FOR THE ARTS
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION• Oct. 3-4
84th season opener of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $17-$89.
KAREN KNOTTS• Oct. 5
Karen Knotts tells stories about her legendary dad Don Knotts and adds a unique blend of improvisation, music and comedy . 2 p.m. $12-$25.
STORM LARGE• Oct. 8
Vocalist, singer, playwright, actor and author. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55.
BRIAN WILSON AND SPECIAL GUEST• Oct. 9
Beach Boy sensation Brian Wilson joined by special guest Al Jardine, guitarist, singer and another founding member of The Beach Boys. 7:30 p.m. $59-$119.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT IN WWII• Oct. 9
Starring Susan Marie Frontczak. Program includes a Q&A with Frontczak in character as Roosevelt and one with the scholar/actress herself. 7 p.m. $15-$30.
EL MUNDO• Oct. 10
Chamber group dedicated to the performance of 16th through 19th century Latin American, Spanish and Italian chamber music. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35.
LITTLE JOE Y LA FAMILIA• Oct. 10
Tex-Mex music wtih Joe Hernandez, “The King of The Brown Sound.” 8 p.m. $19-$59.
SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY• Oct. 11
New musical comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey” to life. 8 p.m. $19-$59.
RICHARD GLAZIER• Oct. 12
Pianist featuring songs from such movie musicals as “Roberta,” “Auntie Mame,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “My Fair Lady.” 2 p.m. $15-$30.
MARK LOWRY, UNPLUGGED AND UNPLANNED• Oct. 14
Singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter. 7:30 p.m. $19-$59.
DAVID GARIBALDI• Oct. 16
Performance painter presented by the Modesto Gospel Mission. Pre-show reception: appetizers, auction, music. 5:30 p.m. $25-$35. (209) 225-2908.
GIN BLOSSOMS• Oct. 17
Band presents trademark chiming guitars, introspective lyricism and melodies. 8 p.m. $29-$69.
“GISELLE”• Oct. 17-18
A full length ballet in two acts presented by Central West Ballet. 7 p.m. $25-$35.
THE OPENERS• Oct. 18
Four comedians, Larry "Bubbles" Brown, Stephen B, Kabir Singh & Brad Upton and Drew Monson present clean comedy. 8 p.m. $15-$35.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY• Ongoing
Oct. 19, Cats ‘n’ Jammer Jazz Band; Nov. 16, Knight Sounds Big Band; Dec. 21, Midnight Rose. Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
UKULELE PLAY ALONG• Ongoing
Funstrummers ukulele play and sing along. Songbooks provided. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. (209) 505-3216.
UKULELE JAMZ• Second Saturdays
Community ukulele strum and sing along. Open to all ages and skill levels as well as other acoustic instruments. Other acoustic instruments welcome. 10:30 a.m. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock.
UKULELE LESSONS• Ongoing
Beginning group ukulele lessons. 6-8 p.m. Mondays. First United Methodist Church, Modesto, 850 16th St. Donations. (209) 505-3216.
A DAY ON THE GREEN• Oct. 4
Fundraiser concert featuring Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Darby Gould of Jefferson Starship, Barry Melton & Friends, Home Grown and Barry McGuire. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocated for Children (CASA) and Hope Haven West. 2 p.m. doors; 3 p.m. concert. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $40. (209) 578-5801.
PAUL J. KIM• Oct. 4
Singer and inspirational speaker also performs a youth concert for ages 12-18. 11 a.m. youth concert; 7 p.m. general concert. Our Lady of Fatima, 505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto. $9 per person with two cans of food donation. (209) 524-7421.
THE BLACK IRISH BAND• Oct. 4
25th anniversary show features Irish, Scottish, Italian and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional Western ballads. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $15 general; $18 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
JAZZ CONCERT• Oct. 4-5
Featuring Barbara Morrison. Part of the 2014-15 Columbia Jazz Artist Season. 7:30 p.m. Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Dr, Sonora. $20. (209) 588-5126.
SCOTTY MCCREERY• Oct. 5
“American Idol” winner, country music star. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $55-$69. (209) 668-1169.
