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Valley Brew serves up ambiance, Delta breeze

STOCKTON – The patio at Valley Brew during the summertime is fickle.

June 20, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Totally tubular: Beat the heat by rafting rivers

RIPON – Water parks do a great job of copying it.

June 20, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Stay hydrated when working out in heat

When the weather sizzled up to 106 degree last week, Wendy Deulus took her workout to the swimming pool.

June 20, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Water parks offer cool respite from summer heat

Locals looking to beat the heat without traveling to a nearby lake or pool can still cool down at the local parks in Turlock, two of which boast water facilities.

June 20, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


DON PEDRO

Lake Don Pedro is a favorite summer hotspot for locals looking to beat the heat and enjoy several activities lakeside but this year the ongoing drought has posed a small impact on the lake's recreational facilities.

June 20, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


SUMMER OF BBQ

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story appeared in the April 4, 2014, edition of the Manteca Bulletin.

June 13, 2014 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Former city mayor keeps things spicy with ‘MMM’ sauce

LATHROP – You'd notice that big, toothy grin anywhere.

June 13, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Weber’s BBQ: Manteca’s best-kept secret

Weber's BBQ & More may be still considered "out of sight, out of mind."

June 13, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Exploring the Gold Country

Mark Twain mined – pun intended – the foothills of Northern California for inspiration.

June 06, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Sonora a gateway to state’s past

Venture to the Southern Golden Country in the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.

June 06, 2014 | By CARY ORDWAY CalfiforniaWeekend.com | LIVING IN 209


Jackson: A city of historical wealth in the heart of the Mother Lode

It's a city with a small-town charm. And that's just scratching the surface when it comes to the mining of all the visual and historical – among many other things – attractions that draw visitors in droves to the city of Jackson nestled in the heart of the Mother Lode. The proof is in the numbers. While this quaint and quiet city in Amador County is home to just 4,300 residents, the number swells up to more than 15,000 on the weekends when the tourist traffic is at its busiest.

June 06, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


‘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


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Hot off the Grille: Brie, Portobella dishes delight

The Canal Street Grille in Ripon is not without sumptuous non-meat, vegetarian selections in its lengthy menu of more than 60 items including steaks and prime rib.

August 29, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | LIVING IN 209


Ex-007 actor spying again in ‘Nov. Man’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson's "The November Man," playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux and gadgets. "November Man" won't do anything like Bond's box office, but will satisfy the actor's fans and moviegoers ...

August 29, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


‘As Above, So Below,’ not much in between

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, "As Above, So Below." But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of "The Descent" and "(Rec)," not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the last five years.

August 29, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


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


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