10 Great Dates
Maybe you’ll meet the love of your life at this play – or maybe you won’t. Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by award winning director Jere O’Donnell, is a story of love and multiple universes. Find a world, or maybe several, full of explorable possibilities that can end or begin when we least expect them. General admission is $10. Students, seniors, staff and faculty tickets are $8. Tickets are available at csustan.edu/theatre.
Nov. 12-14, 19-21, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, 2 p.m.
One University Circle, Turlock
2. Annual Sing-A-Long “Messiah”
For those looking to show off their pipes, all singers of varying abilities are invited to participate in the annual Sing-A-Long performance of G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This musical evening is free to the public and features area soloists, so mark your calendar.
Nov. 22, 4 p.m.
Trinity United Presbyterian Church
1600 Carver Rd., Modesto
3. 3rd Annual ModShop
If handcrafted, artisan goods are on your Christmas shopping list this year, don’t miss the 3rd Annual ModShop.You can buy anything from 8-bit bows and floppy disk coasters to paintings and handmade jewelry. The event is full of creators selling their wares and promoting small businesses in a modern and entertaining atmosphere. For more information, visit www.modshop209.com.
Nov. 28, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Various Locations of J Street, Modesto
4. Festival of Lights
The Christmas tree in Turlock’s Central Park is iconic as it is beautiful. You won’t want to miss its annual lighting during the Festival of Lights. All of Downtown Turlock lights up in preparation for the grand tree lighting at the end of the festival. The streets are lined with vendors, and many local businesses keep their doors open for just the occasion. For more information, visit www.turlockdowntown.com.
Nov. 28, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Main Street in Downtown Turlock
5. Frozen Sing-A-Long
Most fans of the movie Frozen sing along with the songs anyway, now you can add your voice to a chorus of “Let it Go!”s in The State Theatre’s Frozen Sing-A-Long. The movie follows Anna on a journey to release her country, Arendelle, from an eternal winter. Make sure not to miss the movie outing the whole family will love. General admission is $5. Entrance for children 12 years and under is $3. Tickets are available at testate.org or by calling the box office at 209.527.4697.
Nov. 28, 2 p.m.
The State Theatre
1307 J Street, Modesto
6. Celebration of Lights
The ultimate holiday celebration for Modesto is quickly approaching. The Modesto Celebration of Lights’ main act is a nighttime lighted parade, but also includes a Breakfast with Santa, a Dickens’ Faire, and the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market. After the parade is the traditional Community Tree Lighting and a Downtown Holiday Extravaganza that will recur every weekend until Christmas.
Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.
15th Street & I Street, Modesto
7. Dickens Faire
Get whisked away to the Victorian Era in Modesto’s Dicken’s Faire. Time has been turned back in the McHenry Mansion and visitors will be greeted with costumed carolers and lavish Christmas splendor. Learn stories of Christmases past – and don’t forget the Farmer’s Market and nighttime parade that follow later in the day. For more information, visit www.mchenrymansion.org or call 209.549.0428.
Dec. 5, 9 a.m.
906 15th Street, Modesto
8. 1st Saturday Stories and Art
This month’s 1st Saturday Stories and Art is all about Winter Scenes and is perfect for the festive and chilly season. The event will start with an afternoon of stories about winter before transitioning into different printmaking processes that feature winter scenes. General admission is $5. To order tickets, visit goo.gl/ULqjnb.
Dec. 5, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
1015 J Street, Modesto
9. National Novel Writing Month Write-Ins
Are you cooking up the next big novel? Join the writers from the Modesto region in their quest to write 50,000 words in one month. Seem like a big commitment? That’s what the Write-Ins are for. Every weekend, the Modesto region assembles for camaraderie in their race against time. There will be Word Sprints and prizes along the way as you fight to the very last word. For more information, visit nanowrimo.org/regions/usa-california-modesto.
Nov. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Starts at Panera
3050 Hotel Dr., Turlock
10. Winter Dance Party
Relive the past at the Turlock Community Theatre’s “Winter Dance Party,” the official live re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour. The performance is live and features over two hours of hit songs of the 50s like That’ll be the Day; Peggy Sue; Oh, Boy!; Rave On; La Bamba; Chantilly Lace and so many more. Admission prices are $29, $35, and $39. Tickets are available at itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/TURL/.
Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Turlock Community Theatre
574 E Canal Dr., Turlock