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Edible Extravaganza 2015 (23 of 71)
Issue 19Out and About

By Alex Cantatore Hundreds of Stanislaus County residents ate, drank, and were generally merry on Sept. 3 — all for a good cause. The annual Edible Extravaganza fundraiser brought roughly 1,500 guests to Modesto Center Plaza for the region’s premiere foodie event. The region’s best restaurants, caterers, bakers, wineries, breweries, and distilleries were all on hand, offering

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food and wineIssue 19

By Alex Cantatore No, this “divine fruit” isn’t a tomato, or an apple, or a tiny pumpkin. The small, orange-red persimmon is delicious and supernatural in its own right. The persimmon’s mystical powers are renowned across the world; it has a reputation for scaring away tigers in Korea, while Ozark folklore claims the

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aestheticsIssue 19

By Noel Daniel Most will remember the story of the boy who read junk mail because his family didn’t have the means to buy books. It’s a sobering fact, that not everyone can access books as readily as they want. Thankfully, Modesto residents Michelle and Jared Oller have a hand in fixing that: They

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contentIssue 19

By Noel Daniel After 50 years of marriage, Mary Lou Dieterich suddenly found herself going to events alone. In the middle of this strange new experience in her life, she found friends in an unlikely place. Some mature adults  may find it hard to carry on a social life when separated

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By Noel Daniel Maybe it’s your first year decorating a tree – or maybe it’s your tenth and you just want something new. There’s no set formula for decking the halls, but here are some tips that might make sprucing up your pines a little easier. First & most important is

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By Noel Daniel There’s a family togetherness  that comes in making your own crafts—whether it’s painted ornaments, fudge, or tinsel. The only exception is typically your Christmas tree, bought from a lot. If the lack of do-it-yourself glamor in a pre-cut tree has you fretting over your eggnog, then there’s an easy solution: Come & Cut Christmas

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Past Articles

Ian hidden talent issue 18
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PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… I’m a CPA by trade. I’m a Principal at Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, a Modesto accounting firm. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… I also roast and sell coffee as a hobby and side business. I call it “Bean Counter Coffee Roasters.” I GOT STARTED WITH

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River Clean-Up main issue 18
Issue 18Out and About

By Alex Cantatore For the past year and a half, a small group of dedicated Modestoans have spent their weekends cleaning up the Tuolumne River. The effort has focused on one of the river’s most blighted areas, stretching from the 9th Street Bridge to Highway 99 — hence the clever name, Operation 9-2-99. From that small,

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in season issue 18
food and wineIssue 18

By Alex Cantatore You may be more familiar with this squash as Cinderella’s carriage, or as the Headless Horseman’s replacement head.But the magical pumpkin is, first and foremost, food. The staple squash traces its roots to ancient Mexico, though our name for the pumpkin comes from the Greeks, of all places. On first

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Bottles butcher issue 18
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By Jacqui D. Sinarle You could say that milk is in Rick Nutcher’s blood.   Nutcher grew up working in the family dairy, milking cows in the morning before going to school and raising dairy cattle in the local 4-H club. So although he left the industry for a time to grow cattle feed,

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aestheticsfeatured-aestheticsIssue 18

By Alex Cantatore In the old Southern Pacific Railroad station, in the heart of the “Cowboy capitol of the world,” sits the Oakdale Cowboy Museum.It’s a testament to men who worked the land, forged a community, fed the region, and made a name for Oakdale at rodeos across the nation. These real cowboys

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 18

  By Anne Marie Bergthold “Alphonse Mucha is one of those artists who, for a long time, flew under the radar,” says Lisa McDermott, Director of the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.   While people might not recognize the name, many will recognize what McDermott describes as “elegant, beautiful, swirling compositions” as the

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