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Houseboating on New Melones

If you're looking to "strike gold" in your next vacation experience, you might consider a houseboat getaway in California's Gold Country. New Melones Lake just happens to be situated in a scenic part of the state that is almost like a giant theme park focused on some of California's most interesting tourist attractions.

April 20, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Officers saddle up for patrols

OAKDALE - Oakdale police officers from the "Cowboy Capital of the World" saddle up every year on their own time to assist Ripon with its Almond Festival at the Mistlin Sports Park.

April 20, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


ALL ABOARD!

OAKDALE - The appeal of dining on the Sierra Railroad hits you as you scan the wide open countryside absent of telephone poles and any signs of civilization save an occasional farm house as you rumble along east of Oakdale.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Amtrak offers scenic views, no traffic

From Bakersfield to Sacramento and Oakland, the mighty Amtrak San Joaquin chugs through all of the Central Valley's most memorable sights.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Jamestown: The 209’s ‘living’ railroad state park

JAMESTOWN - Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in the heart of the Sierra foothills invites visitors to experience the thrill of traveling back in time to the era of steam railroading.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


On board the ‘movie railroad’

OAKDALE - With its unspoiled scenery, the Sierra Railroad is singled out by movie producers from around the world as a preferred location for filming.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Connecting Gold Country with world

OAKDALE - The Sierra is third the oldest railroad in North America and besides carrying freight and passengers, Sierra became famous as "The Movie Railroad" for making over 300 movies, commercials and television shows. In the 1970s the railroad launched an industry when it operated the nation's first dinner train. In 1995 the railroad was rejuvenated by new ownership and experienced a remarkable decade of growth and expansion.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Serenity prevails at lodge just outside Yosemite just off 120

GROVELAND - Along with Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, Yosemite is one of my favorite national parks. Unfortunately, more than 4 million annual visitors share my sentiments.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Street fair April 14-15 in Manteca

The Crossroads of California Street Faire - Manteca's first big outdoor gathering of spring - returns for its 16th run on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, in downtown Manteca.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


High-flying festival calls out to kite lovers April 15

LIVINGSTON - The City of Livingston is inviting Valley residents to go fly a kite - or rather come to the town's first annual Kite Festival and fly one together.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Jackson Rancheria presenting The Robert Cray Band on May 4

JACKSON - As a five-time Grammy award-winning, singer/songwriting guitar legend, it would be hard to overstate Robert Cray's impact on rock, rhythm & blues. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Modesto Garden Tour April 21

MODESTO - The Modesto Garden Club's Annual Spring Tour takes place Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Getting on the San Joaquin River

LATHROP – At more than 350 miles long, the San Joaquin River, from its source in the Ansel Adams Wilderness to its mouth in the Suisun Bay, covers a large portion of the Central Valley.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Cherry Valley Reservoir: Off the beaten path

GROVELAND - Cherry Valley Reservoir is a gem of a lake that sits at 4,700 feet between Dodge Ridge and Yosemite in the Stanislaus National Forest.

April 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Tea Eras graces Mother Lode’s Sutter Creek

SUTTER CREEK - Tea Eras located at 34 Main Street (Highway 49) in Sutter Creek is an enchanting tea house where lunch is a languorous delight including high tea. Dinners are also available for 10 or more.

March 31, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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FARM FRESH

Finding fresh produce isn't hard in the 209.

June 19, 2015 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


MUSIC & MARKET IN MANTECA

Last summer I wasn't able to attend Manteca's Farmers Market (revamped as Market & Music in Manteca) and I wasn't about to have a repeat of that great loss this year. So on Tuesday afternoon I hopped into my old car and putt-putted my way down to Library Park for some fresh produce adventure.

June 19, 2015 | By MONICA CANE 209 Living correspondent | LIVING IN 209


Manteca farmers market is now a mini-festival of sorts each week

What makes a good farmer's market?

June 19, 2015 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


Ripon offers small, cozy farmers market

Stouffer's Park in Ripon provides a lush green carpet for the Thursday farmers market from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

June 19, 2015 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


TURLOCK CERTIFIED MARKET

Although Nutcher Milk Company only made its first appearance at the Turlock Certified Farmers Market last week, Rick Nutcher reported that his family's idea to build their own creamery and bottle their own milk was years in the making.

June 19, 2015 | By ALYSSON AREDAS 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


American Graffiti Festival

Usually when there is an aggregation of cars in one area, it means traffic.

June 12, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209


Lions Club cruise roars into Escalon

The first of the Friday night 'Pre-Cruise' events has been staged in Escalon, adjacent to Hula's Restaurant on Jackson Avenue, and they will continue throughout the summer. They are a popular weekly 'lead in' to the annual downtown Autumn Cruise the Escalon Lions Club hosts each September.

June 12, 2015 | By MARG JACKSON 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


ON STAGE IN GOLD COUNTRY

COLUMBIA - Barbershop quartets, Fourth of July celebrations, ice cream socials and marching bands find a home at Columbia State Park's Fallon House Theatre when Sierra Repertory Theatre presents The Music Man, June 26 – August 16.

June 12, 2015 | | LIVING IN 209


Kilts, hit men make for latest Sierra Rep comedy

SONORA - Fast-moving comedy comes to the East Sonora stage through June 28 in Sierra Repertory Theatre's Unnecessary Farce.

June 12, 2015 | | LIVING IN 209


Cruise on down to the A&W Drive-In

LODI - Cruise Night is back at A&W Root Beer of Lodi.

June 12, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


CASWELL COOL

The coolest spot in the Manteca-Ripon area without the aid of air conditioning can be found along the Stanislaus River in one of the few remaining stands of riparian woodland in the Central Valley.

June 05, 2015 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


River fun in Stockon

Buckley Cove is one of those tucked away places in the 209.

June 05, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


McHenry Rec: Hidden river gem

ESCALON – I used to tell my parents when I was leaving to head out to the river with my friends.

June 05, 2015 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Lodi Lake: Fun on water, swimming & more

Lodi Lake has something for practically everyone.

June 05, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Down by the riverside in Ripon

A delicate blanket of "cotton" from falling seed pods coated the narrow path amid oaks, cottonwoods, and undergrowth.

June 05, 2015 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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