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Crab feeds abound
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It is now the height of crab season — which runs from mid-November through May — and organizations are taking full advantage of local epicures’ insatiable appetite for the tasty crustacean.
So warm up your favorite butter, grab a new crab leg cracker and make plans to attend one of the area’s many crab fests.
• The annual St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of Hughson Crab Feed is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Rogers Family Center. St. Anthony’s is located at the corner of Fox and Euclid in Hughson. Social hour and a silent auction starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by a live auction and a final drawing for raffle prizes at 8:30 p.m. Featured auction items will include four nights at a 5 Star Cabo San Lucas Condo and One-Day Fishing Trip, Whole Beef Cut and Wrapped, Weekend Stay at Mountain Cabins in Arnold and Twain Harte and Baseball Tickets. On the menu are all-you-can-eat crab, anti-pasto, salad, pasta, garlic bread, dessert and beverages. Tickets, priced at $40 per person, are available in advance at the St. Anthony’s Parish Office. Proceeds go to St. Anthony’s. No tickets will be sold at the door and no takeout orders are available. Call St. Anthony’s at  883-4310 for information and tickets.
• Community Center for the Blind's 3rd Annual Crab Feed will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Waterloo Gun & Bocci Club in Stockton. Enjoy a great crab feast, exciting silent auction and door prizes.
Tickets are $45 each; call Bonnie at 466-3836 or stop by 130 W. Flora St., Stockton, for tickets.
• Join the Valli Girls Volleyball team for their 2nd annual crab feed at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Modesto Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at the Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1150  9th St. Suite C; or Alfred Matthews, 3807 McHenry Ave., in Modesto; or by calling Ron at 380-7030.
• The Greater Modesto Kiwanis Club is hosting a crab cioppino dinner on Feb. 6 at the SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., in Modesto. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and dancing will be from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. There will be no host cocktails. Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved by calling 526-1533.
• The Turlock Youth Performing Arts will host a fundraising crab feed on Feb. 27 at the Turlock War Memorial, 247 E. Canal Dr.
Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and a table of 10 with preferred seating for $375. There will be a no host bar and performance from the TYPA troupe. Tickets are available for purchase at Yonan’s Jewelers, 2485 Geer Rd., in Turlock, and 1809 McHenry Ave., in Modesto; Yonan’s Floral, 2425 Geer Rd., in Turlock; and by calling 537-5227.
• Howard Training Center will host their 16th annual Crab Fest on March 5 and 6. Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner and after-dinner dancing to the Silver Moon Band. This year HTC introduces its first-ever live auction. Held both nights, the auction will feature entertainment and leisure packages.
Tickets are available now for both nights and may be purchased online at, by calling 593-5618, or by mailing payment and reservation information to Howard Training Center, 1424 Stonum Rd., Modesto, CA 95351. To-go tickets are available for $30 per dinner. Ask about HTC’s “Party In a Box” tickets.
The Crab Fest is the primary fundraising event for Howard Training Center. For over 50 years Howard Training Center has provided services and training to adults living with a large spectrum of developmental disabilities in Stanislaus County.