MODESTO - The spirit of vintage cars and cruising is eternally captured in Modesto: the hometown of George Lucas and location where famous film American Graffitti was shot just over 40 years ago. While Lucas' famed film may not be in theaters anymore, locals keep the spirit of American Graffiti alive through the annual summertime American Graffiti Festival presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club.
If you squint your eyes you can see a little bit of Al Nunes in Paul Le Mat's character from American Graffiti.
RIPON – Commander Ernie Tyhurst of the Clinton McCausland Post 190 of the American Legion has a history of service to his community and to his country during his colorful lifetime. He joined the Legion four years ago and is in his second year in its leadership. He is now a life member.
RIPON – Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Post 1051 in Ripon, John Franscella, has served three tours aboard the U.S.S. Hancock assigned to the F-8 Fighter Squadron in the Gulf of Tonkin between 1968 and 1970.
While Memorial Day allows locals to take a moment to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice, several veteran organizations continue to contribute year-round to the community. From supporting sober graduate nights to hosting flag retirement ceremonies, veteran societies such as the American Legion support and further the goals of the community through their financial contributions.
LATHROP – Charles McGonegal is looking to boost membership at the Sharpe General Depot American Legion Post 632.
MANTECA – The briefcase sits on a ledge near the front window of the Village Sandwich Shoppe, open and overflowing with folders and paperwork.
The impact the American Legion has had on the lives of veterans – even those who don't know that the organization exists – is unquestioned.
When you visit the famous wine-growing region of Napa, perhaps there is no local attraction that captures the spirit of your journey better than a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Hop on board this historic train and you'll chug your way through scenic vineyards to wine-lover's heaven.
Zombies are on the horizon for the Sierra Dinner train chugging out of its Oakdale station this summer. Also new to the long established attraction that featured a Murder Mystery and a Christmas Train is a Beer Train that is coming in mid-August.
The last time I rode aboard the ACE train was five years ago.
Kick your seat back, look out of the window and witness the hills and mountains of the Central Valley unfolding around you - this is the experience of riding the San Joaquin Amtrak Train.
The area had all of the makings of a perfect western movie set.
Edythe Sealey Myer and Lottie Zumwalt are about to celebrate this weekend's Mothers' Day - one their families will never forget as they soon mark their 100 years. They were both born on June 9, 1914 in Nebraska and later moved to California.
Being the child of a working mom can be hard, but it's a little easier when your mom is involved in a local family business.
MODESTO – What's better than piling the family into the car, turning up the heater, and driving around to see which houses have gone all-out ...
As one of the city's most beloved traditions, Turlock's Christmas Tree Lane has served as a perfect way to kick off the holiday ...
Toss aside the Wii. Forget Space Mountain. This is the real deal, well except for the snow. It's manmade.
LATHROP – There are those who hang Christmas lights because they enjoy the festive atmosphere that it brings to the neighborhood.
Stockton may not have an official Christmas Tree Lane, but there are plenty of places around town to see some spectacular light shows.
SONORA - Sonora in the heart of the Gold Country with its historic main street and its colorful mom and pop stores along with many bed ...
SAN FRANCISCO – There are some people who will wait days just to get their hands on one electronic item that's available for blowout prices.
It's always Christmas at this one shop in historic Old Sacramento.
YOSEMITE VALLEY - November is a magical month in Yosemite Valley.
Don't let the unusually comfortable temperatures fool you.
Many Bay Area folks head for the Sierra foothills in search of a picnic area to spend a one day trip to find the perfect ...
LODI – From the outside, Jeremy Wine Company in the historic downtown looks quite unassuming.
Although recent summer-like temperatures may not always show it, fall is officially here and the best place to enjoy it is at Stanislaus State in ...
Forget everything you know about traditional pies this holiday season because Hilmar Cheese Company is switching up those very traditions with its very own unique ...
When people think Thanksgiving they always think about turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce and corn and mashed potatoes and all of the other fixings ...