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December 22 – Brian Setzer Rockin Christmas – Gallo Center December 3 – Modesto Holiday Parade and Rockin Holiday Opening - 10th St Plaza December 9 - Floradora – A Fugazi Film and Concert - The Portal December 16 - Blue Christmas Concert – With Slingshot, Big Earl, Jeramy Norris – The Portal December 10 - Ill List Poetry Slam– State Theatre December 9,10,11, 16, 17, 18 - Central West Ballet Nutcracker – Gallo Center December 16, 17, 28 – The Night Before Christmas – Strut Dance – State Theatre December 21-24 – Family Christmas Movie Week - State Theatre December 10 – Billy Gardell Comedy Live - Turlock Community Theatre December 21 – Dave Koz Christmas – Gallo Center To get details and up to date information on these Top 10 events, please check out the following places and follow us on Twitter so you are always up to speed: Modestoview.com • Facebook.com modestoview • Twitter.com/modestoview • Instagram #ModestoView • Radio 1360 KFIV AM
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Don’t you love it when it gets cold and grey, maybe sunny and cold or just plain chilly. There is something magical about the Thanksgiving weekend, where something is in the air makes it seem to start feeling like the holidays. Maybe it is the family, or the friendships, or seeing everyone at ModShop and tasting your first Irish Coffee in a downtown café, or the giving spirit but there truly something special that happens as we start December that wraps us up in a warm blanket as the leaves fall. Usually, we take a look back in December, but this month we stay focused on what’s happening now. Man it is exciting. So many changes a foot. As you know, I like downtown a lot. ModestoView has been a champion for downtown for nearly 20 years. Why? Because a truly good city has an awesome downtown and we
won’t rest until we get there. There are things happening. Rockin’ Holiday is here. We have a Downtown Modesto Partnership that was created solely to make downtown better. We have a new Visit Modesto effort that needs guidance and focus from those of us that can lead the way to what makes Modesto tick and showcase what Modesto really can be. There are new efforts to light up the streets and sidewalks, there are more classic art murals, and the downtown restaurants have been busting it hard to create an experience for both new residents and our regulars. The 3rd Annual ModShop was bigger than ever and our streets and stores were bustling with action, music, sights and sounds. What do we want for the holiday season? Let’s keep it going, let’s spread the word, let’s all go to the shows, and try a new place to eat and take part in Rockin’ Holiday and go ice skating at Modesto on Ice and stay around afterwards for an Apres Skate experience, and yeah we hit a high note this month when Brian Setzer brings his Rockin’ Christmas Orchestra to Modesto USA, the birthplace of Rockabilly. Oh yeah, we have a Star Wars Premier on December 15, and yes, we are the #homeofstarwars and #homeofgeorgelucas. So in summary, the gift we all need to give ourselves is the “Gift of Civic Pride”. It is free, and is available everywhere,
give it to yourselves and everybody else you know. You don’t even need gift wrap. The Murphy family is finally getting close to actually occupying most of our new house this month and that will make our holiday season a little more functional and fun. For many, this is not the case and the holidays are a tough time. My new route to work takes me by the Interfaith Ministry buildings and the Modesto Gospel Mission and it is a stark reminder that there is a little something that everyone can do. Our short time of transition is nothing compared to those who are truly in need. In this issue Maryann Spikes highlights the ways we can lend a hand. Whether it is socks for Rotary, or coats for IMF, or donating for the Christmas meals at Salvation Army, we can all do something. And there are good ways we can all make a difference. This is all part of the gift of civic pride, everyone needs some pride in their lives. This is how it all works Modesto. We celebrate the things that we are doing or have done that make our community better and we work hard to do the things that we can do to make our community better for the future. We are truly living local. ModestoView friends, you are the best, as just as you are holding this magazine in your hands, you have already chosen to make this a better place. So that is part of the gift we need to give each other. Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you, your friends and families. May you enjoy the season, whatever you celebrate. We are all one people and we all need each other. Chris Murphy Founder and Publisher of ModestoView firstname.lastname@example.org
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On the cover This magic December Cover features many of the special things about the holidays where we combine the traditions of the Central West Ballet’s Nutcracker, Rockin’ Holiday with Rockin’ Santa and our newest tradition Modesto On Ice. Our special ice princess is Albina Jacobs who was spinning on the Modesto On Ice Rink. Thanks to the magic of Rockin’ Santa and our photo illustrator Michael J Mangano, our December cover sparkles bright for the holiday season.
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Just like it is Graffiti Summer in Modesto all year long, it is May the 4th in Modesto all year long too. The Force will be especially strong December 15-17 in 10th St Plaza when the new Star Wars Rogue One premiers. It will be a great night in 10th St as Rockin’ Holiday will be in full force with live music and snow, and 501st Storm Troopers will be there as well as our other squadrons of Star Wars characters. You won’t want to miss this evening be first to see the movie. ModestoView will be doing a ticket contest the week before the event, so be watching our Facebook page Facebook. com/modestoview to get a chance to win. Use these hashtags #homeofstarwars #maythe4th #homeofgeorgelucas and of course #modestoview The Star Wars Rockin’ Holiday party with a special light show by Brian Friend / Laser voodoo starts at 6 and the Rogue One Premier festivities at 7 pm on December 15. Be there, with your droids as these are the ones we are looking for. We have rewritten the classic 12 days of Christmas as the 12 Days of Star Wars. We will be filming a video of this song on the evening of Dec 15 so be there if you want to get in on it. See you on December 15
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got a chance to walk the Art Walk map up K Street, with great plein air paintings featured at Carolyn Huff Gallery. This month she features Vern Fergel. Went up to see Phil Murillo’s art at Never Boring Design on 14th paired with Carrie Arnold inside. David Boring on guitar with drummer Dave Rogers on sidewalk. I worked my way down to the ever expanding artist line up at Still Smoking, and watched the laser cut art by Linda Knoll and her dad at Tinkertank. At Tresetti’s I met the artist, and art of Traci Bradford-Simonson. Beautiful Watercolors, reasonably priced. Map www.artwalkmodesto. com I’ve been remodeling my old garage into a full-time art studio. I do open studio days twice a month. December 10 and 17 noon to 6. Have some small works, to the big ones at home.
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Holiday shopping time. Support your local artists and downtown businesses by considering original art for gift giving, even to yourself. Mistlin Gallery features the members Home for the Holidays Show, and I have my own affordable art there in a bin of unframed original watercolors and printmaking back in the gift shop area, from $40 to $80. In the show are four of my framed Coffee Cats at $125. Mistlin features art jewelry and other items besides paintings, so check that off as one stop. Gallery commissions contribute to keeping the nonprofit open. Chartreuse Muse continues showing the work of Don Hall and Suzanne Staud, and other artists, and a place I go Christmas shopping for jewelry items, ceramics, and assorted items. For older stuff, check out Crow Trading. Other stops downtown open beyond Art Walk are Nicole Slater’s Artist Loft, Beads of Contentment, Intrinsic Elements and Carolyn Huff Gallery. Art on the walls at several of our
local restaurants including Deva, Preservation Coffee, Tokyo Express, Papachino’s and Barkin Dog feature art on the walls, available to purchase. Peer Recovery Art Project Gallery and Mod Stop also worth a look. December 15 is also the early deadline to enter the 2017 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, and submit art work for the Purchase Prize competition, where top juried works will be purchased for give away to patrons by raffle during the April 22 and 23 event. Final Deadline to enter is January 15. Entry forms available at many of the local galleries and art stops in Stanislaus County, including Mistlin Gallery, Chartreuse Muse, Carnegie Arts Center. Information email@example.com Up in North Modesto, Norman Ham’s Trewin Framery will feature Chella Gonsalves this month, with opening of the show and annual reception December 8. This is Chella’s 18th annual holiday show, and will be on display until January 6. Trewin Framery is located on 5170 Pentecost Drive, off Kiernan in the Shelton Flooring building. Art Walk this month is December 15th. On Art Walk I’ve been the featured artist over at Doubletree Hotel, with the talented Mattea Overstreet doing the music. This overlaps the after Art Walk Third Thursday Comedy show I set up with Jen Eros at Ralston’s Goat, I finally
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Here in sunny Central California, our winters are hardly rough. While some countries focus licious! If you love drink interpretations, Kimoto is a on Lagers this time of year, we tend to lean great place to try an inspired twist on a classic beloved more towards Ales as our winter beer, because recipe. For their barrel-aged “Manhattan East”, they temperatures are mild and replace the dry vermouth with a dry sake, and they perfect for brewing (or drinkgive a touch of sweetness with ginger. Owner Brandon ing!) ales. Dodge let us take part in making a recent batch. When we are looking for a good selection of ales with our food, we eat at Common1 ½ parts Do Good’s Nighthawk Whiskey wealth. Our last visit there ½ part Junmai Sake lead us on a delicious ale jour1 part Ginger liqueur ney, from light and luscious 1 or 2 dashes cocktail bitters to dark and decadent! While Orange peel pieces their taps change frequently, For a cocktail: stir, and serve. (Shaking this these were our favorites. Visit particular drinks agitates the flavors and will us on mdoestoview.com and tell us what your cloud the drink. For best flavor stir and serve, favorite ales are! and save the shaking for another drink!) We drank a flight and several pints to taste the For the barrel-aged recipe, pick up your Ale rainbow. small barrel at Do Good Distillery’s tasting Pale Ale room for $60. Add all ingredients into the A traditional pale ale would be made with two barrel and let it age 2 weeks. row malt and the hop Cascade. The most faMV: Why Barrel-Age this drink? mous would be Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, which BD: Barrel-aging is a current cocktail trend. Being a is not pictured because you can pretty much bartender for over 10 years, I’m always looking for get that anywhere. new things to try, and staying up on trends. Shrubs India Pale Ale are also popular right now, like rosemary or cloves. While not the biggest fan of hoppy brews, we Barrel-aging mellows the harshness of the cocktail. can certainly appreciate a hoppy beer when MV: How do you choose how long you age it? in the mood, and this article would not be BD: We decide based on the barrel. How big is it, how complete without a nod to the famous IPA. In many times has it been used, etc. We age 2-3 weeks, the nineteenth century, beers from the Bow depending on the drink. Brewery in England were exported to India, among them a pale ale which benefited excepYum! A perfect spin on a traditional beverage. tionally from the duration of the voyage due to Come try one today! high hop content preserving it over the months Kimoto it took to take the journey. This beer was the 1809 McHenry Ave Suite B first of a style of export ale that became known Modesto 209–579-969 as India Pale Ale or IPA. We chose the Modern Kimoto Sake and Sushi’s take on the Manhattan is de-
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Brown ales tend to be lightly hopped, and often have a mildly flavored nutty taste. English brown ales first appeared in the early1900s, and the style became popular with North Americans in the early 1980s. Try the Deschutes Jubel Ale or the Ninkasi Sleighr, both seasonal winter ales, if you couldn’t tell by the names! (And not a typo-they really are spelled like that.)
