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Foothills: Pleasurable weekend jaunt to enjoy the changing colors

Heading up either Highway 120 or 88 into the foothills always offers an interesting respite in the towns of Sonora and Columbia to Murphys and Angels Camp and even into Groveland's Pine Mountain Lake – especially for newcomers to the Central Valley.

November 02, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Window tour of Morada: From impressive homes to windmills

Once upon a time, Morada was home to Pollardville ghost town and chicken kitchen family restaurant.

November 02, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Turlock’s Canal Drive perfect for fall cycling

Whether you are an avid cyclist bent on adventure, or a calm, slow biker wanting to cruise down the street, Canal Drive in Turlock offers one of the more bike-friendly paths for an autumn jaunt.

November 02, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Off-season good time to fall in live with Yosemite again

National parks in California are some of the most beautiful in the country but anyone who has tried to visit Yosemite National Park in summer will almost certainly agree: things are starting to get a little crowded. One wonders if the pioneers who had the foresight to set aside these scenic lands would be appalled at the sight of hundreds of tour buses plying the park's narrow roadways.

November 02, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Working in the lab late one night…

Some people like to watch Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" every Christmas.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


MJC students provide scary good time

The Associated Students of Modesto Junior College continue to demonstrate their lively (or perhaps, deadly) holiday spirit by sponsoring their eighth annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House extravaganza today, held at Modesto Junior College's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. The event begins at 2 p.m. and thoroughly finishes off their black magic at 9 p.m.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Plenty of Halloween fun in Pumpkin Capital of California

There are plenty of things to do in the bewitching season especially in Manteca-Lathrop - the undisputed Pumpkin Capital of California.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Ceres conjures up Halloween magic at Community Center

Don't count on spirits being low this Halloween. Despite the trademark holiday landing on a Wednesday, Ceres Community Center is hosting a Halloween Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that is free to monster mashers of any age (although, children must be accompanied by an adult). The event, which will be held at 2701 4th St. in Ceres, offers a multitude of mysteries and mysticism that are designed to keep everyone entertained, and primarily safe for this invigorating weeknight.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Some spirited fun awaits at The State in Modesto

MODESTO - In anticipation of All Hallow's Eve, The State Theatre is conducting what is billed as the First Annual Fete & Film for Kids, a spellbinding and memory-making event for youngsters that includes sweet treats, kindly ghouls and goblin boys, a costume parade and an enchanting cast of young, local actors portraying scarecrows, benevolent witches and characters from favorite fairy tales.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Stanislaus offerings: From carnivals & haunted houses to fall festivals

Here's a listing of Halloween happenings this year in Stanislaus County

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Fright Night at San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House

SAN JOSE - The Winchester Mystery House at 525 S. Winchester Blvd. in San Jose is bringing back their attraction 'Fright Nights' for a second year.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Festival Trains

RIO VISTA - Today and Sunday the Western Railway Museum will run special Pumpkin Festival Trains. Now in its 15th year, this old time harvest festival is a highlight of autumn and for many, a family tradition.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


SERVING UP PARANORMAL FORCES?

The first time that Stacie Collin let a ghost investigator take her picture with a special night vision-style camera she saw a startling image.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


HORRORS OF THE PAST DRAMATIZED

TRACY - It's Fright Night at The Grand Theatre Centre for the Arts in Tracy. What's even more scary – at least for pre-teens who enjoy everything frightful about Halloween – is that this artful dread-full walk-thru event is only open to teens and adults.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Stockton is a scary place for both adults & kids this Halloween season

STOCKTON – Among the highlights for children who grew up in the Port City in recent years is trick or treating on the Miracle Mile.

October 26, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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Rec havens abound in Manteca, Lathrop

MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.

October 17, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Grinding out fun in Patterson

PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.

October 17, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Pixie Woods: Never-ending playgrounds

STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."

October 17, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Bored? Go climb wall

MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"

October 17, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


HIGHWAY 99 ROAD TRIP

Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.

October 10, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT The 209 | LIVING IN 209


GOING OUT OF their Gourds

Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.

October 03, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


RAM Farms perfect fall destination for pumpkins, fun

Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.

October 03, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Pop quiz: Can pumpkins cure acne?

Got pumpkins?

October 03, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Patterson farm offers epic maze

Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.

October 03, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Countryside Farms educates the youth

For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.

October 03, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Mr.D’s

STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.

September 26, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Banta Inn

The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.

September 26, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar

TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.

September 26, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Where to get down in Mo-Town

MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.

September 26, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


ART OF THE HAGGLE

MODESTO – How much for those Superman comics?

September 19, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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