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July 2018 Top Ten American Idol Live

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Modesto Fourth Parade and All American Festival July 4 – Modesto Fourth Parade and All American Festival July 15 – Stanislaus County Fair July 13-22 – Blue Oyster Cult July 21 -  The Chill List – Team Poetry Slam – State Theatre July  20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 - Beauty and the Beast  - Yes Company July  28 - Rocky Horror Picture Show – State Theatre July 6 - Rita Coolidge – Gallo Center July 30 -  American Idol Live – Gallo Center July 12 & 15 Yellow Submarine 50th Year Screening State Theatre July 7 - Native Vibe – Lucca Winery July 11 - Liesel Roy Haldane & World Music Jam Barking Dog

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It is a red-hot sizzling summer in so many ways. It feels like it’s the 4th of July all month long.   There are fun events, BBQs, parades, fairs, live music in the plazas, rock and roll on the patios and new splash pads.  We are on the go here in good ole Modesto USA and ModestoView is here to help you explore everything.    If you hear someone complain about the weather, we actually have it pretty good.  You could be in the deep south or north east, drenched in humidity, or if in NYC, jammed together with millions of other people, or the oven-hot temps of the southwest where you get no relief, but here in Modesto, it is always a good evening and the delta breezes that roll in freshen the night for a new day.   We have it pretty good and there are places to go and people to see that all fits together, especially for those MoBand nights. With our current national political scene upside down, we have to look to ourselves.  We need to look at our pride, our strength, our people, our ideas, our sense of community power and who we are and depend on each other.  We need to share our pride with each other and give our city a louder voice, we can get wrapped up in the bad things happening, which are the same as most other cities, but friends, we need to focus on the cool things and make that our message.  The story is the same, we have to like ourselves before someone else will.  Please share the ModestoView positive message with someone you know or someone new to the area.   It is our readers that will be the force of change.  Two things are happening that really bring our community together this month, the Modesto 4th of July Parade and Plaza Festival is a Hall of Fame event.  A nice morning parade, streets and sidewalks with thousands of your best friends, celebrating the cool things and people in our community. I am honored to once again be the MC for the parade announcing from the courthouse.  Thanks to all of the hard working Modesto Kiwanis volunteers that make this

Family and Friends are the best thing about Modesto summers. MoBand Concerts in the Park are our tradition. In this MoBand Crew picture, Becky, Abbey, Madison & Harrison,   Frank, Gail Kate Damrell, Steve Perry, Chad and Sofia Johnson & Eva Steward happen every year.   The Stanislaus County Fair is a tradition that continues to get stronger each year. Music, food, fun, animals and loads of rides make it a great tradition for families, couples and anyone.   There are two more Thursday MoBand Concerts in The Park to enjoy so don’t miss them.  This month will be very interesting as I and my daughter Abigail head off to Mongolia with Lonny Davis and Hope Haven West to deliver wheel chairs to those in need in areas that are rarely served.  We will be doing seating clinics across Mongolia from Ulaanbaatar to nearly the Russian border.  I will be updating our trip as we progress (as internet is available) at www. ModestoView.com so I hope you check it out. We stocked up on the new Sherpa line of clothing that is designed here in Modesto. Check them out at www.sherpaadventuregear.com There are amazing things being created here in the Modesto area, from the music of our local

musicians, the food offerings of companies like Sciabica and Traina, to the wines of Gallo, technical apparel by Sherpa, and even custom Two Rock amplifiers from talented people like Eli Lester, there are so many reasons that Modesto gets better all of the time. We get to know Eli in our July interview, so please give it a read.  Friends, it is good to connect the dots, bring people together and celebrate local accomplishments and encourage people to shop locally.  These are the people who write and contribute and advertise in ModestoView.  We are here working hard to “Serve Civic Pride Daily”.  We hope to see you around town and remember to say Hi.   Thank you, Chris Murphy, Founder & Publisher – ModestoView chrism@modestoview.com

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There is nothing like the thrill of an upside down ride. Micheal J Mangano captures the excitement of a July summer night at the Stanislaus County Fair.  Tix info at www.stancofair.com

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PARADE

July 4th Events! July 4th Parade 9:30 am and All American Festival at 11 am in Downtown Modesto

Fourth of July By Chris Murphy

July 4th Parade and Car Show 10 am and Fire Works display at CSUS 9pm

Modesto has a special place in all things 4th of July since 1974. For 144 years, Modesto USA has hosted a 4th of July Parade, making it one of the longest running in the western USA.   Held on the 4th, the Modesto Fourth Parade brings out thousands of people, all celebrating out independence and freedom.  People line the streets, enjoy cocktails on restaurant patios and best of all, the parade of people, companies, animals, scouts, bands, public servants and first responders is the real show.  The parade starts at 9:30 am so get there early to get a great spot on 10th, J, 11th and I street.   It is a fun time and I am very honored to be the parade announcer along with my friends the legendary Al Menshew and DJ Walker of KAT Country 103. This year we will celebrate Grand Marshals Lynn and Ron Dickerson and Parade Champion local author and ViewCrew member Ken White.  The announcing booth is on the courthouse lawn so we hope to see you there. Immediately following the parade please join us in 10th St Plaza for the All American Festival, with vendors, bands, flag raising and great community fun.  Thank you to the Modesto

July 4th Car Show and Celebration 5 pm at Mistlin Park Ripon Fireworks at 9:45 pm July 4th Celebreation at Castle Airforce Base Atwater 11 am Fireworks display at 9 pm July 4th Parde and Celebration in downtown Twain Harte 10 am July 4th Parde 10 am Downtown Manteca and Fireworks at Big League Dreams 7 pm July 4th Glorious 4th of July Celebration at Columbia State Park at 11 am July 4th Concert and BBQ at Turner Park San Andreas 5 pm Kiwanis Club for all of their hard work, and to all Kiwanians that lend a hand. What and where to celebrate Independence Day in and around Modesto. 

Celebrate the 4th of July all over our great region from parades to BBQ’,s Music and more. July 3rd Fireworks at John Thurman Field after the Modesto Nuts Game

July 4th Parade and Celebration 11 am Turner Park Mokelumne Hill July 7th 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Ironstone Vineyards 2pm - Fireworks at Dusk.

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Friends of the Stanislaus Fair By Danette Covarrubias

PUBLISHER Chris Murphy chrism@modestoview.com

SALES AND ADVERTISING Advertising@modestoview.com Managing Editor Middagh Goodwin DESIGN, LAYOUT, & ART PGrimaldi, Creative Art Director / Designer Peter Grimaldi pete@pgrimaldicreative.com Photo Director Michael J. Mangano Office Adminstration Brandilyn Brown SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS Madison Murphy – Adobe Specialist Abbey Murphy – Berkeley Correspondent Russ Allsup - Hollywood Correspondent Brandon Brush - Modesto correspondent CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Christiansen Aaron Rowan Kaye Osborn Jennifer Allsup Middagh Goodwin Efren Martinez Eve Oberlander Patty Castillo Davis Leia Johnson Dana Johnson Earl Mathews Mary Layton Monica Barber Ken White Brandilyn Brown Brianna Mooney Maryann Spikes Tasha Williams Denette Covarrubias

Once a year during July approximately 245,000 locals attend our Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock. The event celebrates family, community, and technology. Known for its agricultural roots and activities, the county fair is a huge addition to our central valley culture, education, and entertainment. The fair began back in 1911 when the Turlock Chamber of Commerce sponsored the first Turlock Melon Carnival promoting the sale and distribution of central valley agriculture; specifically, the market for the melon crop. Starting in the mid-1930’s, the 38th district of

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Agriculture Association has lead the operations of the Stanislaus County Fair and has since added the 4-H and livestock shows to promote the livestock and dairy industries. To understand more about the funding and operation of the largest summer entertainment event in Stanislaus county, we interviewed Adrenna Alkhas, the Marketing & Communications Director of the Stanislaus County Fair. She explains that the State of California has eliminated funding to all county fairs. However, to keep the event alive and going, a non-profit

organization was formed. ‘Friends of the Stanislaus Fair ’is the organization whose primary goal is to enhance opportunities at the fairgrounds for the community and youth through agriculture and education. The funds received through the non-profit go back into the fair in the form of infrastructure, fans for the livestock to keep them cool, show rings, and other general necessities. One of the programs implemented to conserve the funds is Green Initiatives, a program intended to recycle waste throughout the county fairgrounds. Some impressive results to highlight are: diversion of almost all waste during the 10-day span of entertainment, waste materials composted and reused on local farms, and upgrading equipment for energy-efficiency. The Stanislaus County Fair is committed to environmental stewardship to make a positive impact on the central valley and beyond. The organization partners with local companies for a chance to promote their business. There’s several different sponsorship packages that fit unique needs for different industries. One of the common industries with this partnership is other non-profit agencies which include; The Salvation Army, Kiwanis Club, United Samaritans, Turlock Rotary Club, knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. Local organizations rely on not only on donations from the community but on the annual event, that is the Stanislaus County Fair to maintain their presence in the Central Valley. These non-profit organizations provide our community clothes, shelter for the homeless, housing for sick children, senior care, and many other basic human needs. Grab the kids, grab the sunblock, grab the spouse and together we will keep this summer tradition of the central valley alive. There’s nothing better than connecting with the community, having fun and have the money spent on fun go to a better cause.  If you want to experience live music, carnival rides, beer gardens, and the best fair food in the area come join us July 13-22, 2018 at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock. Contact info for Friends of the Stanislaus Fair Membership and Fundraising Coordinator Lily Ruelas at   Lily@stancofairfriends.com

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Fourth of July by Jim Christiansen Happy Fourth of July and real start of Summer, as we get into the heat, Summer vacations and summer art events, workshops and classes for kids and adults. Check out the offerings at the Chartreuse Muse, Mistlin Gallery, City of Modesto Parks and Neighborhoods, Carnegie Arts Center, Art Time and Sip Wine, to see what’s offered locally. If you’re on vacation, look up art activities and galleries and bring back some ideas to use here at home. June 21, Mistlin Gallery, in partnership with City of Modesto, presented the Consulate General of Mexico with a certificate of thanks for sharing their photography exhibit - “Seeds of Identity: 31 Foods Mexico Gave the World� This exhibit will be on display through Friday, July 6, 2018 and is free to view. I missed this one in last month’s issue because the information arrived after our Modesto View 20th of the month column deadline. If you have an event, send it to me via mercenary_graphcis@yahoo.com no later than noon the 20th of the Month, and I’ll try to fit it in. June Art Walk had some new offerings beyond the usual map. Hinkley Optometric on 16th

Street was open with featured artists and is a spot where you Paintings by Annabell Souza at Barking Dog see some local otherwise, healthy, though he walks funny. You art on the walls during the rest of the year. The can ID him as a black male cat with one white Painted Ape Gallery and Tattoo was open and whisker. I hope to find him, add the orange coladded The Burnt End BBQ truck, just a block lar and ID tag on him by time this issue comes up McHenry from downtown. Crow Trading out. Our companion cat buddy Boots, died. had a big vinyl record sale. Queen Bean served Even a cat may have a service animal. Cats are a High Tea. Many of our downtown venues feamine. My studio sign is a portrait of Sam and he ture local artists that aren’t on the official map. is your tour guide when I do Open Studio., Cats Check the walls of your local restaurant, bar are icons in art, going back to Egyptians and or shop to see the support local artists have in Mesopotamian examples. They have been good Modesto. Artists check it out, as you can talk to friends to artists, as are dogs, pets in general, the venue and see if they might show your art. but not everyone into them. If you see Sam, I’m Annabell Sousa is the featured monthly artist at missing his help on the book of watercolors I am Barkin Dog Grill this month, replaced by Chelworking on, “Friends My Cat Knows.� It started la, for July Art Walk. I’ve got artists scheduled with taking care of him when he had the stroke into September, but if interested in showing on and only walking on two legs. our five available panels, let me know. Be kind to our animal buddies, they may be My Studio Cat Sam is missing for the second helping a friend or family member. time in two weeks. He had a stroke in 2017, but

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Aquatics Programs The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department’s summer Aquatic program begins Monday, June 11th! A variety of aquatic lessons, classes, camps and programs will be offered throughout the summer, including: • Learn-to-Swim Program for Kids and Adults • Spring Board Diving • Junior Aqua Camp *new this year at Graceada! • Aqua Camp

• Adult Water Exercise • Junior Lifeguard Programs • Senior/Disabled Swim • Daily Public Recreational Swim

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* Instructors and Lifeguards are American Red Cross certified. Register in person at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 Tenth Street, Suite 4400 or call (209) 577-5344. For more information, refer to the Summer 2018 Activity Guide at modestogov.com/483/Activity-Guide or call (209) 577-5344.

Public Recreational Swim is held June 11-August 3 (closed June 23 and July 4) Monday through Saturday, 1-4 pm at Johansen High School Pool: 641 Norseman Drive Admission is:

Youth 17 & under Adult Senior (62+) Disabled

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New this summer: Drop-in Water Exercise Saturday 5:30-6:15pm during Family Swim Nights, Saturdays 5:00pm-7:00pm at Johansen High Pool (Pool closed June 23). Adults can learn to stretch and tone muscles using water resistance. For more information, contact Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department at 1010 Tenth Street Suite 4400 or call (209)577-5344 or visit modestogov.com/483/Activity-Guide

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STAGE A Divine Summer

by Brandilyn Brown and Christopher Mitchell

Community Gathering Place By Chris Murphy We need a community gathering place. This summer, when we were planning the 2018 Music in the Plaza series, we were struggling on how to make this more of an event, where more people can gather and enjoy and see the band better.  A stage, or some kind of community platform/ gazebo or something should be in 10th St Plaza all year long.  In the meantime, we built a stage and with the teamwork of  ModestoView, Sierra Pacific, the Modesto DID,

the City and the County, we built a stage that will stay up through the end of September, and hopefully longer. It has been used by many different groups and it is great to see what a good gathering place will do to bring people together.  During the week, please come out and play our Star Wars themed piano and play your music. This is our community, let’s make it even better and friendlier. Please let me know what you think about this idea at chrism@modestoview.com

FILM Homeless in Modesto By Chris Murphy This project started was started by Richard An-

Ah, summer, the 5 months out of the year that we all live indoors, only leaving to take a swim or see a movie in an air conditioned building! Or, in our case, you also leave the house to find delicious and refreshing adult beverages. We’ve staked out, hunted, and sampled some refreshing cocktails this month. The winner of our search? The Divine Swine! And we want to humbly apologize that it took us so long to discover them for you! We wish we had tried this great little “BBQ Pub” in Roseburg Square sooner. This is a gem of a watering hole-it’s not a dive bar, but wouldn’t call this swanky either, it’s perfectly casual. There were families, couples of all ages, and several groups of friends just chillin’ and enjoying everything this place has to offer. The patio was perfect in the evening, and afterwards we took a stroll down the Virginia Trail, which was a great way to burn off dessert! The recipes are mostly created by owner Robert Wilson, with some contributions from his wife and mother. So while we didn’t go for the food, we enjoyed every bite of the pork rind nachos, the Chimichurrian tri-tip sandwich with garlic aioli, and chocolate cake truffles! Washing all that down was a Divine South Side

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and a Peachy Keen. Why decide between savory and sweet if you can have both? The Divine South Side is made from Do Good Gin, lime juice, simple syrup and soda water. The Peachy Keen is crafted from Absolut Vanilla Vodka, peach liquor, orange and pineapple juice. Both were topped with maraschino cherries, a very traditional cocktail garnish. These cocktails impressed us: They tip their hat to the roots of cocktails while dazzling us with modern flare. The Peachy Keen especially so, we had to order a second one because we liked it so much. If summer could be liquefied, this would be it. A bright, sweet, flirty, sun-kissed beauty! Go have one tonight, and have yourself a slurp of summer! They also have some great margaritas (the pomegranate was yummy!) and a great line-up of beers. If you’re a beer person looking to quench your thirst try the Firestone Walker Milk Stout on Nitro (ice cold!) We highly recommend it. Sip on, friends!  

