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Well, lucky thing I didn’t wonder if it could get any weirder last month, because it did. We are truly being tested on how much we can do to keep our attitudes positive, keep our local businesses alive and make sure that we reach out to each other and spread some hope to our friends and neighbors. The heat, the virus, the fires, and the election are all wearing us down. Coming this month there are some events to help those displaced by the fires and there are some events that bring back some memories, as the North Modesto Kiwanis bring a socially distanced cruise by car show to put some classic joy in our hearts. This is when we really know who our friends are and we can’t let the polarizing times of shut down and election season tear us apart. We need each other now more than ever. That’s why I still work hard to make sure ModestoView is a positive voice in our community so we can share the things we love, and have something to look forward to and I thank you so much for reading and engaging with us whether here in print, on line or on social. We proudly send ModestoView out in the US Mail. This month is extra fun for me as we celebrate the 1980s. I’mnotgonnalie, it was super fun, maybe too much fun, but riding my bike to class at CSU Stanislaus, working at Gemco and Truman’s Bicycles, putting on big downtown Criterium bike races, partying at Mom’s on campus and places like the Tree Frog, Celeste Ct and Black Angus, playing music with my friends, writing Cobol and RPG programs all night long, going to concerts, both here and the city and so much more. In the middle of all this, I actually made the Dean’s List at Stan State and met the love of my life. Amazing. The 80s was the decade that made us as a couple. Leaving Modesto in 1984 to live in Seattle, it was just us, on our own, and we really became each others best friends. That’s still my goal today, and when we


need a little pick me up, it is the 80s that makes us happy, with our popped collars, Becky’s big hair, MTV on all the time, going all over Nor Cal for bicycle racing, eating at El Faro, getting married and driving off to Seattle and buying our first house. So much happened that made us who we are. It is fun to look back at those times, and more importantly how can we capture some of that and bring the happiness to our lives today. I have never lived in the past and never felt like I am who I used to be. It is all about making a better tomorrow, for all of us, each other, our kids and even our grandkids. In the middle of all of this, it is hard to keep that feeling. It is hard and we only have so many extra hours, extra dollars and we need to make every extra effort count. We need to support our friends in local business, many of whom are on the edge. If you have a fave restaurant, café or night spot that was your hangout back when things were normal, try hard to support them now so they will be there when we get through this. Take your creativity and help those struggling to keep their kids interested in distance learning. Make sure you use the resources of our parks department, the library and the workforce training to make education better. We can do this. It is said, whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger and that is true today. We are learning new ways to do things, and even when there is a “new normal” much of what we learn, how we shop, eat, drink and gather will be part of our new lifestyle. Let’s learn as much as we can now so we are ready on the other side. We have an election coming and it is really important that we strip the personalities away and focus on what we need in our region and

who can help us accomplish that. It is the issues where we can find common ground. Let’s cut each other some slack and be good to each other on social media. Hopefully you will enjoy this September issue and find something that brings back a good memory, makes you smile or gives you a good idea. One of the things that made me smile was writing about the opening of the Modesto Center Plaza that was headlined by Bob Hope. When Mr. Hope stayed in Modesto, he stayed at the house we live in now, that was the home of Jack and Joy Ulrich. It is pretty crazy to think that “Bob Hope slept here” and we still have the thank you letter he sent to Jack and Joy. There are good memories everywhere and I hope you will find something to bring you happiness too. We all need a break sometimes. Thank you all for the good times and friendship. Chris Murphy, Founder and Publisher – ModestoView

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It’s Back to the Future and Back to the 80s in Modesto in our September View. Doc Brown, aka. Jon Camp is warning Marty McFly, Miles Bauer as he skates into the future and the flux capacitor charges up from the Brenden tower. Thanks to Greg Reed for the DeLorean and to Michael J Mangano for creating this amazing Modesto tribute to a movie that was actually filmed up the hills in Jamestown, so we have that too. Fun thing - Go to


Go Modesto Gala in Graceada – October 17

If you attended last year, you experienced a wonderful evening in the park with great food, drink, music and a great auction and fundraiser. This year, you can still enjoy this things, just now it’s a drive through. Graceada and Enslen parks need you. The proceeds from this event are put towards capital park improvements and summer programming in Graceada and Enslen parks. For 2020, the monies generated will be used towards Mancini Bowl and the Enslen Community Plaza projects. This gala also makes Sundays in Graceada (SiG) possible. SiG is complimentary, family-friendly, summer programming that is provided through the generosity of gala attendees and supporters. You can get a single or double gourmet basket with wine and there is an online auction this year. Please contribute if you are able and see you at the drive through at Graceada Park. Gala in Graceada is an event hosted by the College Area Neighborhood Alliance, which is a part of Modesto Neighborhoods, Inc., non-profit 501(c) (3). Your generous contributions to the event may be tax-deductible. This is a 21 and over event

This year at least in Stanislaus County and the State of California will be an all-mail election. If you are registered to vote you should have received information from the Registrar of Voters. It contains details on the November 3rd Presidential and General Election. Your ballots will arrive in a blue & white envelope so keep an eye out. Mailed out on October 5th, please don’t wait until the last moment to fill out and mail in or drop off at an authorized ballot dropbox, satellite office or the elections office. Check your voter guide or for locations and times. In-person voting will be available, with satellite offices open October 31st through Election Day. You do not need to go unless you need to replace a ballot or desire accessibility or language assistance, Satellite offices will issue vote by mail ballots and will not offer a traditional poll experience with a ballot scanner. Voting by mail is safe, secure, confidential and convenient. 77% of county residents already vote by mail. The first results released on Election Night are from the vote by mail ballots received before Election Day. If you are not registered there is still time. VOTE EARLY MAIL EARLY

o t s e d o M o G Edible Extravaganza The Edible is one of Modesto’s great gathering events each year, full of tastes, treats and sounds all for a great cause. This is the most successful fundraiser for the Center for Human Services each year and this year is a challenge as the needs at CHS have never been greater. More families are at the edge and it is hitting all age groups and their services are vital. The same, or more fundraising is needed this year, and thankfully, CHS has come up with a way to do the Edible and make it good for you too. This year, in place of a ticket to an in-person event, your purchase will bring Edible Extravaganza to you! We are creating a coupon book filled with discounts to all your favorite Central Valley restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and eateries. The coupon book is still in process, but pre-order is available now! Coupon books will be ready to use by September 7 and will be valid at participating locations through September 2021


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The 1980’s music scene in the greater Modesto area kicked off with a bang on the heels of an already growing, electric 1970’s music scene led by area band legions like the Milk house Boys, Silvermoon, Homegrown, The Lights and so many others. I moved to the Central Valley from the Bay Area in the fall of 1980 and fell in with local musicians Vern Gragg, Bill Morris, and Denise Heltzel. They had already formed an original musicbased power trio of sorts they were calling Taxx. By the end of 1982 Taxx had morphed (as so many musical experiments do) into a club band called Metro. Metro’s repertoire included a 60/40 blend of radio hits and original

