You can catch a glimpse of Yosemite Valley, enjoy San Francisco landmarks and take in the bounty of the San Joaquin Valley with just a short leisurely walk.
RIPON -From arch to arch at each end of Ripon's slow-paced historic downtown there is a past, a present and a future that has formed a rich fabric of community memories including old early day hotels that are today only a distant memory.
Manteca's murals are designed to give visitors, newcomers and longtime residents alike an insight into the community's culture, history, and economy.
HUGHSON - The City of Hughson has taken a few hard hits in the past, but the Valley town is not down for the count. In fact, over the past two years the city has staged a comeback.
The Chris Creek Band is performing on Sunday, Oct. 7, on the main stage at the Manteca Pumpkin Fair from 11 a.m. to noon in downtown Manteca.
Threshold is among the main stage acts that will be performing during the 28th annual Sunrise Manteca Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair Saturday-Sunday Oct. 6-7 in downtown Manteca.
OLD SACRAMENTO – Union Pacific Railroad will continue its year-long 150th anniversary celebration with a huge, two-day signature event in Old Sacramento Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 29-30, that will include free excursion train rides and free entrance into both the California State Railroad Museum and Sacramento History Museum.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director David Lockington celebrate the start of the Orchestra's 82nd season with Opening Weekend Concerts on Oct. 12-13 at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
TUOLUMNE – Country music singer Jason Michael Carroll will take the stage at Black Oak Casino on Oct. 11.
A few months ago, I caught sight of an elderly couple doing lunch outside of Podesto's Market.
HUGHSON - Resendiz Fruit Barn in Hughson is famous for offering a large variety of fruits and vegetables fresh off the farm- but locals know that Resendiz is also the place to go for baked goods.
Farming is still based on a "handshake" with the Travaille and Phippen families in their more than 50-year-old almond hulling operation on Graves Road in Manteca that serves some 70 growers from Bakersfield to north of Chico.
They are good for family get-togethers and camping trips. In fact, "they're good at any time," Tracy Vander Veen says with utmost confidence.
MODESTO - Look at one of Dan Petersen's painting and it'll change your perception of watercolors.
STOCKTON - Chris Brubeck opens the Stockton Symphony's Classics season with a Mini-Brubeck Festival on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13.
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.
TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.
MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.
MODESTO – How much for those Superman comics?