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Beat the headache of finding a parking spot at the Modesto Grand Prix!

Beat the headache of finding a parking spot at the Modesto Grand Prix!

Modesto Grand Prix Organizers and the Modesto Area Express (MAX) have finalized a partnership that will allow spectators to take the bus free of charge to the downtown event on August 2nd and 3rd. Guests can choose from one of two locations for a quick easy shuttle to the event with free parking.

The first location is located at the MJC East Campus parking lot on Stoddard and Tully Avenues. The second location will be the Health Services of Stanislaus County and Pediatric Center located at 830 Scenic Avenue. The bus will begin shuttling spectators every 10 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 11:45 p.m.

Tickets for the Modesto Grand Prix are on sale now for $10 per person. The price will increase to $15 per person at the gate. Please note: children age 10 and under are free.

Please call the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department for more information at (209) 577-5344.

Micke Grove Zoo inviting potential volunteers to Aug 7 meeting!

Micke Grove Zoo inviting potential volunteers to Aug 7 meeting!

San Joaquin County, CA – The Micke Grove Zoo Education Department is seeking individuals ages 13 and up to share their love of animals and the natural world as “Zoo Crew Members” and “Wild Guides” for Micke Grove Zoo. A free information meeting about these volunteer opportunities will be held Thursday, August 7 from 6-7:30PM at the Memorial Building in Micke Grove Regional Park. Attendance at the meeting is mandatory in order to apply for the volunteer program. Bilingual community members are strongly encouraged to participate.

Zoo Crew Members (teens) and Wild Guides (adults) help zoo visitors connect with the animals at Discovery Stations or by leading tours and assisting education staff with school programs and at outreach events. They also mentor other volunteers, help plan and implement special events, and contribute to the zoo newsletter. After additional training, they may work with some animals such as tortoises and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

The Fire Wish

The Fire Wish

The Fire Wish
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For Review
Random House
1st in a Series
July 22

Two girls are raised in different places . Najwa is a jinni , and . Zayele  is a princess. One girl makes a wish , and their lives are changed forever. 
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InstaMeet 3: Arts & Culture

InstaMeet 3: Arts & Culture

InstaMeet 3: Arts&Culture is coming up this Friday, July 25 from 7pm - 11pm on the rooftop of French 25 (Hotel Stockton).  It is a new type of Instameet event that showcases the tremendous artistic talent found in Stockton with the work of over twenty artists (past Stockton InstaMeets have focused on food).  This free event is being organized by @StocktonCA and @sonofasignman.

All forms of art are being showcased - painting, photography, sculpture, conceptual art, sketch art, mixed media and more. Listen to live sounds, sip a cocktail and watch an amazing sunset.

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2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

2014 Weekly Challenge #29:  A Salad A Day

Summer is the perfect time for salads. The veggies and fruit are so tasty and fresh, and it is usually just too darn hot to heat up the kitchen.

One of our very own Mamas, Kim Box, has written a cook book all about the beauty of the salad. Here's a little bit about her:... Read More

Robber's father says police acted appropriately

Robber's father says police acted appropriately


STOCKTON (AP) - The father of a slain bank robbery suspect says Stockton police acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with his son.

The father of robbery suspect Alex Gregory Martinez, Greg Martinez, said Friday that he believes police's use of lethal force was justifiable. The suspect's girlfriend Monica Lam echoed Greg Martinez's sentiment.

"I don't condone what happened. I'm just as mad as everybody else, you know," Lam said. "We're all hurt and are still in shock."

Hostage Misty Holt-Singh was killed during the shootout. Greg Martinez expressed his condolences for her family.

"We'd like to send our condolences to the victim's family. We feel for them," Greg Martinez said.

Police seek driver in deadly Stockton bank heist

Police seek driver in deadly Stockton bank heist


STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton said they're looking for the driver of a car that was involved in a bank robbery and violent shootout that ended with three deaths, including a hostage.

The car was seen on the bank's surveillance cameras on Wednesday. On Friday, shortly after police released a photo of the car to the public, a tip led investigators to the car, which was found abandoned four miles away from the bank.

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