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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


FOURTH OF JULY IN THE 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 CaliforniaWeekend.com | LIVING IN 209


Merced offers oasis to cranes, geese along Pacific Flyway

MERCED - The Merced National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 10,258 acres of wetlands, native grasslands, vernal pools, and riparian areas. It was established in 1951 under the Lea Act to attract wintering waterfowl away from adjacent farmland where foraging ducks and geese were causing extensive damage to crops.

June 22, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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BIGGEST ALLEY IN 209

MODESTO – The neon lights are the first thing that grabs your attention.

July 11, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


MANTECA BOWL

Sam Robinson slides forward on his feet as he approaches the foul line.

July 11, 2014 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Pin down fun times in Stockton, Tracy

Max Garrido Jr. has one perfect game and an 800 series to his credit.

July 11, 2014 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Stockton Symphony tunes up for 88th season

STOCKTON - Everything from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 to the music of Billy Joel, from the dazzling symphonic spectacle of Carmina Burana to the anticipated return of Cirque de la Symphonie, from classical music inspired by planets far, far away to some of the best known compositions of Leonard Bernstein is part of the Stockton Symphony's 2014-15 Season.

July 11, 2014 | | LIVING IN 209


Launching points along San Joaquin River

LATHROP – It can be brown and it can be murky, but it's also one of the most critical waterways in California and it has a long and storied history and has provided recreational opportunities for local residents for decades.

July 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Bring your crew: Plenty to do on Delta

As a member of the Stockton Rowing Club, Kathy Brown has been in and around the San Joaquin Delta and its many tributaries.

July 04, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


Small, intimate stops on the northern shores

The roads wind.

July 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


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