Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles Throughout Stanislaus County

Contentment Health is a healthy lifestyle magazine designed to help you find the well-being you need and the life you want right here in Stanislaus County. There are so many cool things in Stanislaus County to celebrate, so many unknown heroes out there doing amazing things and so many hidden gems to shine a light on, and we can’t wait to introduce you to them!

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Dustin Oie (9 of 9)

Hidden Talents: Dustin Oie

PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… I’m a tree worker. I’ve been self-employed ever since late 2007, when I got my contractor’s license and started DCO Tree Care. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… Make chainsaw wood carvings of bears. I’ve done other stuff, but everybody likes the bears. I GOT STARTED WITH MY […]

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Sandude (5 of 62)

The Biggest Brewery You’ve Never Heard Of

BY ALEX CANTATORE IN A SLEEPY TURLOCK BUSINESS PARK, ANCHORED BY AN INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE AND AN INDUSTRIAL TOOL SELLER, A FEW LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE BREWING UP A REVOLUTION. With four big beers and momentum booming, Turlock’s Sandude Brewing Co. could be the best-kept secret in the craft beer scene. “It’s the biggest brewery no […]

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Inspiring Spaces: McClure Country Home

BY ALEX CANTATORE IN THE 1940’S AND 50’S, IT WAS THE CENTER OF MODESTO’S SOCIAL SCENE. BUT FOR THE PAST FEW DECADES, FEW HAVE VISITED THIS HISTORIC MODESTO PLACE. The McClure Country Home is one of Modesto’s oldest and grandest mansions. It’s nearly as old as Modesto itself, with a grand Victorian Italianate style that […]

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Carnegie Arts (2 of 30)

Valley in Focus at Carnegie Arts Center

BY ALEX CANTATORE YOU GROW ACCUSTOMED TO CERTAIN LANDSCAPES, GROWING UP IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY: FRESHLY PLOWED FIELDS WITH EVEN MOUNDS OF DIRT, ORCHARDS WITH ROW AFTER ROW OF IDENTICAL TREES, AND GOLDEN FOOTHILLS PUNCTUATED BY DEEP GREEN TREES. It’s those landscapes that are brought into focus at a new exhibit in Turlock’s Carnegie Arts […]

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Modesto Native Joins Touring Company of “Sister Act”

BY ALEX CANTATORE THE YOUNG CAREER OF MODESTO NATIVE EMILY KAY SHRADER HAS ALREADY COME FULL CIRCLE. The talented stage actress will return to Modesto on March 26-27, taking center stage at the Gallo Center for the Arts as a member of the national tour of the musical “Sister Act.” An Enochs High School graduate, […]

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Top Notch Kennels (14 of 51)

Why and How to Board Your Dog

BY ALEX CANTATORE IF YOU’RE HEADING OUT OF TOWN, LEAVING YOUR DOG IN THE BACKYARD MAY SEEM HARMLESS. BUT BOARDING YOUR DOG IS IMPORTANT FOR ITS PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, ACCORDING TO LISA MOORE. Moore’s a certified professional dog trainer, a behavior counselor, and the owner of Top Notch Kennels, Inc. She says that many […]

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Be Fit for Your Pets

BY KATELYN GOYETTE Let’s be honest… every time you see an animal either at the zoo, on the television, in your neighbor’s backyard, or at the pound, you feel instantly drawn to love on it. It is in our nature as human beings to be drawn to these furry creatures because subconsciously we know that […]

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Dog Agility (1 of 33)

Agile Dogs, Agile People

BY ALEX CANTATORE ONE DAY, WAY BACK IN MID-90S, MARY VAN WORMER WAS CLICKING ALONG ON HER TELEVISION WHEN A STRANGE NEW PROGRAM CAME ON. The screen was filled with images of happy, barking dogs. They jumped over gates, ran through tunnels, wove between poles, and climbed teeter-totters. “Dog agility,” the TV announcers called it. […]

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Mexico, Ireland Come to Gallo Center

BY ALEX CANTATORE Mariachi Girl Foster Family Theatre Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2 p.m. $8/12/20 Fun for the whole family – diversión para toda la familia – is coming to the Gallo Center for the Arts on March 21 and 22. Mariachi Girl, a bilingual, family-friendly musical, is making its California debut […]

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Stanislaus County FairVirginia White, She's Painting the TownTraffic streams by a mural honoring Royal Robbins on the building shared by Jaunt and Camp 4 at the corner of Needham and College in Modesto. The mural, handpainted by local artist Aaron Vickery, celebrates the achievements of Modesto’s famous climber. Adventurous skaters brave the cold to enjoy Turlock’s Fields of Ice as the sun sets on December 3, 2013. Just off Canal Rd in Turlock between November 29 and January 12, the rink at R.A.M. farms offered area residents an 80x60 foot ice field to skaters of every skill level.ALMOND BLOSSOMS
Almond orchards begin to bloom in Stanislaus County. Amidst drought concerns, farmers worry that low water availability will negatively impact one of the County’s largest crops for years to come.PROSPECT THEATER
Members of Modesto’s Prospect Theatre Company rehearse a new play while construction continues at the Company’s new location on K Street in Modesto. After 13 years on Scenic Drive, the venerable troupe made a move to a more spacious facility this January.
Stanislaus County Fair
Virginia White, She's Painting the Town
Traffic streams by a mural honoring Royal Robbins on the building shared by Jaunt and Camp 4 at the corner of Needham and College in Modesto. The mural, handpainted by local artist Aaron Vickery, celebrates the achievements of Modesto’s famous climber.
Adventurous skaters brave the cold to enjoy Turlock’s Fields of Ice as the sun sets on December 3, 2013. Just off Canal Rd in Turlock between November 29 and January 12, the rink at R.A.M. farms offered area residents an 80x60 foot ice field to skaters of every skill level.
ALMOND BLOSSOMS Almond orchards begin to bloom in Stanislaus County. Amidst drought concerns, farmers worry that low water availability will negatively impact one of the County’s largest crops for years to come.
PROSPECT THEATER Members of Modesto’s Prospect Theatre Company rehearse a new play while construction continues at the Company’s new location on K Street in Modesto. After 13 years on Scenic Drive, the venerable troupe made a move to a more spacious facility this January.