Issue 22

10 Great Dates

Although William Shakespeare has been gone for four centuries, his plays live on. The State Theater is going classic with four FREE Fridays of Shakespearean theater. These top-notch BBC productions will be shown on the big screen in the comfort of Modesto’s own Art Deco theater. Midsummer Night’s Dream

May 6 at noon and May 8 at 3 pm As You Like It
May 13 at noon and May 15 at 4:30 pm State Theater,


2. Modesto Library Used Book Sale

Grab your reusable bags and head Downtown to the Modesto Library’s Annual Used Book Sale. The event, held on the library’s East Portico, features hundreds of gently used books for all literary interests. Prices range from $1 for hardbacks to $.50 for paperbacks.

May 7, 8 am – 3 pm
1500 I St., Modesto


3. Kidz Day

On Tuesday, May 10 be sure to travel to work with a couple of extra dollar bills in your hand… for the kids! This date marks the 19th year the Modesto Bee and Salvation Army have teamed up to benefit at-risk kids in our community through the sale of a special “Kids’ Day” edition of the Modesto Bee. In a throwback to the days of paper boys on street corners, community members will be selling papers along the morning commute route. 100 percent of the funds raised through this one day effort go to help local children’s programs provided by the Red Shield Center. Don’t forget your $1 or $5 and pick up a couple of papers on May 10 for the kids!

May 10, 7 am – 1 pm
Various Community Locations


4. Portuguese Kids

Life growing up as the child of immigrant parents can be many things — including funny! This group of young comedians sheds a humorous light on their experiences. The Portuguese Kids are an internationally traveling improvisation group whose humor pokes fun at the many things children of immigrant parents have in common. “Have you had dinner?,”“You’re too skinny,” “You’re too fat!” And no matter your age, you will always be a kid. Join the Carlos Vieira Foundation for a laugh-packed evening which supports the provision of educational tools, medical supplies and services for Central California families affected by Autism.

May 19, 7 pm
Gallo Center for the Arts


5. Modesto Bike To Work Day

Two wheels are the way to ride on Modesto’s Bike to Work Day. Fresh air and exercise are on the agenda for this annual event in Downtown Modesto. Riders will enjoy coffee and treats at a morning mixer promoting cycling and alternative commute options. Free t-shirts and prizes for the first 150 bike commuters. Who knows, maybe you will decide to permanently trade 4 wheels for 2. Too far away to ride to Downtown? Simply drive to a nearby location and park your car, hop on your bike and join the fun Downtown. Sponsored by: City of Modesto, Modesto Police Department, Downtown Improvement District, American Medical Response, Commute Connection, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), Stanislaus County Bicycle Club, Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus County

May 19, 6:30 am – 8:30 am
Downtown Modesto

6. Oakdale Chocolate FestivalVisit Oakdale and walk on down Chocolate Avenue for some amazing treats at the 24th annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival. Be sure not to miss the amusement rides, Chocolate Challenge Stage and car show which make this event fun for the whole family. The event also features 5 and 1 mile fun runs to help make room for more chocolate tasting. Have a special talent you are willing to share? There is still time to sign up for the Chocolate Challenge Stage. Applications and event tickets are available by visiting the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce at

May 21, 9 am – 6 pm
May 22, 9 am – 5 pm
Wood Park at the junction of Hwy 108 and 120


7. Family Cycling Festival And Criterium

Modesto is working to become a cycling town and the Family Cycling Festival and Criterium is one cool event to get the whole family on two wheels. There will be bike rides and obstacle courses, free prize drawings and helmet giveaways for kids of all ages. A BMX Stunt team will be performing three shows and the City of Modesto and Public Works Departments will have interactive displays. Don’t have a license for your bike? This is your chance to get one! The Stanislaus County Bike Club will host an escorted ride from MJC East Campus to the Festival.

Saturday May 21, 10 am – 3 pm
Downtown Modesto 1 Street @ 11 Street


8. Graffiti Summer Kick-Off – American Graffiti

Grab a root beer float and your best cruisin’ clothes and head down to The State Theater for the annual showing of American Graffiti. The State owns a 35mm archival print, stored and maintained year-round in the Universal film vault, and that is what will be viewed on June 6. Admission is rolled back to just $3 for the event so bring some friends and be prepared to travel back to old Modesto and the days of classic cars, drive-ins, and drag racing. Get your tickets at

June 6, 3 pm
The State Theater


9. Moband Concerts In The Park

The calendar changes to June and in Modesto that means sun, family fun, and MoBand. For 97 years the Modesto Band of Stanislaus County has been delighting families for six Thursday nights at Modesto’s Graceda Park. Grab a picnic basket, your blanket and don’t forget some food and drink to share. The theme for the season is “We Are Family” and that is what we truly become as we join the band to hum “On the Mall” at the close of each week’s concert.

June 9, 16, 23 and July 7 and 14


10. “Across The Valley” Unveiling

“Across the Valley” is a 6-by-8 foot oil painting of the Central Valley by Chella. The painting is a visual concept of the valley in the early 1900s and was commissioned by Dr. Michael O’Brien. The event will be a fundraiser for two worthwhile causes: The Central California Art Association and Mistlin Gallery Art Educational Programs and the Daniel J. Gonsalves Scholarship Fund. Refreshments are offered and there will be music.

May 21, 4 pm – 8 Pm
Beckwith Veterinary Hospital, Modesto

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