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Boggsie music. It was a time of musical self-discovery and awesome experimentation as I truly came into my own as a songwriter. (Even amid MTV, hair bands, hair spray, the New Wave movement, and of course “Jenny Jenny”) By 1983 Metro became Strayheart and started to draw significant local audiences and regional support from clubs like the Rock Shop in Sacramento, to the Brickworks in Stockton, the Club in Turlock, and C.T. Bucks in Merced, with regular appearances at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and various San Francisco/Bay Area hot spots. A Friday night at the Vintage in Modesto was your ticket to great local music and groups like Collage drew an eclectic new wave crowd (a signature sound of the 80’s) and always a good time. I recall a story from a musician friend that he had been at the Vintage in the later afternoon on a Friday evening that Collage was slated to

play. The band gear and instruments were all set up. However, there were huge blobs of tin foil ‘eggs” all over the stage. The story has it that once the room filled up, these tin foil eggs, “hatched” and front man/guitarist, Tim Lechuga and his Collage cohort broke into their first number. Just one example of amazing creativity from a simply inspired Modesto music scene. Strayheart recorded a single (remember them?) which was featured in the hometown greatest hits album by KZAP Sacramento in 1984, and later (1985) after a very successful Alaska stint, a four song EP was released - which prompted bi-coastal management and extensive travel. I think we actually discovered the college circuit – long before it was labeled as such. I simply cannot rattle off specific details about the many talented musicians and bands that made up the 1980’s music culture in Modesto – too far back – too many minutes have passed. I can tell you with honesty, that the comradery and openness, openness to the success of others - was truly magical. Sure, there were rivalries and oppositions – that is natural in any creative environment - but for the most part - we each fueled one another’s art and, in the end… made each other that much better. And that, is what a vibrant music scene is all about. Loves, Keith Bogg aka Tiehead

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Firestorm By Jim Christiansen

As if the pandemic not enough, I am writing during the Firestorm that is California. Choking on the smokey haze, I am missing another rescheduled art event tonight, Art Skulk. Hosted on Sycamore across from the tennis courts. I got the news this morning, that we aren’t skulking, but this may be rescheduled after the smoke clears. The idea was for a neighborhood socially distanced, masked, front yard art experience. An alternative way to share art in our community during COVID 19 restrictions. Thank you to Zoe Toscano, Brook Heathcoat and my patron Natalie Emanuel for including me, even if it’s a rain check. Closer to a show happening than many this summer. I was creating new paintings called the “2020 Series” for an upcoming Central California Art Association member show rescheduled to January. Paintings now ready for Stanislaus Artist Open Studio 2020, on the calendar October 10 and 11. My studio set up for 5 to 7 socially distanced with driveway space for any overflow crowd. Is on the map, and studio open by appointment Jim Christiansen 209 241-7130 Artist Rhett Owings has a profile published in 209 Magazine Titled “From Educator to Artist,” the article covers the 21 years since Rhett Retired from teaching and really devoted herself to art. She does a lot of plein air painting and art in a variety of mediums. A good read on one of our local artists. www. Carnegie Arts Center has renewed their Family Friday offerings, via online. To see the Family Friday videos, check-in with their Facebook page. The schedule can be found at Chartreuse Muse is also open for Fall Registration for all-ages classes, online, and limited spots for in-person registration. and when open, 918 Tenth Street, Modesto. The Dragonfly Art for Life has in-person classes for art pouring, other activities, and on their Facebook page some tips for painting in acrylic this week. 1210 J Street, Picasso’s Gourmet Deli and Art is celebrating its 20th year as a culinary and artistic delight. Jordi Camps is still doing the once a week art giveaway in August. To find out if that continues this month, check out their fine food, and to enter the raffle, place an order. Jordi opened Picasso’s in downtown Modesto in 2000. Great Valley Museum call for artist first-ever Art Contest. “Art for Change” with a focus on sustainability. All submissions should strive to raise awareness and sustainability with the use of recycled materials. Artwork must reflect Natural History or Science. Entries due September 30, all-ages, $25 per entry. Email: GVM@MJC.Edu Central California Art Association/Mistlin Gallery has a very active Facebook page with posted YouTube links for the Women in Art Show, how-to videos, and artist talks. A favorite of mine, Rosemarie Sturgill’s comments on her portrait of Gospel/Rock N Roll guitarist Rosetta Tharp.

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WelcomeTo The Machine

By Aaron Rowan

by Christopher Mitchell and Brandilyn Brown

If you have lived in Modesto for longer than five minutes, you’ve at least heard of Food Fix on 11th Street, even if they were not the first place you ate lunch at! A favorite of DoMo gatherers, they were sampled by Chef Alton Brown and then featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri and the rest of the world learned the Food Fix secret we all knew; great food with everything made in-house, with innovative concoctions like the Porkstrami. They have really branched out during the pandemic to offer something truly different like their family dinners to go with all the fixings. Hank and Ashley have done more than recreate their critically acclaimed Food Fix truck, but have expanded their offerings, baking their own bread, and serving a great line-up of beer (cans, too!). The space is beautiful, open and accessible and now includes patio dining for spacious social distancing eating.

We’ve chosen them for BrewView this month because they have introduced Beer Slushies that are delightful and refreshing, just perfect to beat the hot weather. The featured slushie changes nearly daily, so go ahead and make a habit of stopping in for a luscious pint on your way home for the evening. So far they’ve featured flavors like Fruit Punch Sour, Last Call’s Flip Flop Tank Top (a kolsh style ale with guava and sea salt), Street Cart Sour, Mango Strawberry, or their popular King Cong Brewing Froot Fix (Tou-can tango, apricot and mango). These are available for patio dining OR for pick-up with an entree order. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do and we hope they don’t go anywhere! Remember to grab a cheesecake cupcake for dessert (your mouth will thank you!) Wear your masks and sip on, friends!

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I’ve featured a number of virtuosos over the past eight years. Now we’re living through a era dominated by virtualosos. Don’t expect any online showcases from Modesto Unplugged, though. That would go against everything I stand for as a curator of music. Like an oso of a different variety, I continue to hibernate until our local listening venues become filled with beautiful sounds once more. But some of my musical friends and colleagues have nifty projects in the cyber-realm, so here are a few recommendations to help you discover new music and other artistic content. Grace Carrillo, a composer & music educator down in Turlock, runs The Arts Machine, where you’ll find interviews with local bands, discussions of music and film (including a segment where she and I chat about the Modesto Unplugged mission), and some of Grace’s original compositions. EXPLORE: Loose Filter is a podcast series founded 15 years ago. Stuart & Lisette Sims - also music educators based in Turlock - cover an array of topics relating to music history, theory, structure, etc.; and also how we interact with music. ‘How Technology Shapes Musical Thought’ and ‘Organized Chaos: the art & craft of metalcore” are just two of the tantalizing titles. DIGEST:

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My dear friend Sharon Martinson is a banjo badass with a PhD in entomology. She creates gorgeous songs of her own, and often spends the winter months cataloging the songs of katydids in Central America. I once got to spend some time with her there and lend a hand in her research. When at home in Wyoming, Sharon can sometimes be found sitting in as a DJ with Wyoming Sounds, where her specialty is sharing American folk music. I love tuning in and expanding my own Infinite Playlist. STREAM: Whitherward (Ashley Norton & Edward Williams) are among the finest musical duos I’ve featured. This year they launched ‘Crimes Against Folk,’ a storyteller and song podcast with tales from their years of touring, plus guest appearances from luminaries in various industries. The podcast also offers tips and tricks to provide creators with valuable information to further their careers. ABSORB: Finally, the Yosemite Songwriting Retreat returns October 9-11 in an online format. Some of California’s best folk artists including Joe Craven and Rita Hosking will serve as mentors. My friend Gail Dreifus is a cofounder of this weekend experience, as well as one of the instructors. A $99 registration special is good through September 1, or $125 thereafter. GROW: Intimate performances. Infinite playlist. MODESTO UNPLUGGED. www.

