Sam Pierstorff – Modestoview The Independent Guide to the Modesto Area Since 1997 Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:36:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 87300716 Thoughts on Stella Beratlis Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:46:00 +0000 Thoughts on Stella Beratlis By Sam Pierstorff If you are lucky enough to call Stella Beratlis a friend, you are truly lucky to have a fighter (metaphorically speaking) on your side. Stella knows the pen is mightier than the sword and she wields it well. Stella is an academic and an activist, a poet and […]]]>

Thoughts on Stella Beratlis
By Sam Pierstorff

If you are lucky enough to call Stella Beratlis a friend, you are truly lucky to have a fighter (metaphorically speaking) on your side. Stella knows the pen is mightier than the sword and she wields it well. Stella is an academic and an activist, a poet and an advocate for students. She doesn’t just spout untruths and rage Tweet. She researches, investigates, dives deeply into subjects that matter and then relays that information in a thoughtful and persuasive way. Personally, when I am confronted by a challenging topic, I find myself asking, “What does Stella think?” Then I peruse her Facebook page or email her directly. I never just get an answer in return. Instead, I get a detailed, thoroughly fact-checked, and responsible answer based on research and scholarship. She’s like a human Snopes, but way more fun.

As her dear friend and poet Gillian Wegener writes, “Stella Beratlis has been serving others for decades. In her work as a poet, in her work as a librarian, and in her volunteer work, she has shown concern for the wider community of women and girls in particular, but for all residents of Stanislaus County.”

Stella is a dedicated librarian at Modesto Junior College, Modesto’s Poet Laureate (2016-2020), and a founding member of the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center. As a poet herself, she has written two collections: Alkali Sink (2015) and her second collection, Dust Bowl Venus, is forthcoming from Sixteen Rivers Press. She has coordinated numerous poetry readings, including Writers’ Resist, and has supported the Collision Poetry/Photography exhibit and continues to bring diverse poets to the MJC library to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Whether she is serving as the president of the Modesto Friends of the Library or supporting the efforts of the League of Women Voters, Stella’s contributions to Modesto as a poet, activist, and academic are monumental to those who know her. For those who don’t, it’s time to get to know this amazing woman.

Turlock High Wins Mock Trail Sat, 20 Feb 2021 00:17:10 +0000

Turlock High School Wins Stanislaus County Mock Trials
Student teams from local high schools had their day in court. The annual Stanislaus County Mock Trials was virtual this year due to COVID-19. Virtual trials, via Zoom, took place on January 26, February 2, 9, and 11. The top two teams competed in the Championship Round on February 18.
Ten Stanislaus County high schools participated: Beyer, Davis, Downey, Enochs, Gregori, Hughson, Johansen, Modesto, Patterson, and Turlock.

Turlock High School and Enochs High School advanced to the Championship Round. The results of the Mock Trial Event are as follows:
Champion Team: Turlock High School
Turlock High will represent Stanislaus County at the virtual State Mock Trial in March.
Runner-up Team: Enochs High School
Inn of Court Spirit of Mock Trial Scholarship winner: Skyler Logan, Gregori High School
Ryan Dickerson Award for Excellence & Leadership: Josh Corgiat, Beyer High School
Hall of Fame Coach Award: Johanna Elms, Downey High School
Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, the annual High School Mock Trials competition provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate acquired listening, speaking, reading and reasoning skills.

Working on teams, students study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and receive guidance from volunteer attorneys. Students gain a working knowledge of the judicial system as well as an understanding of the link between the United States Constitution and the substance of the law.

Superior Court Judges conduct each trail, with the teams scored by law professionals. This year’s fictitious case, People v. Croddy, was a burglary, aiding and abetting, and accessory after the fact trial featuring a pretrial argument on the Fifth Amendment.

Tech View Thu, 18 Feb 2021 03:28:07 +0000 TechView

By Chris Murphy

There is a big shift happening in the world right now as literally the entire world has changed some big habits and large numbers of people are shifting locations, enabled by a new digital work-style.  Tech leaders are buying up most of Lake Tahoe real estate accelerating and already steep price increase. The Bay Area is seeing an exodus as some of the largest companies reimagine their workplace.  This is a huge opportunity for a community like Modesto and our surrounding area.   


