Issue 25

arts and cultureIssue 25

An Irish ChristmasMay the lilt of Irish laughter be a bright spot in your holiday reverie! You may have caught this show on PBS, and truly it’s one of the most delightful holiday shows you’ll see. “An Irish Christmas” comes laden with joy, hope, laughter, friendship, and a general celebration

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Issue 25Travel

By Noel Daniel Do you dream of being by the sea all times of year? This winter, Pacifica, California might be the perfect place for you—just make sure to dress warm. Pacifica Municipal Pier ||  2100 Beach Blvd., Pacifica Pacifica Pier also the perfect place to catch the sunset or do

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By Jacqui D Sinarle This year, get some face time with Santa at the following holiday events scheduled throughout the Central Valley and look for more information online. McHenry Village in Modesto hosts daily visits from Santa beginning the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Special holiday activities include professional

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Issue 25Out and About

By Noel Daniel The community munched, crunched, and brunched on everything from fresh made-to-order crêpes, shrimp cocktails, chicken fajitas, and so much more at The Community Brunch this year. The brunch is an amazing annual opportunity for local chefs to partner with five very deserving local charities that support the

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  By Noel Daniel As winter settles in, it seems like most of the years’ fruits go out, except for the sweet, tangy, and festively bright pomegranate. In Ancient Egypt, the pomegranate was a symbol of prosperity. In Ancient Greece, the pomegranate symbolized the lean winter months when Demeter, the

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food and wineIssue 25

By Noel Daniel The chef behind one of Modesto’s favorite Asian/Fusion restaurants is expanding his horizons yet again. Chef John Surla aims to open an upscale Italian eatery and steakhouse in Ripon in order to sample other culinary experiences. “I have a bistro,” said Surla. “I needed a different concept

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle True to its name, Sukha Studio is a good space for hundreds of local residents. Sukha—which translates to mean “good space” in Sanskrit, the language of yoga—provides certified instruction in yoga, barre, and Pilates, in addition to a lifestyle boutique; spa-like amenities; and anatomy, wellness, and

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle Our region’s seventh annual talent competition, The Valley Talent Project, gave local performers something to sing about in August—and much more! With a new name, a diverse variety of contestants, and more prizes than ever, the two-day event showcased 28 entries competing in seven categories with

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contentmentIssue 25

By Jacqui D. Sinarle Thanks to 5.11 Tactical, a number of local youth will be better prepared for school this year. In September, 5.11 donated 60 backpacks to the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, which will distribute them throughout the year to children in need who have been exposed to family

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By Noel Daniel Some people spend Thanksgiving morning firing up the kitchen and preparing for the feast later that night. Others spend it knee-deep in mud. Rain or shine, for over fifty years, one group of friends has been assembling for the “Mud Bowl” every Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m.

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Issue 25Out and About

By Noel Daniel The Center for Human Services encourages you to eat, drink, and do good with their annual Edible Extravaganza. The Extravaganza raises funds for the Center, which is a local nonprofit serving youth and families across Stanislaus County for over 45 years. Every year, those who support the

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By Jacqui D Sinarle The next time you bite into a peach, crunch on an almond, or nibble an olive, keep in mind there’s a good chance that snack originated very close to home. Not only does the Central Valley produce the best fresh produce around, nurseries in our own backyard also

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For some people, half the fun of Christmas is in the decorating. Instead of breaking the bank this Christmas, save money for presents by crafting some Christmas decor of your own! Cinnamon Candle Holder This is one simple and fragrant DIY that you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without. It’s not

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healthIssue 25

By Jacqui D Sinarle The Modesto Doula Group is dedicated to enhancing the birthing experience for local moms and their families, one baby at a time. What’s a doula? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. “A doula is a non-medical childbirth professional who is trained to provide emotional and

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By Noel Daniel The holidays are filled with wonderful things, food being one of them. We don’t believe that you should deprive yourself of enjoying one of the wonderful things that the holidays have to offer. But you should be intentional. We’ve collected the opinions of some of the healthiest

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By Jacqui D Sinarle There’s something both exciting and inspiring about Mod Shop, Modesto’s annual handmade market. Born in 2013, Mod Shop combines one-of-a-kind local makers with unique downtown venues to produce a shopping experience that’s becoming more popular every year. “Mod Shop is a showcase of independent designers, artisans,

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contentmentIssue 25

By Jacqui D. Sinarle Employees at Doctors Medical Center are overflowing with holiday spirit. In addition to providing gifts for their own families and friends, they have a holiday tradition of giving gifts to local kids they don’t even know through the Soroptimist Community Christmas Tree. “DMC has been participating

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By Noel Daniel  Modesto on Ice was such a runaway success that it’s hard to imagine Modesto without it. Thankfully, one of the area’s favorite ice rinks is coming back in full swing this year—and with some interesting additions. There will be nights like the Ugly Christmas Sweater party, Mascots

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By Noel Daniel Whether you’re hosting a soiree or  just enjoying a night in to put your feet up, these  bundt cakes and holiday cocktails will warm you up on a chilly winter’s night. Write up the perfect crowd-pleasing menu with these wintery drinks and delights. Pomegranate Sangria Sangria is a crowd-pleaser. Normally made with lemonade,

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