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Survivor Luncheon Draws In Dozens To Celebrate

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The grounds surrounding Duarte Nursery in Hughson was the setting this year for the Survivor Luncheon, a day to honor cancer survivors, as part of the Relay For Life celebration.

The Relay For Life of Greater Stanislaus County – which brings together teams from Modesto, Oakdale, Turlock and beyond – is scheduled at John Thurman Field in Modesto on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9. 

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Get a free ticket to the California State Fair with a food donation on Monday

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Have you been waiting to attend the California State Fair because of the cost? On Monday, admission is free if you bring in a food donation.

The donations will help families throughout Sacramento County.

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What’s going on at the 2022 California State Fair? | July 18, 2022

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It'll be another round of fun, funnel cakes and carnival rides at the 2022 California State Fair on July 18. The state fair is continuing its run through the end of the month.

Here's a schedule for what's happening on Monday, July 18.

Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Carnival hours: Opens at 2 p.m.

Kids Park Hours: Opens at 1 p.m.

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17 nights of concerts: This year’s California State Fair has musical acts for every generation

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After two years away, the gates to the California State Fair & Food Festival will re-open Friday at Cal Expo and run through the end of the month.

While food and carnival rides are sure to be the main attractions, every day will end with a music concert headlined by a mix of contemporary, legendary and tribute acts.

All shows start at 8 p.m. and all but one are free with general admission; reserved seating is available for an extra cost.

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Is California really getting a beer-themed amusement park?

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The New Belgium Brewing Company is promising on its website a beer-themed amusement park – complete with illustrated concept designs – is supposedly “coming soon to Napa,” KTLA sister station KRON reports.

The Voodoo Ranger IPA Action Park’s webpage heralds the imminent coming of “136 acres of beer-powered fun,” which it states will include:

  • Xtreme Brew Flume: the “world’s first beer-powered flume ride,”
  • Surf’s Up, a pool in which one can “catch a wave on 130,000 gallons of tasty Hazy IPA,”
  • Juice Force Goliath: “NorCal’s tallest coaster made from reclaimed beer barrels,”
  • and last, but certainly not least, Ranger Thunder: a concert stage with a 25,000-watt sound system.

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‘The Fun is Back’: Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 Stanislaus County Fair

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The Stanislaus County Fair returns in full force this year, promising plenty of entertainment, arena events, carnival rides, livestock and more.

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 fair consisted of only online livestock competitions and drive-thru versions of a few food booths. The 2021 expo had livestock and motorsports back in person but the carnival and most of the food were missing.

But this year, the fair – which usually draws more than 200,000 people – has a 10-day slate of traditional events, set for July 8-17 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock.

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‘Straight out of a storybook’: A local’s hidden spots in Half Moon Bay

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Good morning, fellow Escapists. Six hours up the coast from Los Angeles churns the premier big wave surf break in the continental United States. Once a secret held by just a few locals, Mavericks is serious stuff: From October through March, waves can break at 10 feet, 15 feet and even higher.

Over the years, it has claimed the lives of surfing legends such as Mark Foo and Sion Milosky. “It will just add to the lore and legend of this spot,” a local surf shop owner said of Foo’s tragic death while speaking to The Times in 1994. Today, Mavericks is known around the world as a destination for experienced big wave surfers and those interested in watching the beauty and brutality of the ocean from afar.

But in nearby Half Moon Bay, it’s an entirely different story.

The coastal town in San Mateo County is home to beaches that are ideal for beginners — and plenty of surf instructors happy to teach newcomers the ropes, just a few miles from the fearsome waves of Mavericks.

Ella Catalano-Dockins, 20, is one of those instructors. A surfer since age 10, she owns and operates Blue Swell Surf School with her younger sister and mother. The school offers lessons for surfers of all skill levels, as well as surf camps and walking tours of the coastline, where guests can easily spot marine wildlife.

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Droids, cosplayers, comic creators among highlights at Graffiti Con in Modesto

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A Graffiti Con brings cosplayers, vendors, actors and more to Modesto as this year’s Graffiti Summer events wind down. The Carnegie Arts Center holds a block party to celebrate its 10th anniversary. They are just two of the entertainment options planned in the Modesto region June 25-July 1.

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What’s New To See and Do in California This Summer?

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It’s no secret that, with its diverse natural landscapes, iconic urban hubs and all imaginable types of attractions, California quite literally has something that appeals to everyone. Along with its idyllic year-round weather, this probably explains its standing as the most-visited state in the U.S.

With the summer travel season in full swing, The Golden State stands ready to re-welcome visitors with a wealth of new offerings, from new hotel openings and culinary concepts to exciting exhibitions, enriching historical tours and enchanting animal encounters spread throughout the state.

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The California Kids Who Got Bored and Played a Huge Part in Skateboarding History.

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Before skateboarding became the mainstream sport it is today, it was all rather marginal, almost criminal. Hence the popular motto “Skateboarding is not a crime”.

In 1963, Jack’s, Hobie and Makaha were already doing skate competitions in California but the style back then was freestyle. Think ice skating on a skateboard. By 1965, skateboarding was pretty much a dead sport and many companies closed down.Those who wanted to skate had to make their own skateboards.

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