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November 2013 Vol. 34 Issue 11 ModChamber.org

FIND THE PERFECT GIFT in your neighborhood

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CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2013

Mission Statement

To promote the region’s economic strengths and vitality; identify and promote services that are valuable to our members; advocate for public policy that is advantageous to the business community; and fully participate and partner in activities to improve quality of life.

Executive Committee

FIND THE PERFECT GIFT in your neighborhood

LEADERSHIP

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Message from the CEO

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COVER STORY Shop Local: Find the Perfect Gift in Your Neighborhood

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 11 Leadership Modesto 26 Announcements

Chairman Ralph Curtis, Curtis Legal Group

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chairman-Elect David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates

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People on the Move

Past Chairman Kathy Halsey, Individual Member

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Land of Opportunity

Vice Chairman, Internal Operations Patricia Gillum, Patricia Gillum, CPA

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NETWORKING & REFERRALS Business Before and After Hours

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Ribbon Cuttings Calendar

Vice Chairman, External Operations Craig Lewis, Prudential California Realty Vice Chairman, Member Relations Bill Moreno, Fire2Wire Vice Chairman, Events & Special Projects Laura Ward, Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions

EDITORIAL 10 30th Annual Oktoberfest Thank You

Directors Pamela Cullors, Sysco Food Services of Central California Dan Garcia, Tri Counties Bank David Halvorson, American Chevrolet Brad Hawn, CHG Doug Johnson, Reach Business Solutions Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Steve Madison, STANCO Michael Moradian Jr., Peace of Mind Pest Control Inc. Ron Owen, Bank of the West Chris Ricci, Chris Ricci Presents, Inc. Jim Ridenour, Individual Member Eric Tobias, F&M Bank Ruben Villalobos, The Villalobos Legal Group Jeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah Amy Wolfe, AgSafe

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Welcome Corner

Ex-Officio Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College David Boring, Never Boring Greg Nyhoff, City of Modesto Cecil Russell, President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce CRussell@ModChamber.org Publisher: Modesto Chamber of Commerce (209) 577-5757 • Info@ModChamber.org

Save the Date: 100th Annual Awards Gala

DAMIAN FERNANDEZ

Graphic Design: Never Boring (209) 526-9136 • www.neverboring.com

As part of the Welcome Team, you help introduce new Chamber members to our community through Ribbon Cutting ceremonies. Being a part of the Welcome Team, however, is much more than just saying “welcome” to new members. It’s showing up to represent your own business and the pride you have in your business! This is another opportunity the Chamber provides for you to network on behalf of your business and gain more exposure to the community. We are currently looking to add individuals to our Welcome Team. If you are interested in finding out more, contact our Membership Development Manager, Damian Fernandez, at (209) 577-5757 ext. 108. P

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© Copyright 2013 Modesto Chamber of Commerce. Some parts of this magazine may be reproduced or reprinted, however, we require that permission be obtained in writing. (209) 577-5757, Info@ModChamber.org

PROGRESS MAGAZINE 1114 J Street • Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 577-5757 • (209) 571-6480 • Fax (209) 577-2673 www.ModChamber.org • Info@ModChamber.org

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

THE COMING JOBS WAR

By Chamber CEO Cecil Russell

by Marian Kaanon, Chief Executive Officer, Stanislaus Community Foundation

CECIL RUSSELL

For months the candidates have lobbied for the support of the voters and now the campaign season is over. Thank you to the concerned citizens who actively took part in this election. The candidates earning seats in these hard-fought races have a huge responsibility ahead of them, and we at the Modesto Chamber look forward to working with them to help lead Modesto toward a successful future.

The Modesto Chamber’s 30th Annual Oktoberfest was one of the best-attended events we have produced in the recent past. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, especially Sysco Food Services of Central California, for their generous donations and the Modesto Fire Department for cooking 2,000 bratwursts! Modesto is very fortunate to be awarded the funds f rom the California Transportation Commission to improve and enlarge the Pelandale interchange. This project will be a major boost for traffic flow and safety. We thank Councilwoman Stephanie Burnside and Stanislaus Council of Governments Executive Director, Carlos Yamzon, for their dedication in helping acquire the over $43 million needed for this project. The Pelandale interchange, along with the Kiernan interchange work that has already begun, will help alleviate traffic congestion, not only for our residents, but will also help with the movement of goods and services in and out of our area. Progress continues on the North Corridor along Kiernan as the widening effort to McHenry Avenue advances. The Modesto Chamber’s Land Use & Transportation Committee, together with StanCOG, Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto, continues to advocate for the widening of Route 132 as the number one transportation project in the area. All of these transportation projects will pay large dividends for our community and the region, helping us become more attractive to businesses that are looking to locate here and create jobs, and contributing to the alleviation of our own traffic congestion. Our cover story this month focuses on the upcoming holiday shopping season. This is one of the most important shopping times for our locally owned and operated businesses. It is extremely important for some of these businesses, as it can be up to fifty percent of the business that they do all year. Please think twice when considering any online shopping that could easily be completed at any one of our many local businesses. If you are time starved, remember that gift cards from these merchants and local restaurants also make great gifts. Your Modesto Chamber has long promoted the “shop local” principle. Do your part this holiday season by shopping local and promoting the region’s businesses. The money you spend – regardless of the amount – will stay local, benefitting not only the businesses you patronize, but the community in general, and that will help provide for a better quality of life for all. P

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What people want, above all else, is a good job.

