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By Noel Daniels It’s time to start that project you’ve been putting off. It’s time to build. Maybe in the past you haven’t had the means to construct electronic t-shirts or light-up Deathstars, but now Modesto has a resource. And that resource is the city’s new makerspace. “A makerspace is

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By Anne Marie Bergthold Using only a trunk of costumes, one woman brings to life the story of Harriet Tubman. For one evening only on Feb. 26, “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” will be performed by Leslie Lorraine McCurdy. Born into slavery in Maryland, Tubman escaped to freedom in Pennsylvania. At great risk to

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By Alex Cantatore A plan quickly formed for Modesto on Ice, and potential sites for an ice rink were quickly assessed — and shot down. No option seemed to mesh with the Murrays’ vision for an easily accessible, family-friendly, downtown rink that could benefit local businesses. From the beginning, Modesto on Ice targeted the Modesto Centre

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By Justin Souza If there is a bright center of robotics in the valley, Tina Collier is near to its heart. Collier is the coordinator and instructor of Valley Charter High School’s robotics team, and her classroom looks like an engineering workshop crashed into a Lego store. Miniscule construction equipment – interconnected blocks, brightly-colored controllers, and an array of electrical

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By Alex Cantatore   When Mabel Wong was 10, her mother saw a poster at work. It advertised a new youth golf program, The First Tee of Central Valley, which promised to teach its students valuable life skills — and how to play the game, of course. Eight years later, Wong, of Oakdale, is now

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Everyone has sold chocolate, or cookie dough, or popcorn to help raise money for his or her school. But here, in the heart of America’s agricultural heartland, why not sell something local – and healthier? Why not sell fruit trees?

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE Going green may be a new concept for some communities, but in Stanislaus County it’s become a tradition. Annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations are held across the county, celebrating all things green, leafy, and environmentally-friendly. All are invited to take part in the Modesto’s

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE Think diabetes doesn’t affect you, just because you haven’t been diagnosed with it? Think again. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Stanislaus County, the underlying cause of 3.1 percent of deaths in the county. And in 2012 an estimated 29.1 million Americans (9.3

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find the biggest St. Patty’s Day pub crawl in Northern California. Just head to downtown Modesto on Saturday, March 21 for Lucky Fest. “Lucky Fest is 25 pubs built from the ground up for one day only,”

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BY ROSS DICKERSON DON’T KEEP YOUR POOCH COOPED UP IN THE BACKYARD. TAKE MAN’S BEST FRIEND TO A LOCAL DOG PARK, OR ON A DOG- FRIENDLY HIKE.YOU’LL BE SURPRISED AT WHAT STANISLAUS COUNTY HAS TO OFFER. VIRGINIA CORRIDOR TRAILWAY From Needham Avenue to Bangs Avenue, Modesto The Virginia Corridor Trailway

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