Devine Swine 825 West Roseburg Avenue Modesto, CA 95350 209-222-6496

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derson in 2012 when he filmed the Berberian Shelter 2012 candle light vigil for the 11 who died homeless that year. It changed his fear and view of the homeless and he realized that many homeless do want to tell their story to a camera.  The project was sidelined as he fought lung cancer, but now the project is finished and will give the community insight to this difficult situation but still is only a fraction of the stories of our county’s 1600+ homeless people and services our community provides.   John Lucas of the Modesto Peace/Life Center, Leng Nou as interviewer and Frank Ploof connected many interesting people to interview.  Eric Caine, who has collected an amazing set of powerful stills, joined us as our still photographer and narrator.

July 19, 7-9 pm at the State $5 admission goes to Modesto Family Promise 7-8 pm, Movie 8-9: Panel discussion/Q/A with Brad Hawn, Kristi Ah You, Galen Carroll, a homeless man, and Tamra Losinski, Dir. Modesto Family Promise.

The Chill List – July 21

The Ill List is one of our favorite events each year. Not only do we get an amazing line up of national caliber slam poets, the Ill List team makes an amazing sponsor commercial.  This year, they are doing something new called the Chill List.    The Chill List will feature four of the best poetry slam *teams* in the country competing for a $2000 prize.  Poetry slam teams are comprised of the top-ranked poets in a particular city who have competed and won their respective slams.  As a team, poets choose to compete in pairs or as a full ensemble of up to five voices through four rounds of performance poetry. So imagine what you’ve seen at the ILL LIST and multiply that by 2, 3, 4 or 5 poets on stage performing at once!  Do not miss this. ModestoView and the Chris Murphy Family are a proud sponsors of this event.  July 21 – 7 pm - Tix at www.thestate.org FOR MORE MODESTO INFO: www.modestoview.com


PERFORMANCE A Time to Perform in July By Kaye Osborn Summer is in full swing. A time to rejuvenate and relax!  Swim, bike, read, reconnect and take in a theatrical production or two.  Gallo’s new season has lots to offer.  Grab a brochure and browse the selections.  There is something for everyone!   I am currently working with two amazing Sign Language interpreters: Connie Ambrosia-Wann and Mark Medina.  We will be interpreting YES Company’s Beauty and the Beast on Saturday, July 21st at 3 PM.  Please spread the word to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community.  This will be Melanie Wyatt’s last production as she is retiring.  She has poured her heart and soul into YES!  We are so lucky and blessed that she has given so many young people an opportunity to sparkle and shine on our local stages.  Congratulations Melanie!         Here is what is happening in our neck of the woods! Gallo Center for the Arts YES Company’s Beauty and the Beast Fri. July 20-Sun., July 29 7:30 PM and 3 PM Saturday, July 21st 3 PM:  interpreted for the DHH community  

Prospect Theater Project Master Class July 20- August 5 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM Want to learn to ride a bike? Need to learn to ride a bike? Having trouble learning to ride a bike? Then Bike Camp is for you!

Photo by: Jeremy Center 13- Renata Navarro, 25-Juniper Raven Sprague, 8- Lorelei Starling Sprague, 14-Taylor Fowler, 2-Kayla Bennet American Idol: LIVE Mon., July 30 7:30 PM Center Stage Conservatory The Wolves, a play by Sarah DeLappe. Against the backdrop of an indoor soccer field, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Nominee The Wolves is a fly-on-the-wall look at a girls’ high school soccer team that unfolds the frantic humor, humanity, and brutality of the battlefield that is teenage girlhood. In any war, even that of a high school all-girl soccer team, there are allies, there could be enemies, there are leaders, there are followers, there are sacrifices and losses, but there is always the heart of the team, where every player is ultimately valued equal to all others. Artistic Director Traci Sprague has put together a team of nine young women ages 16-27 from the valley to fill out the ensemble of ‘The Wolves’. PG-13 Language Opening Friday July 6 at 8pm July 6-22; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tix $15 general; $10 students.  CSC’s Lower Level Studio located inside the City Center at 948 11th Street. For more information, contact 209.846.0179 or www.centerstagemodesto.com

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Modesto View

Summer Restaurant Guide

Skewers Restaurant:

“The Modesto Scene’s” Hottest Place to “Be Seen”

Piccadilly Deli & Sandwich Shop By Tasha Williams

Right in the heart of Downtown Modesto. Delicious meats cut fresh daily along an all you can eat salad bar. Address: 941 10th St. Modesto - Phone # 523-0748

Velvet Grill & Creamery

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

Krazy Rolls

Absolutely delectable sweet and gooey goodness in Downtown Modesto. They are krazy good! Address: 907 10th St. Modesto - Phone # 596-4133

ATTENTION: NEW HOTSPOT ALERT! Whether you’re eating, drinking, and/or socializing, lately, Skewers Restaurant is the hottest place to “Be” and to “Be seen”! If you are a native of Modesto, then you are fully aware that Skewers Restaurant is not new; only the location is. They recently relocated from 9th and J to 821 L Street, and with the move, a new hotspot began. Father-Son duo, Brad Morad and Yonatan Moradkhan knew exactly what they were doing when they opened Skewers Restaurant, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, back in 2003. Six months later, they hired manager, Kristen O’Brien and this year, she became a partner alongside Brad and his father. Together, the three of them, are a force to be reckoned with! To get a full understanding of exactly my meaning when I referred to Skewers as the latest “Hotspot” here in Modesto, first and foremost, you must understand the restaurants overall appeal. It is absolutely stunning inside! Brad has a real knack for designing a space and though the majority of the building structure remain, there are a few exceptions. A bar and a wall was removed, opening up a new bar area (where beer and signature drinks are served.) Pennies were strategically placed on the wall, adding to the richness of the decorum. I call the wall, “Pennies from Heaven!” The atmosphere creates a sense of excitement and calm – All at the same time! Typically, the

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words “excitement” and “calm” do not naturally align themselves. However, something about Skewers makes you feel both of those energies simultaneously. The ambiance provides a bit of a Los Angeles vibe. In fact, in addition to the intimate lighting and beautiful decorum, there is a section of the restaurant that leads out to a beautiful open patio. Now, let’s talk food! As always, I brought famed Modesto View Magazine photographer, Michael “MJ” Mangano along. We had an appetizer first, but this was no regular appetizer my friends! In my entire life, hands down, I have never tasted a bruschetta so incredible! They take toasted pita bread and cover it with hummus, fresh cilantro, jalapeño, and roasted vegetables. Then, they top it off with feta cheese. It is exquisite! As I nibbled, I sat in my seat, sinking into an imaginary, edible paradise. As if the bruschetta weren’t enough, next, a sample of dolma arrived at the table. Just as everything else is homemade in Skewers, the dolma is no different, and they roll it themselves. Dolma, (in case you’re not familiar), is a stuffed grape leaf, made with herbs and spices, then filled with ground beef. A large variety of skewered Mediterranean meals and shish kabobs are cooked over an open flame at Skewers. A shish kabob favorite is the Lula Kabob. This is a traditional Persian kabob is made with Angus Sirloin. Unsure about what to try? Inquire about the Skew Sampler. For your mouth-watering pleasure, it consists of three different types of skewers. The sampler includes

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teriyaki beef, saffron chicken breast, and tiger prawns, covered in homemade lemon butter garlic sauce. Most of the dishes are served with long grain, basmati rice. The rice is fluffy and light and ours had the added attraction of red barberries. The red barberries presented such a brightness to the plate, that I almost mistook them for ruby-red sapphires. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM -7:00 PM. You can have drinks, feast on $3 appetizers, or try some homemade yogurt. Do not leave Skewers without having dessert! Ask about the crème brûlée, baklava, or simply cool off with a refreshing bowl of Pomegranate Ice Cream with dark chocolate chips. I couldn’t leave Skewers without asking both Brad and Kristen, “Beatles or Stones?” With a chuckle, Brad replied, “The Beatles because of the song “Imagine,” but honestly, if I had to choose something on my own, I would pick The Monkeys!” Kristen chose The Beatles as well, but her response was a little different, “I choose The Beatles because from the beginning up until their latest album – each were different.” Brad, Yonatan, and Kristen are happily serving Modesto with humility, hospitality, grace, and most importantly: Delicious food! I asked, “What do you think is the real secret as to why Skewers has lasted so long?” Without a beat, and in a sincerely heartfelt way, Kristen replied, “Well, Modesto is a very special place, and we are completely honored being a part of it. Our involvement with community events, including donations, are how we try to give back. We really care about our city and we hope it shows.” It does! As always: Let’s love our Modesto! Let’s embrace our Modesto! Let’s continue to spread our smiles in Modesto. C’mon Positive Peeps – IT’S WHERE WE LIVE!

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Thailand Restaurant

Delicious Asian cuisine in Downtown Modesto. The food tastes as good as it looks. Address: 950 10th St. Modesto - Phone # 544-0505

Village Baking Company & Cafe Family owned bakeshop and cafe offering pastries, custom cakes, sandwiches, espresso and more. Address: 1700 McHenry Ave. Modesto Phone # 522-9057

Fuzio Universal Bistro

East meets West at this casual yet classy spot for global flavorsome from fire-grilled pizzas to spring rolls. 1020 10th St. Modesto - Phone # 557-9711

Barkin’ Dog Grill

Great fresh food along with live entertainment. Enjoy music every weekend. Address: 940 10th St. Modesto - Phone # 572-2341

La Huacana Restaurant Bar Familiar & Night Club

Enticing Mexican food along with exciting Latin culture. Have a great meal and then dance the night away. Address: 101 E. Glenn Ave. Modesto Phone # 622-0263

Verona’s Cucina Italiana

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

Concetta

A truly unique dining experience. Address: 1205 J St. Modesto - Phone # 529-3282

Sabatino’s Ristorante

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

Papachino’s Greco-Roman Restaurant

Take a little trip to the Mediterranean with an amazing variety of great food. Address: 1212 J St. Modesto - Phone # 578-5225

Mocha Magic

From gourmet coffee drinks to exquisite lunch dishes to ice cream. Dine in or have it delivered in Downtown Modesto. Address: 920 16th St. Modesto - Phone # 522-8955

La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant

A huge array of authentic delicious Mexican food for the whole family. Addresses: 950 Oakdale Rd. Modesto Phone # 572-2420, 2251 Claribel Rd. Riverbank - Phone # 869-9956, 1700 McHenry Ave. Modesto - Phone # 523-3773

The Fruit Yard

They feature a restaurant, fruit market, deli, barbecue, bakery and banquet center. The award winning facility is on 90 acres of fruit orchards. Address: 7948 Yosemite Blvd. Modesto - Phone # 577-3093

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FAIR

By Chris Murphy

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Coors Light Stage County fairs are some of America’s great traditions.   Movies with Elvis have been made about State and County Fairs and these are some of the gatherings that bring us all together.  Fairs have long been a place to showcase the local agriculture and in our area, the 4H and the animals are a big showpiece.  The Stanislaus County Fair continues to grow and goes way beyond normal “Fair Food” with cool gourmet options, Wi-Fi charging stations, lots of live local music and big time headliners like Blue Oyster Cult, Trace Adkins, Kool & the Gang and more.  As life get more and more complicated, the simple things make a bigger difference in our lives and connecting with friends in real time, doing real things has never been more important.  It brings us together and our shared fun becomes memories for the future.   So put down the video games, load the family up in the Truckster and head to the Fairgrounds in Turlock and have a slice of Americana. It is fun and for sure it will taste good.  

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The Modesto Area Music Association is hard at work making sure the talented musicians of our area get showcased as much as possible. Middagh Goodwin has teamed up with the Stanislaus County Fair to create a fantastic schedule of music this season to compliment the acts on the big main stage.   Don’t miss all the local talent in between your rides and deep fried Twinkies.  Fair food and fair music, great combo.   Here is the line up:  

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Local stage booked by Modesto Area Music Association 7/13 5 Cole Hinkle 6:30 Mondo Mariscal 7:45&9:30 Dirty Pillows 7/14 12:30/2 Lisette Sims 3:30 Valley Fire 5/6:30/7:45 DB Project 9:30 LIVIN 7/15 12:30 Me&You the Duo 2 Jordan Waters 3:30 Stevie Vasquez 5 Dan Vallerand 6:30 Kayla Just 7:45 Radio Friendly 9:30 Sincerly Allison  7/16 6:30/7:45 Patty Castillo Davis 9:30 Austin James 7/17 5 Double Barrel Boys 6”30/7:45 Triple D 9:30 Bed Heads 7/18 5 Satisfied Mindz 7:45 Koppel 9:30 #209Comedy 7/19 5 Generations 6:30/7:45 Central CA Square Dancing Assoc 9:30 Generations 7/20 5 Noah Wilson, 7:45 Samora 9:30 Blue Line Band 7/21 12:30/2 Bad Neighbors 3:30/5 MF Silverado 6:30 Mid October 9:30 Big Me 7/22 3:30 Flip the Switch 6:30/7:45 David Perez Band 9:30 DEZU

Bud Light Stage 8:30-10 7/14 Kool & the Gang 7/15 La Septima Banda 7/16 Trace Adkins 7/17 Blue Oyster Cult 7/18 Lifehouse 7/19 Salt-N-Pepa 7/20 Easton Corbin 7/21 Grand Funk Railroad 7/22 Pablo Montero

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The Haldane Effect By Aaron Rowan

July Movies Loud Indian dance music and acoustic groups don’t mesh very well. I learned this the hard way on an April afternoon a few years ago, when I hosted a segment of MUMfest on a coffeehouse patio. Little did we know that an Indian cultural group had rented the park across the street for a big party. The music started blaring at us through speakers right around the time we were supposed to start. One of the more interesting days of my curating career…and also the last time I put together an outdoor showcase. Intimate listening rooms are better anyway. But that little snafu did get me wondering whether Indian and Celtic/Appalachian styles could be fused together. My friend Liesel Roy Haldane has her own answer to the question. She’s visited the area twice in the past few weeks, to share her unique twist on traditional folk music. Liesel breathes fresh life into the Irish classic ‘She Moves Through The Fair,’ adding an Eastern twang with her customized Indian sitar. It’s one of the most beautiful-looking instruments I’ve ever seen. You might also hear a banjo rendition of Nirvana, or a sitar cover of a gorgeous Joni Mitchell

song. Liesel will return to town this month as the featured artist for something new Modesto Unplugged is trying out. It’s a world music jam session at the Barkin’ Dog Grill. We’re looking for percussionists, players of exotic instruments and vocalists who sing in various pretty languages for this open invitation. If you have a friend who fits any of those bills, please let them know what’s happening. We’re hoping to get a great assortment of ethnic music styles

to mix and meld together in new ways. Wednesday July 11 from 7-9pm. Meanwhile, longtime area presenter John Griswold and his Red Tie Arts group have a hot ticket coming to Lucca Winery up in Ripon as part of their summer series. Saturday July 7 at 8pm, get groovy with Native Vibe, a duo brought together by a series of unusual coincidences and a love of African and jazz music. It’s high-energy, eclectic instrumental music that blends Latin, African, Caribbean, funk, rock and jazz styles. Get more of the scoop on this evening at www.red-tie.org. Finally, with all the fun going on at our county fair this month, Modesto Unplugged’s top music pick is Trace Adkins on Monday the 16th, on the mainstage starting at 8:30. Our own Patty Castillo Davis and her band also have two Fair performances that evening. Both these acts offer songwriting with substance and a fun live set. Have a great time enjoying the sweet summer music!

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Modesto’s Most Hated By Eve Oberlander

The wait is over, the day is finally here. Nothing But Losers CD release party!!! Okay, okay, so I’ve only been waiting for this day for the last seven years since I first came on to the metal scene. Losers were the first band to welcome me with open arms. We’ve been hanging out and headbanging ever since. I still remember meeting them at Fat Cat, telling them how sick their set was and asking, which one is single. LOL! It’s with the greatest pleasure to announce “THE PARTY”, please join us Saturday, July 14th, at 2 pm at 2003 Yosemite Blvd. Modesto at The Other Place. The party starts at 2 pm and goes until 2 am. This is how we do, party all day and night! METAL UP! Ten dollars gets you in. Special performances by Sworn To The Black, KDN, From Devastation, The Boneman, Hard Knox, Stigmurder, Under Cover, Manic, Bleeding Athena, Giving The Devil His Due, Fear the Worst, BrokeNoteUnderTone and the one and only, Modesto’s Most Hated, Nothing But Losers!!! NBL has a ton of merch for you to purchase. The self-titled album will be $10 or you can purchase package deals that include your choice of a logo etched pint glass or beer mug, patch and cd. My honey, Keith will be recovering from his second DBS surgery and we

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are still making it out for this show, we can’t wait. There will be all kinds of fun with bands, friends, burlesque dancers and a wet t-shirt contest. We are also celebrating Jenna, Nick and JoJo’s birthdays. These boys know how to PARTY!! I’m excited to announce some breaking news, Brent Terry drummer of Better Left Unsaid and formerly Bueller and Brent on Rock 96.7 is in a new band,“LiLana”. Formed by Adam Armstrong, LiLana Cajias, Josh Clarke and Brent Terry, the band is a collaboration of MAMA Award-winning band members from Better Left Unsaid, Painting Chaos and Clockwork Hero. Just think guitar rock of the 70’s with a new feel to a classic sound and you have an idea of what they bring to the table. The band is working with Adam Ruppel of ProView Studios and will be releasing their first single in late July. The release of the single will also usher in a Music Video as well as the debut show of the band on July 21st at Modesto’s The Other Place. Can’t wait to catch em’ live, you heard it here first.

Quick Picnics

If you are in need of a quick picnic or even everything for a family BBQ stop by the Chopping Block 2625 Coffee Rd and Denise and her staff will take care of you. It had been too long since we had a picnic, so we headed over to the Chopping Block to load the ole picnic basket with goodness. Started out with fresh veggies, carrots, broccoli, celery and zucchini and paired it with homemade ranch and hummus for dips. We added salami and cheese, picking up Italian Salami from Columbus. Brie and assorted cheeses and crackers. Columbus has tender prosciutto if you like that better. We also picked up some BLT Sliders with chipotle mayo and a side of smoked cheddar bacon potato salad. They also carry an assortment of local cheeses, nuts and spreads to make your picnic extra delicious. I am thinking next time I want to grill some of their house-made sausages, slice them up and maybe make sliders with them or just use a pick and stack sausage bites, cheese chunks and olives.  Regardless of what you are looking for the Chopping Block have a full deli and butcher cases for all your needs.

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American By Chris Murphy From the blues, rockabilly, to chrome, steel and environmental lubricants, Eli is the classic renaissance man. Born and raised here in Modesto, Eli went to Davis High and earned a degree from San Francisco State. Eli lives life surrounded by his wife Jaci and their kids, classic cars, station wagons and the most beautiful vintage guitars and his own custom cars. To this amazing list, we now add amplifier development expert with his acquisition of the TwoRock Amplifier company.                                                          ModestoView: You just may be one of the most versatile people I have met.  Chopping cars, working with designer oil & chemicals, blues guitar virtuoso, amplifier maker, parent and so much more.  How do you prioritize all of the things in your life?   Eli Lester:  I’m very fortunate that I’m passionate about so many things that I do, so none if it ever really seems like ”work”. But being a husband and father while running 2 businesses and a gigging musician is a constant struggle that I know you can relate to, there just never seems to be enough hours in the day but if you love what you’re doing you always seem to make it work.    MV: How did you meet Jaci?  EL: Ironically we grew up 5 doors down from each other as kids, we moved away went to school etc. I moved back to Modesto and few months later I walked out of my apartment complex and she was my next door neighbor. If she tells the story, I was stalking her, I’m going to take the 5th on that one.  But we’ve been married for 15 years now so I guess it worked.    MV: What were the things that fascinated you growing up?  EL: My parents were both musicians and I always played and gigged with my father as a young child but as soon as I heard BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughn it was over for me… I was obsessed and it’s been the only constant thing in my life, I’ve always been a blues guy. One day I had saved up enough gig money and bought a 1961 Chrysler and I was hooked with my next big obsession or passion in life. Building hot rods and custom cars just became a passion and what I would do to unwind. I don’t know why cars and guitars go so well together, but it just seems to work. 

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MV: What characteristic do you hope to pass off to your kids?  EL Passion for what they do including living life. I have great kids and the coolest part is they are all so different and have completely different interests and characteristics than I do. I just want them to be good open minded honest people.    MV: You have always made really cool amps, how did you have the opportunity to purchase Two Rock Amplifiers? EL: It is a very long story but short of it is: I’ve been a Two-Rock artist since about 2006 and in that time I became great friends will the original founder Bill Krinard. He started using me as someone to play all of the new amps, take them on the road and give him feedback. Eventually I started tweaking and modifying them with him and went down this long tone quest that has lasted for over a decade. The company was sold and was just treading water for a few years. In 2016 myself and longtime friend and Two-Rock general manager Mac Skinner got first right or refusal to buy the company and we took it, we brought back Bill Krinard and have been having an absolute blast.    MV: What is it like to be making amps for the best guitarists in the world? EL: It’s awesome! We’ve been building and designing custom amps for guys that have inspired me my whole life. Sitting in the studio with guys like Eric Johnson and Doyle Bramhall II have been great people to get ideas and learn from. 

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MV: What is something that surprised you in this industry? EL: Like a lot of industries it is a very small community and everyone knows everyone. The world is actually a very small place!   MV: What is next for you and Two-Rock.  EL: Continue to work on being one of the industry leaders in hand wired, hand built, boutique tube amplifiers.   MV: You are also on the founding team of the Plink a new musician networking ap, as am I; what do you hope to accomplish with Plink. EL: To develop a professional platform for musicians to help them work more and make more as well as helping them be found. As a music lover as much as I love playing, I love going to shows, to be able to find exactly who’s playing in any city that you’re in is going to be amazing for both musicians and music lovers.    MV: You travel everywhere and what keeps you so connected to Modesto. EL:  I love Modesto, I love the community and people’s willingness to join in and be part of the

community. We have a great mix of people with brilliant, passionate and artistic minds here. I have my shop in Santa Rosa but my wife and I have a house here and we love coming home to Modesto, it’s our home. MV: You have been a two-time ModestoView cover subject for our Graffiti Summer issues, what does the spirit of American Graffiti mean to you. EL: Anyone that knows me knows my car issues…. LOL There is nothing better than putting your family in an old vintage hot rod and cruising downtown. Nothing else matters and everything just seems simpler when you’re doing that. It’s hard to explain but you can just have conversations and enjoy the vibe and company.      MV: How do you keep everything in check an in balance for your family while having so many interests? EL: That is a very hard issue especially in 2018. The beauty of technology is you can work from home, and be productive sitting in a coffee shop somewhere. The hard part is you always have people, tasks, emails all that beeping in your pocket at all time. Your email is never caught up and there is always another spreadsheet that needs completed. I have to make a very conscious effort to put down the phone and technology when doing family time. I literally have to turn my phone and computer OFF and try to enjoy the moments with them. You’re never caught up and it may take me a couple days to respond to a text but the kids grow up so crazy fast you have to slow down for them.    MV: Describe your ideal day in Modesto.  EL: Honestly, just having a cup of coffee downtown with my wife and relaxing, eventually having dinner and drinks and hearing some good live music. Very simple but a hard recipe to beat.   MV: Beatles or Stones.   EL:  Love them both and although I’ve seen the Stones a dozen times, I’m a Beatles guy all day long.

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GLOBAL

By Chris Murphy

Mobility in Mongolia There are parts of the world that don’t necessarily have the resources what we do, but nevertheless, they have the same needs. In many cases, the issue of disability or lack of mobility can mean the difference between life and death.  Hope Haven West, based here in Modesto and operated by the amazing “Uncle” Lonny Davis.  By day he operates a network of homes for the mentally ill and by night (and day) he operates this global charity that provides mobility i.e. wheelchairs, to underserved parts of the planet. Our local Rotary Clubs have supported this and many of the other missions. I and my daughter Abigail are proud to be part of the team to deliver mobility and wheelchairs to Mongolia.  We will be visiting 5 cities and villages from Ulunbaataar to nearly the Russian border.   We will be updating our journey and experiences on ModestoView.com are very proud to represent Modesto in this important service expedition. To donate to Hope Haven West:  www.hopehavenwest.com/ See our interview with Lonny Davis here: http://www.modestoview.com/interview-the-amazing-lonny-davis/

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Everything is merry in the month of May, the birds are singing, the flowers are blossoming and it’s filled with fun and holidays more. Drop in and that make you look forward to the summer check their calenmonths. Since spring temperatures are finally dar for upcoming warm enough to get out of the house, Ms. M classes; many are has been taking in everything this gorgeous free. This is a judgment free space and all people time of year has to offer. The best laid plans for are welcome. 516 15th Street, Modesto 95354. May are those enjoyed without spending a lot Info: http://www.nourishment4thesoul.com/ of money. Start your month of May off with Music is wonderful for the soul! The 2nd annual some music and science fiction. The Music in Modesto Area Porchfest hosts a plethora of music the Plaza free music series kicks off their annual talent May 20th. The all ages event takes place on events in downtown Modesto every Friday in porches in the Loma, andthings DownYES Company is truly a civic treasure.  Some of the30YES alumni haveLagone on College to do great the summer starting May 4th with a Star Wars town Modesto areas and features includes music in TV and film and just goes show how it is to get kids on stage, performing and Day tribute. Walk onitdown andto you may fi ndimportant from local performers for free. Enjoy the best confident at an early age. Created and lead by Melanie Wyatt, this year’s production of Beauty and yourself immersed amid Star Wars themed in local music, enjoy the weather outside and get the Beast will be her last as she enters a well-earned retirement. was awhile greatsupporting a local class of people activities and the musical sounds of the Lodge to know yourThere neighbors Pole Pickers and the Fred C. Beyer marching that came up through the Modesto Performing Arts that have really a mark on our theatre talent. Maps with made info: http://www.modestoporchband at 5:00pm. Locatedwho across from fest.comEnd the month with some carnival fun! scene,starting including Robert Ulrich is now a Emmy-winning casting director and mentor for the Brendan Theaters this free entertainment is funto open. Every 4th Friday of the month is Food Fair Fridays Valley Talent Project.  A new chapter is ready for all ages. Check it out! Info: https://www. andGallo Carnival Treats at the Veteran’s Event Center. The YES Company will now become a project for the Center for the Arts and will be lead by facebook.com/10thStreetMusic/Continue your The entire family is welcome at this free inside the Gallo Courtney Betschart and new Education Manager Tiffany Davis.   She will month off Center’s with a little spiritual nourishment for Arts event carnival sponsored by the Veteran’s Foundabe charged with the a new arts education initiative, the Gallo Center Youth Academy, your mind, body andcreation soul. Thof e Nourishment tion of Stanislaus County.Mytv26 will be on site an after school performing program for students grades keepsake 1-6; as well as taking on the managefor the Soul Wellness centerarts celebrates their to record video messages of love and 4th anniversary and metaphysical fair with an ment of YES Company after the closing of Beauty and the Beast this summer. Tiffany is ready to support to loved ones in the armed forces. Free open house style free event from 10am-6pm on parking on site. 3500will Coffhappen ee RoadasModesto 95355. take on the legacy of what Melanie and SCOE created and great things SCOE and May 12th. If you like learning about Info: https://www.facebook.com/MYTV26STAthe Gallo Center team up to take thenew artsthings to a new level.  and have an open mind then grab your curiosPlease go see Beauty and the Beast this month and TION/ say Hey to Melanie and meet Tiffany. The perity and drop in to experience energy healing, May your time this month be merry! forming arts are in good hands.   Beauty and the Beast opens June 20.  Get tix at www.galloarts.org psychic reading, meet like-minded people and Enjoy! Kisses, m.

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U F R E M M RED HOT SU By Chris Murphy

Red Hot Summer Fun is the plan for July. There are so many things to do and July is buzzing with fairs, music, festivals, tomatoes, cocktails, and so much more.  You really need to plan things out this month as July will be done before you know it and we will be back to school.   So get your shorts, your waterbottle, some good sneakers and let’s get a move on and explore.    Of course, this isn’t saying that it is not perfectly acceptable to spend your summer in a hammock, under a tree with a cold drink, but we encourage you to explore. 

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This month, you need to run early in the mornings and some of the best places to run are the bike trails along Dry Creek and the Virginia Corridor. It is always best to run with a partner for safety and stay hydrated.   If you want to have fun and run in a group, connect with the Dusty Bottoms Trail Runners as they have training runs on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings at 7 am on the Virginia Corridor and an evening run that starts and ends   at Fuzio Bistro Thursday evenings at 6:30.   Check it out!   Thanks to the teamwork of Leadership Modesto and the City of Modesto Parks Department, the playground at Graceada Park is back and better than ever.  This is Modesto’s park and it is a place for all of us to go spend some time.  Remember the more we all go there and be active, the safer and better it will be.   Take the kids to play before MoBand and take a sack lunch and just go enjoy the park and the variety of trees.  Many of Modesto’s parks have had new equipment installed and there are some new parks on the way.  If you are looking for something indoors, Lazer Quest is always a fave and you can check out the Escape Room in downtown Modesto.   The LaLoma Neighborhood is working now to put a new playground in East LaLoma Park that will benefit so many in our city.   You can be a part of this and help on the LaLoma Neighborhood Go Fund Me page at   https://www.gofundme.com/la-loma-neighborhood-improvements  

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Summer dining in the Modesto Area is a Hall of Fame. First you need to get to the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market on Thursday and Saturday mornings.  You can find virtually everything you need to eat all week there.  Yes friends, we really do feed the world.  But what really brings out summer is a great back yard BBQ, picnic or evening on a restaurant or café patio.  Just take a walk downtown and you will find a smorgasbord of dining al fresco options.  These are what make the flavors of summer pop out.  And you know, the Stanislaus County Fair is loaded with tasty treats.  Give yourself a pass and have fun this summer.   Check out our Instant Picnic with Chopping Block on Page 13   

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Friends, you know this is something that we enjoy. There is really nothing like a good afternoon delight, I mean summer refreshment, such as a home made Sangria, Barefoot refresh or my fave, the Aperol Spritz.  With so many great fresh tastes, you can enjoy a craft beverage and most all of our local restaurants and cafes.   There are sweet drinks like the Rum filled Jerk at Minnie’s, or the rosemary and grapefruit flavors of the Gin & Tonic at Redwood Café, or the FuzioTini at Fuzio, a summer Sazerac at the Bayou, and even a Spritz Aperol refresher at Ralston’s Goat or Concetta just to get you started.   For more refreshing ideas, check out some of the amazing cocktails here in our community at hwww.modestoview.com/category/food-drink/  

Let’s Climb

Just in case you didn’t know, we are only a short distance to Yosemite. The water is still going great and there are so many day hikes and this time of year, you are sure to see climbers on El Capitan so take some binoculars! If you are not ready for the vertical, there are plenty of places to scramble on the rocks, it’s fun.  Take advantage of the free shuttles and enjoy the park. Make sure to have a drink on the patio of the Ahwahnee Hotel, oops I mean the Majestic.     

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There are a few ways to beat the heat this summer. Even though our nights get a breeze, you need to take care during the day.  Please remember to stay hydrated and that does the most. There are may things to do in nice cool air conditioning, but being outdoors is the best. Take advantage of our restaurant’s covered patios and when you bike along the trails, there are many treecovered places to take a break.  But here are some fun destinations to enjoy the wetness.       

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The pool at Graceada Park is open again thanks to the dedication of the Barber family and the teamwork of the City of Modesto. There is also a community pool in Empire that teaches water safety as well as a community pool at the Salvation Army Red Center and splash it up this summer.   But please, stay out of the canals and the fast water in the rivers.  It doesn’t end well.  

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Sometimes all you need is a splash to freshen up your or your kids’ day. There are 7 Splash Pads in Modesto and the newest has just opened in Graceada Park that will make it a fun day.  Take the kids and run through and have fun and stay cool.  https://www.modestogov.com/543/Splash-Grounds  

Have you ever dreamed about rafting the mighty waters of the Grand Canyon? Well you should start right here in our own backyard. The Stanislaus River has some of the best white water rafting for both the expert and the family level rafters.   There are two main areas of rafting, above or below Knights Ferry.  The wild river is running pretty good this year and there are some Class I and II to whiteknuckle rapids.  There are some mellower trips too and for most, some plain old fun float trips.  These are all easy to get to, both to start and to get out of the water.   Please make sure that you raft these rivers with an expert. The water may look calm, but it is not.  Enjoy the fun and raft to your ability.    Here are the local rafting companies that will get you all hooked up, whether you go as a single, couple, family or group, there is something for everyone.  Some even have raft and camping options so you can make a trip out of it.   River Journey Adventures www.riverjourney.com/ Sunshine Raft Company  www.raftadventure.com/ Knights Ferry Rafting  www.knightsferryrafting.com/ For rafting the North Fork of the Stanislaus Class IV+  www.oars.com

Stay Cool

It is important to not only look cool, but to actually be physically cool. It is great to get out there and run, ride and play but make sure you stay hydrated.  It is funny, but longer sleeves actually keep you cooler.   

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Eat more & smaller meals Close the shades in your house during the day Soak your feet in cold water Drink water or sports drinks with electrolytes, not soda Wear loose fitting cotton clothes in light colors

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At the Modesto Sunrise Rotary, Rotarian Nick Mascitelli was honored by outgoing club President Tom Bryant as a Rotarian of the Year. This was a well deserved honor.  I asked my friends Lonny Davis, of Hope Haven West, to say something about Nick. “If I were given the task to pick one Kat in the whole wide world who embodied the spirit of Rotary International (Service Above Self) - hands down that would be Nick Mascitelli.  Innumerable humanitarian excursions to barrios and downtrodden villages as an angel of mercy, delivering and fitting hundreds of disabled kids into complex rehab wheelchairs with Hope Haven West.  Nick Mascitelli - The Energizer Bunny of International Service, he keeps “going, and going, and going”.

HOOPS 3 on 3 is coming to MJC on July 28!   This is going to be a special Hoop Source tournament to raise funds for MJC Basketball Scholarships.  Produced by Savannah Williams, this event is going to be fun.  There are special categories for Jr High and High school teams, there will be free throw contests, games, face painting , music and more.  So lace up your Jordans and get out to MJC for a fun day of hoops for a great cause.  9 am to 7 pm at the MJC Gym.  Sign up at  https://centralvalleyhoops.wixsite.com/tournament

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By Middagh Goodwin First off Graffiti-Con kicks the month off on July 1st at Modesto Centre Plaza, looking forward to a fun day for the entire family and looking forward to doing it all over again next year. Look for photos from the event on the ModestoView Facebook page. Have you been to St Stan’s on a recent Thursday Night? If so then you know all about Geeks Who Drink, it is not your typical Quiz Night. Shy Lloyd host the night of Trivia and fun and everyone is welcome to play along. You play on a team of up to 6 people, and it is your combined knowledge that will help you win or lose, and that is what makes it so much fun. Test your mettle against each other on such diverse topics as music, pop culture, movies and history. Win cool prizes all while enjoying some fantastic pizza and local craft beer. Every Thursday at 7 pm at St Stan’s 1028 11th Street. Get there early to get a good table. Hero’s Vault is changing their name and moving once again to a new location. Opening their new doors on Wednesday, July 4th for New Comic Book Day. Modesto Comics will be opening at their new location at 3321 McHenry Ave Suite B1. Check them out for all your Comic, Toys, Cards and Collectible needs.  Thursday, July 5th 6-7:30 pm at Brenden Theatre catch the premiere of Ant-Man and the Wasp and take pictures with members of the Central Valley Costumers dressed up as your favorite Marvel Characters.  Saturday, July 21st at the Emory Hall there will be another Ohana Anime-Comic Con there will be vendors and artists along with guest cosplayers and a cosplay contest.  StocktonCon is coming August 18th and 19th to the Stockton Arena and if you have gone you

know this is the gold standard of Northern California Cons. This year host an impressive lineup of guest including Rachel Leigh Cook, John Noble, WWE wrestler Christian and Sting. If you enjoyed the Geek Fashion Show at GraffitiCon don’t miss it at StocktonCon. Add to that established comic artists, voice actors and tons of vendors and you will find there is something for everyone. Advance tickets are $13 for a single day or $18 for the weekend. Remember Geek is Chic, let us know of any cool events, store openings or happenings in the Central Valley.

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MAMA Looking Out For You By Middagh Goodwin Wow, time flies when you are having fun. So far this year the Modesto Area Music Association has helped to put close to $10,000 into performers pockets with paying gigs. Over the last few years, the MAMAs have been working hard at curating events and networking bands with businesses, groups and anyone looking for great live music. Ultimately our goal is to help make the local music scene(all genres)stronger and more vital. That being said what the MAMAs are best known for is a big party in October celebrating and recognizing the local artists, venues and promoters. Help us out by letting the MAMA board know who you think deserves to be nominated this year. Who are the standouts, who are still going strong after all these years? Email nominees to mamarecords209@gmail.com. What are some of the things we look at each year while considering nominees? We look at quantity and quality of gigs. Do they have any merch, a new or upcoming release or video? We look to see how easy it is to connect with and how updated the nominees social network-

ing sites are. Do you have a website? Art is subjective, and in the end, the winner is determined by the fans, followers and patrons votes.  If you want to see some great live music, the Modesto Area Music Association has booked check out Music in the Plaza every Friday until September 28th, or the Coors Light Center Stage at the Stanislaus County Fair July 13th22nd and the Third Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Modesto. We will also be curating the Sampler happening October 2nd and Rockin Holidays.  Performers, have you signed up for your free Plink account? Plinkyou.com is a new platform website that helps you play more and in turn, get paid more. As the network grows, a promoter will be able to search by genre and location to book that right act for a night of music or festival. Bands can connect with all members, confirm and contract a gig and eventually get paid through the app. Sign up now and see how Plink can work for you.  As always we encourage you to support live music and the venues that give them a stage to perform on. Your patronage is key to a vibrant music scene.

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Highlights for July

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There is no shortage of music while celebrating Independence Day in the 209. The annual community parades are opened by a rendition of the National Anthem and filled with marching bands, dance troupes performing to exhuberant tracks and live bands on floats. Every hamlet, town and city has a musical score woven through which serves it’s identity. The 209 is charmed to have a strong suit in every genre, flavored by Latin and Southeast Asian texture which truly makes us ModestoUSA. Women Musicians! You Rock! You Rule! You navigate the inequity of the business with grace. I’ve been a torch carrier for female troubadours for decades. I cry for justice for you and your art. I’m not gonna encourage you to join a club for girls, I’m not gonna just give you ONE day to celebrate your awesomeness, I’m not gonna persuade you to play for free against your better judgement to support a National artist. I am working with our female peers and male music allies to create venues and opportunities for women to rule and shine and create an unforgettable legacy. Your time isn’t now-it’s ALWAYS been our time. You can do your partinquire and insist about inclusion of women artists. There would be no Elvis without Big Momma Thornton, no George Strait without

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by Patty Castillo Davis Kitty Wells and no Prince without Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne Staples. Book opportunities for women at pcdenterprises@yahoo.com KABOOM-the 4th of July concert at Stockton Ballpark will feature William Michael Morgan and MAMA winning Singer songwriter Mondo Mariscal in a country extravaganza. For ticket info ticketmaster.com price includes parking. DEVA Café is serving up great food and fantastic music every Sunday Brunch with Us4Love (formerly Me & You-the Duo) on 7/1, Tim and Patty 7/8, and The Grammys on 7/15. On Friday, July 6, Gallo Center brings Rita Coolidge-the quintessential Muse of many iconic rock songs and the uncredited composer of the famous piano bridge in Eric Clapton’s song-Layla. This Grammy award winning artist boasts collaborations with Joe Cocker, Bonnie and Delaney, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton and most notably Kris Kristopherson to whom she was married to for seven years. The Stanislaus County Fair hosts a great lineup of talent July 13-July 22.The Patty Castillo Davis Band is proud to support Trace Adkins’ concert when he takes the stage on Monday, July 16. Music starts at 6:30. To include your Songwriter events in the ModestoView Songwriter View column you must submit your gigs/events prior to the 18th of the previous month. FREE promotion to thousands of readers of the magazine and online. Business owners-whether you run a salon, studio, store or spa-we want you to consider your space as a music venue. The local music scene is abundant and there is potential for amazing music partnerships. Live music in your space can harness a new vibe and expand your revenue. Together we make the community we want to live in.

By Earl Matthews Hello everyone, I hope you are feeling fine and ready for a great July. It’s been an amazing year so far and I for one am ready to keep this blues train rolling. Starting things off is a band originally formed by the legendary Mike Bloomfield, The Electric Flag will be at Moe’s Alley on the 1st. This show will feature Nick Gravenites from Big Brother and the Holding Company and Tower Of Power. Or you could Check out harmonica superstar Curtis Salgado at the Powerhouse Pub in Folsom. One of the hardest working blues men in or area Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood is doing a weekend residency at the Iron Door Saloon up in Grooveland on the 6th and 7th. Jeramy has one of the tightest trios in the whole valley and is a showman of the highest order. Great excuse for a weekend in the mountains or a fun stopover on your way to Yosemite. One of my all time favorite live bands is coming to the Powerhouse Pub on the 8th. Cafe R&B is fronted by a women so full of fire and raw sexappeal that I can only compair her to none other than Tina Turner. If you have the chance to see them, take it. On the 14th you have a wonderful opportunity to support Sol Riddem over at Church Key in Modesto for their CD Release party. I’m going and

it would be awesome to see some friends. Another fav of mine is coming back to town, all the way from New Orleans. Todd Day Waits is playing at Ralston’s Goat on the 15th. Todd Mixes Old School Blues, Country and Americana music with a shockingly authentic delivery. I will be there for sure. On the 20th you can catch Modesto’s own R&B crooner Rob Hill Band at Ralston’s Goat. Rob calls his music Jazzy Blue but I call it heartfelt and full of soul. I will be hosting my monthly Blues Jam at St. Stan’s on Wednesday the 25th. You should consider checking out both of the Thursday Jams too. David Dow at Barking Dog and Jeramy Norris at Garlic Brothers in Stockton. Both are great and welcome all comers. I am really excited to be heading back up to Moke Hill on the 29th with Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame for their summer concert series. Come hang out in the shade and by the pool for come cool blues. To of the greatest Blues performers of all time are back on the road and heading to Mountain Winery in Saratoga on the 31st. The Grammy winning duo Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’ are keeping this partnership up for yet another tour. I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about their live shows together. So if you have an extra ticket, don’t forget about your boy. Have a great month and I hope to see you out at a show.

