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Five things to do this weekend, plus Free Fun:

1 Walk like an Egyptian while celebrating the land of the pyramids, King Tut and Cleopatra at the annual Egyptian Festival hosted by St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church. The festival includes a bazaar with handcrafted Egyptian and Coptic art and jewelry, Egyptian food, music and church tours. Today, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 315 S. Orange Ave., Ripon. Free. 599-3310.

2 Catch the musical spoof of sci-fi 1950s movies, "Little Shop of Horrors," as staged by a touring group from Plan-B Entertainment in Studio City. Today, 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $32 to $70. 338-2100.

3 Go Greek as Modesto Junior College stages "Curse of Apollo: The Legend of Oedipus Rex," based on the 2,430-year-old drama by Greek playwright Sophocles. Today, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Cabaret West, Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $10 general, $8 students and seniors. 575-6776.

4 See the kickoff of the Cora A. Beard Legacy Piano Series with a performance by Mexican native Jorge Federico Osorio. Today, 8 p.m. Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. $30 to $50. 338-2100.

5 Feel operatic as the Italian Music Man, tenor Pasquale Esposito, performs a benefit for the Oakdale Educational Foundation. Today, 8 p.m. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. $50 to $150. 527-4697.

FREE FUN: Enjoy the 21st annual Bloomingcamp Ranch Harvest Festival packed with plenty of old-fashioned family fun including a craft fair, petting zoo, carriage rides, car show and live music. Today and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bloomingcamp Ranch, 10528 E. Highway 120, Oakdale. 848-8881.

-- Marijke Rowland


75 YEARS AGO: More than 500 people attended a parents' night event held at Modesto High School. The affair began with a short program in the auditorium, followed by the adults visiting classes on the daily schedules of their children.

25 YEARS AGO: About 75 voters in the Westport Fire District received two sample ballots in the mail for the Nov. 2 general election. That didn't mean they could vote twice, said Pat O'Sullivan, assistant elections supervisor for Stanislaus County. "There was a duplication of labels. We're going to figure out how that happened and fix it," 0'Sullivan said.

-- Karen Aiello