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holiday is Halloween, I love the voodoo and music of New Orleans and the art of Dio De Los Muertos and all of the music and events that go with it. No Halloween is without a pilgrimage to Disneyland and experience the fun there. This probably explains our October cover created my Michael J Mangano and the cast of characters we have here that bring this all home. Heck, our own house is on the Omega Nu Halloween Tour. It’s not just the art and the music, but it is the taste of October that makes it so special. Everything smells and feels better when it turns to fall. Chef Dana treats us to some amazing fall cuisine with some of my favorite butter nut squash and pumpkin flavors and we even have a Harvest Festival downtown on the 17th. And of course this month ends with some seriously haunted cocktails from our fave local watering holes and a trip to Minnie’s is as close as you can get to Tortuga for some voodoos and zombies. Ah yes, I love this time of year and hope you do too. But wait, there’s more. The music of October is especially amazing as we get ready for the 16th annual Modesto Area Music Awards. Over 22 award categories 240 nominees and a night of music that is unique to most cities in American. But yes, here in Modesto USA we have fabulous talent and so many great musicians, singers and songwriters. Please watch the live-cast of the MAMAs on October 20th, right here on www.modestoview.com and experience the variety and watch live as the winners are announced. Our music community is so much more than our music, it is our network of friends that are the best anywhere. As our region was ravaged by fire, it was our music community that rallied to raise funds, play benefit shows both here in in the mountains, and collected much needed supplies and delivered them to the fire zone. I could not be any more proud to consider these folk my friends and
am so happy that we all can help. The music community here in Modesto is part of the fabric of our community and this is one of the reasons that Modesto is truly special and why we live here. Great things to do, places to be and amazing people. It really doesn’t get better. Thanks especially to Jennifer and Mike Allsup for always being there for everyone and we are happy to support them. ModestoView and Sierra Pacific are such great support for our city. This month is happening! The Northern California Women’s Music festival goes live from downtown Modesto October 23 and 24. There are a core group that have worked so hard, including Victoria Boyington, who besides being a mother of 8, is in three bands and is coordinating this festival. When we wanted our support and we were in and are proud to help bring Lita Ford to Modesto so that this weekend will be a celebration of women in music and a crucial part of our music community. On October 9th, we wrap up the One Purpose Scholarship fundraising program. We need to create a new generation of college educated kids that go to our local CSU Stanislaus and we need to create the jobs that keep them here in our region. We need the talent and the drive
of our next generation. If I haven’t reached out to you yet, please email me if you can make a contribution. You can help us change our community. Special huge October greetings to the local business that help make ModestoView possible. ModestoView lives because of our amazing ViewCrew that cares so much about our community. ModestoView has become the largest monthly magazine in our region because we are talking about the things that make our city good and because we have wonderful local businesses that want to make a difference. Do me a favor, please read through this issue and make sure that when you shop, you go to these places and support them. We all have to team up to show that Modesto is a great place to live. Please let me know what you like about ModestoView, and what we can do better. We want to be the resource you need for good Modesto living. Thanks Chris Murphy Publisher/Founder ModestoView email@example.com
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ello there Modesto! October is here and soon your homes will be surrounded by little kids dressed like Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump. These tiny wound-up bandits will be insistent that you give them sugary snacks to fuel their annual reign of terror. Stay firm and resolute. Don’t let the cute ones empty your bowl. I hope that everyone out there is doing well. I’m still alive here in front of my magic computer machine. At the moment my pet Chihuahua is looking at me like I have lost my mind because I gave her a few extra treats this morning. That makes her happy and keeps her off my lap while I try to type. Let’s talk street art - Modesto is hungry for art and I have proof (although completely unscientific) of this. I base my proof on the fact that we have received an absolute ton of positive engagement from content that we have posted featuring local artists and their work over the last month. It is evident that people love the color, style, grand size and raw talent that are combined to create some of the pieces that have popped up in Modesto over the last couple of years. The key in my opinion to the success of all this is good old-fashioned responsibility and respect. Nobody wants to walk outside and find spray-painted scribble on their fences and walls. That is always a bummer. What people like about the new art in Modesto is that much of it is done with permission. Boards have been put together. Artists have been scouted. Businesses have been given the chance to put their buildings on display. This is all incredibly organized for something that
comes down to an artist wielding a paintbrush or spray can with a crazed, dedicated look in their eye. And this is how it should be. If you are looking to get involved in the local street art movement, find the Classic Community Murals and Murals in Motown pages on Facebook. Send a message to the administrator of one or both pages expressing your interest. As it stands financial contributions are always needed along with volunteers, artists and ideas. If you have a vision of a 100 foot-tall Yoda painted on the side of the DoubleTree let it be known! You never know what might happen, right? I’m still trying to get the idea of a Chris Murphy mural painted onto the Gallo Center passed by a few key board members. Everyone needs a goal. Thanks to the big dogs at Peer Recovery Art, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, Wells Fargo Bank, Chris Ricci Presents and others for putting their wallets and hearts into making our city a more vivid and inviting place. This is a big deal folks. Art brings community together. Have a freakishly haunted Halloween and enjoy your families. Smile as often as possible. Be thankful that you live in such an awesome community. Contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have story ideas or suggestions.
