Entertainment

Calendar: Events across the Modesto region

GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

THE LAST DANCE ▪  May 5

Presented by Central Catholic Dance Program. 7 p.m. $14-$18.

LEWIS BLACK ▪  May 5

Comedian. 8 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $39-$79.

THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA ▪  May 7

Children’s theater. 2 p.m. Foster Family Theater. $8-$15.

MSO: NIGHT AT THE OPERA ▪  May 12-13

Modesto Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. both nights. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $19-$92.

PURPLE REIGN ▪  May 18-20

5678 Dance Studio presents its 23rd recital. 6:30 p.m. May 18, 2 p.m. May 20. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater.

RAMON AYALA ▪  May 26

The “King of the Accordion,” musician, vocalist, and songwriter. 8 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $49-$99.

DAVE BENNETT ▪  May 27

Clarinet sensation’s tribute to Benny Goodman. 7 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater. $39-$49.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Call 209-338-2100.

www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

UKULELE JAM ▪  Ongoing

Funstrummers. Songbooks provided. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. 209-505-3216. www.Funstrummers.com.

UKULELE BEGINNERS ▪  Ongoing

Funstrummers. 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Lesson, play-along. First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St. at I Street. 209-505-3216. www.Funstrummers.com.

GOLDEN VALLEY CHORUS ▪  Ongoing

Men’s barbershop-style a cappella chorus rehearsals. 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Blvd., Modesto. 209-524-6139.

MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY ▪  Ongoing

May 21, Martin Martinez Big Band; June 18, The Cocuzzi Trio; July 16, B-Sharp & The Axxidentals; Aug. 20, Fulton Street Jazzz Band. 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12.

TURLOCK SUNSHINE STRUMMERS ▪  Ongoing

Brief ukulele lessons and tips. Other acoustic instruments welcome. 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free. 209-634-3311 or 209-667-2272.

FUNSTRUMMERS UKULELE BAND ▪  Ongoing

9:15 a.m.-noon Fridays Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. Info: 209-505-3216; www.Funstrummers.com

STEVIE RAY TRIBUTE SHOW ▪  May 6

Dave Sousa and friends, Lovestruck featuring Catfish Daniels. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show. The Portal, 1324 Coldwell Ave., Modesto. $10; bar proceeds benefit Hope Haven West. 209-402-7900.

“MUSICAL POTPOURRI” ▪  May 6

Downtown Music Series presents electric concert featuring First United Methodist Church musicians. 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Chapel, 850 16th Street, Modesto. $10. 209-522-9046

MOUNTAIN MELODY WOMEN'S CHORUS ▪  May 6-13

Chorus presents Colors of Spring concert series. 2:30 p.m. May 6 at Ayrael Vieux Winery in Douglas Flat; 4 p.m. May 7 at La Contenta, Valley Springs; 4 p.m. May 13, Union Congregational Church, Angels Camp. $10. www.mountainmelody.org

LETS CELEBRATE LIFE - A REUNION OF SOULS ▪  May 13

All Star Band. 5 p.m. doors, 6 p.m. show. The Portal, 1324 Coldwell Ave., Modesto. $10; bar proceeds benefit Hope Haven West. 209-402-7900.

MUSIC AT THE GMC: PAINTED WOOD ▪  May 20

Music that incorporates storytelling, opera, classic Israeli songwriting, and lyrics in English and Hebrew. 7:30 p.m. Gottschalk Music Center, recital hall, 1502 E St., Modesto. $15; free age 12 and under. 209-543-5306.

ARMED FORCES DAY CONCERT ▪  May 20

Voices for the King perform 7 p.m. Ripon Christian High School Performing Arts Center, 435 Maple Ave., Ripon. Voices for the King performs in recognition of national armed service members, local law enforcement and fire department members. Color guard presentation. Free. www.modestounplugged.com.

ZYDECO DANCE PARTY ▪  May 27

BluesBox Bayou Band, dance lesson with Ted Sherrod. 7 p.m. doors open, 8:30 p.m. music. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $10. 209-526-3096.

