GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: RADIO” ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5
Directed by John Mayer, theater department chair at CSU Stanislaus, this rendering of the beloved Frank Capra movie is performed in the style of a 1940s radio show. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday. $15-$25.
HOLIDAY POPS ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5
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Celebrate the season with the Modesto Symphony and Broadway singer Alli Mauzey for a concert of Christmas classics, carols and medleys. Features performances by the MSO Chorus and Turlock High School Cantate. $37-$92.
“THE ELVES & THE SHOEMAKER” ▪ Sunday, Dec. 6
Two merry elves arrive at a small village in the Black Forest to discover a poor, kindly shoemaker and his wife who need assistance. 2 and 4 p.m. $8-$15.
“THE SNOW QUEEN” ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 8
Davis High School drama department recreates Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. 7 p.m. $15-$25.
“THE NUTCRACKER” ▪ Friday, Dec. 11-Sunday, Dec. 20
Central West Ballet presents annual holiday favorite from the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 2 p.m. Dec. 12-13 and 20; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 19. $19-$40.
“THE GREATEST GIFT” MUSICAL ▪ Sunday, Dec. 13
Apostolic Jubilee Center presents a Christmas celebration featuring two performances of gospel music. 1 and 5 p.m. $4.
OPUS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE ▪ Thursday, Dec. 17
Holiday concert. Handbell choir has been performing in the Modesto area since 1992. 7 p.m. $8-$15.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Call 209-338-2100.
UKULELE PLAY-ALONG ▪ Ongoing
Funstrummers ukulele play and singalong. Songbooks provided. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Donation. 209-505-3216.
UKULELE LESSONS ▪ Ongoing
Beginning group ukulele lessons. 6-8 p.m. Mondays. First United Methodist Church, Modesto, 850 16th St. Donations. 209-505-3216.
GOLDEN VALLEY CHORUS ▪ Ongoing
Men’s barbershop-style a capella chorus rehearsals. 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Blvd., Modesto. 209-524-6139.
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.
KASH IN ▪ Through March 19
Songwriters Alex Kash and Bethany Dalton-Kash. 1 p.m. Sundays through March 13 and one Saturday show March 19. Columbia Nursery, 22004 Parrots Ferry Road, Sonora. $15.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT ▪ Friday, Dec. 4
7:30 p.m. Stanislaus State Bernell & Flora Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $12. 209-668-3958.
“SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” ▪ Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-6
Columbia College community chorus and orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St. $10 advance; $12 at the door; $5 age 12 and under. 209-586-5965.
MOUNTAIN MELODY ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Dec. 13
Chorus’ holiday programs. 4 p.m. Dec. 5, Community Covenant Church, 261 Treat Ave., San Andreas, 209-754-3881; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Ayrael Vieux Vineyards, 1690 Monge Ranch Road, Douglas Flat, 510-418-6197; 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Union Congregational Church, 1141 S. Main St., Angels Camp, 209-736-4171; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Outer Aisle, 164 Highway 4, Murphys, 209-728-1164.
“IT’S A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS” ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Patrick Hogan on piano. Jazzy versions of holiday favorites. 2 p.m. Columbia College Dogwood Theater, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. $15. 209-588-5126.
“THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
MJC Music Department presents family-friendly program of Christmas music, a musical setting of the poem “The Night Before Christmas” and excerpts from “The Grinch” movie. 7 p.m. MJC Main Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. $6; $3 students, seniors and children. 209-575-6776.
JOSH TURNER ▪ Sunday, Dec. 6
Country music star. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $49-$69. www.turlocktheatre.org.
“CAROLFEST” ▪ Sunday, Dec. 6
2 and 6 p.m. Stanislaus State Bernell & Flora Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $12. 209-668-3958.
STUDENT CHAMBER MUSIC AND STUDIO COMPOSITION RECITAL ▪ Monday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m. Stanislaus State Bernell & Flora Snider Recital Hall, 1 University Circle, Turlock. $12. 209-668-3958. www.csustan.edu/soa/events.