YOUTH CONCERT• Oct. 5
Winners of the youth auditions perform, featuring youth guest artist vocalist Jonathon Bermea. Opening event of the 38th annual Sonora Bach Festival. 3 p.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. $5. 209-.
FALL CHORAL CONCERT• Oct. 7
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$12. (209) 667-3959.
KENNY ROGERS• Oct. 9
7:30 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. $49-$99. (209) 381-0500.
MIDNIGHT ROSE• Oct. 9
Dixieland Jazz band. Part of the Ripon Arts League 2014-15 concert series. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $30 membership fee. (209) 599-7876 or (209) 599-3476.
WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT• Oct. 9
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$12. (209) 667-3959.
CARMAN• Oct. 10
Multi award-winning singer. 7 p.m. Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave., Merced. $18-$25, VIP $100. (209) 383-2273.
MUSICAL SOIREE• Oct. 11
Showcasing musicians Corina Stoian, violin, Hank King, recorder, Sandra Betti, flute, Jane Buzzard, oboe, Gail Buzzard, bassoon, Alice Williams, cello, and Ron Brickman, harpsichord, in a concert of Baroque chamber music. Part of the Sonora Bach Festival. 7 p.m. Country Cowboy Church, 14888 Peaceful Valley Road, Sonora. $25. (209) 536-6330.
REDWOOD TANGLE ENSEMBLE• Oct. 11
San Francisco tango quintet performs a milongo (tango party.) Sponsored by Modesto Tango. 7:30 p.m. lesson; 8:30 p.m. performance. Jacob’s Fine Dining , 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. $15. (209) 522-1571.
CRADLE DUENDE• Oct. 12
Fusion of Klezmer and Balkan-influenced melodies with Latin rhythms and eco-conscious hip-hop lyrics. Part of the Sunday Afternoons at CBS concert series. 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $20 adults; $15 seniors and students; $7 children. (209) 571-6060.
CHRIS VAN CLEAVE• Oct. 13
“Food for the Soul” concert. 7 p.m. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $15 adults; $7.50 children. (209) 532-3120.
ORCHESTRA CONCERT• Oct. 16
7:30 p.m. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $8-$12. (209) 667-3959.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT• Oct. 17
ROEM BAUR• Oct. 17
Classically trained tenor in an all-ages concert. 9:30 p.m. Rivets American Grill, 2307 Oakdale Road. Free. (209) 846-0501.
ALAN LEEDS• Oct. 18
Dinner show with award-winning magician. Part of the “Winter Magic” series. 7 p.m.dinner; 8:30 p.m. show. Groveland Hotel, 18767 Main St., Groveland. $10 with dinner entree. (209) 962-4000 x304.
FLEETWOOD MASK• Oct. 18
Fleetwood Mac tribute band. 8 p.m. West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., Newman. $17 general; $20 reserved. (209) 862-4490.
IN MY LIFE - MUSICAL THEATRE TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES• Oct. 10
Musical biography of The Beatles. 7:30 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton. $35-$55.
SWISS ECHOES FALL CONCERT AND DANCE• Oct. 18
Featuring guest choir “Swiss Singing Society of San Francisco.” Concert followed by dancing to Ron Scheiber Orchestra. Dinner precedes concert, 6 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. concert. SJV Swiss Hall, East Main St. and Manley Road, Ripon. $8 presale; $10 door; Dinner, $12 adults; $6 children 12 year and under. (209) 668-2760 or (209) 531-2577.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “PUMP”• Through Oct. 4
Documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil.
FILM: “LOVE IS STRANGE”• Oct. 3
After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart.
FILM: “HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS”• Oct. 3-9
Comedy follows the adventures of a psychiatrist who searches the globe to discover the secret of happiness.
ROBIN WILLIAMS FILM TRIBUTE• Oct. 5
Showing of two of Robin Williams best films, “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Good Will Hunting.” 1 p.m “Good Morning Vietnam”; 4 p.m. “Good Will Hunting.”
FILM: “ONE CHANCE”• Oct. 10-17
True story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night.
FILM: “MY OLD LADY”• Oct. 10-25
A down-and-out New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there who refuses to budge.
FILM: “RUDDERLESS”• Oct. 17-26
Musical drama about the power of a parent’s love.
