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Tuolumne River’s wild waters, scenic views call to rafters across the country

From its headwaters in Yosemite National Park, one extraordinary river winds sharply down the Sierra Nevada. It passes nearly 150 miles through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, foothill villages, and valley farmland before finally emptying into the San Francisco Bay.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Sciabica’s family history, olive oil deeply intertwined

MODESTO - When Father Francisco Naranjo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Lathrop was looking for suggestions to help their church-building fund-raiser, his parishioners strongly recommended Sciabica's extra virgin olive oil.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Martina McBride performing in Stockton

STOCKTON - An Evening with Martina McBride takes place Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Stockton's Bob Hope Theatre.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Ironstone offers Heart, Jeff Foxworthy, Fogarty

MURPHYS - Tickets are on sale for the 2012 Ironstone Vineyards Concert Series featuring some world-class performers, including John Fogerty on Aug. 3, Heart on Aug. 11, and Jeff Foxworthy on Sept. 8.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Josh Turner concert set Oct. 26 at Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre

STOCKTON - Josh Turner returns to Stockton on Friday, Oct. 26, to perform at the Bob Hope Theatre.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Kernville: The old west & river fun

Those people raised on TV westerns like Bonanza will feel like they've stepped right onto the Ponderosa when they take the one-hour drive northeast from Bakersfield to the town of Kernville. There's good reason: dozens of TV and movie westerns have been filmed in the immediate vicinity.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Highlights of the Stanislaus River trip from Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom

The scenic section of the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom is popular with both experienced and inexperienced paddlers due to its outstanding mix of wildlife and variety of topography.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Four mistakes to avoid on the Stanislaus River

MISTAKE NO. 1: IMPROPER DRESS ON THE RIVER

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


New Christy Minstrels staging concert July 21 at State Theatre

MODESTO - The New Christy Minstrels will appear in concert on Saturday, July 21, at the State Theatre.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


YCCD offers nature photography in Sierra

SONORA - Spend three days with National Geographic Photographer Phil Schermeister learning the art of nature photography at the High Sierra Institute's Baker Station located on Highway 108 near Kennedy Meadows.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Here come the laughs with SRT’s comedy There Goes the Bride

SONORA - Join Sierra Rep for a fun and frantic wedding day like no other this summer as we present There Goes the Bride, a mad-cap dash to the altar with an unexpected twist.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


History gold standard: Columbia State Park

History buffs could hardly do better than a visit to California's Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where gold was discovered in the mid-19th Century, setting off a population explosion that helped shape what California is today. And maybe the best place to get a sense of what it all was like back then is Columbia State Park, hailed as the state's best preserved ghost town.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Cache it if you can: A different way to explore state parks

You may have played pirates as a wee one in your backyard, digging up and burying hidden treasure. As an adult, you can relive those days of discovery by geocaching. Geocaching is an activity that involves using a Global Positioning System receiver to navigate and find or plant containers, called geocaches, that contain a logbook or small treasure. Presently, with an estimate of over a million such caches all over the world, geocaching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities in the world. Because of the popularity of the sport and its nature, the California State Parks became ...

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Art abounds in Turlock

Califia, the 14-foot fountain statue, welcomes visitors to downtown Turlock. Adorned in festive colors, the representation of the mythical Amazon queen is supposed to symbolize this area's connection to the soil and its agricultural vitality. The statue - a bronze and ceramic sculpture/fountain - was created by Davis artist Donna Billick and took a year to complete. Califia had her unveiling in June 2005, and stands on the corner of Main and Market streets.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


HIGH FLYING MUSEUM

ATWATER - It was the ultimate Cold War spy plane marvel.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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Launching points along San Joaquin River

LATHROP – It can be brown and it can be murky, but it's also one of the most critical waterways in California and it has a long and storied history and has provided recreational opportunities for local residents for decades.

July 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Bring your crew: Plenty to do on Delta

As a member of the Stockton Rowing Club, Kathy Brown has been in and around the San Joaquin Delta and its many tributaries.

July 04, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Small, intimate stops on the northern shores

The roads wind.

July 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Gloves, coats part of standard uniform at Eckert & Millard

Sit in the stands at Guss Schmiedt Field on a Friday night and you're bound to experience a plethora of smells.

June 27, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Heaven Snow

Those driving down Geer Road in Turlock this summer may see the unusual sight of a snowball fight. No, there's not a freak atmospheric condition that turns this part of the Central Valley into a frozen wonderland, but rather the doings of one business owner.

June 27, 2014 | By KRISTINA HACKER 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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


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