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A TIME TO PERFORM By Kaye Osborn

June has arrived and it’s cruisin’ time in Modesto. A time to reflect and embrace on our past with vintage cars, rock-n-roll, and dancing! There are many events springing up around our area. Check out this month’s edition for all the family friendly celebrations being offered. Add the McHenry Museum to your list. Saunter around the exhibits and make a beeline for the American Graffiti fire engine red diner downstairs. Listen to the rocking tunes and imagine yourself in an automobile cruising McHenry Avenue. Those were happy days! Get your Graffiti on and head to the State Theatre for the Grease Sing-A-Long on June 9 and belt it out to those catchy songs. Summer lovin’ fun.

GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS Beyond: June 9 2pm and 7pm Foster Family Theater – Tickets $20 Center Stage Kids, Modesto’s premier performing arts academy will present “Beyond”. More than eighty young performers, from ages 5 to 19, will sing and dance to some of Broadway’s famous composers embellished by an original scene dialogue. The enthusiastic cast will explore the limitless realms of youthful imaginationaccompanied by a three-piece combo. Dawn Peterson, the founder and master teacher, eagerly invites you to this memorable show.

ANYTHING GOES: June 30-July 8 Modesto Performing Arts (Modesto’s oldest theater group) proudly has embraced the Gallo Center for the Arts as it’s new performing home. The musical tells an amusing and romantic story through Cole Porter’s memorable scores. A cast of eclectic characters board the S.S. American bound for the U.S. from England.

MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 ~ 7:30 p.m., THE METAMORPHOSIS, Tales from Greek mythology by Ovid ~ Adapted for stage by Mary Zimmerman, Directed by Jim Johnson, El Capitan Building – Cabaret West Dance Theatre, Tickets: $10 General/$8 Student, Seniors (62 or better) ~ mjc.tix.com

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About the Author:

Kaye Osborn retired from Lakewood School in 2009. She taught Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children for 34 years. Kaye continues directing the Lakewood Youth Theater and teaching the Lakewood Sign Club. She teaches American Sign Language at Modesto Junior College as well as a two-week Young Writers Camp held every summer at CSUS. Kaye is the Parliamentarian of the McHenry Museum docents. She loves giving school tours at the museum. Kaye is also involved in Delta Gamma Kappa, Epislon Nu. She is passionate about exercise and life. Her dream when she retired was to work out more everyday. You can find her morning, noon and night taking classes, teaching Zumba or playing disc golf. Her husband Jerry (of 39 years), also a retired educator, enjoys cooking gourmet meals, riding his bike or playing disc golf. On a weekly basis, Kaye and Jerry enjoy volunteering in their daughter’s kindergarten class in North Highlands. Being grandparents to a bubbly, adorable little boy named Glen, who was seven in March and to a sweet, lovable almost 4-year-old Charlotte, is the BEST! Kaye adores her family: Amanda, her husband Nate, Glen and Charlotte live in Fair Oaks and Megan, an 8th grade math teacher, her husband Art, and their dogs live in Modesto. Kaye is a recipient of numerous teaching awards including 2015 Outstanding Woman of the Year, Stanislaus Arts Council Excellence in Arts Education, Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year, Rotary Club Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Girl Scouts World of the Arts Excellence Award.