FILM: “ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”• Oct. 18
Lou Costello is wooed by a lady doctor to gain his confidence and lure him to the operating table to get his brain to use for Frankenstein. Part of the CareMore Senior Film series. 10:30 a.m.
MIC GILETTE BAND• Oct. 18
Trumpet and trombone player and his band in a benefit for the Center for Human Services’ Pathways program. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. $25.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
“GOOD PEOPLE”• Through Oct. 12
American play about people who succeed and the “good people” who help them do it. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. (209) 536-1778.
“ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT”• Through Oct. 12
Play by Jeff Daniels presented by Murphys Creek Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Black Bart Playhouse, 580 Algiers St., Murphys. (209) 728-8422.
“I HATE HAMLET”• Through Oct. 5
A young television actor relocates to New York, where, with his career in limbo, he is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates “Hamlet.” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. $10-$22. (209) 725-8587.
“JULIUS CAESAR”• Through Oct. 12
Passion, power, corruption, jealousy, magic and betrayal intersect in Shakespeare’s telling of the story of Rome’s collapse from republic to dictatorship. Call for times. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. $20. (209) 549-9341.
MARK TWAIN’S “A MURDER, A MYSTERY & A MARRIAGE”• Through Oct. 26
The zany small town of Deer Lick, Missouri is thrown into a frenzy when a mysterious visitor arrives. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday. Sierra Repertory Theatre -Fallon House Theatre, 11175 S. Washington St., Columbia. $18-$30. (209) 532-3120.
“I AND YOU”• Oct. 2-11
8 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-10, 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 11. California State University, Stanislaus, Mainstage Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3959.
THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN• Oct. 4-12
Presented by the St. Mary’s High School Theatre Department. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday and Saturday, Oct. 11. Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Lane. $10-$15. (209) 957-3340.
“IN MY LIFE: MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES”• Oct. 17
Musical biography of The Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein. Featuring Gregori High School string quartet. 7:30 p.m. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. $29-$49. (209) 381-0500.
ON MAIN• (209) 667-3959
Through Oct. 24, Art Faculty on Main. Gallery Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 139 W. Main St., Turlock. Free.
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 Oct. 10, Max Presnell; Oct. 20-Dec. 22, Danielle Peters, artist reception, Oct.23, 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1 University Center, Turlock. Free. www.csustan.edu
AND MISTLIN GALLERY• (209) 529-3369
Through Oct. 25, Healing Journey “Hope” Memorial Medical Center’s Complementary Therpay Art program exhibit; Oct. 16, 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. www.ccartassn.org
CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY
AND ART SCHOOL• (209) 522-0935
Oct. 16, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com
CROW TRADING CO.• (209) 579-2173
Oct. 16, 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 MERCED• (209) 658-0661
Oct. 18, Merced Art Hop. 5-9 p.m. .
DOWNTOWN MODESTO• (209) 529-9303
Oct. 16, Third Thursday Art Walk, at various venues. 5-9 p.m. .
GALLERY 909• (209) 667-3959
Oct. 16, Third Thursday Art Walk, reception and artist talks, 5:30 p.m. Hours: Thursdays-Saturday: noon - 4 p.m. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.
Oct. 4-18, Tuolumne River Woodworkers annual show. Tuesday-Sunday; noon-4 p.m. 1402 I St., Modesto. Free.
ARTS CENTER• (209) 388-1090
Through Nov. 7, art classes in painting, photography, filmmaking and kids classes. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 645 W. Main St.
MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE
ART GALLERY• (209) 575-6819
Through Oct. 23, (Furl) by Brad Crow and David Hewitt, artist reception, Oct. 9 5:30-7:30 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday. 435 College Ave., Modesto. Free admission..
MUSEUM• (209) 847-5163
Through February, “The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle and Pack Station,” operated by the Barnes family since 1929. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 355 E. F St., Oakdale. $1. www.oakdalecowboymuseum.org
ARTS PROJECT• (209) 581-1695
Oct. 16, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m.; Oct. 28, Art Anniversary Celebration Gala, 4-8 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1222 J St., Modesto. www.peerartrecoveryproject.org
Oct. 16, 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.
VARIOUS LOCATIONS• 559- 658-8844
Oct. 3-5, Sierra Arts Trail Open Studio Tour, a self-guided tour through more than a dozen Yosemite area communities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. . $18 for two adults.