JIM ANDERSON & THE REBELS ▪ Wednesday, Dec. 9
Cpl. Charles O. Palmer II Memorial Troop Support Program. 6 p.m. Manteca Transit Center, 220 Moffat Blvd., Manteca. $75. 209-239-3088. www.cplpalmertroopsupport.com.
MSO HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT CONCERT ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 15
Celebrate the height of the holiday season with chorus director Daniel R. Afonso Jr., the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. 8 p.m. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1200 Maze Blvd., Modesto. $10-$55.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “THEEB” ▪ Through Wednesday, Dec. 9
While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother, Theeb (“Wolf”). The brothers’ quiet existence is interrupted when a British army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well. In Arabic with subtitles. $8.
FILM: “BROOKLYN” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 13
Moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. $8.
FILM:WARREN MILLER’S “CHASING SHADOWS” ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5
The 66th annual winter sports film from Warren Miller Entertainment is a celebration of why we commit ourselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every spring. Presented by the Society for the Handicapped. 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $20.
KAT COUNTRY CHRISTMAS ▪ Friday, Dec. 11
Live acoustic show featuring country artists Chase Bryant, Love and Theft, “American Idol’s” Lauren Alaina and Mo Pitney in a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 8 p.m. $20.
THE OLATE DOGS HOLIDAY RESCUE TOUR ▪ Sunday, Dec. 13
“America’s Got Talent” champs The Olate Dogs bring fast-paced, family-friendly tour. 2 p.m. $27-$37; $57 VIP.
FILM: “HEART OF A DOG” ▪ Monday-Saturday, Dec. 14-19
Laurie Anderson’s cinematic journey through love, death and language centering on her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, who died in 2011. $8-$10.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call 209-527-4697. www.thestate.org.
“WELCOME TO THE HOTEL PARADISO” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 6
Modesto Junior College Theater Department. French comedy by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallieres. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. MJC Little Theatre, 435 College Ave., Modesto. $10 general; $8 students and seniors. http://mjc.tix.com.
“THE WHIPPING MAN” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 13
The story of three men in Richmond, Va., at the end of the Civil War. Two are former slaves waiting in an empty house for the former owners to return, the third a wounded confederate soldier. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m Sundays. $20. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. 209-549-934.
“MARY POPPINS” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 13
Musical based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, presented for the holidays. 7:30 p.m Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m Sundays. Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. $10-$22.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 20
New adaption of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge from Sierra Repertory Theatre. Call for times and prices. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. 209-532-3120.
“ALMOST MAINE” ▪ Through Sunday, Dec. 20
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m Saturdays-Sundays. Stage 3 Theatre, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $17-$25. www.stage3.org.
“THE LITTLEST PIRATE” ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Dec. 13
Sierra Repertory Theatre Jr. presents new musical following Bucket, a young pirate left as a baby with a swashbuckling crew. 2 p.m. East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $5-$10. www.sierrarep.org.
“CHURCH LADY CHRISTMAS” ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Center for Urban Performance and Service and Westside Ministries present Broadway-style musical comedy about the true meaning of Christmas. Silent auctions before performances to benefit Community Cultivators 4-H club. 2 and 7 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. Free; offering taken. 209-667-9020.
ALOFT ART GALLERY ▪ 209-588-8604
Saturday, Dec. 12, Second Saturday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 167 S. Washington St., Sonora.
ART SPACE ON MAIN ▪ 209-667-3958
Through Saturday, Jan. 16, Stanislaus State Juried Student Exhibition with artist reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10; artist talk 6 p.m. Gallery hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; noon-9 p.m. Thursday-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 ▪ 209-668-3958
Through Wednesday, Dec. 23, “Painting the Unconscious.” 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.
