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April 10 – MJC New Music Concert MJC Auditorium April 11 -  Tom Petty Tribute Show State Theatre April 18 – Love Modesto Downtown Modesto April 16 – Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine – Film and Director Q&A – The State April  9  - Buddy Guy – Gallo Center April 23, 24, 25 – Mary Poppins Gallo Center April 30  - Fly Fishing Tour for Rivers of Recovery  - State Theatre April 22 – J Boog Fat Cat Music House April 25 – Art and Music Street Party 10th St  Place April 10 – Sring Fling for Camp Jack Hazard with Lifehouse Gallo Center

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EDITOR Greetings Modesto Friends I live in a house full of women. Not just any women, but strong, smart and successful women.  My wife Rebecca, a talented artist with a degree in Architecture from University of Washington, has dedicated so much of her life and talent to making sure our girls Madison and Abigail had positive ways to make a difference and be good at what they do, to be kind to others, thoughtful to the world around them and to make sure that their actions are inspiring.  Our family was involved in most every Girl Scout event for nearly 18 years and our girls will say that foundation was a key to their success at school, work, friends and community. There are so many strong and talented women that are truly the backbone of our community, some of them you hear about a lot and there are so many you don’t.  Just as in World War II, women by the thousands rallied to build the planes, boats and equipment needed for victory and the images of Rosie the Riveter galvanized the charge for action and rallied national support.   We celebrate women power with just a small sampling of some of the amazing women in our community, many working behind the scenes to make a difference.  It is more than our non-profits and service organizations, it is those who run companies, create events, serve in the legislature, sing in a band, take care of kids and all the parts of our community that work together. These are our Rosie the Riveters, the women that make our community special by show that Yes We Can.  Celebrate these people and make sure you take time to recognize the amazing women in our community this month and every month.  April is Sexual Assault and Abuse Prevention month and we need to make this a month of respect and responsibility. Read about the Haven Women’s Center and learn more about how

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you can help. ModestoView celebrates equality for all and we need every woman, man and child to champion this forever.   April is my birthday month and spring in Modesto is always beautiful.  It is great to be out on my bike, playing guitar in the backyard, walking the trails, sitting on a patio at my favorite restaurants with friends and family and so many outdoor things.  But with the drought conditions, spring is earlier, it is warmer and we really need to consider the things that we will need to do differently.  Yes, climate change is real and ModestoView will begin to feature activities and things you can do to make a huge reduction in our water use and save every drop.  We also want your tips and ideas to help conserve our resources, how to make Modesto better, what you want us to be talking about and showcasing and we want you to spread the word about ModestoView so everyone knows about the good things happening, the good people that are making a difference and the good businesses that advertise in ModestoView to make this all happen. ModestoView is about the people that make it better and because you are reading this, you are one of them.  Every person that picks up and reads ModestoView, logs on, shares one of our posts is spreading good news and a positive message.  For that, thank you and welcome to the ViewCrew.  We are glad you are here.  Every month our ViewCrew gets bigger and our message gets louder.  So in solidarity with all of the amazing women in our community, we say Yes We Can.  Sign up for Love Modesto and come see us downtown on April 18 and tell us about what you want to see in our community. Have a wonderful April and thanks again  for being here.  ModestoView is here for you.    Chris Murphy Founder and Publisher, ModestoView

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We wanted to showcase a cross section of some of the women in our community that are making good things happen and creating positive change in Modesto. Read all about them in our center spread.   Thanks to the talented Michael J Mangano for creating our Rosie the Riveter Cover.   Special note, our Metal View Editor Mike Vanek’s grandmother knew Rosie the Riveter during WWII.  An amazing connection to this truly iconic character in our national history.  1. Maggie Mejia  - Latino Community Roundtable 2. Jamie Salazar – Bavmorda Singer 3. Sylvia Spinnakers – Spinnaker’s Lounge 4. Victoria Boyington  - Northern California Women’s Music Festival 5. Andrea Rush – Nothing But Losers and veteran scene supporter 6. Kristy Housewright-Ibarra – Cancer survivor and Team Leader for Kristy Strong 7. Shauna Jones – Metal scene supporter and Sintral Valley Derby Girls 8. Phoebe Jones -  Daughter and scene supporter daughter of Shauna 9. Martina Dimas – Makeup Artist Nothing But Losers 10. Nikki Thomas – KAT Country 103 Program Director 11. Kate Trompetter – Center for Human Services 12. Colleen Sparkmann – Haven Women’s Center Board Chairperson 13. Jennifer Allsup – Sweet Pea Knickers Productions 14. Kathleen Ennis – Prospect Theatre Project

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STREET by Brandilyn Brown

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Spring Break!

1. Get in touch with nature and science at

the Great Valley Museum at MJC . They have kid friendly programs every Friday from 10-11am.

7. Read a book or make crafts at the Modesto Library. 1500 I St.

8. Stop by the State Theater for a back

stage tour and catch a movie. 1307 J St. 9. Go to the Gallo Glass plant and watch glass bottles being made. 605 S. Santa Cruz Ave. 10. Grab some friends and play a game at Laser Quest. 2100 Standiford Ave Suite D2 11. Play a round of golf at Boomers. 4215 Bangs Ave.

12. Race cars at Funworks. 4307 Coffee Rd.

2. Take a tour of our uni-

verse in the Planetarium! MJC West Campus, Blue Gum Avenue in the Science Community Center.

3. See a matinee at Brenden Theater. 1021 10th St. 4. Visit Sciabica’s Olive Oil Factory for a virtual tour and tasting. 2150 Yosemite Blvd.

6. Learn about Modesto’s history at the McHenry Mansion and Museum. 906 15th Street

13. Bowl a few games at

5. Take a cheesy tour of Fiscalini Cheese

Company and learn how cheese is made. 7206 Kiernan Ave.

Yosemite Bowl. 2301 Yosemite Blvd. 14. Jump, climb and play (inside and out of the sun!) at Rockin’ Jump. 1700 McHenry Ave Suite 25. 15. Have a late night snack at Cold Stone Creamery. 3501 McHenry Ave.

16. Go shopping at the Vintage Faire Mall and attend a Kid’s Club program, sponsored by National Geographic. Every third Thursday of the month, 3:30pm- 5pm. 3401 Dale Rd.

17. Pick fresh fruits, veggies, and snacks at the downtown Farmer’s Market 16th & I St. 18. Walk down the “Walk of Fame” on the Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, and see the stars and read the posts to learn about our American Graffiti history. 10St between J & K St. 19. Paint a cup, comic hero, unicorn, or household item at Pottery Magic. 3501 McHenry Ave.

20. Read a comic book at Bonanza Comics. 2308 McHenry Ave.

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Well hello there April! You sure snuck up on us this year! I can’t believe that so many months of this year have already flown by. I turned 40 in March and our new little girl is due pretty much any day now. It seems like just yesterday when Nicole woke me up and asked if I was ready to be a dad again. We shared tears that day and now that the babie’s little nursery is all ready for her, I get a bit emotional whenever I walk into it. I can’t wait to meet her. The one thing I am looking forward to the most is walking my new daughter around town to all my favorite places. I want to hangout with her at Preservation Coffee and Tea, share an ice cream with her at Lorde’s, watch a movie with her at Brenden and play with her at Graceda Park. Modesto is the perfect place to grow our little family because there is always something fun to do. I was just taking a look at our event calendar for April and it’s packed with all sorts of events for people of any age. For example, you can treat you grandma to a date at the Gallo Center to see Buddy Guy or you can relive the 90s when Lifehouse rocks their stage with their catchy ballads. If you really love rock music you must attend the Tom Petty tribute concert on the 11th at the State Theatre. ModestoView is a proud sponsor of this cool event that will feature some of Modesto’s best local talent. If Petty isn’t your thing, you can catch MC Yogi (not the bear that steals picnic baskets) at the Gallo Center on the same night. This guy combines yoga, high-energy dance beats and a crazy stage show and has gained a worldwide following. Now that’s a creative gig! I night have to check this one out just to see if he has a sidekick named Boo Boo. Kids are catered to in a big way this month because of Easter. Everyone from Funworks to the SOS Club has Easter egg hunts planned and another special events. I’d like our new daughter to enjoy her first Easter egg hunt at the Modesto Farmer’s Market. Their annual event happens on the 4th this year and will include the fa-

mous egg hunt, a visit from a giant fuzzy bunny and lots of events, not to mention an awesome selection of fresh eats. I smile when I think about kids stumbling around searching for eggs holding a basket in one hand and a strawberry in another with their little faces covered in red strawberry juice. Get outside and enjoy our little city this month. Tip -Local nurseries are a great way to spend a day. Arrive early in the day for a great selection and then spend the rest of the day creating something that would rival the Garden of Eden in your yard. If you need me for anything, email me at ruben@ I’ll likely be home adjusting to life as a new daddy for the first time in almost 15 years. Side note - with all the technology in the world today, why can’t someone create a way to make babies not require diapers? Maybe I need to work on that. Have fun in April but don’t be a fool.

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4th Annual Camp Jack Hazard Benefit Concert Friday, April 10th at 7 p.m. at Gallo Center of the Arts The New B93 and The Jack and Buena Foundation are proud to announce Lifehouse and local musician Neil Buettner for this year’s benefit concert. This fundraising event helps provide summer camping experiences to hundreds of Central Valley youth at Camp Jack Hazard, which is celebrating 91 years of providing safe, fun, character-based activities during the valley’s long hot summers. For more information visit Tickets start at $35.

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ART Spring Flowers by Jim Christiansen Like spring flowers blooming, Artists Open their Studios, galleries shower us with Spring Shows and Showcases. This follows a successful March  “Art of Justice” preview show at Picasso’s with great sales to benefit the Stanislaus Family Justice Center.  Many of the artists may be in the combined Carnegie Arts Center and Mistlin Gallery Central Valley Showcase, opening April 1.   This is a juried show The showcase is open media, open category and runs at both Non-profit galleries to May 8. and www.ccartsassn. org  Lodi Art Association opens its 55th Annual Spring Show with a 50s themed gala April 10, at the Woodbridge Robert Mondavi Winery.  That event encourages coming in costume, and a ticket purchase to attend.  The remaining run of the show, April 11, 12 is free to the public. Directions and ticket information www.lodiartcenter. org   If you were out on Art Walk in March, you may have noticed some of our favorite Art Walk stops taking a break from the map for this season.  The map has changed. Get a new Art Walk map, and look for entertainment, music, and local art in our restaurants that are off the map. Check out the new murals. Crow Trading has taken a new focus. It is currently hosting a solo show for Artist Eva Haas, “Sit Down and Shut Up,” April 16 to April 26.  Eva’s eclectic creations, and sense of humor have been featured at Crow Trading before.    Maggie Camps was visiting Picasso’s in March, back temporarily from Ecuador.  Maggie’s art will be featured at the Chartreuse Muse.  Christine Obers

won a ‘Best of Show” with the Pastel Society of the West Coast, with her portrait titled “Stephen.” April ends with the big event, Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour weekend, April 25 and 26.  Buy your maps early to plan your trip. There are 42 studio stops, and 66 artists, in Ripon, Escalon, Oakdale, Turlock and Modesto Look for the signs the Artists put out to identify the studios.  If you don’t have a map, the artists do.  Maps are $10, and are available in advance at Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, and Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau.  They are also available at the Chartreuse Muse which is open Saturday, and Carnegie Arts Center and Mistlin Gallery, which are also studio sites.  Our sponsor NASCO arts and crafts center, will host a preview show, April 11, and feature demonstration by artist Lynn Takacs on April 25.  Some studios will feature groups of artists. Most are home studios of individual artists.  The tour is a good way to meet the artists, see where they work, what tools they use, and is also an opportunity to purchase art, and see the breadth of what our visual artists in the county do.  You may see portfolios open, different media that what goes up in a gallery show, so it’s a fun adventure

