Monica Barber – Modestoview https://www.modestoview.com The Independent Guide to the Modesto Area Since 1997 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:13:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 87300716 BargainView: Welcome Back August! https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-welcome-back-august/ Mon, 02 Aug 2021 19:09:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=25402 BargainView: Welcome Back August!By Monica Barber The longest and warmest days of summer are upon us with the month of August. Ms M is enjoying a cooler day in town, sipping an iced tea on the Fuzio’s patio and listening to the sounds of summer. First time in a while, there is noise in the […]]]>

BargainView: Welcome Back August!
By Monica Barber

The longest and warmest days of summer are upon us with the month of August. Ms M is enjoying a cooler day in town, sipping an iced tea on the Fuzio’s patio and listening to the sounds of summer. First time in a while, there is noise in the plaza and it is the most wonderful sound. If you want to step out and enjoy the summer here are some ways to play and save.

Give yourself a break from technology and connect with your neighbors. National Night Out is August 3th. From 6-9 pm, Modesto area residents across the nation are encouraged to go outside and spend time getting to know the neighbors in order to prevent crime in our community. Modesto neighborhoods have participated in this event in the past in various ways; some include block parties, barbeques, potlucks and cookouts while playing games. For more information on how to register your neighborhood event or how to organize in your area go to: https://www.modestogov.com/295/National-Night-Out

August 8th welcomes back one of the area’s favorite live events, Modstock at Graceada Park. The 11h annual free music festival kicks off at 10 am and rocks the day away until dusk. The event includes over 50 musical acts, including local favorites and all of the youth bands produced by VMI Rocks. Social distancing protocols may be in place and posted. Be safe, enjoy the music, food, art, crafts and plenty of family fun. http://www.modstock.org

One of the most renowned events in the Modesto Area is the American Graffiti Festival and Car Show Parade. The 22nd annual festival cruises in August 20th and goes through the 22nd after a delay due to COVID-19. The classic car parade starts Friday, August 20th at 5:30 pm in downtown Modesto and continues up McHenry Avenue then circling back. The festival car show will be held at Modesto Municipal Golf Course, Saturday, August 21st and Sunday 22nd with a $10 entry fee for Adults and children ages 12 and older. There is no charge to view the parade. Info: http://www.americangraffitifestival.com/

Bring your own instrument and join in the fun of a Drum Circle. On Saturday, August 28th, Drum Love will be hosting a drum circle in the MoRo Music Garden in front of the Gallo Center from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Because of Covid safety protocols, there will be minimal or no drums or percussion to use on-site. All are encouraged to bring their own or join in by chanting, singing or clapping. Additionally, there are built-in instruments in the garden that will be available for use. More info: https://facebook.com/events/s/drum-circle-at-the-moro-music-/285619783328317/

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BargainView: It’s July Dive In https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-its-july-dive-in/ Tue, 29 Jun 2021 16:41:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=25266 BargainView: It’s July! Dive in!by Monica Barber Summer is here and it is time to dive into everything that is happening right now! Ms M. is taking in a pleasant afternoon sipping an iced lemonade while running errands in Downtown Modesto. She knows that there are no worries involved in making plans to enjoy the […]]]>

BargainView: It’s July! Dive in!
by Monica Barber

Summer is here and it is time to dive into everything that is happening right now! Ms M. is taking in a pleasant afternoon sipping an iced lemonade while running errands in Downtown Modesto. She knows that there are no worries involved in making plans to enjoy the summertime because there is plenty to do while having fun in the sun. Here are a few ways to stretch your dollar and have a great time this July!

