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December 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 - CWB Nutcracker – Gallo Center December 20 -  Brian Setzer Orchesta Christmas – Gallo Center December 9 -  The Ill List Poetry Slam  - State Theatre December 3 - Pink Martini – Turlock Community Theatre December 16 -  Blue Christmas – The Portal December 14 - Star Wars Last Jedi Premier – Brenden Theatres December 18-24 - Christmas Movie Week  - State Theatre December  5 -    Verdi to Vader – MJC Symphony  MJC Auditorium December 17   Central Valley Comic Con  - Modesto Center Plaza December 31 – All Ages New Year’s Eve Party – ModSpot To get details and up to date information on these Top 10 events, please check out the following places and follow us on Twitter so you are always up to speed: Modestoview.com • Facebook.com modestoview • Twitter.com/modestoview • Instagram #ModestoView • Radio 1360 KFIV AM

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GREETINGS Happy December Everyone!

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One of the coolest things I have seen over the last few months is the number of people on Facebook that say, “I wish I lived in Modesto” when we post some of the great things happening in town. This is music to my ears.  It is true my friends, there really are so many things happening, for what ever it is you need, from music, to community events, volunteer projects, Rockin Holidays or Modesto On Ice and ModShop. There are a lot of things that make cities the same, you know “those” statistics, but what ModestoView is all about is showcasing the things that make us interesting and special. And there are a lot of them.  I don’t know about you, but the conversation at my house is not “what are we going to do?” but “What do we have to miss?” This is a real and serious, but good to have, problem.  Thankfully I have the ModestoView calendar to keep me in line. You know, with problems come opportunities.  Opportunities for our city to shine bright. Just

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like the epic and amazing new Rockin’ Holiday Tree for 10th St Plaza’s Rockin’ North Pole. This has been one of many favorite projects for the ModestoView and Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group teams.  Teaming up with Brian Friend, aka Laser Voodoo, turning 10th St into retro winter wonderland for the people of our city to enjoy, making downtown a place to gather and celebrate.  Events like this, ModShop, ArtWalk, MAMA Awards, Graffiti Summer, Holiday parades and MoBand Concerts in the Park bring our community together and really make Modesto unique. Think about how many other cities have these kind of things, not that many.  We are already planning ways to make next year even more exiting next year. If you have ideas of your own, let me know.  I love history. I truly believe that you have to know your history to have a successful future. It makes us who we are, and can give us that feeling of civic pride.   On my giving list this year is the Ken White/Touchstones book Life and Times of Modesto.  This is a wonderful snapshot of who we are, and the stories that have made us who we are.  I was fortunate to have written the chapter about Graffiti and the history of Cruising.  Our Rockabilly, Graffiti

We are so very honored that ModestoView Magazine has won Gold at the annual MarCom Awards for 5 years in a row. It is so very exciting that our locally produced magazine with a mission to “Serve Civic Pride Daily” took top national honors.  Thanks to all of our ViewCrew writers and to the amazing design duo of Peter Grimaldi and Photo Artist Michael J Mangano for these amazing creative skills. Hope you enjoy what we are doing.

and Cruising future makes up a lot of the things that make Modesto cool & unique. Because of the success of American Graffiti, we are the #homeofstarwars.   With Rockin Holidays, we combine the classic Graffiti theme with Star Wars as the Last Jedi premiers on the 14th.  Nowhere else in the world can you celebrate being the Home of American Graffiti, Home of George Lucas and the Home of Star wars at the same time. (see 12 Days of Star Wars on page 5)  Talk about special. History being our future? Wow man. Far out.   Be proud of where you live, tell your friends around the world about it. We can build on this foundation to make our city even better.  We are counting on you, our ModestoView friends to spread this message.  Our future depends on it.  May the Force be with you.      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.  Best wishes to you and your families from our family.  Chris Murphy Founder & Publisher – ModestoView, Historic Cruise Route, Rockin Holiday, ModestoGraffiti USA chrism@modestoview.com 

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Mike Allsup is our Rockin’ Santa and he and his co-pilot C3Po are bringing the holiday spirit into downtown Modesto in their decorated Rockin’ Millennium Falcon and landing on the Historic American Graffiti Cruise Route. The Home of Star Wars is the Home of George Lucas and the Force is strong with these two. It all comes back to Modesto courtesy of Michael J Mangano.

ModestoView is made possible my the generous support of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group. Locally owned, Sierra Pacific is an award winning industry leader in frozen, refrigerated and dry warehousing and logistics services that is committed to reinvesting and supporting our community.  Sierra Pacific is solar powered, and is AIB certified Superior and BRC Audited and Certified to meet the needs of the best food companies in the world.  www.spwg.com

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NON PROFIT Make a Difference

By Chris Murphy Ring the Bell this Christmas Season.  Volunteers There are ways you can help, some are really easy interested in bell-ringing can register at www. registertoring.com to connect with a location and some require a bit of time.   During this cold and a particular time.  Do this as a family, group season, we think about those that are in need.  or just by yourself. You will have a great time and Please make sure that you donate to the organiit is for a great cause. zations that can do the most good and get the   services right to the people.   Please don’t give to Year-round: The Salvation Army Modesto panhandlers, there are meals and services availneeds volunteer groups to call and schedule a able daily from many locations.   date to provide, prepare, and serve a dinner for  31st Annual Soroptimist Giving Tree at Vintage 150. Dinner is served every night at the shelter.  Teachers, mentors and all sorts of volunteers are Faire.  Come and share the Christmas Spirit at Vintage Faire Mall on the second level across from needed for both youth and adult services.    the Food Court.  2500 children on their Tree need The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Modesto your support. Volunteers at their Kiosk will help Flotilla is having their Annual Fill the Boat you check out a tag for one of their children.  You Toy Drive on December 9, 2017 from  1000 can purchase gifts specifically for that child. Make am - 300 pm at the Walmart on Plaza Parkway. a difference for a child on Christmas morning.   The toy donations will be donated to the Ronald Last day to sign up is December 18.  McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley.   Santa will be there for pictures.  December 20/21: The Salvation Army Berbe  rian Shelter is also accepting donations of hats, The Modeto Gospel Mission provides many scarves, gloves or socks for services from medical the “Not Forgotten” Homeless to job seeking and Persons Memorial Vigil on Dec park outreach to 21st, the longest night of the reconnect people.   year at the shelter parking lot https://modestogospelmission.org/ways-to-give/ 10th and C Streets. The deadline You can help feed Modesto for just pennies for the warm clothing is Dec a day.  Please take a sec and help restock the 20th. The Toy and Food Distribution will be on December 16, Saturday, 9- noon at MJC West Ag pantries that keep so many families fed.   Www. feedmodesto.org  and click the “donate now” Building.

NUTCRACKER

One of Modesto’s finest traditions is the annual Central West Ballet’s Nutcracker. This is a rite of passage for many a Modesto area dancer, and so may families have been part of the Nutcracker experience.  Not only is this is a family and kid friendly performance, in length and design, it is designed to include over 100 performers.  This event should not be missed, and the beauty of the Gallo Center lobby is great for Christmas photos.  Special this year, I will get to be a part of this show as I take on the role of Mother Ginger.  Yes, this will be a sight to see, but I really want to do a good job and feel honored to be invited to part of this tradition during the December 9th 2 pm matinee.    The Nutcracker dates are December 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18  Tickets are available at www.galloarts.org

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Let’s all pack the house for school music performances. Where do you think all of the future music stars come from?  School music programs!   Let’s go to the show. The Modesto High Band and Orchestra Winter Concert is Wednesday, Dec 12th at 6:30pm in the MHS Main Auditorium.  Tix at the door. Downey High Choir will be presenting their holiday concert in the Downey Auditorium December 7 at 7:00 pm. Tix available at the door.    There’s a Holiday Music Sampler at the Barkin’ Dog on Dec 8th  at 7 pm.  Several groups will perform; brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, adult community band, etc. This is sponsored by Gottschalk’s and the Barkin’ Dog.  No cover, but please buy dinner and drinks to keep the music alive.

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SANTA

ModestoView is on the lookout for Santa We will keep our eyes open and will keep you

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School Band and Choir Performances

button and Interfaith Ministries will assist. If you have a coat, sock, toy or shoe drive, please let us know at info@modestoview.com and we will add it to our site and help you spread the word.  When we work together, our city is better.

posted at www.modestoview.com all month long. Make sure you like us at facebook.com/ modestoview and be up to speed all the time. Don’t forget to track Santa  

Vintage Faire Mall

Santa’s HQ Workshop In Center Court Through - December 24 Hours 9 am –9 pm Christmas Eve Dec 24 8 am – 6pm Reserve your spot www.celebrateyourholiday.com/   McHenry Village - 1700 McHenry Ave Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa A tradition of excellence since 1953 Open through Christmas Eve Mon-Sat Noon-8pm Sun 10am-4pm Carriage Rides Sat 10am-2pm Sun Noon-4pm   Rockin’ Holiday -10 St Plaza Visit Rockin’ Santa, the Rockin’ Elves in the Rockin’ Sleigh at the Rockin’ North Pole Enjoy the snow and the live Rockabilly music and the huge 50” Rockin’ Tree Thurs, Fri & Sat   6:00 – 9:00   Dec 2-23 FREE pictures with Santa

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ART Holiday Shopping By Jim Christiansen

It’s holiday shopping time once again, and supporting local artists for those original gifts is easy to do in Modesto. Plenty of artists have inventory for those gift needs, and local art and craft fairs and events all over the county.  Consider a purchase of original art for those special persons on your gift list, and sneak a couple in for yourself. Galleries to consider include Chartreuse Muse, Tri-Chromatic Gallery, Mistlin Gallery, and on December 7th, see what Chella has in her annual holiday showcase at Trewin Framery out on Pentecost.  Ed Cesena is the featured artist at Barkin Dog Grill this month, with some real music-themed bargains on Ed’s acrylic and watercolor works featured at the Dog.  Ed turned 89 this year. Mistlin Gallery features their annual Home for the Holidays show, with diverse selection from local artists, and check the gift box area for locally created ceramics, jewelry, fabric works and small framed or matted works. I have a couple available in that show, but they go fast.  Two of mine entered, sold before the show was hung.   Crow Trading has unique items, including local artists.  Deva has art on the walls with a price tag.  And Art Walk occurs in

time for late purchase gifts at all the Art Walk locations. And if looking for upscale art from Las Vegas, Yvette LaForce hangs her art through February 1 at Barkin Dog starting with Art Walk.  Helen Million will be featured in an Art Walk display at Ralston’s Goat.  Check all the Art Walk locations for affordable art, and stop in at Queen Bean.  You never know what the Black Sheep Market artists doing, so check the dates. Need a break in shopping to create your own masterpiece? Art Time and Sip Wine might have an opening for you. Wine and Art goes well together.  Last month’s Art Walk debut of the Art and Poetry booklet “Woman Nakedly Painting Flowers Drinking Wine” at Ralston’s Goat proved it with sales of ten percent of the press run.  Gordon B. Preston, poet and I have more at $10 as a stocking stuffer, so look us up.  My email is mercenary_graphics@yahoo.com  I’ve had some different art projects to work on this year, beyond the usual watercolors and on canvas paintings.  The Art and Poetry chap book collaboration, a sharpie mural on commission.  And thanks to John Griswold and Red-Tie.org, who sponsors the Lucca Winery summer music events, I’m painting a couple of electrical transformers at Del Nido Apartments.  A challenge to paint, complete with racoons and humming electrical gear, it has been fun brightening up the urban landscape, where aging gray primer been the look for several decades.  Looking ahead to the New Year, a note to local artists.  The final deadline to participate in the April 7 and 8 Stanislaus Artists Open Studio weekend is January 15.  Application information available by email at openstudio.stanislaus@gmail.com  Enjoy art all year around.

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Blue Christmas at the Portal

Get Crafty with Artsy Folks

Are you ready for the bluest and bluesiest Christmas ever? Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame will wrap your holiday sounds in rich delicious blues.  Also featuring the Catfish Daniel Band and a variety of tasty food trucks.  All proceeds go to benefit Hope Haven West, delivering fitted wheelchairs to people in need around the globe, all based here in Modesto, thanks to the amazing Lonny Davis.      December 16 – The Portal 1324 Coldwell @ Tully  Doors at 6, show at 7

You’re invited to check out very cool crafty works at the 11th annual Artsy Folks Holiday Boutique, which will once again support Interfaith Ministries’ Feed Modesto programs! This is a fantastic way to help the community and get food to those that need it and get something very cool for yourself or as a gift.   December 9 - One Church 2361 Scenic Dr. 10am -3 pm

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Just like ice cream, we truly encourage the consumption of alcohol year-round, not just when it’s hot outside. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a relaxing libation! In fact, we have done all the hard work for you, and are bringing you a list of all the must-try drinks this month. Some are seasonal, so get them while you can! We highly recommend you do your ice skating at Modesto on Ice FIRST, and then head out to your favorite watering hole to warm up!

The Buttered Rum

An icy delectable “grown up” shake. Go ahead and indulge, you earned this. Vanilla ice cream, dark rum, and Tresetti’s special spice blend with butter , sugar and spices.