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GO MODESTO Trick or Treat by Jim Christiansen Modesto’s Annual International Festival Saturday, Oct 3rd, 11am-5pm
Trick or Treat and Happy Birthday to me come up this month. For artists entering the 2016 Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, the treat is the Early Bird entry discount of $10 off the $75 registration fee if completed by Halloween. An artist registration meeting is being held for Open Studio October 3 at Mistlin Gallery, 6 to 8 pm. Registration forms will be available. . Final application date is January 15, 2016. For more information see www. stanislausAOS.wordpress.com October 17 is my birthday, and you can join the party by visiting me at Rancho De Los Gatos Locos way out Blue Gum Avenue 11 am to 5 pm, during the Wood Colony Community Fair. I was invited to show with my friends Andrew Walther and Alice Kinser in their eclectic gallery on what is also known as the Walther Ranch. it’s a treat to show with them at home, where Andrew will have his interesting constructions to view, and more. This is the annual Fall Show at Rancho De Los Gatos, so Art is for sale. We are on the Wood Colony Community Fair Ranch map at 6749 Blue Gum. Maps available at the central event location at Hart-Ransom Elementary School, 9 am to 3 pm. This same weekend, at the Escalon Public Library, the Oak Valley Art Society annual Fall Show, also known as The Carriage Show, will be held October 17 and 18. This is a juried show with paid awards, with receiving October 15 and 16. Juror is Dan Petersen. Also October 17 is the Harvest Festival downtown Modesto, on 1010 Tenth Street Plaza are. And if that weren’t enough, Merced Art Hop is also October 17. Organic Designs opens October 14 at Carnegie Arts Center, as a companion show to Fall
MJC East Campus A day of cultural celebration - a family-orientated event showcasing the many cultures of the area through music and dance, with special activities for the kids, cultural booths, food booths and more. Admission is free. For more info visit internationalfestivalmodesto.org exhibition of Alphonse Mucha. The Lobby Galleries will feature works on the theme, Organic Designs. Artists have submitted work that reflects an inspiration from any organic, natural or botanical sources. Show runs through January 15. Celebrating the Figure continues at Mistlin Gallery until October 9, then gives way to the Annual Memorial Hospital Art Therapy exhibition October 13. Downtown Modesto Third Thursday is October 15. New map has some new stops to check out. Carolyn Huff Photography Studio at K and 13th will feature Art Quilter Sue Siefkin. Trevino Barber Shop has taken over the old Gallery 909 address and art walk map spot. My favorite this month was walking in on the Body Painting demo by Gerard Alatorre at Still Smoking. I presume they will have new models and designs this month. Tammy Jo Schoppet and Nicole Slater will open a joint showing of 2gether over at the Chartreuse Muse this month. A combination of ceramics, paintings, and mixed media and I’m not sure what else, by two of our areas most energetic artists. Other events to note, Merced Art
Hop Pub Crawl and Fundraiser will be October 9. Artists will be showing at the Northern California Women’s Songwriters Festival. I have art up at Hinkley Optometric on 16th, some work at Papachino’s and adding to the hall way gallery at Barkin Dog Grill. Livingston Harvest Festival also has art, open October 2. Support Local Artists.
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A Time to Perform in October by Kaye Osborn
Our valley is filled with talent! What a joy it
is to support local artists! I am currently collaborating with a very talented actor/teacher/ director- David Braga. David and I co-directed several musicals at Lakewood School. Now, we will be directing K-8th grade students from Stanislaus Union School District in Aladdin for two shows in October at Prescott Junior High School. It will be a magical and memorable experience for all to enjoy. If you have a theatrical event happening, please send information to Modesto View at email@example.com Check out the other opportunities available in our neck of the woods! Center Stage Conservatory Lower Studio Orphans: Oct. 16- Nov. 1 8 PM Friday/Sat. 2 PM Sunday $15 general $10 for students with ID Prescott Junior High School, Stanislaus Union Aladdin Saturday Oct. 24: 11 AM and 1 PM
Cost: a can of food, a pair of new socks for children, a new children’s book For more information contact Kaye Osborn: firstname.lastname@example.org Gallo Center for the Arts Susan Marie Frontczak as Clara Barton October 1: 7:30 PM LA Theatre Works: Bram Stoker’s Dracula Oct. 4: 4 PM Annie Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 7 PM The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe Oct. 10: 2 PM and 7 PM Central West Ballet: Legend of Sleepy Hollow Oct. 16: 7:30 PM and Oct. 17: 7:30 PM Second Saturday at the McHenry Museum The 1918 Flu Pandemic with Larry Dorman 2 PM (free)
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Fa l l i n t o D e s s e r t ! by Dana Johnson FB: Dana’s Family Kitchen FOX40: See Chef Dana every 1st Friday of the month
I tend to get a bit bummed out when I go to my favorite produce places and all of the juicy fruits of summer are scarce and temperatures start to cool. Yes, as much as I’ve enjoyed the past summer I must embrace the winds of change as I fall into dessert! Aaaah, as the season changes so do the local menus! Verona’s Italian Cucina is a prime example of where we can find the flavors of fall. They had me at pumpkin crème brulee! A little over a year ago Modesto View’s own Chris Murphy sent me to do a Chef View article at Verona’s. I had dined there before and like it quite a bit. Modesto View’s Jennifer Allsup joined me for her 1st time there, yep she was hooked! I got to spend a good amount of time with owners; Edwarda and (Executve Chef) Jaime Alderete, I love that we share the same passion for fine Italian food. I have been fortunate to occasionally do catering jobs for them. Edwarda’s sister, Rosemary has renewed my faith in old school hospitality as she is most efficient from beginning to end heading up the catering jobs. Jaime’s parents also work part time at the restaurant, making it oh so family friendly. So book now for the holiday season as we will travel to your home or business and provide you with amazing cuisine and stellar full service! Also, if you prefer the warm ambiance of the restaurant, again book in advance for the holidays as those reservations can fill up quick! Available via opentable.com where Verona’s received the Diner’s Choice Award, Congrats! See Yelp, too! No wonder Verona’s has been in business for 16 years when Chef Jaime is preparing so many seasonal specials alongside his traditional menu. If you are of legal drinking age, I suggest starting out with a fall flavor cocktail such as a chocolate or espresso martini, a café Verona, or an Italian Kiss! Hey, that’s a drinkie, not a direct invitation lol! Butternut squash soup from scratch will also be found on the fall menu. The entrees for fall are simply divine; Pumpkin ravioli, butternut squash ravioli, and osso buco is an Italian dish made with veal shank containing marrowbone, stewed in wine with vegetables and seasonings, so Dana~licious! Other popular specials are the portofolio chicken with chicken, smoked mozzarella, prosciutto, and