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into what our Stanislaus County visual art- cates to spend with your favorite local artist ists do. Students welcome, with 18 and un- on the tour.  Forms to enter on back of map, der in FREE with a map holder.  Additional drawn after tour ends.  two nights of FREE preview showing for Open Studio in the Gallo Center lobby April 17 and 18.  Maps will be sold at all Previews, and day of event. This is a rain or shine event, and features a drawing for five $200 gift certifi-



The Twisted Pig

Bar and Grill By Kate Serpa Photos by Phil Johnson

The Twisted Pig: The last thing you should The person to talk to is Miss Margie -- she’s probably call your girlfriend this evening, but the first place you should be taking her to for dinner.  I thought Phil and I were going to have to have an ‘adult’ conversation when, in my post-Luckyfest Jameson-induced haze, he rang me up, started talking, and all I could really make out him saying was “Twisted Pig.”  Luckily for his general safety and my outstanding criminal record, Phil was merely suggesting we head over to Modesto’s brand-spanking new Twisted Pig Bar and Grill and find out what all the buzz is about.  Buzz proved to be justified and noteworthy -- Jameson on tap, bartender Miss Margie’s generous pours, barbecue, a pork and potato-centric menu, house-infused vodkas, house-made pickles, interesting variations on cocktail classics, happy hour and late night specials, and you know, bacon maple cheesecake; that last one is pretty important.  Do your taste buds a solid and get your attractive self over there ASAP for some goodness. 


readily identifiable as the fun, red haired, black-clad, no-nonsense shot slinger behind the bar. Margie quickly pointed me towards the Pig’s pulled pork sandwich and began mixing me a Mezcal Mule -- a jalapeno simple syrup take on the classic Moscow, and we were off to an excellent start.  On the topic of Moscow Mules, the Pig’s cocktail lineup offers a handful of (dare I say ‘Twisted’?) takes on the vodka, ginger beer, and lime classic.  Listed under ‘Coppers’, the orange-flavored Modesto Mule, Bulleit Kentucky Mule, and Jameson-based Cocky Irishman are all worth taking for a spin.    Cody Baldwin I shall never forget -- you may remember him from the Tap Room.  He was the first to introduce me to the Jameson-pickle juice mix with his Ellis Island Martini.  Baldwin has since moved over to manage the Twisted Pig and has brought his playful approach to cocktails with him.  Margie again pointed me in the right boozy direction with the Pig’s Smok-

ing Gun cocktail, featuring Woodford Reserve, orange bitters, and smoked ice -quite the visual process, lending the flavor of the outdoors in your drink without having to actually go outside (hooray!). If you are one of those outdoorsy types, the Twisted Pig does offer an outdoor patio seating with live local music; personally, I prefer the Pig’s sleek interior, mostly because of the proximity to bar and conversation with Margie (which is always excellent). ModestoView fans be sure to take note of all the fun Twisted Pig artwork up on the walls, created by Michael J. Mangano, ModestoView cover artist, photographer, personal drinking buddy, and Twisted Pig cook.  So there we have it: Excellent eats, even better drink treats, and Margie ranking in as captain of your booze and dining cruise.  Do yourself a favor, and go Pig out. 2717 Suite A Coffee Road, Modesto, CA 209.248.7243

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PERFORMING A Time to Perform in April by Kaye Osborn April brings an eclectic array of shows! Prospect High schools have finished their musicals so let’s see what our county has to offer for April.  Remember to support your local art galleries, Third Thursday Art Walk, and Second Tuesday Poetry Readings at the Barkin’ Dog. Gallo Center for the Arts Mary Poppins April 23-25 Modesto Christian Performing Arts 7PM 2PM Tickets: $12-$20 Fancy Nancy the Musical April 26 Vital Theatre Company Based on the book series by Jane O’Conner For children 4-10 years old 2 PM  4PM  Tickets: $12-$22 CSUS Shakespeare Under the Stars: King Lear April 28-30 Gates Open at 6:30 PM Show at 8 PM FREE


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Theater Project Faith Healer April 24-May 10 8 PM 2PM Tickets:  $20 The State Theatre of Modesto The Keystone Light Friends of The BOB & TOM Show Comedy Tour April 10 - Recommended for Ages 18 + Tickets:  $28-$34 Doors open at 6 PM, Show at 7PM Price includes a $1 donation to The Red Cross  DKG-Epsilon Nu Film Fun Raiser High Society April 23 5:30 Wine and Appetizers 7 PM Movie $25 donation Second Saturday at the McHenry Museum April 11 2-3 PM Jeff Jardine speaking about World War II - FREE

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Redwood Café

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Media alert! This is not an attempt to bash on men; not that there is a shortage of material either! I’m joking, haha! This month the magnificent Modesto View is showcasing many worthy women that contribute to the positive portrait of Modesto. Therefore, I’m pleased to introduce to you Lorna Borges, general manager of the Redwood Café (RC) for the past 12 years and Executive Chef Gema Martinez for 3 years. These two are beautiful inside and out. No wonder RC has that “welcome home” feeling and the wafting smells that tell your taste buds “Get ready to be spoiled!” all set in a cozy, yet swanky motif.  Lorna is married to her husband and kind of to her job, too. She did tell me that there is no such thing as a typical workday for her. From beginning to end she has numerous duties in every aspect of Redwood Cafe including the restaurant, bar, 2 patios, wine cellar, and the gorgeous gardens where weddings and other grand events are held. “Mama Lorna” sounded right to me as she has 2 children of her own (ages 24 & 26), and with all the employees she manages she refers to them as her kids, too. She is also known for all the cats she rescues, to a fault. In Lorna’s scarce free time she & her husband enjoy golfing at Creekside and Dryden in Modesto. I asked Lorna where she sees herself 10 years from now, she said. “Either upstairs in my office working away, or buried in the beautiful RC gardens pushing up daisies!” Lorna also told me about her favorite RC pizza, The Ratto Bros.: basil pesto, rotisserie chicken, olives, red onions, feta cheese, and pepperoncini peppers. Gluten free crust is available or try it topped with a ranch egg. Yes, it was so Dana~licious! Chef Gema started at RC as a sous-chef and it was obvious to Lorna early on that Chef G had all the quality makings of an executive chef. It took Lorna 3 pleading efforts to convince her to take on this illustrious position. No regrets for either one today! Chef G is only 31 years young and has a 3 year old daughter and a 7 year old son on top


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of working full time at RC. She loves taking her kids to the movies, trying new restaurants, and she likes to relax at the Queen Bean Coffee House when she can. Chef G says the best part of being a woman in the culinary industry is proving herself, showing the guys she can do the work, and yes, sometimes even better than them! She said that humbly, but I can attest that she is one

of Modesto finest chefs! That girl can grill a steak to perfection, sear a scallop, and panroast salmon that will have you coming back for more! Owner, Bob Campana shared with me that Lorna does do “everything” at RC and it wouldn’t be as amazing without her. He also joked that she’s the Smucker’s girl, as she’s so well-preserved. I see she is one of

those ageless beauties. About Chef G, Bob said the rumors of Latin blood are true! She has passion in her cuisine and a fire in her eyes. I bet it’s a mere reflection of the flaming skillets she’s whipping up in the kitchen. So I’m not if Bob felt the women were out numbering the men, as 4 ginormous male Chinese soldier statues are the latest addition to RC’s décor! The employees were startled when they showed up for work not expecting to see them there! Chris Hull (RC bartender) has many signature cocktails on and off the menu. My new favorite is his “Apple of my Eye”, a gin appletini! Mmmm, so Dana~licious! Nicholas Richards is the totally trusted wine sommelier at RC. He is stellar at pairings and is always introducing me to something new and worthy of whatever is on my plate. Modesto View signature question: Beatles or Stones? Lorna, likes the Beatles, but LOVES the STONES & Aerosmith. Chef G, “Beatles, because that’s all my Dad listened to & I love him so!”  

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Let us introduce you to Amie Alton born Feb. 27th, 1987 in Modesto Ca . Amie's first passion is photography and of course slappin' that upright bass. I have known Amie for some time now and have always been impressed by her talents. Including her humorous side. I got a chance to finally sit and chat instead of watching her perform! As I said, Amie's first passion is photography where she works at Lady Luck LLC as the photographer for the pin-ups and some graphic work along with the managing their Facebook page. At the ripe age of 6,  Amie took interest in shooting pictures with her grandfather. ModestoView:  Since learning photography with your grandfather, is there a particular photographer that you look up to as an adult?  Amie Alton:  I don't really converse with too many photographers. But, always enjoy talking with my friend Jessica, who owns  Jessica Belshe Images. MV: What do you value most in life? AA: Music, friends and nature. I am lucky that my traits remind people of my day. He was the best person I have ever met in my life. I'm glad I could be like him. Helps me carry on who he was.  MV: Amie’s outlook on music. She loves being able to talk about any music. Amie, takes so much from every musician she has been able to converse with. I have seen you perform with many local talent and traveling bands. Tell us a little about those experiences.  AA: I grew up always listening to music. My parents listened to music all time. I listened to music more than watching television. Music was life.  Both my grandpa's played guitar, my uncle plays guitar and my dad played the banjo. I actually have his banjo. It became mine, when he passed away. I have been playing playing the Upright Bass for almost 5 years.  I've always loved the sound of it and always wanted one. It was like, love at first sight.  I'm learning the banjo and guitar right now. I love both. I wanna play every instrument I can get my hands on. When I first took interest in the Upright Bass I taught myself for the most part and had lots of help from Brett Black(Ex Chop Tops bassist). Along with some help from Rockin' Rick. I love playing more then one genre of music including

by Jennifer Allsup country and bluegrass. But, I love to get a Psychobilly band going that is my heart and passion. MV: Amie What are the   most influential bands from country,bluegrass,Rock~n~ Roll, Rockabilly to Psychobilly. In each genre, why and who are the most influential to you? AA: Country music, Maddox Brothers and Rose. My granny was friends with Rose and my dad told me all those stories. Also, Rose played upright bass as well.  Loretta Lynn. It was awesome to grow up listening to her and knowing, women could make music, write their own and be great at doing it.Hank Williams. He was always playing when I was growing up and made me fall in

love with that sound. Bluegrass,The main bluegrass artist that still sticks with me like no other is, Bill Monroe. That "highlonesome" voice of his.Rock'N'Roll  The 50's and 60's rock has always been a favorite of mine. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, etc.Rockabilly:The Johnny Burnette Trio, Chop Tops, Wanda Jackson, Kim Lenz, Charlie Feathers.. Too many to name. Rock'N'Roll:The 50's and 60's rock has always been a favorite of mine. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, etc..Psychobilly:The Dyspsomaniaxe have been a giant influence. All female band, amazing musicians and amazing songs. Too bad, they only had one album and broke up in the early 90’s.   As Diabatz is another all female band from Brazil. They're still playing, working on their 3rd album and I get to see them play April 25th.  The Meteors will and always be the main Psychobilly band on my list. They created it and keep it pure. I even have a Meteors tattoo.  There are way too many to name off.. Haha !! MV:   Who would be your first pick of a

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traveling band to play along with?? AA:  As Diabatz. It'd be awesome to be apart of an all female psychobilly band. I could see myself in the next five years or so in a Psychobilly band,touring all over and enjoying life. In the past several years, I have seen Amie play with many traveling and local artists. I wanted to see what kind of behind scene conversations or shenanigans took place. Especially, with Don "Juan" Maddox.  

