10 Great Dates
1. Breaking Benjamin
It might have taken six years, but Breaking Benjamin is back with their new album, Dark Before Dawn and it’s worth the wait. The band, more energetic and purposeful than ever before, will be playing in Modesto’s Centre Plaza. They’ve achieved worldwide success, played chart-topping music, and are an act you can’t miss. For longtime fans, their sound is just as classically Breaking Benjamin, but with an invigorated twist. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www. jmaxproductions.net/event/6349255.
Mar. 11, 8:30 P.M.
1000 L St., Modesto
2. Turlock Gem Show
Throughout the years, the Turlock Gem Show has showcased astounding gems, jewels, rocks, and even marine fossils—from the Coelacanth, a ﬁsh lineage 350 million years old, to the Megalodon, a monolithic shark that hunted the prehistoric oceans. They have approximately 70 to 80 exhibit cases, each with a new and interesting subject. One year saw Don Tadlock’s dinosaur fossil display; Kevin Kirschman’s thundereggs and geodes; and a case full of beautiful, spherical wonders. Tickets are $6 for adults, and all children 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. For more information, visit turlockgemshow.com.
Mar. 12 & 13, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M
900 N. Broadway, Turlock
3. Stephanie Cadman Trio
This accomplished and high-energy Canadian talent is sure to delight audiences at her Mar. 13 show. Stephanie Cadman is one of Canada’s top violinists, a brilliant singer and a world-renowned dancer. She’s also made a name for herself on both the stage and the screen as an actress. She’s called Canadian Celtic at its best, and her along with her trio members promise a very entertaining Celtic afternoon. For more information, visit sundaysatcbs.com.
Mar. 13, 3 P.M.
Congregation Beth Shalom
1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto
4. Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe
You might know Tim Flannery from his time in the World Series championship San Francisco Giants teams—but what you may not have known is that he’s also a proliﬁc singer and songwriter. In fact, he and The Lunatic Fringe have been onstage with the likes of Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Garth Brooks, and Jimmy Buffet! For more information, or to buy tickets, visit www. turlocktheatre.org.
Mar. 19, 7:30 P.M.
Turlock Community Theatre
1574 E. Canal Dr., Turlock
5. Modesto Marathon
The Modesto Marathon started as a way to serve the local community by hosting top-of-the-line Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K running events. These events, which have since come to be Boston Marathon qualiﬁers, promote physical ﬁtness and a healthy lifestyle. The challenge begins Mar. 20 of this year and already has a considerable head start in signups. Make sure to save your spot soon! For more information, visit modestomarathon.com.
Mar. 20, 7 A.M.
M St. Between 10th and 11th, Modesto
6. Testicle Festival
When the Oakdale Rotary Club got together in the early 80s to decide how best to brand an annual fundraiser, they wanted something unique that’d reﬂect the area’s western heritage. Those who purchase tickets are welcomed to come on down and “have a ball.” This unique annual event is unlike any other in California—and you’d be nuts to miss it. For more information, visit oakdaletesticlefestival.com.
190 N. Lee Ave., Oakdale
7. Turlock Holistic Fair
This local marketplace is full of all the supernatural products you knew you wanted, but weren’t sure where to get. They stock everything from essential oils and herbs to sage, candles, and crystals. The fair is attended by holistic healers, mediums, tarot readers and a swath of paranormal information. For more information, visit turlockexpo.com.
900 N. Broadway, Turlock
8. Love Modesto
If you’re a member in the community who wants to make a difference, we’d recommend looking into Love Modesto—a community-wide service day that’s dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those who are disadvantaged in some way. Love Modesto strives to help the disabled, the elderly, and the forgotten. It’s with the help of local organizations that these changes can be made. For more information, or to volunteer, visit www.lovemodesto.com.
Apr. 23, 9 A.M.
1000 I St., Modesto
9. Open Artist Studio
Take in the talents of the county at Stanislaus County’s 6th Annual Open Artist Studio, taking place April 23 and 24. There will be a number of locations featuring local artwork, and maps are available at Convention Visitors Bureaus and galleries in the county. This is the perfect time to talk with local artists or purchase their art. For more information, visit www.stanislausaos.wordpress.com.
Apr. 23 & 24, 11 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Located throughout Stanislaus County
10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s “Fun” Raiser
The Epsilon Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma presents a classic ﬁlm to raise money for a great cause. This “Fun” raiser will beneﬁt the Education Programs of Stanislaus County Ofﬁce of Education/Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, State Theatre Educational Programs, MJC Scholarships, Library Books, and the Great Valley Museum/Discovery Room. There is a $25.00 donation and tickets can be purchased online at www.thestate.org, at the door, or by calling 209-545-0883.
APr. 28, 5-7 P.M.
The State Theatre
1307 J St., Modesto