American Graffiti Weekend

Are you familiar with American Graffiti? It is both a tradition in the town of Modesto, Ca, and a well-known movie directed by none other than George Lucas. Mr. Lucas actually came from Modesto, which is why he did the movie, showcasing old cars, and the famous disc-jockey Wolfman Jack! Today, there is still a car show, consisting of older cars parading around the downtown Modesto area, on the first night, and then an actual show the couple of days after. This year is the 19th Annual American Graffiti Festival and it takes place June 9th, 10th & 11th. People come in from all over to check the old cars out, and showcase theirs, it’s a good positive weekend, full of family and friends. If you do not have any plans this weekend, and you are in the area, come on out, and enjoy yourself, the weather should be amazing for it this year!

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Get Out There and Take A Ride!

National bike month is quickly coming to an end! Did you dust off your bike and go for a ride this month? There is still time to get a ride in, and what better time than a holiday weekend! You can grab the whole family, and do a shorter ride around your neighborhood, making loops, or you can choose to do a longer one. If the kiddos aren’t up for the longer ride, then maybe a short one with them, before or after the longer one you do is in order. I found this list of trails around Modesto, it includes places that you might want to drive to first, but the experienced cycler could easy bike there and then bike the trail. I did not notice that the list included the area in Ripon around the river, so I found this article that goes over that trail. If you choose to do the Ripon trail you will probably want to use a mountain bike.

This brings up a good point, remember, different trails do require different forms of bikes. For instance, if the trail is paved all of the way, you will probably be okay with a road bike. If you have dirt and road surface then maybe a hybrid bike, or mountain bike is better. With all dirt trails, you are most likely going to want a mountain bike, but a hybrid could work too. If you are looking to just “cruise” around then a beach cruiser is right up your alley! Regardless of the type of bike you use, you still might want to have the tires “slimed”, to help make them stronger and protect the tires.

Whatever you decide, enjoy your time riding. Let loose, be free, and have fun with it!

The Power of the Pedal!

May is a busy month for bicycling! Not only is it National Bike Month, and then within that the start of National Bike to Work Week, here in Modesto, CA, we had the Amgen Tour of California begin stage 2 here today! It makes me tired just thinking of all of that peddling! Bicycling is so good for not just the health of the person riding it, but the health of others as well, as it does not contribute to air pollution. I found this article from bicycle.com on the health benefits of riding, which include: 

Improving your heart; losing fat; preventing cancer; and living longer.

And here is a website on how biking is much better for the environment then driving a car, listing reasons like fuel, batteries and motor oil.

If it is feasible for you to ride to work, or maybe even for errands, anything to let that car sit more, you will thank yourself for your better health, and the planet will thank you too!

Community Christmas Lights

Grab the kids, a thermos full of hot cocoa, some blankets and hit the town tonight and check our the BEST COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN MODESTO – Here’s the list, map and preview of the house – Sing some carols while you’re out there, and be sure to stay warm though, the weather is changing on us!

National Adoption Day

Honorable, Sacrificial, Redeemable and EXPENSIVE.   While I don’t personally handle adoption cases, many of my peers do.  Let’s take a look at what it really takes to adopt, besides a very patient and giving nature:

  1. It takes on average, 3 years and $30,000 to adopt a child internationally.
  2. In domestic adoptions, you may pay less to adopt a black child than you would a white child.
  3. Gay couples can’t adopt in Utah and Mississippi
  4. Russia stopped adopting children to the U.S. two years ago.

You can read more interesting facts here.

 

Did you know Bethany in Modesto has been offering loving Christian care to children and families since 1944.  Considering adoption, do take a look at Bethany .  Their services include pregnancy support as well as  adoption. For more information on the services they offer please click here.

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Disc Golf With Melky The Squirrel Hunter

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Melky knows Disc Golf!  Have you heard of it, seen it, or maybe you have played it?   Do you know what it means to “bring the chains”?

It all started with Ed Headrick (1924-2002), inventor of the modern Frisbee and founder of the Disc Golf Association (1976).  Disc golf is similar to regular golf; however, instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, Disc Golf players used golf discs and aim for a Disc Pole Hole, a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands.  The object of the game is to complete 9 or 18 “holes” in the fewest number of throws.  The player with the lowest total cumulative score wins.

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Modesto is home to a 27-hole Disc Golf Course at East La Loma Park, with 2 entrances: Scenic Oaks off Scenic, La Loma Park off Edgebrook Drive.

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Look for Melky!  Or shall we say look for the squirrels and you’ll find Melky?!