Issue 22

food and wineIssue 22

By Michele Laverty If you are searching for local, fresh Italian food in Modesto, look no further than Ciao Bella. This restaurant brings fine dining to Modesto’s Century Center. Ciao Bella’s story begins with chef and owner Chau Nguyen. Chau started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at the

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By Michele Laverty At the young age of eight, Isabelle Alkhas may sell lemonade in her hometown but her sights are set on helping people on the other side of the world. After hearing what was happening to her own people in Iraq and Syria—that children her age didn’t have homes,

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle The homemade farm machinery of yesteryear may have been replaced by modern high-tech farm equipment, but the Patterson Township Historical Society Barnstormers are hard at work collecting, preserving and restoring the valuable evidence of our unique agricultural history, one piece at a time. “The West Side

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By Jacqui Sinarle If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own food business from home but never knew where to begin, the university of California Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County can teach you how in its popular workshop, starting a successful cottage food business. “The workshop is very fun and

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  By Michele Laverty Living in Central California means we have many opportunities to eat amazing and healthy foods right from our own backyards and nearby orchards. The sweet, but short fresh cherry season is no exception, bringing the best of the Bings, Raniers and Queen Anne’s into our kitchens

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By Michele Laverty Food was once a local thing. Everyone either grew their own food or knew the dairy down the road where the milk bottles came from. In the past century we have strayed from our roots —literally. As a society, we have become dependent on trucks and trains

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle This month, 300 people will gather in downtown Modesto to enjoy a Sunday dinner prepared by the area’s best chefs, fine wine, and live music, all while supporting local youth at One Table—literally. “One Table is a relaxed, alfresco community dining experience where all guests dine

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle If you’ve ever wanted to preserve some type of food, chances are the Gypsy Cowgirl–a.k.a. Bambi Porter–can teach you. That’s because Porter, owner of Gypsy Cowgirl Kitchen Co., is enamored with all types of food preservation and eager to share her knowledge and passion. “I think

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle If your season’s bounty is overflowing, think gleaning and gathering. That’s the name of a program operated by Interfaith Ministries that helps homeowners and farmers who have excess produce get it harvested and donated to people in need throughout community. It’s easy, philanthropic, and good for the environment, too. “With

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By Michele Laverty In 1870, Rising Sun country school opened on the Westside of the county in Vernalis.  A few years ago the program re-opened,  after a few years of dormancy, as a transitions program for young adults with developmental disabilities. The dream was bigger than providing just a place

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fitnesshealthIssue 22

By Jacqui D. Sinarle There’s something magical about mushrooms. Usually a food that’s so naturally delicious is devoid of nutrition, or vice versa. Not so with mushrooms, which are packed with both flavor and health properties. And Donnie Creekmore knows the secret to growing them in your own home: his

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arts and cultureIssue 22

By Michele Laverty penumbra (pi-num ‘bre): n. 1. A partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination. 2. The partly darkened fringe around a sunspot. 3. An outlying, surrounding region; periphery; fringe Nestled in the southern end of our beautiful county is a mecca

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Doctors Medical Center of Modesto launched a hospital-wide literacy project to foster a love of reading in young children and families. The project started on Mar. 1, along with the start of The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day which is a nationwide celebration of the birthday of Theodor

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  By Michele Laverty  May is National Cycling Month and the City of Modesto and local cycling groups are putting together a host of fun activities to encourage exercising on two wheels. Events will include a Bike to Work Day, Tour of California Cycling Expo and Family Cycling Festival. The

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food and wineIssue 22

By Gitaine Reis, In-Shape Health Clubs Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. You can’t work off bad nutrition and you can’t diet yourself skinny. It is an effort on both sides and good nutrition will help keep your body in balance. Eating fresh food will help achieve healthy nutrition,

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Issue 22Out and About

  By Michele Laverty 6,000 eggs, 100 goodie bags, a train and one Easter Bunny came together for a fabulous spring day at the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Modesto Reservoir on March 26. An estimated 1,300 people joined in the fun to hunt for eggs, compete in sack

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Tale As Old As Time Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Jun. 3, 8 P.M. $19-92 Your favorite Disney tunes will come to life with the help of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and talented guest vocalists. In addition to the magic of live music, scenes from everyone’s favorite Disney films will be

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle If you enjoy eating farm-fresh produce and want to support local growers, consider participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. CSA is a popular way for consumers to purchase local, seasonal food directly from farmers. It works like this: A farmer offers a certain number

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by Anne Marie H. Bergthold No summer is complete without taking a ride on the Ferris wheel, sampling deep-fried desserts and going to concerts. This July, the Stanislaus County Fair will once again include concerts spanning a wide range of musical genres. “The Fair has 10 days of full entertainment

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fitnesshealthIssue 22

By Jacqui D. Sinarle Whether you’re a serious athlete or you just want to have fun, there’s some type of unique foot race in the Central Valley for you — and most local color runs, mud races and obstacle courses include events that are designed just for kids! Check out

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PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… Warehouse Operations Manager for Second Harvest  Food Bank BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT… I am Worship Leader and Choir Director at Revival Center Pentecostal Church in Modesto, where I sing. I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT WHEN… I was very young, probably

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By Anne Marie H. Bergthold Turlock has a new option for defining your physique. Co-owners Stacy Aguila and Amy Radcliffe have opened Barre Defined, the first barre fitness studio in the Central Valley. “We had not been able to locate this type of fitness or the overall experience we were

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By Michele Laverty The Farm to Table movement comes home at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Once a sheep farm where hundreds of sheep grazed pasture land the ranch became known as the place for fresh produce and even fresher baked goods. Founders Bill & Joy Bloomingcamp began planting almond and walnut trees

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