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It is a nice evening with a slight breeze. A cup of coffee and a piece of pie is a perfect way to end the day. Your cat was sleeping on the chair next to you, she jumps up wide eyed. Both of your dogs are on guard with low growls and their hair standing up all along their backs.

The Bikes for Tykes program has put out its annual request for good used bikes, which will be reconditioned and given as gifts this holiday season to children who otherwise might not have them.

With autumn here, and with staying inside becoming more necessary, baking seems a good way to pass the time and make some tasty treats.

Whether you need an easy snack for wine night with friends or a family-friendly Friday night dinner, these flatbreads are the answer. Loaded with caramelized mushrooms and plenty of mozzarella, they’re a crowd-pleaser for all ages, no matter the mood or night.

Basil has stolen my heart as of late but it is probably not for what you think. It’s not because the foliage such as that of Purple Ruffles as Mississippi Medallion Award Winners is as pretty as a coleus. Nor is it for the culinary delicacy provided by Siam Queen an All-America Selections Aw…

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The First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a Chicken in a Barrel dinner fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, 509 Algiers St., in Murphys.

A grand opening celebration for the Mark Twain Health Care District’s Valley Springs Health and Wellness Center will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at the center, 51 Wellness Way in Valley Springs.

With autumn here, and with staying inside becoming more necessary, baking seems a good way to pass the time and make some tasty treats.

A Thanksgiving celebration and celebration of veterans are among the events planned in the coming weeks at the Sonora Elks Lodge.

A week ago it was supposed to be not as hot in Sonora, in the 80s and cooler than previous weekends, and we decided to go east over Sonora Pass to check out the West Walker River and Leavitt Meadows.