Recipe: pesto. Chicken mattone (brick cooked chicken) Brussel sprouts, bacon, spinach, and sweet potato puree. Try the linguini carbonara mad with guanciale (pork jowls, dried & cured!) white wine, cream peas on truffle poached eggs! Now that’s fine dining with Dana~licious style! Dessert! Oh Edwarda you have out done yourself and my waistline! Pumpkin crème brulee with house made sugar candy was yummy, the espresso panna cotta was a surprisingly ultrasmooth texture and flavor, and the caramel cheesecake with the apple compote, well, I’ll admit this, try and share it with me & it won’t be pretty! Enjoy these decadent fall desserts with a nice variety of cordials on the menu! Next time the Vin Santo poached pear is high on my list, too! What a delightful workday for me to find dear friends and local business owners, Carla and Greg Ciccerelli of Dream Dinners & Ciccerelli
Jewelers dining on a Monday afternoon with their daughter Alex (who also works in the family business) at Verona’s before they were going to take in a movie. They told me how they have followed Chef Jaime’s fine Italian cuisine for years. They also loved to be greeted by Edwarda, had Amanda as their outstanding server, and in the kitchen were 2nd Chef Daniel Antior, while Chef Jaime personally came over to the table to ensure everything was to their liking! That is Modesto service at its best! Modesto View’s signature question: Beatles or Stones was asked to Chef Jaime before and he gave me the wrong answer, so I decided to not chance it again! So, to be clear, “Dana~licious, Beatles or Stones?” Hands down, no brainer, all pure, without hesitation, and no doubt whatsoever… ROLLING STONES!!! (Publisher’s note: I detect a little Stones pressure of Chef Jaime?)
Dana~licious Pumpkin Pizza 1 ready made pizza dough tube 14 oz. canned pumpkin 1 peeled & thinly sliced apples 1 c. grated havarti cheese 2 tsp. all spice Roll out dough, spread pumpkin. Evenly distribute apples and cheese. Sprinkle all spice over pizza. Bake according to package directions. Optional: Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream! Mmmm sooooo Dana~licious!
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The Bluegrass Is Greener
by Aaron Rowan
ctober brings us much to celebrate in the northern California musical landscape. There’s the always phenomenal Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at SF’s Golden Gate Park the first weekend of this month, and a stellar annual music conference in Mariposa county - the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat - the following weekend. I’m looking forward to soaking in a day or two of both of these weekend extravaganzas, and a whole lot of diverse music and arts offerings here at home. The ongoing Modesto Unplugged/ModestoView concert series ‘Live In The Cellar,’ held at Greens On Tenth, features two events this month. First up, on Friday 10/9, is something of a spinoff series called ‘The Bluegrass Is Greener.’ We’ll be featuring veteran bluegrass artist Kathy Kallick and her band, fresh off the release of their brand new album. Kathy has been leading bands in the traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass since 1975, and continues to evolve as one of the genre’s extraordinary composers and vocalists. She has won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on ‘True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe.’ Concert starts at 8 PM in the cellar at Greens (953 10th St.) and admission is $20. Our goal is to make bluegrass a greater part of the Modesto Unplugged programming, so look for future offerings of top-notch California bluegrass talent soon. The following Friday, 10/16, we welcome the South Lake Tahoe duo of Anne Roos and Seán Cummings. Anne’s repertoire on the Celtic harp ranges from the expected - traditional Celtic, early Renaissance, folk, world and classical music - to the unexpected - Broadway standards, movie themes, country, classic rock and more. Seán Cummings, ‘The Tahoe Bagpiper,’ brings over 30 years performing experience and seven generations of clan tradition to play the music and tell the story of Scottish highland bagpipe. Doors open at 7 PM and music starts at 8. $15 general, $20 reserved front-row seating. Reservations can be made for both cellar concerts by calling us at 209-543-5306. Friday 10/2, local outlaw country songwriters Roy Dean and Chris Ward join forces with Sissy Brown (on tour from Oklahoma) for a lively evening at the Cow Track Lounge, 850 N. Yosemite Ave. in Oakdale, starting at 9 PM. Saturday 10/17, Townsend Opera presents Op-
era Remix: A Music & Verse Event, at the State Theater. It’s a unique live performance combining opera and slam poetry, featuring the Central Valley premiere of Philip Glass & Allen Ginsberg’s chamber opera ‘Hydrogen Jukebox,’ as well as performances of original work by Modestobased poets. Doors are at 6:30; performance at 7:30. An openmic afterparty will follow at 9:30. General admission ($10), reserved seating ( $25) and all-access passes ($75) are available through Townsend Opera at 209-523-6426. Sunday 10/18, the Sunday Afternoons At CBS series continues at Congregation Beth Shalom (1705 Sherwood Ave.) at 3 PM. Rabbi Shalom
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and friends will be leading an afternoon of traditional and modern Jewish music, original songs, and music from his influences including Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Grateful Dead. An Oktoberfest-style brew tasting will accompany the show. $25 general, $20 seniors/students, $7 children. More info at www.sundaysatcbs. com. Saturday 10/31 - The Wrong Doers throw their annual Halloween dance party at the Prospect Theatre, 1214 K St., to benefit the Center For Human Services as well at the Prospect Theatre Project. You can dance the night away to their rocking countrypunk sounds starting at 8 PM. Admission is $10.
