NEW YORK (AP) - Santa has kicked the habit in time for Christmas. No, not the sugar plum habit, or his fur-wearing habit, or his penchant for romping recklessly around open flame.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some of the valuables found hidden in abandoned lockers on A&E's "Storage Wars" have been added by producers to deceive viewers, a former cast member of the show claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
• TNT: FUNERAL COMING FOR J.R. EWING ON NEW 'DALLAS': NEW YORK (AP) - J.R. Ewing will get a send-off with a proper funeral on "Dallas."
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Jenni Rivera, the U.S-born singer whose soulful voice and unfettered discussion of a series of personal travails made her a Mexican-American superstar, was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said there were no survivors.
CERES - Organizers of the popular annual "Journey to Bethlehem" event hope to get a break from the weather that partially rained out their outdoor venue during last week's opening.
STOCKTON - The St. Luke's 8:45 a.m. Adult Choir, directed by Carol Zeni Wiss, will present a Sacred Concert, Sunday, Dec. 16, following the 5:30 p.m. mass (approximately 7 p.m.) in the Church, 3847 N. Sutter, Stockton.
JACKSON – Grab your good luck charm and join for a special Elvis tribute show in the Grand Oak Ballroom on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. dubbed Get All Shook Up with Las Vegas performer Johnny Fortuno as Elvis and special guests The Stamps Quartet, Elvis Presley's backing group from 1972 until 1977.
LIVERMORE - Living Bethlehem - a 30,000-square-foot replica of that city as it was 2,000 years ago - is open from Dec. 13-17.
TRACY - The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts City of Tracy is staging a free exhibition for the holiday season entitled – Art Co-Opted – on display at the Grand Galleries through Dec. 22.
The Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra, directed by Anne Martin, will present a concert for kids of all ages on Tuesday, December 4 in the auditorium of the Media and Performing Arts Center on east campus. The concert has an early start time of 7 p.m. to accommodate families with young children.
MODESTO – Modesto Junior College will present their annual Holiday Festival of Choirs Concert on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Performing and Media Arts Center Main Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in the Auditorium Box Office Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and will be available at the door for $5 general admission and $4 for students and seniors.
LIVERMORE – The Veterans First Program at Las Positas College announced today that The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the US Air Force Band of the Golden West, will be swinging on to the LPC campus for a community concert.
San Joaquin Delta College and the Division of Arts and Communication sponsors an all-day Jazz Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1, featuring middle school, high school, and college bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles from throughout the Western United States. Wrapping up the festival is a performance by the Bob Mintzer LA Big Band at the Warren Atherton Auditorium on the Delta College campus. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $30; $24 for reserved seating.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - She was dissed on "The Bachelor" and came in third place during her first stint on "Dancing With the Stars," but Melissa Rycroft is now a winner.
LONDON (AP) - The Rolling Stones made a triumphant return to the London stage on Sunday night in the first of five concerts to mark the 50th anniversary of their debut as an American-oriented blues band.
The Professional Bull Riders and Bass Pro Shops are teaming up to host a PBR family event Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27 at the Manteca store.
The Big Valley Travel Club offers many trips to the Bay Area to see the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants play as both teams continue their fight to win their respective divisions in the American and National Leagues.
The Trips N' Tours group at the Manteca Senior Center has arranged four upcoming trips that are open to anyone wishing to participate.
A Tactical Tacos fundraiser is being held on Friday, August, 8, to benefit the Manteca and Ripon Tactical Officers Association at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 6 until 11 p.m.
MODESTO – Poets from Central California and the Sacramento area will read their poems at the presentation of "Song of the San Joaquin", Summer Issue, Vol. XI, #3, Saturday, August 2, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Downstairs Auditorium of the Stanislaus County Library, 1500 "I" St. in Modesto.
Award-winning watercolorist Dan Petersen and ceramicist, Stan Holtz, will be combining their talents in a special two-man exhibition at the Mistlin Gallery from Aug.19 through Sept. 20.
VALLECITO - Twisted Oak Winery is presenting Chris Webster and Nina Gerber in concert on Saturday, July 26.
SACRAMENTO - Due to popular demand, the weekend "Sacramento City: California's Gold Rush Legacy" Old Sacramento walking tours have been extended through Aug. 24.
CHICAGO (AP) - The reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th century, says she never gave her approval to a new memoir that portrays itself as a rare, intimate look into the lives of the writer and her older sister in small-town Alabama.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the fans of Archie Andrews, his impending death marks a fitting end for the famous comic book do-gooder.
COLUMBIA - The foothills will come alive with The Sound of Music when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical returns July 11 through Aug. 31 at Sierra Repertory Theatre's historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Buddhist Church's annual Bon Odori and Cultural Bazaar is Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 2-3, at the temple grounds located at 2820 Shimizu Drive.
COLUMBIA - Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will celebrate Columbia's 69th year as a California State Park by hosting the 20th annual Big Band Street Dance event on Main Street in Columbia on Saturday, July 19, from 6 to 10 p.m.
JAMESTOWN – California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is offering a special "Crew for a Day" program perfect for rail fans interested in a unique, hands-on experience. The exciting new offering, which helps to raise much-needed funds for the Park, is available now but must be scheduled in advance.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week's worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July - but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs.