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Thoughts on Stella Beratlis

If you are lucky enough to call Stella Beratlis a friend, you are truly lucky to have a fighter (metaphorically speaking) on your side. Stella knows the pen is mightier than the sword and she wields it well. Stella is an academic and an activist, a poet and an advocate for students. She doesn’t just spout untruths and rage Tweet. She researches, investigates, dives deeply into subjects that matter and then relays that information in a thoughtful and persuasive way. Personally, when I am confronted by a challenging topic, I find myself asking, “What does Stella think?” Then I peruse her Facebook page or email her directly. I never just get an answer in return. Instead, I get a detailed, thoroughly fact-checked, and responsible answer based on research and scholarship. She’s like a human Snopes, but way more fun.   As her dear friend and poet GillianWegener writes, “Stella Beratlis has been serving others for decades. In her work as a poet, in her work as a librarian, and in her volunteer work, she has shown concern for the wider community of women and girls in particular, but for all residents of Stanislaus County.” Stella is a dedicated librarian at Modesto Junior College, Modesto’s Poet Laureate (2016-2020), and a founding member of the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center. As a poet herself, she has written two collections: Alkali Sink (2015) and her second collection, Dust Bowl Venus, is forthcoming from Sixteen Rivers Press. She has coordinated numerous poetry readings, including Writers’ Resist, and has supported the Collision Poetry/ Photography exhibit and continues to bring diverse poets to the MJC library to celebrate National Poetry Month. Whether she is serving as the president of the Modesto Friends of the Library or supporting the efforts of the League of Women Voters, Stella’s contributions to Modesto as a poet, activist, and academic are monumental to those who know her. For those who don’t, it’s time to get to know this amazing woman.


CRAB and GO!

Is there a better more mouthwatering way to satiate your appetite? Not just for a delicious meal but also for giving to great causes. It is Crab Feed Season and it seems like every Non Profit hungry for donations are boiling water and melting butter. These events are some of the biggest fundraisers for very worthy groups so plan to support more than one.  


05 - Oakdale Crab Feed & Auction at 190 Lee Street, Oakdale 06 - Marinated Crab Feed at 628 Delano Dr, Oakdale 12 - Crab Feed & Auction at St Stanislaus Church 12 - MoHigh Drive Thru Crab Feed at Paradise Elementary

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am-2 m

Dine-in with safe distance seating and service


Please note that Grab n Go is still the way to go. You can enjoy the best of our local food with a quick pick up and many offering contact free pick up. You get the great local tastes, and even a ready made cocktail to take home. If you can’t pick it up yourself, you can use some of the delivery services, but when you go to the restaurant directly, they keep all of the money.


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