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Modesto rocks New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to a new one, but it is also time to do one thing: party. Whether it's a restaurant or a church, a nightclub or a bar, Modesto offers a host of events to make ringing in 2014 a memorable experience.

December 27, 2013 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Ripon, Lathrop offers ways to ring in the New Year in style

Say goodbye to an old friend with fun, food, friends and everything else on the New Year's side of happy.

December 27, 2013 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Hitting the town New Year’s Eve in Manteca

Three. Two. One.

December 27, 2013 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Usher in 2014 with Polar Run & Dunk

What better way to make a splash for 2014 but with the Polar Run and Dunk.

December 27, 2013 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Start 2014 with First Day Hikes at California parks

A healthy start to a new year

December 27, 2013 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


World’s first high-altitude observatory still scanning the skies above San Jose

SAN JOSE - Perched high on Mount Hamilton above San Jose is the Lick Observatory.

December 27, 2013 | | LIVING IN 209


Christmas pre- & post-World War II

It's impossible to miss the Marsden home in the neighborhood off Crom Avenue just north of the Manteca Golf Course. It literally outshines all the houses at Greenview Place. The entire length of the house facing the street is dripping with all kinds of Christmas bling – blinking lights, chasing lights, dancing diode lights, a lighted choo-choo train, a red snowman, and Frosty the Snowman sporting a top hat. Proudly occupying a central location among all the outdoor decoration is a lighted American flag handmade by Alan Marsden.

December 20, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | LIVING IN 209


Siblings hid from Santa Claus in the closet

"Okay everybody, it's time to go into the closet."

December 20, 2013 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Turlock’s Christmas tree a downtown tradition

Whether it's Rockefeller Square in New York City or San Francisco's Union Square, Christmas trees are a staple of the holiday season found in cities and homes across the world. While Turlock's community tree may not tower in comparable sky scraper heights, it is a staple of the Central Valley town's annual holiday traditions since the early 1920s.

December 20, 2013 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Memories recall yuletide family spirits

Yuletide memories of years past include heart and soul reflections of family life under living room Christmas trees, church time together and the special gifts of long ago.

December 20, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | LIVING IN 209


Christmas started in September

In the mad, mad world of retail, the Christmas season starts right after back-to-school sales.

December 20, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Turlock beacon of holiday lights

While hanging lights during the holiday season is an annual tradition for many families, it is often met with mixed feelings: Children love seeing the various lights while parents often find the task a dreaded duty.

December 13, 2013 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Ceres Christmas Tree Lane: 52-year tradition of lights

Every year since 1961, Henry and Vaughn streets in Ceres have been transformed into a holiday wonderland. This year, Christmas Tree Lane was celebrated with a little something extra - snow.

December 13, 2013 | By JEFF BENZIGER 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Manteca Christmas lights worth a gallon of gas

The Brock family Christmas Lights which literally dominated the scene for weeks during this time of the year is gone for good. But there are still some in the Family City that's worth a gallon of gas to see and admire with the kids tow, or just for your own personal windshield viewing.

December 13, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | LIVING IN 209


Stockton’s Candy Cane Lane offers festive display of lights

STOCKTON – Some of the most beautifully decorated places on this side of the 209 along this stretch near West Hammer Lane.

December 13, 2013 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


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CENTER STAGE

In celebration of the upcoming Cesar Chavez holiday, California State University, Stanislaus students had the opportunity to witness and learn from one of Chavez's right hand men and a significant leader in Chicano culture: Luis Valdez.

March 28, 2014 | By ALEXANDRA ANDERSON 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


State migrant ed program largest in the country

The regular school year in Manteca Unified runs from August to May. That's the norm for the majority of the 23,000-plus elementary and high school students in the district. That holds true for other public schools in San Joaquin County as well.

March 28, 2014 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Chavez’s legacy still thrives in Central Valley

Agriculture is the dominant industry in the Central Valley, where the legacy of Cesar Chavez still hangs in the air for families of migrant workers across the state.

March 28, 2014 | By ALEXANDRA ANDERSON 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Stockton honors Cesar Chavez with projects, school dedication

Students at Cesar Chavez High in Stockton are learning more about their school namesake.

March 28, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Biopic shown to 1,000 California farm workers

DELANO (AP) - In California's fertile Central Valley, immigrant workers pick produce sold worldwide. They're mostly Spanish speakers who work long hours in the dirt and sun - not your typical crowd for a Hollywood movie premiere.

March 28, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


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


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