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BY ALEX CANTATORE Contentment Health’s recent story “The Real Story of Abandoned Easter Bunnies” (p. 38-39, March/April 2015) has gone global, thanks to the support of the rabbit community. Randy Koga, founder of Trinket’s Memorial Rabbit Sanctuary, has received more than $800 in donations due to the Contentment Health article.

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BY ALEX CANTATORE The heart of the world’s most productive agricultural region. No, it’s not Christmas. But if you ask a local foodie, you might hear that Farmers’ Market Season is actually the most wonderful time of the year. Across Stanislaus County, in the heart of the world’s most productive agricultural region, a slew

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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 JUSTIN SOUZA Even here, in the United States’ most productive agricultural region, most schoolchildren don’t really understand where their food comes from. And they certainly don’t know about the high-tech, cutting edge science jobs that drive modern agriculture. Enter the National Ag Science Center, based in Modesto. The Center

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IN-SHAPE HEALTH CLUBS BY KATELYN GOYETTE   The valley is an abundant source of fruits and vegetables, but many are unaware of just how much is here. Just in the San Joaquin Valley alone, there are about 24 farms and 12 farmers markets. The great thing about living in the

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BY ALEX CANTATORE “I’m very competitive,” says Judy Dodd, plainly. It’s a drive that guided Dodd’s life as she arm wrestled at a world-class level, ultimately taking home a world championship. And it drives Dodd today, as she competes in the burgeoning sport of CrossFit. She sits inside a spartan

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 BY ALEX CANTATORE January 7, 2014. It’s the day that Amber Flores decided to change her life. In the past 15 months, Flores has lost 150 pounds. And it all started with a seemingly simple decision. “I just sort of said, ‘I’m done. Enough,’” Flores recalls. That one, transformative moment

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 BY ALEX CANTATORE What was once a dilapidated downtown is now an adorable district, poised to become the hub of the city once again. After years of relative neglect, Downtown Riverbank underwent a multi-million dollar renovation project starting in 2007. The renovation is part of a much larger, longer-term plan to

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 BY ANNE MARIE BERGTHOLD For many artists, a muse is an elusive thing. It’s that special someone or something that provides a spark of inspiration, turning a mundane painting into a work of art. And for many local residents, that muse is, surprisingly, chartreuse. The Chartreuse Muse Gallery and Art

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BY JUSTIN SOUZA It can be tough to eat healthy at home. Finding time to cook can be a challenge, especially when catering to different family members’ tastes and diets. Enter Greens Underground Kitchen, a new, custom food delivery service that offers farm-to- fork cuisine, delivered to customers’ doorsteps. Greens

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 BY ALEX CANTATORE It’s easy to mistake Joe Baird for just another deli employee at the O’Brien’s Market on Dale Road in Modesto, as he slices cheese in his white chef’s coat. But then that free sample quickly turns into an in-depth discussion about cheese, and it becomes clear: Baird

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BY ALEX CANTATORE There’s something in the water in Turlock: hops, barley, and malt. Dust Bowl Brewing Co. broke ground on a massive new facility in early April, expected to dramatically expand the Turlock brewery’s offerings and distribution. It’s just the latest sign of Turlock’s ongoing craft beer revolution. The

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From Kickstarter to a reality with Modesto’s Food Fix Truck. BY JUSTIN SOUZA A block from MJC’s East Campus, in a dusty parking lot next to a faded brick warehouse, a bright orange food truck is shaking up Stanislaus County’s culinary community. Welcome to the Food Fix Truck, Stanislaus County’s newest

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BY ALEX CANTATORE No one’s sure exactly where they come from. But there’s no doubt that apricots are delicious. They were a favorite of Alexander the Great, who introduced the apricot to Greece. William Shakespeare wrote of the purported aphrodisiac in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” citing apricots as a key

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE Direct Appliance has everything that a homeowner could ask for – 20 years in business, a great selection of appliances, knowledgeable staff and experienced remodeling crews. “We’re locally and independently owned, our contractors and installers are in-house, and we service everything we sell,” said Ron Winter,

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE In the 60-plus years since Phillips Lighting & Home first opened, trends and styles have changed. But the family- owned business’s commitment to quality products and customer service has remained strong. “We’ve become a destination for quality lighting, lamps and fans,” says Carrie Arnold, who owns

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE Maybe your living room could use a new sense of style. Perhaps the bedroom needs a new coat of paint. Or it could be time to remodel the kitchen or bathroom. From design services to project management and custom painting, the teams at Design Studio 120

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BY ALEX CANTATORE 1. Plant a Gorgeous, Drought-Friendly Garden You’ve seen the news and heard the ads – it’s time to ditch that water-hungry landscaping. Becoming drought-friendly can be a great excuse to make your landscaping even more beautiful, using native plants that thrive in this area. The professional landscape

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BY ALEX CANTATORE The sun, the arch, and agriculture. Three elements that define Modesto – and dominate the city’s newest mural. The mural, “Corazón del Valle,” was unveiled on March 31. It’s the newest work to be organized by Murals in Motown, a local nonprofit that brings art to Modesto’s

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BY ALEX CANTATORE Running 26.2 miles may sound like torture to some, but for thousands of local residents it was the highlight of 2015. The Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon came to town on March 29, celebrating all things running. More than 3,000 people competed in the event, running the marathon,

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WATERFORD HERITAGE DAY May 9 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Waterford, near Bentley and E streets Celebrate Waterford with the city’s annual festival. Heritage Day brings 30-plus booths to Downtown Waterford – and a parade, to boot. This year’s theme is “Conserving Our Resources.” MOTHER’S DAY TEA May

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PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… I’m a Child Care Specialist at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… I enjoy baking and creating unique cake designs. My family and friends challenge me with new ideas constantly. I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT

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BY ALEX CANTATORE Want to grow your own fruit, vegetables, and herbs? There’s no better way to get started than with your own raised garden box. Why build a garden box? The better drainage and aeration leads to improved harvests; one 4-by-4-foot box can produce 80 pounds of tomatoes. A 16×10 foot

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