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A Virtual Time to Perform in September But will leave a light on the stage Honestly friends I was hoping entertainers would be able to perform live shows by now, but it looks like many venues have shuttered until spring 2021. Everything is up in the air until an effective and safe vaccine has been developed. So many of our local venues are doing their best to stay afloat. If you are able to donate to support them, they would appreciate any amount. It certainly is a different world and one I didn’t see coming. I retired from teaching American Sign Language at Modesto Junior College because of COVID 19. I know many educators, students and families are doing their best to be successful. Once the curtains have parted, I will return to share all the joyful theatrical possibilities. Stay strong. Stay committed. Stay safe. Continue to persevere. We are all in this together. If you aren’t registered to vote, register today. Remember to vote. Mail in your ballot early. Help the State, Gallo and Prospect Even though there are not any shows right now, these places still need your donations to make sure that when we can, the curtains will still go up. The Gallo Center, The State Theatre, Prospect Theatre, Central West Ballet, Opera Modesto all are working hard to be ready when it is safe. Please consider supporting them in any way you can. Give a Gift Certificate for a future event. Gallo Puzzle If you would like one for a $30 donation, click here to order online. Your puzzle

By Kaye Osborn can then be picked up at the Center any Wednesday between 3 and 5 pm. (If you are unable to pick up your puzzle, we can mail it for an additional $6 in postage. Please call 209-338-5062 to order a puzzle with mailing service.) EventDetail.aspx?p=8397 Friday Night Popcorn The State Theatre flat out has the best popcorn in town, topped with REAL butter. On Friday evenings, you can get a big bag of buttered popcorn, a bottle of wine and some tix for a future movie. There are also exclusive film streaming experiences and film symposium event. Prospect Theatre Project September 18-28, Streaming Once again, stripping theater to its barest essentials, Happy Days offers only two characters: Winnie, a woman of about fifty, and Willie, a man of about sixty. The complex interplay between words and visual images finds the two caught up in repetition, the deadening impact of habit, the recurrence of trauma, or the recourse to familiar and reassuring words or phrases in the face of annihilation.

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Marcella’s Keeps Tradition Alive By Chris Murphy

Modesto has a great history of wonderful restaurants. We have had so much fun looking back on our Modesto history this year and food is always on our mind. There are a many hall of fames out there and very frequently on the Modesto Then and Now and You Grew Up in Modesto Facebook pages, one restaurant comes out on top regularly. Carmen’s Restaurant in McHenry Village was one of the greats, they added the San Blas Room that hosted concerts but sadly it burned and closed in the late 1980s. But the great Carmen’s tastes live on today at Marcella’s. Tucked away at the corner of Tully and Standiford, some of the best Mexican food can be found, many long time favorite items. Now how did this happen? Cipriano Duran of El Paso Tx was stationed at Crows Landing during the war and stayed when the war ended. In 1953 has started Carmen’s, and urged Joe Gomez and Tony Ramirez to leave El Paso and join him in Modesto. Joe Gomez was the cook and along with manager Tony Ramirez and carhop Gerry Ramirez, at the legendary circular Burge’s Drive In on old US 99 in downtown Modesto. After Burge’s closed in 1967 Joe Gomez joined “Cip” at Carmen’s


in McHenry Village and began to create legendary food and worked alongside Alfredo Duran Sr. and Alfonzo Lara. Alfredo was working in the fields during the day while working at Carmen’s hoping to someday open his own restaurant. In 1970, he opened his first restaurant in Hughson, moving to Modesto a year later. In 1977, he opened the current location where he ran the restaurant with his wife and daughter Marcella. Now 50 years later, Marcella’s is one of Modesto’s treasured restaurants. Now here is where it gets good. The beloved recipes of Carmen’s can be found at Marcella’s, along with many other favorites that Alfredo and her husband Jorge have created. To this day, one of the favorite items is the “Al’s Special” aka the #14. It is a truly amazing flour tortilla enchilada with a delicious salad that should be enjoyed with their fresh chips and hot sauce and a one of their special house Margaritas. Another must-have item are the shredded beef tacos and their special Tapatias. These are a meal themselves. One of the favorite ways to order are making a custom combination. My friend I’ve known since grade school Jon Duran, (the


son of Cip Duran of Carmen’s) enjoyed the combo and we spent our meal sharing great stories. Jon and Marcella have known each other for decades, and even though they are not the same Duran family, they are “family” and the traditions live on. Marcella loves the camaraderie with her customers spanning many generations. As a child, she would help out as hostess and basically grew up in the restaurant, especially since her father named it after her. One of the vintage menus on display has Marcella’s picture as a child on it, as well as the amazing prices of the early 70s. The COVID shutdown was hard, and she and her husband decided to go full speed with Take Out and were able to keep many of her regular customers and through all of this, more people have discovered Marcella’s which is surprising as it has been here for 50 years. In pre-covid times, the lounge was really a fun place and the decor is exactly as you would hope, that vintage 70s red with cool metal work. You feel the tradition as you enter and can even hear the sound of the dice cups slamming on the bar. We hope to get back to these days soon.

Marcella’s is prepared for the future with her children Emma working and son Adrian bartending. There are regularly new items to try and their friendly service and consistent favorites. Marcella even handles delivery to some of her regulars. Marcella’s provides a nice patio experience for dining on site with distanced tables with excellent sanitation. Don’t forget that you can get their entire menu both for onsite and for pick up and they offer online ordering on their website. I hope you get a chance to eat at a local legend and enjoy it as much as I did.

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W E I V R E T IN Marian Kaanon CEO of the Stanislaus Community Foundation

By Chris Murphy Marian Kaanon has a story that will blow your mind and you will find her, and what she does inspirational. A refugee immigrant to the USA as a child, speaking zero English, she grew up, became well educated, and with the strength of her background, has put her experience and expertise to use making our community a stronger place. As the CEO of the Stanislaus Community Foundation, she is entrusted with the charitable finances of many in the community to manage, with the goal of grantmaking to local nonprofits, and providing scholarships to students. There are so many needs in a normal year and this year as just blown up the normal we used to know. The challenges are greater and the needs are bigger. Stanislaus Community Foundation stepped up to the plate by creating the Resilient Stanislaus Fund and they’ve tripled their grants so far this year, to help local nonprofits. I asked my friend Marian a few questions about how we all make it through the space we are in, hold steady when we need to and how we can look forward with some hope. Marian lives in Modesto with her two kids and is always willing to volunteer and make a positive difference here in Modesto. Let’s learn a bit more about Marian. ModestoView: Your story about how you got to America is amazing. Did it steel you for a tough upbringing or did it create a different desire for learning? Marian: I had a tough upbringing but no harder than many kids today who live locally. I think my refugee journey opened my eyes to the possibilities that America still promises, even if those possibilities seem improbable right now. My nomadic background really instilled in me two desires: the first was to commit to my home, wherever that would be. We moved to Modesto when I was fifteen and I’ve been here off and on every since. Because I was a refugee and moved around so much, the sense of ‘home’ and a ‘hometown’ are incredibly important to me. The second desire was to not just ‘belong’ somewhere, but also commit to making that place better, with whatever tools or