TRIBE OF THE RED HORSE ▪  May 20

Neil Young tribute. 8 p.m. West Side Theater, 1331 Main St., Newman. $17 general, $20 reserved. 209-862-4490 or www.westsidetheatre.org.

THE STATE THEATRE

FILM: “ALIVE AND KICKING” ▪  Through May 7

Documentary. $8-$10

FILM: “JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT” ▪  Through May 10

Documentary on the life of Tower, who became one of America’s first celebrity chefs and one of the most influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. $8-$10.

FILM: “THE DINNER” ▪  May 5-19

Drama starring Richard Gere. $8-$10.

FILM “RESERVOIR DOGS” ▪  May 9-13

Film that opened Quentin Tarantino's filmmaking career with hard-hitting style. 7 p.m. May 9 and May 13. $10.

MEMBERSHIP KICK-OFF AND APPRECIATION PARTY ▪  May 10

Party thanking members for their patronage and kick off 2017/2018 season. Public invited for hors d’oeuvres, cake and comedy shorts by the contemporary vaudeville team of Biffle and Shooster. 5:30 p.m. Free.

FILM: “HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY” ▪  May 12-19

Documentary on Harold and Lillian Michelson. Worked largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, and many more. $8-$10.

SPONTANEOUS SHAKESPEARE ▪  May 13

Improvised mayhem, mirth and merriment in two-act play performed by Synergy Theater in the style of Shakespeare. 3 p.m. Free students, $3 general.

N.Y. FILM CRITICS SERIES ▪  May 16

Sneak Preview of “The Drowning,” based on “Border Crossing,” the controversial novel about violence in children by Pat Barker. Stars Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, Avan Jogia in the story of a forensic psychologist who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison. On-Screen talkback with Stiles, Charles and Director Bette Gordon follows the film. 7 p.m. $10.

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

THEATER

“AVENUE Q” ▪  Through May 14

Adults-only musical comedy is the story of a recent college graduate who moves into a seedy neighborhood. Call for times. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. Merced. $22. boxoffice@playhousemerced.com, 209-725-8587

STEINBECK UNDER THE STARS ▪  Through May 7

“Of Mice and Men” presented by California State University, Stanislaus. Gates open 6:30 p.m. show 8 p.m. Campus amphitheater, 1 University Circle, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu/under-the-stars.

“NOISES OFF” ▪  Through May 14

Sierra Repertory Theatre comedy about a play-within-a-play. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 or 7 p.m. Thursdays. Sierra Repertory Theatre, Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia State Historic Park. $32-$37. 209-532-3120 or www.sierrarep.org

“DISGRACED” ▪  May 5-21

Corporate lawyer Amir, who has forsworn his Muslim inheritance and concealed his Pakistani origins, finds his past catching up with him. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St, Modesto. $20 general, $10 student. 209-549-9341 or prospecttheaterproject.org

“THE FANTASTICKS” ▪  May 12-June 11

Musical where audience is asked to use their imagination into a world of moonlight and magic where a boy and a girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 or 7 p.m. Thursdays. Sierra Repertory Theatre, Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia State Historic Park. $32-$37. 209-532-3120 or www.sierrarep.org

“OLIVER” ▪  May 5

Whitmore Charter High School production. 6:30 p.m. Campus multi-purpose room, 3435 Don Pedro Road, Ceres $8.

“MULAN JUNIOR” ▪  May 5-7

Turlock Youth Performing Arts production. 7 p.m. Turlock Community Auditorium. $10.

“LIONS OF ILLYRIA” ▪  May 13-14

Center Stage Conservatory children’s production based on Shakepeare's "Twelfth Night.” Best for ages 4-10 and their families. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Lower Level Studio, 948 11th St., Modesto. $5. Centerstagemodesto.com.

