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Kilimanjaro adventure: 'Cool as a banana in the fridge'

Summit day started with a 1 a.m. wakeup call, a quick bite and final equipment check before setting out into a dark and freezing night. A line of climbers' headlamps showed the way up a steep trail of seemingly endless switchbacks, an inspiring and daunting sight.

August 19, 2016 | BY MATT JOHANSON Special to the Journal | Lifestyle

Get sweet and nutty at the Oakdale Chocolate Festival

Hankering for sweetness? Mosey on down to the 23rd Annual Chocolate Festival in Oakdale, where 'Chocolates Gone Nuts' again and will be filled with a variety of family fun, good food, entertainment and an assortment of tasty treats. The two-day fest is on the calendar for May 16 and 17 in downtown Oakdale.

May 14, 2015 | BY VIRGINIA STILL | Lifestyle

St. Francis celebrates animals with events, blessing

Humans won't be the only ones in church on Sunday, at least at Turlock's St. Francis Episcopal Church.

October 04, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle

Turlock native to compete on popular reality show

When Ally Mello moved from Turlock to Southern California after high school, she knew she would have to race to achieve her dreams.

September 24, 2013 | | Lifestyle

Carnegie to stage poetry readings

The Carnegie Arts Center will be playing host to quarterly poetry readings from the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center starting Sunday.

August 20, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle

New eBook novel borrows themes researched in Stanislaus County

When Oakland Tribune writer Dave Newhouse struck upon an idea to write a novel about the life of a fictional upcoming track star and his upbringing in a small agrarian Valley town, he chose Ceres and Turlock for his research. Ceres was his chief pick simply because it was named for the goddess of agriculture.

July 02, 2013 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Lifestyle

Camp comes to the Carnegie

The Carnegie Arts Center is inviting families to experience a little bit of camp right in downtown Turlock. The Carnegie's next Family Friday series will include campfire songs and stories and even s'mores, brought to Turlock by the counselors of Camp Jack Hazard.

June 04, 2013 | | Lifestyle

Columbia State Park offers glimpse into gold rush life

Columbia State Historic Park will be presenting "Diggins 1852," its annual living history event this coming May 30 through June 2.

May 21, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Lifestyle

Back and Better: Chocolate Festival reaches 20 years

It's almost here – and chocolate lovers can't wait.

May 14, 2013 | BY MARG JACKSON Turlock Journal | Lifestyle

Former Turlock resident mines family saga for debut novel

For Marylin Hayes-Martin inspiration struck on a flight to the Gulf Coast.

May 07, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle

Club holds first annual garden tour

Spring has sprung, and for local gardeners and plant fanatics, there is nothing like taking a stroll through a perfectly manicured garden.

May 07, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Lifestyle

Livingston celebrates aerial delights with festival

If Livingston residents see a giant octopus, a purple dragon, or a flying turtle in the sky on April 14, they shouldn't be alarmed. It won't be the strangest invasion from outer space. It will be the 2nd annual "Time to Fly" kite festival.

April 02, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle

Victorian parade, egg hunts set for holiday weekend

Those looking for treasure in Gold Rush country are sure to find it this weekend, as Columbia State Park hosts its annual Victorian Easter Parade and Egg Hunt.

March 26, 2013 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle

Bring your Irish out this holiday with St. Patrick's Day events

It's that time of year again. The grass is green once again - and so is the town. Yes, St. Patrick's Day is here and with it the greening of food, beer and apparel.

March 12, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Lifestyle

Jennifer Lawrence highlights an Oscar night full of ups and downs

Jennifer Lawrence is a live wire. The "Silver Linings Playbook" Oscar winner livened things up back in the press room Sunday night after winning her award as Best Actress. As those who watched the 85th Academy Awards show know, Lawrence tripped and fell on her way up the steps to retrieve her statuette. A reporter with a thick accent asked her what happened and if she meant to do that.

February 26, 2013 | BY MARILYN BECK AND STACY JENEL SMITH Creators Syndicate | Lifestyle

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