What do we want?  We want your young professionals to return when they finish college or their other first jobs.  Why? It makes Modesto more creative, makes our workforce more diverse and sets in motion a long future of involved and engaged citizens.  It makes us a smarter and more attractive city.  When see this happen, we see our music, our arts culture, our dining and other areas thrive.  It’s time to jump on this.

Fortunately, we have a head start on this with the Bay Valley Tech Project run by Phil Lan.   This has been a hub for the teaching and the development of new tech employees and has become a hub for coding and other tech roles with partnerships with Turlock Adult School and Patterson Adult School; plus a new partnership with Modesto Adult School.  As our world becomes more dependent on digital aps, artificial intelligence feedback mechanisms, and automation, these skills need to be developed here at home.  


Bay Valley has recently teamed up with the Stanislaus County Office of Education and is building a tech hub in downtown Modesto, right where all of the action is.   It is becoming more enticing for coders and tech employees to give up the brutal commute over the hill to a bay area job.   The pandemic has changed forever, the role, layout and makeup of the big office environments and this new tech hub will help us now. Scott Kuykendall, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools says, “Bay Valley Tech’s exceptional program is making a positive impact across the county, and we look forward to our growing collaboration.” SCOE works to ensure Stanislaus County job seekers are ready to enter self-sustaining employment and careers.


Two important things going on are that the Code Academy is training for free and you can apply for these spots to begin a career in tech.     Also being facilitated is a new business incubation program for startups and work spaces at the Office of Education.  You can literally change your future by connecting with Bay Valley Tech and learn how coding and tech jobs can change your life and our community. 

Sign up here:

MSO Virtual Concert March 18 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 16:50:00 +0000 MODESTO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT


The Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO), led by Music Director Ryan Murray, will stream their virtual Spring Concert on Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 pm on the Modesto Symphony YouTube channel. The virtual concert will feature both MSYO orchestras performing movements from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony as well as three MSYO student soloists.

“I am so impressed with our students and their commitment to great music,” said MSYO Music Director Ryan Murray. “After the success of our first virtual MSYO concert, we have had a great time working on the new music for our upcoming concert. We are performing some very challenging music, and our students continue to rise to the challenge. It has been great to hear the musical improvement from each student and we are going to have an amazing concert!”

This virtual concert will be the MSYO’s second of a three-concert season. The concert will stream live on the Modesto Symphony’s YouTube channel. Recordings of this concert and other past MSO events will be available to watch at All MSYO virtual concerts are free of charge to help bring music to the community.

“Our MSYO students have really shown their passion and dedication for music despite all of the changes this year,” said Caroline Nickel, President and CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. “We’re so proud of what the students have achieved through virtual rehearsals and we’re happy we can continue to create a space where they can connect and learn with other young musicians from around the region.”

The MSYO program provides a full orchestral experience for young musicians from around the region and is made up of two full orchestras (strings, winds, and percussion). The MSYO Concert Orchestra (Grades 5-9) is conducted by Don Grishaw and the MSYO Symphony Orchestra (Grades 9-12) is conducted by Ryan Murray.  Both ensembles typically perform a three-concert series at the Gallo Center for the Arts. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSYO currently meet and rehearse weekly via Zoom and each musician recorded their individual part at home to produce this concert. More information about the MSYO can be found at


Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm on the Modesto Symphony’s YouTube channel

 Ryan Murray, MSYO Music Director and conductor

Don Grishaw, conductor


MSYO Concert Orchestra

Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Sandra Dackow: Dance of the Tumblers from “Snow Maiden”

Beethoven, arranged by Charles Woodhouse: “Finale” from 5th Symphony

MSYO Symphony Orchestra

Mascagni: “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria rusticana  

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, op. 95 (“New World”), IV. Allegro con fuoco 

Student soloists performing:

Bériot: Concerto No. 9 in A Minor, Op. 104, I. Allegro maestoso 

Marcello: Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 1 No. 2, I. Adagio & II. Allegro 

Telemann: Ouverture Suite in A Minor, TWV 55:a2, V. Réjouissance 

Full concert details are available on the MSO website

This virtual performance is free to all and supported in part by Freda and Rod Motto. 


