VALLECITO - Twisted Oak Winery opens the 2013 concert series with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band under the stars at the winery in Vallecito.
NAPA (AP) - Love the lush and lovely Napa Valley but hate how expensive it can be? You're not the first. In the late 19th century, writer Robert Louis Stevenson moved his honeymoon to the rustic but free setting of an abandoned mining camp when the $10-a-week going rate for Calistoga hotels proved too much for his slender purse.
Earth Day is more than just a day to plant trees, pick up trash, and recycle; it is a time for families and businesses to come together to alter the effects our presence has made on the planet.
April is the month for green living. With Earth Day on April 22, the month is jam-packed with local festivals, volunteer opportunities and kid-friendly events to help mark the 43rd anniversary of the annual appreciation day for the planet.
Andrew and Jackson Brunn will tell you, "it's pretty easy being green. It's habit forming."
"Empaque su basura" reads the sweatshirt hanging in my closet.
LAKEPORT - Sometimes overlooked because of the state's spectacular Pacific coastline, California's fresh-water lakes offer plenty of getaway and vacation opportunities for the state's residents. One longtime favorite is Clear Lake, just a couple hours drive of the San Francisco Bay area.
Of all the food trends to take off during the last decade, taco trucks are perhaps the most popular form of fast food dining in the 209. The taco truck invasion has taken over Valley streets, giving local restaurants some serious competition.
STOCKTON - When it comes to taco trucks, my friend Kevin has his favorite.
JAMESTOWN - Table Mountain is one of the best-kept secrets for a hike that isn't far from home, isn't difficult, isn't crowded and offers a spectacular view of both snow-covered peaks, New Melones lake and the rolling foothills below.
PATTERSON - Looking for an authentic Mexican meal that isn't going to break the bank? Whether you have an appetite for chorizos (Mexican sausage), asada (beef), or even tripa (intestines), Patterson's local taco trucks can supply your needs for just pennies on the dollar.
STOCKTON - Nina Simangan looks over each of her orchids.
MODESTO - Folks looking for a hiking trail in the Central Valley have plenty of rural areas to choose from, and now have a more urban option also. The City of Modesto embarked on a new project designed to transform a piece of history into a physical fitness trail.
The daffodils are in bloom and the trees are budding as spring approaches for the 14th time since the Tidewater Bike Path replaced the former barren and weed-infested abandoned right-of-way of its namesake railroad.
PATTERSON - Heart-pumping climbs, dog-friendly paths and walks for the kids are some of the activities that Frank Raines Park has to offer local hikers.
If I had a day to show off a friend who has never stepped foot in Manteca before why I like living here I'd ...
While many people might shrug off Turlock as just another small town, the booming city has proven that is anything but that in recent years ...
Occasionally, I'll have an out-of-town friend drop by my Stockton home.
It's not exactly a destination that people from around the country and the world are flocking to on vacation.
As a modern American, it is rather difficult to imagine the sorts of things that might concern the first settlers of the Turlock area back ...
It was the ultimate power walk.
Lathrop and Tracy share the same bloodline - the engineer who Leland Stanford hired to lay out the Central Pacific Railroad tracks in the valley.
The seeds for the Ripon community were planted along the Stanislaus River following a short-lived settlement established in 1846 when a group of Mormons planted ...
In 1999, the original residence of Charles M. Weber was excavated while making way for the Weber Point Event Center.
With expansion comes the ordinary citizen, searching for a better place to settle and to raise a family. When gold was discovered in California in ...
ARNOLD - Big snow, big trees, and the big outdoors.
When Ceres resident Richard Campbell was in the fourth grade, he made a friendly bet with his best friend that he would get Brianna Mooney ...
STOCKTON – Tom and Nicole Dickey are young parents.
Brandon Darcey doesn't quite know what he's going to do for his girlfriend for Valentine's Day.
One Ripon couple – Gerald and Donna Herrema – credit the continuing of their deep feelings for each other to their weekly square dancing, eating together every ...