gifts I possess. These two twin passions have driven me for my entire adult life. I love Modesto, for all of its challenges and its unique quirks. And, I’m committed to make this community better, to lend my time and energy to helping us become a community for choice for all who call it home. MV: People probably wonder what you exactly the Stanislaus Community Foundation is. Tell us about what you do. MK: I LOVE what I do, who I do it with, and the ‘why’ behind it. Stanislaus Community Foundation is a local funder, first and foremost. We work with local family philanthropists as well as corporations to support their charitable giving goals. We provide several million dollars a year in grants to nonprofits and scholarships to college-bound students. But we’ve also embarked on our own leadership work in the past seven years, since I became CEO. Our leadership work is focused on education, economic opportunity, and civic engagement. MV: How did you find this opportunity and when did you know it would be such a good match? MK: I love the nonprofit sector (I worked at Community Hospice for eight years before coming to Stanislaus Community Foundation in late 2012). The idea of working in a purpose-driven organization has always been my professional focus. When I heard about Stanislaus Community Foundation, I was intrigued by the opportunity it presented to be BOTH a philanthropic institution AND a leadership organization. When I joined in 2012, our community


had not fully climbed out of the recession. The Board of Directors at the time saw a real void in pragmatic and visionary leadership that took the long view on quality of life issues in Stanislaus. The idea of shaping that vision and supporting our community across multiple issues really appealed to me. I tend to be both a ‘big picture’ strategist and also equally and relentlessly focused on tactics and results. Stanislaus Community Foundation gives me the opportunity to engage in a larger conversation about who we want to be as a community, and also fund specific programs, partnerships and prototypes that will get us to that future. MV: What did COVID do to your programs, and how has it changed how you operate? MK: We’re a small team of just six staff members, so luckily there was no impact on our staffing. However our team has worked remotely since March, and this has presented some logistical challenges, as we are a highly engaged, high productivity team that is deeply relational within our office and with all of our partners. It’s been hard to have that distance between us, but we’re hitting our groove and we’ve really embraced the tech tools to make lives easier. I’m really proud of our team for all the ways we’ve responded to COVID-19, with our grantmaking and our leadership work. MV: You have been a participant working for solutions on poverty and homelessness, how has this been affected by this? MK: Poverty and homelessness have been further exacerbated by COVID-19; our food banks saw a 400% increase in demand in just weeks after the initial shutdown took place in mid-March. That tells us how many local families are living on a knife’s edge financially. We are even more committed to supporting new structures to support these families, like the creation of a Community Development Corporation in South and West Modesto; as well as a local Community Development Financial Institution that provides specific financial/ banking products to low-income and under-banked families. MV: What are some of the needs you have seen recently? MK: We have seen needs across every type of nonprofit serving our community. Our arts organizations are struggling due to lost revenue, and so are our youth-serving organizations. Our basic needs/shelter service organizations are struggling due to increased demand and also COVID outbreaks among their clients. Stanislaus Community Foundation has partnered with the United Way as well as Stanislaus County public agencies and the City of

Modesto to coordinate our funding, because the financial need is so great. MV: If our non-profits were underfunded before, how are they surviving with the additional stress in our lives and how are they coping? MK: I think they are trying to figure new ways to fundraise, like social media campaigns. A lot of nonprofits luckily were able to receive PPP and CARES Act funding. We’ve also had a lot of local donors step up to support the organizations they’re passionate about. We have provided a series of webinars to local nonprofits to help them with financial modelling, unlocking government grants as a new source of revenue, and we’ve provided free financial counselling through a nonprofit financial partner, Mission Edge, for area nonprofits. MV: What makes you optimistic for the future? MK: I’m a naturally optimistic person. The opposite of optimism is not an option for me…what a bleak existence, to not have hope! I always think our better days are ahead, even if some dark ones have to come before the better days. I am optimistic because I see so many teens and young adults who are thoughtful, earnest and hardworking, who are questioning the America that they’re inheriting. I’m hopeful when I look at those young adults and realize that they have a lot of energy, possess incredible wisdom, and are ready to tackle the hard challenges that are being passed on to them. MV: What is your ideal COVID day and what is your “normal ideal day like? MK: My ideal COVID day actually moves much slower than my pre-COVID days, and I’m learning to embrace the different pace. I usually get up before my kids, meditate & journal, then work out. Then the kids get up and we have breakfast before they start school and I start my work day. My days usually end a little earlier than they used to as well, because the kids are home, and we’ll go for a walk or a bike ride. I’m trying to embrace this new routine and it may become my new ideal day! MV: Finally Beatles or Stones? MK: That is a TOUGH CHOICE. I’m going to have to stay Beatles overall for their entire body of work, but my favorite song is by the Stones: Start Me Up. Learn more at the Stanislaus Community Foundation



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It seems that rarely do decades just fade in and out of each other. I don’t know how culture seems to know when a decade ends and the next begins. The end of the 70s was kind of a whimper as the gas crisis, the Iran Hostages and the mellow music of Laurel Canyon, gave way to punk, rock and disco. Ronald Reagan became president and we were asked to Just Say No to drugs. As we rang in the 80s, the Sports Page was the place to dance and people were perming their hair, wearing big huge bell bottoms and platforms, glam rock gave way to Kansas, Boston, Journey who then started to see shoes get pointy, synthesizers and Britain invaded again with Punk and New Wave with a new alternative sound. The end of 1980 had one of the worst days I can remember, listening to Monday Night Football at Gemco, hearing Howard Cosell announce the shooting of John Lennon. I was shocked, crushed and sadness of both losing a Beatle and knowing that the Beatles were really over.

Rohirrim at the Pizza Factory The next spring, U2 released Boy, the GoGos released their first album that went to the top of the charts and then something explosive happened. On August 1, 1981, MTV broadcast their first music video, the Video Killed the Radio Star and all of the sudden, music, TV, fashion and trends all changed, seemingly overnight, making stars out of Madonna, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol, and big hair bands like Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Poison while our own local rockers multiplied and even the artists from the 70s, quickly evolved to music videos. Nothing changed culture and fashion as fast as MTV did. I watched it non-stop. All of my college term papers and computer code were all written to MTV. All of these new songs, hit our local clubs, bands changed, cars were changing, dancing was changing, kids were changing and those of us in high school and college during the 80s, have most of this etched in our fabric. We watched Live Aid non-stop and experienced the birth of CDs. The 80s was the soundtrack of our young marriage and like only music can, takes us back to those times and the memories are alive. Does that happen to you too? going to connect to the performing arts more. Tens of thousands of cars center where the parking lot now exists. were cruising on Graffiti Nite. In 1987, Carol Whiteside was elected Our friend Al Golub was there, watchmayor of Modesto and served through the ing our city change and as more cars filled early 1990s. Plans began to develop for a McHenry. The Cruise turnaround was all new master plan for downtown that would the way out north at Gemco and this part of come to life later in the 1990s. Modesto was a big tradition.