While the full range of ales are produced in Scotland, the term “Scotch Ale” is used internationally to denote a malty, strong ale, amber-todark red in color because this particular ale is usually barrel aged in Scotch Whiskey barrels. The malt may be slightly caramelized to impart toffee notes; generally, Scottish beers tend to be rather sweeter, darker and less hoppy than English ones. You can’t go wrong with a creamy, dreamy Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale, which they often serve on nitro. Honorable mentions, (also pictured too!) are The Bruery’s 9 Ladies Dancing, as well as the delicious Madonna and Child sour by The Lost Abbey, which is a lime and salt flavored ale, aged in tequila barrels. If you love sours, you’ll like this take, and if you’re new to sours, try it, because it’s a great lead-in. See you next time! Sip on, friends!
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PERFORMANCE A Time to Perform in December
COMMUNITY No Shortage Of Ways To Help…
By Kaye Osborn and ViewCrew Staff
The holidays are a busy time of the year! This month is the time for family gatherings, parties with friends and co-workers plus a time to reflect on our past and, hopefully, embrace the upcoming New Year. Take time to distress by attending a local production or musical performance! My husband and I like to kick-off the festivities by attending MSO Holiday Pops. There are many concerts happening all across our county. Whatever you celebrate, my wish to you is for health and happiness. Merry New Year! Here’s what is happening in our neck of the woods! Gallo Center for the Arts An Irish Christmas Dec. 2-4 Too Many Tamales: Fun for the whole family with sets made by Brian Swander Dec. 9-11 State Theater The Pack is Back: free community event Doors open at 1 PM, show at 2 PM Invitational Poetry Slam Dec. 10: Doors open at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30 PM McHenry Museum Dickens’ Faire for Children Sat., Dec. 3: free community event 9 AM- Noon McHenry Museum Modesto Junior College, Little Theater What do you get when you mix a drunkard father, a pill popping mother, and a family that is ripping apart at the seams? You get Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County. The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents the dark comedydrama August: Osage County on December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2
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p.m. in the Little Theatre of the Performing Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto. Center Stage Conservatory Dog’s Best Friend The saying goes “Man is dog’s best friend,” at least it does in this familyfriendly comedy. Hannah Monroe is a young girl without any friends, but the family’s 17-yearold border collie, Lucky. A wish made on her 15th birthday, causes Lucky to become a 17-year-old boy. Under the direction of playwright, Modesto born Sam “I Am” Mellor Performances run from Dec 8-18 beginning at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturdays. Sunday Dec 11 and 18 the show begins at 2pm and will include a talk back with the cast and creative team afterward. Tickets $15 general $10 students $5 child. (209) 846-0179, www. centerstagemodesto.comLower Level Suite Prospect Theater Project 39 Steps (loved the play) Dec.2- Dec. 4 I Stand Before You Naked: Play Reading Project Dec. 11: 2 PM
nothing, who gave one of his few pairs of socks to a bare-footed elderly woman so she could put on a pair of donated shoes. Those who have less sure do seem to give more, don’t they? It reminds me of one of the many things Mother Teresa said: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the one nearest you.” There is no shortage of ways to help… December 3: Chemo Crew Pancake Breakfast, 8-11am (www.chemocrew.com). Purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds benefit the Chemo Crew and the free resources they provide to local cancer patients. December 3: Artsy Folks Holiday Boutique – 10th annual Artsy Folks Holiday Boutique benefiting Interfaith Ministries Feed Modesto programs with art, handmade gifts, jewelry, books, children’s items, coffee and treats. To exhibit, (209) 572-3117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. December 6: Neighborhood Engagement Training (Focus on Prevention) 1020 Tenth St., Modesto, Alliance Kirk Lindsey Room, 6pm-7:30pm December 6: Faith Sector Homelessness Council (Focus on Prevention) 324 College Ave., Modesto, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 3pm-4:30pm December 9: The Stanislaus Senior Foundation Annual Holiday Fundraiser benefitting the most frail and elderly of the older adult population in our local community. At the McHenry Museum, 1402 I Street, Modesto, 5:30 pm 8:00 pm and will include hearty hors d¹oeuvres, select wines, and a one-of-a-kind silent auction. Tix $40.00 each and can be purchased online www.stanislausseniorfoundation.org or call (209) 848-2635. December 10: The Modesto Spirit of Giving 5K Run and Walk www.modestospiritofgiving. org gives back to the community! The City of
Modesto’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department’s Leisure Bucks program offers financial assistance to low-income children, seniors and individuals with disabilities and the Modesto Gospel Mission will benefit from a portion of the run/walk. Register for this race online. December 12 (deadline): Warm for the Winter Pajama & Coat Drive. Auto & Fleet Mechanic is partnering with Inter Faith Ministries, Modesto to make sure area children are warm this winter! Please consider donating new jackets or pajamas for children sizes 5-14. You can drop them off Monday – Friday, 7:30a-5:30p at the shop between now and December 12 5160 Pentecost, Suite C Modesto December 14: Film Night: Dogtown Redemption. In partnership with Journey for Justice, Merced, the Modesto Peace/Life Center will be showing Dogtown Redemption, a 2015 Amir Soltani film about homeless recyclable collectors who scrape by, doing the best they can everyday. Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 PM 720 13th St. Modesto. The event is free for everyone! Contact Joseph Homer at 209-681-3596 or email@example.com December 18 (deadline). 31st Annual Soroptimist Giving Tree at Vintage Faire - Come and share the Christmas Spirit at Vintage Faire Mall on the second level across from the Food Court. 2500 children on their Tree need your support. Volunteers at their Kiosk will help you check out a tag for one of their children. You can purchase gifts specifically for that child. Make a difference for a child on Christmas morning. December 20/21: The Salvation Army Berbarian shelter is also accepting donations of hats, scarves, gloves or socks for the “Not Forgotten” Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil on Dec 21st, the longest night of the year. The deadline for the warm cloth-
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Oh Sweeeet Christmas! by Dana Johnson
Dear Santa, I can explain!!! I didn’t invent that fine line that defines naughty and nice, right? Lol! When it comes to our sweet spots we all have a weak spot, or ten. 10 flavors that is, of decadent bundt cakes showed up in Modesto about 4 months ago at Nothing Bundt Cakes. This year upon my Christmas wish list you will find many of my personal favorite flavors in order as follows: Carrot, pecan praline, lemon, white chocolate raspberry, chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, marble, cinnamon swirl, pumpkin spice, and in December the featured flavor of the month is chocolate peppermint made with Ande’s candies. Ok, now that I have tapped into many of your “nice” taste senses, fathom their signature frosting made primarily of butter and cream cheese! Oh Santa Baby you are going to love it. Totally Dana~licious! These amazing cakes come in 4 sizes: 8”, 10”, bundtlet, and bundtinis. You can also buy them according to theme or occasion; or as a tower gift or a dessert spectacular to dazzle your guests. Modesto’s Nothing Bundt Cakes is a franchise owned by Sharon and Jim Toal, Modesto residents for 25+ years. Wendy Stuart, operating partner is a Ripon resident and a golf professional, as is Jim. Wendy was gracious to show me around the vast variety of specialty items sold in the store, told me about her fave flavor is the lemon, as it is so light & refreshing. She told me about the first wedding she did showcasing Nothing Bundt Cakes was for her own sister’s wedding! Aaaah very special. Wendy’s face lit up when she talked about
the store; “We are here to help you be more thoughtful, it’s a great way to enjoy the sweeter things in life.” I get it! As much as I’d love to receive a super moist, yes super moist bundt cake, I’d be grateful to receive a special gift from their store that can last a lifetime; from decorative to functional, adult & children’s aprons, dish towels, corkscrews, greeting cards, coffee mugs, & platters with unique glass “pop-ins” that represent the celebrated moment, so clever. They also have square and round prissy plates that when you simply change the ribbon, it changes the entire look. Love that! Stop by and see so much more. So, I can hear it already, “Dana! You’re late!!!” Well, I said I’d be there in 5 minutes, I don’t know why you are calling me every half hour. Another reason to love Nothing Bundt
Cakes, one stop shop; pick up an apology gift, tasty cake, and a pre-packed set of plates, forks, and cake cutter ready to roll out when you showed up a lil’ late, again. Works like a charm! **Join the free b’day cake (bundtlet!) club online or in-store. The store is welcomed by Modesto as they have 18 employees and Jim sits on the board for CASA and donates to the charity that benefits children. Modesto View signature question, Beatles or Stones? Wendy; I’m a Beatles girl, but she questions if she’s half ‘n half? Hmmm she looks like a total Stones’ chick, like me! (Chris’ note: 60% Beatles/40% Stones)
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The election’s over and we need laughs now more than ever. Some of our local comedians are really busting people’s guts with crazy funny comedy. Enjoy MAMA Winners, Comedy Contest winners and some newcomers at these great shows. Make sure you take time to laugh this holiday season. It is good for your soul. Stand Up for Charity Don’t miss the two-year Anniversary of Stand Up For Charity Comedy show Friday December 9th at the Queen Bean Coffeehouse in Modesto! Musical performance by Jordan Waters at 7PM with comedy at 7:30. FREE ENTRY, but donations are accepted and go to the Salvation Army of Modesto. Laugh it up to these comedians: Featuring: Jason Sohm
by Chris Murphy Headlining : Saul Trujillo (Sacramento Punchline) Hosted by A.J. DeMello with Marcus Peverill, David Stolowitz, Kenneth Campbell, Rhoda Ramone, Jason Anderson Just Kidding at the Goat The corner of 10th and J is the place to laugh on December 15th at Ralston’s Goat, Third Thursday Comedy Night, “Just Kidding” comedy showcase, with host Jen Eros. Show starts 9 pm. 1001 Tenth Street, Modesto Anthony K Live! 10th St is the place for the most laughs in Modesto with Anthony K at the Cheroot Lounge Dec 6 7 pm No Cover. Anthony K will also be helping you laugh into 2017 along with Comedian Chris Teicheira at the Prospect Theatre. There will be 2 hilarious shows. Get info and tix at www.prospecttheaterproject.org Comedians- Make sure you send your gigs to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included here.
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COUNTRY Shane Minor By D.J. Walker – Kat Country 103 Country music performers usually spend the
early part of their career playing bars and various other gigs hopefully making it to the next level of becoming a national recording artist in Nashville. But those Big Stars wouldn’t be where they were if it wasn’t for one thing. The song. It’s the song that makes or breaks the artist. And the craft of creating the right combination of lyric to melody is an art unto itself. One of those craftsmen is Shane Minor. Shane grew up in Modesto. He went to Rose Avenue Elementary and graduated Modesto High School. While he was listening to his favorite California Country Singers, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam, he was also writing his own lyrics and creating his own stories. Eventually it was legendary producer Dan Huff who heard his talent and Shane was signed to Mercury Records Nashville. “At the time, it wasn’t easy to convince Nashville that someone from California could sing country music.” Says Shane. “ ‘ What does a California boy know about country music? ’, they’d say. I’d tell them there is more agriculture and cowboys where I’m from than Palm trees and beaches!” But, eventually all things come
to an end, and becoming a country artist wasn’t meant to be for Shane. It was always songwriting that was closest to his heart and what Minor happily returned to. “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio was the big breakout song for Shane as a writer. “Originally Faith Hill was going to cut the song, “, recalls
Shane, “but she passed on it and Diamond Rio recorded it.” Good thing, because It quickly became Minor’s first #1. Since then, he’s penned several #1 songs for singers that include, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Cole Swindell, Steve Holy and Chris Young just to name a few. And the hits keep coming! He has several cuts on recent albums from Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Drake White.
