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Saturday, April 27

• Healing Nations, a non-profit organization that benefits underserved and at-risk children in Stanislaus County, will hold its 8th annual bike ride on April 27. Start time is between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. depending on the route you choose. The Covered Bridge Bike Classic commences in Snelling at Henderson Park. There are four route options ranging from 10-100 miles with a total elevation of 1,040 feet on the century route. Sponsored cyclists are encouraged with all proceeds going to Healing Nations. Non-sponsored cyclists are also welcome with a registration fee of $60 postmarked by April 12 — late fee is $10 additional. Food, goodie bags and T-shirts provided to all cyclists. For more information visit or call the Healing Nations office at 549-1828 or email



Saturday, Feb. 9

• LATHROP HIGH ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CRAB/TRI TIP DINNER: The Lathrop High School Athletic Boosters Crab/Tri Tip Dinner Dance is Sunday, Feb. 9, at the FESM Hall, 252 North Main St., Manteca. The dinner is for those 21 and older only. No hoist bar is at 5 p.m. with dinner and dancing from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $40 before Jan., 31 and $45 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 8. For tickets call Chuck Garcia at 510-928-7849 or Elena Garcia at 209-679-2609.



• MANTECA/LATHROP BOYS & GIRLS CLUB CRAB FEED: The 32nd annual Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club Crab Feed takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, at the MRPS Hall, 1333 N. Grant St., Manteca. No-host cocktails are at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dancing is from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $40 apiece and are available at the Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St. (239-5437) or the Manteca Fire Department at 1154 S. Union Road.

Saturday, Jan. 26

• NILE GARDEN COMMUNITY CLUB CRAB FEED: Tickets are available for the 43rd annual Nile Garden Crab Feed taking place at the MRPS Hall. The tickets are $40 each presale ($45 at the door) and include cracked crab, baked potato, salad, bread and wine. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a social hour; dinner is served at 7 p.m. Following dinner is a raffle and then music and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. You must be 21 to attend. For tickets please call Stacie Silveira at 823-4025.

Saturday, Feb. 2

• EU ATHLETIC BOOSTERS: The East Union High Athletics Boosters crab feed and dinner dance is Saturday, Feb. 2, at the MRPS Hall, 1333 Grant. St. with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and dancing from 9 a.m. until midnight. No one under 21 is admitted. Tickets are $40. Call 858-7270 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 9

• MANTECA MORNING ROTARY: The Manteca Morning Rotary annual crab feed is Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $40. No host bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and then dancing to the music of CJ Entertainment. For tickets call Dennis King 209 456-0857 or pick up your tickets at Mountain Valley express 1019 Bessemer Ave., Manteca .

Saturday, Feb. 16

• ANDERSON’S 209/ SPRECKELS PARK BMX CRAB FEED: The fifth annual Anderson’s 209/ Spreckels Park BMX Marinated Crab Feed fundraiser and raffle is Saturday, Feb. 16. Cocktails are at 5 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at FESM Hall, 230 N. Main St. Tickets are $40 each in advance. For more information call 239-1438.


Saturday, Feb. 9

• RIPON VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Motorcycle Group in Ripon will be hosting a crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Post #1051 12455 West Ripon Road. A no host bar is at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 .p.m. Tickets are $45 each. Guests are welcome and all proceeds are used to support our troops. For more information e-mail



• CRAB & PASTA FEED: The Turlock Firefighters Local 2434 will hold its annual crab and pasta feed from 5:30 to 10 p.m. tonight at the Turlock War Memorial, 247 E. Canal Dr. The event will benefit the Random Acts of Kindness charity program and 100 percent of the proceeds will go back to the community. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased by e-mailing

Saturday, Jan. 25

• PITMAN FFA CRAB FEED: The Pitman FFA Alumni will hold at crab feed at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto. Tickets are $45 per person and includes all you can eat cold, cracked crab, pasta and salad. Proceeds to benefit Pitman FFA members selling livestock at 2013 Stanislaus County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction. To purchase tickets, call Randee, Krista or Troy at 656-1592.



Sunday, Feb. 3

• SUPERBOWL OMELET & PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Manteca Rotary’s Annual Superbowl Omelet & Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, Feb. 3, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MRPS Hall at 133 N. Grant in Manteca. It includes pancakes, eggs, ham, bacon, linguica, chorizo & sausage and more. No-host bar. Raffle prizes. Tickets now on sale for only $7 each from all Noon Rotarians.

• CHILI COOK-OFF ENTRIES WANTED: Chili cooks and vendors to take part in the 3rd annual Manteca Mayor’s Committee on the Arts Chili Cook-off fund-raiser to be held Sunday, Feb. 24. All proceeds go to support the arts in the community. For more details, call Marlene at (209) 823-2494.