Ryan Murray‘s dynamic conducting, natural musicality and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career since his professional debut at the age of just 22. Ryan is currently the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Since his appointment in 2013, Ryan has consistently worked to improve the quality, skill, and prominence of the youth orchestra, and now leads an ensemble that features over 60 students from the greater Modesto area. He is also Music Director of Opera Modesto and Artistic Director and Conductor of Music in the Mountains. Ryan is the newly appointed Director of Orchestras and Opera at California State University, Sacramento, and also directs the orchestra at CSU Stanislaus. He previously served as Music Director for Fresno Grand Opera and as a staff conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI) and The Opera Academy of California in San Francisco. Effortlessly moving between genres, Ryan currently enjoys a wide range of performance genres & platforms, including traditional orchestral and operatic repertoire, pops performances, and a notable emphasis on contemporary American operatic works.

Ryan has recently garnered national recognition for his dynamic, compelling performances of contemporary opera and is the current winner of the 2016/17 American Prize in Opera Conducting for his highly lauded production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He was a 2016 semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music and received honorary mention for the American Prize in Youth Orchestra Conducting. Ryan is also a past winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors and spent the summer in residence alongside the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2014 Salzburg Festival.

Driven by a lifelong passion for learning, Ryan has attended masterclasses and seminars around the world including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s Conductors Workshop, the Musikin Aika Summer Festival Masterclass in Finland, the Aurora Chamber Festival in Sweden, the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Conducting Masterclass in Switzerland, and the Eastman School of Music’s Summer Conducting Institute featuring the Rochester Philharmonic. Ryan holds degrees, summa cum laude, in Bassoon Performance and Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento. Widely praised for his tireless work ethic, natural poise, and impassioned, inspired performances, Ryan continues to connect deeply with orchestras and audiences alike and has proven to be a formidable presence on the podium.

Donald Grishaw began piano and violin lessons at an early age. His interest in music flourished throughout his high school years. He attended San Jose State University, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance in violin and piano and a minor in Spanish. While attending SJSU, he studied the violin with the late Dr. Lauren Jakey and also with Daniel Kobialka of the San Francisco Symphony. Upon graduation, Mr. Grishaw pursued Single Subject and Multiple Subject teaching credentials and taught in the Turlock Unified School District for 37 years. He recently retired from Pitman High School where he taught Concert Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra as well as Spanish 2 and AP Spanish Literature. With the opening of Pitman High School in 2002, Mr. Grishaw founded the Pitman High School Orchestra which now includes over 80 students, and has received accolades both locally and in Southern California where they continue to perform each year while on tour. Mr. Grishaw performs regularly throughout the surrounding communities on the violin, the viola, and the piano. He is a longstanding member of the violin section of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and also freelances with other local orchestras and string quartets. Mr. Grishaw and his wife, Angelica, play regularly for Sunday Masses, quinceañeras, and weddings at Sacred Heart Church in Turlock. Mr. Grishaw joined the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra faculty in 2014. Under Mr. Grishaw’s direction the Concert Orchestra has continued to expand and prepare additional young string, wind, brass, and percussion musicians for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Grishaw is an active member of A.S.T.A. (American String Teachers Association) and A.F.M. (American Federation of Musicians).

About the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra
Founded in 1976, the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) serves young musicians and their families from more than 40 public and private schools in the Central Valley. Led by a deeply engaged leadership team, the youth orchestra attracts a diverse group of outstanding musicians. Members are presented with the opportunity to share their gift of music in an inspiring and challenging orchestral setting alongside their peers from all social, economic, cultural, and geographical backgrounds. As a program within the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association (MSO), members also have the invaluable experience of interacting with MSO professional musicians, conductors, and visiting guest artists through workshops, side-by-side performances, and clinics.

The MSYO serves students of varying skill levels and is made up of two full-orchestra (strings, winds, and percussion) groups: Concert Orchestra for grades 5-9 and Symphony Orchestra for grades 9-12. The MSYO Concert Orchestra has toured San Francisco, Sacramento, and the Central Valley. Each spring the Concert Orchestra tours through local elementary schools, providing free performances and advocating for the importance of music education. The MSYO Symphony Orchestra has also performed throughout the United States and abroad, including performances in England, France, Japan, Eastern Europe, Canada, and China. The Symphony Orchestra has previously partnered with the Napa Valley Youth Symphony to perform in the 2012 Mahler Festival in Vienna and for the 2014 New York Phil Young Composers workshop, where they performed at Carnegie Hall and in Central Park.


