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Local studios making pottery business into playtime for patrons

Vicki Snell, left, and daughter Kelsey Snell are co-owners of the Mud Mill in Lodi.

Lodi — Anything handcrafted is trendy again. The do-it-yourself (DIY) market is growing as paint-your-own classes have popped up all around the world from Lodi to London.
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Carnegie Arts Center to exhibit 80 pieces through March

What better way to celebrate the Central Valley than to exhibit photos that highlight life in this area?

The Carnegie Arts Center will be doing just that with an upcoming exhibit entitled Valley Focus. Eighty photo pieces by 50 photographers will be on display from Jan. 17 to Mar. 18.

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Foster Farms holding anthem-singing contest

Young singers and singing groups 18 and under from throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area are invited to compete in an anthem-singing contest. The winner will perform at the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium on Dec. 27.

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Trü Hope Youth Summit brings motivation, job fair to Stockton students


Jeremy Bates, the founder of Trü Hope Youth Summit, warms up the crowd of students at Stockton Arena on the morning of Oct. 19.

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STOCKTON—Thousands of students from throughout San Joaquin County arrived at the Stockton Arena to hear messages of hope and encouragement.

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Student film festival calling for entries

The Grand Foundation in Tracy is accepting entries for its 2018 Student Film Festival.

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Modesto area music

Modesto area music
The Modesto Area Music Awards celebrates performers from around the greater Modesto Area. Over the last 18 Years, we have seen some Winners go on to National and International Fame; Flying Blind, Grandaddy, Moonshine Bandits, DEV, UVR, and Megan Slankard have all found success beyond the 209. 
This year the MAMAs celebrate 18 years and I am sure that Murphy and Ricci had no idea that they would still be hosting the Show all these years later. It is a testament to how much talent we have in the area.We can only hope that many of this year's class are recognized beyond just receiving the stainless steel Carhop trophy. The talent is there as well as the drive for many of the nominees. The Event is Free but is invite only.

Set designer infuses plays with inspiration from life


Brian Johnson works on a design sketch in his workshop at Stockton Civic Theatre.

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STOCKTON — Brian Johnson is in the business of selling a fantasy, creating stage sets for local theatre companies that tell a story and transport both characters and audience into a new world.
“The best part of what I do is to help tell the stories with the things I create. We go to all kinds of different places throughout the seasons,” he said. “One show I may be building forests, the next it’s castles.”

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