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‘STEAM’ movement, adding arts to STEM, remains a mixed bag

In spring 2013, Susan Riley used Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky's geometric paintings to teach Maryland public school students how to measure acute and obtuse ...

November 27, 2015 | Menachem Wecker Deseret News | News Briefs

Five for Families: Live-action Christmas films to kick off the season

With December right around the corner, kick off the Christmas season with these live-action holiday films.

November 27, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | News Briefs

Surprising success: 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' turns 50

For a lot of families, tuning in to the annual broadcast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is as much a holiday tradition as decorating a ...

November 27, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | News Briefs

Alternate reality of 'The Good Dinosaur' is more curious than clever

“THE GOOD DINOSAUR” — 2½ stars — the voices of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright; PG (peril, action and thematic elements ...

November 26, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

Ronan carries 'Brooklyn,' a compelling portrait of 20th-century American immigration

“BROOKLYN” — 3 stars — Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Eileen O'Higgins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent; PG-13 (a scene of sexuality and brief strong language ...

November 26, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

Music inspires gratitude

A few of my friends have taken on the “gratitude challenge,” posting on social media things that they are grateful for this November.

November 26, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views

Stallone steals the show in Rocky spinoff 'Creed'

“CREED” — 3 stars — Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad; PG-13 (violence, language and some sensuality); in general release

November 26, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

McAvoy vamps it up as the legendary mad scientist 'Victor Frankenstein'

“VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN” — 3 stars — Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Bronson Webb, Daniel Mays; PG-13 (macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction); in ...

November 25, 2015 | Josh Terry Deseret News | News Briefs

Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Sex Solicitation

Oakdale Police detectives arrested a 65-year-old man for solicitation of sex acts with a child on Wednesday, Nov. 25 after anonymous sexually explicit letters were ...

November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Healthy Holiday Fun For Magnolia TK Kids

In celebration of a thankful season Michelle Jones' Transitional Kindergarten class began the Friday prior to Thanksgiving break with a song by Debbie Clement, "You ...

November 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Holidays Made Brighter Through Shoebox Effort


November 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

OPD Considers Sending Recruits


November 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Annual Cowboy Christmas And More This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and Nov 28 for the community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Students Enjoy Hands On Learning Approach

A custom in the Oakdale area, local school children get the chance to take a field trip to Knights Ferry and watch a little slice ...

November 25, 2015 | | Education

Kids Tackle Turkey Time

In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday a few Cloverland Elementary second graders were asked: How do you cook a turkey? Here are their answers.

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

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School Bus Safety Week

More than one million children ride school buses in California every day. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the observation of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23, to help recognize that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school.

October 17, 2015 | | Local News

Farm To Fork Event Saturday

The second annual Modesto Farm to Fork Event is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Hall, 850 16th St., Modesto, next to the Downtown Certified Farmers Market.

October 16, 2015 | | Local News

A teen's challenge: Deflecting arrows of anger and envy

I was an awkward teenager who did well in my classwork but had to work like crazy to accomplish it. Outside of classes, I was not an all-star at much of anything.

October 15, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views

Are you happy at work? And should you be?

Should you be happy when you're at work?

October 15, 2015 | Greg Kratz Deseret News | Business News

Have You Seen This? Barbie convinces girl to paint her nails

BARBIE DREAM HOUSE — A little girl got busted for painting her Barbie with blue nail polish, but she did have a pretty good excuse for the misbehavior.

October 15, 2015 | Megan Marsden Christensen | News Briefs

Now streaming: 5 great TV series that were movies first

TVLAND — The graveyard of network and cable television alike is littered with the carcasses of failed ideas. Superhero concepts, secret agent shows and sitcoms about that manboy millennial moving back in with mom and dad seem to show up and fall off as quickly as they come.

October 15, 2015 | Angela Treasure | ENTERTAINMENT


Jaylen Craig Franks was born in Modesto, Ca on November 14th 1958, to the proud parents of Wanda Breshears and Fralie Franks. He grew up and resided in Oakdale, Ca his entire life. Jay attended Oakdale schools and graduated Oakdale High in 1976. He played high school football and baseball and developed a lifelong love for playing and teaching the sports to others. He first married right out of high school and tragically lost a son named Craig, but was blessed later with a daughter named Kendra.

October 14, 2015 | | Obituaries


Donald W. Clark, a Salinas resident, passed away on September 17, 2015. Don was born in Vinta, OK on January 17, 1933. He was raised in Modesto, CA. Don received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from San Jose State University and California State University Sacramento, respectively. Following college he moved to Sonora, CA. He bravely married a woman with three adolescent children in 1971.

October 14, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dianne entered peacefully into rest on Saturday October 10, 2015 at home. She was 67 years old and a native of California, growing up in Oakdale and currently living in Modesto. Dianne was employed for a number of years in the jewelry industry. She is survived by her husband John Hudson, her daughters Julie and Joni Brown, Julie's husband Danny, her stepsons Greg and Chris Hudson, and Chris' wife Victoria.

October 14, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mrs. Anita Gonzales was born on January 2, 1919 in Cotton City, Maricopa, Arizona. Anita has been a blessing to all she has come in contact with over the past 95 years. A viewing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14th 3-6pm followed immediately by a rosary, St. Mary's Catholic Church.

October 14, 2015 | | Obituaries


Service: A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015, 2 p.m. at the Oakdale Christian Church, 330 Maxwell Ave. in Oakdale followed by a Reception at the church.

October 14, 2015 | | Obituaries

Grant Applications Available For Student Robotics Projects

The San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) will receive $30,000 from AT&T to support its new Student Engineering & Robotics Project. The program will help underserved high school students learn about STEM concepts and propose and complete their own robotics project.

October 14, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

Theater Department Stages Dramatic Play

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents "The Good Woman of Setzuan" by Bertolt Brecht and directed by MJC Theater Professor Lynette Borrelli-Glidewell. Performances are Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto.

October 14, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

Valley Home Church Schedules Craft Faire

St. John's/St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 4606 Michigan Ave., Valley Home will be having its second annual Craft Faire, bake sale and soup luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 7. Hours for the event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This special event is part of an ongoing fund drive for the new well at the church. All are encouraged to come and support the church, find some unique gift items for the holidays and enjoy lunch and sweets.

October 14, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

Phoenix Festival Benefits Butte Fire Recovery Efforts

A group of young local individuals have banned together to create an event called the Phoenix Festival, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1 at Ironstone Amphitheatre. This will be a day long family oriented event with a full lineup of local bands, vendors and resources. All proceeds from the Phoenix Festival will go directly to the Calaveras Community Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund.

October 14, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

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