First Sundays

• TURLOCK MASONS: The Turlock Masonic Lodge hosts an all you can eat breakfast on the first Sunday of every month, except for Easter Sunday. Guests are welcome, and the expected donation is $5 per person. The lodge is located at the corner of Thor and Main in downtown Turlock.



Thru Jan. 27

• ‘LEND ME A TENOR’ AT STOCKTON CIVIC: Stockton Civic Theatre’s first show of 2013, the madcap, screwball comedy “Lend Me A Tenor,” is now playing Thursdays through Sundays until Jan. 27. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $15 for students and children 12 and under. For tickets, call the Box Office at Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rose Marie Lane, Stockton, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at (209) 473-2424, or go online at



Sunday, Jan. 20

• WHISPERS AT JACKSON RANCHERIA: Tickets are on sale now for The Whispers concert at the All-New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Sunday, Jan. 20. The show starts at 6 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dreamcatcher’s Club members can get discount tickets for just $20 each, only at the Casino Cage. Non-member tickets are $40, available online at and at the Casino Cage. All tickets are general admission. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets or attend the show. One of R&B music’s most consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, began their legendary career in 1963. Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit


Sunday, Feb. 17

• R&B ARTIST KEITH SWEAT: Rhythm and blues artist Keith Sweat is performing Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre. Tickets start at $38. In 1987, Sweat released his debut album “Make It Last Forever,” which sold four million copies. The album’s biggest hit was “I Want Her” (No. 1 R&B/No. 5 Pop), and the title track from the album was hit No. 2 on the R&B charts.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

• CARRIE UNDERWOOD AT STOCKTON ARENA: Country superstar Carrie Underwood is appearing on Feb. 26 at the Stockton Arena. For ticket information go to Hunter Hayes is the special guest. “The Blown Away Tour” tickets are now available. You can also go for additional on sale information. The donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” will continue in 2013 to support Red Cross disaster relief. Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States. This donation will help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need after a disaster.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

• B.B. KING AT BOB HOPE THEATRE:  Throughout the 1990’s as well as the 1980s, 1970s, 1960s and 1950s, there has been only one King of the Blues - Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940’s, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics, like 1965’s definitive live blues album “Live At The Regal”, and 1976’s collaboration with Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Together For The First Time”. The blues legend is playing Bob Hope Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Tickets are available at, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at the Stockton Arena Box Office. The show will also feature Tommy Castro and the Painkillers.

Sunday, March 17

• ROYAL COMEDY TOUR AT BOB HOPE: The longest-running most successful urban comedy tour will again hit stages across America this winter/spring including a stop in Stockton on Sunday, March 17, at the Bob Hope Theatre. Tickets are on sale. at for The Royal Comedy Tour.



Today & Sunday

• QUILT SHOW: Country Crossroads Quilt Guild of Modesto is presenting the 2013 “Heart of the Valley” Quilts and Textile Arts Show, today and Sunday at Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K Street in Downtown Modesto. Quilt show entry will be $7 general admission and children under 12 free. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Quilt Show Chair Ursula Sylvan (209) 883-1912 or visit the guild website:



Saturday, Feb. 23

• ALMOND BLOSSOM: The Ripon Chamber of Commerce and the Shadow Chase Running Club of Modesto present the 31st Annual Almond Blossom Fun Run, Saturday, February 23. The run will be at Mavis Stouffer Park in Ripon. 1 mile run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 8K at 9 a.m. To receive a free 2013 Fun Run T-Shirt, your registration form and payment must be turned into the chamber office by Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. No Exceptions. This is your only opportunity to acquire a 2013 Fun Run T-shirt. Entry Forms are available at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce Office located at 929 West Main Street in Ripon, Ca. Registration forms are also available online at on the home page; scroll down and the Fun Run Application is on left hand side under Almond Blossom Applications.



Saturday, March 2

• TANGO WORKSHOPS: Marcelo Molina and Carolina Vazquez, who in 2011 won the stage category of the Argentine Tango USA competition for the Tango World Cup in Buenos Aires, will be in Modesto on Saturday, March 2. They will give workshops and perform at a milonga (social tango party) hosted by Modesto Tango at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave. Workshops will be at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Cost will be $25 for one class, $40 for both The milonga at 8:30 p.m. with an introductory lesson at 7:30 p.m. Cost will be $10. For more information call 522-1571.

Every Wednesday

• BALLROOM DANCING: Ballroom dancing is held every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Turlock Senior Citizens Hall behind the Turlock Library. There is a 12-piece live band and music from the 30s and 40s. The $3 admission includes food. Call 669-9226 for more information.



