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History gold standard: Columbia State Park

History buffs could hardly do better than a visit to California's Gold Country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada where gold was discovered in the mid-19th Century, setting off a population explosion that helped shape what California is today. And maybe the best place to get a sense of what it all was like back then is Columbia State Park, hailed as the state's best preserved ghost town.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Cache it if you can: A different way to explore state parks

You may have played pirates as a wee one in your backyard, digging up and burying hidden treasure. As an adult, you can relive those days of discovery by geocaching. Geocaching is an activity that involves using a Global Positioning System receiver to navigate and find or plant containers, called geocaches, that contain a logbook or small treasure. Presently, with an estimate of over a million such caches all over the world, geocaching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities in the world. Because of the popularity of the sport and its nature, the California State Parks became ...

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Art abounds in Turlock

Califia, the 14-foot fountain statue, welcomes visitors to downtown Turlock. Adorned in festive colors, the representation of the mythical Amazon queen is supposed to symbolize this area's connection to the soil and its agricultural vitality. The statue - a bronze and ceramic sculpture/fountain - was created by Davis artist Donna Billick and took a year to complete. Califia had her unveiling in June 2005, and stands on the corner of Main and Market streets.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


HIGH FLYING MUSEUM

ATWATER - It was the ultimate Cold War spy plane marvel.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Popular spot: Livermore’s downtown packs in people

LIVERMORE – It's Friday night in Downtown Livermore and there isn't a parking space to be found.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


FAIR TIME IN THE 209

The upcoming line-up of performers coming to the Stanislaus County Fair is looking to hit all the right notes with fairgoers by bringing in a bevy of entertainers.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Bar & grill on river side of San Joaquin levee

LATHROP – When Rich Hogan took over the Haven Acres Marina Bar and Grill he had a vision.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Cool summer fun: Delta cruises out of Stockton

STOCKTON – In the past year, Sylvano Garcia organized a pair of Delta cruises.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


‘Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie’ Sept. 27 at Gallo

MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts and Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) is partnering to present "Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie" to serve as a fundraiser for Modesto Junior College's Great Valley Museum Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Free summer service provides historical tour of the Mariposa gold rush community

MARIPOSA – Visitors to Yosemite this summer have even more to see and do with the introduction of The Mariposa Experience, a free trolley service around the town of Mariposa that provides easy access to the area's shopping, dining and historic attractions along with free activities and prizes.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Shaver Lake: Cabin vacationland

SHAVER LAKE -California is well known for its beaches and theme parks, but equally impressive are the many mountain getaways that span from the Oregon border all the way down to Big Bear Lake, just a couple of hours drive from Los Angeles. If a "cabin-in-the-woods" is in your vacation plans this summer, there are vacation rentals within an easy drive from most California cities.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Your way down to stick: Corn dog-eating competition

SACRAMENTO - "It's fun. It's something different," says Milo Franks of Milo Enterprises', who will provide dozens and dozens of corn dogs for the 2012 California State Fair corn dog-eating contest. And he's looking for hungry fairgoers willing to take on the challenge.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Mark Chestnut performing July 19 at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne

TUOLUMNE – Classic Country Star Mark Chesnutt will be performing at Black Oak Casino on July 19.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Josh Turner concert set Oct. 26 at Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre

STOCKTON - Josh Turner returns to Stockton on Friday, Oct. 26, to perform at the Bob Hope Theatre.

July 06, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Having a BLAST in the 209

The coolest place to be in Manteca the Fourth of July is lining the Independence Day parade route.

June 30, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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Chapter 25

RIPON – Dorothy "Dot" Veltkamp always has a couple of books on her night stand – a woman with a passion for reading since her childhood – has completed more than 25 years as a librarian mostly in Ripon.

January 16, 2015 | By GLENN KAHL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Turlock café & grill offers more than just your average burger

TURLOCK – In an area filled with seemingly endless burger joints for hungry customers to choose from, it may be a difficult task for a mom-and-pop restaurant to stand out. However, AJ's Café and Grill has managed to do just that with their locally and freshly made burgers.

January 09, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS 209 staff reports | LIVING IN 209


Ripon’s Roadhouse doesn’t yoke around

RIPON – It's a classic burger at the downtown Ripon Roadhouse sure to leave egg yolk running down your fingers and hands with the first bite.

January 09, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | LIVING IN 209


One ‘Bigg’ burger

MANTECA – Suzette Frese sums it up in one sentence as to why her favorite restaurant in Manteca is a dining destination.

January 09, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | LIVING IN 209


Star power: Yelpers love Rockin B’s

MODESTO – It's hard to mess up a hamburger.

January 09, 2015 | Jason Campbell | LIVING IN 209


Original Manny’s in Stockton still delivers

STOCKTON – So what makes for a good hamburger?

January 09, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | LIVING IN 209


FROSTY MUG HEAVEN

LODI - Want a real root beer float?

January 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | LIVING IN 209


A barn that is more than a rustic structure

It's an old barn like any other in the Manteca and surrounding areas, or even in the San Joaquin Valley.

January 02, 2015 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Shopping off the beaten path in Modesto

MODESTO – There's the mall.

January 02, 2015 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Stockton’s hidden gems

The Troll doll was one of many toys that came out during the height of the Cold War.

January 02, 2015 | By VINCE REMBULAT 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


Something good cooking in Stockton

STOCKTON – Port City's native son has returned with a … filet?

January 02, 2015 | By JAMES BURNS 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


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