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ModestoView’s Weekly Greeting is Back

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ModestoView Weekly Greeting

Greetings Modesto Area Friends:

Welcome to our first weekly greeting! Many of you used to get our weekly greeting back in the mid-2000s, but here we are, back and better than ever so that you make the most of your Modesto living experience.

Modesto is the home of American Graffiti, the home of George Lucas, and the birthplace of Star Wars, and in 1938, the birth of Rockabilly music. Since 1997, ModestoView has been here spreading our positive messages. There is so much to be proud of. Each week, we will give you tips to make living or visiting here even better.

If you have an event tip, please let us know at and our editor is Middagh Goodwin.

Thank you so much for being a Modesto friend and fan of ModestoView.
Chris Murphy – Founder and Publisher

Top 10 Things To Do In Modesto
Thursday 9 pm Mat Davis Acoustic at Tresetti’s
Friday 7 pm Hot Club Faux Gitane at Barkin Dog Grill
Friday 6 pm The Flowers, Sloome at Mod Spot
Friday 8 pm Friday Karla Kane – Moon & Sixpence
Friday/Saturday 8 pm MSO – Gallo Center for the Arts
Saturday 10 am Modesto Custom Car Show at Modesto Customs
Saturday 9 am Veterans Day Parade Downtown Modesto
Thursday & Saturday Modesto Certified Farmers Market
Sunday 3 pm Leah Shoshanah at Congregation Beth Shalom
Sunday 4 pm Petula Clark at Gallo Center for the Arts

Coming Soon! Tom Petty Tribute

Tom Petty Tribute at the State Theatre November 18. Celebrate the life of Tom Petty and hear all of his great hits performed by local MAMA bands, Doug Petty and the Chartbreakers, Third Party, Gary Gervase Band, and Mark Mascenti Band.   Advance tix $15 at

Tom Petty Tribute Show

Check out our Calendar for a complete listing of area events in the ModestoView and online Calendar

5 Spots for Coffee in Downtown Modesto

Preservation Coffee & Tea 1030 J Street-They take coffee as seriously as we do. Quick and friendly service regardless if you want just a cup of joe or one of their signature drinks. Great spot to hang out with some friends or get some work done and check out some local art. Great WiFi connection. Open 6am-7pm M-F 7am-5pm Sat and 7am-3pm Sun.
Deva Cafe 1220 J Street-Come on out for Sunday Breakfast, gourmet food, great coffee and some of the best music every Sunday 8am-12pm. Check out the large display of local art or pick up some local music. They also serve beer and wine. Free WiFi Open Mon-Sat 7am-3pm Check their calendar for evening events.
Queen Bean Coffee House 1126 14th Street-Tucked in off the beaten path but well worth it. Great Coffee, smoothies and other delights. Very comfy with a large outside patio. Tons of events including an award-winning Open Mic every Sunday and Art Classes Poetry Nights and more. Free WiFi. 7:30am-8pm Mon-Thurs 7:30-10 Fri-Sun.
Mocha Magic 920 16th Street-Family owned Coffee and Sandwich Shop. Cofee(locally roasted) is good, sandwiches and soup are great and they also serve Ice Cream. Indoor and outdoor seating and quiet. No WiFi Open 7:30-4:30 Mon-Fri.
Heart & Soul Coffee 930 11th Street-Located in the old FatCat Lounge, Heart and Soul is new to the downtown landscape. If you just want a cup of joe you are in luck but like most of the cafe on this list, they take java seriously. Comfortable seating, well lit and high ceilings. Great place to get some work done or meet some friends. Free WiFi Open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm.
Sam & Dave’s Market 1111 I Street– For a fantastic cup of coffee no frills stop in at Sam & Dave’s.Nice selection of doughnuts, sandwiches and other snacks. You will immediately feel welcome and be greeted with a smile. Free WiFi Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm


Veterans Day is November 11.
We remember and recognize those that have served and still serve today. We can’t forget the sacrifices that the few make for so many.

It is important to remember as we face a more complicated world and we only go into battle only when necessary that there are so many ready to serve and all of their lives are valuable.

Their stories are important to learn and their experiences can teach you a lot. So let’s make sure that we are flying our flags on November 11.

Originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of hostilities at the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954

Here are some of the events that will mark Veterans Day. Read More


Modesto designer pioneered early mechanical voting
by Lee Davis, Founder, Modesto Design Collective.
As we head to the polls this month, it seems only appropriate to feature a pioneering Modesto designer who invented the early 19th-century voting machine.

I ventured out on a chilly autumn morning to the Modesto Pioneer Cemetery to find the gravestone of celebrated Modesto architect and inventor, Julian Mourot. The stone was overgrown with weedy grass but Mourot’s legacy remains unsullied as one of our city’s most prolific designers.

He was born in 1842 in Illinois and studied with a leading architectural firm there before settling in Modesto in 1879 until his death in 1928. Read More

The BigView

By Tasha Williams
There is something special about this time of year. We are experiencing a wonderful harvest, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and the tastiest treats at our local farmer’s markets. But as we go into the fall, we are thinking about the people that create, make and invent. The holidays are not that far away so it is not too late to get really creative and dive into our local area makers.
You may not dive in, but you may crash into some local makers like our own Tasha Williams did when she met up with the creative folks from ModShop. Friends, these people are what make the Greater Modesto Area (Stanislaus County) so special. We celebrate their ideas and handiwork and hope you like your tour. Read More


If you luv music you’re gonna love this
By Eric Benson
And on to Fall & the Holidaze we go. Button up your overcoats and find that old umbrella you’re going to need pretty soon.

Plenty to do this month before we come together with family and friends to cool the goose on Thanksgiving and then on to the frenzied pace of Christmas & merriment to be had. So here’s to the changing of the seasons, harvest festivals, daylight saving, waking up in the dark, and the last days of the farmer’s markets. Read More


By Leia Johnson
At five years old, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ was my favorite song. As all do, I grew and changed, but my love for The Beatles was firm. Last Spring, I took the Modesto Junior College class regarding the history of the British group. ‘The Music of The Beatles’ covers the magnitude of the fab four’s influence, from albums, movies, groundbreaking projects and musicians today.

Steve Grubbs, the professor of the class, uses every platform to conduct his teaching. He would play the original recording of a song, then show it with post-production, and hop over to the piano to break down the musicianship of the song.

After understanding the notes, he would tell us who composed it and the meaning of symbolism in the song. Of course, we didn’t have to do that with all 237 songs, a lot of class time is dedicated to their influences in fashion and world politics. Read More

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