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Mia Sandoval was always a dancer. Even as an adult, she tried to stay fit, to stay moving. Just for the joy of it. But as anyone who has ever experienced a reduction in mobility can tell you: it only takes a small change to have a big impact.

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BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING RETAILER: BONNIE J 1525 J ST., MODESTO (209) 521-2700 | shopbonniej.com Fashion-forward women of every age and profession adore Bonnie J, the hot spot in Modesto to find affordable and stylish shoes, clothing, handbags and accessories. Owner Lisa Ardis stocks the hip and trendy shop with the

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IN LOSING A SON, LYNN AND RON DICKERSON FOUND A COMMUNITY BY JUSTIN SOUZA On July 29, 2007, Ryan Hunter Dickerson drowned at a summer camp in Texas. Ryan was a graduate of Modesto High School’s International Baccalaureate program. He was less than a month from his first day of

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE It didn’t take a diagnosis of West Nile virus to teach Modesto’s Sarah Fields about the value of friends and family, but the illness has made her treasure them even more. And while her health care team has been essential to Fields’ battle with West Nile,

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BY KATELYN GOYETTE, IN SHAPE HEALTH CLUBS The holidays are that wonderful time of year where we look forward to spending time with loved ones,eating lots of yummy food and taking a break from the responsibilities of daily life. However, we all know there are consequences to eating too much

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BY ANNE MARIE BERGTHOLD At Surla’s Restaurant in Modesto, diners come for the food, but they often stay for the art. And incredibly, the lush, vibrant pieces adorning the walls of this local hotspot are the work of only one talented local artist: Louise Bogetti. Bogetti has studied and worked

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BY JUSTIN SOUZA Crackling fires are great and all, but I find that when the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing like a beautiful cocktail to warm me up and lift my spirits. This winter, Stanislaus County eateries are serving up a huge selection of beautifully handcrafted cocktails based on

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE If you are fortunate enough to enjoy health and happiness with friends and family members, your joy increases tenfold when you’re able to share the holiday spirit with others. Spreading holiday cheer is easy, thanks to a number of organizations in Stanislaus County organized to assist

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BY DANA KOSTER A PROGRAM WITH DANIEL HANDLER (AKA LEMONY SNICKET) November 16, 2 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Fans of humor, irreverence, fine fiction and pen names are invited to spend an afternoon with famous writer Daniel Handler (best known as Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate

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BY JUSTIN SOUZA Great food and drinks, silent auctions and a tiered tournament to crown the county’s most legendary table tennis player. For nonprofit events, it doesn’t get better than this. On October 10, the Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County hit an ace with the first annual Battle

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