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EDITOR’S VIEW

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Greetings Modesto Fans! Greetings & Happy New Year! It is a new year already. Unbelievable! So much happened in 2011 it makes your head spin. I love new things, new music, new tastes, new movies, new appetizers, new cocktails, new experiences and 2012 is set to deliver in so many ways. People think that you have to leave our town to experience the newest, best and tastiest. Not true, you can experience it right here. We have the urban feel of the big cities in downtown Modesto, we have the neighborhood bars and grills, we have amazing history with our American Graffiti heritage, and we have the locally owned businesses that do so much for our city and give back so much. This combination of giving and creating makes Modesto special. Modesto USA is the Classic American City. My New Year’s resolution is first and foremost is to continue to be a better husband and parent. My other resolutions including getting more fit on our local bike and running trails, experiencing more of our local dining and continuing my quest to make sure that people in our area know how much there is to do in the Greater Modesto area and to encourage people to be more creative and make a difference. Modesto View is 100% positive about Modesto. That is the Modesto View mission. We want to get people out and about. We want to get people connected on-line, in print, on the radio, on Twitter and Facebook. We will not rest or sleep until people know all there is to do in town and to be aware of the amazing local things here in our community.

profits, new events, new chefs, new recipes, interesting people, movers, shakers, singers, artists, unicycle riders, designers, photographers, students, songwriters, poets, actors, students, bartenders and the people in town that make life interesting. You can get your events listed by simply emailing events@modestoview.com. This month you will meet Modesto City Manager Greg Nyhoff who is making a strong push to make our city vibrant, alive, interesting, and a place that is easy to do business. The right person is on the job and you will see good things from Greg and he is a classic car guy that is champion for Modesto’s Graffiti heritage. What is your resolution? Get involved and make a difference. Buy a local music CD, take a photo tour and put your pics on our Modesto View Instagram page, purchase a local artist’s painting, eat at a place you haven’t tried before, and get out there and experience life. As our own Modesto Famous says, “be good humans”. We thank you, our readers, for making Modesto View the go-to place for things to do. We thank you, our advertisers, for making it possible to print this magazine and spread the word. I thank you, our writers, designers, and sales people for creating something special. 2012 will be amazing and I am proud to be your friend and colleague.

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Chris Murphy chrism@modestoview.com

Jim Christiansen Eric Benson Mike Vanek

GENERAL & SALES MANAGER

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Greg Cobb greg@modestoview.com

Jennifer Alsup

DESIGN, LAYOUT, & ART

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Republic Marketing

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Ruben Poras Kate Serpa

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Todd Aaronson

Dana Jonson

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Tony Grajeda

Debra Campbell

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Christopher Corcoran

Donnie Conner

SOCIAL MEDIA Madison Murphy Ruben Porras

Renee Munson

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Nick Giron Diane Moody

©2012 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The photographs, graphics, artwork and advertisements are the property of Modesto View Magazine. The magazine assumes no responsibility or liability for claims made by the advertisers. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflectthe views of Modesto View Magazine or the owners. Modesto View Magazine is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.

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Nick Giron is a local photographer that specializes in commercial photography. Nick studied photography from New York Institute of photography and also studied Fine Art photography at Modesto Jr. College. His environmental and editorial portraiture is considered unique and distinct. He has a unique way of blending location with the story the subject has to share. He recently completed a project taking portraits of different professions while travelling as an owner operator of a truck. For more information about Nick, you can visit his website www.nickgironphoto.com

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Gong Hey Fat Choy! January 23, 2012 is Chinese New Year! So what better way to celebrate than dining on Chinese Food in an amazing Chinese Restaurant? Dynasty Restaurant has a signature menu and is the place to get your Dim Sum on! Gong Hey Fat Choy! Owners and brothers, Robert and Chang Wu, opened their establishment 6 years ago. Originally from Canton, China, the entire family moved to Modesto 17 years ago. Both brothers are chefs that learned their culinary craft in China culinary schools along with hands-on training with their father in his restaurant in China. Chef Robert is single with one 13 yr. old son he loves to play baseball with. He also likes to play a little golf and visit with friends at the Del Rio Country Club. He loves to travel to Hawaii and Hainan, a breathtaking resort island in China. He was once an avid volleyball player and

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now stays in shape by running a couple days a week. Chef Chang is married with 2 grown children in college. I asked Chef Robert how he would be spending Chinese New Year, he was happy to say he’d be creating specials for the menu (crab & steamed chicken) and enjoying cooking for all his loyal customers! Robert is not much of a drinker but he said he might sip on a glass of wine to celebrate. Robert says he’ll still be there years from now as his customers are like family to him and this is more than good enough for him. He attributes much of Dynasty’s success to his staff of 15 people that have been working with him for the past 15 years. Robert’s faves are the Crispy Sea Bass and the Prawn Dumplings. Customer faves include Dim Sum, Honey Walnut Prawns and Coconut Pudding. Dynasty also has several vegetarian items on the

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menu that get rave reviews. This wasn’t my first trip to the Dynasty Restaurant, but I did venture further into the menu as Robert spoiled me with numerous choices I wouldn’t ordinarily select. From the flavorful jasmine herb tea, to the orange chicken, I polished off a custard bun that was a total Dana~licious mouth surprise! Gong Hey Fat Choy!

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Beatles or Stones? Robert said he’s not very familiar with either one, but he enjoys listening to soft music, so I’m thinking one of his loyal customers should bring him a Stones CD and let him rock on that while finding his groove!

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FOOD BITES! Modesto View is out to eat all the time and our editors love the tasty food in our locally owned restaurants. These are a few tastes that you may have overlooked or just never ordered and some are new to the menu this month and need your sampling. Check it out. Pumpkin/Butter Nut Squash Ravioli at Galletto – This seasonal treat is one of our favorites. Perfectly cooked, light oil, rich and sweet centers. This is on your must try list this month. Thai Sticks at Harvest Moon- The perfect on the stick appetizer while waiting for your salmon or steak. Pairs great with a nice Chardonnay. The creamy Thai peanut sauce should be used generously. Pot Stickers at Minnie’s – All you need to know. The most amazing pot stickers. Not too chewy, nicely browned, tasty center. Pairs with a Jerk, or Mai Tai, or Planters Punch, Bahama Mama, or Zombie or……… Whole Grain Noodles at Fuzio- This is a great new and healthy taste from the new menu sat Fuzio. If you go for the firecracker entrees, you might want to try the new noodles as they really taste good and are good for you. Perfect combo.

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Manny’s Cocktails I consider my dear friend Samantha to be a champion drinker. I don’t flatter myself when I say that I can hold my own better than most, but I’d have to have a sick death-wish to ever put myself up against Samantha in a shot contest. She would shut me down instantly a la intro to Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. No matter the quantity or how late into the night/morning it may be, girl will still be standing and trying to persuade me into having ‘just one more.’ Best part is, she’s an excellent drinking buddy and won’t ever get drunk-weepygirl on me. So when Samantha, my favorite Modesto drinking partner, told me I had to go to this fantastic dive which dished out even more fantastic cocktails, there was not a shred of doubt in my mind that she was speaking true. So with my good faith in her drinkinghole judgment (because I’m an old lady set in my ways and have a hard time going to new bars), off we went for Thirsty Thursdays at Manny’s Cocktails. Stephanne Rumbaugh, our lovely January featured bartender extraordinaire, was managing thirsty Thursday like a pro. Instead of ordering something specific, Samantha gave a ‘surprise me’ line which resulted in Stephanne making us both one of her secret-signature tri-colored, fruity, fantastic cocktails called the Rocket Pop. As a person who limits her girlydrinks exclusively to Minnie’s Jerks, I was blown away with how damn good the drink was. Every drink Samantha and I ordered with the ‘surprise me’ line that night (never fear, we thankfully

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had a D.D.) was unique, fantastic, and surprisingly colorful; and with fun drink names like the Captain’s Dessert, the Horny Housewife, the Sipper, Hawaiian Delight, to name a few, who would be surprised? This is, amazingly, Stephanne Rumbaugh’s first bartending gig. Armed with a deadly combination of innovation, knowledge, her bar-back Rico, and some mean-ass eyeliner, Stephanne has been pouring out fantastic drinks at Manny’s for the past eight years. When asked how she comes up with all of her original concoctions, she stated: “A lot of female customers didn’t want the taste of alcohol in their drinks, but wanted the strength. I’m the same way, so I make drinks that I would want to drink.” The result is absolutely delicious and I’ve rarely seen so many grown men walking around with such colorful drinks, because those drinks are that delectable. The muraled corner bar has been around for ‘forever’ and was originally a pizza joint by the same name. Inside you’ll find two pool tables, darts, a healthy sprinkling of TVs, a scratcher machine, a well-endowed bar, and an ominous black telephone that only accepts incoming calls. Needless to say, Samantha and I had an

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excellent time at Manny’s and, I’ll admit it, have been back three times this past week. The bartenders are fantastic, the patrons are fun, and Stephanne’s drinks are freaking amazing. This nofrills all-fun establishment is now my new favorite, thus earning Samantha a healthy high-five for introducing me to Manny’s. Manny’s Cocktails 420 Paradise Road 209.577.4427 Open 6 am- 2 am Monday- $5 all-you-can-drink during the game, food at halftime

-Vodka -Gin -Rum -Tequila -Sweet and sour -Pineapple juice -Raspberry Puree -Blend the hell out of it until it’s a lovely lavender shade -Top it with whipped cream if you please And pace yourself on this one kids. It’s delicious but should not be overdone. I’m not speaking from experience here….

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Shaun and Lindsay deliver the amazing Manhattan at the Boardroom.

Special quality award. The drink that continues to amaze the Modesto View staff is the timeless and traditional Manhattan at Boardroom. Perfectly mixed, shaken and presented every time with just the right amount of chipped ice gracing the surface. Pair this with the stellar house made bread, you have yourself a meal. Sean Devlin and Lindsey Havers make it perfect every time.


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The New Year in art in Stanislaus County starts with the final deadline for registration in the Stanislaus Artists Open Studio Tour on January 6. Registration is $20 per artist for the April 14 and 15 Studio Tour Weekend, with a free-to-the-public-preview show at Gallo Center April 12. Maps can be reserved from the web site and will be available in print February 14. Each map will have an entry form for a “visitors drawing” to win one of the five Purchase Prize winning original pieces of art. The winning pieces were selected from the Early Bird Registrants as reviewed by juror Lori Hanson. Winners are, Mary Bucknam, Don Hall, Claudia Silva-Doo,

Linda Knoll, and Chella Gonsalves. To order maps, fill out registration, or review bios and information on the Purchase Prize award pieces, see http:// stanislausaos.wordpress.com Mistlin Gallery will be finishing up its Members Holiday Show. If you want to get a jump on 2012 holiday shopping for this year or spend your Christmas money on Art, show runs to January 11. After that, the students take over with the annual Young Masters Show. Receiving

for works will be January 13th and 14th. Information on fees and prospectus and how to enter can be obtained from the Gallery. Young Masters is open to artists pre-school to High School and great show to drop in for Art Walk. Show opens January 17th and closes with an awards ceremony at 2:30 pm on February 11th.

a great opportunity to meet your local area artists. Most of the work shown every Art Walk is available for purchase. Check our Modesto View online calendar for Art Events that may not be noted, or sent in too late for deadline. Let me know of your art event atmercenary_ graphics@yahoo.com

Got a New Year’s Resolution to take an art class or hook up your talented kids? Artel Art Center, Chartreuse Muse, and Mistlin Gallery all have classes on the agenda. Artist Milt Bullard is offering a reasonably priced class for adults in basic drawing at Mistlin Gallery. Each class scheduled in a four-hour session on a Saturday in January, and again in February. Check with your galleries for class descriptions and costs. Want to get back to figure drawing, no instructor? Check out Tuesday nights at the Chartreuse Muse upstairs studio, 7 to 10 pm, $10. Up the road, quite a number of local artists enter the Delicato Vineyards Fine Art Show in Manteca. Held for the 24th year in the tasting room, it runs January 15 to February 4. Artists need to deliver works for judging by January 6. In Turlock, if you haven’t seen the Ansel Adams “California” photographic show, go quick. It closes January 11, and costs $10 at the Carnegie Arts Center. The third Thursday falls on January 19, for the first 2012 Downtown Modesto Art Walk. There will be a new show at the Chartreuse Muse, and the other seven venues on the map, to start the year. As it is every month, Art Walk is

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On December 8, the McHenry Mansion barely survived a devastating fire, thanks to the quick response of local citizen Pierre Noghli. The fire was primarily exterior, but small interior fires, smoke and water damage will force closure and restoration. Insurance is covering the primary repairs, but a $50,000 deductible is a challenge. Together we can restore the mansion better than ever.

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can help donate and become a McHenry Mansion foundation member: McHenry Mansion Foundation 906 15th Street Modesto, CA 95354 mansion@mchenrymansion.org

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dinner is based off the old legend where a community comes together to make soup by each individual bringing something to share, then eventually, the soup that was made is incredible! I’m letting you know about this ahead of time because the tickets will be sold throughout January. You can contact me atlittlemissabbey@gmail.com or Michael Chiavetta atchiavetta.mi@ monet.k12.ca.us for more info and we will gladly sell you tickets to come to this event! So bring a canned food or two to this dinner and I can guarantee that this will be a great place to get an amazing meal and see videos and presentations that will empower you to help the world, but especially in Modesto as well. Throughout the past year, our Social Media Manager, Madison Murphy (aka my beautiful sister), and I have had the incredible opportunity to attend many concerts and music festivals throughout central California. These experiences have opened my eyes to so many more genres, vibes, and styles of music and I’m the first to advocate for exposure to music. Right here in Modesto, local bands play allover and the Queen Bean often gives us the chance to go out and see them show off their new projects. Here are some upcoming shows you should definitely check out.

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The holidays are over and all the magical feelings may be left behind with December, but now it’s time to bring in the New Year! Rumors are that this year, 2012, may be the last, so the youth in Modesto need to make it count! Okay, so as a student at Modesto High and a dedicated member of THE BLACK HOLE, our spirited cheering section for basketball games, I’m sure I’m not the only high school student who is absolutely stoked for the upcoming basketball season. Make sure all of you students, whether you’re cheering for Beyer’s Red Sea, Downey’s Blue Crew, Davis’ Green Machine, Johansen’s Purple Reign, Enoch’s Eagle Entourage or Gregori come out to support your basketball team that has worked extremely hard in the preseason to try and win the desired MMC Title. The rivalries are heating up and the season’s fast approaching so work on those cheers and bust out that spirit. I’m sure that many of you have heard about poverty and hunger throughout the world, but many of us don’t realize that these issues face us right in our hometowns. On February 4th2012, The Stone Soup Dinner presented by Modesto High’s Project Hope will be an event to help raise awareness for families and people of all ages. The


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A few months ago, while campaigning for local office, I was fortunate to meet a group of students at Modesto Junior College and discuss local politics. While discussing issues, we talked about how news is provided to the public in small cities. One of the local publications that the students were familiar with was the ModestoView and I was able to create with Chris Murphy an opportunity for students to have a local voice in this magazine. This month, ModestoView is printing the first in a series of articles written by those students I met at Modesto Junior College. I applaud each for their efforts and desire to engage in the public discourse! – Todd Aaronson

KEEP YOUTH BUSY “Sports Corner” for the Youth by: Christopher Corcoran & Renee Munson The younger members of the community need to be able to find athletic teams and venues for play. Keeping the youth busy is vital to their futures because it keeps them involved and gives them goals and the opportunity to interact with other youth. The issues that are the most apparent are the lack of recreational facilities and opportunities. Children and young adults need facilities to socialize

with others that share the same interests and also expose them to diversity and keep them off of the streets and from getting in to trouble. I believe that the community needs more activities for our youth. The following are examples of activities that can be created for the youth. • 3 on 3 basketball at La Loma Junior High School on Friday and Saturday nights. • Game night in a local church basement with volunteer adult

experience. • Chess club could be held for youth ages 9-17 years old. Come down to the Maddox Youth Center Saturday mornings from 8 a.m.-noon. Adult supervision would be from volunteers. Free snacks and drinks could be provided through adult sponsors or parents. Youth could come and enjoy the fun!

supervision and minimal charge for soft drinks and snacks. • “Open Gym” at Riverbank High School Gym. Monday nights from 5:008:30 pm. $2 to get in and stay as long as you want! • Tiny Tots Soccer Camp for children ages 3-5 years who would be interested in learning ball control, trapping, kicking, movement and scrimmage. Volunteers are needed to help supervise and guide them through each drill and make this a fun learning

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VILLAGE BAKING COMPANY & CAFé The Village Baking Company on McHenry is not the same as you may remember from years gone by. About two years ago, Joanne Ramos purchased this Modesto landmark. After a successful accounting career, Joanne wanted to own her own business and “pay it forward” for all those who supported her over the years. She dreamt of a business where she could help young people in need of a stable working environment. When presented with the opportunity to purchase the Village Baking Company, Joanne reviewed the books and found herself a winner. Though she says she has never worked harder, she is having the most fun working ever. One of Joanne’s original goals was to create an atmosphere where people feel welcome; both customers and staff

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(she employs 36 people). This has led to several changes in what you now see, hear, and taste. First, the décor changed; the café is painted a different color than the main bakery so guests can relax in a warmer environment. Secondly, several of the recipes have changed – to the point where Joanne even told a customer who missed the old cupcakes, “I want you to have the best cupcakes ever.” And Joanne set out to find the best recipe (go by and try them – you’ll agree). The shop is now open for dinner three nights a week – Thursday thru Saturday. The dinner features comfort food (and Joanne’s new favorite dish, the nuttela crepe). Along with expanding the outdoor dining area and patio, the Village Baking Company features a

Sunday mornings hot breakfast, new roasted coffee, and music that provides a gentle background. In addition, they are offering outside catering and food trays for all types of events. The staff and quality of the pastries and food let you know that Joanne’s other goals of “Great Food” and “Great Service” are being achieved. No matter how she crunches the numbers, Joanne knows that this combination of service and food quality relate to sound business growth. Joanne believes she has created an atmosphere that makes a difference on people’s day as well, recounting the story of Angelo and Wally, who, in their 90’s, still visit weekly. They recently told her, “We love what you’re doing.” It’s comments like this that make Joanne happy and the register ring.

Village Baking Company & Café McHenry Village @ 1700 McHenry Ave www.VillageBakingCompany.com 209.522.9057

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By Fiesta Boyz As we go in to 2012 with our DJ turntables spinnin’ and we finish celebrating our new year and resolutions, we turn to one of the local DJs that has been working the radio airwaves over the last few years as well as making hot mixes. We introduce Darren “D. Ferreira”. FiestaBoyz: Give me a short story on your uprising in becoming a DJ? D Ferreira: Ever since I was 12 years old, I knew I wanted to be on the radio. I had a real passion for music and for talking about music. I used to spend hours in my bedroom playing albums on an old school turntable and I would do my own radio show and record it with an old school tape recorder that I saved up to buy,took forever to save up that $20. My love for music soon had me DJ’ing parties and other events by the time I was 17 which is something I’m still doing tothis day. FB: Iwould love to know how you jumped into radio? DF: In 1998 I remember hearing one of those commercials on the radio that said “Have your ever wanted to be on the radio?” It was a commercial for a place called the Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Fremont, Ca. I seemed to have heard that commercial at just the right time in my life. I was veryunhappy at my current job and was looking for a change. Being married, the decision to quit my job and go back to school was one that had to be made as a team. I talked with my wife Michelle about it and she pretty much said “this is what you have always wanted to do, I can take care of our bills while you go back to school so go for it”. Did I marry the right woman or what!! I graduated in January of 1999 and was on the radio on B93.1 here in the Central Valley less than 2 months later. And then just 5 years later I was actually Program Director of Mega 100. FB: .During your time in radio any moment that really stuck out for you and made a impact on your carrier. DF: Ihave given many lectures at schools since being on the radio and I always tell

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the students about my greatest day in radio, which also happened to be the worst day in our nation’s history. September 11, 2001. What should have been a normal 4 hours on the air, turned into about 12 hours on air and working behind the scenes. I was asked to anchor the news on the station I was on at the time which was also being simulcast on 3 other stations. It was that day I trulylearned first hand that radio is about getting information out to the listeners, something I think many stations have forgotten. FB: Give me more info on your most resent gig on radio. DF: I had spent the last 4 years at KHOP @ 95-1 where I had the chance to wear many hats. I was Assistant Program Director, I had done afternoons, middays, weekends. I was the mixshow coordinator, Public Affairs Director and I also did production. KHOP gave me the opportunity to show the valley my skills as a mixer and opened the doors for me to mix for a nationally syndicated show which played my mixes on more than 30 stations. KHOP also gave me the opportunity to get more involved with community events and charities which has put me in contact with some really amazing people. FB: Iunderstand you and a few other where let go due to Cumulus Cuts, tell me how this all come to play and your feelings about the ordeal? DF: Only one bad thing has ever happened to me during my time in radio and it happened on November 2, 2011. That was the day I was let go from a radio job for thefirst time in my career. I had left for the day and had picked up my son. Ireceived a call that I needed to come back to work, I knew cuts were being done and had a feeling I was about to be a victim of them. I was just upset that I had to bring my son with me and he had to sit in what just about to be dad’s old office. I loved being on KHOP, but I was kinda of relieved that I no longer had to wonder if

I would lose my job. Not knowing is a very stressful position to be in. FB: Now that is all behind you, word is you still continue to work, and sounds like you may have a new radio gig lined up? Is this true? if so what can you comment on? DF: First of all I would like to say, I have no ill will towards KHOP. I had been working to establish my mobile DJ business since I was with MEGA 100 in 2005. Once I was let go from KHOP, I went full on into booking gigs. Matter of fact, business became so good after I was let go from KHOP, that there were a couple of radio stations that contacted me, but it wouldn’t have been a good fit for the direction my life is going now. Now with that being said, there is a possible return to radio in early 2012 that would still allow me run my ownbusiness and be back on the air. (fingers crossed) FB: Any personal shout outs to your fans? DF: I really hate the word “FANS”, at least when it comes to me. The people who like what I do have always been considered supporters and friends. I have actually seen an increase in the number of Facebook Friends I have since losing my radio job, and I’m hoping that’s because people enjoy me more as a person, father, husband than as THAT GUY on the radio. Those who support me know how I feel about them because I always make sure to let them know I appreciate them for their support. For those who love my mixes, they will always be available on my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/ darren.d.ferreira. And to those who hope to hear me on the radio again, hopefully that will be happening very soon. WAVE MUSIC WWW.FIESTABOYZLIVE.COM The New Fiesta Boyz album “Booty Calls” Hits Stores Jan 2012 For more info goto www.fiestaboyzlive. com


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Inter-Faith Ministries An Interview with Tom Elrod – Board Chair Most of us get up and go to the kitchen cupboard and get something to eat EVERY MORNING. Most everyone has lunch EVERY DAY. We’re sure the majority of us have dinner EVERY NIGHT. Typically, the biggest decision we face is “WHERE ARE WE GOING TO EAT?” or “BEEF OR CHICKEN?” not “WILL I HAVE ENOUGH FOOD FOR DINNER?” However… the luxury of having two or three meals per day is something that thousands of people in our community do not have. Tom Elrod, Sr. Vice President of Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney here in Modesto, has been involved with InterFaith Ministries (IFM) for about 7 years. Recently, Tom told us ‘what’ Inter-Faith Ministries is all about. “Years ago, I was a skeptic. I believed that the food pantries and food banks were mainly handing out food to the lazy

or addicted. I was wrong: The majority of the hungry in our community do not look like the person at the intersection holding a cardboard sign offering to work for food. They are not the active drug user looking for money to satisfy their next drug craving. Surprisingly, the hungry in our community don’t look much different than me… or you. “One face of hunger in our community looks like a mother of seven who lost her job, the children’s father gone, and her unemployment benefits running out. She came to our pantry on a Saturday hoping to get food for her growing children. She had nowhere else to turn. Because of the faithful giving of time, talents, and treasures of so many in our community, IFM was able to provide this desperate mom with groceries to feed her entire family, three meals a day, for several days. “Another face of hunger is, of the

approximate 40,000 to 50,000 people served by IFM each year, over 50% of them are children. Children, who did nothing to deserve to go to bed on an empty stomach night after night, if not for the support of a caring community. Hunger among the needy does not discriminate between the color of skin, gender, or age.

the hungry and needy that Inter-Faith MV: What month is the ‘toughest’ month for IFM to service clients? IFM: July and August. MV: What do you need the most of at IFM (milk, bread, clothes, etc.) IFM: Of the foods purchased, Tuna, Soup and Peanut Butter are the most expensive items and most needed.

IFM was founded over 40 years ago by a small group of congregations with the desire, and more importantly the willingness, to provide food and other basic needs to the most vulnerable in our community.

MV: Many of us want to volunteer with our children. Is there a way we can do that with IFM? IFM: A young boy named Theo Miller started a food drive for IFM that helped us tremendously. Food drives are a great way to get children involved in charitable giving and understanding the needs of others. Clothing drives are also needed. There are not many tasks available or safe for small children.

Recently, IFM successfully added fresh fruits and vegetables to the pantry through the implementation of a gleaning program that supports local farmers with volunteers to clear excess harvest and to provide fresh food for those in need. “I’m proud to be part of Inter-Faith ministries,” Tom stated, “and amazed by the work of our staff and volunteers. Inter-Faith needs your support… rather,

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Keepin’ It Local Happy New Year!!! So extremely excited for 2012! As a New Year approaches, so many things go through my mind..... What should I change?... What do I wear?... What do I want to accomplish this year? At this point I start to do some self-reflecting to figure out what exactly I want out of this New Year 2012. At least one of these questions is easily answered and can be easily accomplished. As we welcome the New Year we should welcome new additions to our wardrobe too. So let’s get going and start this New Year off right by revamping our wardrobe and keepin’ it local. Downtown Modesto is filled with interesting shops, especially when walking down J St. and Bonnie J is one

of my new favorites. Elegant clothing, an enchanting chandelier, and a gigantic Audrey Hepburn print hang from the wall. Susan, the owner, named her beautiful boutique after her inspiring mother, Bonnie J. It started as a shoe

from major designers can be found throughout the boutique. Upscale clothing and jewelry make you feel like you are shopping in Nordstrom yet the prices are within a decent budget. Steve Madden and French Laundry are just

warm knit beanies. Rhinestone hoodies and sequin accented sweaters are also nicely displayed around the boutique and match perfectly with the blingin’ jewelry. Susan only orders about 3 of each design and size so if you want something special

store in a smaller space on J St. and expanded into a larger floor space with many more boutique items. They have been open for four years now and love the new location. The latest fashions

a few brands they carry. My favorite shoes in the place have to be the studded out Vince Camuto pumps. OMG, so cute!! Blingin’ bags full of studs and rhinestones along with jeweled out caps and beanies make perfect additions to the heels or knitted sweaters. Handmade local greeting cards can be found by the register counter. The wallets and I-Pad cases are perfect necessities to match those holiday gifts.

you better go shop fast before it’s ripped off the rack by someone else.

The best-selling items for winter are the knit scarves and the tall boots. The jewelry pieces are also great sellers. What I loved about the jewelry here is that different type of pieces are offered, like bronze colored charm bracelets, grey and black crystal necklaces, and gold and silver earrings. It is also quite easy to find a variety of matches by mixing textures and colors of the jewelry. Flowers made with crystals are sewn into

The boutique also plans Fan Parties for popular demand events. Recent special Fan Parties included the Breaking Dawn Movie Premiere and the Holiday Fan Party. Check the website www. shopbonniej.com for more details and upcoming dates.

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Modesto, USA is a Classic American City. We are different than any other city in the world as we are the home of the stories and the legends that created the film American Graffiti. Our small town experience, big city culture and our agriculture economy feeds the world and attracts companies large and small and families new and old. We are the same in many ways as our area has been battered by a global recession and local issues for which we have beenvictimized by uninformed national media. Modesto, USA stands poised to tell our real story, share our opportunities and plan the way for the decades to come. Who do we want to be? What can we be? How will our arts and culture make us a shining example of future city planning. This month we check in with City Manager Greg Nyhoff as he shares his plan on how we evolve as a leading city. Greg was born in Denver, Colorado and has been married to Cindy nearly 30 years. He has one daughter Anna and two sons Phillip and Luke. College graduate Anna works in Manteca, Phil is a senior at Patten College in Oakland and Luke is a Junior at in the IB program at Modesto High They all have made a nice transition to California. With over 25 years’ experience in municipal government, 17 in City Management most recently in Colorado Springs and he arrived in Modesto USA in 2008. Let’s meet Greg. ModestoView: What is the most enjoyable part of being a city manager? Greg Nyhoff: Watching the community grow and believe in themselves as they realize their opportunities and assets and

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grow them, taking great pride in calling themselves “Modestans.” I have yet to see a community that is thriving without a strong business foundation, a first class arts and culture environment, and a nonprofit community of volunteers stepping forward every day. MV: What about Modesto interested you?

GN: Before I accepted the position in Modesto, Cindy and I visited three times. The community neighborhoods, the world-renowned businesses, small businesses, afirst-class dining and entertainment environment, and a strong and beautifulagriculture setting and economy is what we found. Plans for downtown residential/office/ commercial development indicated great promise and hope for strengthening downtown. MV: Modesto was hit especially hard in this economy just after you arrived in

2008, do you see positive change soon? GN: The building industry and our property values have been impacted most severely. These have been the two greatest factorsleading to our high unemployment and foreclosure rates. Over the past couple of quarters we are seeing increases in sales tax revenue, which indicates business improvements. This, in turn, leads to the City’s ability to stabilize our public safety general services. We find our city government in no different situation than the average homeowner or business owner. Revenues have declined significantly

and we have had to cut our budgets by over 20% overall. The anticipation of a new day is raising hope for a brighter future for Modesto. How we will spend our time and efforts now will determine how bright we shine in the future. MV: What are the two most urgent issues facing Modesto? GN: Solid job creation and improvements to our severely reduced

property values are the two most urgent issues we face today. The City Council recently took action to reevaluate impact fees and reduced them for businesses wanting to grow or expand. The City Council has established the growth of business and creating jobs as its highest priorities, so much so that they unanimously voted to provide incentives to businesses creating new jobs. The Alliance recently announced a goal to create 1,000 new jobs over the next six months. Every business hiring at least one new employee will get us there. We must invest in ourselves, buy local and support our local economy. Each time a job is created, an employee receives a paycheck. If that employee spends that paycheck locally, they support a local business who then hires another employee … and the cycle begins again. We must SUPPORT AND INVEST LOCALLY!! MV: How can people in the community get more involved? GN: Acommunity must be able to manage its interpersonal relationships in a positive – civil and respectful – manner. Allowing an open culture of ideas breeds solutions that make a difference. I would like to see Modesto residents reporting and stamping out tagging. Tagger’s create blight and blight causes a decline in property values and creates an inhospitable landscape. LOVE MODESTO – Volunteer your time to participate in city-wide cleanup efforts that occur several times throughout each year. Become a part of the solution. It makes a difference. What can the youth of our community do to help with our next generation


planning? My son, who is enrolled in the IB program at Modesto High, is required to volunteer for a specified number of community service hours. I think all of our youth should have the same requirement. Through service, they will gain such a better understanding of their community and get the satisfaction of making a difference. Is there really a good partnership for structure and planning with the County? In the past our relationship with the County has been one of a competitive nature. Responding to the downturn in the economy both the City and County have realized the need to partner on services where we have the most in common. These have included the Animal Shelter and the Regional Fire Authority. We are also discussing regional transportation and transit. We believe that there are still many more opportunities to evaluate. I look forward tothis successful regional partnering to grow to higher levels in 2012. MV: Why is a healthy Downtown Modesto important for the entire community?

GN: Successful cities have a successful downtown core. It shows strength, creates a center for our community to gather, live, work and function efficiently. Healthy downtowns send a message and are a beacon of civic pride and character. It attracts interest and business.

look at parking, outdoor dining, vacant store fronts, policing, and the likes. Formulating a community-wide assessment of areas for improvement will help us develop recommendations of how to do it better and implement a new “Hospitality Zone” in downtown Modesto.

MV: When will we have downtown housing? GN: It was so close to becoming a reality right before the housing bubble broke. The City recently made the land use codes very flexible in order to make mixed uses the preference for downtown. Unfortunately, until real estate values climb, downtown housing projects are not economically feasible.

It’s time to create and market a theme. Our heritage of American Graffiti seems to be a great fit!

MV: What plans do you envision in 2012 to make downtown Modesto even more vibrant and attractive? GN: The City recently adopted design standards which will, over time, enhance the attractiveness of downtown. The business community, the city and our citizens should perform an audit or “hospitality assessment” of our downtown. The assessment should

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GN: Iusually start my day by sharing a coffee with my wife at a local coffee shop. Then I work on my trees and yard for a couple hours, depending on the weather. On a good day, I’ll work out in my home gym and then go watch either the Modesto Nuts or Modesto High baseball team. I like to have a nice early dinner in downtown Modesto before I catch a movie at the Brenden Theatre. The evening will end with a great dessert in one of our downtown restaurants. MV: Beatles or Stones? GN: It would have to be the Beatles, but Chicago is coming to the Gallo Center, that is definitely a concert I won’t miss.

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To support our local venues and theatrical productions. To find the time and focus my family needs from me and I will involve myself more with our community. I am hopeful and excited. Life is good

To do one awesome charitable thing every month. To mentor or coach a child at least once a quarter. To visit at least four state or national parks.

To give more of myself to others that are in need as well as be more appreciative of others.

To take more photos of the people and events of Modesto! I’ll be there with my camera in 2012! Happy New Year!

To make a photo book and/or website for posterity to know what life was like ‘way back when’.

To look at everything through fresh

I do hereby Resolve…

To have more fun in Modesto by enjoying our local talent and venues, downtown restaurants, meeting and working with the people who make things happen, become involved in a significant community project.

To learn do something musical.

To write a letter to someone serving in the armed forces. To make one less internet purchase a month and buy local. and young eyes and see the good and positive things that we can do for our families, our friends and our community. (and taste hashbrowns from every local restaurant I can get to)

To hire a kid to clean my car, lawn, garage, etc. To stop letting days rush by and enjoy ‘the moment’.

To not let an idea die as a thought.

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The Gallo Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers to help operate its patron concession services, and has announced a series of one-hour training and orientation dates during January and February 2012. All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of three performances a month. New volunteers must complete one orientation session in order to join the Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteer community.

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ENJOY WITH KIDS Merry New Year! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to welcome in 2012 with a theatrical performance. I hope you were able to catch Prospect Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris! It was simply mesmerizing! The staging, the performers, the musicians and the songs were captivating. Sure do miss having a critic in the Bee, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you? Get involved and comment on the local performances and check the Modesto View Calendar to get the most up to date info on local stage performances. There are lots of good events for kids coming in 2012 and January starts off great.

GO Volunteers!

January Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater at the Gallo Center for the Arts Tickets available at the Gallo box office or on-line.

Peter Rabbit and Friends: Jan. 29 2PM and 4PM, tickets $8-$15 Watch Beatrice Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story come alive! For grades K-2.

The Stinky Cheeseman: Jan. 26, 7 PM, tickets $8-$15 A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite story comes to life. The characters bounce in and out of fairy

Many local theater groups are in rehearsal including:

tales for preschool through third grade. How cool to see preschool included. Great show for a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first theatrical experience.

Lakewood Youth Theater: How the West Was Wild, on stage March 9 and 10 at Lakewood School Stanislaus Literacy Center Fundraiser: All I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten at the Martin Peterson

Event Center, Feb. 17 and 18 Prospect Theater Project: Dinner at Prospect Theater Feb. 3-26 Beyer and Johansen High Schools joint production of Grease is coming in March. Check out your local high schools and colleges for more theatrical opportunities. Our local talent will amaze and entertain you! Check www.modestoview.com for all of the performance info.

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TELL ME A STORY As a Senior citizen you might want to make some New Year’s Resolutions too. 1. INCREASE YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK: If you have not been to our local senior center you truly don’t know what you are missing. My mom has created some wonderful friends from taking a step and going to Modesto Senior Center and now goes to the Ceres Center at least weekly to play Aggravation with a group of friends. There is a calendar of events at each center and you can participate in what you like to do. Call the center, ask for the Director and make plans to go. That way you have someone to meet you when you arrive. And who knows, You may make a new friend or two along the way. 2. GETTING HELP: If you live alone or do not have family that you see regularly and are finding it hard to get out to shop, do housecleaning, do laundry, or get to doctor appointments call the local agencies. A couple of our local agencies are Senior and Caregiver Information & Assistance (209) 558-8698 and Multipurpose Senior Services Program (209) 558-2346 they can provide you with information regarding a companion or home-helper for a few hours a week. Don’t be embarrassed to reach out, just remember that we all need help

sometime. 3. TELL YOUR STORY: Make a scrapbook, video, journal or tape record your life. Tell your life story; where you were born, your family, from your earliest childhood memories to the present. Make it as detailed as you can; include pictures and other mementos. How many times have you been asked “tell me the story about where you grew up, how did you meet grandpa/grandma, what was it like riding a horse to school?” 4. SCHEDULE REGULAR EXERCISE: As we age, even a little exercise will help us feel better, maintain muscle tone, improve balance and keep our joints moving. Walking is a great exercise, free and easy. Walk with a friend or meet up at the senior center and participate in their scheduled exercise program. There are walking clubs everywhere, have a grandchild find them on the internet, the Vintage Faire Mall opens early for walkers and every September you can join the Senior Stride Program at Dry Creek Park. Making New Year’s resolutions creates a time when we can plan to make a difference in our lives. Choose at least one thing and make a plan to become better, happier and healthier this year.

MODESTO VIEW TESTED GalloCenter Sippie Glasses This is a huge breakthrough at the Gallo Center. ModestoView loves symphony, ballet and special events as much as anybody, but rock and roll, music, theater sometimes need a liquid refreshment during the event. Now, you can get wine and beer in a custom designed spill proof cup. It is clear so you know how much you have left and the top is easy to operate in the dark and delivers that much needed taste of Chardonnay or Cab while the pliets and pirouettes entertain. ModestoView gives the Gallo Center Sippie Glasses a thumbs up for convenience, efficiency and thirst relief.

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Happy New Year everyone! 2011 was a great fitness year for Modesto with opportunities for fitness, fun and healthy living. Here is the rundown of some of our fantastic local races I was able to participate in 2011.

Everyone Loves Henry and it shows by the amount of people who show up for this run. It’s at Stan State University and the 2 courses are within The University. It’s a good family fun event from The Turlock Running Club is always right on.

Don Osborne Memorial Run: Oakdale This event is generally the start of my racing season, the weather can be unpredictable but the course isn’t. Start the year on in the competitive frame of mind.

Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon: No two ways about it, a year in planning went into The 2nd Annual Modesto Marathon; but nobody expected on having hurricane force winds and rains the night before the event last year. Just the same, the organizers made the best of it including this DJ/Entertainer.

Almond Blossom Run: Ripon A very well organized race, it offers two courses, the1-mile race and the 8K. It’s always been a must race for the year. Henry’s March: Turlock

Run for Health: Modesto I love this race! It happens in The Spring and as many of you know, I’m a sunshine kind of guy. It takes place at Dry Creek

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during my sprint, but it’s a good, fun, family race and they got the job done.

Chocolate Festival Run: Oakdale Who doesn’t love Chocolate and Running? It’s a good race, well organized and you get a free entry of fun to The Oakdale Chocolate Festival. Weather is usually nice and warm.

Spirit of Giving Run: Modesto Trained for this run all year long, not because I wanted to out-run the other adult racers, but more-so to out-run the kids. Ultimately, I didn’t race this event at all as rumor has it that The Grinch and the Event DJ are one in the same and the Grinch had to run away fast after the kicks to the shins he received from the children at The Turkey Trot Run and his scolding from Santa. Heaven help The Grinch if these kids ever catch him. A great race to end the year on!

Park Fete: Escalon This screaming fast race happens in Escalon and it’s grown in popularity. Starts kind of early, but that’s a must to beat the heat. A good run followed by a fun festival. Cancer Awareness Run & Ride: Modesto My favorite race of the year! We get to run or ride our bikes for cancer awareness. The plus side of this event, it’s a huge festival that brings in as many as 3000 people. Not all of them run or ride it, but they do take advantage of the free health information available. Friends, if youjust do one race next year, you have to do this one. It’s super-sized good. Wine and Cheese Run: Riverbank The timing was right on, the course was well covered, and outside of running low on water for the runners last year, no complaints here. But, please keep me in mind for next year’s race “Shadow Chasers,” rumor has it that I have an amazing sound system that will bring the party to life like K’TEL’s “Mr. Microphone” did back in the 80’s. Turkey Trot: Modesto It’s always a full turn out, but this year I couldn’t stop thinking of that song after the race by Carly Simon, “Nobody does it better.” The organizers did do another fantastic job, but I would have preferred that the crowds where sectioned off from the finish line, a few got in my way

Looking back at all the races I entered in 2011, a nice thought entered my soul: when we enter a race/run, we not only get the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, but with each race we run, we also help out the non-profit that benefits from these races. Modesto View readers, I’ll ask you to take this thought into the new year. Keep your faith strong in fitness and remember, when you enter a local run, you are not only giving yourself a healthy heartbeat but also helping much of the need in our communities. So there you have it! It’s all good with the only “ugly” here being the weather. As for the “bad”, well that’s on me because I wasn’t able to race in all the races I wanted to last year. For more information and the 2012 dates of these races and others, log onto www. shadowchase.org or www.active.com/


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BANJOS & BASS My editor has to be really hating me this morning. This piece was due last night but I had to pump a little local life into my head to get the job done right. I had to get out and experience killer local eats, heartbreaking live tunes, and amazing folks. Those things are the best part of all of this. I love being in the middle of it all. I started last night out with one goal in mind- To see my favorite local band debut their latest album. Now when I say album, I really mean album. Not an Airplane sauntered into Cafe Deva last night like they owned the placed and promptly set down a big box of good old-fashioned LPs. They did not have a single CD to sell. This was their night. They were doing it their way and they did it right. They did it oh so damn right. They did it with banjos, a stand-up bass, pounding percussion and a pure almost painful set of lyrics that clearly explain why I have heard people compare their lead singer, Nick Shattell to a young Bob Dylan. When it was over I was satisfied but craving more. That is the point in my head when I know that the music was good. Music is my drug I suppose. I need an injection as often as possible. Dinner took place at Harvest Moon where I made their Dinah burger my new friend and my beautiful date found comfort on a cold night in a steaming plate of pasta primavera. We really enjoy Harvest Moon. Give it a shot if you are looking for a special dinner infused with color and creativity. Check out the hallway on the way to restroom where photos and autographs from local icons like Granddaddy and Flying Blind sit side-by-side with photos signed by people like Loretta Lynn. All of this

memorabilia tells a story about Modesto that was nice to hear. Tonight will find us at a house party hosted by Mike and Jennifer Allsup. Live music will be featured and something will probably be grilled up and delicious. They always make sure to really take care of their friends. That can’t be an easy task when someone has an entire city of friends. One of the folks that has promised to meet me tonight is a guy named Hippie Dave. I saw Dave for the first time in a long time last night at the not an Airplane show. He explained to me in his hazy perfectly unclear way that he has attended and chronicled over 900 local music shows of every type imaginable in the past nine years. Then he said something that blew me away. He has been collecting articles about me and clips of my words published in Modesto for as long as he has known about me. He plans to hand me a folder tonight. This will go to my kids one day. I am grateful I am honored. I am typing that into my computer right now as a live version of Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Stone” plays in the air and a few tears make their way down my face. I believe those words to be true. I have not been totally healthy lately but I am totally happy because I am finally home. It will all be ok as long as I stay home. Let’s have an amazing 2012 in Modesto. Let’s eat good and spend our nights lost in art and color. Let’s make new friends and lovers and memories that we can share when we are as old as Hippy Dave. I love this place. Thank you for letting me ramble. I appreciate you. Make sure to buzz me on the old Twitter machine. I tweet as @ ModestoFamous.

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JAZZ & BLUES VIEW

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POETRY & JAZZ And now that Christmas has come and gone once again we lift a glass to Auld Lang Syne and it’s time to make those resolutions or at least some darn good intentions for the New Year. I am resolving to continue to push and support live music, whether at our upscale venues or on the street corner by any means possible to keep our community alive and vibrant. As Mike Wolf Steinwayendorsed Jazz pianist- says “in this economy everybody’s a Jazz musician, everyone is struggling,” but this too shall pass. Smoking hot shows for January: Harmonica Blowout, Jan. 26th; Eric Johnson, Jan. 27th; Ronnie Montrose, Feb. 4th. Find more info at: www. thestate.org The Gallo Center is continuing to bring in a wide variety of regional and national acts with sold-out shows for Dave Koz and Myth Busters. Gallo Hits For January: Lily Tomlin, Jan. 14th; Big Bad Voodoo

Daddy, Jan. 15th; and Judy Collins, February 1st. Check out www.galloarts. org for more shows! The bands play on at the Barkin’ Dog Grill supporting live music in an all-age environment. The food is good in a casual setting and the mighty John Black of JB Presents continues to bring in smoking local and regional R & B acts. The Barkin’ Dog also has a Jazz Jam with David Dow on Thursdays where musicians can sit in and network. Camp 4 Wine Café, Fuzio Universal Bistro, Chefs of New York, and Galleto are all supporting weekly live music. Deva features the weekly Thursday Night Ramble, presented by Eli Lester and house band Big Earl. If you get out only one Thursday make sure it’s the Third Thursday’s Art Walk in Downtown ‘cause even in the chill of winter there are a lot of events happening that night. The Boardroom, also in Downtown, continues an ambitious schedule of live music 4

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This is the first article in a series that we have planned that will feature local folks that we see almost daily but do not know much about. Robert House is the madman that rides his unicycle on McHenry Avenue every day. It was nice to chat with him a bit. There is a storied history behind this single-wheeled street pirate that is quite interesting. MF: How long have you been doing this? Some people remember you doing this as far back as the 90s. What got you started and motivated to really never want to stop? House: I have been riding daily in Modesto for 15 years. I was trained by an old friend and as soon as he showed me the ropes I knew that I would want to keep on riding for as long as I could. Learning to ride and balance was like

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By Eric Benson nights a week. Tuesdays Tim Allen does his piano and vocal thing, Thursdays are Neil Beuttner and Matt Harrington, Friday’s dynamic duo Johnny & Kelly, and Saturdays rotate with: MCW Band, Strange Brew, The Nines, & Public Domain. Dress code weekends so call so you don’t offend, (209) 409-8665 for details. Off the beaten path: the Clarion Hotel & Shooters on Sisk road have open mike Mondays, Wednesdays with the Creole Jazz Kings, Thursdays Vibes & Verbs with the Fine Line, and every third Sunday feature trad-Jazz jammers with host bands for listening and dancing. And the St. Claire Theatre on 7th Street features Saturday comedy shows. Sunday afternoons, beginning Jan. 15th, at Congregation Beth Shalom, Modesto’s own guitar virtuoso Eli Lester will be showcased. Check out www.cbsmodesto. org/concerts. The Peace Life Center brings in a touch

of folk with John McCutcheon on Jan. 24th. For those fans of Latin music King Kabob has Salsa Wednesdays with dance lessons, and Azucar Latin Grill features Salsa on Friday and Saturdays. The West Side Theatre in Newman, well worth the drive from Modesto, continues with an eclectic lineup in a restored theatre environment. The shows return in January, beginning with The Refugees (Tom Petty Tribute), Jan. 21st; Caravanserai (Santana Tribute), Jan. 28th; and Aja Vu Steely Dan Tribute, Feb. 25th. For more info, check out www. westsidetheatre.org, or call (209) 8624490. Think globally but shop locally. Any coconspirators or partners in crime want to get in touch I am on Facebook. I also encourage all of you to send me your info and I will send out weekly emails. Hit me at: mbenson@fire2wire.com, or give me a holler at (209) 918-7033. All the best, Eric Benson, peace out.

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getting set on fire. I was hot for it right away! My firstride was from Yosemite to Briggsmore on a unicycle I bought for $5 at a yard sale. MF: What is the craziest thing that has happened to you on the road? House: People are crazy! I have things thrown at me all the time. I have been soaked with Big Gulps, coated in egg yolk and almost knocked over by shoes. I really hate classic Converse Chuck Taylor’s. They seem to be thrown at me the most. MF: How many unicycles have you ridden over the years? Do you have a fantasy cycle that you would love to own one day? House: I have ridden six different unicycles over the last 15 years. I would love to own a Torker unicycle if I can save

the $280 to makethat happen. I’d like to have a shot at the 96 mile record one of these days. MF: People are curious to know more about you. What is the one thing that you would really like them to know? House: I carry a photo of my friend, mentor and teacher, Terry Don Vanaman in my wallet wherever I go. I ride for Terry more than I ride for myself. He died this year on April 20th after a battle with Cancer. I miss him but I plan to honor his memory every day that I can. MF: Give it to me in one line. Tell me what really keeps you motivated to keep riding in the heat, cold and rain. Tell me why you don’t stop. House: It’s pretty simple- McHenry Ave

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JILL’S PLAYLIST I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I love January. Everyone is motivated, and in my particular circle of musicians and music lovers, that usually means new bands, music, and ideas. So with no further small talk, let’s get down to the music.

Hit and Run- “Walk with Me” – Rock/ Hard Rock In the spirit of the New Year, I would like to start with the newest band I know of in the Modesto scene. I was able to hear this band before they’d had recorded anything, and saying I was pleasantly

surprised by the amount of talent is the understatement of 2011.They only have one song recorded as of now, but do yourself a favor and go check out the live show… made me an instant fan. Chad Seiverson - Acoustic/ solo

If the name sounds familiar to you, it should! The lead singer of We The Same can now be found flaunting his mad skills by himself, all stripped down, (musically of course, don’t get your hopes up girls!) Now we get double the entertainment with We the Same and Chad both gigging

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By Jill Ferris around the valley. Bully the Kid- “Scabies” or “Hexes and Hoes” (already a good sign, I cannot decide between the two) – Punk/Alt Originally from NYC, this valley transplant will blow your mind! A punk sound that is so rockin’, yet will have you screaming your head off in your best punk rock vocals. A big congrats to them for their recent signing with record label, 3BoyZ Promotions. Come out and see these guys locally while you still can! Scars Upon Stars – “Go Back to August” – Alt/ Pop/ Rock So excited to hear these guys are back at it! Their up-beat music will have you tapping your foot and singing along in no time. Show alert: Feb 24th at the Copper Rhino. Come out check out the live show, and pick up their 7 song self-titled album. Hope you check out some of these new

artists and begin the New Year right! Check out this section every month for new musical artists, shows, and events!

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By Tara Tinsley I am sitting here right now relaxing after a long walk along the canal nearest to my house and I am happy. I was stressed forever living away from Modesto and it feels great that the stress stayed where I was. I feel an overwhelming sense of ease here and that is how I enjoy living. This is nice. It has been just a couple of weeks since I have been back and I have already been contacted by a number of old friends. I have had the chance to get some great inside information and learn about some interesting places that I have never experienced before. I was contacted today by my friend Nick Shattell of the band, not an Airplane and he was excited to tell me about his latest

album, “It Could Just Be This Place” that will be released online via iTunes, Amazon and Spotify on November 8th. I am listening to the pre-release copy that he attached and I love it. I always get lost in his passionate lyrics. I have followed Nick and his various efforts for a long time and it is nice to see those efforts really paying off. The coolest thing about not an Airplane is that they are not doing what they do for the money. These guys just want to be heard and have a chance to celebrate music. To make that a bit easier they are tweaking the online music distribution system with this album so more people can afford to hear it. They will release the entire album as two

tracks titled “Speak In” and “Speak Out” in the spirit of a classic LP. Fans will not have to pay a high album price online to own the collection of songs. Shattell feels confident about this plan but understands that there could be a glitch with the idea. “This album was designed to transcend the media forms and remain in tact as a true LP, side A and side B. The other beautiful part about this is the fact that even iTunes system of pricing will be baffled by this, and most people should be able to get the album for only $2. It will also be on Spotify, and Amazon, with hopefully the same pricing confusion,” explains Shattell. In addition to listening to music, I have also been trying to eat my way through Modesto. In the last few days I rediscovered the “Drag It Through the Garden” pizza at Extreme Pizza and the “Starbucks Roll” at Tokyo Express. I also believe that I have discovered the premier destination for fried food buffs in Modesto. I walked into Bleachers Grill at 222 McHenry Ave. to get a burger and discovered an interesting list on their menu. These folks serve up 20 different types of French fries along with other fried goodies

including green beans and pickles. This is chubby guy foodie heaven. I am going to ask if I can live in the back room and be their official taste tester. I think this is a brilliant plan, but I’ll have to ask Sharlene and her crew for permission. Enjoy November in Modesto. Eat a really big bird, hold someone close and explain that you could not be more thankful for them, challenge your children to a leaf fight at Graceada Park and enjoy a bit of shopping at the Handborn Modern craft Bazaar on November 26. Handborn will be taking over the streets at seven different locations downtown to display their cool homespun gifts and crafts. Killer music and good eats are usually also involved. Good times! Thank you for reading my words! Find me online on Twitter as @modestofamous or help me build a network for locals by adding me to a circle on Google+ at tinyurl.com/plusruben. This little city is growing up and getting diverse. Let’s keep that vibe strong! Photo caption: not an Airplane is set to release their latest album, “It Could Just Be This Place” on November 18. Photo by Nine by 9 Photography

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Rockin’ Rick and the Rhythm Wranglers By Jennifer Allsup Rockabilly is fun and what is so exciting is how many great local Rockabilly bands are playing around the area and even crazier how many greats our local bands have played with. Rockin’ Rick has been everywhere this year and will be even more places local and around the world in 2012. Rockin’ Rick describes himself as: “Late 50’s ‘influenced’ Rock’ N’ Roll, Rockabilly, Hillbilly Bop, Cat Music, Western and Rhythm and Blues with Old Cars, Booze, Record hops, Women, Smokin, Boppin’, Casinos, Guns, Cash, Jivin’,Twangy Guitars, 45s, Stand-up Bass, the little guy, and a hot record spinnin’ on the Juke Box!” What more needs to be said? So start listening and get dancing! Members of the band include: Rockin Rick - Guitar/Vocals, David Wayne-

Stand-up Bass & Wise Cracks, T.J. - Lead Guitar, & Hustling Steve” Slow Gin” Rummy - Slapin Skins & Stayin’ Out All Night. They started the band in 2006. They have had the pleasure to share the stage with other great bands such as, The Chop Tops, Jailbreak, Joe Buck, 357 String Band, Hot Rod Carl, Moonshine, Tony T. & the Pendletons, the Infamous Swanks, the Midnight Howlers, Three Bad Jacks, Pat James, Hobo,Fat City Jokers, Drivin’ Nails, the Raging Aquaholics, Gun Smoke, Johnny Casino w/ the Swindlers Mad men, Anni Boelyn & the Kountry Kittens, the Pea Brains, Manzanita, Miss Michelle, Sagebrush Bob & the Double Barrel Boys, Snake Oil, The Midnight Trio, No Dice, Howlers, Lonesome Bats, Ghost Story’s Gamblers, Gear Box, Sugar Daddys, the Refuzniks Rockers, Memphis

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Facebook got a facelift with its new “Timeline,” and I am a fan. I’ve seen mixed reviews, but both as a user, and a marketer, I think it’s genius! As a user, what Facebook has done is developed a platform for me to create a virtual scrapbook of my entire life. From the baby pictures, to when I first learned to ride a bike, Prom, first day of college, graduation... My entire life can be loaded to Facebook, sequenced by date, tagged by location, so that I have an easily catalogued accounting of my life. In addition to how you can catalog life events, one of the great tools is how selective you can be in sharing them. A trip to Vegas that I only want available to my eyes. Done. The birth of a child that I want close friends to see, but not my boss. Done. What this is going to force me to do

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Murder Men, and many more! They have also had the great privilege to play at car & bike show events such as - The Bella Donna Beauties Presents: Everyone Gets Leid 2; D-Day at the Altamont 1 & 2; D.T.M.C. Presents: 2nd Annual Motorcycle Camp-Out; SO-Cal Invades Nor-Cal; Dave Bombers presents: Night of the Living Werewolf; The Rollin’ Roulettes Presents: Rock ‘N’ Roll Luau; Mike Miller Presents: Rockabilly Invasion 2; Rumble Co. presents: Suck, Squeeze,& Bang Blowout Car & Bike Show; the Summer Sultry Shindig; and the Vaudeville Road Show. Rockin’ Rick has been burnin! Rockin’ Rick & the Rhythm Wranglers are also signed to a record label based in California called HI-HO Silver Records (which is Rockin’ Ricks label). This label

deals with Rockabilly, Americana, and Western Music including these other killer acts: Pat James & the Nite Crawlers, Miss Michelle, Boraxo Jones & The Electric West, Sagebrush Bob & the Double Barrel Boys, Drivin Nails, Anni Boelyn, The Drift Alley Lobos, Little Jessie & the Pussy Hounds, The Midnight Trio, & Gearbox. Rockin’ Rick is also planning a European Tour next year to spread their swingin’ ways. You can also find Rockin’ Rick & the Rhythm Wranglers at Viva Las Vegas 15, HI-HO Silver Records on Myspace, Youtube, & Facebook! If you are interested in doing some recording, Rockin’ Rick is always looking for new and upcoming artists to record. They are based out of Sonora and the Los Angeles area and do not miss the chance to see them and make our Rockabilly scene hotter and hotter.

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as well is be more aware of my “friends” list, and the groups that I have them in. As a marketer, this makes Facebook that much more attractive of a marketing channel. As soon as I put the life event of getting my first car in 2001, with no new cars since, and change my job status from Associate to Manager, I’ve just identified myself as someone who is likely to be in the market for a new car. Jackpot for all the car dealerships. This type of selfidentification is almost limitless, and an incredible tool for marketers. I know some people get weirded out by what they consider an invasion of privacy, but the way I see it, I’m going to get ads one way or another. I’d rather them be relevant than SPAM, so I’m okay with it. Additionally, all of the time that will go into creating my Timeline, and grouping

my friends, goes into making Facebook a better user experience. This in turn will keep me coming back more often, staying on the site longer, which in turn, gives advertisers more opportunities to reach me. Well played sir. I know there will be those who disagree. I’ve heard Facebook needs to stop

changing. It’s too complicated. It’s an invasion of privacy. Perhaps. But if nothing else, I give Facebook credit for doing its best to avoid becoming MySpace. By innovating, refreshing, and trying to stay ahead of the curve, while they may not always be able to please everyone, they have a fan in me, and I’m sure that makes Mr. Zuckerberg sleep well at night.


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the strategy or the ad? Have you seen my girl? Flying Blind has taken flight again and they are doing new music, their favorites, and a Flying Blind live show is something you shouldn’t miss. Go hear one of Modesto’s favorite bands on Jan 13. Doors open at 6 at the Fat Cat Music House.

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The crew from Saucy Ink on Carpenter Road, owner Swae and his companion were special guests of ModestoView for the Galletto Underground New Year’s Eve party sponsored by Cold House Vodka and Random Nights.

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SUNDAY, January 1 Ansel Adams of California Exhibition Sunday Group Run Music Sundays at the Bakery Karaoke Banda Sunday Nights New Years Party Karaoke Night Sunday Golden Oldie Dance Party

Carnegie Arts Center Save Mart Scenic&Oakdale Village Bakery Nino’s Place Palladium Nightclub Yosemite Lanes MIdway Lounge Crocodiles

Monday, January 2 Free Pool Ansel Adams of California Exhibition Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Chess and Vinyl Record Night Margin Call Karaoke Mondays

Nino’s Place Carnegie Arts Center Modesto Library Modesto Library State Theatre Camp 4 State Theatre The Boardroom

Tuesday, January 3 Ansel Adams of California Exhibition Members Holiday Art Show Preschool Story Time StoryFun Wiggle Worms Preschool Story Time Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Tuesday Track Workout Preschool StoryTime Bluegrass Jam Figure Drawing Salsa Dancing Salsa Lessons Stanislaus Civil War Association Meeting Trivia Night Tim Allen Live Tipsy Tuesdays/Beer Pong Karaoke Night Miki Industry Night T’s Night Out Trevelling Circus

Carnegie Arts Center MIstlin Gallery Waterford Library Modesto Library Modesto Library Ceres Library State Theatre MJC Track Modesto Library Queen Bean Chartreuse Muse Clarion / Shooters Clarion / Shooters St. Pauls Episcopal Church P Wexford’s Pub The Boardroom The Other Place MIdway Lounge Miki Japanese Ts Cocktails Speakeasy

Wednesday, January 4 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Wine Tasting Ansel Adams of California Exhibition Members Holiday Art Show Preschool StoryTime Toddler Story time Wiggle Worms Story Time Toddler Storytime Preschool Story Time MJC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Knitting and Crochet Classes 5 Points Peace Vigil Karaoke Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey Creole Jazz Kings Open Mic Comedy Jason Gully Live Karaoke Night Neil Buettner Live Johnny&Kelly

State Theatre Bacchus Carnegie Arts Center MIstlin Gallery Modesto Library Turlock Library Salida Library Modesto Library Turlock Library Empire Library MJC Glacier Hall/Ag Center Pavilion Waterford Library 5 Points-McHenry and J St Nino’s Place State Theatre Clarion / Shooters Material Grill The Boardroom MIdway Lounge P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy

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For the newest and latest updates: www.modestoview.com thURSDAY, January 5 Continued Ansel Adams of California Exhibition Members Holiday Art Show Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool StoryTime Dave Dow open jam session Metal Jam Open Jam Night 2 for 1 Thursdays Margin Call Poker Tourney Thursday Night Ramble Bachata Suavesita Salsa Johnny & Kelly Pint Night 80s DJ Karaoke Night Caliente College Nights Flyboys House Party Karaoke Time Neil and Matt Live Karaoke Skewers Style Azucar Thursdays

Carnegie Arts Center MIstlin Gallery Turlock Library Turlock Library Hughson Library Barkin’ Dog Grill Clarion / Shooters Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters State Theatre The Other Place Deva Cafe KING Kabob P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy MIdway Lounge Studio 47 Copper Rhino Skewers Kabob House The Boardroom Skewers Kabob House Azucar Latin Grill

fRIDAY, January 6 Karaoke w Brad Like Crazy Margin Call Ansel Adams of California Exhibition Members Holiday Art Show David Baggett Live Live Music Fridays at the Bakery Margin Call Heaven, Lindsey, Bethany and Tawney Josh Rosenblum Band Live Off the Air - Colour Decendents of Prospectors Full Circle Live Josh Rosenblum Live Karaoke Night Broken Trojan Live DJ Will Live Country Music Live Local Bands MCW Band Weekend Dance Party Weekly Issue Live

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Saturday, January 7 Belly Dancing Karaoke w Brad Like Crazy Slackenloader Live The Swell Season Ansel Adams of California Exhibition Bilingual Story Time Members Holiday Art Show Doors Tribute Show Modesto Maniax Crab Feed Big Earl & the Cryin Shame MIlonga with Marcelo Solis Karaoke Night DJ Kevin & DJ Chopstiques Doc Holliday Live Live Country Music Live Local Bands Weekend Dance Party

Skewers Kabob House Yosemite Lanes State Theatre Yosemite Lanes State Theatre Carnegie Arts Center Modesto Library MIstlin Gallery Fat Cat Music House MRPS Hall Manteca Barkin’ Dog Grill Jacob’s Fine Dining MIdway Lounge Bacchus Nino’s Place The Other Place Speakeasy Crocodiles

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Sunday, January 8 Continued Music Sundays at the Bakery Karaoke Banda Sunday Nights Karaoke Night Sunday Golden Oldie Dance Party

Village Bakery Nino’s Place Palladium Nightclub MIdway Lounge Crocodiles

Monday, January 9 Free Pool Like Crazy The Swell Season Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Chess and Vinyl Record Night Karaoke Mondays

Nino’s Place State Theatre State Theatre Modesto Library Modesto Library Camp 4 The Boardroom

TUesday, January 10 Like Crazy The Swell Season Members Holiday Art Show Preschool Story Time StoryFun Wiggle Worms Preschool Story Time MJC Men/Women Basketball Tuesday Track Workout Preschool StoryTime Bluegrass Jam 2nd Tues Poetry Reading 2nd Tuesday-Open Mic Poetry Figure Drawing Salsa Dancing Trivia Night Tim Allen Live Tipsy Tuesdays/Beer Pong Karaoke Night Miki Industry Night T’s Night Out

State Theatre State Theatre MIstlin Gallery Waterford Library Modesto Library Modesto Library Ceres Library MJC Gym MJC Track Modesto Library Queen Bean Barkin’ Dog Grill Barkin’ Dog Grill Chartreuse Muse Clarion / Shooters P Wexford’s Pub The Boardroom The Other Place MIdway Lounge Miki Japanese Ts Cocktails

Wednesday, January 11 Like Crazy Wine Tasting Members Holiday Art Show Preschool StoryTime Toddler Story time Wiggle Worms Story Time Toddler Storytime Preschool Story Time Karaoke Creole Jazz Kings Open Mic Comedy Jason Gully Live Karaoke Night Neil Buettner Live Johnny&Kelly

State Theatre Bacchus MIstlin Gallery Modesto Library Turlock Library Salida Library Modesto Library Turlock Library Empire Library Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters Material Grill The Boardroom MIdway Lounge P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy

Thursday, January 12 Like Crazy Members Holiday Art Show Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool StoryTime Dave Dow open jam session Metal Jam Open Jam Night 2 for 1 Thursdays Poker Tourney Thursday Night Ramble Bachata Suavesita Salsa Johnny & Kelly Pint Night 80s DJ Karaoke Night Caliente College Nights Flyboys House Party Karaoke Time

State Theatre MIstlin Gallery Turlock Library Turlock Library Hughson Library Barkin’ Dog Grill Clarion / Shooters Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters The Other Place Deva Cafe KING Kabob P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy MIdway Lounge Studio 47 Copper Rhino Skewers Kabob House

Thursday, January 12 Continued Neil and Matt Live The Boardroom Karaoke Skewers Style Skewers Kabob House Azucar Thursdays Azucar Latin Grill

Friday, January 13 Karaoke w Brad The Swell Season Members Holiday Art Show Flying Blind Live Hot Club Faux Gitane Gypsy Jazz Live Music Fridays at the Bakery Have No Fear Comedy Night Josh Rosenblum Band Live Love Core The Dave Mason Band Josh Rosenblum Live Karaoke Night DJ Will Live Country Music Live Local Bands MCW Band Tequila Mockingbird Weekend Dance Party Weekly Issue Live

Yosemite Lanes State Theatre MIstlin Gallery Fat Cat Music House Barkin’ Dog Grill Village Bakery O’Malley’s Material Grill Queen Bean Gallo Center Material Grill MIdway Lounge Bacchus The Other Place Speakeasy The Boardroom Nino’s Place Crocodiles Copper Rhino

Saturday, January 14 Belly Dancing EARL Karaoke w Brad The Swell Season Members Holiday Art Show Library Scrap Booking Rick James Comedy Night Craig and Dave Winter Wonderland Comedy Showcase Lily Tomlin Karaoke Night Big Earl & The Cryin Shame DJ Kevin & DJ Chopstiques Live Country Music Live Local Bands Rockhaven Talk of the Town Party Weekend Dance Party

Skewers Kabob House Yosemite Lanes Yosemite Lanes State Theatre MIstlin Gallery Modesto Library Fat Cat Music House Barkin’ Dog Grill St Clair Theater Gallo Center MIdway Lounge Cow Track Oakdale Bacchus The Other Place Speakeasy Nino’s Place Fat Cat Music House Crocodiles

Sunday, January 15 Karaoke w Brad Sunday Group Run Music Sundays at the Bakery Delicato Vinyards Art Show Notorious Modesto Blues Greats Karaoke Banda Sunday Nights Big Bad VooDoo Daddy Karaoke Night Sunday Golden Oldie Dance Party

Yosemite Lanes Save Mart Scenic&Oakdale Village Bakery Delicato Tasting Room State Theatre Congragation Beth Shalom Nino’s Place Palladium Nightclub Gallo Center MIdway Lounge Crocodiles

monday, January 16 Chess and Vinyl Record Night Free Pool Wiggle Worms Delicato Vinyards Art Show Karaoke Mondays

Camp 4 Nino’s Place Modesto Library Delicato Tasting Room The Boardroom

Tuesday, January 17 Members Holiday Art Show Preschool Story Time Young Masters Art Show Wiggle Worms Preschool Story Time Delicato Vinyards Art Show Mo Willems Week

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Tuesday, January 17 Continued MJC Men/Women Basketball Tuesday Track Workout Verghese Pre-Show Receiption Preschool StoryTime Wedding Professionals Mixer Bluegrass Jam Dr. Abraham Verghese Figure Drawing Library Fundraiser-Dr. Abraham Vergese Salsa Dancing Trivia Night Tim Allen Live Tipsy Tuesdays/Beer Pong Karaoke Night Miki Industry Night T’s Night Out

MJC Gym MJC Track Gallo Center Modesto Library DoubleTree Hotel Queen Bean Gallo Center Chartreuse Muse Gallo Center Clarion / Shooters P Wexford’s Pub The Boardroom The Other Place MIdway Lounge Miki Japanese Ts Cocktails

Wednesday, January 18 Wine Tasting Members Holiday Art Show Wiggle Worms Young Masters Art Show Story Time Toddler Storytime Preschool Story Time Delicato Vinyards Art Show Mo Willems Week Karaoke Creole Jazz Kings Mark Lowry Open Mic Comedy Jason Gully Live Karaoke Night Neil Buettner Live Johnny&Kelly

Bacchus MIstlin Gallery Salida Library Mistlin Gallery Modesto Library Turlock Library Empire Library Delicato Tasting Room Oakdale Library Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters Gallo Center Material Grill The Boardroom MIdway Lounge P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy

Thursday, January 19 Third Thursday Art Walk Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Mo Willems Week Dave Dow open jam session Metal Jam Open Jam Night 2 for 1 Thursdays Poker Tourney Thursday Night Ramble Bachata Suavesita Salsa Johnny & Kelly Pint Night Shaylin Nicole Live 80s DJ Karaoke Night Caliente College Nights Flyboys House Party Karaoke Time Neil and Matt Live Karaoke Skewers Style Azucar Thursdays

Downtown Modesto Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room Oakdale Library Barkin’ Dog Grill Clarion / Shooters Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters The Other Place Deva Cafe KING Kabob P Wexford’s Pub Queen Bean Speakeasy MIdway Lounge Studio 47 Copper Rhino Skewers Kabob House The Boardroom Skewers Kabob House Azucar Latin Grill

Friday, January 20 Karaoke w Brad Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Mo Willems Week Boy Girl Boy Jenn Allsup’s Night to Rock Live Music Fridays at the Bakery Beethoven & Tchaikovsky Josh Rosenblum Band Live Los Freddy’s Gruppo Venus Josh Rosenblum Live

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Yosemite Lanes Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room Oakdale Library Barkin’ Dog Grill Queen Bean Village Bakery Gallo Center Material Grill Fat Cat Music House Material Grill

For more updates join us on Facebook at facebook.com/modestoview Friday, January 20 Karaoke Night DJ Will Live Country Music Live Local Bands MCW Band Rock Lobster Weekend Dance Party Weekly Issue Live

MIdway Lounge Bacchus The Other Place Speakeasy The Boardroom Nino’s Place Crocodiles Copper Rhino

Saturday, January 21 Belly Dancing Karaoke w Brad Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Mo Willems Week Modesto Comedy Competition MLK Celebration- Dick Gregory MLK Celebration - Dick Gregory Red Dog Ashe The Refugees (Tom Petty) Z Strain, Bombs Overhead + Beethoven & Tchaikovsky Big Comedy Show Bombs Overhead+4 moreLive Karaoke Night DJ Kevin & DJ Chopstiques Live Country Music Live Local Bands Rock It Scientists Tongue & Groove Weekend Dance Party

Skewers Kabob House Yosemite Lanes Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room Oakdale Library Fat Cat Music House MJC Auditorium MJC Auditorium Barkin’ Dog Grill West Side Theatre Al’s Billiards Turlock Gallo Center Material Grill Al’s Billiards Turlock MIdway Lounge Bacchus The Other Place Speakeasy Fat Cat Music House Nino’s Place Crocodiles

sunday, January 22 Karaoke w Brad Sunday Group Run MJC Last Day to Add Class Music Sundays at the Bakery Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Karaoke Banda Sunday Nights Karaoke Night Sunday Golden Oldie Dance Party

Yosemite Lanes Save Mart Scenic&Oakdale MJC Admissions Village Bakery Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room Nino’s Place Palladium Nightclub MIdway Lounge Crocodiles

Monday, January 23 Chess and Vinyl Record Night Free Pool Chinese New Year Wiggle Worms Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Karaoke Mondays

Camp 4 Nino’s Place All over the world Modesto Library Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room The Boardroom

tuesday, January 24 Preschool Story Time Young Masters Art Show Wiggle Worms Preschool Story Time Delicato Vinyards Art Show Tuesday Track Workout Preschool StoryTime Bluegrass Jam Figure Drawing John McCutcheon Concert Salsa Dancing Trivia Night Tim Allen Live Tipsy Tuesdays/Beer Pong Karaoke Night Miki Industry Night T’s Night Out

Waterford Library Mistlin Gallery Modesto Library Ceres Library Delicato Tasting Room MJC Track Modesto Library Queen Bean Chartreuse Muse Modesto Church of the Brethren Clarion / Shooters P Wexford’s Pub The Boardroom The Other Place MIdway Lounge Miki Japanese Ts Cocktails

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wednesday, January 25 Wine Tasting Wiggle Worms Young Masters Art Show Story Time Toddler Storytime Preschool Story Time Delicato Vinyards Art Show Karaoke Creole Jazz Kings Open Mic Comedy Jason Gully Live Karaoke Night Neil Buettner Live Johnny&Kelly

Bacchus Salida Library Mistlin Gallery Modesto Library Turlock Library Empire Library Delicato Tasting Room Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters Material Grill The Boardroom MIdway Lounge P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy

Thursday, January 26 Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Dave Dow open jam session Metal Jam Open Jam Night 2 for 1 Thursdays Blues Harmonica Blowout Laugh Out Loud New Year Poker Tourney The Stinky Cheese Man Thursday Night Ramble Bachata Suavesita Salsa Johnny & Kelly Pint Night Nick Shattel Live 80s DJ Karaoke Night Caliente College Nights Flyboys House Party Karaoke Time Neil and Matt Live Karaoke Skewers Style Azucar Thursdays

Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room Barkin’ Dog Grill Clarion / Shooters Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters State Theatre St Clair Theatre The Other Place Gallo Center Deva Cafe KING Kabob P Wexford’s Pub Queen Bean Speakeasy MIdway Lounge Studio 47 Copper Rhino Skewers Kabob House The Boardroom Skewers Kabob House Azucar Latin Grill

Friday, January 27 Karaoke w Brad Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show MJC Mens/Women’s Basketball Sacred Reich Live Live Music Fridays at the Bakery Myosin Live The Fun Strummers The Mikado Evening with Eric Johnson Josh Rosenblum Band Live Josh Rosenblum Live Karaoke Night DJ Will EXP Band Live Country Music Live Local Bands MCW Band Oakdale Ramble Weekend Dance Party Weekly Issue Live

Yosemite Lanes Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room MJC Gym Fat Cat Music House Village Bakery Queen Bean Barkin’ Dog Grill Gallo Center State Theatre Material Grill Material Grill MIdway Lounge Bacchus Nino’s Place The Other Place Speakeasy The Boardroom Cow Track Oakdale Crocodiles Copper Rhino

saturday, January 28 Belly Dancing Karaoke w Brad Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Library Scrapbooking Hearts for Children Gala Hex Pop Debut Show Sierra Vista No Place Like Home Fundraiser Lefty Anderson Comedy Night Caravanserai (Santana Tribute) Dandelion Massacre

Skewers Kabob House Yosemite Lanes Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room Modesto Library Modesto Center Plaza Fat Cat Music House Location TBA Fat Cat Music House West Side Theatre Queen Bean

saturday, January 28 Continued Hometown Heroes: Jeff Moorad Karaoke Night DJ Kevin & DJ Chopstiques Live Country Music Live Local Bands Weekend Dance Party

Gallo Center MIdway Lounge Bacchus The Other Place Speakeasy Crocodiles

sunday, January 29 Karaoke w Brad Sunday Group Run Music Sundays at the Bakery Young Masters Art Show International Wedding Festival Delicato Vinyards Art Show Peter Rabbit and Friends The Mikado Peter Rabbit and Friends Karaoke Banda Sunday Nights Karaoke Night Sunday Golden Oldie Dance Party

Yosemite Lanes Save Mart Scenic&Oakdale Village Bakery Mistlin Gallery Modesto Center Plaza Delicato Tasting Room Gallo Center Gallo Center Gallo Center Nino’s Place Palladium Nightclub MIdway Lounge Crocodiles

monday, January 30 Chess and Vinyl Record Night Free Pool Wiggle Worms Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Karaoke Mondays

Camp 4 Nino’s Place Modesto Library Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room The Boardroom

tuesday, Febuary 1 Wiggle Worms Young Masters Art Show Story Time Toddler Storytime Preschool Story Time Delicato Vinyards Art Show 5 Points Peace Vigil Karaoke Creole Jazz Kings Open Mic Comedy Jason Gully Live Karaoke Night Neil Buettner Live Johnny&Kelly

Salida Library Mistlin Gallery Modesto Library Turlock Library Empire Library Delicato Tasting Room 5 Points-McHenry and J St Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters Material Grill The Boardroom MIdway Lounge P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy

wednesday, Febuary 2 Young Masters Art Show Delicato Vinyards Art Show Dave Dow open jam session Metal Jam Open Jam Night 2 for 1 Thursdays Poker Tourney Thursday Night Ramble Bachata Suavesita Salsa Johnny & Kelly Pint Night 80s DJ Karaoke Night Caliente College Nights Flyboys House Party Karaoke Time Neil and Matt Live Karaoke Skewers Style Azucar Thursdays

Mistlin Gallery Delicato Tasting Room Barkin’ Dog Grill Clarion / Shooters Nino’s Place Clarion / Shooters The Other Place Deva Cafe KING Kabob P Wexford’s Pub Speakeasy MIdway Lounge Studio 47 Copper Rhino Skewers Kabob House The Boardroom Skewers Kabob House Azucar Latin Grill

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

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

What’s in the Rear View from December? First Strip The dawn of winter in Modesto near Dry Creek Good Day Sacramento’s Alan Sanchez reads ModesstoView! The Central Cal Art League’s Tom Bonte and Dorris showcased at the Lights parade Bill Murray plays at Papachinos Christian Izquierdo, winner of Spirt of Giving 5 K.

Are you caring for an aging loved Second one?Strip There are parking garages at 9th and L Street, 11th and K Street, 11th and I McHenry Mansion was amazing for Dickens Christmas Faire. not There is help! street, and 12th and You H Street.are Parking is close toalone. all the restaurants! Everyone and everything participated in Giving Run/Walk Parking

The Grinch escapes for the Lights Parade Mark Holden’s paintings on display at Crow Trading for Art Walk It is getting easier to catch a cab, both to downtown and home from Sahill Vohra and Madison Murphy out for the lighted bike parade at Serrano’s Gain practical information to become a better family downtown. Why deal with driving and parking? Take the easy way.

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caregiver A touch of Class 575-0690to your aging loved one. Free seminars Third Strip Checker Cab 1-888-487-5441 offered in Ceres, Modesto and Tracy. “T” gets on the nice list at the Giving Run City Cab 818-4144 Barbara Miller Dave Barrett Shadow Chase Running Club County Cab Company 442-0392 Lynn Padlo, Alexis Camarena, Dave Barrett, Noe Paramo, Karen Tingling, Jean Metro Cab 523-3333 For the 2012 schedule and a free toolkit, call Tarabeil, Nile Sousa “Shadow Chase Running Club Modesto Cab Company 521-7320 578-6300 or visit www. hospiceheart.org. Shaylin Nicole playing the Thursday Ramble at Deva Red top taxi 524-4741 Tanya and Dave Adkins get ready to run Quality Cab 552-9898 Taxi taxi Cab Co. 756-1035 Yellow Cab of Modesto 544-8294 Fourth Strip• Heart Health United Cab 888-8888 Fat Cat is all ready for winter

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Find local restaurants, www.modestoview.com

Locally Owned Most all of the down 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.

MAMA winner Tina Louise Barr plays the Modesto Farmer’s Market Wayne Mathes is all dapper with a co-worker at the Dicken’s Faire The Modesto Police are sporting a 57 Chevy Graffiti style squad car The Modesto Farner’s market had delicious produce nearly all year long

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1791 Mitchell Rd. 538.5930

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1705 Crows Landing Rd. 538.4845 1241 McHenry Ave. 574.9475 4143 McHenry Ave. 529.3078

Oakdale

870 N. Yosemite Ave. 848.0844

• Donation drop-off available at each store. Call specific store in advance for donation hours. • For free large item donation pick-up or vehicle donation, call 575.HOPE. • Ask about our free e-waste recycling program.

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VAliD At All lOCAtiOns OnE COuPOn PEr CustOmEr • ExPirEs 1/31/12 All proceeds benefit the patients and families of Community Hospice.

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