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Houseboating on New Melones

If you're looking to "strike gold" in your next vacation experience, you might consider a houseboat getaway in California's Gold Country. New Melones Lake just happens to be situated in a scenic part of the state that is almost like a giant theme park focused on some of California's most interesting tourist attractions.

April 20, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Officers saddle up for patrols

OAKDALE - Oakdale police officers from the "Cowboy Capital of the World" saddle up every year on their own time to assist Ripon with its Almond Festival at the Mistlin Sports Park.

April 20, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


ALL ABOARD!

OAKDALE - The appeal of dining on the Sierra Railroad hits you as you scan the wide open countryside absent of telephone poles and any signs of civilization save an occasional farm house as you rumble along east of Oakdale.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Amtrak offers scenic views, no traffic

From Bakersfield to Sacramento and Oakland, the mighty Amtrak San Joaquin chugs through all of the Central Valley's most memorable sights.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Jamestown: The 209’s ‘living’ railroad state park

JAMESTOWN - Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in the heart of the Sierra foothills invites visitors to experience the thrill of traveling back in time to the era of steam railroading.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


On board the ‘movie railroad’

OAKDALE - With its unspoiled scenery, the Sierra Railroad is singled out by movie producers from around the world as a preferred location for filming.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Connecting Gold Country with world

OAKDALE - The Sierra is third the oldest railroad in North America and besides carrying freight and passengers, Sierra became famous as "The Movie Railroad" for making over 300 movies, commercials and television shows. In the 1970s the railroad launched an industry when it operated the nation's first dinner train. In 1995 the railroad was rejuvenated by new ownership and experienced a remarkable decade of growth and expansion.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Serenity prevails at lodge just outside Yosemite just off 120

GROVELAND - Along with Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, Yosemite is one of my favorite national parks. Unfortunately, more than 4 million annual visitors share my sentiments.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Street fair April 14-15 in Manteca

The Crossroads of California Street Faire - Manteca's first big outdoor gathering of spring - returns for its 16th run on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, in downtown Manteca.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


High-flying festival calls out to kite lovers April 15

LIVINGSTON - The City of Livingston is inviting Valley residents to go fly a kite - or rather come to the town's first annual Kite Festival and fly one together.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Jackson Rancheria presenting The Robert Cray Band on May 4

JACKSON - As a five-time Grammy award-winning, singer/songwriting guitar legend, it would be hard to overstate Robert Cray's impact on rock, rhythm & blues. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Modesto Garden Tour April 21

MODESTO - The Modesto Garden Club's Annual Spring Tour takes place Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Getting on the San Joaquin River

LATHROP – At more than 350 miles long, the San Joaquin River, from its source in the Ansel Adams Wilderness to its mouth in the Suisun Bay, covers a large portion of the Central Valley.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Cherry Valley Reservoir: Off the beaten path

GROVELAND - Cherry Valley Reservoir is a gem of a lake that sits at 4,700 feet between Dodge Ridge and Yosemite in the Stanislaus National Forest.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Tea Eras graces Mother Lode’s Sutter Creek

SUTTER CREEK - Tea Eras located at 34 Main Street (Highway 49) in Sutter Creek is an enchanting tea house where lunch is a languorous delight including high tea. Dinners are also available for 10 or more.

March 31, 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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