TREWIN FRAMERY• (209) 818-6004
Ongoing, Rodney Lough Jr., Tom Pickurel, Chella, Edward Mendes. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 5170 Pentecost Drive, Suite 1, Modesto.
UC MERCED ART GALLERY• (209) 228-4566
Oct. 6-18, “Gronk: An Urban Narrative,” Reception and presentation by Professors Kenichi Yoshida and Ramon Garcia, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 5200 North Lake Road, Merced.
BOUTIQUES• (209) 523-3000
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 4459 Spyres Way, #A, Modesto.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
FRIDAY FOLK DANCING• Ongoing
Folk dancing lessons. 7 p.m. Fridays $7.
“JOAN MIRO: FANTASTIC UNIVERSE EXHIBIT”• Through Jan. 15
Exhibit featuring the colorful work of surrealist Joan Miró highlighting the artist’s exploration of printmaking showcasing 54 works. Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $10 general; $8 members; 12 and under free.
SOCIAL DANCE: LEARN THE SWING• Oct. 3
Presented by the Village Dancers. 7:30 p.m.
“IN YOUR DREAMS”• Oct. 8-Feb. 1
This juried exhibition will coincide with and complement the Joan Miró exhibit, “Fantastic Universe.” “In Your Dreams” features some 45 pieces, including paintings, drawings and photographs that express the artists’ dreams.
LE JAZZ HOT• Oct. 14
Members of San Francisco’s famous Hot Club ensemble play French “gypsy jazz” in the 1930s style of Django Reinhardt, 7:30 pm. This special performance includes a no-host beer and wine bar. Reserved table (includes 4 tickets) $125; General admission $25; CAC members $20
The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call (209) 632-5761. www.carnegieartsturlock.org.
CHICKEN RANCH• (800) 752-4646
16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown. (209) 984-4806. www.chickenranchcasino.com/
THUNDER VALLEY• (877) 468-8777
Oct. 11, Gladiator Challenge: Carnage; Oct. 25, JB Smoove; Oct. 31, Sinners and Saints Halloween Party. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com
CHUKCHANSI GOLD• (866) 794-6946
Oct. 4, Oct. 24, LOL Comedy. 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. www.chukchansigold.com
JACKSON RANCHERIA• (800) 822-9466
Oct. 30, Josh Turner. 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. www.jacksoncasino.com
RED HAWK CASINO• (888) 573-3495
Oct. 3, Cripple Creek; Oct. 4, Clean Slate; Oct. 10, Kumandae Miller; Oct. 11, Maxx Cabello Jr.; Oct. 17, Summer of Love; Oct. 18, Big Bad Boogie Rock. 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
CACHE CREEK• (800) 772-2243
Oct. 3, San Francisco Comedy Competition Finals; Oct. 4, Chieu Thu; Oct. 5, Chris Gardner Band; Oct. 10-11, Kenny Rogers; Oct. 12, Grupo Fuerza Armada; Oct. 18, Lou Gramm. 14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
BLACK OAK CASINO• (877) 747-8777
Oct. 3, Hip Service; Oct. 4, Mic Gillette Band; Oct. 9, Notes for Notes Local Concert Series with Dyemusica; Oct. 10-11, Left of Center; Oct. 16, Sin City All Stars; Oct. 17, Rock of Ages; Oct. 18, Foreverland. 19400 Tuolumne Road N.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE• (209) 521-8000
Oct. 12, Geoff Baker; First Wednesdays, Filmmaker Social Club; Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
COMEBACK COMEDY CO-OP SHOW• Oct. 3
Gabriel Iglesias presents Stand-Up Revolution, featuring Dillon Garcia. Special guests Gloria Magana, Eddie S., Ric James and Do Dirty. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. show. Club 108, 3119 Atchison, Riverbank. $20 advance; $25 door. (209) 204-1893.
TERRY FATOR• Oct. 26
“America’s Got Talent” winner who entertains with singing, comedy and celebrity impressions. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. $65-$125. (209) 668-1169.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH CELEBRATION• Oct. 1-31
Oct. 4-5, third annual Celebrate Art, with art show, plein art paint out, silent auction, raffle and listening and dancing to “Swing Gitane.” Oct. 10-11, Sign Painters, artist demonstrations, meet and greet and film screening. Oct. 25-26, Art Exhibition at the Alliance Gallery with artist reception. Call for individual event locations and times. (209) 532-2787.
OKTOBERFEST• Oct. 3
Microbrew extravaganza includes a German bratwurst BBQ, live entertainment and midway games. 5:30-10 p.m. John Thurman Field , 601 Neece Drive, Modesto. $25.
FALL FESTIVAL• Oct. 3-5
Friday, pasta dinner and talent show. Saturday, blessing of the animals, food, games, entertainment and Paul J. Kim concerts. $9 with two canned food donations. Sunday, community Mass, followed by food and entertainment. Blessing of the animals, Saturday. 11 a.m., 7 p.m. Saturday concerts. Our Lady of Fatima, 505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 524-7421.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL• Oct. 4
Multicultural celebration with parade of flags, music, dance presentations, food and children’s craft. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, 435 College Ave. Free. (209) 521-3852.
SOLAR FAIR• Oct. 4
Gathering of 11 local solar companies and two financial institutions. MID and PGE representatives, tours of Church of the Brethren’s 200-panel soalr array will be offered. Presented by Modesto Junior College Project Green and Solar Everywhere. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. Free.
OKTOBERFEST• Oct. 4-5
Beer tasting, noon-3 p.m., tasting tent tickets $20. Live music, arts and crafts. Presented by the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Eproson Park, Twain Harte. Free.
HARVEST FESTIFALL• Oct. 11-12
30th annual fall festival features vendor booths with artisans in period costumes, children’s activities, a petting zoo and crafting demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St. , Columbia. Free. (209) 536-1672.
RIVERBANK CHEESE WINE & BEER EXPOSITION• Oct. 11-12
Street festival features more than 200 vendors, offering arts and crafts and food. Three-hour wine tasting each day starts at 1 p.m. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Riverbank, Santa Fe and Third. Free admission; $10-$20 wine tasting tickets.
EGYPTIAN FESTIVAL ’14• Oct. 17-19
Live Egyptian band, Egyptian cuisine, church tours, boutiques, raffle, souvenirs and games for kids. 4-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 315 S. Orange St., Ripon. Free. (209) 918-6605.
HARVEST FESTIVAL• Oct. 18
Pumpkin patch, pumpkin-decorating contest, pumpkin carving, kettle corn, live music, food, craft fair, pie-eating contest, chef demos, classic-car show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Modesto Free. (209) 529-9303.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL• Oct. 18
Concert featuring women performers from Northern California. Songwriting contest, art and poetry on display. 5-11:30 p.m. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. $10. (209) 277-2221.
OKTOBERFEST• Oct. 18
Hermann Sons Oktoberfest featuring German dinner, beer and dancing. Food served 1:30-2:30 p.m. 1-6 p.m. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $15. (209) 571-2667 or (209) 524-1317.
OKTOBERFEST• Oct. 18
Sausage sampling, microbrews, wine tasting, silent auction and raffle. Music and dancing. Presented by Escalon Sunrise Rotary Club. 3-7 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road, Escalon. $30 advance; $35 door.
OCTOBERFEST• Oct. 18-19
Bloomingcamp Ranch Octoberfest features craft booths, face painting, a 4-H petting zoo, a children’s area, a barbecue and a bake shop. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bloomingcamp Ranch, 10528 Highway 120, Oakdale. Free. (209) 848-0461.
FOOD & FUN
FARMERS MARKET• Ongoing
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
FOE BREAKFAST• Ongoing
Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6. (209) 577-2298.
STEAK NIGHT• Ongoing
Steak dinner, salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. First Friday. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. (209) 577-2298.
FARMERS MARKET• Through December
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
First Sunday of the month. 8 a.m.-noon. IOOF Hall, Main Street, Knights Ferry. $5.
OPEN AIR MARKET• Ongoing
First Saturday of month. Noon-5 p.m. The Yogurt Station, 1214 W. F St., Oakdale. Free. (209) 845-8113.
