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Book signing

Kristy Haile, the Turlock author of “I Am Santa” will be at the Turlock Borders store for a book signing.

The book signing is from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Borders is located at 2831 Countryside Dr.


Open House

The Carnegie Arts Center is hosting an open house for the Center’s temporary office.

The open house is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at 300 E. Main St.

Refreshments will be served.


Literary magazine submissions

The California State University, Stanislaus literary and art magazine “Penumbra” is seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction and artwork.

The submission deadline is Jan. 28, 2011.

No more than five entries per person. Each submission should include a cover letter that includes a list of submitted works, a brief biography, name, address, e-mail, and telephone number.

For written submissions enclose two hard copies of all work.  Include name and contact information on one copy only.  Include a CD with the cover letter and all written work saved in .rtf format.

For art submissions the artwork should contain the title and name on the back of each piece and be saved to a CD in .jpg format.  All art submissions will be printed in black and white, except for one piece, which may be selected for a color cover.  Images may not exceed 11 inches, by 17 inches.

Send submissions to: Penumbra c/o Jamie Norwood, English Department, CSU Stanislaus, One University Circle, Turlock, CA  95382.  

Call for playwrights

Inspiracy Arts is now seeking scripts to be produced for the Central Valley Playwrights Festival, a celebration of new works in performance art. Scripts should be between 15-30 pages in length and must be original work that has not been produced previously. To be considered, submit scripts via e-mail to through Dec. 30. PDF Format is the preferable digital media.


CSU Stanislaus

The College of the Arts and Department of Music at CSU Stanislaus are presenting their traditional holiday choral concert, Carolfest,” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 5. 
This year’s program will also feature four guest choral ensembles from the area. At the 2 p.m. concert the CSU Stanislaus ensembles will perform with the Pitman High School Madrigals, as well as the Modesto High School Concert Choir. The 6 p.m. concert will feature the Johansen High School Viking Singers and the Sierra High School Concert Choir.

In addition to the performance, the audience will be invited to join the choirs in singing several traditional carols throughout the concert.

Performances will be held in the Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall located at One University. Tickets are $15 general admission and are on sale now. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at or by calling the College of the Arts Box Office at 667-3166, as these concerts typically sell out.  

Proceeds benefit the Department of Music Scholarship Fund.  Parking is free for this event only in Lot #3.  See University website for maps and directions  More information is available by contacting the University’s Department of Music in the College of the Arts at 667-3421.


Art Exhibit

The Turlock Arts Commission is staging an exhibit of artistic work by Natasha Bacca.

“Lux Art: Light paintings by Natasha Bacca” will be on display in the Turlock City Gallery at 156 S. Broadway.

Working in complete darkness, Bacca creates images using beams of light with a tool she invented. By manipulating the color and the intensity of the light onto light sensitive paper, she literally paints with light.  No camera or commuter is used in the process and each work is produced only once, making them unique works.A reception for Bacca is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 14.

Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Modesto Junior College

Modesto Junior College has several upcoming music performances.

The music department is presenting the Fall Jazz Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Auditorium and the event is free.

A String Recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Music Recital Hall. The program will feature works by Corelli, Saint Saens, Mozart, Boccherini and Bartok performed in ensembles and solos by the students of Professor Anne Martin accompanied by Dr. Yan Yan Chan on piano. Admission is free.

The MJC/AGO Annual Holiday Organ Recital will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Grace Lutheran Church, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave., in Modesto. While no admission is charged, a benefit offering is taken at the event.


Prospect Theater

The Prospect Theater Project is staging “The Seafarer,” through Dec. 12.

The play by Conor McPherson is set on Christmas Eve in Dublin. A stranger joins Sharky and his boys for a card game and as the night goes on, Sharky begins to realize he is playing the stranger for his soul.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 549-9341.