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Ripon Community Appreciation Days, Fourth of July celebration June 30-July 4

RIPON - The Ripon Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Ripon's Fireworks Committee will be hosting a Community Appreciation Event beginning today, June 30.

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Patriotic destinations for Fourth of July holiday

We're coming up on the most patriotic day of the year and it's not too late to make plans for a very special Fourth of July. Certain towns and places in California have better patriotic vibes than others and, if you're interested in a Mayberry USA Fourth of July – or some time paying homage to one of our nation's great military generals – we have some suggestions for you. First a couple of patriotic towns:

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Celebrate holiday at Railtown 1897

JAMESTOWN - The 4th of July extended holiday is a perfect time to visit and support Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP)! Special rides behind Sierra No. 3 -- widely known as the "Movie Star Locomotive" -- and aboard the prized Caboose No. 7 are available on the weekend leading up to the holiday (June 30 & July 1) and on Wednesday, July 4, as well. Plus, entertaining and festive live old-time music performed by the local band "Sequoia" will be provided on Wednesday, July 4.

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Get ready to hear the sounds of summer

Boom. Crackle. Whistle. Sparkle. Poof.

June 30, 2012 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 Columnist | LIVING IN 209

A rundown of 12 of the more popular fireworks options

TNT Fireworks

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Looking to a quick getaway for the Fourth of July?

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Vintage baseball showdown, fireworks at Banner Island on 4th

STOCKTON - Banner Island may be the inspiration of Ernest Lawrence Thayer's famous poem "Casey at the Bat."

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Fourth & other celebrations in Stanislaus County

Saturday, June 30

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Fourth fun in Tracy, Lodi & Galt on Independence Day

The Tracy Chamber of Commerce calls the Fourth of July "A Hometown Celebration."

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Want to deal with the bull?

ESCALON – Dennis Borba is a busy man.

June 23, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Breeding champions at Maxfield Riding Center in Turlock

Hidden in a rural corner of Turlock, champion horses and riders are being groomed at the Maxfield Riding Center. Every year for the past 16 years Maxfield has boasted amateur and professional level state, national or reserve champions in dressage and three-day eventing.

June 23, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Wildlife center gives injured animals second chance at life

HUGHSON - Local wildlife orphaned or injured have a second chance at survival thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff and volunteers at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.

June 23, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

It’s all happening at the zoo

LODI – Ever see a Chilean pudu?

June 23, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

Adopt an animal at Micke Grove Zoo

The Micke Grove Zoo gives folks and opportunity to adopt their favorite animal.

June 23, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209

The home of the Bakersfield Sound

Driving through California's Central Valley it's easy to speed right on by Bakersfield, the southernmost of the Valley's good-sized cities and the last one you'll pass before you head up the Grapevine toward Los Angeles. But next time, consider this: You're passing through Music History and it just might be worth your while to stop.

June 22, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | LIVING IN 209

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Scary times to saints in Ripon

Halloween in Ripon has two themes this year with the usual scary costumes and another with children dressed as religious saints from years ago from ...

October 24, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | LIVING IN 209

Halloween at the zoo to Rocky Horror tradition

Micke Grove Zoo is the place to be on this weekend before Halloween.

October 24, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Holy Halloween, Batman!

October 16, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 Staff Reporter | LIVING IN 209

Once on a Halloween far, far away . . .

Rachel Archerdale loves Star Wars.

October 16, 2015 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209

Kids costumes: Man eating sharks to skeleton suits

Norma Correa has been out shopping around for Halloween costumes for her kids.

October 16, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209

Pet costumes safety tips

I'm not sure when pets wearing Halloween costumes began but it has become a pretty big deal over the last few years. Choosing the ...

October 16, 2015 | By MONICA CANE 209 correspondent | LIVING IN 209


Question: How far can you lob a mini-pumpkin using a 6-foot bazooka-style barrel with sights?

October 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


Pumpkin patches aren't hard to find this time of year.

October 09, 2015 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209

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