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almonds
featured-food-and-winefood and wineIssue 9

by Dana Koster In spring, it seems you can’t drive ten miles in Stanislaus County without encountering an almond orchard in its pink-and-white blossomed glory. The sight of almond trees in bloom is part of what defines the region. But if you went to the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market in

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camp jack hazard campers
contentfeatured-fitnessIssue 9

by Dana Koster If you grew up in Stanislaus County and you’re between the ages of 6 and 96, chances are you went to Camp Jack Hazard, or know someone who did. Surrounded by a dense forest of conifer pines and soaring granite cliff faces, deep in the heart of

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students at whiteboard
contentfeatured-contentmentIssue 9

by Dana Koster A year and a half ago, United Way of Stanislaus County decided to shake things up. In the past, the charitable organization had focused on funding as many deserving nonprofits as possible, but kept running up against the same questions: what kind of change does United Way

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culinary arts students
featured-hidden-talentsIssue 9

by Justin Souza Just off Yosemite Avenue in Oakdale lies one of the area’s most innovative educational programs. And one of very few that boasts a full commercial kitchen. The Stanislaus Culinary Arts Institute is part alternative-education facility, part cooking school. The institution offers vocational instruction to more than 60

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sculpture
Issue 9Uncategorized

by Dana Koster If you saw Titia Barnett-Gudde’s corner-lot home from the outside, you might not think anything of it.  The yard is under construction, pathways and grass torn up to reveal hard-packed soil, and one whole side of the house is flanked by rocks that sprawl across the space

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Issue 8pulse

  1: Infinity Scarf | $17.50 Available in a variety of colors.  Mulberry Lane | 1700 McHenry Ave Suite 41a, Modesto   2: Cowboy Boots | $54.95 & up Boots for the whole family from over 20 different boot companies. Oakdale Feed & Seed | 141 N. Yosemite Ave, Oakdale

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Issue 8Uncategorized

Over the past couple years, it seems like everywhere you look in Stanislaus County, there’s been sushi.   From rolls in your neighborhood supermarket to world-class sushi bars appearing all over Turlock and Modesto, there’s no doubt that we’re in the midst of a sushi invasion.   But with all

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Issue 8Uncategorized

Drinking wine – especially red wine – has long been linked to heart health. The antioxidants in wine protect blood vessels, lower cholesterol and can even help prevent certain cancers. In addition to these health benefits, wine is also considered a natural aphrodisiac.   Is there any better way to

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fitnessIssue 8

Aaron West figured he was fairly fit.   He’d always been an athletic guy. The oldest of six, he and his parents and siblings were always active. Even into adulthood, West says he always made time to run and bike. And even into his 30s, he didn’t carry a lot

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Issue 8Uncategorized

What does it take to have a healthy heart?   While it helps to have a family health history that’s free of cardiovascular disease, there’s a lot you can do to improve your heart health. You just have to concentrate on two things: exercising and eating right.   That’s because

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