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IT WAS BUMPER-TO-BUMPER

MODESTO - Before there was American Graffiti there was Louie Wyrsch.

May 31, 2013 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


HOME-STYLE RACING

STOCKTON – He's revived asphalt racing in San Joaquin County, introduced a dirt track to its fans and may one day lay down a drag strip.

May 24, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Turlock racer follows in his dad’s footsteps

Mike Drake grew up with dreams of becoming a race car driver. The allure of finely tuned machines, high speeds, and cheering fans excites most young boys, but the source of Drake's racing dreams didn't stem from TV or the movies, it came from watching his father circle the track at the Merced Speedway.

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


It’ll be a real drag at Lodi’s Kingdon Airport in September

LODI – Back in the 1970s, Kingdon Drags was the place where Corvettes, Challengers, GTOs, Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs and other muscle and fast cars of those days were in abundance.

May 24, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


His forte: Converting cars into high performance machines

Jason Webb knows high performance machines.

May 24, 2013 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


‘We Steal Secrets’ juicy look at WikiLeaks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prolific documentary-maker Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the wins and losses of hard-charging idealism on the front lines of the information wars in "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." Exhaustively researched and balanced in its view of the controversial key player, the film slips in ahead of DreamWorks' dramatic take on the exploits of Julian Assange, "The Fifth Estate," which is currently shooting.

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


‘Hangover’ trilogy ends on a dark note

By CHRISTY LEMIRE

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


‘Fast & Furious 6’ is more of everything

By JOCELYN NOVECK

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Dance partners shine in razor-sharp comedy open May 31 on SRT’s stage

SONORA - When dance teacher Michael Minetti first meets his elderly student Lily Harrison in her Florida-coast high rise, it seems pretty clear these two will barely make it past 'Hello,' let alone their first full lesson. Besides their 30-year age difference, they clash at every turn. A former teacher and minister's wife, she's guarded, uptight and suspicious. A former Broadway dancer, he blurts out jokes and insults and swings from glib to desperate to nonchalant in 10 seconds flat. It's fun to watch, but how will they make it through a six-week dance course? That's the ...

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey teams up with Sourdough Slim June 7

TUOLUMNE – It's a month of great tribute shows at Black Oak Casino Resort.

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Jerry Seinfeld appearing July 25 at Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre

STOCKTON - Jerry Seinfeld is appearing on stage on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Frankie & Annette in concert June 8

STOCKTON - Frankie & Annette are in concert Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Emerson Coffee House at the First Unitarian Universalist, 2737 Pacific Ave.

May 24, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


‘ZIN-SATIONAL’

LODI – One of the larger wineries in the Central Valley rises from the fields east of Highway 99 like a stainless steel behemoth.

May 17, 2013 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Silkwood Wines: In the shadow of winery giants

MODESTO - In California, when one thinks of the production of wine, the first place that comes to mind is the Napa Valley. However, 80 miles from the illustrious wine mecca of Napa, located in the heart of the Central Valley is the city of Modesto. For those familiar with the area, Modesto is host to Gallo Winery, one of the largest winemakers in the world and also one of the city's largest employers. However, in the shadow of the grandeur of Gallo is the small wine company Silkwood, that produces rich, mature and award winning wines that both residents ...

May 17, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Gold Country wineries: Ironstone is just part of offerings

MURPHYS - Part of the history of wine country in the Sierra Foothills can be traced back to 1948.

May 17, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


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Boat parade cancellation won’t sink Stockton’s plans

The annual Stockton Delta Reflections Light Boat Parade has been canceled for this year.

November 29, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Forecast for Christmas season: Fun

The forecast for the Christmas season calls for snow and ice in Lathrop and unique traditions in Manteca such as a wild game feed all the way to Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops to the oldest running twilight holiday parade in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

November 29, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Night with the Stars of Christmas

Tis the season for parades, festivals, and - of course - Santa Claus and for those looking to get on the nice list this year, Turlock and its surrounding communities have them covered when it comes to holiday events and parades.

November 29, 2014 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Holiday Treet

The small-town feel of Ripon is no more apparent than with the advent of the Christmas season and the lighting of the festive trees at the Veterans' Museum Park and at the Mistlin Fountain at the 99 Freeways Highway 99 recognizing the Hospice Foundation.

November 29, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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


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