This is for Issue 34 of Contentment Health.
Photos by Robert Merritt By Noel Daniel Spring is often a time of renewal—and this spring, DEWZ underwent a big change. After twenty years of operation under the Aspesi family, John Jacinto took up their mantle of excellence in food and service. Jacinto is also a local entrepreneur, having founded
Ghostly Sharon by Allen Passalaqua By Jordan Severns Art is such an important aspect in our everyday lives. Having uncensored expression is crucial for thriving and colorful art culture, something that is said to be stifled in Modesto. A passionate art community is nothing without spaces to present and share
By Noel Daniel Summer’s on the wind. Dry air, baking sun, and dehydrating heat hit in full force. This is an especial problem in the Central Valley, where the natural climate is already dry. Don’t start packing your bags just yet, though—we’ve asked local skin specialists to crack the code
By Noel Daniel The chilly weather of February evokes an array of images—perhaps the least likely of which is one of a man at the start of a great adventure. But that’s precisely when Tony Youga started off on his journey across the states. It was a journey with incredible
By Ashley Stinson In a remote corner of the state, where San Bernardino County meets Riverside County, where the Mojave meets the Colorado Desert, you can find Joshua Tree National Park. This area of over 1,200 square miles brings the Old West to mind—California has moved on and grown modern,
By Noel Daniel Although she’s no longer spearheading the Modesto Youth Rugby Club, Christina Gein left an indelible mark on sports in our region. In fact, Gein was the one who started rugby in the area—and with a purpose and passion that was rooted in her experience with the sport.
By Jacqui D. Sinarle If there’s one celebration that’s uniquely Modesto, it’s Graffiti. Every year, local residents have looked forward to Modesto’s annual Graffiti Summer, which combines cars and music in a fun family environment. Today, Graffiti activities are more numerous than ever and attract people from across the country, a
By Jordan Severns The arts give life and energy to any community, and few art forms bring people together quite like a concert. That’s why on May 20, downtown Modesto is being transformed into a free music festival for the second annual Porchfest! Modesto Porchfest is a series of concerts
By Jacqui Sinarle There are so many great reasons to attend this year’s Stanislaus County Fair, scheduled for Jul. 13, through Jul. 22. Not only does the Fair offer family fun with exhibits, livestock, rides, and food—but now, for the third year, the Fair will also feature the empowHER Lounge
By Noel Daniel When you live in Stanislaus County, there’s almost no excuse not to pick up local goods. In Stanislaus County, you can find everything from soaps and oils to homemade bread, granola, and produce. Been planning a diet for months? Try cutting down to only local foods, even