Tresetti’s 927 11th St, Modesto

Over the last year, we have been taking you out to local bars that serve Do Good Distillery spirits. This month is all about finding home and family so we take you to the the home of our favorite local spirits, the DoGood Distillery. This is one of the most innovative businesses in our area, co-founded by the late Jim Harrelson, whom we lost this summer. His wife Liz Harrelson is carrying the torch and his love for the fine crafting of spirits. This month, she takes us on a home tour with one of our favorites, the Cherry Ginger Mule.  This has all of the flavors you love and that winter flavor that warms your insides. 

Hot Toddy

Forget apples, one of THESE is what is going to keep the doctor away! This goes down better than hot tea any day. Do Good Cherrywood Bourbon (by special request!), water, honey, and a stick of fresh cinnamon.

Take a tall glass since you want to enjoy this for a while.   Add the Do Good Cherry Wood Smoked Whiskey over ice.  Sniff the aroma Add Cherry Ginger Beer and stir. Add some lime and a Luxardo Cherry. This is literally the cherry on top of this drink and brings out the flavor. Enjoy

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Pumpkin Sidecar

A sweet and delicious liquid pumpkin pie! Ron Zacapa Spiced Rum, Pumpkin Butter, 5 Spice Syrup, Lemon Juice with a cinnamon sugar rim

This month, take a trip to see how Do Good Spirits are made. The Tasting room is open daily, and you can experiment there.  There are also Distillery Tours available too.   You can purchase 3 bottles on site and you can even mix and match for a 10% discount.    

Surlas 431 12th St, Modesto

Pecan Whiskey Dawn

Tasting room: open M-F 9am-6pm and Saturday 3-7

The most gorgeous “pecan pie” will you will ever consume. High West Double Rye Whiskey, pecan orgeat, lemon juice and raspberry simple syrup.

Do Good Distillery

3173 Del Este, Modesto, CA 95354 www.dogooddistillery.com www.facebook.com/dogooddistillery

Ralston’s Goat 1001 10th St, Modesto

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A Very Merry Christmas Improv

Dig out your ugly Christmas sweater and head to Modesto Junior College for a ridiculously funny night of improvisational theatre! Directed by Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell in the Little Theatre on MJC East, this production is a hilarious collaboration between audience suggestions and the actors’ quick wits that creates a fun holiday show that is unrehearsed and improvised. The cast includes Tatiana Covington-Parra, Joshua Palafox, Patrick Norris, Marilyn Diaz-Norris, Christine Ford, Sal Vasquez, Sarah Wilson, Noah Thompson, Pablo Hernandez and Jacob Sweeten. December 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. December 10 – 2 pm Tickets: $9 for students and seniors $11 general, Special $5 tix - Preview Night of December 6. 

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DECEMBER GALLO CENTER REPERTORY CO.: ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

A Time to Perform in December By Kaye Osborn and Chris Murphy

SPONSORED BY THE SAVE MART COMPANIES SPONSORED IN REMEMBRANCE OF BETTE BELLE SMITH

The holiday season is in full swing! There are winter concerts to attend, shopping to complete, food to prepare, friends and family to celebrate.  There are special annual events to embrace: the Dickens Faire at the McHenry Museum and the McHenry Mansion.  The family friendly event at the McHenry Museum begins at 9 AM-noon on Saturday, December 2nd.  Come dance with Central West Ballet dancers, decorate a cookie and a snowman ornament, listen to some holiday flannel board stories, get a holiday “tattoo”.  Create a new tradition for your family by coming downtown on Dec. 2nd.  The McHenry Mansion festivities include horse drawn carriages, crafts, and carolers.  Come back at 5:30 PM for the Christmas holiday light parade followed by the lighting of the Modesto tree. There are so many great holiday performances, you need to plan ahead as many will sell out.  There are many ways to create holiday magic!  Don’t forget the youth music and choir presentation as well as our youth theatre offering. Here’s what is happening in our neck of the woods!

Prospect Theater Enemy of the State Dec. 1-3, Friday- Sunday 8 PM and 2 PM The last show includes a Talk Back with the actors and director

Trifles Play Reading Project Sunday, Dec. 10: 2 PM Includes food and Talk Back with the actors and director

December 8 – 10

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SPONSORED BY THE PARK AT MODESTO, DISTINCTIVE INDEPENDENT LIVING SPONSORED IN REMEMBRANCE OF BETTE BELLE SMITH

December 14 & 15

McHenry Museum Saturday, Dec. 2 Childrens’ Dickens Faire Free, 9 AM- noon   Saturday, Dec. 9 Second Saturday 2 PM: Free Learn more about our county’s history  

POSADA NAVIDEÑA December 16 & 17 WINDHAM HILL’S WINTER SOLSTICE

SPONSORED BY SLATER’S HOME FURNISHINGS

December 19

JANUARY MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

PRESENTED BY BOYETT PETROLEUM AND CRUISERS, MEDIA PARTNER: KVIE

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PHILLIPS, CRAIG & DEAN

Gallo Center for the Arts

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas Fri.-Sun., Dec. 8-10 7:30 PM & 3 PM  

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CWB The Nutcracker:

December 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 Don’t miss Modestoview’s Chris Murphy guest starring as Mother Ginger on December 9th at 2 pm Dec. 14:  The Nutcracker in Jazz   RECKLESS by Craig Lucas The Modesto High School Theatre Department presents Craig Lucas’s dark comedy, Reckless.  Reckless is the story of Life’s seemingly reckless treatment of some people.  Rachel loves Christmas, but this Christmas is going to change everything.  And for the next ten years with Christmas as a backdrop, Rachel navigates a world seemingly devoid of meaning but amazingly  interwoven together in an absurdist commentary on the random and fleeting nature of happiness and the power of the human spirit to endure Life’s careless treatment.   December 1, 2 December 8, 9, 10 -  7:30 pm Modesto High School’s Black Box Theatre--Studio 21 Corner of 1st Street and Yosemite Avenue (Northwest corner of the main campus) Tickets are 10.00     Seating is limited so purchase tickets early      Tickets may be purchased at the Student Body Store

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January 12

PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL SPONSORED BY SUTTER HEALTH

January 16

3 DOORS DOWN ACOUSTIC - BACK PORCH JAM SPONSORED BY SUTTER HEALTH

January 21

KINKY BOOTS

PRESENTED BY BOYETT PETROLEUM AND CRUISERS

January 24 & 25 JEFFREY SIEGEL

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Getting Frosty at December is a month of sweets; we’re talking cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, hot cocoa and of course, gingerbread houses! All the sweets! For your sweet needs this month, we recommend Frost Bakery. You might recognize the name if you’ve visited them at their old location in Turlock. This gem has been a secret for far too long, and we’re getting the word out on their delectable treats, lovingly hand made by owner Shelly Koch and her talented staff. Shelly started baking as a child, and remembers that her Christmas present when she was 9 was a baking class. One of her first jobs was decorating cakes and she never stopped. She opened Frost Bakery in Turlock 10 years ago, but now carries on the Frost tradition here in Modesto, which has been open for the last 5 years. Everything is made from scratch with fresh local ingredients, and she is liberal with the butter-her favorite ingredient! “I love the science of baking, how all the ingredients work together, and I love mastering a recipe. I’m a baker not only because I love creating and decorating but I enjoy being a part of people’s celebrations. The birthdays, weddings, baby showers, it’s special to be a part of it all.” When you walk in, you become the most important person in the store. You become a part of the Frost family. Your food and dessert is made as perfect as possible, with the intention you savor every bite and every drop. She was inspired by the book, “Setting the Table” by Restaurateur Danny Meyer, and lives by the belief that people don’t come for the muffins (you can get muffins anywhere!), people come for the atmosphere, the customer service, and the feeling that they are important and appreciated. I definitely could feel that during my first visit, a month after their doors opened. I often head over with a book and buy a “coffee of the day”, sippin’ away in the lounge until I’ve lost track of time.  (Get extra whipped cream! They have the best whipped cream in the world!) It’s a perfect place to laze about, especially during nippy weather because this place truly turns into a winter wonderland.

Frost Bakery By Brandilyn Brown

They set up a seven foot tall gingerbread house, fully loaded, and deck their halls with more than holly. Shelly encourages friends and family to hang out as long as you want; coffee refills are free! Frost is your home away from home, so come warm up by the gingerbread house with a loved one or two and discover the wonder for yourself. Sip on, friends! Follow them on facebook for info on their Saturday Cookie Decorating Classes (free for kiddos!), and to enter their frequent contests. Don’t forget-they also cater! Frost Bakery 901 N. Carpenter Road, Modesto 209.523.2240 www.facebook.com/frostbakery

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GEEK STAR WARS by Middagh Goodwin

The last few years I know I am not the only one that has been excited for the year to come to an end. Not because of New Years Eve Parties or Festivus but because there will be a new Star Wars release. Here in Modesto #homeofStarWars we do it up big. Tuesday, December 5th 7 pm at the Main Auditorium at MJC East. Enjoy a classical evening of Verdi to Vader with the MJC Community Orchestra. Yeah, we take Star Wars serious here in Modesto. Thursday, December 14th we will be able to catch Star Wars-The Last Jedi for the first, but not the last time for most of us. Rockin’ Holiday will celebrate the premiere of a Star Wars Themed night. Lodge Pole Pickers will once again go intergalactic and be rockin’ the Plaza. Storm Troopers and Jedi will descend on the 10th Street Plaza. Make sure you all come out and join us for an out of this world experience.   Saturday, December 16, Central Valley Costumers, 501st, NorCal Cosies and others, will be staging a take over of 10th Street Plaza once again in conjunction with Brenden for The Last Jedi. The Event will run from 1 - 5 pm. There will be Blast a Trooper, Blast with a Trooper, tons of Star Wars Cosplayers and so much more. This event has been out of this world the last two years.  Sunday, December 17, at the Modesto Centre Plaza make plans to go to Central Valley Con brought to you by the folks at StocktonCon. 100’s of Vendors and Artists of all things Geeky. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for comics, toys or pop figures you will find it here. With special guests Vincent M.Ward(Walking Dead) and Power Rangers Jack Guzman and Alyson Sullivan along with Voice Actor Gregg Berger(Star Wars Rebels/Spider-Man) and C.Andrew Nelson(who has spent more time in the Darth Vader suit than any other actor.) Central Valley Con is an all-ages event. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door with kids under 12 attending FREE.  Take the short drive out to the West Side Theatre in Newman for the NorCal Cosies. Celebrating its third year as California Only Red Carpet Cosplay Awards Show. Come early for the FREE Pop Culture Convention. The Awards show starts at 6 pm and is $10.

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Movies to make your season bright December 18th

5 p.m. A Christmas Story (PG-1983) 7 p.m. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13-1989)

December 19th

2 p.m. It’s A Wonderful Life (PG-1946) 7 p.m. Love Actually (R-2003)

December 20th

2 p.m. Home Alone (PG-1990) 7 p.m. A Christmas Story

December 21st

2 p.m. White Christmas (G-1954) 7 p.m. Home Alone

December 22nd

2 p.m. A Christmas Story 7 p.m. It’s A Wonderful Life

December 23rd

2 p.m. Love Actually 5 p.m. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

December 24th

2 p.m. White Christmas 5 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life

December 25th Merry Christmas and more films today!

Box Office 12-3pm M-F (209) 527-4697 • www.thestate.org

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UNPLUGGED A Little Bird Told Me by Aaron Rowan

December Movies

So there I was, helping load gear into the moon-house for a concert, when a hawk swooped down in pursuit of a pigeon. The pigeon crashed into the window right next to the door, not a foot from where I stood, and then flew into the moon-house where it perched first atop the air duct, and then decided to nest inside the duct. It took us the better part of an hour to wrangle that bird and send it back to its flock. Then, about three weeks before Thanksgiving, we were about to begin an afternoon of Latin jazz when a turkey showed up to wander about right outside the venue. I hope he enjoyed the sweet sounds that were served up - a last bit of fun before he got served up himself. This month at Moon & Sixpence, we’re going to host some feathered friends who aren’t showing up uninvited. The Littlest Birds offer a gentle, harmony-fueled brand of twang that evokes the dusty back roads and wide open spaces of the American West while remaining deeply rooted on a back porch somewhere in Appalachia. The band features Sharon Martinson on banjo/vocals, Michael Kirkpatrick on mandolin/vocals, Rob Hansen on fiddle, and Roger Sideman on bass. Opening up the concert is Taylor Murphy,

recent winner of the first annual La La Lodi Songwriting Contest. She’ll be joined by her friend Josh Beasley for a joint set of Americana that’s unabashedly bold and peacefully intimate. Sunday December 3 - doors open at 2:30 and music starts at 3:00. $10 general admission. Thursday night 12/7, we’ll be presenting trumpeter, educator, composer, and arranger Joe Mazzaferro and his jazz quintet, celebrating the release of his debut album. Joe has performed with many jazz greats including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Lewis Nash, and many more. Doors 7pm, concert 7:30pm, $20. And for our final presentation of 2017, it’s Modesto Unplugged’s fifth annual ELEGY, our tribute night honoring the musical souls we’ve

