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Tuolumne River’s wild waters, scenic views call to rafters across the country

From its headwaters in Yosemite National Park, one extraordinary river winds sharply down the Sierra Nevada. It passes nearly 150 miles through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, foothill villages, and valley farmland before finally emptying into the San Francisco Bay.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Sciabica’s family history, olive oil deeply intertwined

MODESTO - When Father Francisco Naranjo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Lathrop was looking for suggestions to help their church-building fund-raiser, his parishioners strongly recommended Sciabica's extra virgin olive oil.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Martina McBride performing in Stockton

STOCKTON - An Evening with Martina McBride takes place Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Stockton's Bob Hope Theatre.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Ironstone offers Heart, Jeff Foxworthy, Fogarty

MURPHYS - Tickets are on sale for the 2012 Ironstone Vineyards Concert Series featuring some world-class performers, including John Fogerty on Aug. 3, Heart on Aug. 11, and Jeff Foxworthy on Sept. 8.

July 21, 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 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Kernville: The old west & river fun

Those people raised on TV westerns like Bonanza will feel like they've stepped right onto the Ponderosa when they take the one-hour drive northeast from Bakersfield to the town of Kernville. There's good reason: dozens of TV and movie westerns have been filmed in the immediate vicinity.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Highlights of the Stanislaus River trip from Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom

The scenic section of the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom is popular with both experienced and inexperienced paddlers due to its outstanding mix of wildlife and variety of topography.

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Four mistakes to avoid on the Stanislaus River

MISTAKE NO. 1: IMPROPER DRESS ON THE RIVER

July 21, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


New Christy Minstrels staging concert July 21 at State Theatre

MODESTO - The New Christy Minstrels will appear in concert on Saturday, July 21, at the State Theatre.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


YCCD offers nature photography in Sierra

SONORA - Spend three days with National Geographic Photographer Phil Schermeister learning the art of nature photography at the High Sierra Institute's Baker Station located on Highway 108 near Kennedy Meadows.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


Here come the laughs with SRT’s comedy There Goes the Bride

SONORA - Join Sierra Rep for a fun and frantic wedding day like no other this summer as we present There Goes the Bride, a mad-cap dash to the altar with an unexpected twist.

July 14, 2012 | | LIVING IN 209


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


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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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