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Easy cherry recipes are a sweet start to summer

The pleasures of summer - its warm temperatures, its long days, its holidays and its bounty of fresh foods - make it an infinitely lovable season. It's no wonder we look forward to it throughout the rest of the year. Many people plant fruits and vegetables in late spring, after the last danger of frost has passed, but the wait to harvest those treats can be long. Luckily, a bounty of fruit is ready at the start of summer, in the form of sweet Bing cherries.

May 25, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | Lifestyle

Young poets receive accolades

Twenty-four young poets were honored on Sunday at the Aileen Jaffa Young Poets award ceremony at the McHenry Mansion. Nineteen of the winning 24 poets from kindergarten through high school were on hand to be honored by parents, teachers and contest sponsors - Poets of the San Joaquin, the Modesto Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women and the City of Modesto.

May 25, 2010 | | Lifestyle

Local chef adds joy to every meal

Whether he's cooking his well-regarded Chicken Basilico or chicken noodle soup, Stan Dimond, the executive chef at Toscana's Ristorante, always tries to make sure one ingredient goes into every meal - joy.

March 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle

Pancakes with jolly old St. Nick

Santa is coming to Turlock early this year to have breakfast with good boys and girls from all over town. He will make a stop at Covenant Village for the Teen Advisory Council's annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday.

December 16, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Lifestyle

Sleighs not the only fliers lit up for the holidays

Castle Air Museum will be holding their 4th annual Christmas Plane Lane beginning Friday through Dec. 22. The museum's collection of historic World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Conflict aircraft are decorated for the season and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, Santa will be making a special visit. Admission for this event is $3 per person. For more information about Castle Air Museum, visit or call 723-2178.

December 16, 2009 | Turlock Journal Staff Reports | Lifestyle

The Fruitcake Queen

In my lifetime I have known

December 16, 2009 | Joanne Hull | Lifestyle

Valley history backdrop to ‘Hollywood Cafe’ mystery

"There was no moon that night when two men knocked on the door of the Hollywood Cafe."

December 01, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle

New book authored by Turlock native Philip Hansten examines ‘premature factulation’

Pharmacist and professor Philip D. Hansten has a long history of questioning conventional wisdom. As a student at Ceres High School many years ago he and fellow students questioned a "fact" doled out by coach Al Brenda. The coach asserted that his athletes should not hamper their athletic prowess at any competition by engaging in any sexual activity four days prior to. When Brenda walked away Hansten and his friends debated the matter before dismissing the notion as pure nonsense.

November 24, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Lifestyle

National Novel Writing Month observed locally

Around the world hundreds of thousands of novelists are penning sordid tales of romance, bone-chilling thrillers, head-scratching mysteries, and sagas of mysterious artifacts from fantastic worlds. Some of those intriguing stories are being written right here in Turlock.

November 03, 2009 | | Lifestyle

Merced abuzz with Fair activity

Fair-goers are catching the buzz this week at the 118th annual Merced County Fair. The 2009 fair is bee themed in honor of one of the county's top agricultural products. The fair's six-day run will include rides, live musical performances, food, animals and other exhibits.

July 21, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Lifestyle

Local celebrations abound

Patriotic citizens need not fear. Despite the nationwide economic depression and H1N1 flu scare local Independence Day celebrations will continue, maybe with a little less fanfare but the same amount of spirit.

June 30, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Lifestyle

University gives gardeners a high tech tool

The University of California Cooperative Extension launched a new Web site to serve as an information portal for California gardeners. The UC Statewide Master Gardener Program staff designed the Web site to organize and extend the university's vast store of research-based information about gardening, landscapes and lawns to the public.

June 27, 2009 | Turlock Journal Staff Reports | Lifestyle

Cache it if you can

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.

June 27, 2009 | Fiona Chin Special to the Journal | Lifestyle

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