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."
Angels! (Angels We Have Heard on High)
MODESTO - Sierra High graduate and "The Voice" finalist Lindsey Pavao is performing on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at a Modesto Sound teen recording and creative arts studio concert fundraiser at the home of one of Modesto Sound's board members.
STOCKTON - A full program of Beethoven is in store when the Stockton Symphony begins its Classics season on Thursday, Nov. 15.
JACKSON – Make The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, part of your holiday celebrations this year when the group performs a special Christmas show at the All New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, Dec. 15.
A red-letter day is coming on Saturday, Oct, 27, at the Bass Pro Shops/Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley in Manteca.
MODESTO - Roger Hodgson, legendary voice of Supertramp, returns to America with biggest tour in 30 years
Those of us who choose our getaways carefully often pay nearly as much attention to the town as the beach – in other words, a scenic stretch of coastline is the main attraction, but it's nearly as important to spend our precious days off in a place with its own ambience or cultural flair.
LATHROP – David Tenney rides a steel horse.
Motocross racing is one of the most popular extreme sports today, and it's called an extreme sport for a reason. Riders fly from one jump to the next, piloting in the air 70 feet or more at high speeds as they race around a motocross track. For Denair motocross racer Brandon Jones, the danger of the sport is an addictive adrenaline rush, keeping him returning to the track year after year, despite the dangers.
VOLCANO - There's an entirely different world underground in the 209.
Deputy Matt Lindemann and Officer David Bright are both motorcycle traffic officers – one in Lathrop and the other in Manteca.
Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather together for celebrations. Whether it's baking treats on Christmas Eve, or a game of flag football on Thanksgiving Day, each family upholds their own traditions. Will Mathews and his family celebrate the holidays in an unconventional way.
MERCED - The Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre presents a Johnny Cash Tribute Concert featuring James Garner on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.
JACKSON – Johnny Cash fans of all ages will enjoy Jimmie Ray's Black Train, a Tribute to the Life and Legend of Johnny Cash, coming Nov. 24 to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.
As a shy, introverted little girl, scared of her own shadow, Jolynda Lyon grew up feeling as if it wasn't safe to express her thoughts and feelings for fear of being judged or rejected but then she committed her heart to God and things began to change.
Although this year marks the first time that Backstage Academy of Dance students have competed in the Rainbow National Dance Competition in Sacramento, audience members probably could not have guessed as the dancers stole the spotlight and secured a number of awards.
Dance is alive and kicking in the 209.
SONORA – The Bureau of Reclamation is offering summer interpretive programs and activities at New Melones Lake, located in Calaveras County.
Redwoods in California's coastal mountains get more of the glory including being the official state tree but they are babes and petite in terms of age and girth compared to their giant sequoia cousins in the Sierra.
ARNOLD - Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times.
People who think that being a stay-at-home mom is not considered a job obviously have never met Jennifer Gonzales.
One set of great grandparents stands tall in their family for giving their all to a pair of great grandsons.
Rachel Castillo and her husband were well on their way to an empty nest.
She's a mother but she also fills the role of the father.
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.