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.
STOCKTON – The shouts from the floor usually tell you everything you need to know.
Turlock elementary school principal Tami Truax has an unabashed love for farm animals. The self-proclaimed "animal freak" shares her passion by bringing her very own petting zoo to schools, farmers markets and nursing homes.
STOCKTON – It's become somewhat of a tradition for my father and me.
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.