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Monday Top Ten: Fireworks safety at home

As the region prepares to mark the nation’s birth with patriotic displays of pyrotechnics, the Modesto Fire Department offers up a Top Ten list on the laws surrounding fireworks and to help them stay safe while celebrating at home.

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Lend a Hand

Call the Volunteer Center of United Way, 209-524-1307, or email volunteer@uwaystan.org.

Family

App review: Tales Untold, excellent podcast app for preschoolers and parents

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.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'The Shallows,' bloody ocean thriller will terrify teens

Parents need to know that "The Shallows" is a tense, bloody, jump-out-of-your-seat thriller starring Blake Lively as a young med school dropout who goes surfing at a secluded beach. After being chomped on by a shark, she must figure out how to survive and get to safety. Many scenes could scare the pants off of kids (and adults), including a shark jumping out of the water with its jaws open (then chomping down on a surfer) and a man crawling onto the beach with half his body chewed off. It's very exciting, but it's not for the faint of heart. That said, Nancy is a strong, determined woman who never loses her cool, though she does swear a few times (including "f--k" and "s--t"). Bottom line? "The Shallows" is both terrifying and entertaining, but it's not for young kids or anyone afraid of the water or blood. If you couldn't handle "Jaws," skip this one, too.

Family

Family Meals Matter: Pre-fab Fourth

There's nothing quite as fabulous as the Fourth of July. Family, food, friends and fireworks combine for a pretty spectacular time. Now when you think pre-fab, you might think pre-fabricated, like furniture made of particle board, and wonder how that relates to Independence Day.

Family

Project: Independence Day celebration

Get ready to rock your block party this Fourth of July! Gather friends into your backyard for a day of silly costumes, serious lip-syncing, and barbecue favorites remixed with surprising new flavors. Top the evening off with berry-delicious floats.

Home & Garden

Victorian-era cleaning methods still work in today's households

Long before organizational guru Marie Kondo was espousing her popular KonMari method and TV shows such as "Hoarders: Buried Alive" were entertaining audiences (exploiting mental illness?) with tales of unchecked accumulation, British households of the Victorian and Edwardian eras (circa 1837-1910) and beyond were already hip to the life-changing magic of tidying up.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie: How to clean an acrylic bathtub correctly

Dear Angie: I have a dirty-looking area on bottom of my acrylic bathtub ... and am sure it is from my hard water. The tub is just now being used daily. I know I cannot use regular products like CLR or Lime-A-Way. I have tried ammonia, vinegar, baking soda and a mixture of all three - no luck. Any suggestions?

Home & Garden

Nearly 60 years � and a redefining remodel � later, a lakefront home is ready for its (second) close-up

BELLVUE, Wash. - Like a child star of the built environment, Marty and Pam Vowels' naturally photogenic Bellevue home achieved fame at an early age. Adorable in youth, the precocious showpiece by architect Roland "Ron" Wilson appeared in the June 15, 1958, edition of The Seattle Times' magazine, "Sunday Color Rotogravure Pictorial." (Catchy!) In one of three black-and-white photos, its decks stretch toward Lake Washington behind a craggy landscape of waterfalls, paths and rock gardens.

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