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THE MAMAs ARE COMING! by Chris Murphy
The 2015 MAMA awards will be such a big
Top- Gregori Band plays with Modesto Super Group Music legend Roddy Jackson wins a MAMA for Rockabilly Marirose Powell and the Gypsies perform Ron Meyer Jr. and Rachelle Silva are dressed up for this annual celebration of music. There are over 230 Nominees for the MAMAs this year! Wow. Please click on our vote page to see all of the nominees at: www.modestoareamusic.com You will be blown away how much talent we have and there are links that lead to their band and venue information. Please check it out and support local music.
celebration. We turn sweet 16! It is so crazy that some of the bands that are nominated, their members weren’t even born when Chris Ricci and I created the MAMAs way back in 2000. This is a celebration all musicians and bands and serves to created awareness of our amazing local music scene. Modesto has such a rich culture of music and we are really excited to add Latino Rock this year and hope to reach out more over the next few years. Music is one of the most exciting ways where our culture mixes, especially how many young Latinos are embracing the art and music of Rockabilly, a music that has it’s roots here in Modesto. This is just the start and we are stoked about where we are going. Modesto has amazing talent. As evidenced by the huge list of nominees in over 15 music genres, we are really fortunate to have these music makers in our area. We still have work to do. The Modesto Area Music Associate is a strong advocate for live music and works with the City of Modesto to encourage live music venues and music friendly polices. Music, culture and the arts make our city more desirable for young professionals, CEOS and other people who want to make Modesto their home or to visit. It is a vital part of our future economy and needs to be embraced and supported by local government and business. This is a key part of what is often
GO MODESTO Second Annual Battle of the Paddles Friday, Oct. 9th, 6pm Modesto Centre Plaza.
Adults are invited to play at the second annual Battle of Paddles, a ping pong tournament and game night befitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County. Thirty-two teams of
called “vibrancy”. This year, we celebrate the lifetime achievement of the Ratz. The Ratz were part of the 60s explosion here in Modesto. The central valley had great run of bands during the Summer of Love and Gary Grubb (Duncan) of the Ratz went on to lead Quicksilver Messenger Service and became one of the iconic bands around the world with hits well into the 70s with their mega hit Fresh Air. The Ratz still perform today and just recently performed a concert fundraiser for the George Rogers Park. Ratz member Patrick Durr is also in Homegrown, that was honored with the first Lifetime MAMA at the inaugural 2000 Awards show. The MAMAs are an evening of celebration and is unique that musicians, radio DJs, event promoters and venue operators of all genres gather to celebrate each other. The MAMAs will feature over 12 live performances and will present 23 awards at the State Theatre on October 20, beginning at 7 pm. Each MAMA winner receives the iconic Car Hop steel trophy designed by Becky Murphy and made by Beeler Industries. MAMA Awards are selected by the people and voting is open at www.modestoareamusic.com The MAMAs are not only a way to celebrate top performers, but to introduce the huge spectrum of music to the people of our region. The MAMAs are invitation only and will be streamed live at www.modestoview.com
two will compete for a perpetual trophy. Those attending will be able to try their hand at darts and other games or can just enjoy the artwork – done by Club Kids – and the food and bar stations. Also, ModestoView Publisher Chris Murphy will be the MC Referee for the evening for Battle of the Paddles. Battle of the Paddles is open to those 21 and older. Admission is $100 per person. For more information contact Laura Ward, chairwoman, Battle of the Paddles, (209) 549-2765 or email@example.com
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Support local non-proﬁtsNorthern Californian Women’s Music Festival 2015 by Jennifer Allsup
The director of The Northern California
Women’s Music Festival and our fearless leader, Victoria Boyington, has set quite a precedent for women in the Stanislaus County music community. Victoria started out on a small scale last year creating a festival with some local and regional acts at the Prospect Theater in Modesto. This year, Victoria’s team has jumped into national acts for the 2015 Northern California Women’s Music Festival, which will be held on Oct 23rd and 24th with many talented musical artists, comediennes and poets. Day one starts at 7 pm at the Fat Cat Music House and Lounge and includes performances by Gillian Wegener, Virginia Madueno, Elizabeth Sousa, Gloria Magana, Rhea Butcher, and headliner Cameron Esposito. Our musical acts for the night Aeb (L.A. area), Kayla Just and Grammy nominated Calico. Day two of the festival is an all-day event. From 10:30 am to 4:30 pm there will be artists performing in such venues as Tresetti’s World Café in the wine room, Barkin’ Dog Grill, and Fat Cat Music House and Lounge. This portion of the event is open to all ages and we look forward to seeing many family members sharing their love of music with their young ones. In fact, there will be music workshops available for youngsters to attend which will be taught by the one and only Tracy Bonham. A third workshop will be taught by Emma Back for women of all ages. The Barkin’ Dog will start the day out with artists Lindi Day, Emma Back, Iraya Cress, Matrix, Josephine Johnson, Amy Obeinski, The Fun Strummers, LoveCore, The Sensations, The Vortex Tribe, and The Rainbow Girls. Tresetti’s Wine Room will have artists Arielle, Hannah Kyle, Mattea Overstreet, Dani Poppit, Bryce Hitchcock, Shaylin Nichole, Lauren Wakefield, Sandra Dolores & Ruby Jaye, and Francesca Bavaro. The Fat Cat Music House and Lounge day performers will be
Maddy Hudson, Christine Simpson, Marirose & the Gypsies, Randy Mandy Band, Lillie Lemon, Direct Divide, Dirty Cello, and The Witch and The Wicked Two. The Main Stage inside the Fat Cat Lounge becomes a 21 & over show at 5 pm for the night portion of the festival. Performing will be Megan Slankard, Barbara Dane, Go Betty Go, Tracy Bonham, Lucy Angel, The Dollyrots, and headlining will be the talented and sexy Lita Ford. For ticket information to the shows, workshops, and meet and greet events with Lita Ford and other artists, please check out our website: northerncaliforniawomensmusicfestival.com or check out our Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. We are a non-profit 501(c), helping empower young women to be involved in music, arts and business. NCWMF also has partnered up with Soundgirls.org and Camp Reel Stories. Hope to see you at the show where the women will Rock!