METAL Remembering Abraham Guerrero We lost a son, a brother, a husband, a friend

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and a part of the Modesto Metal scene on the evening of November 6th 2017. Gone but never forgotten, Abe was a part of our metal family, hailing from Los Banos. He leaves behind a wife, our beautiful brutal metal Jenna and her son Logan. Abe was a bad ass on guitar. He could shred and growl with the best. He was in MAMA award winning, Brutal Innocence, a band that I met when I first started hanging out in Modesto. As we grieve, each and every one of our metal and music community has been reaching out and we thank you for it. A celebration of Life will be happening in January, we will be throwing a metal show, and party, just like Abe wanted. He will remain forever in our hearts. 2017 Modesto Area Music Award Metal winner, HellHeart, just came home from tour in Mexico and I had a few random questions I was curious about.  MV: Did anyone find romance on tour? HH: Haha, we’ll as far as romance goes, let’s just say yeah, some of us had some fun. But I don’t really want to go into detail out of respect. MV: Right on!

by Eve Oberlander MV: What did you eat on tour? (I’m a foodie, let’s be honest) HH: We ate a lot of the local food, going to different taco shops and street vendors. The food was amazing. We ate our weight in Tacos, lol. MV: Was traveling in a foreign country dangerous at any time? HH: We never felt unsafe, everyone there is super friendly, there’s a huge sense of community. Everyone we met was nice and super helpful. There was one corner in TJ where we got stopped by the police but they just wanted to ask us some questions. We got scared for a second but it turned out fine. MV: What was your favorite stop? Venue? Place to play? HH: I think our favorite stop was Saltillo at a place called Pizza Rock. The town was absolutely beautiful and the fans were amazing. The best venue to play was definitely Café Iguana, it’s an almost Ace of Spades size venue. It’s inside an

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lost in the past year. Tom Petty, Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry and several others will be remembered on this magical evening, which features performances by The Poor Valley Band, Patty Castillo Davis, The Darcys, Taken Roads, Jason Winfree (Red Dog Ash), and special guests. Tuesday December 12 - 7:30 PM - $10. Moon & Sixpence Music and Art House is located just a few blocks from the main strip of downtown Modesto, in the courtyard of the Cook Marketplace center at 500 9th St. between E & F (between Smog Check and El Sol restaurant.) Find more info on upcoming events at www.modestounplugged.com or at 209-5435306 or modestounplugged@yahoo.com.

old castle. The place was crazy and the sound and light show we had was amazing. MV: What were the fans like and what did they say to you? HH: The fans were all super amazing and passionate about the music and loved being a part of the show. We were signing all kinds of things, taking pictures with all sorts of people; it was incredibly humbling to have so many new people who love our music. HellHeart tells me they had an amazing trip and tour in Mexico and they’ve already been asked to come back. Details are still being worked out but they may be heading back next summer. For a full length article and pictures please visit Modesto View, Metal View, online at www.modestoview.com We have an important fundraiser show coming up, please attend. Our dear friends from Your My Boy Blue Entertainment LuLu and Justin’s parents have lost everything due to a fire that almost took their lives. The show features Modesto’s 17TEN and we will be having a raffle to raise money for the family. The show is called Winters End brought to you by Asylum Productions on Friday December 22nd   at The Other Place, 8pm.

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ROCKABILLY Rockin Holidays Rockin the Plaza! by Jennifer Allsup Once again we are bringing back a month of Rockabilly-Blues, Psychobilly music to the 10th street plaza. Yes friends, we celebrate the music that is native to Modesto.   So many genres, including rock and roll, all point back to the music of Maddox Brothers and Rose that began here in Modesto in 1938.   We bring this roots music to our annual holiday festival in 10th St Plaza and this year it is more rockin’ than ever.  There will be live music in 10th St Plaza each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Dec 2 through Dec 23.  Don’t forget your FREE Rockin Santa pictures Kicking it off after the parade of lights December 2nd, with a collaboration of musicians that are no stranger to old fashion and new music altogether. Tangled T’s Music Group will be performing after the parade in the plaza. Starting about 7:30 to 10 pm. You can also, catch Tangled T’s Music Group on Thursday, Dec 7th and 21st from 6-9pm til Xmas.  Join the Lodge Pole “Jedi” Pickers our very own Intergalactic Rock and Roll band on Thursday,

Dec 14th for the Star Wars-The Last Jedi Premiere. Bring the kids as there will be Stormtroopers, Jedis and more characters from a galaxy far, far away and of course some great rockin’ fun. Also, playing our musical X-mas in the plaza is Voodoo Killers giving you the raw Swamp Blues. Voodoo Killer will be playing the Plaza on Friday nights from 6-9pm on Dec. 8th, 15th and 22nd. Last, but no stranger and not least is the MAMA Winning Grease Hound showing off their psychobilly style. Grease Hound has played this event many times and you don’t want to miss this high-energy band.  Grease Hound will be performing on Dec 9th,16th & 23rd ending our Rockin Holidays right before X-Mas and will get Rockin Santa and his elves dancing along with the 50ft tall Rockin Holiday tree. Rockin Santa and his Elves will also be in the plaza for free pictures on 10th street. From 6-9 every Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Let it snow, Let it snow, yes it will snow.  “Rockin’ Snow” will also be falling every 15

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minutes during Rockin’ Holiday Nights. Don’t be naughty tell your friends and family to join us throughout the month of December.  We at ModestoView are so excited to spend the Holiday Season with you and yours in the 10th Street Plaza for Rockin’ Holidays. Cheers, may your holiday be filled with lots of love and laughter and rockabilly!

“it’s always good at the goat”

Downtown Modesto Jst at 10th Street Plaza Hours:

Monday closed Tuesday-Thursday 11am-12am Friday-Saturday 11am-2am Sunday Sunday9am-3pm 9 - 6PM - LIVE MUSIC

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HOLIDAY We have really rockin’ news for you all. We are so pleased to present the 5th Annual Rockin Holiday celebration. This will be the 4th year in 10th St Plaza.    We wanted to recreate the retro feel of the downtown Modesto of Christmas Past, with the real traditions, the garland, the lights, and even the music and fun of our streets in downtown Modesto.  We created Rockin’ Holiday for 10th St, and partnered up with the Downtown Improvement District and the City of Modesto to build a classic Rockin North Pole in 10th St Place.  We brought back the feel of the 50s and the 60s and introduced a whole new generation to the excitement and the happiness of a decorated downtown Modesto. We introduced Rockin’ Santa, Rockin’ Elves, Rockin’ North Pole and even Rockin’ Snow! This year, we are going all Disney and have created the 50 foot tall Rockin’ Pixel Show Tree that featuring a nightly programmed animated light show created by Brian Friend of Laser Voodoo that will be something to see!    We are connecting with Modesto On Ice so that it is even more fun and exciting.    

If you know of something else going on, email us ASAP and we will add it to our calendar events@modestoview.com

Rediscover your community this holiday season. If you haven’t been downtown in weeks, months or maybe even years, now is the time. You will see a downtown that is all lit up and ready for you.   Fantastic restaurants, great shows at the State and Gallo Center, nightlife at local cafes, heated patios and cool boutiques for unique gift shopping.  It is not just in downtown Modesto, but all over our county there are great things to do.    For the latest in local holiday home lighting showcases, try this www.lightsofthevalley.com    

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December 15th & 17th

Candlelight tours of the McHenry Mansion - Tours begin at 5pm and the

Modesto On Ice

If you haven’t been yet, Modesto On Ice is your place for holiday enjoyment. This amazing real ice rink is covered, features night light show, snacks, photo booth and 90 minute skating sessions daily until mid January.  You can book your skate times in advance.  Here are some of the theme nights and you can even get a discount.  December 6 – Toy Night - $ 3 off with Toy. December 13 – Ugly Sweater Night - $3 off with Ugly Sweater December 20 – College Clubs Night – 20% back to College Clubs December 27 – Neon Night  This will be the cornerstone of your downtown experience this winter. www.modestoonice.com  

Yes friends this all happens and it is there for you for FREE thanks to all of our partners.    

Now, in our 5th year, Rockin’ Holiday is even bigger, better, brighter and there will be more snow and our Rockin’ Tree will be rockin 10th St Plaza nightly until 11:00 pm.  Make sure you get your selfie at by the Rockin’ Tree or in Rockin’ North Pole.  Rockin’ Santa will be there every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9.  Opening night is December 2, for the Modesto Classic Holiday Parade.  All events located in 10th St Plaza   Modesto Rockin’ Holiday is presented by:  Chris Murphy, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, ModestoView, Brian - Friend Laser Voodoo, Modesto Toyota, Matt Paine and Collins Electric with support from the amazing people at the City of Modesto, the Modesto Downtown Improvement District, The Modesto Confidential Management Association, the Downtown Modesto Partnership, Visit Modesto, Brenden Theatres, The Patchcrew, Fuzio, Ralston’s Goat, Peace of Mind Pest Control, Ceres Pipe & Steel and Fores and Macko Law Firm. 

and tons of fun! Santa will be attendance with a campfire, Christmas music, scones and hot drinks

By Chris Murphy

December 2nd

Dicken’s Faire & Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market 7am-3pm

Take a step back in time! The McHenry Mansion will be fully decorated like a Victorian Christmas and there will be crafts and activities for the kiddos at the McHenry Museum. You may tour the beautiful McHenry Mansion, which will be decorated for the holidays as it was in Victorian Times. Docents dressed in period clothing, and stationed throughout the home, will be available to answer questions about the history and artifacts of this beautiful Victorian house.  There is no charge for the event.

5:30pm Celebration of Lights Parade

The theme this year is “Classic Modesto”. Parade starts on I & 14th Streets. Following the parade will be the Rockin’ Christmas Tree Lighting in 10th Street Plaza, with Modesto’s brand new 50 foot tree. Ice skate at Modesto on Ice on 11th & K St, while you wait for Rockin’ Holiday to start!  

Rockin’ Holiday at the Rockin North Pole in 10th St Plaza

New for 2017, an amazing 50ft Rocking Holiday Pixel Show Tree that will light up 10th St Plaza and our Rockin North Pole. Rockin Holiday

last tour leaves at 8:30pm.| During the tours, visitors will see docents dressed in period clothing demonstrating Victorian life as it was during the holidays. One might see popcorn stringing, musicians, a gingerbread house being decorated and much more.  The Mansion is beautifully decorated for Christmas as it would have looked in the 1880s. McHenry Mansion is located at 15th and I Street, Modesto. Come take the family for a Christmas Tour!  

Christmas Tree Lane, Ceres

is fun for the whole family! We take you back with rockin’ retro cheer and special vintage style décor to the original cruise route on 10th Street! Rockin’ Santa, his Rockin’ elves and his Rockin’ hot rod sleigh will be available for free photo ops for your family Christmas cards! Every half hour look up into the sky to see snow right here in Modesto! Sip your hot cocoa or your Irish Coffee, and eat your roasted chestnuts.  This fun family holiday party is not one to miss!    Rockin Tree Show nightly  6 -11 pm Rockin’Holiday Live  with Music, Santa and Snow - Dec 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23  6-9 pm

December 9th

8am Spirit of Giving Run

Runners will receive a snowy start and finish at the 7th Annual Modesto Spirit of Giving Run, Also features a wheelchair division. Start/finish line in Tenth Street Plaza with holiday vendor booths and festivities, including a FREE quartermile kid’s fun run where children 10 and under can chase the Grinch out of Modesto! Santa will be there too, so don’t forget your camera! Please support Modesto Gospel Mission by bringing canned food or monetary donations and receive raffle tickets to win great prizes. Early Entry: Adult 13+: $35 Child 12 and under: $15. Groups of 10 or more adults will receive a $5 discount per entry. Entries must be received before December 7th, 2015 to be eligible for group rate.  www.modestospiritofgiving.org/   Brenden Theatre will feature a free Christmas movie with canned food donation following the race.

Every night in December, Moffett Road, between Henry & Thomas Avenues. Stop by your favorite café for some hot cocoa and cruise slowly down the streets of Christmas Tree Lane with your family to enjoy beautifully decorated houses! Start your new tradition this year!  

December 15th

Holiday Lighted Bike Parade

Meet at 5:30pm at the Running Iron. All bicycle types welcome! Invite your friends. This is 21+ only. Free to ride....beverage/food expenses are up to you. Decorate and Light your bike and join us for a Leisurely YET AttentionGrabbing ride through Modesto with stops at the best watering holes and see Christmas Light displays towards downtown and beyond. It is a lighted magical mystery bike parade. Dress warm and festive!  Go all out with tinsel, ornaments, stuffed animals, streamers, ribbon, fabric, etc. We are riding at night so light your bike up like a Christmas tree.  

December 5th

Christmas at the Mansion

Join your special friends at the McHenry Mansion for a very special Christmas Tea. These are moments you will treasure for every with your loved one or kids. For reservations at $30 per person, contact 522-1739.

