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Turlockers traverse Half Dome, learn a thing or two about brotherhood

Half Dome, an icon of Yosemite National Park, is also a rite of passage for many Central Valley residents. The 14- to 16-mile round-trip hike to Half Dome from Yosemite Valley - rising to an elevation of 4,800 feet - is a siren call to outdoorsmen, nature lovers and those who seek adventure in any form.

September 09, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle


Gripping mountain tales abound in ‘Yosemite Epics’

"And so there I was, exhausted on the last pitch in complete darkness. We didn't have headlamps, of course. It was really hard to see where to go or how to place any gear. I had to feel by hand the shape of the crack…When I could use protection, the placements were so bad that I considered them pieces of decoration rather than security.

September 09, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle


The Wrath of Grapes

Potential home viticulturists could be in for a treat as Delicato Vineyards will once again be hosting its Home Wine Making Workshop on successive Saturdays, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, for those just beginning or those wanting to hone their skills.

August 23, 2011 | BY RICHARD PALOMA | Lifestyle


Turlock native finalist in ‘Food Network Star’

Susie Jimenez, a Turlock native, already knows how the series "Food Network Star" will end. As a final contestant she has already filmed the last episode, but she isn't telling even her closest friends and family who wins. They will have to find out on Sunday night with the rest of the world when the final episode airs.

August 12, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Lifestyle


National barista champ shares decadent iced latte recipes

This summer, two-time National Barista Champion Heather Perry has partnered with the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) to give drink enthusiasts another reason to enjoy lattes while refreshing their palates. Perry's summer homemade lattes cost pennies on the dollar compared to drinks from national coffee chains. Plus, Perry offers kid-friendly, "espresso-free" recipes so that the whole family can enjoy her unique drinks. From a red velvet frappe to a tiramisu shake, all these recipes have one cool ingredient in common, milk!

June 28, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Lifestyle


For the love of country music

Did you know Willie Nelson once sold encyclopedias door-to-door or that while in the military, Johnny Cash was considered an excellent cryptographer? How about this little fact - Elvis Presley's home Graceland, is the second most-visited home in the United States after the White House.

June 14, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Turlock’s best b-boys and b-girls bust a move in Westside contest

Westside Ministries reached out to the hearts and souls of young Westside residents through the heart and soul of hip-hop with a b-boy and crew dance competition on Monday. The Center for Urban Performance and Service (CUPS) ministry hosted the event, which was open to the public.

June 07, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Lifestyle


Merced County Fair asks attendees to ‘Saddle up for Fun’

While the weather has been cool and rainy lately, make no mistake, summer is on its way and with it the start of fair season.

June 07, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle


Cooking demos highlight festival

Tantalizing dessert dishes will be prepared by local chefs in demonstrations during both days at this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday. Chefs and bakers from around the area will be offering the how-tos, recipes, and, of course, those mouth-watering samples as they show their skills to attendees.

May 17, 2011 | By RICHARD PALOMA Special to the Journal | Lifestyle


Celebration of culture returns to downtown Turlock

The streets of downtown Turlock will be filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of cultures from across the globe on Saturday during the annual Taste of Turlock: A Cultural Celebration.

May 03, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle


Turlock chef returns to defend title

Turlock's Bistro 234 chef Leroy Walker will once again get into competition mode as he prepares to defend his title at Doctors Medical Center fourth annual Culinary Clash.

April 19, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Author gives tips on creating a happy home

Does it create a harmonious and balanced home by bringing in plenty of fresh cut flowers and hanging chimes, or will simply removing the clutter do the trick?

April 12, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


‘Table of Hearts’ product of years of agonizing, yet rewarding work for local author

For some people the writing process is a form of release and filled with immeasurable pleasures. Gerald "Jerry" Avila is more likely to describe it as a self-imposed prison term wrought with its own unique tortures.

March 15, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Railtown steam trains start rolling on April 2

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will begin the first weekend of steam train operations for 2011 on April 2-3.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Lifestyle


Turlock pub to honor namesake on St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day while contributing to cancer awareness and research at Wellington's British Pub & Restaurant in downtown Turlock.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Lifestyle


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