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.
There's no need to waste a loaf of bread - stale or not. Next time a day-old loaf of bread makes its way to your kitchen counter, plan a trip to Turlock's Donnelly Park.
LODI - It's obvious Clearance Clearwater Revival didn't break down near Lodi Lake. If they had, they never would have immortalized the city somewhat negatively in song.
Who can resist the charm of an early 20th-century riverboat – a true paddle-wheeler that once offered prohibition-era drinking, jazz bands and gambling for its fun-loving passengers? Fortunately there's no need to travel to the Mississippi – and no, we're not talking Disneyland. The Delta King awaits your exploration dockside in Old Sacramento.
ANGELS CAMP - Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times.
JACKSON – The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is celebrating the opening of new restaurants and new gaming areas with a summer series of concerts including country star Sara Evans on Sunday, July 1.
JAMESTOWN - To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will be running all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend -- May 26, 27 and 28 -- at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.
A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaits those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road south of Manteca and west of Ripon.
The heat is coming and residents and visitors of Turlock have a few options on cooling down.
It's heating up again in the Central Valley.
TRACY - The Johnny Cash Tribute will play at The Grand in Tracy on Friday, May 25.
OAKDALE - The 20th Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival, "A Chocolate Explosion," is set for Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wood Park at Highways 108 and 120.
California produces nearly half of all U.S. grown fruits, nuts and vegetables - the majority of which is grown right here in the Central Valley. Valley residents don't have to go far to get their hands on the best the Valley has to offer, as farmers' markets have opened for another season.
Sometimes the most fascinating tourist attractions aren't the most obvious. But if you "dig" a little deeper, you can find rewarding discoveries just under the surface – the earth's surface that is. That's where you'll find Underground California.
Christmas when Nellie Richetta was growing up was not exactly the kind that the Ingalls had in "Little House on a Prairie." Some elements of it were there though.
Yes, Eduardo – there is a Santa.
Every year for Christmas Arnita Montiel got the exact same gift.
Patricia Jimenez often drove along Lincoln Street in Stockton, passing many of the less fortunate in the area near the St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Room located directly underneath the Highway 4 crosstown freeway.
A favorite destination in the winter for a day or weekend playing in the snow along Highway 108 above Sonora is the family-owned and -operated Leland High Sierra Snow Play. The family likes to call their tourist attraction with a cozy Alpine feeling "the biggest and best snow play facility in the Sierra."
The best time to visit Yosemite Valley? It's now. Although the approach of spring in April usually means incredible waterfalls with relative sparse crowds, nothing beats winter for solitude on the valley floor. And with the storm that just passed by dumping plenty of snow, Yosemite Valley is a feast for the eyes with snow blanketing meadows, accenting trees, and softening the surrounding granite outcroppings.
The first big winter storm of the season is just a few degrees too warm to pepper the ski resorts closest to home with enough snow to open for the season.
You want to take the kids for a snow play date. Let's see, depending upon where the snow line is on any given day and how much of the white stuff is on the ground that is easily a two-hour one-way drive. That means traffic, driving in dangerous conditions, and dealing with anywhere from one to five kids inside a two-ton rolling box of steel. That winter family outing is starting to look less and less appealing. But you don't have to head up the mountain in search of snow fun. All you have to do is head ...
With the holiday season in full swing, blue donation barrels are popping up all over Turlock with the start of Turlock Together's collection efforts for families in need.
On Steve Parsons' desk you'll find paperwork that has each applicant assigned a number before it's catalogued and computerized.
Santa has his eye on the Hope Ministries and the Raymus House while garnering the support of Manteca churches and service clubs to add Christmas cheer to the non-profit's mission launched by the late developer Antone Raymus and his wife Marie 21 years ago.
Many people equate charity to financial donations. But individuals can be charitable with their time as well.
Royce Farms BBQ once again provided a generous donation to the Mary Graham Children's Center.
Donating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not every household has the funds to donate this year. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable.
Statistically speaking, Americans are extremely generous. Consider the fact that in 2008, charitable giving in the United States exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row -- despite the fact that many people in every part of the country are feeling the strains of recession and job loss.