CAROLYN HUFF PHOTOGRAPHY ▪ 209-572-2341
Thursday, Dec. 17, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 1-6 p.m. Thursday, with 1-9 p.m. third Thursday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. 1224 K St., Modesto.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY ▪ 209-529-3369
Through Wednesday, Dec. 23, “Home for the Holidays.” Thursday, Dec. 17, 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
Through December, “2-Gether, Nicole Slater and Tammy Jo Schoppet.” Thursday, Dec. 17, 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.
DOWNTOWN MODESTO ▪ 209-529-9303
Thursday, Dec. 17, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET GALLEY ▪ 209-667-7332
Through Saturday, Dec. 19, miniature art show featuring over 50 California artists. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 226 N. First St., Turlock.
GUSTINE MUSEUM ▪ 209-854-6455
Gustine Museum Historical Society quilt exhibit including archives of the historical society and old sewing machines. Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. 397 Fourth St., Gustine. 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.
MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE GALLERY ▪ 209-575-6819
Through Thursday, Dec. 3, “Found.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 435 College Ave., Modesto. Free.
PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT ▪ 209-581-1695
Thursday, Dec. 17, 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 ▪
Thursday, Dec. 17, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1030 J. St., Modesto.
REMEMBER WHEN ▪ 209-544-1385
Ongoing artists exhibit. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.
SONORA JOE’S ▪ 209-533-4455
Saturday, Dec. 12, Second Saturday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. 140 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.sonorajoes.com.
STILL SMOKING ▪ 209-574-0681
Thursday, Dec. 17, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 1313 J St., Modesto. www.stillsmokingstore.tripod.com.
TREVINO’S BARBER SHOP ▪ 209-988-4612
Thursday, Dec. 17, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 909 10th St., Modesto.
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.
ALPHONSE MUCHA: THE GOLDEN AGE OF ART NOUVEAU ▪ Through Sunday, Jan. 10
Selections from the Dhawan Collection.
ORGANIC DESIGNS ▪ Through Sunday, Jan. 31
Themed, juried art show.
HOT CLUB FAUX GITANE ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 8
Acoustic swing band plays in the Gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt. 7:30-9 p.m. $15; $10 members; $5 students.
“THE BIRTH OF MODERN DANCE” ▪ Sunday, Dec. 13
Sunday arts lecture series with Tami Stark-McQueen. 2-3:30 p.m.
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
1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln. www.thundervalleycasino.com.
JACKSON RANCHERIA ▪ 800-822-9466
12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.
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
Friday, Dec. 4, Roy Rogers; Saturday, Dec. 5 ’60s Summer of Love; Thursday, Dec. 10, Risky Biscuits. 19400 Tuolumne Road N., Tuolumne.
STAND UP FOR CHARITY ▪ Friday, Dec. 11
Johnny Creal, Bill Riedmann, Jeremiah Nation, Tony Martins, Nicole Turley, Griffin Daly, John Jones, hosted by A.J. DeMello. Donations go to the Marines Toys for Tots program. 8:20 p.m. Queen Bean Coffeehouse, 1126 14th St., Modesto. Free.
FOOD & FUN
VFW BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2801 W. Hatch Road, Modesto. $7. 209-537-3360.
VFW DINNER ▪ Ongoing
Friday night dinner hosted by the VFW Post 3199. 4-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$10. 209-537-3360.
RIPON VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS ▪ Ongoing
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 ▪ Ongoing
Hosted by VFW 1051 of Ripon. Chicken strips, burgers, fish or shrimp with fries. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 12455 W. Ripon Road, Ripon. Small donation required. 209-599-6815.
TURLOCK VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS ▪ Ongoing
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.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
Year-round. 8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 16th Street and Canal, Merced. 209-389-4175.
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 Fridays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. 209-577-2298.
KNIGHTS FERRY BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
8 a.m.-noon first Sundays. IOOF Hall, Main Street, Knights Ferry. $5.
SENIOR BREAKFAST CLUB ▪ Ongoing
50-plus club. 8:30-9 a.m. Sundays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-576-0279.