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JAZZ What’s new with Jazz and the Blues News? by Eric Benson

If you luv music you’re gonna love this. And the summer rolls on and it’s time to go to summer camp, Coop Camp Sierra is a destination I have gone to since I was 12 years old every year. First girl friend, carving initials into trees, square dancing and staying up till the morning bell rang to go till breakfast, and yes a long nap. Now my children go and repeat the process. Coming back to the Motown downtown the next Blue Monday will feature an amazing singer Cliff Payne, who has sang eve-

rything from Jazz, R & B, Motown, ballads and theatre pieces. Shelly Streeter one of my fave vocalists with the Sensation’s vocal group came down last Blue Monday and said “Cliff Payne is coming down…I think you will like him.” Cliff was invited up to the jam session and launched into Stevie Wonder’s tune Signed Sealed Delivered and sang it every bit as good as Stevie would of done. There is nothing as exciting as a full band with horn section with a lead vocalist fronting the band. Come on down Monday July

9thand I promise you won’t be disappointed, it’s gonna be smoking!       Blue Monday Party on the Jazz and Rock side returns to the Barkin’ dog July 9thth to the Barkin’ Dog Grill with special guest Cliff Payne.  Hosting the jam is House band Ultra Lounge, Johnny Valdes guitar, Tim Allen bass, vocals, Dave Hawks on drums, Horns Kevin Marin, and Marty Martinez, and John Burt Sax, Dave Dow and you’re truly Eric Benson on Keys and Pat Governor on organ.  We will be playing a whole lot of Rock and groove music, Blues, Latin, Jazz, Latin, and a little of everything else. Call the Dog for reservations: 572-2341.  If you play, come on down and sit in with the best musicians in the area, or to listen and dance. The Gallo Center continues to have some amazing shows in July; 6th with Rita Coolidge, 30th American Idol Live!. Rita is a seasoned singer with a wonderful vocal rang and repertoire.  And the Barkin’ Dog Grill, one of my favorite family friendly venues continues with some live music coming at you for July; 6th Blade Runner Band, 7th Dow & Friends, 9th Blue Monday Party with yours truly Eric Benson,

13th Gottschaulk Music Center student recital, 14th John Rocket & Thrust, 20th Valley Jazz company, 21st Tony & the Tough Times, Blues you can use, 27th David Dow & Friends, and 28th Izzy Alvarado’s Bourbon Street Blues Band.  And every single Thursday Dave Dow pianist Extraordinaire hosts a Thursday Jazz Jam session. Come back out for Third Thursday Art Walk 5 to 9:00 PM for some great art and music in the downtown! Lowdown on the jam session in the downtown: Queen Bean Sundays open mike night also in an all age environment.  So take some time out to hear some live music and the arts of our own town as well this month, think globally and act locally.  All the best, peace out! Eric Benson, cell 209- 918-7033, email; Mbenson@fire2wire.com.

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WALK OF FAME

Modesto USA is famous around the world as the Home of American Graffiti and the Home of George Lucas. We celebrate this history during Graffiti Summer and all year long.  The Modesto Historic Cruise route is where it all happened.  This is a 25 marker walking tour on the legendary 10th and 11th Streets celebrating the people, places and things that created the Graffiti spirit.  In 10th St Plaza, there is a Walk of Fame celebrating the people and the car clubs that were the inspiration of the American Graffiti story. These folks are the real deal.  We celebrated the induction of the 2018 Walk Of Fame Legends on June 6.  Hundreds of fans were on hand to see the new

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Walk of Fame sidewalk markers unveiled, that were crafted and donated by Mat Rogers and the team at Flying Turtle Concrete and sponsored by ModestoView and Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group.    This year, we were pleased to present the honors to Don Wood, the Grand Marshal of the N Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Festival Cruise Parade.  In addition to his cruising years, Don has played a major role in the creating the event and car shows that have become part of our local culture.    Allen Grant was a racer that inspired a young George Lucas.  Allen was one of the fastest drivers around, raced Shelby Cobras and even won Monza, the first

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Top: The Ecurie Awol Racing Club, Peggy McCoy and Mayor Brandvold, the Mark Farriester family, Chris Murphy & Allen Grant, Margie and Don Wood, Paul Corgiat American car and driver to do so. It is said that Allen was the inspiration for the character John Milner in the movie.  Allen is still driving fast today and brought his race team crew to the induction ceremony. The Ecurie Awol Racing club was inducted in the 2018 class.   These were the kids who raced foreign cars, such as the Fiat that Lucas raced, the AC Bristols that Allen Grant raced, and the Porsches and the Ferraris.  Many of the original E Curies attended the event and it was one of the first reunions since the early 90s.   Paul Corgiat was one of those kids in highschool that loved to race and all of the other general hot-rodding that happened in the 50s and 60s.   Paul was behind many of the famous pranks and played a key role in the cruising culture.  His son Steve is carrying on the tradition too. Some of our inductees have passed on, and it was still very special to recognize their important contributions to our Graffiti cruising legacy.  Jack McCoy was one of the fastest drivers ever from our region and was a top winning racer for a couple of decades with his McCoy Tire cars. He also had a racing team that set land speed records in the Spirit of Modesto with fellow cruise legends Don Monaco and the late Chuck Billington. Jack’s wife Peggy accepted the award on behalf of here late husband. Roy Farriester ran the wrecking yard that most all of the Modesto car enthusiasts shopped at and we was at the center of the cruise experience for years.   Besides working with all the car guys, he was an enthusiast

himself and passed the love of classic cars on to his son Mark and his family, who accepted the award on behalf of his late father. The ceremony was a festive event, emceed by Cruise Route Founder Chris Murphy, surrounded by the inductees classic cars and the Mid  Valley Chevy Club Park and Shine event.  Each inductee received a ceremonial award plaque and letters of recognition from the City of Modesto, Senator Galgiani, Congressman Denham, Senator Anthony Canella, and the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.  Third Party Band rocked the crowd into the evening with a light show by Laser Voodoo.    Special thanks go out to Jack Hunt and the City of Modesto Street crew for the installation.   The Legends of the Cruise committee is chaired by Pete Hischier and Dennis Wilson. The Modesto Historic Cruise Route committee is: Chris Murphy, Laurie Smith, Margaret James, Nancy Young, Jennifer Mullen and Middagh Goodwin.   For more info on the walking tour and interviews with the Legends, please visit www.modestocruiseroute.com Read more about the Legends of the Cruise and other Graffiti Stories at http://www.modestoview. com/category/graffiti-modesto/

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FIT Fitness Don’ts by Efren Martinez  

We all strive to be as healthy as we can; we eat right and are always looking to challenge ourselves daily with smarter workout plans to maintain or make us stronger. But at what extreme is too much? Quite often I see many of my friends pushing themselves with some unsafe workout body building exercises. In my opinion, one of the most popular and unsafe workouts would be bench pressing. Personally I’m not too excited about laying on my back and pushing up some kind of extreme weight over my chest only to risk injury or even death of it falling on me. Friends some of us find this hard to remember and despite what some think, we as humans are very delicate. Sure you could have someone spot you, but I personally won’t spot anyone because the risks are too dangerous and I wouldn’t want to be part of someone getting hurt on my error. Instead find a weight

bench that’s stationed to the ground so if you drop the weight, it falls & hits the ground instead of your chest. This is just one of many unsafe don’ts in fitness. The photo here is of a safe bench press machine.  Below are a few other exercises that aren’t recommended by the fitness professionals.     ·  Tuck jumps. ·  Behind the neck pull-downs. · Triceps dips with hands behind you on the bench. · Jump on concrete surfaces. · Crunches. · Sit-ups.

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It’s summer so run through a sprinkler, let a Popsicle drip down your arm, go see live comedy. The Big Guy and I have started producing shows and the performers and audiences have been fabulous. Every time the door opens there are smiles and hugs and handshakes—you don’t see that at the movie theater. Support local talent--go to shows, throw a few bucks in a tip jar, meet new people, run into old friends. You are always appreciated.  Except for that one guy—he knows who he is I will be doing a video interview this month, but I’m not sure who with yet. Check out Run the Light on ModestoView.com and be surprised. I wonder if anyone reads this column, so this month I am starting a story series and the continuation of the story depends on you. Any response will mean I continue. It is a romance story I am writing in a style I call “even worse than my monthly column”. Charles Dickens better watch out because I’m coming after him. The story doesn’t have a title yet, so send me suggestions. Here goes:

by Felicia Aleman He was the shell of a man who at one point could’ve cared, but didn’t, because he was a shell, and shells can’t care. That’s not one of their abilities. He was handsome by the standards of both shells and narrators. His presence was enough to pause the narration for wistful wondering. If I were to put my ear to his chest would I hear the vastness of the sea, or the beating of a heart yearning to be loved? Have I been taking this whole shell thing too far? Are readers beginning to think there is an actual shell involved? None of this mattered. Fate would play out as it has through the ages: mountains, seas and buildings rising and falling taking civilizations with them. Today, Fate’s duty would be to bring together the shell of a man and a narrator who are both looking for love and reassurance that the person they both call Aunt Carol was really just an Aunt in title, not an actual relation. Being as this is a family paper, Aunt Carol was a woman who was a close friend to both of their families and not blood-related so it wasn’t a creepy meetup, but it was definitely awkward.

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ALL AGES “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. ” –Albert Einstein Not only does Modesto’s Max Raymond have a dream, but he also has the facts! At the age of four, Max had an encounter that changed his life forever. Dressed up in a firefighter costume, he stood at the corner of his street and meticulously watched his neighborhood firefighters put out a small fire. Once extinguished, they parked the engine next to him and gave him a hat to complete his outfit. He was in awe. Since this experience, Max has dedicated his life to learning about firefighting and pursuing it as a career! He has memorized 32 station tones, toured stations all over the West Coast, and planned his school course to lead him to being a firefighter. He began taking photos of fire engines, the stations he visited, and even the firefighters on the job. At the age of twelve he created the Instagram page @code3_emergency, which now has almost 4,000 followers!! Until now, nobody except his family knew that it was a fourteen year old running the high quality

By Leia Johnson account. He takes incredible photos, I highly recommend that you check out the page! Instagram has given him a platform to share his love of firefighting with people all over the world. Max and his family expressed to me that Stanislaus County firefighters they’ve talked to have been touched by his passion and met him with even more information and excitement. Many have told Max that ‘they were the same way [growing up]’ and can’t wait to have him on the force. The Raymond family is thankful that the firefighters keep our community safe and continue to inspire people with their bravery and kindness. Max has an abundance of family support for his passion. His parents illustrated to me “It’s his dream, the whole family supports it 110%, even if that means waking up at 10PM to drive him to see nearby firefighters on duty or touring 35 stations in four days”. I think this family’s story is extremely important because it shows that wholeheartedly supporting your child’s

interests, and putting in the extra effort, can lead to them finding their source of happiness and can give clarity about future careers. After meeting Max, I have promised myself to truly dedicate myself to my interests, as he has. Have a beautiful, safe July & be sure to thank our firefighters when you see them!

ZEN Identity by Mary Layton Who am I? This is the time old question we all wonder about without necessarily being completely sure how to answer it. A while ago I came across an interesting article written by German woman director and producer Doris Doerrie which I’d like to share with you. She gave some convincing explanations of why we have a hard time knowing our identity. We go through so many changes throughout our lives and this changes our identity. So, for example, you may look at an old photo of yourself and you may say, hey, that’s me, but at the same time you feel that it’s not you anymore. I think that’s a good thing that our identity is in flux, we can reinvent ourselves. In that way who we think we are is pure fiction, something we make up

in our mind. We believe that there is something about us that defines us and makes us unique. Ask a Japanese Zen monk -  he will tell you that you are talking about the Ego and that in his language that word doesn’t  even exist! Now it gets confusing. How then can I get a clear idea of my identity? What is it anyway? Where does it begin, or end?  Is it my skin, hair, eye-color, blood group or language or culture that defines me?  A Zen teacher would tell you that the true self is not the superficial ego that each person has now, but the original face he or she had before they were born and molded by experience. People who meditate or do meditative exercises on a regular basis do it, amongst other reasons to get away from the clutter of the mind in order to access this original identity, or essence.  One learns to let go off ideas about oneself, like what we are supposed to be.  Another great trapping in the search for our identity is the mirror.  The German director recounts how she found the absence of mirrors in the Japanese monastery very interesting. When she didn’t see herself in the mirror for a few weeks she noticed that she was beginning to give up the picture she had of herself. To her it felt like a wonderful kind of undoing that was doing her a lot of good. So the question remains who am I really? For more info go to taichi4modesto.com or call (209)572-4518

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Hello July! By Monica Barber

Hope you’re ready for the Summer, Modesto because it’s ready for you. Today finds Ms. M by the pool sipping iced tea and reading a murder mystery. She’s been trying her hand at the Summer Reading Challenge at the Downtown Modesto Library this year. Good news dolls, the challenge runs until August 7th and there’s prizes at the end of it! If you’re interested and live in the Modesto Area, head over to your nearest library. If reading isn’t your thing, don’t fret or worry yourself into the summer time blues. There’s plenty of ways to enjoy yourself this July!   Celebrate Fourth of July, Modesto! Summertime wouldn’t be the same without the annual Fourth of July events in Downtown Modesto! The 144 year-old tradition of celebrating the Fourth continues with traditional parade through downtown. As always don’t miss out on the area’s best floats from local groups, the marching bands and the 4th of July All American festival in 10th Street plaza which starts at 11am following the parade and runs until 3pm.  Take the outdoors inside to keep cool! Starting July 6th, Center Stage Conservatory presents The Wolves a play about a high school girls’ soccer team. The all-female cast & production ensemble takes you through the mo-

COUNTRY Country music is Hot and lots of people have the dream if being Big Singing Stars! As David Alan Coe sang,” if you’re big star bound let me warn ya, It’s a long, hard ride.” It is very competitive in Nashville.  It’s akin to actors and screen writers in Hollywood. But the dream is alive, and the hard work gets put in, prayers are sent out in the hopes that one day a song that an artist wrote gets played on the radio. If you’re one of these aspiring artists, there’s a little help known as Nash Next. It’s a competition from Kat Country  103 and Cumulus Media that can move you closer to the head of the line! You’ll need to register online at katm.com and upload an original song. Fans will vote on your

tions of a team’s warm up and their portrayal of the dramatics of living in teenage girldom. The play carries a PG-13 rating due to language. Don’t miss out on this #femalestrong play. The production runs through July 22nd. Tickets: $15 / $10 for students. www.centerstagemodesto.com If the outdoors call to you, then take a trip into another world and experience the 2nd Annual Modesto Celtic and Fantasy Renaissance Faire on July 7th at Graceda Park. This family friendly free event features knights, craftsmen & artisans, performers, music and more. Cosplay & Larping costumes are welcomed. This is a free event. https://www.steamhousecoffeeco.com  Get Chill with some slam poetry. The same people that bring you the area’s most popular annual Poetry Slam, The ILL LIST present the summertime flavor that you didn’t know you were craving, THE CHILL LIST. On July 21st, come out and experience the country’s best poetry slam “teams” competing for a top prize. This is a free speech event. Tickets: $20-35. Doors: 6:30pm. Show:7:30pm. www.thestate.org The time warp is back again! The State Theater presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show on July 28th and it’s going to be a night to remember. This showing offers a twist on the classic film by encouraging the audience to dress up, participate and sing-a-long to the movie. It’s a chance to let your zaniness run wild & free. Tickets: $12. Doors: 10pm. Film: 11pm. www. thestate.org             Enjoy your summer!  Kisses, m.