These are just a small sample of the amazing things happening this season. Check www.modestoview.com for updated info and new things do to. Get the ModestoView Ap at Itunes & Android Store

The Rockin’ Holiday festival start with lights and snow starting at 6:00 pm

Christmas in Grandpa’s Barn December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4 Lorina’s Edible Garden, 17693 Enterprise Rd, Escalon 10am-4pm Come out for a special holiday at the barn! Loads of shopping, fresh produce and nuts,

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INTER Some of the most incredible people and talents are right

under your noses. It is amazing that we are so lucky to have these kinds of people living here in Modesto. If you have been to a show at the State, or the Portal or maybe even in the streets of Modesto at XFest or Luckyfest, you may have seen the fantastic lighting by Brian Friend, a.k.a Laser Voodoo. What you learn is that there is so much more to a community when you look at who is behind the scenes; the artists, the coders, the directors and the craftspeople that bring ideas to life.   These are the people that I love the most, as they push, challenge and inspire.  As we get ready for our 2017 Rockin Holiday, meet Brian Friend, the creative behind the new 50 ft. tall Rockin’ Pixel Tree in 10th St Plaza.  I have been lucky to work with Brian on many projects and he has made our band Third Party look like a pro touring band so we play like a touring band.  As you will read, good lighting brings the best out of people and is the smoke in front of the mirror.  Middagh Goodwin caught up with Brian as he was building the new tree.    ModestoView: Tell us a little about yourself? About your upbringing in the church? What led you to Modesto? Brian Friend: I was born and grew up in northern California. Ukiah to be exact. It was a church driven community. I come from a long line of ministers myself. I was a musician at a very young age and played in church every Sunday and toured to local Native American reservations playing religious music. I grew up there, but at 19, it was time to change my life. I moved to Modesto due to a job offer. I met my lovely wife, and my rock my most significant supporter, Shannon here in Modesto and also met the most awesome people and friends you could ever know. I love all my friends here. In ’98 I moved to the bay area to pursue my dreams of playing music and doing stage lighting. I was also doing construction on some huge jobs like the San Francisco airport and skyscrapers. We were there for about a decade or so and came back to Modesto by choice. We came home.   MV: What is your musical background, was your family musically inclined?  BF: Yes,  my whole family is musically talented for the most part. Mostly church music. I was always a closet rocker since I was a little tike. I discovered punk rock at 13  from my brother. It was fresh and new, and I loved it! We started a punk band. Since then, I’ve been in metal bands, alternative bands, in fact, I was the original drummer for Wicked Hickey and Netherworld here in Modesto. Later in San Francisco, I was in a popular space-rock/deathrock/goth band called Galaxxy Chamber. We had a radio and TV show and gigged al lot of cool events with fire dancers, puppeteers and all kinds of stuff. I was also in a pretty fantastic band called the Floating Corpses. Our shows were off the hook nuts, and people lost their minds. It was my favorite band to date. I’ve been a signed musician a couple few times and had a couple of popular songs. Music changed for me when I started performing for TV commercials.  That kind of altered things for me musically.    MV: Do you play in a band? Tell us more about them and what you do? BF: I don’t play as often as I should.  I do play the drums with my friends but have no drive to want to play music as a career.

MV: How long have you been doing lights, how did you get started? What motivates you? BF: I started doing lighting 30 years ago when I was 13 years old.  My first gig was sitting in for lighting at a fair for a pageant show and talent show, it sparked something special. Since then I’ve done theatrical to political rallies to fashion shows to drag shows, ballet, big magic shows and what I love the very most, “concert lighting”.   There is nothing like reactions to a live audience. I get to help make a brilliant show not only the audience loves, but the bands play as hard as they can in reaction. Lighting can change moods, it creates excitement and tickles your brain. It’s real art, and the stage is my canvas. Sounds cheesy but its true. It’s a passion.   MV:What are some of the memorable shows/events/bands that you have done lights?  BF:  Oh wow, that’s a huge question. I’ve worked with a lot of huge talent. Anywhere from James Brown, John Lee Hooker to the Marleys to electronic icons and rock gods. From Metallica, Misfits, Gwar, Rammstein, Motorhead to Grateful Dead and Company to Tenacious D to JayZ and Black Eye Peas. My favorite has to be James Brown and Tenacious D.  My most favorite of all time is my shows with my best friends here in Modesto and my favorite local band DAM.   MV: How far have you travelled to do the Voodoo that you do? BF: I’ve travelled ALL over the map,  “of Modesto”, up Briggsmore and down Tully (laughs).  Mostly I’ve been a California guy. But all over up and down.   MV: What questions do you ask yourself when creating a new stage design? BF:  I always seek something new and creative. I don’t try to be the best lighting designer, that’s impossible. In art such as painting or sculpting, how could you claim the best artist? It’s impossible so I won’t ever try. I just only look to inspire, to capture a moment and to entertain. I love to dazzle an audience.

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MV: Where is your favorite place in Modesto to do or have done lights at?    BF: I’ve done some pretty impressive and great shows at The FatCat, but my favorite shows were at the State Theatre and St. Stan’s/Heros.   MV: Who are some of your favorite local bands to do lights? BF: Dam, The Flowers, Triple D, Third Party, Chosen Few, Lodge Pole Pickers, Doug Petty and the Chartbreakers, 17Ten, Plastic Meteor shower and Bedheads   MV-If you had an unlimited budget what would you do?   BF-Go on a nice Vacation ha haaaa.   As far as lighting goes? I would love to do more Monumental lighting installments for millions to see. I’ve entertained millions of people in my life, but Monumental lighting is a whole new world of entertainment. It is a neat way to express art in the light.    MV: Outside of concerts, what else have you used your skills with lights, laser and colors? BF: I’ve done lighting for TV, Movies, music videos and as mentioned theatrical lighting. I’ve worked in design for clubs and landscape applications.   MV: You have worked with ModestoView and Sierra Pacific on making it snow and creating the lighted tree for Rockin’ Holidays in downtown Modesto. How has it evolved and can you tell us more about this year’s tree. What is unique about it and what can we expect   BF: I remember the talks before it even began. We would shoot ideas back and forth about it. Finally, a meeting was presented, and the first one happened. It was at St. Stan’s/Hero’s with fireblowing stilt walkers and killer bands. We turned that place into a snowy blizzard haha. I did a cool laser show to an awesome soundtrack. I still have it saved on my hard drive and play it in my studio from time to time. It’s inspiring to see. The very next year Chris Murphy had us move it all over to 10th St Plaza with a huge plan. Well, it’s been growing and growing to be a family tradition.  With all the fast paced life we live in its extra special to create something wholesome that families can have special holiday memories that are not just at the mall or shopping. Its a place to stop life for a moment and look at the here and now and our friends, families and loved ones. Life is too short not to stop time for a moment and enjoy your family in a special holiday memory to enjoy for a lifetime. This year is a fantastic time to come out to Rockin Holiday.  We are unveiling the most spectacular tree. Its set to be the world’s tallest pixel show tree. Hundreds of hours invested in bringing you the most incredible tree in lighting art. It will dazzle, mesmerize, hypnotize, and tickle your senses. It will move your body to the soundtrack of classic to current selections of favorites also including a couple of songs of our local musical talent mixed in. It’s something not to miss. It’s the only one in the world of its kind. I wish and hope to see everyone out there enjoying our creation. I am so thankful for all the support this community has given me. I am proud that we can offer this Continued on Page 29

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BIG One of the most true things ever said or written is, “You get what you give”. This variation of the golden rule is guiding principle that would really benefit everyone in this world.  What is it that you get when you give? That feeling of love, pride, caring, understanding, satisfaction? What ever it is, it means a lot.  ModestoView readers, you all know what it means to give back to our community and make a difference. What will put a smile on a child’s face, or a grin from a friend? It is all about the thought and what it means.  We are to help make that difference this holiday season.   ModShop was a great way to get a hand made start on your holiday gift giving.   Here are just a few local ideas that will make someone smile.  Eat, drink, live and shop local this season.  You can find a list of the vendors at www.modshop209.com if you forgot something.     

Stewart and Jasper

Can you say, tasty fruit and nut treats AND wine tasting? Yes, you need to make a stop at Stewart and Jasper in McHenry Village.   They have the most amazing gift baskets, and their fruit preserves and sauces are super tasty. We love their chocolate covered fruits, baking supplies like Almond flour and even glazed almonds for salads.  While you shop, why not wine taste.  Stewart and Jasper Company Store, McHenry Village Suite 58 209-577-6887 www.stewartandjasper.com  

Classic Modesto Gifts

The McHenry Mansion is home base for all things vintage Modesto. Find yourself if the spirit of Victorian-era Modesto when you tour the McHenry Mansion and then head over to the visitor center and gift store next door in Downtown Modesto.  You can get a really cool rockin’ Santa ornament, special Mansion ornament and even McHenry Mansion tea.  Great gifts for your Modesto loving friends. McHenry Mansion Gift Store 924 15th St  Modesto 209-549-0428 Open Noon-4  Sunday – Friday

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Local Music

Friends encourage friends to listen to local music. Local bands record local music.  They sell these amazing disks full of original songs that you will love. Deva Café has local music CDs for sale and you can explore the local music at www.modestoareamusic.com and browse the hundreds of local bands with links to their music.  Listen to MAMA (Modesto Area Music Association) music today.   Deva Café 1202 J St  http://www.devadowntown.com/  

Selective Antiques

Want to give something un ique that has history? He ad to Hughson and check out Selective An tiques, who offers over 10, 000 sq ft of vintage treasures. Thousand s of gift ideas under $20. There is a kid section, man cave section, vin tage toys, rustic décor and everything from A to Z.  There are sale s every day of 50% off.  Th ere are new items daily and you will fin d “down home” pricing and friendly owners.  So step out of the ordinary, and head to Hu ghson. If you haven’t been there, you are missing out. Mention tha t you read about them in ModestoV iew to enter a $50 gift cer t drawing. Select

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2300 Tully Rd Hughson, Wed-Sun 10- 6 pm    

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Local Food

Friends, this is as good as it gets. A gift certificate to a local restaurant is the most amazing thing.  All of them sell them so you can go to your favorite place, you can have dinner and you your friends and can share that experience with the gift of tasty family. Order up and share

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Graffiti Gifts

Don’t you wish there were really fun Modesto themed gifts? There are! Send your classic car loving friends and family a Graffiti mug, some fuzzy dice, Cruisin’ shot glass, Race For Pinks T-Shirt or even a onesie for a baby. Let’s share and spread the message that Modesto USA is the home of American Graffiti and give one of the rockinest and coolest gifts of the season.  All profits go to support local charities.   Modesto Graffiti USA -  Shop online at www.modestograffitiusa. com

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Marcy’s Hallmark Shop

Marcy’s Hallmark Shop is your holiday shopping destination for great stocking stuffers and games the whole family will enjoy! Marcy’s has had the same owners for 30 years and Julie Plumb, formerly of Keller’s is the new manager.   You can find gifts, Christmas cards and more for baby showers, baptisms, First Communions, confirmations, wedding showers and beyond as well as a selection of thinking-of-you, get well and sympathy cards. You can always find a gift of home decor, aroma therapy candles, puzzles, picture frames, photo albums, apparel, accessories, jewelry, stationery, collectibles, Christmas ornaments, candles, candy, books and more.  Located in McHenry Village 1700 McHenery, Suite 28 209-522-3095

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Crow Trading we specializes in one-of-a-kind antique and reclaimed wood furniture, a thoughtfully chosen selection of antique and contemporary accessories for your home, as well as gifts and jewelry in a range of styles and prices. Crow Trading in downtown Modesto has a wonderful and ever changing selection of truly unique and one-of-a-kind furniture, home dÊcor and gifts. With a mix of old and new, you’ll enjoy our eclectic blend of treasures from around the world.   Crow Trading has been doing business in downtown Modesto since 1996. We don’t have sales people. When you come in the store you will be talking to the owners Jennifer and Skip Williams. There is always something interesting at Crow Trading. 1208 J Street in downtown Modesto. 10am-6pm Tues to Sat.

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By Tasha Williams  The holidays are such a wonderful time to celebrate the lives of the ones who are near and dear to your heart. Hugs and kisses are shared among friends, family, and loved ones. Gifts are exchanged and we tell each other how much we care. We spend so much time and effort trying to find the perfect gift and more often than not, the gifts can get really expensive.  But imagine with me, (if you will), how fantastic it would be to actually make a plan on NOT spend-

ing a dime on gifts this year? Imagine if you actually called a family meeting and told everyone, “This year, we are not going to buy gifts with money, we are simply going to exchange gifts that didn’t cost us anything this year. Instead, we are going to give gifts that are from the heartâ€?!  Obviously, this news may not go over well with the children, but you can make it really fun! Suggest making a little book with hand written promise notes inside that can be torn out.  Some of the notes could say things like, “I promise to do the dishes at your requestâ€? OR “I promise to give you a hug at your requestâ€? OR “I promise to wash the outside of the car and detail the inside, at your requestâ€?. Or maybe you could simply use Mod Podge to create a gift. My family makes photo coasters and we use square ceramic tiles for the pictures to go over. The holidays are a time of giving, but that doesn’t mean we need to spend a ton of cash in to show that we care. We must also remember that the holidays are a time where we should exemplify pure love and sincere affection towards the people we truly care about. This may even be the time to finally tell your crush that you have secretly loved them for many years and remember, mistletoe is everywhere! đ&#x;˜Š The Holidays are a time for smiles and laughter. It’s a time to say hello to strangers on the street, wave at the mailman, and go to church, temple, mosque, or synagogue, in order to give praise and honor for the many Blessings you have received throughout your year. As always: Let’s love our Modesto! Let’s embrace our Modesto! C’mon Positive Holiday Peeps, it’s where we live!

