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Rockabilly Cruise Night

Rockabilly Cruise Night

We are bringing back the good times and retro culture that made Modesto cool for so many years. Beat Happy! Music has teamed up with Modesto View and the Brewhouse to bring at least one Rockabilly show to Modesto each and every month.

Great Valley Bookfest Returns

Readers and revelers will once again gather at The Great Valley Bookfest . . . a fun filled festival in which the public can met and have books signed by their favorite authors.

Visitors will enjoy great food and beverages as they mix and mingle with 50 authors, savor cooking demos, attend live performances, and browse diverse vendor displays. The authors will speak on six different stages; self-publishing consultations and mini-workshops will be provided for teachers and aspiring writers… and it’s free!

Downtown Tracy, CA landmark nears completion

A statue honoring Tracy's railroad and agricultural heritage is nearing completion as the final touch for the Sixth Street-Central Avenue roundabout next to the Downtown Plaza.

City officials are still hoping the bronze sculpture, titled "Harvest of Progress," will be in place on the roundabout to be dedicated during the Tracy Dry Bean Festival on Sept. 7 and 8.

William Wilson, manager of the civic arts program and cultural arts at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, said the city expects the statue to be ready sometime between the end of August and the end of September.

It is being cast at the Frostad Atelier Bronze Casting Foundry in McClellan.

"The foundry is hopeful it will be done by the end of the month, but it is unknown," Wilson said. "It is a large, complex piece going in a major intersection."

Salida Library Book Club

Salida Library Book Club

Join fellow bibliophiles at the Nick W. Blom Salida Regional Library on Tuesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. for the Salida Library Book Club. May’s book club pick is “The Dogs of Babel” by Carolyn Parkhurst. Readers will enjoy the tale of professor Paul Iverson, his wife Lexy, and the search for answers surrounding Lexy’s death.

For more information, please call the Salida Library at 543-7315.

Shakespeare for All at the Modesto Library

Shakespeare for All at the Modesto Library

Community members will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Modesto Library on Saturday, May 11 at 12 p.m. This production will be directed by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and provides an excellent opportunity for children, teens, and adults in our community to become interested in the works of William Shakespeare!

This free program is made possible through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

For more information, please call the Modesto Library at 558-7810. The Modesto Library is located at 1500 I Street with free parking available behind the library and on the street.