The 80s in Modesto began under the steady guidance of Mayor Peggy Mensinger. There was a lot of pressure in the community to strengthen our downtown as most larger retailers had moved out to Vintage Faire and out McHenry. During the 80s, McHenry would grow out far beyond Sylvan Road and many of the auto dealers, long time located on lower McHenry, would start to move out to the north end beyond what was Beno’s, that had always seemed miles away. The Modesto City Council was changing and engaged citizens like Richard Patterson, Dick Lang and Frank Muratore would work hard to help Modesto progress. There was a huge effort for downtown revitalization and there was an effort to build a performing arts center, convention center and a new hotel. This effort was known as Curtains Up 88. As the center was built, and financial difficulties hampered the hotel construction, the performing arts center was abandoned. You can still see today the stairs and the balconies that were one time



As the theatres closed in downtown and in 1984, fire finally closed the Strand forever. There were some drive-ins that hung on through the 80s and the Prescott, Vintage Faire theatres would stay active and the Briggsmore divided itself into multiplex. For most of the 1980s, the State Theatre was Cine-Mex and after a run as an adult theatre, the Covell Theatre would also shutter. The Downtown Improvement District with Nancy Young would work hard to attract new smaller businesses like Ruffles Candies and other boutiques and services. Cruising in Modesto got bigger and bigger all through the 1980s, finally culminating in a huge sanctioned event in 1989 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and


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The 1980s started out with a bang with Modesto Junior college winning the state football title at the Rose Bowl and Modesto Christian won the 8 man football championship. The Modesto Relays continued to draw national talent and our local baseball team continued its affiliation as the Modesto A’s. Bowling alleys got automatic scoring machines and Roller King was a destination for so many of us, with Stan the DJ spinning the hits as everyone “all skated”. Putt Putt had the trampolines and the go karts. The Heat Wave skate park was officially closed,

but many jumped the fences and skated anyway and the Rumble Pool crew continued to attract the best skaters. Modesto High lit up the local basketball scene winning the Division II State Title in 1984. Beyer High continued as a Water Polo powerhouse with coach Brent Bolander. Cycling made a return to downtown Modesto in 1983. While working at Truman’ Bicycle Shop, I and our local team ModestoVelo brought competitive cycling to downtown Modesto, the first since the old Tour De Graceada races back in the 60s and early 70s. My then girlfriend Becky was the score keeper and the legendary Al Menshew was the announcer with I Street in front of the post office as Modesto’s official start /finish line. The race returned in the Olympic year 1984 as a National Prestige Classic attracting the best cyclists from the western USA and US Team athletes. The races in downtown have continued since and downtown continues to be a great location to host sporting events.

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Vinnie Smith and Dave Monday – Rock Shop

Peggy Mensinger (the first female mayor of Modesto) 1979-1987 The legendary free form FM station KSAN goes off the air. Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back opens May 21st President Jimmy Carter Townhall Meeting at Merced Junior College and fundraiser dinner in Modesto at Frank Damrell’s home - July 4th Ray Charles plays MJC

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E&J Gallo introduce Bartles & Jaymes Wine Coolers MTV goes live August 1st changing the way we all listened to music


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It was a whole new generation of music. Disco was on the way out and radio was still for the much part locally owned. MTV debut in August of 1981 and changed the audiovisual landscape with a new British Invasion and giving a platform to emerging bands from all over the US. Just like in the 60s this inspired a brand new generation of kids to pick up a guitar or in many cases a Synthesizer and start bands. Music became as much about style as much as substances. The scene right here in Modesto and the Central Valley was the same as Anytown USA. You had heavy metal and rock bands like Willie Hines’s Jet Red, Doug Robbinett’s Rohirrim, Split Image(with Mike Allsup), Morris Code(with Darin Morris), Scratch(with Eddie V & Val Popovich), Likir from Lodi/Stockton and so many others that have come and gone. New Wave was king especially on late-night TV with Night Flight and later 120 Minutes and Modesto area kids took notes with many releasing vinyl over the years. Keith Bogg’s Strayheart released the “Make It Work” EP in 1984, Short Wave Mystery fronted by Greg Scoggins put out “Pilots” in 1985, Broken Toys from Stockton released The Cut of Memory and Click Click Clique(formerly the Gents) with “Once a Gent” in both 1987. Punk invaded the 209 with Problem Fish, IHS,

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McHenry Mansion celebrates Centennial and is opened to the public Townsend Opera Players formed by Buck Townsend Star Wars Return of the Jedi opens May 25th Bicycle racing returns to downtown Modesto with the Tour de Graceada


Collage on Stage DSFA, Five Fingers, Tin Shadows, The Insaints(with Marion Andersen and Daniel DeLeon who would go on to form the well know Psychobilly band the Resurex) and Stockton’s own Authorities. Along with James Blonde, Chaotic Opera, Torn Boys(later Shiva Burlesque). Most of the bands played the same circuit. With gigs at Tree Frog Tavern, California Ballroom, Brickworks(Stockton), Pizza Machine, Mom’s Pub(Stan State), MJC, Jesters Club(Stockton) and of course Dazzles Underground. Randy Magnus opened up Leonards Artspace in 1982 giving punks and misfits a place to showcase art and music. Along with rental halls and pop up shows at the YMCA and of course orchard parties and you could see live music every weekend all year long.

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St Stan’s opens for business and is one of the first ten microbreweries in the nation Fire destroys the vintage Strand Theatre that had been closed since 1971 Replay Records opens on Coffee and Floyd Modesto High School Basketball wins State Division 2 championship James Marsters best known as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer graduates from Davis High The Riverbank Club House where many country and rockabilly legends played is torn down.


Modesto Centre Plaza Groundbreaking Timothy Olyphant Graduates from Beyer High School


Carol Whiteside elected Mayor Central West Ballet Founded


Julian Lopez Jr. creates the first City of Modesto Flag Modesto Centre Plaza Ribbon Cutting and Bob Hope Gala March 3rd Graffiti Concert and Festival at MJC with Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddly, Freddy Cannon June 9th Vice President George HW Bush rally at Beyer Community Park 1989 Jeremy Renner, Marvel’s Hawkeye graduates from Beyer High

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By Jeff “Beaver” Brown We had the world by the tail and didn’t even realize it at the time. The DJ’s and staff at 95/KDJK Modesto-Stockton were providing a rock & roll soundtrack to people lives. The mid 80’s was a wide-open time in Modesto and 95/KDJK filled a gaping hole for rock radio. Mark Davis, the first Music Director at the station said, “The 1980’s was a fresh and exciting time for music. It didn’t take long to assemble what would become an amazing group of creative, talented, fun loving and passionate people. They made their mark on a rock & roll loving community that spanned from Merced to Stockton.” KDJK was welcomed with open ears like no radio station we could remember. Maybe because we were just like them, we loved the music too. Mark added, “It was a time when one could get a DJ on the phone, make a request and actually hear it. A time when music, air personalities and a radio station involved with the community was very personal.’ KDJK had no computer-generated playlists, no consultant in New York or LA telling us what to play. It was just us, a few people at the station, Mark Davis, Randy Maranz and me, listening to the music being sent from record labels and playing what we thought was best. Unlike other radio stations we didn’t talk over the music and most of the time you would hear at least three songs in a row before commercials. Six songs in a row sweeping the top of the hour. Speaking of talk, our DJ’s had freedom to say what they wanted about any subject. The music was important, but so were our people. I’m hoping that whoever is reading this will smile when they see the names Joni Green, Mark Davis, Randy Maranz, The Mason Man, Fast Lane Clark, Spot the Dog, The California Fun Boy, Richard Perry or Beaver Brown. These people were thrown together and became a family of sorts. The ability to touch as many lives as we did was amazing. Radio back in the 80’s had the power to do that. If you survived the 80’s I hope we helped you rock thru it, Aqua Net optional. See the full article with more crazy memories and photos at:

