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Ceres Christmas Tree Lane draws crowds from all over Valley

For the cost of gas and a bit of time to get there, Ceres is still the place to go for a spectacular array of Christmas sights and sounds in a potpourri of Christmas cheer that is 51 years old.

December 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Musical Yule lights all part of Ripon family tradition

RIPON - The Nutt family in Ripon is known for going all out with their Christmas decorations – a tradition that started years ago at the home of now Mayor Red Nutt at his residence on Idaho Street and followed up by his adult son John with nearly 12,000 lights underscored by music on an FM station.

December 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Lights in Lathrop: From bright homes to driving on the farm

LATHROP – It's beginning to look a lot like…Clark Griswold went crazy with the Christmas lights again and turned your house into an airport runway light.

December 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Y Explore offers Yosemite winter wonderland tours

SONORA – Winter's early arrival in Yosemite National Park has captivated travelers from around the world.

December 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


IT’S ALL GOUDA!

There is nothing cheesy about this holiday present. One of the best and most well-known homemade items in demand this holiday season is, you guessed it, cheese!

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Give gifts they’ll go nuts over

SALIDA – This will be Carol Anderson's 25th year at the Blue Diamond Almonds company store in Salida.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Functional 209 art you can use to eat with

Randy Pearsall is offering hand-made pottery creation demonstrations for the sixth year on Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at his Stoneware studio on Louise Avenue, a half mile west of Jack Tone Road.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Why wine? Gift giving is easy at 209 wineries

Imagine receiving a personalized gift basket that included your favorite bottle of wine.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Vegan bath products hot sellers for stocking stuffers

Vintage Market in downtown Turlock offers a variety of unique jewelry items, antiques, and home decor, but one of the hottest stocking stuffers this year - for women and men - are the store's homemade bath items.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Give the gift of art

Still looking for that perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Pencil in a visit to the Turlock Community Art Gallery.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


WILD TIME IN MANTECA

The blockbuster movie, "Where the Wild Things Are," tells about a mythical place.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


HOLIDAY FUN IN THE 209

There's plenty to do this holiday season in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS

RIPON – It's an ornate culture full of festive attire and traditions dating back to the 13th century.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Portuguese traditions center around nativity

Many Portuguese Americans celebrate Christmas with an emphasis on the nativity, and as a time to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Las Posadas: Nine days of celebrating Christmas

Maria Ochoa grew up in Michoacán.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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Dawson hopes there will be biopic about Dolores Huerta

NEW YORK (AP) - Playing renowned civil rights activist Dolores Huerta in the new biopic "Cesar Chavez" doesn't seem to be enough for Rosario Dawson. The actress, who knows and has worked with Huerta, would now like to bring her friend's life to the screen.

March 28, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


Birthplace of A&W root beer

An Arizona man once set out to visit all of what's left of the A&W restaurants with carhops.

March 26, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Elvis, vintage cars turn Modesto A&W into local hotspot

Where in the Central Valley can you find five Elvis impersonators, vintage cars, and a root beer float made from root beer brewed daily? The A&W Drive in in Modesto.

March 26, 2014 | ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN / The 209 | LIVING IN 209


BURGERS & SHAKES

Burgers, fries and shakes – can you get more American than that? Not at the Sno-White Drive-In in Modesto.

March 26, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Manteca moments frozen in time

Foster's Freeze in Manteca has a 54-year history, but the presence of a drive-through restaurant at the corner of Yosemite and Walnut avenues dates back to the 1930s.

March 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | LIVING IN 209


Daffodil Hill: A golden opportunity to see Mother Nature at her best

In a remote place called Volcano in the Sierra foothills, Mother Nature every year magically lays out a thick carpet of golden yellow made even more vivid by spring's solid sunshine.

March 14, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Turlock parks: Spring necessity

Spring has sprung – well, not exactly but it sure feels like it. As locals head outside to enjoy the pleasant weather and put their concerns about the ongoing drought in California to the back of their minds, the outdoor parks are an excellent place to ring in the new season.

March 14, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


This time of the year, Yosemite a crapshoot

It's a hit-or-miss proposition.

March 14, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


500 acres of fun

While many children enjoy playing in the backyard as the weather warms up, the City of Modesto offers locals a slightly more unique outdoor experience: 500 acres along the Tuolumne River.

March 14, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Higher Learning

RIPON – Ripon Christian Schools has consistently sent 98 percent of its graduates on to college – a record that has continued into the 21st century.

March 07, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Turlock Christian has been Bennett’s home for 14 years

TURLOCK - Not everyone who goes to a Christian school is Christian.

March 07, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Waterford found hoops & theology in Modesto

MODESTO – There it was right there practically in his backyard.

March 07, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Central Catholic principal aims for student success

MODESTO - When Melissa Besseling came to Central Catholic High School in 1996 as a mid-year replacement math teacher, she did not anticipate that she would become principal.

March 07, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Healing Hands

For as long as she can remember, Kathy Rich has been good with her hands.

February 28, 2014 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Prepare to be pampered at Natural Path Wellness Center

RIPON – Ripon veterinarian Ann Scearce stops by once every four weeks for facials with aesthetician Edy Fowler.

February 28, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | LIVING IN 209


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