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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".

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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

Seniors like mobile home parks for security, price

Seniors like mobile home parks for security, price

By BOB BALGEMANN
Business Journal writer

STOCKTON – Senior mobile home parks for many years have served as a source of housing for those opening a new chapter in their lives.

That’s especially true for senior citizens in the Central Valley, where a conventional three bedroom, two-bath house can cost $200,000-$300,000 more than a manufactured house of the same size. Mobile home living keeps a senior’s residence from take a large bite out of their savings accounts.

Realtor Gary McKenney, of Century 21 M&M Associates in Lodi, is in his eighth year of selling mobile homes. He likens senior parks to the days when wagon trains traveled the country in search of a new life. When pioneers were attacked, they circled the wagons for protection.

Residents of senior parks, especially those with gates and walls, live there in part because they like the security of a close-knit community, where neighbors look out for one another... Read More

Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Featuring a Macy’s fashion show, healthy cooking demos, CPR trainings, giveaways and more

WHAT:  The American Heart Association in Sacramento will celebrate American Heart Month with its own Go Red fashion show at Arden Fair on Saturday, February 6. The fashion show will feature local adult and children heart disease survivors, cardiologists and volunteers. The event will also feature healthy cooking demos, free health screenings, CPR trainings and giveaways. Women, men and families of all ages are invited to attend the celebration and to help raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women by wearing red.       

WHO:  The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is asking everyone to help America Go Red!

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GRAPE CITY CON

GRAPE CITY CON
Lodi, Calif. – The Grape City Con, returns to the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The one-day pop culture convention will run from 10am-4pm. The first Grape City Con, held this past February exceeded expectations with over 2,500 fans turning out for the event.

Ticket prices for the one-day event are $7 at the door and $5 in advance at select locations and online at http://grapecitycon.com/tickets

City of Stockton provides more information on water project

City of Stockton provides more information on water project

STOCKTON — The city of Stockton is providing three ways for residents to learn more about its chloramine conversion project.

City administrators have put information on its website, created a video on YouTube and are organizing classes at the Delta Water Supply Project Water Treatment Plant.

The city is adding chloramine to north Stockton’s water supply, which has drawn criticism from consumer advocate Erin Brockovich. She will be at a town hall style meeting at 6 p.m., Feb. 1 at Delta College to talk about chloramines... Read More

Delta College named among top 150 community colleges

Delta College named among top 150 community colleges

San Joaquin Delta College was named one of the country’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The school was chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 public, two-year colleges. It will be able to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

The school was chosen to be among the top 150 schools based on publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas. Those areas include performance (graduation, retention, ext), improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time) and equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students).

Ten finalists will be chosen in fall, 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each campus and collect additional information. A prize jury will select a grand prize winner and several finalists with distinction in early 2017... Read More