STOCKTON – John, Michael and Wendy happened upon their fantasy land after a chance encounter with a flying boy dressed all in green.
MODESTO - Ice cream is nearly synonymous with summer. Nothing soothes the discomfort of a sizzling summer day better than a scoop of your favorite chilled dairy dessert.
LODI – Ever seen a golden mane tamarin?
COLUMBIA - Oklahoma! – Rodgers & Hammerstein's first masterpiece – sweeps onto the Fallon House stage this summer. Sierra Repertory Theatre is proud to present an outstanding cast in this finely crafted classic, a celebration of the American spirit of courage, independence and feisty good fun. It plays at the Fallon House theatre in Columbia State Historic Park from June 28 through August 18.
HILMAR - Looking to go on a picnic? Well, instead of scouring the aisles of conventional supermarkets why not add a local touch to create that perfect picnic basket? The Hilmar Cheese Company visitors center offers an array of meats, cheeses, spreads and other delectable delights that will make your picnic basket so tantalizing that Yogi Bear might even steal it.
CERES - Summer has often been considered to be the perfect time of the year for family bonding. No school means more time to take vacations, visit theme parks, or even just stay at home and barbeque with loved ones. For Greg Mathews, however, summer bonding with the family takes on a different form-the destruction derby.
STOCKTON - You can take Dad out to the ball game, to a soccer game, to the golf course, or to the movies.
STOCKTON - When Banner Island Ballpark opened some eight years ago, I quickly found Home Run Hill to my liking, especially on those warm summer evenings.
MURPHYS - Calaveras County has so many things to offer tourists, frog jumping, gold panning, cave tours, golf, boating, antiquing, but wine is one of the largest draws. Visitors may be surprised to find out that vines are hardly a newcomer to Calaveras. The oldest vines in the county are 110-year-old Zinfandel, organically dry-farmed in the old Italian tradition. Today, there are nearly 700 acres of vines and a yearly production of about 275,000 cases--still small compared to many other wine growing regions in California, but growing.
The kids will vote for Disneyland every time but if you want to try something different this year – if only for a night – try stopping at the Seven Sycamores Ranch on your way up or down the San Joaquin Valley. It's a fun destination that will show your youngsters a little about farm life and help them understand the importance of California's agriculture.
They never talk about why Opie and Andy are walking down to the fishing hole in the opening credits of the "Andy Griffith Show."
MODESTO – In 1993, cruising was shut down in the city that inspired the movie "American Graffiti."
MODESTO – John Sanders knew the odds were tall when he sent George Lucas an invitation to serve as grand marshal for the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival.
Frank Vieira is there. So is his best buddy Frank Brazil.
When Don Harmon hopped in his 1955 red and white Plymouth for the very first time, it was love at first drive. His passion for domestic cars has transcended well over six decades through collecting, remodeling and assembling the classic wheels.
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.
Some time ago, the horticulture staff of the UC Davis Arboretum identified 100 easy-to-grow plants.
With the decrease of available water and the increase of water regulations, it has become almost too easy for gardeners to surrender their gloves and shovels to the drought that has been scorching the state for four years with no foreseeable end.
Earth Day 2015 arrives Wednesday with the 209 - and the rest of California - well into the fourth year of severe drought.
For past 27 years, Earth Day has been a major event in Stockton.
MODESTO – Tanner Carroll recycles.
Got documents that an identify thief would love to rifle through your blue or green Toter to find?
If you've "outgrown" theme parks - or at least think you have - consider a stop by Six Flags Discovery Kingdom next time you're in the San Francisco Bay area. It's quite amazing, really, but Six Flags seems to have included enough attractions to keep every member in the family fully engaged during your visit.
The grapevine has an amazing power to transform reasonably attractive countryside into an oasis of culture and beauty that speaks to all of one's senses - and no place is that better manifested than in the famed Napa Valley.
There I was standing alone watching water cascading 1,310 feet over granite just hours after sunrise.
If you want to see Yosemite Valley's famous waterfalls at their peak during this fourth year of drought you need to do so this month.
OAKDALE – You better get that boat out of storage now.
It's not the Wawona Hotel, the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls of even the world famous Awahnee Hotel where you might be lucky to snag a room for only $470 a night.
It's a church holiday to be exact.