Monday, Jan. 21

• MS SUPPORT GROUP: Are you living with Multiple Sclerosis? Maybe you love or care for someone with MS? You can join an on-going National MS Society Support Group in the Manteca/Ripon/Lathrop area that meets the third Monday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, 253 Spreckels Ave, Manteca. For more information contact Sue at (209) 482-7034.


Friday, Feb. 8

• GRIEF SUPPORT TRAINING: A workshop for grief support professionals and volunteers will be conducted by nationally recognized grief counselor and author Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt on Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Larsa Banquet Hall at 2107 East Monte Vista Ave. in Turlock. The workshop is titled “The Art of Companioning the Mourner: Caregiver Principles to Bring Hope and Healing.” Cost is $65 which includes a box lunch. Registration is required. Register online by Jan. 27 at Continuing education units are available for attendees.

2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS

• CSUS TOASTMASTERS: CSUS Toastmasters invite prospective members to improve their public speaking and leadership skills by attending a Toastmaster’s meeting. The group meets at noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at CSU Stanislaus. Meetings take place in the Warrior Room on the second floor of the Student Union. For more information, call 667-3878.


• TOPS: The Take Off Pounds Sensibly club meets every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, 290 W. Olive Ave., Turlock. Weigh-in is from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. To join this nonprofit organization, the fees are $26 and then $5 a month. For more information, call Jen at 667-0129.


• FOOD ADDICTS: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step program for individuals suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. There will be a free community information meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Room 106. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome, including those who think they may have a food problem or are concerned about someone who may. For more information, call (800) 600-6028, or visit

Second Wednesdays

• PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Covenant Village of Turlock will hold a Parkinson’s support group meeting for all people with Parkinson’s, family members of people with Parkinson’s, or interested community members. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Berg Hall Conference Room. Just walk in the main lobby at the Redwood building and someone will take you to the conference room. The Village wants to support those in the community of Turlock who are dealing with the impact of Parkinson’s and would like to be involved in a support group. If you have questions please call Ken Patterson at 656-6903.


• SUNSHINE CLUB: The Sunshine Club, a support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet at 2:30 p.m. Mondays in the month of January at Hometown Buffet, 1665 Countryside Dr., Turlock. For more information, call 632-3273.


Third Wednesdays

• CALIFORNIA SONS IN RETIREMENT: SIRs is a social organization for men who are not devoting full time to their careers. They participate in activities such as golf, bowling, fishing and travel. Chapters throughout the state hold monthly luncheon meetings. To learn more, visit Branch #143 in Denair on the third Wednesday of each month for a lunch meeting. Meetings start at 11 a.m. at the Denair Community Center, 3850 N. Gratton Rd.



• COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: The Compassionate Friends Modesto/Riverbank Area Chapter meets the second Thursday of each month. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and take place at the Community Casa, 2201 Morrill Rd. (NE Corner of Oakdale and Morrill roads), Riverbank. All area (including Turlock) bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings (18 and over) are welcome to participate. No pre-registration is necessary. For additional information about the meeting and/or TCF Modesto/Riverbank Area Chapter, contact Chapter Leader Joanna Rose-Murray at 484-8276, or Additionally, information about The Compassionate Friends, a non-profit, non-sectarian, self-help organization providing support to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings can be obtained at


Fourth Mondays

• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Us Too, a prostate cancer support group, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Memorial Conference Center, Suite 60 B McHenry Village, in Modesto. For more information contact Don Vaughn at 634-4489.



• TEEN VIDEO CONTEST: Teens can be the star in a video they create by making an original movie trailer about their favorite book for the Check In @ Your Library Teen Video Contest. The video must be original and can use multimedia such as images, video, animation, music, and words to compel the viewer to read the book. This contest is open to all teens age 13 – 18, with prizes being awarded at a special reception for all contestants on March 16. Official contest rules and entry form are available at your local Stanislaus County Library branch and online at This program is sponsored by the Stanislaus Library Foundation. For more information, call the Modesto Library Outreach Department at 558-7817.


Feb. 10-13

• HEAVEN’S GATES AND HELL’S FLAMES: The House/Modesto (formerly known as Calvary Temple Worship Center) will present the drama, “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” 7 p.m. nightly on Feb. 10-13, at 1601 Coffee Rd., Modesto. Using elaborate lighting, sound, costumes and backdrops, “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames” is a presentation of a person’s life choices, which determine where they will spend eternity. Doors open at 6 p.m. nightly. For more information, call 529-7346 or visit Admission is free.