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Buy Local Saturday was November 25th but I encourage everyone to continue the trend and Buy Local Art and Music for all your Holiday Gifts. Your purchases will help to keep your arts community vibrant and healthy. So many of our area musicians have upped their merch game with T-Shirts to Skateboards. Pick up a Tee, CD and Patches, Metal band, Nothing But Losers have Tees, shot glasses, posters and stickers. If you are into Punk, Trucker Dad offers Buttons, Shirts, Patches, Stickers and CDs. Stockton band, Broken Toys I am a New part Wave of a program called theboast ModesCDs, DVDs, T-Shirts, Sweat Shirts. Pop to Leos Club; we are basically the Rock younger artist, Marirose the Gypsies willClub. sell you brother of theand Modesto Lions WeT-are shirts and to CDs. Modesto’s giant,  Big Earl us hoping recruit someblues teenagers to join and the Cryin’ Shame have CDs. Shot and Pint in making the community a better place. Glasses. T-Shirts and some hats. Rockabilly trio We meet only once a month and do fun acGrease Hound have T-Shirts and hats. It doesn’t tivities. The main reason our group formed matter what genre you are into there are local was so we could help out people in need. We bands who have something to sell you to help used “flocking” as a way to fundraise for our you show your support.  projects; Flocking is when people pay us to Check out the Black HeARTs Market and Craft stick pink plastic flamingos in their friend’s Grab the first Friday of each month to find yard. Using the $150 we earned from flockunique crafts and custom art by some of the ing; we went to Wal-Mart and bought kids areas most creative. December is also Buy Art who so were  fortunate school supplies. Month take less a stroll downtown on December

We supplied them with backpacks, pencils, 21st for scissors, the Modesto WalkTh and fill in those rules, andArt more. e school was last You will not only put a smile sominute grator gifts. our help. on Soon the face a loved you will and keep clean Art weof will allone getbut together Alive.  eyeglasses to be distributed to developing Another to supportthe theworld. local arts community nationsway throughout Last time we iscleaned buying gift certificates to your favorite cafes, over 2,000 glasses. We hung out, restaurants and bars that host live music and act listened to music, and laughed while being asable makeshift galleries.  So why not stop off at to help someone see better. The se are Deva, Queen Bean, Ralston’s Goat just just some of theTresetti’s, wonderful opportunities to name a few and pick up some stocking stuffers. you will have by joining the Leos Club. We Don’t forget the Gallo Center, State Theatre and also would appreciate donations of good or the Prospect Theatre; all three have events condition prescription glasses. Did you scheduled throughout the year and tickets make know 153 million people worldwide are phenomenal and thoughtful gifts. in need of corrective lens, but don’t have Buying and giving local will make you feel fantasthem. Lions and Leos clubs collect millions tic, and you can be assured that your presents of eye glasses each year. If you would like will be some of the coolest under the tree. While to try Leos out to see if you want to be a you are out shopping for friends and loved ones, part of it then you are more than welcome don’t forget to treat yourselves. Pick up some new to join day. or Weseehave a membermusic andus art,for get adinner a show when you ship drive May 9th at Modesto Bowl. If you are grabbing those gift certificates.  are interested in participating, donating, If we all spend even a portion of our holiday gift joining, trying out we Leos, call Karin budget withor local creators, collectively will at (209) 595-3202 for more information. become the largest endowment for the arts. 

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Hello friends the Holidays are here and I’m sure we could all use some good cheer. I recommend you take yourself out for a nice night of music, here are my suggestions for you blues lovers out there. Kickoff your month with a great night at the Knights Ferry Saloon with My band the Poorhouse Millionaires and Rob Hill Band. It will be a night of root music and good friends. On the 2nd I will be over at the Cow Track Lounge in Oakdale with my other act the Cryin’ Shame. If you are into a little drive over to Visalia you can check out Robert Cray at the Fox on the 3rd. On the 6th and the 20th at Ralstons goat in a night of Comedy and music called Poorhouse Millionaires and Friends. Show starts at 8 and is free to all. Ray Vazira and I will be over at Bauhaus on the evening of the 12th and again on 26th. On the 9th, you have some options. Tracy folks can come see me with the Poorhouse Millionaires at Sandwich Cousens. In Sac Dennis Jones will be over at the Torch Club or you can stay close to home and catch John Clifton Band at the Barkin Dog. Rockin right along to the 15th you can catch Coco Montoya at one of my favorite veniues the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. On

the 16th is a big event at the Portal called Blue Christmas. I will be there with the Cryin Shame along with the Catfish Daniel Band. All Portal shows are a benefit for Hope Haven West. Then on the 17th you can see Rick Estrin and the Nightcats at the Powerhouse in Folsom. ONe More show to mention and then it’s all a wrap, another year in the books. On the 22nd Poorhouse Millionaires are back at the 108 Sports Lounge in RIverbank. It’s a great room, if you haven’t been you should come check it out. Happy Holidays to you all. Earl Matthews (209)450-4141 bigearl@gmail.com

December signals the end. Celebrates the history made. Mourns the absence. It has been a year of tremendous accomplishment and loss in our community. On the other side, we can look ahead to the new venues finding the formulas that work for them, freshman artists getting polished, veteran entertainers making the leap from local heroes to center stage and LOTS of new music alliances and recordings. We are a closely woven enclave of Artisans, we song crafters. I’d like to congratulate and celebrate the earnest work of my Song Sisters this year. We organized, marched, wrote original music, fronted bands, filled venues as headliners, made the move to Hollywood, worked with Nashville Producers, won awards. We triumphed with our talent in a place where we are the minority. Just wait 2018. Our friends at DEVA Café continue to serve the community, new recipes for delicious food and superb music each Sunday, join your friends and family this holiday season- 12/3 Tim Allen, 12/10-Zoe Rose, 12/17-Me & You, closed 12/24 and  12/31- DEVA has partnered with Second Chance Consignment and Costume Corner for a coat drive. Drop new or gently used outerwear to benefit Inter Faith Ministries’ clothes closet which will serve 1000 people every month.

by Patty Castillo Davis The Third Thursday Art Walk on December 21 brings together art and music. The ModestoView stage will feature special live entertainment in the spirit of the Rockin Holidays. Saturday, December 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm the “From CERES to NASHVILLE” fundraising effort will commence during the opening night of the iconic City of Ceres Christmas Tree Lane event. Patty Castillo Davis will give a live outdoor performance at a residence on Henry Avenue along the route. Contributions received will endow the DB Project which serves youth in crisis and her recording effort in Nashville, TN.

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If you luv music you’re gonna love this Now that you cooled the goose and Thanksgiving is behind us, on to Christmas and the Holidaze! Time to get out those old holiday gems that we play once a year and hope not to stumble through. So button up your overcoats the season is upon us and it’s time to remember the reason for the season. For me it is about family and friends and trying to give to those that need. I have all I want and need, all I want is to help with family and friends to those in need. Let your heart be light and let all your Christmas’s be bright! Blue Monday Party Jug Band Christmas Party returns to the Barkin’ dog Dec 11thth with hosting the jam house band Ultra Lounge, Johnny Valdes guitar, Tim Allen bass, vocals, Dave Hawks on drums, Horns Kevin Marin, and Marty Martinez, and John Burt Sax, Dave Dow and you’re truly Eric Benson on Keys.  We will be playing some Christmas gems, Jazz, Latin, Funk, and a little of everything else. And all Blue Monday bands are invited to come down and play a few.  Show from 7 to 10 PM with food and drink available in an all age venue. Call the Dog for reservations: 5722341.  If you play, come on down and sit in with

by Eric Benson the best musicians in the area, or to listen and dance, it’s gonna’ be smoking! The Gallo Center goes with some holiday themes coming up as well as the music in December. Coming down Dec1&2 MSO Holiday Pops, Night before Christmas Repertory Company Dec 8 to 10th, a Choral Christmas 14th & 15th, Windom Hill Winter Solace December 19th. Critic’s Choice; Guitar slinger Brian Setzer Big Band Christmas show Dec 20th, I saw the show last year and it was smoking!                And the Barkin’ Dog Grill, one of my favorite family friendly venues continues with some live music. For December we have; Dec 1st; Dave Dow & friends, Dec 2nd Blue Grass with Red Dog Ash, Dec 8th Gottschalks Music Center Christmas Sampler, Dec 9th John Clifton Blues Band, 11th Blue Monday Party with Eric Benson, 15th Valley Jazz Company, 16th Gordon Kennedy & Symphonics, 17th Gordon Kennedy, 21th Art Walk, 22nd Johnny Rocket & Thrust, and the mighty David Dow hosting the Jam ses-

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sion every Thursday night. Come back out December 21 for the Third Thursday Art Walk 5 to 9:00 PM for some great art and music in the downtown! Lowdown on the jam session in the downtown: Queen Bean Sundays open mike night also in an all age environment.  So take some time out to hear some live music and the arts of our own town as well this month, think globally and act locally.   All the best, peace out! Eric Benson, cell 209- 918-7033, email;Mbenson@fire2wire. com.

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COMEDY Podcasts and More by Felicia Aleman Hello, hello, hello. Tere are bells to be jingled, halls to be decked and toes to be mistle-ed. So you ask “How can I enjoy fabulous local comedy when I’m so busy?”  PODCASTS!  Listen to podcasts anytime online and get to know your local comics from the privacy of your own home with the option of being pants-less which is not allowed in public spaces. Most podcasts follow a traditional talk show format.  There are also more specific podcasts like The Walt Vault which supports all things Disney and Good Reel Hunting which discusses movies from the 90’s.  A list of podcasts from the 209 comics is at the end of this column. This month I interviewed Rhoda Ramone, host of the Good Reel Hunting podcast as well as the comic responsible for the very funny video that introduced the Best Comedy Nominees at the 2017 MAMA Awards. Rhoda started Good Reel Hunting because of her love of films and had enjoyed getting to know more about her guests.  Rhoda is just starting her podcast and bought used equipment--a mixing board and two mics but added that there were many options available in all price ranges.  Please see the full interview

and find out why I am calling my interview segments “Running the Light” and ironically for the first time don’t run the light. The videos are available at ModestoView. com and the Modesto View YouTube page. FREE SHOWS: Every Tuesday 7:30 Cheroot Lounge Modesto; 1st and 3rd Wednesday Ralston’s Goat Modesto Poorhouse Millionaires and Friends music and comedy; Wednesday 6th  8:30 Pizza Factory Turlock You’ll Joke Your Eye Out Roast Battle; Wednesday, 27th 8:30 Outpost Saloon in Waterford.  SHOW WITH COVER: Saturday 16th 8 with headliner Taylor Tomlinson from Last Comic Standing at Strings in Manteca.  PODCASTS:  Joke Me Off (www.JokeMeOff. net) hosted by Saul Trujillo and Nick Larson; Pretending to Care--PTC (https://ptcpodcast. com) hosted by Chris Teicheira and Anthony Krayenhagen; Mello Moments with A.J. DeMello (http://mellomoments.libsyn.com); Black Enough (http://blackenough.libsyn.com) hosted by Andre Morton and Taylor Evans, The Walt Vault (http://thewaltvaultpod.com) hosted by Andre Morton, Michelle Hurst, Emily Ruiz and Luis Ruiz, Good Reel Hunting (https://player. fm/series/good-reel-hunting) hosted by Rhoda Ramone.

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FIT Skip To This by Efren Martinez   The holidays have begun and your time for your

workouts may have gotten shorter. It’s OK! Just 10 minutes a day may be all you need for the month of December, so that you can enjoy these most important Holiday times with our friends and family. Some of you in fitness may already have a single jumping rope, while others may have the Double Dutch skipping method mastered, such as many of us in the View Crew. (Double Dutch uses 2 ropes at one time with 3 or more friends.)  If you’re flying solo, it’s cool. Just hop over to any of your local retailers and grab yourself a jump rope. They are fairly inexpensive and your kids might even follow your workout lead. In fact they might be able to jog your memory on how to jump rope once again correctly. Below are a few facts on how efficient jumping rope can be in any workout for just 10 minutes a day. Come January, we can all get back to our regular workout schedule, but for the month of December let us all invest more time for the reason of the season, faith, family, food, Santa and most important that combine all of the above, The Spirit of Giving to those in need. Merry Christmas friends and have a Happy and Blessed New Year.  Here are some

great December tips. 1. Jumping rope burns more than 10 calories a minute while strengthening your legs, butt, shoulders, and arms. And it doesn’t take long to reap major rewards. You can burn more than 200 calories in two 10-minute sessions each day (that’s 1,000 calories a week)! 2. Jumping rope burns a significant number of calories. A 160-pound person burns about 730 calories in 60 minutes of jumping rope. A 200-pound person burns about 910 calories and a 240-pound person burns approximately 1,090 calories. Jumping 600 times will not take 60 minutes. 3. For fat loss, jumping rope is a low-impact exercise that helps you lose fat all over your body. But does it burn belly fat? Unfortunately, it’s impossible to target one particular area for fat loss, belly fat included. Instead, weight loss occurs evenly all over your body, including your belly. 4. If you wish to burn up to 350 calories per day, then jump rope at a challenging pace for 20 minutes. If you want to burn a large amount of calories, more than 500, then jump at a fast pace for at least 40 minutes. Performing an hour of jumping at a challenging pace will burn up to 750 calories. Fitness Event for December Spirit Of Giving 5k Run 12/9/17 www.modestospiritofgiving.org

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ALL AGES

Rockin’ NYE by Leia Johnson

Modesto’s newest electronic duo, The Marbles, are already shaking up our music scene. Brooke Harvey and Tristian Napoleone just released “Soda Machine”, their first EP. These four tracks highlight the immense originality the group already possesses. The first track, “Pool Table” displays Brooke’s ethereal vocals paired with Tristian’s keyboard, and leaves you in a dream-like state. Check out the EP: https:// soundcloud.com/user-622789386 The two have a shared love of electronic dream pop group, Beach House, as well as Kero Kero Bonito, Daft Punk and Gorillaz, which heavily influence them in their sound. Both are good friends with MAMA award winning, The Flowers, who gave The Marbles easy acess to gain popularity and play shows. Brooke describes the Modesto music scene as “almost hard to not be a part of ” and explained that it was compelling because the talented community is composed of all “Modesto-ians”. Once the twenty year olds decided to pursue the project, opportunities to

play popped up all over. The Marbles played Modspot, an excellent venue on J Street, November 10th with The Flowers and described it as their first ‘big’ show. “Modspot was sick!”, Brooke tells me, “I feel like there was a good handful of people that were just out hitting the town that stopped to look inside”. This is what makes the Modesto music scene so unique, it is accessible to join and easy to support. The Marbles are going to be playing some shows this winter, so follow their Instagram @the.marbles and also be sure to follow ModSpot Event Center on Facebook for information about their upcoming events. Modspot is hosting an “All Ages Rockin’ NYE” this New Years! This event will be displaying the musical acts and bands coming from the VMIRocks School of Rock program and will be featuring a magic show from Magician Shawn Durham. This event will be so much fun, and alcohol free, so it’s a great event for your kids to go to have a great time! I hope everybody has wonderful holidays!! Keep supporting your local artists and getting involved in the community.

