PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… I’m a tree worker. I’ve been self-employed ever since late 2007, when I got my contractor’s license and started DCO Tree Care. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… Make chainsaw wood carvings of bears. I’ve done other stuff, but everybody likes the bears.
BY ALEX CANTATORE In a sleepy Turlock business park, anchored by an indoor shooting range and an industrial tool seller, a few local residents are brewing up a revolution. With four big beers and momentum booming, Turlock’s Sandude Brewing Co. could be the best-kept secret in the craft beer scene.
BY ALEX CANTATORE In the 1940s and 50s, it was the center of Modesto’s social scene. But for the past few decades, few have visited this historic Modesto place. The McClure Country Home is one of Modesto’s oldest and grandest mansions. It’s nearly as old as Modesto itself, with a
BY ALEX CANTATORE You grow accustomed to certain landscapes, growing up in the central valley: freshly plowed fields with even mounds of dirt, orchards with row after row of identical trees, and golden foothills golden foothills punctuated by deep green trees. It’s those landscapes that are brought into focus at a new exhibit in Turlock’s Carnegie
BY ALEX CANTATORE The young career of Modesto native Emily Kay Shrader has already come full circle. The talented stage actress will return to Modesto on March 26-27, taking center stage at the Gallo Center for the Arts as a member of the national tour of the musical “Sister Act.” An Enochs High
BY ALEX CANTATORE If you’re heading out of town, leaving your dog in the backyard may seem harmless. But boarding your dog is important for its physical and mental health, According to Lisa Moore. Moore’s a certified professional dog trainer, a behavior counselor, and the owner of Top Notch Kennels, Inc. She says
BY KATELYN GOYETTE Let’s be honest… every time you see an animal either at the zoo, on the television, in your neighbor’s backyard, or at the pound, you feel instantly drawn to love on it. It is in our nature as human beings to be drawn to these furry creatures
BY ALEX CANTATORE One day, way back in mid-90s, Mary Van Wormer was clicking along on her television when a strange new program came on. The screen was filled with images of happy, barking dogs. They jumped over gates, ran through tunnels, wove between poles, and climbed teeter-totters. “Dog agility,” the TV announcers
BY ALEX CANTATORE For the past 20-plus years, two local men have been engaged in an ongoing feud. It’s not about politics, or religion, or women, or any of the usual topics. No, this feud is about who gets to be the first man to jump into a freezing cold lake
BY ALEX CANTATORE Most people have fond memories of the Easter Bunny, of pastel-dyed eggs and sweet chocolate treats. But for Randy Koga, founder of Trinket’s Memorial Rabbit Sanctuary, “Easter bunny” is a four-letter word. “Easter is awful for me,” Koga says with a grimace. It’s become an epidemic, he says. More
BY ALEX CANTATORE The Mistlin Gallery was the hub of January’s Modesto Art Walk, with both paintings and dance on display. The New Member Exhibition, “Almond Blossom Time,” hung on the walls, while local artists were on hand to discuss their work. Central West Ballet conducted an interactive dance experience
BY JACQUI D. SINARLE Going green may be a new concept for some communities, but in Stanislaus County it’s become a tradition. Annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations are held across the county, celebrating all things green, leafy, and environmentally-friendly. All are invited to take part in the Modesto’s
BY JACQUI D. SINARLE Think diabetes doesn’t affect you, just because you haven’t been diagnosed with it? Think again. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Stanislaus County, the underlying cause of 3.1 percent of deaths in the county. And in 2012 an estimated 29.1 million Americans (9.3
BY JACQUI D. SINARLE It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find the biggest St. Patty’s Day pub crawl in Northern California. Just head to downtown Modesto on Saturday, March 21 for Lucky Fest. “Lucky Fest is 25 pubs built from the ground up for one day only,”
BY ROSS DICKERSON DON’T KEEP YOUR POOCH COOPED UP IN THE BACKYARD. TAKE MAN’S BEST FRIEND TO A LOCAL DOG PARK, OR ON A DOG- FRIENDLY HIKE.YOU’LL BE SURPRISED AT WHAT STANISLAUS COUNTY HAS TO OFFER. VIRGINIA CORRIDOR TRAILWAY From Needham Avenue to Bangs Avenue, Modesto The Virginia Corridor Trailway
BY JACQUI D. SINARLE “Bacchus & Brew is a well established and entertaining event with something for everyone,” said Keenon Krick, who co-chairs the event with Gary Boudreaux. “Every year we have a terrific mix of approximately 20 wineries and ten breweries from all over the Central Valley that bring