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MODESTO - A car show fundraiser set for Saturday morning is set to kick off Graffiti Summer in Modesto.

The third annual Show and Shine at Parkview Christian Estates is expecting 110 pre-registered cars. The yearly event features cars as old as the 1920's up to newer vehicles. The event is a fundraiser for the low income senior housing facility.

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The show brings various cars including a Model A club, Corvettes and others. The first year saw 38 pre-registered vehicles with a total of 70 arriving. Last year saw 68 pre-registered with 100 showing up. This year 110 vehicles have pre-registered.

There will be 45 awards to be presented at the show, as well as sponsor items and vendor booths. For lunch, tacos and burritos by Taqueria Modesto will be available as well as Ice Cream from Velvet Grill and Creamery.

Cars are expected to arrive beginning at 7:00am, with the show going until about 3:00pm. Last year's event raised approximately $5,000 for the senior living facility. The money raised is used toward food for the residents.

For more information, you can click the link HERE.

The car show will be held in the parking lot at College Avenue and Rumble Road.

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CERES - A 9 year old boxing champ is preparing to attend the Silver Gloves national boxing tournament in Kansas City, Missouri in February after dedicating his most recent win to a special fan.

 

Andre Flores began boxing competitively at eight years old in 2016. A young focused athlete, he uses boxing to build his confidence. In total, he has won eight fights, one exhibition where he was awarded a belt, and two walkovers.

His first fight was in Stockton against an opponent from Salinas named Soto. Andre never showed any signs of nervousness during the event.

“When the fight was over, he came out of the ring and asked who won,” said Andre’s father Damian Flores. Andre re-entered the ring to be announced victorious.

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Damian is Andre’s strength and conditioning coach. His routine running is three miles. He runs up and down stairs. He sprints with resistance bands. He attaches two pound weights to his wrists and legs and jog and punch. Andre doesn’t tire out and has outrun other athletes nearly ten years older.

At the gym, Andre is very focused. He does three rounds of shadow boxing, then three rounds on a speed bag. He spars with other athletes, often times older than himself. After the gym, he goes home to complete all of his homework. Andre’s ethics are described as respectful and loving, and has even made the honor roll at his school.

In addition to boxing, Andre played baseball as an all-star pitcher, and football for the Ceres Junior Bulldogs. He made 16 touchdowns in eight games. It was through his time playing football, where fate would have Andre meet his biggest fan and touch her heart in the most unexpected way.

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Dinia Beltramo’s son played football with Andre two years ago. She connected with his father Damian via social media to see if he might have taken photos of her son at any of their games.

Dinia has suffered devastating major losses in her life recently. She lost her father on September 17th to a terminal cancer. She was due to be married the next day. She received word of his passing at 2:00am.

On Friday, September 30th, her husband passed away from cardiovascular disease. He showed no symptoms, as the disease may have disguised itself as heartburn.

On Monday October 18th, her grandfather passed away. He was 99 years old.

Dinia was in a very deep grieving stage from back to back losses when she received a phone call. It was Andre’s dad Damian checking in on her. They spoke briefly when he passed the phone over to Andre.

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“He expressed his condolences to me then he said he was going to win the fight for me,” Dinia said.

Andre kept his promise and won his championship match that night.

The act brought a lot of encouragement and strength during what Dinia described as a pit of grief. It made Andre feel good about himself.

Reaching the championship was not as easy as it sounds. Andre had to compete in the valley division of the tournament, which began in Fresno. He advanced through the regionals which included seven states. He defeated Ronald Plata from Arizona and Danten Kaheaku of Hawaii, who had won the nationals twice in previous competitions.

So from February 1st through the 4th Andre will find himself in Kansas City, Missouri competing in the national championships. While everyone will be rooting for him, he has his one biggest fan who will be cheering a little harder.

If you would like to support Andre on his trip, his family has established a GoFundMe account for him. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 16:32

Carrie Fisher Dies At 60

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LOS ANGELES - Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday at the age of 60.

Fisher suffered cardiac arrest Friday on a flight while returning from London. Reports indicate medics performed CPR on her until she was rushed to a hospital. She never regained consciousness.

News of the loss stunned her co-stars. Mark Hamill wrote "no words. #Devastated," on Twitter.

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"Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives," Modesto native and Star Wars creator George Lucas wrote. "She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess - feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than people might think."

Production had wrapped in mid 2016 for the following Star Wars film which features Fisher. No announcements have been made regarding her character in future Star Wars projects.

Fisher was 19 when she starred in the first Star Wars film.

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 17:04

Raiders QB Carr Suffers Devastating Injury

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OAKLAND - Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffered an injury Saturday that some are considering a devastating blow to the team.

