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.
STOCKTON - The Market at Delta College has added Fridays to its summer festivities from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Delta's Budd 4 Parking lot.
SONORA - Sierra Rep will open its doors for an all-access Open House on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. at the East Sonora Theatre.
COLUMBIA - Columbia State Historic Park is the setting for Columbia's Glorious Fourth of July Celebration-on Friday, July 4.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Divorce, it seems, has turned into a party - special cakes and all.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sure, living in the White House has its perks. But a clothing allowance is not one of them.
SONORA - The Double Cupp Diner sits on the side of the road "somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC." But from June 13 to July 27 the diner – the setting of "Pump Boys and Dinettes" – will relocate to East Sonora as Sierra Repertory Theatre stages another rendition of this popular musical.
VALLECITO - Twisted Oak Winery next summer concert on Saturday, June 14, features the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
STOCKTON - The free Movies At The Point offered by the City of Stockton Community Services Department starts June 13.
The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free fun games for kids, activities, and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together through July 13 at the Manteca store at the 120 Bypass and Union Road.