FARMERS MARKET• Through Dec. 20
Local farm produce vendors and more. 8 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
FARMERS MARKET• Through Oct. 24
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays; Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m. Main Street and Broadway
AND YARD SALE• Oct. 4
Escallonia Chapter #447, Order of the Eastern Star soup and salad luncheon. Take-out available. Escalon city-wide yard sale. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Escalon Masonic Center, 1500 Viking St., Escalon. $7 adults; $3.50 children 5-10; under 5 free.
FIRE AND ICE GALA• Oct. 10
Parent Resource Center fundraiser featuring dinner, wine, music and dancing. Purchase tickets by Oct. 1. 6:30 p.m. Vintage Gardens, 4342 Dale Road, Modesto. $75 . (209) 549-8193.
TACOS AND TEQUILA• Oct. 10
Dinner and dancing to the music of the Mike Torres band. Tequila tastings. 21 and over event. 6 p.m.-midnight St. Anthony’s School, 323 N. Fremont St., Manteca. $25. (209) 612-6254 or (209) 823-4513.
DIVAS AND DUDES
BRUNCH• Oct. 12
Second annual brunch fundraiser will follow the Making Strides against Breast Cancer 5K walk at the Gallo Center. Brunch seating is limited. 11 a.m. no-host bar; 11:30 brunch. Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto. $20. (209) 614-6149.
SPAGHETTI FUNDRAISER• Oct. 18
Boots and Saddles Inc. fundraiser. Dinner includes salad, garlic bread and dessert. Drive through available. $10 VFW Post 3199, 2801 W. Hatch Road, Modesto. (209) 204-4289.
HALLOWEEN AND HARVEST
CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH• Through Oct. 31
Corn mazes, haunted maze, corn cannons, cow train rides, petting zoo, hayrides, picnic area and pig races. Parking and access to pumpkin patch are free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Fantozzi Farms , 2550 Sperry Ave., Patterson. $3-$12 depending on activities. (209) 892-2015.
PUMPKIN PATCH AND CORN MAZE• Through Nov. 1
Pumpkin bowling, 20-acre corn maze, hay maze, scary shed, sand box and tractor corral. Freaky Flashlight nights, Friday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Noon-dusk Mon-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. RAM Farms Inc., 716 N. Daubenberger, Turlock. $8-$6 maze; $8-$10 Freaky Flashlight nights. (209) 649-7078.
HIGBEE HORROR HAUNT• Oct. 3-Nov. 1
Walk-through haunted house has real-life characters. Not recommended kids under 13. No-scares maze available for children. 6-10 p.m. 2936 Veneman Ave., Modesto. $10 adults; $5 children.
PUMPKIN MAZE• Oct. 4-31
Dell’Osso Farms annual corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip lines, mystery tour ride and haunted castle. Petting zoo, free hay ride and other attractions. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 501 Manthey Road, Lathrop. $1-$10 individual attraction tickets; $12-$22 packages. (209) 982-0833
PUMPKIN FAIR• Oct. 4-5
Featuring haunted house, car show, kids zone, live music on two stages, carnival and booths with pumpkin related activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Manteca Free.
HALLOWEEN HOME TOUR• Oct. 4
Omega Nu Halloween Home Tour featuring decorated homes of Halloween collectors. All proceeds benefit local charities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Various locations $35. (209) 606-9033.
MUSEUM• Oct. 24-30
Haunted maze, costumed performers from Prospect Theatre Project, Halloween crafts, pumpkin roll. Sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County. 5-8:30 p.m. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. $5 per person; under 5 free. (209) 222-5826.
FANTASY FAIRE• Oct. 25-26
Celtic celebration featuring costumed characters, food and beverage, live entertainment and live music. Noon-12 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Highway 49, Sonora. $5-$16. www.allhallowsfaire.com
TRICK OR TREATING
OF THE JACK-O-LANTERNS• Oct. 25
Pumpkin carving contest, Jack-o-Lantern illumination. Halloween costumes are encouraged, prizes. 6:30-8 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St. , Columbia. Free. (209) 588-9128.
ODDS & ENDS
EDGAR CAYCE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS• Through Oct. 9
Informational meetings regarding Edgar Cayce study groups. Call for location. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Private location Free. (209) 524-2468.
