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‘Gem of the Southern Mines’

Columbia State Park just outside of Sonora is a gem of a tourist attraction with its stage plays in the Fallon House Theatre in addition to its Main Street "City Hotel" and restaurant, gold panning and an occasional stage coach ride.

June 06, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


CRUISING DOWN MEMORY LANE

The cruising excitement of past years continues to be an integral part of Manteca's history as three longtime members of the community recalled where they were in the 1940s to the 1960s and what they were doing.

May 30, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


American Graffiti Festival brings past to life

MODESTO - The spirit of vintage cars and cruising is eternally captured in Modesto: the hometown of George Lucas and location where famous film American Graffitti was shot just over 40 years ago. While Lucas' famed film may not be in theaters anymore, locals keep the spirit of American Graffiti alive through the annual summertime American Graffiti Festival presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club.

May 30, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


MAIN ST. WITH MAIN SQUEEZE

If you squint your eyes you can see a little bit of Al Nunes in Paul Le Mat's character from American Graffiti.

May 30, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


A-legion-ce to VETS

RIPON – Commander Ernie Tyhurst of the Clinton McCausland Post 190 of the American Legion has a history of service to his community and to his country during his colorful lifetime. He joined the Legion four years ago and is in his second year in its leadership. He is now a life member.

May 23, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Franscella helped put Ripon VFW on the map

RIPON – Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Post 1051 in Ripon, John Franscella, has served three tours aboard the U.S.S. Hancock assigned to the F-8 Fighter Squadron in the Gulf of Tonkin between 1968 and 1970.

May 23, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


American Legion supports Turlock

While Memorial Day allows locals to take a moment to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice, several veteran organizations continue to contribute year-round to the community. From supporting sober graduate nights to hosting flag retirement ceremonies, veteran societies such as the American Legion support and further the goals of the community through their financial contributions.

May 23, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Sharpe Depot American Legion in search of members

LATHROP ­– Charles McGonegal is looking to boost membership at the Sharpe General Depot American Legion Post 632.

May 23, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


OPENING NEW DOORS

MANTECA – The briefcase sits on a ledge near the front window of the Village Sandwich Shoppe, open and overflowing with folders and paperwork.

May 23, 2014 | By JAMES BURNS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Legion more than a social club for men

The impact the American Legion has had on the lives of veterans – even those who don't know that the organization exists – is unquestioned.

May 23, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


ALL ABOARD!

When you visit the famous wine-growing region of Napa, perhaps there is no local attraction that captures the spirit of your journey better than a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Hop on board this historic train and you'll chug your way through scenic vineyards to wine-lover's heaven.

May 17, 2014 | Story by Cary Ordway | LIVING IN 209


What’s on tap for Sierra Dinner train?

Zombies are on the horizon for the Sierra Dinner train chugging out of its Oakdale station this summer. Also new to the long established attraction that featured a Murder Mystery and a Christmas Train is a Beer Train that is coming in mid-August.

May 17, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | LIVING IN 209


ACE: What a trip

The last time I rode aboard the ACE train was five years ago.

May 17, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Enjoy traveling Amtrak

Kick your seat back, look out of the window and witness the hills and mountains of the Central Valley unfolding around you - this is the experience of riding the San Joaquin Amtrak Train.

May 17, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN | LIVING IN 209


Railtown has touch of history, Hollywood

The area had all of the makings of a perfect western movie set.

May 17, 2014 | Jason Campbell | 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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