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Despite a wet and snowy end to spring, summer has finally arrived and with it the sunshine. Locals can finally get out and enjoy all the natural wonders the 209 has to offer, including a number of secret swimming holes which we feature in this issue.

It’s also a good time to visit one of the area’s lakes and try out a tip from 209 Magazine fishing expert Jarod Ballardo or check out new guidebook “Sierra Summits” and have a peak experience in “California’s Range of Light.” 

Car enthusiasts are very excited about the return of summer because it signals the start of the annual pilgrimage to Modesto and its Graffiti Summer festivities. The month of June is dedicated to remembering George Lucas’ classic film “American Graffiti” and the car culture it created. This issue lists every chrome-fender fueled event and features local car club, Modesto Area Street Rod Association.

However you decide to spend your summer, we at 209 Magazine appreciate your time in reading this issue. 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

hvanderveen@209magazine.com