GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“THE SPIRIT OF HARRIET TUBMAN” ▪ Friday, Feb. 26
Leslie McCurdy brings Tubman’s story of slavery and escape to life. 7:30 p.m. $20-$35.
LITTLE RIVER BAND ▪ Friday, Feb. 26
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Pop band with hits in the 1970s-’80s. 8 p.m. $49-$69.
FAIRY TALES & FANTASY ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Brigham Young University’s Theatre Ballet brings childhood dreams to life. 2 p.m. $15-$25.
“GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL” ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Off-Broadway sensation tells story of five girlfriends who relive their past, celebrate their present and look to the future on a wild night out. Adult content. 8 p.m. $30-$50.
“OF WARDROBES AND RINGS” ▪ Sunday, Feb. 28
A “conversation” with C.S. Lewis (David Payne) and J.R.R. Tolkien (Phil Crowley). 2 p.m. $15-$35.
TRIBUTE TO GLENN MILLER ▪ Sunday, Feb. 28
Tex Beneke Orchestra, led by Jim Snodgrass, salutes what many consider to be the greatest big band of all time. 3 p.m. $39-$69.
TERRI CLARK ▪ Wednesday, March 2
Canadian country star. 7:30 p.m. $29-$69.
DANA CARVEY ▪ Thursday, March 3
A repertory member of “Saturday Night Live” for seven seasons, Carvey is known for his many comic characters. 7:30 p.m. $29-$74.
ABBA MANIA ▪ Friday, March 4
Tribute band. 3 p.m. $19-$59.
THE VON TRAPS ▪ Friday, March 4
The story of the family from “The Sound of Music” continues as the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp take up the family music tradition. 8 p.m. $25-$45.
DSB: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY ▪ Saturday, March 5
Journey tribute band. 8 p.m. $29-$49.
BROADWAY’S NEXT H!T MUSICAL ▪ Saturday, March 5
Improvisers gather made up hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. 8 p.m. $35-$45.
MISS NELSON IS MISSING ▪ Sunday, March 6
Musical comedy. 2 p.m. $8-$15.
BILL MAHER ▪ Sunday, March 6
Comedian. 7 p.m. Sold out.
GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK ▪ Friday, March 11
Modesto Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. $19-$92.
MAKE IT COUNT ▪ Saturday, March 12
5678 Dance Company program. 6 p.m. $15-$30.
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG LIVE ▪ Sunday, March 13
Animated character comes to life in musical. 2 p.m. $10-$25.
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.
MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETY ▪ Ongoing
Sundays: March 20, Mission Gold Jazz Band. 12:30 p.m. Jam sets. 1 p.m. featured band. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto $8-$12. 209-620-0285.
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.
WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Country music star and her band tell stories through songs. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $45-$65.
GRATEFUL BAND CONCERT ▪ Sunday, Feb. 28
Featuring the original music of singer-songwriter Alex Kash. 1 p.m. Columbia Nursery, 22004 Parrots Ferry Road, Sonora. $15.
THE MOKE HILL MUSIC FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE ▪ Sunday, Feb. 28
Bay Area percussionists. Part of the Calaveras Arts Council Ovations series. 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center, Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, Angels Camp. $10 children; $25 adults. 209-754-1774.
ALLEGRA CHAPMAN ▪ Sunday, Feb. 28
Pianist. Manteca Kindred Arts Association. 3 p.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 910 North St., Manteca. $5-$15. www.mantecakindredarts.com.
GOTTSCHALK MUSIC CENTER CONCERT BAND ▪ Monday, Feb. 29
The band performs with guest soloist John Hillebrandt on piano, performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. $5.
VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL ▪ Friday and Saturday, March 4-5
Featuring singers Kenny Washington and Barbara Morrison and pianist-singer Matt Falker. Twenty-two school groups attending. Concerts at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Columbia College, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. $18. 209-588-5126.
THE STANFORD WOODWIND QUINTET ▪ Sunday, March 6
Performing compositions by Ferenc Farkas, Arturo Marques, Frigyes Hidas, Jacques Ibert, Antonio Vivaldi, Robert Muczynski and Scott Joplin. Part of the Calaveras Arts Council Ovations series. 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center, Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, Angels Camp. $10 children; $25 adults. 209-754-1774.
