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Part science, part art and part heart, the role of sign language interpreter requires a special person who possesses unique skills, talents and compassion.

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Spice things up when cooking at home with fresh hot peppers or fresh herbs instead of using prepackaged mixes, which often contain a high amount of salt. If you go out to eat, sharing an entree can help prevent you from overdoing it as most restaurants serve overly generous portions.

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Quilting is on the rise. So says Sue Siefkin from the Country Crossroads Quilt Guild of Modesto. And with the large display of traditional and art quilts on display recently in Modesto’s Mistlin Gallery and on deck for a major exhibit at Modesto Center Plaza this January, Siefkin definitely has some persuasive proof.

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Get your bike out or lace up those running shoes, whether you like to run or ride there’s lots of great ways to get healthy in the New Year.

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Thanks to an abundance of new bike lanes, signage and bicycle-friendly projects, there’s more to love than ever.

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Let it rock, let it snow. For the first two weekends of December, there was music and snow in the evening every half hour at 10th Street Place in Modesto.

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There are a select few names that are recognized by nearly everyone who lives in Stanislaus County. They are the success stories, the creators and larger-than-life legends who have called the greater Modesto area home through the years. Names like George Lucas, Jeremy Renner, and Royal Robbins.

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The New Year’s Resolution. Every year you resolve to improve something about yourself or your life. Resolutions vary year-to-year but they almost always have something to do with improving your health and happiness. Here are some helpful tips to strengthen your resolve and keep you on track to achieve your goals this year.

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Technology is great. It enables us to learn more, do more and do it faster. It’s also produced a new challenge: Gaming/Internet Addiction.

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Kids and adults alike will marvel at the mental gymnastics of Dr. Arthur Benjamin, whose self-proclaimed “Mathemagical” talents are coming to the Gallo Center for the Arts on January 15 at 7 p.m. By day, Benjamin is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. But by night, he uses his love of stage magic and his prodigious mathematical talents to create one-of-a-kind shows that demonstrate his seemingly-superhuman powers of addition and multiplication.

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With his scraggly beard, curling moustache and aquiline nose, Jim Harrelson looks the part of a whisky distiller. Tall and lanky, he’s calm even as he speaks with that specific kind of frenetic energy born of passion – about his decade of home brewing beer, about the “sea salt-forward” flavor of a really good Scotch. And, of course, about his family, who stand beside him in this unassuming warehouse on the outskirts of Modesto, decked out in matching Do Good Distillery t-shirts despite the November cold.

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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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When the financial market melted down in 2008, Jason Gordo and Jeff Burrow were on the front lines. At the time, the two longtime friends and Certified Financial Planners had recently founded Valley Wealth, Inc., a financial planning company in Modesto which handled retirement savings, investments and a myriad of other financial services for a wide range of local investors.

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I first heard about Love Modesto three years ago after moving from Southern California. A friend from church told me about it and invited me to come with her.

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It was only a few days until Christmas, and the 11 year old Taylor had a pile of presents under her mom’s tree, but she happily reported that it was not as large as the pile at her Dad’s house.

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The Queen Bean might call itself a Coffee House, but for the throngs of families, telecommuters, students, police officers and artists who patronize it every day, the Queen Bean is more like a coffee home.

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I was in grad school 15 years ago at Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Mountain View, CA. At the time, I was looking for a physical activity at night that was challenging and wouldn’t interfere with studying. I’ve watched Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the past and was fascinated by BJJ. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant.

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