While hanging lights during the holiday season is an annual tradition for many families, it is often met with mixed feelings: Children love seeing the various lights while parents often find the task a dreaded duty.
Every year since 1961, Henry and Vaughn streets in Ceres have been transformed into a holiday wonderland. This year, Christmas Tree Lane was celebrated with a little something extra - snow.
The Brock family Christmas Lights which literally dominated the scene for weeks during this time of the year is gone for good. But there are still some in the Family City that's worth a gallon of gas to see and admire with the kids tow, or just for your own personal windshield viewing.
STOCKTON – Some of the most beautifully decorated places on this side of the 209 along this stretch near West Hammer Lane.
LATHROP – The colors erupt from the black LED board.
Is there a Santa Claus?
LATHROP – When the Lathrop City Council got together for their second meeting in November two weeks ago, they freed up their December schedule.
The Christmas spirit is contagious and can be found to be particularly catching in small towns where holiday events bring together community members, such as Turlock's Downtown Christmas Parade.
The hyacinth along the Deep Water Channel has been cleared in preparation for the 33rd annual Stockton Delta Reflection Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The holiday season provides ample opportunities for families to take part in local festivities, and this year parents won't miss a detail by bringing their children to Modesto the first Saturday in December for the city's annual day filled with activities.
Pat Langdon isn't much of a video game connoisseur, but he did raise two teenagers at the height of the industry's explosion.
Shopping on Black Friday is not for the faint of heart.
There's no such thing as a holiday when you're in the news business.
Rowena Tebaldi is no stranger to Black Friday, widely considered in the United States as the traditional first day of shopping for the Christmas holidays with consumers taking advantage of such enticements as double-digit discount coupons and price slashes offered by retailers.
Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford had to buy a gun when he first got involved with city government.
RIPON – Ripon Christian Schools has consistently sent 98 percent of its graduates on to college – a record that has continued into the 21st century.
TURLOCK - Not everyone who goes to a Christian school is Christian.
MODESTO – There it was right there practically in his backyard.
MODESTO - When Melissa Besseling came to Central Catholic High School in 1996 as a mid-year replacement math teacher, she did not anticipate that she would become principal.
For as long as she can remember, Kathy Rich has been good with her hands.
RIPON – Ripon veterinarian Ann Scearce stops by once every four weeks for facials with aesthetician Edy Fowler.
Locals looking for a calming reprieve from the stress of daily life won't need to look far as The Spa of Turlock has all of the offerings of a quiet oasis.
Upon entering The Heavenly Spa in Modesto, clients may be surprised that the relaxing environment is actually a popular hotspot for locals.
LODI - One of the best spa getaways in the 209 just might be in Lodi.
Lexy Nicole pulls the microphone in.
Give the gift of music.
Want to learn the harmonica? The ukulele? Maybe some Spanish instruments? Dale's Guitar in downtown Turlock offers much more than its title indicates.
By VINCE REMBULAT
By GLENN KAHL