I can only imagine that when Shane co-wrote Craig Morgan’s #1 song “International Harvester” he was thinking about the country back roads of Modesto. “I’m a God fearing hardworking combine driver, Hogging up the road on my plower, Chug-a-lug-a-lugin 5 miles an hour, On my International Harvester.” Yup. We’ve all be behind that tractor on that ‘State Paved Road.’ “I can keep writing until I’m 75 if I want to!” Says Shane. “Every now and then I see Whispering Bill Anderson in the office. I said, ‘ What you doing Bill?’ , ‘Still at it baby! ’, he said! That’s the beautiful thing about songwriting.” It’s all about the song. Singers can deliver a great performance, but it’s the lyrics and the melody that have to resonate with us for us to fall in love with the song and want to sing it over and over again. Shane has a knack for finding the right combination of words and music to keep the hits flowing. So the next time you’re driving in Modesto past the acres of nut trees and breaking for the slowing moving tractors, listening to your favorite country song - chances are it was influenced and crafted by the memories of those same orchards and dairies that raised that Northern California country boy turned Nashville songwriter.
METAL by Eve Oberlander The Modesto Metal scene has seen its ups and downs this year. With mostly ups we have experienced some downs; with the passing of 17TEN’s Joe Young, we all lost a part of our lives. We have respect and love for you and your families, Joe. We will see you on the other side. 17TEN continues to strive with their band, playing shows, opening for nationals and writing new music. They have opened for The Mentors this year along with Doyle from the Misfits, John 5, Joe Buck, and M.O.D. These guys always get the party poppin’. We lost Fat Cat this year. A fun amazing venue that brought metal bands for years….and The Workshop in Ceres. At the same time this makes our Modesto Metal scene branch out and play and visit outside cities and venues. We need more places to play Metal and have Metal acts come to Modesto from all over the states and world. We will keep Metal alive in this town. We are very fortunate to have what is OUR local metal scene. There are many talented metal musicians in this city and awesome supporters; friends, fans and family.
Band members from around the state, keep telling me, “We like playing in Modesto because our towns and cities don’t even have a metal scene…. then we get here and everyone’s so kick ass, and supportive and having fun”. No joke, I’ve literally heard this from many musicians and supporters alike. Nothing But Losers has had a stellar year living up to their 2015 Best Metal MAMA Award. They have opened for 12 national acts this year, including Death Angel, Otep, Dope, Sid Wilson from Slipknot and American Headcharge just to name a few. But most importantly is their upcoming show opening for Mushroomhead
on Wednesday December 7th at The Boardwalk in Orangevale. These guys always get the crowd head banging. Sworn To The Black took home this years Best Metal MAMA award. I’ve been playing their album Delusions of Existence all year long. Stigmurder is releasing their new album titled “Struggle” on December 17th. $10 gets you in and gets you their new CD at The Other Place. Stigmurder’s sponsored by PMA Tattoo Studio in Modesto on Orangeburg. This is just a fraction of went on this year in our Modesto Metal community. I could write a novel on our events... Cheers to you and a New Year.
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UNPLUGGED I saw that Charlie Daniels and his band are coming to the area this month. They’ll be at the Merced Theater on Thursday the 8th, which happens to be the night before the final Music At The GMC concert I’m presenting this year. That got me thinking about Charlie’s most iconic song. You know the one. I’m convinced there’s another verse or two to be written talking about our featured GMC artist, Megan Lynch Chowning. She’s a 7-time National Fiddle Champion, a 6-time California state champion, a state champion in 4 other states, and an International Bluegrass Music Association award winner. A talent like this deserves to be immortalized in song, so here’s my attempt: “The devil done learned his lesson. He fled north to Tennessee. Along the road he heard a sweet sound flowing from beneath a willow tree. The Fiddle Star was caressing her strings in the glow of the morning sun. The devil stood there mesmerized ‘til her melody was done. The devil sat down beside her, and they began to fraternize. She’d heard of the legend of Johnny and the
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solid gold fiddle that was his prize. And she said, “Old Johnny might have claimed to be the best that’s ever been, But I’ve been national champion seven times once for every deadly sin!” Megan is being joined on this California tour by acclaimed Nashville songwriter Mary Sue Englund. Mary is a staple at the Grand Ole Opry, and has toured the world with country legend Pam Tillis as her pianist, guitarist, violinist and harmony vocalist for the past decade. Megan & Mary have also been performing as a duo act together for many years, delivering a magical mix of country, old-timey and bluegrass music. Their ‘All Year Long’ Tour comes to Modesto on Friday 12/9 at the Gottschalk Music Center’s recital hall. You’ll find the entrance at 1502 E St., with doors opening at 7 PM. We’ve got about 40 seats open at this intimate listening space. Megan and Mary sold out our venue when they performed last December, so be sure to snag your seat early! Give
us a ring at 209-543-5306 or email email@example.com to reserve. Music At The GMC will return in mid-January for another eclectic and exciting year of songs
and stories with performers from around the globe. Visit www.modestounplugged.com for info. Happy New Year!
Kombucha, Kimchi and Sauerkraut Fermentation Workshop December 4 2-6 pm
Do you want to learn how to make kimchi and sauerkraut from scratch! You’ll be chopping veggies, adding spices and putting it all into jars to start the fermentation process! This class is hands-on and you’ll work in small groups through all the steps from start to finish and leave with a batch of kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut to take home and enjoy! Since it’s December you’ll be able to make these foods and drinks as super unique gifts for your friends & family for the holidays! There is no cost for the event, but $15 covers the cost of the food and the jars. 421 Oakshire Ave, Modesto https://www.facebook.com/The-Shire-Community-Space-1672718086319101
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Rockin’ Holiday Happenings By the ViewCrew
This is an extra special holiday season this year. As you may know, I love the retro feel of the downtown of Modesto Christmas Past. Based on conversations with friends and on Facebook, al lot of people are looking for the authenticity of the real traditions, the garland, the lights, and even the music and fun of our streets in downtown Modesto and remember the feel of the 50s & 60s. Now in our 3rd year, Rockin’ Holiday is even bigger, better, brighter and there will be more snow and our Rockin’ Tree will be rockin 10th St Plaza until 1:00 am! Make sure you get your selfie at by the Rockin’ Tree or in Rockin’ North Pole. Rockin’ Santa will be there every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 and pictures are FREE. Opening night is December 3, for the Modesto Classic Holiday Parade. All events located in 10th St Plaza 5:30pm Celebration of Lights Parade ical story and best of all, the kids of our area Rockin’ Opening Night – Dec 3 5 pm The theme this year is “Classic Modesto”. Parade all dancing to some of the most famous music Rockin’ Holiday Thurs-Sat Dec 3 – starts at I & 15th Streets. Following the parade ever. Perfect for families. Don’t forget to get Dec 23. 6-9 pm will be the Rockin’ Christmas Tree Lighting in all dressed up and have your picture taken by Rockin’ Tree Shows – Nightly Dec 3-Jan 1 10th Street Plaza, with Modesto’s brand new 50 the huge Christmas trees in the Gallo Center 6pm – 1 am foot tree. Ice skate at Modesto on Ice on 11th & Lobby. www.galloarts.org Rockin’ Tree Lighting – 8 pm after K St, while you wait for Rockin’ Holiday to start! Modesto Holiday Classics Parade Candlelight tours of the McHenry ManSpirit of Giving Run – Dec 10 – 7 am Rockin’ Star Wars Rogue One Premier – Dec 15 6-10 pm Modesto On Ice – Open daily 10 am – 10 pm (last skate session 8:30)
Modesto Rockin’ Holiday
is presented by: Chris Murphy, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, Brian - Friend Laser Voodoo, Matt Paine and Collins Electric with support from the amazing people at Modesto Toyota, the City of Modesto, the Modesto Downtown Improvement District, The Modesto Confidential Management Association, the Downtown Modesto Partnership, Visit Modesto, Brenden Theatres, Noah’s Water, Fuzio You will see a downtown that is all lit up and ready for you. Fantastic restaurants, great shows at the State and Gallo Center, nightlife at local cafes, heated patios and cool boutiques for unique gift shopping. It is not just in downtown Modesto, but all over our county there are great things to do. For the latest in local holiday home lighting showcases, try this www. lightsofthevalley.com
Modesto On Ice
Show your Modesto cruising pride and stop by our downtown ModestoView lounge and see the cool gifts from Modesto Graffiti USA. There are cups, t-shirts, Onesies for babies, shot glasses and so much more. Get in your holiday Graffiti groove, take a break in our diner lounge and catch up on the latest issue of ModestoView. 1220 J St. 9 am to 5 pm.
If you haven’t been yet, Modesto On Ice is your place for holiday enjoyment. This amazing real ice rink is covered, features night light show, snacks, photo booth and 90 minute skating sessions daily until mid January. You can book your skate times in advance. This will be the cornerstone of your downtown experience this winter. www.modestoonice.com
Dec 3 Dickens Faire & Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market 7am-3pm
Take a step back in time! The McHenry Mansion will be fully decorated like a Victorian Christmas and there will be crafts and activities at the McHenry Museum. You may tour the beautiful McHenry Mansion and docents dressed in period clothing, stationed throughout the home, will be available to answer questions about the history and artifacts of this beautiful Victorian house. Free event
Rockin’ Holiday at the Rockin North Pole in 10th St Plaza Dec 3 We are take you back with rockin retro cheer and special vintage style décor to the original cruise route on 10th Street! Rockin’ Santa, his Rockin’ elves and his Rockin’ hot rod sleigh will be available for free photo ops for your family Christmas cards! Every half hour look up into the sky to see snow right here in Modesto! Sip your hot cocoa or your Irish Coffee, and eat your roasted chestnuts. This fun family holiday party is not one to miss!
Spirit of Giving Run - Dec 10th 7am -
Runners will receive a snowy start at the 7th Annual Modesto Spirit of Giving Run, Also features a wheelchair division. Start/finish line in Tenth Street Plaza with holiday vendor booths and festivities, including a FREE quarter-mile kid’s fun run where children 10 and under can chase the Grinch out of Modesto! Santa will be there too, so don’t forget your camera! Please support Modesto Gospel Mission by bringing canned food or monetary donations and receive raffle tickets to win great prizes. Early Entry: Adult 13+: $30 Child 12 and under: $15. Groups of 10 or more adults will receive a $5 discount per entry. Entries must be received before December 7th, 2015 to be eligible for group rate.
Brenden Theatres will feature a free Christ-
mas movie with canned food donation. The Rockin’ Holiday festival start with lights and snow starting at 6:00 pm
Christmas in Grandpa’s Barn December 2-11, 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4 Lorina’s Edible Garden, 17693 Enterprise Rd, Escalon 10am-4pm Come out for a special holiday at the barn! Loads of shopping, fresh produce and nuts, and tons of fun! Santa will be attendance with a campfire, Christmas music, scones and hot drinks
Central West Ballet Nutcracker December 9,10,11,16,17,18
This is one of Modesto’s great traditions. The legendary music, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the mag-
sion - Dec. 16th & Sun. Dec. 18th Tours begin at 5pm and the last tour leaves at 8:30pm. Visitors will see docents
dressed in period clothing demonstrating Victorian life as it was during the holidays. One might see popcorn stringing, musicians, a gingerbread house being decorated and much more. The Mansion is beautifully decorated for Christmas as it would have looked in the 1880s. McHenry Mansion is located at 15th and I Street, Modesto.
