knights Ferry Civil War Days.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Oakdale. Free. (290) 402-1956 or (925) 321-2131.

SIERRA RAILWAY LECTURE• March 22

Lecture titled “Angels Branch of the Sierra Railway,” by Dave Connery. 2-3 p.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 S. Main St. Free, members; $10 nonmembers. (209) 736-2963.

A PROGRAM WITH KATHERINE JOYE• March 26

Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club presents a program with Katherine Joye who will discuss day hikes along the Highway 108 corridor and will offer sales and book signings. 7 p.m. Tuolumne Utilities District office, board room, 18885 Nugget Road, Sonora. Free. (209) 480-6194.

ORCHID MAGIC TROPICAL PLANT SHOW• April 11-12

Tropical Plant Society of Modesto presents 35th annual show and sale. Orchid and tropical plant exhibits, potting demonstrations. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Stanislaus Union Elementary School, 1931 Kiernan Ave. Free. (209) 545-0814.

TURLOCK GARDEN CLUB GARDEN TOUR• April 11

Third annual Garden Tour featuring seven gardens within Turlock and Denair. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Various locations. $20 adults; $20 children. (209) 620-0406.

Dance Clubs:

RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERS• Ongoing

Dancing and socializing. Different themes monthly. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; $12 annual membership. (209) 521-7194.

TURLOCK SENIOR CENTER DANCE• Ongoing

7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill St.

FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB• Ongoing

Club meets Tuesdays, second Friday of month for dance. First-time guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Friday. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 nonmembers; night: $5 and $7. (209) 534-7663.

MANTECA SENIOR DANCE• Ongoing

Rock and country band. 1-4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.

USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCING• Ongoing

Monthly dances. 7-10 p.m. second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.

MODESTO BALLROOM DANCE CLUB• Ongoing

Ballroom dances and lesson. 7-10:30 p.m. third Fridays. Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., Modesto. $5 members, $10 for nonmembers. (209) 814-6701. www.modestoballroomclub.org

ROUND ROBINS• Ongoing

7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.

TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS• Ongoing

Wednesdays, square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. American Legion Hall - Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. www.facebook.com/turlock.steppinpards

SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCK• Ongoing

Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Fridays; 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Hughson Senior Center, 2307 Fourth St. $2 door; $8 membership. (209) 538-0362.

SKIRTS N’ FLIRTS SQUARE DANCE CLUB• Ongoing

Workshops Wednesdays and Saturday Party Nights. Open to singles, couples and children ages 12 and up. 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Third Saturdays. Oakdale Grange Hall , Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $3-$6 per person; $20 annual dues. (209) 236-1628. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org

MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE• Ongoing

Sunday dances featuring waltz, Latin, swing, polka and fox trot. Refreshments available. 2-5 p.m. Fourth Sundays. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. (209) 723-0839.

TALENT

COMMUNITY BAND• Ongoing

A college-community concert band looking for experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players to join. 7 p.m. Mondays. California State University, Stanislaus, music building, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3740.

MARY POPPINS AUDITIONS• March 14-31

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company auditions for students grades 7-12 for “Mary Poppins.” No experience necessary, audition materials provided. For locations and times, visit www.yescompany.org. Various locations.

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