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MV: When you had the opportunity to play and practice with Don "Juan" Maddox, what was your most memorable moment? AA: The fact that I was the only one, who didn't get lectured by him!! Haha.. Tony Trevino and Anthony Acevedo both caught crap.   Playing with Deke Dickerson as the backing band how did that make you feel being a stage with not knowing the songs? And killing it at the same time.It was nerve-racking!! But, after the first song and realizing I had it, it was an amazing feeling!!  Playing bass for the Urban Pioneers was fantastic, do  you see y ourself playing with more traveling musicians if you had the right opportunity ? That was amazing. Jared McGovern is one of my favorite bass players so, getting on stage with him, was the best. I'd love to play with any band that I can and I hope I get to! Amie, is not currently playing with any one particular band at this time but has played with many locals such as Tony Trevino of the Pendletons and Tiffany Rose. Amie, would love playing with band that needs an extra fill in. In the near future Amie plans on starting a new project with best friend Shelly Rand and Scott O'Ceallaigh. More of the more classic Hank Williams sound with some Hank 3  attitude for good measure. MV: Words of encouragement to our youth pursuing their musical talents? What should they be aware of? AA: Do what you want with YOUR music. Music is self expression and there is really no "correct" way to do it. Get some friends together and make some noise. Also, don't play to get famous or make money. Play because you love it. Be aware of contracts and leery of a lot of show promoters. MV: What would you do if your evil nemesis was at your show? AA: Haha!! She's actually showed up to some shows and I ignore her. I'm not going to sink to her level and cause issues. But, if I have to defend myself, it's on. Jennifer Allsup


UNPLUGGED The IV League by Aaron Rowan MUMfest is back for its fourth year, and

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (Doc) Q&A Skype with the film’s director Michele Josue following the film Thurs. April 16 at 7 p.m.

THE MASK YOU LIVE IN (Doc) DEFINING MASCULINITY IN AMERICA A film from Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the team behind Miss Representation Fri. May 1 at 7 p.m.


Big band funk, dancing, beads for all! Sat. May 9 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the State’s

th With a Party

it’s leaner and meaner than ever before! On April 10-12, the Modesto Unplugged Music Festival will deliver the most intense burst of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, world music and other acoustic sounds that you’ll find in town all year. There is no other festival in town quite like this. For our 2015 gathering, we’ve tightened the format to take place at only two main venues, which are some of the finest independent listening spaces downtown has to offer - the Prospect Theater and Center Stage Conservatory. We love the intimate setting these venues provide, to properly focus on the music. Our assemblage of twenty featured acts includes some old favorites from past Festivals, the finalists from last year’s songwriting contest, and a stunning set of headliners who will make you get up and move your feet. MUMfest 2015 is being sponsored in part by our lovely downtown restaurants Barkin’ Dog Grill and Concetta; and also Bauer’s 66 1/2 in McHenry Village.  

Full weekend passes can be purchased for $50 by calling 209-543-5306 or emailing modestounplugged@yahoo. com, or at the opening night showcase.

Friday 4/10 @ Prospect Theater, 1214 K St. - doors at 5:30, festival begins at 6:00 - $20 6:00 - Colorado Road - Folk-rock, originals, traditional, blues, and Americana. 6:55 - Red Pony - featuring local songwriters Phil Rojas, Joni Valponi and Dr. Blue, this good-time country and jam band can be found sharing their original music all over the central San Joaquin Valley.

With saucy songstress Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Speakeasy opens at 6:30 pm. Music and dancing at 8 p.m. Sat. May 30, 2015

7:50 - Halfpence & Haypenny - composing original works as well as unique adaptations of folk songs from England, Ireland, America, and more.

with the voice to match it. 7:40 Steep Ravine - their soulful bluegrass tunes and fiery instrumentals take acoustic music in compelling new stylistic directions. 9:00 Vortex Tribe - combining improvisational jazz with elements of rock, world music, and sophisticated classical arrangements. Their sound swells with hard hitting, danceable grooves and rich, synthesized keys.

8:45 - Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers - combining a variety of influences from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rock and 1930’s swing to create a tight, high-energy sound. 10:00 - Mary Bue - an emotional suckerpunch of pop/rock sound, at once soothing, spunky, cathartic and full of vigor. Saturday 4/11 @ Prospect - doors at 2:30, music starts at 3:00 - $25 3:00 Tawnee Kendall Band - with the grit and gravity of rock, preening pop-glam, and folk-style storytelling, they are a commanding force on stage. 3:55 The Keller Sisters - Americana/folk/ pop duo whose music has been topping various folk radio charts. 4:50 The Nickel Slots - featuring influences from early roots Americana music as well as a touch of rebellious ‘70s punk, they have won the Sacramento Music Award for Best Alt-Country/Americana Band three times. 5:45 The Hopeful Heroines - a hauntingly beautiful fusion of folk, gypsy and classical. 6:40 Francesca Bavaro - this Modesto gal was trained in opera for ten years. She has quite a diverse and interesting repertoire

Sunday 4/12 @ Center Stage, 948 11th St. - doors at 11:30, music starts at noon - $20 12:00 Rozanne Gewaar - South Africanborn singer/songwriter who sings quiet observations of the human spirit, our relations and our struggles. 12:40 Chris Farris - one of the Valley’s finest up-and-coming singer/songwriters, performing a mix of folk, country and southern rock. 1:20 Boscoe’s Brood - Turlock-based songwriter Sam Regalado’s indie acoustic and experimental group reflect a signature of his recordings. His upbeat songs and attractive melodies speak persuasively for themselves. 2:00 American Nomad - drawing on influences ranging from bluegrass, folk, swing, blues, and soul, their music creates a classic sound. 3:00 Glitter Rose - acclaimed country & southern rock outfit; winners in 4 categories at the 2014 Artists In Music Awards including artist of the year and performer of the year. 4:00 Performances by the 4 finalists of this year’s songwriting contest.

weya concert RENÉ JENKINS and friends Ancestral Instruments

Friday, April 10 7:30PM

Modesto Church of the Brethren Music to Uplift Your Sacred Heart and Engage Ancestral Wisdom through Tribal Rhythms and Instruments


2301 Woodland Ave, Modesto, CA

General Admission: Advance $20/Door $25

Saturday, April 11 workshops for personalized creative expression Contact:

4:30 The BluesBox Bayou Band - popular Cajun outfit from right here in Modesto who perform at music and food festivals all over California.

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Strong for Hope by Brandilyn Brown

I love being part of the View Crew. I get to meet incredible people that I wouldn’t get to meet through a typical job! A few weeks ago, I received an email from a friend of Kristy Housewright-Ibarra, who is leading a Relay for Life team this year. I loved her story. I immediately knew I wanted her to be a part of our “Rosie the Riveter” issue. She is a gem of a person, who is the epitome of what is like to be a strong woman in the face of conflict. Kristy was re-diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013. A 44 year old mother of two high-school-aged kids, Kristy has overcome bone, lung and brain metasta-

sis over this past year. While she is not cured, Kristy continues to hope that someday she will meet Ned. (Ned is an affectionate acronym for “No Evidence of Disease.”) She and her colleagues are raising funds for Relay for Life for the team KristyStrong. It is her sixth year participating, and her 2nd year as team leader in KristyStrong. BB: Of All the charities you get involved in, why did you choose Relay for Life? KH: The American Red Cross does so much for cancer patients that other charities don’t really do. They teach classes on looking and feeling good while enduring chemo. It was really important to me to look and feel my best. I wanted to be in control of my body as much as I could. I wanted to be ME, not a sick person. It is very difficult to lose your hair, but they help you cope with it with cute hairstyles and ways to wrap your head. They also

have “Road to Recovery”, which provides rides to and from doctor’s appointments for patients who can’t otherwise get the care they need. Another thing they do, is they set you up with a mentor if you’d like one. Someone who knows the ropes and can walk you through navigating doctors, insurance, emotional life stuff, and be there for you. Relay for Life is a great event to get the whole family involved in making a difference, because cancer is a family disease. It effects the whole household. When everyone is keeping a positive mindset, it makes a difference in your care. BB: Tell us about your diagnosis. What was your game plan? What did you know going into this a second time you didn’t know before? KH: I’ve become a huge advocate of being scanned after your first chemo is complete. I was told that because I only at stage 2, I didn’t need to be scanned, but it could’ve helped me the second time around. It could’ve given me more information, or a better understanding of [my body]. I felt a cough the second time around, one that wouldn’t go away. I never suspected breast cancer from a cough, but it is because it had spread into my lungs and spine. A few

months later, they suspected a blood clot, and I did have one, but it was the suspicion of [the blood clot] that lead us to down the right path to diagnosing the cancer. Currently I go to UCSF once a week, and that takes a full day. I’m working full-time because it helps keep me stay focused on something else. [My cancer] is not the focus of my day. You need to allow yourself to keep living life and have a focus. Although I’m doing really good, I also get scanned every three months because there isn’t anything they can do for brain cancer except radiation. We have to stay on top of that. Don’t be afraid to self-refer or advocate for yourself. On Saturday, April 25 from 7-10 pm three bands will play a benefit show at the Queen Bean in Modesto to raise money for KristyStrong. Fallen Short and Monkey Knife Fight are both from Modesto, and Zen Arcadia is from Sacramento. The $10.00 per person door fee will go directly to Relay for Life and is a tax deductible donation. Kristy would like to give a shout out to her husband Louie, her children Shelby & Lucas, and her friends Emily & Seth Murdock of Zen Arcadia, who helped put this event together.


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Senator Cathleen Galgiani by Chris Murphy

Modesto, CA is the epicenter of the central valley. We are at the crossroads of food production, wineries, entertainment, and the home of American Graffiti and one of the birth places of Rock and Roll and Rockabilly music.   We have a lot going for us.  But we also have our challenges and we need to make sure that we are on the radar and are a priority in Sacramento and in Washington DC.  ModestoView and my company Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group have been reaching out and talking to our elected officials to champion our issues.  In September we were in DC in support of Highway 132 and other food industry related issues.  This month, we reached out to Senator Cathleen Galgiani who represents the 5th District, which includes Stockton, Tracy, and Modesto. As a 5th generation Stocktonian, Cathleen has lived and worked in the San Joaquin Valley all of her life. She has been involved in a wide range of issues including protecting agriculture, cutting government waste and fraud and fighting for Cal-Grant expansions so that more kids can go to college.   Additionally, she helped to secure funding and support for UC Merced. Galgiani has worked to improve education, protect health-care funding, increase public safety, enhance public transportation and save taxpayer dollars. Additionally, Cathleen continues to work diligently on Homeownership Preservation through legislation and local workshops.   In 2008, Galgiani authored AB 3034 which approved the first phase of the High Speed Rail system in California - the largest infrastructure project in the California since the state highways were built.  This project will be an incredible boost to California’s economy and the Central Valley by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. She is also active in the reducing frivilous ADA lawsuits with SB-67. She is focused on creating opportunity and equality for all.  Let’s meet Senator Galgiani. ModestoView: What do you think the Modesto area and our region needs to do to accelerate our


climb out of the tough economy? Senator Galliani: We need to develop and attract new industry which can provide greater job opportunities to the community.  It is important to capitalize on our strengths such as our vibrant agricultural and food production industries, our affordable cost-of-living, and our central location to the Bay Area, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Sacramento.   MV: Do you think creating civic pride is helpful to our economy? SG: I think it is crucial to good economic development and Modesto definitely puts its’ best foot forward when it comes to civic pride.  Numerous community events such as the Harvest Luncheon, American Graffiti Summer and the Farmers Markets as well as Art and Music venues like the Gallo Center and the State Theatre clearly display a strong sense of community and pride.     MV: How special do you think it is that Modesto is the home of American Graffiti? SG: American Graffiti really resonated with a couple of generations of people throughout the country.  Modesto being the hometown of George Lucas and the site of the American Graffiti story has for years brought great attention to Modesto as the classic small American city where young people celebrate their last summer before moving toward adulthood.  It revives a special, memorable feeling for many people and is true Americana.