Stanislaus County Region Transit Agencies Offering Free Transit During Go Green Week Tue, 16 Feb 2021 21:13:26 +0000 Stanislaus County Region Transit Agencies Offering Free Transit During Go Green Week

Modesto, CA — The three transit providers in Stanislaus County, including Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus County Regional Transit (StaRT), and Turlock Transit announced today that all rides on all fixed-route buses will be free for passengers during Go Green Week (March 14-20, 2021) as part of a joint, free ride promotion.  This includes MAX to BART Commuter Express, MAX to ACE Commuter Express, and StaRT’s BART Commuter bus services, but excludes ADA Paratransit, Medivan, and Dial-a-Ride services.

Funding for the joint, free ride promotion is made possible through a grant from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) under the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). 

“We’re excited to coordinate our efforts with our regional partners to make it easier than ever for all County residents to experience the benefits of transit, particularly for those residents that have never stepped foot on a bus before,” said Wayne York, Transit Manager for Turlock Transit. “We look forward to showing the public how using public transit can be a positive, cost-effective transportation alternative to single-occupant motor vehicles.”

The goal of the free ride promotion is to reduce the use of single-occupant vehicles in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and countless hours wasted on freeways. In addition to this free ride promotion, regional transit operators plan to offer additional free ride promotional opportunities through June 2020 under the same LCTOP grant program.  The next day is Earth Day on April 22, 2021.

“We are thrilled to offer free rides during Go Green week in March,” said Adam Barth, Modesto Area Express Transit Manager, “Public transportation is an effective way to mitigating traffic congestion, improving air quality and getting around Modesto.”

Residents are encouraged to make the most of this free ride promotion by planning their trips in advance.  Trip planning tools are available on the websites of the transit operators, as well as through smartphone apps such as Google Maps or the Transit app.  These tools make it easy to determine the closest bus stop, the correct route, and in some cases real-time bus arrival information.

All public transit buses in the county are accessible to individuals with disabilities as required by the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

For more information on MAX and its services, visit or call (209) 521-1274.  For more information on StaRT and its services, visit or call 1-800-262-1516.  For more information on Turlock Transit and its services, visit or call (209) 668-5600.



Event to Accelerate Innovation in Central Valley Agriculture 

by Highlighting New Technologies and Workforce Readiness

MODESTO, Calif., February 9, 2021 – The Third Annual Central Valley Ag Technology Summit – this year entitled “Adapt & Thrive” will focus on the changing face of ag technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. This two-day virtual event will bring together local politicians, leaders in the ag and technology industry, and the community to learn more about emerging ag technologies in the face of a global pandemic that has affected the industry from production to supply chain.

The General Session is March 23, from 8:30 to 10:30 AM with an opportunity for extended education credits “Irrigation Technology…Making Every Drop Count,” from 10:45 – 11:45 AM, presented by Modesto Junior College and the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. The Friday program is an extended education session from 8:30 – 10:30 AM called “Effective Pesticide Application,” presented by AgSafe. Building on previous successes, this year’s virtual networking event, “Advancing Ag Technology in the Central Valley,” will take a look at industry insights into key technologies in ag, along with information and resources to deal with the COVID pandemic.

Emily Lawrence, Executive Director of the National Ag Science Center, sees possibilities to offer more information to a wider audience with the event going online. “The transition to a virtual event maximizes the information participants will gain with the restrictions of COVID on an in-person event. The theme of our speakers will focus on giving participants key information around emerging ag technologies in the Central Valley, as well as focusing on available resources to help companies mitigate the effects of COVID in their workplace.”

The agenda for the General Session features a keynote presentation hosted by California State Assemblymembers Heath Flora (representing California’s 12th District) and Robert Rivas (CA 30th District). The event includes targeted panel discussions around innovations in ag technology with leaders in the global ag industry, and breakout sessions with COVID-related practical and applicable resources and strategies for participants.

“Agriculture has been especially hard hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic” states Assemblymember Heath Flora. “We speak with farmers on a daily basis who are looking for ways to lean further into ag technology to help our local farmers and their employees feel safe and secure at work. This event is a great opportunity to learn from others on how they’ve implemented technology, and how they can thrive in the face of the extraordinary challenges they’ve faced.”

