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Stanislaus County Fair recognized by fair industry

Stanislaus County Fair recognized by fair industry

TURLOCK - The Stanislaus County Fair has been awarded a blue ribbon for being innovative and authentic. The fair was recognized for a total of eight awards at the Western Fairs Association (WFA) convention in January. The local fair won first place awards for "Our Best New Idea This Year, Marketing," "Social Media Campaign," "Community Outreach Program," and "Printed Competitive Exhibit Handbook."

"Our success is a result of the Stanislaus County Fair's dedicated team of board members, sponsors, staff and volunteers," said Adrenna Alkjas, spokeswoman for the fair. "Our team is committed to excellence and that is what makes the fair a stand out among fairs in the Western United States and Canada."

The WFA is a professional non-profit trade association serving the fair industry throughout 14 states in Canada.

Couples invited to Valentine's Day dance at Maddux Youth Center

MODESTO - Maddux Youth Center will present "In the Mix at 615 Valentine Dance" on Friday, Feb. 11 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the facility located at 615 Sierra Drive. Admission is $5.

The event, sponsored by the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, will include high energy music, fun activities for couples and refreshments. A variety of dance contests, for ages 12-15 years of age, will also take place such as "Dougie Contest" at 7 p.m., a "Break Dance Contest" at 7:30 p.m. and a "Jerkin Contest" at 8 p.m. Prizes will be presented to the winners of each contest.

For more information, contact Bruce Lockard at (209) 341-2951 or via email at blockard@modestogov.com or Melanie Berru at (209) 341-2961, mberru@modestogov.com.

YES KIDETTES to present 'A Year with Frog and Toad Kids'

YES KIDETTES to present 'A Year with Frog and Toad Kids'

STANISLAUS COUNTY - YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) KIDETTES will present "A Year with Frog and Toad Kids" musical at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Johansen High School's Eleanor McKnight-Haines Theatre located at 641 Norseman Drive in Modesto. Two matinee performances are scheduled for Jan. 29 and 30 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for children 2-12 year old and $12 for teens and adults. Infants under 2 years old will not be admitted. Tickets are available online and at the box office an hour and a half prior to each performance.

Al Jarreau to perform in Modesto Feb. 17

Al Jarreau to perform in Modesto Feb. 17

MODESTO - Hit-singer Al Jarreau will perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., located at 1000 I Street. He is one of the only artists in musical history to win Grammy awards in three separate categories: Jazz, Pop and R&B.

Jarreau has received numerous international awards and accolades and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.

Tickets for the event range from $19 - $69. A 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets and more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.

Jarreau has spent more than 30 years touring throughout North America and Europe and performing circuits in Asia and Africa. His unique and versatile voice has led him towork with some of the greatest artists in the world, including Sir Paul McCartney and George Benson.

Disney's Imagination Movers concert tour to stop in Modesto

Disney's Imagination Movers concert tour to stop in Modesto

MODESTO - Disney's Imagination Movers "In a Big Warehouse" concert tour will perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I Street, on Feb. 19. The popular New Orleans-based rock band for kids of all ages, will perform their most popular songs and bring the magic of the Emmy award-winning Imagination Movers TV series "Idea Warehouse" to life. Characters Nina, Warehouse Mouse and others are from the TV show, are also expected to make an appearance.

Tickets for the event start at $9 and a 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more. VIP "Mini Movers" ticket packages are available for $69 and include premier seating and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with the band. For tickets or more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.

"Nothing beats the excitement of playing live rock 'n roll with the help of thousands of great fans, said Rich Collins (aka Mover Rich).

'Swing' big band rolls into Modesto

MODESTO - "Swing! Swing! Swing!" will be a night of hits from the American songbook at Gallo Center for the Arts Monday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. Artists Peter Marshall, Pete Barbutti and Polly Podewell, along with the legendary The Pied Pipers, come together for an evening of music, laughs and the Gene Krupa Tribute Big Band.

Tickets range from $20 to $55. A 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more.

Vienna Boys Choir to perform in Modesto

Vienna Boys Choir to perform in Modesto

MODESTO - The acclaimed Vienna Boys Choir will perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts, located at 1000 I Street, on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

Founded in 1498 by Emperor Maximilian I, this ensemble sang exclusively for the imperial court and private audiences until 1918. Today, they are known for their diverse repertoire encompassing Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces and contemporary pop songs.

Tickets range from $15 to $45 and a 15 percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets and more information, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.

The Vienna Boys Choir contains more than 100 singers ages 0-14 who are divided into four touring choirs that perform to almost half a million people every year.