MARIAN KAANON

That’s the message, simple and yet with shifting implications, that was heard at a recent convening of local business and civic leaders. The message was delivered by Dave Kilby, Executive Vice President of the California Chamber of Commerce, at a special presentation co-hosted by Stanislaus Community Foundation, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.

Kilby focused his talk on findings from Gallup and a book titled The Coming Jobs War, written by Gallup CEO Jim Clifton. Kilby discussed the notion of a “quality job” and the fact that jobs drive everything else – not just the obvious economic implications, but the social, cultural and total well-being of a productive, engaged workforce. Jobs are the reason future regions will either win – or lose. The communities that produce these quality jobs will “win” the jobs war – a war for vibrancy, relevancy and prosperity. Kilby encouraged the audience to consider new ways to partner on education initiatives, support local entrepreneurs, remove barriers to small business success, and above all else, forge across all sectors to articulate a shared vision for Stanislaus County. Ultimately, it ’s the communities that band together around common, bold goals that are forging ahead to win the jobs war. P


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INTERNSHIPS BUILD FUTURE WORKFORCE By Peter Duenas, Student, California State University, Chico

PETER DUENAS

I am a senior at Chico State studying to be a Civil Engineer. This past summer, I was looking for an internship in Modesto where I could be in the field for a construction company and experience working with the output of a civil engineer. I heard about Expect More Stanislaus (EMS) and their drive to find and place interns. Through EMS, I made contact with Sean Carroll, President and CEO of Ross F. Carroll Inc. (RFC) in Oakdale.

and project plans (take offs) the RFC team would use executing plans and projects. The internship at RFC was very rewarding and insightful. It re-affirmed my decision to pursue this education and career path. I feel even more confident today that I will find and enjoy a career as a Civil Engineer. I would encourage other local businesses to leverage interns to benefit the company and provide the student an opportunity for practical experience. P

The RFC team coordinated with my faculty advisor and me to develop a paid summer internship that also enabled me to obtain elective credits. My internship lasted from June 3rd to August 16th. I logged 400 hours in the office, shop and field and had a very informative experience that achieved our goal of practical experience in the field. At RFC, I worked on job sites setting grades, reading plans, moving earth and performing good ol’ hard work. I worked with the Maintenance and Equipment Manager to organize, categorize and track tools and equipment used out in the field. Finally, I worked with the estimating and project management team to take information in job specs and drawings and translate them into specific bids, budgets

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FIND THE PERFECT GIFT in your neighborhood By Justin Souza If it seems like your gift list gets longer with every holiday season, you’re not alone. With our expanding networks and shrinking world, there are more opportunities than ever to add names to your to-buy list, and more ways than ever before to find the right gift.

By shopping in Modesto or Stanislaus County, you can also help foster our area’s unique business and retail environment. When more people shop locally, it creates a more productive economic climate for entrepreneurs who can, in turn, bring more diverse items to market. So the more people who shop local, the more diversified our local market will be!

But as you’re crossing names off your shopping list, don’t forget to get your local community the gift it needs: commerce! By shopping local during this holiday season, you can do so much to help boost our local economy and benefit every community member.

At Barker’s Music located on McHenry Avenue in Modesto, owner Kyle Barker says that he’s focused on providing benefits that can trump the lure of the internet. “People are surprised we can match the internet’s prices. On the more sophisticated keyboards, we can even show them how to use it. That’s not something you get from Amazon.” Barker’s business, which has been located in Modesto for nearly 40 years, is a testament to how much local shopping can do to keep fantastic businesses operating in the city. “We must be doing something right,” adds Barker “That’s why we’re still here.”

Sure, online shopping can be tempting, but did you know that a late night Amazon.com spending spree can actually hurt local retailers? When you choose to shop locally, you unlock a cascade of benefits according to a study released by the City of Modesto. Each dollar that is spent within Modesto city limits turns 3.5 times—that means that dollars spent at a local retailer like Slater’s Home Furnishings might help pay the wages of a local worker who then might use it to pay rent to a local landlord, who then might spend the dollar on milk at a local supermarket. This turning effect has a boosting inf luence on local business and industries, and can ultimately help the city build roads, support our local libraries and boost our economy in many other ways based entirely on local funds.

Shopping local is also good for the environment. That package delivered to your doorstep from an online shop might just come with a secret: a huge carbon footprint accrued from thousands of miles of shipping on airplanes, trains, trucks and large ships. You’ve heard the good reasons why you should shop local this holiday, now Progress Magazine is proud to bring you a guide that is guaranteed to make shopping local the perfect way to get everyone on your list the gifts they’ve been dreaming of!

But shopping local doesn’t just end at retail, or when New Year’s rolls around. Chuck O’Brien, the founder and owner of O’Brien’s Market, says he is committed year round to utilizing local vendors from insurance companies and gas companies to vehicle sellers. “That’s the thing that makes our community a community,” says O’Brien. “We do as much as we can for our community.”

Just pick the category that suits your recipient best and choose from one of these fantastic local businesses (or many more!) that is owned and staffed by neighbors who are eager to serve you! P

Barker’s Music

Music Lover

Kyle Barker 519 McHenry Ave. (209) 526-0347

Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association Gallo Center for the Arts Modesto Community Concert Association

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Aquatic Dreams | Brenda Athletic Clubs y) Modesto Sports | First String Sports California Shooting Sports Elite Health Club Production

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Sports Enthusiast


Funworks Family Fun Co.