“EDUCATION RITA” ▪  May 26-June 25

Frank is a tutor of English, Rita a forthright hairdresser eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m Sundays. Stage 3 Theatre Company, 208 S Green St., Sonora. $17-$25. www.stage3.org.

ART

ART SPACE ON MAIN ▪  209-668-3958

Through May 6, Gordon Senior: Silent Harvest; May 11-June 23, Graduating Seniors Exhibition with reception May 11 at 5:30 p.m. 135 W. Main St., Turlock. www.csustan.edu/soa.

BARKIN’ DOG GRILL ▪  209-572-2341

May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.

BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER ▪  209-668-3958

Through May 6, Benjamin Rosenthal: From this side of space to the other side of the signal; May 11-June 23, Graduating Seniors Exhibition with reception May 11 at 5:30 p.m. 135 W. Main St., Turlock.

www.csustan.edu/soa.

CAROLYN HUFF PHOTOGRAPHY ▪  209-918-6627

Through May, Andrea Morris with artist reception May 18 during the Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. 1224 K St., Modesto.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS, ART GALLERY ▪  209-668-3958

Through May 26, Graduating Seniors Exhibition. 1 University Circle, Turlock.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY ▪  209-529-3369

Through June 2, Central California Art Showcase in conjunction with Carnegie Arts Center. May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. ccaagallery.org.

CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL ▪  209-522-0935

May 18, 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.

CHE’ROOT CIGAR LOUNGE ▪  209-492-9141

May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 915 10th St., Modesto.

DOWNTOWN MODESTO ▪  209-529-9303

May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m.

modestoartwalk.com.

DOWNTOWN TINKERTANK ▪ 209 661-9390

May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1003 12th St., Modesto.

DOWNTOWN TURLOCK ▪  209-632-5761

May 11, Aug. 10, Nov. 9, Evening art walks several arts venues and businesses. 6-9 p.m.

GUSTINE MUSEUM ▪  209-854-6455

Gustine Museum Historical Society presents “A Record of Time – Clocks and Calendars.” Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. 397 Fourth St. www.gustinehistoricalsociety.org.

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: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free.

PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT ▪  209-581-1695

May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1222 J St., Modesto. www.peerrecoveryartproject.org.

PRESERVATION COFFEE AND TEA ▪ 

May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1030 J. St., Modesto. www.preservationcoffee.com.

REMEMBER WHEN ▪  209-544-1385

Ongoing artists exhibit. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1031 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto.

SONORA JOE’S ▪  209-533-4455

Through June 3, Patrick Michael Karnahan’s paintings of Jamestown’s historic Sierra Railroad. 140 South Washington St., Sonora

STILL SMOKING ▪  209-574-0681

May 18, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1313 J St., Modesto. stillsmokingstore.tripod.com.

TURLOCK ART GALLERY ▪  209-634-8911

Ongoing, “Rhett Regina Owings: Monterey Coast.” Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays. 132 S. Center St., Turlock.

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.

CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING ▪  Ongoing

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

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.

“CALIFORNIA ART SHOWCASE” ▪  Through June 2

Collaborative juried exhibition with Modesto’s Mistlin Gallery featuring 162 works in a variety of mediums.

“INSPIRED ABSTRACTION” ▪  Through July 23

Works by Central Valley artists Katherine Crinklaw, Sharon Maney LoManto and Nic Webber. Frees artists’ reception May 1, 6-8 p.m. In the Lobby Gallery.

STAN STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ▪ May 10

With Fresno City College 7:30-9 p.m. $10.

SUNDAY ARTS LECTURE ▪  May 14

Artists featured in the Central California Art Showcase exhibition discuss their work and answer questions. 2-4:30 p.m.

FAMILY FRIDAY ▪  May 19

Camp Fire Songs & Stories with Camp Jack Hazard. Traditional camp activities, including sing-along songs, stories, a creative “bonfire”,and s’mores. 7-8:30 p.m. Free

POETRY ON SUNDAY ▪  May 21

Aileen Jaffa Poetry Contest awards ceremony and readings. 2-3 p.m. Free.

