So you're looking for a Fourth of July celebration that's different than the same one that you've been bringing your family to for the last decade.
About three years ago, I took my son to Yosemite National Park for a day hike.
The Ripon Community Fireworks Committee is gearing up for an action-packed day this Fourth of July. Events include a parade, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, photo booth, food vendors, concert and, of course, a 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza. Below is a list of the day's events with times and locations.
MODESTO - More than 20,000 people expected to line the streets of downtown Modesto for the Valley town's 139th Annual Fourth of July Parade.
Might there be a real-life zombie apocalypse one day? Not likely, but then again, the way zombies have chomped their way into our pop culture the last several years, it's maybe a bit less implausible than it once was.
By JOCELYN NOVECK
Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" is refreshingly dumb.
SACRAMENTO – The fiberglass tubes peek over the tree line, giving flip-flop and bikini-clad visitors their first glimpse of the fun that waits ahead.
With summer now in full swing, a quick getaway to the lake is one way to escape the heat. Fortunately, there's no need to travel far. The 209 has quite a few bodies of water for swimming, fishing, boating or a leisurely float.
LODI - Lodi Lake recently received high marks from the Sunset Magazine website.
LEE VINING - Highway 120 is a magical ribbon of asphalt.
MURPHYS - In 1989, a team of miners using pickaxes and dynamite set to excavate wine-aging caverns on a ranch in Murphys, at the heart of the Sierra Nevada foothills. So hard were the limestone and Calaveras schist the miners were working through that, on some days, the team progressed only one, two or three feet. It was like cutting through iron, the miners said.
Ticket for the Ironstone Vineyards concert series can be purchased through Etix.com.
As the school year ends and summer plans are being made, it's time to get the kids outside and play. Swimming lessons can be a great way to get the kids exercising while helping them be safer in the water.
Interested in scuba diving? Curious about what lifeguard training involves? Want to swim laps for exercise? Need to learn how to swim? Or do you just want to splash around and have fun?
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.