Senior living facilities taking shape in north Modesto

Two projects in north Modesto will provide more housing options for residents with memory problems and seniors who want to stay independent for as long as possible. El Rio Memory Care Community off Dale Road, east of the Kaiser hospital, is on schedule to open in mid-September with rooms for 72 residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.


Sitting and sipping at Ripon’s Lucca Winery

Our first visit to Lucca Winery was an invitation to a pick-up party in the Fall of 2014. Located on River Road near Ripon, we were surprised at the number of cars parked in the peach orchard, alongside the road and in the driveway. We were fortunate to find a space next to a tractor. Owner, Mark Lucchesi is a peach and almond farmer who loves to make wine. Judging by the size of the crowd, he has a number of loyal club members who love to drink his wine.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: Talented cast can't save tired 'Pirates of Caribbean' franchise

Parents need to know that "Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"?is the fifth?Pirates?film?starring?Johnny Depp?as Captain?Jack Sparrow. It focuses on a mission Sparrow?shares with Henry Turner – the only son of earlier franchise stars William Turner and Elizabeth Swann, neither of whom appears much in the film. This time around, an older, drunker (he downs a?lot?of rum) Sparrow faces yet another great enemy: the ghost of a pirate-killing Spanish captain, Salazar.


Family Meals Matter: Raise a glass of milk

June 1 is World Milk Day. Join us as we raise a glass of milk and toast hard working dairy farm families and milk processors across the country. We salute the men and women who make sure milk stays healthy, safe and wholesome, often taking just two days to travel from the farm to local retailers.


Social Security: Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Part of how we honor service members is the way we provide Social Security benefits.


Make your baby's first bites more than just a sweet milestone

Starting solids used to be a predictable rite of passage. The conventional wisdom was to begin with bland white-rice cereal thinned to a milky texture. Then you move on to single-ingredient purees offered in a specific order: vegetables first so your baby wouldn't develop a sweet tooth, followed by fruits, then meat. All this while avoiding allergens and scouting for possible reactions, and steering clear of any sort of seasoning. No wonder kids became picky eaters.


10 media inspired ways to celebrate Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the United States honors the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces. These movies, TV shows, and books illustrate the courage and patriotism of those fallen soldiers. Whether you're looking for a way to honor a loved one lost to military service or simply want to learn more about American history, these picks offer exciting, educational and moving depictions of those who have served in the United States military.


How comics turned my kid into a bookworm

When I was a kid my dad read to me every night. By age 5, I was traveling nightly through the worlds of "The Hobbit" or "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Even afternoon naps would start with a bit of poetry.


It's time to start your summer screen time rules

For some kids, summer means getting on the computer and not getting off until September. And even though a lot of parents relax their screen limits over the break, allowing a full-on hibernation is just not going to happen. And it shouldn't. Kids need to get outside, of course. But they also need to stretch themselves in ways that they can't during the school year – and that no app, game, or streaming TV show, no matter how educational and meaningful, can give them.


App review: Tales Untold: Well-crated audio stories will entertain families on the road

Parents need to know that Tales Untold is a collection of original audio stories geared toward a preschool and early elementary school audience. With great music and catchy theme songs, these five- to 15-minute tales include both fiction and nonfiction and are designed specifically for kids and adults to listen to together. The first episode of each series is available for free preview, and content is available for purchase as individual episodes or by the season. For those without an Apple device, all seasons of the tales are available for text download on Kindle, and many of the episodes are available as audiobooks on Amazon, iTunes and Audible. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.


Do craft beer prices make sense?

Certified beer judge Sam Blackmon and longtime beer enthusiast Louie Toro explain how to comprehend craft beer pricing.
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Do craft beer prices make sense?

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