Charles Teval is a staunch advocate for public libraries. He believes libraries continue to play a key role in the literary culture of a community, while providing practical assistance for job seekers, students and anyone seeking knowledge.
Cheryl Lovering just wanted to spend more time at home with her kids.
COLUMBIA - Step in to a bright, beautiful world this holiday season, as Sierra Rep presents a beloved family classic, filled with great music, zany characters and a heart-melting story of true love. Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, a musical comedy favorite for generations, plays at the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia from Oct. 26 through Dec. 22.
MODESTO - In anticipation of All Hallow's Eve, The State Theatre is conducting what is billed as the First Annual Fete & Film for Kids, a spellbinding and memory-making event for youngsters that includes sweet treats, kindly ghouls and goblin boys, a costume parade and an enchanting cast of young, local actors portraying scarecrows, benevolent witches and characters from favorite fairy tales.
TUOLUMNE - Stand-up comedian Mike Pace will lead off the November entertainment lineup at Black Oak Casino.
MODESTO –The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer two science presentations on Friday, Oct. 26, at Modesto Junior College's East Campus on College Ave.
Just northeast of California's Gold Country, the roadways heading toward Lake Tahoe reveal a wonderland of outdoor scenery and recreational opportunities. Closed to cross-mountain travel in winter, Highway 4 opens in summer to connect with Highway 89, completing a mountain-lover's route to remember.
MODESTO - Roger Hodgson, legendary voice of Supertramp, returns to America with hisbiggest tour in 30 years
Even as book retailers try to push towards a digital, e-ink world, there's some irreplaceable, unmistakable greatness found only in old, printed books.
RIPON - Alicia Reynolds – without a doubt – loves her job of 14 years at the Ripon Library.
TRACY – New York has a famous Grand – the Grand Central Station for commuters.
Editor's note: Those seeking to add a personalized holiday gift tradition this Christmas season are already gearing up.
SONORA - The Fantasy Faire Oct. 20-21 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds is deeply rooted in the All Hallow beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a modern Halloween.
ALLENSWORTH - A century has passed since the founding of this unique town dedicated to the dignity of the human spirit. Although the centennial celebration is now a part of history, there are still plenty of opportunities to come learn about Colonel Allen Allensworth and the courageous group of black families and individuals who believed they could create their own version of the "American Dream."
St. Nick begins navigating the nation's mail stream today to the tune of 750 million Santa and Sleigh Forever stamps. The stamp art was inspired by the 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," also known as "The Night Before Christmas" or "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
For over a year, Green Grub in Turlock has been satisfying the appetites of vegetarians by providing delicious and healthy options for their sandwiches, salads, and drinks.
"Eat your vegetables!" This is the message that greets diners at the door to the GK Mongolian Barbecue on South Main Street in Manteca.
MODESTO – Alright. We get it. You don't want a steak and you don't want chicken and fresh salmon – covered in lemon and butter and roasted over an open flame in foil – is out as well.
Greek cuisine is ideally suited to vegetarians and vegans.
The Canal Street Grille in Ripon is not without sumptuous non-meat, vegetarian selections in its lengthy menu of more than 60 items including steaks and prime rib.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson's "The November Man," playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux and gadgets. "November Man" won't do anything like Bond's box office, but will satisfy the actor's fans and moviegoers ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, "As Above, So Below." But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of "The Descent" and "(Rec)," not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the last five years.
One of the most magical rides in California can be taken on the 206-mile long Highway 120 that runs from Manteca in the west to Benton in the east.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gay couple who have been together for almost four decades are separated - at least physically - by factors beyond their control in "Love Is Strange," the latest tender and meandering exploration of human relationships from indie darling Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On," ''Forty Shades of Blue").
After being clonked over the head in 1944's "Murder, My Sweet," Raymond Chandler's immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: "A black pool opened up at my feet. I jumped in."
In its third incarnation, "The Expendables" has become, well, expendable.
'Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.
Manuel Laguna shared his ideal day in downtown Stockton.
Occasionally, folks of visitstockton.org will take the guise of tourists.
Stockton has warts and so does Modesto.