HOME GROWN ▪ Thursday, March 10
Harmony and acoustic guitars. Part of the Ripon Arts League Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School Auditorium, 301 N. Acacia Ave., Ripon. $30 individual membership includes all concerts. 209-599-7876.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “THE LADY IN THE VAN” ▪ Through Friday, Feb. 26
Dame Maggie Smith in Alan Bennett’s big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honored stage play. $10.
RED CARPET PARTY & DINNER ▪ Sunday, Feb. 28
Celebrate and watch the Academy Awards on the big screen. Live simulcast from Hollywood’s red carpet, buffet dinner catered by chef John Surla, swag and raffle prizes. 4 p.m. Free for simulcast; $20 for dinner.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call 209-527-4697. www.thestate.org.
“TALK RADIO” ▪ Through Sunday, Feb. 28
Barry Champlain, Cleveland’s controversial radio host, does what he does best: insulting the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m Sundays. Stage 3 Theatre Company, 208 S. Green St., Sonora. $17-$25. 209-536-1778.
“DEATH OF A SALESMAN” ▪ Friday, Feb. 19-Sunday, March 13
Arthur Miller classic directed by David Barbaree, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of Willy Loman, a failing salesman who cannot understand why he did not find success and happiness. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $20.
“MY FAIR LADY” ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27-Sunday, April 24
Sierra Repertory Theatre presents the story of cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Can Professor Higgins polish a scrappy street vendor and pass her off as a refined lady? Lerner and Loewe’s masterful score includes “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live” and many more. Rated G. 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays-Sundays; 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. $28-$45.
“DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.” ▪ Friday-Saturday, March 4-5
Weaver Performing Arts presents classic tale. 7 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. $10.
ART SPACE ON MAIN ▪ 209-667-3958
Through Thursday, March 24, Dean DeCocker. 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.
CAROLYN HUFF PHOTOGRAPHY ▪ 209-918-6627
Through Monday, Feb. 29, Ronald E. Coolidge; March 1-31, Georgene Lang. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 1-6 p.m. Thursday, 1-9 p.m. with Third Thursday Art Walk; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. 1224 K St., Modesto.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY ▪ 209-529-3369
Through Friday, Feb. 26, “Impressions & Abstracts”; Thursday, March 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.
DOWNTOWN MODESTO ▪ 209-529-9303
Thursday, March 17, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. Downtown Modesto.
GUSTINE MUSEUM ▪ 209-854-6455
Exhibit “Grandma’s Kitchen” contains old kitchen items from the 1930s to 1950s. 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 March 4, “Geometries in Cold Steel.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 435 College Ave., Modesto. Free.
PEER RECOVERY ART PROJECT ▪ 209-581-1695
Thursday, March 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, March 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
Through Friday, March 4, “California Steaming, Railroad Art of the Golden State” by Patrick Michael Karnahan. 140 S. Washington St., Sonora. www.sonorajoes.com.
STILL SMOKING ▪ 209-574-0681
Thursday, March 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, March 17, Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. 909 10th St., Modesto.
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.
YOSEMITE MUSEUM GALLERY ▪ 209-372-0200
Yosemite Renaissance celebrates its 30th year with exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 47 artists. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. daily. 9037 Village Drive, Yosemite Valley.
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.
FREE FAMILY EVENT ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Help celebrate the center’s 100th birthday with live music, free art, poetry and dance activities, free popcorn, lemonade and cookies, free gallery admission and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
VALLEY FOCUS ▪ Through Sunday, March 20
Sculpture by Oakdale artist Betty Saletta.
“A HANDFUL OF DUST” ▪ Through Sunday, April 24
Allen Birnbach’s photographs create a portrait of ranchers that builds awareness and interest in preserving their way of life. On view in the lobby galleries.
The Carnegie Arts Center is at 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Call 209-632-5761.