Modesto Architecture and Design Week Goes Virtual for 2020 After twelve successful years in real time and space, Modesto Architecture and Design Week returns in a new virtual format for 2020. Everyone, anywhere in the world can safely view the collection of exceptional short movies, take a virtual tour, explore fun kid’s events, or participate in an online house history workshop, all for free. Movies and activities will be available 24 hours a day from Saturday, September 12th through Sunday, September 20th at The popular architecture and design movie night usually held at the State Theater will be entirely online with a collection of more than a dozen short inspiring movies from as many talented moviemakers. Several of the movies are winners of the annual American Institute of Architects Film Challenge Award. The usually sold out Modesto House History Workshop will be available for an unlimited number of people this year. The workshop, led by Benjamin Jameson-Ellsmore, will help you find a

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PDF of the earliest documents for your property in Modesto and get you started uncovering the history of your house. For most Modesto properties that means a deed, land grant, homestead, or other document from the 1860s or 1870s, all of which are online. There are several options for both virtual and real time and space architecture tours and the popular Modesto Architecture Coloring Book will be available as a PDF download. You can download as many copies as you like. Hosts for this year’s event are as usual the American Institute of Architects, Sierra Valley Chapter, and Modesto Art Museum. The festival will feature Modesto’s collection of historic and contemporary architecture and design as well as what is happening across the country and worldwide. Emphasis is always on how good architecture, landscape, and design can help support the wellbeing of our community.

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Growing up in the Eighties in Two Zero Nine

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In these tough times, it is more important than ever to be heart healthy. Please join the American Heart Association’s 2020 209 Heart and Stroke Walk Digital Experience - a meaningful way to honor and celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity. On September 26th, walk where you are and join in on social media wand share the impact of your efforts and hear from some special guests. With the inaugural Heart and Stroke Walk digital experience, you can get active however you want, go for a walk, run, cycle or play! Everyone can get in on the heart walk this year. Just remember to share how you are moving that day on social media using the hashtag #209HeartandStrokeWalk.

Tin Shadows and Marion Anderson photos by Randy Magnus James Rowe & Shawn Brubaker photo by Sylvia Rowe Moving to a town that only had 8 exits off the Freeway(what kind of cultural wasteland was my parents moving us to) was a pretty big shock for a teenager from LA(and what classic 80 movie plots seemed to be all about.) What did this “hick town” have to offer to a Modernist Punk from the “Big City.” I remember the first High School dance at Downey(yes I am a Duck) I attended the DJ had a list of bands not to play, no Bauhaus, no Cure, no Blondie, not even the B-52’s. I noticed in a box a 7″ a band that wasn’t on the list The Dead Kennedys so I had him play “Holiday in Cambodia”(a small win for my rebellious soul.) I was a stranger in a strange land being assaulted by Jocks and Cowboys for the clothes on my back and the way I wore my hair. Scrolling south of the dial, like I was tuning in Radio Free Europe for a glimpse of good news from the Allies. I ran across low powered stations KUOP out of Stockton, KCSS in Turlock and KALX from Berkeley playing the sounds of the Underground, the sound the man didn’t want me to hear, the darker side of what was coming out around the US and Europe. Watching late-night cable and MTV gave me a visual to the audio that crackled out of my speakers. I knew there had to be others out there just like me. Slowly I surrounded myself with like-minded outcasts with a common bond of music and ill-lit cafes like Cafe Decadence and Blackwater Cafe. Seeing bands perform live was a rarity especially “New Wave” and Punk bands and usually hosted at Dazzles Underground, Leonard’s Artspace, pizza parlours, Vet’s Halls and the YMCA along with the occasional college gig. It was in these dark rooms and basements that I heard the rumblings and rumors of local bands that would FOLLOW US:

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soon become a fixture in not just mine but so many others lives. These band couldn’t have spawned from the 209. This was not the harvest, the bounty of the Central Valley. Yet there they were playing shows in this musical wasteland. When I would see Broken Toys, Problem Fish, The Gents, Tin Shadows, Five Fingers, IHS, Short Wave Mystery and later Chaotic Opera on a flyer it would seem to explode off the page. I knew I would be surrounded by my kind, friends that I had not made yet. By the end of the night, I would be drenched in sweat from dancing and swirling and coughing up second-hand smoke from too many cloves. This was not LA, this was not San Francisco, hell this wasn’t even Athens, GA; this was the Central Valley and like an oasis in the desert, these bands gave us a reason to DANCE.

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Creativity can flourish anytime and anywhere. Even when an artist is not focused on bringing art to life- it grows. Inspiration flows from all spaces and time. It does not understand if it is born out of chaos. Now we are finding ourselves adapting a new routine, even if the routine is fraught with reservation. We continue on with modifications out of necessity. Thankfully there is no shortage of magic in morale, tenacity, resourcefulness on the fringe of grift and then there is hope. Music cannot be stopped. Composers are out there making melodies and sharing the fruits of their labor. Craig Sorrenti from the Central Valley Rock Academy has continued in facilitating these efforts by instructing and recording students into their futures in music. He recently produced “Why Can’t People Get Along Now?” for local artist Ron Roy. For a listen to this track visit YouTube. com/RON_ROY_DIST. Be on the lookout for releases of future tracks by the youth bands he mentors. Central Valley Rock Academy is officially open, for info and inquiries call 209-968-1310. Dominic Del Curto is proof that you cannot harness musical energy if it needs to happen. He returns with an enchanting instrumental song called “Marry Me Someday”, a tune inspired by a friend’s poem written in high school and brought to life by Del Curto just recently which actually became an integral part of this friend’s wedding soundtrack. This very personal creation can be found at http// and will


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soon be available on most traditional digital streaming services. No one can say that Stanislaus county, Modesto, and especially the downtown area does not support its economy. No one can say that even during a Pandemic, nor under the threat of civil unrest or a fire season producing air quality that is not habitable for even the healthiest person-will keep folks home and away from a makeshift entertainment area in a corridor, sidewalk or a parking lot. Check out our calendar and on Facebook for the places to find live entertainment. When we find ourselves released into the next phase there will something new and exciting from Gina Rossi, Owner/ Operator of Speakeasy Lounge and Cheroot Cigar Bar. The teams over at those two establishments are ready and eager to get back to serving their community and cannot deny that the evolution of restaurants becoming “outdoor popup bars” can be disheartening and frustrating for true clubs and bars trying to stay alive. They understand the concern at this time but find it difficult to digest loopholes in the rules. Anyone who regularly reads this column knows that this is a platform for support and promotion for our women business owners, artists and supporters. Stay tuned for info on the grand reopening of Cheroot and Speakeasy with a welcome back party and the implementation of a regular “Ladies Night” event focusing on entertainment led by female performers. Best of luck to Gina and everyone who has had to go dark during this time of COVID 19. Please send info and inquiries on Livestream opportunities, booking info and shout outs to our female entrepreneurs to


