DECEMBER 15 & 17 – Candle Light Tours
Tours of the McHenry Mansion will be available from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 17. The restored Victorian home will be festively decorated for the holidays and docents in period dress will be available to answer questions and will be demonstrating some aspects of life during the 1880s. The fee is $5 per person. The McHenry Mansion is located at 906 15th St. in Modesto.
DECEMBER 16 – Sommelier Boot Camp
The Mile Wine Company is hosting a sommelier boot camp with certified Sommelier Paul Marsh on Dec. 16. Wine aficionados, amateurs, and industry professionals are invited to the event to learn all about wine. The camp will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $20, which includes three to four tastings and all materials. The event will be at 2113 Pacific Ave. in Stockton. Reservations for Sommelier Boot Camp are not required, but a few times per year, class is canceled, so please call ahead at 465-9463 to double check.
DECEMBER 17 – Holidays on the Farm
Dell’Osso Family Farm is predicting snow for their ninth annual Holidays on the Farm event. From Dec. 17 to Jan. 6, the Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop will have a bevy of snowy activities, including ice skating, snow tubing, train rides, s’mores around a campfire, zip line rides, and a mile-long light show. Activity hours and prices vary. Check http://holidaysonthefarm.com/activities-and-hours-of-operation/ for more information. Dell’Osso Family Farm is located at 501 Manthey Road in Lathrop.
DECEMBER 21 – 108 Sun Salutations
Elevate Community Yoga invites the public to usher in the winter solstice with 108 sun Salutations event on Dec. 21. Attendees will flow through 108 Sun Salutations while combining breath and movement. Workshop is open to all levels and modifications are always available as well as resting when needed. The event will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the yoga center at 899 W. Roseburg Ave. in Modesto. A donation of $15 is suggested.
DECEMBER 22 – Sky Tours
Volunteers from the Stockton Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for the public to gaze at the stars at Delta College on Dec. 22. Telescope viewing generally begins at 7 p.m. in the Athletics 1 parking lot. The moon will likely be visible in the telescopes from the beginning. Dark and clear sky makes for better viewing and as the sky darkens more objects will become visible. There is no charge for telescope viewing provided by the Stockton Astronomical Society or by Delta College. If you own your own telescope or binoculars, you are welcome to bring it with you. The event will be at 5151 Pacific Ave. in Stockton.
DECEMBER 24 – Movie Night: “It’s A Wonderful Life”
The Adult Singles Ministry is hosting a movie night at the State Theatre with a showing of the Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The event for single adults will gather in the lobby at 4:30 p.m. for a holiday drink and meet and greet before the movie begins. Tickets are $5 and are available at the State Theatre box office at 1307 J St. in Modesto.
DECEMBER 28 – Escape: A Narnia Adventure
Based on the beloved Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, the Turlock Library will present a themed “escape room” experience. Children have been called to Narnia to face challenges, find the Witch’s wand and escape. To do so they must solve riddles and puzzles to unlock the door back to this world. This program is for ages 10 and older. It is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 28. There is no cost. The Turlock Library is located at 550 N. Minaret Avenue in Turlock. Due to the nature of the program, advance registration required. Call 664-8100 to reserve a spot.
DECEMBER 31 – Masquerade Ball
The Viaggio Estate and Winery will be hosting Experience Our World – One Night in Tuscany from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. The masquerade ball will feature a three-course gourmet dinner, unlimited wine and beer, DJ Elite’s stylings, dancing, and a special midnight champagne toast. General admission tickets are $125. For tickets and more information visit http://www.viaggiowinery.com/viaggiowinery/. The winery is located at 100 E. Taddei Road in Acampo.
JANUARY 3 – Winter Cartoon Camp
The Central California Art Association is hosting a Winter Cartoon Camp with Patrick Barr. Topics will include character design, comics, marker techniques, storytelling, anatomy, digital drawing and more. The camp is designed for those 10 years old through adult. The camp will run from Jan. 3 through Jan. 5, with each session running about three hours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the camp is $65 and will be at the Mistlin Gallery at 1015 J Street in Modesto. To register or for more information call 529-3369.
JANUARY 5 – Stockton Heat
The Stockton Heat will be taking to the ice rink at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 to take on the San Antonio Rampage at Stockton Arena. The Stockton Heat is owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, and is a chance to see up and coming hockey stars. For Jan. 5, the Stockton Heat’s promotions will be Rotary Night and Fry Day. Fans can get a free kid’s Stockton Heat ticket when they bring in their receipt from a participating McDonald’s Location to the Stockton Arena box office. For tickets visit http://stocktonheat.com/tickets/. The Stockton Arena is located at 248 W. Fremont St. in Stockton.
JANUARY 6 – Polar Bear Run
The Jamestown Harley-Davidson will host their annual Polar Bear Run Jan. 6. The event features a ride of one to two hours in the Sierra foothills, with a lunch stop. Riders will leave Jamestown Harley-Davidson at noon, rain or shine. A $10 donation will go to local charities. The first 250 to sign up will receive a rider’s pin. Jamestown Harley Davidson is located at 18275 Highway 108 in Jamestown. For more information visit http://www.jamestownhd.com/
JANUARY 13 – Crab Feed
The Soroptimist International of Twain Harte will hold its annual Crab Feed at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. The feed will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Attendees will be able to feast on clam chowder, pasta, salad and all you can eat crab plus dessert. There also will be an opportunity raffle and more. The event will be at 18375 Fir Ave. in Tuolumne, about eight miles outside of Twain Harte. Tickets are $45. For more information call 928-1616.
JANUARY 19 – Silent Movie Night
Harmony Wynelands will be showing the silent movie “Safety Last” from 1923 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The romantic comedy stars Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for wine club members. Snacks, wine and beverages will be available for purchase. To reserve a ticket call 369-4184. The winery is located at 9291 E. Harney Lane in Lodi.
FEBRUARY 4 – Super Bowl Breakfast
The Sonora 49er Rotary will serve made-to-order omelets, with proceeds going towards Sonora High scholarships, kindergarten water-safety program, and dictionaries for third graders. The omelets will be served from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. At the door ticket prices are $9 for adults and $7 for children. The event will be at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds at 220 Southgate Dr. in Sonora. For more information call 533-9300.