MV: Our agriculture industry feeds the world, what role do you think this has in the next century? SG: Food production will become ever more important over the next decades with continued world population growth.  Our agriculture industry produces the most diverse array of crops and food products in the world, from staples such as fruit, vegetables and dairy to specialty products such as our world class wines, our classic and gourmet cheeses and most of the world’s supply of almonds.   MV: How do we lead the ag tech world with the risk of long-term drought? SG: Central Valley agriculture has been at the hub of ag and water technology for many years.  Our water storage and delivery systems began well over a century ago and have continuously modernized to adapt to changing conditions.  Over the last several decades our farmers produce ever more crops per acre with less and less water due to technology.  The current devastating drought has made it clear that our state and federal water infrastructure must be expanded for the first time in decades to add additional storage to agriculture’s conservation efforts. That was the goal of last year’s State Water Bond.  In the meantime our farmers and water districts continue to seek new technology and science to adapt to the changing and challenging conditions.  

MV: If you had a magic wand, what change would you make to improve our area? SG: Today I would have to start with a more dependable water supply system. But overall I would have to say greater education and job opportunities.   MV: What made you want to devote your life to public service? SG: I started out at age 18 working on the city council campaign of a friend which later led to me working for several state legislators.  I realized that it was possible to have an effect on public policy in your community and even your state.  I admired the determination with which these persons pursued good policies to improve their communities and the state even when it was difficult and took a long time.  Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews, whom I last worked for, and other persons in the district encouraged me to run to succeed her because I brought 20 years of working with local legislators on the issues that are important to our Central Valley and I could continue some of the efforts that they had begun.   MV: What was a very memorable experience when you were growing up that shaped who you are today? SG: When I was in 4th grade, a young woman who was developmentally disabled lived in our neighborhood. The kids teased her, but they were also afraid of her because she was different. I befriended her and started teaching her things when the other kids saw me playing with her, they began to accept her too. This taught me that sometimes it takes just one person to speak up and say something shouldn’t be the way it is. And when one person speaks up, others will follow.   MV: What are you the most optimistic about for the role of women in our future? SG: When I started in politics, I didn’t see very many women role models. I remember campaigning for Stockton’s first woman Mayor, and for our area’s first Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews. I’m so pleased to see young women today in every field of work, who choose their careers, and families, and never question whether it’s possible.   MV: And our favorite question, Beatles or Stones? SG: I love the Rolling Stones!

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Haven Women’s Center

by Coleen Sparkman

Haven Women’s Center is a private,

nonprofit organization providing comprehensive, holistic client-centered advocacy, education and support services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Services are provided to any victim or survivor of domestic or sexual abuse, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or citizenship status and are free of charge to the client. All services are confidential. Haven is a dual-service agency providing a number of services to domestic and sexual violence victims. We operate the only dedicated domestic violence shelter program in Stanislaus County, and offer one-on-one counseling, support groups, case management, legal services, education and outreach, youth programs, crisis line support, 24hour trauma response to area hospitals and volunteer opportunities. We serve all of Stanislaus County and currently operate out of five distinct service loca-

tions. We have service sites in downtown Modesto and Turlock as well as our emergency shelter at an undisclosed location. Additionally, we have staff working out of the Stanislaus Family Justice Center and the Community Services Agency. Haven is committed to providing quality, needed services to individual clients as well as to systems and societal change to improve the quality of life for our community.We have an active board, and are currently looking for community members interested in

serving in several capacities: Board members, Ambassadors and Table sponsors for upcoming events.  One of the most frequently asked questions is how and from where Haven receives funding. The bulk of our funding comes through federal, state and county grants and contracts. The federal and state funds are administered through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and include a number of funding streams. We have a variety of contracts for services through Stanislaus County, the City of Modesto and others. Recently, Haven committed to a partnership with CSU Stanislaus to imple-

ment intervention and prevention services for students and faculty. Haven has a full-time advocate on campus to provide services to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors as well as provide education and training to students and faculty alike. This partnership was the first of its kind in the CSU system and is being used as a model at CSU campuses across the state. To round out our funding needs, we also rely on fundraisers such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (April 25), financial donations from individuals in our community, and in-kind donations such as non-perishable food, diapers, personal care products, bed linens, towels Continued on page 17...


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They Can Do


The power of women is amazing.  Each and every woman has the power to c

that receive a lot of recognition but there are thousands more for each one of society.   “We Can Do It” was a rallying cry during World War II that fundam ety.   The nurturing care of a woman is the true foundation of our families and to our workplaces, the arts, our agencies and our creative and innovative need women in our lives are.  We are going to break through all of our glass ceilings, more women will be am walking there, man, woman and child, hand in hand, strong and ready to take I am proud to live in a family of strong women and am pleased we get to celebrate so many of o ModestoView all year long.  Our ViewCrew features many of their contributions and we are hap “April We Can Do It” cover.   This is only a minute sampling of the women in our community and invited you to tell us ab


Maggie Mejia is the President of the Latino Community Roundtable. They are in their 7th Annual Backpack Drive with a the goal of 3,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. They also coordinate the Annual Cesar Chavez Si Se Puede Empowerment Luncheon, and other events like the The Dia Del Nino Ice Cream Social. New this year will be the Latino Business Expo during National Hispanic Heritage Month, with emphasis in showcasing all the business owners that are members of LCR. LCR is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff.

Jaime Salazar, singer of BAVMORDA, who was formed from Forever Obscured family members. They are currently working on new material and an album will be out soon. Other members of the band are Joe Salazaar Guitar, Andy Cervantes Bass and Roger Guajardo on drums.




Sylvia Spinnakers writes poetry. She’s very honest, outspoken and a very appreciative person. She love Legos and coupons too. Sylvia supports our scene in many different ways, including booking local artists and musicians to play in her bar, Spinnaker’s Lounge. She genuinely loves the people who make music in our area and they love her, too.

Kristy Kristy Housewright-Ibarra is the team leader for the rely for Life team KristyStrong. Kristy was re-diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013. A 44 year old mother of two high-school-aged kids, Kristy has overcome bone, lung and brain metastasis over this past year. It is her sixth year participating, and her 2nd year as team leader in KristyStrong.


Martina Dimas s a local artist/scene supporter and makeup artist for Nothing but Losers. She hails from the slums of Stockton. She started working with Nothing But Losers two years ago. She is a 28 year old Gemini and an art student at MJC, where she is a member of the Art Club. Warning: Do not clone, the destruction of the earth will follow.

Andrea Rush is a veteran scene supporter. She has devoted more time supporting our music scene for the last 10+ years than anyone. Wife to Nothing But Losers singer “The Reverend Jojo Rush”, she has put in her time and paid her dues. She has worked the door at shows, hauled band gear for almost every Nothing but Losers show, and she truly loves our scene. Dre Rush is not only a loving wife and mother to 5 rad kids, she is the mother of the 209Metal scene!

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Victoria Boyington is a singersongwriter, musician, and the Director and Founder of the Northern California Women’s Music Festival, a non-profit women’s music festival taking place October 23 and 24 at the State Theatre in Modesto, California. She has been nominated for a Modesto Area Music Award for the past two years for her band CallBox, which is a folk/punk/ blues band. She also has a children’s music band, The Silly String Band. Victoria has a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Language Development from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously an Early Headstart Teacher, Boyington is a now a special education teacher in Ceres, California.

Nikki Thomas is the Program Direct ley’s #1 Radio Station, KAT Country 1 been with KAT Country since 2007. Si the challenges as the first female Prog tor in the station’s history in 2011, she guide KAT to national recognition with being chosen by the members of the C Association in 2011 & the Academy o sic in 2012 for the “Medium Market S Year”. When she’s not working at the air weekdays between 9 am and 2pm her working at local festivals and even 209 Productions.

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Haven Women’s Center, continued from page 15 and women’s and children’s clothing. Haven would not be able to continue this important work without the support of the community. To that end we have monthly Beyond The Shelter Tours focused on informing community members about the services provided- and finding ways to connect them to our mission. Haven Women’s Center is proud to present our second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event coming Saturday, April 25.  We’ll gather outside the Gallo Center for the Arts and at  10:00, our walkers will take to the streets in women’s heels, taking a stand against sexual and domestic violence. Men can register as individuals or join a team, create a fundraising page to raise money for Haven, and come out for a great morning to support women and Haven.

by Chris Murphy

change our world and so many do. There are many those that are the backbone of what happens in our mentally changed the role of women in our socid community and the strength and talent they bring ds and accomplishments prove just how special the

mazing moms, CEOs, global leaders and we are all e on the future.   our local women in the pages and postings of ppy to introduce you to the women of our

bout more at Shauna Jones, 33, has been associated with the local metal scene through 209 Productions for 10+ years. She skates for the Sintral Valley Derby Girls based out of Modesto and Turlock



tor for the Val103. Nikki has ince taking on gram Direce has helped h the station Country Music of Country MuStation of the station or on m, you can find nts as a part of

Kathleen Ennis is one of the founders of Prospect Theater Project, where she currently serves as Managing Director. She appeared in Prospect’s inaugural production in 2001, and has performed in every season since then.  Kathleen is also on the MJC faculty, where she serves as the Coordinator of Library Instruction for the college. She holds a Master in Library Science from San Jose State, and an MA in AngloIrish Literature & Drama from University College Dublin.


Jennifer Allsup has lived in Modesto for the past 26 years. She became part of this community due her my life-long companion Mike Allsup for the past 25 years. They have four children between them and three grandchildren. In her musical adventures she has come across many exciting avenues, from being part of planning and producing events in our streets, venues, homes, lush scenery, hosting tour bands and being part of the local scene. She enjoys the great support in Modesto “ and she is glad to call Modesto home.

Kate Trompetter, Marketing/PR Director for local nonprofit Center for Human Services, is known to many as a “connector” and believes the greatest contribution she makes to our community is connecting the right people to the right projects. In her personal life, Kate is a wife to rock ‘n’ roll drummer David Rogers and mother to her daughter Quinn and her bonus kids, Seth and Zyan. She celebrates all things Modesto, music, culture and community.

