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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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Turlock Christian has been Bennett’s home for 14 years

TURLOCK - Not everyone who goes to a Christian school is Christian.

March 07, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Waterford found hoops & theology in Modesto

MODESTO – There it was right there practically in his backyard.

March 07, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Central Catholic principal aims for student success

MODESTO - When Melissa Besseling came to Central Catholic High School in 1996 as a mid-year replacement math teacher, she did not anticipate that she would become principal.

March 07, 2014 | By ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Healing Hands

For as long as she can remember, Kathy Rich has been good with her hands.

February 28, 2014 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Prepare to be pampered at Natural Path Wellness Center

RIPON – Ripon veterinarian Ann Scearce stops by once every four weeks for facials with aesthetician Edy Fowler.

February 28, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | LIVING IN 209


Spa of Turlock relaxing escape

Locals looking for a calming reprieve from the stress of daily life won't need to look far as The Spa of Turlock has all of the offerings of a quiet oasis.

February 28, 2014 | ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN / The 209 | LIVING IN 209


Modesto spa ‘heavenly’ experience

Upon entering The Heavenly Spa in Modesto, clients may be surprised that the relaxing environment is actually a popular hotspot for locals.

February 28, 2014 | ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN / The 209 | LIVING IN 209


Vintners aren’t the only ones collecting awards

LODI ­- One of the best spa getaways in the 209 just might be in Lodi.

February 28, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Where the music is made

Lexy Nicole pulls the microphone in.

February 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Janis shares loves of music

Give the gift of music.

February 21, 2014 | James Burns | LIVING IN 209


Unusual and musical: Dale’s fits your needs

Want to learn the harmonica? The ukulele? Maybe some Spanish instruments? Dale's Guitar in downtown Turlock offers much more than its title indicates.

February 21, 2014 | ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN / The 209 | LIVING IN 209


Stevens’ promise: ‘We’re here to bring fun and service’

By VINCE REMBULAT

February 21, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Barker’s brings beat to Modesto music scene

BY ELIZABETH

February 21, 2014 | ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN / The 209 | LIVING IN 209


Legend Music boasts classes at 2 locations

By GLENN KAHL

February 21, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | LIVING IN 209


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