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December 8 – The Ill List Poetry Slam - State Theatre December 8 - Spirit of Giving Run – 10th St Plaza December 7,8,9 - Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol   - Gallo Repertory Group December 20 – Brian Setzer Christmas – Gallo Center December 8 – Santa Con Pub Crawl – Downtown Modesto December 5 - Air Force Golden West Band Holiday Spectacular – Turlock Theatre December 7 – Rocky Horror Picture Show – State Theatre December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16   - Central West Ballet – The Nutcracker – Gallo Center December 6 -  Rat Pack Sinatra Christmas Show – FREE – 2 pm - State Theatre December 31 - Moonshine Bandits NYE at California Ballroom   December 1- 22 Thurs-Sat Rockin Holiday in 10th Street Plaza 6-9 pm December Modesto on Ice – Open Daily  New Year’s Events – Please see sidebar on page 5 FOLLOW US View Crew people Follow the View 28,000+ friends at: facebook.com/ modestoview

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GREETINGS VIEW Greetings Friends

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Going for a walk on these fall days is just about the best thing going as these last few days when the rain fell and cleared the air and brightened our sky. It has been a long time since rain made such a difference and those big rainbows were a welcome sight.  There is normally a sense of calm when the leaves change, we get through Thanksgiving and then all of a sudden, everything speeds up again as we race toward the end of the year.   It seems like yesterday Rockin’ Santa was in the Rockin’ North Pole but here we are, ready for opening night.  But November was not calm as California rallied to support those who lost everything in Paradise and so many of our local people, companies and non-profits made amazing contributions.  It will be really important that after the TV cameras leave in a few weeks, that we don’t forget and are still ready to support those who have lost everything as we get close to the holidays. We need to lend a hand here at home and we will need to lend extra hands this winter.  We will keep you posted as opportunities to help are announced.  If you have a donation program, please let us know so we can help you spread the word to events@ modestoview.com or message us @ modestoview  One of the reasons I love Modesto is that there is a good group of “doers” here in our community. Many of these doers are the writers here at ModestoView, constantly creating events and activities and we are proud to support the others in town that are doers.  Great to see the success of ModShop and Ruhi Sheikh, Kate Trompetter and Trisha Rosenow are making an amazing difference.  Andrea and Jerome Murray are doers and have created Modesto on Ice that has changed our downtown.  We here at ModestoView and Sierra Pacific wanted to bring the classic Christmas holidays back to downtown so we created Rockin’ Holidays five

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years ago in 10th St Plaza and it gets bigger every year. Best of all, the people of our community have responded by supporting and attending these events.  This is where it all works and becomes part of our community. We can’t back off. We have to keep innovating and creating and most of all, make these current events even better and make sure we support the new doers that are going to make a difference with new events and ideas.  We hope to see you out at Rockin’ Holiday this year and we would love to hear what you think about all of these events so they can get even better.   As December unfolds, we turn to our family and friends and make sure that we are all looking out for each other. I am so happy both of my girls are back living in Modesto and so excited for their futures. As kids grow up, get new jobs or start new families, these times when we are all

together mean even more. As we plan on giving, we hope you will keep it local and make sure that we keep our dollars here in town.  Many of our locally owned companies make some of the biggest contributions to our city.  This is how it works and I hope that you will check out the local companies that are featured and advertise in ModestoView and know that these are the ones that give back and invest in us, so we should support them back.  Let’s finish our year strong Modesto. Let’s show that we care, have the talent, the creativity and the will to make this year better and begin our planning to make 2019 even better.  I and my family wish all of you the Happiest of Holidays, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah and wish Peace and Friendship to all, as this is the foundation of everything.  You are all part of our ModestoView family and we will keep working hard to be a positive force in our community and continue to “Serve Civic Pride Daily”.   Best to you all, Chris Murphy Founder and Publisher, ModestoView  

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Oh no! Abigail Murphy appears to have slipped on the ice on a recent outing and thank goodness that these amazing helpers were there to get her back on her skates.   Thanks to Sam Pierstorff, host of the Ill List, Ninja Poet and MJC English teacher, Abbey’s boyfriend and SPWG Compliance Coordinator Harrison Power and the ever-inspiring Reggie Rucker of Engaged Project for being a part of this slice of Modestocana for this classic and glorious Modesto USA.  #classicmodesto #gloriousmodesto #modestousa Look for them in the new Final Cut Produced ModestoView short film, debuting at the Ill List on December 8 FOR MORE MODESTO INFO: www.modestoview.com


NEW YEAR’S VIEW

By Chris Murphy and Middagh Goodwin

Where did the time go?

It seems like time is just going faster and faster and now the door to 2019 is getting ready to open. What will the future bring?   But now, you need to get your plans set for December 31.  Childcare?  Party dress?  Airplane Tix?  ModestoView has prepared this handy list for New Year’s Events so you can ring in 2019 in a variety of ways.   The ViewCrew is even presenting an NYE EST event in 10th St Plaza at the Rockin’ Holiday Tree to celebrate New Years on the east coast time.   If you know of an event that isn’t listed here, please email us at events@modestoview.com so we can spread the word. 

Check out our handy guide so you can learn how to tie a real bow tie and ditch the clip on forever   NYE EST - 10th Street Plaza - 6 pm NYE with Mike Torres Band - Clarion Inn 6 pm Ring the Bell -  Modesto Elks Lodge 6 pm NYE White Affair - San Joaquin Fairgrounds 6 pm   NYE Dinner Dance - Azores Band of Escalon 7 pm NYE with Moonshine Bandits - California Ballroom 8 pm   NYE 2019 Party Stockton Sailing Club 8 pm NYE Party - Black Oak Casino 8 pm NYE Party -  The Brave Bull 9 pm NYE Comedy - Urbano Bistro 9 pm NYE with the Penetrators at Woodbridge Crossing 9 pm NYE with Kenny Frye Band at the Udder Place 10 pm More info at www.modestoview.com

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Publisher Information PUBLISHER Chris Murphy chrism@modestoview.com

SALES AND ADVERTISING Advertising@modestoview.com Managing Editor Middagh Goodwin DESIGN, LAYOUT, & ART PGrimaldi, Creative Art Director / Designer Peter Grimaldi pete@pgrimaldicreative.com Photo Director Michael J. Mangano Office Adminstration Brandilyn Brown SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS Madison Murphy – Adobe Specialist Abbey Murphy – Correspondent Russ Allsup - Correspondent Brandon Brush - Correspondent CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Christiansen Aaron Rowan Kaye Osborn Jennifer Allsup Middagh Goodwin Efren Martinez Brent Terry Patty Castillo Davis Sofia Johnson Dana Johnson Earl Mathews Mary Layton Monica Barber Ken White Brandilyn Brown Alan Falconer Maryann Spikes Tasha Williams Jessica L. Sule Mick V. Rubalcava

GIVING VIEW By Chris Murphy There are so many in need this year. With

the fires up north and those here in our community in need, there are so many ways you can lend a hand.   One of the best organizations to help is the Salvation Army as they can help you connect to the Salvation Army office that is assisting Paradise and your donations go directly to programs. There are many needs here at home and you can help by being a bell ringer this season.   Captain Breazeal has let us know that the local priorities are 1) Volunteering to be a bell ringer and you can sign up at www.registertoring.com    2) You can sponsor a family from the Angel Trees www.SalvationArmyModesto.org The Salvation Army and ABC10 are encouraging viewers to pick-up an Angel Tree tag and fulfill the wish of a child in our community. Angel Tree matches donors with children from qualified families.   Select a tag at any local participating business, purchase the gift on the tag and then return in to the tree site... and the wish of a local child will be granted. Angel Tree tags can be found at The Salvation Army’s Admin. Building - 625 I St. Modesto  Call 522-3209 and ask for Jen to ring bells and Capt. Deb for Angel Tree info.

You can donate online here: https://modestocitadel.salvationarmy.org Here are some of the coat, clothing and shoe drives you can help out: Through December 17 – Soroptimist Giving Tree at Vintage Faire Mall – Upper level find The Giving Tree Kiosk until December 18th at 8:00pm, staffed daily from 12noon to 8pm by Soroptimist members and community volunteers.     12/01 Stay Warm Blanket and Sock Drive benefiting Stanislaus Family Justice Center music by Koala & the Golden Boy, BeadHeads, Sincerely Allison and more at Queen Bean Coffee House  12/01 Kat Country Christmas Show benefitting Camp Fire Victims Fund at the Udder Place Turlock  12/08 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla-Fill the Boat Toy Drive at Modesto Walmart- 2225 Plaza Parkway

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e t a t S e h t t a Sinatra n io it d a r t y a id l o h A Return to the golden era of the Rat Pack with an afternoon of classic Christmas and Crooner tunes. Ring in the holiday season as local talent performs center stage!

