Around Town (11-13-13)

Gordo Fest benefit at fairgrounds

Gordo Fest will take place from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., on Nov.30 at the Merced Fairgrounds’ Yosemite Hall, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Presale tickets cost $10; tickets at the door are $15. There will be 12 acts, food, drinks and vendors. Manuel “Gordo” Chavez passed away a year ago. All proceeds will go to a music scholarship in his name. For more, go to Gordo Fest 2013’s Facebook page.

Legion Arts & Crafts fundraiser

The American Legion Veterans Arts & Crafts Fair will feature gifts for the holiday season. The two-day indoor public event starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 939 W. Main St. Daily raffles, snacks and lunch will be available. All proceeds will be used for the preservation of the memorial building and the needs of local veterans. Call Linda Perry at (209) 769-8499 or email at

La Grange Rebekahs breakfast

The Rebekahs Lodge will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Nov. 17, at the Odd Fellows Hall on Yosemite Boulevard in La Grange. A tradition for more than 40 years, the group’s breakfast is offered on the third Sunday of the month. The menu includes a ham and cheese omelet, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice for $5 per person. For more information on the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows, call (209) 853-2128 or email

Atwater 4-H to offer pancakes

St. Anthony’s 4-H club of Atwater will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 at 1801 Winton Way. Tickets are $6. Call (209) 358-4414 for more information.

Annual Thanksgiving celebration

Distinguished Outreach Services in collaboration with Building Healthy Communities will hold its Thanksgiving celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23, at 988 D St. Call (209) 947-8827.

Crab feed, dance at high school

Central Catholic High School will host its Italian Crab Feed dinner at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at 200 S. Carpenter Road in Modesto. The evening will start with a complimentary wine and cheese tasting, followed by a dinner of crab, pasta, green salad and rolls. Dancing will start immediately after dinner. Tickets are $45 per person. Call (209) 529-0881 to reserve your spot.

Social group will join for play

Happy Trails Social Group, organized through Atwater Baptist Church, will be attending “A Christmas Carol” at Playhouse Merced on Nov. 24. A limited number of tickets are available, call Helen at (209) 358-2570.