Red Tie Arts is back for its second annual summer concert season with a new focus on fundraising to help area arts students.
The nonprofit group (formerly known as John Griswold & Friends) has launched Red Tie Kids, a program to help underprivileged youths achieve their artistic dreams. The Lucca Winery Summer Concert Series kicks off in Ripon on Friday, June 3, with the return of the group Foreverland. The 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson played the inaugural season of the concert series and is back by popular demand. The show will feature the concert, an art exhibit, wine tasting, dinner and more.
Red Tie Arts is also crowd-source fundraising for its Red Tie Kids program through a Generosity.com campaign. The first recipient of a Red Tie Kids scholarship is 11-year-old Sylvan School District student Japneet Singh. The percussionist will study with area drum instructor David Hawkes.
The remainder of the Lucca Winery Summer Concert Series includes guitar-driven Latin world music group Incendio on July 8, modern swing and dance group Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on Aug. 5, and the two-for one Chicago and Steely Dan tribute act Stealin’ Chicago/Aja Vu on Sept. 2. All concert proceeds help fund Red Tie Kids.
Doors open to the Foreverland show at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$100. For more information, call 209-543-4261 or visit www.red-tie.org.
Legends of the Cruise
Graffiti Summer roars on with its newest tradition, the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Walk of Fame induction, this week.
Started in 2013, the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route celebrates the real places that inspired George Lucas’ film “American Graffiti.” The Walk of Fame inductees will be celebrated during the Mid Valley Chevy Club’s Park ’n’ Shine event in downtown Modesto. This years inductees are: John Sanders, “Big Jon” Enberg, Rick Walker, Worth Weldon, Bobby Gaines of Bell & Gaines and the Modesto Throttlers.
The ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Tenth Street Plaza. For more information, visit www.modestocruiseroute.com.
Prospect Theater Project fundraiser
The Prospect Theater Project hosts its second annual fundraiser and membership drive event this weekend.
This year’s event is themed “An Afternoon in New Orleans” and will feature live Cajun and Creole fusion music from Andre Theirry. The Grammy-nominated artist is known for his swinging accordion soul music with zydeco flare. The benefit will include dinner, dancing and an auction.
Modesto Garden Club
The Modesto Garden Club presents its annual Spring Luncheon and Table Viewing event this week at the Del Rio Country Club.
More than 30 tables will be decorated in a variety of themes by garden club members. Viewing will be both Wednesday and Thursday, June 7-8, with the luncheon on Thursday only. The table viewing with light refreshments is from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10 at the door. The luncheon event Thursday begins at 10:30 a.m. for table viewing, with lunch served at noon. The cost is $35 and reservations are required.
For more information or reservations, call 209-523-1420 or www.modestogardenclub.org.
Center Stage Kids’ “Believe”
Come celebrate 10 years of Center Stage Kids and their mission to “Believe” in kids.
The downtown Modesto musical theater studio will have two showings of its original production “Believe,” in honor of the milestone. The program is open to students in grades pre-kindergarten to high school. The performances will feature a cast of more than 100 current students and alumni. Center Stage Kids founder Dawn Peterson, who moved to the East Coast in 2014, will also return for a special appearance.
Shows are 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at the Modesto Junior College, Auditorium Performing & Media Arts Center. Tickets are $11-$26. For more information, call 209-277-5536 or visit www.centerstagekids.net.