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BargainView – Ambiance of Fall

By Monica Barber

There’s a slight chill in the breeze that tickles the bones on this fine afternoon. In fact, Ms. Monica has caught a light sneeze while sitting outside of Concetta’s enjoying a glass of wine. Folding my handkerchief I realize how lovely it is to enjoy the ambiance of fall and a skeleton walks by. It’s definitely the season darlings and not the wine. You never know what you’ll spy out and about in Modesto. Just make sure not to lose track of your wallet because skeletons do play tricks.

So let’s keep your bones in the money… October wouldn’t be the same without Oktoberfest! Check out the 31st annual celebration on October 3rd that honors German heritage with some of the area’s finest wines, micro-brews and authentic German cuisine. Enjoy live entertainment and more. The first 100 committed sober designated drivers 21 & over will receive a free gas card from Cruisers and a free entry into the event compliments of the Modesto Chamber. $25 tickets. More info:

To experience the diversity of many cultures check out The International Festival. Celebrate all heritages October 4th at MJC East Campus. This free event runs from 11AM to 5PM. Opening ceremony includes a special poem from Modesto’s Poet Laureate Gillian Wegener. Doors open at 10:30AM with limited seating. More information:

Haunted Houses are interesting places. People find that they don’t want to live in one but they will visit. Visiting ghosts and goblins might get you in the mood for Halloween. Celebrated for its intense scare The Higbee Horror Haunt continues to shock and frighten starting weekends October 1st through November 1st. more info: For an all ages option Haunted House consider visiting the McHenry Mansion evenings starting October 24th-31st for the Haunted Mchenry Mansion.Enjoy a Maze, Games and all ages fun.

When women come together it is a powerful thing, a united force that moves with intention. The 1st Annual Northern California Women’s Music Festival on October 18th at the Prospect Theater is a celebration of Women in Music, Art, Literature, Poetry, and Business including local vendors, musicians, artists, and poets. Running from 5-11:30pm the festival performers for the evening include: Deborah Yates, Marirose Powell, Karmen Buttler, Patty Castillo Davis, Raylene Kemp, Mattea Overstreet, Iraya Cress, Victoria Boyington, The Funstrummers, The House of Orange and more. Tickets are $10. For more info:

Close out your chilling month with some ambiance and calming sounds. Every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday evening The Queen Bean hosts an Acoustic Night that will relax your weary bones. Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while you take in the somber sounds. All ages event welcomes everyone. Don’t get on the wrong side of a skeleton but get out and enjoy the season! Happy Harvest and Halloween, Modesto! xx, m.



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