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, Feb. 26, Dirty River Boys; Saturday, Feb. 27, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood. 19400 Tuolumne Road N., Tuolumne.
STAND-UP FOR CHARITY ▪ Friday, March 11
Benefit for Central Valley’s Open Your Heart Pajama Program, a nonprofit charity that delivers new books and sleepwear to children in need. The headliner is Emma Haney; also on the bill are Dave Spivey, Luke Soin, Michael Cella and Dorian Foster. Show is for mature audiences. 8:30 p.m. Queen Bean Coffeehouse, 1126 14th St., Modesto. Free; donations accepted.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
RIPON ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL ▪ Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28
Food, carnival, parade, art exhibits and more. Parade is 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Ripon. Festival is 3-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Mistlin Sports Park, 1201 River Road. Free. riponchamber.org.
SONORA CELTIC FAIRE ▪ Friday-Sunday, March 11-13
Fair marks 30th anniversary with jousting, live Celtic music, vendors and more. For the first time, it will present the “Battle of Nations,” featuring a fighting style like mixed martial arts but with swords and full armor. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. $7-$25. 209-532-8375. sonoracelticfaire.com.
LUCKY FEST 2016 ▪ Saturday, March 12
Annual pub crawl in downtown Modesto features pop-up St. Patrick’s Day-themed pubs for one day only. Live music and more. Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. Gates open at 3 p.m. $12. luckyfestmodesto.com.
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN ▪ Ongoing
Sunset dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check website for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. 800-866-1690.
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.
HISTORY CENTER BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
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 ▪ 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.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTS ▪ Ongoing
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 ▪ 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.
TURLOCK SONS IN RETIREMENT LUNCH ▪ Ongoing
Monthly luncheon. 11:15 a.m. third Wednesdays. Denair Community Center, 3850 N. Gratton Road. 209-632-0011.
ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST ▪ Ongoing
8-11 a.m. second Sundays. Odd Fellows Hall, 30018 Yosemite Blvd., La Grange. $6. 209-853-2128
SENIOR BREAKFAST CLUB ▪ Ongoing
50-plus club. 8:30-9 a.m. Sundays. Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-576-0279.
GOURMET BREAKFAST AND KIDS FUN RUN FUNDRAISER ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Sylvan Educational Foundation breakfast features cooked-to-order omelets, French toast, fresh fruit and more. 8-11 a.m. Kids fun run goes in waves by age group from 8-9 a.m. Breakfast tickets are $10 adults; $5 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The fun run is $10 for students ages 5-14 and includes a ticket for breakfast. 209-574-5000, ext. 202. www.sylvan.k12.ca.us.
CRAB & TRI-TIP DINNER ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Dinner includes crab, tri-tip, salad and bread; shrimp served in lieu of crab availability. 6:30-11 p.m. Sylvan Club, 2545 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. $45 by Friday, Feb. 19. 209-484-3642.
TEA FOR FUN AND LAUGHTER ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Theme is “Zoo-A-Licious” with finger sandwiches, cookies and tea; live and silent auctions. 2-4 p.m. Turlock Salvation Army, 893 Lander Ave., Turlock. $10 in advance only. 209-604-4282 or 209-667-9552.
CRAB FEED COPY ▪ Saturday, Feb. 27
Christ Unity Baptists annual event with silent auction. 5-8 p.m. CUBC Dinning Hall, 1320 L St., Modesto. $45. 209-577-8112.
MEXICAN DINNER ▪ Friday, March 4
Escalon Historical Society offers catered buffet, live mariachi music, no-host bar and drawings. 6 p.m. Escalon Masonic Hall, 1500 Viking St. $40. 209-838-8070 or 209-838-7176.
AEBLESKIVER BREAKFAST ▪ Saturday, March 5
Annual aebleskiver breakfast presented by the Ceres Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. 8-11 a.m. Masonic Family Center, 2904 Third St., Ceres. $8 adults; $5 children 10 and under. 209-450-1517.
HORNITOS ENCHILADA DINNER AND MUSIC ▪ Saturday, March 5
Craft vendors, dinner and music by Dj Mark and Cottonwood Creek. 3:30-8 p.m. Stagg Hall, 2884 Bear Valley Road, Honritas. $15 adults; $7 children. 209-376-2320.