In the Christmas Eve game against the Indianapolis Colts, Carr took a hit from Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole, resulting in a broken right fibula. Coach Jack Del Rio stated after the game that Carr is ruled out for the January first game against the Denver Broncos.

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The injury came early in the fourth quarter as the Raiders led over the colts 33-14. Carr's leg appeared to be pinned during the sack by Cole. Carr was unable to put weight on the leg and had to be helped off the field. After examination, he was transported away on a cart. 

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin filled in for Carr during the remainder of the game. The Raiders won over the Colts 33-25. Carr is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday.

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Sunday, 10 July 2016 12:29

ModestoCon is a Hit

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MODESTO - Crowds of comic book and pop culture fans flocked to the center plaza Saturday afternoon for the first ModestoCon.

 
The event featured vendor booths, artists, writers and guests like Sam J. Jones who played Flash Gordon.
 
Carrie Shea, Vice President of Modesto Convention Corporation, said that the event is the result of a year of collaboration and planning. 
 
"We just wanted to bring all sorts of fandom here to Modesto," Shea said.
 
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The two day event also features panels with comic book artists and writers like Dez Demise, who had her first story published by pronto comics.
 
"I did my first comic con in Arizona and I had my books," she said. "This one is my second and it's in my hometown which is good."
 
The event also attracted many cosplayers, who dressed as their favorite hero or villain.
 
"It's been a lot of ooohs and ahhs," said Fred Arollo, who was dressed along with his family as very convincing orcs from the Warcraft franchise.
 
Much of his costumes were hand crafted with authentic materials, including horns and skulls.
 
"Everyone out here just loves us," he said. "It's really fun, everyone has been really great."
 
The event continued Sunday, and organizers say ModestoCon will make a return in 2017.
 
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Friday, 08 July 2016 16:28

Friday at the Stanislaus County Fair

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AT THE FAIR: JULY 8thThe Modesto Bee Night at the Fair! First 1,000 guests receive a gift from The Modesto Bee. 

 

FOODMAXX ARENA: WGAS –Super Pull Event ( Hot Rod Tractor &Truck Pull) at 6:30 PM

 

BUD LIGHT VARIETY FREE STAGE: Rachel Platten at 8:30 PM

 

COORS LIGHTCENTER STAGE:  Joe Barretta @ 7:00PM – 8:30PM, &Gunpowder & Lace @ 9:30 – 10:30 PM.

 

COMMUNITY STAGE: Suzy Haner the Hypnotist @ 7:00PM & 9:30PM

 

GREAT AMERICAN PIG RACES: Weekdays:5:30 PM7:30 PM, & 9:00 PM Weekends: 1:00 PM4:00 PM7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

 

THE HIGH DIVE PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: Weekdays: 6:00 PM8:30 PM, & 9:45 PM Weekends:2:00 PM4:00 PM6:00 PM, & 8:30 PM

 

EmpowHER Lounge:  The Fair along with Vintage Faire Mall and Yonan’s Jewelers bring guests a contemporary and inspirational lounge for young women ages, 16-25.  The empowHER Lounge is geared towards inspiring young girls to be great leaders in our community. 

 

RECHARGE! MODESTO TOYOTA LOUNGE:  Guests can relax and charge their iPhones and Android phones in this modern and cozy lounge.  Open from 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.

 

BABY CARE CENTER, SPONSORED BY EMANUEL MEDICAL CENTER AND DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER:  Parents can utilize this lounge to feed their children, nurse babies, change diapers, or just have a place to relax for kids.  Open 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

 

LIVESTOCK:  49th Annual Replacement Heifer Sale at 6 p.m.

 

HOURS: Gates open at 5:00pm; exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m.; carnival closes at 12 a.m.

 

PARK ‘N RIDE: 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Park free and ride free from CSU Stanislaus (Crowell off Monte Vista) and/or Pitman High (Christoffersen Way). Shuttles run every 15 – 20 minutes to/from the Fair’s Arch Gate. Sponsored by FOX 40 News.

 

WHERE: From Highway 99, exit at Fulkerth Road in Turlock and head east. For Fairgrounds parking, turn right on Soderquist Road, or go past Soderquist for more parking; $5 per vehicle.

 

ADMISSION: $12 for adults, for age 65 and up 5, $5 for children age 7 to 12, and free for age 6 and younger.

 

INFORMATION: Visit StanCoFair.com – Call (209) 668-1333 – Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/stancofair.com – Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/stancofair

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:07

Winning Powerball Numbers Selected

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The numbers for the $1.5 Billion dollar jack pot are 8-27-34-4-19 and powerball number 10.

If there is no jack pot winner, the prize can potentially increase to $2 Billion dollars.

Good luck!

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