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12/08 Santa vs. Grinch Toy for Tots Fun Day Toy Drive at Extreme Paintball Park 12/09 Impalas & Luxurious Toy Drive at Christopher’s Home Furnishings 1604 Sisk Rd 12/13 Comedy for a Cause to benefit victims of the California Wildfires at Famiglia Bistro 12/15 Modesto Raiders Toy 4 Tots preseason game at Perkins Park 12/15 7th Annual Do Something Toy Drive featuring Purp Reynolds, Oozee, 3rd Eye Team, The Valligators and more at Alano Club Ceres early donation bin located at Rasputin Records benefiting Women & Children’s Crisis Centers of Stanislaus County 12/15 TrailerHead Toy Drive with Pruno, Double Barrel Boys, Satisfied Mindz at The Other Place If your drive is not listed here, please let us know at events@modestoview.com

Dec. 6, 2018 • 2pm Free Admission

Doors open at 1pm; Show starts at 2pm The State Theatre, 1307 J St. Modesto, CA

Santa Con – December 8

Are you ready to get your Santa on? SantaCon is your opportunity to be Santa and cruise downtown Modesto and sample the many different holiday cocktails at the bars, cafes and restaurants. This is super easy and it there is no entry fee.  All you have to do is dress up like Santa, Miss/Ms/Mrs Santa or his elves.  You should Ho Ho Ho like Santa. And, of course, you must drink like Santa.   Who’s in charge? Santa, that’s who. So, dress like Santa, bring cash, tip the bartenders, don’t mess with police, kids or security and be kind like Santa.  Please take a cab or Uber so you can have fun and be safe.  Here is the planned schedule:  

SANTACON ROUTE: 6-6:40 FUZIO’S 6:50-7:20 SKEWERS 7:30-8:10 CHEROOT 8:20-8:50 THE FOX 9-9:30 THE BAYOU 9:40-10:10 ST.STAN’S  10:20-10:50 TRESETTI’S  11-??? RALSTON’S GOAT

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ART VIEW Great Things in December by Betty Kinney

Note: Jim Christiansen’s regular column this month can be found at www. modestoview.com   We would like to welcome a special guest ArtView author, local artist and gallery supporter Betty Kinney. 

The Modesto Area art community is real-

ly doing great things in December. Join us for “Holiday Shopping Spree” Downtown Modesto ArtWalk December 20th 5-9pm. This is a self-guided tour visiting venues, art galleries, local businesses, specialty shops and organizations featuring great art for gifts.   Music provided by Modesto View & Modesto Area Music Awards (MAMA).  Here is a sample of what is happening and where. 1. Art Time and Sip Wine Studios- (209) 777-0129 2. Still Smoking Modesto-Open ArtWalk evening from 5-9pm, featuring Monica Gunderson and Artists friends. 3. Carolyn Huff Photography- Artists Carolyn Huff landscape and portrait, & Mary Ann Brandow Jewelry/handmade gifts. 4. Papachino’s- Mediterranean fare with Art 10:30am-8:00pm 5. Barkin Dog Grill- Is open for ArtWalk with an local artist, & local musicians. 6. Heart & Soul Coffee- (209) 526-7196 7. Treseitti’s- Artists - Judith Levi-Wood with her Fairy Art book & Paintings, Irene Hooper-Gomez Artist Specials & James Devlin. World Caffe, Eat & Drink with local music provided by Modesto View. 8. St. Stan’s-Wood fired pizza oven, Brewery with 17 beers & ciders 9. Chartreuse Muse Gallery-Unique & crafted items from Nicole Slater, David Glaister’s Fairy Houses & Hand Turned Wooden pens, Jenn Price Hand Knit Mug Hug (coffee cozy sleeves), Sandra Veneman’s beaded jewelry, Ellen Roehne and

Rachael Payne Ceramic items. (Watch for some special deals during ArtWalk evening only). **Nicole Slater’s Hand-painted Ornament 10.Preservation Coffee and Tea unique-specialty coffee shop & supports established or emerging local artists. 11. Mistlin Gallery- “Home for the Holidays”, member Artists show. Gift Shop is full of locally made art, jewelry, ceramics and unique gift item. 12. Ralston’s Goat-food, and local artists Modesto @ 1001 10th St., 549-9413. 12. Trevino’s Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor-Classic haircuts, beard trims & shaves with unique art pieces. 13. New - The Dragonfly Art For LifeOwner Barbara Asher’s art, Social Media Alex Countryman, Owner Barbara Asher 14. Tri-Chromatic Gallery-Feature rare Art pieces from Zizr. Featuring pieces from the Vinyl Body of Works Collection. Lords Graffiti Crew presentation and live music. NEW Art Gallery —The Dragonfly Art For Life We are excited to welcome a new art space to downtown Modesto. This is and open-air studio, available to both children and adults in separate areas, allowing each person to explore their creativity with a variety of media in a beautiful, supportive environment. Participants can create a painting, or something truly meaningful to them. You can rent space by the day as well.  The Dragonfly, Barbara Asher, 209 916 4489, 1210 J street Betty Jean Reynolds is an Artist and Community Inspiration. At the celebration of her 91st birthday we presented Betty Jean with the “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE” for outstanding accom-

From Left: Barbara Asher, Lauren Stokes & Jim Abaun, Nicole Slater ornament, Betty Jean Reynolds front row plishments in the Visual Arts at a special gathering at Sabatino’s. The Peer Artist Award is given to a local artist for exceptional work through exhibitions and presentations with an outstanding body of work. Betty Jean was, excited, pleased & humble. The only other Artist individual in the Modesto area to receive this award was Ed Cesena in July 2018, as he turned 90. Ed and Betty Jean are long time friends! Meet our artists I visited with two local artists @ Laura Stokes Gallery in Modesto, with Laura Stokes & Jim Abuan.   Jim is working on a new piece of art to share with our community, shared his bodies of works. He says that his paintings explain the “Meaning of Life,” through his creative mind, body, and soul. Jimmy uses latex house paint, glue, canvas, newspaper and magazines to create his thoughts & dreams. Laura is a self-taught artist, has a true passion for visiting MOMA museums across the county. She is a serious person

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By Chris Murphy

McHenry Village 1700 McHenry Ave

ModestoView is on the lookout for Santa. We will keep our eyes open and will keep you posted at www.modestoview. com all month long. Make sure you like us at facebook.com/modestoview and be up to speed all the time. Don’t forget to track Santa as he travels around the world at the official www.noradsanta.org/ and share your sightings! 

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Santa’s HQ Workshop In Center Court Through - December 24 Hours vary, 11am-8 pm for sure Christmas Eve Dec 24 8 am – 6pm Reserve your spot www.shopvintagefairemall.com/Events Photo with Santa requires purchase FOLLOW US:

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for learning about historic known artists. In 2015 Laura formed an online retail gallery, Laura@LauraStokesArtSales. com. She has traveled all over the country studying her art, traveling with an artist sketch books. Once in Modesto she opened her own online gallery.   www. LauraStokesGallery.com At the Mistlin Gallery The “Home for the Holidays” member show is currently hanging through, December 21 and includes locally made works of art of all varieties, priced for holiday giving. Mistlin Gallery is open 5:00-9:00 PM for 3rd Thursday art walk on December 20, featuring Art Trunk Shows and Music with Lynn Sampson, Wine and holiday treats.  Entrance is free and open to the public.  Parking vouchers are available. Shop local at their Gift Shop, currently geared for the holidays with seasonal cards and gifts for that special someone, all reasonably priced and handmade by local artists in the gallery.  kenneybetty29@gmail.com

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Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa – Purchase required A tradition of excellence since 1953 Open through Christmas Eve Mon-Sat Noon-8pm Sun 10am-4pm Free Carriage Rides Sat 11am-2pm Sun Noon-3pm

Rockin’ Holiday -10 St Plaza

Visit Rockin’ Santa, the Rockin’ Elves in the Rockin’ Sleigh at the Rockin’ North Pole Enjoy the snow and the live Rockabilly music and the huge 50’ Rockin’ Tree Thurs, Fri & Sat   6:00 – 9:00   Dec 1-22 FREE pictures with Santa 

Here are other Santa sightings!

12/01 8 am Gallo Center for the Arts 12/01 11 am The Spoiled Baby, Modesto 12/01 5:30 Smyrna Park, Ceres 12/02 11 am Mitchell’s Harley-Davidson   12/15-12/16 Petco, Modesto

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BREW VIEW

Persuasion Brewing

DESIGN VIEW

#GloriousModesto is catalyzing the creative cool

by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE) by Brandilyn Brown and Christopher Mitchell

at The Market at La Comiseria The Market at La Comisaria is THE best market in town if you love craft brew.

