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By Monica Barber

Let the fools be plenty and the hearts merry, as the Spring cheers on through. It’s an unusually warm afternoon as I’m watching ants marching in the sun and I think about the end of the month stomping into April. Ms. M often wonders if people notice the foolishness of the insects and animals as the ants toiling away indicates the emergence of a rainstorm soon to arrive. While the month of April might be known for its foolishness and rain you shouldn’t let it be remembered for dampening your fun or making a fool of your finances. Enjoy and experience a few events and places around Modesto on a practical budget.

The first week of the month welcomes back the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market. Fresh is the word when you pick up your produce and wares. The Market is a long honored tradition and has been open every Thursday and Saturday Mornings for over 30 years! Don’t miss out on opening day Thursday April 2nd and make sure you head out on April 4th for the Easter Egg Hunt. Every Thursday & Saturday 7 am-1 pm.

Alright baseball fans the season is officially starting in town! Ready yourself for the Modesto Nuts Home Opener on April 16th at John Thurman Field. Game starts at 7:05pm and the timer is running out for you to pick up your tickets. Phone Orders and In Person Orders are welcomed. Tickets $6-13. Call 209-572-4487 or Online for info:

Celebrate the Earth with the 26th Annual Earth Day in the Park! Become a recycling hero from 10am to 5pm on April 18th at Graceda Park. There will be opportunities to gather educational information on environmental issues combined with fun for the entire family. Don’t miss this event that includes music, entertainment, arts & crafts with an assortment of great food vendors. There is an Art Contest for ages K-12 with entries to be submitted on 4/19. Download instructions online: For information on this event call (209) 577-5495

The life of an artist is a grand excursion into passion. If you’ve often wondered how an artist lives and finds inspiration then wonder no more. Stanislaus County’s 5th Annual Open Artist Studio gives you the opportunity to tour and view some of the most breathtaking artwork from the finest in Modesto Area art scene in their studio spaces. The Artists Open Studios will be Saturday April 25 & Sunday April 26. AOS Tour booklets are available at local galleries and the Modesto Convention & Visitor’s Center for $10. More info:

Take note of the world around you as you enjoy April’s foolish fun & remember to maintain your wallet.

xo, m.



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