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Musical Yule lights all part of Ripon family tradition

RIPON - The Nutt family in Ripon is known for going all out with their Christmas decorations – a tradition that started years ago at the home of now Mayor Red Nutt at his residence on Idaho Street and followed up by his adult son John with nearly 12,000 lights underscored by music on an FM station.

December 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Lights in Lathrop: From bright homes to driving on the farm

LATHROP – It's beginning to look a lot like…Clark Griswold went crazy with the Christmas lights again and turned your house into an airport runway light.

December 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Y Explore offers Yosemite winter wonderland tours

SONORA – Winter's early arrival in Yosemite National Park has captivated travelers from around the world.

December 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


IT’S ALL GOUDA!

There is nothing cheesy about this holiday present. One of the best and most well-known homemade items in demand this holiday season is, you guessed it, cheese!

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Give gifts they’ll go nuts over

SALIDA – This will be Carol Anderson's 25th year at the Blue Diamond Almonds company store in Salida.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Functional 209 art you can use to eat with

Randy Pearsall is offering hand-made pottery creation demonstrations for the sixth year on Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at his Stoneware studio on Louise Avenue, a half mile west of Jack Tone Road.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Why wine? Gift giving is easy at 209 wineries

Imagine receiving a personalized gift basket that included your favorite bottle of wine.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Vegan bath products hot sellers for stocking stuffers

Vintage Market in downtown Turlock offers a variety of unique jewelry items, antiques, and home decor, but one of the hottest stocking stuffers this year - for women and men - are the store's homemade bath items.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Give the gift of art

Still looking for that perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Pencil in a visit to the Turlock Community Art Gallery.

December 08, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


WILD TIME IN MANTECA

The blockbuster movie, "Where the Wild Things Are," tells about a mythical place.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


HOLIDAY FUN IN THE 209

There's plenty to do this holiday season in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS

RIPON – It's an ornate culture full of festive attire and traditions dating back to the 13th century.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Portuguese traditions center around nativity

Many Portuguese Americans celebrate Christmas with an emphasis on the nativity, and as a time to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Las Posadas: Nine days of celebrating Christmas

Maria Ochoa grew up in Michoacán.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Sweet treats, family gatherings for Christian Assyrians

Christmas is just one day a year, but for Assyrian American Civic Club President Raymond George, he wishes the festivities to be enjoyed for much longer.

November 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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SNOW FUN IN THE 209

You want to take the kids for a snow play date. Let's see, depending upon where the snow line is on any given day and how much of the white stuff is on the ground that is easily a two-hour one-way drive. That means traffic, driving in dangerous conditions, and dealing with anywhere from one to five kids inside a two-ton rolling box of steel. That winter family outing is starting to look less and less appealing. But you don't have to head up the mountain in search of snow fun. All you have to do is head ...

December 12, 2014 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


TOGETHER

With the holiday season in full swing, blue donation barrels are popping up all over Turlock with the start of Turlock Together's collection efforts for families in need.

December 05, 2014 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Love I.N.C. plays role of angel for those in need

On Steve Parsons' desk you'll find paperwork that has each applicant assigned a number before it's catalogued and computerized.

December 05, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Proving ‘Hope’ for needy families

Santa has his eye on the Hope Ministries and the Raymus House while garnering the support of Manteca churches and service clubs to add Christmas cheer to the non-profit's mission launched by the late developer Antone Raymus and his wife Marie 21 years ago.

December 05, 2014 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Be charitable without spending money

Many people equate charity to financial donations. But individuals can be charitable with their time as well.

December 05, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


Busy time for Mary Graham

Royce Farms BBQ once again provided a generous donation to the Mary Graham Children's Center.

December 05, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


The gift of volunteerism for the holidays

Donating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not every household has the funds to donate this year. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable.

December 05, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


Plenty options for charitable donations

Statistically speaking, Americans are extremely generous. Consider the fact that in 2008, charitable giving in the United States exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row -- despite the fact that many people in every part of the country are feeling the strains of recession and job loss.

December 05, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


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