Welcome back the Fourth of July Parade, Modesto! Last year’s parade was deeply missed. Downtown Modesto has been celebrating the Fourth for 148 years. This year because the holiday falls on a Sunday the historical parade will take place on July 3rd. The parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Come out and support local floats from community groups, schools and marching bands. http://www.modestojulyparade.com/

Many of Modesto’s traditional events were greatly missed last year and the summer season was not the same without the annual Concert in the Park series at Graceda. This year MoBand and their wonderful Concerts in the Park are back! The first three Thursdays of July the band will play on. The performances start at 8 p.m. so get there early to reserve your best seat. Bring friends, family food, drinks and good cheer. This is an all-ages free event. Info: http://www.moband.org/

After being online for nearly the last year-plus, Poetry Night at the Queen Bean returns to an outdoor event with a new day and time on July 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event will return the following month to take place the first Saturday and continue each month. As the Queen Bean Coffee House welcomes back poetry fans into their outdoor patio seating area, social distancing standards will be enforced unless posted otherwise at the day of the event. Info: https://www.facebook.com/Poetry-Night-at-Queen-Bean-472727216207792/

Calling all artists and art aficionados! The Modesto Art Walk returns on July 15th from 5-8 p.m. Step out for the evening and enjoy a walk while you take in the artistry of local crafters and artisans. Participating galleries include Mistlin Gallery, Chartreuse Muse, and Dragonfly Art for Life and more. Galleries will display yellow balloons outside of their businesses for patrons to locate their spaces easily. Step out and support local, Modesto. Your art community needs you! Info: https://ccaagallery.org

Our favorite local arthouse theater The State is back open for your viewing pleasure with some capacity requirements for each screening and a schedule filled with some of the hottest films. There are movies listing and printable calendars located on their website. Info: https://thestate.org/ or call 209-527-4697.

 

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BargainView: Hello Lovely Summer! https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-hello-lovely-summer/ Fri, 04 Jun 2021 17:36:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=25105 BargainView: Hello Lovely Summer!By Monica Barber Welcome to Summer! It’s that lovely time of year where an ice-cold lemonade sounds heavenly as the temperatures make their way toward the 90s and today Ms M is sipping a pink lemonade she picked up from the Queen Bean. As she sips slowly she ponders how wonderful it […]]]>

BargainView: Hello Lovely Summer!
By Monica Barber

Welcome to Summer! It’s that lovely time of year where an ice-cold lemonade sounds heavenly as the temperatures make their way toward the 90s and today Ms M is sipping a pink lemonade she picked up from the Queen Bean. As she sips slowly she ponders how wonderful it is to have made it halfway through the year. Also, she thinks it’s time to get out to have some fun now that things are re-opening. If you are ready to get out and experience what Modesto has to offer again, there is a lot to do that will keep your budget in line.

Indoor movies are back just in time for summer! Regal cinema offers a weekly family favorite feature movies for $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays all summer long as a part of their Summer Movie Express. Both movies will be shown on both days. The Smurfs: Lost Village and A Dog’s Way Home will be playing on June 1st and 2nd. COVID-19 protocols will be posted at the theater. 3969 McHenry Blvd. Modesto, CA 95356. The full summer schedule can be found here: regmovies.com/static/en/us/promotions/summer-movie-express

Get out and have some laughs with friends, Cheroot Comedy Night is back on June 10th where Anthony K welcomes some of the funniest comedians in the nation. The evening is 21+ and features a full bar in one of the local areas renowned cigar bars. Arrive early for the best seats and time to grab a cocktail. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Info: https://fb.me/e/TWW2U0hL 915 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354. 209-492-9141

Live music is back and it’s been away too long. Deva Café while under new management, still hosts great music, great cuisine and a great time. On June 12th, local music act Kendra and the Bunnies will be playing with a $7 entry fee at Deva Café. This is a wonderful change of pace and a chance for anyone to step out for the evening. Info: https://fb.me/e/Qv9ZezhQ 1202 J Street, Modesto, CA 95354. 209-572-3382

Make a splash and keep the summer heat away! The City of Modesto Parks and Rec department hosts a number of outdoor splash grounds throughout the city in neighborhood parks that are open all summer through Labor Day. They are free for use and available for families and kids from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.daily. Info: https://www.modestogov.com/543/Splash-Grounds

