Time to Perform during August By Kaye Osborn

Believe it or not, many Central Valley children head back to school in August. The traditional September school start is a thing of the past. Get involved at your children’s school…on a weekly basis volunteer in their classrooms, help with special activities and if you can’t physically go to their school ask how you can help from your home. You can make a difference!


The Sound of Music: Modesto Performing Arts presentation of the Rogers and Hammerstein’s universally loved musical based on the Von Trapp family’s experience in Germany. August 17-18, 24-25- 7:30 p.m. August 18-19, 25-26- 2 p.m.

Saturday, August 25th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. will be a Western BBQ and Hoedown. Dance to Home Grown. Square Dancers will demonstrate and teach dances. Learn how to dance a Virginia Reel! A delicious meal is included with the price of your ticket. For more information call the McHenry Museum at 577-5235

Turlock Youth Performing Arts Presents: Sweeney Todd-School Edition Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor. Aug17th @7 pm Aug 18th @ 2 & 7pm – Aug. 19th @ 2 pm Tickets: $12.00 Turlock Community Theatre Tickets available at Carnegie ARTS Center or at the Door…or call 537-5227

The Third Edition of Valley’s Got Talent: Enjoy the many talented performers that live in our area: singers, dancers, and musicians will compete for cash prizes and the honor of being best in the valley. Friday, August 24 – 7 p.m. (audience voting performance) Saturday, August 25- 7 p.m. (winners announced)

Here are the amazing local talents that will perform Clickin’ Cousins from Oakdale – Specialty Duet The Dance Academy from Modesto – Dance Ensemble Funstummers Ukulele Band from Modesto – Specialty Ensemble Kaysie Gonzalez from Modesto – Instrumental Solo SofieGonzalez from Modesto – Instrumental Solo Jarmma from Turlock – VocalEnsemble Juline Regional Youth Ballet from Modesto –Dance Ensemble Lenious from Stockton – Specialty Solo Andrew Merrill from Modesto – Dance Solo Drew Monson from Modesto – Specialty Solo Naina and Manpreet from Tracy – Dance Duet NikkiPietro LaChance from Atwater – Vocal Solo BlairShearer-Popo from Modesto – Dance Solo Gregory Pyatt from Modesto – Vocal Solo Ronnie & PJ Rodrigues from Escalon – Vocal Duet HeathRojas from Turlock – Instrumental Solo Josh Rosenblum Band from Modesto – Vocal Group Teneisha Runner from Turlock – Vocal Solo 1 The Sensations from Modesto – Vocal Group Stop Motion Poetry from Modesto – Vocal Group 4 StrutStudio of Dance from Modesto – Dance Ensemble Ryan Maharaj’s Tashan from Ceres – Dance Ensemble Television Skies from Oakdale – Vocal Group Turlock Youth Performing Arts Troupe (TYPA) from Turlock – Vocal Ensemble RosieVaughn from Ripon – Vocal Solo Travis Vick from Manteca – Vocal Solo Youth Gone Wild from Modesto – Vocal Ensemble



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.