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Love Modesto spreads volunteerism through northern Valley

Love Modesto spreads volunteerism through northern Valley

MODESTO — On April 23, members of the community will gather to complete more than 100 projects aimed at making Modesto and other valley cities a better place. It is all part of the ongoing efforts of Love Modesto, a nonprofit that was started by members of Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto in 2009.

Hailed as a one-day volunteer frenzy, community members participate by signing up online for specific projects. Those projects range from making cards for veterans to planting a community garden.

Love Your City has since spread to more than 50 other cities including Tracy, Stockton, Lodi, Merced, Manteca, Turlock, Oakdale, Riverbank, Patterson and more. Among the locations, more than 70,500 people have gotten involved.

“We were hoping for 100 people and more than 1,200 people showed up to love our city in practical ways,” Executive Director Jeff Pishney said of the first Love Modesto event... Read More

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Central Valley Facilities Expo focuses on sustainability

Central Valley Facilities Expo focuses on sustainability

The annual Central Valley Facilities Expo has become the go-to event to learn about the latest on green building technology.

This year, the expo is March 16-17 at Modesto Centre Plaza. It features a trade show and conference where best practices in sustainability and compliance are shared.

Among this year’s conference topics are ultrasonic testing for energy saving and monitoring applications, how to save electricity by auditing lighting and new roof cooling options.

Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center will share the features of the programs that helped it earn the first “green certified” hospital designation awarded by the Green Team of San Joaquin.

There is also a big focus on water savings in light of California’s drought. California State University will share how it is reducing water consumption by changing water use both inside the buildings and outdoors... Read More

Kings coach to speak at basketball banquet

Kings coach to speak at basketball banquet

STOCKTON — Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl will be the keynote speaker at the University of Pacific men’s basketball postseason banquet, Sunday Feb. 28.

The 2013 NBA Coach of the Year will speak at the dinner that will recognize the team’s work and effort throughout the season... Read More

Buzz Oates warehouse leased to snack maker

Buzz Oates warehouse leased to snack maker

STOCKTON — A warehouse near Arch Road that was built in 2007 but never occupied finally has a tenant.

Buzz Oates has leased the 23,680-square-foot warehouse near Arch Road, broker JLL announced Feb. 17.

The 23,680-square-foot warehouse, owned by Buzz Oates, has been leased by Valley Snack Foods, JLL said. The warehouse is located at 3840 Metro Dr., on the east side of Highway 99... Read More

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Rain returns Wednesday, ends dry spell

Rain returns Wednesday, ends dry spell

STOCKTON — The Central Valley’s respite from the rain will likely come to an end this week. Storms are expected to begin Wednesday evening and extend through Thursday.

It will mark the end to a 16-day stretch without measurable rainfall for the area. The recent dry spall comes in the middle of one of the strongest El Nino periods which had been bringing large storms to the area with a regularity not seen during the state’s four year drought... Read More

MODESTO CON is your Con 209

MODESTO CON is your Con 209

Modesto Con tickets sales went live online for $4, Saturday at noon. Excitement and anticipation for the event to already be here is palatable.

Modesto Con will be happening on July 9th and 10th at the Modesto Centre Plaza. This is the first two day Pop Culture Convention to happen in the Modesto Area.

Modesto Con also announced it's first celebrity guest, Doug Jones, best known for his rolls in the Hellboy series(Abe Sapien), Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer(Silver Surfer), Pans Labyrinth(Pan and the Pale Man), along with roles in DOOM, Batman Returns, Tank Girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrow and so much more. I personally am thrilled and delighted to see him come to Modesto. More guest will be announced soon.

What else can you expect at Modesto Con? Artists, a wide varity of vendors, cosplayers, the 501st Central Valley Garrison, the Batmobile and that is just the tip of the "Iceburg".

Yes, travel agents are still around

Yes, travel agents are still around

STOCKTON — The Internet has changed the way nearly every industry works. Few industries have been impacted more than the travel industry.

Travel agencies, once the go-to source for booking everything from hotels to airline flights, have seen the biggest challenge to their very existence. No longer can an agent just offer a flight and hotel, they must give customers more to compete against online agents like Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity.

“You’ve got to be able to do something for the client that the online sources can’t,” said Randy  Cesena, director of operations at I Need a Vacation in Stockton. “When agents buy in bulk, the vendors will give us stuff you won’t get through the online places.”... Read More