BargainView – May is Here

Bargain View
By Monica Barber

May is here! With the change of month comes frequent sunshiny days, a rise in temperatures, and plenty of time to enjoy it. Ms. M has enjoyed taking many moments after working each day to pause to enjoy the beauty of the season. The best part of being home more often is having time for the things you normally don’t have time for and this can lead to lightening the load on your pocketbook. Here is a few ways to support your neighbors and local businesses, that won’t cost you a ton and keep you entertained at home.

Live music is still enjoyable in your home! On May 2nd and 3rd, Modesto Porchfest enters its fourth year with a twist, as Couchfest. The now retooled outdoor event is a weekend long shelter-in-place live-streaming festival music is now as, which remains committed to supporting local music while also supporting the community through preventing the spread of COVID-19. Take your laptops, tablets, phones and other streaming devices and enjoy the music. If you want a memento to remember your concert adventure, look no further, Modesto Porchfest has collaborated with Erin Black Studio to offer a limited postcard for a $5 donation. Check out the website for the lineup and donation information. Tune in to for local music live casts all month long.

For those missing their favorite cup of coffee, the California Delight or your usual to go-to sandwich at the Queen Bean Coffee House, can still swing through for takeout and drive-thru pickup orders. The local favorite is providing your favorite food or coffee fix daily. Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun 9 until 6 p.m. Call for full menu and daily specials or follow on Facebook for updates. Info: 1126 14th Street, Modesto, CA 95354.
209-521-8000 or

Science is for all ages and the Great Valley Museum has the answer for the doldrums of staying home. The museum has created Curb-Side Science Kits filled with fun activities that teach and keep all the extra pairs of hands that you have at home busy. The kits will be distributed following announcements on the museum’s social media pages and contain how-to instructions. Make sure to follow Great Valley Museum on Facebook for updates when and where they will have kits accessible for you and your favorite little scientists.

The City of Modesto Parks and Recreation department values the importance of having active time for our stay at home Modestans. The Parks and Rec department has created an online Virtual Recreation Center filled with resources, to keep everyone in the community healthy and active during the shelter-in-place order. From crafts and educational activities to exercise classes and free meals for children and seniors. Check and follow their Facebook page follow for updates Look for new park openings this month.

Stay safe and work together, Modesto! Kisses, m.

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