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BargainView – Happy New Year

By Monica Barber
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! From my place in the valley to yours I wish all of you nothing but the best in 2016. Ms. M finds herself sipping a lovely mimosa this morning pondering the thought of happiness in 2016. Often people wish happiness for themselves and others in the New Year but struggle for ways to bring it in their lives. Since this lady loves to welcome a lot of happiness everyday into life she has plenty of ways to share with you that won’t make your wallet feel pinched!

At the turn of the 20th century entertainment could be found in the arts. People would travel far and wide to happily attend exhibitions celebrating art. Step into the past at Carnegie Art Center in Turlock to see the final days of Alphonse Mucha: The Golden Age of Art Nouveau. The exhibit includes over 70 original works by Alphonse Mucha, whom many consider the creator of the Art Nouveau style, drawn from the height of his career in Paris, 1890-1910. Exhibit ends January 10th.Don’t miss it! Tickets $10; Students/Seniors $8, Children under 12: Free. Info:

Happiness sometimes is simply a hop, skip and a jump away from you. Look no further, Rockin’ Jump has a fun way to bounce your troubles away. Located in Modesto’s McHenry Village this trampoline park is just what you need to laugh your cares away. For $10 per hour or $14 for 90 minutes you can let loose. Don’t forget to buy your Rockin’ socks for $2 and pretend you’re a kid again. Special deal Rockin’ Tots for parents with little ones on Tues, Weds and Saturdays; $15 jump time for parent and child. Jump around! Info:

There’s nothing quite like taking in a movie for a bit of departure from your everyday life to bring you cheer. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to dress up and pretend to be someone else then check out the Golden Globe and Oscar award winning musical film Victor/Victoria at the state on January 16th at 10:30 am. Julie Andrews shines amazingly as a struggling soprano turned male impersonator alongside Robert Preston and James Garner. Tickets $4 for this matinee. Info:

A little excitement and amazement is great for the soul when you have had enough chicken soup. Try a bit of daring and delight by taking in a performance of The Peking Acrobats at the Gallo Center on January 29th. This is an evening of wonderment that will renew your belief in the potential of human possibility. The troupe includes China’s most talented acrobats, contortionists, tumblers, gymnasts and more accompanied by live musicians. Check it out! Tickets $15-45. Info:

Here’s looking forward to 2016! Make it Count!
Kisses, m.



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