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HOPE HAVEN WEST
Dr. Joseph F. Sheley President California State University Stanislaus By Chris Murphy
he central valley of California has been known for decades to be synonymous with hard work and values from agriculture, culture and education. CSU Stanislaus continues that theme by offering a world-class education mixed with the no-nonsense work ethic to produce outstanding students who are becoming tomorrow’s leaders. The campus is growing in enrollment and stature and is under the guidance of an excellent forward thinking President. An alumnus of Sacramento State, Joseph Sheley returned to his alma mater in 1996 after serving as a faculty member in sociology for 21 years at Tulane University where he also held the positions of chair of the Department of Sociology and faculty head of the University Senate. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sheley was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sac State as the Distinguished Alumni Awards recipient in April 2012. In 2015, Money magazine ranked Stanislaus the No. 1 public university in the nation for helping students exceed expectation. These high marks in the Money magazine rankings mirror the U.S. News & World Report, which placed the University among the top 10 four-year schools in the country in serving Hispanic students. I am a proud CSU Stanislaus alumus (BCIS ’84) and fondly remember my college experience. I loved computer programming and coding, worked at Mom’s, enjoyed the school life, rode my bike to school and realized what a bang for the buck I got for my education. I hope that we can encourage more people to experience the value of a college education and our community needs to rally around our top ranked University. Smart cities and regions need a well-educated population. Let’s meet Joe Sheley. ModestoView: At what point in your life did you realize you wanted a career in education? Joseph Sheley: I got the bug during my senior year in college. I was lucky to have professors who were really engaged in their field, and I liked what I saw. They encouraged me to do graduate work, and thus began a long career.
To contribute to One Purpose, please visit www.csustan.edu/one-purpose and use Chris Murphy as team member Iheart MV: You see the gem that we have here with CSU Stanislaus, what do you think makes it so special in the network of CSU campuses? JS: Stanislaus State has been a gem for a long time, but it was a hidden gem. People are now beginning to realize that it a special place. A size and scale that promote individual growth, big enough to afford privacy, small enough to recognize the individual. A beautiful campus. A very good faculty and a dedicated staff. Most important: a university experience that provides the foundation for life and career. All CSUs do this, but we do it especially well. MV: CSU Stanislaus was ranked as the #1 university for exceeding expectations by Money Magazine; what does this mean to you and your team? JS: That honor is a huge source of pride. It means that we are doing more than offering a curriculum. Instead, we know that our students most often are the first in their families to attend college. They come to Stan State without the confidence and generational advice that more traditional students have. Our faculty and staff aim to build self-confidence and strength in the basics without cutting corners. That’s the
heart of the value-added Stan education for which we are ranked so high. MV: As a student, what do you think means most in their college experience at Stanislaus? JS: The quality of our academic experience is very high. But what puts us over the top is the opportunity for students, living on and off campus, to engage in the broader university life. All the research points to engagement as the key to success -- student government, music, athletics, residence life, clubs, peer mentoring, etc. Whatever the choice, growth, confidence, communication, social awareness, and organizational skills come from engagement outside the classroom. MV: Stanislaus has a unique combination of commuter students and those that live on campus, do you think that this enhances the experience for each kind of Student? JS: It is true that, technically, the majority of our students commute. But their experience is not drive-on, drive-off. They remain on campus throughout the day for both classes and nonacademic experiences. They study together,
work on extracurricular projects, socialize. In most ways, it is difficult to distinguish the commuter from the residential student. Few other universities achieve this as we do. MV: What are your key goals for the Stanislaus in the next five years? JS: Our focus is upon strengthening advising before as well as after students begin college. We want to work with our K-12 and community college partners to make sure that families understand that college is financially within reach and that, with early attention to the basics, their children can enter college truly ready to compete. This will help with our overriding goal: produce more college graduates for the region. MV: Attracting new students and keeping them in school is a very important goal, how does the One Purpose Scholarship program break new ground in this effort. JS: One Purpose affirms for our students that their hard work is understood and appreciated by our community. A One Purpose gift also represents an investment in the future of our region. Most of our students come from the region and likely will remain as part of an incredibly talented professional workforce that will attract business investment in the region. MV: If you had unlimited budget, what would be the one big thing you would bring to the Stanislaus Campus? JS: If I had to choose only one thing, it would be stronger attention to writing. Good writing skills encompass everything that an individual needs to make a difference in life and in employment: strong communication, critical thinking, economy, adaptability, nuance. The knowledge base matters, but employers really value the capacity to adapt and communicate. MV: When you are not leading your campus, describe your ideal day. JS: Getting away, spending time with my wife, Bernadette, watching baseball. MV: Beatles or Stones? JS: I like the Beatles.... but always the Stones.