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By D.J. Walker KATM-FM song online and, among other events, the judges will determine a semi-finalist. The Finalists will move on to the finale and possibly  win a record deal! Northern Cali. musician Mondo Mariscal won the local round last year, but unfortunately didn’t make it to the semi-finals. It’s great opportunity to get your foot in the door and listen to the different types of country singers and bands are out there trying to do the same thing as you. Registration ends on July 8th and fan voting runs from July 9th to July 22nd . Go to Katm. com for all the rules and details. Good Luck!!

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Enjoy Modesto Night Life! • Enjoy Responsibly July 1st American Animals Celbrating Frida Champagne Brunch Buffet DJ Liberty FOE Breakfast Graffiti-Con Hearts Beat Loud Little Big Town Mountain Open Mic Night Ras Beeken Seniors Club Breakfast The Big Mix Us4Love VFW Breakfast July2nd American Animals Brain Gain Camp Coding Club Entrepreneur Networking Hearts Beat Loud Independence Day Craft Johnny & Kelly Josh Rosenblum Open Mic Mommy & Me Art Class Mountain Overreaters Anonymous Paint Night Poker Night Preschool Story Time Puzzle Night Stay &b Play Social ToastMasters Meeting Ventriloquist Tony Borders Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms July 3rd Acoustic Jam American Animals Anthony K Comedy Night Bilingual Story Time Bingo Brain Gain Camp Computer Basics Counting Crows/Live Forever Young Dance Club Friends of the Library Golden Valley Chorus Hearts Beat Loud Johnny & Kelly Johnny Rocket & the Thrust LGBTQ Parent Group Mountain Name That Tune Nuts and Fireworks Open Mic Poetry Night Poetry Open Mic Postcards for Seniors Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Stay & Play Social STEAM Ice Cream Successful Thinkers Mtg Tango Lessons Tiki Tuesday Toastmaster Supper Club Tony Borders Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Wiggle Worms July 4th 4th of July Concert/BBQ 4th of July Parade 4th of July Parade 80s night/DJ Gully All American Festival American Animals Atwater 4th of July Big Heart 4th Celebration Brain Gain Camp Cars & Fireworks Creole Jazz Kings Depression/Anxiety Support Fouth of July Free QiGong Class Glorious 4th Celebration Horseshoe tournament In One Accord Independence Day Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Karaoke Karaoke Knit & Crochet Class Lego Day Neil Buettner Oakdale Farmers Market Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Riverbank Golden Ages Trax on Wax Turlock Fireworks Twain Harte 4th of July Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong Velvet Creamery Cruise In Wiggle Worm Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms William Michael Morgan Wine Down Wednesday July 5th American Animals Bonnie & The Boys Book Bingo Brain Gain Camp Bug Magnet Casanova’s Night Club College Night Coloring Day Computer Basics Computer Basics David Dow and friends Farmer’s Market Game Day Geeks Who Drink Hearts Beat Loud

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The State Theare, Modesto Bank of Stockton, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto Eagles Hall, Modesto Modesto Centre Plaza State Theatre, Modesto Ironstone Amphitheatre, Murphys The State Theatre, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Winters Tavern, Sonora Denny’s, McHenry, Modesto Crocodile’s, Modesto Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto VFW Hall, Modesto The State Theare, Modesto Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Salida Public Library Redwood Café, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Salida Public Library Rivets Grill, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto The Chartreuse Muse, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto Sutter Gould, McHenry, Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Shooters Pub, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Ceres Public Library Patterson Public Library 200 W. Roseburg, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Patterson Public Library Modesto Public Library Ceres Public Library Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto The State Theare, Modesto Cheroot Cigar Lounge, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Empire Public Library Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Ironstone Amphitheatre, Murphys Modesto Senior Center Newman Public Library Mancini Hall, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto Rivets Grill, Modesto Whitmore Park, Ceres CV Pride Center, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto Twisted Pig, Modesto John Thurman Field, Modesto Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Waterford Public Library Patterson Public Libary Waterford Public Library Ceres Public Library Oakdale Public Library Modesto Public Library Patterson Public Library Turlock Public Library Round Table, McHenry Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Denny’s McHenry, Modesto Salida Public Library P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Modesto Public Library Turner Park, San Andreas Downtown Modesto Downtown Turlock Boardroom, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto The State Theare, Modesto Castle Air Force Base, Atwater Shutter Tree Park, Mokelumne Hill Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Mistlin Park, Ripon Shooter’s Pub & Grill CV Pride Center, Modesto Downtown Manteca NTouch, Modesto Columbia State Park Shively’s Bar, Oakdale Strings, Turlock The State Theatre, Modesto Redwood Café, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Bayou Bar and Grill, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Waterford Public Library Modesto Public Library P. Wexfords Modesto 100 N 3rd Street, Oakdale Newman Public Library Empire Public Library Keyes Public Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Speakeay, Modesto Stanislaus State, Turlock Downtown Twain Harte First United Methodist, Modesto Velvet Creamery, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Turlock Public Library Salida Public Library Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton Redwood Café, Modesto The State Theare, Modesto Modesto Vet Center Patterson Public Library Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Empire Public Library Crocodile’s, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Keyes Public Library Salida Public Library Turlock Public Library Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Modesto Library Modesto Public Library St. Stan’s, Modesto State Theatre, Modesto

Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke Lego Days Live Again Live Music MoBand Mountain Oakdale Museum Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Sandy Maule Senior Day Dance Spanish Story Time Under the Gender Umbrella Valley Fire Ventriloquist Tony Borders Ventriloquist Tony Borders Wee Move & Play July 6th A&W Summer Cruise In Acoustic Music Blade Runner Band Blue Collar Men Brain Gain Camp Bringing Veterans Together Brit Floyd Chains Required Comedy Jam DJ Invisible DJ Tease DoMo First Fridays EDM Revolution Gotcha Covered Hughson Farmers Market Jim Anderson & the Rebels Johnny & Kelly Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Kid’s Science Program Lego Days Live Again Live Music Manderin Language Class Music for the Soul Neil Buettner Preschool Story Time Rita Coolridge Science Night Soul Fest Teens Rockin’ Jump The Wolves Third Party Band Thunder Road Under the Gender Umbrella Ventriloquist Tony Borders VFW Friday Night Dinners Wee Move & Play Weekend Dance Party Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 7th Angel’s Camp Song Posse Art at the Bean Banda Machos Bilingual Story Time Bug Collection Chilled Out Saturdays Country Swing Dance Dave Dow and Friends DJ Invisible Faith Vendor’s Event Fantasy Rennaisance Faire Farmer’s Market Foam Fest Folk Dancing Lessons Jonathan Gatsby Josh Rosenblum Band Kenny Frye Band Left of Center MCW Band Meditation with Susie Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Oakdale Museum Open Air Market Remedy Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride Screaming Yeehaws Secret Saturdays Sexy Saturdays Spirit of Independence Teens Talk Books The Brothers Strong The Fixx The Wolves Throwback Saturday Tony Frietas as Elvis Turlock Farmers Market Under the Gender Umbrella Weekend Dance Party Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 8th Birdcage Camellia Society Meeting Champagne Brunch Buffet Columbia Old Time Jam DJ Liberty FOE Breakfast Israel Sanchez Manteca Senior Dance Open Mic Night Recording Arts Music Camp Seniors Club Breakfast The Big Mix The Wolves Tim & Patty USA Dance Ballroom Dancing Ventriloquist Tony Borders VFW Breakfast Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 9th Blue Monday Brain Gain Camp Coding Club Creative Clay Art Class Drawing Art Camp Entrepreneur Networking Jedi Training Camp Josh Rosenblum Open Mic Mayor’s Book Club Movie Night

P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne Surla’s, Moesto Graceada Park, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto 212 West F St, Oakdale Turlock Public Library Salida Public Library Hughson Public Library The Fruit Yard, Modesto Stanislaus Veterans Center Modesto Public Library CV Pride Center, Modesto Nino’s Place, Modesto Hughson Public Library Ceres Public Library Salida Public Library A&W, Modesto Queen Bean, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Stanislaus Veterans Center Bob Hope Theater, Stockton Oakdale Country Club Merced Theatre Tiki Lounge, Modesto Boardroom, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Shooters Pub, Modesto Nino’s Place, Modesto Downtown Hughson Fruit Yard, Modesto Rivets Modesto P Wexford’s Pub, Modesto The Bayou Grill, Modesto MJC, West Campus Salida Public Library O’Brians Tavern, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Patterson Public Libraray Urbano Bistro, Modesto SpeakEasy Lounge, Modesto Denair Public Library Gallo Center For the Arts MJC West Campus The Post Restaurant, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Center Stage Conservatory, Modesto 10th Street Plaza, Modesto The Tilted Turtle, Modesto CV Pride Center, Modesto Denair Public Library VFW Hall, Modesto Newman Public Library Crocodiles, Modesto The State Theatre Angels Camp Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Modesto Public Library Modesto Public Library Shooters Modesto Urban Outlaw, Turlock Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Richland Faith Assembly, Ceres Graceada Park, Modesto Modesto Library Modesto Centre Plaza Carnegie Arts Center. Turlock Barnes & Noble, Modesto Rivets Grill, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne SURLAS’s, Modesto Intrinsic Elements Modesto Oakdale Bike Shop 212 West F St, Oakdale Yogurt Station, Oakdale The Grand Cru, Turlock Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bike Shop Winters Tavern, Sonora CR2 Bar, Modesto The Boardroom, Modesto Ironstone Vinyards, Murphys Turlock Public Library Caffe Blossom, Twain Harte Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Center Stage Conservatory, Modesto Urbano California Bistro, Modesto Fruit Yard, Modesto Turlock CV Pride Center, Modesto Crocodiles, Modesto The State Theatre Skewers Kabob House, Modesto Adventist Fellowship Hall, Modesto Surla’s, Modesto First Presbyterian , Columbia Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto Eagles Hall, Modesto Winters Tavern, Sonora 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Denny’s, McHenry, Modesto Crocodile’s, Modesto Center Stage Conservatory, Modesto Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto Odd Fellows Hall, Hughson Waterford Public Library VFW Hall, Modesto The State Theatre Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Salida Public Library The Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Redwood Café, Modesto GymStars Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Riberbank Public Library Modesto Public Library

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Have fun and be Safe! • Please Designate a Driver Overreaters Anonymous Paint Night Poker Night Preschool Story Time Puzzle Night Recording Arts Music Camp Stay &b Play Social Story Time Virtual Reality Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 10th Acoustic Jam Bilingual Story Time Bingo Book Club Brain Gain Camp Computer Basics Computer Classes Crazy Crayon Craft Dance & Play Drawing Art Camp Forever Young Dance Club Friends of the Library Golden Valley Chorus Jedi Training Camp Johnny & Kelly Lego Day Name That Tune Open Mic at the Goat Play Day Poetry Reading Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Read Share Recording Arts Music Camp Secret Life of Bees Simple as ABP Slime Spin Wheel Craft Stay &b Play Social Successful Thinkers Mtg Tango Lessons Teen Book Club The Gottchalks Jazz Band Tiki Tuesday Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Two Tuesday Comedy Ventriloquist Tony Borders Ventriloquist Tony Borders Wiggle Worms Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 11th 80s night/DJ Gully Advisory Board Advisory Board Around the World Black Sheep Ink Art Class Book Club Brain Gain Camp Clerks Creole Jazz Kings Drawing Art Camp Family Story Night Free QiGong Class Friends of the Library Highland Cow Craft Horseshoe tournament In One Accord Jedi Training Camp Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Karaoke Karaoke Knit & Crochet Class Lego Day Lego Day Lunch Hour Meditation McHenry Mansion Tea Sampling Moms Club Neil Buettner Oakdale Farmers Market Orgami Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Recording Arts Music Camp Riverbank Golden Ages Stanislaus Coin Club Transmasculine Group Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong Velvet Creamery Cruise In Ventriloquist Tony Borders Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worm Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wine Down Wednesday Won’t You Be My Neighbor? World Music Jam Youth Gruop July 11th Agent Bonnie & The Boys Out Back Book Club Brain Gain Camp Caregiver College Casanova’s Night Club College Night Computer Basics Computer Classes David Dow and friends Drawing Art Camp Farmer’s Market Flag Bingo Geeks Who Drink Healthy Eating Class Hughson Rocks Ice Cream STEAM Jar Aquarium Craft Jedi Training Camp JerLisa Stitches of Love Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke Lego Days

Sutter Gould, McHenry, Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Shooters Grill, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Ceres Public Library Gallo Center For the Arts Patterson Public Library Salida Public Library Salida Public Library Patterson Public Library Modesto Public Library Ceres Public Library The State Theatre Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Salida Public Library Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Modesto Public Library Riverbank Public Library Salida Public Library Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Modesto Senior Center Empire Public Library Mancini Hall, Modesto GymStars Modesto Rivets Modesto Keyes Public Library Twisted Pig, Modesto Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Empire Public Library Barkin Dog Grill Modesto Waterford Public Library Ceres Public Library Patterson Public Libary Oakdale Public Library Modesto Public Library Hughson Public Library Gallo Center For the Arts The State Theatre, Modesto CV Pride Center, Modesto Turlock Public Library Newman Public Library Patterson Public Library Round Table,McHenry Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Whitmore Park, Ceres Tiki Lounge, Modesto Denny’s 1525 McHenry Avenue P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock St Stan’s Modesto Keyes Public Library Patterson Public Library Modesto Public Library The State Theatre Boardroom, Modesto Salida Public Library Turlock Public Library Hughson Public Library Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Turlock Public Library Boys and Girls Club, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto Shooter’s Pub & Grill Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Patterson Public Library NTouch, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Turlock Public Library Shively’s Bar & Grill, Oakdale Strings, Turlock GymStars Modesto Redwood Café, Modesto The Bayou Grill, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Waterford Public Library Modesto Public Library Denair Public Library Intrinsic Elements, Modesto McHenry Mansion Gift Shop Patterson Public Library P. Wexfords Modesto 100 N 3rd Street, Oakdale Modesto Public Library Empire Public Library Keyes Public Library Gallo Center For the Arts 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Denny’s McHenry, Modesto CV Pride Center, Modesto First United Methodist, Modesto Velvet Creamery, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Newman Public Library Oakdale Public Library Salida Public Library Turlock Public Library Redwood Café, Modesto The State Theatre Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto The Place, Modesto Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne Modesto Vet Center Patterson Public Library Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Turlock Public Library Crocodile’s, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Turlock Public Library Modesto Public Library Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Modesto Public Library Salida Public Library St. Stan’s, Modesto Kaiser Bangs Ave, Modesto Hughson Public Library Keyes Public Library Keyes Public Library GymStars Modesto 4300 Dale Road, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Newman Public Library

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Coming Soon! The Valley Talent Project

See the area’s best musicians, dancers, performers and entertainers, compete to be named the best in the valley. Modesto native and Emmy Award winning Hollywood casting director Robert Ulrich and actress Kim Johnson Ulrich, and ModestoView’s Chris Murphy  will be among the judges.  Former winners have gone on to land TV and film roles.   Don’t miss this event on August 3 and 4.  Get your tix at www. galloarts.com  

Live Band Karaoke Do you want to be a lead singer?