Christmas Tree Lane, Ceres
Every night in December, Moffett Road, between Henry & Thomas Avenues. Stop by your favorite café for some hot cocoa and cruise slowly down the streets of Christmas Tree Lane with your family to enjoy beautifully decorated houses! Start your new tradition this year!
State Holiday Movies
Show times are 12:00, 4, and 7:00 pm and all movies are $ 5 Bring the whole family and enjoy the splendor of Modesto’s historic theatre, with full digital sound and fantastic picture quality. December 21 – Gremins, A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life December 22 – Scrooged, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol December 23 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story December 24 – A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life
“Dickens to Rock” Choral Concert
Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. MJC Auditorium. The MJC College Choir and Chamber Singers presents a variety family-friendly holiday fare take the audience on a journey of traditional English carols through contemporary seasonal “hits.” Included, will be music of Britten, Rutter, Berlin and more, as well as a celebration of Hanukkah with some novelty surprises and an audience sing-a-long at the conclusion. Tix are $6 general $3 for students, seniors and children at Auditorium Box Office, (209) 575-6776
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MOONLIGHT (R) Brilliantly told story of one man’s struggle to find himself Now Playing
You know how this is, you ski, and then you are looking for a place to relax. Well for some people it is Apres Ski all the time so we figured that Downtown Modesto, with the amazing Modesto On Ice is ready for an “Apres Skate” scene. All of that energy you spend skating, will all be refreshed with a nice adult beverage with a very holiday twist. The tastes of apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, whip cream, orange spice, pumpkin and caramel are all on our minds during the holiday season. So “avant” or “après” your skating session, we recommending a pre-game or post-game refreshment and relaxation session. Or maybe, a nice dessert at a local restaurant, maybe a movie, or even take in some comedy or stop in and see Rockin’ Santa at the Rockin’ North Pole. Before or after skate? We have ideas and answers so you can enjoy your evening in downtown Modesto. So let’s start with some of the tasty ones. The ViewCrew talked to some of our favorite bartenders and we have a great holiday “Apres skate” tasting menu. Ralston’s Goat – 10th St Plaza 209-549-9413 Apple Caramel Mimosa One look is all it takes. You can start the day or end your dinner with this one. Apple Pucker Butterscotch and caramel shaken over ice then poured into champagne or wine glass, topped with champagne in a caramel, cinnamon and sugar rimmed glass. Apple wedge partially dipped in caramel Irish Coffee This is the good traditional stuff. Irish Whiskey, Sugar, Coffee and Whip Cream. This is a total body warmer. Fuzio – 10th St Plaza 209-557-9711 Fuzio is mission control for the annual Spirit of Giving Run. You can’t miss out on a Grinch Martini this season. One of the prettiest on our list. Deliciously made with Crème de Menthe, Godiva, Whipping Cream shaken and poured into a Crushed Candy Cane rimmed glass. So tasty.
Elf’d Up The Boardroom 1528 J St Modesto, 209-409-8665
Prepared by Christina McCarren @christinachantel 1 oz Bacardi Opar, ½ oz Rumplemintz, ¼ oz Whip Cream, ¼ Fragelico, and ¼ oz Kahlua Shake hard till the ice is chipped, pour neat in to a cinnamon rimmed glass. Top with Pumpkin Spice All Ages Holiday Cocktail – Non Alcoholic Thailand Restaurant Holiday Cocktail Your kids will love this. Santa’s Soda is Sprite Soda, Green or Red Sryup with a lemon slice. You can also have it with a milk topping. Thailand Restaurant is located on 950 10th Street Hours Mon-Fri 10:30-3pm & 4pm-9pm, Saturday 11:30am -9pm
P.Wexford’s Pub -
Prepared by Stephenie Dillon 3313 McHenry, Modesto 209-576-7939 Irish Elf: Jameson Irish Whiskey Apple Schnapps Sweet n Sour
The Dressmaker (R) An eccentric dressmaker exacts revenge on the town that did her wrong; Kate Winslet stars Opens Wed. Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
Sing along to the best movie soundtrack ~ EVER! Sat. Nov. 26 at 2 p.m.
WARREN MILLER’S HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE (Doc) Fri. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sat. Dec. 3 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.
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ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE (Doc) Holiday Cocktails around Modesto Rivets American Grill Created by Clint Shaw 2307 Oakdale Rd, Modesto 209-846-0501 Christmas in Your Mouth Jim Beam Maple Bourbon Coffee Shot Baileys Shot Top with Whipping Cream Dust with Cinnamon And a cherry on top
Truth, Deception and The Spirit of I.F. Stone Opens Sun. Dec. 4 at noon
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Sun. Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (R) Casey Affleck stars in this story about the power of love Opens Fri. Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
Celtic Snowman: Midori Melon Malibu Coconut Rum Cream Grenadine Float Chilly Irishman: Jameson Irish Whiskey Peppermint Schnapps Coffee And top with Whip Cream The Twisted Pig – by Kody 2717 Coffee Rd, Modesto 209-248-7243 The Naughty But Nice Cocktail Cranberry purree with champagne Candy cane coated Rim Garnished with Cranberries and rosemary
Check out www.facebook.com/modestoview all month long as we showcase other Apres Skate cocktails options. If you have a holiday cocktail, let us know so we can spread the word at firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Holidays. For Modesto On Ice Skating times www.modestoonice.com
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Ratings push a newswoman to drastic measures Opens Fri. Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.
For the whole family Gremlins (1984); A Christmas Story (1983); It’s A Wonderful Life (1946); Scrooged (1988); A Christmas Carol (1938); Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2009) Wed. Dec. 21 through Sat. Dec. 24
Box Office 12-3pm M-F (209) 527-4697 • www.thestate.org
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Local For The Holidays
If you have been a reader of ModestoView for 10 years or if this is your very first issue, you can tell that we are all about local
living, local music, local food and most of all, shopping local. Modesto is loaded with great people that we all do business with together. The freshest food, the best service and the most custom experience is done shopping local. Sure, it is good that Modesto is big enough to have the major chains as they employ many locals, but there are many opportunities to keep our dollars here at home and we have some really cool and interesting stuff. Here are just a few little holiday teasers. Needless to say there are many more great local products and we will feature more during the month at facebook.com/modestoview If you have great local tips, email us at email@example.com
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Classic Modesto Gifts
Vinyl lovers celebrate. Wow we have a new locally owned record store in downtown Modesto. Cornell Militaru has opened the first new independent record store in years. They have a cool eclectic collection of vinyl, lots of world, classic rock, vintage and current punk, soundtracks and so many more. This is a place to come browse and talk about music. Support local record stores and local bands. 1807 G St, Modesto, Ca 209-812-5696
The McHenry Mansion is home base for all things vintage Modesto. Find yourself if the spirit of Victorian-era Modesto when you tour the McHenry Mansion and then head over to the visitor center and gift store next door in Downtown Modesto. You can get a really cool rockin’ Santa ornament, special Mansion ornament and even McHenry Mansion tea. Great gifts for your Modesto loving friends. McHenry Mansion Gift Store, 924 15th St Modesto, 209-549-0428, Open Noon-4 Sunday – Friday
Local Music at Deva
These are amazing. Reclaim is turning old vintage luggage into really cool boom boxes/ external speakers. There are so many options and no two are alike. They even have Bluetooth Find them at www.facebook.com/ ReclaimRD and @reclaimrd
Gift of Kings
The Three Wise Men, yes the original three we are told, walked the globe to deliver Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus. If you have ever wondered what those spices were, you can find out from Inland Fog, who make a whole variety of scents of soaps, lotions and bath salts. See their full line of wonderful locally made products at www. inlandfog.com. Good Vibes, Scents and Karma for the Holidays.
You can give the gift on zen and peaceful bliss. Intrinsic Elements features really cool jewelry items, essential oils and even meditation lessons. Check out tis Medallion Ornaments starting at $14.95. Fragrance oils from $10.95 and locally made candles from $13 1214 J St. 209-409-8510 www.intrinsicelements.com
Yummy yummy Almond butter grown from local almonds and then blended into super tasty tubs of Almond Butter for your sandwich and dipping needs. This seriously needs to be in your kitchen for regular snacking. www.almondipity.com
Deva Café is one of our local treasures. They have been a home base for local indie and eclectic music for two decades. Their Sunday morning breakfast features live local music every week. Deva is also a place you can find local music by local musicians. So stop by Deva, get a great meal and latte and shop for local music. Deva Café, 1202 J St. Modesto, http://www. devadowntown.com/
Don’t you wish there were really fun Modesto themed gifts? There are! You can stop by the Modesto Graffiti USA Diner in downtown Modesto and set up your friends with a cool Graffiti mug, fuzzy dice, Cruisin’ shot glass, Race For Pinks T-Shirt or even a onesie for a baby. Let’s share and spread the message that Modesto USA is the home of American Graffiti and give one of the rockinest and coolest gifts of the season. All profits go to support local charities. Modesto Graffiti USA, 1220 J St, Modesto, CA Wed –Sat 11-5 pm. Shop online at www.modestograffitiusa.com
Zoe’s Coffee and Bean Counter
Do you love coffee like we love coffee. You can enjoy roasted in Modesto coffee from two of our favorite places. Zoe’s has been roasting and brewing around Modesto since 1987 and they offer many flavors and varieties. Plus, they are a welcome treat at the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market. Our friend Ian Grimbleby decided that his love of coffee lead him to start roasting his own beans. Everyone
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Happy New Year 2017
loved them and now you can too. Coffees and teas are some of the best gifts you can give. Check out the flavors here. http://stores. zoescoffee.com/ www.beancountercoffeeroasters.com/
And you thought they just made amazing Olive Oil. But no, they make the other part of the oil yin and yang, vinegar. Flavored vinegars are the perfect addition to your favorite appetizer, dip, dressing or entrée They make fantastic gift packs, easy for mailing and you can’t go wrong. www.sunshineinabottle.co
Stewart and Jasper
Let’s make this easy. You can stop at the Stewart and Jasper store in McHenry Village and get wine, nuts, chocolate dipped fruit, dressings, salsas and so much more. You can basically take care of every foodie in your life in one quick visit and if you play it right, stay for some tastings. 1700 McHenry. 209-577-6887 www.stewardandjasper.com
I love this store and there is always something interesting. Jennifer and Skip Williams scan the globe for cool vintage stuff and really interesting photos, collectible and ever interesting furniture. Check out the cool Chinese thread winders we discovered in a recent visit. Crow Trading is at 1208 J St, Modesto 209-579-2173
Friends encourage friends to listen to local music. Local bands record local music. They sell these amazing disks full of original songs that you will love. Deva Café has local music and you can explore the local music at www.modestoareamusic. com and browse the hundreds of local bands with links to their music. Listen to MAMA (Modesto Area Music Association) music today.
Friends, this is as good as it gets. A gift certificate to a local restaurant is the most amazing thing. All of them sell them so you can go to your favorite place, you can have dinner and you can share that experience with your friends and family. Order up and share the gift of tasty living.
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You never thought that this would come so quickly did you? Before you know it, it will be the 31st and you will need to get dressed for the party. So check out these fun events, book your babysitter and get ready to party like it’s 2017. Check www.modestoview.com often as we will be adding new events as we find them. If you have an event, email the deets to firstname.lastname@example.org Book directly through the hotel at New Year’s Gala 209-521-1612, 1612 Sisk Rd, Modesto The Doubletree Hotel will be hosting some Red- Tie Celebration of the biggest bashes in the area. There You know Barking Dog has amazing will be two big parties at the hotel. MAMA events all year long and now John GrisWinning Cottonwood Creek doing a counwold and the Red Tie Event group is servtry celebration in the Napa Room. This ing up an amazing New Year’s celebration will be a foot stompin’ great time. If you with the David Correa Group. Get tix feel like getting your country groove on for info at http://www.red-tie.org/ 2017, this is the place to be. Barking Dog Tix at www.events209.com 940 11th St Modesto www.barkindoggrill.com In the Doubletree Grand Ballroom, NYE 2017 will be hosted by KHOP 95.1Nightlife Entertainment invites FM, Featuring Riley from mornings with you to come ring in 2017 with style, Madden & Riley DJ Tease and DJ Henray at Modesto’s newest hotspot, Shadow will be spinning an celebrating and keepLounge at Sylvan and Oakdale Rd. DJs ing the party jumpin’. Of course, there will will be spinning and partying in style. be a champagne celebration at midnight. Get your tickets now for $15 each or pay Tix available at www.events209.com $20 at the door. 21 and over, with valid ID - Dress to impress - Security Enforced Book your party and room package at the Shadow Lounge DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Modesto. 3460 Oakdale Rd. Modesto @shadowHotel info at www.doubletreemodesto. lounge209 209-409-0744 com
New Year’s with Steve Dtrix at Tilted Turtle. Steve DTrix presents the
Old School NYE Jam with freestyle diva “Trinere” on stage for the big New Year’s countdown. Free champagne toast at midnight with a balloon drop and more. There will be street taco on the patio server up by Big Boy Tacos Tilted Turtle 710 N 9th St, Modesto 209-248-5400
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MAMA winning Anthony K will be hosting the funniest New Year’s Eve party in the area. Also appearing will be MAMAwinning Chris Teicheira. There will be 2 shows, 7:30 if you want to get to bed early or the 9:30 show. This is 21+ please. Tix are $20 Prospect Theatre Project 1214 K St Modesto www.prospecttheaterproject.org
Masquerade Ball at the Boardroom This will be one of the most epic parties of the night with a night of incognito partying at the Boardroom in Downtown Modesto. Get all styled up for this event. Cocktail attire and masks strongly suggested and tix are $15 presale and VIP bottle service is available. 21 and over. The Boardroom, 1528 J St, Modesto 209-409-8665 Facebook.com/boardroombarandlounge
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This is a full night long party at the Clarion Hotel. There are three themed party rooms, dinner for 2, full buffet, midnight champagne toast and best of all, you spend the night and get breakfast included. King bed room packages start at $249.
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You can party without alcohol and still have a fun time with the Central Valley Intergroup of AA and dance into the new year at St Joseph’s. There will be a pasta dinner, guest speaker and DJ Pete. Event begins at 6 pm Father O’Hare Hall 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto 15.00 adults Children 12 and under $5 www.CVI.Org for more info tix details
There will be many more events popping up through December so make sure you check www.modestoview.com regularly for more updates.
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School Band and Choir Performances Let’s all pack the house for school music performances. Where do you think all of the future music stars come from? School music programs! Let’s go to the show. The Modesto High Band and Orchestra Winter Concert is Wednesday, Dec 7th at 6:30pm in the MHS Main Auditorium. Downey High Choir will be presenting their holiday concert in the Downey Auditorium December 8 at 7:00 pm There’s a Holiday Music Sampler at the Barkin’ Dog on Dec 2nd. Several groups perform - brass ensemble, woodwind ensemble, adult community band, etc. This is sponsored by Gottschalk’s and the Barkin’ Dog.
We have a special event happening this month where our history meets the most popular Rockabilly musicians. On December 22 Rockabilly and Rockin’ Christmas blasts onto the Gallo Stage with Brian Setzer and his Orchestra. This is extra special as the man that re-lit the flame of Rockabilly with his band the Stray Cats in the 80s for the whole world began to Rock this Town and do the Stray Cat Strut. Modesto friends, the flame that the Stray Cats re-ignited was actually lit in 1938 here in Modesto USA when Fred, Cal and Rose Maddox took their “Hillbilly-Boogie” to the airwaves of KTRB 860. After World War II, their music with the “slappin’ bass” sound of Fred Maddox, spread across the USA, discovered by Elvis, Bill Haily and more. This foundation put the beat in Rock and Roll and history was changed. It is so very cool that Modesto will be home to Rockabilly royalty with this amazing Christmas show. You will hear some vintage Stray Cats faves along with rockin’ Christmas favorites. If you have tix, don’t lose them, this is a Modesto show for the ages that you won’t forget and you can enjoy the show knowing that it all started here in Modesto.
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$60 a year on the Arts. Let us remove the very young and old and the unemployed that is somewhere around 40% of Modesto’s population. Let us for good measure and to make it easier round Modesto’s population is approximately 204,933, that number up to 50%. it is the 18th largest city in California. What 50% is 102,466. That is still a large number of does that ultimately mean? There are a lot of people. If each of us spends just an average of people living in and around Modesto. Statistics $5 a month on local Artist, Comedians, Poets, show that about 40% of what is spent locally is Musicians, that amount adds up to $512,382.50 reinvested in the community. Remember that a month. In a years time, that comes to statistic. $6,147,990.00. What a generous amount of How can we fund and grow our local entertain- money to invest into the arts. Wait, while you ment economy? Do you think that it is not a are supporting by going to see them perform business? Art costs money to create and should live, buying merchandise, you are getting be funded. I am not suggesting we should add a entertained. Value for your expenditure. But tax to pay for art (not that City, State and Federal wait, there is more, all of those venues you are funds should not be more easily accessible for supporting employ servers, bartenders, and buy the arts.) from local suppliers and support our economy. What I am suggesting is if we all just spend a Remember I told you to not forget about that fraction of our own money on those things that statistic of 40%? Those local artists you are supbring joy and happiness into our lives. Music, porting spend a significant amount of that back Art, Poetry etc. $5 a month the price of a cup of locally in your shops and restaurants. That is an coffee at one of those corporate cafes is all I am extra $2,459,196.00 going back into the local talking about. That minute amount adds up in a economy. very large way. CD’s, T-Shirts, Concert Tickets, Gift Certificates Everyone likes music and art; we all have difto places that host Live Music all make fantastic ferent tastes and opinions on what it is but we stocking stuffers. Pledge to go out and support all like it and some love it. But not everyone your Arts Community not just now in the Holithat lives in Modesto is in a position to spend day Season but all through the year.
SONGWRITER December Departure It is a highly exciting period of anticipation for the warmth of the holiday season and it is also the hour of reflection. The Modesto Music Scene has had a triumphant year full of new ventures and profound loss. Venues came and went, we saw the emergence of women artists as national show openers and we said farewell to a gentleman singer songwriter who will forever change the way we feel when we see a railroad crossing. December 3 will usher in the season with the Celebration of Lights Parade and tree lighting followed by live music in the plaza with the same favorite artists from years past to continue throughout the month. Sunday, December 4 will be a special Breakfast at DEVA music event as Tim Allen and I play holiday music and pay homage to several of the artists in music lost this past year, bring the family for delicious food and drop off a new or gently used coat for the DEVA/ Inter Faith Ministries Coat Drive. Make the trip 45 minutes
by Patty Castillo Davis north and catch MAMA Best Singer Songwriter Winner Mondo Mariscal at Christmas Center in Manteca on December 1 and visit mondolivemusic.com for more info and music. December is a time for shedding in preparation for dormancy and 2016 has been an almost expiatory year for the Music Industry. As if we had reveled in such gluttonous consumption of the best songs that life had to offer and now we have to pay in some way. Music transcends emotion and becomes a coping mechanism in troubled times, so how do we manage our feelings when our beloved artists die? Too many tributes were paid this year to more Icons of popular music than we ever should have had to visit. Load up your devices and have several thousand moments of no silence ‘cause we’re alone now and I’m singing this songto The Hag, a brief, but Purple Reign and The Thin White Duke, sing Hallelujah and know that “You’re a shining star, no matter who you are.”
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INTER Stanislaus State Connects Students with the World By Chris Murphy
Dr. Ellen Junn
President, California State University Stanislaus There is change afoot at “Stanislaus State”.
There is a new student centric focus at our local four-year university and the university is showing signs of blooming into a major educational force for people that are looking to get a great college experience that is a bang for your buck. This year they welcomed a new President. As a Stan State alumni, I find this to be exciting news. Dr. Ellen Junn has a Ph.d from Princeton and she graduated cum laude from University of Michigan, so we have a intellectual rocketship on our hands here. Formerly in leadership positions at Dominguez Hills, San Jose, Fullerton, Fresno, and San Bernardino, Ellen Jung is bringing a lot of what she learned to take Stanislaus to the next level. As a Stanislaus Alumni, I know the value of an education at our local college, and if you look around any local meeting, it is loaded with local leaders that are Stanislaus Alumni. So how can we take this amazing local asset, and turn it into a magnet for new students, new jobs and an amazing new cultural asset? Let’s get to know Ellen: ModestoView: What made you want to take on the Stanislaus job? Ellen Junn: I happily have been in the CSU for more than 30 years, and I have always thought the Stanislaus State campus is one of the most beautiful I have ever visited. Furthermore, after serving as Associate Provost at Fresno State, my husband and I were excited about the prospect of coming back to the Central Valley, especially in light of the number of national rankings recently awarded to Stan State, and given the strong success of our vibrant students and the outstanding programs and faculty we have on campus. MV: What do you think the community can do to even more embrace Stan State as our local four-year college? EJ: First, it may help your readers to know that Stan State is not just a local four-year college, but we also offer excellent graduate degrees, including nearly two dozen master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in education. Second, our degree programs have earned national recognition for excellence. Third, I believe that Stanislaus State is on the cusp of no longer being a “hidden gem” within the CSU system. Recently, Stanislaus State has received a number of prestigious national rankings, and we need to spread the word about our excellent students, academic programs and services. Consequently, I and others on campus have been hard at work
to meet with as many governmental, community, business and industry leaders; artistic and civic groups; and K-12 and community college partners in our region to spread the word about the quality of our students, programs and services. MV: Your first priority when you got to Stanislaus was to connect with students. How did that feedback change the way you thought about how you were going to approach being president? EJ: At the core of any institution of higher education is the central purpose of educating and preparing future generations of students for life after college. Success means providing students with vital knowledge and skills that will prepare and enhance their future professional careers or graduate studies, and ensuring that their time on campus will continue to enrich life-long learning and happy, healthy futures. As president, I want to be connected with all of the various student leadership groups and to offer ample opportunities to meet with and mingle with students. For example, this fall the campus hosted a newly invigorated Freshman Convocation, which brought together the largest entering freshmen class of more than 1,300 students in the history of the campus! Similarly, as the new president, I welcomed new freshmen and their parents and families on move-in day in the residential halls. I also host biweekly lunches with students at our dining facility, and I co-host “Pizza with the Presidents” along with the president of our Associated Students Inc. (ASI). MV: Many people think that college is out of reach. For new applicants if you meet the GPA and the requirements are you guaranteed admission? EJ: Currently, Stanislaus State remains a campus that maintains CSU eligible students as freshman. So as freshman, if students meet the regular CSU standards, they are eligible for admission, provided they also meet the campus’ normal deadlines and submission of documents. Transfer students also must be aware
of transfer agreements and articulation in order to ensure timely admissions eligibility. The great news is that families should know that Stanislaus State’s tuition and fees are very affordable, and depending on the student’s family income, many families will qualify for full state and federal financial aid that will significantly offset or cover the costs of tuition, fees, room and board. Stan State’s Financial Aid Office hosts various workshops and would be happy to provide information on costs to prospective students and their families. MV: We have been ranked as one of the highest value universities in the United States by variety of publications, what does that mean to you and your increase in applications or perception in the community? EJ: It has been exciting and gratifying to see that a number of prominent organizations and publications have ranked Stanislaus State among the top performing universities in the nation on a number of measures. What this means is that increasingly larger numbers of students are applying to our campus each year and this has been raising the visibility and prestige of Stanislaus State, both within California and beyond. As this recognition spreads, we continue to attract the keen interests of business, education, civic and governmental entities, which benefits employment opportunities for our graduates and increases economic growth in our region. As you might guess, this makes everyone at Stanislaus State so proud and excited to be a shining campus in the Central Valley! MV: There are so many great arts and music programs offered at the school; what can we do to get more community engagement? EJ: We have many distinguished alumni from our arts and music programs, and we hope to highlight their accomplishments in the near future in order to help more students understand how instrumental their Stan State education was in their lives. Additionally, the campus hopes to expand community events and activities to bring more people to campus to learn about, enjoy and participate in a whole host of activities that will include important artistic, music, theatre and intellectual events and activities. The campus also looks forward to hosting many more family-friendly events, such as our annual Fourth of July fireworks, outdoor concerts and outdoor movie events in the coming year. Finally, the campus will expand the events and activities offered at our Art Space on Main, located in downtown Turlock. MV: What is your favorite part about being a university president?
EJ: My favorite part of being a university president is the opportunity to meet with such a wide variety of people — students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, K-12 teachers and administrators, government and business leaders, other college and university leaders and many more — all of whom care about education and helping the next generation prosper and become life-long learners. The stories that people share about their own pivotal college experiences, their dreams and aspirations, and their struggles and achievements, help me as a president to consider how to create a campus that is mindful of the vast and diverse array of experiences that our students bring with them when they come to the university. In this day and age, there are so many challenges, but with each challenge comes greater opportunity to think outside the box, to innovate, to dream and to implement new ways to forge ahead making Stanislaus State an integral and deeply embedded part of our community’s success story. It is such a privilege and a joy to work on this collaborative vision.
MV: Describe your ideal day. I think my ideal day is one where I get to meet with a variety of groups including students, faculty and others. I have loved meeting with community members because everyone has been so warm, welcoming and interested to learn more about Stanislaus State. In the more than four months I’ve been on campus, I’ve met well over 1,200 people and it has been a delight! The ideal day should also have some time to reflect and plan, and of course some personal time to spend with my husband and get some sleep and exercise, too! MV: Beatles or Stones? EJ: This was a fun question to contemplate. My generation certainly was very familiar with and I loved the Stones. I was only entering Kindergarten when the Beatles came to the U.S. But given the historic, powerful lyrics of some of the songs by the Beatles and individuals like John Lennon, on balance, I would have to say that I favor the Beatles! To learn more about CSU Stanislaus President Ellen Junn, please read the full interview at www.modestoview.com President Junn can be reached on Twitter at @PresJunn
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JAZZ&BLUES And the seasons accelerating into the hollidaze and the inevitable, CHRISTMAS TIME! But when calm thoughts prevail, ah yes I remember the reason for the season, to be thankful and generous of heart to those around you whether they be family of stranger. As Leon Russell who passed recently said in verse, “always be kind to a traveling stranger; always keep your love light burning….. cause it might be the prince of peace returning.” And we also lost Mose Allison one of my favorite Jazz pianists of lyrical whit. I remember being at a beach house in half moon bay in the 1960’s with Psychedelic posters and LP’s from Hendrix to the Grateful dead. Pawing through some LPs to spin unearthed an album: Mose Allison, Mose in your ear. The quirky cover showed Mose grinning, I noticed tunes name “your molecular structure”, “your mind is on vacation” and had to give it a spin. While listening I read the liner note by Ralph Gleason on Mose and was intrigued. Over the years I saw Mose coming through the west coast many times in different venues, always a blast. His lyrics are timeless and even speak to us today: “this world is just one trouble spot, some have plenty and others have not… you know I used to be troubled but I finally saw the light... now I don’t worry about a thing cause I know nothing going to be allright. Mose toured 65 years, recorded 31 albums and had a life well
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lived. RIP Mose Allison age 89. Blue Monday Christmas Party & Invitational Jam returns to the Barkin’ Dog Grill this Dec by Eric Benson 12th with Ultra Lounge, with special Odalys Carro, a monster Latin jazz pianist. Also featuring past Blue Monday Bands, MCW Band confirmed so far. We will be playing everything from straight ahead Jazz, funk, Latin, rhythm and Blues and yes some POP. The band is a super group of all the best players in the area with 7-piece house Band hosting. The Blue Monday Band features: lead vocalist, guitar and ber; 3rd Holiday Pops with James Torme, 4th bass player Dave Sousa, Johnny Valdes guitar, an Irish Christmas, 9th the Nutcracker, 15th Tim Allen bass, vocals, Dave Hawks on drums, Opus Hanbel ensemble, and SAVE THE DATE Eric Benson & Pat Governor for keys, and horn Dec 22nd Brian Setzer formerly of the Stray section: Andrew Rosenblum Sax, trumpet, and Jamie Dubberly trombone. The band plays Jazz, Cats Rockabilly Christmas show. Critics choice if you love the Stray Cats you gonna love this R & B, Funk, Latin, Rock, and a little of everything else with special guests sitting in for danc- with full big band backing up one of the baddest singer, guitar slinger front man playing ing and listening. Show from 7 to 10 PM with rock-abilly today food and drink available in an all age venue. And John Griswold presents a New Year’s Call the Dog for reservations: 572-2341. If you Party Dec 31st at the Barkin’ Dog with the play, come on down and sit in with the best musicians in the area, it’s gonna’ be smoking David Correa Band, playing Latin guitar world fussion music for listening and dancing. The The Gallo Center for the Arts has bringing in band has won best Latin band in the Bay Area some great shows, I’ve been there for Sheila E, (of Prince), Blue collar comedian Ron white, luv for several years. Check out John’s site WWW. Red-Tie.org that red neck material still doing it 30yrs, Robin If you love the Blues Turlock Community Ford guitar army, smoking, and the Guess Theatre brings in Blues guitar slinger Johnny Who, I should rent a room there!. For Decem-
Lang Dec 4th. One of our new venues the Tilted Turtle is going to start some Jazz and Rhythm and Blues showcase with local talent on Thursday nights in December, will keep you updated on local bands playing there. The room is newly remodeled with showcase for music and full bar, count me in! Come back out for third Thursday Art Walk 5 to 9:00 PM for some great art, and music in the downtown! Lowdown on the jam session in the downtown: 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 venue’s 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 209918-7033.
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BLUES Last Month of 2016
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Well folks this is it; the last month of 2016. Alongside mourning all the great musicians we have lost this year, let’s spend this month celebrating those who are still with us. Kicking things off on the 3rd at P. Wexford’s is Rob Hill Band. Rob’s signature Jazzy Blue sound is just the perfect accompaniment to the great atmosphere always on tap at one of the area’s best pubs. The following weekend sarting on the 9th we have funk and soul at Turlocks Vintage Lounge with the B-4 Dawn Band. Then on Saturday the 10th up at Black Oak is a favorite Shane Dwight and the next day, you can catch me with Ray Vazira at Deva Cafe for some breakfast tunes. Friday the 16th you have a whole bunch to choose from, Rob Hill will be back at P. Wexfords. The Portal is hosting a Blues night featuring Slingshot, Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood along with yours truly Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame.
Finishing things out on the 30th you can choose from Jeramy Norris in Sonora at the Bourbon Barrel and Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame will be up in Sacramento at the Torch Club. One final note, don’t forget that every Thursday in Stockton at Garlic Brothers Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood Host a Blues Jam open to all. I hope to see you out at a show.
first time Dania Hall was mentioned in the “Modesto Evening News” was in 1924 when the Danish Society dedicated the building to the city’s inhabitants. From that point on, Dania Hall was rented for meetings, theatre productions as well as music performances. Lo and behold, Dania Hall was even used as a skating rink in 1926. On the opening night the admission wasn’t only free, but ladies were given free skates as well! Hey! Those were the good ole days. To sum it up, Dania Hall, located on 5th and I streets in downtown Modesto, was kind of a happening place with many different purposes. There was no shortage of good times to be had there. I talked to a man from Danish descent who has fond memories of the Christmas Parties at Dania Hall. Coming in as a family you would enter the side of the building to enter “The Orchid’s” dining area, being greeted by the smell of the food; potatoes and gravy. After a scrumptious meal, the adults could get a high
ball at the little bar which was in the corner of the restaurant. Everyone would then go upstairs to the main hall where there was a big Christmas tree in the middle of the room. The stage had a background on it, where the kids were singing, accompanied by a pianist in front of the stage. Later Santa Claus would come out and give all the kids presents. Tthe kids would dance around the tree singing Danish songs that they didn’t necessarily understand. It was great fun and an event that a kid looked forward to all year. In this same place, for the past 12 years this Danish man has been practicing his martial art at the T’ai Chi Ch’uan Academy of Modesto. People still have a good time at Dania Hall. It has become a place for exercise, health and rejuvenation, good energy, friendship and peace of mind. Merry Christmas, Dania Hall! Come one, come all! For more info go to taichi4modesto.com, or call (209)572-4518
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FIT Roller Fitness by Efren Martinez
Four wheels per leg multiplied by two equals Roller Skating Fitness! It’s been years since I put on some roller skates; they pretty much went into storage shortly after Roller King closed its doors. Since then I’ve seen the sport of roller skating evolve into roller-blades, long-board skateboards and some crazy kind of skating contraptions that use your entire body to propel you forward. They all do a great job when it comes to getting your workout with wheels on your feet. In fact, a 160-pound person will burn about 548 calories doing 60 minutes of roller skating, while a 200-pound person will burn about 683 calories in that same amount of time. As for me, I’m old-school and prefer 4 wheels on my skates instead of two. Inline skating is cool, but I’m thinking inline skating might be a bit harder and if you haven’t skated in a while. It’s probably best to start back with the basics, 4 wheels per skate instead of advancing to inline skating first. Ready, Set,
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What an amazing year it’s been. Now that I am in retrospect, it’s making me insanely happy to think of all the awesome shops, galleries and restaurants Modesto has added in the past 12 months. Take a second to name three great things that you witnessed in our great city in 2016. Now keeping that thankful trend going, it’s time to give back to our amazing organizations. The Society for disABILITIES is showing pro-skier, Warren Miller’s films, which benefits the society’s Winter Unlimited program. So, on top of helping a fantastic cause, you also receive a free lift ticket to Bear Valley. I highly recommend this event to everyone, be sure to buy tickets ASAP because it is being shown December 2nd and 3rd. Though this event is super early in the month, there are still ways to participate in this program for the whole ski-season. Society for disABILITIES Winter Skiing Unlimited program gives blind, deaf, paraplegic, quadriplegic and disabled individuals the opportunity to ski and try snow activities. This stellar organization needs volunteers of all ages and skill levels from the commu-
nity to help at these events. Check out the website www.societyfordisabilities. org to see what you can do. Downtown will be the place to be this holiday, between the State’s Christmas movie marathons and the ice skating rink a couple blocks away and Rockin’ Holiday in 10th St Plaza, so much fun is in a compact area. I also couldn’t disregard Modesto’s easy access to a winter wonderland. Pinecrest and Dodge Ridge are way too close to us for you to not take a trip! This is going to be such a phenomenal month, we are so lucky to have Modesto’s organizations and volunteers. My songs for the month are “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes and “Times Goin” by The Riverside. Have a great one!!!