MODESTO FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I streets. Free. 209-605-8536.
COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET ▪ Ongoing
5 p.m. Thursdays. Main Street, Columbia State Historic Park. Free 209-499-8273.
PROMENADE FARMERS MARKET ▪ Through Dec. 30
Local produce, market vendors. 7:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays. The Promenade, Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road, Merced. Free. 209-389-4175.
MODESTO ON ICE ▪ Through January
Outdoor ice skating rink. 2-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sundays. $8-$12. www.modestoonice.com.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE AND FAIRE ▪ Friday, Dec. 4-Sunday, Dec. 6
Noon. Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Ave., Modesto.
LAMPLIGHT TOURS ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5
“The Thing That Saved Columbia”-theme tours take participants through the decorated town during a walking play. Every 15 minutes from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park. $20. www.friendsofcolumbiashp.com.
HOLIDAY ARTISAN FAIR ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5
More than 40 local artists with jewelry, ceramics, alpaca goods, more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. 209-388-1090.
TURLOCK DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE ▪ Friday, Dec. 4
Lighted parade on historic Main Street beginning at Canal Drive. Holiday music and vendors. 6:30 p.m. 209-668-5594.
MURPHYS OPEN HOUSE ▪ Friday-Saturday, Dec. 4-5
Holiday parade at 5:30 p.m. Local wines with musicians and carolers in the streets. Santa arrives in the parade to light the tree and take photos with children. Free. 5-8 p.m.
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST ▪ Friday, Dec. 4-Friday, Dec. 25
Lighted Christmas trees on display throughout the month. Christmas gift fair beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, on Main Street before the tree lights go up at 6 p.m. on the Old Court Theater property in downtown. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park and ends at D Street. 209-394-8830.
CHRISTMAS TREE LANE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
The grand opening of Ceres’ Christmas Tree Lane kicks off with the Ceres Christmas Festival at Smyrna Park on Moffett Road at 5:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting for Christmas Tree Lane will be at 7:30 p.m. Free. 209-538-5682.
ROCKIN’ HOLIDAYS CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Modesto’s holiday parade in downtown at the corner of 14th and I streets at 5:30 p.m. After, trees will be set aglow outside Modesto Centre Plaza at K and 10th streets. The event also kicks off an ongoing Rockin’ Holiday at 10th Street Plaza in December that will feature lights, garland, retro decorations and music Thursday-Saturdays through Dec. 19.
“A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS” PARADE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Waterford’s annual lighted parade coincides with a community toy and food drive. Attendees should take unwrapped gifts and food donations. 5:30 p.m. beginning at Richard Moon Elementary School, 319 N. Reinway Ave., and ends at Waterford Middle School.
CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR CHARITY CAR SHOW ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Central Valley Knights car show with awards, raffle and food. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Regal Theater parking lot, 3969 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Entry is one $10 or more toy, unwrapped. 209-521-2675.
DICKENS FAIRE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Venture back to the Victorian era inside and outside the McHenry Mansion, which will be decorated in Christmas splendor. Costumed carolers, stories of Christmases past, plus a street fair with crafts and the Modesto farmers market. 9 a.m. Free children’s activities at McHenry Museum. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto, and outside down 15th Street. www.mchenrymuseum.org.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Handmade crafts, gift items, home-baked goods, vendors, door prizes and brunch. Supports the local work of Bethany Christian Services. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church, 333 S. Wilma, Ripon.
AAUW HOME TOUR & TEA ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Annual AAUW Sonora branch fundraiser features a tour of four homes in Sonora and Columbia from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. as well as a tea, boutique and basket drawing in holiday-decorated Faith Hall at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia 1-5 p.m. $25; tickets available at Mountain Bookshop and Joan’s Boutique in Sonora. 209-735-0950.