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We even have a low Individual student rate and a student team rate. Boys under 12 can walk for free. We will have a limited number of shoes available, so reserve yours when you register. Last year, we had almost 200 walkers and we’re looking to double that number the second time out. For more information on Walk a Mile and other upcoming events, or to register, please visit  

Coleen Sparkman, M.A. CCC-SLP Board Chair, Haven Women’s Center Director, Therapeutic Pathways/The Kendall Centers



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METAL Girl Power in Our Scene

by Mike Vanek

Females have taken our scene by storm as of late. They have come a long way in the 209 metal scene, that for years has been a boys club, and I’d like to tell you about a few. The past few months have seen an explosion of female talent in the Central Valley metal community. What started with Luxt who would visit from Sacramento and Rage Enterprises ran by the legendary Robin Steely and then the female fronted Wicked Hickey has led to an explosion of females making waves in our music community. Bands like Eroszion, Path of Totality, Perfect Nightmare, Bavmorda, Brutal Innocence, Cursed and more all have talented females in they’re ranks!! Also we have artists like Martina Dimas who has reached out to the music community and Catherine Threnody who gathered all the females in our scene for an awesome calendar that celebrated the ladies of our scene! Plus, where would we be without the wives and girlfriends? My better half Ida Millsaps is a radio personality, talent buyer for major concerts, door person for the majority

of downtown fests and much more!! Wives like Cher Stanley the manager of Cursed has 20 years of music industry experience under her belt. Andrea Rush, wife of Nothing but Losers singer Jojo Rush has gone out of her way to support our scene including hauling gear to and from almost every NBL show in the past 10+ years. Victoria Boyington and Jennifer Allsup, in addition to the many things they do for the music scene, sit on the board for the Northern California Women’s Music Festival in October which is bringing Lita Ford to the State Theatre amongst others!! The Sintral Valley Roller Girls have been doing great things in our community and they provide a great sport for the female youth in our area and I can’t forget to mention Savanah Riley who is Modesto’s own female wrestler who isn’t afraid to take on dudes twice her size!! In short girls rule and we’re proud as we can be of them!!



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MAMA by Middagh Goodwin

Entertainment has always been a male dominated world, on stage and behind the scene. Gender should not be an issue when it comes to Rockin’ in the Free World, especially in the 21st Century and in the 209 we are starting to see a visible change. No longer do we just see women as the singer of the band, as a member of the street team, as a merch girl or working the door. We see them filling out the band , some playing multiple instruments, promoting the shows and doing production. With the increase in women in the “business” we have also seen an upswing in audience and I for one think this is great. Some of my favorite acts have had a strong female  presence  from  Joan Jett, The Go Go’s, Groovie Ghoulies, Skankin’ Pickle to just name a few and now  I can add many local players to that list. Last year at the Modesto Area Music Awards we saw women in the heaviest bands win MAMAs Perfect Nightmare (Youth) who also performed  and Brutal Innocence(Metal); while the singer songwriters(Patty Castillo Davis)  and Americana(Cottonwood Creek)  categories were dominated by the ladies. I expect to see even more representation in the years to come. Inspiring the next generation is what Joey Rose Darling(Bassist Dying Image)  hopes too do. “I think it is very empowering to see more women out there, it sends a good message to the next generation. Women can do it too.” Her 8 year-old daughter wants to sing and play guitar in a band someday. Mattea Overstreet (Singer Songwriter) is a great talent but has found “Being a female musician is Modesto is just as relative to being a female in any line of work. You’re tal-

Nightmare, Dying Image, Royal Order and more April 11th at the Legends Battle of the Bands in Manteca. April 23rd Victoria Boyington’s band Callbox will be joining funk trio from Michigan Downtown Brown at Deva Cafe. On April 25th catch Perfect Nightmare at the Ripon Inn with Hit&Run (2012 Rock) or head up to Stockton to Catch The Polyester Wags(formerly The(Secret)Hitchers) with The Screaming ented, you work hard and you make money, Bloody Marys at Rebels Whiskey House. but you are always on edge, trying to keep Pamsterdam Promotionz is promoting a your career and integrity out of the hands show at the Gypsy Shack in Jamestown on of the men that don’t want to see a young April 17 with 17Ten and Mutiny. Music 101 Tip-Getting heard on the Rafemale ahead in the game.”  Pammy Von Duke (Pamsterdam Promo- dio. It may be near impossible to get your tionz) has seen the ups and downs of being song played on commercial radio it is not a female in a field fueled by testosterone. so with college, internet  and community “Female artists seem to be more comfort- radio. With a little research you can find able talking and booking with a female pro- stations not just willing to but wanting to moter and I am honored to have been able play your music in the area and across the to bring so many female artist to the area.”  world. KCSS (Turlock), KWDC and KUOP No longer is it a surprise to see female multi (Stockton), KDVS ( Davis), KFSR (Fresno), instrumentalist says Rose Pablador(Guitar/ KSSU(Sacramento) to name just a few. Vox/Mandolin/Bass for BrokeNote Under- Google these and any other stations to find Tone) “In every passion women tend to be out who is playing your genre. If you are stereotyped. From assuming all we can do going on tour ask about who would be willis sing or being shocked when they find out ing to play and promote your shows. Build your network and with a little work you will we play instruments.” Things are changing and women musician see much greater returns. and artist are banding together. The North- Remember that that the local Venues, Proern California Women’s Music Festival moters and Bands are only as good as the founded by Victoria Boyington(Call Box) crowd that comes to the show (Does a band “Creating a community means embracing each other’s talents and helping each other along the way.” That is exactly what NCWMF is doing building a community beyond the stage. “The support and positive encouragement is ever growing and from us, we can continue to inspire girls everywhere to comfortably exceed expectations and accept no limitations” Rose Pablador. Get involved, mentor or just show your support by going to and buying merch from the 209 Women in Rock. Catch some great local ladies rocking Valley Stages in April. You can see Perfect

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Rock if no one is there to hear them play?) Friends don’t let Friends Miss Great Shows. Victoria Boyington Vocals Call Box/ Founder of the NCWMF Creating a community means embracing each other’s talents and helping each other along the way Rose Pablador Guitar/Vox/Mandolin/ Bass Broke Note Under Tone In every passion, women tend to be stereotyped. From assuming all we can do is sing or being shocked when they find out we play instruments. Now more than ever women are emerging as multi-talented musicians, toting multiple instruments on their belts and showing the music scene what we’ve got. The support and positive encouragement is ever growing and from us, we can continue to inspire girls everywhere to comfortably exceed expectations and accept no limitations. Mattea Overstreet Singer/Songwriter Being a female musician in Modesto is just as relative to being a female in any line of work. You’re talented, you work hard, you make money, but you’re always on edge, trying to keep your career and your integrity out of the hands of the men that don’t want to see a young female ahead of the game.   Middagh Goodwin Beat Happy! Music 209-981-2311



“Grampa Owl” by Ken White

He wore the best and rode the best. Silver buckles and silver saddles, snap-brim Stetson and polished boots. He survived two wives and married a third. He had three children and eight grand-children. He was born, raised, and died a cowboy. His name was Alowishus Owen Wright. “Ace” to his friends. Grampa Owl to us kids since we couldn’t pronounce his name. He took us on cattle drives and to the stock yards. We rode horses and chased rats in his barns. He gave us cowboy boots and hats. He hoped that we, unlike his second son our dad, would want to take up ridin’ and ropin’. But, unlike Grampa Owl, Pater didn’t have particularly fond memories of rising at the crack of dawn, loading the horses and tack, driving for hours, riding on hot asphalt in some small-town rodeo parade, returning home after dark, and having to bed down the cranky stock before bedding down himself. No, Grampa’s dream just wasn’t meant to be. We were city kids and that’s the way it would remain. Grampa Owl was dark-complected and spoke Spanish like a native. He denied it his entire life, but the odds were that he had Mexican blood. His mother, Julia, looked mestizo. His siblings – Uncle Pete, Aunt Aurora, and Aunt Rose – all looked Mexican. He wasn’t very affectionate, being he was a man of his era. The only time I ever saw him vulnerable was when he was in the hospital dying. He was hallucinating because his tobacco-scarred lungs were getting so much oxygen his brain was firing on all cylinders. And it was driving him mad. He and my dad were very different. Dad tried not to be like his old man. He was affectionate. He was available. He was kind. He was generous. I would love to have known Grampa Owl as a contemporary. To know what he thought. What was important to him. What his dreams were. Why he did what he did. What he didn’t do that he wanted to. And where he got that hat.




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BLUES&JAZZ If You Luv Music, You’re Gonna Love This by Eric Benson

Blue Monday Party & invitational jam returns to the Barkin’ Dog Grill the second Monday April 13th, with house band  Ultra Lounge featuring: Johnny Valdes guitar, Tim Allen bass, vocals, Dave Hawks on drums, Eric Benson, Pat Governor on Keys, Jamey Dubberly on Trombone, & monster Latin percussionist Derek Rolando on Timbales, and congas. The jam this month will features Jazz, R & B, Funk, Latin and a little of everything else with special guests sitting in for listening and dancing.   Show from 7 to 10:00 PM with food and drink available in all age venue. Call the Dog for reservations: 572-2341. May Blue Monday features Cuban pianist Gustavo Ramirez May for Cinco De Mayo celebration, June features Barry Finnerty acid Jazz guitarist rocks the house with hopefully Dave Mathews Keys. If you play come on down and sit in with the best musicians in the area.  The Gallo Center for the Arts continues with their diverse booking, got my Bonnie Raitt and Peter Frampton tickets but more to come. In April: 4th Masters of Soul, 8th Robert Tapia, 9th with elderly statesman of the Blues Buddy Guy, 21st Lila Downs, great world music show, and 25th with Los Tucanes de Tijuana. And yes Bos Scaggs returns May 24th! The State Theatre brings in April 9th Friends of Bob & Tom show comedy tour, and May 9th Party Gras with Bid Sam’s Funky Nation, (Big band Funk). And off the beatin’ track Newman Theatre in restored theatre environment brings in April: Tom Rigney & Flambeau Sat 18th, and Caravarserai, Santana tribute band Sat 25th with my friend and monster percussionist Derek Rolando on Timbales and congas. Derik will be in the house band

April 13th Blue Monday Party also. Live music in DEWZ Wine Bar in April, booked by me, continues live music on Friday and Saturday nights 7 to 10:00 PM, incorporating the best local musicians playing in the intimate wine bar environment. What I have booked for all you music lovers in April is: Friday 3rd Larry Stewart Jazz guitar duo, Sat 4th Odalay Caro Duo, Latin piano & vocals, Friday 10th. And 24th Andrew Rosenblum Jazz guitar and vocals, Sat 11th & 25th Tim Allen piano, vocals doing Elton, Billy Joel, 17th Joe Barretta guitar and vocals, Sat 18th Jazz guitar duo John King and Robin Montgomery playing the standards.  The room is small so best to call for a table if you know you’re coming if you want a seat. Lowdown on the jam session in the down-

CONSERVATION This is a word you need to know.  

Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from  irrigation It is promoted in regions that do not have easily accessible, plentiful, or reliable supplies of  fresh water, and is gaining acceptance in other areas as access to water becomes more limited. Xeriscaping may be an alternative to various types of traditional gardening. OK Modesto, just maybe the days of luscious lawns are gone.  Even if we get a ton of new rain, a new style of landscaping may be in order.   Less water is smart and some of the planting is really interesting.   MID has great ideas on ways to curb your water use at City of Modesto residents, please observe these rules • Outdoor water use-prohibited daily between 12:00 NOON and 7:00 PM. • Odd-numbered addresses water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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• Even-numbered addresses water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. • No outdoor water use on Mondays The Modesto Garden Club has been showcasing some of the Xeriscaping yards here in town and you will be able to see some of these tips on the Annual Modesto Garden Club tour on April 18. Tickets are available at the following retail locations: Modesto-- Crow Trading Company, Marcy’s Hallmark Shop, McHenry Mansion Visitors Center and Gift Store, Westurf Nursery Escalon--P&L Concrete and Garden Center Ripon--Park Greenhouse, Schemper’s Ace Hardware, Silverado Nursery and Building Supply Turlock-- The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop

Love Modesto is coming April 18.

