Welcome to the spring edition of 209 Magazine. This spring will be different than any we’ve had in a long time. With all the rain over the winter and continuing even now, the hills and valleys in the 209 will be lush with green foliage and colorful with flowers. I hope all of our readers take the time to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 209 as they are something to take in. We are so fortunate to be in this area with all it has to offer.
Speaking of all it has to offer, in this issue one of our In the Know stories highlights the Earth Day Festival in Stockton. This year the theme is “Water is Life.” Great timing with the wet winter and the need to continue to value one of our most valuable resources. Staying in Stockton we are also highlighting this year’s Asparagus Festival. I have personally attended several times as it is a unique and enlightening event.
Taking you to the southern tip of the 209, we are highlighting the Merced Zoo. What a great way to spend the day with your kids exploring all it has to offer.
As many of you do, I also am very fond of dogs. I have a Bichon named Sampson that is truly a part of our family. We have a special feature that I really found interesting about an Australian Shepherd named Posh that is not only part of a family but an award-winning competition dog. Pets take on a lot of meaning in many people’s lives so I hope you find it interesting as well.
There are many other stories and features in this issue highlighting places to venture out. From restaurants to vacation spots, this region and surrounding areas have so much to offer. We hope you continue to read us and use us as a guide to all the 209 has to offer.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and every issue of 209 Magazine. We welcome your comments, calendar events and stories. We hope you will support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. We appreciate them and look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.
Hank Vander Veen
Publisher, 209 Magazine