For a prime example of craft beer, look no further than The Market. Light, dark, doesn’t matter. Ales, pilsners, hoppy IPAs, stouts, sours, you like it, they carry it. Try a new brand. Try a new flavor. They even carry ciders, meads and wines. Last year owner Patrick Chinn told the MV: “Beer is my passion. I want our beer selection to be exceptional. I hold it to my very high standards as a beer enthusiast.” And he has delivered! Taking his love for beer one step further than proving the best selection in the area, he now serves the best and makes the best selections in the area! Patrick has just opened Persuasion Brewing inside our beloved Market and you would be silly to not go there this weekend. MV: What is your favorite beer? PC: My go-to is an IPA. I also love sours, and imperial stouts. Ok, actually I like a lot of beer! I push the envelope with distributors to get new, fresh, exciting beer here so we can all enjoy it. If you don’t ask, you might not get it! Always ask. The same goes for my customers. You want us to carry a particular brand? Let us know! MV: Why Modesto? PC: Modesto has a conscious unlike any other city I’ve lived in. Everyone wants to make it better.  We hoped to spark 7th Street, make this street better. I think we’ve done that. Pour into your community and be the change you want to see. Make the difference yourself. Patrick and his team have certainly revitalized 7th Street in the last year. The deli makes some delicious sandwiches, so do yourself a favor this month, take a break from the holiday-crazy and have a beer and sandwich with some loved ones at Persuasion Brewing. Their taps change nearly daily, so you are in for a treat anytime you go. If you’re looking for a last minute gift for a beer lover, pick up some rare bottles in the craft brew section-it will be the best present you’ll give this year.  

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The Market at La Comiseria

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tic Modesto business and civic leaders developed a wide-reaching campaign to promote the booming city of Modesto, then one of the fastest growing and prosperous cities in California. Alongside an advertising campaign to attract businesses and new residents to the city, these so-called “Boosters” also sponsored the erection of Modesto’s iconic centennial arch in 1912. A new initiative draws inspiration from these twentieth century Boosters in an effort to foster civic pride in Modesto today. Glorious Modesto is the brainchild of five modern-day Modesto Boosters – Amy Vickery, Jay Pink, Kate Trompetter, Lee Davis and Reggie Rucker -- who are passionate about Modesto and our creative community. The idea for Glorious Modesto emerged out of our participation in the Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network, organized by the Stanislaus Community Foundation, to bring together diverse emerging leaders across issues, sectors and generations to learn, build relationships, collaborate and innovate for a better future for their region. Glorious Modesto is a catalyst of creative initiatives that engender civic pride and connected community in our city. There are many amazing, creative things already happening across our wonderfully diverse city, and we celebrate that. And we want to identify and support more of them. For us, a “glorious” idea is one that places a premium on all or most of these core principles: connected community, civic pride, creative confidence, embracing diversity, championing the creative underdog, collective benefit, awesomeness, radical generosity, and inspiration (see more at www.gloriousmodesto. com/our-impact). • We’re a catalyst. Glorious Modesto is a catalyst of glorious things in Modesto by leveraging connections, public attention and resources to help enable great and glorious ideas to flourish. We seek out cool and creative people with great ideas, doing glorious things and help to rally the community in support of them. We also love trying and testing creative and new ideas that have potential for connecting our community in authentic, fun and enduring ways. • We’re a brand. We are creating a high profile Glorious Modesto visual brand to amplify glorious things and build civic pride. The brand will be applied to a unique line of Glorious Modesto apparel and products itself as well as used to help celebrate and promote glorious events and projects initiat-

ed by others in the community. #GloriousModesto Merchandise Glorious Modesto is a social enterprise aimed at generating revenue to put back into the community to fund and support glorious ideas and activities. Proceeds from merchandise sales will go towards identifying and supporting glorious efforts that align with our core principles. Our first series of postcards features six images drawn from the public’s use of #GloriousModesto to serve as that reminder. Postcards are now available at Suite 52 Living in McHenry Village and downtown at Rodin Ranch Farmers Market. A perfect holiday gift for friends, family, colleagues and clients, while also spreading civic pride! Stay tuned for more Glorious Modesto news and merch! www.gloriousmodesto.com #GloriousModesto

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PERFORMANCE VIEW

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

The last month of the year has finally

arrived. We become busy with holiday shopping, festivities, cooking and decorating.  It is a good time to relax and de-stress by going to the theater.  It’s time to create new family traditions.  I coordinate the annual Dickens Faire at the McHenry Museum and invite community members to volunteer their time to enrich the event with their enthusiasm.  Dancers from Central West Ballet will perform in costume to music from The Nutcracker.  Ken White, a local author, will be in attendance to sign his books.   Come decorate an ornament, ice a cookie and listen to holiday stories while exploring the McHenry Museum between 9 AM and noon. Here’s What is Happenin’ in our Neck of the Woods   Prospect Theater Project Watch on the Rhine Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 PM & Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 PM   Play-Reading Project California Scenarios Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 PM   Gallo Center for the Arts Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol Dec. 7-9 Read more about this on page 14   CWB: The Nutcracker Don’t miss this Modesto family tradition. Dec. 7-16   Noel the Musical Monday, Dec. 17   McHenry Museum Dickens Faire and McHenry Mansion and Museum Tours Saturday, Dec. 1: 9 AM- noon

Soup Supper Sunday, Dec. 2 6 PM   Lakewood School Holiday Program by Lakewood chorus and Sign Club 1:30 PM & 6:30 PM   There are some amazing school performances happening this month.    The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents the Agatha Christie mystery “Spider’s Web” on November 29 and 30, and December 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre of the Performing Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto.    The Crucible – Enochs High When the burden of proof is invisible and the crime too terrible to name, everyone becomes a suspect and no one is safe. Enochs Drama Department presents the ever-relevant masterpiece The Crucible by Arthur Miller Saturday, Dec 1st, 2018, 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec 8th, 2018, 7:30 pm  Friday, Dec 14th,  2018, 7:30 pm  Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018, 7:30 pm  Enochs High School: Multipurpose Room  Tix: Students $5 Adults $7   Modesto High School Theatre will produce Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol in the MHS Auditorium which takes two iconic topics from Victorian England and slams them together as Doyle’s eccentric detective runs up against Dickens’ classic tale of redemption. November 30 and continuing December 1, 7, and 8. The house will open at 7:00 PM with the curtain at 7:30 PM. Tickets are 7.00 and available at the door.  Downey Choir Holiday Show December 13th, 2018 Holiday Concert Downey Auditorium 7pm

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If you have been craving a cup of amazing coffee, you need to keep your eyes peeled for the super cool mobile Culture Coffee Bar. Clever crafty trailer, loaded with great locally made treats as well as premium coffee drinks, it is a nice breath of fresh air in the local craft coffee biz.   Owned and operated by Jaime Griswold, this project had great support from their local Kickstarter campaign. You will see their trailer

around town and make sure to check out their schedule at facebook.com/culturecoffeebar and Instagram @cultu-

roaster that will really light up your tastebuds. I discovered Wanderoast at the Modesto Farmer’s Market and learned about the new blends from Mike and Luke.  They are roasting amazing beans here in Modesto and one of their most popular is the Americano Cold Brew and their blends are from Brazil, Bali and other exotic locations.  So fellow coffee junkies, check it out and support your local craft coffee. You can find pop up shop locations on Instagram @wanderoast and order coffee at www.wanderoast.com They even have a cool gift box.

As you may or may not know, Minnie’s is one of our favorite places to eat and drink in the world, yes, the entire world. BUT, it is at risk friends.  The new owners want to eliminate the kitchen. As regular diners there, this is a tragedy, but we are hoping we can save it.  Shockingly, many people nie’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/ don’t know that their food is amazing.  minniesmodesto   Best pot stickers ever, BBQ pork to die This is not a drill, we have to save Minby Leia Johnson for, special fried rice, Mongolian beef, nie’s!  Disclaimer: I have no financial We supplied them with backpacks, pencils, sizzling rice soup and so much more that interest in Minnie’s other than I love has been served there since 1954.   Plus, rules, scissors, and more. The school was The American Cancer Society Relay For Lifeplace is a life-changinevent the and it has been mythat favehelps spot if you have regular cocktails like we do, so grator our help. our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled can remember since I was a kid.  We need to keep these you know you NEED to eat to make your loved ones lost, and fi ght back against the disease. Your asons for getting   Soon we will all get together and clean evening traditions alive and if the food part of this go better.  The new owners had involved in Relay For Life are as unique and special as hopefully the story they that will motivates makes money, keep eyeglasses to be distributed to developing planned to shut down the kitchen in you. Because of your support, we are creating a world with less cancer and it open.  A couple of Jerks require some but relentedThis to the of the event nations throughout the world. Last time we October more birthdays! is aend wonderful in Modesto and the track is lined with food.  Even if you don’t eat there, get it So incredible friends, webooths need towhere you letteams the show really their support, sell crafts and food to cleaned over 2,000 glasses. We hung out, year.  “To Go”.at Thank you.is mazingly powerowners know you is want the food to raise funds. There an amazing luminary walk dusk that listened to music, and laughed while being new ful. Please consider this event, supportRestaurant  a team or just make a donaremain at Minnie’s.  Howsupporting do we do this?  Minnie’s able to help someone see better. The se are tion. www.relayforlife.org Modesto, EAT THERE!  Go eat, post onand the then Min-type in107 McHenryCA Ave  209- 524-4621