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Adaptive Bowling Bowling league designed for individuals with special needs

Soccer Soccer Camp, Mommy/Daddy & Me, Tot Soccer, Pre-Soccer, Level 1, Skills and Scrimmages

Art Junior Hands in Clay, Cartoon Camp, and Oil Painting

Health and Fitness Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pickle Ball, Zumba and more!

Register in person, 1010 10th Street, suite 4400 or online at modestogov.com For more information refer to the Winter/Spring 2018 Activity Guide online at modestogov.com/prnd/activityguide or call Parks, Recreation & Neighborhoods Department (209) 577-5344 *Financial Assistance Available

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BARGAIN Happy Holidays By Monica Barber

Watching the winter fog roll in this evening, makes Ms. M question, “where did 2017 go?” and smile. I hope it’s been as good to you as it has been to moi. The holidays bring home the friends and family we haven’t seen most of the year and it’s wonderful to share all our hometown has to offer with them during the Holiday season. Here’s some ways to share that Modesto cheer without touching your Christmas budget Modesto comes out every year to see the Rockin’ Holiday tree lighting, Celebration of Lights Parade and the Dickens Faire. Put on your walking shows on December 2nd it’s going to be a busy day. Start the day at the Dickens Faire in front of the McHenry Mansion. Take a free tour through the mansion, grab a carriage ride and don’t forget the kettlecorn, hot apple cider while you pick up gifts from local artisans and craftsmen. Stay downtown or head back later for the Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm. After the ooh’s and ahh’s at the pretty lights,

ZEN Humor

by Mary Layton I love to laugh. When we were children, my brother and I were always laughing even though we didn’t always have a reason to. Sometimes we were reprimanded: Can’t you be a little more serious? To us a lot of the adults were acting weird and we enjoyed making fun of them, imitating the way they talked and walked. We promised each other that we would always stay silly, no matter what. Decades have passed and sadly I’m not so silly anymore. I have become a full-fledged adult. Oh no! Life gets more serious the older we get. It’s easy to forget to laugh. I believe by taking ourselves so seriously all the time we become too self-absorbed. We might be too strict or too aggressive, lacking humility and compassion for ourselves as well as others. Sometimes I think it’s ridiculous how seriously I’m taking myself. I’d like to reclaim my laughter. That lightness of being, the pleasure and freedom

head to Downtown Plaza for the Rockin’ Holiday Tree Lighting. Mr & Mrs Claus will be available for photos while the Rockabilly plays and the snow falls. Don’t miss this fun free event! Rockin’ Holiday continues weekends throughout December. Info: Dickens Faire: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. McHenry Mansion, (209) 549-0428; Parade starts -5:30 at the corner of 14th & I. Rockin’ holiday party 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (209) 577-5344 The theater is a great way to enjoy the holidays. Stop in this December to Moon & Sixpence Music and Art House and see Center Stage Conservatory’s production of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol; the story behind the tale of Scrooge from the perspective of Jacob Marley. This twist on an old classic breathes new life in to a Christmas favorite. Info: Dec 1st-17th. CSC 209-846-0179 for dates & times.  Tickets: $15/ students $10. Welcome in the New Year with some rock & roll at an All Ages Rockin’ event! Mod Spot hosts an all ages event for those who want to keep it fun, family friendly and still bring in the new year with a bang. VMI rocks will be hosting this safe rockin’ party and inviting some of their favorite rock bands to keep your toes tapping until the clock strikes Midnight. Mod Spot -1220 J Street. Call 209-200-8477. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Cheers to 2018! Kisses, m.. humor brings!  I believe it would improve my mental and physical wellbeing. Humor is serious business. Research has shown that humor and laughter is related to health,  can release physical and emotional tension,  improves immune functioning and increases friendliness. In fact there are Laughing Clubs that meet regularly to laugh in the US, India and in Europe. When we laugh muscles get activated, our heart rate increases and respiration is easier with the increase of oxygen exchange. Humor helps to cope with the difficult aspects of life. A little humorous remark can bring a little love, give a little joy. As Charlie Chaplin once said: “ A day without laughter is a day wasted.” May be that’s why we love to watch the late night talkshows and stand up comedians because they make us see the humor in things. We go off to bed with a smile. Suddenly the world, us included, isn’t so hard to take. This holiday season I wish everybody laughter, humor and joy! For more info go to : taichi4modesto.com or call (209)572-4518

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Go Downtown Modesto You better watch out! Santa Con is Coming To Town. Ho! HO! HO! It is time to get your Santa on! Yes, the Santas are coming to the streets of Modesto again on Dec 16th for the 6th Annual Santa Pub Crawl. Please like them Facebook page “Modesto SantaCon”. Please, be kind to others and show lots of JOLLY LAUGHTER and come dressed to impress the jolly Santa. There is no COVER charge, just buy drinks and tip your bartenders.  2017 Santa Con Schedule  5:00-5:30 Bayou Bar and Grill 5:40-6:10 Churchkey 6:15-6:45 Speakeasy 7:00-7:30 The Fox Pub 7:45-8:15 Cheroot 8:25-9:00 Skewers 11:00-11:30 - Tresetti’s 9:45 - 10:15 -  St. Stan’s 10:20 - 10:50 - Fuzio 11:35-??  Ralston’s Goat These times are approximate...although we try to keep on schedule and complete our crawl on this timeframe.

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Enjoy Modesto Night Life! • Enjoy Responsibly December 1 A Christmas Story An Irish Christmas Antsy McClain Black HeARTs Market David Dow and friends DJ Tease Enemy of the People Funstrummers Gig Rehearsal Gethen Jenkins Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Hogwarts Yule Ball Jacob Marley’s XMas Jeff Boardes and Friends Johnny & Kelly Jujubee Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Lady Bird Line of Descent Live Again Mattea Overstreet MSO Holiday Pops Neil & Matt Neil Buettner Oakdale LEGO Day Poorhouse Millionaires/Rob Hill Band Remedy Rick Barnes Science Night Tasting Room Open Teens Rockin’ Jump The Florida Project The Weekend Dance Party Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley December 2 A Christmas Story B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Big Earl & the Cryin’ Shame Bilingual Preschool Storytime Chilled Out Saturdays Dickens Fair Dj Steve DTrix DJ Tease Enemy of the People Folk Dancing Lessons Gigi’s Birthday Show Jacob Marley’s XMas Junkyard Christmas Junkyard Christmas Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Lady Bird Line of Descent Live Music Meditation with Susie Mommy & Me Art Class MSO Holiday Pops Noble Sound System Oakdale Museum & History Old Skool Saturdays Open Air Market Parade of Lights Red Dog Ash Risky Biscuits Rockin’ Holidays Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride Shire Fundraiser The Sara Elizabeth Band The Weekend Dance Party Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO Triple D Turlock Teens Talk Books Winter Fest December 3 A Christmas Story Acoustic Brunch Live Music Champagne Brunch Buffet Country Music Jam with Dancing and Free Potluck Dwight Yoakam Enemy of the People FOE Breakfast Karaoke with Buck Stallion Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Lady Bird Pink Martini Queen Bean Open Mic Night Seniors Club Breakfast Sunday Funday Sunday Funday Live The Big Mix Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO VFW Breakfast December 4 Amanda Vernon Dance Exercise Class

Location Playhouse Merced Bob Hope Theater, Stockton West Side Theatre, Newman Queen Bean Coffee House Barking Dog Grill Boardroom, Modesto Prospect Theater Project Church of the Brethren The Udder Place, Turlock MJC, West Science Center Modesto Library Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Grand Theatre Tracy Rivets Modesto The Brave Bull, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto O’Brians Tavern, Modesto Surlas Restaurant, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Speakeasy, Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Knights Ferry General Store The Grand Cru, Turlock The Fruit Yard, Modesto MJC, West Science Center Do Good Distillery, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub State Theatre, Modesto VFW Hall , Modesto Carnegie Turlock Playhouse Merced Oakdale Bicycle Shop Cow Track Lounge, Oakdale Modesto Library Clairon Inn McHenry Mansion, Modesto CR2 Bar & Billiards, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Prospect Theater Project Carnegie Turlock The Brave Bull, Modesto Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Turlock Community Theatre, Modesto Turlock Community Theatre, Turlock Ridgway’s, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Intrinsic Elements Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts The Cedar Lounge, Modesto 212 West F Street Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Yogurt Station, Oakdale Downtown Modesto Barkin Dog Grill Bellavagos Day Spa, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop ModSpot, Modesto Rivi’s, Oakdale Crocodiles Nightclub State Theatre, Modesto Nino’s Place, Modesto Turlock Library Merced Theatre Playhouse Merced Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Bob Hope Theater, Stockton Prospect Theater Project Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way Speakeasy, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Turlock Community Theatre, Turlock Queen Bean Coffee House Denny’s 1525 McHenry The Udder Place, Turlock Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub State Theatre, Modesto VFW Hall , Modesto St Stanislaus Catholic Church Salida Library

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Holiday Cards Craft Josh Rosenblum Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Overreaters Anonymous Preschool Story Time Stan State Jazz Ensemble Stay & Play Social Symphonic Band Concert ToastMasters Meeting Trivia Night WCPL Poker Mondays Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms December 5 Acoustic Jam at Queen Bean Amanda Vernon Anthony K Comedy Night Forever Young Dance Club Golden Valley Chorus Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Andrew Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Magic Frontier Tournament Name That Tune NAMI Support Group Nick Campos Pinecone Craft Poetry Open Mic Polar Bears and Penguins Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Successful Thinkers Network Mtg Sweet Lu’s Open Mic Tech Connect: Ap Petting Zoo Thunder from Down Under Tilted Tuesdays w/DJ Tease Tipsy Tuesdays Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Ukelele Funstrummers Jam Verdi to Vader Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worms Yoga with Rosa Yoga with Rosa December 6 80s night/DJ Gully Art Class with Patrick Barr & Kristin Moore Comedy Roast Battle Country Dance Lessons Creole Jazz Kings Electronic Music Concert Figure Drawing Drop In Free Knit and Crochet Class Free QiGong Class Horseshoe tournament IE The Magician In One Accord Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Neal Griffin Jazz Duo Neil Buettner Open MIc Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Trax on Wax Turlock Library Book Club Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong WCPL Poker Wednesdays Wee Move & Play Wig Out Wednesdays Wiggle Worms Wine Down Wednesday Wine’d Down Wednesday December 7 Beer Flight Night Casanova’s Night Club David Dow & friends Jam Dustin Lynch Joe Mazzaferro Jazz Quintet Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Karaoke/Lip Sync Kyle the Great Line Dancing Live Music Oakdale Museum & History Preschool Story Time

Stan Co Library Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Sutter Gould Office, McHenry Village Keyes Library Stanislaus State, Turlock Patterson Library MJC East, Modesto 200 W. Roseburg Ave, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Tilted Turtle, Modesto Modesto Library Modesto Library Queen Bean Coffee House St Stanislaus Catholic Church Cheroot Lounge Modesto Senior Center Mancini Hall, Modesto Rivets Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Utopia Games, Modesto Twisted Pig, Modesto Oakdale Library Maxi’s at DoubleTree Stan Co Library Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House Hughson Library Ceres Library Denair Library Keyes Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library Round Table, 3848 McHenry Sweet Lu’s. Ceres Salida Library Bob Hope Theater, Stockton Tilted Turtle, Modesto Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Denny’s 1525 McHenry P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto MJC East, Modesto Ceres Library Modesto Library Patterson Library Patterson Library Boardroom, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House Pizza Factory, Turlock The Udder Place, Turlock Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn MJC East, Modesto Mistlin Gallery Modesto Waterford Library NTouch, Modesto Shively’s Bar & Grill, Oakdale Rivets Modesto Strings, Turlock Ridgway’s, Modesto Sabatino’s, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Empire Library Keyes Library Newman Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Speakeay, Modesto Turlock Library First Methodist Church Titled Turtle, Modesto Ceres Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Salida Library Redwood Café, Modesto Maxi’s at DoubleTree Redwood Cafe, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Bob Hope Theater, Stockton Moon & Sixpence, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Sabatino’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Surla’s, Moesto 212 West F Street Hughson Library

