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Looking to get out and have some fun? Where to find it in Modesto, Mother Lode regions

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A September full of festivals kicks off with three events in Newman, Turlock and the Mother Lode. They are just part of the entertainment planned in the Modesto region from Sept. 3-9.


The Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Arnold with more than 50 booths featuring handcrafted goods, specialty foods and antiques. In addition, the Ebbetts Pass Volunteer Fire Department will sell local ales.

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Another hit musical production headed for the Gallo Center. Where and when to see it

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Another high-spirited musical comes to the Gallo Center for the Arts from a Modesto company.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” plays Aug. 13-21, the second summer production from Modesto Performing Arts, now in its 54th season.

MPA presented “A Chorus Line” in June, its first live performance since the coronavirus pandemic.

The upcoming production is based on the 1954 film starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel.

The show is a “rip-roaring version of the famous MGM musical,” according to a press release from MPA. “’Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ is an exuberant tale of the seven Pontipee brothers, hankerin’ for fun, fightin’, and frolickin’ in the 1850s Oregon wilderness.”

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Where, when to see Spanish comedian and band Slightly Stoopid in Modesto region

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Turlock Community Theatre brings in a Spanish-language comedy show and Ironstone Vineyards presents a concert by the band Slightly Stoopid. It’s also your last chance to visit this year’s Stanislaus County Fair, as well as catch the latest Sierra Repertory Theatre production. Here’s a look at some of the Modesto and Mother Lode region entertainment options from July 16-22.

Comedian Teo Gonzalez brings his Spanish-language show to Turlock Community Theatre. Gonzalez has had a lasting career in Mexico and the United States as a stand-up comedian, as well as on television.

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PHOTOS: The Ultimate Guide to the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!

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The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is starting today, March 4th, and continuing through April 26th! Ever since Disney released the menus for this year’s festival, we’ve been looking forward to checking out the new eats and drinks and, now that the event is in full swing, we’re taking you along with us to explore everything that the festival has to offer this year!

Come along with us for the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!

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Looking for laughs? Popular comedian to play Turlock; more Modesto area entertainment

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Dance Company Ailey II brings its show to the Gallo Center in Modesto. NIR ARIELI

Clean humor courtesy of comedian Brian Regan can be enjoyed at the Turlock Community Theatre, while the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto brings dance company Ailey II to its stage. They are just two of the entertainment events planned in the region Feb. 26 through March 4.


Enjoy a pre-spring celebration with a carnival, parade, live music, vendors and more at the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Ripon.

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Learning through music

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Liz Hallack helps her daughter Elena as she tries to follow along with the lessons at the Little Tunes studio in downtown Turlock (PAWAN NAIDU/The Journal).
Liz Hallack helps her daughter Elena as she tries to follow along with the lessons at the Little Tunes studio in downtown Turlock (PAWAN NAIDU/The Journal).

Ashley Soto grew up loving to dance, but when she had to have knee surgery in 2019, her doctor told her it was time to find a new hobby. The trained singer and dancer thought about the fun she had taking her kids to baby music classes in the Bay Area, but when she moved to Turlock with her family, she realized there weren’t any here. That’s when she decided to open Little Tunes in October 2019.

“I was asking around, are there some in Modesto or Merced, but nobody was doing them,” said Soto. “I’m a classically trained singer and dancer, maybe I should start doing these classes.”

Soto operates Little Tunes in the Alegria Performing Arts Center at 320 E Main St. in downtown Turlock. There are a variety of lessons for students. The classes do songs in sign language and other languages. The students play in rhythm and learn about movement. They also learn about traditional music such as jazz and ballot.

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