Entertainment

Calendar: Events across the Modesto and Mother Lode regions

GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

“RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA” ▪  Nov. 17-19

Tony Award- winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific.” 8 p.m. Nov. 17-18; 2 p.m. Nov. 18-19. $39-$89.

“A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS” ▪  Nov. 24

Classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation. 2 and 6:30 p.m. $19-$39.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” ▪  Nov. 24-26

Modesto Performing Arts presents the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25.

THE TEXAS TENORS ▪  Nov. 25

Trio brings holiday show “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” 7:30 p.m. $29-$69.

UNDER THE STREETLAMP ▪  Nov. 26

Singers bring “Hip to the Holidays” show. 3 p.m. $29-$69.

“ELF THE MUSICAL” ▪  Nov. 28

Modern day Christmas classic in stage version. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $39-$89.

MSO: HOLIDAY POPS ▪  Dec. 1-2

Ashley Brown with Modesto Symphony Orchestra conductor Ryan Murray and the MSO chorus present holiday favorites and Disney classics. 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2. $37-$92.

“ ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” ▪  Dec. 8-10

Gallo Repertory Company presents the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer in this comedy play by Ken Ludwig. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Dec. 9-10. $10-$15.

“THE NUTCRACKER” ▪  Dec. 8-16

Central West Ballet presents its annual Christmas tradition. 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16. $20-$55.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Call 2

09-338-2100.

www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

UKULELE PLAY ALONG ▪  Ongoing

Funstrummers. 10:45 a.m.-noon Mondays. Modesto Senior Center, Bodem and Scenic. Free for seniors. 209-505-3216. www.Funstrummers.com.

UKULELE JAM ▪  Ongoing

Funstrummers. Songbooks provided. 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Trinity Telle Classrooms, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. 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

Dec. 17, Creole Jazz Kings. 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. modestojazz.com

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.

COLUMBIA JAZZ ARTIST SERIES SEASON ▪  Through April 15

Dec. 10, “It’s a Big Band Christmas”; Dec. 26, Columbia Jazz Reunion Concert; Jan. 26, Columbia Big Band; Feb. 2-3, Big Band Jazz Festival; March 2-3, Vocal Jazz Festival; March 13, Bria Skonberg Quartet; April 15, Latin Jazz Big Band season finale. Concerts at Columbia College Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora except Jan. 26 at Sonora High School. Season tickets $100. 209-559-0565.

FUNSTRUMMERS UKULELE BAND ▪  Nov. 25-Dec. 15

Nov. 25, Mod Shop, 5-7 p.m., 13th and J streets, Modesto; Dec. 2, Dickens Faire, 10:45 a.m., 15th and I streets, Modesto; Dec. 9, Vintage Faire Mall, 12:45 p.m., Dale Road, Modesto; Dec. 15, Community Christmas, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallo Center, I Street, Modesto. 9:15 a.m.-noon Fridays at Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. $25. 209-505-3216; www.Funstrummers.com

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON ▪  Dec. 1-3

Columbia College Community Chorus holiday concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Sonora Opera Hall. $12.

VOICES FOR THE KING ▪  Dec. 2

Annual Christmas concert. 7 p.m. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto.

WINTER MAGIC ▪  Dec. 2-10

Mountain Melody Women's Chorus concerts. Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m. Murphys Creek Theater, 580 S Algiers St., Murphys. $10; Dec. 3, 4 p.m. Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, 8283 Main St, Mokelumne Hill. $10; Dec. 9, 4 p.m. Union Congregational Church, 1141 S Main St. Angels Camp. $10; Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m. Ayrael Vieux Vineyards, 1690 Monge Ranch Road, Douglas Flat. $10.

PINK MARTINI ▪  Dec. 3

Classic rock and folk. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $59-$79. turlocktheatre.org

SYMPHONIC BAND IN CONCERT ▪  Dec. 4

Variety of music for modern wind band. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College Auditorium of the Performing Art Center, 435 College Ave. Free.

FALL CONCERT ▪  Dec. 6

Concert band. 7 p.m. Auditorium of the Performing Art Center, 435 College Ave. Free.

SYNTHSATION VIBRATION ▪  Dec. 6

Electronic music concert. 7 p.m. Modesto Junior College Music Recital Hall, 435 College Ave. Free.