FAMILY FRIDAY ▪  June 9

Let’s Go to the Art Show reception for Ready, Set, Show! Children’s Art Exhibit with refreshments and activities. 7-8:30 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

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

1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com.

CACHE CREEK ▪  800-772-2243

14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com.

BLACK OAK CASINO ▪  877-747-8777

May 5, Third Sol; May 6, Cover Me Badd; May 11, Tyler Rich; May 12, Dueling DJs; May 13, Liquid Blue; May 18, Kingsborough; May 19, Jelly Bread; May 20, Superlicious; May 25-26, Shenandoah; May 27, Decoy. 19400 Tuolumne Road N., Tuolumne.

CHUKCHANSI GOLD ▪  866-794-6946

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold.

COMEDY

ROCKY LAPORTE ▪  May 19

Benefit for H.O.S.T. House (Helping Others Sleep Tonight) featuring LaPorte with Emily Epstein White. 8 p.m. Fellowship Hall at Federated Church, 45 S. El Circulo Ave., Patterson. $15 advance, $20 door 800-838-3006 or HostHouseComedyNight.com

FESTIVALS & FAIRS

MERCED COUNTY SPRING FAIR ▪  Through May 7

Live music, animal attractions, Destruction Derby, bull riding, truck and tractor pulls, kids activities, midway, food and more. Merced County Spring Fairgrounds, 403 F St., Los Banos. $3-$9; arena events have their own tickets prices. Hours vary by day, see www.co.merced.ca.us or call 209-826-5166.

AGE WITH MOVEMENT CELEBRATION ▪  May 5

Walks, aerobics, tai chi, senior zumba, music, demonstrations to celebrate Older Americans Month. Community booths, pet parade, bingo and more also planned. 8 a.m.-noon. East La Loma Park, 2001 Edgebrook Drive, Modesto. Free. www.HealthyAgingAssociation.org.

MARIPOSA BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL ▪  May 5-7

Butterfly releases, parade, children’s activities, art, competitions, entertainment and more. Weekend begins at Taste of Mariposa, 5:30 p.m. Friday at Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Parade 10 a.m. Saturday; festival runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in Downtown Mariposa, Highway 140 at Highway 149. www.mariposabutterflyfestival.net.

CERES STREET FAIRE ▪  May 6-7

Live entertainment, car and truck show, food booths, crafts and collectibles, exhibits and more. Parade on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Ceres. Free. www.ceresstreetfaire.org.

CINCO DE MAYO PARADE ▪  May 6

11 a.m.-1 p.m. South Modesto Businesses United presents this annual parade on Crows Landing Road from Olivero Road to Glenn Avenue with floats featuring local businesses, youth groups, horses and more. Free. 209-604-4167.

HOT COPPER SHOW ▪  May 6

Annual Lake Tulloch Lions Club hot rod and custom car show. Food, music, vendors and face painting for children. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Copper Town Square on Highway 4. Free. www.hotcoppercarshow.com.

CAFE SHALOM ▪  May 7

Jewish food and cultural celebration with food, live music, bake sale, gift shop, more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $18 advance, $20 at the door; $10 age 5-12, free under age 5. www.cbsmodesto.org.

MOTHER LODE ROUND-UP ▪  May 13-14

Parade and Rodeo sponsored by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse. Saturday will feature a 10 a.m. parade in historic downtown Sonora on Washington Street. Saturday and Sunday rodeo at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds begins 2 p.m. both days. Sunday will include a $7 Mother’s Day Brunch from 8 a.m. to noon. Rodeo tickets are $7-$18. www.motherloderoundup.com.

CENTRAL VALLEY BREWFEST ▪  May 13

Featuring more than 150 beers to sample, food trucks on site, music by Wonder Bread 5, along with art from Art Expressions of San Joaquin. Making an appearance will be the Stella Artois Airstream. This is a 21-and-older event. Noon-5 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $35 advance, $40 at the door; $15 for designated drivers. www.cvbrewfest.com.

