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Past articles by Pat:

Miss MoBand this season? One last chance to catch it; more Modesto region events

MoBand finale, country singer Chris Young at Black Oak Casino, Sierra Rep musical, Mother Lode Fair and more top the entertainment options in the Modesto and Mother Lode regions for the week of July 5-11, 2019. → Read More

Patriotic pyrotechnics. Where to find fireworks displays in Modesto, Mother Lode

After an early entry into patriotic pyrotechnics at Don Pedro Reservoir on Saturday, plans to have a blast are set at other locales in the Modesto and Mother Lode regions. A look at where to see fireworks. → Read More

Patriotic salutes to Graffiti Summer farewells, more ready to entertain Modesto region

The top six entertainment options planned for the Modesto, Ca., region during the week of June 28-July 4, 2019, include a Fourth of July celebration, MoBand, Graffiti Summer finales, theater and more. → Read More

4th of July fireworks, parades, more. Modesto-area, Mother Lode guide to celebrations

Patriotism will be on full display at a variety of events in cities and towns across the Modesto and Mother Lode regions for the 2019 Fourth of July holiday. Here’s where to see parades, fireworks and more. → Read More

Wine, carnivals, music; Where to celebrate July in the Modesto, Mother Lode regions

July arrives shortly with its annual promise of fairs and festivals to help you maximize your summer potential. Here’s a look at some of the major events planned for the Modesto and Mother Lode regions. → Read More

From Frankie Valli to Platters to return to the cruise, where to enjoy Graffiti Summer

Graffiti Summer, Modesto’s annual summer homage to cruising, cars and native son George Lucas’ seminal film “American Graffiti” returns for a June filled from beginning to end with celebrations. → Read More

Wondering what acts are coming to Modesto’s Gallo Center next season? Here’s a glimpse

The newly announced 2019-20 season at the Gallo Center for the Arts again brings some of entertainment’s biggest names to Modesto. The announcement also comes with an important takeaway: More to come. → Read More

Ready for return of Modesto Porchfest? Jumping frogs? Chocolate? Here’s where to be

The top six things to do in the Modesto and Mother Lode, California, regions for the week May 17-23 include Modesto Porchfest, a family cycling fest and the ballet version of the children’s classic “The Secret Garden.” → Read More

New artist announced for Fruit Yard’s concert season and when tickets go on sale

Stockton crooner Chris Isaak is the latest artist announced for the first full season at Modesto’s Fruit Yard Amphitheatre. Isaak will play Saturday, Aug. 31. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. → Read More

Two wines fests create dilemma for Modesto columnist. Perfect pinots or zesty zins?

Two favorite wine festivals are on the same weekend, May 17-19: The 22nd annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival and the 15th annual ZinFest Wine Festival in Lodi are near the top of columnist’s wine festivals. → Read More

Hit new loaded fry fest, then wash it down with brews at beer festival in Modesto

A new fry festival for Modesto, the return of a beer festival, “Tuesdays with Morrie” and more highlight the top entertainment options in the greater region for the week of April 27 through May 2, 2019. → Read More

Why a live horse will trot across the Gallo Center stage in Modesto next weekend

Opera Modesto continues its 35th anniversary season with “Carmen,” with a bullfighting horse trotting out to open Act IV of the classic Georges Bizet opera. OM will stage “Carmen” Friday, May 3, and Sunday, May 5. → Read More

Taking in the environment in Modesto

People turned out at Graceada Park in Modesto on Saturday to celebrate Mother Earth. A day of green education, live entertainment, activities and food awaited at the annual Earth Day in the Park. → Read More

Like gardening? Like a peek in lavish back yards? Modesto group has a tour for you

A rite of Modesto spring returns April 27 as garden enthusiasts and the simply curious get a chance to tour landscapes at a handful of the city’s homes at the Modesto Garden Club’s Spring Garden Tour. → Read More

Missed Saturday’s open studio art tour? Good news, there’s 1 more day to check it out

Regional artists open their doors for the ninth annual Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, to be held Sunday, April 7, at a variety of homes and venues in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock, Ca. → Read More

Fun bubbles up — literally — at Modesto’s Gallo Center; other entertainment options

Entertainment Fun bubbles up — literally — at Modesto’s Gallo Center; other entertainment options Jeff Boyer will take bubbles to the max at the Gallo Center. GABRIEL CARDONA GABRIEL CARDONA Bubble Trouble Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. Boyer juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more, while mixing comedy, music… → Read More

Want a peek inside area artist havens? Open studio tour returns to Stanislaus County

Regional artists open their doors for the ninth annual Stanislaus Artist Open Studio Tour, to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at a variety of homes and venues in Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock, Ca. → Read More

Modesto entertainment: Musical MLK tribute, wine event, chance to see famed lithographs

A musical tribute to MLK, a final chance to see a famous artist’s lithographs, Irish music and a sommelier event are just part of the top entertainment events coming up in the Modesto region from March 1-7. → Read More

Modesto Symphony provides live score while this popular film plays on the big screen

Modesto Symphony Orchestra presents “Disney In Concert: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” with the live orchestra performing the score at the Gallo Center on March 8-9. → Read More

Catch a “Flick” at Prospect Theater. Play follows three old-fashioned cinema workers

Modesto, Ca., theater company Prospect Theater Project brings the Pulitzer Prize winning play “The Flick” to its downtown theater Feb. 22-March 10. The play follows drama that ensues between three cinema workers. → Read More