Family

Jennifer Maddox 4307 Coffee Rd. (209) 549-7888 Yosemite Lanes | McHenry Bowl The State Theatre | Oodles Frozen Yogurt Two Paws Up | Stanislaus County Library

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Marcella's Restaurant | JP Asian Fusion, Inc. Galletto Ristorante | Nick Sciabica & Sons Barkin' Dog Grill | Village Baking Company & Café Frost Bakery & Fine Foods | Dewz Restaurant

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NTouch Bodywork Healing Arts, Inc.

Beauty Queen

Amy Arreygue 1101 Standiford Ave., Ste. A-1 (209) 575-3770 Chantel’s Hair Design | Euphoria Salon & Skin Care | Studio V Wellness | Leann’s Nails Juanita’s Hair Salon, Inc.

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Adam Aprim 1407 Standiford Ave., Ste. C (209) 557-2500 (als

Mitchell’s Modesto Harley-Davidson Harland Watch & Diamond Rossini’s Formalwear Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc.

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The Man’s Man

Flip Flop Shops

Fashionista

Blake Trinkler Vintage Faire Mall Ste. 232 (209) 595-1599 Define Clothing | Cicarelli Jewelers Passion Boutique | Roger’s Jewelry Intrinsic Elements

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Twigs & Stems | Phillips Lighting At Home | Portico Oak Crafts by Jeremiah

My Chef Restaurant & Catering

Host/ Hostess

Lincoln Capitao 1410 H Street (209) 571-2220 O’Brien’s Market | Isabella’s Party Rentals Fresh Ideas Flower Co. | Beckles Candies & Gifts C’est Joli | Hart Floral | The Heavenly Spa

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NE T WORK I NG & REFERRALS

NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS A & N CLEANING

CASTILLOS RESTAURANT SUPPLIES, INC.

GENTLE DENTISTRY

JUANITA’S HAIR SALON, INC.

Albert Ell &

Yvonne Le

Juana Zurita

Nicole Dominique

Juan Castillo

2508 Oakdale Road

1337 Crows Landing Road, #A

Modesto, CA

1237 Kansas Avenue, Suite F

Modesto, CA 95355

Modesto, CA 95351

(209) 523-5171

Modesto, CA 95351

(209) 551-6988

(209) 549-1301

(209) 578-5243

(209) 571-1307

(209) 656-6560

juanazrt@yahoo.com

albert@ancleaning.com

(209) 571-1398

gentledentistryca.1@gmail.com

Beauty Salons

www.ancleaning.com

jucast1@yahoo.com

www.gentledentistryca.com

Janitorial Service

www.castillosrestaurantsupplies.com

Dentists

Restaurant Equipment & Supplies

ALL PRO BAIL BONDS

LEANN’S NAILS Dennis Loveall

GHS INTERACTIVE SECURITY

2101 Sylvan Avenue, Suite 105

Kristan McClain

Modesto, CA 95355

1200 H Street

COMMUNITY TRUST CREDIT UNION

1324 Coldwell Avenue

(209) 576-8290

Modesto, CA 95354

Erika Valenzuela

Modesto, CA 95350

dennisloveall@gmail.com

(209) 527-2245

2504 Tenaya Drive

(209) 408-8975

www.leannsnails.com

(209) 527-7030

Modesto, CA 95353

(209) 409-8290

Nail Salons

mkuikahi@allprobailbond.com

(209) 521-6015 Ext: 7247

kmcclain@ghssecurity.com

www.allprobailbond.com

(209) 521-0407

Security Systems

Bail Bonds

evalenzuela@self-helpfcu.org

Myles Kuikahi

Ashley Cahill

www.self-helpfcu.org

AUDIO PROS OF MODESTO

LIBERTY PRIVATE SECURITY, INC.