This is one of the biggest days of community service. There are hundreds of ways to get involved and make a difference.   You can sign up for projects all over Modesto and even donate to support projects at   Most importantly, meet up in Downtown Modesto April 18, at 7 am to gather for this community day and meet with your teams.  It is simple, easy and a lot of fun.  Most of the projects are complete by noon.  It is amazing what we can do if we all do it together. ModestoView will have a booth at Love Modesto so stop by and say Hi!  We will be working on the I St clean up.  Hope to see you there

town: Barkin’ Dog Thursday night jazz jams with Dave Dow, Queen Bean Sundays open mike night also in an all age environment. Remember please support our local live venues for live music and the arts. 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.

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ALL AGES Hi Everyone

by Leia Johnson

Graceada Park is celebrating our planet! On April 18th come from 10AM to 4PM and have a blast! There will be over 100 booths showing how their products can make the community better. Also there will be stage performances and lots of food! Of course, an exciting thing for all ages is the petting zoo! Be sure to make your way to the Boyett BGreen Recycling event at Stoddard Avenue between Park and Sycamore Avenues. It’s a drive through where you can donate up to 5 grocery bags of recyclables. 100% of the proceeds are donated to the “Park Partners” program. The Park Partners program is raising money to get better play equipment at Wesson Ranch Park.  Another cool feature at this event is the optional bus ride over. A shuttle bus will be going to and from Graceada Park and Crosspoint Church parking lot every 20 minutes for free. In the afternoon on these

bus rides you have the chance to meet the Modesto Nuts characters that will be giving out complimentary baseball tickets. Don’t miss out on the 26th anniversary of this fun event! Also happening on April 18th is “Love Modesto”. This classic event is happening all around Modesto, and is for all ages. Go to to find an event that appeals to you and your family, group, or troop. April 18th will be a day dedicated to celebrating our beautiful Earth, come spend it with your community.  Meeting point is I St at 10th beginning at 7 am.

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Jawbone Verses Fitbit By Efren Martinez

These days, there are a number of wearable fitness trackers on the market. In 2011, two of the most popular trackers debuted, the Fitbit and the Jawbone. Both do pretty much the same thing. They track your everyday activities such as steps taken, distance traveled, active minutes, sleep, and most important, calories burned. But how accurate are they? I put them back to back and found that although both are great tools for weight loss and fitness, they aren’t as accurate in distance as my Garmin which goes by GPS. And keep in mind that just because you have a GPS tracker doesn’t mean your mileage is spot on, either. Recently I put them all to the test and went on an 8 mile run. I used a phone app called “Map My Run”,a Fitbit on one arm, a Jawbone on the other arm, along with my Garmin fitness watch on my wrist. In the end, the results in distances and calories burned varied quite a bit from all the fitness trackers. For my 8 mile run, “Map

My Fitness” logged my run at 9.1 miles, the Jawbone logged the same run at 6.8 and the Fitbit logged it at 7.4; but my Garmin watch that uses GPS did turn out to be the most accurate out of them all. It logged me at 8.2 miles. As a Tri-athlete my Garmin would be my most important fitness tool. As for weight loss, I would recommend the Fitbit verses a Jawbone. Don’t get me wrong, the Jawbone does a great job, similar to the Fitbit in helping you keep track of your calories consumed and sleep, which are very important when it comes to weight loss. The reason I favored the Fitbit over the Jawbone is because it is waterproof and its popular-

ity. Statistically, more people use the Fitbit verses any other fitness tracker. This is a great advantage when it comes to challenging more of the people you know for your Fitbit fitness social website. Studies have shown that when it comes to weight loss you are more likely to succeed when 2 or more of you are working toward the same goals. Regardless of which trackers you decide to use, use them wisely. Your standard Fitbit comes with a push-in clasp that can easily snap off. This has happened to me more than once when I’ve taken off my sweater

or a wrist sweatband. The Jawbone bracelet isn’t all that much better, it too can easily snag off while undressing. My advice would be to separately purchase a better clasp for either one so you don’t lose it. Ultimately, the best fitness tracker in my opinion is you. It is you who has decided to live a healthier lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and as long as you stay true to your goals, your results will be more than a post on a social website; most importantly it leads to a healthier you. (Always consult with your doctor before starting any kind of fitness program.)

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future, women will dwell on each problem in depth, with a greater eye for detail. A good asset in busiby Mary Layton ness. In this day and age women are the Incred- 5) Women are good at creating a positive ibles. They are multitasking, raising and atmosphere with flowers and decorations. caring for their families as well as holding 6) Women often have a deeper view of life, full time jobs. Here are some reasons why are tougher and more tolerant of pain. women really deserve a lot of respect :            7)     They          are       a   kinder            species,              usually           less ag1) Women are mothers. You owe it to your gressive than men. They are sensitive to the Mom to have brought you to this world. needs of others. 2) “Behind every powerful man is a pow- 8) Women are born nurses. Even at a young erful woman”. Respect your wife. With a age they want to help and nurture their strong, intelligent wife at his side a man family members. may be able to achieve more. 9) Women tend to be more mature and may 3) Respect  your daughters for they bring have higher moral standards. their dads a special kind of love only daugh- 10) Women tend to want to always improve ters have for their dads. (As well as sons themselves in some way, physically,  emohave for their moms) tionally and spiritually. Somehow they feel 4) Women look at problems differently. that they can be all they want to be. Whereas men seem to look into the rami- For more info go to : taichi4modesto. fications of a problem in the more  distant com or call (209) 572-4518

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April 4th 10am-4pm MJC West Campus, Science Community Center Get in touch with the various animals, reptiles and plants that live in Stanislaus County. Learn about our rivers and dams, our local insects and play with the interactive periodic table. Don’t forget to take a tour of our solar system in the Planetarium!

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BARGAIN Words and Photos by Monica Barber Let the fools be plenty and the hearts merry, as the Spring cheers on through. It’s an unusually warm afternoon as I’m watching ants marching in the sun and I think about the end of the month stomping into April. Ms. M often wonders if people notice the foolishness of the insects and animals as the ants toiling away indicates the emergence of a rainstorm soon to arrive. While the month of April might be known for its foolishness and rain you shouldn’t let it be remembered for dampening your fun or making a fool of your finances. Enjoy and experience a few events and places around Modesto on a practical budget. The first week of the month welcomes back the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market. Fresh is the word when you pick up your produce and wares. The Market is a long honored tradition and has been open every Thursday and Saturday Mornings for over 30 years! Don’t miss out on opening day Thursday April 2nd and make sure you head out  on April 4th  for the Easter Egg Hunt.  Every Thursday &  Saturday 7 am-1 pm.  Alright baseball fans the season is officially starting in town! Ready yourself for the Modesto Nuts Home Opener  on April 16th  at John Thurman Field. Game starts  at 7:05pm  and the timer is running out for you to pick up your tickets. Phone orders and in person orders are welcomed. Tickets $6-13. Call  209-572-4487  or Online for info: jsp?sid=t51  Celebrate the Earth with the 26th Annual Earth Day in the Park! Become a recycling hero  from 10am to 5pm on April 18th  at Graceda Park. There will be opportunities to gather educational information on environmental issues combined with fun for

the entire family. Don’t miss this event that includes music, entertainment, arts & crafts with an assortment of great food vendors. There is an Art Contest for ages K-12 with entries to be submitted on 4/19. Download instructions online: For information on this event call  (209) 577-5495 The life of an artist is a grand excursion into passion. If you’ve often wondered how an artist lives and finds inspiration then wonder no more.  Stanislaus County’s 5th  Annual Open Artist Studio gives you the opportunity to tour and view some of the most breathtaking artwork from the finest in Modesto Area art scene in their studio spaces. The Artists Open Studios will be  Saturday April 25  &  Sunday April 26.  AOS Tour booklets are available at local galleries and the Modesto Convention & Visitor’s Center for $10. More info:  http://                    Take note of the world around you as you enjoy April’s foolish fun & remember to maintain your wallet.  xo, m.

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CALENDAR Rene’ Jenkins Ancient sounds and vibrations will be featured on Friday, April 10. Rene’ Jenkins will play a variety of ancestral wind instruments in collaboration with three other accomplished musicians to create an evening of uplifting music full of tribal rhythms and a sense of sacred community spirit. “Weya” will be played, as well as some grooves unique to this particular evening. Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Avenue at 7:30. Admission will be $25 at the door, or advance $20 tickets are available tickets on-line at event/1332207.



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April 1 April Fools Day A Birding Double Feature Creole Jazz Kings Everyday Happy Hour Fly Fishing Film Tour GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Happy Hour Jive Turkeys (Live Music) Karaoke Night Knit and Crochet Class “Rainforests and Ecosystem Survival” Neil Buettner (Live Music) Open Mic Night Phonosynthesis Electronic Concert Pool & Dart Tournaments Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Shadow Chase Group Walk Speakeasy Open Mic Nights Successful Business Women Lunch Sweat Senior Fitness The Road Within The Shawshank Redemption Verona Happy Hour WCPL Poker Night Western Wednesdays with DJ Gulley Wine Down Wednesday Wine Down Wednesdays Young at Heart Exercise April 2 Casanovas Nightclub David Dow and friends jam session Everyday Happy Hour GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Happy Hour Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Night MJC Film Presentation “Fed Up” Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Oakdale Museum & History Center Pool & Dart Tournaments Preschool Story Time Spanish Preschool Storytime Succesful Women of Modesto Mixer Sweat Senior Fitness Turlock Sunshine Strummers Verona Happy Hour Young at Heart Exercise April 3 Battered Beaver Live DJs BUNNYCON 2015 DJ Otto & Guests Everyday Happy Hour GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Good Luck Thriftstore Outfit (Band) Happy Hour Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Karaoke Night Larry Stewart Live MJC Telescope Night Neil Buettner (Live music) Patty Castillo Davis (Music) Pool & Dart Tournaments Sweat Senior Fitness Teens Rockin’ Jump The Nines

