SANTA CLARA - If California theme parks conjure up images of long lines for attractions and food, visitors to the San Francisco Bay area will find nirvana with a stop at California's Great America, a Santa Clara sister park to famous Knotts Berry Farm. Even in August, the lines were short for what any theme park junkie would consider a high-quality product.
COLUMBIA - Love roses?
HILMAR - This summer there will be plenty of fun on tap for the whole family at Hilmar Cheese Company's visitors' center.
RIPON – The blueberry bushes are full and ripe with fruit and in abundance.
You can go to the grocery store anywhere in the United States and if you buy a dairy product, namely cheese, there is a one-in-five chance the product you buy came from the Hilmar Cheese Company.
JACKSON – Enjoy some of the greatest hits from the swinging sixties through today when Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort presents The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, July 13.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) led by Steve Reineke conducting his final concert as Principal Pops Conductor of the MSO, will present Cirque de la Symphonie on Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
SONORA - Beautiful spies, cloaks and daggers, speeding trains and a mystery man with a missing pinky. Those ingredients whirl into one wild adventure in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Broadway's hilarious, high-speed thriller sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The Tony Award-winning comedy plays at Sierra Repertory Theatre's East Sonora stage June 1 through July 1.
TUOLUMNE – Hit musician Edwin McCain will be coming to Black Oak Casino in June. McCain is known for his top 40 hits "I Could Not Ask for More" and "I'll Be," and his songs have been featured on major movie soundtracks. McCain will be performing at the casino on June 21.
LIVINGSTON - Life can be sweet - especially if you grow cherries. Cindy Lashbrook has been growing cherries and blueberries on her Livingston organic farm since 1987.
RIPON – Bill Poot knows where everything is at his Ripon nursery.
ESCALON - You don't have to cross the pond by plane and travel miles to France to "experience the allure of lavender."
If Todd Rodden sells it he grows it.
STOCKTON – Daniel Martinez settled into his chair and eyed the clear pieces on the chess board.
The Tuolumne River Regional Park (TRRP) consists of over 500 acres of parkland that runs along seven river miles of the Tuolumne River from the Mitchell Street Bridge east to the Carpenter Road Bridge in Stanislaus County.
MANTECA – There's Pixie Woods in Stockton and Micke Grove in Lodi – places that offer plenty of attractions and recreational facilities for the young.
PATTERSON – Whether kids like to skate, bike, or even rollerblade, the skate park in Patterson is the only place to go according to local skateboarders Abraham Garcia-Ramos and Joel Becerril.
STOCKTON – Pixie Woods Amusement Park was once described as Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and young at heart."
MODESTO – "Dad – what are we going to do today?"
Its been called California's Main Street. It splits from Interstate 5 some 90 miles south of Mt. Shasta – the state's most imposing volcano – and remerges with Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine that takes you over the Tehachapi Mountains and dumps you into the Southland.
Forget about the Norman Rockwell touchy feely approach to pumpkins.
Since 2007, RAM Farms in Turlock has provided the community with a perfect fall destination filled with pumpkins and a challenging corn maze. Now into their 7th year, the farm proves that it is better than ever by offering even more pumpkins and hours of family fun.
Fantozzi Farms 12th Annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson provides plenty of family fun for the community and visitors with colossal corn mazes, a variety of pumpkins, and fun-filled activities.
For those in search of the Great Pumpkin look no further than Countryside Farms.
STOCKTON – Willie Chan entered through the back door of Mr. D's Pizza and Sports Pub.
The Banta Inn in Tracy is famous for the spirits it serves to its bar guests, and infamous for the spirit that is supposed to haunt this popular watering hole.
TURLOCK – For those walking down Main Street after dark, it is hard to ignore the sound of live music coming from downtown's Vintage Lounge and Piano Bar. What's even harder to miss is the long line of people that can be seen on weekend nights, hoping to get in to the popular venue.
MODESTO – The sharp screeches of an old jukebox.The clanking of glasses. The hum of conversation and the occasional outburst of laughter. There's really nothing like a good night out in a bad bar – well, dingy bar actually – where the beer is cheap and the friends are plentiful and the insults and the banter fly around like the smoke-filled air that used to consume the dive bars that dotted the landscape in and around Modesto.
MODESTO – How much for those Superman comics?