*WHAT: 39th annual Sonora Christmas Festival
COLUMBIA - A 31-year holiday tradition - the Victorian Christmas Feast - takes place at the historic City Hotel Restaurant in Ciolk, and includes a five course meal and fine wines with each course, along with a dinner theatre show between course.
*WHAT: "It's A Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play"
TURLCOK - Anthony Kearns - an international soloist and founding member of "The Irish Tenors" - is performing at the historic Turlock Community Theatre on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
STOCKTON -The Stockton Symphony opens its second Classics concert of the season with two beautiful examples of French symphonic repertoire: Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," and Bizet's "Symphony in C Major," juxtaposed with a very recent flute concerto, "Trail of Tears," by American composer Michael Daugherty. The vivid contrast makes for an extremely intriguing and satisfying evening.
COLUMBIA - Tickets are available for the 47th Annual American Association of University Women Home Tour, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.
MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film "The Meth Epidemic" on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on MJC's East Campus, 435 College Avenue. The free event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.
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MODESTO –The Modesto Junior College Literature and Language Arts Division will host a reading and book signing by author Suzanne Roberts on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the MJC Little Theatre on East Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Joan Garcia, affectionately known as "Granny" has worked primarily with families and school aged children throughout her career.
The Manteca Historical Society and Museum is hosting guest speakers Rocky Wilson, and Harold Hodges, on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. who will share the 97-year history of the American Legion and Manteca's Post 249 founded in 1920.
MODESTO - Modesto Junior College Department of Music will present a Fall String Recital on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on the East Campus.
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STOCKTON - The popular classic "A Christmas Carol" is Stockton Civic Theatre's offering for the holiday season. Opening Wednesday, Nov. 13, the musical gets the full Broadway treatment under the direction of Joseph Toon with music by Alan Menken, and book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent.
MODESTO – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the film "Tough Guise 2" on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Avenue.
SONORA - Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2014 season this March with the epic Les Miserables.
PLEASANTON – A cornucopia of 100-plus exhibitor booths displaying the latest tackle, clothing and fly-fishing accessories will be joined by destinations from Alaska to Argentina greeting visitors when the annual Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show opens Feb. 21-23 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
MODESTO -The Modesto Junior College Theatre Department and Gallo Center for the Arts will present Thornton Wilder's classic 1938 comedy/drama Our Town on March 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and March 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the Foster Theatre of the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I Street in Modesto.
STOCKTON - The Ying Quartet is returning to the University of the Pacific on Sunday, April 6.
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STOCKTON – Comedian Steve Martin backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass band are appearing Saturday, March 15, at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.
STOCKTON - To the delight of Hepcats, Lindy Hoppers and lovers of Swing Jazz, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, In The Mood is coming to Stockton in celebration of its 20th season.
MODESTO – Modesto Junior College Dance and Theatre will present Off~Balance in Repertory Concert on Feb. 19, 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in the MJC Performing and Media Arts Center Auditorium. "It's All About What Inspires You…" is the theme of this year's performance.
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Manteca Mayor's Committee on the Arts 4th Annual Chili Cook Off is set for Sunday, Feb. 23, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane.
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