WATERFORD WESTERN HERITAGE DAY ▪  MAY 13

Waterford celebrates history with parade, pony rides, train rides, music, vendors and food. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Waterford. Free. 209-874-1028.

CALAVERAS COUNTY FAIR AND JUMPING FROG JUBILEE ▪  May 18-21

Annual jumping frog competition and county fair with food, exhibits, entertainment, rodeo, destruction derby, livestock, arena events, vendor booths and more. Ned LeDoux performs Friday at 8 p.m. Festival hours 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 2465 Gun Club Road, Angels Camp. $8-$13. www.frogtown.org.

DIGGINS TENT TOWN 1852 ▪  May 18-21

Columbia State Historic Park’s annual living history event with costumed volunteers. Visitors experience the events and environment of an 1850s mining camp re-created in detail from the clothing, food and tasks to entertainment. Food, drink and other items for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $7, $2 age 12 and under. www.parks.ca.gov.

OAKDALE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL ▪  May 20-21

Annual festival with arts and crafts, Chocolate Avenue, food, fun runs, car show, kids activities, vendors, entertainment and more. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Wood Park, Highways 120 and 108, Oakdale. Tickets $4 advance, $5-$6 at the gate; free ages 12 and under. www.oakdalechamber.com.

FAMILY CYCLING FESTIVAL AND CRITERIUM ▪  May 20

Cycling fest features free children’s bike helmets, bounce houses, rock climbing, vendor booths, BMX bike demos, races and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. I Street, between 10th and 12th streets. Free. 209-571-5193. Criterium runs in conjunction with the festival and offers a variety of race categories. Races begin and end at the corner of 13th and I streets at 7:30 a.m. 209-605-7315.

TWAIN HARTE A LA CARTE ▪  May 20

Soroptimist of Twain Harte wine and food tasting with auctions, live music, more. 5-7 p.m. Meadow Plaza, Twain Harte. $40. www.twainhartesoroptimist.org.

MARIPOSA ART & WINE FESTIVAL ▪  May 27

Artists present a variety of wares while winemakers offer a taste of the region. Food and entertainment also planned. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mariposa County Courthouse lawn, 5088 Bullion St., Mariposa. www.mariposarotary.org.

SPRING PEDDLERS FAIRE ▪  May 27-28

More than antiques, collectibles, handcrafted items, foods, vintage jewelry and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free. Downtown Arnold. www.gocalaveras.com.

FOOD & FUN

CHILI COOKOFF ▪  May 6

Soroptomists annual event in Murphys with live music by Plan B. Noon-3 p.m. Murphys Hotel lawn, 457 Main St. $10. 209-753-9700

STANISLAUS RIB COOKOFF ▪  May 6

Competition between Modesto Fire Fighters and Modesto Police Officers in fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County. Private home. $50. 209-222-5830 or www.bgcstan.org/ribcookoff.

SPRING TEA ▪  May 6

Proceeds benefit Salvation Army. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St Paul's Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto. $20. 209-522-3267

NURSING FUNDRAISING DINNER ▪  May 10

Modesto Junior College Nursing Alumni Association event benefits scholarships and resources for nursing students. 6-8:30 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. $30 adults, $20 students and seniors, $10 for age 12 and under.

CORKS & FORKS ▪  May 11

Howard Training Center benefit featuring wine tasting and hors d’oeurves, silent auction. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Road, Modesto. $40, pre-sale only. www.glewis@howardtrainingcenter.com.

MOTHERS DAY TEA ▪  May 13

McHenry Mansion Foundation event. Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. $30, reserve by May 5. 209-522-1739.

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH ▪  May 14

Omelets, potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, muffins and beverage. Proceeds benefit local mission work. 11 a.m. Hughson United Methodist Church, 2007 6th ST., Hughson. $18, $10 age 10 under. 209-202-8812

DENIM & DIAMONDS FUNDRAISER ▪  May 19

Stage 3 Theatre Company includes dinner, margaritas and dancing to Risky Biscuits. 6-11 p.m. Manzanita Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora. $49. stage3.org.