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Upbeat Italian cafe offering a menu of traditional fare, including breakfast in a cheerful space. Address: 421 McHenry Ave. Modesto - Phone # 576-7116

Skewers Kabob House Ambient Mediterranean eatery serving mainstays such as dolmas & kabobs plus wine & cocktails. Address: 821 L St. Modesto - Phone # 525-3611

Taqueria Cardenas

Fresh authentic Mexican food right in the heart of Downtown Modesto! Address: 1017 J St. Modesto Phone # 529-1461

Urbano California Bistro Now open for lunch, dinner, dine-in, and delivery! With some seriously huge and delicious steaks for dinner. 1016 H St. Modesto - Phone # 622-1108

Velvet Grill & Creamery

Classic cars, rock n’ roll, burgers and shakes. All American home town food made fresh from scratch. Address: 2204 McHenry Ave. Modesto - Phone # 544-9029

Verona’s Cucina Italiana

Delicious Italian cuisine in an elegant inviting atmosphere. Eat, drink and be merry. Address: 1700 McHenry Ave. Modesto Phone # 549-8876

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UNPLUGGED VIEW Swan Songs By Aaron Rowan

December Movies Nobody has ever yelled “Freebird!” at one of my listening concerts. And that’s just the way I like it. The Modesto Unplugged live music series divides its programming between beautiful originals and re-imaginings of traditional folk tunes from all regions of the globe. The slate is full of styles and instrumentation you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in our area in a public setting. But each December, I break my own rule for one night only, when I gather some of my favorite culture companions together for a bit of fun. Our annual ELEGY showcase pays tribute to those notable musicians who have passed from this life during the calendar year. The sixth instalment of this always-popular evening will take place Saturday evening the 15th,

with a diverse lineup giving their renditions of Aretha, Dolores, film composer Johann Johansson and more. This year’s players include Alzara & Brother Spellbinder, Bethany Saint-Smith, Boscoe’s Brood, The Darcys, Grace Carrillo with chamber orchestra, and Taken Roads. These are wonderfully cool and supportive people who you all ought to meet and enjoy. Come down to the Barkin’ Dog Grill from 6-9 PM for dinner and music with no cover charge and plenty of charged covers. Home is where the art is, Sunday afternoon December 2 at the Mistlin Art Gallery. Opera Modesto’s new artistic leadership team, international opera stars Roy Stevens & Annalisa Winberg, are joined by their Valley Talent Project-winning daughter Carolina Stevens for a presentation of sweet vocal music and spicy tales of their globetrotting adventures. 2 PM, $50 VIP, $30 general, $20 student w/ I.D. Tickets available at www.galloarts.org or 209-523-6426. We’re winding down 2018 with a couple more Sunday matinee shows at Moon & Sixpence Music And Art House. December 9, Lisette Sims (‘Valley Talent

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Project’ best band winner) and Melynda Rodriguez (MAMA Awards best alt-indie winner) share the stage for the very first time. Smoky & sultry contemporary pop/ rock meets electronic, Latin, pop and cheesy piano love songs. 3 PM, $5 at the door. December 16, indie dream folk songwriter Jessica Roki Kilroy is featured along with a special guest TBA. Jessica is also a conservationist who incorporates field recordings of natural sounds into her compositions and live performances. 3 PM, $10. Find this hidden gem venue nestled back in the courtyard next to El Sol, at 500 9th St. between E & F, and experience the up close and unplugged wonders of the listening-room format. Wishing everyone warm holidays and a happy New Year! Intimate performances. Infinite Playlist. MODESTO UNPLUGGED. www.modestounplugged.com

By Chris Murphy If you have family visiting here in

Modesto over the holidays, we have a great suggestion for you. Check out the Modesto Historic Cruise Route.   This is a fun walking tour that takes you on a loop of 10th, G, 11th, and  K along many of our local fantastic restaurants and around the Gallo Center.  You can start in 10th St Plaza in the middle of Rockin’ Holiday.   You can bring the Cruise Route to life by watching the interviews on each sign.  Get the full story at www.modestocruiseroute.com and scan the QR code for a special message from George Lucas.  Enjoy your holidays. 

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Girls Tennis Team won the 2018 – 2019 San Joaquin Section Championship Title! Seeded number two in Division 4 Playoffs, Central powered through to victory by beating Los Banos 9-0, Placer 8-1, and Kimball 7-2. Sophomore Colleen Ballatore, born and raised in Modesto, defeated the 2-year champion from Sierra High School in the final match and was named the Valley Oak Leagues Most

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INTER VIEW Jim Johnson – Gallo Center Repertory Company By Chris Murphy

Modesto is so fortunate to have local stars that are champions of stage and theatre performance.   Not only that, we are fortunate the drama and performing arts are strong in our local schools and notably at Modesto Junior College.   One of these local stars was responsible for bringing the entire performing arts department back to life in 1981, leading to decades of amazing performances, the development of new performers and the complete renovation of the MJC Auditorium complex.  This was an amazing effort.  His efforts were revolutionary and he was given the Stanislaus County Arts Council Excellence in Arts for Lifetime Achievement.  Now today Jim Johnson has taken on the challenge of developing a completely new arts group at the Gallo Center for the Arts with the creation of the Gallo Center Repertory Company. Over the last few years, there have been some amazing performances like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Exonerated, The Piano Lesson and To Kill a Mockingbird and recently Stand and Deliver.  Jim holds a B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from California State University, East Bay and a PH.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the University of Southern California.  Let’s find out what Dr. Jim Johnson has been up to lately.     ModestoView:  When was your first experience with theatre?  Jim Johnson: I majored in Speech-Communication in college.  All three of the colleges I attended--Diablo Valley College, Cal State, East Bay and the University of Southern California had combined Speech/Theatre programs.  My first theatre production was a Reader’s Theatre performance of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood.  I’ve been hooked ever since It must have been a huge undertaking to rebuild the drama program at MJC; what was your biggest obstacle?  In the late 1970’s a decision was reached to cancel all theatre productions at MJC.  The decision was based on interpersonal staff communication problems.  I was invited to head up a committee to look at the situation and to propose alternatives to the current program.  The biggest challenge was starting from scratch--hiring new staff, creating new courses, defining the roles of personnel and creating a realistic budget.  Thankfully, we got things right and the program has successfully been in business for over 30 years.   MV: You were involved in the operations of the performing arts, but you wanted to get back into teaching.  Why was that?  JJ: After nine years in MJC administration, first as Dean of the Arts, Humanities & Communications division and Interim

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photos by MJ Mangano Vice President of Instruction, I decided that I wanted to spend the last two years of my 40 year career at MJC back in the classroom and directing. This is where I started, where my heart was and where I wanted to end my career.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made.   MV:  Tell us about your first partnership with the Gallo Center for the Arts.  JJ: After a year of retirement, I received a call from Lynn Dickerson asking if I would be interested in talking to her staff about taking an Arts Education Coordinator position on a volunteer basis.  The position would put me in contact with city and county school teachers, administrators and students.  I would coordinate the Pathways to Creativity program which brings thousands of area students to performances at the Gallo Center.  I enthusiastically accepted the position and coordinated the program for five years.   MV:   How do you describe the opportunity to create the Gallo Center Repertory Company?  JJ: During my tenure as Arts Education Coordinator, I reached out to area theatre groups such as Prospect Theater, MJC Theatre, Cal, State, Stan Theatre and Merced Theatre to look for ways in which we could combine forces and present theatre productions at the Gallo Center.  During this time, I also helped Sankofa Theatre mount their first African-American theatre production, “The Piano Lesson,” at the Center.  After several seasons of producing collaborations, I recommended to Lynn Dickerson that I felt that we were ready to go on our own occasionally and produce our own shows.  Our first solo effort was “A Christmas Memory, The Musical.”  It was presented in honor of Bette Belle Smith.

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MV:   What was the first Gallo Rep performance?  JJ: The first official Gallo Rep production was “The Diary of Anne Frank.”  I produced the show and it was directed by Heike Hambley.  It sold out, too.   MV:  The Gallo Center has now taken on the YES Company.  What opportunities do you see there?  JJ: The main goal here is to continue the excellence of this program.  Melanie MelaneeWyatt created one of the finest community youth programs in the country.  We will continue to partner with the Stanislaus County Office of Education in the running of this program.  Some of the opportunities that I see include expanding our after school youth program to include additional classes.  Also, to bring new staff on board to help coordinate the touring bully show that performs throughout the school year   MV:  This season’s holiday performance is “Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol.”  This is not your average Dickens presentation.  What makes this so interesting?  JJ: It is a wonderful reimagining of the Dickens classic.  It is written by the prominent American playwright, Ken Ludwig.  Ludwig is also the author of our Christmas offering last season, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Kimberly Ogden is directing. In this version, Tiny Tim and his friends conspire to get Scrooge to let Tim’s father to have Christmas day off from work.  They come up with tricks and magic to show Scrooge what the meaning of Christmas really is.  The play is full of humor and surprises.  The show will appeal to children and adults of all ages.  

