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BargainView: Hey It’s August

BargainView:Hey It’s August
By Monica Barber

August has arrived, sneaking up without notice! This late afternoon Ms M is donning a fabulous pink gingham mask while taking advantage of the Al Fresco dining situation in Downtown Modesto. She’s decided to grab a bite to eat at Churchkey and support local. It’s amazing how quickly our area adapts to change and that is hopeful. Don’t worry, there are ways to safely support the community that will be easy on the wallet.

Start the month with a lot of music. The 10th annual Modstock returns as a virtual offering. On August 8th and 9th, the favorite local event will stream live from the ModestoView Facebook page. There will be over 50 bands performing over two days featuring the VMI artists alongside the area’s professional local acts.

If you miss going to the movies then you aren’t alone. Maybe you can’t enjoy the experience but you can bring a bit home with you. The State Theater has brought back their curbside popcorn sales, Popcorn Fridays. Sales are every Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Cars can pull up to the theater to make a purchase. Popcorns prices: Large $7.50, Medium 6.50 and Small $5.50. Additional concession items are available. Keep an eye out for upcoming virtual releases and drive-in dates. Info:

Dining out is a favorite pastime and many restaurants in the area have taken notice. Currently, there are multiple Al Fresco and takeout dining options in the downtown Modesto area, with curbside options as well. Coffee shops Preservation Coffee and The Queen Bean remain open for pickup and limited outside seating. Take a look at the DOMO Partnership Restaurant guide for a list of eateries and options.

You can’t keep the culture from the people. To do their part in giving to the community, Modesto Symphony has organized free monthly virtual offerings to share performances to share during the months they will be offstage. Every month a new recital will be offered on their site in addition to past recitals. For more information head over to

For those bored of the playing the same games for game night, The Stanislaus County Library has created a free and fun diversion for the whole family with a series of Virtual Escape rooms. The Library staff has created escape rooms to test you as a group or individual. Every month, new rooms are added and current offerings include a Library, Narnia and Fair themed rooms. Guidelines and information can be found online:

Stay safe and enjoy! Kisses, M

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