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A 4-Her and a puppeteer agree: It’s great to have the Stanislaus County Fair back

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Everything is lining up well for the first full-on Stanislaus County Fair in three years.

Carnival workers assembled rides and game booths during Thursday’s media preview on the Turlock grounds. Other crews prepared spaces for concerts and motor sports. And young people tended to their livestock in advance of judging and auctions.

COVID-19 sharply limited the 2020 and 2021 fairs. The pandemic has receded enough to allow crowds to mingle, carefully, during a 10-day run that starts Friday, July 8.

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

in Around California/Fun/Sports

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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The 5-Planet Alignment Is Here — These Are the Best Places in California to See It

in Around California

The entire month of June brings an astronomical wonder to behold. For the first time in 18 years, five planets — Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury — will be aligned in the night sky and visible to the naked eye. Mark your calendars for June 24, when the view is expected to be exceptional: Stargazers who wake up wicked early (30 minutes before sunrise) should be able to see a beautiful, waning crescent moon between Venus and Mars. The best place to enjoy this cosmic happening is far from artificial light pollution, where inky skies make the planets incredibly vivid. 

We’ve found eight dark corners of California ideal for soaking up this otherworldly display. We don’t think there’s a better excuse for a summer road trip. That’s why we’ve also included places to stay — from rustic campgrounds to charming resorts. 

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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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A baker’s dozen: More of the most beautiful places in Northern California

in Around California

Summer is upon us, kids are out of school and talk turns to top trip destinations. Recent conversations with friends and suggestions from Record readers yield our list of most beautiful places in Northern California. Criteria included stunning scenery, one-of-a-kind destinations and within a “one tank” drive. To offer both ideas and start arguments, we offered seven recommendations last week; here are the balance of our top 13:

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Sugar Bowl Bakery Madeleines Inspire A Twist On Summer Shortcake

in Food/Food & Drinks

If you are a lover of French Madeleines, you may know Sugar Bowl Bakery. Sugar Bowl bakes five-million madeleines a day in their California and Georgia facilities, and ships them across the USA. I love the classic vanilla recipe with just a hint of lemon flavor.

But if you like flavors, they also make seasonal variations like pumpkin spice in the fall and lemon in the spring and the exotic summer guava madeleines.

Guava may sound like an unusual flavor choice but if you know the family behind Sugar Bowl Bakery, it makes sense. As Kevin Ly, pastry chef and director of research and development told me, “they have always been about quality ingredients, consistency and listening to both their wholesale and retail customers.” Their Pacific Northwest customers asked them to create a guava flavor because it has become so popular, and they worked it into their seasonal/summer madeleine line.

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8 Summer Getaways Along the California Central Coast

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TRAVEL & RECREATION — When you envision a California getaway, you may picture scenic shorelines, crashing waves and sun-kissed skies. You can find all of that and more if you make your way to California’s Central Coast.

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Rev up for a return of Modesto’s monthlong summer celebration. When, where to be

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Modesto’s annual summer celebration gets back to where it belongs this year.

Graffiti Summer returns to June with a month of events planned for car lovers and fans of Modesto native George Lucas’ film homage to his hometown teen years, 1973’s “American Graffiti.”

Two stars from the film are set to appear at separate events.

Last year’s events were held in August, pushed because of the pandemic, which canceled completely the 2020 celebration.

The move to August didn’t appear to deter from the event, according to Todd Aaronson, CEO of the Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau, which markets the summer celebration.

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Explore Southern California on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner this summer

in Local Roundup
Southern California’s top destinations are at their best during the summer, with great weather, long days, and special events. Instead of navigating busy freeways, packed parking lots and crowded downtowns, start your summer getaway with a relaxing trip on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner®.
 
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner carries 3 million passengers each year to 27 stations in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo counties. Onboard amenities such as a market-style café, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and spacious seating offer a comfortable ride that let you arrive refreshed and ready to explore.
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