Earth Day is more than just a day to plant trees, pick up trash, and recycle; it is a time for families and businesses to come together to alter the effects our presence has made on the planet.
April is the month for green living. With Earth Day on April 22, the month is jam-packed with local festivals, volunteer opportunities and kid-friendly events to help mark the 43rd anniversary of the annual appreciation day for the planet.
Andrew and Jackson Brunn will tell you, "it's pretty easy being green. It's habit forming."
"Empaque su basura" reads the sweatshirt hanging in my closet. On it is a picture of a surfer carrying a broken, "Geek"- brand board and tossing a glass soda bottle out onto the beach while a garbage can is clearly within reach. And while I'm wont to support such an organization – organized by the Pleasure Point Night Fighters, originally a volunteer firefighting crew that served the small surfing community located at the end of ...
LAKEPORT - Sometimes overlooked because of the state's spectacular Pacific coastline, California's fresh-water lakes offer plenty of getaway and vacation opportunities for the state's residents. One longtime favorite is Clear Lake, just a couple hours drive of the San Francisco Bay area.
Of all the food trends to take off during the last decade, taco trucks are perhaps the most popular form of fast food dining in the 209. The taco truck invasion has taken over Valley streets, giving local restaurants some serious competition.
STOCKTON - When it comes to taco trucks, my friend Kevin has his favorite. He claims that Taco San Juan, which is usually parked everyday on East Alpine Avenue and Wilson Way in Stockton, is the best. "They really know how to load up the meat (on a burrito or taco)," Kevin recently said. A carne asada burrito might run you about $4. But that includes all of fixings such as rice, beans, salsa, cilantro, ...
JAMESTOWN - Table Mountain is one of the best-kept secrets for a hike that isn't far from home, isn't difficult, isn't crowded and offers a spectacular view of both snow-covered peaks, New Melones lake and the rolling foothills below.
PATTERSON - Looking for an authentic Mexican meal that isn't going to break the bank? Whether you have an appetite for chorizos (Mexican sausage), asada (beef), or even tripa (intestines), Patterson's local taco trucks can supply your needs for just pennies on the dollar.
STOCKTON - Nina Simangan looks over each of her orchids. They all have names – Mighty Sunset Jerry, Honey Tangerine, Cascadine. – and they all have traits that took time, patience and energy to highlight in preparation for the 59th annual San Joaquin Orchid Society Show and Sale at the Weberstown Mall. Any greenthumb will tell you it's the process that brings the pleasure, but walking away Sunday afternoon with a ribbon from the American ...
MODESTO - Folks looking for a hiking trail in the Central Valley have plenty of rural areas to choose from, and now have a more urban option also. The City of Modesto embarked on a new project designed to transform a piece of history into a physical fitness trail.
The daffodils are in bloom and the trees are budding as spring approaches for the 14th time since the Tidewater Bike Path replaced the former barren and weed-infested abandoned right-of-way of its namesake railroad.
PATTERSON - Heart-pumping climbs, dog-friendly paths and walks for the kids are some of the activities that Frank Raines Park has to offer local hikers.
The Calaveras River Bike Path also accommodates hikers and joggers. It takes you alongside one of Stockton's levees not to mention some of the neighborhoods and communities. The University of the Pacific makes for a nice stop – a hop, skip and a jump from the on-campus pedestrian bridge that crosses the Calaveras River – especially the DeRosa University Center, which is home to The Lair, the Marketplace, and the Calaveras Coffee House. The iffy ...
It attracts millions of visitors every year, has served as a muse to some of the world's greatest artists and is known to inspire as much awe in the lifelong companion as it does in the first-time visitor.
LODI – One of the larger wineries in the Central Valley rises from the fields east of Highway 99 like a stainless steel behemoth.
MODESTO - In California, when one thinks of the production of wine, the first place that comes to mind is the Napa Valley. However, 80 miles from the illustrious wine mecca of Napa, located in the heart of the Central Valley is the city of Modesto. For those familiar with the area, Modesto is host to Gallo Winery, one of the largest winemakers in the world and also one of the city's largest employers. However, ...
MURPHYS - Part of the history of wine country in the Sierra Foothills can be traced back to 1948.
Whoever said that you had to go to Napa to get the true wine experience?
LODI - Wine and Roses in Lodi can easily be described as being luxurious, elegant and intimate as a romantic venue in the Central Valley as well as being a desired location for business meetings.
MURPHYS – Ironstone Vineyards, the premiere outdoor entertainment venue of the California Gold Country, has announced the line-up for their 2013 Summer Concert Series.
SONORA – The Bureau of Reclamation announces summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County.
MODESTO - From melodic waltzes to the ab-curving belly dance, Modesto Junior College's Theatre and Dance Department offers a unique assortment of dance classes for keeping the beat.
The nightlife scene in the Central Valley is full of places to boogie. From high-energy dance clubs to low-key bars, there's something for everyone in the 209.
Weekdays are long for Harmony Rebeiro.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - We had been traveling for hours - six by plane from Philadelphia to San Francisco, then nearly four more in a car through city, suburbs, farmland and forest - when we glimpsed our reward from a turnout in the mountain road.
By JOHN PAIN
By DAVID GERMAIN
Mr. D's Pizza & Sports Bar sits in a historic brick building near downtown that was once the engine room of one of the largest tanneries on the West Coast.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) presents its season finale concert on Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at Gallo Center for the Arts.