You want a boss band to back you up and make you look like a star? Do you want to rock and roll to your favorite hits? Now YOU are the star of a band and you can make your Billy Idol or Pat Benatar moves and show off your vocal chops.  Don’t worry, this is a real karaoke event with the words and everything. This event is live on the patio of Ralston’s Goat and the Karaoke band is the Marvin Zeller Band  

MoBand for the Summer 2018.

Don’t miss the two MoBand at Graceada Park. July 5th and the 12th will be amazing nights with music, friends and fun.  Music starts at 8pm. Bring your picnic and blankets.  www.moband.org

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Downtown Modesto

Between H & I Streets on 15th near the Library. Thurs & Sat 7 am - 1 pm (March through December)

Kaiser Medical Center

Modesto: 4601 Dale Rd Thurs 8 am - 2 pm (Year Round)

Hughson Certified Farmer’s Market

Sats 5 pm - 8 pm Downtown Hughson (June through August)

Turlock Center & Main St,

Sats 8 am - 1 pm (May through

October)

Downtown Oakdale Weds 5:00 - 8:30 pm (June through August)

Patterson Farmer’s Market

Weds 4 pm - 8 pm True Value Parking Plaza Sats 9 am - 1 pm Downtown Patterson (May through October)

Turlock’s Original Certified Farmers Market Saturdays 8 am- 1 pm Stanislaus County Fairgrounds

Modesto View Wins Gold HERMES Creative Awards!

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

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VFW Breakfast Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 16th Brain Gain Camp Coding Club Entrepreneur Networking Japanese Art Camp Josh Rosenblum Open Mic Minecraft Pixel Art Overreaters Anonymous Paint Night Poker Night Preschool Story Time Puzzle Night Stanisluas County Fair Stay &b Play Social ToastMasters Meeting Trace Adkins Trivia Night Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 17th Acoustic Jam Anthony K Comedy Night Art Lab Art Lab Audio Technology Class Bilingual Story Time Blue Oyster Cult Brain Gain Camp Caregiver Coffee Break Computer Classes Dinner & Movie Night Forever Young Dance Club Freezer Pop Sleeves Game Day Geneological Society Golden Valley Chorus Hot Club Faux Gitane Internet Basics Japanese Art Camp Johnny & Kelly Little House on the Pairie Make a Book Name That Tune Open Mic at the Goat Poetry Reading Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Stanisluas County Fair Stay &b Play Social Successful Thinkers Mtg Tango Lessons Tennis Ball Craft Tiki Tuesday Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Wiggle Worms Women of Love Ministries Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 18th 80s night/DJ Gully Around the World in Seven Days Black Sheep Ink Art Class Brain Gain Camp Craft a Palooza Creole Jazz Kings Farmers Market Free QiGong Class Horseshoe tournament In One Accord Japanese Art Camp Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Karaoke Karaoke Knit & Crochet Class Lego Day Lego Day Lifehouse MoST Book Club Neil Buettner Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Riverbank Golden Ages Silvers Stanisluas County Fair T(w)een Movie Night Tie Dye Suncatcher Under Sea Craft Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong Velvet Creamery Cruise In Wee Move Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worm Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wine Down Wednesday Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 19th Audio Technology Class Bonnie & The Boys Out Back Brain Gain Camp Casanova’s Night Club College Night Coloring Day Computer Basics Computer Basics David Dow & Friends Dragon Craft Farmer’s Market Geeks Who Drink Green Team Meeting Homeless in Modesto Ice Cream Social Inanimate Existance Japanese Art Camp Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke Left of Center Lego Days Live Band Karaoke Live Music Mall Kids Club

2018

VFW Hall, Modesto The State Theatre Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Salida Public Library Redwood Café, Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Modesto Public Library Sutter Gould, McHenry, Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Shooters Pub, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Ceres Public Library Stanislaus County Fair Patterson Public Library 200 W. Roseburg Ave, Modesto Stanislaus County Fair Turlock Public Library Oakdale Public Library Patterson Public Library Modesto Public Library Ceres Public Library The State Theatre Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Cheroot Cigar Lounge, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Turlock Public Library Modesto Sound, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Stanislaus County Fair Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Hospice, 4368 Spyres, Modesto Modesto Public Library Salida Public Library Modesto Senior Center Newman Public Library Empire Public Library Trinity Presbyterian, Modesto Mancini Hall, Modesto Whitmore Park, Ceres Oakdale Public Library Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Rivets Modesto Hughson Public Library Modesto Public Library Twisted Pig, Modesto Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill Modesto Patterson Public Libary Ceres Public Library Waterford Public Library Oakdale Public Library Modesto Public Library Stanislaus County Fair Patterson Public Library Round Table, McHenry Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Turlock Public Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Denny’s McHenry Avenue P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Modesto Public Library Clarion Inn, Modesto The State Theatre Boardroom, Modesto Hughson Public Library Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Oakdale Public Library Shooter’s Pub & Grill 100 N 3rd Street, Oakdale NTouch, Modesto Shively’s Bar, Oakdale Strings, Turlock Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Redwood Café, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Bayou Grill, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Waterford Public Library Modesto Public Library Denair Public Library Stanislaus County Fair Modesto Public Library P. Wexfords Modesto Empire Public Library Keyes Public Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Winters Tavern, Sonora Stanislaus County Fair Salida Public Library Patterson Public Library Turlock Public Library First United Methodist, Modesto Velvet Creamery, Modesto Ceres Public Library Newman Public Library Oakdale Public Library Salida Public Library Turlock Public Library Redwood Café, Modesto The State Theatre Modesto Sound, Modesto Modesto Vet Center Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Crocodile’s, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Denair Public Library Salida Public Library Turlock Public Library Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Keyes Public Library Modesto Public Library St. Stan’s, Modesto Kirk Lindsey Center, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto Patterson Public Library The Other Place, Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Oakdale Public Library Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Surla’s, Moesto Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto

MJC Summer Sonata MoBand Nash Brothers Oakdale Museum Open Mic Paper Airplane Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Salt n Pepa Sandy Maule Senior Day Dance Spanish Story Time Stanisluas County Fair Superbrat/The Clogs Third Thursday Art Walk Torn Paper Art Under the Gender Umbrella Valley Fire Wee Move & Play Whale Craft Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 20th A&W Summer Cruise In Acoustic Music Backyard Bookworms Beauty& the Beast Black Bomb Metal Fest Boundaries Brain Gain Camp Bringing Veterans Together California Outlaws Candle Making DJ Invisible DJ Tease Easton Corbin EDM Revolution Farmers Market Friday Night Out Funky Tim & the Merlots Irish Cultural Society Japanese Art Camp Jim Anderson & the Rebels Johnny & Kelly Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Kid’s Science Program Lego Days Live Music Manderin Language Class Master Class Meet Author J Crockett Michael Beck Band Murder Mystery Night Neil Buettner Pope Francis Preschool Story Time Rob Hill Band Sister Act Stanisluas County Fair Summer Reading Teens Rockin’ Jump The Stedians The Wolves Thunder Road Valley Fire Valley Jazz Company VFW Friday Night Dinners Wee Move & Play Weekend Dance Party Won’t You Be My Neighbor? July 21st Angel’s Camp Song Posse Beauty& the Beast Bilingual Story Time Black Bomb Fest Day 2 Caravanserai Chilled Out Saturdays Chris Storin Commodores/Isely Brothers Dam Beards DJ Invisible Drum Circle Farmer’s Market Folk Dancing Lessons Gaymers Night Grand Funk Railroad Gunpowder&Lace Jake Shimabukuro Live Music Master Class MCW Band Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Natural Pear/Born Twins Oakdale Museum Rockin’ Saturdays Saturday Easy D Ride Secret Saturdays Sexy Saturdays Sister Act Stanisluas County Fair STEAM Blackout The Chill List The Wolves Three Times Bad Tony & the Tuff Times Turlock Farmers Market Under the Gender Umbrella Valley Fire Weekend Dance Party July 22nd Acoustic Live Music Beauty& the Beast Champagne Brunch Buffet DJ Liberty FOE Breakfast Highway 49 Revisited Humanists Brunch Manteca Senior Dance Master Class Open Mic Pablo Montero Senior Dance & Potluck Seniors Club Breakfast Sister Act Stanisluas County Fair The Big Mix The Wolves VFW Breakfast July 23rd Acoustic Open Mic Brain Gain Camp Clay Art Class Coding Club Entrepreneur Networking Friends of the Library

Greens on Tenth, Modesto Graceada Park, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock 212 West F St, Oakdale Francesca’s, Patterson Ceres Public Library Turlock Public Library Salida Public Library Hughson Public Library Stanislaus County Fair The Fruit Yard, Modesto Stanislaus Veterans Center Stanislaus County Library, Modesto Stanislaus County Fair Winters Tavern, Sonora Downtown Modesto Salida Public Library Central Valley Pride Center, Modesto Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne Salida Public Library Empire Public Library The State Theatre A&W, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Great Valley Museum Gallo Center For the Arts Winters Tavern, Sonora The State Theatre, Modesto Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Stanislaus Veterans Center Dorada Park, Oakdale Keyes Public Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Boardroom, Modesto Stanislaus County Fair Shooters, Modesto Downtown Hughson Rube Boesch, Turlock 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Denny’s, McHenry Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Fruit Yard, Modesto Rivets Modesto P Wexford’s Pub, Modesto The Bayou Grill, Modesto MJC, West Campus Salida Public Library The Udder Place, Turlock Patterson Public Libraray Prospect Theater Project, Modesto Barnes & Noble, Modesto Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne The Fruit Yard, Modesto SpeakEasy Lounge, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto Denair Public Library Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Playhouse Merced Stanislaus County Fair Modesto Public Library Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Center Stage Conservatory, Modesto The Tilted Turtle, Modesto Nino’s Place, Modesto Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto VFW Hall, Modesto Newman Public Library Crocodiles Nightclub The State Theatre Angels Camp Gallo Center For the Arts Modesto Public Library Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne Shooters Pub, Modesto Strings Grill, Manteca Ironstone Amphitheatre, Murphys Battered Beaver, Oakdale Tiki Lounge, Modesto Deva Cafe, Modesto Modesto Public Library Carnegie Arts Center. Turlock CV Pride Center, Modesto Stanislaus County Fair The Rusty Nail, Ceres Bob Hope Theater, Stockton The Udder Place, Turlock Prospect Theater Project, Modesto SURLAS’s, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop Winters Tavern, Sonora 212 West F St, Oakdale Rockin’ Jump, Modesto Oakdale Bike Shop CR2 Bar, Modesto The Boardroom, Modesto Playhouse Merced Stanislaus County Fair Newman Public Library The State Theatre, Modesto Center Stage Conservatory, Modesto Caffe Blossom, Twain Harte Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Turlock CV Pride Center, Modesto Rivets Grill, Modesto Crocodiles Nightclub Deva Cafe, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Surla’s, Modesto Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto Eagles Hall, Modesto Winters Tavern, Sonora Panera Bread, Turlock 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca Prospect Theater Project, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Stanislaus County Fair 2307 Fourth St, Hughson Denny’s, McHenry, Modesto Playhouse Merced Stanislaus County Fair Crocodile’s, Modesto Center Stage Conservatory, Modesto VFW Hall, Modesto The Boardroom, Modesto Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Salida Public Library Redwood Café, Modesto Oakdale Public Library

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Josh Rosenblum Open Mic Overreaters Anonymous Paint Night Poker Night Preschool Story Time Puzzle Night Stay &b Play Social Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms July 24th Acoustic Jam Audio Technology Class Bilingual Story Time Bingo Book Club Brain Gain Camp Build It Clay Art Class Computer Classes Forever Young Dance Club Golden Valley Chorus Gone Fishin Craft Johnny & Kelly Lego Day Lego Day Lego Days Name That Tune Ninja Day Ocean Slime Open Mic at the Goat Painting for Adults Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Self Care Group Stay &b Play Social Successful Thinkers Mtg Tango Lessons The Grateful Band Tiki Tuesday Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Wiggle Worms Worship Night July 25th 80s night/DJ Gully Around the World Baby Blocks Big Earl’s Blues Jam Black Sheep Ink Art Class Book Club Clay Art Class Creole Jazz Kings Family Bingo Night Family Story Night Family Story Time Farmers Market Flying Saucer Craft Free QiGong Class Horseshoe tournament In One Accord Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke Karaoke Karaoke with DJ Mark Knit & Crochet Class Lego Day Lego Day Lego Days Lunch Hour Meditation Map Craft Neil Buettner Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Riverbank Golden Ages Stanislaus Coin Club Unity Tai Ji Qi Gong VA Mobile Outreach Velvet Creamery Cruise In Walk the Stage Fashion Show Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worm Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wine Down Wednesday Youth Gruop July 26th Audio Technology Class Beauty& the Beast Bonnie & The Boys Buggles! Casanova’s Night Club Clay Art Class College Night Comix Club Computer Basics Computer Classes Craft a palooza David Dow and friends Egyptian Bookmark Farmer’s Market Geeks Who Drink Harry Potter Day Johnny & Kelly Kaiser Farmer’s Market Karaoke Lego Days Live Music Must Love Dogs Oakdale Museum Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Rock of Ages Sandy Maule Senior Day Dance Spanish Story Time Tween Book Club Under the Gender Umbrella Valley Fire Wee Move & Play July 27th A&W Summer Cruise In Acoustic Music Animal Talk kids program Beauty& the Beast Blue Line Bringing Veterans Together Clay Art Class Critical Mass Bike Ride Crochet for Beginners David Dow & Friends

