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MMC hosts "Harvest of Hope" - Spend a day on a working farm!

MMC hosts "Harvest of Hope" - Spend a day on a working farm!

On Saturday, September 15, Memorial Medical Center is hosting its second "Harvest of Hope" — a community cancer-prevention food and nutrition event focused on a healthful way to eat local, sustainable foods to support optimal health.

The event, held at LaRosa Family Farms in Hughson, CA, offers attendees a chance to participate in farm-to-fork workshops to learn about the best local, sustainable food choices and to end the day with a field-to-table dinner.

"Our goal is to educate, inspire behavior change in the way we eat, and get people thinking about food for optimal health," said Cheryl Casey, MMC's Cancer Community Outreach Coordinator. "It's also an opportunity to honor all of those who work so hard to supply the wonderful harvest we have in our own agricultural community."

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Report: Central Valley home prices up year-over-year

A recent report has shown home prices throughout the Central Valley to be up over the same time last year, but those prices might be coming down.

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San Joaquin County gains access to 17M for housing, community services

On Jan. 25 the Mental Health and Services Oversight Accountability Commission approved San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Service’s access to more than $17 million in funding for two projects.

The so-called Innovation Projects revolve around affordable housing and an increase in access to various community services.

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Emergency Food Bank, Master Gardeners partner to offer free classes

Two organizations are teaming up to help residents of San Joaquin County learn how to grow their own.

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Modesto Money Mavens at the Keyes Library

Modesto Money Mavens at the Keyes Library

Learn how to save money on your next family gathering! Adults are invited to the Keyes Library on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. for a couponing class. During this program, the Modesto Money Mavens will show participants all they need to know about couponing and saving money on grocery bills and much more!

This program is free and open to the community. The Keyes Library is located on 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, please call 664-8006.

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. It's time to decorate in beautiful warm colors, bring out your favorite 'comfort food' recipes, and throw your cozy afghan quilt over the sofa. It's also time to prepare your home, office and properties for the upcoming weather. All of us in California are hoping for a wet year to help us with our ever-looming drought - yet we also know with wet and stormy weather comes potential water damage and drafty rooms.

We've provided a few tips that can be used for your home, business and commercial properties.

1. Window and doors: Check for cracks, leaks and air coming through the sills and doorframes. A tight seal is one of the easiest ways to save on your energy bill & maintain a comfortable interior.

2. Heating Units: Have your heating units cleaned & serviced, which will keep your environment healthy and extend the life of your heating system.