CHRISTMAS SAMPLER ▪  Dec. 8

Camaraderie Quintet, New Horizons Concert Band, NewHorizonsJazz, Gottschalk Music Center Concert Band and the Central Valley Brass. 5:30-10 p.m. Barkin' Dog Grill, 11th St., Modesto. Free; bring a can food for canned food drive.

VOICES FOR THE KING ▪  Dec. 9

Christmas concert. 7 p.m. Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. Free will offering benefits Stockton Gospel Mission.

THE STATE THEATRE

FILM: “WONDERSTRUCK” Through Nov. 30

Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. $8.

FILM: “LADY BIRD” ▪  Through Dec. 3

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat. $8.

FILM: “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” ▪  Through Dec. 3

After months without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's chief of police. $8.

“FROZEN” SING-A-LONG ▪  Nov. 25

Wind down with a leisurely afternoon at The State singing along with “Frozen,” one of the most popular animated movies. 2 p.m. $3-$5.

FILM: “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” ▪  Nov. 25

With Barely Legal shadow casters. 11 p.m. $12.

WARREN MILLER FILM TOUR ▪  Dec. 1-2

The lineage of mountain lifestyle continues in Warren Miller Entertainment's 68th full-length feature film, “Line of Descent.” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. $25.

A FLYING HOLIDAY WITH THE RAT PACK ▪  Dec. 7

Holiday show with Matt Henderson and David Halvorson singing old favorites. 2 p.m. Free.

THE ILL LIST 13: A POETRY SLAM INVITATIONAL ▪  Dec. 9

Featuring a fresh line-up of renowned spoken word artists, national and international slam poetry champions, many having appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, Verses & Flow, NPR's Snap Judgment, Button Poetry, and elsewhere. 7:30 p.m. $22.50-$50.

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

THEATER

“A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL” ▪  Through Dec. 10

The tale of Ralphie Parker and his quest to get a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced. 209-725-8587

“WHITE CHRISTMAS” ▪  Through Dec. 17

Sierra Repertory Theatre brings back its popular family musical. Two showbiz buddies put on a show to save a rustic Vermont inn and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $20-$37.

“AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE” ▪  Nov. 17-Dec. 3

A “miracle” healing spring that actually poisons. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. $10-$20.

“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” ▪  Dec. 1-10

Musical. Director Barbara and her unflappable stage manager Pat do whatever it takes to give everyone the chance to shine. 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 9-10; 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10. Mountain Youth & Community Theatre, 14372 Cuesta Court, Sonora. $8-$10. mountainyouthact.com.

JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL ▪  Dec. 1-17

Center Stage Conservatory presents the story of Jacob Marley's heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge's soul. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and Thursday, Dec. 1; 2 p.m Sundays. Moon & Sixpence Music & Art House, 500 9th St., Modesto. $10-$15. centerstagemodesto.com.

“A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS IMPROV” ▪  Dec. 6-9

Collaboration between audience suggestions and the actor quick-wits. 7 p.m., 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. Little Theatre of the Performing and Media Arts Center, 435 College Ave. $9-$11. http://mjc.tix.com.

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” ▪  Dec. 8-16

Denair Gaslight Theatre. 7 p.m. Denair Gaslight Theatre, 3908 Gratton Road. $8-$10. 209-664-9514.

ART

ALOFT GALLERY 209-533-2781

Through November, Marta Magistrali. Wednesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 167 S. Washington St. Sonora.

ART TIME & SIP WINE STUDIOS ▪  209-777-0129

Dec. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 920 16th St., Modesto.

BARKIN’ DOG GRILL ▪  209-572-2341

Dec. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.

CAROLYN HUFF PHOTOGRAPHY ▪  209-918-6627

November artist, Charles Waldman. Dec. 5-21, Birthday Club’s Holiday Art Show featuring Chella, Carol David, Barbara Gill, Janet Hardie, Betty Jean Reynolds, and Henrietta Sparkman. Dec. 21, 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 Dec. 10, John McNamara. Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 4-9 p.m. Thursdays. 1 University Circle, Turlock.

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

Through Dec. 22, “Home for the Holidays” member show and sale. Dec. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St. Modesto. Free. ccaagallery.org

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

Dec. 21, 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.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE ▪  209-588-5065

Through Dec. 15, Sherman Hay: A Retrospective Art Exhibition. 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora

DOWNTOWN MODESTO ▪  209-529-9303

Dec. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m.

modestoartwalk.com.

