From afar, Mount Diablo stares you right in the face. That's looking westward from practically any point in the Central Valley. Actually, Mount Diablo is located in Contra Costa County just south of Clayton and northeast of Danville. At 3,864 feet, its double-pyramid shape stands alone and worth a day hike just to get a different perspective from up close. At least that was my reasoning a few years ago when I finally came face-to-face ...
STOCKTON - When it comes to the Stockton Ports, there's history and then there's History.
MODESTO - Baseball fans rejoice, the Modesto Nuts are almost back in town. In less than two weeks, on April 11, the Modesto's professional baseball team will storm John Thurman Field to the delight of many in their home opener against the Lancaster JetHawks-the defending California League champions. Opening night – which is projected to be the biggest night of the year with 4,000 in attendance – will also include live entertainment, face painting, and ...
Walk down Yosemite Avenue on Manteca on April 6-7 and you may find yourself in a 1960s flashback to tie-dye mania.
STOCKTON - Garry and Becky Potten have been season ticket holders since the Ports moved to Banner Island Ballpark in 2005, but their love for sports has a greater history.
STOCKTON - With the 2013 season fast approaching, the Ports are giving a preview to new additions and modifications around the ballpark. All the changes this year aim to enhance the fan experience here at the ballpark.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Ports have launched the official Stockton Ports Tapgift application for download on the Apple App Store or Google Play. The Ports are the first Minor League Baseball Team in the country to release an application that will revolutionize fan engagement at the ballpark. Tapgift is the official gifting and fan engagement app for the Stockton Ports.
There's no better way to come out of hibernation from the bitter cold and sharp winter wind than to celebrate with an outdoor festival amongst the brightest, greenest valleys in California's springtime. The Central Valley plays hosts to various street faires that are sure to appeal to anyone's interest; especially those partial to food in a family-friendly environment.
Joey Chestnut is the reigning king of Stockton's Asparagus Festival. When it comes to the deep fried stalks, he's devoured more than anyone in the allotted time, putting away 8.3125 pounds last year while holding on to his title as the World Asparagus Eating Champion. Chestnut will look to defend his crown for a third straight year. The Asparagus Festival kicks off this year's season of fun, food and good times. Entertainment on the Weber ...
Attention all Joan Rangers! The trash-talking, red-carpet-watching comedian is coming to the 209. World-renown comedian Joan Rivers will hit the Turlock Community Theatre on May 17 with her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, and her all-time favorite, the awards fashion show.
Ever wonder how comedy shows like "Who's line is it anyway?" or "Wild N' Out" became so popular even though they are not even scripted? Improvisational theatre, also known as improv, has the answers.
Mark Twain said that humor is mankind's greatest blessing. But for Anthony Krayenhagen – a Ceres-raised comedian now residing in South Manteca – it eclipses the concept of a blessing. It's a way of life. A chance to find the beauty or the horror in any situation and get a laugh out of it – even if it's something that most people would find crude or offensive. No, you're not going to want to take ...
COLUMBIA - Amidst the rugged oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevada foothills lies Columbia State Historic Park - once a busy, brawling gold rush town. The search for gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills offered hope and, for a fortunate few, riches.
COLUMBIA - Columbia was only one of hundreds of settlements that sprang up during the exciting years when the cry of "Gold! " brought Argonauts from all over the world to seek their fortunes in California. Located in the heart of the Mother Lode, a mile wide network of gold-bearing quartz that extends 120 miles along the western edge of the Sierra Nevada, from Mariposa northward to Georgetown, Columbia yielded $87 million in gold at 1860's prices.
Spring in California is the season residents and visitors wait for in eager anticipation. Pacheco State Park in Merced County is just one area in the 209 that bursts into a canvas of unimaginable beauty as delicate wildflowers adorn the landscape with hundreds of lavish colors.
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.