A day set aside to shower a loved one with gifts and touching words of affection, Valentine's Day brightens the often gloomy month of February. Established centuries ago with origins shrouded in mystery, Valentine's Day has evolved into one of the most popular and expensive days of the year. Many couples celebrate Valentine's Day with cards, gifts and nights out on the town, and such celebrations can stretch budgets.
Valentine's Day is a great day for florists. According to the National Retail Federation, Valentine's Day is the No. 1 holiday for florists, as 40 percent of the holiday's dollar volume goes toward the purchase of fresh flowers.
You can't buy love, but on Valentine's Day those in love certainly like to treat the special people in their lives to some lavish tokens of affection. According to the National Retail Federation's Valentine's Day Consumer Spending Survey, Americans spend an estimated $19 billion on gifts, flowers, dinners, and more come Valentine's Day.
For over 35 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley have amassed a collection of art and history that documents the African American experience from 1595 to the Civil Rights era. As part of Destination Graduation's sharing of best practices, and to celebrate African American History Month, the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and Modesto City Schools have invited Bernard Kinsey to discuss "The Kinsey Collection" at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $5 and are available at Galloarts.org or may be purchased at the ...
It's almost time for the annual Howard Training Center Crab Fest, set this year for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. All seats are reserved, doors open each day at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 .m.
The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "El Niño: Earth's Climate Heartbeat" by Noah Hughes, professor of Earth Sciences at Modesto Junior College. The free event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sierra Hall 132 on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.
Two of the most destructive fires in California's history, the Valley and Butte Fires, ravaged nearly 150,000 acres in Northern California last fall and caused an estimated $1 billion in insurance losses. The Valley fire pillaged 1,958 structures in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, resulting in approximately $700 million in insured losses and making it the third most damaging wildfire in state history based on total structures burned. In terms of structures lost, the Butte Fire is the seventh most destructive fire to hit California, damaging 818 structures in Amador and Calaveras counties and causing an estimated ...
As preparations continue for the National Football League's biggest event of the season, the Bay Area is bracing for a surge in motor vehicle, foot, and bicycle traffic that comes with it. In an effort to give the public a heads-up before they head out, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) worked with the California Department of Transportation to develop a Super Bowl 50 traffic information website: www.superbowl50traffic.com.
It was a busy, fun and festive week leading up to a pair of basketball games and crowning of Homecoming Royalty in Oakdale this week. The events were staged as part of a rally on Friday and the varsity girls and boys basketball teams were in action that night. That's also when the courts were presented to the crowd and the new royalty named.
Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games. Shown is last year's queen, Emma Burke, left, presenting Verdegaal with her tiara. Oakdale's 2016 Winter Homecoming royalty included, from left: King Clayton Verdegaal, Prince Jack Verdegaal, Queen TJ Verdegaal and Princess Kennedy Brewer.
Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to update Oakdale City Council members on the current threat of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, ACP, a pest recently located in the city.