Out and About is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Riverbank area.
Turlock Sunshine Strummers Ukulele Group will perform Hank Williams songs and other similar favorites during the hour before the Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. performance of Sierra Repertory’s Hank Williams: Lost Highway. The group of retired teachers, nurses and musicians plays on a regular basis at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and various area nursing homes. Hank Williams is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, with 11 songs hitting number one Billboard country and western ratings, and 35 singles that made Top 10. Sierra Rep’s Lost Highway features a talented cast of live singers and musicians with 20-plus favorite Hank Williams songs. The show runs through May 15 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and 2 p.m. on Thursdays, May 5 and 12. For tickets and information, visit www.sierrarep.org or call the Box Office at 209-532-3120.
Riverbank welcomes the REO Speechtrain Toastmasters Club for regular meetings every Wednesday morning, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Perko’s Cafe, Patterson and Oakdale roads, Riverbank. This is a fun way to learn the self-confidence and skills needed for public speaking. All are invited to come and check out the group. The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 11. For more information, call (209) 614-8462.
The Riverbank Historical Society is preparing for its annual later this month, to be held at the same time as usual, the Sunday after Mother’s Day, but with a new name. The society will host a Farm to Table Brunch on Sunday, May 15, at the Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St., between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. It is hoped it will be convenient for church-goers to participate. The menu will still feature custom made omelets, fresh fruit and muffins, and include coffee and orange juice, with mimosas available for an additional $2 each. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Soon they’ll be available for purchase on the society’s website, www.riverbankhistoricmuseum.com or inside the museum during regular business hours.
The Gold Country Singers, under the direction of Annette Hutton of Hutton’s Hamlet in Oakdale, are happily singing nature’s praises, with a special spring concert. Scottish, Irish, and American folk tunes to tap your toes to, soaring pieces like Cantique and Kyrie, and old favorites from a Broadway show or two will have you smiling all day long. Plan to join in with the Gold Country Singers on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at the Coulterville United Methodist Church on Highway 49 in Coulterville. Potluck snacks provided immediately after the concerts. Both concerts are free. For more information, call 209-848-1216.