LATKES & VODKAS ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Food, drinks, dancing to Kyle Barker Band and Hot Club Faux Gitane. Cigar lounge and Southern spirits new this year. Fundraiser for Congregation Beth Shalom youth programs. 8-11 p.m. $40. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. 209-571-6060.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Featuring more than 45 vendors with homemade and other items. Lunch and other treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto. 209-531-0602.
MENORAH LIGHTING ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 8
Public lighting of the Hanukkah menorah by Congregation Beth Shalom. Hanukkah party will be held at CBS after at 6:30 p.m. Lighting is from 4:45-5:30 p.m. Tenth Street Plaza, 10th and J streets, Modesto. Free. 209-571-6060.
CHRISTMAS TEA ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 8
Annual event with traditional tea sandwiches and desserts. Tour the restored 1883 McHenry Mansion decorated for the holidays and shop at the gift store. Proceeds benefit McHenry Mansion Foundation. Two seatings, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St. Modesto. $30. 209-522-1739.
MINI HOLIDAY BAZAAR ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 8
Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild bazaar with artistic handcrafted items created by guild members. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Faith Hall, Church of the 49ers in Columbia.
SPIRIT OF GIVING FESTIVAL ▪ Saturday, Dec. 12
Bell 5K Run and Walk and vendor fair. The start/finish line will be located at Tenth Street Plaza, 1010 Tenth St, with holiday vendor booths and festivities, including a free quarter-mile kid’s fun run where children 10 and under can chase the Grinch out of Modesto. Run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m.; children’s fun run at 9:45 a.m. Festival until 2 p.m. Registration $20-$35. Race-day pickup is 7-8 a.m. at the plaza.
ESCALON’S CHRISTMAS ON MAIN ▪ Saturday, Dec. 12
A vendor fair with entertainment and marshmallow roasting over fire pits leads up to a Parade of Lights and the arrival of Santa Claus to Escalon. 3:30-8 p.m. Free. Main Street, Escalon. 209-838-2793.
COOKIE WALK ▪ Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13
Homemade cookies, cafe, boutique, carolers. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-noon Sunday. St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto. 209 526-0146.
LAS POSADAS NATIVITY PROCESSION ▪ Sunday, Dec. 13
Spanish tradition re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. Columbia version offers 1850s flavor. 5:30 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park. Free. 209-536-1672. www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com.
ODDS & ENDS
MAPS: MAKING FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT, WATER AND AIR ▪ Friday, Dec. 4
Modesto Area Partners in Science presentation by Frances Houle, deputy director for science and research integration in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis and senior scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 7:30 p.m. Sierra Hall 132, Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Free.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY TOY TRAIN SHOW ▪ Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6
Operating train layouts, Whistle Stop Cafe. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. $5; free under age 12. 209-479-4432.
WINTER FASHION SHOW ▪ Saturday, Dec. 5
Turlock Pregnancy Center benefit. Vendors, raffles, refreshments. 4-7 p.m. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. $30 advance; $35 at the door. 209-996-4036.
CENTRAL VALLEY CON ▪ Sunday, Dec. 6
Pop culture convention presented by Battleground Games. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Modesto Centre Plaza and Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Modesto. $7 at the door, $5 advance. http://centralvalleycon.com/tickets.
MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD ▪ Tuesday, Dec. 8
10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, Columbia. www.mlwsguild.org.
STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS GROUP ▪ Saturday, Dec. 12
Spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting fiber arts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. 209-533-0593.
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.
RIVERBANK STEPPIN’ OUT COUNTRY DANCE CLUB ▪ Ongoing
Ballroom dance. 7-10:30 p.m. second and fourth Fridays. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $5. 209-601-5519.
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. 209-535-0479. 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 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. $3-$6 per person; $20 annual dues. 209-236-1628. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org.
MERCED SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE ▪ Ongoing
Sunday dance featuring music by Just Friends and a free samba slide dance lesson. Refreshments available. 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Merced Community Center Ballroom, 755 W 15th St. $8. 209-723-0839.