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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Hidden Talents: David Sahl

PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… A Principal in the Technology firm ITSolutions Currie. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… Have been an avid hang glider for more than 25 years. I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT WHEN… An acquaintance of mine who was a hang glider pilot told me he thought this […]

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The Right Place for Dinner Tonight

Camp 4 Wine Café By Haley Brown “Where do you want to eat tonight?” It’s that daunting question that leaves you scratching your head, reading Yelp reviews until your eyes hurt and then, after desperation sets in, leaves you eating frozen pizza instead of going out. Now, there’s nothing wrong with frozen pizza once in […]

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Rich in Flavor, Rich in Heritage

The Family Recipes of Amalia’s Cocina By Nathan Lloyd Although they were never wealthy, the Portillos always had each other, and they had their garden, with its riches of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Amalia Portillo and her mother Maria bonded over bubbling pots, simmering fresh chili peppers and other home-grown produce. Years later, raising three […]

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The Versatile World of Artist Nicole Slater

By Dana Koster It’s difficult to pin down Modesto artist Nicole Slater’s work in just a few words— her art runs the stylistic gamut from old world to contemporary, her media from oil paints to vibrant plexiglass masterpieces to geometric creations on unconventional forms like cardboard and rubber. The two factors that unify her art, […]

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MJC Offers Fun, Budget-Friendly Fitness

By Jacqui D. Sinarle BUDGET FRIENDLY CLASSES Costs of Community Education classes can vary from class to class, but are designed never to bust your budget. Fitness, Dance and Activity Classes Average from $29-$79 Monthly MAAC Swimming $38 with discounts available for 4-month or annual enrollment Blue Tide Competitive Swimming $55 month for beginners $95 […]

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Timeless Trims

Tony Trevino and his Vinatage Barber Shop By Nathan Lloyd Formerly the office of a car lot tucked away just off McHenry on Drake Avenue, the quirky little structure that houses Trevino’s Barber Shop and Shave Parlor was built in 1948. Owner Tony Trevino has himself lent even more historical authenticity to the shop by […]

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Building Trust Behind Locked Doors

by Anne Marie Bergthold At first it may seem intimidating to enter a room and have the doors lock behind you. That was the experience of Marian Martino, one of the Mentoring Youth Project’s volunteer mentors at Juvenile Hall. For Martino, the rewards soon overshadowed the initial anxiety. Martino was introduced to the Mentoring Youth […]

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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.