LATHROP - Since 1996, Bella's Bakery has attracted folks from all over for pandesal or Spanish rolls.
TUOLUMNE – Denny Laine, who was a member of Wings with Paul McCartney for a decade, will be performing at Black Oak Casino Resort on Thursday, Sept. 12.
The Ripon Arts League is offering five concerts for the 2013-14 season.
There's nothing mangy about the Mangy Moose Café in Manteca.
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.
As a shy, introverted little girl, scared of her own shadow, Jolynda Lyon grew up feeling as if it wasn't safe to express her thoughts and feelings for fear of being judged or rejected but then she committed her heart to God and things began to change.
Although this year marks the first time that Backstage Academy of Dance students have competed in the Rainbow National Dance Competition in Sacramento, audience members probably could not have guessed as the dancers stole the spotlight and secured a number of awards.
Dance is alive and kicking in the 209.
SONORA – The Bureau of Reclamation is offering summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County.
Redwoods in California's coastal mountains get more of the glory including being the official state tree but they are babes and petite in terms of age and girth compared to their giant sequoia cousins in the Sierra.
ARNOLD - Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times.
People who think that being a stay-at-home mom is not considered a job obviously have never met Jennifer Gonzales.
One set of great grandparents stands tall in their family for giving their all to a pair of great grandsons.
Rachel Castillo and her husband were well on their way to an empty nest.
She's a mother but she also fills the role of the father.
Hob Nob's renowned Casper hot dog comes with mustard, relish and onions, "and anything else you want to put on it," quipped owner Rick Atwell.
About a year ago, I took my son to DAD's Hot Dogs to experience a real Stockton treat.
Just ask anyone in Turlock where they can find the best hotdog in the 209 and odds are they'll say Main Street Footers.
It's sacrilegious to even think that there is good news in the ongoing severe drought plaguing the Golden State. Yet, apparently, there's a bit of good in this bad situation of historic proportions. More appropriately perhaps, just a bit of silver lining.
The lawn in the front and back yards of Tom and Rita Canales home in Manteca was, at one time, their pride and joy. But in the face of the ongoing drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to put California on a state of emergency, the couple decided to do their part in the statewide water-conservation. They ripped out their lawns and, in their place, they now have drought-resistant plants in addition to utilizing non-plant garden accessories.