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Sonora Celtic Faire brings knights, step dancers, jousters to area

Anyone wishing to get into the spirit of the shamrock a little early, need not look any further than the hills in Sonora.

March 11, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Museum celebrates glory days of radio

The sounds emanating from radios have been a part of the American fabric for more than 100 years and a new exhibit at the Turlock Historical Society's museum is paying homage to the technology that changed the world.

February 22, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Hike reminiscent of 1800s missionary trail

The trail that winds through the San Joaquin Valley, which was blazed by the Yokut tribe and fortified by the soldiers and missionaries who followed in their footpaths, is re-opening again for the popular "Path of the Padres" hike.

February 04, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Perseverance brings ‘Magic Pajamas’ to life

"The Magic Pajamas" is a children's story set in rhyme about a brother and sister who go on an extraordinary adventure through the power of their PJs, but the real magic, says Turlock author Steve Olsen, is how the book made it to fruition.

January 18, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Turlocker creates magical holiday village

A winter wonderland of snowy mountains, majestic pines, bustling outdoor ice rinks, and cozy country inns nestled among toy workshops and candy confectioneries has come to Turlock … at least in the miniature form.

December 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Holiday films battle for supremacy

The stockings are hung, the cookies are warm from the oven and it's time to turn on the Christmas movie. But which one is going to be playing on your television?

December 11, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Author relates story of Central Valley migrant family

A story of hardships, perseverance and the bonds of family ties that span the generations are played out on the pages of former Turlock resident Debra Boroughs' newly released memoir "Chicana."

December 07, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Holiday activities promise spooky fun

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins have plenty of trick-or-treating alternatives this year at area Halloween events. Several organizations are hosting their own Halloween carnivals the day before Halloween as an alternative to the traditional door-to-door candy collecting. Costume contests and pumpkin carving contests will also get families in the Halloween spirit this year.

October 19, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Lifestyle


Festival celebrates architecture

The art and drama of towering skyscrapers, bridges that seem to defy gravity and the beauty of a solid structure will be the focus of the upcoming Modesto International Architecture Festival.

October 19, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


The story of Turlock’s new real Santa

Nestled in a quiet Turlock neighborhood is a 5-year-old boy with rosy cheeks, a shy smile, and a twinkle in his eyes.

September 28, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Do it yourself wine?

Home brewers are a dime a dozen these days. But home winemakers?

August 31, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Lifestyle


Local author chronicles history of Ceres in pictorial book

From its past days as a place where wheat grew in abundance to its contributions to the worlds of entertainment and politics, the history of Ceres is on full display in the latest installment of the "Images of America" series.

August 17, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Lifestyle


Merced starts local fair season

The Merced County Fair opens on Tuesday, just in time for locals to get a taste of the beginning of fair season.

June 08, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Lifestyle


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


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