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Have fun and be Safe! • Please Designate a Driver Preschool Storytime Rat Pack Holiday Rockin’ Holidays Spanish Preschool Storytime Stand Up for Charity December 8 A Christmas Story DJ Tease Funstrummers Gig Rehearsal Gottschalks Music Center Christmas Sampler Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Hatriot, HellHeart Helping Hands Drive Hughson Senior Dance & Potluck Illuminata Winter Choral Concert Jacob Marley’s XMas Jazz Night Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Mattea Overstreet McKenna Faith Neil & Matt Neil Buettner Piano Enrichment Concert Rick Barnes Rockin’ Holidays Spotlight Dance Tasting Room Open Teens Rockin’ Jump The Nutcracker The Weekend Dance Party Titus Twas the Night Before Christmas VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley December 9 12 Bands of Deathmas A Christmas Story Alaska B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Bilingual Preschool Storytime Chilled Out Saturdays DJ Tease Folk Dancing Lessons Funstrummers Jacob Marley’s XMas John Clifton Blues Band Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Music Oakdale Museum & History Old Skool Saturdays Rockin’ Holidays Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride Shirlee Temper, CallBox Spotlight Dance Spotlight Dance The IllList The Nutcracker The Weekend Dance Party Tina and Her Pony Tree Lane Bike Ride Twas the Night Before Christmas Uke Jamz USA Dance Chapter December 10 A Christmas Story Acoustic Brunch Live Music Camellia Society Meeting Champagne Brunch Buffet Community Gospel Choir Country Music Jam with Dancing and Free Potluck FOE Breakfast Jacob Marley’s XMas Karaoke with Buck Stallion Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Kenny Frye Band Kountdown to Christmas Kountdown to Christmas Manteca Senior Dance Queen Bean Open Mic Night Remember the Night Santa vs Grinch Seniors Club Breakfast Shop til You Drop Sunday Funday Sunday Funday Live The Big Mix The Nutcracker Twas the Night Before Christmas USA Dance Ballroom Dancing VFW Breakfast Wonder Wheel December 11 Blue Monday w/ Eric Bensen and friends Creative Clay Art Class

Salida Library State Theatre, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Modesto Library Queen Bean Coffee House Playhouse Merced Boardroom, Modesto Church of the Brethren Barkin Dog Grill MJC, West Science Center The Tilted Turtle, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House 2307 Fourth St, Hughson MJC East, Modesto Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Grand Theatre Tracy Rivets Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Surlas Restaurant, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Speakeasy, Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto MJC East, Modesto The Fruit Yard, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto West Side Theatre, Newman Do Good Distillery, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Crocodiles Nightclub Merced Theatre Gallo Center For the Arts VFW Hall , Modesto Carnegie Turlock The Other Place, Modesto Playhouse Merced Climax Bar, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop Modesto Library Clairon Inn Speakeasy, Modesto Carnegie Turlock Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock 212 West F Street Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop ModSpot, Modesto West Side Theatre, Newman West Side Theatre, Newman State Theatre, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Crocodiles Nightclub Knights Ferry General Store Rico’s Pizza, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Carnegie Turlock IOOF Lodge, Hughson Playhouse Merced Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Turlock Covenant Church, Turlock Tilted Turtle, Modesto Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Merced Theatre Merced Theatre 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca Queen Bean Coffee House State Theatre, Modesto Extreme Paintball Store, Modesto Denny’s 1525 McHenry 424 Shadow Creek Ave, Oakdale The Udder Place, Turlock Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Gallo Center For the Arts Gallo Center For the Arts Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave, Hughson VFW Hall , Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill, 11th St, Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto

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Dance Exercise Class Josh Rosenblum Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Monday Blues with Eric Bensen Overreaters Anonymous Preschool Story Time Trivia Night WCPL Poker Mondays Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms December 12 Acoustic Jam at Queen Bean Annual Champagne Tasting Anthony K Comedy Night Bingo ELEGY 2017 Forever Young Dance Club Golden Valley Chorus Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Andrew Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Magic Frontier Tournament Name That Tune Nick Campos Poetry Reading w/Gillian Wegener Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Successful Thinkers Network Mtg Sweet Lu’s Open Mic Tilted Tuesdays w/DJ Tease Tipsy Tuesdays Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Tuesday Night Poetry with Gillian Wegener Turlock Seniors Dance Ukelele Funstrummers Jam Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worms Yoga with Rosa December 13 80s night/DJ Gully Art Class with Patrick Barr & Kristin Moore Country Dance Lessons Creole Jazz Kings Figure Drawing Drop In Free Knit and Crochet Class Free QiGong Class Horseshoe tournament IE The Magician In One Accord Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Lunch Hour Meditation McHenry Mansion Tea Sampling Neal Griffin Jazz Duo Neil Buettner Open MIc Poorhouse Millionaires & Friends Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Stanislaus County Coin Club Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong WCPL Poker Wednesdays Wee Move & Play Wig Out Wednesdays Wiggle Worms Wine Down Wednesday Wine’d Down Wednesday December 14 Beer Flight Night Casanova’s Night Club Choral Christmas CVYHA David Dow & friends Jam Healthy Eating Class Jacob Marley’s XMas JerLisa Stitches of Love Teddy Bear Project Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Karaoke/Lip Sync Kyle the Great Line Dancing Live Music Nutcracker Jazz Oakdale Museum & History Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime

Salida Library P. Wexford’s, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill Sutter Gould Office, McHenry Village Keyes Library The Udder Place, Turlock Tilted Turtle, Modesto Modesto Library Modesto Library Queen Bean Coffee House Tresetti’s World Caffe, Modesto Cheroot Lounge Tiki Lounge, Modesto Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Modesto Senior Center Mancini Hall, Modesto Rivets Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Utopia Games, Modesto Twisted Pig, Modesto Maxi’s at DoubleTree Barkin Dog Grill Modesto Ceres Library Denair Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library Round Table, 3848 McHenry Sweet Lu’s. Ceres Tilted Turtle, Modesto Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Denny’s 1525 McHenry P. Wexford’s, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Ceres Library Modesto Library Patterson Library Boardroom, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House The Udder Place, Turlock Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Mistlin Gallery Modesto Waterford Library NTouch, Modesto Shively’s Bar & Grill, Oakdale Rivets Modesto Strings, Turlock Ridgway’s, Modesto Intrinsic Elements, Modesto McHenry Mansion Gift Shop Sabatino’s, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Empire Library Keyes Library Newman Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Denny’s 1525 McHenry First Methodist Church Titled Turtle, Modesto Ceres Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Salida Library Redwood Café, Modesto Maxi’s at DoubleTree

CALENDAR Chris Murphy sends BIG THANKS to all our Rockin’ Holiday Sponsors! Modesto View Magazine Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group Modesto Toyota Laser Voodoo Modesto Downtown Improvement District Fuzio Universal Bistro Collins Electrical Contractors Ceres Pipe & Metal City of Modesto DOMO Fores Macko Law Corp. Brenden Theatre Ralstons Goat Modesto Area Music Awards Modesto Confidential Modesto Police Officer Assoc. Prime Shine Car Wash Patch Crew Peace of Mind Pest Control Sammy D. & T

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DoMo Discount Days

are back on Tuesdays and will last for the duration of Downtown Modesto winter season with Modesto On Ice, a pop-up outdoor ice skating rink at Modesto Center Plaza. What does this mean for you? On Tuesdays, look for special 20% discounts at participating restaurants, theaters, and more. For instance, Brenden Theaters is offering $6 movies all day and all night (with the exclusion of Star Wars movie showings) just for this DoMo Discount Days offer! Modesto On Ice will offer $10 skates for kids and adults. How fun! Visit domopartnership.org to find out about more DoMo Discounts that will make a going downtown a real Tuesday treat.

Redwood Cafe, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Gallo Center For the Arts Gallo Center For the Arts Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Kaiser Bangs Medical Offices Moon & Sixpence, Modesto 4300 Dale Road, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Sabatino’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Surla’s, Moesto Gallo Center For the Arts 212 West F Street Hughson Library Salida Library

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State Theatre Christmas Movie week. This is the perfect winter break activity.  Hot Chocolate, Statetini, Popcorn. Yum.  Show times are 2:00, 5, and 7:00 pm and movies are $ 5 $ 8 for 7pm. Bring the whole family and enjoy the splendor of Modesto’s historic theatre, with full digital sound and fantastic picture quality. 1307 J St  www.thestate.org December 18 – Christmas Story – 5, Christmas Vacation - 7 December 19 – Wonderful Life -2, Love Actually - 7 December 20 – Home Alone – 2, Christmas Story - 7 December 21 – White Christmas -2, Home Alone -7 December 22 – Christmas Story – 2, Wonderful Life - 7 December 23 -  Love Actually – 2 Christmas Vacation – 5 December 24 – White Chrismas 2, Wonderful Life – 5  

Go Downtown Modesto The Ill List – Invitational Poetry Slam

The world of slam poetry converges on Modesto USA.   Sam Pierstorff hosts this amazing night of verbal head to head combat, where the audience and judges score each of the competing poets.  These are international stars of poetry and this is hall of fame night.  ModestoView is proud to sponsor this each season.  This  is super sold out, so don’t lose your tix.  State Theatre – December 9   7 pm

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Rockin’ Holiday Star Wars Spanish Preschool Storytime The Rykert Trio December 15 Acoustic Music Backyard Bookworms CallBox Choral Christmas DJ Tease Friday Night Out Funstrummers Gig Rehearsal Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Holiday Bike Pub Ride Irish Cultural Society It’s a Wonderful Life Jacob Marley’s XMas Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Mattea Overstreet Mike Ely & Unwound Neil & Matt Neil Buettner Rick Barnes Rob Ely’s Christmas Rockin’ Holidays Tasting Room Open Teens Rockin’ Jump The Nutcracker The Twisted nr The Weekend Dance Party Toy Drive Valley Jazz Company VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley December 16 B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Bilingual Preschool Storytime Blue Christmas Chilled Out Saturdays DJ Tease Double Barrel Boys Folk Dancing Lessons Hannukah Menorah Lighting Gordon Kennedy & the Symphonics It’s a Wonderful Life Jacob Marley’s XMas Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Music Mattea Overstreet Oakdale Museum & History Old Skool Saturdays Posada Navidena Posada Navidena Rockin’ Holidays Rockin’ Saturdays Santa Con Saturday Easy D Ride Star Wars Take Over The Nutcracker The Nutcracker The Nutcracker The Weekend Dance Party X Mas Heavy Metal Toy Drive December 17 Acoustic Brunch Live Music Central Valley Con Champagne Brunch Buffet Country Music Jam with Dancing and Free Potluck EuroSunday Car Club FOE Breakfast Gordon kennedy It’s a Wonderful Life Jacob Marley’s XMas Karaoke with Buck Stallion Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Modesto Jazz Society Jam Session Posada Navidena Queen Bean Open Mic Night Seniors Club Breakfast Stanislaus Humanist’s Coffee Klatch Sunday Funday Sunday Funday Live The Big Mix The Nutcracker The Nutcracker VFW Breakfast White Christmas Women of Love Ministries December 18 A Christmas Story Christmas Vacation Dance Exercise Class Dave Koz Josh Rosenblum Karaoke with DJ Clovis King

10th Street Plaza, Modesto Modesto Library Geneva Presbyterian, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House Great Valley Museum CR2 Bar & Billiards, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Boardroom, Modesto Rube Boesch, 275 N. Orange Turlock Church of the Brethren MJC, West Science Center Downtown Modesto Denny’s 1525 McHenry Merced Theatre Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Rivets Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Surlas Restaurant, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Speakeasy, Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto The Fruit Yard, Modesto Urbano California Bistro, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Do Good Distillery, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Turlock Community Theatre, Turlock Crocodiles Nightclub The Tilted Turtle, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill VFW Hall , Modesto Carnegie Turlock Oakdale Bicycle Shop Modesto Library The Portal, Modesto Clairon Inn Speakeasy, Modesto The Other Place, Modesto Carnegie Turlock !0th St Plaza Barkin Dog Grill Merced Theatre Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Rivi’s, Oakdale 212 West F Street Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Gallo Center For the Arts Gallo Center For the Arts 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Downtown Modesto - Bayou Oakdale Bicycle Shop 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Grand Theatre Tracy Grand Theatre Tracy Crocodiles Nightclub ModSpot, Modesto Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto Modesto Centre Plaza, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Village Baking, Modesto Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way Barkin Dog Grill Merced Theatre Moon & Sixpence, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Gallo Center For the Arts Queen Bean Coffee House Denny’s 1525 McHenry Queen Bean Coffee House The Udder Place, Turlock Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Gallo Center For the Arts Grand Theatre Tracy VFW Hall , Modesto Bob Hope Theater, Stockton Clairon Inn State Theatre, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Salida Library Gallo Center For the Arts P. Wexford’s, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto

MERRY CHRISTMAS DEC.2017

Overreaters Anonymous Preschool Story Time ToastMasters Meeting Trivia Night WCPL Poker Mondays Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms December 19 Acoustic Jam at Queen Bean Anthony K Comedy Night Caregiver Coffee Break Forever Young Dance Club Geneological Society Golden Valley Chorus It’s a Wonderful Life Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Andrew Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Love Actually Magic Frontier Tournament MSO Name That Tune NAMI Support Group Nick Campos Poetry Reading w/Gillian Wegener Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Successful Thinkers Network Mtg Sweet Lu’s Open Mic Tilted Tuesdays w/DJ Tease Tipsy Tuesdays Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Ukelele Funstrummers Jam Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worms Windham Hill Yoga with Rosa December 20 80s night/DJ Gully A Christmas Story Art Class with Patrick Barr & Kristin Moore Brian Setzer Orchestra Country Dance Lessons Creole Jazz Kings Figure Drawing Drop In Free Knit and Crochet Class Free QiGong Class Home Alone Horseshoe tournament IE The Magician In One Accord Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Neal Griffin Jazz Duo Neil Buettner Open MIc Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong WCPL Poker Wednesdays Wee Move & Play Wig Out Wednesdays Wiggle Worms Wine Down Wednesday Wine’d Down Wednesday December 21 Beer Flight Night Casanova’s Night Club Comedy Night David Dow & friends Jam Green Team Educational Meeting Home Alone Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Karaoke/Lip Sync Kyle the Great Line Dancing Live Music Modesto Art Walk Oakdale Museum & History Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Rockin’ Holidays Spanish Preschool Storytime Third Thursday Art Walk Vintage Faire Mall Kids Club White Christmas December 22 A Christmas Story Acoustic Music

Sutter Gould Office, McHenry Village Keyes Library 200 W. Roseburg Ave, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Tilted Turtle, Modesto Modesto Library Modesto Library Queen Bean Coffee House Cheroot Lounge Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto Modesto Senior Center Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Mancini Hall, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Rivets Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Utopia Games, Modesto St Stanislaus Catholic Church Twisted Pig, Modesto Oakdale Library Maxi’s at DoubleTree Barkin Dog Grill Modesto Ceres Library Denair Library Keyes Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library Round Table, 3848 McHenry Sweet Lu’s. Ceres Tilted Turtle, Modesto Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Denny’s 1525 McHenry P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Ceres Library Modesto Library Gallo Center For the Arts Patterson Library Boardroom, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House Gallo Center For the Arts The Udder Place, Turlock Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Mistlin Gallery Modesto Waterford Library NTouch, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Shively’s Bar & Grill, Oakdale Rivets Modesto Strings, Turlock Ridgway’s, Modesto Sabatino’s, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Empire Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Newman Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank First Methodist Church Titled Turtle, Modesto Ceres Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Salida Library Redwood Café, Modesto Maxi’s at DoubleTree Redwood Cafe, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Kirk Lindsey Center - 10th St State Theatre, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Sabatino’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Surla’s, Moesto Barkin Dog Grill 212 West F Street Hughson Library Salida Library 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Modesto Library Downtown Modesto Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House

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Animal Talk kids program DJ Tease Funstrummers Gig Rehearsal Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program It’s a Wonderful Life Johnny & Kelly Johnny Rockett and the Thrust Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Kenny Frye Band Live Band Karaoke Mattea Overstreet Neil & Matt Neil Buettner One Church Christmas PoorHouse Millionaire Rick Barnes Rockin’ Holidays Stanislaus Humanists Karaoke Night Tasting Room Open Teens Rockin’ Jump The Weekend Dance Party Therapy Friday VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley Winters End Wolf King December 23 B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Bilingual Preschool Storytime Chilled Out Saturdays Christmas Vacation DJ Tease Folk Dancing Lessons Gotcha Covered Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Music Love Actually Oakdale Museum & History Old Skool Saturdays Otos/Sloome Rockin’ Holidays Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride The Weekend Dance Party December 24 Acoustic Brunch Live Music Champagne Brunch Buffet Country Music Jam with Dancing and Free Potluck FOE Breakfast It’s a Wonderful Life Karaoke with Buck Stallion Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Seniors Club Breakfast Stanislaus Humanists Brunch Sunday Funday Sunday Funday Live The Big Mix VFW Breakfast White Christmas December 25 Chirstmas Day Karaoke with DJ Clovis King December 26 Acoustic Jam at Queen Bean Anthony K Comedy Night Bingo Forever Young Dance Club Golden Valley Chorus Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Andrew Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Magic Frontier Tournament Name That Tune Nick Campos Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Successful Thinkers Network Mtg Sweet Lu’s Open Mic Tilted Tuesdays w/DJ Tease Tipsy Tuesdays Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Ukelele Funstrummers Jam Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worms Yoga with Rosa December 27 80s night/DJ Gully Art Class with Patrick Barr & Kristin Moore Country Dance Lessons Creole Jazz Kings Figure Drawing Drop In Free Knit and Crochet Class Free QiGong Class Horseshoe tournament

Great Valley Museum Boardroom, Modesto Church of the Brethren MJC, West Science Center State Theatre, Modesto Rivets Modesto Barkin Dog Grill Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Yosemite Lanes, Modesto Surlas Restaurant, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts 108 Sports Lounge, Riverbank The Fruit Yard, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Torii’s 2401 E. Orangeburg Do Good Distillery, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn VFW Hall , Modesto Carnegie Turlock The Other Place The Other Place, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop Modesto Library Clairon Inn State Theatre, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Carnegie Turlock Donoby’s, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock State Theatre, Modesto 212 West F Street Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Cornell’s Records, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop Crocodiles Nightclub Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way State Theatre, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Denny’s 1525 McHenry Panera Bread, Turlock The Udder Place, Turlock Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub VFW Hall , Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Around the World Ridgway’s, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House Cheroot Lounge Tiki Lounge, Modesto Modesto Senior Center Mancini Hall, Modesto Rivets Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Utopia Games, Modesto Twisted Pig, Modesto Maxi’s at DoubleTree Ceres Library Denair Library Keyes Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library Round Table, 3848 McHenry Sweet Lu’s. Ceres Tilted Turtle, Modesto Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Denny’s 1525 McHenry P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Ceres Library Modesto Library Patterson Library Boardroom, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee House The Udder Place, Turlock Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Mistlin Gallery Modesto Waterford Library NTouch, Modesto Shively’s Bar & Grill, Oakdale

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CALENDAR IE The Magician In One Accord Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Lunch Hour Meditation Neal Griffin Jazz Duo Neil Buettner Open MIc Poorhouse Millionaires & Friends Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Stanislaus County Coin Club Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong WCPL Poker Wednesdays Wee Move & Play Wig Out Wednesdays Wiggle Worms Wine Down Wednesday Wine’d Down Wednesday December 28 Beer Flight Night Casanova’s Night Club David Dow & friends Jam Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Karaoke/Lip Sync Kyle the Great Line Dancing Live Music Oakdale Museum & History Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Spanish Preschool Storytime December 29 Acoustic Music Amanda Perez DJ Tease Funstrummers Gig Rehearsal Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Music Mattea Overstreet Neil & Matt Neil Buettner Pepe Aguilar Rick Barnes Tasting Room Open Teens Rockin’ Jump Texas Funk The Weekend Dance Party VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley December 30 B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Bilingual Preschool Storytime Chilled Out Saturdays DJ Tease Folk Dancing Lessons Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Music Oakdale Museum & History Old Skool Saturdays Pre NYE Salsa Party Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride The Weekend Dance Party December 31 10th Annual NYE 2017 Ball Drop Acoustic Brunch Live Music All Ages NYE Champagne Brunch Buffet Country Music Jam with Dancing and Free Potluck Crocodile’s NYE Party Family NYE Party Fire&Ice NYE FOE Breakfast Karaoke with Buck Stallion Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Moonshine Bandits NYE New Years 24 Hours NYE 2018 NYE Dinner NYE with Velo Remedy Ring in the New Year Seniors Club Breakfast Sunday Funday Sunday Funday Live Valley Fire VFW Breakfast

Rivets Modesto Strings, Turlock Ridgway’s, Modesto Intrinsic Elements, Modesto Sabatino’s, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Empire Library Keyes Library Newman Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Denny’s 1525 McHenry First Methodist Church Titled Turtle, Modesto Ceres Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Salida Library Redwood Café, Modesto Maxi’s at DoubleTree Redwood Cafe, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Sabatino’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Surla’s, Moesto 212 West F Street Hughson Library Salida Library Modesto Library Queen Bean Coffee House Palladium, Modesto Boardroom, Modesto Church of the Brethren MJC, West Science Center Rivets Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Surlas Restaurant, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts The Fruit Yard, Modesto Do Good Distillery, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Eagles Hall, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub VFW Hall , Modesto Carnegie Turlock Oakdale Bicycle Shop Modesto Library Clairon Inn Speakeasy, Modesto Carnegie Turlock Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock 212 West F Street Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn Urbano California Bistro, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop Crocodiles Nightclub Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Parish Hall, Modesto Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto Mod Spot Event Center, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Yosemite Lanes, Modesto Clairon Inn Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way Speakeasy, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Bianchi Center, Oakdale Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Red Event Center, Modesto Tresetti’s World Caffe, Modesto The Brave Bull, Modesto Oakdale Sports Oakdale Greek Orthodox Church, Modesto Denny’s 1525 McHenry The Udder Place, Turlock Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Nino’s Place, Modesto VFW Hall , Modesto

DECEMBER BLUES

1st Poorhouse Millionaires and Rob Hill Band at the Knights Ferry General Store and Saloon 2nd Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shama at the Cow Track Lounge 3rd Robert Cray at Fox Theater, Visalia 6th Poorhouse Millionaires and Friends at Ralston’s Goat 9th Poorhouse Millionaires at Sandwich Cousens in Tracy 9th Dennis Jones at Torch Club, Sac 9th John Clifton Band at Barkin Dog 12th Poorhouse Duo at Bauhaus, Modesto 15th Coco Montoya at Center for the Arts, Grass Valley 16th Big Earl and the Cryin Shame & Catfish Daniel Band at the Portal, Modesto 17th RIck Estrin and the Nightcats at Powerhouse, Folsom 20th Poorhouse Millionaires and Friends at Ralston’s Goat 22nd Poorhouse Millionaires at 108 Sports Lounge, Riverbank 26th Poorhouse Duo at Bauhaus, Modesto Continued from Page 15

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GO DOWTOWN MODESTO

Open Early!

Many restaurants start serving dinner early so that you can get a nice meal in before the shows and movies that begin at 7 or 7:30.

Open Late!

Downtown Modesto is the place to be late Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There is live music every night of the week in one of our great clubs or restaurants. After the show, stop and enjoy a nightcap.

Parking

Rockin’ Holidays are Here! Let it snow, let it snow!

It is time to jump into Rockin Santa’s Rockin Sleigh and get ready to take off for the holiday season here in Modesto USA. Our Rockin season gets going fast this month on December 1 with the Festival of Trees at the Gallo Center benefitting Community Hospice.  It is “All-Skate” every day this month at Modesto On Ice and Rockin Holiday Lights up Downtown Modesto on December 2nd after the Modesto Celebration of Lights Parade.  This is a happy time of the year and you won’t want do miss a thing. Check out this important list of things to do and make sure that you mark your calendars! If your event is not on this list, please email it to events@modestoview.com and check out calendar at www.modestoview.com before you leave the house.  

Dec 1 – Festival Of Trees – Community Hospice – Gallo Center Dec 1, 2 - Warren Miller Here There and Everywhere – State Theatre Dec 1, 2 – Modesto Symphony Holiday Pops Dec 2 -  Dickens Christmas Fair -15th St & McHenry Mansion Dec 2 – Modesto Holiday of Lights Parade – Downtown Modesto  - 5:30 pm Dec 2 - Rockin’ Holiday Opening Day – 10th St Plaza 5:30 pm  Dec 2 – Rockin’ Tree Lighting – 10th St Plaza 7:30 pm Dec 7 – Rat Pack Holiday with Matt Henderson – State Theatre FREE 2 pm  Dec 8, 9, 19, 15, 16, 17 - Central West Ballet – The Nutcracker – Gallo Center Look for a very special guest performance by ModestoView’s Chris Murphy on the 9th. Dec 14 - Star Wars Last Jedi Premier – Brenden Theatre  7 pm Dec 16, 17 - Posada Navidena – Gallo Center   Dec 16 - Hannukah Menorah Lighting - 10th St Plaza  - 6-7 pm Dec 16 – Santa Con – Downtown Modesto Dec 17 - Central Valley Con - Modesto Centre Plaza Dec 18 - Dave Koz Christmas - Gallo Center Dec 22 - Brian Setzer Orchestra - Gallo Center for the Arts Dec 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 – Rockin’ Holiday Live  6-9 pm.  Free Pictures with Rockin’ Santa, Live Rockin’ Bands, Rockin’ Snow

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There are parking garages at 9th and L Street, 11th and K Street, 11th and I Street and 12th and H Street. Parking is close to all restaurants!

Try a Cab - It’s getting easier to catch a cab, both to downtown and home from downtown. Why deal with driving and parking? Take the easy way... L I C E N S E D M O D E S T O TA X I C O M PA N I E S A TOUCH OF CLASS TAXI 575-0690 AMERICAN CAB CO 225-8795 CASH CAB COMPANY 541-7860 CENTRAL VALLEY TAXI 241-6122 CHECKER CAB 596-7919 DE SOTO CAB CO 577-8888 DELUXE CAB 888-8888 EDITH’S TAXI 581-6870 LUCKY 7 TAXI 877-7676 METRO CAB OF MODESTO 222-2222

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There will be many more events popping up through December so make sure you check www.modestoview.com regularly for more updates.

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Most all of the downtown restaurants are locally owned. They hire local people and the money you spend stays right here in town. Local restaurants purchase from local farmers and feature local ingredients.

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