It is always great to see our local talent branch out in other creative outlets. That is just what Ed Bonilla a Stockton teacher and punk rock vocalist for the band Radical Times and Rudie Can’t Fail has done with 5 Clones. 5 Clones published by Montag Press is a thrilling science fiction novel on a not too far off dystopian future and based mainly in Stockton and with California succession from the Union. Bonilla crafts a universe that ties in topical events that are true to today’s World and at the same time creating something original and unique. He has created characters that are relatable and familiar to the reader. You will get to know the characters as they interact with fringe groups like skinheads and fundamentalist Mormons. This is a quick but interesting and engaging read. Tying the story together with redacted government documents, flashbacks and letters help the

story unfold. A few unique and cool things that add to the enjoyment of this novel are the interactive Spotify playlists. You can enjoy the music that Dan, Scar and Jocelyn are listening to as you read along. This includes “5 Clones” as recorded by Bonilla’s band Radical Times and was released as a 7” and accompanying music video in conjunction with the book with the B-Side “Deep in the Heart of Stockton”. The cover was created by local comic artist and musician Sean Miller and depicts the Toy Soldiers that are now located at the Stockton Children Museum but for years stood guard along Highway 99 at AdArt Design. 5 Clones by Ed Bonilla is a very entertaining story that you can enjoy over the weekend. I will be surprised if this book is not optioned for a major motion picture in the near future. Looking forward to the next offering in the Clone saga. 5 Clones is available direct from the author, Amazon and other outlets.

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We have a new fresh look, we are getting things cleaned up and we are all working hard to bring the Graffiti USA Museum to life. We are rolling up our sleeves and ready to start our engines and celebrate our Graffiti, Car and Music culture at the corner of Coldwell and historic US 99, aka North 9th Street. It will bring to life a night in 1962, immerse the visitors in the sights and sounds of the Graffiti USA experience. Guests will be able to walk the “10th Street”, check out KFIV radio station, check out the stores of the time, see a movie at the Drive In and even eat in a classic diner. We will celebrate our Legends of the Cruise and will create a place that will attract classic fans from around the world and build an educational center that will excite the next generation of little cruisers. This interactive museum experience will tell more of the stories that created the Graffiti day. The Graffiti USA museum needs you, your donations, your ideas, you collectibles and possibly even your cars. We are looking for community minded people to help up build this museum and make it a reality. Hopefully soon, there will be a new building to house this museum and we need you. Isn’t it past time that we bring our history to life, create this place for the people of the entire world to come visit? You can help us tell our story, change our future and become the Graffiti USA center of the universe. Drive by and take a look at 610 N 9th St. Modesto, Ca 95350 The Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum is a 501(c)3 corporation. We hope to have our first exhibits open by Graffiti Summer 2021. Please visit and see what is happening and to make a tax-deductible donation. Please join and donate today at For more information - American Graffiti Festival Quarantine Cruise Edition The North Modesto Kiwanis are presenting a safe drive through car cruise tribute at the new Graffiti USA Museum. Please join your fellow car fan and get your classic car or your daily commuter and take a cruise through Modesto’s amazing cars. There will be curbside vendors, bands to serenade your cruise as you can lap the new museum. This is a fundraiser and there will be a limited number of 2020 American Graffiti Festival Quarantine Edition shirts for $50. Please purchase to support the local causes the Kiwanis Club support. All cruisers should remain in their cars for curbside service and viewing the cars.

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Well, things are really challenging my ability to stay calm, “La Fiesta de Masque 2nd to COVID, extreme heat, and now California is on fire. I am an optimist but man if a Tsunami rolls in I am getting a surfboard and I am gone. A lot of my peeps in the community are having a hard time whether having been furloughed, unemployed, and the worst to come - homeschooling their children on ZOOM. Yikes! Now is the time to reach out for support and keep things rollin’ even if this is the not so new normal, we must go on. And one of my favorite cats, the real deal Don McCaslin Senior has passed at 93 years of age. The father of Santa Cruz Jazz RIP. I met Don on a summer day 1980 rollin’ downtown Santa Cruz with long hair and my John Lennon spectacles and was transfixed on this languid tall hippie with an Apple hat playing the vibraphone with the band, flower children dancing on the sidewalk and folks taking in the scene. I perched myself next to Don and after a tune, he turned, smiled and asked, ”Do you play?” I mentioned to him I play the piano. “Do you want to sit in?” he had asked. Don gestured, ”Play something you know.” I remember saying, “Well, Don... I don’t know nothing.” Don smiles, “Well let’s play the Blues…you can’t get lost there.” He ushered me to the piano and I hung on for dear life pounding out chords and overplaying. When it was over he stood me up and had the crowd clap for me and said: ”Did good ‘youngblood’ and nobody got hurt!” From then on I was drawn to this band with Don, whose band was Warmth because “We need more warmth in the world.” I sat in with Don at Severino’s a lounge when he was now 93 years old, and although he did not remember my name he said, ”I remember you …buy me a drink!” I sang in Autumn leaves in a horrible key for me but when done he gave me the same unconditional support that he gave to countless over the years, “Sounded good, thanks for the music!” And so it goes, thank you, Don, for the love, the support, for the enSubscribe to our You Tube channel at:

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couragement to a hungry you musician that needed to play and thanks for the music!. A side note Don gave up teaching age 40 and spent the next 53 years playing an average of 5 or more gigs a week, he lived for the music and the music lived in him and his fans. Please take a minute to reach out to the vulnerable and those that are not doing well, imagine being homeless right now. Times are tough but they will get better, but we need to take care of ourselves and each other right now. We will weather this too but in the meantime, stay safe but live your life to the fullest. Well, the show must go on folks and we need to be creative to keep life and the music and life going forward. A lot of businesses are having outside seating to accommodate folks and keep everyone safe. Café Urbano is back in business and we will be doing shows outside and keep the music going. We need all our fans to come out in this difficult time to get on with life as ah; unusual!. On the calendar for Café Urbano September: 14th and 29th the Blue Monday Party continues hosting the Jam. In the band John Adey Bass Dave Hawks drums, Andrew Rosenblum Sax, John Burt Sax and keys Dave Dow and Eric Benson. The downbeat at 7 and goes till 10 PM for listening and dancing. Thursdays old school DJ and Sat Latin music for dancing DJ. Chris Cain Band monthly, stay tune for a date late in Sept on a Sunday. Be like Alpha Beta and tell a friend! Your host Eric Benson.



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FIT VIEW Your Running Shoes By Efren Martinez

We have the latest devices in sport watches that calculate our miles, times, calories and heart rates. There‘s also dry tech clothing to keep us cool in the Summer or warm in the Winter during our workouts. Seems we have just about everything available in our fitness closet including a variety of running shoes. Like most runners and Tri-Athletes I too have different shoes for different runs. I have a running shoe for when I run on my treadmill, a running shoe for outdoor runs, a running shoe for trail runs and I even have a running shoe just to show off the “flashy” side of my own “Liberace” self. Seriously though, this flashy sequence running shoe is a running shoe, although I wouldn’t run in them. Recently I had been experiencing slower running times along with extremely more aches and pains after my runs. Everyday like many of you I just lace up my running shoes and run out the door without really checking them. Most of us runners do it without thinking. I just jump out of bed in the morning and follow the same daily routine, especially now since we are all staying home and doing our best to stop the spread of the virus.