Credit Unions

Eddie Kim

GOLDEN STATE BLOODHOUND SEARCH & RESCUE FOUNDATION

7614 North Lander Avenue

Chuck Jones

(209) 202-3687

Hilmar, CA 95324

229 McHenry Avenue

CONTINENTAL TIRES & WHEEL

P.O. Box 577673

info@liberty-privatesecurity.com

Modesto, CA 95354

Mohammad Zubair

Modesto, CA 95357

www.libertyprivatesecurity.com

(209) 491-5454

1829 Crows Landing Road

(209) 652-6209

Security

(209) 491-5490

Modesto, CA 95358

(209) 552-7224

eddie@teamaudiopros.com

(209) 531-9141

trackinghound@ymail.com

LION FUSION EXPRESS

www.teamaudiopros.com

(209) 531-2972

Community Service Organizations

Thomas Ly

Car & Marine Audio

continentalcustoms@yahoo.com Tire Dealers & Distributors

BUCKLEY BROADCASTING

901 N. Carpenter Road, Suite 61

ISABELLA’S PARTY RENTALS

Modesto, CA 95351

Angel Parra

(209) 608-6088

Ed Monroe

DOS CHANGOS LOCOS TATTOO

142 N. 9th Street, Suite 12

(209) 988-7888

510 West 19th Street

P. Scott Chapman

Modesto, CA 95350

guizhong@att.net

Merced, CA 95340

1404 Crows Landing Road

(209) 370-5249

www.lionfusionexpress.com

(209) 383-7900

Modesto, CA 95351

angel_parra14@yahoo.com

Restaurants

(209) 723-8461

(209) 571-8282

www.isabellasjumpers.com

emonroe@kubb.com

dclt@dcltz.com

Party Rentals & Supplies

www.hot1047fm.com

www.doschangoslocostattoo.com

Radio Stations & Broadcasting Companies

Tattooing & Body Piercing

LUPITA’S AUTO SALES, INC. Francisco Hernandez

JACK AND BUENA FOUNDATION / CAMP JACK HAZARD

1949 Crows Landing Road

Jason Poisson

(209) 846-9878

P.O. Box 3290

(209) 846-9377

Modesto, CA 95353

lupitasauto3@yahoo.com

(209) 965-7254

www.lupitasauto.com

jackandbuenafoundation@gmail.com

Automobile Dealers – New & Used

Modesto, CA 95358

www.jackandbuenafoundation.com Community Service Organizations

MEINEKE CAR CARE CENTER Sean Brown

Keeping Modesto Cool Since 1957 LIC. 872913

AIR CONDITIONING • HEATING • SHEET METAL AIR DUCT CLEANING • PLANNED SERVICE MAINTENANCE

(209) 523-8365 W W W . N O R Q U I S TA I R . C O M

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JON RODRIGUEZ

1641 N. Carpenter Road

835 Chicago Avenue

Modesto, CA 95351

Modesto, CA 95351

(209) 238-3022

(209) 556-2411

(209) 238-9185

Community Service Organizations

sbrown@meinekesupercenter.com Automobile Repairing & Service


NASCO-WEST, INC. Allen Souza

THEE CUT IT OUT BARBER SHOP

4825 Stoddard Road

Isaac Amaya

Modesto, CA 95356

441 McHenry Avenue

(209) 545-1600

Modesto, CA 95350

(209) 545-1669

(209) 556-3265

www.enasco.com

onthecornerbarbershop@yahoo.com

School Supplies

Barbers

POP-A-LOCK CENTRAL VALLEY Doug Marstall

VALLEY BUILDERS EXCHANGE, INC.

4500 Salida Blvd. #E

Karen Bowden

Salida, CA 95368

1118 Kansas Avenue

(209) 543-0588

Modesto, CA 95351

(209) 543-3641

(209) 522-9031

douglasmarstall@yahoo.com

(209) 522-0616

www.popalock.com/franchise/central_

info@valleybx.com

valley_ca_locksmith.php

www.valleybx.com

Locks & Locksmiths

VERISUM CORPORATION RAW SUSHI BISTRO

Eric Larson

Alex Phongsavat

900 H Street, Suite E1

1200 I Street

Modesto, CA 95354

Modesto, CA 95354

(800) 935-8958

(209) 566-9560

(800) 962-0918

aphongsavat@gmail.com

ELarson@verisum.com

www.rawsushibistro.com

www.verisum.com

Restaurants

Accountants-Certified Public

STANISLAUS COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS

YOURS AND MINE SPORTS

Matt Machado

416 N. 9th Street, Suite F

1716 Morgan Road

Modesto, CA 95350

Modesto, CA 95358

(209) 527-1519

(209) 525-4153

(209) 527-5234

(209) 541-2510

info@yoursandminesports.com

machadom@stancounty.com

www.yoursandminesports.com

www.stancounty.com/publicworks

Sporting Goods-Dealers

Teresa Martini

Community Service Organizations

YOUTH FOR CHRIST STANISLAUS DISTRIBUTING

Rick Fritzmeier

Jean Varni-Oliver

918 Sierra Drive

416 Hosmer Avenue

Modesto, CA 95351

Modesto, CA 95351

(209) 522-9568

(209) 526-5513

Community Service Organizations

jeanv@noahs7up.com Beer & Ale Distributors

Premium Cigars - Pipe Tobacco - Lounge 209-557-2500 ModestoTobacco@gmail.com www.ModestoCigars.com

1407 Standiford Avenue Suite C Modesto, Ca 95350

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OKTOBERFEST Thank You

On October 4, 2013, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 30th Annual Oktoberfest with a crowd of over 1,600 attendees! This year the Chamber welcomed a new Presenting Sponsor, Sysco Food Ser vices of Central California, who provided delicious brat w ursts, potato salad, sauerk raut and chips. The brat wursts were cooked by the amazing crew from the Modesto Fire Department. Guests enjoyed over 40 different varieties of beer, some of which were donated by our loyal and long-standing beer distributors Cencal Beverage Company, Delta Sierra Beverage and Stanislaus Distributing Company. Several independent breweries supported this event including BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Dustbowl Brew ing Company, Firestone Wa l ker Brew ing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Tioga-Sequoia Brewing. Each offered attendees a taste of their own unique f lavors. The newly added wine garden sponsored by E. & J. Gallo Winery was again a big hit and featured Inheritance Vineyards and The Wine Group in addition to E. & J. Gallo Winery wines. Hilmar Cheese had long lines waiting to sample varieties of their cheeses. Fresh queso fresco and mozzarella were provided by Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. and Bava Family Grove Olive Oil sampled their delicious olive oil. Pepsi Bottling Group and SevenUp Bottling Corp. provided energy drinks, sodas and coffee drinks for designated drivers to enjoy. Local band Flying Blind rocked the crowd and had attendees dancing the night away with their incredible sound and stage presence. Added to the Midway this year was Part y Box Photo Booth and Colorz Face Painting. These two new attractions joined the popular laser tag booth, courtesy of Laser Quest, and a number of additional carnival games tested the skills of our guests.

