Entertainment calendar: A look at what’s happening in the Modesto region

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ART

CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER 209-632-5761

Through Jan. 2, “Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection.” Through Jan. 23, “Elements of Renewal.” Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY 209-529-3369

Through Dec. 23, “Home for the Holiday’s Member Show.” Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. 1015 J St. Modesto. ccaagallery.org.

MCHENRY MUSEUM 209-618-5387

Ongoing exhibits. Noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1402 I St., Modesto.

MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 209-577-5757

Dec. 3, pop-up exhibit of works by Laura Stokes and Jim Abuan. Noon-4 p.m. Modesto Chamber of Commerce, 1114 J St.

GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

HOLIDAY POPS! Dec. 3-4

Modesto Symphony Orchestra with the symphony’s chorus. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4. $19-$94.

“THE NUTCRACKER” Dec. 8-19

Central West Ballet presents the holiday classic. Dec. 8 is a low sensory matinee performance at noon, $7. Regular shows 2 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19; 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. $23 to $65.

“ALL IS CALM” Dec. 10-12

Gallo Center Repertory Company presents real-life World War I story of how soldiers from France, England and Germany called a battlefield truce on Christmas Day. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11, 3 p.m. Dec. 12. 15-$30.

WINDHAM HILL'S WINTER SOLSTICE Dec. 14

Original and traditional acoustic music. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49.

OPUS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE Dec. 17

Community handbell choir. 7 p.m. $12-$20.

The Gallo Center for the Arts is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Call 209-338-2100. www.galloarts.org.

MUSIC

HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" Dec. 5

75th presentation of the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Messiah. 3 p.m. Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. Offering will be taken. 209-996-0468

GOLDEN BOUGH Dec. 5

Group presents “A Celtic Christmas” with champagne reception at 2 p.m., concert 3 p.m. Alhambra Music Room at Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. $50. 209-754-1774.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES CONCERT Dec. 5

Opera Modesto presents. 2 p.m. Prospect Theater Project, 1214 K St., Modesto. $30. www.operamodesto.org

VOICES FOR THE KING Dec. 11

Christmas concert featuring 19-voice male chorus. 7 p.m. Zion URC, 1220 Canal Blvd., Ripon. Free-will offering to benefit Stockton Gospel Rescue Mission.

SCARYPOOLPARTY Dec. 12

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alejandro Aranda. 7:30 p.m. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive. $31-$51. www.turlocktheatre.org.

HOLIDAYS

ROCKIN’ HOLIDAY Dec. 3

Kickoff of the ongoing Rockin’ Holiday featuring lights, garland, retro decorations, snow machine flurries and music. Tree lighting 6:30 p.m. Tenth Street Plaza.

TURLOCK DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE Dec. 3

The city’s parade along Main Street beginning at Canal Drive with the theme “Christmas in Toyland.” 6:30 p.m. 209-668-5594.

LIVINGSTON COURT OF TREES Dec. 3

This event displays 50-plus decorated Christmas trees for families to stroll through. Grand lighting 6:30 p.m.; trees remain up through Dec. 25. Court Plaza, Main Street. 209-394-8830.

LATHROP CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS Dec. 4, Dec. 11

Dec. 4, drive-through Donuts with Santa includes family photo with Santa, two craft kits and a half-dozen doughnuts. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 16201 Harlan Road. Spaces limited, registration required. Dec. 11, Christmas Parade, 11 a.m. Fifth to J streets. 209-941-7370.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Dec. 4

Vendors with homemade and other items including knit and crocheted items, blankets, scarves, hats, more. Lunch available. Santa visits 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fair hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto. 209-537-6651.

MCHENRY MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS Dec. 4 and Dec. 11

Docents in period costume lead tours of the mansion decorated for Victorian holidays. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto. Free. Tours begin at Visitor Center, 924 15th St. 209-549-0428.

MODESTO CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY PARADE Dec. 4

Parade downtown begins at 5:30 p.m. at 14th and I streets, ending at J and 17th streets. www.modestogov.com/553/Holiday-Parade

CHRISTMAS TREE LANE OPENING Dec. 4

Festivities at Smyrna Park on Moffett Road including crafts, live music, food vendors, pictures with Santa and more at 5 p.m. Parade begins at 7:15 p.m. Free. 209-538-5648.

ESCALON CHRISTMAS ON MAIN Dec. 4

Parade of Lights in downtown Escalon begins at 5:30 p.m. Before and after, booths will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. Main Street, Escalon. Free. www.escalonchamberofcommerce.org.

ROCKIN’ HOLIDAY Dec. 9-23

Lights, garland, retro decorations, snow machine flurries and music. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18 and Dec. 23. Tenth Street Plaza.

LIVINGSTON LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE Dec. 10

Parade at 6:30 p.m. begins at Livingston Middle School and winds through the community before ending at Main and D streets. 209-394-8830.

WATERFORD CELEBRATION Dec. 11

Vendors on Bentley Street 2:30-8:30 p.m. Lighted parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Moon School, ending at Waterford Museum where there will be refreshments and Santa will light the Christmas tree. 209-874-2328.

ODDS & ENDS

CHiPs FOR KIDS TOY DRIVE Through Dec. 15

Modesto California Highway Patrol accepting donations of new unwrapped toys, sporting goods or games. Donations go nonprofits in the community who will distribute the toys. Drop off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at CHP office, 4030 Kiernan Ave., Modesto.

TRAINS, CONSTRUCTION AND FARM TOY SHOW Dec. 4-5

San Joaquin Valley Toy Train Operators offers operating train layouts, vendors and door prizes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock. $8, free under age 12 with paid adult. 209-883-1663.

MAPS PROGRAM Dec. 10

Modesto Area Partners in Science Zoom program featuring Margaret Turnbull on “Will There Ever Be Another Earth?” 7:30 p.m. Go to www.mjc.edu/instruction/sme/maps.php to sign up for notification of the link.

FAMILY FRIDAY Dec. 17

Carnegie Arts Center offers Holiday Pajama Party with cocoa, crafts and holiday stories. 7-8 p.m. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. Free. 209-632-5761.

STORY INTO SONG VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHT Dec. 17

Stanislaus County Library and Opera Modesto event for individuals or teams who will answer questions about “Don Quixote” and “Bless Me, Ultima.” Two devices needed participate. 7 p.m., advance registration required. For details call 209-558-7817.

STATE THEATRE

FILM: “WARREN MILLER FILM TOUR: WINTER STARTS NOW – 2021” Dec. 3

Society for disABILITIES presents skiing film. 7 p.m. $25.

FILM: “JULIA” Dec. 3-16

Traces Julia Child’s path to a television sensation.

FILM: “HOLIDAY AFFAIR” Dec. 4

Modesto Film Society presents. 4 p.m. $9.

ILL LIST POETRY SLAM Dec. 11

Sold out.

TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS Dec. 12

Center Stage Kids presents Christmas through comedy, drama, dance and song. 2 and 6 p.m. $12-$18.

THE TWELVE GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS Dec. 17-19

Strut Performing Arts presents musical stage production on the significance of what gift giving really means. 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 2 p.m. Dec. 19. $27-$35.

The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call 209-527-4697. www.thestate.org.

THEATER

“MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY” Through Dec. 19

Sierra Repertory Theatre stages the classic film as a 1940s radio broadcast. Various times. Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington St., Columbia. $20-$42. www.sierrarep.org.

“HOLIDAY AFFAIR” RADIO CAVALCADE Dec. 11

Based on 1949 romantic comedy. 7:30 p.m. $10. prospecttheaterproject.org.

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