MV:  Tell us something that people may not know about the Gallo Rep.  JJ:  In the two years that we have been in existence we have been fortunate to secure the talents of so many creative people in our area--actors, directors, designers, technicians, videographers, photographers, etc.  The Center has recently hired a new digital marketing manager who now helps us get our message out in exciting ways on social media.  I am thrilled about the number of people who want to be involved with the GCRC   MV:  Is it difficult to take a new twist on these classic characters and stories?  JJ:  This is one of the things that has always excited me about theatre--the opportunity to approach a story in a new and exciting way.  A classic has endured because it is open to interpretation.  Also, a classic may be presented in a way that reflects the time that it is presented in.  This is why Shakespeare’s stories will last forever.  I recently directed the stage version of the film “Stand and Deliver.”  The play takes place in the 1980’s.  We were able to give the text a new spin by emphasizing its relevance to today’s immigration controversies   MV: What can we look forward to in the upcoming season?  JJ: After Tiny Tim we will be presenting “Steel Magnolias” and “Tuesdays with Morrie.”  “Steel Magnolias” is one of the most popular plays of the past 20 years.  It is a comedy with some strong dramatic content.  It takes place in a southern beauty parlor where the women meet and discuss life.  “Tuesdays with Morrie” is the play version of Mitch Albom’s best-selling memoir about his Tuesday meetings with his dying professor.  Morrie helps teach Mitch how to face life and live.  I’m privileged to be playing the role of Morrie in this production   MV:  Describe your ideal day in Modesto.  JJ:  Coffee and the newspaper in the morning with my dog by my side. Then some work on my current project.  A five-mile walk on the Virginia Corridor.  Touch base with my colleagues at the Gallo Center.  A glass of wine and a nice dinner with my friends   MV:  And the most important question: Beatles or Stones?  JJ:  Beatles all the way  

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10th St Plaza from through December 22. The Rockin’ Holiday Pixel Show Tree will lighting up 10th St Plaza and our Rockin North Pole will feature amazing new shows. Rockin Holiday is fun for the whole family and takes you back with rockin’ retro cheer and special vintage style décor to the original Modesto 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 15 minutes look up into the sky to see snow right here in Modesto! Sip your hot cocoa or your Irish Coffee, eat your roasted chestnuts and make some classic Modesto memories.  This fun family holiday party is not one to miss!    

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grammed pixel animated light show created by Brian Friend of Laser Voodoo that will be something to see! Rockin’ Tree lighting happens on December 1st at 7:30 after the parade and will perform nightly from 6-11 pm. Rockin’ Holiday is connecting with Modesto On Ice so that downtown is even more fun and exciting.   

Rockin’ Holiday Live with Music, Santa and Snow and Rockin’ Santa and his elves will be there every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 6-9pm Yes friends this all happens and it is there for you for FREE thanks to all of our partners. Modesto Rockin’ Holiday is presented by:  Chris Murphy, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, ModestoView, Brian Friend Laser Voodoo, Matt Paine and Collins Electric, Modesto Toyota, with rockin’ support from the amazing people at the Downtown Modesto Partnership, Modesto Downtown Improvement District, City of Modesto, Visit Modesto, StoryPowered, Patchcrew, Fuzio, Ralston’s Goat, Brenden Theatre, Modesto Confidential Management, Sammy D and T and more. FOLLOW US:

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as this band has performed all around the world. Dating back to WWII, the 91st Division Band has a rich and distinguished history. They will be opening the show at our tree lighting extravaganza.   We will feature great local music from: Dec 1 - Breakfast with Santa Dec 7 - Holiday Choral Concert  Modesto Senior Center 8 am MJC East  7 pm Dec 1 - Santa Shares Breakfast Dec 7, 8 – Tiny Tim Christmas – Gallo Center for the Arts 8 am  Gallo Center  Dec 1 - Christmas Bash Dec 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16   - CWB – Mitchell’s Harley Davidson - 9 am The Nutcracker – Gallo Center Dec 1 - Sugar Plum Tea - Grand Dec 8 Spirit of Giving Run - 10th Theatre Tracy 11 am Street Plaza 8 am Dec 1 -  Dickens Christmas Dec 8 SantaCon - Downtown Fair  -  15th St & McHenry Modesto 5 pm Mansion Dec 13 -  CWB – Nutcracker in Dec 1 – Modesto Symphony Jazz - Gallo Center for the Arts Holiday Pops - Gallo Center for 7:30 pm the Arts 2 pm   Dec 13 – Opus Handbell Concert Dec 1 - Old Fashion Christmas Gallo Center for the Arts 7:30 pm  Downtown Oakdale 4 pm Dec 14, 15, 16 - A Christmas Wish Dec 1 - Lighted Boat Parade - The State Theatre Stockton Marina -  5 pm Dec 14 - A Very Carol Christmas Dec 1 – Modesto Holiday of Gallo Center for the Arts 7:30 pm Lights Parade – Downtown Dec 15 – Very Choral Christmas – Modesto  5:30 pm Gallo Center  7:30 pm Dec 1 - Ceres Christmas Festival - Dec 15,16 CWB - Nutcracker Ceres Community Center 5:30 pm Grand Theatre Tracy  Dec 1 -  Rockin’ Holiday Opening Dec 17 - Noel Live  - Gallo Center Day –10th St Plaza 5:30 pm  for the Arts  Dec 1 - Fiesta Navidad- Merced Dec 18 – 24 Holiday Movies at Theatre - 7 pm the State Theatre Dec 1   - Warren Miller Here there Dec 19 - DooWop Christmas and Everywhere – State Theatre Show - Gallo Center for the Arts  7:30 pm   7:30 pm Dec 1 – Rockin’ Tree Lighting – Dec 20 - Brian Setzer Christmas 10th St Plaza 8:00 pm (Sold Out)  - Gallo Center for the Dec 2 - Breakfast with Santa Arts Boomers 9 am Dec 21 – Dave Koz Christmas – Dec 5 - US AirForce Band HoliGallo Center for the Arts 7:30 pm day Concert - Turlock Community Dec 22 - Christmas at the Gallo Theatre 7 pm Center for the Arts 4 pm Dec 5 - Nutcracker School Performance -  Gallo Center for the Arts 12 pm Dec 6 – Rat Pack Holiday with Matt Henderson – State Theatre FREE 2 pm    Dec 7 - Christmas Parade of Lights - Turlock - 6:30 pm   Dec 7 - Gottchalks Music Christmas Sampler at Barkin’ Dog Grill 7 pm Dec 7, 8, 9 - Tiny Tim’s Christmas Gallo Center for the Arts  Subscribe to our You Tube channel at: youtube.com/modestoview

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The weekend after Thanksgiving when the leaves turn and the excitement in the air turns festive. Whether is it the holiday parties, the new snow on the ground or the anticipation of winter break, there is just a cool feeling in the air.  We are getting ready for Warren Miller Ski films, The Ill List and of course the festive nights of Rockin’ Holiday and the excitement of Modesto on Ice, ugly sweaters and spiked hot cocoa with family and friends makes it all special.  There is so much happening and a million places to be, so we are to help. A night on the town means a night on the town. If you are going to get all spiffed up to head downtown to go ice skating, you need to think about what you are going to do before, especially after skating.  This is what we call Aprés Skate. You had a great time, skated singles and doubles, and now it is time to relax, with a special holiday cocktail, and enjoy downtown Modesto.  Right around the corner from Modesto on Ice is our own Rockin’ Holiday, where you can meet up with Rockin’ Santa and experience the Rockin’ Snow and the Rockin’ Tree.  You can catch a movie at the Brenden Theatres in the new comfy recliners after a nice dinner at Fuzio, Ralston’s Goat or Graffiti Dogs.  You can walk down 11th St and find so many tasty options, or walk over to the Gallo Center, Prospect Theatre or The State Theatre for a show.  If you are skating late, you just might want a nice nightcap with friends and Uber home.   Don’t forget, there is live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Rockin North Pole Stage in 10th St Plaza.  No matter what, spend the day, or the evening in downtown and find something new to do.  

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(209) 300-3693 • 1131 11th St, Modesto, CA 95354 There are many theme days including Pond Hockey has Ice Skating at Fields of Ice at RAM Farms. Fields of Ice is open daily until January 21.  There is no reason to miss out on the skating and you can also pick up your Christmas Tree there too.  716 N. Daubenberger Road  Turlock, CA 95380 www.turlockfieldsofice.com

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Everybody wants a good deal right? You can enjoy Aprés Skate, or Rockin Holiday even more at a session of Modesto On Ice with the DoMo ProMo. This is a cool wristband you can buy at Modesto On Ice that gives you all-day skate and discounts at participating downtown businesses. Such a deal right. So give yourself a gift this season.  Learn more here:  https://domopartnership.org/discover/ Ralston’s Goat - 927 11th St Modesto  209-572-2990 is bringing the holiday drinks this year like no other bar! Enjoy the season with any of these delicious cocktails while ingre dients last. Caramel Pucker: A mix of champagne and apple pucker with a caramel rim and garnished with apple. The dry from the champagne with a hint of sweet from the apples and caramel will put any breakfast mimosa to shame! Try this instead at your next brunch.   Photos by Michael J Mangano

P.Wexford’s Pub 3313 McHenry, Modesto 209-576-7939 Irish Elf:  Jameson Irish Whiskey, Apple Schnapps, Sweet n Sour &Cherry garnish Rivets American Grill 2307 Oakdale Rd, Modesto 209-846-0501 Christmas in Your Mouth: Jim Beam Maple Bourbon, Coffee Shot , Baileys Shot. Top with Whipping Cream, Cinnamon & Cherry

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  

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12 Days of Star Wars

Modesto is the birthplace of George Lucas and the home of Star Wars, so it is only fitting that we have our own special version of the 12 Days of Christmas. You know the tune so clip out and save this special #ModestoUSA version of this loved seasonal song.  Get your droids, jump on the Millennium Falcon and start singing.   

Amazing Holiday Performances There are some shows that you just can’t miss this during the holiday season. The Central West Ballet production of the Nutcracker is a rite of passage for any dancer in our area and this is a great Christmas performance that gets you in the spirit and there are some good matinee shows.  One of the biggest shows to hit Modesto has been the Brian Setzer Christmas Rocks Tour on the 20th and the Dave Koz Christmas on the 21st.   There are some other really good shows at the Gallo Center. Check www.galloarts.org 

Holiday Movies at the State We hope you love holiday Christmas movies like we do. The State Theatre is your hook up this season for the classics like Christmas Vacation, Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th St and even Nightmare Before Christmas.  There is something for every member of the family and when winter break hits, you have your movie playlist all set. Get your tix in advance at www.thestate.org    

Giving and Believing

I believe. Really.  I believe in the spirit of giving and fellowship for the Holidays, and I confess, I never stopped believing in Santa Claus. This probably explains a lot about why we wanted to decorate downtown along with our own house. We want to spread the holiday cheer as much as possible and invite everyone to enjoy a Classic Downtown Modesto and experience Rockin’ Holiday and all that downtown has to offer. But in this spirit of giving, it is always a goal to find something unique and special for your friends and family and above all, something local that means something and carries a special message.  There are no shortage of options this season and we even have a special 12 Days of Christmas deal that you can check out on page 18.  All you have to do is take your entry to Rockin’ Holiday on December 22. Let’s check out some special things that come from right here in our area.

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Life and Times of Modesto By Ken White This is one of the best gifts you can give to teach someone about Modesto. This is one of the most comprehensive looks at the entire Modesto community. ModestoView’s Chris Murphy wrote the chapter about Cruising and Rockabilly and MJ Mangano provided many of the photos, so you really need to check it out. It is available for $40 at the McHenry Museum store.        It’s gotta be the cheese First, Fiscalini Cheese is amazing and their San Joaquin Gold has won awards around the world, so it is always good to have on hand.  Also, one of our faves is the squeakers at Oakdale Cheese Company.  Your friends will love you if you gift these treats.

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McHenry Mansion Store 924 15th St  Modesto, 95354 Sun – Fri 12-4 http://www.mchenrymansion.org/ Gift_Shop.html   McHenry Museum Store Tues – Sun 12-4 1402 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354 Call: (209) 495-4620 Email: museum@mchenrymuseum. org   Traina Foods If you love sun dried fruit, then you need to experience Traina Foods sun dried treats.  They make  a sun dried Ketchup that will blow your mind and they have introduced Fruitons, a nice option to croutons in a salad and for your cereal or yogurt.  Available at local stores and at www.trainafoods.com   Rocker Gear You gotta love a guitar strap that looks like true rocker gear.   Made here in Modesto, there are a variety of straps, cables, connectors and all of the nuts and bolts that make your connection to music.  Oh year, a little glitter goes a long way too on the way to the top of the charts. https://www.etsy.com/shop/rockitmusicgear   Subscribe to our You Tube channel at: youtube.com/modestoview

Youth Art Tap into the local talent here in Modesto and you can order a painting or multi media piece by Reese Boyett. We discovered her work at ModShop this year.  She has a website you can check out her work and even order.  So cool to see creative kids.   Reese’s Pieces on Instgram @Reeses_pieces_art   Felt Bibs Soft and durable, that is the magic blend for babies and moms.  Felt has long been a great material and local crafter Nicole Feaver Taylor creates felt  bibs and blankets in many varieties.  You can see her work at local farmer’s markets and even order custom items though her website and Etsy store.   https://feaverishlyquilting.com/   More Gift Ideas on Page 26

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12 Reasons to Shop Local

Days of ChristMas 12 By Mick V. Rubalcava & Jessica L. Sule

1) Keep Money Local

Money spent at a locally owned business stays in our own community.

2) Local Jobs Are Better Jobs

When you support local business you ensure that we have more career opportunities in our city.

3) More Bang for your Buck

Your much more likely to get a better deal when you’re working with a local business owner than a national corporation.

4) Strengthen our Culture

Locally owned businesses are always unique and add to our culture.

5) Be Kind to our Environment

Local stores and restaurants are more likely to sell local products which means less overall transportation and waste.

6) Get Better Service

Local business owners have a better understanding of their products and take more time to get to know their customers.

8) Invest in our Future

Local businesses are owned by local people who stay in our community and invest in our community.

7) Healthy Competition

Shopping local means more market innovation and lower prices over time.

10) Support Community Local nonprofit groups

9) More Public Safety

More successful locally owned businesses mean more local tax dollars for things like our police and fire departments.

11) Get Better Quality

receive more support from Many local business owners small business owners than set themselves apart by profrom large corporations. viding quality over quantity.

12) Civic Pride!

You can serve civic pride daily by shopping local and eating local. There is so much in Modesto to be proud of, so go out and see for yourself!

The 12 Days of Christmas Contest Rules Cut out the contest form, fill it out and then bring it to the Rockin’ Holiday stage during any Rockin’ Holiday show on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until December 22, 2018. One entry into the contest per person. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. Winners will be drawn at random at the Rockin’ Holiday Show on December 22, 2018. Twelve winners will be drawn to win one of the twelve prizes each. Prizes will be assigned to the winners at random. The drawing will be filmed and broadcasted on the Modesto View and ModestoNews.com facebook pages. Winners will be notified using the information provided on the contest entry form and will have 30 days to claim their prize. This contest was organized in part by Mick V. Rubalcava and Jessica L. Sule. If you own a local business and would like to be involved in our next giveaway contest call 209-286-MICK.

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Become a patron of the Arts for the Holidays By Middagh Goodwin Buy Local Saturday was November 24th but I encourage everyone to continue the trend and Buy Local Art and Music for all your Holiday Gifts. Your purchases will help to keep our arts community vibrant and healthy. So many of our area musicians have upped their merch game with T-Shirts to Skateboards. Pick up a Tee, CD and Patches, Metal band, Accidentally Murdered has Tees, hats, and stickers. If you are into Punk, Trucker Dad offers Buttons, Shirts, Patches, Stickers and CDs. Youth Band and MAMA Winner Indie Daze have cool shirts for you to show your support. Speaking of the MAMAs, you can purchase a T-Shirt and show your support for Modesto Area Music. Pop Rock artist, Radio Friendly have their new Christmas Ep and also full length available. IAC Records a local label putting out quality music by many of our favorites including the new Willie Hines release “Letters to Maria” the new outing for Nathan Ignacio “A Step Behind” and latest from Andrew Durr “Time Frame”. Check out the entire catalog at http:// iacrecords.com.  It doesn’t matter what genre you are into there are local bands who have something to sell you to help you show your support. Check out the Black HeARTs Market and Craft Grab the first Friday of each month to find unique crafts and custom art by some of the areas most creative. You will not only put a smile on the face of a loved one, but you will keep Art Alive. Another way to support the local arts community is buying gift certificates to your favorite cafes, restaurants and bars that host live music and act as makeshift galleries.  So why not stop off at Deva, Queen Bean, Tresetti’s, Ralston’s Goat to name a few and pick up some

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SONGWRITING VIEW Outro

By Patty Castillo Davis

It would be easy to list every musical happening of worth in our scene from 2018-Grammy Winner John McCutcheon, the incarnation of the Drum Love Drum Circle, the first annual International Woman’s Day Music extravaganza, the incomparable Porchfest, the Buddy Holly Tribute, Red Tie Arts’ phenomenal concert series, the Sensations reboot, Bikes and Blues for Shoes, Music on the Plaza, Dia De Los Muertes de Modesto bringing musica suavecito to THOUSANDS of folks, Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra conquering the MAMA awards like no other before, brave, steadfast Modshop Buskers and the Rockin Holidays! Although December ushers in a finale of sorts, we get a jump on what the future holds in local music. On Saturday, December 15 a very special benefit for Inter Faith Ministries of Greater Modesto will bring a unique stable of uber talented musicians performing tasty, eclectic personal versions of holiday music (see the many A Very Special Christmas album collection for reference). This all ages concert will be hosted by owner Lorena Loftis and the staff at Deva Cafe. Downbeat is at 6 pm and 100% of the

