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Christmas Canceled by the Grinch?

Christmas Canceled?
By Efren Martinez

According to Mr. Grinch, Christmas is canceled this year or he’d like it to be. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, the Grinch is at it again as he tries doing his worst to steal your 2015 Christmas. Lately he’s been seen at Modesto on Ice wreaking havoc there as well as cruising around town swiping your children’s outdoor Christmas decorations. He’s also been seen plotting his evil Christmas plans at Fuzio’s, giving Santa a bad time at our holiday parade, and being kicked out of Walgreen’s for making a mess in the holiday aisle. Friends, this mean green guy has got to be chased out of Modesto once again! Last year the children did a wonderful job getting him to hightail his fuzzy green butt out of our city. Children! Make sure you come join the rest of the boys and girls this Saturday December 12th for The Spirit of Giving “Jingle Bell Run” at our beautifully decorated Modesto View “Rockin’ Holiday” in downtown Modesto. There will be a 5K walk/run/race as well as a festival like snow falling atmosphere with The Quake DJ and yes, the Grinch will be there to disrupt your holiday fun. Boys and girls, the kids fun run is free for children under 10 years of age and I’m encouraging everyone to bring at least one can of food to donate to our friends in need this holiday season.
Modesto! Let’s show this mean green Grinch that Modesto is nowhere where he wants to be, without hurting him of course. Let’s just chase him out of town with the hopes that he will repent through your heartfelt eyes and your spirit of giving.

For more information on The Spirit of Giving “Jingle Bell Run” or to fallow the Grinch’s bad Christmas behavior, please visit the websites below.

When: Saturday. Race day registration pickup, 7-8 a.m.; 5k run/walk starts at 8:30; children’s free quarter-mile Grinch run starts at 9:45; awards ceremony at 10. Holiday festival continues until 2 p.m. Silly String Band at 3 pm and Brass Christmas Concert at 5 pm with Rockin’ Music at 6 pm.

Where: Tenth Street Plaza, 1010 10th St. Festival events are all free.

Cost to race: Age 13 and older, $35; 12 and under, $20, includes T-shirt and participation medal
More info: or call Mike Araiza at 209-480-8599, or the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department at 209-577-5344.



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About the Author:

I answered the call back in 1983; mixing Music and Entertainment with an eccentric European style has always come easy for me. In the early 80's I was the Disc Jockey for most of the high school dances in Modesto. In the late 80's I found myself in Hollywood working as a dancer and sound engineer for various professional recording industries. In 1990 my wife of 25 years and I started (The Quake Mobile DJ ®) which was seeded from San Francisco's 1985, The Quake, radio station that only lasted a short while on the air. 26 years later The Quake Mobile DJ is bigger & better than ever in the Entertainment industry. Real-Estate, photojournalism, event promoter, saving animals, travel and fitness are a few other of my interests. I also enjoy motivational speaking to children and to those who are struggling with addiction. In my life, I have always been a very direct person and once I see a goal I won't quit till I've achieved it. But out of all of the above I feel in my heart that the best inspiration in my life is my wife and my love for the faith that I practice. Phil 4:20