This event is made possible by the sponsors, vendors and many contributors that donate their time, service or product each year. The Chamber sincerely appreciates our Corporate Sponsor of the past three years, Central Valley Volkswagen. Thank you also to our other event contributors: Arctic Glacier; AIA/Mid-Valley Promotions, Inc.; Boyett Petroleum; Cumulus Radio; Heartland Payment Systems; Modesto Kiwanis; Mo-Cal Office Solutions; Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball; Modesto Police Department; Prime Shine Car Wash; Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.; Safe-T-Lite of Modesto; SpeeDee Oil Change & Tune Up; Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department; Valley Charter High School; Valley First Credit Union; Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions; Woody’s Golf Carts and Oktoberfest Committee & Volunteers. Once again, thank you to all of the sponsors and contributors involved in making the 30th Annual Oktoberfest a huge success. We appreciate your efforts and hope to see you next year! P

A HUGE Thank You to all our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor:

Midway Sponsor:

Entertainment Sponsor:

Sysco Food Services of Central California

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

Delta Sierra Beverage

Corporate Sponsor:

Scenic Oaks Funding

Central Valley Volkswagen

Water Bottle Sponsors:

Stein Sponsor:

American Chevrolet

Clear Channel

Burnside Body Shop

T-Shirt Sponsor: American Chevrolet

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Wine Garden Sponsor: E. & J. Gallo Winery Clear Channel

Mocse Credit Union Pacific Southwest Container, Inc.

Mo-Cal Office Solutions

Participating Vendors:

Food, Wine and Beverage Vendors:

21st Amendment Brewery | Alaskan Brewery

Bava Family Grove Olive Oil

Anchor Brewing | Anheuser-Busch

E & J Gallo Winery

Big Sky Brewery | Boston Beer

Hilmar Cheese Company

Cencal Beverage Company

Inheritance Vineyards

Craft Brew Alliance | Delta Sierra Beverage

Monster

Dust Bowl Brewing Company

Pepsi Bottling Group

Firestone Walker Brewing Company | Gordon Biersch

Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc.

Heineken | Karl Strauss | Lagunitas

Seven Up Bottling Corp.

Leinekugal Oktoberfest | Leinekugal Orange Shandy

The Wine Group

Lost Coast Brewery | New Belgium Brewery Redds Apple Ale | Rubicon Brewery | Sierra Nevada Speakeasy | Stanislaus Distributing | Stone Brewing Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

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LEADERSHIP MODESTO ARTS & CULTURE DAY By Brenda Thames, Modesto Junior College October greeted the Leadership Modesto 2013/14 Cohort with a bountiful harvest of art and culture as the program began its 32nd year with Art, Culture and Community Day. Day-Chairs Victoria Sutton Krippner and Aaron Raby formulated an agenda that resulted in an amazing day in downtown Modesto filled with a cornucopia of experiences that allowed us to engage our senses of sight, touch, hearing and taste with the heart and soul of the city’s artistic community. The Leadership Modesto 13/14 Cohort began the day at the Gallo Center for the Arts where Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Dickerson, provided a backstage tour. Not only did the Cohort have the opportunity to get up close and personal with all that is the Gallo Center, but Lynn also discussed the facts, figures, hardcore business realities and the sense of community commitment that is behind the quality performances that have been enjoyed by close to 180,000 visitors over the past seven seasons. Our time at the Gallo was replete with presentations, Q&A sessions and live performances by David Lockington, Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra; Jack Souza and Jenni Abbott of Prospect Theater Project; several performers from SCOE YES Company and Alida Mckeon, a featured performer from this year’s Valley’s Got Talent competition.

exposed to both the art and science of architecture as we expanded our awareness of the architectural history of modern design evident in several structures throughout the city. The day ended with the same energy and splendor with which it begun. We concluded the day at the McHenry Museum where we perused exhibits and joined Chris “Mr. Modesto” Murphy in exploring Modesto’s pivotal role in the evolution of the “Rockabilly” genre. In addition, we were treated to an elegant and graceful “flash mob” performance by Central West Ballet, who performed an excerpt from the immortal ballet Swan Lake. Finally, Jennifer Mullen, Executive Director at the Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau, helped us understand the capacity and potential the City has to generate revenue from tourism. We began the day with the question “What have the Arts done for you?” The breadth and depth to which we were able to engage our senses in the hues, hints and overtones that reflect the artistic aspects of our city indicate that as John Updike so adequately stated, the arts have offered us “space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” We concluded the day by pondering, “What are we going to do for the arts?” Leadership Modesto Art, Culture and Community Day 2013 taught us that “Art is not a thing; it is a way” (Elbert Hubbard). It is a way of being, a way of hoping, a way of dreaming and a way of building as a community both together and individually. So we need to support, nourish, celebrate and actively participate in the art and culture of our city. P

We then transitioned from observant patrons of the arts to engaged participants when local artist and resident instructor of The Chartreuse Muse, Fumiko Amano-Caine, led the Cohort through the fundamentals of drawing by creating an impressionistic piece using oil pastels. This interactive activity was followed by a fabulous lunch at the Barkin’ Dog Grill where the Josh Rosenblum Band, who recently signed their first recording contract, provided first rate entertainment. The Cohort then spent the afternoon basking in the ambiance of another jewel of the community—the eighty-year-old State Theater. General Manager Sue Richardson provided information regarding the history and programming of the Theater, which included the Youth Education Program. Mike Zagaris facilitated a discussion on effective leadership and the important role that advisory boards and boards of directors play in sustaining the growth and vitality of community civic, cultural and artistic organizations. Local professor and poet Sam Pierstorff reminded us of the power of the spoken word by reading some of his own work and discussing local poetry events like The ILL List, as well as local literary enterprises like the Quercus Review Press, which recently published More Than Soil, More Than Sky: The Modesto Poets, a 252-page anthology that includes 51 Modesto poets. While at the State, the Cohort was able to sample additional local musical talent, including Francesca Bavaro, former Valley’s Got Talent Winner and current MAMA nominee. Bavaro not only provided excellent entertainment, but also shared some her recommendations for the best locations around town where local artists are able to “hug their own talent.” The Cohort departed the State embarking on an Architecture Walking Tour with Bob Barzan, Director of the Modesto Art Museum. The tour took us far beyond the usual context of the McHenry Mansion. We were NOVEMBER

