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The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies, California's only Red Carpet Cosplay Award Show at StocktonCon

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Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/18

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/18

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month,  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug
How many Pop Culture Conventions are too many? That answer has not yet been answered yet and the fans in the 209 hope that it neve will. On February 4th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, come out to the first annual Turlock Comic Con.    

The Cosies are coming

The Cosies are coming
Northern California Second Annual Cosplay Award Show returns January 7th to the Historic West Side Theatre in downtown Newman CA. The NorCal Cosies encompass a mini pop culture convention during the day along with a red-carpet cosplay awards show.  The Cosie-Con is Newman's own Pop-Culture Convention. There will be vendors, artists and special guests including Ava Kolker(American Horror Story/Girl Meets World) and James Weston(Matrix-Reloaded/Transformers Dark of the Moon.) Additionally, there will be panels on bullying, cosplaying, crafting and special performances by Spotlight Dance and Powers Dance and Choreography. There will be something for fans of comic books, cosplay, fantasy and science fiction. 

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Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

I have been booking and promoting Live Entertainment of all sorts for 30 years in the greater 209. Started out in Modesto as St Christopher Promotions later as Poison Free Promotions in Stockton and for the last 20 or so years as Beat Happy! Music

On December 9th you are all invited to come and celebrate this milestone at the Portal 1324 Coldwell Ave Modesto CA. Along with live music by Imminent Waves, there will be a special screening of  Nate Bergs' FLORADORA an independent film documenting the D.I.Y. Music of the San Joaquin Valley focused around a Fugazi show 25 years ago at a Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Mixed with found-VHS footage of Fugazi, Plaid Retina and Sharon Tate  along with new interviews from those who were at the epicentre, this production is something unique to not just this area but secondary markets all over the US. 

Central Valley Con

Central Valley Con

Modesto is quickly becoming the center of the 209 Pop Culture Community with 3 Annual Cons all taking place at the Modesto Centre Plaza. Central Valley Con brought to us by the Godfather of conventions Mike Millerick returns for it's Second Year on December 4th. 

2015 was the first year Modesto was host to "comic convention" and since that time it has become home to 3 Central Valley Con, Modesto Con, and Classic Comic Con. Add to these Colossus Con in Merced, Grape City Con in Lodi, Tracy Comic Con and the grandaddy of them all Stockton-Con and in the works Turlock Comic Con. Can the area sustain so many Conventions? Well the turnouts, for the most part, would suggest yes. 

Pilot program in Midtown to result in monthly reduction of 270 hours of restricted parking

Pilot program in Midtown to result in monthly reduction of 270 hours of restricted parking

The Midtown Business Association supports the City of Sacramento’s latest efforts to increase the availability of parking by lifting parking restrictions and updating signage on several blocks in Midtown. Based on the new pilot program that goes into effect October 24, 2016, the City plans to update signage restrictions for garbage, yard waste, recycle and collection, monthly street sweeping and claw service (during leaf season) on a block-by-block basis to more accurately reflect current services. The new program will result in a reduction of 270 hours a month for restricted parking for city services in the pilot area.

Rarely-seen historic treasures on public display for 6th Annual “Sacramento Archives Crawl”

Rarely-seen historic treasures on public display for 6th Annual “Sacramento Archives Crawl”

In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 6th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is A Thirst for History.  Showcasing historic treasures from 25 Northern California institutions, numerous special artifacts will be on public display for one-day-only at four host locations, including the California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

Modesto area music awards celebrate 17 years

Modesto area music awards celebrate 17 years

Seventeen Years of Celebrating local Musicians, Comedians, and Venues; that is right the mamas turn 17 this year. Voting has gone live and all the #mamanees are hoping  you will choose them in their respective category. Everything from Alternative Rock to Jazz, Metal to Americana is represented in the Modesto Area Music Awards. Take a moment to go to www.modestoareamusic.com/vote and  check out all the #mamanees and vote for your favorites. Voting ends midnight October 9th. 

Auto museum celebrates The Pickup Truck Exhibit with a family-friendly tailgate party

Auto museum celebrates The Pickup Truck Exhibit with a family-friendly tailgate party

Fun for the whole family…it’s time to celebrate The Pickup Truck exhibit at the California Automobile Museum with a themed “tailgate party” on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.