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Air-powered weapons of ‘smash’ destruction

LATHROP - Question: How far can you lob a mini-pumpkin using a 6-foot barrel with sights?

September 29, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


On a roll in Manteca Pumpkins & people

Pumpkins and people – it's been a Manteca tradition for 43 years.

September 29, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Johnny Cash tribute concert Nov. 24 at Jackson Rancheria

JACKSON – Johnny Cash fans of all ages will enjoy Jimmie Ray's Black Train, a Tribute to the Life and Legend of Johnny Cash, coming Nov. 24 to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.

September 29, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Guess Who is coming to Jackson

JACKSON – One of today's top touring rock bands, The Guess Who, will perform their greatest hits at Jackson Rancheria on Friday, Oct. 12.

September 29, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Truck and Tractor Pull at MJC’s Ag Pavilion

MODESTO – Modesto Junior College Agriculture and Environmental Science Department will host the annual MJC Truck and Tractor Pulls on Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Agriculture Center for Education Pavilion located on the MJC West Campus at 2201 Blue Gum Avenue in Modesto.

September 29, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


26th Manteca Kindred Arts concert season

For the 26th anniversary season of the Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association, expect to see fresh faces on the new concert slate.

September 29, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | LIVING IN 209


Brubeck opens Stockton Symphony Classics season

STOCKTON - Chris Brubeck opens the Stockton Symphony's Classics season with a Mini-Brubeck Festival on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13.

September 29, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Gourds galore at Turlock, Ceres patches

From Halloween jack-o-lanterns, to interesting gourds and delicious winter squash, the fall tradition of loading a wagon full of pumpkins is alive and well in Turlock, thanks to R.A.M. Farms. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes greet visitors to the R.A.M. Farms patch. The farm has over 40 varieties to choose from, and families can either pick their own or choose from a pre-picked selection.

September 28, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Fright Night at 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.

September 28, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Western Railway Museum offers special Pumpkin Festival Trains during October

RIO VISTA - Each Saturday and Sunday from October 13 through 28, 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.

September 28, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


LIL’ MUDDER FUN RUN

TRACY – At first glance it appears like any other obstacle course.

September 28, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


The Serpentarium

LODI - If you like spiders and snakes then Lodi is the place for you.

September 28, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Downtown Turlock sees new life with night spots plus unique dining

Downtown Turlock has seen many changes over the past 100 years. The dusty dirt road of 1908 Main Street that housed town essentials such as the pioneer Osborn store, Turlock Hotel and McGill blacksmith shop is now a specialty retail destination. Over the past century, downtown went from the primary shopping area for all local and area residents to a neglected part of Turlock's history, to the restored importance of a unique small-town shopping and dining experience. This transformation was a process that began in 1998 with a revitalization effort that saw City Hall move back to downtown and ...

September 22, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


DOWNTOWN MANTECA

You can catch a glimpse of Yosemite Valley, enjoy San Francisco landmarks and take in the bounty of the San Joaquin Valley with just a short leisurely walk.

September 22, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Downtown Ripon’s Main Street offers slower pace

RIPON -From arch to arch at each end of Ripon's slow-paced historic downtown there is a past, a present and a future that has formed a rich fabric of community memories including old early day hotels that are today only a distant memory.

September 22, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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New Adventures

One of the most magical rides in California can be taken on the 206-mile long Highway 120 that runs from Manteca in the west to Benton in the east.

August 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


‘Love Is Strange’ is tender, meandering

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gay couple who have been together for almost four decades are separated - at least physically - by factors beyond their control in "Love Is Strange," the latest tender and meandering exploration of human relationships from indie darling Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On," ''Forty Shades of Blue").

August 22, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


‘Sin City’ dives back into a noir abyss

After being clonked over the head in 1944's "Murder, My Sweet," Raymond Chandler's immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: "A black pool opened up at my feet. I jumped in."

August 22, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


New tricks can’t rescue ‘Expendables 3’

In its third incarnation, "The Expendables" has become, well, expendable.

August 22, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


A sweet Moretz rescues ‘If I Stay’

'Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.

August 22, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


TAKE A WALK ON THE WATERFRONT

Manuel Laguna shared his ideal day in downtown Stockton.

August 15, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Stockton keeps visitors buzzing with activities

Occasionally, folks of visitstockton.org will take the guise of tourists.

August 15, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Stockton rocks while Modesto is, err, modest

Stockton has warts and so does Modesto.

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


Modesto’s Magnetism

It sounds like a restaurant.

August 15, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


TAILOR MADE CRAFTSMAN

Recessions have come and gone, and still Oscar Sarkes is sewing away.

August 08, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Custom leather man has the tools

For over 25 years, Oakdale resident Bruce Johnson has been working with custom made leatherwork and tools. Even though he recently made the decision to no longer focus on custom leather goods, his business, Bruce Johnson Leather Tools, still offers a wide array of modern and antique leather tools for experienced leatherworkers and novices alike.

August 08, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Making a clean sweep the old-fashioned way

Chimneysweepers aren't like Bert from Mary Poppins.

August 08, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


It rocks: Stand atop El Capitan

The world's largest "rock" isn't the Hope Diamond.

August 08, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


DINING ALFRESCO

Ernie's Food & Spirits has built a reputation as one of the finest dining experiences in all the Central Valley, but the best seat in the house may not be in the building at all.

August 01, 2014 | By JAMES BURNS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Metropolitan meal in Modesto

MODESTO – You don't have to be Abe Froman to get a table at Concetta.

August 01, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


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