Other featured panel speakers include industry experts from companies such as Ceres Imaging, Stanislaus Farm Bureau, and FieldIn. “In such unusual times, it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to share what’s happening in ag, and how both our local and worldwide ag leaders have used technology to pivot their operations,” exclaimed Stanislaus Farm Bureau Director, Wayne Zipser. “This event is a must for farming operations big and small to gain valuable knowledge on emerging ag technologies, and things we can implement today to be more efficient, safe, and responsible in the midst of the pandemic.”

For more information or to register for the AgTech Summit, please visit:

About AgTech Summit:

The Central Valley’s ag community is uniquely positioned to leverage a huge concentration of food and agriculture knowledge and assets to attract innovators and high-growth companies by creating sharing opportunities like the AgTech Summit, preparing an industry-ready workforce, actively engaging all segments in productive dialogue, and digging into the real challenges in food and agriculture. By continuing the conversation in the ag and technology communities is just the first step in making sure the growth and evolution of the agriculture industry in this area is a model for change across the industry.

SkateView Thu, 11 Feb 2021 18:51:00 +0000 All Skate!: It’s the 70s in the new 20s!

Get your rainbow suspenders out, get your glitter as COVID has helped bring back roller skating.  In all seriousness, there are many people that skating has never left their lives and Modesto’s Roller King lives on in so many Facebook groups, but roller skating is really coming back and there are some people here in town that are really celebrating this renaissance.  First off, skating is fun. Second, it is a great family sport. Third, this is something that we need to keep making more popular.  Fourth, we need more places where youth and families can have fun.   We all need to get out and about more, and as we work through COVID, outdoor exercising with proper distancing is really important to your mental and physical well being. This month, our cover girl and skating star Tasha Wilson is showcasing local skating and Brian Cromwell who is leading one of the local groups to bring our skating back   

What else can we do?   There are some spaces in town that would make a great outdoor skating rink.  There are some spaces that can be modified, maybe filled with some good smooth concrete that would be a fun place to do this. One of these is a confluence of trails in East LaLoma Park.  Are there other places that may work? For those of you getting your skate on, please post your skate pics and videos and make sure to tag #modestoview and we will share them.

On a related issue, there is a new Skate Park is coming to Cesar Chavez Park. There is a huge renovation to this park that was announced last year and the designs are coming to life.   One of the main features is a new skate park.  There are already designs in the works based on community feedback.  We need good community areas for people of all ages to have some fun.  The next community meeting will be on February 25 so don’t miss out. 

In Memoriam – Pete Hischier & Bob DeLeon Thu, 11 Feb 2021 18:39:26 +0000
In Memoriam
By Chris Murphy

How many times have you been asked if you actually know someone that got COVID, or worse yet, did you know someone who died? This has happened more than we would like to remember There are so many tragic stories and there are deaths that we have not been able to memorialize or celebrate with gatherings of family and friends. Sadly, so many died alone. Our hearts go out to all that lost family or friends to COVID-19 and we invite you to post thought or memory on our Facebook @modestoview to celebrate the lives that make our community special. We have lost a few local legends, from our cruising culture, our music culture and our arts culture. Please check out David Schroeder’s article about Tony Mistlin and the Mistlin Gallery in this issue

Pete Hischier
One of the early Century Toppers (1950), Pete was part of Gene Winfield’s team and worked in his original “chicken coop” shop as well as his shop at 451 Tully. Pete had his own very stylish vehicles including a Mercury that he sold to Gene when he bought a ‘50 Cadillac. Pete was frequently at Gene’s shop and helped Gene work the many car shows where they would compete and win awards with the innovative creations that came from Gene’s Shop. Pete, Gene and Bart Bartoni helped the classic car scene in Modesto during the early 50s and started some of the first car shows in the region. Pete married his sweetheart Shirley in 1961. He had a successful family nursery business where Pete and Shirley worked together for many years. Pete continued to collect, restore, buy and sell cars and was an avid history buff, collecting antique weaponry and even lead tours in various locations in Europe. Pete was one of the original Downtown boys, member of the Century Toppers, Mid-Valley Chevy club and was one of the founding Legends of the Cruise inductees on the Historic Modesto Cruise Route Walk of Fame and served as Grand Marshal of the American Graffiti Festival Cruise Parade in 2019. Pete is survived by his wife Shirley, children James, Pamela and Paul and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pete will be missed by so many and will live on in Modesto history. A tribute cruise is being planned for February 13. Details will be posted on Facebook @graffitiusamuseum as available.

