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Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Immerse yourself in another culture at the 40th annual Greek Food Festival hosted by Modesto's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy Greek cuisine, shop in the marketplace, snack at the bakery, tour the church and watch Greek dancers from area adult and youth groups perform in colorful, traditional costumes. Today, noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. $12 advance, $15 gate, $7.50 children younger than 12 (includes meal and entertainment). 522-7694

2 Come celebrate at the huge 16 de Septiembre event hosted by the Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County with headliner El Halcon de la Sierra. The event will include food, children's activities and resource tables. Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Tuolumne River Regional Park, Modesto. $5.

3 Catch the first show at the new Gallo Center for the Arts as the Townsend Opera Players' season-opening concert inaugurates the facility's Foster Theater stage. Sunday, 2 p.m., Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $30-$35. 338-2100.

4 See the noir classic "Double Indemnity" as part of the Modesto Film Society's ongoing season. Sunday, 3:30 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $8. 527-4697.

5 Hear the scorching Latin-tinged blues rock of the Grammy-winning Los Lonely Boys. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $47-$67. 668-1169.

FREE FUN: Two free celebrations will honor Mexican Independence Day this weekend. The first, from the Crows Landing Road of Stanislaus County Comerciantes Unidos, is "Shout of Independence for Mexico -- El Dai Del Grito de Independencia de Mexico." Enjoy live music, queen coronations, children's entertainment and more. Today, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Plaza Mexico, 1661 Crows Landing Road, Modesto. The second is the Modesto King-Kennedy Memorial Center and the Inter-Agency Committee's annual family event with music and speakers. Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. King-Kennedy Memorial Center and Mellis Park, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive.

-- Marijke Rowland

Yesteryears

75 YEARS AGO: Members of the Modesto City Council were in disagreement over the provisions of a proposed ordinance designed to regulate public dances. The measure provided for a license fee, specified a closing time and made it mandatory for dance hall proprietors to have a matron and police officer on hand. It was proposed on behalf of property owners near public dance halls who claimed they were "suffering from the public dance evil."

25 YEARS AGO: The First Baptist Church of Modesto took out a building permit for a $2 million multilevel structure at 12th Street and Needham Avenue. -- Karen Aiello

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