Stay cool and have fun, Modesto! Kisses, M

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BargainView: Amazing April! https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-amazing-april/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 15:43:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=24806 BargainView: Amazing April!By Monica Barber Spring has sprung and brought with it the loveliest of flowers and greenery this year. Much like the bloom of flowers, things are slowly opening back up for enjoyment. Ms M takes in a book paired with an iced coffee outside of Preservation Coffee on a warm afternoon while enjoying […]]]>

BargainView: Amazing April!
By Monica Barber

Spring has sprung and brought with it the loveliest of flowers and greenery this year. Much like the bloom of flowers, things are slowly opening back up for enjoyment. Ms M takes in a book paired with an iced coffee outside of Preservation Coffee on a warm afternoon while enjoying the sight of people walking downtown again. There is nothing quite like the sound of a busy downtown on a warm day. With the warmer temperatures, you are certain to step outside more often. Here are a few ways you can get the best bargain for your buck.

The Easter Bunny continues to hop onward and so should you. Enjoy a free drive-thru Easter EGGSPLOSION event hosted by Modesto’s New Life Church on Saturday, April 3rd from 10 am to Noon. There is fun planned for the whole family that you can take part in all from the safety of your vehicle. There will be Easter Eggs passed out to the first 1000 children. Also on hand will be the Easter Bunny and friends for your enjoyment. Info: https://fb.me/e/1hXxK0Od0

Never underestimate the power of the theatre! From April 9th through the the11th Modesto’s Prospect Theater Presents The Postman Always Rings Twice via its PTP Radio Cavalcade. The radio play format is a bit of nostalgia with a live theatre feeling. The PTP Radio Cavalcade Players have had a successful season with multiple radio plays that lets you sit back and enjoy a bit of the Golden Age of radio. Enjoy this classic in an innovative and enjoyable format. Tickets to stream: $10. More info: https://prospecttheaterproject.org/

March Showers brought April flowers to the gardens On April 17th, Modesto Garden Club hosts their annual Spring Garden Tour. From 9 am to 4 pm, you are invited to enjoy 5 classic homes and gardens that are all within walking distance. This event has boasted some of the most delightful gardens and homes in the Modesto area. It is the opportunity to take in the spring colors. Tickets: $25. Info: https://www.modestogardenclub.org/

The Modesto streets are typically alive with the sound of music! April 22nd brings a socially distanced event, for spring, An Earth Day Spring Fever Vibes Concert. The event is free and features the 2019 Valley Talent Project, Winner Kalea Jackson. She will be supported by other acts from Modesto Rocks. The event is from 6 to 9 pm and ala tailgate style, with masks required and a socially distanced setting. Donations are encouraged and a Tip Jar will be available. More Info: https://fb.me/e/1iaMUh85s

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BargainView: March Forward https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-march-forward/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:16:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=24659 BargainView: March Forward

By Monica Barber

March forward into Spring! The weather is warming and Ms M finds herself more and more outside in the garden enjoying the slow process of watching her flowers bloom. March is a great month for starting to get outdoors again safely and enjoy the warmer temperatures. Here are a few ideas that will let you save a few dollars whether you decide to step outside or stay inside.

Positive speaking is a powerful tool and MJC West Campus hosts another virtual session of their 2020-2021 Positive People Speaker Series on March 4th with Dr Amelia Herrera, a teacher at Davis High School, She has a background in diversity from working with students of various backgrounds for the last fourteen years. This virtual event features local community members who have diverse experience, unique perspective or have overcome challenges to achieve their goals. All are invited to participate in this event. 6 pm Zoom event. Info: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/sdncl/pospeople.php

The Queen Bean Coffeehouse is hosting its annual Spring Fling Vendor market event on March 13th! From 11 am to 3 pm, this free outdoor event will host local small businesses and a free raffle. The Queen Bean will be offering coffee and food for purchase for those who love to grab a snack, while they shop and support local. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support local. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/the-queen-bean-coffee-house/spring-fling/150883316598942/

The journey of making a film is amazing. On March 17th, at 7 pm the Gallo Arts Center gives you the chance to meet two filmmakers renowned for their ability to capture some of the most extreme feats of adventure and the world’s most secluded and unwelcoming places. Bryan Smith’s, stories of adventure come to the screen from deep canyons in the South Pacific’s to Niagra Falls frozen waters. Keith Ladzinski brings the impossible to the screen with his adventures, which include chasing tornadoes, hanging from enormous natural arches, to swimming with the alligators. Tickets for this event are $15 per household.