STORIES IN STONE• Through Oct. 4
Lamplight-led evening tour of the Columbia Cemetery by costumed docents. Guests will stop at specific gravesites where stories of those who have lived and died in Columbia will be told by some very convincing characters. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St. , Columbia. $25. (209) 588-9128.
AND THE RUNAWAY UNIVERSE• Oct. 3
Astronomer and teacher Dr. Alex Filippenko of UC Berkeley will presenting a MAPS talk entitled Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe. Talk will feature a discussion of exploding stars, black holes, active galaxies, and cosmology. Talk intended for people over 10 years old. 7:30-9 p.m. Modesto Junior College - Mary Stuart Rogers Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Free.
DR. ALEX FILIPPENKO• Oct. 3
UC Berkeley astronomer and teacher, Dr. Alex Filippenko will present a program entitled “Dark Matter and the Runaway Universe.” Talk intended for ages over 10. 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College - Mary Stuart Rogers Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Free.
FAMILY FESTIVAL 2014• Oct. 3-5
Food booths, entertainment, canival. St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 3824 Mitchell Road, Ceres. (209) 537-0516.
SHOW AND SALE• Oct. 3-5
Women of Western Art annual art show and sale. Friday night artist reception. Artist demonstrations, kids art show and raffle prizes. 6-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Oakdale Rodeo Grounds, Hwy. 120, Oakdale. (209) 845-0252.
AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE• Oct. 4
Kids activities, car show, plane show, food. All ages welcome. Presented by the City of Oakdale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakdale Airport, 8191 Laughlin Road. Free. (209) 847-1993.
LET’S DO LUNCH
FASHION SHOW• Oct. 4
Fashions from the 1940s and 1950s and luncheon. Fundraiser supports the Tuolumne County Historical Society. 11:30 a.m. Elks Lodge-Sonora, 100 Elk Drive. $25. (209) 532-5253 or (209) 532-4227.
WOODWORKERS• Oct. 4-18
Tuolumne River Woodworkers Association annual show. McHenry Museum, 1402 I St., Modesto. (209) 667-2340 or (209) 847-1173.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
COMMUNITY FAIR• Oct. 5
Kids corner, petting zoo, bounce house, child safety tips. Food sampling and demos, vision and hearing screening, health and dental screenings. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Seventh-day Adventist Church, Central Modesto, 1614 H St., Modesto. Free. (209) 606-4218.
OF THE PADDLES• Oct. 10
2014 Battle of the Paddles Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County Ping-Pong tournament and game room. Advance tickets only, entry limited to those 21 and over. 6 p.m. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $100 per person. http://bgcstan.org
FRUIT YARD CENTURY
BENEFIT RIDE• Oct. 11
Three different routes, 30 mile, 100K and 105 miles. Entry fee includes pre-ride breakfast and post-ride meal. Post ride meal available to nonriders for $15. Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank. 7 a.m. Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. $30-$55. http://www.stancobike.org
TRUCK AND TRACTOR PULL• Oct. 11
Truck and tractor pull hosted by the Modesto Junior College Agriculture and Environmental Science Division. 4:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College, Agriculture Center, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $10-$15. (209) 575-6214.
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST
BREAST CANCER WALK• Oct. 12
3-5 mile walk to help end breast cancer. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. walk. Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto.
WHIST CARD PARTY• Oct. 13
Society of St. Isabel hosting Whist card party with prizes, refreshments and a raffle. 1 p.m. doors; 1:30 card play. St. Stanislaus Church Hall, 7th and K streets, Modesto. $2. (209) 529-4933.
PROGRAM• Oct. 16
Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club presents Dan Arnold with a program on using 19th-century-style equipment to follow the earliest Sierra Nevada Mountaineers. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Tuolumne Utilities District Board Room, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.
COMMUNITY BAND• Ongoing
Looking for experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players. 7 p.m. Mondays. California State University, Stanislaus, music building, 1 University Circle, Turlock. (209) 667-3740.
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND” AUDITIONS• Oct. 4-7
Youth Entertainment Stage (YES) Kids and Kidettes seeks students grades 1-8 for Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Call for locations. 10 a.m. Oct. 4; 5 p.m. Oct. 7. $200 tuition fee, scholarships available. (209) 238-6850.