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Issue 25

arts and cultureIssue 25

An Irish ChristmasMay the lilt of Irish laughter be a bright spot in your holiday reverie! You may have caught this show on PBS, and truly it’s one of the most delightful holiday shows you’ll see. “An Irish Christmas” comes laden with joy, hope, laughter, friendship, and a general celebration

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Issue 25Travel

By Noel Daniel Do you dream of being by the sea all times of year? This winter, Pacifica, California might be the perfect place for you—just make sure to dress warm. Pacifica Municipal Pier ||  2100 Beach Blvd., Pacifica Pacifica Pier also the perfect place to catch the sunset or do

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Issue 25pulse

By Jacqui D Sinarle This year, get some face time with Santa at the following holiday events scheduled throughout the Central Valley and look for more information online. McHenry Village in Modesto hosts daily visits from Santa beginning the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Special holiday activities include professional

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Issue 25Out and About

By Noel Daniel The community munched, crunched, and brunched on everything from fresh made-to-order crêpes, shrimp cocktails, chicken fajitas, and so much more at The Community Brunch this year. The brunch is an amazing annual opportunity for local chefs to partner with five very deserving local charities that support the

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featured-food-and-winefood and wineIssue 25

  By Noel Daniel As winter settles in, it seems like most of the years’ fruits go out, except for the sweet, tangy, and festively bright pomegranate. In Ancient Egypt, the pomegranate was a symbol of prosperity. In Ancient Greece, the pomegranate symbolized the lean winter months when Demeter, the

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food and wineIssue 25

By Noel Daniel The chef behind one of Modesto’s favorite Asian/Fusion restaurants is expanding his horizons yet again. Chef John Surla aims to open an upscale Italian eatery and steakhouse in Ripon in order to sample other culinary experiences. “I have a bistro,” said Surla. “I needed a different concept

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featured-healthhealthIssue 25

By Jacqui D. Sinarle True to its name, Sukha Studio is a good space for hundreds of local residents. Sukha—which translates to mean “good space” in Sanskrit, the language of yoga—provides certified instruction in yoga, barre, and Pilates, in addition to a lifestyle boutique; spa-like amenities; and anatomy, wellness, and

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arts and culturefeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 25

By Jacqui D. Sinarle Our region’s seventh annual talent competition, The Valley Talent Project, gave local performers something to sing about in August—and much more! With a new name, a diverse variety of contestants, and more prizes than ever, the two-day event showcased 28 entries competing in seven categories with

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contentmentIssue 25

By Jacqui D. Sinarle Thanks to 5.11 Tactical, a number of local youth will be better prepared for school this year. In September, 5.11 donated 60 backpacks to the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, which will distribute them throughout the year to children in need who have been exposed to family

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contentmentfeatured-contentmentIssue 25

By Noel Daniel Some people spend Thanksgiving morning firing up the kitchen and preparing for the feast later that night. Others spend it knee-deep in mud. Rain or shine, for over fifty years, one group of friends has been assembling for the “Mud Bowl” every Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m.

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