GUSTINE MUSEUM ▪  209-854-6455

Gustine Museum Historical Society presents “Woodcraft by John Galante.” 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

Dec. 21, 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 ▪ 

Dec. 21, 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.

SAM & DAVE’S MARKET ▪  209-409-0633

Dec. 21, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1015 J St., Modesto.

SONORA JOE’S ▪  209-533-4455

Through Dec. 31, “For the Love of Trains” with reception 3-7 p.m. Dec. 9. 140 South Washington St., Sonora. www.sonorajoes.com

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, beginners welcome. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays. $5. 209-480-0387.

TURLOCK UKE JAMZ ▪  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.

“NATURE, TRADITION & INNOVATION” ▪  Through Dec. 31

Works by contemporary Japanese ceramic artists who represent the diverse traditions of their country. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays. $5, free for age 12 and under.

“PACIFIC CURRENTS” ▪  Through Jan. 21

Local artists influenced by Asia. Lobby Gallery.

Sunday Arts Lecture: West Meets East ▪  Dec. 3

Japan’s Influences on Art & Music in the Late 19th-century Europe. 2-4:30 p.m.

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

Nov. 24, Rockin’ Down the Highway; Nov. 25, Cover Boy; Nov. 30, The Guy Dossi Band; Dec. 1, Jackson Michelson; Dec. 2, Dee Coco and Company; Dec. 7, Best of the SF Comedy Competition; Dec. 8, Dirty Revival; Dec. 9, Department of Rock. 19400 Tuolumne Road N., Tuolumne.

CHUKCHANSI GOLD ▪  866-794-6946

711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold.

FOOD & FUN

VFW BREAKFAST ▪  Sundays

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199. 7-11 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2801 W. Hatch Road, Modesto. $8. 209-537-3360.

VFW DINNER ▪  Fridays

Friday night dinner by VFW Post 3199. 4-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$10. 209-537-3360.

HISTORY CENTER BREAKFAST ▪  Sundays

Presented by Northern Mariposa County History Center. 8-11 a.m. second Sundays. Coulterville School House, Broadway and Cemetery. $5 adults; $3 children.

RIPON VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS ▪  Fridays

Hosted by Ripon VFW Post 1051. 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 12455 W. Ripon Road, Ripon. Small donation required. 209-599-6815.

RIPON VFW WEDNESDAY LUNCH ▪  Wednesdays

Hosted by VFW 1051 of Ripon. Chicken strips, burgers, fish or shrimp with fries. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 12455 W. Ripon Road, Ripon. Small donation required. 209-599-6815.

TURLOCK VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS ▪  Fridays

VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. 5-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1405 E. Linwood Ave., Turlock. $2-$6.50. 209-668-9710.

LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS ▪  Thursdays

Livingston VFW monthly hamburger night. 5-7 p.m. last Thursdays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4.50. 209-394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com.

MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET ▪  Saturdays

Year-round. 8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 16th Street and Canal, Merced. 209-389-4175.

FOE BREAKFAST ▪  Sundays

Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. first Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6. 209-577-2298.

STEAK NIGHT ▪  Fridays

Salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner first Fridays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. 209-577-2298.

KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST ▪  Sundays

8 a.m.-noon first Sundays. IOOF Hall, Main Street, Knights Ferry. $5.

TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT LUNCH ▪  Wednesdays

Monthly luncheon. 11:15 a.m. third Wednesdays. Denair Community Center, 3850 N. Gratton Road. 209-632-0011.

www.sirinc.org.

ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST ▪  Sundays

8-11 a.m. second Sundays. Odd Fellows Hall, 30018 Yosemite Blvd., La Grange. $6. 209-853-2128

SENIOR BREAKFAST CLUB ▪  Sundays

Social club for seniors age 65-plus. 8-8:30 a.m. Sundays. Dennys, 4324 Salida Blvd., Salida. 209-576-0279.

MODESTO FARMERS MARKET ▪  Thursdays-Saturdays

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I streets. Free. 209-605-8536.

COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET ▪  Thursdays

5 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street, Columbia State Historic Park. Free 209-499-8273.