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Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group

announced the staff addition of Chad Wegley as a senior engineer, specialized in municipal infrastructure and water resources. Wegley previously worked for Provost & Pritchard from 2001 until 2009, and served as the chief engineer and general manager for the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District in Coolidge, Arizona. “His extensive knowledge in municipal CHAD WEGLEY infrastructure and irrigation district engineering will expand the firm’s ability to serve a wide range of our clients,” said Dale Melville, Provost & Pritchard’s president.

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introduce Nick Maynard as a new Loan Officer. Getting things done and driving results through collaboration, partnerships and relationships is what he is all about! W ith an enthusiastic and genuinely f riendly attitude, Nick radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to his customers and business partners.

Data Path , an award-winning IT consulting firm, recently hired Emilia Simoes as Director of Education Services. Ms. Simoes will be responsible for IT management and project deployment for more than 20 school districts in the Central and Northern San Joaquin Valley. A native of Turlock, Ms. Simoes transitioned into the tech industry with IBM and soon EMILIA SIMOES afterward became an IT director for two school districts, the most recent being in San Luis Obispo over the past 14 years.

K aplan College Modesto h a s appointed Kim Floyd, RN, MSN-Ed, DSD, as its Director of Nursing. As Director, Ms. Floyd has more than 8 years of nursing and instruction experience. Prior to joining Kaplan College in California, she worked as an instructor at Kaplan University in Omaha. Ms. Floyd was the DON at UEI College and ADON KIM FLOYD at Carrington College. She has gained additional experience in the field while working at hospitals in Omaha, New Mexico and San Antonio. For more information on Kaplan College Modesto’s allied health program offerings, call (209) 543-7000.

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of two new employees: Thomas Haslebacher, a hydrogeologist/ geologist, and Travis Vickers, a construction field representative. Haslebacher will be based at the firm’s Bakersfield office and Vickers will be based out of the Fresno office. “Tom’s extensive knowledge in hydrogeology will enhance our ability to provide groundwater expertise for our clients’ projects, and Travis’ construction industry experience will expand our capabilities to work with clients from project design through construction completion,” said Dale Melville, Provost & Pritchard’s president.

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GOLD LEVEL 5.11, Inc. Crystal Creamery DoubleTree Hotel Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center JC Penney Company Memorial Medical Center The Modesto Bee Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball RACOR, Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation Seneca Foods, LLC Sysco Food Services of Central California Taco Bell

SILVER LEVEL AT&T Acme Construction Company, Inc. American Chevrolet American Medical Response Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP Audio Pros of Modesto BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Brandman University, Chapman University System California State University, Stanislaus Central Valley Ag Grinding/Central Valley Ag Transport Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Central Valley Medical Group Central Valley Specialty Hospital Children’s Hospital Central California Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Citibank Clark Pest Control COIT Services Inc. Collins Electrical Comcast Concordia Claims Managers Construction Management Corporation Costco Wholesale Covanta Stanislaus, Inc. Curtis Legal Group

Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Del Monte Foods Delta Sierra Beverage DirectLine Technologies, Inc. The Eberhardt School of Business English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F & M Bank Galletto Ristorante Georgia-Pacific Gianelli & Associates Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. Greater Modesto Medical Surgical Associates Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Harris Moran Seed Company Heald College I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto Institute of Technology International Paper Company JS West & Company Kaplan College Lion Fusion Express Mercer Foods Mocse Credit Union Modesto Commerce Bank Modesto Toyota Mraz, Amerine & Associates Oak Valley Community Bank O’Brien’s Market OLAM Spices & Vegetables, Inc. Pacific Gas & Electric Company Panelized Structures Inc. Park Inn by Radisson Pepsi Bottling Group Post Foods, LLC Prime Shine Car Wash Rabobank Raley’s Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rocha Transportation Rogers Jewelry Company San Joaquin Valley College Save Mart Supermarkets Siemens Seven Up Bottling Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Stanislaus Food Products Company Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Storer Coachways SunOpta Aseptic, Inc. Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Turlock Irrigation District Uno Chicago Grill US Bank Valley First Credit Union Valley Lexus-BMW W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden’s Office Products Center Warden’s Office Furniture Outlet Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Company, Inc.

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On Friday, September 13 th, 800 supporters of the agriculture industry gathered at Graceada Park in Modesto for the 52nd Annual Harvest Luncheon. Most of them came for what they knew would be an impressive lunch, donated completely by local growers and producers. Some came for the opportunity to catch-up and network with industry colleagues and leaders from throughout the community. Still others came to hear the keynote address by Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Executive Director Wayne Zipser. What not everyone realized, however, was that in their own way, every attendee – whether guest or sponsoring company or donor or one of the many MJC student volunteers – was making a contribution toward raising over $22,000 in scholarship funds for Modesto Junior College Agriculture students. This year’s event was chaired by Keri Layne of Yosemite Farm Credit who led a dedicated group of Modesto Chamber of Commerce committee members in organizing an event that involved 15 meat and produce donors, seven major sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Del Monte Foods and 63 companies who purchased tables at the event. Many other companies and individuals purchased individual tickets that also contributed to the event’s success. A huge thank you goes out to the many FFA and MJC students who assisted with set-up, clean up, seating and a variety of other duties. In addition to a bountiful lunch of Mape’s Ranch tri-tip and local produce, attendees enjoyed the presentation of colors by Megan