CHILI COOK OFF ▪  May 27

Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce event with cook off and children’s activities. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Meadow Plaza, Twain Harte www.twainhartecc.com.

ODDS & ENDS

GOLD RUSH WRITERS’ CONFERENCE ▪  May 5-7

12th annual conference. Guest speaker program featuring author and poet James Ragan on May 6 at 7:30 p.m., Hotel Leger, 8304 Main St., Mokelumne Hill, $5 advance, evenbrite.com or $10 (cash only) at the door. For conference times and details, see www.goldrushwriters.com.

STANISLAUS SPECIAL OLYMPICS ▪  May 6

44th annual Regional Games Ceremonies and Track and Field events with Mariposa County and Merced County Special Olympics. 10 a.m. Special Olympics Sports Field at J. F. Kennedy School, 1202 Stonum Road, Modesto. Free. 209-522-1544. 

FRIENDS OF THE MODESTO LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE ▪ May 6

Annual fundraiser to support programs and materials for the Modesto Library. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Portico at Modesto Library, 1500 I St.

MUSIC MANIA ▪  May 7

Music marketplace presented by brothers Russ and Mike Allsup with music-related items, collectibles and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to Hope Haven West. 10 a.m. The Portal, 1324 Coldwell Ave., Modesto. $3 with $10 early entry at 8 a.m. Food and refreshments will be available. facebook.com/Musicmania

MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD ▪  May 9

Kate Larson will explain how soft, handmade buttons made from linen thread and bits of cloth were made in Dorset, England, as early as the 17th century. 10 a.m. Clubhouse at Rambling Hills Estates, 23732 Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia. www.mlwsguild.org.

WOMEN BUILD ▪  May 12-13

Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Get family and friends involved with team to help build a Habitat home. 8:30-2:30. Register at www.stanislaushabitat.org.

STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS GROUP ▪  May 13

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolomne County Library. mlwsguild.org.

SECOND SATURDAY HISTORY TALK ▪  May 13

Jon Olson will speak on “Bicycles Through History,” illustrated by the museum’s current display of historic bicycles. 2 p.m. McHenry Museum, 14th and I St., Modesto. Free.

MOTHER’S DAY RIDES ▪  May 14

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park excursion train rides. 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. 10501 Reservoir Road, Jamestown. $15 for adults, $10 ages 6-17, free age 5 and under. www.railtown1897.org.

SPEAKER KEVIN HINES ▪  May 15

Stanislaus County Office of Education host bestselling author and documentary filmmaker Kevin Hines who will share his story of survival after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. 6-8 p.m. Modesto Junior College East Campus CAT 218 building. Free.

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.

VALLEY SUPER SINGLES ▪  Ongoing

Social time for singles age 50 and older. 5:30 p.m. first and third Fridays. Bel Piatto Restaurant, 1000 Kansas Ave., Modesto. 209-883-2685.

FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUB ▪  Ongoing

Dance on Tuesdays, second Fridays. First-time guests are free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7-10 p.m. second Fridays. 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.

ROUND ROBINS ▪  Ongoing

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

TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDS ▪  Ongoing

Square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall, 75 Bothun Road, Turlock. 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

Workshop Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Dances 7 p.m. Saturdays. Open to singles, couples and children ages 8 and up. 7 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. 209-556-8524 or 209-681-2699.

MODESTO TANGO ▪  Ongoing

Argentine tango practice. Socialize and practice your tango. 8-10 p.m. Tuesdays. Urbano California Grill, 1016 H St., Modesto. Free. 209-522-1571. www.modestotango.com.

TALENT

TURLOCK YOUTH PERFORMING ARTS AUDITIONS ▪  May 8-9

Auditions for “Bring it On,” incoming freshmen through outgoing seniors, 6-8 p.m. Turlock Community Auditorium. performances Aug. 4-6.

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