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Local food and agriculture focus of farm festival

The fourth annual Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms and Merced River Fair offers attendees the chance to reconnect with where their food comes from this weekend at a farm festival.

June 04, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Giant chicken helps wrap up food program for students

As the Food 4 Thought pilot program wrapped up its final delivery at Campus Park Elementary School in Livingston on Friday, students were surprised by a visit from the Foster Farms Foster Impostor chicken. The six foot tall chicken took photos with children and gave each member of the Food 4 Thought program a certificate and a T-shirt for participating.

May 21, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Hollywood psychic to speak at Holistic Expo

The Spiritual Church of Turlock hopes to introduce the community to holistic lifestyle options and alternative medicine at their Intuition and Holistic Expo today. The expo will also feature intuitive and tarot readers, healers and vendors. The keynote speaker for the day will be Belinda Bentley, a Sacramento psychic who has appeared on several television shows, in magazines and on the radio.

April 09, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Denair physician honored for his international work

Giving up the California sunshine to help establish a community hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay is just one of the reasons why Dr. Ira Bailie was recently honored by his colleagues.

March 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Features

Local skaters mix it up roller derby style

This isn't your mom's roller derby. SINtralValley Derby Girls skate fast, hard and rough. These women are no strangers to broken bones, bloody noses and other injuries. They have seen it all, but the love of the game keeps them rolling back for more.

March 19, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Library finds its niche in down economy

The libraries in Stanislaus County saw more usage in the last year, despite the cutbacks caused by a 10 percent cut to funding, according to Stanislaus County Librarian Vanessa Czopek, who gave the library's annual report to the Turlock City Council Tuesday night.

March 09, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Hilmar resident joins Emanuel’s Board of Directors

Participating in the health careers club in high school was just a way to escape class, but for one Hilmar man it grew into a love that has led him to an important role in Turlock's community hospital.

February 12, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Features

Local flower shops prepare for busiest time of year

Love is in the air and flower shops are pulling out their best amore bouquets for Turlockers to give to their special someone this Valentine's Day.

February 12, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Features

A hike through Los Banos’ history

Hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, local history buffs, and all others will have the opportunity to walk in the "path of the Padres," over the next few months with the re-opening of a popular trail.

February 12, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Features

Turlock youth wins Cub Scout of the Year

Every year, the El Capitan District for Boy Scouts of America hosts an annual recognition dessert night to honor the best of the best.

February 10, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Features

Walking in Joseph and Mary’s shoes

For 13 years in a row Jack and Judy Megee have donned biblical garb and led their "family" on a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. They assume the names Isaac and Mary for the journey, and they travel by foot carrying only lanterns and walking sticks; and they do this all without leaving Stanislaus County.

December 04, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

‘O Christmas Tree’

Prior to the big man's arrival - jolly old St. Nicholas, of course - the spirit of the holiday is celebrated around the Christmas tree with decorations and lights galore awaiting the presents soon to be delivered. So picking out the perfect Christmas tree can be quite an important task.

November 27, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Features

Therapy in a horse ride

A suffering child can often find comfort in an animal.

November 20, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Features

The last volunteer

Ken Burrow is the end of an era in Ceres.

November 13, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Features

Pumpkins are a delicious fall treat

Have you heard that there is a shortage of pumpkins this year? That might be true in the Northeast, but it isn't true for most of country. There are hundreds of pumpkins and squash varieties, but the two main groups we think of when we say pumpkin are the jack-o'-lantern and the pie pumpkin.

October 31, 2009 | JEFF RUGG Creators Syndicate | Features

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