I really needed to stop and try and figure out why I was suffering from so many pains lately after my runs. Turns out it all had to do with my outdoor running shoes. Honestly I really never looked at them. Sure they are really dirty and slipon comfortably like those favorite jeans. But unlike those jeans or even that go-to T-shirt with holes you love and have been wearing since High School, it’s best to keep an eye out on your shoe’s tread. Turns out mine were so bad that I was actually adjusting my running form to accommodate the unbalanced tread of the shoes. I was actually doing this without even noticing and that was the cause of the pain. Good news is that I quickly corrected it with another set of running shoes. I started to use my racing shoes that were light and already broken in. Incredibly the effects were instant! After running in my racers I shaved off nearly 18 minutes from my running time. The aches and pains were still there, but not as severe, just regular fitness recovery pains. So here’s the “skinny”, it’s best to keep an eye out on the wear and tear of your running shoes weekly. I also recommend you change them out every 300 miles. Remember before you go running in your new running shoes wear them on a daily basis before running in them. This will help you break them into your step and form. Happy Running!

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BARGAIN VIEW Fall... At Home By Monica Barber

The leaves falling from the trees marks that Summertime is saying goodbye in the Central Valley. The streets are sparser this year for different reasons but the community feels more connected. Grabbing a quick cup of coffee on her way to work, Ms. M finds herself nostalgic for the school buses shuttling children to school and realizes there’s nothing quite like a change of season even with a new routine for everything. Here are few ways to have fun and get the best bargain for your budget. September 10th welcomes the Edible Extravaganza… at Home. One of the area’s beloved events has modified its offerings to an at home/virtual version. However, there will be plenty of fun via their Facebook page This year, select between two packages, both will include a coupon book to the best restaurants in the area, valid for one year. The two options: $50 and a $100 VIP. The VIP, includes an Edible in a Box, a hand delivered charcuterie deliver to your door from Greens on Tenth. The proceeds benefit Center for Human Services. Info: https:// & follow on Facebook CenterForHumanServices/ There is plenty of quality family time at

home this year, isn’t there? Enjoying the movies with social distancing measures in place is finally here! Go Drive up at the Turlock Fairgrounds brings a drive-in theater experience to the area. Currently showing are family friendly films for $25 a carload. Movies are listed on the website by dates where tickets and food orders can be paid in advance online as well. More info: Going to the gym is not an option for many at the moment. Studio V has created an online version of their exercise and pilates classes, Studio V TV Online, for those working out at home. The subscription runs about $15 a month with a 7-day free trial. It’s less than a gym membership and includes over 100 workouts accessible by computer or app. More info: https:// One of the best things to do is let out your emotions. Well not to worry, Stanislaus Rage Room is literally all the rage to help you transform your negative into positive. They encourage you to come in smash as much as you want to blow off some steam. Book a session to get the stress relief you need to transform your life. Sessions range from singles to small parties of 3. Prices start at $25. Enjoy September! Kisses, m.


Happy September Modesto By Sofia Johnson Happy September Modesto! The last 6 months have been filled with lots of new hobbies but this month, I’d like to share a story with you. Not too long ago, while at the Morris dog park, I spotted a dove sitting in the bark for an unusual amount of time. As it was chased off by a dog, a friend and I watched it as it struggled to fly back over the fence to safety. I immediately called Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center where they said they would happily take the little guy in. We drove the dove out to where I was sure that he would get the best care. After dropping him off, we even received an ID number so we could call and check up on his status. It was so nice to have somewhere so accessible for us. Stanislaus Wildlife is actually part of one of my favorite childhood memories. Every year I would visit the “Baby Shower” that they would hold. We could look at lots of animals and do crafts but most importantly, the care center could raise money and collect supplies that they needed. Due to the unfortunate circumstances, they were unable to

hold this event this year but they are still in need of donations, now more than ever. If you are interested in helping out, they have created an Amazon wishlist that you can find linked to the homepage of their website at Keeping with the wildlife theme, I purchased a hummingbird feeder and all day I get to see these beautiful creatures come and go right outside my window! All I do is boil one cup of water, add 1Ž4 cup of sugar, and mix until dissolved. Then, the nectar can be poured into a container and cooled in the refrigerator. Once the mixture has cooled, it is ready for your feeder. It is also important to avoid adding any food dye as it is very bad for the birds and can make them very sick. With that, I’d like to wrap up by wishing you good health and safety with everything that this year throws at us. My next project will be putting a butterfly bush in my garden! I hope you also find ways to attract wildlife to your home and continue to support local organizations.

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Virus, heat and fires! We now must trust our instincts, trust our friends and family and trust our life experience in order to make good choices. Maybe we were never that good at trusting others or ourselves. I think having our lives endangered makes us more likely to listen to advice and follow instructions. These days I find myself more open to trust that certain things happen for a reason. Who knows? Call it Nature, Higher Power or God: There may be a perfect plan to solve the problems the world has gotten itself into. I believe that deep inside we are connected to an inborn ability to deal with adversity. We are stronger than we know. As long as we can stay away from worrying too much about what the future may bring! I can only trust and do something about the present moment. Fear of the future is useless and drains the energy out of me. So I take care of the obvious: I catch up on some sleep I didn’t get the night before. I cook some-

thing delicious. I take a bubble bath. Listen to my favorite music. Practice a mindful exercise, like Yoga or Tai Chi. I get my stuff organized. These are times to be organized - knowing where my things are gives me a feeling of trust in myself, the confidence to be ready for whatever I need to do. Knowing what is a priority and what isn’t increases trust in myself. When we concentrate on boosting our immune system and our health it gives us not only a sense of trust and confidence that we are able to help ourselves but also our loved ones and our community. It seems the best thing that we get from difficult times is that we wake up. We may now really see and appreciate what the people in our lives bring us, their talents, generosity and capabilities. Good relationships are rooted in trust. We can depend on each other, through thick and thin. As an old proverb goes:” To be trusted is to be loved”. For more info go to : taichi4modesto. com or call (209)572-4518

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MASK VIEW Don’t blow it Modesto. People, the science is simple and it is common courtesy. You may not like wearing a mask or won’t, but it is clear that transmission of COVID, or any other viral infection for that matter, is reduced if you are wearing face covering. Virus’ need a carrier and that is usually some sort of water from talking, coughing or sneezing. The mask will limit the spread of water droplets that carry the virus both on the exhale and inhale. It’s not that hard. Protect yourself, your family, friends and your coworkers and let’s keep Modesto safe.

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Darin Morris saw how much fun the bands had playing ModStock and saw the need to give them an outlet during the current pandemic. So he asked if ModestoView and the MAMAs would want to team up and of course, we jumped at the opportunity to help. Every Saturday in September tune into the ModestoView Facebook page at 6 pm for Live from VMI. True South will take the stage on the 5th, Whiskey Skulls and Triple D will Rock the Stage on the 12th and 19th respectively and Third Party will be performing on the 26th. Each Saturday a VMI band will be scheduled to open up the evening. So mark your calendars tune in and rock out every Saturday from your own home.

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