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BARGAIN Happy Xmas by Monica Barber So this is Christmas… Another year is over and what have you done? The barista calls my order as John Lennon croons the eternal question over the airwaves. This morning as Ms M sips her Americano she wonders where the year has gone. The streets are littered with autumn foliage and it’s hard to believe we’re saying goodbye to 2016 already. Since Christmastime is here and almost New Years we must look forward with our hearts to share our gratitude and generosity with all. You can afford to ring those jingle bells because there’s deals to be found as you enjoy the holidays. Christmas is a treat in downtown Modesto! On December 3rd check out the Dickens Faire, from 7am-3pm. This time honored annual event transports you back to the Victorian era with costumed carolers at the McHenry Mansion amid food and craft vendors. Decorated in Christmas joy, the Mansion will be the best place to enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride while sipping a hot cocoa! Don’t miss the chance to see some of Modesto’s finest craftspeople. More info: www.mchenrymuseum.org It’s not Christmas without the parade and a “Rockin’ Holiday” celebration. The annual Celebration of Lights Parade will make its way past the Mchenry Mansion in downtown Modesto until it ends just in time for the 3rd annual Rockin’ Holiday in 10th Street Plaza. The parade will feature brightly lit floats, marching bands and holiday cheer that begins at 5:30pm at 15th & I Streets. Rockin’ Holidays will be kicking out the fun with Santa and the elves jamming to some rockabilly sounds for family fun with snow falling from the sky down 10th street every half hour! More info https://
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GO Downtown Modesto SantaCon – December Ho! HO! HO16 It is time to get your Santa on! The Santas are coming to the streets of Modesto again on Dec 16th for the 6th Annual Santa Pub Crawl. Please like them Facebook page “Modesto SantaCon”. Please, be kind to others and show lots of JOLLY LAUGHTER and come dressed to impress the jolly Santa.
2016 Santa Con Schedule
Remember NO COVER for this event! 7p.m.-7:30 The Firkin & Fox 7:40-8:10 Cheroot 8:20-8:50 Skewers 9:00-9:30 Ralston’s Goat 9:40-10:10 Fuzios 10:20-10:50 Sandude 11:00-11:30 Speakeasy 11:35-??? Tresettis These times are approximate... although we try to keep on schedule and complete our crawl on this timeframe.
CALENDAR Continued from Page 9 ing is Dec 20th. Contact susanthepoet@ gmail.com to help with the 12/21 vigil. December 23: Salvation Army’s Christmas Dinner is at 12pm at 625 I Street, Modesto. To sign up for a Christmas Food Box visit the office at 7th/I to pick-up a appointment sheet. Individuals will be informed of the process and documents needed to apply. Call (209) 523-7577 to confirm. Christmas Season: Volunteers interested in bell-ringing can contact Jennifer Breazeale at 522-3209. Do this as a family, group or just by yourself. You will have a great time and it is for a great cause. Deva Café is hosting a coat drive for IMF Interfaith Ministries. Please call 209-572-3382 to inquire and donations are being accepted at the Café. Modesto Rotary is collecting through their Socks Program. Please call (209) 578-9999 to inquire. Focus on Prevention is compiling a page of cold weather resources (like warming centers). For example, Modesto Gospel Mission opens their chapel to anyone when the temperature drops below 40 or it is raining. If you know/are anyone who provides extra help during this season, email that to Jeanette Fabela (FoP, firstname.lastname@example.org).
To participate in the Engagement & Outreach Team, contact Alma Torres
Snowflake craft Snowman and Penguin Craft Stanislaus County Coin Club Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong WCPL Poker Wednesdays Wig Out Wednesdays Wine Down Wednesday Wine’d Down Wednesday December 15 Beer Flight Night Casanova’s Night Club Computer Basics David Dow and friends jam session Decorate Foam Winter Friends Craft DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Tease Evening Story Time and Sing Along Gotcha Covered Green Team Educational Meeting Johnny & Kelly Just Kidding Comedy Night Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Kyle the Great Live Music Live Music Modesto On Ice Oakdale Museum & History Center Spanish Preschool Storytime The Nutcracker in Jazz Third Thursday Art Walk Thirsty Thursdays Vintage Faire Mall Kids Club Winter Wonderland Crafts December 16 Adult Coloring Class B Street Theatre: Fantasy Americana Backyard Bookworms Battered Beaver Live DJs Blue Christmas Party Candlelight Tour Colbalt45 35th Birthday Blowout DJ & Live Music DJ Arnie DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Otto & Guests DJ Tease Friday Night Out Fuego Night with DJ Funstrummers Gig Band Rehearsal Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Irish Cultural Society Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Magical Christmas Train Ride Manchester by the Sea Modesto On Ice Neil & Matt Neil Buettner Rick Barnes Rockin’ Holiday Teens Rockin’ Jump The Nutcracker The Weekend Dance Party Turn Up Friday’s with DJ Kenny K Valley Jazz Co VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley December 17 10 East Brunch 209 Farm Fresh Produce Pick-up 209 Farm Fresh Produce Pick-up A Very Choral Christmas Adult coloring class B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Battered Beaver DJ Awal Chilled Out Saturdays Country Christmas and Toy Drive Dave & Penny Show DJ & Live Music DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Tease Feed the Needy Concert Flowers Christmas Show Folk Dancing Lessons Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Magical Christmas Train Ride Manchester by the Sea Mizz Monique’s Dragalicious Show Modesto On Ice Oakdale Museum & History Center Old Skool Saturdays Paint Mini Masterpiece Holiday Ornaments Rockin’ Holiday Rockin’ Saturdays Rocky Horror Picture Show Rogue One Star Wars Carnival Saturday Easy D Ride Star Wars Sketch Party Stigmurder CD Release The Nutcracker The Weekend Dance Party
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Triple D Women of Love Ministries December 18 209 Farm Fresh Produce Pick-up Acoustic Live Music Candlelight Tour Champagne Brunch Buffet Country Music Jam with Dancing and Free Potluck EuroSunday Car Club FOE Breakfast Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Karaoke with Laura Magical Christmas Train Ride Magical Christmas Train Ride Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea Modesto Jazz Society Jam Session Modesto On Ice Queen Bean Open Mic Night Rockin’ Holiday Seniors Club Breakfast Stanislaus Humanist’s Coffee Klatch The Big Mix The Nutcracker VFW Breakfast December 19 Dance and Play Class Dance Exercise Class Film Home Alone Josh Rosenblum Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea Modesto On Ice Overreaters Anonymous Ukelele Funstrummers Class Ukelele Funstrummers Class WCPL Poker Mondays December 20 Acoustic Jam at Queen Bean Caregiver Coffee Break Forever Young Dance Club Free Comedy Night Geneological Society Golden Valley Chorus Holiday Candlelight Concert Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Andrew Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Music Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea Manchester by the Sea Modesto On Ice MSO Holiday Candleight Name That Tune NAMI Support Group Nick Campos Oakdale Community Band Concert Preschool Story Time Puzzle Piece Snowflakes Craft Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Successful Thinkers Network Mtg Sweet Open Talent & Mic The Muppet Christmas Carol Tilted Tuesdays w/DJ Tease Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Ukelele Funstrummers Class Ukelele Funstrummers Jam Yoga with Rosa December 21 80s night/DJ Gully Art Class Board Game Night Christmas Story Creole Jazz Kings Dave Koz Christmas Tour Figure Drawing Drop In Free QiGong Class Gremlins Horseshoe tournament IE The Magician In One Accord Its a Wonderful Life Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Knit and Crochet Class Magical Christmas Train Ride Magical Christmas Train Ride Manchester by the Sea marshmallow snowman craft Modesto On Ice Neal Griffin Jazz Duo Neil Buettner Open Mic Night Penguin Bookmark Craft Riverbank Golden Ages Storytime Craft Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong WCPL Poker Wednesdays Wig Out Wednesdays Wine Down Wednesday Wine’d Down Wednesday
Nino’s Place, Modesto Clarion Inn, Modesto Cruisers, McHenry & Kiernan Deva Cafe, Modesto McHenry Mansion, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Village Baking, Modesto Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way Ridgeway’s, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Sierra Railroad Dinner Train Sierra Railroad Dinner Train State Theatre Modesto State Theatre Modesto State Theatre Modesto Shooters, Clarion Inn, Modesto 11th & K St, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Deva Cafe, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe, Modesto Crocodile’s, Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts VFW Hall 2801 W. Hatch Rd Modesto Library Salida Library Modesto Library P. Wexford’s, Modesto Ridgeway’s, Modesto State Theatre Modesto State Theatre Modesto State Theatre Modesto 11th & K St Modesto Sutter Gould 1700 McHenry Ave First United Methodist Modesto Modesto Senior Center Tilted Turtle, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe, Modesto Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto Modesto Senior Center Cheroot Cigar Lounge, Modesto Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne St. Stanislaus Church, Modesto Rivets Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgeway’s, Modesto Vito’s, Modesto State Theatre Modesto State Theatre Modesto State Theatre Modesto 11th & K St Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts Twisted Pig, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop Maxi’s at Double Tree Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Oakdale Modesto Library Turlock Library Gallo Center for the Arts Round Table Pizza, 3848 McHenry 3014 4th St, Ceres Salida Library Tilted Turtle, Modesto Denny’s 1525 McHenry P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Patterson Library Boardroom, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe, Modesto Battleground Games, Modesto State Theatre Modesto Shooter’s Pub & Grill Gallo Center for the Arts Mistlin Gallery Modesto NTouch, Modesto State Theatre Modesto Shively’s Bar & Grill, Oakdale Rivets Modesto Strings, Turlock State Theatre Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Waterford Library Sierra Railroad Dinner Train Sierra Railroad Dinner Train State Theatre Modesto Patterson Library 11th & K St Modesto Sabatino’s, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Denair Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Patterson Library First United Methodist Modesto Titled Turtle, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Redwood Café, Modesto Maxi’s at Double Tree