Rivera of Waterford 4-H and Mark Borges of Hughson 4-H and a beautiful performance of the National Anthem by Modesto Junior College student, Jacob Olsen. We were honored to have Captain Lisa Smith of the Salvation Army Red Shield join us and lead the group in our invocation. Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Executive Director Wayne Zipser entertained and educated guests by displaying (and trying on!) his own FFA jacket from high school and with words on the importance of supporting the agriculture industry as both a critically significant industry and an economic driver for our Valley. He encouraged continued support of the FFA and other programs that help shape the agricultural leaders of tomorrow. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the importance of agriculture to our Valley and around the world and look forward to continuing our support through many more years of the Annual Harvest Luncheon. P The Modesto Chamber of Commerce and the event organizing committee would like to thank the sponsors of the 52nd Annual Harvest Luncheon:

Presenting Sponsor Del Monte Foods

Event Sponsors

Harris Moran Seed Company Solid Networks Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Wells Fargo Bank

President’s Club Member Table Sponsors

Atherton & Associates, LLP Capax-Giddings Corby & Hynes, Inc. DoubleTree Hotel E. & J. Gallo Winery F & M Bank Gianelli & Associates Grimbleby Coleman, CPAs, Inc. JS West & Company Mocse Credit Union The Modesto Bee Modesto Commerce Bank Modesto Irrigation District Oak Valley Community Bank Rabobank Turlock Irrigation District U.S. Bank Union Bank Valley First Credit Union Walmart Winton Ireland Strom & Green Insurance Yosemite Meat Company

Equipment Sponsors American AgCredit Belkorp Ag, LLC Garton Tractor, Inc.

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Almond Board of California Alpine Pacific Nut Company Arata, Swingle, Sodhi & Van Egmond Ball Metal Food Container Bank of Agriculture and Commerce Bank of America Beard Land Improvement Company Berliner Cohen Boyett Petroleum California Gold Almonds California Milk Advisory Board California Poultry Federation Chicago Title Crop Production Services CSU Stanislaus Agriculture Department Diamond Foods Duarte Nursery Fisher Nut Company Flory Industries IBEW Local 684 – Electrical Workers J. M. Equipment Company Jack Rabbit MJC Foundation Modesto City Schools Morgan Stanley Orchard-Rite/Pacific Dist. Perez Farms PMZ Real Estate Stanislaus County Assessor’s Office Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Stanislaus County Office of Education Superior Fruit Ranch TSM Insurance & Financial Services Umpqua Bank Veterinary Service, Inc. Wenger Ranch Yosemite Community College District Yosemite Farm Credit


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E S A V E T H E D AT Modesto Chamber of Commerce 100th Annual Awards Gala Mark your calendars for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Annual Awards Gala on January 25, 2014. This is the time of year to think about all of our Chamber businesses, non-profits and individuals who have made significant impacts within our community. Over the next 6-8 weeks, the Chamber will be accepting nomination forms for a variety of awards presented at the Gala. We encourage our readership to acquaint themselves with the criteria for each category to better clarify each nomination. All nominations must accompany a completed form for consideration. Nominations for this year’s recipients can be made online at www.ModChamber.org. This year’s program is about our members, what they have done, who they are and why we honor them each year for their achievements. Once again, the event will be located at the beautiful Gallo Center for the Arts. Many of the same restaurants from last year will be returning with new and exciting dishes that will tempt your taste buds. Wine and spirits will flow and great music will keep you entertained. Some of the best performers from this year’s Valley’s Got Talent will also contribute to a fabulous evening. P

January 25, 2014 Gallo Center for the Arts Modesto Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

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“2012 was a real challenge,” she admits. Last year, economic uncertainty meant a downtick in the growing business. “People just stopped spending on anything that was not food or shelter. But people are starting to understand now that life is still going on. We helped keep people cheered up, and survived just by being a cheap thrill—you can come in and buy a bracelet for $10.95 and feel good wearing it, even when you can’t afford a new car or a trip.” Fortunately, 2013 has brought a real recovery to the downtown shop. “I think more people are leaving the state of fear and adjusting to changes that have occurred in the economy,” says Fagundes.

“Every day, people are coming into our store in droves for help with living consciously.”

B r a n d i n g . S t r a t e g y. D e s i g n . MODESTO MEANS BUSINESS The Chamber stands by this statement. We practice it on a daily basis. As an organization, we use Chamber Members exclusively. We hope we can ‘count on you’ to practice using Chamber Members to meet all of your business needs. You can find new and current members online at www.ModChamber.org. Progress Magazine is the voice of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the leading business publication in Stanislaus County. For more information or advertising info call (209) 526-9136.

“Every day, things we post on Facebook and Twitter actually bring bodies into the store. We’ll post something and people will run right down,” Fagundes says. “And while they’re here we have the opportunity to show them other things.”

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“But it takes getting them through the door the first time.”

sellers. “Many more people are interested in stones, crystals, oils, meditation and, especially, conscious living. Every day, people are coming into our store in droves for help with living consciously.” And what’s driving this new interest in conscious living? Social media.

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If you ask owner Susie Fagundes, she’ll admit that her shop Intrinsic Elements has taken a while to catch on because it’s different than other local boutiques. “People think that small boutique stores are always expensive,” says Fagundes. “But once people do experience that we have very modest prices for very nice items, then they come back and buy all their gifts here.”