Runners on your mark, get set and go! The Virtual Modesto Marathon races into town on March 20-28th. The world-renowned race takes place in a different manner and you can complete it wherever you like in your own beautiful tree-city neighborhoods, urban landscape, with a view of the mountains or along the coastline. Runners have a full week to complete their races from 3/20-3/28/21. The virtual race event is a historical change from the traditional race and all races being the same price of $45. It is a lot of fun for all ages and you can sign up online to be a part of this great event. Race swag is included with all entries. Info:www.modestomarathon.com

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BargainView: Love Is In The Details https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-love-is-in-the-details/ Mon, 01 Feb 2021 18:05:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=24079 BargainVie: Love Is In The DetailsBy Monica Barber Hello Viewers, happy belated 2021! Loving life is in the details & Ms M has been all about the details lately. She’s been catching up on her reading, participating in the Stanislaus County Library Winter Reading Challenge & enjoying local takeout options from her favorite restaurants thanks […]]]>

BargainVie: Love Is In The Details
By Monica Barber

Hello Viewers, happy belated 2021! Loving life is in the details & Ms M has been all about the details lately. She’s been catching up on her reading, participating in the Stanislaus County Library Winter Reading Challenge & enjoying local takeout options from her favorite restaurants thanks to her RAD Card. A new month is a fresh start to make today better than yesterday. May February provide you with all the love, happiness, health and good fortune that you need. Here are some ways to make the month’s budget stretch while you have fun.

Start the month off with a zoom with a view for your kiddos. Local artists Black Sheep’s Ink offer free online art classes via Facebook live for 3rd-6th graders. The third session of the year will be on February 1st at 7 pm where the class topic is Starry Night. You will need Crayola oil pastels or crayons and a black piece of paper to participate. It is a free public event and donations are accepted. Information: https://fb.me/e/20kJBn0bE

For those who love the Modesto Certified Farmers Market, this year the market has opened for the 2021 season early. Last month the market re-opened on January 23rd and welcomed back their vendors for a weekly Saturday Farmers Market experience. Thursday markets will resume later in April. The market is a favorite locally because it allows the community the opportunity to support the areas farmers, artisans and crafters in one convenient location. Info: https://modestocfm.com/

The Gallo Center invites you to experience National Geographic Live! virtually from your home. On February 10th at 7 p.m., Molecular biologist-turned-photographer Prasenjeet Yadavnd and biologist and photographer Anand Varma will share a discussion of the intriguing intersection of science and photography. The livestream will discuss the significance of the natural history photographers scientific background and how it enables them to capture the natural world in a unique way. Sign up is on the Gallo Center page. Links will arrive via email. Tickets: $15. Additional Info: https://tickets.galloarts.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=8465

Enjoy the charm of arthouse cinema virtually from your home. The State Theatre continues to offer independent cinema options for rental on their website. The films are available to view for 30 days and once begun must be finished in 72 hours. Additionally, for those looking for other ways to support local can visit the State Theatre’s shop for boutique items, gift certificates and more. Movie Info: https://thestate.org/ Store Info: https://thestatetheatremodesto.square.site/s/shop

Sending lots of love, Modesto! Stay Strong!

BargainVie: Love Is In The Details
By Monica Barber

Hello Viewers, happy belated 2021! Loving life is in the details & Ms M has been all about the details lately. She’s been catching up on her reading, participating in the Stanislaus County Library Winter Reading Challenge & enjoying local takeout options from her favorite restaurants thanks to her RAD Card. A new month is a fresh start to make today better than yesterday. May February provide you with all the love, happiness, health and good fortune that you need. Here are some ways to make the month’s budget stretch while you have fun.

