Issue 19

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Your favorite stops are getting the recognition they deserve! These winners of Contentment Health’s Second Annual Reader’s Vote were hand-picked by you. These businesses are the best of the best, so make sure to comb through. You might find some old favorites or stumble on new ones. What are you

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By Noel Daniel It’s easy to gain weight during the holidays,between all the stress, the limited time, and the preponderance of delicious baked goods. The biggest question is what can you do to stay as healthy as possible while the rich and decadent holidays are bearing down? “It’s all about moderation and balancing your

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fitnessIssue 19

By Gitaine Reis & Angel Chere – In-Shape Health Clubs Having a healthy lifestyle can be difficult in your daily routine. Unexpected things happen that could cause us to skip  gym, or even grab fast food for breakfast. Incorporating an In-Shape Attitude into your life can be one of the easiest ways to stay healthy, even when the unknown

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The days are getting colder, and soon this little bee will take up shelter in her hive. Before she goes, though, she’ll make one last round on the Diablo Grande Golf Course.

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Elf the Musical If you’re looking to start your holiday season with a sprinkle of funny, don’t miss “Elf the Musical” in its two-day debut to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Nov. 17 and 18. The musical follows the strange tale of Buddy, an orphaned child who ends up at the North Pole after

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By Noel Daniel After 50 years of marriage, Mary Lou Dieterich suddenly found herself going to events alone. In the middle of this strange new experience in her life, she found friends in an unlikely place. Some mature adults  may find it hard to carry on a social life when separated

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By Noel Daniel Most will remember the story of the boy who read junk mail because his family didn’t have the means to buy books. It’s a sobering fact, that not everyone can access books as readily as they want. Thankfully, Modesto residents Michelle and Jared Oller have a hand in fixing that: They

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By Alex Cantatore No, this “divine fruit” isn’t a tomato, or an apple, or a tiny pumpkin. The small, orange-red persimmon is delicious and supernatural in its own right. The persimmon’s mystical powers are renowned across the world; it has a reputation for scaring away tigers in Korea, while Ozark folklore claims the

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By Noel Daniel Maybe it’s your first year decorating a tree – or maybe it’s your tenth and you just want something new. There’s no set formula for decking the halls, but here are some tips that might make sprucing up your pines a little easier. First & most important is

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Issue 19Out and About

By Alex Cantatore Hundreds of Stanislaus County residents ate, drank, and were generally merry on Sept. 3 — all for a good cause. The annual Edible Extravaganza fundraiser brought roughly 1,500 guests to Modesto Center Plaza for the region’s premiere foodie event. The region’s best restaurants, caterers, bakers, wineries, breweries, and distilleries were all on hand, offering

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By Noel Daniel There’s a family togetherness  that comes in making your own crafts—whether it’s painted ornaments, fudge, or tinsel. The only exception is typically your Christmas tree, bought from a lot. If the lack of do-it-yourself glamor in a pre-cut tree has you fretting over your eggnog, then there’s an easy solution: Come & Cut Christmas

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PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… the IT Analyst that promotes accessibility on campus. I do a lot of training and education about the Accessible Technology Initiative to remove barriers to success caused by inaccessible technology. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… that I’m a Steampunk fan. Steampunk is a mashup of science

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By Noel Daniel Even though the floor’s been torn out and  the columns torn down, the show must go on. Patrons of The State Theatre might notice some changes in the beloved 80-year-old Modesto landmark. A number of renovations are in store for the building, and there’s protective plastic spread on the carpets to prove

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food and wineIssue 19

By Noel Daniel He was a long way from Reno when he pulled into the driveway at Latif’s. He bought a pie, intending to eat it over the next few days, but it was just too good: He ate it all in one sitting. “Best pie ever,” a customer from Reno wrote in a letter to

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By Noel Daniel Hopefully it’s not too often that you sit down on a train to enjoy a drink, only to have the conductor pushing to outrun a zombie menace. Or solve a Murder Mystery. Thankfully for some, that’s only a small portion of the Sierra Dinner Train – it’s also a great place to meet

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Issue 19Out and About

  By Noel Daniel In 1998, the Women’s Leadership Council was only a handful of women, fighting for empowerment in spite of their size. The Council has since skyrocketed in membership, a fact that was obvious on Sept. 23. The Gallo Center for the Arts lobby was packed with supporters for the Women’s Leadership Council’s 18th Annual

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1. Constellations Maybe you’ll meet the love of your life at this play – or maybe you won’t. Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by award winning director Jere O’Donnell, is a story of love and multiple universes. Find a world, or maybe several, full of explorable possibilities that can end or begin when we least expect them. General

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By Alex Catatore It’s easy to conjure up images of “reefer madness,” of aging hippies trapped in the ‘60s, of rappers stumbling out of the club in a cloud of smoke. But what about a child whose body is wracked with seizures? Or a middle-aged man suffering from a debilitating nervous system disorder? Or an army

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By Alex Cantatore A plan quickly formed for Modesto on Ice, and potential sites for an ice rink were quickly assessed — and shot down. No option seemed to mesh with the Murrays’ vision for an easily accessible, family-friendly, downtown rink that could benefit local businesses. From the beginning, Modesto on Ice targeted the Modesto Centre

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