The Weekend Dance Party Verona Happy Hour VFW Hamburger Night Young at Heart Exercise April 4 B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Battered Beaver DJ Awal Bilingual Preschool Storytime Easter Egg hunt Easter Family Fun Day Everyday Happy Hour Funworks Eggstravaganza Gordon Kennedy Music Center Presents Great Valley Museum Grand Opening Happy Hour Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Night Masters of Soul Meditation with Susie Mizz Monique’s Dragalicious Show MJC’s 19th Annual Plant Sale Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Oakdale Museum & History Center Odalay Caro Duo Live Old School Saturdays Pool & Dart Tournaments Rick Barnes Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride Shadow Chase Group Run Shadowchase Group Walk Sweat Senior Fitness The Weekend Dance Party Triple D Verona Happy Hour April 5 Crocodiles Nightclub Acoustic Live Music Barkin Dog Grill Dragalicious Show ClimaX Bar and Nightclub Easter State Theatre Easter Brunch White Hawk Lounge Everyday Happy Hour P Wexford’s Pub FOE Breakfast Rivets American Grill Happy Hour Runaround Sue’s House Music & Vibes MJC East Campus, Forum 110 Karaoke Downtown Modesto Karaoke Night 212 West F Street Open Jam Donoby’s Bar & Grill Pool & Dart Tournaments Hughson Library Queen Bean Open Mic Night Modesto Library ShadowChase Group Run Ceres Community Center, Ceres Shadowchase Group Walk 1911 Toyon Ave, Modesto Sierra Railroad Easter TrainRide Carnegie Arts Center Turlock Sunday Afternoon A Ride Verona Cucina Italiana Sunday Afternoon B/C Ride Healthy Aging Association Sweat Senior Fitness Verona Happy Hour Battered Beaver Oakdale VFW Breakfast Firkin & Fox + more April 6 Urbano, H St Modesto Alex Lucero ClimaX Bar and Nightclub Blue Monday with Eric Bensen State Theatre Dance Exercise Class 501 Bitritto Way, Modesto Josh Rosenblum White Hawk Lounge Karaoke Night @ Rivet’s Rivets American Grill Overreaters Anonymous Runaround Sue’s Preschool Story Time Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto Tango Dance Club MJC Science Community Center WCPL Poker Night Redwood Cafe, 4342 Dale Rd, Modesto Wiggle Worms Tresetti’s World Caffe, Modesto Wiggle Worms Donoby’s Bar & Grill April 7 1911 Toyon Ave, Modesto Crazy 8’s Math Club Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Forever Young Dance Club P Wexford’s Pub Your shoe is untied… State Theatre Shooter’s Pub & Grill ClimaX Bar and Nightclub State Theatre State Theatre White Hawk Lounge Rivets American Grill Runaround Sue’s Waterford Library Science Community Center P Wexford’s Pub Cow Track MJC Recital Hall, Modesto Donoby’s Bar & Grill Empire Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Newman Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank MJC Track Speakeasy Lounge Clarion Inn Hotel 1911 Toyon Ave, Modesto State Theatre State Theatre Verona Cucina Italiana Battered Beaver Oakdale The Boardroom Redwood Café, Modesto Galletto Ristorante Healthy Aging Association

Crocodiles Nightclub Verona Cucina Italiana VFW Hall Modesto Healthy Aging Association Oakdale Bicycle Shop Battered Beaver Oakdale Modesto Library Modesto Farmers Market 16 & H Modesto Church Of God ClimaX Bar and Nightclub Funworks 3407 Coffee Rd Modesto Barkin Dog Grill MJC Science Community Center White Hawk Lounge Rivets American Grill Runaround Sue’s Gallo Center for the Arts Intrinsic Elements Modesto Climax Bar, Modesto MJC East Campus Downtown Modesto 212 West F Street Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto Shooter’s Pub & Grill Donoby’s Bar & Grill P Wexford’s Pub Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bike Shop East La Loma Park East La Loma Park 1911 Toyon Ave, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Nino’s Bar, Modesto Verona Cucina Italiana Deva Cafe Climax Bar Around the World 819 Sunset Avenue ClimaX Bar and Nightclub Eagles Hall Modesto White Hawk Lounge The Boardroom Speakeasy Lounge Runaround Sue’s Mountain House Bar Donoby’s Bar & Grill Queen Bean Cafe East La Loma Park East La Loma Park Oakdale 1700 McHenry Ave Modesto 3020 Floyd Ave Modesto 1911 Toyon Ave, Modesto Verona Cucina Italiana VFW Hall Modesto

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Have fun and be Safe! • Please Designate a Driver Funstrummers Ukulele Play Along Golden Valley Chorus Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Karaoke Night Karaoke Tuesday Karaoke with DJ Andrew Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime ShadowChase Group Walk ShadowChase-Track Workout Toastmaster Supper Club Turlock Seniors Dance Wiggle Worms April 8 Creole Jazz Kings Jive Turkeys (Live Music) Karaoke Night Knit and Crochet Class MJC Science Colloquium Neil Buettner (Live Music) Open Mic Night Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Roberto Tapia Shadow Chase Group Walk Speakeasy Open Mic Nights Stanislaus County Coin Club Toastmasters Daybreak Toy Story Western Wednesdays with DJ Gulley Wine Down Wednesday Wine Down Wednesdays April 9 Buddy Guy Casanovas Nightclub Connecting for Good Conference David Dow and friends jam session Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Night Live Music & Paul’s Rustic Pizza Truck Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Oakdale Museum & History Center Preschool Story Time Spanish Preschool Storytime The Jazzy Blue Revue (Live Music) Tim Allen Turlock Sunshine Strummers April 10 Ancient Sounds & Vibrations Battered Beaver Live DJs Camp Jack Hazard Benefit DJ Otto & Guests Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Hughson Senior Dance & Potluck Ipso Facto (Live Music) Josh Rosenblum band Karaoke Night Latin Piano & Vocals MJC 38th Annual New Music Concert MJC Science Program MODESTO UNPLUGGED 2015 MUMFest

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Patty Castillo Davis (Music) Teens Rockin’ Jump The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour The Weekend Dance Party VFW Hamburger Night April 11 35th annual Tropical Plant Society Anjelah Johnson Artist Open Studio B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Bark for Life Battered Beaver DJ Awal Bilingual Preschool Storytime Couponing Class Salida Library Creative Exploration Jeff Jardine at McHenry Museum Johnny & Kelly Karaoke Night Larry Stewart Live MC Yogi w/Sol Rising Mizz Monique’s Dragalicious Show MJC International “Brazil’s Carnaval” Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market MODESTO UNPLUGGED 2015 Oakdale Museum & History Center Oakdale Parade, Rodeo & Dance Old School Saturdays Rockin’ Saturdays Run for Health 1-mile, 5K & 10K Saturday Easy D Ride Spiritual & Holistic Expo Stand up to Cancer Comedy Night Strike Out Suicide bowling event The Weekend Dance Party Tim Allen Tom Petty Tribute Show Tongue & Groove Turlock Uke Jamz Yoga Workshop April 12 35th annual Tropical Plant Society Acoustic Live Music Ballet folklorico Camellia Society Meeting FOE Breakfast House Music & Vibes Karaoke Night Manteca Senior Dance MODESTO UNPLUGGED 2015 Oakdale Rodeo Queen Bean Open Mic Night USA Dance Ballroom Dacing VFW Breakfast April 13 Alex Lucero Blue Monday with Eric Bensen Dance Exercise Class Josh Rosenblum Karaoke Night @ Rivet’s Overreaters Anonymous Preschool Story Time Wiggle Worms April 14 Crazy 8’s Math Club Creative Freedom Forever Young Dance Club Funstrummers Ukulele Play Along Golden Valley Chorus Jam at Queen Bean Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Josh Rosenblum Karaoke Night


Tresetti’s World Caffe, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto State Theatre Crocodiles Nightclub VFW Hall Modesto 1931 Kiernan Ave, Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts 4825 Stoddard Road Oakdale Bicycle Shop PetSmart, McHenry, Modesto Battered Beaver Oakdale Modesto Library Salida Library, Salida 2301 Woodland Ave McHenry Museum, Modesto P Wexford’s Pub Runaround Sue’s Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts Climax Bar, Modesto Emanuel Lutheran Church Downtown Modesto Prospect Theater Project 212 West F Street Downtown Oakdale Shooter’s Pub & Grill Rockin’ Jump, Modesto East La Loma Park Oakdale Bike Shop Turlock Fairgrounds Fat Cat Music House And Lounge McHenry Bowl, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Dwez Wine bar, Modesto State Theatre Rivets American Grill Carnegie Arts Center Turlock Gallo Center for the Arts 1931 Kiernan Ave, Modesto Deva Cafe Gallo Center for the Arts One Church Scenic Drive Modesto Eagles Hall Modesto The Boardroom Runaround Sue’s 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca Prospect Theater Project Oakdale Fairgrounds Oakdale Queen Bean Cafe Odd Fellows Hall Hughson VFW Hall Modesto

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Karaoke with DJ Andrew Poetry reading with Gillian Wegener Poetry Reading by Gillian Wegener Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Toastmaster Supper Club Turlock Seniors Dance Wiggle Worms April 15 Creative Freedom Creole Jazz Kings Jive Turkeys (Live Music) Karaoke Night Knit and Crochet Class MJC Science Colloquium Neil Buettner (Live Music) Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Successful Business Women Lunch Western Wednesdays with DJ Gulley Wig Out Wednesdays with Nina West Wine Down Wednesday April 16 David Dow and friends jam session Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Night Mat Shepard is a Friend of Mine MJC Film Presentation “DamNation” Modesto Art Walk Music Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Modesto Nuts Home Opener Oakdale Museum & History Center Opening Night Modesto Nuts Preschool Story Time SLaM on RyE Poetry Slam Spanish Preschool Storytime Third Thursday Art Walk Tim Allen Turlock Sunshine Strummers Vintage Faire Mall Kids Club April 17 Artist Open Studio Backyard Bookworms Bar Code Jazz trio Battered Beaver Live DJs Crime Stoppers Cuisine 2015 Dino Light DJ Otto & Guests Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Highway 99 Band Irish Cultural Society Joe Baretta Live Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Karaoke Night Modesto Nuts Home Game Neil Buettner (Live music) Patty Castillo Davis (Music) Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Teens Rockin’ Jump The Weekend Dance Party VFW Hamburger Night

April 18 Artist Open Studio B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Tiki Lounge Modesto Battered Beaver DJ Awal Barkin Dog Grill Bilingual Preschool Storytime Barkin Dog Grill Boyz Nite Out Concert Ceres Library Boyz Nite Out Concert Anniversary Denair Library Dry Creek Trail Love Modesto Clean Up Keyes Library Earth Day in the Park Festival Keyes Library Fundraiser “Welcome to Cafe De Paris” Keyes Library Highway 99 Band Modesto Library John King & Robert Montgomery Oakdale Library Johnny & Kelly Denny’s 1525 McHenry Modesto Karaoke Night 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Larry Stewart Live Modesto Library Love Modesto Mizz Monique’s Dragalicious Show Gallo Center for the Arts Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Shooter’s Pub & Grill Modesto Garden Club Spring Garden Rivets American Grill Modesto Nuts Home Game Runaround Sue’s Oakdale Museum & History Center Waterford Library Old School Saturdays Science Community Center Rockin’ Saturdays P Wexford’s Pub Saturday Easy D Ride Empire Library Slosh Ball Keyes Library Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Keyes Library Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Newman Library The Weekend Dance Party Modesto Library Tony and the Tough Times Oakdale Library True Grit 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Variety Valley Talent Showcase Clarion Inn Hotel Walk MS Modesto 2015 The Boardroom April 19 Tiki Lounge Modesto Acoustic Live Music Redwood Café, Modesto FOE Breakfast House Music & Vibes Barkin Dog Grill Jam Session / RENT Party P Wexford’s Pub Karaoke Night Rivets American Grill Modesto Nuts Home Game Runaround Sue’s Queen Bean Open Mic Night State Theatre Stanislaus Humanist’s Coffee Klatch MJC East Campus, Forum 110 The Way We Were Barkin Dog Grill VFW Breakfast Downtown Modesto April 20 John Thurman Field Dance Exercise Class 212 West F Street Karaoke Night @ Rivet’s John Thurman Field, Neece Dr, Modesto Modesto Nuts Home Game Hughson Library Overreaters Anonymous Prospect Theater, Modesto Preschool Story Time Modesto Library Wiggle Worms Downtown Modesto April 21 Vintage Lounge Turlock Caregiver Coffee Break Carnegie Arts Center Turlock Crazy 8’s Math Club Vintage Faire Mall Forever Young Dance Club Funstrummers Ukulele Play Along Gallo Center for the Arts Golden Valley Chorus Great Valley Museum Jam at Queen Bean Barkin Dog Grill Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Battered Beaver Oakdale Karaoke Night Seasons, Modesto Karaoke with DJ Andrew Gallo Center for the Arts Lila Downs Urbano, H St Modesto Modesto Nuts Home Game MJC Science Community Center Preschool Story Time P Wexford’s Pub Preschool Story Time Denny’s 1525 McHenry Modesto Preschool Story Time Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto Preschool Story Time Rivets American Grill Preschool Story Time Runaround Sue’s Preschool Story Time John Thurman Field, Modesto Preschool Storytime Redwood Cafe, 4342 Dale Rd, Modesto Toastmaster Supper Club Tresetti’s World Caffe, Modesto Turlock Seniors Dance Gallo Center for the Arts Wiggle Worms Gallo Center for the Arts April 22 Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Creole Jazz Kings Crocodiles Nightclub Happy Birthday Sharyn & Chris! VFW Hall Modesto