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Modesto Gospel Mission: A Beacon of Hope and Self-Improvement
Anyone can say they have a solution to the homeless problem, but it’s easy to forget that each individual and each family has their own problems, their own stories, that aren’t so simple to fix. Modesto Gospel Mission understands this, serving Modesto’s homeless community and taking the stance of empowerment, not enablement, to help the downtrodden back on their feet. What began as a soup kitchen in 1948, funded by one of the first Billy Graham Crusades, has evolved and expanded into what it is today: a shelter not funded by the government, but by faithful donors and fundraising events that offers programs most government-run shelters couldn’t dream of. Executive Director Kevin Carroll says the job is a calling, and that he’s happy to work in such a benevolent town. “It’s always been a giving city. I love Modesto; I love the community and what it has to offer.” Firefighter, probation officer, ambulance
By Nick Silva driver, past Director for the Teen Challenge program in Oakland, Kevin has spent his life raising the bar for civil service. Modesto Gospel Mission is raising the bar too, with a medical clinic, a year-round Children and Youth Center that’s open to the public, forklift, GED, and Food Safe certification programs that are also open to the public, an educational employment program, art therapy with Stanislaus Family Justice Center, and will soon have a dentist clinic, all within a one block radius. The Mission holds anywhere from 175 people a day up, with 30-day emergency shelters for men and women, a women and children shelter, and a shelter for fathers with children. They also have a new life program for people struggling with substance abuse and other issues, and a long-term 120-day program for people trying to obtain a job and get housing.
On Thanksgiving they gave jackets, scarves, and other winter clothing, along with Thanksgiving dinner enough for 1900 people, and on Christmas they had a line for gifts that stretched over ½ mile long. Those that stay at the shelter give back in their own way, making sure facilities are clean and even make jam in the Food Safe kitchen to raise money for the mission, and in return they get a clean change of clothes and sheets and three meals a day. Donors with special skills donate their time as well as money, helping tutor in educational programs and providing dental and medical services. The cycle of empowerment is evident, as 85% of their staff has come through their programs. All of this is sustained by the hearts and wallets of the community, with 144,000 volunteer hours logged last year alone, and fundraisers held year round, such as A Night of Hope Benefit Concert, featuring Dove Award nominated Danny Gokey. Danny Gokey is also the founder of Sophia’s Heart, a non-profit organization dedicated to
helping children and families who have been affected by poverty, sickness, broken homes and broken dreams. The concert is on Wednesday, October 28, at the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater inside the Gallo Center. Tickets are $25-$35 online at www.galloarts.org, or in person at the Gallo Center. Groups of 10 or more receive 15% off. The pre-show reception starts at 5:30pm, and includes a silent auction, and appetizers prepared by Modesto’s top chefs. The benefit concert will help fund the expansion of the Mission’s women and children shelter, which is according to Kevin, the growing population of homeless people in Modesto. Modesto Gospel Mission doesn’t have all the answers, and cannot singlehandedly solve the homeless problem in Modesto, but they are doing the best they can to impact the lives of those in need. “I have the best job in the world,” says Kevin, “because I get to see people come in and change.”
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by Brandilyn Brown
hen we think of ghost hunters, we usually think about groups going to truly haunted places like Alcatraz or the Winchester Mystery House, but Modesto boasts of it’s own ghostly haunts, too. There are rumors that there is a ghost who whispers in the McHenry Mansion, that there is a spirit who paces the Dry Creek Trail in mourning of the land, and the most interesting story is that strange things happen in Davis Park at exactly 3:33am. None of those could be confirmed by my own personal research, but I did meet some very cool people in my investigation of Modesto’s paranormal activities! Keith Clifton and his wife Pam, run the Nourishment for the Soul Wellness Center on Santa Barbara, in Modesto. Keith often helps spirits move on from this realm, and if they decide to stay, helps the spirit live harmoniously with the humans who come into contact with it. Although he doesn’t go “hunting” for ghosts necessarily, his spiritual work often brings him into contact with them. As a Master Reiki Practitioner, spirits seem to be drawn to him, and he does his best to help them be calm and find peace. He has cleared several residences in his time in Modesto, but none of them were the scary kind of ghosts we think of, but rather spirits likely lost, confused or attached to our world. For more information on his group, visit the Facebook page https://www. facebook.com/Nourishment-For-The-Soul-Wellness-Center. A few days later, I contacted the Ghost Hunting & Paranormal Research USA group. (Feel free to contact him on the facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ModestoGhostHunting). Ryan Privee runs the group and is a local psychic medium, who often finds himself communicating with those who have passed on. He has conducted many hunts over the years, mostly at local haunts like the cemeteries in Modesto and Ceres, and in Sonora, Sloughhouse Inn and most recently, Byron. He has also investigated the shop Daydreams and Nightmares, where he took this picture with a distinctive faint blue fuzzy blob over the chair. Looks like an apparition to me! He invited me to go to the Acacia cemetery in Modesto. I joined him on a Saturday evening at dusk to try to capture an apparition on film or a voice on an EVP, because his past hunts at Acacia have been successful. He took this picture of a tomb, with one random pink orb on the left side during one of this hunts there. After a few hours walking around Acacia, spending ample time at new gravesites with the recorder, we didn’t come up with anything concrete, though on two recordings there were muffled noises. One on recording we asked the young gentleman how he died, and we think we heard the word “driving”, and the other was what sounded like a little girl humming a song. We also captured what may or may be an apparition on the right side of this tombstone. What do you think?! Share your ghost stories with us on facebook, and share your photos on twitter with #modestoview
The Third Annual Day Of The Dead Street Festival Oct 24th 11am-11:30pm Red Event Center, 921 8th Street, Modesto The festival procession which starts at 11am will be a family event, free to all who attend. The procession will leave from St. Stanislaus Church. The dinner and dance will be $30 per person. There will be a contests for best altar, decorated table and costume. For more information call 209-303-2664.
