On Dec. 3, 1926, the curtain rolled up on a production of "The Prince Chap" at what was then known as the Turlock High School Auditorium. It was the first show at the theatre that would one day be renamed as the Turlock Community Theatre. From headlining acts to the local youth theater troupe, the Turlock Community Theatre has been bringing entertainment to Turlock for decades and looks to be around for many more.
MODESTO – If The State Theatre could talk, the stories would be as immense and detailed as its iconic interior.
STOCKTON – For decades, it was simply referred to as The Fox. And it's still The Fox as far as some locals are concerned.
SALINAS- They were the stuff of another America: Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath." George and Lenny in "Of Mice and Men." Lee Chong, Doc and the delightfully larcenous Mack and the bums in "Cannery Row." Danny and Pilon in "Tortilla Flat." Adam and Cal Trask in "East of Eden."
TUOLUMNE – Country music star Ty Herndon will be performing at Black Oak Casino in August.
TRACY – Willie Nelson & Family Live in Concert kicks off the sixth Presenting Season at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
KNIGHTS FERRY - It was somewhere just below the Knights Ferry Resort and a minute after getting nailed by a kid sporting a water launcher from the safety of the bank that my apprehensions about rafting down the Stanislaus River disappeared.
From its headwaters in Yosemite National Park, one extraordinary river winds sharply down the Sierra Nevada. It passes nearly 150 miles through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, foothill villages, and valley farmland before finally emptying into the San Francisco Bay.
MODESTO - When Father Francisco Naranjo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Lathrop was looking for suggestions to help their church-building fund-raiser, his parishioners strongly recommended Sciabica's extra virgin olive oil.
STOCKTON - An Evening with Martina McBride takes place Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Stockton's Bob Hope Theatre.
MURPHYS - Tickets are on sale for the 2012 Ironstone Vineyards Concert Series featuring some world-class performers, including John Fogerty on Aug. 3, Heart on Aug. 11, and Jeff Foxworthy on Sept. 8.
STOCKTON - Josh Turner returns to Stockton on Friday, Oct. 26, to perform at the Bob Hope Theatre.
Those people raised on TV westerns like Bonanza will feel like they've stepped right onto the Ponderosa when they take the one-hour drive northeast from Bakersfield to the town of Kernville. There's good reason: dozens of TV and movie westerns have been filmed in the immediate vicinity.
The scenic section of the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry to Orange Blossom is popular with both experienced and inexperienced paddlers due to its outstanding mix of wildlife and variety of topography.
MISTAKE NO. 1: IMPROPER DRESS ON THE RIVER
Is there a Santa Claus?
LATHROP – When the Lathrop City Council got together for their second meeting in November two weeks ago, they freed up their December schedule.
The Christmas spirit is contagious and can be found to be particularly catching in small towns where holiday events bring together community members, such as Turlock's Downtown Christmas Parade.
The hyacinth along the Deep Water Channel has been cleared in preparation for the 33rd annual Stockton Delta Reflection Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The holiday season provides ample opportunities for families to take part in local festivities, and this year parents won't miss a detail by bringing their children to Modesto the first Saturday in December for the city's annual day filled with activities.
Pat Langdon isn't much of a video game connoisseur, but he did raise two teenagers at the height of the industry's explosion.
Shopping on Black Friday is not for the faint of heart.
There's no such thing as a holiday when you're in the news business.
Rowena Tebaldi is no stranger to Black Friday, widely considered in the United States as the traditional first day of shopping for the Christmas holidays with consumers taking advantage of such enticements as double-digit discount coupons and price slashes offered by retailers.
Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford had to buy a gun when he first got involved with city government.
When John Lazar goes grocery shopping on the weekends, he typically spends over an hour at the store. He isn't buying food in bulk or scouring for rare brands, instead he is chatting with citizens of the community over which he presides. As mayor of Turlock, it is these unexpected run-ins that show Lazar how in touch he is with his community.
You're supposed to have a grand vision when you're the mayor of a community.
America is known internationally as a country with a diverse and nomadic population, so it is rare when someone can say that their family has been living in the same town for over 100 years, but for Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra that is the case.
SONORA - Sierra Repertory Theatre brings the spirit of the holiday season to its East Sonora stage with Joe Landry's live 1940s radio broadcast version of the beloved film "It's A Wonderful Life", playing now through Dec. 22.
Thanksgiving is a busy holiday for both professional and amateur bakers; but for the pie makers at Turlock's Latif's Restaurant, it's the pinnacle of their whole year.