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Oklahoma! sweeps onto Fallon House Stage

COLUMBIA - Oklahoma! – Rodgers & Hammerstein's first masterpiece – sweeps onto the Fallon House stage this summer. Sierra Repertory Theatre is proud to present an outstanding cast in this finely crafted classic, a celebration of the American spirit of courage, independence and feisty good fun. It plays at the Fallon House theatre in Columbia State Historic Park from June 28 through August 18.

June 15, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Creating the perfect picnic basket for an outing in 209

HILMAR - Looking to go on a picnic? Well, instead of scouring the aisles of conventional supermarkets why not add a local touch to create that perfect picnic basket? The Hilmar Cheese Company visitors center offers an array of meats, cheeses, spreads and other delectable delights that will make your picnic basket so tantalizing that Yogi Bear might even steal it.

June 15, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


SHARING LOVE OF DESTRUCTION

CERES - Summer has often been considered to be the perfect time of the year for family bonding. No school means more time to take vacations, visit theme parks, or even just stay at home and barbeque with loved ones. For Greg Mathews, however, summer bonding with the family takes on a different form-the destruction derby.

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


If you can’t take Dad out to a ball game on Father’s Day, take him to the SJ Fair

STOCKTON - You can take Dad out to the ball game, to a soccer game, to the golf course, or to the movies.

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Take in baseball game with dad at Banner Island

STOCKTON - When Banner Island Ballpark opened some eight years ago, I quickly found Home Run Hill to my liking, especially on those warm summer evenings.

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Calaveras Winegrape Alliance ‘Passport’ event on June 21-23

MURPHYS - Calaveras County has so many things to offer tourists, frog jumping, gold panning, cave tours, golf, boating, antiquing, but wine is one of the largest draws. Visitors may be surprised to find out that vines are hardly a newcomer to Calaveras. The oldest vines in the county are 110-year-old Zinfandel, organically dry-farmed in the old Italian tradition. Today, there are nearly 700 acres of vines and a yearly production of about 275,000 cases--still small compared to many other wine growing regions in California, but growing.

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


VACATIONING DOWN ON THE FARM

The kids will vote for Disneyland every time but if you want to try something different this year – if only for a night – try stopping at the Seven Sycamores Ranch on your way up or down the San Joaquin Valley. It's a fun destination that will show your youngsters a little about farm life and help them understand the importance of California's agriculture.

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Dad & son fishing

They never talk about why Opie and Andy are walking down to the fishing hole in the opening credits of the "Andy Griffith Show."

June 08, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Graffiti Weekend

MODESTO – In 1993, cruising was shut down in the city that inspired the movie "American Graffiti."

May 31, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


George Lucas making rare appearance in Modesto parade

MODESTO – John Sanders knew the odds were tall when he sent George Lucas an invitation to serve as grand marshal for the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival.

May 31, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Mural captures essence of Manteca cruising days

Frank Vieira is there. So is his best buddy Frank Brazil.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


Modesto man mixes his love of classic cars with community service

When Don Harmon hopped in his 1955 red and white Plymouth for the very first time, it was love at first drive. His passion for domestic cars has transcended well over six decades through collecting, remodeling and assembling the classic wheels.

May 31, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


MANTECA FARMERS MARKET

Looking for a midweek respite from your usual evening routine?

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.

May 31, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Ropin’ on the River Rodeo Benefit for free tutoring program this weekend

LATHROP - Give Every Child a Chance is staging the Ropin' on the River Rodeo hosted by Dell'Osso Family Farm today and Sunday.

May 31, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

So what are we doing for Thanksgiving?" my girlfriend asked.

November 21, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


DEFYING THE ODDS

It is nothing short of a miracle that 19-year-old Tyler Murphy

November 21, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Not too long ago, Jason White and Lisa Perez took their road bikes out and took a spin along San Joaquin County's wine country region.

November 14, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


More to Lockeford than its meat; vineyards, tee times attract some

LOCKEFORD – It starts with the meats.

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


CHEESE & CHARM

Although a majority of individuals only drive through Hilmar as a means to get to Interstate 5, the small community in Merced County has proven to be much more than a pit stop along the way.

November 14, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


KNIGHTS FERRY

KNIGHTS FERRY - It is a magical time along the Stanislaus River.

November 14, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Vietnam vets from the area speak out

It's an eye-opening revelation of what Central Valley vets suffered in their Vietnam service where they felt they were braving their fears in combat for their country as they witnessed many of their comrades dropping to their deaths beside them.

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


Never Give Up

On July 7 1944, Charles "Chuck" Walker vividly remembers being sent on a long-range bomber escort mission over Hungary. Just as the young pilot was focusing on driving off German Messerschmitt 109s, his plane was hit in the left engine. Mistakenly, Walker separated from his squadron, which left him weakly in the midst of a number of German aircrafts.

November 07, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Purple Heart recipient played vital role in World War II

Private First Class John Burch Mooney, Jr. received a number of decorations during his time serving with the 35th Infantry Regiment during World War II, including an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, a Good Conduct Medal, and a World War II Victory Medal.

November 07, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Serving America aS soldier, teacher

Paying it forward.

November 07, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Military gave her direction

One of the best decisions Denise Johnson ever made was joining the military.

November 07, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Tea Time

In the heart of the town that labels itself as the Gateway to Yosemite, aka Groveland, is a quaint cottage where you can relish being pampered by almost everything that is traditional English before you head out to the wilds. That place is Dori's Tea Cottage & Café at 18744 Main Street, which is also Highway 120. The famous

October 31, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


TEA PARTIES ON THE ‘FLY’

MODESTO – You need your porcelain. You need your finest china. And you absolutely need your tea.

October 31, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


BIG TREES

ANGELS CAMP -Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times. These massive relics, which can reach a height of 325 feet and a diameter of 33 feet, are descended from trees that were standing when dinosaurs roamed Earth, and birds, mammals and flowering plants began to appear. Some of today's trees are thought to be as old as 2,000 years.

October 31, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


Turlock events provide ‘treat’ in trick-or-treat

TURLOCK – With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, the city of Turlock has both children and canines covered with events including BARKtoberfest, a downtown trick-or-treating event, and Haunted Housing at California State University, Stanislaus.

October 24, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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