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After a long and wet winter, spring has finally sprung here in the 209. This is the perfect time to get out and explore your local region. You might find your next favorite restaurant, festival or locally-owned business.

There’s no better way to gather with friends and enjoy the warm weather than with a mimosa in hand. Our brunch feature highlights a few of the great places in the area to enjoy a culinary adventure.

Those seeking outdoor fun can take a picnic lunch up to Daffodil Hill in Volcano, just in time for the spring bloom or take a longer trip to neighboring Nevada and check out the natural beauty at Valley of Fire State Park.

Hook, Line & Sinker columnist Jarod Ballardo has some tips for spring fishing spots and you can also learn how to “get in the game” at a local casino.

For this issue, we also visited with Ed Stewart of the Performing Animal Welfare Society at its ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas. The 2,300-acre sanctuary is home to eight elephants, 14 tigers, six bears, one lioness and one black leopard who now have the ability to live a little freer thanks to the society’s efforts. Learn how you can help support these majestic animals in their new lives.

With all of our stories in this issue — and every issue of 209 Magazine — we aim to bring those living in this beautiful region of California a little bit closer. Knowing your neighbors is the first step to building communities.

We hope you take the time to support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. And, as always, we at 209 Magazine strive to be the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209. 

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher, 209 Magazine