Start the month off with a zoom with a view for your kiddos. Local artists Black Sheep’s Ink offer free online art classes via Facebook live for 3rd-6th graders. The third session of the year will be on February 1st at 7 pm where the class topic is Starry Night. You will need Crayola oil pastels or crayons and a black piece of paper to participate. It is a free public event and donations are accepted. Information: https://fb.me/e/20kJBn0bE

For those who love the Modesto Certified Farmers Market, this year the market has opened for the 2021 season early. Last month the market re-opened on January 23rd and welcomed back their vendors for a weekly Saturday Farmers Market experience. Thursday markets will resume later in April. The market is a favorite locally because it allows the community the opportunity to support the areas farmers, artisans and crafters in one convenient location. Info: https://modestocfm.com/

The Gallo Center invites you to experience National Geographic Live! virtually from your home. On February 10th at 7 p.m., Molecular biologist-turned-photographer Prasenjeet Yadavnd and biologist and photographer Anand Varma will share a discussion of the intriguing intersection of science and photography. The livestream will discuss the significance of the natural history photographers scientific background and how it enables them to capture the natural world in a unique way. Sign up is on the Gallo Center page. Links will arrive via email. Tickets: $15. Additional Info: https://tickets.galloarts.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=8465

Enjoy the charm of arthouse cinema virtually from your home. The State Theatre continues to offer independent cinema options for rental on their website. The films are available to view for 30 days and once begun must be finished in 72 hours. Additionally, for those looking for other ways to support local can visit the State Theatre’s shop for boutique items, gift certificates and more. Movie Info: https://thestate.org/ Store Info: https://thestatetheatremodesto.square.site/s/shop

Sending lots of love, Modesto! Stay Strong!

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BargainView: Happy Holidays Modesto https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-happy-holidays-modesto/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:38:00 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23899 BargainView: Happy Holidays, Modesto!By Monica Barber It’s time for Christmas in Modesto and it will be different this year! Ms M can’t believe the year has blown by so quickly and isn’t quite ready for Christmas yet. Ready or not, the holidays are here.  Things will be a little different this year, but the hot […]]]>

BargainView: Happy Holidays, Modesto!
By Monica Barber

It’s time for Christmas in Modesto and it will be different this year! Ms M can’t believe the year has blown by so quickly and isn’t quite ready for Christmas yet. Ready or not, the holidays are here.  Things will be a little different this year, but the hot chocolate will taste the same even if you have to social distance and sit outside to drink it. Don’t let the differences get in the way of you making memories just the same. Keep jingling those bells and decking the halls while you enjoy the holiday cheer.  
           
The annual Christmas parade is here with a twist this year! December 5th marks a day where we are doing something different with the way we celebrate in Modesto. This year the 2020 Celebration of Lights is a “Tootle” Cruise Parade. If you are unaware of what a tootle is, this means to travel in a leisurely way. The means the event will be a “reverse” parade where spectators will stay in their vehicles driving by to admire the floats, light displays and decorations this year. Storefronts will be decorated as well as the Rockin’ Holiday displays and tree lighting on Tenth Street Plaza during the event. The parade begins at 17th and I Street turns on 10th Street and ends along Tenth Street Plaza. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Info: https://www.modestogov.com/553/Holiday-Parade
       
Creating art is still very much alive in the community and socially distanced. The Dragonfly Art for Life hosts their First Annual Artists and Makers OUTDOOR Event which will be held multiple dates, December 5th and 19th from 10 am-5 pm. The event will be held in the parking lot behind their studio and all handmade and original art is created by local artists and makers. Support local while shopping in a safe outdoor environment. Masks & social distancing is encouraged. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/881226836039427