$5 gate fee will serve families in need via the IFM agency services. Enjoy fantastic music by artists like Neil Buettner, Ava Merchant and Willie Hines- just to name a few. Reservations strongly suggested. Most every Songwriter found their voice as a choir member in their musical history. For a true treat in acoustic harmonies, attend the Gallo Choral Christmas celebration on December 14 and 15. Deva Sunday Breakfast Music is bringing back the powerhouse Americana combo of Patty and Pete on December 9 from 10am to noon. These pilots of two beloved Roots bands-The Patty Castillo Davis Band and Blues Box Bayou Band will play their combined brand of Bluesy-Folk on the Bayou with some bilingual and holiday tunes thrown in. It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to those who’s music entertained us, gave a voice to a cause and created limitless beauty for us to enjoy into the future. Let’s just LINGER and give them RESPECT. Adieu. For Songwriter View booking info, submissions and opportunities please visit pattycastillodavis.com

BLUES VIEW Closing The Books on 2018 By Big Earl Matthews Here we are friends, closing the books on 2018. It was a good year in many respects. Kicking it off on the 1st Tony and the Tuff Times will be at Ridgeways in Modesto. December 3rd is a huge tribute to the late great Lazy Lester. You can check out some of the best blues players central CA has to offer including Kyle Roland and Rusty Zinn for a night you won’t forget paying tribute to one of the best harmonica players that have ever lived. On the 6th in Sacramento, you can check out Joe Louis Walker at the B Street Theater in Sac. Joe is a phenomenal guitar player and has a high cutting voice that he uses to great effect. If you love great guitar you can also check out Elvin Bishop in Santa Cruz at Moe’s Alley on the 9th. Stockton’s own Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood will be at The Brick House in Elk Grove on the 14th. Jeramy is a smoking hot guitar man and can work a crowd like no other. He is one to see if you haven’t yet.

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I will be hosting 2 jams this month one at Nino’s on the 19th and another on the 26th at Fired Up Grill in Ceres. On the 20th I am hosting another Ceres Ramble, lineup TBA. You can go to our FEarlisha Presents FB page to see the full videos from our first one. I am taking the Cryin’ Shame back up to the Torch Club on the 22nd. The Torch is our home away from home and it is always a highlight of my year to play at such a fun spot. A monster lineup a Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on the 23rd. The show is called the Guitarsonists and it features  Chris Cain, Daniel Castro and Mighty Mike Schermer. With any luck, I will be there. I am going to recommend that you consider heading up to the Shaver Lake Lodge for New Years this year to see Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood. I can say with full confidence that The Dangerous Mood is a guaranteed great way to ring in 2019. Have a great month and I hope to see you out at a show.

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JAZZ VIEW What’s new with Jazz and the Blues News? If you luv music you’re gonna love this Wow and here we are again, Bam! The Holidaze coming at you. It seems only yesterday I was at the mall hearing “you have ten minutes to finalize your purchases”, as I broke into a cold sweat and started to run with other procrastinator shoppers gleaning last minute gems for the tree. Well this year is going to be different; I have made my list and checked it twice…going to find out whose naughty or nice, Christmas Daddy’s coming to town. Plenty to do this holiday season, with family, friends in the valley area and remember the reason for the season. Blue Monday Party invitational Christmas jam returns on Monday December 10th with special guest Jazz and R & B vocalist Cliff Payne. Cliff is a seasoned vocalist who stills sings in the Zazu Pitts Motown Orchestra and many other regional acts. The Barkin’ Dog Grill House Band the Blue Monday Band will feature this time around: Johnny Valdes guitar, Tim Allen Bass and vocals, Dave Hawks’ drums, Pat Governor organ, Dave Dow and Eric Benson Keys and Horn section

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John Burt Alto Sax, Marti Martinez Tenor Sax and Kevin Marin Trumpet and Raul Slaps on Trombone.  We will be playing some Holliday classics from Blues, Jazz, Latin, Funk and Pop. Call the Dog for reservations: 572-2341.  If you play, come on down and sit in with the best musicians in the area, or to listen and dance, it’s gonna’ be smoking! And the Barkin’ Dog Grill, one of my favorite family friendly venues continues with some live music coming at you for December; 1st Fun Strummers Ukulele Band, 7th Gottschalks Music Christmas Sampler, 8th & 9th Gordon Kennedy Kids Recital, 10th Eric Benson Presents Blue Monday Christmas Party Jam session, 14thth Valley Jazz company, 15th Aaron Rowan Presents, 20th Modesto Art Walk, 21stst Erika Moore Auburn Road,

22nd Gary Vessel & Jason Winfree Blue Grass, 28thth The Taillights Band, and 29thJohnny Rocket & Thrust.  And every single Thursday Dave Dow pianist Extraordinaire hosts a Thursday Jazz Jam session for people to sit in and play some music. The Gallo Center kicks into Christmas gear with the December schedule. In December: 1stModesto Symphony, Holiday Pop, 7thth Central West Ballet, Nutcracker, and Tiny Tim Christmas, 13thOpus Handbell Ensemble, 14th Special Choral Christmas, 19th Doo Wop Project, 20th Brian Setzer Orchestra, and 21st Dave Koz Christmas Show!. Critics choice: if you have not heard Brian Setzer, or Dave Koz check them out! 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: Queen Bean Sundays open mike night also in an all age environment.  So take some time out to hear some live music and the arts of our own town as well this month, think globally and act locally.  All the best, peace out! Eric Benson, cell 209- 918-7033, email; Mbenson@fire2wire.com.

POET VIEW Ill List Poetry Slam

One of the most amazing nights of the

year happens at the State Theatre as poets from all over the USA converge to go head to head in verbal poetry combat.   The Ill List, produced by Sam Pierstorff and Ruhi Sheikh is an annual sold out success and the creativity that is delivered is amazing.  Set in two rounds, the poems are judged by audience members and the winner takes home some big cash.   ModestoView and Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group are the title sponsors this year, and we are proud to help bring this amazing night and thank Sam and Ruhi for making this happen.   We can’t wait to see our annual commercial. This is sold out so don’t lose your tickets and beware of scalpers.   December 8, 7 pm  State Theatre www.thestate.org

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COMEDY VIEW Its December Already Hello, hello, hello.

by Felicia Aleman

It’s December already. I can’t be the only one trying to figure out where the year went. It seems like summer just ended and threw us into winter. Did we even have fall? Who’s the fat guy in red? We couldn’t possibly be ready for holidays yet, right? Ick! Should I be shopping or something? And a resolution...Quick! I need an un-attainable goal so I can hate myself more than usual. I resolve to not wait to write stuff until the last minute... Join me in saying hello to new Sacramento Friends. This column is now also being posted on the website SacComedyScene. com that serves the Sacramento area. Comics from the 209 have been a part of the Sacramento scene and vice versa so I am happy to make one more connection. I will also periodically create new material for SacComedyScene.com that relates to my experiences in the Sacramento area. Howdy, Sacramento! Hope to see you at a 209 show soon. Speaking of shows here are a couple that needs highlighting Thursday 13th at 7: Famiglia Bistro in Modesto comedy benefit for California Wildfire Victims. A.J. DeMello presents

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headliner Jason Resler (as seen on Comedy Central) and an amazing line-up of comics to raise funds for the Red Cross. Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite. com for $15 or $20 at the door. Saturday 15th at 7: Alano Club Ceres Do Something Toy Drive, no cover with an unwrapped toy. Toy donations also accepted at Rasputin Records Modesto. That’s it for this month. Keep a lookout for this month’s video interview with Marcus Peverill on ModestoView.com

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FIT VIEW Clean Air Fitness By Efren Martinez

During the month of November, we experienced some of the unhealthiest air unfortunately from all the massive forest fires all across California. During this time we were advised to spend as little time outdoors as possible. This is a real drag for those of us who enjoy exercising outside, myself included. Honestly, if your home isn’t equipped with the latest air filtering systems than the air you are breathing in your home may not be that much healthier inside than outside. Sure there are Elevation fitness mask and N95 mask that one can use to filter the air, but it’s not 100% full proof especially if you have facial hair plus they are real germy. For myself, I don’t care for any kind of mask for the reason that the air we exhale is roughly 78 nitrogen,  15-18%

oxygen, 4-5 % carbon dioxide, 0.96 argon the CO2 being of course used by plants during photosynthesis. That’s all fine if your a plant, but my body requires the cleanest and highest amount of oxygen for exercising. I can’t get that while wearing a mask not to mention the carbon dioxide I just exhaled in the mask is not the smartest thing to inhale back into my body. My biggest recommendation to maintain your fitness level when the air quality is unhealthy is to go to your local gym where the climate control is carefully and cleanly monitored. If you have a home gym as I do, make sure your Hepa-air-filter in your heating/cooling system is changed once a week versus once a month. Another idea is to invest in a portable room Hepa-air-filter system. Keep your doors and windows closed and don’t push your bodies to the hard winded extremes during your workouts. You’ll have plenty of time to get back up to speed just as soon as the air clears. Right now let’s stay focused on maintaining your fitness and being smart about it during bad air quality days. This winter if you have a fireplace, please check before you burn on any given day.

