The Christmas season wouldn't be complete without a light display, but fireworks in your own backyard? That is what Will and Wendy Solymanbeyk imagined when they wanted to AMP up the Christmas spirit at their 4004 Thornhill Way, Modesto residence.
Hands down, the 150,000-lights Christmas spectacle at Mercedes Avenue beats all must-see decorations in Manteca.
For the cost of gas and a bit of time to get there, Ceres is still the place to go for a spectacular array of Christmas sights and sounds in a potpourri of Christmas cheer that is 51 years old.
RIPON - The Nutt family in Ripon is known for going all out with their Christmas decorations – a tradition that started years ago at the home of now Mayor Red Nutt at his residence on Idaho Street and followed up by his adult son John with nearly 12,000 lights underscored by music on an FM station.
LATHROP – It's beginning to look a lot like…Clark Griswold went crazy with the Christmas lights again and turned your house into an airport runway light.
SONORA – Winter's early arrival in Yosemite National Park has captivated travelers from around the world.
There is nothing cheesy about this holiday present. One of the best and most well-known homemade items in demand this holiday season is, you guessed it, cheese!
SALIDA – This will be Carol Anderson's 25th year at the Blue Diamond Almonds company store in Salida.
Randy Pearsall is offering hand-made pottery creation demonstrations for the sixth year on Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at his Stoneware studio on Louise Avenue, a half mile west of Jack Tone Road.
Imagine receiving a personalized gift basket that included your favorite bottle of wine.
Vintage Market in downtown Turlock offers a variety of unique jewelry items, antiques, and home decor, but one of the hottest stocking stuffers this year - for women and men - are the store's homemade bath items.
Still looking for that perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Pencil in a visit to the Turlock Community Art Gallery.
The blockbuster movie, "Where the Wild Things Are," tells about a mythical place.
There's plenty to do this holiday season in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop.
RIPON – It's an ornate culture full of festive attire and traditions dating back to the 13th century.
Hob Nob's renowned Casper hot dog comes with mustard, relish and onions, "and anything else you want to put on it," quipped owner Rick Atwell.
About a year ago, I took my son to DAD's Hot Dogs to experience a real Stockton treat.
Just ask anyone in Turlock where they can find the best hotdog in the 209 and odds are they'll say Main Street Footers.
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.