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City of Tracy brings Blues, Brews & BBQ to Downtown Plaza

City of Tracy brings Blues, Brews & BBQ to Downtown Plaza

City of Tracy brings Blues, Brews & BBQ to Downtown Plaza

Tracy, Calif. - Head to Downtown Tracy for an afternoon filled with live music, food and family fun! Tracy’s first Blues, Brews & BBQ event is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2015 from noon - 6:00pm. The Blues, Brews & BBQ event will be held at the beautiful Downtown Plaza located on the corner of 6th Street and Central Avenue. This event will include a barbecue contest, home brewed beer contest, children’s entertainment, food trucks and three live bands on stage.

Almond orchards improving environmental impact

Almond orchards improving environmental impact

MODESTO – The almond industry is making progress toward becoming carbon neutral or even carbon negative with respect to greenhouse gases (GHG) according to a study by the University of California-Davis.

The study, funded in part by a grant from the Almond Board of California, shows that re-using by-products from producing and harvesting almonds has had a key positive environmental impact and will help further reduce the industry’s carbon emissions.

“We have identified several key areas where changes in orchard management, technology and policy have helped the California almond industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions in recent years,” study co-author and doctoral candidate Elias Marvinney said in a release. “If these trends continue to be supported, there is very strong potential for almond production to become carbon neutral or even carbon negative.”... Read More

Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

MODESTO — The new Panera Bread restaurant opened Monday on McHenry in Modesto. Have you noticed the long lines at the drive-thru?

Now we have word of another sandwich eatery getting ready to set up shop here.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is renovating the bank at 1400 Standiford, according to city permit records.

A media spokesman for the restaurant chain confirmed it’s opening a restaurant here but said it’s still early in the process and he didn’t have detail he could share yet... Read More

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Today might arguably be one of the best days of the year. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s National Tequila Day, of course! And this year, we should all celebrate because it’s also on a FRIDAY!! On top of that, it’s summer and here in Sacramento our farmers’ markets and local shops are bursting with the most amazing fresh fruits and veggies to play with in tequila concoctions. This trifecta makes for the ultimate tequila celebration, no excuses. ... Read More

Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

MODESTO — California’s 2015 almond crop forecast is down by about 3 percent from May’s subjective forecast, the Almond Board of California said Wednesday.

The updated forecast is also down about 4 percent from last year’s crop.

The objective forecast is based on 890,000 bearing acres and finds the crop for 2015-16 will be 1.80 billion meat pounds

“This year’s objective estimate reflects the continued and unprecedented stress that California almond growers are experiencing as they cope with historic drought conditions,” said Mike Mason chairman of the Almond Board of California. “The California agricultural community is certainly hoping that the drought abates next winter, but in the meantime, growers are doing everything within their power to conserve water.”... Read More

One Table dinner brings out Modesto for United Way

One Table dinner brings out Modesto for United Way

MODESTO — Two hundred guests, 10 sponsors, one table.

United Way of Stanislaus County & Datapath IT put on a huge family-style dinner, called the One Table community dinner, for Modesto residents to raise $25,000 for the Graduation Coach program, which helps at-risk youth graduate from high school.

“I saw it in Park City, a similar concept,” said Datapath IT Vice President David Darmstandler. “We took that same concept and changed it, kind of made it our own here.”... Read More