USDA Rural Development California State Acting Director Rich Brassfield has announced the agency is seeking applications for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program. RBDG grants are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized tribal groups to finance and facilitate various business opportunity or business enterprise projects that serve rural areas. Individual businesses are not eligible to apply.
Bass Pro Shops is celebrating the return of fishing season and inviting customers to trade in used gear to be donated to local charities in exchange for big savings. The 2017 Spring Fishing Classic is a free celebration taking place Feb. 17 through March 5 in all Bass Pro Shops locations across North America.
Caltrans has released for public review the draft State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which lays out the policies and actions Caltrans and its partner agencies should take to achieve the department's ambitious statewide goals to double walking and triple bicycling trips by 2020.
The Stanislaus County Office of Education will hold informational orientations for individuals interested in learning how to earn a high school diploma through its Come Back Kids program. Come Back Kids (CBK) is a free, independent study program for adults (18+) who want to come back and complete their education. The orientations are an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the program. Approximately 240 people attended the orientation held in January. Due to a high level of interest, additional orientations have been scheduled.
The Valley Art Association, VAA, 2017 Carriage Art Show will be open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., staged at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.
Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone who joins the Foundation in February 2017 will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees or 10 free redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm.
Get your tickets early for the upcoming Film 'Fun' Raiser for DKG Epsilon Nu Chapter. The event is scheduled for April 27 at the State Theatre, 1307 J St., downtown Modesto. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on film day for wine, appetizers and raffle drawings. The movie 'Some Like It Hot' will be shown starting at 7 p.m.
Valentine's Day is a time when men and women express their love and affection for one another, which can be accomplished in a variety of ways. For many celebrants, food and beverages are part of the festivities. According to the USDA and Gallup, in the United States Valentine's Day is the bubbliest occasion after New Year's Eve and Thanksgiving. That's because around $9 million is spent on sparkling wine products. What pairs well with that bubbly? Why chocolate, of course. Fifty-eight million pounds of chocolate candy is purchased during the week of Valentine's Day, when ...
Heart-shaped boxes filled with decadent treats are coveted gifts on Valentine's Day. Chocolate lovers typically have a favorite type of chocolate, whether it's creamy filled truffles or chocolate pieces with fruit or nut fillings.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.61/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.26/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.