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.
LODI - Delta College's 3rd Annual Veterans Muddy Maul & Crawl, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 a.m., at Jessie's Grove Winery, 1973 W. Turner Road in Lodi.
As manager of Krier's Cards and Comics, John Krier does not just view his store as a place to secure comics books and related merchandise, but as a social hub for friends to gather in a casual gaming environment.
The east wall in the parking lot of Athen's Burgers on West Yosemite Avenue in Manteca is a gigantic mural depicting a bucolic, rustic scene aptly titled "Cow-munity."
They call them the "Power 9."
By VINCE REMBULAT
STOCKTON – It's tough living life with a secret.
TURLOCK – Both Hanna Renning's and Dieter Renning's love for books sparked at a young age.
LATHROP – Books were everywhere for Lathrop librarian Suzanne Sutterfield.
MANTECA – The story of Ruthanne Bassett's career journey is a simile of sorts. It turned out to be like a shopping trip to the mall. You go there with a specific item in mind to purchase. But other things grab your attention while you are browsing, and end up settling down on something totally different from what you initially had in mind to buy and go home with that.
RIPON – Dorothy "Dot" Veltkamp always has a couple of books on her night stand – a woman with a passion for reading since her childhood – has completed more than 25 years as a librarian mostly in Ripon.
TURLOCK – In an area filled with seemingly endless burger joints for hungry customers to choose from, it may be a difficult task for a mom-and-pop restaurant to stand out. However, AJ's Café and Grill has managed to do just that with their locally and freshly made burgers.
RIPON – It's a classic burger at the downtown Ripon Roadhouse sure to leave egg yolk running down your fingers and hands with the first bite.
MANTECA – Suzette Frese sums it up in one sentence as to why her favorite restaurant in Manteca is a dining destination.
MODESTO – It's hard to mess up a hamburger.
STOCKTON – So what makes for a good hamburger?
LODI - Want a real root beer float?