TUCARE DINNER & AUCTION ▪ Saturday, March 12
Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment. Guest speaker Igor Birman; awards and auction. 5 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m dinner. Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive, Sonora. $40. 209-586-7816.
ODDS & ENDS
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. 209-526-5868.
AIRCRAFT DISPLAY ▪ Ongoing
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. 209-620-6312.
AIRPLANE EXHIBIT ▪ Ongoing
9 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.
SUCCESSFUL THINKERS NETWORK ▪ Ongoing
Successful Thinkers Network-Modesto Learning Zone programs. Tuesdays. 11:30 a.m. Round Table Pizza, 3848 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-712-8997.
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. Donation. 209-988-5655.
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.
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
The Healthy Aging Association offers group exercise classes for those 60 and older. Classes range from strength training, aerobics or tai chi. Call for information on class location and times. Healthy Aging Association, 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102, Modesto. Free. 209-523-2800.
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.
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.
WRITERS GROUP MEETING ▪ Ongoing
Sonora Writers Group. 10:30 a.m. second Saturdays. Call for location. 209-734-8097.
WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP ▪ Ongoing
Support group for those either writing for themselves or for publication. 5:30-7 p.m. second Tuesdays. Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St. Free.
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.
MAPS: BRIAN KENNEDY ▪ Friday, Feb. 26
Modesto Area Partners in Science program with biologist, CEO and president of the Buck Institute speaking on “Aging and Chronic Disease – A View from the Aging Side.” 7:30 p.m. Modesto Junior College East Campus, Auditorium, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Free.
PATH OF THE PADRES HIKE AND BOAT TOUR ▪ Saturdays-Sundays, Feb. 27-April 13
The California State Parks San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area conducts hike and boat tours each Saturday and Sunday. Hike begins at the Los Banos Creek Reservoir boat launch ramp at 8 a.m. and returns to the ramp about 3:30 p.m.
USED BOOK SALE ▪ Tuesday-Thursday, March 8-10
Friends of the Oakdale Library. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second St., Oakdale.
MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD ▪ Tuesday, March 8
Mara Rosenhart, owner of Big Heart Fiber Arts in Arnold, will speak about her fiber animals, her farm-to-yarn program, and her studio/shop. 10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. www.mlwsguild.org.
AN EVENING WITH DR. STEVEN LAITZ ▪ Wednesday, March 9
Laitz, chair of music theory and analysis at the Juilliard School in New York City, will offer a lecture, demonstration to discuss musical analysis and performance. 7:30 p.m. MJC Music Recital Hall on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. $15 general; $5 students and seniors. 209-575-6776.
BOOK SALE ▪ Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12
Friends of the Salida Library used book sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS ▪ Saturday, March 12
Spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting. 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.
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 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.singleskirts
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.
CALL FOR YOUNG @ ART ENTRIES ▪ Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27
Preschool through high school artists are invited to enter the Central California Art Association’s 40th annual show and competition. It will be exhibited at the Mistlin Gallery, 1015 J St., from March 1-19. For teachers submitting more than 10 entries, due date is 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. For all others, receiving will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 209-247-2616.
YES COMPANY AUDITIONS ▪ Saturday, March 5-Tuesday, March 22
Youth Entertainment Stage Company is seeking Stanislaus County students in seventh through 12th grades to be actors, singers, dancers and crew members for the production of “Les Misérables” (school edition) to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts on July 22-31. No experience or preparation is necessary, and all audition materials will be provided. Students should plan to attend one of the following open auditions: 1 p.m. March 5, CSU Stanislaus Main Stage, Turlock; 6 p.m. March 9, Oakdale High School theater; 11 a.m. March 12, Johansen High School theater; 6 p.m. March 16, West Side Theatre, Newman; 4:30 p.m. March 17, Beyer High School little theater; 4:30 p.m. March 22, YES Company, Mildred Perkins School, 3920 Bluebird Drive. If accepted, tuition is $200, with scholarships available.