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6 things to do in and around Modesto

Chanticleer-based in San Francisco — With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble has earned international renown as "an orchestra of voices. (Lisa Kohler)
Chanticleer-based in San Francisco — With its seamless blend of twelve male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble has earned international renown as "an orchestra of voices. (Lisa Kohler)

 1  Voice orchestra

One of the world's best male choruses, Chanticleer, performs Renaissance works, jazz, gospel and beyond. The San Francisco "orchestra of voices" features 12 singers ranging from countertenor to bass. The chorus' program is "Wondrous Free," an appreciation of the 250th anniversary of the first American song.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Modesto Junior College Performing and Media Arts Center, auditorium, 435 College Ave.

TICKETS: $10-$12

CALL: 575-6776

 2  Chocolate fest

Enjoy your favorite candy and sweets at the 17th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival. The event includes Chocolate Avenue, with fudge, ice cream, cheesecake and more; arts and craft booths, a classic-car show, musical entertainment and a Western area. There also will be 5K and 1-mile fun runs.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Highway 120 and 108, Wood Park and surrounding area.

TICKETS: $5 adults, $4 seniors, kids 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Bring a can of food and get $1 off admission.

CALL: 847-2244

 3  Rockin' cause

Popular Monterey band the Hallway Ballers performs punk-rock-soul. "It's more than a good time we're after, we want love to come through our music," the band says. The show is a fund-raiser for a $200,000 intuitive eating study by the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. The study is being coordinated by Modesto marriage and family counselor Signe Darpinian, who owns Meghan's Place (a Modesto eating disorder center) and My Weigh (an Oakland intuitive eating facility).

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday; band starts at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Clayton's restaurant, 1016 H St., Modesto

TICKETS: $40; reservations encouraged

CALL: 491-2197

 4  Pedal power

The Modesto Family Cycling Festival rolls back into town this weekend. Check out a BMX stunt team, bike races and bike-powered carnival rides. There also will be face painting, bike helmets for children, bounce houses and a rock-climbing wall.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: I Street between 11th and 12th streets, Modesto

ADMISSION: Free

CALL: 571-5193

 5  Symphony

Modesto Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's famed Ninth Symphony ("Ode to Joy") and Francis Poulenc's "Gloria." Joining the group are the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the California State University, Stanislaus, Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers.

WHEN: 8 p.m. today and Saturday

WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $30-$70

CALL: 338-2100

 6  Airplanes

The 15th annual Modesto Airport Appreciation Day offers World War II aircraft, food booths, children's activities and more. The event is hosted by the Commemorative Air Force, Central Valley Squadron and the Modesto Area Pilots Association.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Modesto Airport, 617 Airport Way

ADMISSION: Free

CALL: 521-6022

& 2 to plan ahead for

Stomp,

Gallo Center, May 29-31

New Music Festival,

California State University, Stanislaus, May 26

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