P. Wexford’s, Modesto Sutter Gould, McHenry, Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Shooters Pub, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Ceres Public Library Patterson Public Library Patterson Public Library Modesto Public Library Ceres Public Library Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Modesto Sound, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Tiki Lounge, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Boys and Girls Club, Modesto Empire Public Library Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Modesto Public Library Modesto Senior Center Mancini Hall, Modesto Waterford Public Library Rivets Modesto Hughson Public Library Keyes Public Library Turlock Public Library Twisted Pig, Modesto Salida Public Library Newman Public Library Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Patterson Public Library Waterford Public Library Ceres Public Library Patterson Public Libary Oakdale Public Library Modesto Public Library CV Pride Center, Modesto Patterson Public Library Round Table, McHenry Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Columbia Nursery, Sonora Tiki Lounge, Modesto Denny’s McHenry, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Modesto Public Library Whitmore Park, Ceres Boardroom, Modesto Hughson Public Library Modesto Public Library St Stan’s, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Ceres Public Library Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Shooter’s Pub, Modesto Mountai MIke’s Pizza, Turlock Patterson Public Library Waterford Public Library 100 N 3rd Street, Oakdale Turlock Public Library NTouch, Modesto Shively’s Bar, Oakdale Strings, Turlock Redwood Café, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto The Bayou Grill, Modesto Waterford Public Library Modesto Public Library Denair Public Library Patterson Public Library Intrinsic Elements, Modesto Waterford Public LIbrary P. Wexfords Modesto Empire Public Library Keyes Public Library 3600Santa Fe St, Riverbank Denny’s McHenry, Modesto First United Methodist, Modesto Modesto Public Library Velvet Creamery, Modesto Gallo Center for the Arts Newman Public Library Oakdale Public Library Salida Public Library Turlock Public Library Redwood Café, Modesto The Place, Modesto Modesto Sound, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Modesto Vet Center Ceres Public Library Crocodile’s, Modesto Chartreuse Muse, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Modesto Public Library Turlock Public Library Modesto Public Library Patterson Public Library Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto Empire Public Library Modesto Library St. Stan’s , Modesto Keyes Public Library P. Wexford’s, Modesto Kaiser Dale Rd, Modesto Ridgway’s, Modesto Newman Public Library Surla’s, Moesto The State Theatre, Modesto 212 West F St. Oakdale Turlock Public Library Salida Public Library Hughson Public Library Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne The Fruit Yard, Modesto Stanislaus Veterans Center Modesto Public Library Salida Public Library CV Pride Center, Modesto Nino’s Place, Modesto Salida Public Library A&W, Modesto Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto MJC West Campus Gallo Center For the Arts 10th Street Plaza, Modesto Stanislaus Veterans Center Chartreuse Muse, Modesto The Shire, Modesto Patterson Public Library Barkin Dog Grill, Modesto

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Dive in Movie DJ Invisible DJ Tease Dossi on the Rocks EDM Revolution Fair Food Friday Game Night & Potluck Home Educators Convention Hughson Farmers Market Humanist Karaoke Night Jim Anderson & the Rebels Johnny & Kelly Josh Rosenblum Band Karaoke with DJ Mark Kid’s Science Program Lego Days Lil Debbie Live Band Karaoke Live Music Manderin Language Class Master Class Music for the Soul Neil Buettner Preschool Story Time Priss Sister Act Teen Book Club Teens Rockin’ Jump The King Therapy Friday Thunder Road VFW Friday Night Dinners Weekend Dance Party July 28th Angel’s Camp Song Posse Angry Birds Art at the Bean Back to School Block Party Beauty& the Beast Bilingual Story Time Blu-Cidity Book Club Bourbon Street Blues Band Burn Permit Callbox Chilled Out Saturdays Comedy Showcase DJ Invisible Farmer’s Market Fiji Festival Folk Dancing Lessons Gay Men Over 40 Home Educator Convention Josh Rosenblum Band Lethal Injektion Master Class Mike Ely & Unwound Mookatite/Zealousy Morning Ride Stan Co Bike Oakdale Museum Raquel Solomon Rockin’ Saturdays Rocky Horror Saturday Easy D Ride Secret Saturdays Sexy Saturdays Sister Act The Weekend Dance Party The Wiz Kid Turlock Farmers Market Willie Nelson/Allison Krauss July 29th Acoustic Live Music Beauty& the Beast Champagne Brunch Buffet DJ Liberty FOE Breakfast Forigner/Queensryche Graveyard Witch Kaili Earle Master Class Miss Slay 2018 Open Mic Night Seniors Club Breakfast Sister Act The Big Mix The Grateful Band VFW Breakfast July 30th American Idol Live Entrepreneur Networking Girls Night Out Josh Rosenblum Open Mic Overreaters Anonymous Paint Night Poker Night Preschool Story Time Puzzle Night Stay & Play Social Wee Move & Play Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms Wiggle Worms July 31st Acoustic Jam Art Tile Craft Audio Technology Class Bilingual Story Time Coasters Craft Computer Classes Dinosaur Carnival Forever Young Dance Golden Valley Chorus Harry Potter Day Harry Potter Party Harry Potter Trivia Johnny & Kelly Name That Tune Open Mic at the Goat Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time Stay &b Play Social Successful Thinkers Mtg Tango Lessons Tiki Tuesday Tile Art Toastmaster Supper Club Trivia Tuesday Turlock Seniors Dance Wiggle Worms

Patterson Aquatic Center Tiki Lounge, Modesto Boardroom, Modesto Dorada Park, Oakdale Shooters Pub, Modesto Stanislaus Veterans Center CV Pride Center, Modesto Modesto Centre Plaza Downtown Hughson Torii’s, Modesto Fruit Yard, Modesto Rivets Grill, Modesto P Wexford’s Pub, Modesto The Bayou Grill, Modesto MJC, West Campus Salida Public Library Palladium, Modesto Yosemite Lanes, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Patterson Public Libraray Prospect Theater Project, Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto SpeakEasy Lounge, Modesto Denair Public Library Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne Playhouse Merced Riverbank Public Library Rockin’ Jump, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto Shooters Pub, Modesto The Tilted Turtle, Modesto VFW Hall, Modesto Crocodiles, Modesto Angels Camp Neman Public Library Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Modesto Gospel Mission Gallo Center For the Arts Modesto Public Library Rivi’s, Oakdale Denair Public Library Barkin’ Dog Grill, Modesto Caffe Blossom, Twain Harte The Grand Cru, Turlock Shooters Pub, Modesto St Stan’s Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Modesto Public Library St Stanislaus School, Modesto Carnegie Arts Center. Turlock CV Pride Center, Modesto Modesto Centre Plaza Rivets Grill, Modesto The Other Place, Modesto Prospect Theater Project, Modesto The Udder Place, Turlock Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Oakdale Bicycle Shop 212 West F Street, Oakdale Barnes & Noble, Modesto Rockin’ Jump, Modesto The State Theatre, Modesto Oakdale Bike Shop CR2 Bar & Billiards, Modesto The Boardroom, Modesto Playhouse Merced Crocodiles Nightclub Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne Turlock Ironstone Amphitheatre, Murphys

CALENDAR JULY BLUES 2018 1st Electric Flag at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz 1st Curtis Salgado at Powerhouse Pub in Folsom 6th Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood at the Iron Door in Grooveland 7th Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood at the Iron Door in Grooveland 8th Cafe R&B at the Powerhouse Pub in Folsom 14th Sol Riddim CD Release Party at Church Key in Modesto 15th Todd Day Waits at Ralston’s Goat 20th Rob Hill at Ralston’s Goat 25th Big Earl’s Blues Jam at St. Stan’s Brewery in Modesto 29th Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame at the Hotel Ledger on Moke Hill 31st Taj Mahal and Keb Mo’ at Mountain Winery in Saratoga

Deva Cafe, J St, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Surla’s, Modesto Speakeasy Lounge, Modesto Eagles Hall, Modesto Ironstone Amphitheatre, Murphys Winters Tavern, Sonora Winters Tavern, Sonora Prospect Theater Project, Modesto The Brave Bull, Modesto Queen Bean Cafe, Modesto Denny’s, McHenry, Modesto Playhouse Merced Crocodile’s, Modesto Columbia Nursery, Sonora VFW Hall, Modesto Gallo Center For the Arts Redwood Café, Modesto 108 Sports Lounge, Riverbank P. Wexford’s, Modesto Sutter Gould Office, Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Shooters Pub, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Ceres Public Library Patterson Public Library Oakdale Public Library Ceres Public Library Modesto Public Library Patterson Public Library Queen Bean Coffee, Modesto Waterford Public Library Modesto Sound, Modesto Riverbank Public Library Riverbank Public Library Modesto Public Library Empire Public Library Modesto Senior Center Mancini Hall, Modesto Salida Public Library Turlock Public Library Salida Public LIbrary Rivets Modesto Twisted Pig, Modesto Ralston’s Goat, Modesto Ceres Public Library Patterson Public Libary Waterford Public Library Oakdale Public Library Modesto Public Library Patterson Public Library Round Table, McHenry Modesto Urbano Bistro, Modesto Tiki Lounge, Modesto Newman Public LIbrary Denny’s, McHenry, Modesto P. Wexford’s, Modesto 11914 Cahill St, Turlock Modesto Public Library

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GO DOWTOWN MODESTO

Open Early!

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

Open Late!

MUSIC IN THE PLAZA

What a great season we have had so far with Music in the Plaza so many fantastic performances and still 3 more months to go, every Friday 7-9 pm. July kicks off in conjunction with First Friday Street Faire with music performed by Third Party Band performing songs 7PM- 9PM • 10th Street Plaza FRIDAYS - Downtown Modesto from the 50,60, 70 and beyond. July 6th July 13th we have the ever popular Third Party Band Highway 99 brings a little big band July 13th Highway 99 to Downtown with everything from July 20th R&B, Disco, really anything with Funky Tim & the Merlots horns. July 20th we see Funky Tim July 27th & the Merlots returning last year Blue Line they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. Ending the month with some blazing country and cool ballads is Blue Line playing Music in the Plaza for the first time but we hope will not be their last. Remember if you want a good spot on the patio at Fuzio’s or Ralston’s Goat make sure to come out a little early or just bring your lawn chairs and grab a spot in front of the stage.

JUNE 2018

Downtown Modesto is the place to be late Thursday, Friday and Satur10TH day nights. There is live mu- STREET PLAZA • MODESTO CA sic every night of the week in one of our great clubs or restaurants. After the show, stop and enjoy a nightcap.

Parking

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

MODESTO SOUND CAMP

Summer means it’s time for camp… and Modesto Sound has a Recording Arts Music Camp that is awesome! It is held right on the stage in the Foster Theatre at Try a Cab - It’s getting easier to catch a cab, both to Gallo Center for the Arts. Ages 8-18 get downtown and home from downtown. Why deal with 10TH STREET PLAZA • MODESTO to learn about setting up a stage, how driving and parking? Take the easy way... to write a song, record radio interviews, Public Service Announcements, and L I C E N S E D M O D E S T O TA X I C O M PA N I E S how to record music in a real recordMODESTO CAB A TOUCH OF CLASS TAXI ing studio, and then they perform their original songs right on stage at Gallo, 521-7320 575-0690 complete with ushers who seat their family on performance day. Amazingly ORANGE CAB CO AMERICAN CAB CO enough, campers also get to tour behind the scenes at Gallo and an I-Heart 238-0500 225-8795 radio station.The camp week is July 9-14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is only QUALITY CAB CASH CAB COMPANY $175 thanks to the Boyett Make Dreams Real Foundation (actual cost per 552-9898 541-7860 camper is $425). Scholarships to low income families are available with the RED TOP TAXI CENTRAL VALLEY TAXI stipulation that campers and their family give back to the community through 524-4741 241-6122 public service such as helping the non-profit Modesto Sound with marketing, SUPER CAB CHECKER CAB participating on park cleanup day, etc. For campers who participate in such 497-3393 596-7919 public service opportunities, camp tuition is free. What a great opportunity TAXI TAXI CAB CO DE SOTO CAB CO for kids that may not be able to afford a camp this summer! 756-1035 577-8888 Sign up at http://www.modestosound.com/camp TOWN CAB COMPANY DELUXE CAB 404-2727 888-8888 Are you ready to UNITED CAB LLC EDITH’S TAXI WALKtheSTAGE? 888-8888 581-6870 Our local friends will turn into fashion models URBAN TAXI CAB LUCKY 7 TAXI for “A Fashion Fundraiser”, supporting United 351-0222 877-7676 Way of Stanislaus County as they take on YELLOW CAB CO METRO CAB OF MODESTO 544-8294 challenges and tackle problems in our com222-2222 munity others shy away from. On July 25th, familiar faces from our community Also available in Fall of 2017: become “UWAY Models for a Day” and will walk the runway in style dressed Curb– The Taxi App For iPhone & Android in casual, business and formal wear provided by Macy’s. Guests will toast to a great show at our champagne reception and enter to win over $5,000 in prizes including Macy’s gift cards and specialty luxury items. It will be fun so go support youu friends. You can get tix or become a sponsor at http://www. uwaystan.org/walkthestage July 25th at Gallo Center for the Arts Most all of the downtown restaurants are locally owned. They hire local Doors 5:15 pm for champagne and light appetizers • Show starts at people and the money you spend stays right here in town. Local 6:00 pm. restaurants purchase from local farmers and feature local ingredients.

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STANISLAUS COUNTY FAIR

Get Discounted Fair Tickets Thru July 12! Get your discounted admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and Fair season passes Now – July 12th. Available online & the Fair Box Office: 900 N. Broadway, Turlock

Check out our local bands on the Coors Light stage, for info and times go to our website.

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Modestoview July 2018  

It's Graffiti Summer! Serving Civic Pride Daily Since 1997. ModestoView is the central valley's leading arts, entertainment, dining, music a...

Modestoview July 2018  

It's Graffiti Summer! Serving Civic Pride Daily Since 1997. ModestoView is the central valley's leading arts, entertainment, dining, music a...