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Happy holidays! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving break. There is so much to look forward to this holiday season in the area. If you have not been to the Modesto on Ice rink yet, I highly recommend it, especially during the nighttime when the rink (literally) lights up! Now that Thanksgiving is over and we have said our thanks it is the perfect time to give back to those who are not as fortunate. The way my family does this is through Soroptimist. This organization

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allows you to pick a tag from the Christmas tree set up at Vintage Faire mall and buy gifts for a child who might not receive any gifts otherwise. Some other favorite traditions of mine are Central West Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker, which will take place at our lovely Gallo Center for the Arts, and the Celebration of Lights Parade followed by the Rockin’ Holiday tree lighting, both on December 1st in downtown Modesto. There will be live music and lots of local businesses participating, as should you! Modesto Hospice center will also being holding a Christmas tree lighting the following day at Memorial Medical Center. Still can’t get enough of all of these events? The State Theater will be holding a Warren Miller Film Tour on December 1st, Sinatra at the State on December 6th, and a poetry slam December 8th, as well as much more! Well, I hope you have lots of plans for the holidays and if you didn’t already, now you do!

Foresight, having a sense of the future, is essential to our survival and safety. The Chinese have two good proverbs about foresight: “Weaving a net is better than praying for fish at the edge of the water” and “Remember to dig the well long before you get thirsty”.  This is what I get out of it. Prosperity, health and happiness are things we have to work for and defend. Good foresight means that I don’t sit idly hoping for the best. Or leaving it up to others to figure things out. It means that I do all I can to understand the situation at hand as best I can and act on it. I might want to get even more educated in order to make prudent provisions for the future.  And I must be realistic. Hopes and dreams alone won’t cut it. I must be aware of the circumstances, the way things actually are. Only then can I grasp what needs to be done and solutions will become evident.  There was the amazing story on NPR last month of the Yuba Community College chancellor who was the only one who

didn’t have to be evacuated at the time of the Butte fire because he had had the foresight to clear the land of trees and brush through the years around his house. He had always known that living in a remote, rural area would require him and this wife to be prepared for devastating fires. And so they resolved to get two fire pumps and hoses, and whatever they would need to have or do in order to be safe. It worked. Not only did their place survive because of their foresight, but they were also able to save the livestock of their neighbors and look after their properties. A very inspiring story! The question is: How do we develop good foresight?  Most likely through experience and observation,  listening to others and learning from mistakes. For more info go to: taichi4modesto. com or call (209)572-4518

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year. Blink and you’ll miss what’s left of 2018. If you can’t smile when you think about this past year then Ms. M hopes you spend the next weeks making joyful memories. The holidays have a way of bringing people together, including the friends and family we haven’t seen much during the year. Make some new memories sharing some of the Modesto Christmas spirit. It’s not Christmas in Modesto until everyone comes out for the annual Rockin’ Holiday tree lighting, the Celebration of Lights Parade and the Dickens Faire. Be prepared to walk a lot on December 1st because you’ll be wearing down the pavement! The fun filled day of free events begins at the Dickens Faire located on 15th street between I & J streets in front of the McHenry Mansion. Grab a ride on a horse drawn carriage and enjoy a free tour through Dickens mansion before perusing the wares from our area’s favorite artisans and craftspeople.

Get back downtown later in the day for the Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm to take in the light extravaganza before heading to Downtown Plaza for the Rockin’ Holiday Tree Lighting. As always Mr & Mrs Claus will be making an appearance for! The Rockin’ Holiday party continues on weekends throughout December. More Info: Dickens Faire: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. McHenry Mansion, (209) 549-0428; Parade starts -5:30 14th & I. Rockin’ Holiday- 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (209) 577-5344 Christmas is a time of music and great company. On December 14th Tri-Chromatic Gallery welcomes the sounds of Stinging Nettle and Single Lash. Single Lash is on tour promoting their new release Providence on Holodeck Records. The show promises to add a little vim and vigor to your Holidays. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Tickets $5 Tri-Chromatic Gallery - 1321 J street, 95354. Center Stage Conservatory is continuing its tradition of female-led productions by presenting Her Body and the Fall written by local spoken word artist, Summer Krafft. The story centers on a woman’s inherited trauma and how it affects her life, love and experiences. Set for mature audiences and has emotional and psychological trigger warnings. Production runs through December 16th. Info: Tickets: $15/students $10.CSC. Dates & times. https://www. centerstagemodesto.com/ Close out the year with a film at local movie house The State Theatre. Grab your favorite person, some popcorn and watch The Favorite at 1pm or 4pm on December 31st before the ball drops at Midnight. Info: The State Theatre 1307 J Street. http://www.thestate.org/   Happy Holidays! Kisses, m.

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Amazing Sciabica Olive Oils Just about any food gets better with Sciabica Olive Oil. Whether you need a large bottle for yourself or want to give a variety pack as a gift, Sciabica has it along with new special vinegars and other flavorful additions to your home cooking.  You can find Sciabica in local retailers, at their tasting room or online at https://www.sunshineinabottle.com/ 2150 Yosemite Blvd Modesto, California 95354    1-800-551-9612 Exotic Almonds  Almondipity There are a lot of different ways to eat almonds, but Almondipity takes it to a new level with their special Marcona almonds and their super delicious Almond Butter.  Elevate your protein game with a great local spread.  Marconas are a specialty variety of almond almost exclusively grown in Spain but these are in grown locally and have a buttery flavor and are softer and crunchier than our typical California varieties.  You really need to check these out. https:// almondipity.com     Give the Gift of Food You want a super home run gift?  Buy a restaurant gift certificate.  It is a great excuse to try out a local restaurant and experience something new.  You may find a new fave.    We will be featuring new holiday ideas all month long at: www.ModestoView.com Instagram @modestoview Facebook @modestoview

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GO

Open Early!

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

DOWTOWN MODESTO

Open Late!

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

Parking

Go Downtown Modesto Spirit of Giving Run

Are you ready to chase the Grinch out of town? Are you ready to run for fun and a great cause?   Join your fellow winter runners and meet up in 10th St Plaza for the Spirit of Giving Run on December 8.  Sign up now so you can get the race T shirt and get your race packet all ready. There is a fun kid’s race to chase the Grinch and it will be really magical as you run thought the Rockin’ Holiday snow.  It is a fun time for the whole family. 5 K starts at 8:30 and the Grinch chase is at 9:45   Race day bib pick up at 7 am Register here:  https://modestospiritofgiving.org NOTE: New date for Turkey Trot  - December 15 – Legion Park  7:30 check in

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

experience the magic opening night

Try a Cab - It’s getting easier to catch a cab, both to downtown and home from downtown. Why deal with driving and parking? Take the easy way...

L I C E N S E D M O D E S T O TA X I C O M PA N I E S A TOUCH OF CLASS TAXI 575-0690 AMERICAN CAB CO 225-8795 CASH CAB COMPANY 541-7860 CENTRAL VALLEY TAXI 241-6122 CHECKER CAB 596-7919 DE SOTO CAB CO 577-8888 DELUXE CAB 888-8888 EDITH’S TAXI 581-6870 LUCKY 7 TAXI 877-7676 METRO CAB OF MODESTO 222-2222

MODESTO CAB 521-7320 ORANGE CAB CO 238-0500 QUALITY CAB 552-9898 RED TOP TAXI 524-4741 SUPER CAB 497-3393 TAXI TAXI CAB CO 756-1035 TOWN CAB COMPANY 404-2727 UNITED CAB LLC 888-8888 URBAN TAXI CAB 351-0222 YELLOW CAB CO 544-8294

ALSO AVAILABLE: Curb – The Taxi App For iPhone & Android

Find local restaurants

december 1st 6-9pm thurs-fri-sat opening night y us Militar through dec 22 Bandst dec 1st

of the

see the amazing new world rockin’ size holiday tree digital light show and let it snow!!!

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pictures with rockin’santa

Always Free!

live music nightly rockin’ christmas dec 13-14-15

modesto on ice 11th and k streets

dec 20-21-22

rockin’ holiday is free family friendly public event! presented by

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

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Our Water Our Future Do you know where your water is going? mid.org/lastdrop

Did you know? Average cropland value in our region is about $20,000 - nearly double the state average. The higher property value increases the tax base that funds schools, libraries and services to our local community.

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New and Improved! Serving Civic Pride Daily Since 1997. The award-winning ModestoView is the central valley's leading arts, entertainment, d...

ModestoView December 2018  

New and Improved! Serving Civic Pride Daily Since 1997. The award-winning ModestoView is the central valley's leading arts, entertainment, d...