Issue 21

hidden talentsIssue 21

People normally know me as… Robert or Dr. Donovan, who works in the Emergency Department at Doctors Medical Center. I also serve as the Medical Director of Clinical Informatics there, and I’m also the Medical Director of the PHI Air Ambulance Service in Modesto and Sonora. But what they don’t

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Issue 21

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

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Issue 21Out and About

By Noel DanielWedding season is coming—and Modesto wanted to be prepared. Countless locals came out in droves to the largest bridal show in Modesto, located in the Centre Plaza. The 10th Annual International Wedding Festival was a huge success, running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24. There

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Issue 21Out and About

By Noel Daniel Modesto citizens dusted off their capes and got their backstories straight. That’s right, for one day at least, Modesto had a whole lot of heroes, all ready to do some good in their community for the Superhero Fun Run. This do-gooder dash took place in East La

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food and wineIssue 21

By Jacqui D.  Sinarle Whether you want to learn to prepare delicious and healthy dishes or have someone make them for you, you can count on Fresh Express Meal Service for help. “Unlike other meal prep services, we do not focus on ‘fitness food,’” explained Marisol Fernandez, who owns the

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle There’s more than one interesting story behind the new Modesto eatery Ralston’s Goat. With a unique name, hometown owners, and a different take on traditional dishes, the restaurant is a refreshing change for area  foodies’ palates. “The name Ralston’s Goat is a nod to local history,”

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By Noel Daniel Back in the earlier days of Turlock’s Downtown, Dust Bowl Brewing Company’s taproom settled on West Main Street in 2011 and started to make a name for itself. “Growler” became a part of local parlance and the drought of business in Downtown seemed to lessen through the

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food and wineIssue 21

By Noel Daniel Did you know that the artichoke is a species of thistle that was cultivated to be a food? The artichoke we all know and love—specifically, the globe artichoke—is essentially an unbloomed flower bud. The budding head of the artichoke “flower” is actually a cluster of a number of  small flowers,

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“But you can’t start. Only a baby can start. You and me – why, we’re all that’s been. The anger of a moment, the thousand pictures, that’s us. This land, this red land, is us; and the flood years and the dust years and the drought years are us.” —John

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arts and cultureIssue 21

By Anne Marie H. Bergthold “Dance just brings happiness and relief from the stress of daily life,” shares Preston Vieira, a member of the Weirdos Dance Crew. On Dec. 19, 2015, dancers from across the Central Valley came together to perform in the Urban Dance Showcase at The State Theatre.

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By Elisa Hutsell Greens Market has always been known for their gorgeous displays of delectable, artisan foods. Always fresh and bright fruits, soups, salads, and sandwiches with wholesome ingredients. But it’s not just their fare that has high visual appeal. With the recent renovation to their building, Greens on Tenth

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contentmentIssue 21

By Anne Marie H. Bergthold Loyal, energetic, and intelligent are a just a few of the ways one can describe the German Shepherd breed—but these attributes can also put these magnificent dogs at risk. Since December of 2007, the nonprofit organization Greater California German Shepherd Rescue has been working to rescue German Shepherds from unacceptable situations and place them

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contentmentIssue 21

  By Noel Daniel Animals are more perceptive than we think. It was a sunny afternoon, and shafts of light angled into the room full of scratch posts and climbable poles. But Dora, a downy black cat who’d been brought into Cat City to meet prospective pet owners, slid from the bench and hid in

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By Noel Daniel The sun beat down on the alley behind the Jones’ house on June 30, 2015. It was 105 degrees and sweltering in the mostly-shadeless alley as Dave Jones walked out to move the trash bins. It was then that he saw it—a tall, bottle-brush tail sticking out of a pile

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featured-healthhealthIssue 21

By Noel Daniel Pets are a lot like children. Neither really comes with an instruction manual, and it can be easy to forget that there might be tips and tricks that are necessary for the ideal health of your furry family. Here are 10 Great Tips we collected from area

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fitnessIssue 21

By Jacqui D. Sinarle Since opening six months ago, Core Transformations Fitness Studio has already won fans from exercise pros to beginners. That’s because business partners Daniel Perez, Lani Dickinson, and Lynis Chaffey have made a commitment to helping people of all fitness levels reach their goals. And they have the experience to back

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Blue Man Group There’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Blue Man Group before— they make themselves impossible to miss! This rock concert, comedy, dance party is one you don’t want to miss, especially if you’ve never seen the Blue Man Group before. Their blend of music, comedy, and technology is dynamic and perfect for any

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle It’s been so long since Modesto had an ice skating rink that some residents might have forgotten how to ice skate. Others might never have even attempted it. But after the new Modesto On Ice Presented by Modesto Subaru hosted 37,000 skaters, 15,000 spectators, 130 parties and countless youth

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle Good news for dog-lovers: Stanislaus hot spots are now more pet-friendly than ever! Not only do more businesses provide accommodations for man’s best friend, many also provide special treats. Prime Shine Car Wash offers a complimentary organic dog treat to customers’ pooches at 16 locations throughout the Central Valley. At the Yogurt

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By Noel Daniels It’s time to start that project you’ve been putting off. It’s time to build. Maybe in the past you haven’t had the means to construct electronic t-shirts or light-up Deathstars, but now Modesto has a resource. And that resource is the city’s new makerspace. “A makerspace is

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