6 things to do this in the Modesto area

'Forever Plaid'

Townsend Opera Players concludes its season with the comic musical revue "Forever Plaid." The oft-staged show tells the story of four working-class young men who are killed in a car accident in the 1950s and get to come back to life to perform one last concert. The show pays tribute to four-part harmony music.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Foster Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto

TICKETS: $27-$53

CALL: 338-2100

Farmers market

The Modesto Certified Farmers Market returns after winter break with some of the freshest produce in the area. Celebrate Celtic May Day with Celtic music from the Mick Lucey group, pictured, and the Ripon Police Pipe Band and food sampling from P. Wexford's Pub.

WHEN: 7 a.m.-noon Saturday. Music starts at 9 a.m. P. Wexford's food samples are at 10 a.m.

WHERE: 16th Street, between H Street and I Streets, by the Stanislaus County Library, Modesto


CALL: 605-8536

Taste of Turlock

Taste of Turlock offers a chance to sample the best food and beverages from several local restaurants. The walking tour will include multicultural music and dance performances, children's activities and art. Cultures represented at the event will include American, Middle Eastern, Latino, Scandinavian, Portuguese and Asian.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Downtown Turlock


CALL: 678-7759

At the ballet

Central West Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's 1890 work "The Sleeping Beauty." In addition to the princess who falls asleep for 100 years, the ballet features an array of fairy tale characters, including Puss-in-Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and Tom Thumb. For an extra charge, children can attend storytelling with costumed characters before the Sunday matinee.

WHEN: 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto



CALL: 338-2100

Cafe Shalom

Congregation Beth Shalom's 39th annual Jewish Food, Culture and Art Festival, Cafe Shalom, is back. The menu features bagels, cream cheese and lox, noodle kugel, blintzes, fruit salad, alcoholic drinks like mimosas, screwdrivers and bloody marys, juice and coffee. The event also will include an art show, a bake shop, children's activities and a silent auction. Entertainment includes a blues band and belly dancers.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto

TICKETS: $10 in advance, $12 at the door general, $8 for children 12 and under

CALL: 571-6060