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BargainView – Roaring into 2020!

BargainView – Roaring into 2020!

Bargain View By Monica Barber Roaring into 2020! Welcome to the New Year and now you’re seeing 20/20 and it’s a fabulous time to look at the big picture. A century ago it was the roaring 20s and Ms. M may not be the best judge but she thinks there’s plenty of roaring to be […]

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Bargain View By Monica Barber Wonderful Christmastime It’s time to have a wonderful Christmas season! Ms. M has been ready for Christmas for a bit. Enjoying a warm peppermint infused hot cocoa at the Queen Bean Coffee House she’s reminiscing on the year… where did it go? The best memories to look back at are […]

By December 10, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
BargainView: Instantly November

BargainView: Instantly November

BargainView: Instantly NovemberBy Monica BarberThe time change has quite happened, yet here we are instantly in November. The warm sun of the late afternoon continues to brighten everything with nice glow. Just before dusk descends upon downtown,

By November 1, 2019 Read More →
BargainView – Step into Festival Fall

BargainView – Step into Festival Fall

Bargain View By Monica Barber Step into Festival Fall It is the time of year when the colors of the day begin to change, school is back in session and the city seems a bit quieter than the bustle of the summer months. The season of fall brings the excitement of change and with that […]

By September 6, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
BargainView – Dog Days of August

BargainView – Dog Days of August

Bargain View By Monica Barber The Dog Days of August The dog days of summer are here and they are bringing the August heat. The only thing that can beat the heat is your wallet right now and that’s because Ms. M has some fun ways for you to save while you play. Take the […]

BargainView -Jump Into July

BargainView -Jump Into July

Bargain View By Monica Barber Jump into July! It’s time to jump into Summertime Modesto! Which means lots of fun in the sun and the best part, getting more down time. Whether it’s staycationing in town, visiting friends, or sitting by the pool. If you’re worried about finding things to do there are a lot […]

BargainView –  New Year New Experiences

BargainView – New Year New Experiences

New Year, New experiences! By Monica Barber Beginning the New Year is a great time to openly embrace new ideas and experiences. Ms. M finds herself finally coming to a stop on a sunny winter afternoon and realizes how quickly the new year is upon us. Since the days and years move by so quickly […]

5 Questions with Joshua Barragan of Stinging Nettle

5 Questions with Joshua Barragan of Stinging Nettle

5 Questions with Joshua Barragan of Stinging Nettle By Monica Barber Stinging Nettle is quite possibly one of the freshest acts to arise out of the Modesto area in recent years. Already meeting with some success both locally and on the touring circuit, Nettle has caught the interest of larger labels. With the release of […]

By December 14, 2018 Read More →
BargainView – Sun, Clouds and Color

BargainView – Sun, Clouds and Color

BargainView By Monica Barber The afternoon sky is a mix of sun and clouds as this day lights up with color. It’s on the trees, the flowers and in the leaves strewn across the ground. Ms. M finds herself fortunate enough to be able to enjoy to soak up the colors during this season preparing […]

By November 4, 2018 Read More →
BargainView: Lots to be Thankful for!

BargainView: Lots to be Thankful for!

by Monica Barber The afternoon sky is a mix of sun and clouds as this day lights up with color. It’s on the trees, the flowers and in the leaves strewn across the ground. Ms. M finds herself fortunate enough to be able to enjoy to soak up the colors during this season preparing for […]

By November 1, 2018 Read More →
BargainView – Season of Mellow

BargainView – Season of Mellow

Season of Mellow By Monica Barber Summer might be the high season but Labor Day welcomes in that time of year that Keats called the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Ms. M throws a light sweater in her bag and plans her day around the cool weather. The temperature drop marks the turning of […]

By September 2, 2018 Read More →
BargainView – Hello July!

BargainView – Hello July!

BargainView By Monica Barber Hello July! Hope you’re ready for the Summer, Modesto because it’s ready for you. Today finds Ms. M by the pool sipping iced tea and reading a murder mystery. She’s been trying her hand at the Summer Reading Challenge at the Downtown Modesto Library this year. Good news dolls, the challenge […]

By June 28, 2018 Read More →
5 questions with Josephine Johnson

5 questions with Josephine Johnson

5 questions with Josephine Johnson Written by Monica Barber   As a singer-songwriter, Josephine Johnson has continued to create music that resonates with the hearts of her listeners. Josephine is a talented instrumentalist switching between ukulele and guitar in her live performances. More often than not her songs are an insight into her life and tell the tales […]

By June 21, 2018 Read More →
5 Questions with The Spicy Latina, Serena Gamboa

5 Questions with The Spicy Latina, Serena Gamboa

5 Questions with The Spicy Latina, Serena Gamboa By Monica Barber   Some people have a better knack at being completely comfortable with themselves than others are. They’re the types who are at ease instantly in a new situation, and seem as natural to the environment the way the sun looks perfect no matter where […]

By June 11, 2018 Read More →
5 questions with Zodiac Gallery’s Dustin Carpenter

5 questions with Zodiac Gallery’s Dustin Carpenter

5 questions with Zodiac Gallery’s Dustin Carpenter by Monica Barber   Six to eight months ago, Dustin Carpenter was playing an art walk at Colossal tattoo in Turlock and I might’ve have overlooked him, but the music & beats he was playing caught my ear and blew my mind. Musically known by the moniker, Zodiac […]

By April 29, 2018 Read More →