OAKDALE – It doesn't look much like an eating or drinking establishment.
Stockton - If you grew up in Stockton chances are you know of Xochimilco Café.
SALIDA - The food at Kountry Kitchen in Salida is not for sissies. Visitors who order the one pound chicken fried steak will certainly be begging for a doggie bag half way through their first sitting.
STOCKTON - The Blue Moon Taste of San Joaquin returns to Downtown Stockton's Weber Point on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA - Join the Columbia State Park staff and costumed volunteers in a live reenactment and solve a real case of The Smith-Barclay tragedy, which took two lives, occurred in Columbia in 1855.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present its19th annual outdoor concert, Picnic at the Pops! on Saturday, Sept. 7, on the grounds of the E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Symphony opens its 2013-14 season on Sept. 21 with its Autumn Pops, featuring a breathless virtuoso fiddle performance by an original star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers. Known for her electrifying concerts that bring audiences to their feet, Ivers is joined by her ensemble, Immigrant Soul, local Irish dancers, and the Stockton Symphony.
Before Facebook and social media, there was an era where baseball card collecting engaged a multitude of passionate Americans. Just ask Turlocker Tom "Ziggy" Star.
Baseball cards. Snow globes. Porcelain figurines.
STOCKTON - Josh Lawson is a Star Wars geek.
Pick almost any coin of any metal and Lee Henderson can probably tell you its story. The year, the history, how many there were, or are, in circulation, and why the particular person or animal was picked for the engraving.
With e-vites, e-mails and all kinds of electronic communication devices proliferating, practically obliterating the popularity of sending mails via the postal service today, one would think philately has gone the way of the dinosaurs, right?
Colin Kaepernick has had one amazing year, and his success on the football field is only a fraction of the reason why. Since taking the reins of San Francisco's offense for his first start on Monday Night Football and snowballing that performance into a Super Bowl XLVII run, the fleet footed and rocket armed quarterback from Turlock has been experiencing a whirlwind of national attention, both for better and for worse.
Ripon's Red Nutt sports a wing-flapping Eagle flying across his broad chest, but he rarely is seen without a shirt in public.
The tattoo on Vern Ring's lower left shin stands out.
At first glance, the immense nature of Turlock's Our Lady of the Assumption, a Roman Catholic parish of the Diocese of Stockton, can make it difficult for onlookers to notice all of the little details.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ripon was created in 1874 when the pastor of St. Mary's in Stockton gifted land for a new "mission" to the community.
What makes a church?
A building is a building, said the Rev. Karl Hauser, pastor of Manteca Presbyterian Church in Manteca. It's the people who "make the church," he said by way of prefacing his comments about one of the Family City's visually prominent places of worship, particularly in the downtown district, and stating his order of priorities first.
The Cathedral of the Annunciation is a jewel of the Central Valley.
The annual green day, better known as St. Patrick's Day, is happening close to mid-week this year. But that's not stopping those who have shamrock celebration in their minds and hearts. There are plenty of places to go to grab a green beer, but only two places – that we know of – to treat one's palate to the day's traditional food fare – corned beef and cabbage – and, maybe, even listen to bagpipe music played by a bagpipe player in complete kilt gear.
It's the one day of the year that everybody is Irish.
For Finnegan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, it's that time of the year.
For those looking to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day without having to leave the comfort of their home, Neto's Catering is the place to go with their annual drive thru event, where customers can pay just $12 for the perfect St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.
For David and Melinda Si, first came marriage then a small family business.
It is widely accepted advice to not judge a book by its cover.
When it's time to make a donut run, I know my go-to place in Stockton – Donut King at 6323 Pacific Ave.
For decades, Tom Canales has traveled the Central Valley and Mother Lode by vehicle, using Highway 108 as a portal to the mountains.
To get the most of out of an urbanized hike through Turlock, look no further than Califia.
MODESTO – The hulking glass windows of the Gallo Center for the Arts loom in the background.