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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


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


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MJC celebrating Earth Day April 22

MODESTO – Tanner Carroll recycles.

April 17, 2015 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Free Shred-It event, compost giveaway in Manteca April 25

Got documents that an identify thief would love to rifle through your blue or green Toter to find?

April 17, 2015 | | LIVING IN 209


WET & WILD

If you've "outgrown" theme parks - or at least think you have - consider a stop by Six Flags Discovery Kingdom next time you're in the San Francisco Bay area. It's quite amazing, really, but Six Flags seems to have included enough attractions to keep every member in the family fully engaged during your visit.

April 10, 2015 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | LIVING IN 209


CULTURE & BEAUTY

The grapevine has an amazing power to transform reasonably attractive countryside into an oasis of culture and beauty that speaks to all of one's senses - and no place is that better manifested than in the famed Napa Valley.

April 10, 2015 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | LIVING IN 209


HIKING HETCH HETCHY

There I was standing alone watching water cascading 1,310 feet over granite just hours after sunrise.

April 03, 2015 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


See waterfalls before they are trickles

If you want to see Yosemite Valley's famous waterfalls at their peak during this fourth year of drought you need to do so this month.

April 03, 2015 | | LIVING IN 209


WOODWARD

OAKDALE – You better get that boat out of storage now.

April 03, 2015 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


EVERGREEN LODGE

It's not the Wawona Hotel, the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls of even the world famous Awahnee Hotel where you might be lucky to snag a room for only $470 a night.

April 03, 2015 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Easter Candy

It's a church holiday to be exact.

March 27, 2015 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


EGG-CITING TIMES ARE COMING

The Manteca Kiwanis free community Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. sharp at the Northgate Sports Complex in Manteca. Kids get a chance to collect candy filled plastic eggs and win prizes.

March 27, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


BUNNY FUN

Turlock

March 27, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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