Name: Jasmine Ivey
TUOLUMNE – Try out to be an international karaoke star at Black Oak Casino in March. Qualifying nights for the World Karaoke Championships will be held every other Thursday, starting in March at Black Oak Casino's Willow Creek Lounge.
STOCKTON - In a wonderful blend of two religious traditions, the Jewish Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff of Temple Israel recently met with a roomful of Christian students at St. Mary's High School.
RIPON - The Ripon Arts League has one program left in the season.
MODESTO – Mike Super, the winner of NBC's hit television show, Phenomenon, will make a special appearance at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. The matinee performance promises jaw-dropping illusions to boggle the mind. Super's mystifying tricks delight audiences. This "Magic and Illusion" show is one all ages will enjoy.
MODESTO – Lorna Luft, the daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, will perform her multi-media production Songs My Mother Taught Me – A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
MODESTO – Composer Marvin Hamlisch, one of the only few people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards collectively, will appear at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
Botha Walters could be working today as a pharmacist. That's what she studied and trained for when she was living in Southern California.
Lathrop's most enduring landmarks – the Mossdale railroad bridge across the San Joaquin River and the brick silos on the nearby Dell'Osso Farms – once were not part of that community. Instead they were built as part of the river outpost named after the river crossing.
Panaderia La Trigueña has been a fixture in downtown Manteca for nearly 30 years.
RIPON - The tiny Burgess Bakery is nestled in the heart of the old Ripon business district that has often been referred to as a page out of Mayberry RFD.
Michelle Gallon was age 7 when she first baked a Boston brown bread.
Chris Bickle has worked at Pizza Guys long enough to know that this weekend promises to be a busy one.
OAKDALE – They traveled near and far to sample or take home some of the finest Gouda or Edam.
NAME: Jaime Hernandez
Just before Y2K, and even during the early years of the new millennium, Stockton and Modesto were the nearest places to go for a Japanese sushi or sashimi experience if you happened to live in the South San Joaquin County area.
When it comes to sushi, everybody has their favorite place and go-to dish.
Restaurants come and go in the downtown Modesto scene, but Raw Sushi Bistro seems to be making an impression on locals since its establishment on I Street just eight months ago.
Upon entering Sushi Garden II in Turlock, customers are immediately greeted with the smiling faces of diners past. A wall covered in pictures of locals who have enjoyed the cuisine at Sushi Garden II are framed near the entrance, a testament to the good service and quality food that keeps customers coming back.
The first thing that grabs you is the décor.
RIPON – What do you think of when you picture a garden?
Gardening is a popular hobby in the Central Valley where the ideal California climate is conducive to growing. The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop in Turlock is largely responsible for cultivating many locals' "green thumbs."
MODESTO – For more than 30 years Westurf Nursery has been a mainstay in the Modesto gardening landscape, and with 10 acres of trees, shrubs, roses and more, it's hard to miss.
When was the last time a nursery was called "Super Awesome?"
ISLETON – People get territorial when you talk about steak.
Locals looking to satisfy their cravings for a quality steak dinner won't need to look far as The Fruit Yard Restaurant & Country Market is well versed in providing not only quality beef but quality service.
DELHI – A porterhouse or a rib eye. Sautéed or broiled over an open fire. With French fries or a baked potato. The Elegant Bull in Delhi offers its customers the ultimate dining experience when it comes to steak.
OAKDALE – Nestled deep in the Cowboy Capital of the World, House of Beef ropes in its guests near and far with a tantalizing steak selection.
Nobody does steak better than the El Rancho Inn in Stockton.
Manteca marked the home stretch for Cesar Chavez.