Events in, around Modesto: JJ Heller, Brandon Heath to play in benefit concert


What: Benefit Concert for Redwood Family Center

When: May 23, 7 p.m.

Where: Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

Info: Christian recording artists JJ Heller and Brandon Heath will perform in a concert to benefit the Redwood Family Center. Tickets start at $35. The Modesto-based Redwood Family Center provides a faith-based clean and sober living environment for women and women with children in order to equip themselves with the life skills necessary to become self-supporting members of society. It serves 50 women and children at two sites, runs a treatment center and offers graduate housing.

What: Latino Community Roundtable Luncheon

When: Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: The Red Event Center, 921 Eighth St.

Info: Guest speaker Guadalupe Ferreyra, Partnership Specialist, US Census Bureau. Ferreyra will discuss the opportunities and serious challenges the US Census is facing trying to count community member in the underserved areas of Stanislaus County. Mexican buffet served. Cost is $30. Tickets and table reservations are available along with other sponsorships. For more information, contact Amanda Duran at 209-287-9347, or Aaron Anguiano at 209-567-1040.

What: Community Parks Meeting

When: Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Tuolumne Elementary School, 707 Herndon Road

Info: The community around Mancini Park is invited to attend a community meeting to learn about the apportunity to revitalize the park. There is currently a grant that the City of Modesto, Parks and Recreation department is trying to apply for but needs community involvement in the process. For more information contact Joel H. Bueno at 209-577-5451.

What: Yokuts Group/Sierra Club

When: Friday, 6:45 p.m.

Where: College Avenue Congregational Church, 1341 College Ave.

Info: Vicki Rice, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Modesto, will present a program on recycling for the city. Rice is responsible for administrating recycling awareness and creating partnerships. The meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. with a social period; the meeting will start at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to non-members. For more information contact Elaine 209-300-4253.

What: Downtown Modesto Music Series

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St.

Info: The Downtown Music Master Series presents Pianist Erina Saito. The performance by Saito will include classical piano pieces from composers Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and others. Tickets: $20 general, $10 student. For more information contact the church at 209-522-9046 or visit www.firstumcmodesto.org.

What: Friends of Survival Support Group

When: Monday, 7 p.m.

Where: Sutter Health Education and Conference Center, 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite 60B

Info: The Friends for Survival, a support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide meets the third Monday of every month at The Sutter Health Education and Conference Center. For more information contact Norm Andrews at 209-345-0601.


What: Annual Diggins Tent Town 1852

When: Through Sunday

Where: Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St.

Info: Columbia State Historic Park will present “Diggins Tent Town 1852,” the park’s annual living history event sponsored by the Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park. More than 150 costumed volunteers create the environment of an 1850s mining camp. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $10, $2 4 through 12, free ages 3. There is no charge for parking. For more general information, call 209-588-9128 or visit www.parks.ca.gov.


What: UCCE Polystyrene Collection Days

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Waste Management, Inc., Microtronics Way

Info: The UCCE Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will be holding a drop off event for clean No. 6 Polystyrene. Make sure to remove tape, tags, labels, etc. They will also be accepting clean, colored polystyrene food containers. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional details, contact the UC Cooperative Extension office at 209-533-5695 or visit ucanr.edu/sites/Tuolumne_County_Master_Gardeners.

What: Friday Flix at the Opera Hall

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Where: Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St.

Info: The 2nd Saturday Art Night Committee and the Sonora Chamber of Commerce will screen the 1969 film “Butch Cassiday and Sundance Kid,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The public is encouraged to dress as their favorite character, with prizes awarded. Doors open at 6 p.m., costume contest is at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes free popcorn. No-host bar available. For more information, visit www.2ndsaturdayartnight.org or www.sonorachamber.org.


What: Sunshine Club Weekly Luncheon

When: Mondays, 1 p.m.

Where: Applebees, 2501 Fulkerth Rd.

Info: The Sunshine Club is a support group for men and women who have lost a loved one. Meet people who understand what suddenly being alone really means. The lunch is no-host. For more information, contact Darlene at 209-668-6792.


What: Twain Harte A La Carte Canceled

Info: The 23rd annual Twain Harte a la Carte has been canceled due to the forecast for rain this weekend. The Soroptimist International of Twain Harte has tentatively rescheduled for September. For more information visit call 209-536-9227 or visit www.twainhartesoroptimist.org or email twainhartesoroptimist@gmail.com.

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