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Scene in the 209

There were plenty of happenings in the 209 in April and May to enjoy, from festivals to car shows to a May the Fourth celebration. 209 Magazine was happy to join in the fun. If you want your event featured in Scene in the 209, email

Motors on Main

Classic car enthusiasts and hot rod fans made their way to Gustine in April for the second annual Motors on Main, which raises funds for Jessica’s House in Turlock. The car show drew in plenty of visitors and raised $30,000.

Salvage Social Hour

El Capitan Hotel partnered with UC Merced and sponsors Black Sheep Foods, The Ugly Company and Sundial Foods to host the Salvage Social Hour, which served foods that had been upcycled to guests to raise funds for UC Merced’s Basic Needs Program.

May the Fourth

Modesto, the hometown of Star Wars creator George Lucas, marked May the Fourth, the unofficial celebration of all things Star Wars, with a big party in downtown that drew in droves of fans of the movies and television shows.

Jessica’s House

Jessica’s House, a family grief center in Turlock, hosted a garden party in May to highlight the services the center provides for families trying to cope with grief. It is one of only four grief centers in California.

Modesto Taco Fest

April saw the return of the fourth Modesto Taco Fest with more than 40 food vendors serving up their best tacos. The fest also featured live music, dancing, chihuahua races and luchador matches. The event was organized by Darrel Wilkins and David Eclevia.