Gallo Center for the Arts Oakdale Bicycle Shop Battered Beaver Oakdale Modesto Library State Theatre State Theatre Dry Creek Trail, Modesto Graceada Park Charity Ballroom, Modesto Rivets American Grill Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto P Wexford’s Pub Runaround Sue’s Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto Downtown Modesto 10th&I Climax Bar, Modesto Downtown Modesto Various locations John Thurman Field, Modesto 212 West F Street Shooter’s Pub & Grill Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bike Shop Enslen Park Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts Gallo Center for the Arts Crocodiles Nightclub Barkin Dog Grill State Theatre Mariachis Restaurant Turlock Downey Park, Modesto Deva Cafe Eagles Hall Modesto The Boardroom Shooter’s Pub & Grill Runaround Sue’s John Thurman Field, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe Queen Bean Cafe State Theatre VFW Hall Modesto Salida Library Rivets American Grill John Thurman Field, Modesto Sutter Gould Office, McHenry Village Keyes Library Modesto Library Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto Oakdale Library Modesto Senior Center Trinity Presbyterian Church Mancini Hall Modesto Queen Bean Cafe Rivets American Grill Runaround Sue’s Tiki Lounge Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts John Thurman Field, Modesto Ceres Library Denair Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library Denny’s 1525 McHenry Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Modesto Library Shooter’s Pub & Grill Modesto

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JBOOG Jive Turkeys (Live Music) Karaoke Night Knit and Crochet Class Modesto Nuts Home Game Neil Buettner (Live Music) Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Storytime Preschool Storytime Riverbank Golden Ages Stanislaus County Coin Club Western Wednesdays with DJ Gulley Wine Down Wednesday April 23 Annual “Fun” Raiser SCOE/CSUS/MJC Call Box David Dow and friends jam session Downtown Brown (Live music) Johnny & Kelly Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Night Mary Poppins Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Oakdale Museum & History Center Preschool Story Time Spanish Preschool Storytime Tim Allen Turlock Sunshine Strummers April 24 Andrew Rosenblum Animal Talk kids program Arbor Day Celebration Battered Beaver Live DJs DJ Otto & Guests Faith Healer by Brian Friel Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Johnny & Kelly Josh Rosenblum band Karaoke Night Mary Poppins Neil Buettner (Live music) Patty Castillo Davis (Music) Relay For Life Modesto High School Stanislaus Humanists Karaoke Night Strange Brew Teens Rockin’ Jump The Weekend Dance Party Thrashocalypse 2015 #2 Valley Jazz Company with Dan Moss VFW Hamburger Night April 25 2nd Tradition Funk Band Aircraft Display Artist Open Studio B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Battered Beaver DJ Awal Bilingual Preschool Storytime Faith Healer by Brian Friel Karaoke Night Los Tucanes de Tijuana March for Babies Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Mizz Monique’s Dragalicious Show Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Oakdale Museum & History Center Old School Saturdays Rick Barnes Fundraiser for Team Kristy Strong Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride The Nines

Fat Cat Music House And Lounge Rivets American Grill Runaround Sue’s Waterford Library John Thurman Field, Modesto P Wexford’s Pub Empire Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Newman Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Denny’s 1525 McHenry Modesto The Boardroom Redwood Café, Modesto

The Roarin’ Twenties The Weekend Dance Party Tim Allen April 26 Acoustic Live Music Faith Healer by Brian Friel Fancy Nancy Fancy Nancy the Musical FOE Breakfast Happy Birthday Chris & Angelina House Music & Vibes Hughson Senior Dance & Potluck Karaoke Night Manteca Senior Dance State Theatre Queen Bean Open Mic Night Deva Cafe Stanislaus Humanists Brunch Barkin Dog Grill VFW Breakfast Deva Cafe Dance Exercise Class Rivets American Grill Karaoke Night @ Rivet’s P Wexford’s Pub Overreaters Anonymous Runaround Sue’s Preschool Story Time Gallo Center for the Arts Wiggle Worms Downtown Modesto Wiggle Worms 212 West F Street April 28 Hughson Library Crazy 8’s Math Club Modesto Library Forever Young Dance Club Vintage Lounge Turlock Funstrummers Ukulele Play Along Carnegie Arts Center Turlock Golden Valley Chorus Jam at Queen Bean Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto Johnny & Kelly (Live Music) Great Valley Museum Karaoke Night Muni Golf Course Karaoke with DJ Andrew Battered Beaver Oakdale Paddle to the Sea Info mtg Urbano, H St Modesto Preschool Story Time Prospect Theatre Project Preschool Story Time MJC Science Community Center Preschool Story Time P Wexford’s Pub Preschool Story Time Rivets American Grill Preschool Story Time Runaround Sue’s Preschool Story Time Gallo Center for the Arts Preschool Storytime Redwood Cafe, 4342 Dale Rd, Modesto Shakespeare Under the Stars Tresetti’s World Caffe, Modesto Toastmaster Supper Club Modesto High, 18 H St Turlock Seniors Dance Torii’s 2401 E. Orangeburg Modesto Wiggle Worms Bookie’s Modesto April 29 Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Creole Jazz Kings Crocodiles Nightclub Jive Turkeys (Live Music) The Other Place, Modesto Karaoke Night Barkin Dog Grill Knit and Crochet Class VFW Hall Modesto Neil Buettner (Live Music) Preschool Story Time Barkin Dog Grill Preschool Story Time Turlock Airport Preschool Story Time Various Locations Preschool Story Time Oakdale Bicycle Shop Preschool Storytime Battered Beaver Oakdale Preschool Storytime Modesto Library Riverbank Golden Ages Prospect Theatre Project Shakespeare Under the Stars Runaround Sue’s Western Wednesdays with DJ Gulley Gallo Center for the Arts Wine Down Wednesday Graceada Park April 30 Gallo Center for the Arts Blue Line Gallo Center for the Arts David Dow and friends jam session Climax Bar, Modesto Josh Rosenblum Band Downtown Modesto Karaoke Night 212 West F Street Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market Shooter’s Pub & Grill Oakdale Museum & History Center Rivets American Grill Preschool Story Time Queen Bean Cafe Shakespeare Under the Stars Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Spanish Preschool Storytime Oakdale Bike Shop Turlock Sunshine Strummers P Wexford’s Pub

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CALENDAR State Theatre Crocodiles Nightclub Dewz Wine Bar, Modesto Deva Cafe Prospect Theatre Project Gallo Center for the Arts Gallo Center for the Arts Eagles Hall Modesto Modesto The Boardroom 2307 Fourth St, Hughson Runaround Sue’s 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca Queen Bean Cafe Panera Bread, Turlock VFW Hall Modesto Salida Library Rivets American Grill Sutter Gould Office, McHenry Village Keyes Library Modesto Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library Modesto Senior Center Trinity Presbyterian Church Mancini Hall Modesto Queen Bean Cafe Rivets American Grill Runaround Sue’s Tiki Lounge Modesto Jaunt Adventure Gear, Modesto Ceres Library Denair Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library CSUS, Turlock Denny’s 1525 McHenry Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Modesto Library Shooter’s Pub & Grill Rivets American Grill Runaround Sue’s Waterford Library P Wexford’s Pub Empire Library Keyes Library Keyes Library Newman Library Modesto Library Oakdale Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank CSUS, Turlock The Boardroom Redwood Café, Modesto Rivets American Grill Barkin Dog Grill P Wexford’s Pub Runaround Sue’s Downtown Modesto 212 West F Street Hughson Library CSUS, Turlock Modesto Library Carnegie Arts Center Turlock

MJC’s 19th Annual Plant Sale Saturday, April 4th 8am – 4pm

The Modesto Junior College Environmental Horticulture Department will hold their 19th Annual Plant Sale featuring Lobelias, Marigolds, Impatiens, tomatoes, peppers, and the usual assortment of shrubs, trees and houseplants. Those arriving early will be served free coffee and refreshments. The MJC nursery and greenhouses are located on East Campus behind the Agriculture Department on Coldwell Avenue.

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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.


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!

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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... Affordable Cab 209-753-8005 Touch of Class Cab  209-575-0609 Cash Cab 209-740-1390 Checker Cab: 888-487-5411 City Cab  209-818-4144 DeSoto Cab: 209-577-8888 Edith’s Cab: 402-0377 Lucky 7 Cab: 209-985-8533  209-877-7676 Metro Cab: 209-533-3333 Modesto Cab Company:  209-521-7320 Quality Cab: 209-552-9898 Red Top Taxi Cab:   209-524-4741 Taxi Taxi Cab:  209-756-1035 Town Cab:  209-404-2727 United Cab:  209-888-8888 Urban Taxi Cab:  209-351-0222 Yellow Cab of Modesto: 209-524-8294 Oakdale Taxi:  209-869-5552 Uber Personal Car Service: Download the Uber app

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Locally Owned 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.



Farmer’s Market Returns!

16th Street between I St & H St. Farmer’s Market is back for the 36th season starting Thursday, April 2nd. Buy local, buy fresh! Every Thursday and Saturday from 7am – 1pm. Come opening Saturday for an Easter Egg Hunt and have the kiddos take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Earth Day Graceada Park,

Modesto Saturday, April 18th, 10am-4pm This festival offers fun for the whole family with music, a petting zoo, special entertainment, arts & crafts, and great food! Not to mention lots of education on environmental issues & free e-waste or hazardous waste removal. Free paper shredding up to five boxes per family.


An annual weekend celebration of folk, Americana, bluegrass and all things acoustic, held in the heart of downtown Modesto, CA. MUMfest returns April 2015! We are looking forward to working with Modesto’s own BluesBox Bayou Band at this year’s MUMfest! We’ve featured many different acoustic genres, but never zydeco music before. These players might just turn the closing set of the Festival into an all-out Cajun dance party. Catch them on Sunday afternoon 4/12 at Center Stage Conservatory’s Lower Level Studio!

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Memorial Medical Center and the Modesto Nuts present

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Gates open at 6:05 p.m. | Game time 7:05 p.m. | John Thurman Field The team will sport pink jerseys in honor of the event. Fans can bid on autographed jerseys during the game. Proceeds will benefit Memorial Medical Center Cancer Services programs.

You can purchase tickets at, visit the stadium box office weekdays or call (209) 572-HITS (4487)


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