NAPA - 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.
MODESTO – Marcia Tobin loves to recycle.
For many shoppers, old is the way to go. Looking for the perfect piece to complete a vintage sign collection or a 1900s pressed glass door knob that will adorn a new home is heaven for antique collectors. Local antique shoppers don't have to look far to find antique gold, Turlock is filled with many antique stores that fit the specific needs for every antique shopper.
One-time Manteca Police dispatcher Betty Castle has been a collector from the time she was a child. Today she runs the Antique Avenue mall in the former Big Boy Market building at Yosemite and Powers avenues.
STOCKTON – Tom Lawson recently refurbished a nickel-plated Magic Chef oven.
JACKSON - The rock band WAR will perform their greatest hits at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, Nov. 3.
JACKSON - One of today's top touring rock bands, The Guess Who, will perform their greatest hits at Jackson Rancheria on Friday, Oct. 12.
STOCKTON - As one of the most experienced aerial acrobats in the world, Vitali Tomanov will be drawing attention above the concert stage when the Stockton Symphony opens its Stockton Pops season on Saturday, Sept. 15, with the Autumn Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie.
PLEASANTON - Only in Pleasanton, a sight seen and heard nowhere else in the world, a U.S. military band and world renowned pipe band interacting together in marching formation and spirited musical presentations.
COLUMBIA - Button collecting is alive and well in the Gold Rush era town of Columbia.
TWAIN HARTE - The Film Fest Twain Harte Committee takes place Labor Day Weekend – Aug. 31 through Sept. 3.
MODESTO - The Gallo Center for the Arts' third annual Valley's Got Talent contest will be presented on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. Both performances begin at 7 pm. The shows will have 25 acts, comprised of 118 performers, for the Center's live stage variation on popular television shows such as 'America's Got Talent' and 'American Idol.'
COLUMBIA - The Sonora Writers Group is now accepting registration for the Tuolumne Writers retreat in the Historic of Columbia.
MODESTO - The Modesto State Theatre kicks off the 2012-12 concert season next Friday night with Western swing band Asleep At The Wheel.
There's a Dennis the Menace doll in my spare bedroom closet.
A favorite destination in the winter for a day or weekend playing in the snow along Highway 108 above Sonora is the family-owned and -operated Leland High Sierra Snow Play. The family likes to call their tourist attraction with a cozy Alpine feeling "the biggest and best snow play facility in the Sierra."
The best time to visit Yosemite Valley? It's now. Although the approach of spring in April usually means incredible waterfalls with relative sparse crowds, nothing beats winter for solitude on the valley floor. And with the storm that just passed by dumping plenty of snow, Yosemite Valley is a feast for the eyes with snow blanketing meadows, accenting trees, and softening the surrounding granite outcroppings.
The first big winter storm of the season is just a few degrees too warm to pepper the ski resorts closest to home with enough snow to open for the season.
You want to take the kids for a snow play date. Let's see, depending upon where the snow line is on any given day and how much of the white stuff is on the ground that is easily a two-hour one-way drive. That means traffic, driving in dangerous conditions, and dealing with anywhere from one to five kids inside a two-ton rolling box of steel. That winter family outing is starting to look less and less appealing. But you don't have to head up the mountain in search of snow fun. All you have to do is head ...
With the holiday season in full swing, blue donation barrels are popping up all over Turlock with the start of Turlock Together's collection efforts for families in need.
On Steve Parsons' desk you'll find paperwork that has each applicant assigned a number before it's catalogued and computerized.
Santa has his eye on the Hope Ministries and the Raymus House while garnering the support of Manteca churches and service clubs to add Christmas cheer to the non-profit's mission launched by the late developer Antone Raymus and his wife Marie 21 years ago.
Many people equate charity to financial donations. But individuals can be charitable with their time as well.
Royce Farms BBQ once again provided a generous donation to the Mary Graham Children's Center.
Donating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not every household has the funds to donate this year. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable.
Statistically speaking, Americans are extremely generous. Consider the fact that in 2008, charitable giving in the United States exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row -- despite the fact that many people in every part of the country are feeling the strains of recession and job loss.
The annual Stockton Delta Reflections Light Boat Parade has been canceled for this year.
The forecast for the Christmas season calls for snow and ice in Lathrop and unique traditions in Manteca such as a wild game feed all the way to Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops to the oldest running twilight holiday parade in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Tis the season for parades, festivals, and - of course - Santa Claus and for those looking to get on the nice list this year, Turlock and its surrounding communities have them covered when it comes to holiday events and parades.
The small-town feel of Ripon is no more apparent than with the advent of the Christmas season and the lighting of the festive trees at the Veterans' Museum Park and at the Mistlin Fountain at the 99 Freeways Highway 99 recognizing the Hospice Foundation.