Christmas isn’t complete for some without seeing Santa. The Vintage Faire Mall will be hosting Photos with Santa in a contactless fashion for safety this year by reservation. Masks are required to be worn by Santa, his elves and all guests and social distancing will be expected at all times. Make your reservation to have your little ones share their list with Santa this year. Info: https://www.shopvintagefairemall.com/SantaPhotos

 
 
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ZenView – Gratitude https://www.modestoview.com/zenview-gratitude-2/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:33:05 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23922 ZenView By Mary Layton Gratitude The year is coming to an end, a year full of adversity. There’s been tremendous sacrifice in all aspects of life due to the Corona virus. What we once took for granted like visiting rights, traveling and gatherings with family, friends and colleagues, our traditions and customs have undergone many […]]]>

ZenView
By Mary Layton
Gratitude

The year is coming to an end, a year full of adversity.
There’s been tremendous sacrifice in all aspects of life due to the Corona virus. What we once took for granted like visiting rights, traveling and gatherings with family, friends and colleagues, our traditions and customs have undergone many painful restrictions and omissions. Yet most people I have been around have shown a lot of strength and resilience. I think instinctively we know that now more than ever attitude is everything and for that I’m grateful! As long as we keep a good attitude, keep putting our best foot forward, help one another and count our blessings, we will prevail. What have you been grateful for this year?

For me it’s been a change in the quality of my life. Instead of quantity, being around many people, visiting many places and doing many different things I feel my life in its present reduction has gained much in quality. The relationships with the few people I still see sometimes have deepened. I’ve been spending so much more time at home and as a consequence our home has become a safe have of comfort and beauty. It feeds my soul. I’m learning to be content with less. An old teacher of mine once said: “Less is more”.
So true.

Looking back on this year I will say that I have learned a lot. My eyes have opened to recognize and be grateful for I what I do have in my life. I realize that focusing on the positive and being less critical of others or myself has made a big difference. Especially when things go wrong, mistakes have been made and there’s disappointment, the sooner I can take my mind to being grateful again the sooner I will be able to recharge my battery and keep going forward with whatever needs to be done next. I can literally feel my body’s reaction when I am able to calm myself with thoughts of gratitude. There’s a breath of relief. I heard on the radio the other day that gratitude benefits our brain functions and mental health. Self-Care is also very important. To know when enough is enough. Maybe I need a break from my devices. Maybe it’s time to take a walk in nature. I feel better right away when I see the big sky above and the trees that look especially colorful and lovely at this time of year. My mind expands. Thank God! Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

For more info go to taichi4modesto.com or call (209)572-4518

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BargainView – New November https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-new-november/ Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:39:04 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23833 BargainView By Monica Barber New November In November, the smell of the air is new and different, it smells of food and warmth, like coming home. The aromatic rushes of cinnamon and pumpkin can fill up the empty spaces like an invitation to everyone in their homes. Ms. M remarks that the air bites with […]]]>

BargainView
By Monica Barber

New November
In November, the smell of the air is new and different, it smells of food and warmth, like coming home. The aromatic rushes of cinnamon and pumpkin can fill up the empty spaces like an invitation to everyone in their homes. Ms. M remarks that the air bites with a crispness as a hazy fog welcomes her in the morning on her commute to the office. There’s nothing like this time of year and every reason to safely enjoy the changing season without overspending.
Give a little and get something in return at Boomers Modesto. The family favorite miniature golf course and activity center is hosting a month-long canned food drive during the month of November. Whenever you bring in 2+ non-perishable food items, they will give you a round of mini golf on them. The fun center has complied with COVID-19 safety protocols and promises a fun and safe environment. More Info: www.boomersparks.com/modesto/
If you missed going to the movie theater indoors, then you are in luck because Galaxy Theaters in Riverbank is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place for your viewing pleasures. There are many old movies running for $1 alongside newer movies titles at regular theater prices that vary week by week. Reservations are online and private theater rentals can be reserved starting at $99. More information or ticket information can be found online at: www.galaxytheatres.com/movie-theater/riverbank