Bob DeLeon
Bob DeLeon was one of Modesto rock and roll pioneers. As a founding member of Kent Whitt and the Downbeats, he played keyboards in what was to be Modesto first rock and roll band. Bob used to work in the iconic “Records” store at the corner of 14th and J The Downbeats would play nearly every school and venue in the region and even got a USO tour in the early through Asia in 1964. Bob was later drafted and served honorably in Vietnam. Bob DeLeon became one of Modesto’s legendary KFIV 1360 DJs, broadcasting live from the old studio on East Orangeburg, playing the soundtrack of our lives during the 60s and the 70s. He later joined KTRB and taught radio at high school. He did many on-location shows and his on air voice is still remembered today. He was inducted as a Lifetime Award at the MAMA Awards three different times, as an early Rock and Roll Pioneer, with Kent Whitt and the Downbeats and part of the KFIV Radio Legends. His music helped power our Graffiti cruising years and got us all through the 1970s and he was a member of the Modesto Radio History Museum. He was a well known real estate agent and is survived by his wife Roni, Daughter Rhonelle, and son-in-law Greg, and grandson Garrett. His memory will live on over the airwaves and Modesto history.

ValentineView Thu, 11 Feb 2021 18:34:33 +0000
By Chris Murphy

There is nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that isn’t sung
Nothing you can do that you can never feel inside.
It’s easy.
All You Need is Love.
The Beatles – 1967

First off, now matter what your significant other says. “It’s no biggie, we don’t need to celebrate Valentine’s Day”, don’t for five seconds listen to that. Even though this is one of those days that has been blown up, don’t forget to do SOMETHING. No matter if it is big or small, it is the simple remembrance, note, special task, or kind word that makes a difference. Take a walk, an extra smile, a note in the morning or 10 minutes of quite time. If it is your family, friends or romantic partner, it is the gesture no matter how simple or elaborate that makes a memory.

If you are with just you, take some time and celebrate you. You are the one you need to love and that is the most important, since when you love your self, you can love others.

It’s about the traditions
Grace Lieberman was Modesto songbird for so many years with her amazing talents. Her annual Valentine’s Day show was always a special event. Even after her passing, this show lives on with memories to David Bradford as well.

Grace Lieberman Tribute/David Bradford Memorial Valentine’s Day Concert & Tea
With Christine Capsuto Shulman & Elizabeth Neff

Sunday Afternoons at CBS is excited to finally begin Season 29 with our very popular Valentine Concert & Tea featuring multi-talented Christine Capsuto Shulman and Elizabeth Neff, performing Love Songs Through the Genres. As with most performances during these times, this wonderful concert will be virtual via Zoom. The full Afternoon Tea will include tea sandwiches, scones and jam, Valentine pastries and chocolates—as well as teas—packaged for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Drive-thru pick-up of Tea goodies will be available 11am – 1pm at CBS, 1705 Sherwood Avenue, before the concert begins at 3pm.

Because of COVID challenges, your participation in this special season-opening fundraiser will help us keep the concert series alive. We hope you will purchase early and often. Tickets for this event only are $50 each and can be purchased online or by mail only.

To order online directly from Brown Paper Tickets, please visit
Feb. 14, 3 pm (via ZOOM)

Rockin Thank You! Thu, 11 Feb 2021 18:34:03 +0000
The Holidays need to be magical. It was really hard to see through this in December, but it was still important to make sure we had some drive through beauty.

We are able to get our Rockin’ Holiday decorations up and thanks to the AMAZING teamwork of Nick Crockett and our crew from Sierra Pacific, Matt Paine of Collins Electric and Mark Stotzer of the Ceres Drive In as it was without a doubt our most beautiful Rockin Holiday ever. It was magic. There were oohs and aahhs as our magical Rockin Tree put on musical shows each night, thanks to Matt, it was a snowy winter wonderland with amazing lighting from Mark and the Rockin North Pole created a twinkling light holiday for people to enjoy, take photos and get photos in the Rockin Snow. It is such wonderful team work to make these happen and we can’t wait until next year to make it even more spectacular!

Email me if you want to get involved for Rockin Holiday 2021 at<>
Check out the magic and the great drone views from Brandon Brush @rockinholiday