Zombie Train: Evacuation The Zombie Train is debuting a brand new experience, “Evacuation”, on the Sacramento River Train. The world is different on the Zombie Train. The infection has spread, cities are in ruin, and ammunition is scarce. Survivors have taken to the rails as their only means of escape. From October 3 to November 7, the Zombie Train will be evacuating its riders on a quest for safety. On these 40-minute trips, safety may be hard to find with zombie encounters on and off the train! Oh no! This experience is family friendly–just be sure to use discretion when deciding if your child is up for a spooky time. Prices start at $25 for child, $35 for adult, $45 for the adultonly car. To purchase tickets go to sierradinnertrain.com.
Goodnight Moon by Sam Pierstorff
Award winning ninja poet and MJC English Professor and Poet Laureate- ModestoView
From outside the window, it must look like a crime is underway: late night, shades drawn, scattered light flickering like fireflies inside the room. But it’s only my son lighting up every storyboo page with his new flashlight and stabbing my eyes with the sun-end of his plastic torch. His aim is poor and the light skims the walls, ceilings, zips across the carpet like a swooping hawk. We’re near the end of Goodnight Moon, where the old lady whispers “hush,” and he lights her up— the old matronly mouse rocking in her chair— a comb, a brush, a bowl full of mush within reach on her end table. Then the picture book darkens as night grows older and not even his new turtle-head flashlight can brighten these pages enough to stop the slow fall of his eyelids past his eyes like the moon eclipsing the sun.
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Halloween Events October is a family-friendly time to celebrate the change to cooler weather, leaves falling from the trees, bountiful harvests of squash & apples, when the air is filled with the smell of cinnamon. Let’s go out and do something new this Halloween season!
Omega Nu Halloween Home Tour Saturday, October 10th, 11am-3pm Tour four amazing homes, decorated in spooktacularly bootiful fashion. These homes range from the whimsical to traditional harvest style. Guests will be treated to homemade treats at each house. Contact your favorite Omega Nu Member to purchase tickets at 209-606-9033. For more info, visit omeganumodesto.org. Tix are $35 each
Zombie Walk Saturday, Oct 10th, 4pm-7pm The Courthouse Park, Sonora What is a zombie walk, you ask? It’s exactly what it sounds like. A group of undead enthusiasts get together, somewhere in a public place and act like zombies for a few hours. The “Walking Dead Sonora” is in it’s fourth year and has grown like any proper apocalypse should. This event sees over 250 zombies and onlookers every year that meet at The Courthouse Park. Sonora is located in the heart of gold country. Non-zombies (onlookers) are always welcome, bring your smartphone or camera and snap away! There will also a free make-up booth and a costume contest! For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Annual Harvest Festival Saturday, October 17th, 10am-3pm 10th Street Plaza, Downtown Modesto Free event filled with fun for everyone! Check out the pumpkin patch, participate in the pumpkin decorating contest, chomp on some kettle corn, listen to live local music, enjoy the craft fair, watch the pie eating contest and chef demos, wrapped up with a Classic Car Show.
7th Annual All Hallows Faire October 24th 12pm-11pm & 25th 11am-6pm This year, it is a costume invasion as Episode 7 strikes back! This is a rain or shine event. The Faire is deeply rooted in the beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a modern Halloween. Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies including Star Wars and Beetlejuice will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! Music provided by the Wicked Tinkers, Pine Box Boys, & The Black Irish Band. Enchanted creatures include a fire-breathing dragon and a giant rocking horse. Be sure to visit the swamp with belly dancers, the St. Andrew’s Noble Order of Royal Scot’s Court, and the Viking camp. An all-ages costume contest that is sure to please, alongside a scavenger hunt for kids to win a pumpkin. Tickets are $16 at the gate Saturday and Sunday $15. For more information visit allhallowsfaire.com
The Summoning Friday, October 30th 7pm Chris Ricci presents along with Nightlife Entertainment, Beat Happy! Music, Pierce Promotions: The Summoning III: the Central Valley’s biggest Halloween street festival. Featuring live music (Punk/Alternative/Metal/Hip Hop) and DJs on 7 stages, the Summoning is the must-go-to event of the fall. Dress up in your best costume for a chance to WIN $2,000 in prize money. Rain or Shine, it is the place to be.
The Steam House Halloween Masquerade October 31st from 6pm to 11pm Charity Way Ballroom, 645 Charity Way, Modesto $25 per person. 21+ event only. Live music, dancing, a buffet dinner, and no-host bar. There are limited tickets available, so get yours today at steamhousecoffeeco.com. Tickets will not be available at the door. All costumes are welcome, but SteamPunk/Victorian/Gothic are highly encouraged! For more information visit steamhousecoffeeco.com.
Boys and Girl’s Club’s Haunted Museum Oct. 23 and 24, and Oct. 28 to 30, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. McHenry Museum, 14th and I streets, downtown Modesto The Haunted Museum features seven themed rooms, costumed performers, Halloween crafts, a pumpkin roll and a variety of games in the Arcade. $5 per person, with children under 5 admitted free. They are available at the McHenry Museum Gift Shop, the Boys & Girls Clubs office, the City of Modesto Parks & Recreation Department, and F&M Bank, at 3001 McHenry Ave. They also will be sold at the door, and can be purchased online at bit.ly/HauntedMuseum_2015Tickets.
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Less Tricks, More Treats by Nick Silva
Halloween is a time of ghoulishness and scares, but there are still some scares you want to avoid. That’s why we at Modesto View want to help you and your family have the safest trick-or-treating experience you can, with our list of 10 dos and don’ts on All Hallows Eve.