This time of year is all about giving and sharing of resources but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night out with a bit of entertainment to do so. The Queen Bean hosts a Thanks-for-Giving canned food donation event that adheres to COVID-19 safety protocols on November 20th from 6-9pm. Vendors, artisans, crafts, smores, a free raffle and musical entertainment are part of this free family friendly event. Give a little to support a great cause and enjoy a night out. More info: www.facebook.com/events/280577829709326

The Christmas spirit may come early this at the Friends of Community Hospice Annual Fantasy of Trees event.
They invite you to join them in celebrating the spirit of the season early this year with their local designer decorated trees and wreaths that are on display in the windows of the many participating merchants of McHenry Village in Modesto from November 4-29, 2020. The items on each of the beautifully decorated trees will be up for auction on Handbid to benefit Community Hospice. Info: give.hospiceheart.org<give.hospiceheart.org/> Donate: give.classy.org/FOT2020<give.classy.org/FOT2020?fbclid=IwAR0qkjQjxFL1Bv0oCCX5nfcXxKvnaY-aER3hPC6O_B2J9AgP872C6bEUEW4>

Enjoy your new November, Modesto! Kisses, m.

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BargainView – Soak up the Spooky Season https://www.modestoview.com/bargainview-soak-up-the-spooky-season/ Fri, 09 Oct 2020 15:19:07 +0000 https://www.modestoview.com/?p=23671 Soak up the Spooky Season! By Monica Barber October is here! It is the centerpiece of Fall and everyone’s favorite spooky part of the season. The pumpkins are being carved, pies are being made and the costumes are about to come out. Walking her favorite pooches on this wonderful autumn day in Modesto, Ms. M […]]]>

Soak up the Spooky Season!
By Monica Barber
October is here! It is the centerpiece of Fall and everyone’s favorite spooky part of the season. The pumpkins are being carved, pies are being made and the costumes are about to come out. Walking her favorite pooches on this wonderful autumn day in Modesto, Ms. M is admiring the loveliness of the Halloween décor adorning yards, the fabulous masks being worn by everyone and the beauty of the leaves falling from the trees. It’s wonderful to appreciate the season when you can get outdoors safely and stay entertained when you’re indoors when you’re on a budget.
Say hello to the Great Pumpkin! The Turlock Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze at RAM Farms is open and socially distanced for the season. Adhering to the COVID safety procedures set by Stanislaus County, masks are required upon entry to the 20 acre farm. The Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 10am to Dusk with fun Freaky Flashlight Nights set for Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets: GA: $9. Children: $7. Ages 5 & under are free. FF Nights: $11. Info: 716 N. Daubenberger. Turlock, CA 95380 ramfarms.com<ramfarms.com/>
Poets get out your favorite pieces, the Second Tuesday Poetry Open Mic is virtual. Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center and host Stella Beratlis present the monthly reading via Zoom on October 13th at 7pm. The open-mic features for the month are Eliot Schain and Patrick Cahill. The free event also has a 10 spot open-mic sign up list is first come, first serve. Join the Zoom from your PC, Mac, IOS or Android device: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/91739636824. Information: www.mostpoetry.org<www.mostpoetry.org/>
One of the areas favorite Drive-In Theater experience is back with a lot of help from the community. The Ceres Cruise-In is open for your viewing pleasure. FOR $30 a carload the entire family can enjoy a film the old-fashioned way. Weekly movies are updated on their website and refreshments are available on site as well. Gates open 1- 11Ž2 hours before movie starts. 1651 E. Whitmore Ave. Ceres, CA 95307. Films at 7:30pm. More info: www.cerescruisein.com<www.cerescruisein.com/>
Music is the spirit of this town and it’s a great way to feel connected to the community. On October 30th, the day before Halloween, Ralston’s Goat presents The Spooky Merlots playing from 7pm to 10pm outdoors on the patio. The socially distanced event encourages masks, costumes and for everyone to get into the spirit of the season and have a lot of fun. Grab a bite or drink and enjoy! Info: www.facebook.com/events/3578631888827558
Enjoy the Spooky Season! Kisses, m.

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