STANISLAUS SENIOR FOUNDATION HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER ▪  Dec. 1

Benefits frail and elderly in the community. 5:30-8 p.m. Greens On Tenth, 953 10th St., Modesto. $50. www.stanislausseniorfoundation.org or 209-848-2635.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST ▪  Dec. 9

Chemo Crew’s annual event to support cancer survivors. 8:30-11 a.m. Big Valley Grace Community Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. $5-$10.

HOLIDAY

COWBOY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW ▪  Nov. 24-25

Oakdale Cowboy Museum holiday event with more than 40 booths western art, jewelry, apparel, cowboy grub and entertainment. Cowboy Santa arrives on horseback at 11 a.m. Saturday and will be available for photos. 5-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. 209-847-7049.

SONORA CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL ▪  Nov. 24-26

The 43rd annual festival features more than 150 craft artists, music, street performers, costumed elves, carolers, festival kitchens and bake shops. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Adults $8; ages 13-18 $5; 6-12 $2; under age 6 free. Mother Lode County Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. www.fireonthemountain.com.

SIP & SHOP: A MAKERS MARKET ▪  Nov. 24

Artisan pop-up shops, live music. Noon-4 p.m. Redwood Cafe, 4342 Dale Road, Modesto.

RIVERBANK CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL ▪  Nov. 25

Craft fair with handmade items from noon-6 p.m. Electrical parade begins 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 6th and Santa Fe with tree-lighting ceremony and Santa Claus to follow. Downtown Riverbank, 6707 Third St. 209-863-7122.

MOD SHOP INDIE CRAFTERS MARKET ▪  Nov. 25

Multiple vendors set up at participating downtown businesses including Deva Cafe, Concetta, Preservation Coffee & Tea, Peer Recovery, Mod Spot, Health Plan San Joaquin Community Room, Tresetti’s, Mistlin Gallery, Mira Bridal Couture and Ralston’s Goat. Live street entertainment. 5-9 p.m. J Street, between 10th and I streets, Modesto. www.modshop209.com.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY CRAFT FAIRE BAKE SALE & LUNCHEON ▪  Nov. 25

Artists with handmade original goods, bake sale. Lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mountain Ranch Community Hall, 8049 Washington St., Mountain Ranch. www.gocalaveras.com.

HOMETOWN CRAFTERS CHRISTMAS FAIRE ▪  Nov. 25-26

Local crafters. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. 209-256-2576.

NATIVITY FESTIVAL ▪  Dec. 1-3

More than 300 Nativity scenes from around the world. Musical presentations by local groups as well as live broadcast of Mormon Tabernacle Choir 7 p.m. Sunday. Festival open 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 3-8 p.m. Dec. 2-3. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 731 El Vista Ave., Modesto. Free. www.2017-modesto-nativity-festival.blogspot.com.

DICKENS FAIRE ▪  Dec. 2

Inside and outside McHenry Mansion, which will be decorated in Christmas splendor. Costumed carolers, street fair with crafts, Modesto farmers market. Horse-drawn wagon rides 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for $2-$3. Free festival runs 7 a.m.-3 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto, and outside down 15th Street. www.mchenrymuseum.org.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR ▪  Dec. 2

Featuring 36 vendors with homemade and other items. Homemade lunch and other treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto. 209-537-6651.

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE ▪  Dec. 2

Hand-made items, including jewelry, ornaments stitchery and baked goods, along with vendors, brunch and door prizes. Benefits Bethany’s House. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church, 333 S. Wilma, Ripon.

CHRISTMAS TEA ▪  Dec. 5

McHenry Mansion Foundation Holiday Tea with seatings available for 2 p.m. 906 15th St., Modesto. $30, reservations required by Dec. 1. 209-522-1739.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FAIRE AND BOUTIQUE ▪  Dec. 9

Vendors and barbecue for eat-in or take-out. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Avenue.

ODD FELLOWS CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR ▪  Dec. 9

10 a.m.-3 p.m. IOOF Hall, 30018 Yosemite Blvd., La Grange.

HOLIDAY TABLE VIEWING ▪  Dec. 11

More than 30 tables decorated by Modesto Garden Club members; light refreshments. 1-7 p.m. Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road in Modesto. $10. modestogardenclub.org.

ODDS & ENDS

RAILTOWN 1897 TRAIN RIDES ▪  Ongoing

Excursion rides on Saturdays and Sundays. South Fifth Avenue at Reservoir Road, Jamestown. $15 adults; $10 6-17; free under 6 and members. 209-984-3953. www.railtown1897.org.

CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYS ▪  Ongoing

Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. second Saturdays. Modesto Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1, Modesto. 209-526-5868.

www.cafvalleysquadron.org.

AIRCRAFT DISPLAY ▪  Ongoing

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

AIRPLANE EXHIBIT ▪  Ongoing

10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youths 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.

OAKDALE WOMEN’S CLUB ▪  Ongoing

Meeting and lunch open to all women in the valley. First Tuesdays, noon-2:30 p.m. Oakdale Country Club, North Stearns Road, Oakdale. $16. 209-342-0281.

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., Modesto. Donation. 209-988-5655.

www.centenarychurch.net.

TOASTMASTERS SUPPER CLUB ▪  Ongoing

For speakers of all levels. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave. Modesto.

TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT ▪  Ongoing

SIR organization for retired men; 11 a.m. third Wednesdays. Denair Community Center, 3850 N Gratton Road, Denair. $12. 209-648-2344.

ST. ANDREWS SOCIETY ▪  Ongoing

7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto.

IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY ▪  Ongoing

7 p.m. third Fridays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto.

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.

THE JOB CIRCLE ▪  Ongoing

Modesto Sound offers audio technician training classes for those 13 and older. Work with musicians; hands-on learning live sound, recording bands, producing, mastering, electronics. Call or email for times. Modesto Sound, 110 Santa Barbara Ave., Modesto. $200 (scholarships available). 209-573-0533. studio@modestosound.org. www.modestosound.org.

TALK OF THE TOWN TOASTMASTERS ▪  Ongoing

7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Samaritan Village, 7700 Fox Road, Hughson. 209-384-7128 or 209-631-9458.

YOUNG AT HEART EXERCISE ▪  Ongoing

Healthy Aging Association exercise classes for those 60 and older. Call for information on class location and times. Healthy Aging Association, 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102, Modesto. Free. 209-523-2800.

TOASTMASTERS WINNING WITH WORDS ▪  Ongoing

Noon-1 p.m. second and fourth Mondays. Fuddruckers, 3848 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-390-6607.

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., Modesto. 209-883-2685.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA CAGE BIRD CLUB ▪  Ongoing

Third Sunday. 1 p.m. Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, 3800 Cornucopia Suite B, Modesto.

BUNKO NITE ▪  Ongoing

Presented by Oakdale Grange No. 435. Food and drink free. 7-9:30 p.m. second Fridays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets. $10. 209-556-8524 or 209-838-7421.

MODESTO REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED ▪  Ongoing

Lunch and speaker, open to women and men. Second Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Lunch $16. 209-567-3399.

WRITERS GROUP MEETING ▪  Ongoing

Sonora Writers Group. 10:30 a.m. second Saturdays. Call for location. 209-734-8097.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ▪  Ongoing

Society meets to instruct, inform and educate members in the techniques of research. 7 p.m. third Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. 209-526-5009.

CAMELLIA SOCIETY ▪  Ongoing

Monthly meeting. 1:30 p.m. second Sundays. Seventh-day Adventist Church, Fellowship Hall, 16th and G streets, Modesto. Free. 209-522-0147.

“THE EARTH HAS A HISTORY: RATES OF GEOLOGIC CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING" ▪  Dec. 1

Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) presentation by Garry Hayes, MJC professor of geology. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College’s West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free. http://maps.events.mjc.edu

COLUMBIA LAMPLIGHT TOUR: “THE LADIES’ GIFT” ▪  Dec. 1-2

Participants will be guided through the decorated town during the walking play. Every 15 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park. $15-$25.

AAUW HOME TOUR ▪  Dec. 2

Tour four homes in Sonora. Tea, boutique also held noon -5 p.m. at Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Sonora. Tour noon-4 p.m. 25. 209-533-0455.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY TOY TRAIN SHOW ▪  Dec. 2-3

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7.

TALENT

CALL FOR ENTRIES ▪  Through Dec. 3

Carnegie Arts Center seeks Central Valley photographers for juried show with cash prizes. www.carnegieartsturlock.org

“ANNIE JR.” AUDITIONS ▪  Dec. 5-11

For ages 8-14; a workshop will be held Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Auditions Dec. 5 and Dec. 11 6 p.m. Turlock Community Theater, 1572 East Canal Drive, Turlock.

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