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STATE THEATRE FACES ITS BIGGEST, AND MOST COSTLY, CHALLENGE YET By Sue Richardson, Executive Director, The State Theatre

SUE RICHARDSON

“Sometimes you need to turn to your community and ask for help,” says Brian Gini, Vice President of Collins Electrical Company and a State Theatre board member. Gini, who recently hosted a fundraising event for the privately funded nonprofit organization at his home, is one of the historic theater’s most ardent proponents. He’s also the leader in the campaign to convert 35mm projection to the new industry standard: movies delivered digitally over the Internet.

“Hollywood studios are forcing all theaters to convert,” he says. “The stakes are high and the cost to convert is high, but if we don’t, we won’t get films. It’s that simple. Some theaters can’t afford to make the transition and are going dark.”

Deco-era theater’s presence and from people who love cinema and the venerable State. “The theater holds a special place in the hearts of so many in our region,” Halvorson says. “It would be a shame to not make this transition because we are, first and foremost, an art house and the only one between Sacramento and L.A. The State is where you go to see the foreign and indie films you read about. The ones reviewers rave about.” Unfortunately, all that stands to change if the funds aren’t raised. Hollywood studios are forcing the change from celluloid prints to digital, and while many of the studios covered the cost of conversion for the chains and cineplexes, that wasn’t the case for the small independents, such as The State. Instead, the old movie palaces and owner-operated film houses have to go it alone — or go dark. “Convert or die” is how John Fithian, CEO and President of the National Association of Theatre Owners has repeatedly set the terms. And he estimates that 20 percent of the theaters in North America, representing 10,000 screens, won’t convert and will probably close.

It’s Digital or a Dark Screen The State is being forced, along with every other theater, to convert to digital projection by Jan. 1, 2014. .

The cost is $200,000.For our small nonprofit to raise big dollars, we need your help.

To donate please go to www.thestate.org/Digital/Donate According to The State Theatre’s President, Patty Halvorson, the board needs to raise $200,000 to make the conversion by January 1, 2014. “That’s a lot of money for a small 501(c)(3) to raise,” she admits. So with the help of Gini and several other board members and staff, the fund-raising campaign titled “Going, going, gone digital” went public in October at the gala at Gini’s home. “We let guests at the fundraiser know the challenges we’re faced with and they rose to the occasion,” says Halvorson. “We were able to raise $80,000 toward the conversion, but that’s a long way away from $200,000 and that’s where we need to be by year’s end.” “We have so much invested in this theater, as does everyone in our community,” Halvorson says. “We refuse to turn the lights out and walk away. This theater means too much to all of us.” Instead, she and the 17-member board are asking for donations from patrons, downtown business owners and operators who benefit from the Art

“We refuse to let that happen to our theater,” Halvorson says. “ We need ou r community to support this effort. The State is like the little engine that could, but this time the engine is facing a steep, uphill climb and I don’t know if it’s going to make it without a big push.”

Gini sums up by saying, “Whether it’s $10 per month or a gift of $10,000, we are asking our community to rally around this effort if we want to preserve a Modesto icon. The State is here for everyone, as it has been for 80 years, and we want to make sure it’s around for our children and their children. To accomplish that, we’re asking for help from our community. The good news is that digital delivers a dazzling picture and it’s going to be a positive change, if and when we can afford to make it.” To make a donation, 100% of which will go directly toward funding the theater’s conversion to digital projection by year’s end, go to The State Theatre’s website at www.thestate.org/Digital/Donate. By clicking on Digital/Donate, you can make a one-time donation or a recurring gift. As Halvorson emphasizes, “Large or small, every gift counts, and all are deeply appreciated. P NOVEMBER

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NE T W ORK I NG & REFERRALS

C OM M U N I T Y DE V E L OP M E N T

CHAMBER CALENDAR NOVEMBER 2013 5

CHAMBER U – QUICK BOOKS

Location: Modesto Chamber Office 1114 J Street Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Location: Smart & Final 2900 Standiford Avenue Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

DECEMBER 2013

PREVENTION TRAINING

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS

Location: Kirk Lindsey Center 1020 10th Street Plaza, Suite 102 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. 200 W. Roseburg Avenue Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Location: Bank of the West & I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc. 3600 McHenry Avenue Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Location: DoubleTree Hotel 1150 9th Street Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM

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STANISLAUS GREEN

MEETING

TEAM MEETING

Location: Kirk Lindsey Center 1020 10th Street Plaza, Suite 102 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Location: Kirk Lindsey Center 1020 10th Street Plaza, Suite 102 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants to fill several openings on various boards, commissions and special districts. All interested volunteers are encouraged to visit our website www.stancounty.com/board/boards-commissions. shtm to obtain an application or receive information. Information and applications are also available from the Board of Supervisors on the 6th floor at 1010 Tenth Street in Modesto or by phone at (209) 525-4494. Galletto Ristorante invites you and your family to share Thanksgiving Dinner with us. We are offering a pre-set traditional three-course menu for $47 per person and $25 per child (ages 6-12), and children under 6 are f ree. Hours of operation are 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please call (209) 523-4500 to reserve your table. What if you could start off the holiday season with a dose of the Christmas spirit? At the annual Nativity Festival in Modesto, you’ll enjoy lovely music, shimmering white lights and displays of more than 300 nativity scenes. Ongoing live entertainment includes many local performing groups. The f ree community event is presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 8, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is located at 731 El Vista Avenue near Scenic Drive. Learn more at www.modestonativity.blogspot.com and on Facebook. P

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