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December 22 A Christmas Carol Beer Flight Night Brian Setzer Orchestra Casanova’s Night Club Crochet for Beginners David Dow and friends jam session DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Tease Edible Snowman and Reindeer Craft Gingerbread Houses Its a Wonderful Life Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Kyle the Great Live Music Live Music Magical Christmas Train Ride Magical Christmas Train Ride Manchester by the Sea Modesto On Ice Oakdale Museum & History Center Spanish Preschool Storytime Thirsty Thursdays Tween Book Club December 23 A Christmas Carol Animal Talk kids program Battered Beaver Live DJs Christmas Story DJ & Live Music DJ Arnie DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Otto & Guests DJ Tease Fuego Night with DJ Funstrummers Gig Band Rehearsal Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Happy Birthday Jesus party Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Band Karaoke Magical Christmas Train Ride Magical Christmas Train Ride Manchester by the Sea Modesto On Ice Neil & Matt Neil Buettner Rick Barnes Rockin’ Holiday Stanislaus Humanists Karaoke Night Teens Rockin’ Jump The Grinch The Weekend Dance Party Therapy Friday Turn Up Friday’s with DJ Kenny K VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley December 24 10 East Brunch A Christmas Carol B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Christmas Story Its a Wonderful Life Menorah Lighting Manchester by the Sea Modesto On Ice Rockin’ Holiday Saturday Easy D Ride December 25 Merry Christmas Modesto On Ice 1-10 Stanislaus Humanists Brunch December 26 Acoustic Open Mic Creative Clay Art Class Dance Exercise Class Josh Rosenblum Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Modesto On Ice Overreaters Anonymous Ukelele Funstrummers Class Ukelele Funstrummers Class WCPL Poker Mondays December 27 Acoustic Jam at Queen Bean Book Club Forever Young Dance Club Glow In The Dark Storytime Golden Valley Chorus Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Andrew Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Live Music Modesto On Ice Name That Tune Nick Campos Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Successful Thinkers Network Mtg Sweet Open Talent & Mic Tilted Tuesdays w/DJ Tease Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday
State Theatre Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts Crocodile’s, Modesto Patterson Library Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Red Brick Cafe, Turlock Speakeasy, Modesto Ceres Library Empire Library State Theatre Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Sabatino’s, Modesto Deva Cafe, Modesto Surla’s, Moesto Sierra Railroad Dinner Train Sierra Railroad Dinner Train State Theatre Modesto 11th & K St Modesto 212 West F Street Modesto Library Maxi’s at Double Tree Salida Library State Theatre Modesto Great Valley Museum Battered Beaver, Oakdale State Theatre Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Climax Bar, Modesto Red Brick Cafe, Turlock Urbano, H St Modesto Boardroom, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Church of the Brethren, Modesto MJC, West Science Center Modesto Gospel Mission Modesto Rivets Modesto Ridgeway’s, Modesto Yosemite Lanes, Modesto Sierra Railroad Dinner Train Sierra Railroad Dinner Train State Theatre Modesto 11th & K St Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto The Fruit Yard, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Torii’s 2401 E. Orangeburg Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto State Theatre Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Shooters Pub, Clarion Inn, Modesto Shooters Modesto VFW Hall 2801 W. Hatch Rd Carnegie Turlock 10 East Kitchen, Turlock State Theatre Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop State Theatre Modesto State Theatre Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto State Theatre Modesto 11th & K St, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop All over the World 11th & K St, Modesto Panera Bread, Turlock The Boardroom, Modesto The Chartreuse Muse Salida Library P. Wexford’s, Modesto Ridgeway’s, Modesto 11th & K St Modesto Sutter Gould 1700 McHenry Ave First United Methodist Modesto Modesto Senior Center Tilted Turtle, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe, Modesto Riverbank Library Modesto Senior Center Modesto Library Mancini Hall, 718 Tuolumne Rivets Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgeway’s, Modesto Vito’s, Modesto 11th & K St Modesto Twisted Pig, Modesto Maxi’s at Double Tree Keyes Library Modesto Library Round Table Pizza, 3848 McHenry 3014 4th St, Ceres Tilted Turtle, Modesto Denny’s 1525 McHenry P. Wexford’s, Modesto
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CALENDAR Turlock Seniors Dance Ukelele Funstrummers Class Ukelele Funstrummers Jam Yoga with Rosa December 28 80s night/DJ Gully Art Class Board Game Night Book Club Comedy at the Outpost Saloon Creole Jazz Kings Figure Drawing Drop In Fratello Marionettes present The North Pole Review Fratello Marionettes present The North Pole Review Free QiGong Class Games Day Horseshoe tournament IE The Magician In One Accord Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Lunch Hour Meditation Modesto On Ice Neal Griffin Jazz Duo Neil Buettner Open Mic Night Riverbank Golden Ages Stanislaus County Coin Club Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong WCPL Poker Wednesdays Wig Out Wednesdays Wine Down Wednesday Wine’d Down Wednesday December 29 All Ages Coloring Beer Flight Night Casanova’s Night Club David Dow and friends jam session DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Tease Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke Karaoke with DJ Perfect Pitch Kyle the Great Live Music Live Music Modesto On Ice Oakdale Museum & History Center Spanish Preschool Storytime Teen Book Club Thirsty Thursdays December 30 Battered Beaver Live DJs DJ & Live Music DJ Arnie DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Otto & Guests DJ Tease Fuego Night with DJ Funstrummers Gig Band Rehearsal Great Valley Museum Kid’s Program Johnny & Kelly Karaoke with DJ Clovis King Modesto On Ice Neil & Matt Neil Buettner Rick Barnes Teens Rockin’ Jump The Weekend Dance Party Tony & The Tough Times Turn Up Friday’s with DJ Kenny K VFW Hamburger Night Village Dancers of the Valley December 31 209 Farm Fresh Produce Pick-up 209 Farm Fresh Produce Pick-up B/C Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Battered Beaver DJ Awal Dance Party Story Time NYE Celebration DJ & Live Music DJ Jmmie Jmmie DJ Tease Family NYE Party Folk Dancing Lessons Karaoke with DJ Clovis King KHOP’s NYE Party NYE Masquerade Ball Mike Torres Band NYE Party NYE Modesto On Ice New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration New Years Eve Comedy Nightlife New Years Eve Party NYE at the Bowl NYE Dust and Diesel NYE Donoby’s NYE Party NYE Fire & Ice Party NYE w Cottonwood Creek and Nathan Ignacio Old Skool Saturdays Red Tie Arts presents David Correa NYE Saturday Easy D Ride
11914 Cahill St, Turlock Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Patterson Library Boardroom, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe, Modesto Battleground Games, Modesto Ceres Library The Outpost Saloon Shooter’s Pub & Grill Mistlin Gallery Modesto Modesto Library Turlock Library NTouch, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop Shively’s Bar & Grill, Oakdale Rivets Modesto Strings, Turlock Ridgway’s, Modesto Intrinsic Elements, Modesto 11th & K St Modesto Sabatino’s, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Denny’s 1525 McHenry First United Methodist Modesto Titled Turtle, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Redwood Café, Modesto Maxi’s at Double Tree Ceres Library Redwood Cafe, Modesto Crocodile’s, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Red Brick Cafe, Turlock Speakeasy, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Sabatino’s, Modesto Deva Cafe, Modesto Surla’s, Moesto 11th & K St Modesto 212 West F Street Modesto Library Oakdale Bicycle Shop Maxi’s at Double Tree Battered Beaver, Oakdale Surla’s, Modesto Climax Bar, Modesto Red Brick Cafe, Turlock Urbano, H St Modesto Boardroom, Modesto Tilted Turtle, Modesto Church of the Brethren, Modesto MJC, West Science Center Rivets Modesto Ridgeway’s, Modesto 11th & K St Modesto Speakeasy, Modesto Redwood Cafe, Modesto The Fruit Yard, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Shooters Modesto VFW Hall 2801 W. Hatch Rd Carnegie Turlock
Continued from Page 15 Holiday Lighted Bike Parade - Dec 10 Meet at 5:30pm at Devine Swine. All bike types
welcome! Invite your friends. This is 21+ only. Free to ride...beverage/ food expenses are up to you. Bring cash for tips. Decorate and Light your bike and join us for a Leisurely magical mystery bike parade through Modesto stopping at the best watering holes and see Christmas Light displays towards downtown and beyond. Dress warm and festive! Go all out with tinsel, ornaments, stuffed animals, streamers, ribbon, fabric, etc. We are riding at night so light your bike up like a Christmas tree. All bike types welcome.
Lighted Bike Parade Ceres – December 18
Light your bike and follow the crew through Christmas Tree Lane to see homes and streets decorated with Christmas cheer. Meet at 5pm behind Popeye’s Chicken on E. Hatch Road. Plenty of room to park and ride. Ride leaves promptly by 6 pm
Christmas at the Mansion – Dec 6 Join your special friends at the McHenry Mansion for a very special Christmas Tea. These are moments you will treasure for every with your loved one or kids. Spaces still available at the 2 p.m. seating. For reservations at $30 per person, contact Janie at 522-1739. These are just a small sample of the amazing things happening this season. Check www.modestoview. com for updated info and new things do to. Get the ModestoView Ap at Itunes & Android Store
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Chevron, 815 Kansas Ave, Modesto Rite Aid, Pelandale & Sisk Oakdale Bicycle Shop Battered Beaver, Oakdale Denair Library Surla’s, Modesto Red Brick Cafe, Turlock Speakeasy, Modesto Yosemite Bowl, Modesto Carnegie Turlock Ridgeway’s, Modesto DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom The Boardroom Modesto Red Event Center, Modesto 11th & K St, Modesto Turlock Ballroom Crocodiles Nightclub Prospect Theatre Project Modesto The Shadow Lounge, Modesto McHenry Bowl Modesto Nino’s Place Donoby’s O’Brians Tavern Shooters/Clarion Modesto Napa Room, Doubletree Modesto Tilted Turtle Modesto Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop
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.
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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Music Jam at Sand Dude - December 10 It’s the greatest time of year where we gather with friends to spread good cheer and drink local craft beer! Our friends at Sandude Brewing Co. are hosting their first Acoustic Holiday Jam featuring their fine ales and lagers, as well as original music and holiday tunes from Jesse Tracey - 7pm, Jordan Waters - 745pm, Mattéa Overstreet - 830pm, Josh Rosenblum - 9pm, Dale Huff - 10pm Sandude Tasting Room 1028 11th St, Modest Clip and Save! DoMo Deals! The Downtown Partnership has teamed up to offer promotional deals and discounts for the community every Tuesdays during the Modesto on Ice season. Participating businesses include Brenden Theaters, Fuzio Universal Bistro, Skewers Kabob House, Ralston’s Goat, Subway, Commonwealth, Jamba Juice, Erin Milan and Modesto on Ice
Every Tuesday, Modesto on Ice skate sessions will be discounted to $8.00 until 5:30 p.m., and Brenden Theaters will offer $5.00 admission all day. In addition, Fuzio will offer 20% off all signature Firecracker Dishes, Skewers will offer 20% off its Saffron Chicken Kabob Entrée, Ralston’s Goat will offer 20% off any pan pizzas, Subway will offer 20% off its pastrami sandwich, Commonwealth will offer 20% off Commonwealth Nachos, Jamba Juice will offer 20% off all Classic Smoothies and Erin Milan will offer 20% off cuts, colors, balayages and facials. Don’t miss these bonus deals. Trax on Wax Are you ready for some old school mixes? You need to check out Trax on Wax at the Speakeasy on December 7. Best part is, it’s a jam! Yes you can bring your own vinyl and lay down a set. This will be a great time with a lot of cool sounds and a lot of surprises. Speakeasy 7 pm 12th and J, Modesto
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