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VACATIONING DOWN ON THE FARM

The kids will vote for Disneyland every time but if you want to try something different this year – if only for a night – try stopping at the Seven Sycamores Ranch on your way up or down the San Joaquin Valley. It's a fun destination that will show your youngsters a little about farm life and help them understand the importance of California's agriculture.

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Dad & son fishing

They never talk about why Opie and Andy are walking down to the fishing hole in the opening credits of the "Andy Griffith Show."

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Graffiti Weekend

MODESTO – In 1993, cruising was shut down in the city that inspired the movie "American Graffiti."

May 31, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


George Lucas making rare appearance in Modesto parade

MODESTO – John Sanders knew the odds were tall when he sent George Lucas an invitation to serve as grand marshal for the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival.

May 31, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Mural captures essence of Manteca cruising days

Frank Vieira is there. So is his best buddy Frank Brazil.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


Modesto man mixes his love of classic cars with community service

When Don Harmon hopped in his 1955 red and white Plymouth for the very first time, it was love at first drive. His passion for domestic cars has transcended well over six decades through collecting, remodeling and assembling the classic wheels.

May 31, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


MANTECA FARMERS MARKET

Looking for a midweek respite from your usual evening routine?

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.

May 31, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Ropin’ on the River Rodeo Benefit for free tutoring program this weekend

LATHROP - Give Every Child a Chance is staging the Ropin' on the River Rodeo hosted by Dell'Osso Family Farm today and Sunday.

May 31, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


IT WAS BUMPER-TO-BUMPER

MODESTO - Before there was American Graffiti there was Louie Wyrsch.

May 31, 2013 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


HOME-STYLE RACING

STOCKTON – He's revived asphalt racing in San Joaquin County, introduced a dirt track to its fans and may one day lay down a drag strip.

May 24, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Turlock racer follows in his dad’s footsteps

Mike Drake grew up with dreams of becoming a race car driver. The allure of finely tuned machines, high speeds, and cheering fans excites most young boys, but the source of Drake's racing dreams didn't stem from TV or the movies, it came from watching his father circle the track at the Merced Speedway.

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


It’ll be a real drag at Lodi’s Kingdon Airport in September

LODI – Back in the 1970s, Kingdon Drags was the place where Corvettes, Challengers, GTOs, Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs and other muscle and fast cars of those days were in abundance.

May 24, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


His forte: Converting cars into high performance machines

Jason Webb knows high performance machines.

May 24, 2013 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


‘We Steal Secrets’ juicy look at WikiLeaks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prolific documentary-maker Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the wins and losses of hard-charging idealism on the front lines of the information wars in "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." Exhaustively researched and balanced in its view of the controversial key player, the film slips in ahead of DreamWorks' dramatic take on the exploits of Julian Assange, "The Fifth Estate," which is currently shooting.

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


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SONDance

As a shy, introverted little girl, scared of her own shadow, Jolynda Lyon grew up feeling as if it wasn't safe to express her thoughts and feelings for fear of being judged or rejected but then she committed her heart to God and things began to change.

May 22, 2015 | By MONICA CANE 209 correspondent | LIVING IN 209


GOTTA DANCE

Although this year marks the first time that Backstage Academy of Dance students have competed in the Rainbow National Dance Competition in Sacramento, audience members probably could not have guessed as the dancers stole the spotlight and secured a number of awards.

May 22, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


Ballroom Boot Camp in Stockton

Dance is alive and kicking in the 209.

May 22, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


NEW MELONES FUN

SONORA – The Bureau of Reclamation is offering summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County.

May 22, 2015 | | LIVING IN 209


GIANT SEQUOIAS BECKON

Redwoods in California's coastal mountains get more of the glory including being the official state tree but they are babes and petite in terms of age and girth compared to their giant sequoia cousins in the Sierra.

May 15, 2015 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Calaveras Big Trees State Park

ARNOLD - Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times.

May 15, 2015 | | LIVING IN 209


Stay-at-home (super) mom

People who think that being a stay-at-home mom is not considered a job obviously have never met Jennifer Gonzales.

May 08, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


Raising her great grandsons

One set of great grandparents stands tall in their family for giving their all to a pair of great grandsons.

May 08, 2015 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


FOSTER PARENTS

Rachel Castillo and her husband were well on their way to an empty nest.

May 08, 2015 | By JAMES BURNS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


A mother and a father in one

She's a mother but she also fills the role of the father.

May 08, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Hot Dogging It

Hob Nob's renowned Casper hot dog comes with mustard, relish and onions, "and anything else you want to put on it," quipped owner Rick Atwell.

May 02, 2015 | By JAMES BURNS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Dad’s can serve up mean hot dog

About a year ago, I took my son to DAD's Hot Dogs to experience a real Stockton treat.

May 02, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


MAIN STREET FOOTERS

Just ask anyone in Turlock where they can find the best hotdog in the 209 and odds are they'll say Main Street Footers.

May 02, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


Gardening without sacrificing water

It's sacrilegious to even think that there is good news in the ongoing severe drought plaguing the Golden State. Yet, apparently, there's a bit of good in this bad situation of historic proportions. More appropriately perhaps, just a bit of silver lining.

April 24, 2015 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


6 ways homeowners can reduce landscape water

The lawn in the front and back yards of Tom and Rita Canales home in Manteca was, at one time, their pride and joy. But in the face of the ongoing drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to put California on a state of emergency, the couple decided to do their part in the statewide water-conservation. They ripped out their lawns and, in their place, they now have drought-resistant plants in addition to utilizing non-plant garden accessories.

April 24, 2015 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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