Have an adult. It’s always safer to have some adult supervision from a parent or guardian, at the very least to prevent their candy from being stolen by those pesky ne’er-do-wells next door (you’re not getting me this year!) Safety in numbers. If your kids do go trick-or-treating without supervision, it’s much safer to go out in a pack than to go alone. Make sure you know who they’re going with, you don’t want your own younglings turning into ne’er-do-wells themselves! Avoid unlit houses. The porch light is the universal signal for trick-or-treating participation. If the light is off, more than likely they’ve run out of candy or they’re just not in the Halloween spirit. Even if the house is well lit, never go inside. Stick to the sidewalk. Just because you’re dressed as the Man of Steel, doesn’t mean you can take steel head on! Carry a flashlight. It’s best to have some sort of light when you’re walking around in the dark so drivers can avoid squishing you. If you’re wearing all dark clothing, you should have something reflective, such as shoes made for night jogging, or even reflective tape visibly on yourself. Test makeup. Before you lather your whole face in costume makeup, be sure to put a small amount somewhere on you to make sure your skin won’t react negatively. You also want to wash it off before you go to bed. Wear costumes that fit. Loose clothing and masks that are hard to see out of are a tripping hazard. It’s better to get your costume early to make sure it all fits than to wait until the 30th looking like a ragamuffin (unless that’s what you’re going as.) Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid open flames of any kind, such as lit candles, and try to wear flameresistant clothing unless your costume is Joan of Arc. Obstructing your vision with a full-ace mask is never a good idea. Avoid dangerous accessories. Sometimes the most dangerous thing on Halloween can be yourself! Make sure swords, knives, and other sharp objects are made of soft, flexible materials, and aren’t at liberty to poke an eye out. No open candy! If it’s been opened or appears to have been tampered with at all, you don’t want to eat it. And as tasty as those homemade goodies look, never acccept anything that wasn’t bought in the store. There are some dangers in the world, but that shouldn’t stop you and your family from getting your annual Halloween sugar rush. That itself can be dangerous too, so be sure dole out the candy sparingly to save your family’s health and teeth. Make sure you follow our list for a safe Halloween, and we hope you yield the largest candy harvest possible.
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we harvest this time of year in the 209, and lucky for you the harvest is good. There is a plethora of incredible talent to be tasted all around the region and we challenge you to sample as much as you possibly can. Take it all in, and vote for those you like best. The Modesto Area Music Awards strive to expose some of the best the Valley has to offer to a much wider audience. You have until October 18th at 11:59 pm to decide who you think should win. It is simple, quick and easy, so head over to www. modestoareamusic.com; pick your favorites and remember to verify your vote with your email. The winners will be announced on Tuesday October 20th, at the fabulous State Theatre as part of the annual red carpet awards show. If you can’t make it out you can always watch online live at www.modestoview.com/music to see if your favorites take home a MAMA Statue and see all the incredible live performances. As always your #MAMAnees are consistently performing, so you will have several chances to get out and support local business and artists all over the 209. On October 3rd every Comedy nominee will be going toe-totoe with each other at Deva Café (nominated for Restaurant/Café) so if you like to laugh and want to see who comes out on top, you will not want to miss the Brew MAMA. 17Ten (Metal) has a new CD and will be celebrating its release at the Other Place (Venue). Up in Jamestown at the Gypsy Shack (Venue) catch Patsy Crime (Punk) performing with Absolutely Yes for their CD Release. October 7th 209Productions (Promoter) presents Hemlock with nominees Nothing But Losers (Metal) with The Royal Order (Youth) at the Other Place. On the 10th Beat Happy! Music (2011-13 Promoter) will be bringing The Independents (SC) along with Broke Down Wasted (Punk) to Rebels Whiskyhouse (Venue). If you like something a little more on the Metal side, head up to the Gypsy Shack where Pamsterdam Promotionz (Promoter) has Taking Fox Hol-
by Susan Lilly
A whirlwind of whimsical Halloween fun
low Ten (Rock), 17Ten (Metal) and Sektor209 (Metal). BH!M is back at Rebels on the 13th with the Sawyer Family (OR) will be joined by Greasehound (Rockabilly) for a great night of outstanding music. Oct. 17th at Deva Café catch some of the area’s best Alt Indie and Unplugged acts, including Buffalo Buffalo (Alt Indie) performing a special #MAMAnee Showcase. Check out the calendar in the back of this magazine for a full listing of events. Have you picked up your tickets for the Northern California Women’s Music Festival? What are you waiting for? It is taking place at the Fat Cat on October 23rd and 24th and it is going to be something you do not want to miss with performances by Lita Ford, The Dolly Rots, Megan Slankard, Cameron Esposito, Tracy Bonham and more. On October 30th downtown Modesto will be turned into The Summoning with live music, DJs and so much more. This is the biggest party of the season and you do not want to miss out, with 7 stages and 2 $1000 cash prizes for best costume. There will be a special punk stage you won’t want to miss. With so much to do there is never an excuse not to get out and see Live Local Music. If you look around you, you will find something to do just about every day of the week. From Open Mics happening around town several days a week to Sunday morning Breakfast at Deva. Remember: friends don’t let friends miss great shows.
blows into town on Saturday, Oct. 10, with the return of Omega Nu’s Fourth Annual Halloween Home Tour. Guests will have the opportunity to tour three Modesto homes, full of spooktacular décor and boutique shopping in the courtyard of one home. The tour, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature Halloween treats, but no scary tricks. Guests can tour at their leisure, with several rooms at each of the bootifully decorated homes and outdoor décor on display. Last year’s Halloween Home Tour raised $6,500, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted local charities supported by Omega Nu. Combined with other funds raised through the year, Omega Nu typically distributes approximately $65,000 to Stanislaus County charities each June. Other events include the Christmas Home Tour, Fashion Show and a May concert with Tim Flannery and the Lunactic Fringe.