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Modesto is the seat of Stanislaus County southeast of San Francisco, between Stockton and Merced. It lies along Highway 99 on the banks of the Tuolumne River, near the Modesto Reservoir and Turlock Lake.

In 1870, the new one-mile-square town of Modesto (Spanish for "modest") sprang up in anticipation of its advent as the Central Pacific Railroad terminus.

Today Modesto, population 182,700, is one of the country's fastest-growing cities and the hub of a farming and fruit-growing region. The city hosts a variety of supporting industries that process, can, freeze and ship produce and other products. Points of interest include the McHenry Museum, housing a survey of Modesto and Stanislaus County life ways through the mid-1900s; and the Lucas Plaza Statue, dedicated to film director/producer George Lucas whose film, American Graffiti, was inspired by his life as a teenager here. Tuolumne River Regional Park is nearby.

Modesto is part of the Modesto, California metro area.

California Medical School of Shiatsu | Blue Diamond Almonds |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Tressetti’s World Caffe |
Public Libraries Stanislaus County Library | Holiday Inn/Holidome-Modesto |
Shopping Glaister Jewelry |

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Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Bach Festival Carmel CA July13-27 Multiple performances of works by Bach.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.