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As a kid and teenager, when slumber parties took a break from “Dance Dance Revolution” and anime marathons, my friends and I would often find ourselves returning to a time honored tradition of the girl get-to-gether: M.A.S.H. — the simple and amusing pen-and-paper game that “predicts” your f…

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It’s the middle of a global pandemic. With the exception of a few state and national parks, it seems like everything is closed up right now. And even if you did take a daytrip, there’s no guarantee you would be able to leave or return to San Joaquin County while not on essential business.

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As stay-at-home orders have gone into place around California, local eateries have had to swivel from dine-in service — no longer permitted under the orders — to delivery and takeout, which are encouraged.

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Being stuck inside can be quite the downer when all of your go-to distractions have been completed. To help ease the boredom, we are introducing a weekly themed challenge to stretch our artistic wings and give us something fun to do.

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Whether you're self-quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure or your school or workplace has closed temporarily, you may have a sudden and unexpected staycation. If you’re symptom-free, this might be a lot less fun than it sounds.

My first car was a Chevy Corvair convertible my mom let me share. Even though Ralph Nader declared Corvairs “Unsafe at Any Speed,” I loved that car. I mean, I L-O-V-E-D it. When you’re 16 and a surfer girl in a southern California beach town, it’s the perfect vehicle.

When we think of characters or drawings of dogs, it is common to see them with bones. It is even embedded in nostalgic song lyrics. You can probably still hear yourself singing the nursery rhyme you learned as a child: “Knick-knack, Paddywhack, give a dog a bone, this old man came rolling ho…

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As the early morning sun filters through the grapevines at Lucas Winery in late September, the smell of freshly picked grapes wafts through the air.

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Lucas Winery winemakers David Lucas and Heather Pyle Lucas each focus on a different area when it comes to their winery: Lucas manages the vineyard, and Pyle Lucas turns the grapes into wine. But to produce their world-class ZinStar wine, the pair have to work as a team throughout the entire…

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Travel back to a time where knights face off in jousting matches, wandering musicians play Celtic reels and ballads (and the occasional anachronistic rock song), Mary Queen of Scots attends to her visitors, fire jugglers captivate audiences and more.